HFE Magazine

October 18, 2014

October is Non GMO Month

Filed under: Diet,Family — Gail @ 10:42 am

Happy Non-GMO Month!
(contains excerpts from New Chapter and Beyond Organic Insider)

A new study says long-term eating of genetically modified (GM) corn and its weed killer, Roundup, leads to tumors, damaged kidneys and livers, and early death in rats.

Just in time for Halloween, here’s some scary news about GMOs . . .

A new study titled “A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health” was released detailing the horrifying effects of GM corn and Monsanto’s Roundup used in GM corn. Click here to read the study abstract. The study—“the most thorough research ever published into the health effects of GM food crops and the herbicide Roundup on rats”—shows that rats fed a lifetime of GM corn laced with trace amounts of the chemical weed killer Roundup developed grotesque tumors, had systemic organ damage, and a high percentage of premature death.

GMOs are organisms that have been genetically altered and do not occur in Nature—and they’re spreading. To create GMOs, the biotech industry uses gene-splicing techniques to merge DNA from one species—an animal, a bacteria, or a virus, for example—with another species, such as a food crop like corn. The trouble is, there’s a lack of independent scientific research about the effects of GMO foods on human health and on the environment. Many find this a great cause for concern.

You see, technology used in genetically engineered crops inserts foreign genes into plants’ DNA, followed by the cloning of those cells into the plants. This process damages the plant’s DNA and can add toxins, carcinogens, bacteria, viruses and/or allergens—which can adversely affect the immune system, internal organs, and overall health.

In fact, the gene placed into some GM corn and cotton produces a poison called Bt-toxin designed to kill specific insects by breaking holes in their digestive tracts, but a recent study confirms that Bt-toxin also breaks holes in human cells. Another study found that Bt-toxin continues to circulate in the blood of 93 percent of pregnant women tested and in 80 percent of their unborn babies. Unsurprisingly, Bt-toxin could be especially dangerous for infants whose blood-brain barrier is least developed to handle toxins.

To top it all off, the only human feeding study to date confirms that part of the gene in GM soybeans transfers into DNA of our intestinal bacteria—where it remains to wreak havoc.

The good news is that countries around the world are restricting or outright banning GMOs. The bad news is that in the United States, GMOs are allowed for commercial production. Did you know that last year, over 90% of the soy grown in the U.S. was GMO? The percentage of GMO corn was almost as high, and many other common crops are considered “high-risk” for GMOs.

Because there is no government-mandated labeling law in the U.S. to help consumers make an educated choice, more and more consumers are relying on the Non-GMO Project. The Project was created as a third-party verification program for products that follow the best practices for GMO avoidance.

You can tell a product has been verified if the Non-GMO Project logo is on the label. So, look for the logo where you shop — on foods, condiments, beverages, and even supplements!

To learn more visit www.nongmoproject.org

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