Today, more and more people are learning about GMO foods (genetically modified organisms). More GMO labeling initiatives are being introduced on ballots, armies of people are marching and are making their voices heard (and these people aren’t just your hippy, tree-hugging folks. They aren’t paranoid either. They are concerned parents and citizens. Even farmers, doctors and scientists who aren’t afraid to stand up). Night show entertainers are even getting in on the act and calling out Monsanto. More and more studies are showing correlation between GMOs and health. Grocery stores and restaurants are starting to take action by promising to eliminate genetically modified foods within the next few years. Chipotle farewell to GMO food ingredients. Dr. Oz is getting attacked for discussing GMOs. The word is getting out!
GMO Foods – Are you Being Misled?
With the increased exposure of GMOs comes the misleading information. Recently, it seems that I’ve heard more and more people share incorrect information about GMOs. I imagine this is in part to the concern that the Biotech industry and Big Ag has with the additional exposure. They want to spread information that GMOs aren’t harmful – nor are all of the toxic pesticides that they spray on GMO crops. They want you to believe that GMOs are needed to feed the growing population. They also say things like “our food has been modified for many years”, so this really isn’t a big deal. In essence, they are trying to downplay any concern over genetically modified foods. While technically our food has been modified over the years, it is also misleading when it comes to today’s GMOs. “Today’s” genetically modified foods are not the same as your momma’s genetically modified food.
Cross Breeding vs. Crossing Species Boundaries
I recently heard an excellent speaker on the Food Revolution Summit who explained the faulty argument that we have been modifying foods for many years. In itself, that is a correct statement – foods have been systematically modified for years. However, it has been done at the organism level. It has been done by cross breeding crops. Today, with genetic engineering, it is done at the cellular level. That alone, poses its own set of health concerns. In addition to modifying at the cellular level, today we are crossing species boundaries. That is, for example, taking animals genes and putting them into plants. This new technology is called “cell invasion technology”. This is a new technology and according to the interview with Andrew Kimbrell, it is a sloppy technology. Scientists don’t know where it’s going in the genome. They don’t know exactly which chromosome it’s going in – where it’s going in the DNA. There are also additional risks associated with it.
According to the Institute for Responsible Technology,
“the genetic engineering process creates massive collateral damage,causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant’s DNA. Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their behavior. Even the inserted gene can be damaged or rearranged, and may create proteins that can trigger allergies or promote disease.”
These differences are major – cross breeding crops and crossing species boundaries! And I didn’t even mention the massive toxic herbicides and pesticides that are being used since GMOs are designed to withstand them. As the weeds adapt and develop resistance, more dangerous herbicides are used. Not only harming us, but damaging the soil.
As GMO foods continue to be debated, please do your research before relying on what the Biotech industry wants you to think.
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