The Truth Of GMO'S

GMOs were developed to settle down the cost and the need of increased production of crops with generous use of herbicides. GMO food supplies that may or may not be available with the label of ‘GMO’ are the ones that have been grown with the aid of genetically altered organisms to some extent. The alteration of the naturally-extant organisms used for the GMO products is ideally performed in labs. Since the ‘GMO’ products entered the market with all their fury, a major outrage has been witnessed among the consumers and environmentalists about the various health risks that can possibly be carried by the ‘GMO’ foods. During the process of genetic modification of plants, it is affirmative for them to get ripped off of their original DNA and be implanted with the DNA of a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). A sure-footed presence of organic or non-GMO constituents cannot be held true in the case of most plant and animal stuffs that have been made available in the mart’s supply through the modes of shipping and precooked packages.

Enlisted below are some of the other hazards of making a choice that would enormously suit the GMO line of products in the present-day scenario:

You might be promoting the spread of cancer:

One of the recent papers led out by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) promoted the use of non-GMO products over GMOs. Most of the studies cited by such organizations have been conducted on animals and have served as an evidence for the possible damage incurred upon the organs. For instance, a sudden case of sensitivity in the GIT can be deliberately owed to the continual consumption of GMO food stuffs. The genes used for alteration of GM soy are transferable and therefore make with their way into the gut bacteria’s DNA with ease. The high penetrability ratio of the insecticides used in the making of GMO foods makes their use scarce in the diets of pregnant women for protecting the lining of amniotic sac. Statistical data dating back to 1996 correlates the incidence of chronic illnesses with uninhibited usage of GMOs. In the present-day agricultural farms, the use of gene alteration methods isn’t just limited to plants. The broadened expanse of the use of such practices can be witnessed in bovines too. For instance, GM bovine growth hormone is a synthetically prepared hormone that was created with the intent of increasing the production of milk in cows. Such a practice can be an upgrade for the lifestyle of people who milk those cows but for the consumers it's a downgrade. GM bovine growth hormone promotes the secretion of IGF-1 that plays a key role in promoting cancer.

Liking GMO food is like pleasuring in the use of herbicides :

Most of the ‘GMO’ food products can be cultivated without the supervised restriction of the use of commercial pesticides. While wholesale foods have been truthful about their use of herbicides, there is a certain likelihood that ‘GMO’ foods can be grown under the cover of the same herbicides as the commercial crops and therefore contain the same level of toxic industrial residues as the commercial crops. The most hazardous of the residues in such a scenario would be the organophosphates that hunch the likelihood of lymphoma or leukaemia upon consumption. According to survey performed in the year 2001, the shunned usage of insecticide has been duly filled in by a preposterous use of herbicide. For instance, the dose of herbicides for an acre of field in use has gone up from 1.5 pounds to 2.0 pounds between 2001-2010. While the herbicides have been quiet known for their shorter range of side effects, they can be set aside for a more intense grill on our system when used in combination with GM crops. For starters, they are capable of damaging the intestinal walls. A break in the integrity of intestinal walls would initiate a state of digestive instability that would be further marked by an allergic reaction, altered intestinal permeability and unexplained autoimmune responses. One of the most common GMO that involved the use of insecticides is Bt Corn. Bt corn was a genetically modified crop that was created with the use of a soil bacteria called Bacillus thuringiensis. Once the DNA of Bacillus thuringiensis had been altered, Bt toxin was introduced into the crops with the intent of harming insects instead of humans. The truth explained itself within a week’s release of Bt corn into the market. Bt corn was capable of arranging a new series of super pests in the environment. A government funded study in Italy backs the fact that Bt corn was found to be responsible for inducing the following facets of compromised immune response into the human body :

A striking rise in the levels of IgE and IgG - Indicative of human body infections

Increase in the number of cytokines - Indicative of an allergic reaction or inflammatory reaction in a human body

Heightened T cell response from the end of immune system- Indicative of oncoming disorders like asthma and arthritis.

During the same study, the mice were fed yet another vindictive variant of Bt corn - MON863. The immune system system responded by raising the levels of basophils and WBCs in the body. The some of the health conditions that enroll for such a rise are cancer, allergic reaction and infection.

