Genetically modified foods are banned in Europe
These toxic foods have been banned in Europe for a decade! Yet in the United States, they aren’t even labeled so savvy consumers can make the decision for themselves. October is Non-GMO month. Thousands of volunteers and concerned citizens are banding together to try to raise awareness of this growing potential health risk.
What are GMO foods?
Genetically modifying foods is not the same as hybrid seeds or cross-breeding animals. You can cross a horse with a donkey to get a mule, but the mule is generally infertile. You cannot cross a pig with a potato – unless you genetically alter its DNA. Some of the absurd and ridiculous things that have been done to our “natural” foods are:
- arctic fish genes put into tomatoes, to make them resistant to frost
- jellyfish crossed into pig genes, so their noses glow in the dark
- spider genes crossed into goat DNA to make bullet-proof vests
- corn is genetically modified with bacteria to make it poisonous to insects
- soybeans genetically modified with bacteria to make them resistant to herbicides
Diabetes, Autism, and Allergies reach epidemic levels
But whether GMOs are harmful or not – something is definitely wrong in our society. Type II diabetes is reaching nearly epidemic levels, and younger and younger children are being diagnosed with what has often been called “adult onset diabetes”. This information isn’t being presented by some blogger with too much time on her hands, but by the American Diabetes Association, the World Health Organization, and Science Daily. Diabetes has risen 33% in the past decade. Guess what? So have genetically modified foods in our diet!
Another sudden epidemic – the rise in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In a ten-year period from 1993 to 2003, the rate of children in the United States diagnosed with Autism rose 657 percent! Some may argue that these numbers are inflated, because we have better methods of diagnosing autism, or because of higher public awareness. Physicians and educators agree that they are seeing more and more children thus afflicted. Could this again be related to the genetically altered foods in our diet?
What about the rise in peanut allergies? Several decades ago it was unheard of! Now, nearly every school has a policy for dealing with children suffering from severe, life-threatening food allergies, including gluten intolerance, milk allergy, strawberries, peanuts, even chocolate. The number of children diagnosed with peanut allergies is about 1 in 100 in the United States, yet virtually non-existent in Asia where the peanut is a major food source. Peanut allergies have doubled in the past ten years – right along with the rise in GMOs. Yet, researchers are trying to genetically modify a peanut that will be hypo-allergenic! Why don’t they just study why Asians don’t have peanut allergies? I’ll bet it is related to the fact Asians don’t consume the quantity of genetically modified food that are causing irreparable damage to our health.
How to avoid genetically altered food in your diet
Should you avoid all genetically modified foods in the future? Without proper labeling, it can be difficult. Until then, here are four tips to help you avoid these potentially harmful foods:
1) Buy organic. Certified organic foods cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients
2) Look for “Non-GMO Project” verified seals
3) Avoid at-risk ingredients, including corn, soybeans, canola, and cottonseed
4) Buy products listed in the “Non-GMO Project” shopping guide
If just 5% of the American population would boycott genetically altered foods, grocery stores would stop stocking them, and ultimately, companies would stop producing them. We don’t need more government control to end this potentially devastating practice! We can use consumerism at its best. It worked in Europe.
Spread the word.
Boy with an Apple: by Larry Grubs
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