What are GMOs?

GMO’s or “genetically modified organisms” are plants that are created in a laboratory using the science of genetic engineering (GE).  The seeds are altered using the experimental technology of injecting the DNA of another species of plant, animal, virus or bacteria.  This unstable technology is used to confer particular traits so that the plant can withstand large amounts of pesticides (herbicide tolerant) or produce it’s own pesticide (pesticide producing).  This technology crosses the species barrier and would never happen in nature.  Crops that are currently genetically engineered and approved for consumption are : corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya and small amounts of zucchini and yellow squash.  Livestock in the US and abroad are fed GMO alfafa, corn and soy.  Eighty percent  (80%) of processed foods sold in the supermarket have genetically engineered ingredients.

Are GMOs safe?

Research has linked GMO’s to allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune disease, liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas damage and infertility.  Over 60 countries have either labeled or banned GMO’s across the world.  Although the FDA has declared them safe, there is a large database of studies and an increasing incidence of diseases showing that GMOs are cause for concern and should be avoided in the diet.  See Glyphosate Research Studies.