GMO or Genetically Modified Organism has found its way in foods that people eat on a daily basis. Scientists create them in a lab via genetic engineering and change the genetic makeup of the plants in the process. The ingredients found in these plants are harmful pesticides. GMO causes allergies in some people. They affect the immune system, and some of the GMOs are cancerous. Below you will learn facts about GMOs, dangers, and how to avoid them.
- Foods that Are Genetically Modified
Common foods that people eat are genetically modified.
Such foods include:
Most of these foods have no label on them to indicate that they are modified. The processed foods that people eat contain GMO.
- How Dangerous is GMO?
The insecticides scientists use in GM foods are quite deadly. One such known substance is called Cry toxin. The intention is to repel insects, but it does harm to the human body. Some of these insecticides share similarities with ricin. Ricin is poisonous which comes from castor beans. A tiny portion of it is deadly when consumed.
GMOs often resist herbicides. As a result, farmers spray more pesticides on plants. Most soybeans on the market have large quantities of glyphosate (herbicide Roundup). Another form of Roundup herbicide that farmers use is Glufosinate. 80 percent of children tested in Argentina showed Roundup in their bloodstreams. There is a link to Parkinson’s disease and pesticide use.
People who eat an abundance of GM foods develop allergies. Women experience reproductive disorders and digestive problems. Children foster harmful effects such as food allergies and autism. Cows get injected with bovine growth hormones, which affects the milk people consume. Furthermore, there is a link between bovine growth hormone and cancer.
- How Does GMO Affect Pregnancy?
Consuming GM foods while pregnant can weaken the mother’s as well as the unborn child’s immune system. The GM food will also slow down the growth of the fetus. Doctors are concerned about damaged organs, gastrointestinal disorders, and infertility. Some mothers to be use infant adoption option out of fear for their unborn children. They fear the risk of birth defects.
- GMO and Cross-Contamination
One farmer can plant a crop of GMO seeds, and it will affect another farmer’s crop that has non-GMO seeds. The wind can transfer pollen from one plant to the next. Another way non-GMO seeds get contaminated is during storage. If farmers transport the grains in the same wagon, the seeds can get mixed up. The same applies for when they store the seeds. Someone could mix up the seeds and mislabel them.
- Affect GMO has on the Environment
GM plants have been known to harm birds, insects, marine ecosystems, amphibians, and organisms in the soil. They cause water pollution and deplete natural resources. An example of the damage GM plants has done is that the habitat of monarch butterflies are almost non existent. Studies show that Roundup herbicide has caused birth defects in amphibians. Other reports indicate organ damage and fetal damage in animals.
- Food Options and Avoiding GMOs
People are more health conscious these days, so they look for ways to avoid GM foods. For example, they use food storage techniques. This option comes in handy during natural disasters such as hurricanes and major flooding. People with large families also take advantage of such option. The foods last a long time, and they are freshly sealed.
Other ways to avoid GMO’s and live a healthier lifestyle is to:
- Buy local and certified organic
- Check labels – look for the non-GMO seal of approval
- Avoid processed foods
- Grow your own food
- Know how to recognize fruit and vegetable labels numbers (check out Avoid-Genetically-Modified-Foods)
- Use a shopping guide
- Know your food and the company practices that provides it.
Keep yourself educated, your health and families health could depend on it.
GMO foods pose a danger to humans as well as animals and the environment. The herbicides used on the plants are deadly and sometimes cancerous. GM foods affect the immune system resulting in allergies. Reproductive disorders and digestive problems are some of the challenges GM foods cause. There is a link between Parkinson’s disease and pesticide use. It harms the environment in that it affects birds, insects, marine ecosystems, amphibians, and organisms in the soil. GM plants also cause water pollution and deplete natural resources.