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What They Don’t Know CAN Hurt YOU!

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One of the main arguments proponents of GMO crops give is that they are just as safe as regular crops. Possibly one of the most well-known of the GMO crops are those that are “Roundup Ready”, meaning farmers can spray their fields with the herbicide Round-Up (chemical name glyphosate) and it won’t kill the crops, only the weeds.  This works because the plants have been modified to resist the active ingredient in the herbicide.  The genetic engineers who developed this technology say it is totally safe for humans because they are not plants. Sounds logical? On the surface yes, but since we really encourage critical thinking here at Well Fed Family we aren’t going to take something just on the surface – we ask questions and dig a little deeper!

Here is what a simple search of Wikipedia revealed. Normally I tend not to trust Wikipedia with highly controversial topics simply because either side of the issue can come in and rewrite evidence they don’t agree with. GMO-related posts on Wikipedia are constantly changing depending on who gets hold of them that day. However the following quote is actually fact-based. It tells the mechanism that makes a plant Round-Up Ready.

“One of the most famous kinds of GM crops are “Roundup Ready”, or glyphosate-resistant. Glyphosate, (the active ingredient in Roundup) kills plants by interfering with the shikimate pathway in plants, which is essential for the synthesis of the aromatic amino acids phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan. More specifically, glyphosate inhibits the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS).

The shikimate pathway is not present in animals, which instead obtain aromatic amino acids from their diet.”

gut and liverSo again, on the surface it sounds fine. We aren’t plants, we don’t have a shikimate pathway. We get our amino acids from the food we eat.  We can eat GMO crops that have been heavily sprayed with glyphosate and it won’t matter one bit – what do you think?  Well think about this – our gut flora, the trillions of microorganisms living in symbiosis within our digestive tract, DO have shikimate pathways. They DO need this pathway functioning in order to make essential amino acids for their survival. When we eat foods doused in glyphosate/Round-Up we ARE harming our                                                                                    gut bacteria!

Let’s dig a little deeper – not only does glyphosate/Round-Up kill our gut bacteria, it also shuts down our own body’s production of CYP (cytochrome P450) enzymes.  CYP enzymes are critical to our ability to detoxify foreign substances that enter our body whether through food, drink, medicines or vaccines. This leaves us more vulnerable to inflammation of all kinds when we can’t detoxify dangerous substances.

Many if not most of the diseases we face today are directly related to the deteriorating health of our gut flora and our inability to overcome inflammation.  Everything from Alzheimer’s to cancer, diabetes to heart disease, depression to digestive disorders can be linked to either or both of these key areas.

Just because we are not plants doesn’t mean eating herbicide, or eating crops designed to GMO verificationbe heavily sprayed by herbicides, is a safe thing to do.  Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified logo on packages. Purchase organic whenever possible to avoid food sprayed with glyphosate.

 

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GMOs – What Are They? What Do We Need To Know?

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.candy molecules 6

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 withcarnation and food coloring 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.

 

jurassic park ellie sattler“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 GMO verificationyour 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