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OCT

The Hidden Dangers of GMOs

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Environment,Food Politics at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
GMO_DangersMany of the US’s most harvested crops, including corn, soy, sugar beets and cotton, contain DNA that was manipulated in labs to resist drought, disease and insect infestation. However, these potentially dangerous genes can be transferred to DNA found in bacteria living inside of us. Unfortunately, that’s just the beginning.

GMOs are bad for the environment. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. In return, farmers have to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. As if that weren’t bad enough, herbicides like Roundup reduce biodiversity and can harm insects, birds and other animals.

GMOs are affecting our health. The number of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses has increased from 7% to 13% over the past nine years – a figure that doesn’t even account for the increase in food allergies, autism, and reproductive and digestive issues that afflict more and more of us each year. Many medical groups including the American Public Health Association and American Nurse Association condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone due to the fact that milk from treated cows contain insulin growth factor 1, which has been shown to cause cancer.

GMOs will not feed the world. Contrary to Big Agriculture’s argument, the agricultural methods behind GMOs do not result in higher yields. A report authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments with The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) stated that GM crop yields were “highly variable” and in some cases, “yields declined.”

GMOs are present in over 70% of supermarket foods. Protect yourself and protect your family by doing the research and making smart choices. This handy guide will help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs.


7 Responses to “The Hidden Dangers of GMOs”

  1. Diana says:

    Thank you for your information and spreading the word.
    I clicked on the handy ‘guide’ to help me to identify and avoid foods with GMO but the ‘guide’ never appeared. I would still like to have a copy of the guide.
    Thanks
    Diana

  2. Beverly Martens says:

    There is no scientific proof for your anti GMO article.

  3. Linda says:

    Same experience as Diana. Rerouted back to this page when I clicked “guide”!
    Can you email me the guide?
    Thanks,
    Linda

  4. Darla says:

    In one place you say not to buy conventional milk and suggests almond or soy milk. In another place it says to avoid all products made with soy. This makes me question all of this article which seems a little extreme with vague explanations.
    One question I have never found a good answer to is, does certified organic guarantee non-gmo?
    Thanks
    Darla

  5. Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor says:

    Diana and Linda, the guide should download when you click on the link. Check your downloads folder if you do not see anything appear!

  6. Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor says:

    Darla, this link provides good information on your question – http://gmo-awareness.com/2011/05/05/is-organic-always-gmo-free/

  7. Ben says:

    @Beverly Martens: There is no scientific proof because very little has been done. GMO companies are hesitant to do rigorous long-term studies and quickly criticize those that try. Its DDT all over again.

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