Are GMOs safe? The debate continues creating more questions than answers. Let’s start at the beginning –
Genetically Modified Organism or GMO are living organisms that do not occur in nature or through crossbreeding. (Crossbreeding is when seeds are merged to create a whole new product. The genetics are not altered. Just marrying products together to create a new variety.) Their genetics are artificially adjusted through genetic engineering. This process was created to help the organism withstand herbicides or produce their own insecticide. A GMO product is supposed to be more tolerant to droughts and provide enhanced nutrition. Basically, it creates a hardier plant that needs less labor.
So what does this mean to you? The biotech industry is promising that GMOs are safe, but there is little evidence to prove it, and I could not find any concrete data.
In fact, there is more evidence that GMO products create health problems and environmental damage. Many countries require GMO products to be labeled, while 300 regions now ban growing GMOs. Bottom line – consumers beware!
In 2015, ABC News reported that 93% of Americans believe that GMOs should be labeled. Unfortunately, the US and Canada do not require labels, so call your congressperson. The Non-GMO Project was created to prove information consumers need, but still call your congressperson. We all need to know what we are eating.
It is almost impossible not to consume GMOs, especially if you eat processed foods. They can be found in flavorings, molasses, sucrose, sweeteners, and yeast products – just to name a few. Don’t think a high protein diet will save you. Guess what’s in the animal’s feed? GMOs!
This was the one that got me. Say you are a farmer, and your family has had the land for 200 years. A big corporation buys the land next to yours and plants GMO produce, but his crop is patented because the seed was genetically modified. Wind, weather, and insects move this GMO seed onto your land where it begins to grow. Guess what – you can now be sued! In my research I read, “Genetically modified crops pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown.” Now that is scary!
It has been reported that over 80% of the GMO crops are planted to resist herbicides. So, people are using more herbicides, like Roundup, because the GMO process is causing other plants to be just as resistant. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the herbicide glyphosate (ingredient in weed killers) is “probably carcinogenic to humans”.
It is believed that GMOs are also responsible for “superweeds” and “superbugs”. Both of these need even stronger poisons to be eliminated. The worst part, if there could be something worst than all of this, once a GMO is used in the environment, it is here to stay.
So what can you do? Demand information from your stores, your congressperson, major companies, and anyone else you can think of. We all have to eat to live. What’s the point in eating healthy if you do not know what you are eating? Think I will have a sweet potato smoothie, because Nash Produce sweet potatoes are non-GMO! And don’t forget to call your congressperson.