There are no people more concerned about the possible harmful effects of GMO food than parents. That’s why a lot of fathers and mothers want to know what is GMO food capable of doing to the health of their children as well as the rest of their family.
Take for example, rBGH milk, which comes from cows injected with the Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). The cows are injected with the man-made hormone to increase milk production. However, because of the injections, the cows develop udder infections or mastitis.
Because of this simple need to increase milk production, consumers are faced with three possible health risks when drinking the rBGH milk. First is that traces of the man-made rBGH end up in the milk. Also, the IGF-1 or the insulin-like growth factor, which the rBGH increases, ends up in the milk as well. Thirdly, because of the mastitis, the cows are given more than the usual antibiotics. There is a fear that these antibiotics will be the cause in the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Now this is just one type of GMO food. There are other GMO fruits and vegetables being planted in different farms in the country. Worse, there is no immediate way for parents to find out whether a particular food is GMO or not. This difficulty arose because the US government doesn’t require GMO producers to label their products as GMO products. Whatever their real reason behind this, consumers can not immediately exercise their right to choose. This obstacle may become the reason which hampers parents from giving their children only non-GMO food.
Risks Of Genetically Engineered Plants On Humans And The Animals We Eat
Humans aren’t the only ones in danger of being affected by genetic engineering. Even the animals that we eat or the food that comes from these animals can be affected by the rampant use of genetically engineered plants.
And the reaction of the animals aren’t always positive, as is the case with sheep in India which fed on Bt Cotton plants. Just what happened to the sheep? Well, they died, and many people are blaming the Bt Cotton for what happened.
Non GMO Vegetables Still The Best Choice – Even For All You Non-Vegetarians
That’s why after all the promises about genetically engineering, consumers like you are still better off with non GMO vegetables. Even if you aren’t a full-fledged vegetarian, it is still a very good idea to veer away from GMO fruits and vegetables and stick to the normally grown or organically grown vegetables.
How will you stay away from GM vegetables when there are no labels indicating which ones are GM veggies and which aren’t? Well the best way is to buy from reliable sources, buy organic and buy from farmers markets. By doing so, you won’t only be looking after yourself and your children, you’ll also be helping the farmers out.