Morgellons Disease & GMO :

Morgellons is a skin disease that can be geographically pinned to the regions of Alberta and Texas. The clinical manifestations of this disease are limited to thread like extensions from granules that cover most of the regions of the body and a sensation of sting. The systemic spread of this disease receives a major contribution from the end of brain and bones. GMOs were introduced as biotechnology asset during Clinton administration. Since then, the last and latest article in this regard was written by Whitley Strieber in the year 2007 which stated the vulnerability of human body to the deviousness of GM foods. According to this article, the fibres extracted from skin of the patients who suffered with Morgellons Disease reeked of the substance that was used in the production of genetically modified plants.

Cultivation of herbicide tolerant crop : Associates from the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre, Canada have upheld the fact that GMO is responsible for the widespread effect of herbicides. Most herbicides are composed of glyphosates that impose a scarred effect on the health of a pregnant women. During the study, blood samples from normal as well as pregnant women were collected for comparison. High levels of serum GLYP were witnessed in the blood samples collected from the normal women. Environmentalists support the fact that the toxicity levels of air should be diminished by procuring the use of non-GMO foods over GMO foods. Cultivation of GMO foods furthers the use of herbicides and therefore air pollution. Yet another concern related with the cultivation of GMO foods is that they challenge the metabolism of certain microbes that are useful in maintaining the ecosystem in a pluperfect manner. Monarch caterpillars, bees and birds have been some of the recent victims of herbicides that were used fervently for the protection of Bt corn and genetically modified cotton.

Cross contamination :

While contamination in most instances pertains to the transfer of pollens for healthy fertilization of crops, in the case of GMO foods it would be the sleazy spray over the genetically altered foods that becomes the cause of contamination for the normal crops. By keeping the fields of these different plant cultures real far away from one another, one can expect a certain amount of control over the issue of cross contamination. So, in a manner of saying, GMO foods can jeopardise the quality and reputation of organic and non-GMO food stuff with cross contamination. According to the guidelines of USDA, organic farming is supposed to be kept clear of any form of contamination which leaves the farmers with just one choice - Opting for buffer zones and strict planting regimens. This lays immense pressure on the financial budget of the organic farmers and institutions. As a consequence to this situation, they might either bear the loss or offer a high-end price in the market that aligns close with the original cost of the supplies. These facts are based on a survey that was conducted in the year 2013 by the Organic Farmers Agency for Responsible Marketing (OFARM) for the well-being of organic farmers. While one of the farmers constantly made a complaint about never receiving a compensation from the GMO companies for contaminating the alfalfa and other essential crops that suffered loss of credit due to cross contamination, another farmer was more concerned about the release of Banvel-resistant soybeans into the market from his fields. Farmers are now very clear on pressuring the USDA on carrying out a environmental review on the GMO food companies.

Internally flawed GMO risk assessment :

One of the most practical reasons that can keep you from using any of the GMO stuff is their risk assessment procedure. Risk assessment procedures are the ones that are implied by the governments of respective countries to confirm the safeness of any product. Though the procedure involved in risk management take time, they do prevent the public from being misled into certain beliefs about any product. Risk assessment procedure for the GMOs on the other hand have been nothing other than misleading. The experiments performed as part of the assessment lacked all the details that could have otherwise made them look so less sloppy and baseless.

GMO crops and world hunger are completely unrelated : In 2014, Reuters headlines explained thoroughly the report released by the U.S department of agriculture and economic research service which stated the different directions in which world hunger and GMO food stuffs have been in. The only yield that has been promoted since the herbicide-tolerant seeds came in the market was of conventional food stuff variety. GMO crops enjoy a space of 169 million acres which an exact half of the land area covered by the conventional crop variant during their cultivation. The patented asset of these seeds makes them pricey and therefore the products come with a heftier price tag too. The ERS researchers followed the trail of affirmations provided by the GMO companies for about 15 years before coming out in the public. As expected, most of the farmers who opted for the purchase of herbicide-tolerant seeds in the first place didn’t enjoy the volume of net profits that were handed over to them once the produce hit the market.

