Is Your Food Genetically Modified?

GMO’s are becoming the straw that broke the camels back.  I was browsing through a blog hop the other day and stumbled across an entry that mentioned GMO’s.  I had heard mention of GMO’s here and there, but didn’t really KNOW anything about them.  So, I did some googling and I was shocked.  Here are some excerpts of what I read…

“Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are created when a gene from one species is transferred to another, creating something that would not be found in nature.”

“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…Many scientists are worried that the genetically altered foods, once consumed, may pass on their mutant genes to bacterium in the digestive system”

“Food items that contain GMO’s are unlabeled in America.  Why so sneaky?  The European union has banned GMOs, as have Australia, Japan, and the UK and two dozen other countries.”

“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 a least one transgene.”

“Genetically engineered foods have not been proven to be safe, but the few studies conducted don’t look so hot.  The organs of rats that ate genetically modified potatoes showed signs of chronic wasting, and female rats fed a diet of herbicide-resistant soybeans gave birth to stunted and sterile pups.”

“By some estimates, over 75% of all processed foods sold in the U.S. contain a GMO ingredient.  Corn, soy, canola, cottonseed, sugar, beef and dairy products are among the most likely to have been genetically modified.”

“Aside from the potential dangers of consuming GMO foods, GMOs pose a grave threat to the entire organic farming industry.  Scientists say that cross-contamination of GMO crops with non-GMO crops will be inevitable.”

It’s one thing to be testing something like this.  But for us to actually be eating it, WITHOUT knowing it, is not fair.  Society’s health isn’t all that great anyway, and adding something like this just doesn’t seem smart.  For the last couple of months I’ve really been thinking about changing the way we eat, and after reading about GMO’s I think changes are definitely going to happen.  I think I’d rather be safe than sorry.  I find it even more aggravating that not only do we have to worry about the food we eat, but the body products we use.  Did you know parabens were revealed in 99% of breast cancer tissues sampled?  Think your safe from parabens?  Head on into the bathroom and take a peek, they are in everything from shampoo, to shaving gel, to toothpaste to make up.

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