March, 22, 2015
Say No To GMO!
Have you ever payed attention to the fruit sitting in your basket at home? How about an apple that you eat half of and then set it down because you’re full? Do they rot quickly or stay looking ripe and shiny for a decent amount of time? If you’re picturing your fruits ripe and shiny at all times, it has probably been tampered with. Science calls this Genetic Engineering. Genetically modified organisms , also known as GMOS, are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE (Wikipedia). In simple terms, scientists change the structure of an organism (often DNA ) to add “benefits.” The foods that were once natural, are no longer considered natural. As genetic engineering evolves, more and more products are being affected by this process. Chemicals are getting put into our systems and sometimes we don't even know it what it’s doing or how it got there. Frankly, most people don't even know WHAT they’re putting into their bodies. So why is it that health food stores are so adamant on promoting foods that clearly state “NO GMOS” directly on the label? Do they know something we don’t? It’s time GMOS get recognized for the harm they’re doing to humans and the planet that we live on. GMOS are not safe for our bodies, not safe for our environment , and will affect the economy in the long run. GMOS can bring unwanted risks to a humans health. In my house, organic is the way to go. My dad is a constant lecture and is always reminding us to keep it as natural and alive as humanly possible. Keeping your intake natural is the only way to be sure your body is protected from potential risks. Unfortunately the FDA does not insure public safety as drastically as they should. GMOS are allowed in the U.S. Although GMOS are banned in many countries, the United States uses of genetic engineering just continues to rise and it is becoming very common to find GMOS in your everyday foods. Corn products are everywhere. From cereal, to chips and pastries, corn is almost hard not to find. Corn products are taking over. "Calories are calories, and corn is the cheapest, most convenient source of calories on the market.”(POLLAN) Over 85% of corn grown in the U.S is genetically modified. Which means it is “genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant and to produce its own insecticide” (http://www.nongmoproject.org). An environmental issue with GMOS is their harm to animals. GMOS have been tested on different types of animals, for example, rats, cows, and pigs. These animals were given genetically modified corn. The rats developed severe swelling and / or organ complications, while some of the cows and pigs became sterile.
If these were proven to affect animals, why on earth would people think it’s safe for humans to intake? Another plant that is commonly genetically modified is soy. Over 90% of the soy beans produced in the U.S have been altered. Eating too much soy can increase your chances of developing breast cancer. (Dr.Mercola) The effects of soy aren't instant, but can develop during time. Again, GM soy was tested to animals and the results were horrifying. Even if there are positives to GMOS, the negatives are too hard to ignore. The proof is right in front of us. The choice is clear. Genetically modified plants are also a detriment to the environment. One of GMOS main problems with the environment is that they permanently contaminate. “GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool.” (responsibletechnologies.org) Animals such as bees , butterflies and birds, pick up these chemicals and disperse to the environment. In order to get a genetically modified crop, DNA must be altered to achieve some sort of goal (usually being insect resistant, virus resistant, or a longer...
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