Genetically Modified Foods: Why and How to Avoid

The new documentary Genetic Roulette was available to watch for free online recently (I hope some of my Facebook fans took advantage of the link I provided! It can still be viewed online for a donation of $2.99–It is a MUST WATCH). I knew GMOs were bad, but I had no idea how dangerous they really are. I am positive that Monsanto (creator of GMO crops and other poisons that infiltrate our food supply) is run by the devil. This company has no conscience whatsoever. NONE.

I wish I had taken notes while watching the documentary, but since I didn’t, I’ll have to just tell you what stuck out most in my mind. The first thing being that genetically modified foods are deadly. They don’t kill instantly in most cases. Usually it takes days, weeks or even months of eating a high percentage GMO diet to kill a person or livestock, but it definitely kills.

GMOs have infiltrated our food supply.

Let’s talk about corn. Corn is not inherently bad for us, yet it’s become a food that health-conscious people try to avoid. People have developed allergies to corn, have noticed problems from eating corn, or are simply aware that approximately 85% of corn in the U.S. is genetically modified and it’s in most of our prepackaged foods. I can say the exact same thing for soy, only even a greater percentage of soy–91%–in the U.S. is genetically modified. Don’t even think about going near cottonseed oil. I’m not even sure that’s a real food? And at 88% GMO, why risk it?

How do GMOs kill?

Let’s first talk about insects. Insects who eat foods that are genetically modified to create their own systemic pesticides, die quickly from their gut exploding. Because the killer pesticide is a part of the food that never goes away, it’s in GMO foods that people eat. Do we really want to be eating food that made insects’ guts explode? Furthermore, these GMOs have been shown to cause colony collapse disorder in honeybees. CCD is currently decimating the honeybee population in the U.S. to the point where the U.S. has had to import bees to pollinate our food supply.

Now let’s talk about lab rats for a minute. Loads of lab rat studies have been done with genetically modified foods, and the rats always developed some kind of problem, including cancer, heavier livers (suggesting higher toxic load in the body), and digestive problems. The rats die at a faster rate than rats not fed GMOs, and their offspring die very young (at just a few weeks old in one study). Monsanto is against these studies being done and tries to shut down any long term or unauthorized GMO study.

What about bigger animals, like livestock? The larger the creature, the slower the metabolism, so the longer it takes for disease to set in. However, farmers will attest that their animals start becoming sick rather quickly. One pig farmer said before GMOs came on the market, his pigs were fine. When he started GMO feed a decade ago, he started having problems with sick pigs. He finally switched back to non-GMO and within a day, the pigs were happier. He stopped having problems with sick pigs. A cattle farmer was having problems with sick cattle. He was advised to switch to non-GMO. As soon as he did this, his animals got better. He ran out of non-GMO feed and the feed store only had GMO so he had to go back to it. The animals got sick again. He again switched to non-GMO and the animals were fine again. Goats who grazed on GMO cotton plants after harvest, got sick and many died. Goats who grazed on non-GMO cotton plants were fine. There was one shocking story of a farmer who normally used non-GMO feed but decided to try GMO feed and his livestock died within days.

But what about people? Most people do not eat primarily GMO food (although many in the U.S. eat a large percentage of foods with GMO ingredients). So while we do see a lot of sick people in the U.S. we do not see them dropping like flies. However, the documentary shared a story that took place in Africa that is a real eye-opener. A corn farmer’s workers ate corn from his fields as their main staple. When he switched to GMO corn, his workers got very sick. He said that when they came to talk to him and he saw their eyes rolling in opposite directions, he knew they would be dead within a day. He was advised to switch to non-GMO corn, and his workers stopped getting sick. Boy, if that doesn’t convince you to stop eating GMOs, nothing will.

There is a long list of diseases attributable to GMO food: cancer, digestive problems including leaky gut, allergies, autism, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, infertility, infant mortality, etc.

Why doesn’t the Government ban GMOs?

