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Posted on Mar 5, 2014

What are GMO’s?

What are GMO’s?

Genetically Modified Organisms, more commonly known as GMOs, are plants and animals that are created through processes of genetic engineering. GMOs were first introduced in 1996 when major corporations began trying to maximize their yearly profits. Studies have shown that the percentage of Americans with more than 3 chronic illnesses increased by 5% in that 9-year period. Reproductive disorders, cancer, autism, digestive problems, and food allergies are just a few of the 65 known health risks that skyrocketed with the introduction of these unnatural organisms.

The process of Genetic Engineering (GE) merges DNA from one species into another to create unstable combinations of genes that cannot occur naturally through traditional crossbreeding.  This is done in order to create desirable traits such as larger and longer lasting food products.

The health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) plants are evident through the toxins, imbalance of nutrients, diseases, and unnatural reactions that organisms such as plants have to complete natural processes. These processes include photosynthesis, an important factor for life on Earth. By mixing genes from different species together, genetic engineering can result in unpredictable and dangerous side effects. These processes create new and unknown toxins that our world is not accustomed to.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has found organ damage, gastrointestinal disorders, immune system failures, accelerated aging, and infertility in both humans and animals from the intake of GMO foods. GM foods often also leave material inside of our bodies once everything else has been washed out, paving the way for long term problems in your body. Genes from GM foods transferred into the DNA of pre-existing bacteria create toxic insecticides that flow into the bloodstream. Your body has a hard time processing GMOs simply because it was not made to handle unnatural manmade organisms.

Genetically modified foods cause a chain reaction not only in humans and plants, but our environment and the future of our planet as well. GMOs are a permanent creation that will outlast many other things on Earth. By creating new and unnatural species, many other organisms on our planet may become extinct. From that alone, the entire atmosphere of our planet can be altered. It sounds drastic, but GMO toxins are not something to be taken lightly!

As a consumer, it is important to remember that many day-to-day foods are genetically modified to give consumers what they want, for a more profitable price on the business end. Fruits, vegetables, meat, and even dairy products are essential for a healthy lifestyle, especially for children. Many of these essential foods are injected with GMOs so that major corporations can get more for their money. When these products are fed to children, pregnant women, and developing brains, they may begin the slow and steady process of long-term damage to organs, immune systems, and abilities to handle simple everyday tasks. Effects can be fatal if the proper steps are not taken to avoid GMOs.

Below are some simple steps you can follow to avoid bringing GMOs into your life:

1.    Read the labels

The non-GMO project is an American organization dedicated to providing consumers with non-GMO food labels. The foods verified by the project will carry the Non-GMO Project Seal. These products are verified to adhere to the only North American third party standard for the avoidance of GMOs. These foods have not been tested with delinquent ingredients. Products that are labeled NO rBGH (synthetic hormone to increase milk production in cows), NO rBST(synthetic protein hormone), or Artificial Hormone-free, are marks of non-GMO foods.

2.    Get educated

The most important part of a non-GMO shopping trip is to understand which foods are at risk for being GMO. Some of the GM foods available at your local grocery store include soy, sugar, papaya, zucchini, squash, corn, rice, milk, eggs, cheese, honey, beef, salmon, all the way down to the vitamins you put in your body. These foods are just a fraction of GM foods available for purchase. Knowing which ones are at risk for being GMO will save you a lot of time and future health problems.

3.    Shop local

The majority of GMO foods are made through industrial farms where vegetables, fruits, and animals are injected with various genes to help them grow bigger and produce more product to sell. Shopping at farmer’s markets ensures that you will be getting non-GMO foods (after you confirm with the farmer, of course!).  Most certified organic produce will also be GMO free.

4.    Grow your own food

Growing an organic garden is not only fun, it’s easy. An organic garden also ensures that you know exactly what is going into your foods. It also ensures that you will have whole foods that you can cook and prepare yourself, rather than processed grocery store foods. And the best part is, having your own garden will allow you to eat fresh and delicious food on a daily basis.

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