GMO corn has been in the news a lot lately. Most people hadn’t even heard of GMOs until a few years ago when films like “King Corn” and “Food Inc.” exposed how the corn in the American food supply is produced. GMO corn is terribly unhealthy for humans to eat, it is now being linked to numerous illnesses and chronic health conditions, and most people in the United States still aren’t aware of the health risks. Simply put – GMO corn is bad news. One major side effect of the toxicity of GMO corn is food allergies.
Approximately 90% of all corn grown in the USA is genetically modified, meaning it is not the corn nature intended. Humans have scientifically engineered the corn by inserting or removing genes so it will grow faster, have a shorter growing season, grow bigger, and be more disease resistant. The monetary benefit to farmers is the lower cost of labor, lower cost of herbicides, and increased crop yield. Some of the added genes include bacteria and the human body can’t tolerate it.
GMOs first hit grocery store shelves in 1994 and mandatory labels were required in 1997. By 1999, GMO food crops accounted for 100 million acres worldwide. Since 1996, there has been a rapid increase in the number and frequency of food allergies in both adults and children. Scientists and the medical community believe that GMOs, which are foreign and toxic to the human body, are causing an immune response in the way of food allergies.
Reactions to GMO corn include shortness of breath, swelling of throat and tongue, rashes, unexplained weight gain or loss, anaphylaxis, and even death. GMO corn is created in lab to have “biotech” insecticides, which means the plant itself is a toxic pesticide. When insects eat GMO foods, they die almost immediately. This is the same food humans are putting into their bodies and their children’s bodies.
According to CNN Health, “The number of kids with food allergies went up 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 3 million children younger than 18 had a food or digestive allergy in 2007, the CDC said.” This is right around the time that the American food system became so oversaturated with GMO food.
In America, one of the most evolved countries in the world, tt takes a concentrated effort to eat a diet the way nature intended and to stay healthy and disease-free. The best way to avoid GMO corn and other GMO foods is to look for The Non-GMO Project label on food and avoid processed food, fast food, or any food where the ingredients are not disclosed.