This is an advocacy letter on hormones in food. There is growing fear that presence of hormones in food can potentially cause harm in humans. Despite the continued reassurances from food manufacturers on the safety of the hormones in the food, consumers remain a worried lot. This has been occasioned by the food processing companies’ reluctance to publish the foods that have hormones. With hormone containing foods unlabeled, associations between the introduction of hormonal ingredients into the food supply chain and human illness present a difficult task to be systematically tested and causation conclusively established. This letter is meant for various governmental departments that have the capability and funding to take action and petition on behalf of the consumer who may be powerless to twist the harm of food manufacturers to divulge the level of hormones in the food offered for sale.
ADVOCACY LETTER TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ON HORMONES IN FOODS
Re: Reexamining Labeling of Hormones in Foods
For the past five years, I have extensively studied the concept of hormones in foods. I have compared my findings, notes and the experiments procedures with those of other like-minded persons. My findings on hormones in foods largely agree with those of others. In this letter, I am going to share with you my findings in details. It is my sincere hope that the findings, given herein, are going to be of great help in informing policy making bodies on matters related to hormones in food.
Well, it is no secret that the key players in the food industry have spent an obscene amount of money in preventing the consumers from knowing what is in the food they consume. The million dollar question here is why? If the food industry has confidence in the foods, it produces, why it is not proudly and willingly telling the consumers that some foods contain hormones (Bowers, 2007). Why conceal such a vital piece of information? The food industry’s adamancy to label foods containing hormones attests to the lack of certainty in the safety of the foods availed on the shelves.
With hormone containing foods unlabeled, associations between the introduction of hormonal ingredients into the food supply and human illness present a difficult task to be systematically tested and causation irrefutably established. Without labeling, scientific and medical researchers cannot determine who is consuming hormone containing foods and who is not. It is also not possible to determine how the hormones are being consumed, the types being eaten and the frequency of consumption. Just like in the case of nicotine products, the lack of immediate danger hardly proofs the standards of safety with regards to consumptions of hormones in foods.
Consumers may not understand the consequences of hormones in foods, but the food producers and manufacturers are afraid of answering certain questions that may seem sensitive and eventually bad for business. Additionally, most consumers believe that there are minimal, if any, adverse conditions that may emanate from eating foods embedded with genetically engineered hormones; mostly due to lack of immediacy of the haphazard outcomes. For example, hormones are used to speed up the growth rate of eel. Surprisingly, it is easier to find many other nutritional facts with regards to the amount of macronutrients and micronutrients present in eel unlike information regarding the hormonal modification that spurs its growth. Here, one wonders why it so difficult to disclose the hormonal information. Disclosure of this vital piece of information has always remained opposed by giant chemical producing companies that sell higher amounts of herbicides, pesticides and genetically altered hormones used in plants and animals.
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- Daudi Nyangaresi (Author), 2016, Hormones in foods. Advocacy letter to government agencies, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/368971