As individuals, we all have the liberty to choose the kind of foods we eat, which is great.
Unfortunately, most of us assume that to mean either “eat whatever is sold” or “eat whatever foods you want.” The latter strategy causes its own set of problems. For instance, it leads to all sorts of health issues. But, we are here to discuss the former strategy, which is just as dangerous as the other. Maybe, even more.
It appears that the food market is bracing for what will be a GMO-dominated era. It seemed like only a few years ago that GMO foods were still a major topic of debate. Several arguments took place over their viability with regard to human consumption. But, the GMO side has ultimately prevailed, and that isn’t good news.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are organisms created in a laboratory. The process involves taking genes from one organism and introducing them into another unrelated organism. This is the same process through which GMO foods come into being.
Therefore, you’re probably wondering why we need to create such foods. Well, the groups on the pro-GMO side will tell you that it’s because they help increase yields, decrease farming costs, minimize pesticide use, and essentially, one day, fight famine by ensuring there’s enough food for everybody.
But, the cold hard fact remains that none of this is true. There’s very little evidence to suggest otherwise. In fact, some of those promises are downright lies.
For instance, proponents of GMO crops suggest that they eliminate pesticide use. However, this isn’t because they don’t need it. Rather, it’s because they contain pesticides within.
So, if you consume a GMO crop, you’re ingesting pesticides.
The point is, genetically modified foods aren’t safe as you think. The only reasons political groups and corporations support them is because they generate profits by giving the interested parties complete control over food production.
So, now that you know how dangerous GMO foods can be, here is a list mentioning the top 10 that you really need to avoid.
Corn is probably the most commonly grown GMO crop out there. Around 50% of the corn cultivated in the US is genetically modified.
In fact, it is all owned by a single corporation called Monsanto. And the bad news is that genetically modified corn is unhealthy. They can cause a range of medical conditions in humans.
Genetically modified sugar beets entered the American market in 2009. Monsanto modified them to be resistant to herbicides. Of course, not surprisingly, this led to issues.
There are no precise details available about the issues caused. However, the fact remains that Monsanto got into serious trouble for this. They’ve had to face the wrath of the USDA and the courts.
Aspartame serves as a substitute for sugar. Marketers promote it as a “healthy” alternative for people with diabetes and those watching their diet.
However, in actuality, it is a toxic substance created using genetically modified bacteria. Those who consume it report many side effects.
Soy is a legume used to make tofu, soy flour, and soybean oil. The natural version is extremely healthy.
However, the genetically modified version, which resists herbicides, isn’t all that safe. Sadly, Monsanto controls around 90% of the Soybean market.
You’ve likely been consuming genetically modified papayas for a long time. That’s how prevalent they are.
They initially came onto the scene in 1999 when Hawaii started to grow them. As usual, like other GMO foods, GMO Papayas are questionable. In fact, the European Union has banned them altogether.
Also known as Canola in Canada, rapeseeds find their use in the production of “Canola Oil” or “Rapeseed Oil.”
So, what’s the issue with genetically modified Canola or Rapeseed? Well, genetically engineered rapeseeds contain very high levels of pollen.
Rice is a staple dietary item for most South East Asians. Recently, scientists engineered it to include vitamin A.
Yet, reports suggest that that’s not the only thing added. Some reports indicate there could be human genes in there as well.
Apparently, human genes help provide human proteins. In theory, this helps fight infant diarrhea prevalent in 3rd world nations.
However, there have been reports about GMO rice causing allergies and other health issues. Additionally, it has been known to cause environmental damage.
Scientists are genetically modifying tomatoes to boost shelf life. Several tests have shown that consuming genetically modified tomatoes can lead to premature death.
Scientists carried out one such test on animal subjects. The result was that these animals died within a few weeks, post-consumption.
When lab rats consume genetically modified potatoes (modified with Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1), they end up with high levels of toxicity in their bodies. The Cry1 toxin remains within their system, despite claims to the opposite.
America injects around 22% of the cows in America with genetically modified rbGH, – a bovine growth hormone.
The result of this is that the cows end up producing around 15% more milk than normal. This, in turn, results in the milk containing high levels of IGF-1 or Insulin Growth Factor-1.
Though the human body naturally contains IGF-1, medical experts believe that increased levels of the same can lead to a greater chance of people developing breast or colon cancer.
GMO foods are a growing threat. The worst part is that many countries don’t even label foods containing GMOs. Therefore, one needs to be even more cautious.
For instance, it is better to avoid processed foods as a whole. This is because most of them contain GMO ingredients.
Additionally, we could soon be seeing genetically modified meat entering the market. For example, genetically engineered salmon is currently pending approval from the FDA.
The point here is that we need to be very careful about the foods we consume. Other than that, we must remain active in fighting against such careless meddling by governments and corporations.