I am old enough to remember the first season of Star Trek, I was in awe, the idea of mankind exploring the universe energized me. Transporters, replicators, strange beings from distant planets, what could be better?

In my youth I loved science fiction. It was a way to escape to the world of ‘what if’?

Decades later I have changed my view from ‘what if’ to simply WHEN?

George Orwell’s gray and depressing world of 1984 is growing ever closer to reality.

Of equal interest are the wonderful comic books produced by Marvel, and the ever futuristic Stan lee. We see an ever repeating story of man interfering with nature. Super Heroes and super villains are the result.

The Incredible Hulk is but one example. A laboratory experiment gone wrong. The TV was quick to pick up on the concept and Swamp Thing was born. The examples of this genre are endless, but they all have the same starting point, man messing with nature.

In the past it has had a very bad record, just ask any Australian what they think about rabbits, or a Gulf Coast wild life expert about Nutria. The list goes on and on, Zebra Muscles, Silver Carp, even certain types of pond weed. The story is always the same, it was a bad move to mess with nature.

Are we headed in the same direction with GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)?

Like it or not, you are a GMO user. There are few products on the Supermarket shelves that do not contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, it sounds harmless, lets face it, whats not to love about sweet corn?

In southern parts of Alberta you will see roadside stand advertising Sweet Taber Corn. Unfortunately HFCS is not as user friendly as the name implies. It is a substance created in the laboratory mostly using GMO corn. The manufacturing process is not dissimilar to making Crack Cocaine, and we eat the damn stuff!

On Saturday Oct/23 at 1pm we will be exploring the world of GMO foods. The link to listen live to this broadcast is here. Joining me in the discussion will be my good friends, the research and writing team of Mannie Barling and his wife Ashley Brooks.

Time permitting we will also be exploring the world of food labeling, in particular RDA’s (Recommended Daily Allowance).

As always Mannie and Ashley will have their recipe of the week. I have had a sneak peek and this one is sure to please everyone. It is a very fine example that eating well does not mean eating boring food.

I was talking to Mannie Barling earlier this week, the conversation started with a news segment that I had watched on CNN. The story was centered in Detroit, but actually could have originated in any number of large cities. It talked about the lack of access that city dwellers have to nutritious foods. The host claimed that almost 500,000 residents did not have ready access to a supermarket, fast food outlets, convenience and liquor stores abounded, but no real food.

I pointed out to Mannie that while the inner city problem is dire, to a lesser extent it is very widespread. My wife and I live in a small community in Mississippi, our choices of grocery shopping are a Winn Dixie or Wal-Mart.

On the program Mannie and Ashley are going to offer some shopping tips.

Following last weeks program Listen here we have been engaged in a friendly competition to find the worst product (health wise) in our kitchen cabinets. I am pretty sure that I can win this challenge, but Ashley disagrees. The gauntlet has been thrown down, and the food fight will be settled on air!

I do hope you will join us all for what will be a very informative program, to listen in, just point your browser to Surviving The 21st Century at 1pm eastern on Saturday Oct/23.

Emanuel Barling, Jr., Esq. and Ashley F. Brooks, R.N. authors of Arthritis, Inflammation, Gout, Crohn’s, IBD and IBS – How to Eliminate Pain and Extend your Life and Mannie’s Diet and Enzyme Formula – A Change of Lifestyle Diet Designed for Everyone available at HowToEliminatePain.com, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and other booksellers around the world. The authors’ latest book, It’s Not Your Fault! Weight Gain, Obesity and Food Addiction will be available for the 2010 holidays.

Simon Barrett

Note to Mannie: Ashley doesn’t stand a chance of winning the ingredient competition, and I doubt she told you, the prize is the pink slip to your car :) 

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