Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
GMOs: What are GMOs? Genetically Modified Organisms. The correct scientific term is "transgenics." A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, is a deviation from God’s design, and is experimental.
Which Foods are GMO?: See https://responsibletechnology.org for updates. Currently, GMOs are found in 80% of U.S. packaged and processed foods. In the U.S., three major commodity crops are raised predominantly from GMO seed: field corn (92%), soybeans (94%), and cotton (94%). *percentages are based on U.S. acreage as of 2015 (USDA). 98% of Canadian grown Canola is genetically engineered for herbicide resistance. U.S. sugar beet production is estimated to be over 95% genetically modified for herbicide resistance. GMO sweet corn, papaya, zucchini, and yellow summer squash are also for sale in grocery stores, but in far lesser amounts. Genetically modified alfalfa is grown for use as hay and forage for animals. ‘White Russet’ brand potatoes, genetically modified to resist bruising were introduced to some grocery stores in 2015, but are not yet widely available. Genetically engineered non-browning ‘Arctic’ apples have been deregulated by the USDA and are expected to be on the market in 2016. AquaBounty plans to begin harvesting GE salmon in late 2020. When it arrives in supermarkets, it will be labeled “bioengineered,” not genetically engineered.
Products derived from the above, including oils from all four, soy protein, soy lecithin, cornstarch, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup among others.
Also: meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed (and the majority of the GM corn and soy is used for feed); dairy products from cows injected with rbGH (a GM hormone); food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet) and rennet used to make hard cheeses; and honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen.
Michael Pollan summed up the problem with GMOs in his phrase “playing God in the garden” in an 1998 New York Times article. To Pollen, the two most disturbing concepts of GMO are that: 1. GMOs forcibly cross two living species that the laws of nature have been designed to prevent from mating. Conventional breeding has built-in limits. Nature will not allow DNA to mix if it comes form species that are too far apart. 2. We are manipulating the DNA of living organisms for our own purposes (and profit).
The Bible reveals God's good plan for each species to remain separate, reproducing according to its own kind. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. (Genesis 1:11-13, NKJV)
Labeling Around the World: Currently, 64 countries around the world require labeling of genetically modified foods. Unlike most other developed countries – such as 28 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China – the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.
Health Risks: Why would you want them labeled? Learn more on these websites: www.labelgmos.org and http://responsibletechnology.org. The main reason for concern is that there is enough independent data to show both health and environmental risks for GMOs. Also, 80% of GMO acreage is sprayed with Monsanto's Roundup including the primary active ingredient glyphosphate, which has been declared a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us. The toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses. Numerous GM vegetables, fruits and animal products are currently being developed and considered for approval.
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