Even if you don't know much about genetically modified foods, you're probably wondering why they have such a bad reputation. According to the World Health Organization, GM foods contain DNA that has been altered unnaturally in an effort to enhance desirable traits, such as improved nutritional content, reduced allergic potential and increased resistance to herbicides. So what's the problem?
So-called health experts claim that genetic modification has proven safe and beneficial. Steven Druker, a public attorney and author of "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public," begs to differ.
"[The FDA] has given the consumers basically a false vision of reality and said, 'These foods are safe, they're OK and we can put them on the market without any testing,'" he told U.S. News & World Report.
What these advocates of GMOs neglect to tell you, however, is that GM foods can cause unpredictable side effects, such as allergies, diseases and nutritional problems, according to Ann in her book "Unravel the Mystery." In other words, GMOs can actually do the exact opposite for your health than what the so-called health experts claim.
A Spike in Allergies
According to research conducted by the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, foods that have been genetically modified may pose a high allergy risk to consumers. To improve the nutritional quality of soybeans, the scientists modified them with genes from Brazil nuts to produce beneficial proteins. This also produced a protein that unleashed an allergic reaction in people who were sensitive to Brazil nuts. In conclusion, allergens can be transferred from one food to another through the process of genetic modification, which can be an unexpected, unfortunate surprise for consumers.
Disease and GMOs: A Significant Correlation
Research published in the Journal of Organic Systems found that GMOs were linked to 22 diseases with high correlation. Although correlation is not proof of causation, the researchers believe that it's highly unlikely that it's just a coincidence. By ruling out the idea that it's an accidental correlation, the researchers have concluded that one of the following is true:
- The GMOs have a direct cause and effect relationship with the disease.
- There's a third variable causing the diseases.
- There are multiple variables causing the diseases.
Additionally, by using chemical fertilizers throughout genetically engineered crops, soil is depleted of its natural, synergistic nutrients.
"Many don't realize that soil is alive and has an incredible diversity of microorganisms. One handful of soil contains more microbes than the number of people who have ever lived on our planet," according to Dr. Mercola.
Not only is this a threat to soil – it's also harmful for the global natural food supply and your overall health and wellness.
Consumers can err on the side of caution by avoiding processed foods and shopping smart. Buying organic produce from your local, trusted farmer's market is the easiest way to avoid these harmful GM food crops. Stop buying packaged products and start choosing non-altered, fresh living foods. Join us on the path to better health today!