A few weeks ago on a discussion board for my Nutrition class we were broken into two groups by the first letter of our last name. One group had to write a small essay on pro GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). The other group had to write a small essay on anti GMO. Thankfully I was in the anti GMO category. I was told that I seemed to have great passion about my opinion and findings on this subject. That is very true! When I first learn about GMO's that what really got into looking at what was in our foods. Here is what I wrote:
In my opinion, I like the idea behind GMO’s, however I believe that they are in the wrong hands or not enough research was done or both.
GMO’s are either not being labeled at all or not being labeled correctly in America. You would think that if GMO’s were safe and if these companies were proud to have GMO’s in their products they would want to label their products properly. Since these products are not being labeled right, I feel like they have something to hide.
GMO’s were first introduced into the food supply in 1995. This caused a huge increase in the amount of glyphosate in cotton, corn, canola, sugar beets and soy crops grown in the U.S. Since then health conditions among children in the U.S. increased from 12.8% to 26.6% from 1994 to 2006. These health conditions were mainly asthma, obesity and behavior and learning problems. The entire U.S. population has drastically increased with an estimated 25% of the U.S. suffering from multiple chronic diseases.
There have been studies for GMO that have shown things like, links to genetically modified corn to rat tumors, glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors, glyphosate linked to birth defects and links glyphosate to Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
GMO’s are not just bad for us humans, but is also bad for the environment. Seed and chemical companies have claimed since the mid 90’s that genetically engineered crops would be good for the environment. They claimed that they would reduce pesticide and increase crop yields. So far this hasn’t happened. Since then farmers now apply 16 times more herbicide then they did before GMO’s. The glyphosate has shown that is bad for the farmer’s, the environment, certain birds, insects and wildlife. The population of the monarch butterflies decreased to an all-time low since the massive spraying of glyphosate. My husband and I were talking the other day, how we haven’t seen too many butterflies in a while. Not to mention that it is also affecting the bees as well. It's is all just so sad!
Don't forget, we vote with our dollar!
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