What are GMO’s?

What are Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s)?  

GMO’s are basically a scientific experiment. Genes from one species (from bacteria, viruses, insect, animals, and humans) are implanted into the genes of an unrelated plants or animals.

Why were GMO’s created?

They were first created to be herbicide tolerant, meaning they would not die when huge amounts of herbicide were placed on plant to keep weeds away. Other plants, like corn, were created to produce their own insecticide. The specific insecticide is called Bt-toxin which literally breaks open the stomach of insects and kills them. Bt-toxin from corn has been found in the blood stream of 93% of women and 80% of their unborn children. Genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST) is also commonly injected into cows to make them produce more milk. Aspartame (AKA: Nutrisweet and Equal) is created from genetically engineered organisms.

What is the risk to humans?

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) states that animals fed GMO’s suffered from reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, signs of premature aging, gastrointestinal problems, organ damage, insulin, and cholesterol issues. Milk with rbGH or rbST have shown high levels of the cancer-promoting hormone, IGF-1.

GMOs and liver problems

  • Rats fed GM potatoes had smaller, partially atrophied livers.[24]
  • The livers of rats fed GM canola were 12-16% heavier.[25]
  • GM soy altered mouse liver cells in ways that suggest a toxic insult.[26] The changes reversed after they switched to non-GM soy.[27]

GMOs, reproductive problems, and infant mortality

  • More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks.[28]
  • The DNA of mouse embryos functioned differently when their parents ate GM soy[31]
  • The longer mice were fed GM corn, the less babies they had, and the smaller their babies were.[32]
  • Babies of female rats fed GM soy were considerably smaller, and more than half died within three weeks (compared to 10% of the non-GM soy controls).
  • Female rats fed GM soy showed changes in their ovaries and uterus.
  • By the third generation, most hamsters fed GM soy were unable to have babies. (This one reminds me of the movies when you apply it to humans!)

When did GMO’s enter our food supply? 

1996, in the United States

Are there any laws or regulations protecting us?

In America, NO but that might change in November 2012 in California, proposition 37 requiring labeling of all GMO food.  Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan have laws banning some GMO’s.

What food has GMO’s in it?

All infant formula that is not organic, especially soy formula. Corn, soy, canola oil, cottonseed, sugar from beets, Hawaiian papaya, some zucchini and squash, alphalpha for hay (which then leads to issues for meat, milk and eggs)

How do I know what food has GMO’s in it?

Download your free Non-GMO Shopping Guide or ShopNoGMO iPhone App

Where did I get all this info from?

I am part of the #LabelGMOs Evangelist team. I will explain more tomorrow!

The health information featured on this page is excerpted from Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risk of Genetically Engineered Foods, by Jeffrey M. Smith. © Copyright 2010. Institute for Responsible Technology.http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html and www.biointegrity.org

[24] Arpad Pusztai, “Can science give us the tools for recognizing possible health risks of GM food,”Nutrition and Health, 2002, Vol 16 Pp 73-84

[25] Comments to ANZFA about Applications A346, A362 and A363 from the Food Legislation and Regulation Advisory Group (FLRAG) of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) on behalf of the PHAA, “Food produced from glyphosate-tolerant canola line GT73,” http://www.iher.org.au/
[26] M. Malatesta, C. Caporaloni, S. Gavaudan, M. B. Rocchi, S. Serafini, C. Tiberi, G. Gazzanelli, “Ultrastructural Morphometrical and Immunocytochemical Analyses of Hepatocyte Nuclei from Mice Fed on Genetically Modified Soybean,” Cell Struct Funct. 27 (2002): 173–180.
[27] M. Malatesta, C. Tiberi, B. Baldelli, S. Battistelli, E. Manuali, M. Biggiogera, “Reversibility of Hepatocyte Nuclear Modifications in Mice Fed on Genetically Modified Soybean,” Eur J Histochem, 49(2005): 237-242.
[28] I.V. Ermakova, “Diet with the Soya Modified by Gene EPSPS CP4 Leads to Anxiety and Aggression in Rats,” 14th European Congress of Psychiatry. Nice, France, March 4-8, 2006; “Genetically modified soy affects posterity: Results of Russian scientists’ studies,” REGNUM, October 12, 2005; http://www.regnum.ru/english/526651.html; Irina Ermakova, “Genetically modified soy leads to the decrease of weight and high mortality of rat pups of the first generation. Preliminary studies,”Ecosinform 1 (2006): 4–9.
[31] Oliveri et al., “Temporary Depression of Transcription in Mouse Pre-implantion Embryos from Mice Fed on Genetically Modified Soybean,” 48th Symposium of the Society for Histochemistry, Lake Maggiore (Italy), September 7–10, 2006.
[32] Alberta Velimirov and Claudia Binter, “Biological effects of transgenic maize NK603xMON810 fed in long term reproduction studies in mice,” Forschungsberichte der Sektion IV, Band 3/2008