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When we eat genetically engineered food we eat foreign proteins, causing unforeseeable results. Moms across America have found that that feeding their children eating genetically engineered food causes them to suffer from allergies, autism, autoimmune disorders, asthma, and other health issues.
At least 85% of processed food in America contained modified organisms. (GMO’s). 90% of the corn, sugar and soy grown in North America is genetically engineered. Corn, soy, canola and sugar (from sugar beets are common ingredients in non-organic baby formula, cereal, bread, crackers, tortilla chips, corn starch vegetable oil, soy lecithin, and high fructose corn syrup. Sodas and candy are full of GMO’s. The majority of the feed fed to animals contains GMO’s.
GMO’s are labeled or banned in 64 other countries – but not in the USA.
What is a GMO? A GMO is a genetically modified organism developed in a lab where the DNA of one species is injected into the DNA of a another species. A genetically modified organism is a life-form invented in a lab It is not developed via hybridization or traditional cross-breeding. Crops are genetically engineered to withstand pesticides (herbicide tolerant) or to be (contain) a pesticide (BT)
BT crops: every cell of the plant is genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide. When a bug eats any part of the plant, its stomach explodes. Each GMO variety is, therefore, registered with the EPA as a pesticide!
Herbicide tolerant ’round-up ready’ crops are genetically engineered to withstand massive doses of herbicides. Highly toxic chemicals are repeatedly sprayed during the growing process, and are absorbed throughout the entire plant — and it can not be washed off. Glyphosate resistant crops include corn, soy, sugar beets, canola, cotton, Hawaiian papaya, some yellow squash and zucchini.
Are GMO’s safe? Much of the public debate concerning genetically modified organisms, their widespread use in animal and human food, and their impact upon the environment would be raised to an entirely new and more productive level if certain undisputed facts were more widely known. The facts at issue have to do with the unintended and systemic consequences of genetic manipulations – as revealed in one research report after another: http://natureinstitute.org/nontarget/index.htm
Putting the matter plainly: when researchers try to engineer changes in an organism’s genetic material, the results for the organism and its environment almost always include unpredictable effects. The intended result may or may not be achieved in any given case, but the one almost sure thing is that unintended results — nontarget effects — will also be achieved.
These facts have been, and are being, widely reported in the scientific literature. While they are correcting our understanding in important ways, they are not at all controversial: http://natureinstitute.org/nontarget/index.htm
In 2012, the American Medical Association called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered food. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-06-19/features/chi-gmos-should-be-safety-tested-before-they-hit-the-market-says-ama-20120619_1_bioengineered-foods-ama-drug-cosmetic-act
Claims for the safety and efficacy of genetically engineered crops are often based on dubious evidence or no evidence at all. The GMO industry is built on myths. What is the motivation behind the deception? Money. Genetically engineered crops and foods are easy to patent and are an important tool in the global consolidation of the seed and food industry into the hands of a few big companies. We all have to eat, so selling patented GM seed and the chemicals they are grown with is a lucrative business model. GMO Myths and Truths is a great resource for the public, campaigners, policy-makers, and scientists opposing the GMO industry’s attempts to control our food supply and shut down scientific and public debate: http://gmomythsandtruths.earthopensource.org/