GHCFE has partnered with Ginger and Soul Inc. to provide organic, non-GMO, no-dye lunches to its students.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are herbicide tolerant plants being produced or sprayed with the herbicide which allows the plants to survive. A pesticide is also inserted into every cell of the plant which comes from the soil to kill off insects. The genetic engineering process creates massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant’s DNA. When humans consume GMO’s, there may be unintended and unknown effects.
Artificial food dyes are made from petroleum and are used to enhance the color of processed foods. Research indicates that when a significant amount of dyes are consumed by humans, they can bind to the human tissue and form neoantigens and result in bioaccumulation in the tissue. The antigens can then be attacked by the immune system, resulting in autoimmune reactivity. Foods and additives are 2 environmental triggers that have been found to be associated with ADHD.
ADHD is characterized as excessive and impairing inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior. In a study with 100 children with whom 50 were randomly assigned 5 weeks of a restricted diet of additive-containing foods and the other 50 to a diet containing foods with additives. After 5 weeks, 78% of those in the diet group had responded to the diet showing considerable beneficial effects (Vojdani A, Vojdani C, 2015).
When children eat breakfast and lunch, they are more successful, have improved memory, problem–solving skills, and math and language skills. Students who eat breakfast and lunch at school also have higher attendance rates and lower tardiness which provides a more positive learning environment. Students who eat breakfast and lunch are also less likely to get sick.
The breakfast and lunch food students eat need to be free of additives and GMOs as stated above in order for these amazing benefits take place. There are benefits for all students, however, for those who have ADHD and/or anxiety it can be crucial for their learning experience.