Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)

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  • So what can go wrong? Ever ask yourself that question just prior to 
    engaging in something that will provide the answer in spades. Perhaps
    Gen. Custer queried the possibilities just prior to his very own "oops moment" 
    as in “Okay boys, let’s take care of this Indian business once and for 
    all. I mean, seriously, what can go wrong?”

    There is the Chernobyl incident, the levies of New Orleans, the Titanic -- all evidence of what can go wrong. We can add to that list the "let’s mess with our food and see what happens" episode of what can go wrong.

    Here’s what can go wrong, very wrong.

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    If you have been following my posts on genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), then you are aware that I have given a fair amount of attention to GMOs as of late. You probably have surmised that I am no great fan of genetically
    modified foods. There is a reason for that. I believe that GMOs are 

    To begin, testing on lab animals is yielding some pretty alarming 
    results regarding what can happen when GMOs are consumed. For 
    instance, rats that were fed potatoes that were engineered to produce
    their own insecticide developed potentially precancerous cell growth in 
    the digestive tract, stunted development of the brain, liver and 
    testicles, and damage to the immune system. As it turns out, the cause 
    of the problems was not the insecticide but the process of genetic 
    engineering. This same process is used to create GMO products that are 
    currently on the market. 

    Seven of the study rats who were fed GM FlavrSavr tomato for 28 days 
    developed stomach lesions, while another seven died within two 
    weeks and had to be replaced in the study. The tomato was approved 
    although FDA scientists still had many unresolved questions regarding
    the safety of the product.

    It has also been shown that gene insertion disrupts DNA and can cause
    unpredictable health problems. When genes are randomly inserted into DNA 
    their location can influence their function and the function of natural 

    These insertions can scramble, remove, or relocate the genetic code that 
    is near the insertion site.

    Growing plant cells into genetically modified plants can create hundreds 
    or even thousands of mutations. A change in a single base pair of genes 
    can have serious effects while more dramatic changes can have many 
    interacting effects. The extent of these mutations in not known.

    Herbicide-tolerant crops increase the use of herbicides that they are
    associated with. The herbicide residue in these crops can advance their 
    toxic effects on humans. Due to a dramatic increase in weeds that are
    resistant to herbicides there has been an increase in even more toxic

    Should you wish more information regarding the potential harmful effects 
    of GMO foods, I recommend you read the reference that is cited below. Another good source is to search #NoGMO on Twitter.

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Published On: June 06, 2014