Genetically engineered (GE) food stuff or more commonly termed genetically modified organisims (GMOs) are pervasive in our diet. Although they have been around since the 1950s still many countries ban these products. Some countries even specify which seed can not be planted as well many – Egypt for example do not allow importation of any GE products. Have a look at the Organic Consumers Association website . Get an APP for your smartphone of available non-GMO produs.
The USA and Canada are the largest producers of GE foods! Decline of small farms and growth of ‘agri corporations’ contributed to rise of GE foods. In 1983 the first genetically modified plant, an anti-biotic resistant tobacco was introduced. After trials began in 1985, the EPA approved the very first release of a GMO crop in 1986. In 1992 – Calgene’s GE Flavr SavrTM tomatoes become first GE food on the market after approval by FDA. Our FDA’s position is one that neither states they are safe nor that they can be harmful -why am I not surprised! Their ‘logic’, I am using this term very loosely is that it has not been proven to be ‘unsafe’. The data and sentiment is increasingly against GMO with more purveyors and restaurants boasting their non-GMO organic origins. Everyone agrees that GE crops can lead to greater pesticide use, not good for us humans and the environment. The Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a toxin used in GMO corn (engineered within seed to act as its’ own pesticide), was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies, with possibly harmful consequences. Monarch butterfly larvae are killed by this Bacillus (Bt).
How significant is this in our overall health? Yes it must play a role what we ingest is the bodies fuel our organs.
Do your own research:
Have a look at the Organic Consumers Association website .
Get an APP for your smartphone of available non-GMO products. There are a few OS and Android ones.
At this writing the FDA is taking a no more position on antibiotic use in healthy livestock that is in our food supply.