GMOs, GM Crops and GMO Foods are a hot topic in the world right now. If any of you have watch GMO OMG you’ll know what I’m talking about. It seems there are a growing list of GMO crops and foods that have been around for quite some time but are justing coming out now as public knowledge. Corn and Soy have been GMO’d since 1998, which means for a good part of my life I was consuming GMO foods without my knowledge or really acceptance and ok.
Since it is such a contriversial topic I thought it might be good to highlight some of the biggest GMO foods being sold and consumed in our Country and in America. If you are at all concerned about the health affects of GMO on your and your children taking a look at this list and making note of the foods highest in GMO’s would be a great idea.
Over 90% of corn crops in North America are GMO’d. The particular genentic modification done was adding a bacteria called bacillus thruringgiensis which is supposed to kill any insect trying to eat the crop. This may sound great to farmers who will lose less of their crop (so they say), but do you really want to be eating food that’s harmful enough to kill insects? Even if you are not consuming corn ‘directly’ you are probably consuming it indirectly through any number of processed foods including cereal, chips, anything with high fructose corn syrup, salad dressing, mayonnaise, candy, fried foods, protein powder, peanut butter and pasta (and that’s just to name a few).
Over 90% of soy in North America is GMO’d too. Soy is in almost every processed food including cereal, baked products, chocolate and even ice creams, if your not concious of what you’re eating, you’re probably consuming GMO soy. Soy can block normal estrogen; disrupt endocrine function, cause infertility, increase the chances of allergies and breast cancer. Soy can also cause vitamin B12 deficiencies and interfere with protein digestion. GMO Soy is also used in feed for all cattle and livestock, which means if you’re consuming meat from your local supermarket, you inadvertinly consuming GMO soy too. (*It is important to note that other countries also produce GMO Soy including Argentina and Brazil).
Most of the GMO Papaya comes from Hawaii and are banned for import and consumption in Europe. The GMO Papaya is supposed to be resistant to the ringspot virus.
Canola was actually a minimally used oil before genetic modifications began. It was too bitter, but of course, scientists found a way to remove the ‘bitter’ gene and it is now one of the most highly used oils in the world. You will find any of your fried foods covered in canola oil as well as bottle on the shelf for you to use at home.
Infused with the same bacteria as corn, GMO potatoes were created to not brown as quickly as natural ones.
Summer Squash (Zucchini)
The initial reasoning behind GM squash is because they are highly suseptible to to viral diseases.
The GMO Tomatoes have been engineered to last longer and not rot as quickly. They are currently banned in Europe.
Coming soon: Salmon
GM Salmon is on it’s way to your dinner table. As natural salmons growth rate is considered ‘too slow’ they’ve sped up the process to grow salmon quicker and bigger. This can be a big cause for concern down the road as DNA tends to mutate over time, so there is no way yet to determine if this quality of fish is sterile and safe.
Natural News states that ‘time and again, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has warned that GMOs pose a serious threat to health, and it is no accident that there can be a correlation between it and adverse health effects. In fact, the AAEM has advised doctors to tell their patients to avoid GMOs as the introduction of GMOs into the current food supply has correlated with an alarming rise in chronic diseases and food allergies’.
Take this information as you will, if you don’t like it, I think you’re reading the wrong blog. If you find the information useful please feel free to share it with friends and families and use it as a guidelines for your future visits to the supermarket.