GMO Foods May Contain Harmful Substances

The food industry, represented by the FDA, the USDA, and several large corporations assert that genetically modified foods (GMO) are safe. Moreover, they cite several additional factors supporting the need for genetic engineering in agricultural production.

First among these is the increased production of crops that resist drought, diseases, and pests. They also claim that GMO crops require less pesticide use and this benefits the environment and consumers. Finally, they claim to produce better foods that are richer in certain nutrients or absent certain natural toxins, such as mold.

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All of these claims are further supported by the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association who declare GMO foods to be as safe as any other foods. Interestingly, many countries have banned the growing of GMO crops, and others, at the very least, require labeling of GMO foods.

Clearly, entire regions of the world are concerned about the potential for toxicity in the food supplied by GMO foods. One of the genetic modifications to corn, soy, and sugar beets has been to make them "Roundup Ready". This means these crops are engineered to resist the effects of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the Roundup weed killer.

Glyphosate blocks the function of enzymes that help plants absorb nutrients. The plant then starves to death quickly. Farmers spray the chemical liberally in their fields to eradicate weeds. Unfortunately, these food crop plants absorb glyphosate along with the weeds. They don't die as a result because of the genetic modification designed to resist that process.

This glyphosate residue then makes its way into the food supply, both for direct consumption by humans in packaged foods and through animals, which are raised on GMO corn and soy. High levels of glyphosate have been found in soy and corn products. The problem is that glyphosate performs the same function in the human body as it does in plants.

That is, glyphosate disrupts enzymes that help us to absorb nutrients, which can lead to a host of illnesses. If you've eaten any packaged foods recently, then you have most likely consumed glyphosate.