Saturday, July 6, 2013

don't mess with mother nature

i endured a lot of private backlash for talking about eating organic and avoiding gmos earlier this week.  so guess what? i'm going to bring it up again.  why?  because, more than the backlash, i had a lot of people ask me about gmos, specifically what they were.  since i want you to be educated and able to make educated decisions when grocery shopping, doing food prep, and fueling your body and the bodies of those you love, i'm willing to take the heat.

gmo stands for "genetically modified organism".  they are organisms whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.  organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals.  gmos are the source of genetically modified foods, and also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than foods.  though some articles argue that consuming these foods poses no risk to humans and even show a valid reason for genetically modifying the food we consume (genetically modifying plums to be resistant to plum pox, for example), there are equally, if not more, arguments to suggest that we don't.

one such article from organicauthority.com provides us with 8 great reasons why we shouldn't consume them:

  1. the health consequences of eating genetically modified organisms are largely unknown. genetically engineered foods have not been shown to be safe to eat and may have unpredictable consequences. when trans-fats were first introduced, corporations battled to get them onto your grocery shelves – and it is only decades later that this once novel food has been proven to be extremely unhealthful. many scientists are worried that the genetically altered foods, once consumed, may pass on their mutant genes to bacterium in the digestive system, just like the canola plants on the roadsides of north dakota. how these new strains of bacteria may affect our body systems’ balance is anybody’s guess.
  2. food items that contain gmos are unlabeled in america. why so sneaky? the european union has banned gmos, as have australia, japan, the uk and two dozen other countries that recognize that a lack of long term studies and testing may be hiding disastrous health defects.
  3. genetic engineering reduces genetic diversity. when genes are more diverse, they are more robust; this is why a pure bred dog tends to have greater health problems than the dear old mutt. plants with reduced genetic diversity cannot handle drought, fungus invasions or insects nearly as well as natural plants, which could have dire consequences for farmers and communities dependent on gmo crops for survival.
  4. once the mutant genes are out of the bag, there is no going back. genetically modified organisms contaminate existing seeds with their altered material, passing on modified traits to non-target species. this creates a new strain of plant that was never intended in the laboratory. in north dakota, recent studies show that 80% of wild canola plants tested contained at least one transgene. in japan, a modified bacteria created a new amino acid not found in nature; it was used in protein drinks and before it was recalled it cause severe mental and metabolic damage to hundreds as well as several deaths. japan banned gmos after this horrific experience. monarch butterflies have also died after their favorite food, milkweed, was cross-pollinated from bt corn which rendered it toxic to the endangered species.
  5. gmos are not the answer for global food security. genetically engineered crops have shown no increase in yield and no decrease in pesticide use. in many cases other farm technology has proven much more successful, and even monsanto agrees that its genetically engineered crops yield less than conventional farming.
  6. genetically engineered foods have not been proven to be safe, but the few studies conducted don’t look so hot. the organs of rats who ate genetically modified potatoes showed signs of chronic wasting, and female rates fed a diet of herbicide-resistant soybeans gave birth to stunted and sterile pups.
  7. big biotech firms have very sketchy track records, but then again what would you expect from organizations who want to patent the world’s food supply? these massive biotech companies have a history of toxic contamination, deceiving the public and suing small farmers when their patented seeds blew across the fence. biotech firms sell sterile seeds to african farmers- meaning the seeds are only good for one season, because the plants that grow up will not be able to reproduce. farmers must buy new seeds every year instead of growing from the previous year’s yield. gmos are not the farmers’ friend.
  8. gmos require massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. these things are poisons, and should not be eaten or allowed to run off into our water supply. but they are, every day, by companies who care far more about the bottom line than they do about your health, your environment or your children’s future.
the bottom line is that genetically modified organisms have not been proven in any way to be safe, and most of these studies are actually leaning the other direction, which is why man of the world's countries have banned these items whose dna has been genetically engineered.  these products aren't even labeled in america, let alone banned, so the majority of the populace has no idea that they are eating lab-created dna on a daily basis.

now you do.  your best option is to purchase certified organic, which cannot contain any gmos.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

3 comments:

  1. Wonderful display of investigative work and due diligence my friend. Did you seriously get flack for posting such an informative article?

    -T

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    1. I did! I received private messages, had to remove comments on here, and was even accused of being a fear-monger on Instagram.

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  2. Very true. Demand GMO free food or passively agree to be poisoned EVERTDAY.

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