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GMO Food Facts

GMO foods facts are sometimes confusing and difficult to sort out. Those who produce them claim they are harmless and healthy. But there are other opinions as well.

For example, some studies indicate that when fed these foods, rats get sick. They have liver and kidney disease and their offspring don’t thrive.

On the other hand, the effect of the modification might very well depend on what is being modified. For example, some rice has been modified to increase its nutrient value. That could be a very good thing in areas of the world where malnutrition exists. Nobody will argue that better nutrition is a good thing.

But there are other modifications. These include the ability to withstand very high doses of certain herbicides. That is so farmers can freely use these weed killers without harming the plants they want to keep.

There are a couple of problems with this. First, farmers will tend to use much more weed killer than they might otherwise. Some of this extra poison can make it into the foods we eat.

A second problem is that the weeds are developing resistance to the chemicals. These are called “super weeds.” This causes the farmer to want to use more herbicides. The cycle escalates.

Another modification is creating crops that make their own pesticide. The idea is that then the farmer doesn’t have to spray for bugs. Sounds good until you think that this pesticide isn’t on the outside where you can wipe it off. It’s on the inside. That means it is an integral part of the food you eat. Eating pesticides can’t be a good idea.

There are many more questions and issues around GMO foods. For now I’ll mention one important one. It is currently not legal for companies to tell people if there are GMOs in a food. The companies making these foods don’t want people to know that GMO ingredients are in them. Doesn’t that raise some questions? Don’t you think you have the right to know what’s in the food you eat? Yeah, I thought you might.

Here is an infographic showing the most common GMO foods. If you buy organic versions of these foods, there will be no GMOs in them. It is the non-organic versions that are suspect.

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GMO Food Facts

GMO Food Facts

As you can see, it’s not a simple thing to sort things out when it comes to GMO foods. Eventually we will sort out GMO food facts from fiction.

But, no matter how you feel about them, I think everyone can agree that we should have a choice whether we eat them or not. Because of that, I encourage you to make your opinion known. The Environmental Working Group web site has ways to do that.  Click here to learn more.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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