What is a GMO?
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMO’s are also known as “transgenic” organisms.
This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.
Where are they?
In your food! First introduced into the food supply in the mid-1990s, GMO’s are now present in the vast majority of processed foods in the US. While they are banned as food ingredients in Europe and elsewhere, the FDA does not even require the labeling of GMO’s in food ingredient lists.
Although there have been attempts to increase nutritional benefits or productivity through genetics modification of produce, the two main traits that have been added to date are herbicide tolerance and the ability of the plant to produce its own pesticide. These results have no health benefit, only economic benefit.
What Foods are GMO?
Currently commercialized GM crops in the U.S. include soy (93%), cotton (93%), canola (90%), corn (87%), sugar beets (95%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (small amount), tobacco (Quest brand), Alfalfa.
Products derived from the above, including oils from soy, cotton, and canola, and other ingredients commonly found in the foods you eat such as soy protein, soy lecithin, cornstarch, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup among others. There are also many “invisible ingredients,” derived from GM crops that are not obviously from corn or soy.
Why Should You Care?
The only feeding study done with humans showed that GMO’s survived inside the stomach of the people eating GMO food. No follow-up studies were done.
Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals. The effects on humans of consuming these new combinations of proteins produced in GMO’s are unknown and have not been studied.
Crops such as Bt cotton produce pesticides inside the plant. This kills or deters insects, saving the farmer from having to spray pesticides. The plants themselves are toxic, and not just to insects. Farmers in India, who let their sheep graze on Bt cotton plants after the harvest, saw thousands of sheep die!
Herbicide tolerance lets the farmer spray weed-killer directly on the crop without killing it. Comparative studies on the toxic residues in foods from such crops have not yet been done.
Pollen from GM crops can contaminate nearby crops of the same type, except for soy, which does not cross-pollinate. In fact, virtually all heritage varieties of corn in Mexico (the origin of all corn) have been found to have some contamination. Canola and cotton also cross-pollinate. The long-term effects on the environment could be disastrous.
Children face the greatest risk from the potential dangers of GM foods for the same reasons that they also face the greatest risk from other hazards like pesticides and radiation, these include:
- Young, fast-developing bodies are influenced most.
- Children are more susceptible to allergies.
- Children are more susceptible to problems with milk.
- Children are more susceptible to nutritional problems.
- Children are in danger from antibiotic resistant diseases.
Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.
According to the Environmental Academy of Environmental Medicine, animal studies have shown the following:
- Immune Problems
- Accelerated aging
- Faulty Insulin regulation
- Changes in major organs and the intestinal tract
By using GMO’s we take dominion over the earth in a way that does not honor God’s plan for food and farming. This violates Genesis 1:29 when God gave us the seed of its kind.
What can I do? Memorize the food crops that are known to be genetically modified, be a student of label reading you will be shocked at hidden GMO’s! Go on a GMO free diet for a month and record how you feel, doctors are recommending it to their patients and seeing some surprising results.
Check out Suzanne Goodenote’s website: www.GMOgone.com and read about her NO GMO journey and how it significantly impacted her health for the better.
Genesis 1:28-29 28God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;