If you’ve been reading our articles for awhile now, you’ll know we’re pretty outspoken about how bad corn, soy and sugar are for you. But there’s more than just those big three. Read on to find out why we avoid these foods and what else you should avoid.
What is a GMO?
Genetically modified organisms (or in this case, foods) are organisms that have had their genetic material changed. Many pharmaceutical drugs are created this way. But what you should be concerned about is the food you eat.
What if I told you that a handful of corporations are treating humankind as a “lab rat” to test something with risks we don’t yet know of? You’d think I’d gone crazy! But the truth behind genetically modified foods is just that. GM foods were introduced to the masses well before the risks that these crops carry were tested and eliminated.
One way to think about it is as the sale of a pharmaceutical. Before even testing this drug, the pharmacy has decided to stock it and make it readily available to everyone. I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t seem right! The response by corporations so far have been “So far, so good. Nobody has died yet,” which is absolutely irresponsible. The fact of the matter is that the safety of these GM foods has yet to be fully proven.
So why are these GM foods being made in the first place? Perhaps the biggest reason is you and I. As the population grows, farmers around the world have been looking for ways to increase and make their yields more efficient. The core principal behind GM foods are on the surface in our best interests. I’m all for feeding the masses and making sure everyone has access to affordable food. But beneath the surface is an ethical problem that is affecting the very population GM foods try to feed.
The Problem with GMOs
Aside from being Monsanto’s (and other corporations) mad science experiment combining natural plant genes with extracted bacteria or fungi genes, GMOs are soaked in pesticides and herbicides. Much of the soybeans grown in the United States have been altered to be “Roundup Ready”. That is, these soybeans are resistant to Monsanto’s widely used herbicide Roundup. This way the soybeans survive being doused in the herbicide while all pests and weeds around it are killed off.
The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a well-known toxic substance that the World Health Organization’s cancer-research agency has declared to be a probable carcinogenic. A study of glyphosate published in the journalInterdisciplinary Toxicology concluded that glyphosate may be a contributing factor to the incidence of celiac disease. Other studies have linked the presence of glyphosate in food to an increase in neurological disorders such as autism. One particular study made a bold statement explaining that if we do not change our consumption of glyphosate laden foods, by 2032 half of the children born will be diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Studies have shown that the toxic content of GM foods can cause damage to organs in the body such as the kidney and liver both responsible for detoxification in the body. You have to wonder, given the toxicity of these Frankenfoods, why are we still eating these?
Here are three foods grown in the U.S. that you had no idea Monsanto has been poisoning.
The genetically modified zucchini has added protein genes that were introduced to make it resistant to. These viruses certainly affect the harvest, but you have to wonder why many countries in the EU have gone to great lengths to prohibit the entry and consumption of GM vegetables. According to GMO Compass field trials for GM zucchinis began in 1989 and are approved for consumption as food in the USA and Canada. To avoid GM zucchinis when shopping, buy only organic zucchinis and try out great recipes like this one.
Yellow squash, a close relative of zucchini is also known to be genetically modified. Similar to genetically modified zucchinis, GM squash was introduced in 1995 to be resistant to viral attacks. The main problem with GM squash and its relative, zucchini, is that they’re known to contain BT toxins. Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) is a bacterium that is often used in insecticides. As it normally is when sprayed on crops, it can be washed off by the consumers. That’s not so much of a problem. It’s only until we, or should I say Monsanto, start splicing the BT gene into the vegetables themselves. So what havoc has this toxin wreaked?
According to a report published by Greenpeace Germany, twelve dairy cows were reported dead in 2002 after being fed BT-packed GM corn. Further studies have revealed that BT toxins are literally gut-destroying. As a foreign invader, BT toxins trigger immune responses that can trigger allergic reactions that destroy your gut’s healthy bacteria. When this happens, you’re much more susceptible to illnesses like leaky gut syndrome and kidney disease. Avoid this toxin and the GM foods that contain it at all costs!
Cultivated in tropical countries, papaya was one of my favorite additions to my Summertime fruit salads and smoothies. Called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, it looks like that name no longer holds in the present day.
Since 1998, papayas cultivated in Hawaii have been genetically modified to be resistant to a serious that almost wiped out the fruit. But it has been found that the virus protein inserted into these papayas is a potential allergen. GM papayas are approved for consumption in the United States and Canada.
Hearty and resilient crops are certainly a good thing considering the rapidly growing population, but is it worth the harm it does to us? The European Union has taken great steps in the fight against genetically modified foods. Many countries in the EU have banned GMOs altogether! Until real change happens in the West, we’ll have to go out of our way to make sure we’re eating organic whole foods and steering clear of these three (and many other) genetically modified foods.