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NO MO' GMO!

Are the Aesthetics of GMOs covering the potential of them being rotten tomatoes to our health?

We, as consumers, need to take caution in moving forward with introducing GMOs into our diets.  Our society and government regulations prove to be more reactionary than precautionary.  Therefore, it is our responsibility to protect ourselves from the potential hidden dangers of GMOs.

Excerpt from "Genetic Roulette The Gamble of Our Lives"

What is a GMO?

GMOs are organisms that have had their characteristics changed through the modification of their DNA.

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Dangers of GMos

Increases in various health conditions are evidence of negative health effects on humans. 

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How do you protect yourself from gmos?

There are steps to avoid GMOs in your food supply. 

 

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Thierry Vrain

Thierry Vrain is a former scientist who studied plant physiology, genetic modifications, and biotechnology.  He worked as a plant physiology professor at the University du Quebec, a research scientist for the Canadian government and director of Pacific Agri-Food Research Center’s biotechnology department in British Columbia. According Vrain, he stated, “When I hear we need genetic engineering to feed the world, I cringe. It turns out that there is no increase in yield, no decrease use of pesticides, and the process is of highly questioned safety.

Even if genetic engineering was perfectly safe, I still question it because of genetic pollution. Organic crops and foods are becoming contaminated.

I’m also concerned about contamination of the environment with antibiotic resistant genes. Every GM crop has these genes. The preliminary evidence we have is that bacteria in the soil and in the human gut are capable of picking those genes up. Considering the alarm I hear from medical people about losing antibiotics, I think this should be a serious concern.”

Above graph shows a direct correlation of increased GMOs & increased incident of disease.

According to a study published in The Journal of Organic Systems, there is a dramatic trend of correlated increase in 22 types of chronic illnesses with the increase in GMOs and the use of glyphosate which is most commonly branded as Round-up by Monsanto.

Are we the lab rats?

The scientific community takes note.

GMO feed rat develops tumor

In the 2012 Organic & Non-GMO Report was a peer review of the NK603 Roundup tolerant GM corn, Patrick Holden, Founder and Director for the Sustainable Food Trust, reflects on the findings, “On the basis of this study, we have to conclude that there is now a serious question mark over the safety of at least one GM crop. This suggests that all currently licensed GM crops should be re-evaluated and that in future safety studies in laboratory animals must be conducted over significantly longer periods of time that are equivalent to the animals’ normal life span not simply their adolescence.”  This is evidence that further studies should be conducted over longer periods of time to have conclusive findings.

More research is needed to protect our future

According to the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, “there is a need to improve our ability to detect and assess the health consequences of unintended changes in GM foods, such as better tools for toxicology assessment and a more robust knowledge base regarding which components impact health. Given the possibility that foods with unintended changes could enter the marketplace, there is a need to enhance our capacity for postmarket surveillance of exposure and effects.” This gives merit to avoiding the use of GMOs until universal testing of GMOs is established, more extensive research is conducted & databases are properly implemented. 

Friend or Foe…we say no mo’ GMO!

Currently, GMOs are being overused and under studied.  The potential dangers are staggering.  The time to become informed and take action to protect yourself is now.

All About Benjamin…

As a student at the University of Kentucky, I’m majoring in Biosystems Engineering.  My background is rooted in agriculture.  Row cropping and grain farming prove to be my area of expertise.  The motivation for designing this public service announcement is not only to raise awareness of the negative health effects of GMOs, but also to influence others to make informed, healthy choices about their food sources.

– BENJAMIN BAYLES

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Related Sites:

 http://www.biofortified.org/2010/03/gmo/gmos-antibiotics/   

https://www.hotzehwc.com/2018/07/dangers-of-genetically-modified-foods-gmo-foods/

https://www.munkpack.com/negative-impacts-of-gmos-in-food/

https://www.nongmoreport.com/articles/october2012/studygmcornroundupcausetumors.php

https://www.nongmoproject.org/

https://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/june2013/former-genetic-engineer-speaks-against-gmo-risks.php

https://www.organic-systems.org/journal/92/JOS_Volume-9_Number-2_Nov_2014-Swanson-et-al.pdf