Dangers of GMOs + How to Avoid Them

Many of us buy and avoid foods that are GMO-free, but do we really know why we’re doing it? Do we understand the impact of GMOs on the environment? Do we know what the dangers of GMOs are, why they were created and where they come from?

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WHAT ARE GMOs ?

GMOs or ‘genetically modified organisms‘ are plants or animals that are genetically engineered with DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria or viruses through gene splicing techniques of biotechnology {also called genetic engineering, or GE}. This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional cross breeding.

WHY WERE GMOs CREATED?

Mainly, for herbicide resistance. Large-scale commercial farming operations commonly spray crop fields with herbicides for weed control. However, the chemical herbicide is naturally deadly to many crops in addition to weeds. Some seed companies have produced crop seeds that are resistant to herbicides. For example, Monsanto Agricultural Company makes a popular herbicide and markets their own line of herbicide-ready cotton and soybean seeds that are genetically manipulated so that they can survive direct applications of the company’s herbicide. Herbicide resistance is achieved by splicing the genes of certain herbicide-resistant bacteria with the genes of the crop. {via }

ARE THEY BAD FOR MY BODY ?

Limited research is pointing to all signs, YES!! GMOs have not been proven safe for consumption and their consequences are largely unknown. GMO seeds have pesticides embedded into their DNA and are built to withstand massive amounts of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. Since the introduction of GMO crops in 1996, chronic disease rates in America continue to rise each year. Food allergies are skyrocketing along with autism rates, digestive issues and infertility.

ARE THEY BAD FOR THE EARTH ? 

GMOs are dangerously bad for our planet. Genetic engineering reduces genetic diversity and genes that are diverse are much more robust. GMO crops are less resistant to drought, fungal and insect invasion than natural crops are.

GMOs cross pollinate and sadly these seeds will travel. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure.

GMO crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are completely unsustainable.

WHY AREN’T GMOs LABELED IN THE STATES ?

That’s a very good question. Not only are they labeled they’re actually completely banned in the EU, Australia, Japan and about 2 dozen other countries. Right now there aren’t any federal laws protecting us from GMO crops. But they are some statewide initiatives taking place. To know where your state stands on GMOs and how to fight against.

And Whole Foods is the first major grocer committed to by the year 2018.

HOW CAN I AVOID EATING GMOs?

The only way to avoid eating GMOs is to buy organic food, get to know and buy local from small farmers, stop eating processed foods.

Also avoid these most common GMO crops {unless of course, they are organic}: alfalfa, canola, soy, corn, sugar beets, summer squash + zucchini.

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