Friday, January 6, 2012

On my mind...GMO's

"On my mind" is a Friday feature from Down to Earth.  Today's topic in particular has been heavily "on my mind."

What are the effects of eating GMOs?

UNKNOWN!  What?  We (not me but as a society) have managed to put a man on the moon, place satellites in space, created nano-technology (don't even ask) and yet science doesn't have an answer to the long-term effects of GMO food.  It seems like science and scientists are getting ahead of themselves.

According to Live in the Now,  
"There are no human clinical trials of genetically engineered foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that genetic material inserted into GE soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. Even after we stop eating GE foods, we may still have the GE proteins produced continuously inside us."

"The idea of having genetically engineered genes permanently living inside our guts has staggering implications:

  • If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create antibiotic-resistant diseases.
  • Bt toxins (Bacillus thuringiensis) inserted into GM food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of 93% of women and 80% of unborn babies because of the consumption of meat, milk, and eggs from livestock fed GE corn. This could turn bacteria in our intestines into pesticide factories.
  • Animal studies show that DNA in food can travel into organs throughout the body, even into the fetus.
 Allergies have already skyrocketed in the US, and with the introduction of GE soy in the UK, soy related allergies rose to 50%. Yet federal agencies turn a blind eye to the dangers of genetic engineering" 

It seems the possibilities are endless.  Some scientists think that eating gmo food could cause cancer.  Have you ever looked at cancer statistics?  Cancer is more prevalent now than ever. 

1 comment:

Right to Know GMOs San Francisco Bay Area said...

Yup! This is exactly why in California we are putting forth a ballot initiative that would require labeling of GMOs. With all the uncertainty about their effects (and the evidence we do have pointing in a negative direction), people need the ability to choose whether they want to eat GMOs or not.