A part of green living involves attaining a healthy, natural lifestyle. Naturally grown (organic) foods certainly are a huge contributor to maintaining a chemical free body. No one can avoid ingesting all chemicals. Use of chemical fertilizers is so rampant that the air even has some. So no matter how organic one wants to eat, the chances are pretty strong that some foods one eats are non organic. However, individuals can choose what foods to grow or purchase to help them maintain a green life.
Genetically modified food sources are not all natural. Genetically modified means that the DNA of the food has been scientifically changed somehow to attain a quality that would not be found in nature alone. Two reasons stand out as to why foods are GMO. The first is to have the plant produce a toxin, Bt, that is pest resistant. This usually means insect repellent, as bugs eat crops as their main food source. By extension, people are also eating the toxin. . Bt is an anti-microbial, so it can destroy beneficial bacteria in the digestive system.
The second reason a GMO is created is to be resistant to herbicide, such as Monsanto’s RoundUp. The compounds produced by these novel genes are harmful to the human body as well. Any GMO created substance produces an antibiotic because of the specific gene replacement and cloning process.
GMO’s aren’t labeled so food allergies cannot be traced back to the source.
The top GMO food sources to avoid, according to eatlocalgrown include:
1. Soy. Up to 90% of soybeans in the market have been genetically modified to be resistant to an herbicide called, RoundUp. This increased resistance to the herbicide allows farmers to use more RoundUp to kill weeds, creating a foodstuff with more chemicals.
2. Corn. Half of the US farms growing corn to sell to the conglomerate, Monsanto, are growing GMO corn. Most of this corn is going to be used for human consumption. Monsanto owns the patents on the seeds and controls much of the seed market.
3. Canola oil. Canola oil is derived from rapeseed oil. It is considered one of the most chemically altered oils sold in the US.
4. Milk. One fifth of the dairy cows in the United States have been given growth hormones to help them grow faster and increase their yield. These hormones can be found in some of the milk produced by these cows.
5. Cotton. Even cotton has been genetically modified to increase yield and resistance to disease. Most concern relates to the cotton oil which is a high-value cooking or frying oil and is sometimes used to make margarine.
6. Sugar, Genetically modified sugar beets were introduced to the US market in 2009. These sugar beets are modified to resist Roundup, like corn.
7. Aspartame. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used instead of sugar by many people. There is some question concerning the safety of aspartame in the body, including its possible link to certain cancers. Aspartame is manufactured from genetically modified bacteria.
8. Zucchini. Genetically modified zucchini contains a toxic protein that helps make it more resistant to insects. This introduced insecticide, has recently been found in human blood, including that of pregnant women and fetuses.
9. Yellow squash has also been modified with the toxic proteins to make it insect resistant. This plant is very similar to zucchini, and both have also been modified to resist viruses.
10. Papaya. Genetically modified papaya trees have been grown in Hawaii since 1999. These Papayas are sold in the United States and Canada for human consumption. These papayas have been modified to be naturally resistant to Papaya Ringspot virus, and also to delay the maturity of the fruit. Delaying maturity gives suppliers more time to ship the fruit to supermarkets.
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