When you first here the words, GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), something just sounds off about it, especially when it’s dealing with the food we’re putting in our bodies. I first heard about this new phenomenon a few years back, but didn’t fully understand how detrimental its effects truly are, up until the past few months. Here is an explanation on GMO’s: they are created when a gene from one species is transferred to another, creating something that would not be found in nature. A large percentage of domestic crops (up to 85% of soybean yields) have DNA that was tweaked in a lab, yet it is nearly impossible to know which food items contain these genetically engineered ingredients.
As you can see above, it almost seems that GMO’s can be a great way to get people access to foods, or products, they wouldn’t be able to grow, cultivate, or acquire in their areas of the world. The intrinsic problem with that notion is that it’s the furthest thing from the truth and not only hurts us, but the environment as well—as I’ll speak about in the next part. As I spoke about last week concerning soy, my itching and overall allergies have dropped tremendously over the past three weeks, and it was all due to staying clear from GMO soy ingredients.
Here is a short list on why we need to get the word out about this toxic alteration of foods, and even the processed products we all take in daily:
The health consequences of eating genetically modified organisms are largely unknown. Genetically engineered foods have not been shown to be safe to eat and may have unpredictable consequences. When trans-fats were first introduced, corporations battled to get them onto your grocery shelves – and it is only decades later that this once novel food has been proven to be extremely unhealthful. Many scientists are worried that the genetically altered foods, once consumed, may pass on their mutant genes to bacterium in the digestive system
2.Food items that contain GMOs are unlabeled in America. Why so sneaky? The European Union has banned GMOs, as have Australia, Japan, the UK and two dozen other countries that recognize that a lack of long term studies and testing may be hiding disastrous health defects.
GMOs are not the answer for global food security. Genetically engineered crops have shown no increase in yield and no decrease in pesticide use. In many cases other farm technology has proven much more successful, and even Monsanto agrees that its genetically engineered crops yield less than conventional farming.
GMOs require massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. These things are poisons, and should not be eaten or allowed to run off into our water supply. But they are, every day, by companies who care far more about the bottom line than they do about your health, your environment or your children’s future.
8 Reasons GMOs are Bad for You
Written by Shilo Urban