What is a GMO exactly? Well, GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organism.” To create a genetically modified organism, the genes of a plant or animal are literally altered. In a laboratory, the genes of a completely unrelated organism are inserted into the genes of the plant or animal (i.e. like fish genes inserted into tomato genes… and yes this has been done).
Genetic engineering is quite different from traditional breeding. It is not like mating two different kinds of dogs. It is more like crossing a dog with a pig… which of course would not occur in nature. Genetic modification is far from an exact science and its true consequences have not been sufficiently studied. Yes, the FDA has approved these organisms and they are present in our food but, please keep in mind that the deputy commissioner for food at the FDA is Monsanto’s (the corporation that seems to be leading the way in biotechnology) former Vice President and attorney, Michael Taylor. And again, no testing is required before these products are sold to market.
“Genetic modification is far from an exact science and its true consequences have not been sufficiently studied.”
There is no scientific evidence shown that proves the safety of GMOs. In fact, there are no large scale human studies showing the impacts of GMOs at all. The few small studies that have been conducted, including animal studies, show that GMOs cause digestive problems, low birth weight, infant mortality, infertility, and even death.
In addition to the rBGH growth hormone that is given to cows, common genetically modified organisms include: corn, soy, cotton, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, yellow squash, and tobacco. It is best to avoid these as often as you can and be sure that you purchase them organic.
I highly recommend you read through the Institute for Responsible Technology’s Non-GMO Shopping Guide which you can find at: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/docs/Non-GMO-Shopping-Guide.pdf. Avoiding GMOs is a key step in maintaining good health and achieving longevity.
© Danielle Zanzarov * South Bay Wellness
Danielle Zanzarov is the co-founder of South Bay Wellness. She is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Quantum Reflex Analysis Practitioner. She is also board certified by the American Association of Drugless Pracititioners. You can learn more about Danielle on her bio page or check out some of her service pages including Nutritional Consultations and Weight Release Programs.