Although awareness of the potentially very serious health risks associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become public knowledge, many people continue to buy and consume these foods with little awareness that they are doing so. In fact, as much as ¼ of our food supply  is now genetically modified and not labeled as such, making it nearly impossible to avoid these foods 100% of the time. However, by understanding which foods are genetically modified, the way they are produced and how to cast your vote to stop producing them, you can support not only your own health and the health of your family, but the future of humanity.
The most common GM crops are soy, corn, cottonseed and canola oil. Other less known GM foods include tomatoes, rice, Hawaiian papaya, sugar beets, dairy products, potatoes, some zucchini, crookneck squash and peas. Even though some of these foods might be easily avoidable, soy and corn are two of the main ingredients found in almost all processed foods in the supermarket. Currently over 93% of soy and 86% of corn is genetically modified.  Additionally soy and corn are being fed to livestock, which enters our bodies when we consume meat and dairy products. Furthermore, 22% of cows in the U.S are injected with a GM bovine growth hormone. 
So what does genetically modified really mean? It basically means that these foods have been genetically engineered by injecting foreign genes from other plants and animals into their genetic code. Some of the claimed reasons for doing so are to improve food traits/nutritional quality, increase food supply, create disease and drought resistance, lower production costs and increase shelf life.  However, as with any technology that hasn’t been tested over the long-term and/or goes against nature’s natural processes, there are many potential dangers associated with this modification of DNA that could impact the future of our food supply and even the human race. Even more important, the Global Citizens’ Report indicates that the claimed benefits of GM haven’t materialized and are creating additional agricultural problems that require further toxic solutions.
One of the main concerns is that the genetic modification involves making these crops resistant to herbicides (68%), pesticides (19%) and plant viruses (13%). This introduces previously unknown toxins and allergens and produces negative interactions and genetic changes in the body from new bacteria and viruses. There is also the risk that the pests and weeds will develop resistance to the chemicals that are now part of the DNA structure, requiring even more chemicals to manage the crops. Not only is this impacting the safety of the food supply, scientists are now saying that these pesticide producing plants can continue to produce pesticides in the body long after the food is consumed. 
To date, there has been very little long-term research on the effects of GM foods due to the fact that independent researchers have not been allowed access to the patented seeds (the companies at the forefront of the GMO movement who have been attacked by environmentalists for their role in threatening human health and the environment). Even though there have been no human clinical trials, animal studies have shown evidence that GM foods are dangerous, indicating significant health risks, infertility, weakened immune system, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, organ and gastrointestinal system changes. Possibly the most alarming human case to date was the numerous deaths and long-term illness/disability caused by the GM food supplement L-Tryptophan in the 1980s. The bottom line is that the side-effects of consuming GM foods over the long-term is unpredictable and hard to detect, potentially showing up in the form of allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. Many believe that future generations are already being impacted as traces of GM toxicity are now showing up in pregnant women and fetal blood.
Although the final verdict on the long-term impact of GMOs is not agreed upon yet (most of the opposition to their being any risk comes from the companies profiting from the industry themselves or powerful government officials, many of whom were former executives of these GMO producing companies), it is clear that enough evidence points to negative health consequences that aren’t worth the risk. As corporations are driven by profits, the only way to support the elimination of these products is to not purchase them. It’s also important that we all work together to demand proper labeling of the products containing GMOs so that we don’t mistakenly put ourselves at risk or support products we don’t believe in. One suggestion is to make sure that you only purchase soy and corn products that are 100% organic. For those who aren’t yet convinced, I encourage you to research GMOs yourselves. There are many documentaries, published animal research studies and other resources available online and elsewhere in order to arrive at your own conclusions and take a knowledgeable stance on this issue.
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Published On: February 16, 2013