GMO: What They do Not Want Us to Know

GMO-labWhat do French fries, bottled salad dressings, corn chips, and your favorite breakfast cereal have in common? They all contain genetically modified organisms, GMOs, also known as genetically modified or engineered foods. They are created in laboratories by genetically altering the DNA of individual species. Humans are unable to metabolize many of these synthetic substances so they accumulate as toxins in our bodies and eventually cause disease.

What are GMOs?

Genetically engineered foods have a section of DNA from a different species spliced into their DNA. As an example, genetically engineered soybeans contain DNA from bacteria and viruses to help them withstand weed killers such as Roundup. Genetically engineered corn has insect resistant DNA added creating built-in pesticide. This process creates new unstable and unnatural species of plant. The original intent of GMO crops was to offer increased yield, built in drought tolerance, or enhanced nutrition.

Don’t confuse hybrid foods with GMO foods, they are completely different. Hybrids are created when cross-pollination occurs between plants, facilitated by man or spontaneously in nature. Hybrids can be safely developed to resist heat, drought or yield or improve flavor.

Which foods on your table are genetically modified (GMO)?

Nearly 80% of processed foods and many fast foods contain GMOs. Most commercially grown corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets are genetically modified. From these basic crops, most corn oil, canola oil, and high fructose corn syrup are created and added to your processed foods. The latest trend involves genetically modifying cattle and hogs to produce more meat or milk. Even salmon, which would then grow larger and faster than regular salmon.

Are GMO foods safe?

Scientists and the biotech companies who develop this process (and the agricultural industries who employ them) will tell you that they are safe for human consumption. They ignore the fact that there is little research on the long-term effects on human health. The FDA has allowed GMOs based only on the self-serving research and assurances of safety from the companies that created them. It is difficult to trust the FDA when it is staffed by individuals recruited from farming corporations building their food production business using GMOs.

Independent research continues and suggests that GMOs may increase allergies or cause immunity problems. A 2009 study by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine found health risks associated with GMOs including “infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.”

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