The Frankenstein foods!
I truly don’t have anything against Frankenstein, he’s actually a pretty cool guy.
What I DO have a problem with are “Frankenstein foods,” AKA Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s), and there’s a very good reason why I feel this way, as there are many disadvantages.
The questions I get asked most:
- What are GMOs?
- Why are people eating them?
- And why can they be so dangerous?
All great questions, and I’m happy to answer them because I really need to shed some light on this issue So instead of me replying to each email independently, I figured that a nice post on it would be even better.
The GMO battle is VERY REAL!
GMO’s are proving to be very controversial these days and have actually raised many questionable issues with a lot of people – scientific, environmental, social, ethical, political, and health overall. Needless to say, there’s too much to debate.
Generally speaking, the term “GMO” refers to food crops that have been reformed or altered (genetically) by utilizing a variety of scientific procedures. In other words, scientists putting food genes through processes by means of providing them with ‘new’ and/or ‘boosted’ features.
It’s the equivalent of somebody merging the genetics of a chicken and a pig together to create a “ Super Chicken-Pig!”
Not too sure if I would want to eat a super chicken-pig…
The monetary factor
The GMO process is all about making money – creating a product that can appeal to the masses, preserve well, grow efficiently, and sell – no two ways about it.
Scientists, big food corporations (and farmers alike) are trying to create strains that can withstand what normal foods and plants can’t; these traits include, chemical tolerances, pesticide resistance, heightened nutritional content, and the tolerance of extreme environments. All of it sounds good (in a sense), but the processes involved with genetically altering food is far from being natural.
The GMO goal here is simple – to make a product that can endure the impossible and make the most money.
These procedures literally go against the natural code of food, and that’s never really a good thing.
MOTHER EARTH IS NOT HAPPY!
GMO mutation allows particular genes to be recognized, isolated, duplicated and introduced to other organisms. The transferring of these genes amid species involves the insertion or deletion of specific genetic features. It’s pretty insane what some scientists can do these days.
During these procedures, certain plant DNA can be artificially transferred between organisms. In other words, creating something that’s not really supposed to be created in the first place.
The reason so much debate surrounds this practice is because it’s NOT natural (or ethical) and we (the people) don’t really know the effects quite yet, but that is changing.
In the grand scheme of things, GMOs are a pretty new concept, and it’s much too early to know the effects. Who knows what 50-years of eating genetically modified foods can really do to a person. What I do know is that studies have shown some very adverse effects on animals, and to me, these are HUGE red flags.
There is also a strong possibility that these molecular processes can produce or cause certain allergic reactions to occur within those who eat them as well, as science is starting to shed some much-needed light on all of this as well.
My list below highlights some of what has been discovered when analyzing the effects of GMO’s.
BIG GMO Disadvantages
- Possibility of humans developing new allergic reactions to the foods they eat.
- Strong likelihood of widespread infestation of diseases across species barriers.
- GM foods can disturb the natural flow of our environments.
- Artificial characteristics can be passed on to subsequent generations.
- Unpredictable health effects: we do not yet know the long-term effects of these mutated foods. It could be way worse than what we already recognize.
- Insufficient government regulation.
- Some crops are now possibly being engineered to produce their own pesticides.
- Global threat to humanity’s food supply!
As you can see, there is A LOT to be worried about here.
So what do you do?
Unfortunately, GMO’s are NOT labeled on the foods we eat, but people are trying to change that. It should be our right to know, and we’re in support of the labeling process.
Our advice in avoiding GMOs revolve mainly around staying away from commercial-grade foods, and sticking to the real (and USDA certified) organic selections.
Eat organic as much as possible, know what you’re eating, consume REAL food – simple as that.
If you’re within the United States, look for this stamp
Certified organic foods are typically not allowed to be altered (genetically speaking), so this is why I often recommend them. If you’re really looking to avoid all of those nasty GMOs, keep it organic, and REAL, as much as you can.
Your chances of avoiding GMOs will be more in your favor if you stick to eating higher quality food, but it’s also important to note that it’s possible for even some organic selections to have “modified” ingredients.
For example, soy is used in a lot of organic foods, and over 90% of the soy used in the United States is genetically modified. As far as it’s incorporation into organic foods, one can never be too sure. It’s a hard balancing act.
Do what you like with this information, as I am not here to persuade anyone – just want to promote a little awareness
Before you go, check out the studies I found below – pretty eye-opening!
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