A reluctant ‘No’ of bees to GMOs :

Bees are inevitable for the pollination of conventional crops. A standard fall in their population has been linked with the immense use of pesticides by most scientists who genuinely dug deep into this matter. To their surprise, they discovered a specific element in those pesticides that was able to forge an environ that eventually led to a significant decline in the population of bees in any region close to their use - neonicotinoids. A pronounced action of this compound was labeled as Colony collapse disorder by the concerned scientists. Every year, beekeeping activists take part in the ‘Bee week of action’. In this event, the activists try their best to educate the communities about the running issue of bees by distributing leaflets. These leaflets have made a bulk of a difference to the society by cutting down the uneducated purchases made by the clients and customers who wish to see bees in the future.

The Impudence of GMO labelling :

Its unethical to find the word ‘Natural’ over something that is completely Unnatural. One of the most disturbing fact of all times has been the label natural against GMO infant formulas. These formulations contain heavy amounts of GMO soy. Consumer need to be aware of the fact that they can’t really rely on even the purchase of even conventional products since most GMO products send out the misleading nutrition signals like ‘100% Natural’. You can always report such misfindings to your state’s legislature office. A recent parliamentary session held in Canada on March 29, 2019 witnessed a trial that reported a vote-down from 2 parliamentarians against the invoked GMO labelling bill. Labelling and introducing transparency in the purchasing potential of the consumer-run market isn’t just about a movement but a recall of democratic rights.

Tipping off the unnecessary food products : Even a slightest difference in the purchase reports can make a huge difference to the availability of GMO products in the market. A steady example of this cause can be found in Europe. The European Union has disabled all forms of marketing strategies by tipping off the sales of GMOs in their union. In the U.S, the level of tipping off is still catching up against the GMO products and has just begun to rally with a percentage of 5%. A disciplinary denial of such sorts can be held true for the plant as well as animal GMOs.

How long before GMO animals become a fad?

Holstein cows look like any other regular cow and can be sighted in every other corner of Iowa. What might be the possible cause behind their abundance? Well! These cows aren’t used for their milk or meat but solely for the purpose of their blood. These cows are kept under the unpretentious care of companies like SAB Biotherapeutics that have an overlay over GMO tycoons. The original idea that led to the breeding of transgenic animals was of supporting any plausible advancement in drug development. However, the only intent for which they are bred these days is of uplifting the GMO revolution. Take a fish for an example, that animal was one of the in line of converts. After the much-repressed controversy, AquaBounty (GMO company) would be flaring its margins of GMO salmon to overseas markets soon. The Gmo fish has been named as the Frankenfish commercially. While it tastes like salmon (a fish that inhabits most of the regions of the Atlantic), it takes up a lot lesser time to mature than the real salmon. With all the marches and controversies surrounding Monsanto and 18 months still remaining before the official release of their products in the U.S market, AquaBounty could only and possibly rely on any support from its marketing management. The good news here is that in the U.S, there is a ban on catching of the endangered species of fish such as the salmon. To conclude, it would be the consumers who would seal the fate of GMO animals as a fad.

Did you recognize the Gmo at grocery store?

Once you have made your mind about scratching any form of GMOs in your grocery list, your next step would include the cautionary tale of avoiding any such food stuff that could possibly contain the DNA of genetically modified organisms:

Corn syrup : HFCS or as one might call it the high fructose corn syrup carries the GMO strain in an assembling way. HFCS follows a range of conversions before entering the market in its usual form. At first the corn is subjected to a lethal phase of formulation that involved the use of bacterial enzymes only to be converted into corn starch which is then relentlessly converted to corn syrup in no time. The role of the bacterial enzyme herein would be of decomposing the sugary form of fructose. The process of conversion isn’t close to natural, and so is the final product. Eminent researchers from universities like Princeton and Oxford have reported claims of mercury’s presence in the corn syrup. The aforementioned jeopardies in the manufacturing process of HFSC circumstantiate the presence of Type II diabetes and sudden weight gain in men and women.

Tomatoes : Tomatoes could be the last place one could be looking for a GMO. When confirmed, unlabeled GMO tomatoes were collected from the mart and tested for their antioxidant potential. The titres were found to be remarkably low. A similar loss in nutrivalue was deduced in several other wholesale food items that were genetically modified. There are codes on the skin of tomatoes that help you look for the genuineness of the article. These codes are called Prince Look UP codes. The length of the code defines the cultivation process. For instance, if the tomato is of conventional variety, the code’s length would be of 4 digits, and if it were of 5 digits and begins with the number 8 it would imply the use of GMO in its production. If you are a person who prefers organic food over its conventional variety, you should be looking for the 5 digit PLU codes that begin with the number 9 and don’t smell like insecticides.

