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You read in these pages nearly five years ago about the dangers of eating genetically modified (GM) foods. Now, you should be even more worried than ever. Entire European countries refuse to buy GM foods. So do 19 countries in Africa filled with starving people. People would rather risk starvation than eat GM foods because they believe these foods are unsafe.
Genetically modified potatoes can make their own insecticide to protect themselves from pests. Foods can be altered to contain more protein. GM produce stays fresher longer. Cows produce more milk. What's so wrong with this? Most people don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. how foods are genetically modified--and therein lies the danger.
To "enhance" a food through genetic engineering, a gene or a piece of DNA DNA: see nucleic acid. DNA
or deoxyribonucleic acid
One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes.
..... Click the link for more information. from one source is pasted into the DNA of another species. Often, a foreign gene from a bacterium is put into a vegetable's DNA. The genetically modified food now contains bacteria.
The new DNA is carried into the new organism, often attached to a virus. In nature, viruses that get into plant and animal cells are usually inactive and remain dormant. But genetic modification can wake them up. This leaves an active virus inside you. The problem with viruses is that once one gets into you, it can never be removed.
There's no going back. Once you've let the genie out of the bottle, you can't put it back. GM foods are already harming us. Here's how:
#1: Causes allergic reactions
In 2001, Grace Booth ate three chicken enchiladas and almost died. Her chest got tight and she could hardly breathe. She was having an allergic reaction to the corn tortillas, made with StarLink corn. StarLink was genetically modified to contain a gene from an insecticide. It was never approved for human consumption. Taco shells and other StarLink products were eventually taken off the market. This didn't help Grace or anyone else who had severe allergic reactions. Last year, a U.S. testing program found more than one percent of all corn samples submitted by farmers contained traces of StarLink.
Food allergies Food Allergies Definition
Food allergies are the body's abnormal responses to harmless foods; the reactions are caused by the immune system's reaction to some food proteins. are not limited to recalled GM foods. There's a 50 percent increase in soy allergies throughout Great Britain since GM soy products have been sold there.
Pesticides work differently on foods than in them. For example, Bt (Bacillus bacillus (bəsĭl`əs), any rod-shaped bacterium or, more particularly, a rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Bacillus. Some bacterium in the genus cause disease, for example B. thuringiensis) a naturally occurring bacterium, is sprayed on some crops "as needed as needed prn. See prn order. ." It's considered safe when it's used occasionally. But when it's inserted into vegetable cells, it's always present. Studies show that a constant exposure to Bt can cause pre-allergy immune changes. Even small amounts of Bt in your foods could trigger an allergic reaction that's impossible to identify.
Dr. Mac-Wan Ho, a British scientist who researches genetically altered foods, explains, "There is no known way to predict the allergenic Allergenic
A substance capable of causing an allergic reaction.
Mentioned in: Echinococcosis potential of GM foods. Allergic reactions typically occur only some time after the subject is sensitized sensitized /sen·si·tized/ (sen´si-tizd) rendered sensitive.
see sensitization (2). by initial exposure to the allergen allergen /al·ler·gen/ (al´er-jen) an antigenic substance capable of producing immediate hypersensitivity (allergy).allergen´ic
pollen allergen ." So, the more you eat GM foods, the more likely you are to develop an allergy.
#2: Contributes to cancers
RbGH is a genetically engineered hormone given to dairy cows so they produce more milk. Traces remain in milk, cheese, and yogurt. Using rbGH increases a hormone called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-l) by 80 percent. High amounts of IGF-1 are associated with prostate, breast, and lung cancers. Buy only hormone-free dairy products.
GM vegetables could also expose you to high levels of cancerous herbicides. Some vegetables are now being "enhanced" with a gene that resists Roundup. While Roundup is not considered to be carcinogenic carcinogenic
having a capacity for carcinogenesis. , there aren't enough studies to say it's safe. However, three studies produced cancers in the liver, pancreas, and thyroid.
Farmers plant these new enhanced crops and spray them heavily with Roundup to kill weeds without harming the food. But the vegetables have been soaked in this insecticide. Roundup's manufacturer, Monsanto, stands to triple its sales of pesticides throughout the world by planting Roundup Ready crops. This is important, because its patent on Roundup ended in 2000.
#3: Lowers the immune system
Dr. Arpad Pusztai, a scientist in experimental biology, worked with other researchers to create a potato that made its own pesticide. It would be a pest-free potato. The pesticide Dr. Pusztai chose was a lectin lectin /lec·tin/ (lek´tin) any of a group of hemagglutinating proteins found primarily in plant seeds, which bind specifically to the branching sugar molecules of glycoproteins and glycolipids on the surface of cells.
..... Click the link for more information. he knew-as the world's expert on lectins--was safe to eat. But when he fed potatoes laced with this harmless pesticide to study participants, their immune systems were damaged within 10 days and their white blood cells White blood cells
A group of several cell types that occur in the bloodstream and are essential for a properly functioning immune system.
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A few years later, 22 leading scientists signed a full-page ad in the New York Times stating that genetically engineered foods contribute to immune suppression.
#4: Causes antibiotic resistance
Fifty thousand people worldwide die every day from old and new infectious diseases. One reason is antibiotic resistance.
Bacteria are constantly mutating to escape being destroyed by antibiotics. As these bacteria mutate mu·tate
intr. & tr.v. mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing, mu·tates
To undergo or cause to undergo mutation.
[Latin m , the antibiotic no longer works against them.
Dr. Ho found that genes transferred from one species to another have increased antibiotic resistance. Other scientists found that genetically altered bacteria can transfer their antibiotic resistance to our digestive systems.
