Throughout the ages, scientists have tampered with nature for many reasons. Some reasons are noble and some aren’t. Unfortunately, we live in an age where scientists are experimenting with the food we eat. There are some of us who have heard of GMO products in the news, but we still don’t know what GMO is and how harmful it is to the body. We will explain what GMO food is in a simple format and teach you why you should avoid GMO products at all costs.
GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Its genetic makeup has been modified using gene splicing, gene modification or transgenic technology.
You may be wondering, “Why would engineers tamper with something that has been working just fine for thousands of years?”
Well, in most cases the GMO crops are more resistant to the negative effects of pesticides. This allows farmers to use more pesticides. The crops are also more resistant to disease and other harmful environments that could potentially decrease the yield farmers are able to harvest.
All of this sounds positive so far. Unfortunately, there are scientists who have performed experiments that have proved GMO food causes cancerous tumors in lab rats. The research papers are referred to as the Seralini papers. Unfortunately, these scientists are being targeted by Monsanto, the most prominent patent holder of GMO products.
“So are you saying there are companies that have patents on the very food we eat?”
Yes, there are companies that have modified the food we eat, created a patent, and now control any plant that falls under the category of the patent. The seeds from a farmer who has bought the rights to plant GMO crops can easily blow into the crops of a non-GMO farmer. There have already been cases where farmers are being sued for having GMO plants on their farm without paying for the patent even though they never planted the crops themselves.
You may be asking yourself, why would the FDA allow products that are known to cause cancer on the market? Well, why were cigarettes sold for decades? Why are so many prescription drugs approved only to be recalled a few years down the road because people are dropping dead from their use?
Still not convinced? There are over 38 countries who have banned or partially banned GMO products in their nation. Among this list are major countries such as Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, and Wales.
The best solution to this madness is to avoid GMO products at all costs. Unfortunately, if you live in the United States, companies aren’t required to add GMO labels to products. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is the best choice but not an option for many people. We will discuss more solutions in future articles. Make sure you join our free newsletter to receive the latest updates straight to your inbox!