What does GMO stand for anyway? GMO stands for genetically modified organism. The process of genetic engineering occurs in a laboratory where the genes from the DNA of a species are extracted and forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. Foreign genes are taken from humans, plants, insects, viruses and bacteria, depending on what the ‘end goal’ is. For example, Artic fish genes were injected into tomatoes and strawberries so they would better resist frost. What are the GMO dangers? In playing with the genes of unrelated species are we slowly killing nature and humankind?
Notably, growers in this country, and the world, have to think of everything to get their crops to market. The world is over-populated and we have to feed everyone. So what’s wrong with genetic modification to get the job done? And how is this different than grafting trees or cross-breeding animals?
Well, there are several things ‘wrong’….
In cross-breeding, you can breed two different dog breeds and come up with a new breed, but you cannot breed a dog with a potato or a mouse, for example. Nature protects against it even when species seem related. When a horse and a donkey mate, their offspring, a mule, is sterile. This is mother natures way of saying: ‘Don’t mess with me.’
The American Academy of Environmental Science has repoted that:
‘Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM foods.’
The problems caused by GM foods include:
• Faulty insulin regulation
• Changes in major organs
• Gastrointestinal Problems
The Food and Drug Adminstration has ignored their own scientists findings and allowed GMOs into our food without labeling. FDA scientists found the following:
• More than half the babies born of mother rats fed genetically modified soy died within 3 weeks and had stunted growth..
• Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses indicating signs of toxicity.
• The stomach lining of rats fed GM corn showed excessive cell growth, a condition that can lead to cancer.
In January of 2011, Dr. Don Huber, an internationally recognized plant pathologist and Doctor Emeritus at Purdue University sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Visilack.
Doctor Huber’s letter detailed the findings of a top team of scientists that had found a previously unknown pathogen that at the writing of the letter was ‘new to science’ and that ‘should be treated as an emergency’. This pathogen was found in Roundup Ready corn and soybean crops. Roundup Ready® seeds are genetically engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s top selling weed killer, Roundup.
The pathogen, the scientists discovered, is linked to a steady rise in plant diseases in Roundup ready corn and soybean crops and is associated with high rates of infertility and spontaneous abortion rates of 45% of cattle and dairy herds consuming round up ready feed.
In his letter, Doctor Huber requested assistance from the USDA to help him complete scientific findings and urged Secretary Visilak to delay the approval of any more GM crops. The USDA ignored Doctor Huber’s warnings and has approved the planting of two new GMO crops: the first being Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO alfalfa, which is the primary grazing feed for U.S. meat and dairy cows, and the second being sugar beets.
This happened in 2011! The FDA has known about GMO dangers for seven years and has allowed American crops to be poisoned!
You may choose to watch the below video of Dr. Mercola’s interview with Dr. Huber discussing nuerous GMO dangers.
Avoid Dangers of GMOs
So how do you avoid genetically modified food?
A couple of good starting points would be:
• Stay away from packaged foods
• Buy only organic meats – legally, organic feed cannot contain GMOs
If you’d like to learn how to avoid GMOs in the produce department, take a look at my article:
To learn which produce you should buy organically, you can take a peek at my article:
Final Thoughts on GMO Dangers
I believe that all of us should be able to choose healthful, delicious food. Genetic engineering and the GMO dangers that are a result of that engineering are the main reasons that I spend the extra dime on organics and will continue to do so. I call it putting my money where my mouth is. I choose for health!