By Liss – comment in response to Nutrition TIp: What are genetically modified foods?
You are not telling the whole story. There are numerous pitfalls to GMO and GM crops. Foods that are genetically altered can involve risks of unknown toxins and allergens never before seen in humans. Food crops grown from genetically modified seeds can affect the weeds that grow in the same area. Weeds can access the modified genes which make the crops resistant, and after some years the weeds themselves can become resistant.
A personal example – in Tucson I found a huge pigweed growing in front of my house that was impossible to pull out and I had to use a saw to cut through the stalk. Thanks to Monsanto, there are now a lot of monster weeds invading other farmer’s fields and urban areas.
Glyphosate, which is applied to make crops resistant to weeds, causes higher plant estrogen levels. Estrogen affects all mammals, including humans, and children are very susceptible to higher estrogen levels, which can be dangerous and pose long term health risks.
With genetically modified foods, there is always a risk of interactions or reactions that have never been seen. This can be an interaction between two different foods with modified genes or between the genes in the food and certain medications. There is not enough evidence because these crops and foods have not been in use long enough, and new varieties are frequently being produced.
Finally, there is no way to tell if genetically modified foods can have an effect on human genetics. At first it was believed by scientists and researchers that the modified genes were destroyed during the digestion process, but recently modified food genes have been found in the brains of some infant mice. This can be very dangerous in infants and children, and poses unknown risks for anyone who eats these foods.
I urge you to do some real research instead of parroting the ‘party line’. Do you really think Monsanto or other companies vested in GMO give a sh*t about food safety? A Monsanto official told the New York Times, October 25, 1998, that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products. ‘Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,’ said Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. ‘Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.’
Please do your homework. Don’t be a shill. More info is available at http://www.sweetremedyfilm.blogspot.com