Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
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.
Anyone for Genetically Modified Organisms?
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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