The month of October has been proclaimed as Non-GMO month in order to inform consumers of the dangers of foods containing genetically modified organisms. and why they should be avoided. Avoiding GMO foods in the US and Canada is difficult because they have no madatory requirements that foods containing GMOs must be labelled as such. But if enough people stop buying foods that are likely to contain GMO, then, as happened in Europe, the manufacturers, and later the farmers will stop producing them, because it will not be commercially viable.
Common GMO-Containing Crops and Animal Foods
The most common crops in the US that contain GMOs, and the percentage of these crops that are genetically modified, are as follows:
- Soya beans, 95 percent;
- field corns, 86 percent;
- Hawaiian Papaya 80 percent;
- Canola oil, 83 percent; and
- sugarbeet, 95 percent.
There are a number of possible dangers associated with the ingesting genetically modified. These include death and near-death from allergic reactions, and 5-10 thousand illneses and 100 deaths from the genetically modified food supplement L tryptophan. There is particular concern about bovine growth hormone ,which results in a far higher level of IGF-1, a potent hormone that has been linked to a two and a half to four times highr risk for colo-rectal cancer, and prostate cancer. Pre-menopausal women given IGF-1 are seven times more likely to develop breast cancer.
In addition, bovine growth hormone causes increased infections in the udders of cows, which need to be treated with antibiotics. The presence of these antibiotics in the milk supply will likely cause more allergic reactions and possibly death in people consuming the milk. Another concern is that many genetically modified foods contain antibiotic resistant genes and if these are handed on to people they too will become resistant to the antibiotics concerned. Also, there is a possibility that these genes could be handed on to bacteria, which themselves would then become antibiotic resistant
There is also concern that the number of birth defects may rise with the increasing genetically modified foods. In experiments where female rats were fed genetically modified soy most of the babies died within three weeks in comparison to only 10 percent of the baby rats born to adults fed normal soy. Cows will avoid eating genetically corn and and in an experiemnt to test the safety of genetically modified tomatos the rats refused to eat it and had to be force fed. Many died but the genetically modified tomatos were passed as safe.
These are just a few of the concerns that scientists have with GMOs.
A recent post by on Dr Mercola’s site describes the organizations thar are working to eliminate GMOs and what you can do to help. There are also limks where you can download lists of foods likely to be genetically modified. The main message is that if consumers refuse to buy food that is genetically modified, the food manufacturers and grocery stores will eventually refuse to stock it, and the farmers will stop growing it. We can use our purchasing power to wipe out GMOs.
An important part of creating health is feeding the body with food that provides the cells with excellent nutrition. The research into GMOs indicates that they are harmful to cells. If you want to remain healthy, support non-GMO month.
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