Facts about GMOs
As of 2011, 72% of all U.S. food products are genetically modified.
The top three foods most genetically modified are canola oil, corn, and soy.
The most dangerous negative effects of GMOs on humans include toxicity, allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, cancer, and immunosuppression. Allergic reactions occur because our bodies do not recognize GMOs and regard them as foreign substances. When we eat plants engineered to become resistant to antibiotics, we can develop the same resistance. As a result, if we take antibiotics for an infection, we may find that the antibiotics do nothing. GMOs suppress our immune system, which can open the way for cancer.
GMOs are harmful to nature because they disrupt the natural balance and life cycles of nature.
Despite the real dangers associated with GMOs, Americans are surprisingly accepting of them compared to the rest of the world. A survey showed that only 14% of Americans refused to eat GMO food. However, 61% of Brits, 76% of French, 65% of Swedes, and 69% of Austrians refused to eat it. What do these other nationalities know that we don’t?
Even people in the starving Third World Country of Nepal rioted in the streets over GMOs when their government allowed GMO giant Monsanto into the country to force local farmers to use its GM seeds.
Yet in America, President Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act in March 2013. The FDA continues to approve GMO foods and insist that they do not need to be labeled as such. The American government is pro-GMO. This is not because GMOs are safe; it’s because they produce larger profits for big Agra.
Here are the facts on some of the leading GM foods on your grocery store shelves:
Approximately 90% of soybeans in the market are GMO. They’ve been genetically modified to be resistant to Monsanto’s highly toxic herbicide, Roundup, which loads the soybeans on your plate with chemicals. In a hamster study, by the third generation the pups with the highest amounts of GMO soy had a high mortality rate, and most of the adults were infertile or sterile.
Canola oil, whose name stands for “Canadian oil low acid,” is made from rapeseed oil, which is an industrial oil—not one used for food. Canola is viewed as one of the U.S.’s most chemically altered oils. Rapeseed oil is used in mustard gas and causes emphysema, anemia, irritability, and blindness, but its promoters insist that because Canola oil is genetically modified, it is no longer rapeseed oil. Although it can take up to 10 years for symptoms to show up, rapeseed oil destroys the nerves’ protective coating, the myelin sheath. Symptoms include tremors, lack of coordination, slurred speech, deterioration of memory and thought processes, poor hearing, trouble urinating, trouble breathing, nervous breakdown, numbness/tingling in extremities, heart problems/arrhythmia.
Monsanto introduced GM sugar beets in 2009, and like GM corn, they are genetically modified to resist Roundup. Nearly 95% of U.S. sugar comes from GM sugar beets.
GM cabbage, which has been dubbed “Frankencabbage,” uses the poison from scorpions to produce a GM virus designed to infect caterpillars. The poison is a nerve toxin that paralyzes the caterpillar so that it stops eating, allowing the virus to act quickly. Although consumers are expected to eat this product without protection, the scientists that sprayed it on a test field wore full protective body suits and issued no information to the approval board beforehand. The virus was not only toxic to caterpillars that eat cabbage, it was also poisonous to more than 100 species of butterflies and 75 species of moths. If the pesticide is injected into plants, every cell in the plant will contain the pesticide, so consumers will be eating that poison in addition to any other pesticides used on the cabbage.
Most U.S. corn is GMO, much of it intended for human consumption. Even corn intended for animals, however, ends up on our tables when we eat the animals. GM corn has been linked to a variety of health problems, including weight gain and organ disruption. If that isn’t enough to discourage you from eating it, take a look at the tumors it caused in test rats.
Like other GM foods, GM salmon poses health threats to humans. These include the risks of allergic reactions, and the known carcinogen IGF-1. GM salmon also poses a threat to the rest of the fish population on the planet. Although GM salmon are supposed to be sterile, studies show that GM salmon can reproduce with wild fish, thus potentially contaminating the rest of the fish supply.
We’ve been told a lot of lies about GM foods—that they’re safe, have no long-term effects, improve food productivity, and require less pesticide than non-GMO foods. We’ve been led to believe that GMOs can make it possible to produce more food to feed more people.
Don’t believe the propaganda. When people in other countries around the world refuse to eat GM food and riot over the right to keep it out of their country—even Third World countries where the population is already starving—it’s clear that there is something terribly wrong with it.
Americans need to recognize that there is more to the GM story than the official hype suggests. GMOs are dangerous to people, animals, and nature. They are not beneficial to anyone except the large agricultural conglomerates that make money from them. They are not on grocery shelves because they are safe. They are on those shelves because the government has no scruples about making more money at the expense of your health and well-being. Safeguard your health by avoiding GMOs--eat organic.
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