#5: Activates and creates viruses
The Cauliflower Mosaic Virus Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) is the type member of the caulimoviruses, one of the six genera in the Caulimoviridae family, pararetroviruses that infect plants (Pringle, 1999).
..... Click the link for more information. (CaMV), used in almost all GM foods, can activate sleeping viruses. A severe viral infection from CaMV damaged the stomach linings of Dr. Pusztai's laboratory rats.
The CaMV can also create new super-viruses that are more infectious than the original. Dr. Joseph Cummins, a professor of genetics, is worried. "The widely used cauliflower mosaic virus is a potentially dangerous gene. It's very similar to the hepatitis B virus, and is related to the HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. virus."
How nutritious are GM foods?
Animals eat to live. They choose foods that nourish them. Amazingly, they refuse to eat GM foods!
Farmers in the Midwest watched cows walk past fields of genetically altered corn and eat non-GM corn right down to the ground, cornstalk corn·stalk also corn stalk
The stalk or stem of a corn plant.
Noun 1. cornstalk - the stalk of a corn plant
corn stalk and all.
A farmer in the Netherlands put two piles of corn in his mouse-infested barn. One was genetically engineered. The other wasn't. The mice ate every bit of the non-GM rice, but they didn't touch the GM pile.
A soybean soybean, soya bean, or soy pea, leguminous plant (Glycine max, G. soja, or Soja max) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Asia, where it has been farmer in Illinois had to fight off soybean-loving geese every year until he planted a small area with GM soybeans. The geese ate every bit of the non-GM soybeans and left the altered ones alone.
Studies proved these animals knew what they were doing. The nutritional value of GM foods is lower in soy, tomatoes, and other altered foods. Dr. Mare Lappe, an expert on soy, found that the beneficial phytoestrogens Phytoestrogens
Compounds found in plants that can mimic the effects of estrogen in the body.
Mentioned in: Premenstrual Syndrome
n.pl plant-derived estrogen analogs. in soy that protect against heart disease and cancer were 12-14 percent lower in GM soybeans than traditional ones.
Don't just sit there--do something!
Big agribusinesses are altering our food and seeds. We need to take action. Here are a few suggestions:
Call Kraft Foods at 800-323-0768. Tell them you will no longer buy their foods with GM ingredients. I discovered their Boca Burgers sold in health food stores are GMO GMO
genetically modified organism free. Those sold in supermarkets are not!
Read the fine print on the labels of all products you buy. Whenever possible, buy those marked organic or GMO-free.
Contact manufacturers for more information if any label is unclear.
Get more information and share it. Genetically engineered foods affect more than your health. They irrevocably harm our environment. If a picture is worth a thousand words A picture is worth a thousand words is a proverb that refers to the idea that complex stories can be told with just a single still image, or that an image may be more influential than a substantial amount of text.
..... Click the link for more information., I have millions of words for you in a fast-paced film called "The Future of Food." This film is so important that it's being released to the public on video this month. It's fascinating and scientifically sound. It will answer a lot of your questions about GM foods. Please get a copy of this film and show it to your friends and family. It's only $20 (plus S&H) from Lily Films (415-383-0553).
The FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration
n.pr See Food and Drug Administration.
n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. doesn't require testing on GM foods for safety. The manufacturer just needs to say their product is safe. Richard Lacey, MD, microbiologist, and professor of food safety at Leeds University says, "The fact is, it's virtually impossible to even conceive of a testing procedure to assess the health effects of genetically engineered foods."
Cummins, Ronnie. "Frankencorn fight: cautionary tales," BioDemocracy News, #,37, January 2002.
Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND. "Assessing individual susceptibility, to endocrine disruption caused by the ingestion ingestion /in·ges·tion/ (-chun) the taking of food, drugs, etc., into the body by mouth.
1. The act of taking food and drink into the body by the mouth.
2. of genetically modified organisms (GMOs): Part 1," Townsend Letter for Doctors, December 2003.
Ho, R. Mae-Wan, PhD. "Horizontal gene transfer “HGT” redirects here. For other uses, see HGT (disambiguation).
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT), also Lateral gene transfer (LGT), is any process in which an organism transfers genetic material to another cell that is not its offspring. : The hidden hazards of genetic engineering," Institute of Science in Society and Department of Biological Sciences, Open University, UK.
Verzola, Roberto. The Genetic Engineering Debate, firstname.lastname@example.org
Watts, Meriel and Ronald Mcfarlane. "Glyphosate glyphosate
herbicide and desiccant for grains. Heavy doses to birds cause soft shells on their eggs. (Roundup)," Pesticide Action Network, email@example.com
GM foods do not reduce the use of pesticides. On the contrary. A study showed that pesticide-resistant genes cause a need for more pesticides. An extra 50 million pounds of pesticides have been used on GM foods.
--Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
Messing With Mother Nature
Some people call genetically altered foods Frankenfoods for good reason. The following is true: British scientists have spliced protein-producing genes from cows into grapefruit trees' reproductive cells. The grapefruit trees produce "fruit" that looks and feels just like grapefruit. But when you peel it, there's no fruit inside. Instead. the pulp looks and smells like meat. If these so-called "meat trees" are approved by the FDA, you'll see these "meat balls" in supermarkets around 2005.
--Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND
Is your produce genetically engineered? It's easy to tell. Look at the little sticker on fruits and vegetables for a PLU PLU Pacific Lutheran University
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PLU Phi Lambda Upsilon (National Chemistry Honor Society) code. If the four numbers that follow begin with the number eight, that food has been genetically engineered.