Pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, who cares? Washing your veggies off in the kitchen sink won’t get the toxic off. It’s in the DNA.
Our last blog, “GMO OMG” LOL WTF BRB G2G TTYL, touched on how Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, engineered to reduce the amount of pesticides and herbicides used on crops, do the opposite over time. It isn’t too hard to conceive that chemicals sprayed on crops may affect us, but what about the crops that the very DNA of is altered?
Toxins, testing, and other terrible truths
Think about this, DNA of crops such as corn are altered so they can produce toxins to act as pesticides. These new crops, which have become living pesticides, are consumed by animals and humans. Tinkering with the genetic make-up of an organism, for any purpose, is not entirely predictable. Genes mutate and crops cross-pollinate. The result is new allergens and disease promotion. Just because we can doesn’t mean we should.
Can you let go of that tree you are hugging?
This isn’t hippy dippy information. In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) reported animal studies linking health risks to Genetically Modified (GM) food. American doctors practicing western medicine were advised to tell patients GM crops are no bueno. Did you catch that? No bueno.
• Infertility – Now, how are we gonna make babies?
• Immunity problems – I’ll pass, thanks.
• Accelerated aging – Just a hunch this won’t go over well in Hollywood.
• DNA from GMO food can hang around your organs – OMG, that includes corn that self-creates pesticide.
Monsanto, the biggest player in agricultural engineering and chemicals, dispute these claims. However, even if GMOs are the miracle they are claimed to be, many people do not want to eat them. In fact, GMO’s were banned in Europe in 1999 because of public outcry.
LABELING – So, why not slap on a label and call it a day?
The truth is manufacturers of GMO’s don’t want products labeled. Check out the site for Monsanto below. If food is labeled, people steer clear.
TESTING – Hey, doesn’t like, someone test this stuff?
Despite warnings by FDA scientists to the contrary, in 1992 the FDA declared GMO’s were not substantially different than conventional food. The result? The GMO industry is self-regulated and labeling is not required. Note: this decision was overseen by a former attorney of Monsanto.
ACTION – I’m going to have nightmares about franken-food! What can I do?!!
The best defense against GMOs is to get informed:
- Eat organic
- Look for the “Non-GMO Project” Seal
- Read labels! Avoid these ingredients:
- soy, corn, canola, cotton, sugar beets, alfalfa and Hawaiian Papaya.
- Get the FREE Non-GMO shopping guide. (See resources)
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