What You Need to Know About GMO’s as a Food

GMO‘s are genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Our crops have been genetically modified to be more resistant to pests, weeds, and other diseases. Because they tend to be more durable, they can often reduce the cost of a product.

Many mass-produced products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs); even though the United States has passed legislation requiring labeling some GMO ingredients, there are still loopholes that allow manufacturers to avoid or skip specific components.

For both farmers and producers, it’s more cost-effective to use this method of farming in the short term. In the long term, GMOs rob the soil of what minerals remain, are not self-reproducing and destroy our digestive tracts.

Mutations and deletions can occur anywhere in the DNA as a result of genetic engineering. If an allergen is already present in the food, or if a new allergen is introduced, the allergen count can rise. Toxins, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies are all examples of this.

All of this has been found in GMOs, both in the laboratory and in commercial production. When it comes to GMO corn, the existing toxins are amplified, and there’s also a brand-new allergen lurking in there. 

If you think about it like this, genetic engineering is like throwing a dart at our DNA and saying, “We’ll just do something here or do something here or do something here,” ignoring the consequences.

There is a strong possibility that this could explain many or all of these illnesses. But there’s more.

Is Eating GMOs Safe?

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GMOs have been banned or restricted in dozens of countries around the world. Why?

For countries with an interest in the health effects on humans, GMOs have not been proven to be completely safe. According to studies so far, it doesn’t appear that GMOs pose any health risks (https://www.allianceforscience.org/blog/mark-lynas). According to GMO activists, this is a huge victory.

GMOs contain a viral sequence known as the CaMV promoter (or the similar figwort mosaic virus (FMV) promoter), which is yet another reason for concern.

Both the CaMV promoter and the FMV promoter were wrongly assumed by the European Union GMO safety agency (EFSA) to encode no proteins for nearly two decades. In fact, the two promoters encode a significant portion of a small multifunctional viral protein that reroutes all normal gene expression and shuts down a key plant defense against pathogens.

This discovery was buried by the EFSA. We discovered their findings in an obscure scientific journal. These regulators had to explain why they had ignored the possibility that consumers were ingesting an untested viral protein after this revelation emerged.

GMO’s Widespread Usage

The vast majority of soybeans and corn grown in the United States are genetically modified. In fact, according to the Center for Food Safety, 75 percent of the processed foods in American supermarkets now contain at least one genetically modified ingredient. Even though the USDA has received a court order prohibiting the planting of certain crops, it has not enforced it.

GMOs should not be judged solely on the basis of science. Genetically Modified Organisms aren’t made to feed the world’s population or improve agriculture for the sake of profit. The purpose of these organizations is not to help farmers, but rather to help agribusinesses gain intellectual property rights (i.e. patent rights) over seeds and plant breeding.

Farmers, consumers, and the natural world all suffer as a result of this push. When GMOs were introduced in the United States, farmers saw their seed costs quadruple and their seed options greatly restricted. The battle for them, therefore, is not of minor importance. We all feel the effects of their use.

GMO-Free Living Tips

Organic Foods - Non-GMO

Avoiding GMO foods is as simple as buying organic food whenever possible. Organic food is not genetically modified or grown on land that has been treated or sprayed with chemicals, thanks to the processes used by organic producers. Machines and ingredients are kept apart to avoid cross-contamination.

For those who find the price of organic products too high, there is a solution. Toxins are more challenging to get into fruits and vegetables with thick or hard skin, making them the safest non-organic products to buy. However, you should only purchase organic produce if it has soft skin (or if you intend to eat it).

Is GMO Food Bad For My Health?

GMOs have been studied extensively, but the consensus has only recently been reached that they are safe. Since the products have not been labeled or tracked for so long, it is difficult to accurately picture what potential human health issues may arise from GMO consumption.

Our understanding of the dangers posed by genetically modified crops has yet to keep pace with the technology. In a nutshell, I believe this is the case for a simple reason. Biologists and scientists alike are more appreciative of biological organisms and their capacity to both benefit and harm humankind, and they are more humble about science’s ability to do more than just scratch the surface when it comes to understanding the natural world’s complexity and diversity.

The more I think about it, the more I realize how little we know as humans and nature on earth.

When the data is examined by government regulators, they have no choice but to rely on applicants’ claims that the research backs up their claims. Additionally, there are numerous scientific flaws that can be found in applications, such as the fact that experiments can yield unexpected results.

What Effect Do GMOs Have On The Natural World?

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As pesticides and herbicides become more resistant to GMOs, the need to use more of them or create a more robust version grows, leading to the growth of superbugs and superweeds.

The Organic Center found that herbicide use increased by over 350 million pounds in the first 13 years of commercial use of GMO crops.

Insecticide-resistant GMO plants are becoming more common. Bt plants are a group of GMOs that include maize, cotton, and soybeans. The bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis, which produces a protein-based toxin known as the Cry toxin, is the source of the Bt plant’s name. This Cry toxin is found in abundance in many Bt crops, making them what’s known as “stacked.” Each of these Bt toxins is claimed to be insect-targeted and safe by their manufacturers. Many reasons exist to question whether or not this treatment is safe or even effective.

As a result of this, Bacillus thuringiensis has been compared to the well-known anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis).

One factor is that Bt insecticides have structural similarities to ricin. Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian writer, and defector was assassinated by a small amount of Ricin in 1978.

Although it is axiomatic in science that effective risk assessment requires an understanding of the mechanism of action of any GMO transgene in order to design appropriate experiments to affirm or deny safety, the mode of action of Bt proteins is still unknown.

Some Cry proteins have been shown to be toxic to isolated human cells (Mizuki et al., 1999).

When it comes to herbicide-resistant GMO crops, there is a second issue to be concerned about. Farmers are encouraged to use large amounts of herbicides because of this resistance, and many do. The herbicide Roundup (glyphosate), which Monsanto once referred to as “extreme,” is found in commercial soybeans sold today, according to recent research.

Most GMO crops are being used to feed livestock in richer countries rather than feeding hungry people. No human needs to be provided inorganic foods rather directly or via other foods we consume.

GMO soybeans grown in South America are being exported to Europe, which will be fed to livestock.  There is a risk that poor farmers will be displaced, which could lead to a shortage of locally consumed products.