What is a GMO Food and Is It in Your Food?
With all of the technological advancements in scientific discovery, from cell phones to medical achievements, you would think that our foods would be better than they were 100 years ago… Think again. We are living in an age where one corporation is putting more importance to “profit”, than to what is best for the consumer. Let me explain.
The millions of molecules, nutrients, and energies that are already found in nature are natural, and not patentable. The only way a corporation can legally patent one of these “natural” substances is by changing, or altering the chemical DNA of this substance. If this is done, then the substance becomes “man-made” and hence it is patentable. This is known as “Genetically Modified Organism”, or simply GMO.
Drug corporations have been engineering and developing medicines that are taken from nature and modify the DNA of these natural substances. This does not necessarily make the natural substance better, it just makes it patentable. The huge drug companies have been doing this for years. Now they are heavily involved with our food supply.
Patent-driven research and development (in this case called “genetic engineering”) has found a way to modify – and patent – natural life forms for specific purposes. By definition, a genetically modified organism, or GMO, is un-natural. DNA is inserted from the “genome” of one species into another species to create a new, unique set of genes that act differently from the original.
The most controversial use of GMO technology is in the production of “patented-protected” food crops by five primary companies. These companies (Monsanto, Dupont, Syngenta, Bayer Cropscience, and Dow) are at the forefront in developing GMO crops. They want to develop plants that:
- resist herbicides so that they are not destroyed by use of weed-killer
- produce internal proteins that are not naturally there to make these plants less susceptible to pests, like the Bt-toxin in Monsanto corn, but supposedly harmless to humans.
An extremely great articles to read about one of these giant and powerful corporations that first produces the GMO seeds to sell to farmers, then sues these same farmers this company claims violates its patents is in Vanity Fair – just click on the link >>> GMO UNCOVERED <<<<.
The GMO Cover-up That Is Dangerous
This type of genetic tinkering overrides any natural occurrences in nature. Totally unrelated species have been brought together in ways that would be impossible in Nature, and the built-in protective mechanisms against a “bad” combination of genes are dismissed. This raises many questions about how safe are these genetically modified crops to humans. Are we really being told the truth about these GMO food crops? To put it bluntly, no. Rather than fully disclosing the known dangers of these altered crops, the GMO industry emphasizes the higher yields and the ability to feed more people. They also claim a higher nutritional value of these man-made crops.
As with new medicines, no one knows what the side-effects of these new DNA combinations in our food will be. Medicines are put through much more testing and trials before they are introduced to the public. GMO crops, however, are not required to go through rigorous testing before they are brought to market. The “safety testing”, suggested by “regulatory authorities” (los federales), is primarily limited to a three month study in laboratory animals. These tests are not mandatory, not independently verified, and basically conducted in secret.
Reviewers of GMO research recently listed the important points about health risks for GMO soy, Canola oil, and corn. All of these have been genetically engineered to be tolerant to Roundup (a herbicide produced by Monsanto), and also to produce different toxins to eliminate pests. They all agreed that the potential for chronic health problems has not adequately been evaluated based on the research data. That sounds scary…
Earlier reviews by this same team also said that kidney and liver toxicity may result from three of the GMO products…”Maize NK603”, “Mon810”, and “Mon863”. Only forty test rats were feed these specialized crops for just ninety days, then all testing halted. This team found it unbelievable that no further testing had been conducted, since these test rats all had swelling of their kidneys and Livers.
Let me ask you a question…When was the last time that you saw a television commercial advertising a drug or medicine that mentions no disclaimer about any side effects to some individuals? Every commercial that I have seen advertises more side-effects to be aware of, than what the medicine/drug will cure, or prevent. This raises many questions up about is it really “wise” to genetically alter a major food source for humans, without careful, do diligent testing of this new variant?
There are much, much more inconclusive tests that have been attempted, but then mysteriously abandoned when results were not as expected. The FDA, our guardian government agency that has supreme power to stop, or continue development of all drugs, medicines, or foods, has ignored the problem, sometimes even losing key research data to prevent lawsuits from starting. This is not what I want guarding my safe welfare. What about you?
Detoxifying your body becomes much important now, especially with “genetically modified foods”. As if pollutants weren’t enough to worry about for our health, now we have modern day scientists contaminating our food supply. Something to think about…
- Roundup damages testicle cells and lowers testosterone.
- Genetically modified crops linked to tragic mass suicides in India.
- GMO cotton leaves farmers itchy and red.
- “Stacked trait” GMO’s kill human kidney cells.
Corn, Soybeans, cotton and canola are the primary food crops that are GMO. There are others, but the breakdown is as follows:
- Alfalfa – first grown in 2011 as GMO.
- Canola – now 90% of the USA production.
- Corn – 88% of USA production in 2011.
- Cotton – 90% of USA production in 2011.
- Papaya – 988 acres in Hawaii, most of Hawaiian crop.
- Soy – 94% of USA production in 2011.
- Sugar beets – 94% of USA production in 2010.
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash – 25K acres.
Further wisdom about GMO foods are about the crops that are feed to our livestock. Conventionally raised, produced, or grown, milk, meat, eggs, and honey are all considered high-risk GMO because they may be the products of animals feeding on GMO crops. If these genetically modified crops are “bad” for us, what do you think they may be doing to our animals?
Wheat is not yet GMO, but attempts are being made to do so. Recent applications have been made to put GMO Salmon on the market…Also efforts are being made to genetically engineer pigs.
Food “safety” in this United States is a hoax. Until 2007, los federales (this time the United States Department of Agriculture) actually prohibited private beef producers from testing beef for mad cow disease. Believe it or not – look it up – and mad cow disease testing would still be illegal if this “rule” had not been overturned in court.
What can you do to protect yourself from so many possibly GMO foods? Support the California GMO labeling initiative. Please visit the Alliance for National Health-USA website (www.anh-usa.org) to read more.
The absolutely BEST thing you can do to insure these GMO foods are not fed to your family is to
- Stay away from pre-packaged foods
- Buy organic
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