The Future of Genetically Modified Food
I hear a lot of discussion these days on genetically modified food and the labeling of products in the grocery store. It does make me think about the future of genetically modified food as more and more individuals realize how damaging these foods are to our health. This is a concern for me because so many individuals who are gluten free living tend to eat the gluten free packaged products containing the genetically modified food ingredients. I also know most of you who read this post today will not watch the video because it is 17:39 minutes in length.
So very quickly I will go over some of the important points I realized in watching it. Genetically modified food has only been around 25 years or so. The reason they came to be is because farmers were having such a problem with weeds. They were overwhelming the industry according to the speaker Dr. Thierry Vrain. This is how engineered crops came to be.
At 1:12 you will be asked to imagine about a Magic Herbicides (Ht), just like water that can be sprayed over the crop,killing all the weeks and yet not the crop! At 2:00 you again will be asked to imagine the same company develops a Magic Insecticide (Bt), you don’t have to worry about pests the insecticide is build right into the crops, no need to spray anymore.
At 4:08 Dr. Vrain begins to explains how genetically modified food came to be. Taking DNA from one organism and put it in the plants. It looks like corn, tastes like corn however it was never tested for any problems. There are problems that have come up.
Genetically Modified Foods The Problems
- Superweeds are discussed at 5:09 they are resistant to herbicides. Now there are 38 species of superweeds. 1/2 the acreage in the U.S is infested with superweeds. Insecticides – the insect are resistant to these and they contaminate the environment.
- Contamination are discussed at 6:34 – of the environment. A farmer growing genetically modified food and a farmer growing organic food for sure the genetically modified food pollen with contaminate the organic crops
- Genetic pollution – 7:29- the genes engineered into the crop can move from one crop next to it called “Lateral Gene Transfer”. He says if a human eats genetically modified food like corn or soy for example the DNA shows up in the bacteria in the gut, (Antibiotic Resistance)
- Allergens and Toxic Proteins – 9:43- quite alarming – a must watch 11:22 – “In 1996 the research scientists of the FDA, predicited that engineered foods would contain rogue proteins that could be toxins, cause allergens and nutritional deficiencies and other diseases”. At 14:44 – “Bt and Ht corn, Ht soybean and Ht canola all have variant proteins different from what biotech industry reports”. – Institutte of Public Health, Brussels, Begium, At 15:21 – “Bt corn causes anaphylactic response.” – Journal of Immunology 15:45 “Rats fed RoundUp Ready corn have damaged livers and kidneys.” – Food and Chemical Toxicology, 15:47 – “Mice fed soy have damaged testicles, uterus and ovaries.” – European Journal of Histochemistry
If you are interested here is the video:
What is completely sad is the chemical industry is creating more herbicides – ie: new RoundUp
These are not water based products and “The impact on the body is insidious and manifests SLOWLY over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body”.
Dr. Vrain’s final words in this message are this, ” The future of agriculture is not engineering”.
How do you feel about the topic of genetically modified food? Do you consider this when you are purchasing your food? I do! Are you growing any of your own food because of your concern?
Let today be your day! Talk soon,