Wheat the worlds most popular grain has recently had a strong run up since the end of June 2012 and is currently trading in a range between yearly highs of 947’2 and 852’6.
This is great news for traders who got in at the start of June and for farmers who have been able to lock in high prices for their crops. On ‘CBS This Morning’ (03/09/12) Dr William Davis a cardiologist calls wheat a “perfect chronic poison”. He is the author of the new book Wheat Belly.
According to Dr. Davis this is not the wheat of your Grandmother’s but a quite literally deadly version. The vast majority of wheat grown in the USA is genetically modified which most of us are aware of. Many have heard that wheat is not a great choice for many people causing gluten sensitivities and celiac disease amongst other things.
What you may not be aware of is that according to Dr. Davis the current genetically modified wheat has many things that you may not have heard of and indeed may be shocked to hear about:
“There’s a new protein in this thing called gliadin,” Davis said. “Everybody is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year.”
The Doctor goes on to list a long list of problems that occur from having wheat in one’s diet.
Now there is nothing to stop us going back to the wheat that Grandma remembers except for the economics of the business. This genetically modified wheat with its associated health concerns is economically superior due to its far higher yield per acre.
Higher prices, higher yields, higher health costs…… what is the true cost of wheat?