Why doesn’t the FDA stop Monsanto? Probably because the FDA works for Monsanto. No kidding, the FDA is run by former Monsanto vice president Michael Taylor, who is really still just working for Monsanto. As I said, Monsanto has no conscience and will stop at nothing to poison the world. Their number one goal is to replace all natural farming seed with Monsanto seed, and thus rule the world seed market with their deadly GMO seeds. If they are successful, not only will they kill the world’s supply of bees, who are necessary pollinators, but they will kill us, too.

Did I mention that Monsanto is the devil?

Thankfully, many countries around the world have either banned GMOs or require that they are labeled so consumers know what they are buying. The U.S. has been really stupid about this, and it’s really because of who has been allowed to run the FDA and USDA–Monsanto’s minions. However, there is hope. Milk containing the growth hormone rBST is going out as the public gains awareness of it. Even Walmart has banned this milk. As the public gains awareness of the horrors of GMOs, they won’t want to buy them. In fact, most Americans already don’t want to buy GMOs even though they have no idea how bad they are. But most Americans also have no idea that so much of the food they eat contains GMOs. That’s because GMO labeling is not required.

What can we do??

This November, Californians will vote on Proposition 37, which requires the labeling of GMO foods. Monsanto is spending millions to fight against it. If this proposition passes, it could start a trend across the U.S. as California tends to have an impact on the rest of the nation. If you live in California, please be sure to vote for this proposition. If you know people who live in California, please encourage them to vote for GMO labeling.

Even if you don’t live in California, or even if the proposition doesn’t pass, there is still something you can do. Don’t eat genetically modified food. Monsanto may be hopelessly blinded by greed, but other food manufacturers will notice when there is a decline in sales due to their GMO ingredients. Even a 5% decline in sales may be enough for them to switch to non-GMO ingredients. The True Food Network and Non-GMO Shopping Guide both have smartphone apps that help you avoid genetically engineered foods. You can also download and print out a shopping guide from the Non-GMO Shopping Guide website. Foods that are certified organic or certified non-GMO are required to be free of GMOs. Otherwise, you may have to do some investigating to find out whether or not it contains GMO ingredients.

The top ten worst offenders for GMOs are: Corn, soy, sugar beets (listed as “sugar” on labels), aspartame, papayas, canola, cotton (cottonseed oil), dairy from cows treated with rBST (a GE hormone), zucchini and yellow squash. Some of these surprised me. I knew about corn, soy, and sugar beets (which are in virtually every processed food–so beware), but I didn’t know about others. I’ve been avoiding aspartame for years, and canola for the past year for other reasons, but I did not know they were GMO. Papaya, zucchini and yellow squash surprised me, too. There are other GMO foods on the market as well, such as rice, potatoes, tomatoes, and alfalfa. A new GMO apple is currently pending approval. Please be aware that there are GMO ingredients in baby formula, so if you formula feed, you must buy organic.

Since GMOs genetically alter the creatures that eat them, eating animal products from animals fed GMO feed is similar to eating a GMO food. Consuming GMOs can also alter intestinal flora, leading to the proliferation of bacteria that produce toxins in the body; therefore, animals fed GMO feed will be more toxic as well. While grassfed meat and dairy products are likely safe, be sure they are from a reputable producer, especially now that GMO alfalfa (a “grass”) is now on the market. Be aware that even pastured chickens almost always are fed a feed in addition to their foraging, and that feed needs to be either organic or certified non-GMO. Trying to avoid GMO-fed animal products is enough to make one’s head spin, I know. If you are buying organic and/or pastured, you’re probably doing pretty well, but you can also talk to the farmers who grow your food to find out exactly what their livestock is consuming.

For more tips for avoiding GMOs, read here. The more we avoid GMOs, the more companies will drop them. We can beat Monsanto if enough of us choose to inform ourselves and boycott genetically modified food. (I’m still saving my seeds, though, just in case…)

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