Many people are beginning to ask me what GMO foods are. Have you ever wondered what they are and what the impact is on our bodies and our environment?
Here are some interesting facts and info that I learned after doing some research that may help you make your decision on supporting or not supporting genetically modified foods.
What does GMO mean?
GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) are organisms, such as plants, that have been altered in a lab to give them specific foreign traits to their natural DNA.
The popular traits that they are wanting to impose is mostly for corn and soy at the moment. They either use a drought tolerance gene that they inject into the embryo for climates that do not receive much precipitation or a bacteria called BT, usually used for corn which gives the plant it’s own special herbicide to fight off insects.
85% of corn crops in the USA and Canada are genetically modified as well as a large amount of soy, canola and cotton.
Certified organic food cannot be GMO!
GMO foods are not really regulated, it is the producers choice to state on their packaging wether or not it has been genetically modified.
Pros and cons to GMO
They,(GMO companies) claim that GMO foods will help fight hunger in many countries.
Personally I believe we have enough food in the world, the real problem is distribution. It’s called sharing!
They also claim that they can enhance the nutritional content of food. That would be amazing but studies have not concluded that yet.
I think we need to remember that mother nature is in power and not to mess with her. Nature is balanced in it’s own whimsical way and we should respect that.
GM foods can help control pests and weeds that take over the farmers crops.
This is true in theory but what are the consequences to injecting a vegetable with a herbicide or pesticide?
Do we then ingest that herbicide? Researchers do not know yet.
What other non-threatening insects that travel near the GMO crops get killed? Like monarch butterflies and different breeds of birds.
When the wind picks up, how far does the pollen from the GMO crops travel?
Many organic farmers are suffering from this specific problem. GMO pollen travels into the organic crops and poisons their heirloom seeds and then GMO companies try to sue the organic farmers claiming that they are using their patented seeds and that they must pay them for using their patented seeds.
Besides the environmental effects, which I think alone are enough to not want to eat GMO foods. The fact that the unknown health effects on humans, makes me want to stay away from GMO for the time being.
This really seems like it’s all about profit to me and control of our rights and rights of the fruits, vegetables and animals that they are experimenting on.
Ask yourself this question, if GMO foods were so good for you, why wouldn’t the companies that produce them not want to label their food as GMO?