Are you aware of the potential health hazards of eating genetically modified organisms? Introduced in 1996, GMO crops were touted as the panacea for world hunger. In addition, they were supposed to reduce pesticide use and help farmers grow food faster and cheaper. The very opposite of these good intentions seem to be coming true, with the substantial increase in pesticide use and the growth of superweeds.
Unfortunately, no long-term studies have been done on the safety of GMO foods. Do we really know what inserting new laboratory genes into our food supply will do 25 or 50 years from now? I suspect that the consumption of GMOs is already reaping unprecedented effects on our nation’s health. Some researchers believe that genetically engineered foods disrupt the delicate balance of the gut microbiome, causing a break down of the small intestinal lining. With 70 percent of your immune system residing in your gut, any disruption in digestion can lead to a host of health conditions. Could it be that the rising rates of allergies, auto-immune diseases, and maybe cancer are a result of genetically engineering the main staples of our food economy? GMO soy, corn, canola, and sugar are being consumed daily by millions of unsuspecting Americans. Can we trust bio-tech companies, like Monsanto, that offer us the GMO green light of safety for humans and the environment? After all, we were told that cigarettes were safe and even healthy!
Until I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, I will not expose my family to the potential risks of eating GMO foods. How about you? If you have not yet made up your mind, consider 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs by the Institute for Responsible Technology or this graphic I’ve shared below by the Guide to Nursing Degrees.
Do your own research and decide for yourself.
“We don’t know what genetic abnormalities might be incorporated into the genome [the individual’s DNA]. I’m more worried about humans than about the environment, to be honest. One of the problems is that because it’s a long-term thing, you need to do long-term experiments.”
Gordon McVie, head of the Cancer Research Campaign
Until we have further proof of safety, the best way to avoid GMO foods is to buy ORGANIC. Not only will you save yourself from potential risks of consuming genetically engineered food, but you will also reduce your exposure to pesticides.
I believe eating GMO-free is a better choice for a healthier life.
Image compliments of Guide to Nursing Degrees