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Why You Should “Just Say No” to GMOs

Danielle March 4, 2016

 

Why You Should "Just Say No" to GMOs

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By Danielle, Contributing writer

They help us feed the world.

They are safe and substantially the same as unaltered food.

Is that true? Are we willing to bet our family’s health on new technology that alters the very DNA of our food?

What are GMOs?

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, also called genetically engineered (GE), are organisms which have been genetically altered in a laboratory. It’s important to note that this is different (horizontal gene transfer) than natural crossbreeding (vertical gene transfer), which happens by itself in nature. The DNA of one species is actually injected into another species.The altering of bacteria in GMOs cannot occur naturally, outside of a laboratory.

GMOs were created to live through harsh pesticide chemicals for which any plant would normally not survive. The DNA in the organism is altered with Bt toxin, a bacteria, so that it will not die when sprayed with harsh pesticides during farming. Then, to add injury to insult, harsh pesticides are sprayed on the plants multiple times during the growing process to kill any weeds around the plants.

Unfortunately, in addition to the pesticides, studies show that Bt toxin is harmful to humans..
Pesticides are constantly to poor health outcomes, including infertility , gastrointestinal damage, accelerated aging, and much more. This isn’t just hurting our bodies, pesticides can now be found in umbilical cords of newborns. Study after study is showing us what we can figure out on our own, GMOs are not safe.

But, “they are the same!” Um, nope. Those who says GMOs are the “same” as their natural counterparts are basing that off of studies (which were cut short –no longer than 90 days – because if they were not, you would have seen cancerous tumors growing on the test subjects) that show that the macronutrients in GM foods match the macronutrients in natural foods. Micronutrients are not addressed, and we know that the vitamins and minerals in our foods is what fuels our bodies.

GMOs have been banned or restricted in over 60 nations around the world. The United States is struggling to just label it. Over 80% of processed foods on the shelves in groceries across the U.S. contains GMO’s, and some pesticides used in the U.S. are outlawed in other countries.

Where are GMOs hiding?

Any crop sprayed with a pesticide is a concern, but you can guarantee a product sold with any corn (corn syrup), canola (also called rapeseed),or soy in a processed food is a GMO. Also, any wheat product that is not organic.
You can identify any product which has been verified as not containing GMOs by the label seen below. You will see the non-GMO project verified on any product that fits its labeling rules.

Image from nongmoproject.org

Image by nongmoproject.org

It’s important to note that foods grown organically cannot be labeled as such if they used GM seeds or were sprayed with chemical pesticides, so you know you are getting a GMO-free product when you buy organic.
oganic seal

Image by usda.gov

Unfortunately, food is not your only GM enemy. Medications and vaccines also use genetically modified organisms, and these can be even more detrimental than the GM food.

Ethical Concerns Surround GMO Use

I cannot move on without touching on ethical concerns of altering the DNA of our food supply. If you are a Christian, there’s a clear sin in altering God’s creation, including seeds and the aborted fetal DNA in vaccines.

GM companies patent seeds, controlling the food supply. Though large, chemical companies may tout that GMOs feed the world, the reality is that most farmers in third world countries are denying to use this product because after one year, the seeds are no longer usable. This is by design, so that the farmer must purchase seeds  from the chemical company every single year.

Passing seeds down from harvest to planting each year is something that has always been done to preserve our species. Now, doing so can wind even an American farmer in a law suit. In fact, U.S. farmers have been sued for just having some of the GM seeds blow into their fields from adjacent fields. GM farming also has been shown to have a negative health outcome on the farmers, themselves. This is one thing in our country, but when the seed is your entire livelihood, there can be devastating effects.
Buying organic and nonGMO can seem pricier, but there are a number of ways to reduce your food budget costs and still buy healthy food.

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Danielle was born and always will be a farm girl, searching for God’s natural truths in an unnatural world. She’s a doula, health coach, natural health activist, and currently obtaining her naturorthopathic doctorate degree. When she isn’t reading about holistic healing, you will likely find her chasing a sweet little boy or a small flock of rebellious chickens in the Midwest mud.
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13 Comments

  1. I strongly disagree with your statement that “altering God’s creation” is inherently sinful. (Is building a dam to create a lake sinful? After all, that alters the river!) Abortion and all other murder is clearly prohibited by Scripture, but “altering God’s creation?” I am curious to know what Scripture you would use to back that up.

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    • It never works to draw general conclusions with God’s word – is touching the earth altering it, therefore sinful? No, of course not: only if you abuse it, cause it harm, as we were told in Genesis that we are to take care of the land and animals. God made different species, plants, animals, and people and he saw that they were good! Not that they needed human improvement.

      As it pertains to seeds, there are places in the Bible where it mentions this:
      “Keep my decrees. “‘Do not mate different kinds of animals. “‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed. “‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.” Leviticus 19:19

      “Do not plant two kinds of seed in your vineyard; if you do, not only the crops you plant but also the fruit of the vineyard will be defiled.” Deut. 22:9

      In the Old Testament, it goes over in detail the ways which you defile yourself. Touching or consuming anything that is seen as unclean (even natural things, such as pigs, which eat the garbage on the earth). We are not just crossbreeding with GMOs. We are breeding a new species which could never be, to put hazardous chemicals on our food. We are injecting a bacteria, which causes illness, directly into our foods. And yes – I do not think that is right (nor smart).

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  2. Great article!! Thanks!!

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  3. Great article. I learned something new! Thank you!

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  4. Such a great article and such a shame we even have to worry about this….

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