Genetically Modified Foods: Are They A Risk To Human/animal Health?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could walk into a supermarket and buy any product with the confidence of knowing it was safe? Besides, if it wasn’t safe, the FDA wouldn’t allow it to be sold, right? Wrong. Currently, 70% of the foods in our supermarkets have genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in them and most people don’t even know it. But what’s so wrong with GMOs you ask. Well, there is an abundance of evidence which suggest that GMOs pose serious dangers to your health.

The Dangers of GMOs
Since the massive invasion of GMOs into our food supply from 1996, chronic diseases and food allergies have doubled. After reviewing more than 600 scientific journals, world renowned biologist Pushpin M. Bhargaa concluded that GMOs are a major contributor to the sharply deteriorating health of Americans.

In what has been called the most comprehensive and first ever study of GMO foods on mammalian health, researchers at the Committee of Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering found direct links between organ damage and the consumption of GMO corn. The study clearly showed negative impacts on the kidneys, liver, dietary detoxifying organs, heart, adrenal glands, spleen and the hematopoietic system which is responsible for production of red blood cells. In addition to this, other studies have shown that:

• Rats fed GMO tomatoes got bleeding stomachs and several died.
• GMO potatoes damages rats.
• Rats fed GMO corn had multiple health problems.
• Rats fed GMO bt potatoes had intestinal damage.
• Workers exposed to bt cotton developed allergies.
• Sheep died after grazing on GMO bt cotton fields.
• Pigs and cows became sterile after eating GMO corn.
• Twelve cows died mysteriously after eating GMO corn.
• Mice fed GMO Round-Up ready soy had liver cell problems.

And there are many more documented examples.

Exactly What Are GMOs?
GMOs are the result of the genetic alteration of the genetic codes of organisms. It involves taking the gene traits from one organism and splicing it with the genes of another organism resulting in a new mutant gene. Genes can be taken from other forms of life, including other plant forms, insects, bacteria and even viruses. For example, scientists have created a GMO sweet corn which is resistant to insects because it produces its own pesticide. The genetically modified corn is called Bt-corn, because the insect-killing gene in the plant comes from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis. This process creates mutant organisms and dangerously mutating genes, which unfortunately do not require clinical trail or safety testing before being released into the public.

How to Identify GMOs in our Food Supply
53% of Americans said that they would avoid GMOs if they were labeled. The FDA, which is heavily influenced by the food industry, has prevented the mandatory labeling of GMOs in the US. This stance pushed by the food industry disempowers consumers while jeopardizing our safety to maintain profits. Labeling requirements would allow consumers to identify which foods contain GMOs and allow them to decide whether or not they wanted to buy them. Countries such as France and the United Kingdom already have mandatory labeling requirements for GMO foods. However, despite the overwhelming evidence suggesting the dangers of GMOs, the US has yet to ban it, or at the very least require mandatory labeling of GMO foods.

Despite the lack of labeling requirements, you can identify GMO produce by the PLU numbers. PLU stands for Price Look Up and refers to the five digit standard code supermarkets used to label produce. Most produce have PLU numbers labeled on them. If the first digit of the PLU number is a 9, the item is organic. If it is an 8, it is GMO! Conventionally grown fruits or vegetables have a 0 for the first digit, but usually the 0 is dropped. Most conventionally grown produce will actually have only 4 digits on the PLU tag if you don't see a 0 at the beginning.

How to Avoid GMOs in our Food Supply
The best way to avoid GMOs is to:

• Eat only organically grown fruits and vegetables.
• Avoid produce with PLU codes which start with 8.
• Avoid byproducts of the five most genetically engineered crops which include soy, corn, canola, cottonseed and sugar beets.

This would mean to avoid all soy byproducts including oil and tofu unless the soy is organic. Most blended oils contain canola and cottonseed oils.

Most of the corn is GMO. Corn byproducts such as corn flakes, corn chips, high fructose corn oil, corn starch, corn oil, corn syrup are ingredients in many processed products. GMO corn also enters our food supply as the primary feed to cattle other livestock which ends up on our plate.

Most white sugar is now made from GMO sugar beets so all items with sugar are at risk of being GMO.
LittleJade4 LittleJade4
31-35, F
4 Responses Jul 27, 2010

I for one curious would love to know where you get your information, How many people saved, where and by what crops? What was grown before GMO what was the yields, how many starved before GMO versus how much was produced afterward, what crops, how many starved after the introduction of GMO? Where was this? What was it compared to?<br />
Do you have this information? Your post sounds more like a blurb from a Monsanto marketing brochure.<br />
If you are so curious, please tell me how you make this claim.

The never offer any evidence for those ridiculous claims.<br />
AND GMO is NOT safe! It is lousy with oddball genetic ex<x>pressions, and scrambled DNA. The net long term effects are unknown and we risk contaminating the entire biosphere with polluted genetics. These idiots are playing with things that they have no clue about they work.

GMO crops are LOWER yield and that is even evident on Monsanto's own website! They claim increased yield but when you read the reports they have lower yields then non GMO

Genetically modified foods have saved MILLIONS from starving throughout the world. Without high yield strains of Wheat and other grains millions would starve every year in the developing world. It's very easy to criticize GMOs when you can afford to just buy something else, but in many places they rely on the research into GMO's being done now.