Grocery shopping has become a walk through landmines. Each time you select a product on the shelf, you are playing Russian roulette and you don’t know it. The chances that you selected some Genetically modified food (or GMO) without knowing it is pretty high, around 70% if you buy processed food.
64 countries around the world require labeling of genetically modified foods; 28 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China.
Unfortunately, the US has no laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.
GMO is not about farmers crossing different breeds to naturally improve some species but it’s about using a bacteria or a virus to artificially insert a foreign DNA in a plant’s genes such as human genes inserted into rice. Kind of Creepy, no?
And it doesn’t come at no cost to your health. We don’t know yet the full extend of the changes or damages that GMO can induce but there are growing evidence of harmful effects from GMO.
Several animal studies already indicate serious health risks including infertility, immune system problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.
- Rats fed GM potatoes had smaller, partially atrophied livers. They showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer. Rats also had damaged organs and immune systems.
- Female rats fed GM soy showed changes in their ovaries and uterus.
- By the third generation, most hamsters fed GM soy were unable to have babies.
Just a few numbers to realize the amplitude of the GMO products you are exposed to each time you go grocery shopping: corn (92%), soybeans (94%), and U.S. sugar beet over 95%.
On top of it, insects are quickly becoming resistant to crops that have been genetically modified to produce their own insecticides, increasing the use of sprayed pesticides. More and more appetizing. How does it feel to play dice with your health? Not so great. So, as long as there will be no labeling for GMO, here are a few tips to ensure that you will eat safely.
Avoid packaged foods and look for the USDA Organic label or the Non GMO verified seal which warrants that the product is Non-GMO .