What You Should Know About GMO
How much do you know about GMOs? Even if you stay well informed of everything you put into your body, you may not know when you are consuming GMOs.
It’s been over two decades since the first genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) crops were approved in Canada in 1996.
GMOS, “Genetically Modified Organisms”, are present in as much as 80% of North American processed foods, particularly in the US which utilizes a much broader range of modified crops. GMOs are banned or closely monitored in the majority of other countries, however, in Canada foods containing GMO’s have been ruled safe for sale and are not required to be labeled as containing GMO’s. Not only are we unaware when we are consuming GMOs, the majority of people are unaware of the potential risks associated with GMO consumption.
1. Overall Health
Of all the newscast or articles you have encountered about GMOs, how many of them have told you the affects GMOs really have on your health?
- Numerous studies have shown that GMOs can effect and cause gastrointestinal problems, organ health, immune system disorders, increased early again, and infertility to name a few.
- Many medical organizations urge GMO free diets, including the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, The American Public Health Association, and The American Nurses Association.
- GMOs were introduced in 1996, since then, there has seen an increase in illnesses. Though, there is no sufficient scientific proof linking the GMOs to the increase of illnesses such as Autism, food allergies, reproductive disorders and digestive problems; many health care professionals believe that is no coincidence and we should switch to GMO free diets now rather than later.
2. Food Allergies
Unknowingly consuming a food or product that you are allergic to can not only cause an inconvenient reaction and sickness, in many cases it can lead to more serious problems. This is one of many risks to consuming foods containing GMOs.
- Genetically altered foods, GMOs, can sometimes be genetic combinations or contain cross strands of other products. When unknowingly consumed, these GMOs, lead to health risks for the unknown and possibly allergic consumer.
- Studies have shown that since GMOs have been introduced, allergic reactions to food and ongoing allergies have shown a drastic increase both in individuals consuming GMOs and farm workers exposed to BT sprays on GMO crops.
3. Lack of Labeling
Even when you are trying to avoid foods containing GMOs, it won’t come as easy as reading labels at the supermarket. Despite peoples demands for all GMO products to be labeled, there is currently no law requiring labels on foods containing GMOs. You can find some foods that are labeled with Non-GMO stickers, but the majority of products leave you with a lack of information regarding GMOs.
Though, thorough research has not been conducted, it is believed that GMOs could have long term effects on the genetics of the human race. No scientific evidence has been presented, but given the health effects that GMOs have from consumption and their effects on the environment; the long term effects of GMOs are believed to be greater than the current effects of consuming GMOs.
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