Are GM Foods Harmful by gyvwpgjmtx

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									There is a lot to be learned about GM (genetically modified) foods. Yes, we’ve been
told that these foods are safe, can be made bigger and more disease and weather
resistant. We’ve also been told that GM foods won’t adversely affect our health.
We’ve even been told that GM foods are a good thing because since they can be
massed produced, more of the world’s poor can be fed. The truth is that despite all
these seemingly wonderful characteristics no one knows what the potential long-term
effects of consuming GM foods will be. Moreover, many of us don’t even know what
GM foods are and unknowingly purchase them regularly. Besides that, there is much
that we aren’t being told about GM foods. For starters, there is not yet legislation that
requires manufacturers to label food as being genetically modified. Such being the
case, we may all very well be consuming these foods in mass amounts and not even
know it.
 Now for those who aren’t yet familiar with GM foods, they are those foods whose
DNA is modified to either switch on desired traits or switch off undesired ones. They
are then injected with poisons to allegedly reduce pesticide use. This, however, has
negative consequences. Insects become immune to the injected poison requiring the
use of more pesticides. Now while this may be good for the profits of companies like
Monsanto, who is the largest producer of GM foods and also the largest producer of
weed killer, it is bad for the environment and more importantly our health. After all,
pesticides are toxic to the human body. Another negative upshot of GM foods is that
because they appear as foreign, once ingested, the human body will not metabolize
them. This triggers a defense response in the body to reject it. Moreover, there have
been several unintended adverse health risks associated with GM foods such as
allergic reactions, viral and bacterial illnesses, birth defects, cancer and degenerative
diseases.
 Essentially, GM foods seem to have more drawbacks than benefits, at least with
respect to the health and welfare of consumers. Meanwhile, GM foods are being
produced, sold and consumed by the unsuspecting consumer at an alarmingly high
rate. In today’s U.S. market 60% to 70% of processed foods are genetically modified.
In 2009, in the U.S. alone, there were nearly 171 million acres of GM cotton, soybean
and corn crops. Even more disturbing is that as a matter of law our right to know what
foods are GM foods has not been acknowledged. This is problematic when the foods
being genetically modified are staple foods in the average American diet. Among
them are corn, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, soy beans and bananas just to name a
few and the list is steadily growing.
 What can we do to avoid eating GM foods? Well, as consumers, we can take a stand
by eating more organically grown food. This way we make the production of GM
foods less profitable.
 Amirah Bellamy is a Vegan Transitional Coach, Vegan Fitness Meal Planning Expert,
and Author. To learn more about her fabulous Vegetarian Meal Plans and Healthy
Eating eBook or to INSTANTLY grab her FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit go to
www.AmirahBFit.com

								
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