Sterility and reproductive disorders, immune system malfunction and allergies, accelerated aging, gastro-intestinal disorders, organ damage, insulin dysregulation, increased aggression and anxiety, and chronic inflammation. What does this list represent? It appears to be a list of rising health issues plaguing the United States. But it is not. In fact it is a list of the most common side effects found in lab animals fed GMOs. What are GMOs? Genetically Modified Organisms are created in biotech laboratories. Scientists take genes from two non-related organisms and force them to combine with one another. Examples created include combining fish and tomatoes, puppies and seaweed, and pigs and worms. As you see these organisms would never normally combine in nature. They are transgenic organisms.
The most common Genetically Modified Organisms are soybeans, canola, cotton and field corn modified to resist being killed by the herbicide glyphosate, also known as Round-UP; or modified to create their own pesticide through gene combination with a bacteria called bacillus thuringiensis, also known as Bt. Round-Up resistant crops can be sprayed with herbicides which kill the weeds around them but not the crops themselves. Bt crops don’t need to be sprayed for pests at all as every cell of those crops makes its own pesticide which bursts open the stomachs of any insect who takes a bite.
While this sounds like an amazing breakthrough for farmers you need to go back to the top of the page and read once again the side effects caused when these genetically modified crops are actually eaten. Some of the most recent and compelling evidence against GMOs as food comes from a team of scientists in France led by Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini http://gmoseralini.org/en/ .
GMOs were given FDA approval in 1996 when the government gave a mandate to promote biotechnology. Since that time there have been many crops quietly approved for commercial production including soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, alfalfa, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash and sugar beets. There are dozens more crops in the experimental stage just waiting for commercial approval. In addition to plants there are now genetically modified salmon swimming in developmental tanks and ponds just waiting their release. Even more GMO crops are already in use which manufacture specific pharmaceutical drugs for use by drug companies.
Frightening health consequences aside, there are more problems associated with GMOs and their relationship to the worldwide environment. Plants cross-pollinate. So any normal plant nearby to GMO plants will be contaminated with GMO pollen. Nearly all of the heirloom varieties of corn grown in Mexico are now contaminated with GMO corn. Imagine what could happen if pharmaceutical-producing plants cross pollinate into the food supply and people begin consuming prescription drugs which they do not need! The pesticides produced within GMO crops are much stronger than regular pesticides and studies have shown they can contaminate nearby streams and rivers in the same way as if the fields had been sprayed with conventional pesticides. Plants can’t discriminate between beneficial insects and harmful ones. A bee or butterfly drinking the nectar or eating the pollen of a GMO plant will also suffer the same fate as a caterpillar eating the ears of corn.
More problems arise with Round-Up and the Bt toxin. If you’ve ever done the simple experiment with celery or a white carnation placed in a glass of food coloring you know that anything sprayed on plants will be taken up into that plant. Round-Up, in addition to being a powerful broad-spectrum herbicide, is also a broad-spectrum antibiotic! It kills gut bacteria, particularly the beneficial gut bacteria allowing the toxic ones to overgrow. Round-Up is also a broad-spectrum chelator of minerals. It binds to the important trace minerals in our food stopping them from being digested and instead flushes them out of our bodies. Bt pesticide toxin doesn’t just limit itself to insect stomachs, it also pokes holes in human cell walls and explodes them too.
“You never had control, that’s the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too, I didn’t have enough respect for that power and it’s out now. The only thing that matters now are the people we love….they’re out there where people are dying.” -Dr. Ellie Sattler Jurassic Park 1993
If your meat is eating GMO food then you are eating it too. The toxic effects of GMO foods have been shown to carry through the food chain. Problems compound over time and with each generation eating GMO foods. Even the rise of gluten intolerance over the last 15 years has now been linked to GMO foods in spite of the fact that there is no commercially available GMO wheat. The genetic pollution from cross pollination and self-propagation in the wild, as well as the harmful physical effects to human health make GMOs possibly the biggest environmental issue worldwide simply because once these organisms have been released they are out of our control – and people we love will be dying. http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/dangers-to-the-environment
What can you do? Vote for mandatory GMO labeling laws at state and national levels, vote with your wallet by purchasing only non-GMO verified foods, download the Fooducate app for iPhone and Android at http://www.fooducate.com/ and use it to scan items at the grocery store to identify those with GMO ingredients, put your family on a GMO-free diet