While we have been staunch opponents of GMO foods since they were introduced, the FDA, industry (and of course Bill Nye the science guy) claimed that GMO crops were safe and that they were equivalent to their non-GMO parent crops. According to Wikipedia, “There is a scientific consensus that currently available food derived from GM crops poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food” [1].

Those opposing GMOs and pointing out risks and flaws in the safety studies were labeled “anti-science” and legislation was enacted to prevent the public from knowing that their foods contained GMO ingredients (the so-called “Dark Act”) [2], because why should the public have a right to know what’s in their food? The public isn’t smart enough to make good decisions. The tactic exactly mirrors what happens with vaccinations, where legislation allows industry to hide data of risk (absolving them of liability for not informing the public of known adverse effects)[3].

Not particularly surprising, a non-“industry funded” research group has found that when they compared a GMO crop to its parent crop, there were serious and potentially dangerous differences. From the article:

“In-depth analysis of types of proteins (“proteomics”) and small biochemical molecules (“metabolomics”) revealed major compositional differences between NK603 and its non-GMO parent. The results obtained show not only disturbances in energy utilisation and oxidative stress (damage to cells and tissues by reactive oxygen), but worryingly large increases in certain substances (polyamines).

Polyamines found to be present in increased amounts in GMO NK603 corn include putrescine and cadaverine, which can produce various toxic effects. For example, they enhance the effects of histamine, thus heightening allergic reactions, and both have been implicated in the formation of carcinogenic substances called nitrosamines.

Overall, the findings of this study disprove industry and regulatory agency claims that NK603 is ‘substantially equivalent’ to its non-GMO counterpart and suggest that a more thorough evaluation of the safety of consuming products derived from this GMO corn on a long term basis should be undertaken.”[4,5]

What crops should you avoid? The FDA lists the following as safe GMO crops [which we suggest you avoid … as difficult as it has become]:

“Foods from GE plants were introduced into our food supply in the 1990s. Cotton, corn and soybeans are the most common GE crops grown in the U.S. In 2012, GE soybeans accounted for 93 percent of all soybeans planted, and GE corn accounted for 88 percent of corn planted.

The majority of GE plants are used to make ingredients that are then used in other food products. Such ingredients include:

  • Corn starch in soups and sauces
  • Corn syrup used as a sweetener
  • Corn oil, canola oil and soybean oil in mayonnaise, salad dressings, breads, and snack foods
  • Sugar from sugar beets in various foods
  • Other major crops with GE varieties include potatoes, squash, apples, and papayas.[6]

For a more in-depth list of GMO crops and issues, we recommend the Environmental Working Group.

The best solution is still certified organic, and by the way, don’t trust people who say “it’s just like organic but we didn’t want to pay them to certify it”. We have seen a number of vendors say that and they use Roundup as a weed killer.

citations:

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food#Health_and_safety
[2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-signs-dark-act-to-invalidate-vermonts-landmark_us_57a644c7e4b0ccb023727b2d
[3] “No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, solely due to the manufacturer’s failure to provide direct warnings to the injured party (or the injured party’s legal representative) of the potential dangers resulting from the administration of the vaccine manufactured by the manufacturer.” https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/300aa-22
[4] http://sustainablepulse.com/2016/12/19/new-study-shows-major-molecular-differences-between-gmo-and-non-gmo-corn/#.WFhRgaIrJTa
[5] http://www.nature.com/articles/srep37855
[6] http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/GEPlants/ucm461805.htm

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