Genetically modified fruits, in recent years, have emerged consistently on grocery shelves in the form of GMO strawberries, bananas, citrus, papayas and more. And while they may not be quite as heavily planted as soybeans or corn, they are still more ubiquitous than one might think. With the emergence of reports showing ill effects of genetic engineering of food on humans, avoiding genetically modified fruits seems to be the practical solution.
What is the difference between GMO fruits and non-GMO fruits anyway? The answer lies in their DNA. GMOs are plants or animals that have had their DNA manipulated to incorporate genetic material from another species, such as an animal, bacteria, virus or other plants in order to incorporate specific traits such as cold-resistance, pesticide-resistance, more nutrients, stronger flavor or better appearance. Unfortunately, genetic engineering of food also has major disadvantages – the same genetic material inserted into their DNA that give them their desirable traits are also the same ones that make them quite detrimental to health.
Published List Of GMO Fruits Will Help Keep Families Safe
Unfortunately, one of the bigger cons of genetic engineering is that unless it is one of those unusual-looking fruits like the almost-black GMO strawberries or the unusual Technicolor carrots, giant raisins, combination fruit like tangelos, plum-apricots and more, there really is no telling at a glance which vegetables, fruit, grain or other crops have been genetically modified. Also, government does not require the labeling of GMOs, so you may very well have been buying GMO foods unknowingly.
To make things worse, advances in genetic engineering in agriculture have made many of these transgenic fruits more attractive to the regular shopper– they not only look and taste better; they also last longer than non-genetically engineered, natural ones! This is why many genetic-engineering opponents are petitioning to require the labeling and listing of ge fruits such as genetically engineered strawberries, citrus, bananas and papayas, whether as whole fruit or as added ingredients in processed food. Without a published list of GMO fruits, there is a great danger of consumers buying these fruits for their families unknowingly, exposing themselves to the health risks of GMOs.
Learn About Genetic Engineering In Food And The Risks To Your Health
Genetic engineering in food has now been closely associated with health risks that far outweigh their benefits. Genetically modified strawberries, for instance, have been inserted with genes from peanuts or cold-water fish that not just enable them to survive freezing cold temperatures. In North America, where a great portion of the US population is allergic to peanuts, these strawberries become highly dangerous, exposing many people to allergic reactions and even death from anaphylactic shock.
Some fruits, on the other hand, are genetically engineered to secrete substances that repel pests, spots and retard ripening. These substances can easily be ingested when the fruit is eaten and build up in the human body, causing antibiotic resistance, damage to kidney, liver and other organs as well as other health problems.
As long as GMO fruits remain on the grocery shelves, the only way for consumers to protect their families from GMO in food is to shy away from stores selling them. Until the government decides to do its job to protect consumers by providing a list of known ge fruits, the best thing to do is boycott these products, and shop only at organic markets, and organic produce stores.