10 Reasons to Avoid GMO Foods

How GMO foods affect the environment and your health

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Article excerpt with permission from Institute for Responsible Technology

1. GMOs Are Unhealthy.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.

Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor, doctors groups such as the AAEM tell us not to wait before we start protecting ourselves, and especially our children who are most at risk.

The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are among many medical groups that condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone, because the milk from treated cows has more of the hormone IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1)―which is linked to cancer.

2. GMOs Contaminate―Forever.

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GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure.

GMOs Increase Herbicide Use

Most GM crops are engineered to be “herbicide tolerant” – of the deadly weed killer, Roundup. Monsanto, for example, sells Roundup Ready crops, designed to survive applications of their Roundup herbicide.

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Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. This is causing farmers to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Not only does this create environmental harm, GM foods contain higher residues of toxic herbicides. Roundup, for example, is linked with sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer.

4. Genetic Engineering Creates Dangerous Side Effects

By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects. Moreover, irrespective of the type of genes that are inserted, the very process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies.

Read points 6 – 10 of 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs. And start eating organic now!

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2 Responses to “10 Reasons to Avoid GMO Foods”

  1. Savvy Veg says:

    Thanks, Williaim. We need labelling, like they have in Europe. The majority of people if given a choice, don’t want to eat Frankenfoods!

  2. Williaim says:

    This is a very informative article. I understand that Monsanto has actually been given a patent on those seeds by the U S Government. They then are able to sue farmers that are not using their seeds but have their product growing because the plant seeds were carried there by birds or the wind. They try to put the farmers that don’t use their product, out of business according to reports available.
    It is very sad when we turn to soy milk because we think it is healthier than cows milk, and then find out that the soy has been genetically modified. It reminds me of the DDT that the government allowed farmers to use years ago, but will remain in our soil for hundreds of years from now.
    Thanks for publishing this information. I hope that the public becomes more aware of what is happening to their food source.

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