As biotechnology giants and their proponents tout the benefits of GMOs in food such as improved food production and availability, longer shelf lives, added flavor, color and more importantly, nutritional components, it is not surprising to see GMOs becoming an integral part of the food supply in the United States and other nations. On the other hands, there are many recent studies from independent scientists have raised many GMO safety concerns. These, compounded by reports of biotechnology corporations concealing unfavorable laboratory results, lead many to that believe that there are even more long-term dangers of genetic engineering.
Unlike traditional hybridization techniques that create crossbreeds from organisms of the same species, genetic engineering involves introducing genes from totally different species such as, say, genes from a type of cold water fish into a strawberry to enable it to withstand low temperatures, or introducing bacteria or virus into corn and other crops in order to give them resistance against pests and herbicides. While there are no long-term studies available as to the effects of these on humans and animals who consume them, many ge health risks are linked with their consumption.
Learn The Facts About GMO Health Risks
Many GMO foods are distributed and sold without human testing required. Neither is labeling for GMO ingredients mandatory in the United States and other countries. With increasing reports of GMO health risks associated with many transgenic crops such as corn, canola, soybeans wheat and the like, this is definitely something many families need to be concerned about.
Below are the top five ge health risks attributed to GMO food. One important consideration is that the direct ingestion of gmo food is only one part of the problem. Indirect consumption, such as people eating the meat of animals fed with gmo crops such as bt corn and roundup ready alfalfa, and the breastfeeding of babies whose mothers had diets containing genetically engineered foods, multiply these dangers to even more alarming levels.
1) Allergens and allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock
2) Infertility and other reproductive health problems
3) Emergence of antibiotic resistant organisms compounded by weakened immune systems in humans causing chronic diseases
4) Changes in liver and other vital organs, including impairment of brain development
Why There Are No Clear Lines Between Advantages and Disadvantages of GMO
The bigger problem when it comes to addressing these genetic engineering dangers is that all the benefits from genetically engineering food sources are the same ones that give rise to the disadvantages of GMO as well. Many of the plants engineered for pesticides and insecticidal traits have been associated with the same health risks caused by the genetic sources– often bacteria, viruses and toxins– of those traits.
One example is BT corn, which has been genetically modified to incorporate the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis in its DNA to make it resistant to the corn borer, the most common cause of crop damage. Many people have been found to develop antibodies to the toxin, as well as causing anaphylactic shock and weakness in people who have ingested the corn and corn products. In another case, soybeans that have had genes from the Brazil nut inserted have been shown to cause allergic reactions in people who have not shown signs of being allergic to soybeans before. An even more alarming development is that of ge potatoes, which have been found to cause precancerous growths in the intestinal tract of mice in tests– an indicator of possible carcinogenicity.