Be Wary of GMO Foods!
In reality, few people understand how a GMO food can be so different than a non-GMO food. They look exactly alike.
It’s time to get informed so you can make the best choice for you and your family.
There are 2 main hot topics when it comes to the GMO discussion:
#1: How GMO’s affect human health and
#2: How GMO’s impact farmers & business
Q: What is a GMO? – GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. In essence it is the merging of the DNA from different species. For example, a bacteria’s DNA with a plant’s DNA. This creates cross combinations that would never occur in nature.
Q: What is the harm?
A: GMO crops are engineered to produce an insecticide aka bug killer. When a bug eats the GMO food their stomach breaks open and the bug dies.
By genetically engineering the insecticide into the crop we are forced to ingest it as well. These insecticides cannot be “washed off” because they are not being “sprayed on”.
There are no long-term third party studies on the effects of humans ingesting bug killer DNA and how it affects our living cells. There are concerns revolving around human digestive function and interfering with the delicate gut flora balance.
Q: What is the Impact on Farmers?
It is impossible to patent a natural substance; for example, a seed of corn. Since GMOs are synthesized seeds, they do not occur in nature, and can be patented. The biotech companies have patents on the seeds of their GMO crops. This is very similar to what pharmaceutical companies have done with drugs. They take something from nature, change the chemical composition and put a patent on it. This allows them to control the market and raise costs.
Farmers can be sued for using GMO seeds unknowingly if the seeds blow onto their fields. Never before have companies had control of the food supply in this way.
80% of Conventional Processed Food in the US is genetically modified. Here is the list of GMO Crops:
Alfalfa – first planting 2011
Canola – 90% of U.S. crop
Corn – 88% of U.S. crop
Cotton – 90% of U.S. crop
Papaya – most of Hawaiian crop
Soy – 94% of U.S. crop
Sugar Beets – 95% of U.S. crop
Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash – first planting 2011
Q: If I want to eat GMO free where should I begin?
1: Any organically grown food is safe.
2: The non-GMO project has a search function on their website where you can search by product. www.NonGMOProject.org
3: Take a step by step approach. Start with breakfast. Eliminate GMO foods from the most important meal of your day.
-Be Healthy, Happy and Holistic,
Dr. Andrea Purcell