What are GMO’s and why should you care?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Typically, the term GMO is used to describe foods that we eat. Genes from plants, viruses, bacteria, and animals are inserted into the genes of other plants, like corn, in an attempt to make them resistant to drought, disease and pesticides. Sounds all well and good. However, the safety of such foods has not been proven with long term studies, and other countries have banned GMOs from being imported or grown in their soil. Many processed foods are created from or contain genetically modified crops, like corn and soybeans.
What could be wrong with GMO foods? The issue most distressing to scientists is the possibility that our bodies do not recognize the DNA of GMO foods, and when we eat these altered foods, are bodies treat them as foreign “invaders” and an allergic reaction ensues. The reaction can be severe (think anaphalactic shock experienced by those with food allergies like milk or nuts) or more systemic, like inflammation throughout the body or in the digestive track (IBS). The rise in autoimmune disorders, autism, diabetes, allergies, and other diseases associated with inflammation seem to correlate with the widespread introduction of GMOs into the U.S food supply. Many scientists and advocates for whole foods are convinced that foods not found in nature are part of the reason we are getting sicker. They believe more studies are needed to prove GMOs are safe, and at the very least, should be labeled.
I’m including a few links here, so you can do your own research and decide how you feel about labeling laws and the safetly of our food supply.

http://geneticroulettemovie.com

For practical shopping tips:

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/

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