GMO which stands for “Genetically Modified Organism” is a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic. To put it into simpler term, it is the process of human manipulation to alter an organism’s DNA in an attempt to create a desirable and good trait or characteristic.
One close example is the latest film about Jurassic world 2015 wherein, they created a genetically modified dinosaur called “Indominus rex”. GMO is like that- but not in dinosaur perce’, but with foods basically.
GMO crops, when first introduced in 1994, were touted as the answer to world hunger. The argument was that by developing pesticide and herbicide resistant crops, farmer’s would be able to increase their yields and decrease their costs. This has not proven to be the case. Instead, bugs and weeds have become increasingly resistant to the widespread applications of these chemicals, leading to increased use of both. More spraying means more costs for the farmers, more damage to the environment and more health concerns.
Do we need to be concerned about GMO?
Yes we do. People who have consumed GMOs crops had the following:
- various digestive
- bowel syndromes
And when tested with animals, it have resulted in tumors, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, birth defects, reproductive problems and infertility.
What are GMO foods and crops?
- sugar beets
- Hawaiian papaya
- zucchini and yellow squash
Can we avoid GMO?
Yes we can by following this tips:
- Read labels and avoid buying processed food products containing corn, soy, canola, and vegetable oil
- Products derived from the above, including oils from all four, soy protein, soy lecithin, cornstarch, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup
- Approximately 90% of all products on supermarket shelves contain GMO ingredients
- Look for the NON-GMO Project Label
- Get a copy of the Non-GMO Shopping Guide
- Buy organic when possible