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GMOs- Are we gambling with Human survival??

Proponents for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and gene- editing seem convinced that this is the latest and greatest Science can bring us. More of this technology is being incorporated into agriculture and pharmaceuticals.

As a health practitioner it horrifies me! We still do not really know how food is converted to energy in the body. We still do not know how our food is actually digested at the molecular level. We still do not know so many, many things that Mother Nature takes care of for us.

The Institute for Responsible Technology sums it up with :

“We’ve entered the genetic Wild West where anyone can redirect the streams of evolution.

With gene editing techniques such as CRISPR, genetic engineering is cheap and accessible, prone to side effects, without meaningful regulation, and able to create self-propagating GMOs. This is a recipe for disaster.

Anything with DNA is up for grabs. Nature could be permanently corrupted by countless GMOs and our food supply – INCLUDING ORGANIC – could be overrun.

Our choice, our health, and our future, are in the balance.”


Currently the GMO foods in the United States are soy, corn, sugar beets, alfalfa (for livestock), cotton, canola, papaya from Hawaii, some zucchini and yellow squash, pink pineapple and a new “white Russett” potato, and a salmon (AquaAdvantage). However, the GMO ingredients that are not labeled sneak into foods in many ways. Here’s a list from IRT site (https://nongmoshoppingguide.com/):


OTHER SOURCES OF GMOS:

Dairy products from cows injected with the GM hormone rbGH

Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet) and rennet used to make hard cheeses

Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed

Honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen

Contamination or pollination caused by GM seeds or pollen


SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS THAT MAY BE GENETICALLY MODIFIED:

Vegetable oil

Vegetable fat

Margarines (made with soy, corn, cottonseed, and/or canola)


INGREDIENTS DERIVED FROM SOYBEANS:

Soy flour

Textured vegetable protein

Soy protein

Tofu

Soy isolates, soy isoflavones

Tamari, soy sauces

Tempeh

Soy lecithin

Soy protein supplements

Vegetable proteins


INGREDIENTS DERIVED FROM CORN:

Corn flour, corn mesa, corn starch, corn meal

Corn syrup/high-fructose corn syrup


SOME OF THE FOODS THAT MAY CONTAIN GM INGREDIENTS:

Infant formula

Ice cream

Salad dressing

Frozen yogurt

White vinegar

Hot dogs, hamburgers

Bread

Veggie burgers

Baking powder

Enriched flour

Cereal

Chips

Protein powder

Peanut butter

Cookies

Chocolate

Confectioner’s glaze

Margarine

Fried food

Tomato sauce

Crackers

Candy

Alcohol

Meat substitutes

Tamari & soy sauce

Vanilla (may contain corn syrup)

Any sugar not 100% cane


If you want more info check out these resources:

https://responsibletechnology.org/gmo20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnhB99I86G8

(Part 1 of Genetic Roulette Documentary)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmXXu5zh3Q4 (Part 2 of Genetic Roulette)

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