October: First Ever Non-GMO Month
10-10-10 is Non-GMO Day
“A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques…This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes.”…Wikipedia
Thirty countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the European Union, have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs. Even though most of the world doesn’t consider GMOs proven safe, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs in the U.S. This was based on studies conducted by Monsanto, who created and profit from their sale. Additionally, it’s difficult to tell which food is a GMO, as there is no mandatory labeling.
Swapping genes between organisms can produce toxic effects and allergies, especially in children. In kids’ fast-growing bodies more of the food they eat is used to build organs and tissues. GM safety tests ignore the effects on children.
Children are three to four times more prone to allergies than adults and “are at highest risk of death from food allergy.” Babies under two years old have the highest incidence of reactions, especially to new allergens encountered in the diet. Even tiny amounts of allergens can sometimes cause reactions.
Children, like Haley, eat more GM foods than adults.
One reason for this sensitivity, according to the EPA, is that: “An immature gut or permeable mucosal epithelium is more likely to allow a higher degree of macromolecular transport and access to the immune system than the intact barrier of a normal mature gut…The immune system must also be of sufficient maturity…Both systems appear to be functioning optimally by age three to five.”
Kids Eat More GMO Products
What’s worse, they can react to much smaller doses of toxins than adults. Exposure to hormones or endocrine disruptors may also severely affect normal development. And children who are prone to infections may be severely impacted if antibiotics lose their effectiveness due to antibiotic-resistant genes in GM food and the overuse of antibiotics in Growth Hormone-treated cows. Children drink milk from cows treated with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. Infants are sometimes nursed on soy infant formula.
Among the potential side effects are changes in soy’s natural estrogen mimickers, which may influence sexual development. Children consume a disproportionately large amount of milk compared to adults. In the United States and elsewhere, dairy products may come from cows treated with the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH). The milk contains increased amounts of hormones and antibiotics and an altered nutritional content. Click Here to view a 5-minute video on GMOs and kids.
Industry-funded studies often use mature animals instead of the more sensitive young ones, in order to mask results. Biologist David Schubert warns: “Since children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other dietary problems, if the GM food is given to them without proper testing, they will be the experimental animals. If there are problems, we will probably never know because the cause will not be traceable and many diseases take a very long time to develop.”
Samuel Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and an expert on the health effects of rbGH, says that risks of high exposure to IGF-1 are “of particular concern … to infants and children in view of their high susceptibility to cancer-causing products and chemicals.”
You vote with your dollar. Every time you purchase a GMO food you vote for genetically altered food. Every time you purchase organically grown produce your dollar is cast for organic food. Food is a business. It’s supply and demand.
Unveiling the Barcode Mystery
Check out the digit code on all produce. This can be a bit confusing to figure out, but once you understand the code it’s not difficult. If the produce has four digits, it’s conventionally grown, but not organic. If it has five digits and begins with a 9 it means the produce was organically grown. A five digit code beginning with an 8 indicates the produce is a GMO.
Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs. Unfortunately, GM processed food is NOT labeled. The FDA doesn’t require information labeling concerning GMOs for the consumer! Unbelievable, but it’s true. You can avoid most GM products by checking the label for three ingredients: Corn, soy and cottonseed oil. These are the top three foods which are most often genetically modified in the U.S. Any processed product containing corn, soy or cottonseed oil is most likely genetically modified. On the other hand, organic food is GM-free by definition, so that’s always safe. (The eight common GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya and some Zucchini and Yellow Squash.)
Dairy Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.
If you need one more reason to stop eating sugar here it is: Once you know that corn is a GMO crop, it’s obvious that High Fructose Corn Syrup is a GMO. High Fructose Corn Syrup is added in most processed foods. Not so obvious is “sugar” on the ingredient label. If a non-organic food product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets. This is a concern for parents as October is the U.S. annual celebration of candy (Halloween).
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