Saturday, January 28, 2012

Why Genetically Modified Food is so BAD

GMOs and GEOs...what are they? 
GMOs {Genetically Modified Organisms} and GEOs {Genetically Engineered Organisms} are organisms whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering, therefore creating something that would not be found in nature.  


So....has anyone ever heard of these?  Probably not because unknown (until now that is) to you the FDA does not require that foods with GMOs or GEOs must be labeled.  Why is this so unbelievably OuTrAgEoUs and why is this such an issue? 

1.  First and foremost, there is a lack of long term studies and testing to know exactly how harmful GMOs and GEOs really are to our bodies.  It's similar to the Trans Fat issue where all of a sudden we find out after 10 years of consuming the product, that it's actually really harmful to our bodies!!  So without any real testing, corporations are putting genetically modified food on our grocery store shelves and not telling/warning us about what we are consuming....sounds a little fishy to me!


2.  Second, The European Union, Australia, Japan, the UK and some two dozen other countries have banned the use of GMOs and GEOs recognizing that a lack of long term studies and testing may be hiding disastrous health defects.  Need I say more???

3.  If you want to really get into it, there is the moral issue here that these corporations are going in, genetically modifying the DNA of a natural substance and then PATENTING IT.  The problem is that our government is allowing life to be patented.  Just because you take two different types of dogs and have them mate, does that mean you get to patent the offspring? HECK NO!! Patents are intended for human inventions, genes are not a human invention, yet by now possibly one-fifth of the genes in your body are privately owned.  Scary thought huh?  

Here is the bottom line, when we go to the grocery and buy corn on the cob for a family barbecue we expect it to be REAL CORN, not fake and genetically modified, but if it is, we want it labeled so that we can decided for ourselves, not the FDA or the government, whether or not we want to put that into our bodies.  



So what can you do?
  • To avoid GMOs all together, buy Organic Food...yes, it's that simple.
  • When it comes to processed foods, in order to avoid genetically engineered ingredients you have to read your product labels.  Visit the True Food Shopper's Guide for the non-GMO shopping list, it also has a handy dandy phone app :)
  • Get involved and sign the petition !
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Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/13/opinion/13crichton.html
http://www.organicauthority.com/foodie-buzz/eight-reasons-gmos-are-bad-for-you.htm
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6 comments:

  1. Susanah, I love this blog! This is such good, concise information, delivered in a friendly and informative way. You just might have changed my whole way of looking at organic! Thank you!

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  2. Is it morally wrong to take a crop and modify the genes already residing within its genome to increase the size of the kernel/seed etc? If you are not adding a foreign gene (a gene from a different species of the same family, or a different family altogether), what is the problem? While I do not agree with adding completely foreign genes like those for herbicide resistance (and my objection has more to do with the farming practices that results from such modifications), I do not see how making the existing genes work a little better creates the "monster organisms" that everyone makes GMOs/GEOs out to be. To make an analogy, there is a huge difference between tinkering with your car's engine to make it more fuel efficient or faster versus putting in an engine from a completely different model of car or even from a plane.

    In addition, genetic modification is what natural selection is all about. Everything that is found naturally in the world (without human influences) is there because it adapted via genomic changes to be the best specific plant type for that area of the world. Those that didn't have the genes necessary to live in a particular area died out, while those who either had a spontaneous mutation that gave it an advantage OR were less stringent about its habitat selection survived. Natural selection is genetic modification at its best. And to further the argument, selective breeding (eg, how all purebred dog breeds have arisen from the wolf) is also genetic modification using phenotypic (eg observable from the outside) traits. Someone wanted a blond dog, so they took the two lightest dogs and bred them together. Eventually this resulted in the desired trait. To say that all genetic modification is inherently evil, wrong or even unnatural is to take a very closeminded view of things.

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    1. Hello Anonymous!

      Thank you for your comments! I really do sincerely appreciate them. I was well aware that this post was somewhat controversial (as are most of them) and that it would attract some attention and I welcome that!...It’s what makes the world go round, different opinions, views, ideas, etc.

      What I referred to as morally wrong was the idea of patenting life....which I will continue to stand by....I was not referring to the actual act of modifying the crop, and if you read back at the post you will see that.

      Genetic Modification is a snowballing effect, you modify one thing, then you have to modify something else in order for that to survive, and on and on. My objections to genetic modification (whether it involves modifying genes that already reside or adding foreign ones) are simply that there is not enough evidence to convince me that it’s safe, and therefore I would like it labeled. That way I can decide for myself if I want to consume it or not. I understand, by your response, that you are in fact concerned with genetic modification that involves adding a foreign gene, my question would then be how are we to know exactly how each gene is modified when it is a fact that both are occurring? Wouldn’t it seem that if the they won’t even label whether or not something was genetically modified to start, then they surely aren’t going to get into any specifics about how they went about the modifying process.

      I agree with you that genetic modification happens naturally overtime, and call me old-fashioned and I guess somewhat unrealistic but I would like for it to stay that way. Nonetheless, genetic modification with human intervention, or as you referred to it as human influences, is in fact, unnatural.

      Never in my post did I state that all genetic modification is inherently evil, wrong, or unnatural. I did however suggest that not informing the consumer that he or she is buying something that has been “genetically modified” is, in fact, dishonest. Why do you think these companies are so against labeling their genetically modified crops/products? If it's safe and there's no difference then what's the problem?

      There is a significant lack of information to back GM products, so until that information comes to light, I personally would prefer to stick with what nature intended our food to consist of, genetically. My intent in responding is not to sound harsh or challenging, I am open to different views and opinions and in fact I welcome them! I do however want to make sure that what I say and post is not misconstrued or misinterpreted...And as for the close-mindedness, I can assure you I am far from that.

      Thank you,
      Susanah

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  3. I am in support of genetically modified food because it allows more food to be grown on less land, which is increasingly important given that the global population shows no signs of plateauing. Without modifying our food, we will eventually hit a point where we can't feed everyone. It also means they need less fertilizer, pesticides (some people can't afford organic), etc.
    I'm neutral on the labeling issue. One one hand, just because nothing bad has been found doesn't mean it isn't bad. On the other, I can't fathom how corn with a different DNA would harm me... maybe I might be allergic to one set of surface proteins and not the other, but allergies can happen regardless. If that's the case, labeling something as genetically modified would create an unnecessary stigma, suppressing the development of genetically modified food that I already said why I support.

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    1. Wow!!! "Just because nothing bad has been found doesn't mean it isn't bad." Seriously, do your homework on a subject before defending it. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are lab created by chemical companies (Monsanto) that produce pesticides & herbicides. They are outlawed in several other countries but the US doesn't even require labeling them. They have been tied to the increase to autism & Alzheimer's just to name a few. The info is out there & with Google it's not hard to find either. Just don't get your info from the FDA or Gov't because who do you think funds and Monsanto, as of 2010 who do you think runs the FDA. Google Michael Taylor FDA & Monsanto, you might be surprised at what you find.

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  4. Your information is incorrect - as food using GMO's can still be labeled organic!

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