Gluten Free Wheat? Absolutely Absurd!March 26, 2015 1 Comment
Gluten Free wheat seems like an oxy-moron, especially if you have Celiac disease. Wheat is the epitome of gluten and exactly what you are suppose to stay away from when living a strictly gluten free lifestyle. So I do not expect many people with Celiac disease to be lining up to try this new gluten free wheat.
Chris Miller, from the company Engrain, the senior director heading up the Kansas Wheat Commission research project states, “If you know you are producing a crop that is not tolerated well by people, then it’s the right thing to do.”
Is it the right thing to do for our health or is it the right thing to do because the wheat industry wants to tap into the almost billion dollar gluten free market that is on the rise? 1 in 133 people have Celiac disease, yet none of us were being heard before gluten free became such a fad. No one was paying attention to the need for better food until a price tag was added and the market exploded. Now all of a sudden the Kansas Wheat commission is worried about how we feel?
I must have missed the part in their ‘About Us’ page that states anything about them being such humanitarians. Excuse my sarcasm, but I am not interested in GMO wheat of any kind, but I cannot say the same for the Wheat Food Council who thoroughly embraces genetic modification and sees it as the wave of the future.
Wheat is the third largest crop grown in the United States, but the number one grain used in human consumption and there are 6 different varieties grown. According to the National Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas is the number one wheat producer in the United States, “producing enough wheat each year to bake 36 billion loaves of bread. This is enough to feed everyone in the world, over six billion people, for about 2 weeks. An acre of Kansas wheat produces enough bread to feed nearly 9,000 people for one day.”
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