The Dangers of GMO’s
A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. DNA molecules are taken from different sources and are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes.
In America, the only way we can currently be sure we are not eating GMO's is to eat a totally organic diet (and this means certified organic). GMO foods do not require labeling in the United States. GMO foods do not require labeling in the U.S.
The following is a list of major GMO crops grown in America:
- 93% of all soybeans (vegetarians and bodybuilders beware!)
- 86% of all corn (this includes high fructose corn syrup, aka "corn sugar")
- 93% of canola (the supposedly "healthy" oil)
- 93% of cottonseed oil
- 95% of sugar beets
GMO’s are in crops which have had the genes of foreign organisms spliced into their own. Scientists are able to manipulate, modify, and change the genetic code of plants in order to enhance more “desirable” traits, like increased yield, and increased resistance to insects that feed on them. This new-science promises the “corporate farmers,” as well as smaller farmers, higher yields from their crops and more money in their pockets.
For several years, these GM (genetically modified) foods have been placed on the shelves and in the produce bins of most stores throughout the U.S., without any labeling or consumer notification. We’ve been consuming GEF’s for years—it is even in the baby food! Many countries have passed legislation requiring the labeling of GEF’s, including Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, European Union, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan. Many other countries have banned importation of GMO’s, and prohibited the planting and field trials of GM crops—until
scientifically proven to be safe for human consumption. But so far, the “land of the free” seems to have welcomed what has been dubbed, “designer genes” or “Frankenfood.” The biotech industry is testing GM foods to see if they are safe for human consumption—they are testing it on us right now, without our permission. We find it alarming and appalling that most foods available in typical grocery stores across the U.S. include some sort of genetically modified organisms, and that they are not labeled.
Other countries don’t tolerate it, but it’s been snuck into our grocery stores nationwide. We’re told the only way Americans can try to avoid GMO’s is to eat only certified organic foods. Tell that to families struggling to put food on their table during an economic crisis and massive unemployment. In a way, you could say that GMO’s are being primarily tested on the poor in our country! Oh, go grow your own food—oh, wait, now the seeds are genetically modified too…
And it gets better. There’s something new to worry about, it’s called obesogens, and they are all around us. Scientists are discovering that chemicals we’re exposed to everyday could be a big part of the obesity epidemic. They’re calling them obesogens, or endocrine disruptors, these natural and man-made chemicals work by altering the regulatory system that controls your weight—increasing the fat cells you have, decreasing the calories you burn, and even altering the way your body manages hunger.
The other day a politician talking about rising health care costs, and that people need to take more responsibility for their health. He was talking about chronic obesity in America and that people need to take personal responsibility for their obesity. So, take responsibility for your health and your inability to maintain a healthy weight, while GMO’s and dangerous chemicals are being allowed into our bodies and creating a science project out of us!
There’s an easy way to detect GMO’s in fruit:
- Conventional Fruit Labels – Do not begin with 9, most begin with 4.
- Organic Fruit Labels – Five digits and begin with 9.
- Genetically Modified Fruit Labels – Begin with the number 8.
Unfortunately, our food supply is in the hands of big business. Today, agriculture has been replaced by “agri-business.” It’s old news for many people, but long ago our crops went corporate—and in so doing, many farmers were pushed out of the picture, and replaced with “factory farms.” Yet more recently, and much more frighteningly, the news that for several years our precious food supply—at least in the U.S.—has been altered, in ways the average person can scarcely begin to understand. Just as we begin to truly comprehend the interdependent nature of the dynamic web of life and how we fit into this living miracle, science has presented business with a new way to re-weave the web—by altering, modifying and engineering the staff of life.
How harmful can GMO’s be, you may ask… well, the most frightening aspect is no one really knows. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods. So there is no food labeling to tell us whether there are GMO’s in a food or not, but people are told to avoid GMO’s. Of course, we’re also told to take personal responsibility for our health and our obesity. It’s an insult to our intelligence and our health, and other countries are laughing at us.
Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.
Scientific progress—for better or worse—has made our world what it is today; advances in knowledge and technology can be helpful and even wildly exciting. But when some strange new scientific technique is placed at the disposal of people to whom a quick profit is often far more important than the welfare of their fellow citizens, we need very much to educate ourselves. Unfortunately, the buyer must beware, or be at the mercy of someone who simply may not care.