Dangers of GMOs

Dangers of GMOs

The FDA and others in the food industry claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe, properly tested, and necessary to keep the world well fed. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine is among many that don’t agree.  There have been no long-term safety studies of the effects of GMOs. We are opening up a big can of worms by allowing GM crops into the world.

The effects of GMOs really haven’t been studied properly in humans. It’s pretty scary to imagine what they are doing to us since we DO know what GMO’s are doing to lab animals:

  • Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
  • By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
  • More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
  • Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity

 

One of my favorite courses in college was logic. The basic premise of a logical argument was to take a general premise and deduce a particular conclusion. Take GMOs for example: the general premise is that animals are getting sick from GMOs and from that we can deduce that humans will get sick from GMOs. The FDA might need a refresher course.  One would think that the results of those animal studies would at least raise a red flag that just maybe GMOs aren’t safe, but clearly those studies weren’t enough. GM crops continue to grow and the risk for human and animal illnesses continues to rise.

How many times have you heard someone say: “I don’t remember kids having food allergies when I was growing up”?  Maybe GMO’s are the cause or at least a factor in this surge of food allergies, environmental allergies, ADHD and other diagnoses.

  • Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
  • Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced

 

A study out of the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, recently found Bt toxin (a toxic insecticide which comes from certain genetically-modified crops) in human blood samples for the first time.  All women involved in the study had been consuming a typical Canadian diet which, like in the US, is filled with GM materials and toxins.

The evidence is mounting, showing GMOs aren’t safe.  Yes, the long term effects are unknown, but before long I have no doubt that there will be “new information” released further proving that GMOs are dangerous.  While we’re waiting let’s just stay as far away from GM’s as possible.  And FDA-please stop testing on those poor, helpless animals.

 

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Lori Popkewitz Alper

Lori Popkewitz Alper is the founder and editor-in-chief of Groovy Green Livin, a site dedicated to sharing green living tips and information with individuals, families, schools and businesses. A contributing writer for multiple blogs and websites, Lori speaks, writes and advises clients on a variety of issues related to creating a greener lifestyle.

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