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19 Different Studies Link GMO Foods to Organ Damage

GM ingredients are currently a frighteningly common thing to find in processed foods. As I noted in my recent blog Quick Facts About GMOs, genetically modified ingredients can currently be found in as much as 80% of all packaged foods in the United States.

We should be outraged about this! 80% is the vast majority, and the really scary and sad thing is that these products are not labeled in any way to let you know that they contain GM ingredients. There is not a law mandating that such a label must be used. And the reason is that lawmakers still continue to argue that there is not enough evidence that GMOs are harmful to humans in order to warrant that they be specifically be identified.

Now, I recently came across some information that I hope will change this. An article at organic authority.com has stated that 19 different animal-based studies suggest a link between the consumption of GMOs and organ damage. 19! Really, how many more studies could it possibly take to prove the danger of GMOs?

According to the article, a new report that was published in the March 1, 2011 issue of Environmental Sciences Europe has revealed a connection between genetically modified foods and significant risk of developing organ disruptions, particularly in the liver and kidneys.

A number of male rats that were fed Monsanto’s MON863 corn developed smaller kidneys with significant inflammation among other markers of disruptive kidney filtration and function problems. Some animals experienced changes in metabolic rates in the liver. Female genital cancers increased in the second generation, and some of the animals who were fed genetically modified organisms had altered body weights in at least one gender, which is considered to be a very strong predictor of side effects displaying in various organs related to toxins in the diet.

One of the most significant parts of this study, in my opinion, is this documentation that the rats passed illnesses on to their babies, even though their babies were not the ones to eat the GM food. This means that even if GM foods are made illegal in the near future, we have already been eating them and are already at risk of passing genetic alterations and/or illnesses on to our children.

Should we all be mad about this? YES! We should all be very, very angry about this. It is important for all of us to continue to take a stand against Monsanto, and a stand against GM crops.

For more information, please visit the following resources:

Millions Against Monsanto

Say No To GMOs

Petition against Monsanto

Quick Facts About GMOs

Did you know…

-The process of genetically modifying foods is an entirely man-created process. GMOs do not occur within nature, or by means of traditional cross breeding. “Hybrid” and GMO are not the same thing. GM bears no resemblance to traditional plant breeding methods.

– Most GM crops have been engineered to withstand higher applications of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. For example, Monsanto has engineered crops that can withstand high doses of their chemical weed killer called RoundUp. This means that an entire field can be sprayed with large amount of RoundUp and everything in it will die except for the GM crop.

-Currently there is no law dictating that food products containing GMOs must be labeled as such.

-According to the FDA, 93% of soy, 78% of cotton, and 63% of corn is currently genetically modified.

-Approximately 80% of all packaged foods in U.S. grocery stores contain GMOs.

-Only one study has ever been published on the direct effects of humans eating GM foods. It was never followed up.

-Animal studies have revealed that mice that have been fed a variety of GM foods have experienced a range of health ailments, ranging from stomach ulcerations to allergic reactions to dysfunctional immune systems.

-Advocates of GMOs claim that they are just as safe to eat as “normal” crops. This is an unfounded statement, because no long term tests have been conducted to study the effects of GMO ingestion. Thousands of people could be ill and dying- it’s just not being studied or documented.

-In 2001, a killer mouse virus was accidentally created during a genetic engineering experiment. Genetic engineering can result in the creation of dangerous new viruses and bacteria.

-Genetic engineering is an imprecise practice. It is impossible to accurately guide the insertion of a new gene. This can lead to unpredictable results.

-Presently, certified organic foods are the only ones that you can rest assured are not GM foods. However, even organic foods can be contaminated by pollen drift from GM crops. This is why we must continue the fight against the production and use of GM crops!

GMO Foods Are On the Rise

Yesterday evening I read a statistic that frightened me. I was reading a publication called Taste for Life, which stated that as much as 93% of all soy that is produced in the United States has been genetically engineered. 93%. That is so close to 100% that I find it terrifying and appalling.

Just as of January 2011, we have even more reason to be concerned about GMOs. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given the green light for the production of genetically modified alfalfa. It seems that they now wish to ignore all of the possible harmful effects to both human health and the environment that were previously documented.

See, you may think of alfalfa as just those hairy looking little sprouts that you see on the salad bar every now and then. But alfalfa is something a lot bigger than that within the world of agriculture. This is because in the United States, alfalfa is primarily used for cattle feed. Is is the fourth largest field crop in the U.S, behind corn, soybeans, and wheat. 20 million acres are planted with alfalfa in the U.S. each year.

The national leader in GMO technology, Monsanto, has engineered a type of alfalfa that can resist its chemical weed killer Roundup. And yes, now this GMO alfalfa may soon be planted all over the country. I mean this quite literally, because currently alfalfa is grown is almost every single state.

 Why are GMOs bad?

As far as environmental concerns go, this is big. Little research has been done about how genetically modified organisms affect our delicate ecosystem. However, we do definitely know that they have the ability to spread in the wild. GMO canola plants have spread like crazy over the last few years. And the laws surrounding GMOs are utterly ridiculous. Did you know, for example, that is GMO seeds from Farmer #1’s field blow over to Farmer #2’s field, then Farmer #2 can be sued for theft? It’s true. Dangers to the environment aside, it’s pretty messed up that this is what GMOs (and Monsanto) are doing to the farming industry.

As far as human health concerns go, well we don’t really know how GMOs affect us because adequate human health testing has not been done on them. In mice, a diet including GM foods caused stomach ulcerations, allergic reactions, enlarged livers, and disturbances to their immune systems and their internal organs. In humans, the same is possible, but we really don’t even know how high the risk is, or how bad these health problems may be. You know what is a scary way to find out, though? By introducing GMOs into our diet by way of conventional dairy and meat products, which is exactly what will happen as soon as cows are fed GMO alfalfa.

Fortunately, the Center for Food Safety has announced its plans to file a lawsuit that will fight the USDA’s decision to deregulate GMO alfalfa. Their lawsuit is definitely one that is worthy of our utmost support. We must continue to fight to keep GMOs out of our food.

For more information on stopping the spread of GMOS please visit nongmoproject.org and saynotogmos.org.

One last thought to ponder on GMOs… Research has shown that when foods grown using genetically modified organisms are placed in the wild, wild animals do not eat them. Don’t you think we have something to learn from this?