GMO Corn – Am I Poisoning My Family?
Introduction to GMO Corn
GMO corn is dominant in the United States. Corn is the No. 1 crop grown in the Unites States and currently the second most genetically modified substance in the world (second to soy). About 88 percent of all corn grown in the U.S each year is genetically modified.
Nearly all of the corn available in standard American supermarkets today is GMO corn. Consuming highly processed foods that have multiple chemically engineered ingredients derived from corn is a health problem.
What does GMO mean?
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism and are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This relatively new science creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. Monsanto, a chemical company, has lead the field and has successfully engineered plants that combine traditional food (such as corn) with insecticides and herbicides
Are GMO’s Safe?
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe.
In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.
In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.
A Little History
Back in 1992, the (chemical) industry persuaded the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rule that their crops are “substantially equivalent” to traditionally bred crops. This assumption — that genetically modified foods pose no particular risk — has led to our current system of weak regulatory oversight
There are three dominate varieties of GMO corn. Two are spliced with insecticides that cause bugs that eat them to die. One is spliced to be tolerant to the Monsanto herbicide Round-up.
Researchers affiliated with the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering concluded that the data — which Monsanto claimed proved the corn varieties were safe to eat — actually suggest potential kidney and liver problems resulting from consumption of all three modified corn varieties, as well as negative effects in the heart, adrenal glands, and spleen.
The Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit organization that seeks sustainable alternatives to harmful methods of food production technologies, estimates that more than 70 percent of the processed foods in U.S. grocery stores contain some genetically modified ingredients — mostly corn or soy. Corn can be found in almost every processed food in the form of high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, corn starch, corn oil and corn meal.
Where do I find this GMO Stuff
The sad, but true answer, is almost everywhere. Many food products such as many breakfast cereals, infant formula, salad dressing, bread, cereal, hamburgers, mayonnaise, veggie burgers, meat substitutes, soy cheese, tomato sauce, crackers, cookies, chocolate, candy, fried food, protein powder, baking powder, alcohol, vanilla, powdered sugar, peanut butter, ice cream, frozen yogurt, tofu, tamari, soy sauce, enriched flour and pasta have high levels of GMO corn.
GMO corns have been related to infertility, tumors, and increase in food allergies, these modified foods have received only limited testing.
What Other Products Should I be Wary Of
A short list of products that are GMO'd in some form are
- Cotton (1/2 the world’s cotton is GMO)
- Sugar beets
- Papaya and Bananas
- Artificial additives preservatives and sweeteners
- Pork (Stopped for now)
- Honey (imported from Canada banned in Europe)
Oh NO! Even My Wine?
Although the wine institute released a statement that GMO yeast shouldn’t be used in making wines, genetically modified wine yeast, ML01 is out in the market. Genetically modified yeast has been related to increase in headaches and allergies.
Contact the vineyard or the wine maker before purchasing the wine, if you want to make sure they aren't using GMO yeast.
How Can I Keep My Family Safe?
Look for and buy foods that are labeled GMO-free and ideally organic; organic foods by law cannot contain more than 5 percent GMO-derived ingredients.
Check ingredients carefully whenever buying packaged foods so you know exactly what’s going into your food.
Avoid all foods with corn oil (or other refined vegetable oils like canola and safflower that are also likely GMO).
Avoid foods made with high fructose corn syrup.
Shop at your local farmers market and ask about the quality of the corn.
Considering growing your own corn (using non-GMO seeds!) so you know you’re eating the freshest and highest quality you can.
Only about 1/2% of the total corn grown ends up as corn on the cob and recent tests have indicated that much of the corn on the cob is still GMO free. But I for one would not trust what I just wrote. I would ask just to be safe
Toxins and our environment
Since 1985, over 20,000 new chemicals have been introduced and are soaking our environment, our children and you. And yes! the FDA and EPA allow it. These industries are, to a great extent, unregulated. To learn more about toxins in your home and body and your children, check out The Toxic Truth. The magnitude of the problem will astound you.
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