Crista’s back today with some great information on GMOs. If you’re anything like me, I didn’t know a whole lot about GMOs before reading this post, so this was quite an eye opener.
We are hearing more and more about the dangers GMOs today. So what exactly are GMOs? A GMO is a genetically modified organism. These organism’s genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. In genetically engineered food, a plant or meat product had its DNA altered. This is a relatively new science that allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature. Many of the foods we currently eat contain GMOs and not all of these foods are labeled as such.
The list of top GMO foods are soybeans, corn, canola, plum, papaya, alfalfa, sugar beet, wheat, rice, cantaloupe, flax, tomato, potato, radicchio, cotton seed oil, aspartame, peas, farm raised salmon, honey, and zucchini and yellow squash and researchers have found that 80% of all processed foods in the United states contain GMOs. Conventional dairy and meat also often contains GMOS because they are fed genetically modified grains such as corn and soy.
The scary thing is that GMOs have not been proven safe. GMOs triggers a human immune response including inflammation and allergies and are carcinogenic, poorly digested, assimilated, and metabolized by the body. Links to all sorts of health issues have been noted (carighttoknow). Animal studies show gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Researchers recently found that feeding a lifetime of GMOs to rats caused tumors, widespread organ damage, cell damage and death, and premature death (naturalnews).
The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are among many medical groups that condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone, because the milk from treated cows has more of the hormone IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1)―which is linked to cancer.
In addition to health problems, GMOs have been linked to environmental problems. The use of toxic herbicides and pesticides and the number of resistant weeds and bugs are increasing. Superweeds and superbugs, which evolve to withstand the very chemicals designed to kill them, have now become an epidemic on farmland in many locations across the country. Another issue is that Organic farms are becoming cross-contaminated when seeds or pollen from a GE cropland drifts onto neighboring plots.
It boils down to the fact that we deserve to know what is in our food. We should be able to trust that the food that we consume is not going to harm us. Fifty countries around the world, representing more than 40% of the world’s population, already require GMO labeling or have banned GMOs. Efforts such as the Non-GMO Project and Just Label It as well as many other groups and protesters have been put in place to try to make a difference. So look for the “Non-GMO” label but keep in mind that not all products containing GMOs are labeled. It is a good idea to look for the USDA certified organic label. The organic standards do not allow GMOs in certified organic foods.
Is the subject of GMOs new to you?