Soy : It is typical of soy to be laced with products that have nothing to do with health stats. Miso and natto are the fermente and wholefood forms of soy. They can be recognized with ease by their strong smell and their texture which would be slimy since they have been soaked for hours to get fermented. In the case of GMO soy, soy is reaked of solvents that can introduce several and most prominently pancreatic issues in our body.

Beef : Beef is capable of introducing GMO into our food chain with ease. Quality of beef can be directly related with the quality of food stuff that has been fed to the cattle at the farms. For instance, if the cattle has been fed a GMO enriched diet that comprised of alfalfa, corn and soy, one can expect the same level of quality coming out of them when they become a meal.

News headlines that dallied the use of GMO

In 2013, Bill number 113 was invoked to slash the use of GMO seeds in the region of Hawaii. Needless to say, the exemptions did make their way into the debate and became disclosed as a sanction for the cultivation of GMO papaya seeds in Hawaii.

General Bob Ferguson - One of the first state attornies to tailor a lawsuit against the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association) on GMO labelling in Washington (2013).

It was the year of 2013 when the councilman Gary L. Hooser drafted the bill number 2491 in Kaua’I island to recontour the beginning of a mandatory 500 foot buffer zone for isolating the cultivation lands of genetically modified crops from ones used for conventional farming.

In the year 2017, Buylla placed a ban of infinite term on the use of GMO corn seeds in Mexico.

A formal march against Monsanto was led in different continents. The main idea led by the march was of defying the positive role of Monsanto in the food market.

Costa rica is one of the first cities to become 100% indifferent to the use of GMO

Why do scientists believe in degrading the GMO food stuff variety

Journal of Organic Systems - In the June 2013 edition, a trial pertaining to the use of GMOs in pigs was published. While one group was fed the GMO diet for 22.7 weeks, the another one was given non-GMO food. At the end of the study, the stomach linings of pigs from both the groups were studied. Pigs who were kept on the GMO diet exhibited a stomach lining that was piled with inflammation while the stomach lining of the compare group exhibited inflammation of a lesser degree.

Russian Academy of Sciences : After an year’s study on rats in the year 2005, the academy submitted its report on the quality and the maintenance of RoundUp Ready-tolerant GM soy. The study underwent a guidance from the scientists who prefered to be specific about the use of female rats instead of random rats for this study. After a week’s work on their diet, the scientists were able to come up with the theory that the reproductive system of the rats had been treated rather harshly by the RoundUp Ready-tolerant GM soy. The practical example of this fact were the pups that were delivered with the disorder of stuntedness at the end of the study.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia) - It was the summer of 2005 when the scientists were taking a close look at the genetically altered peas when they realized the awful presence of alpha-amylase inhibitor. To confirm the hunch, the researchers carried out a decent trial on a group of mice to get an exact view of the sensitivity proportions of GMO peas. The results were horribly disturbing as they led to the conclusion of the hypersensitive lungs in mice to the alpha proteins of drugged peas.

A study led in 1998 was based on the belief that the DNA structure of Bt Potato can actually be used as an evidence against the companies that sold them. Potatoes, as many know are rich in carbohydrates but not when the talk is about the GMO potatoes. Egyptian researchers discovered hyped levels of dendrotoxin protein in GMO potatoes during their study. Dendrotoxin introduced structural changes in the ileum of mice that were irrecoverable.

Gmo animal products came into the review after an insightful report was submitted by the Aventis company in the year 2002 to the U.K regulators. The report mentioned use of glufosinate-tolerant GM corn in chicken feed. Once the report got published in 2003, consumers became dicey over their decision of buying any more of not just the animal GM products but also the crops.

What’s the take of GMO companies on GM labeling?

While the prospects don’t look good, one can always ease their way into the fact that GMO companies might give in to the thought of labelling their products since they don’t see a brighter future for themselves. Enlisted below are some of the companies that have decided to come out in the open about the GMO ingredients used in their products:

  • i)Nestle
  • ii)AquaBounty
  • iii)Kelloggs
  • iv)Kraft

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