Warning: this is very wordy blog! This post is for READERS and those who actually want to learn something.
One subject that is a hot topic in the food community is the matter of GMO. Short for Genetic Modified Organisms, an easy definition of this is basically taking the DNA from one species and adding to another species in order to give that second species a specific trait. This has actually been going on for years in regards to the food we eat. That is why there’s such a fuss behind whether what we eat is naturally grown or scientifically modified. Most modification up until this point has been to enhance the food we already eat. Most of the time making it bigger to give us more. The fear is that GMO has a negative effect on our health.
I’m not here to argue against anyone who supports modification of food but to just state my opinion on how GMO can be harmful to humans. Definitely state your opinions in the comments I love to read other points of view.
A lot of the GMO testing that has been done claims that the nutritional value is not lost but enhanced through pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, disease resistance, cold tolerance, drought tolerance, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals.
Yet some of the biggest side effects of GMO has been disease, growth disorders and mental defects in humans especially in children and fetal development.
GMO testing has done nothing but make food bigger and change the color of foods to make them ‘cool’.
Recently in 2017 new apples are going to hit the stores and their not going to be labeled GMO but they will be called Golden Apples and these apples are supposed to not brown after cutting which is called oxidation, it’s normal. While this sounds cool, removing the polyphenol -which the substance located in any plant-you cancel out the natural resources like vitamin C, E, etc which humans need to consume to fight against cancers. All this is about profit. Normal apple shelf life doesn’t last long costing money. If apples don’t brown, they have a longer shelf life which means stores can sell us older apples and still make money. I won’t even get into the politics of it. I’ll stick to the health risks..
Other side effects include infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, allergens, antibiotic resistance and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. Everything has been modified from cereal, cake mixes, cheese, milk, even veggie burgers. Please do your research people and find out what foods are being modified. Also support your local farmers and grocers. It’s up to us to maintain our health.
Please let me know if you don’t support or if you do support GMO foods and why.