We are what we eat. What we eat affects our DNA—the genes that make up who we are. Our DNA has adapted over thousands of generations to the environment including the food we eat.
Mankind has been genetically engineering species since the beginning of civilization through selective breeding, but Genetically Modified Organisms—GMOs—are different. According to the World Health Organization, GMOs are “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in such a way that does not occur naturally.”
In 1946, scientists discovered that DNA can be transferred between organisms creating transgenic species. The first genetically modified plant—an antibiotic resistant tobacco plant— was produced in 1983. By 1994, the first transgenic food—the Flavr Savr tomato—was approved by the FDA for marketing in the United States.
Today over 70 percent of processed foods sold in the United States contain Genetically Modified ingredients. But are GMO’s safe?
Genetically Modified foods’ DNA has been manipulated to increase growth, ward off pests, make them resistant to herbicides, and increase nutritional content.
So why did Peru place a ten year ban on Genetically Modified Foods?
Peruvian scientists, farmers, and government believe that introducing GM crops would compromise their native crops, the health of their people, and their environment.
One popular GM food is Monsato’s Bt corn. Bt corn has been genetically modified to carry a gene from a soil bacterium that creates an endotoxin to kill insects that eat corn.
This may seem like an improvement on modern farming. Yet what about beneficial insects (they are destroyed by the toxin too) and what about people who consume Bt corn? Well, our gut does not pass the toxin. Instead our gut bacteria—the friendly species that protect us and help us digest our foods—incorporate the genetic material in Bt corn into its own DNA.
Canadian scientists found the pesticides used on genetically modified crops and, in some cases, the genes used to create genetically modified crops—specifically the Bt genes—are able to survive in our digestive tracts, move into our bloodstreams, and, in the case of pregnant women, show up into their developing infants. “Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada” by A. Aris and S. Leblanc [Reproductive. Toxicology. 31 (2011) 528-533]
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.” They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling.
AAEM’s position paper stated, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. They conclude, “There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation…The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.”
Because of all the media hype, more people have become aware of GMOs and are asking questions. That’s why I wrote this article.
I am not worried about GMO exposure. I try to eat organic, avoid processed foods and take Genesis Gold which helps my body detox and stay in balance.
What you can do
• Buy Organic- Certified organic foods cannot intentionally include GMO ingredients
• Look for “Non-GMO Project” verified seals. For more info go to: http://www.nongmoproject.org/
• Avoid at risk ingredients- Corn, canola, soy, cottonseed, sugar from sugar beets
• Check out the Non-GMO Shopping Guide at: http://www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com/
• Help your body dance genetic vitality by taking Genesis Gold®
• Support the companies that support GMO labeling. – If you would like clear labeling of GMOs, use your hard earned money to tell the food industry what you desire.
Being aware of what goes into your body is always a good thing.