Genetically Modified Organisms (or GMOs) were introduced to consumers’ diets back in the 1990’s. They were supposed to increase crop production, reduce crop losses due to insects and plant diseases, increase bio-available nutrients in our food, and lower food costs to consumers. Ideal goals, for sure, but have GMOs actually helped or harmed consumers since their inception?
In the almost twenty years GMOs have been in American grocery stores, incidences of food allergies, diabetes, obesity, autism, auto-immune disorders, infertility, and cancers have all more than doubled. Biotech companies, like Monsanto, claim that their GM seeds and, resultant food products, are not to blame for the increasing rates of these diseases, disorders, and health issues. How can that be? Think about it…GM seeds are created using parts of virus DNA (the most recent of which – Cauliflower Mosaic Virus promoter) injected into the DNA of Non-GMO seed cells in order to make the newly created seeds resistant to plant viruses, bacteria, fungus, and insects as well as insecticides such as Roundup. One problem that results from these GM seeds is that once the plants are grown and seeds harvested from those plants, these offspring seeds cannot produce new plants. They are, in fact, infertile. If these offspring seeds of the GM seeds are infertile, what do you think the food from these plants is doing to our bodies?
These GM seeds actually contain virus genes which produce a protein which suppresses immune function in plants, animals, and humans. They also cause nutrient deficiency in the plants; and insects that eat from those plants have adverse affects such as deadly gastronomical explosions…yes, their stomachs actually explode.
If these foods are nutrient deficient, don’t you suppose that in order for our bodies to get the nutrition they require, that our bodies would tell us we are still hungry for the missing nutrients by making us crave more food? Don’t you think that could be a reason why obesity, diabetes, and other diseases are increasing at such an alarming rate? If these plants can cause an insect’s stomach to explode, don’t you think there’s a possibility that these same plants could be damaging our gastrointestinal tracts? One other point I’d like to make…a major reason cows, pigs, and chickens have been given antibiotics and growth hormones (which has been proven to also be bad for humans) is to help them grow faster and stay “healthy” long enough to make it to the slaughter houses. It is also to fight off the bacteria and viruses that their immune systems can no longer fight, partially because of being caged in their own wastes, but also because of the GM feed they are given.
They only way to stop GM foods from being literally “forced down our throats” in increasing amounts is to avoid buying and eating GM foods. Read labels and look for the Non-GMO Project label or a label that specifically states that the food product is Non-GMO.