June 16, 2014

(G)et(M)e(O)ut of eating the unknown

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are abundant in the American diet, from the physicians’ recommended daily consumption of fruits and vegetables to the protein-rich meats and poultry grilled during Sunday’s football lineup. So, what’s the big deal about GMOs?

Many of the meats and produce we consume are mass-produced in order to keep up with the demand of the consumer. It’s at the discretion to either slow down and do a little research on how their products are being developed or to let the status quo fly. The planet-sized grapefruit purchased at the nearby corporately owned grocery store may not be the ideal way to get essential nutrients. The “healthy alternative” to fast food dining (i.e. making your own food at home) might not be the healthiest if the ingredients you’re using come from scientific seeds.

Mo’ Modifications, Mo’ Problems

Evidence shows that the consumption of genetically modified products may have short-term effects on health. Because GMOs haven’t existed for long, there’s little sufficient statistical information on the long-term effects, yet the existing anecdotal evidence does generate questions. For instance, why is it that a friend of mine can eat bread and pasta in Italy, where GMOs are less prevalent but, in the states, must maintain a gluten-free diet. (Wheat is one of the top GMO crops in the United States, along with canola, soy and cotton.) Interestingly, China and Russia are among 60 countries that prohibit the sales of GMO products.

The effects don’t stop at the consumer level. The environment is being contaminated with pesticides that are new to this generation. Speak to your grandparents about the harmful effects and they might get a little squeamish. AGENT ORANGE! A key component of this life-ruining product is 2,4-D, a weed-killer used in the growth of some conventional crops. Is that enough evidence for you to reduce or eliminate your consumption of GMO products?

Remember: You are what you eat!

Concerned with what you eat? Check out this list of non-GMO verified products.

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