What’s the Fuss About GMO?

When I first heard people complaining about Genetically Modified Organisms or Food, I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what the problem was.

After all, we’ve been breeding animals as well as plants that better suited our needs for hundreds of years. Is there really any more danger with playing directly with the genes a little?

Quickly, however, when I began studying the subject a little better, I realized this was maybe the most dangerous step human race had ever taken. Not only may it be contributing to some of the major diseases of modern day, it might end up wiping out every human on earth.

The worst part is, once the process has started, it’s really hard to reverse it. And if we don’t do anything soon, we will get to a point of no return.

If you’re in any doubt about the danger of Genetically Modified Food (or even if you’re not), you must read today’s feature article and then make your comment at the end.

I’m going to begin by putting you in a strange situation. Imagine if a stranger you’d never met before asked you to put on a blindfold and then eat whatever he handed to you. Without having any idea what it was.

You would never agree to this, would you?

Let’s take the example ever further. Now you may have a food allergy, so you’d tell him that you couldn’t eat anything with that ingredient. He might reply that whatever he was going to feed you might have been made using exactly what you were allergic to but he’s quite sure (85% at least) there is no, or very little, trace left.

At this point you’d probably run away and call the police on this shady character.

But this is exactly what the food industry is doing. They’ve created all kinds of meat and vegetable products using genetic modifications. And with that, forget about reading the ingredients. First of all, they don’t have to tell you the ingredient was modified. Second, they could have used pretty much anything to modify the food and don’t have to disclose that.

Genetically Modified Organisms are created using a complicated process where genes from one organism are used to replace a single gene in another organism. You could, for example, use gene from a fish to replace a gene in soybeans. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out this would never happen naturally and therefore, this process is completely unnatural.

Since you’ve no idea what kind of gene was used to modify your food, you may have an allergy for the injected ingredient (fish, peanuts etc). And although the effects may not be as severe as if you directly ate whatever you were allergic to, it may still affect you to some degree.

If the natural health component isn’t enough to get your attention, how about just sheer freakiness- pigs have been genetically modified to produce Omega 3 fats using a gene from roundworms. Is that really what you want to put in your mouth? What are you really eating?

Scientists have claimed that the modified genes are destroyed during the digestion process; however, recent studies have found those genes in the brains of infant mice fed GMO modified food.

Which brings us to the biggest issue on the dinner table… there is so little research on the long term effects of GMO. It’s only been on the market for less than 20 years. And during those 20 years there has been a drastic rise in all kinds of modern diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity etc. Now we don’t know for sure if GMO is causing this but it has all been happening at the same time. And since there is no labeling requirement, it’s very tough to even compare people who eat more or less GMO.

And it’s in everything. Over 90% of all corn, soybeans, cotton seed oil, canola oil and cane sugar sold in the USA is genetically modified. The percentage is much lower in other countries around the world. No surprise USA also has the highest frequency of most of those modern health problems.

Oftentimes the effects of modified food are discovered only by coincidence when odd occurrences happen. For example, cows fed partly genetically altered soybeans were found to produce milk with a higher fat content. Ladybugs in Scotland lived half the age of other ladybugs when around genetically modified potatoes. They also laid fewer eggs. What’s more, the ladybugs don’t even eat potatoes. They ate insects that had eaten the modified potatoes. So the effects clearly go down the food chain.

That brings us to pesticides. Did you know that most of the GMO done today is meant to keep insects away from crops?

First of all, insects are pretty smart and know the good stuff. Do you really want to eat something not even insects want to eat? Because now whatever is meant to keep the insects away is inside the plant forever and never washes away.

Second, little by little, the insects are going to adapt so that they can live (because food supply is changing they have to). At that point they may become immune to those changing efforts and more powerful, poisoning pesticides in addition to GMO are then needed, causing an ugly cycle. At its worst, this trend can even cause a food shortage in the long haul.

Now there is a far-fetched possibility that genetically altered food is just as safe as any other type of food. Maybe there is nothing to worry about. But we just don’t know. And because the FDA refuses to require labeling of modified food, we don’t have much choice.

Even in your local health food store, things labeled “all natural” might still contain ingredients that are genetically modified. Unfortunately, this is actually more likely than not.

The only products we can be pretty sure are not GMO are products labeled 100% organic. And even with that, we can’t be too sure for too long.

You see, crops don’t grow in isolation. It’s very possible that seed from GMO farms blow over to organic farms and pollute the crops. And there is no way to know and nothing really to do about it except grow the organic crop in more and more isolation.

Genetically modified salmon is also being raised inland in various places around the world- as if the traditional commercially-raised salmon wasn’t enough risk. These genetically modified fish are bigger than traditional salmon so if a few of them escaped into the wild, they’d be considered superior breeding mates. At that point, organic has been pretty much adulterated.

The worst part is there is no need for GMO. There is plenty of food in the world. Even continents where people are starving often have a lot of food. The bigger problem is getting the food to the people who need it. The only reason for making GMO is for the few big food manufactures to become bigger and richer at the risk of our health.

Most diseases can be reversed using lifestyle changes. One of those changes is to avoid genetically modified food. In our various health programs, we offer many other types of lifestyle changes you can make to cure yourself of most modern diseases such as arthritis, type 2 diabetes and other. You can check out our natural health guides on the right hand side of this page.

Please leave your thoughts below in the comment section.

by Jodi Knapp

Glenn Seymour (105 Posts)

Partner & Director of Business Development at Stocks Institue for Age Management. I Promote Age Management strategies including hormone optimization, low glycemic index foods and exercise. I have spent my career in the healthcare industry.

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