What are generically modified (“GM”) foods?
GM foods have had specific changes introduced into their DNA through genetic engineering techniques, which include the introduction of foreign DNA and synthetic genes or exposing the food to mutagens.
Why do companies do this? GM foods were developed to create hearty plants, which grow faster and resist disease. There’s a perceived advantage for both the producer and the consumer, as crops produce a higher yield, which drives costs down.
What are the effects on your health? Although it sounded wonderful at the time, new animal feeding studies are being released that demonstrate the devastating effects of GMO foods on the human body, including: reproductive disorders, accelerated aging, tumors, endocrine disruption, obesity, autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma, even autism spectrum disorders. There are several countries in Europe that do not allow GM foods to be grown within their borders.
Are you and your family eating them? There are currently no labeling requirements for GM foods, even though most Americans who were polled said they would not buy GM foods if given the option.
While the science and health effects of GM foods are still being disputed, I advocate limiting your consumption. Here are five steps you can take to limit your consumption of GM foods.
For more information on GMOs and a list of products that are not genetically modified, visit Non-GMO Shopping Guide.com.