GMO: A brief overview

I thought the best way to begin this conversation was to do another brain dump and expound as my research uncovers more helpful information.

 

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially ‘forced’ into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal.

The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals…or even humans– several sources confirm that there is at least 1 crop, rice, being genetically modified with human genes.

Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.

First introduced into the food supply in the mid-1990s, GMOs are now present in the vast majority of processed foods in the US. While they are banned as food ingredients in Europe and elsewhere, the FDA does not even require the labeling of GMOs in food ingredient lists.

The two main traits that have been added to date (and released to the public) are herbicide tolerance and the ability of the plant to produce its own pesticide. Making GMOs essentially food that produces toxins…”naturally.”

These results have no health benefit, only economic benefit. Monsanto is the best known, but not the only culprit in this industry.

Currently commercialized GM crops in the U.S. include: Soy (94%), cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), corn (88%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (over 24,000 acres). Products derived from the above, including oils from all four, soy protein, soy lecithin, cornstarch, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup among others.

There are also many “invisible ingredients,” derived from GM crops that are not obviously from corn or soy. List of “invisible ingredients” here: http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/brands/invisible-gm-ingredients.html

Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.

A 2008 study administered by the Australian Gov’t showed that GMOs have an adverse effect on fertility, particularly in the 3rd & 4th generations – Including the reduced ability to produce & carry children, and low birth rates

Quote from scientist involved in study: “GMO food appears to be acting as a birth control agent, potentially leading to infertility…reproductive toxicity”

When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks—compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting pregnant. When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color—from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm.

Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA.

Reproductive problems also plague livestock. Investigations in the state of Haryana, India revealed that: Most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, infertility, and prolapsed uteruses. Many calves died.

In the US, about two dozen farmers reported thousands of pigs became sterile after consuming certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile when fed the same corn.

In many investigations involving GMO-fed animals, there have been cases of underdeveloped organs, reproductive problems, accelerated aging and even death.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), physicians across the country called for a moratorium on GMO foods because: “there is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects.”

Since the rise of GMOs in the 90s; 75 percent of our processed foods now contain neurotoxins, novel proteins, and allergens.

AAEM states, “Multiple animal studies show significant immune dysregulation,” including increase in cytokines, which are “associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation”

According to GM food safety expert Dr. Arpad Pusztai, changes in the immune status of GM animals are “a consistent feature of all the studies.”

There have also been several deaths of animals & livestock grazing on GMOs that have died en masse. The effects on humans of consuming these new combinations of proteins produced in GMOs are largely unknown and are just being studied in the past few years. The only published human feeding study revealed what may be the most dangerous problem from GM foods: The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.

“You are what you eat.”

P.S. – The “USDA Certified Organic” seal certifies that the product is at least 95% organic, and that no genetically modified ingredients or derivatives were used in the manufacture of the food product: the remaining 5% of the ingredients are legally required to be non-GMO.

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~ by RealmDeity on July 26, 2012.

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  3. Wow! Eye opening…Knew and read about “GMO” food, but didn’t know to what extent it has been included in our foods at such a pervasive level..As the article pointed out, more about “economics”, than concerned about the health of consumers.

    Obviously, there exist health issues and some are yet to be determined, since the research is new….

    Now I understand the different between foods “labeled” organic and foods not labeled.

  4. Hi great post, another thi NH to understand, Monsanto, thevrockerfeller Foundation and others are in collaboration to replace all natural seeds with gmo seeds. Their motives are not profit. Or merely profit. The ro kerfekker Foundation also supported eugenics organization s like planned parenthood and the population council. Their goal is eugenics in nature, to reduce the melanated population from the planet. THAT’S why the main symptom is sterility, and their biggest push is onto black and brown communities, or countries. Why reduce the black and brown populations? Because they are melanin recessive, and in one generation can be extinct. To prevent this they have to reduce the populations of blacks and browns. That’s why pro life orgs are only vocal in European countries…the leaders want the women to have as many babies as possible. Africans have never needed to care about this due to melanin. The gmo foods, the soy in the baby Similac sold cheaply In black neighborhood has a eugenics motive.!

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