GMOs or known as Genetically Modified Organisms is a spectrum of plants and animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology also called Genetic Engineering, or GE. This is a technology that merges DNA from different pieces. It is creating bacterial and viral genes that normally cannot happen in nature or normal crossbreeding. One of the other dangers is cross-pollination where contamination is a big risk factor. This shows how strong the interference is with nature which is not always the best outcome and brings on many health conditions. After forty years of toying around it is time for chemical companies to stop messing with our soil and nature that poisons our food, creates sickness and people are dying of diseases. Genetically modified (GM) food crops grown anywhere are posing potential risks to the environment and human health.
The start of it!
GMOs started over forty years ago with developing different seed types for crops and later extended to many other food types with its genetically modified organisms. At the beginning it was just a few crops such as canola, corn, and cotton; later they included many others, which have been given the name “roundup ready crops” such as tomatoes. This was necessary to change due to problems with flavour and ability of transportation.
Potatoes: A new crop of potatoes also was created but later stopped due to strong consumer objections. Much the same happened with salmon; this also was rejected with fierce consumer resistance. Pigs: Research with GMOs on pigs started in 1995 and the program ended 2012. This was another one overruled by people’s power and not continued. This is only the list of some. Regardless of what we have been told, most of the GMOs products are not fully tested and some foods have never been proven safe for human consumption.
Myth versus Truth!
Myth: According to statements “roundup” is a safe herbicide with low toxicity. Truth: Roundup poses major health hazards, by eating roundup ready crops you’ll be eating toxic residues where studies have shown roundup linked to serious health problems.
Myth: We are being told we need GM crops for us to survive and to be able to feed the world. Truth: The failure of GM crops in Africa; genetic engineering is different from natural breeding and poses big risks. The truth is, it fills the deep pockets of the big chemical industries with money.
Some countries like Germany have already distanced themselves from GMOs. Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients. The Peruvian people and farmers don’t want it. They fully understand the effects this is having through cross – pollination to other crops.
For the ones who believe GMO crops save lives and feed the hungry in the world should think about the waste of food in western countries. This amount of waste could feed all the starving and hungry that are not so fortunate. People must unite and tell government: We don’t want this biotechnology crop-crap! Yes, it is a hard nut to crack as long as governments and chemical companies are in each other’s pockets.
How do we know what we are eating?
Glyphosate is a herbicide used to kill weeds known to compete with commercial crops. When being sprayed on GMOs crops it becomes absorbed throughout the plant. Once this happens it cannot be removed or washed off, it stays within the plant. This Glyphosate can contain 13 PPM which is well above a safe level. Tests have revealed that a 0.1PPM is already above the safety margin in some cases. Crops are developed to withstand extremely high levels of roundup and herbicide so they can survive above any other weed, and for this we are paying with our health. Stringent guidelines are required for the labelling of GMOs content in food products. We are not told the truths about food labels; for instance, according to one statement that says: Where GM ingredients are highly refined do not need labelling as containing GM products.
This is a clear violation of our rights of information. This is denying our own free choice when purchasing products with food labelling as such, with no transparency or honesty of what we have a right to know. There are just a few of many whole food companies that have agreed in labelling whether their products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or not.
Your health is the most important thing you have, so protect it the best way you can by taking all the advice that is available and gain as much knowledge as possible.