I used to believe that if I could buy it in the supermarket, it wasn't dangerous. Afterall, the USDA and the FDA had my back. I had faith that our government was doing extensive research and testing on everything we ate and I was certain that if something was potentially harmful to humans it would be banned. Or so I thought...
...until I learned that there has been little to no testing done on the possible risks associated with GMOs. There have been NO human clinical trials despite the fact that all drugs have human clinical trials. The animal studies that have been conducted on GMOs had startling results with major impacts on the animals that were fed the GMOs. Despite there being warning signs, GMOs have been on the market in America since 1996. Has anyone else noticed a major decline in our health since the late 90's? I have listed below a few of the most startling health risks associated with eating GMOs. This is far from a complete list.
GMOS Contain Allergens & May Cause Food Allergies to Non-GMO Foods
GM soy found in so many foods today actually impaired the digestion in mice by reducing digestive enzymes and that may make you sensitive or even allergic to different foods. Mice that were fed the BT-toxin found in the pesticide producing GMOs began to have immune reactions to harmless foods. For me, this is one of the most disturbing possible risks because everywhere we look today children are being diagnosed with nut, wheat, dairy, soy and other allergies. Even adults, who were never allergic to foods before are all of a sudden having allergic reactions. Why might this be happening? GMOs may be a major contributing factor.
In the animal studies done on rats and mice it was shown that more than half of the mother rats who were fed GM soy had babies that died within three weeks of birth. The longer mice were fed GM corn, the less babies they had and the smaller the the size of the babies. After three generations of hamsters being fed GM soy, most of the hamsters were not able to have babies.
Super Weeds are being created
When weeds are systematically doused with high levels of herbicide, the weeds begin to build up a tolerance and resistance to these herbicides creating super weeds. The biotech companies respond to super weeds by instructing farmers to spray more herbicide and by creating new, more dangerous herbicides.
Changes in DNA
One of the challenges with showing the health risks associated with GMOs is that it may take some time to fully realize the damage to our health. For example, it was only recently that we have realized the negative impact on our health from trans fats and high fructose corn syrup, even though they have been in our food for decades. GMOs may have a lasting impact on our DNA, and the DNA of plants and other living things. Unfortunately, because there have been no clinical trials, we won't know for sure until more time passes, essentially we ARE the clinical trials.