We originally presented the concept of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in a previous post. As a quick review, plant species are being tampered with in laboratories. Scientists are shooting plant genes full of viruses, bacteria, and possibly soon other animal species’ genes (such as frogs). The idea is that the super seeds are able to withstand gigantic doses of herbicides without dying. Some are even created in order to act as it’s their own insecticide. To make things simple, these seeds are able to either resist large doses of toxic chemicals, that when applied, kill all other plants that have not been made resistant. Or, kill any insect that attempts to eat the crop so that it will not destroy the plant.
An interesting fact is that the safety of these seeds has been approved when they have the ability to collect toxic chemicals without dying and/or the capacity to kill a bug that bites it. One must wonder how these modifications will affect the human race. In fact, many people have wondered. Interestingly enough, in 1998, scientists in Scotland revealed that the health of rats that had been fed genetically engineered (GE) plants was severely affected. The study was swept under the rug and the lead scientists, along with the entire team team, were all fired within one day of revealing the results. (Click here to read more about it)
What kind of research is being done on GMOs and how they affect human health?
You may be wondering why such controversial activity has not been tested and researched more thoroughly. In actuality, it has not been researched at all.
“There are no independent scientific studies published in any reputed scientific journal in the world for one simple reason. It is impossible to independently verify that GMO crops such as Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims, or that, as the company also claims, that they have no harmful side effects because the GMO companies forbid such tests!” (http://www.globalresearch.ca/gmo-scandal-the-long-term-effects-of-genetically-modified-food-on-humans/14570)
In order to purchase GMO seeds, the buyer mush sign an agreement that states they will not use the seeds for research. This includes the study of the effects on both humans and the environment. Despite the ability to research the effects of these seeds, results from the FDA revealed during a lawsuit found that “in reality, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.” (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/health-risks)
At the time the policy was created, Michael Taylor was in charge (the former president for the largest biotech company, Monsanto).
A detailed look at how GMOs affected the health of rats
Despite the laws that disobey the study of GMOs, a group of scientists in France conducted a study over two years using rats.
Unfortunately, despite the strong debate on the use of GMOs and a great lack of research, a recent spending bill (H.R. 993) was signed by President Obama that allows biotech industries to continue selling and planting genetically engineered seed without further testing. Prior to the bill being made a law, the court system was able to ban or cease the use of GE seeds if the health of the consumer was being impacted. However, the court system will now no longer be able to step in and protect the consumer from the biotech giants.
How you can become more aware about non-GMO products
Before the bill was signed, more than 250,000 Americans signed a petition asking for the bill to be vetoed. It is clear that thousands of consumers are becoming educated to the possible health dangers of the near future. In order to join them, work with your family, neighbors, and friends to buy non-GMO products. Other countries have seen tipping points in the past in which consumers reject GEs in such a way that all manufacturers agree to ban their use, in as little as one week. This link (http://responsibletechnology.org/buy-non-gmo) can assist you in choosing non-GMO products.