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“RAWRRRR !!” The Health Impacts of GM Foods Allergies • Loss of biodiversity in food supply = increase in food allergies • Allergic reactions more prevalent with GM foods Cancer & Degenerative Diseases • Several GM approved products involve herbicides that are carcinogenic – Bromoxynil (transgenic cotton) – Glufosinate (aka RoundUp) Used on GM soybeans, corn & canola. GM done to plant makes plant resistant to herbicide. “RoundUp Ready” Cancer & Degenerative Diseases • Monsanto’s rBGH = genetically produced growth hormone injected into dairy cows (FDA approved) • Scientists warned that rBGH increases IGF-1 (potent hormone), which is linked to a 400-500% higher risk of human breast, prostrate, & colon cancers • rBGH = banned in EU, Australia, & Canada…still allowed here. Chug it, Chug it. Viral Illness Threats • Superviruses - viruses can mix w/ genes of other viruses (including HIV), giving rise to more deadly viruses • Serious threat: Often times disease- causing viruses are isolated & injected into plant DNA after being “crippled”. • Plants have incorporated new DNA and “uncrippled” the virus DNA, allowing the viral DNA to become widespread. Bacterial Illness • Antibiotic threat via Plants – Resistant qualities of GM bacteria in food can be transferred to other bacteria in environment & body – Already have problems with antibiotic- resistant bacteria…GM bacteria exacerbate the problem Birth Defects • No evidence of impact on human evolution from ingesting GM foods or on long-term health impacts – rBGH in cows causes increase in birth defects & shorter life spans…what does it do to us? Toxicity • First time genes that produce a toxic pesticide have been in a food’s cells…what might the long-term health effects be? •What might happen to the plants--a real life attack of the killer tomatoes? Regulation & Labelling Problems • NO regulated health safety testing – FDA only requests firms conduct their own tests of new GM products – Monsanto: “Our interest is in selling…assuring its safety is the FDA’s job” • Companies not required to label GM foods or foods made with GM foods – Violates right to know what’s in food – Nearly impossible to avoid GM foods The Benefits of GM Foods • Yes…there are some. – Foods can be enhanced to contain essential nutrients & minerals = healthier diets & healthier people – Reduction in diet-related diseases • Ex: Fat content can be targeted & reduced in certain foods to help reduce # of cases of obesity BUT AT WHAT COSTS? IS IT WORTH IT?
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