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Hey Foodem fans, consider the following.

In the Unites States of America, GMO products can be introduced to the market with little to no testing, and there is no law requiring labeling. It is very likely you consume them every day.

Yet, all twenty seven countries within The European Union have mandatory GMO labeling, along with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and many more.

Some countries such as Hungary and Peru have even placed laws on GMO seeds and crops that make them illegal. This is largely due to health risks as nobody fully understands the long-term consequences of consuming genetically modified food.

What Is A GMO?

Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO’s for short, are organisms whose’ DNA have been altered for a desired effect. This is often achieved using Recombinant DNA – combining aspects of one organism’s DNA with another organism’s DNA.

One example is an insect-resistant-corn known as Bt-corn, which was created by The Monsanto Company. The corn is modified to produce a special protein, which insects consume as they eat the corn. A short time later that protein causes the bacteria in the insect’s gut to kill them by infecting the rest of their body. The protein is claimed to be safe for human consumption.

Another common GMO crop that is also produced by The Monsanto Company is Roundup Ready Soybeans. Roundup is one of The Monsanto Company’s chemical weed killing products. Roundup Ready Soybeans are resistant to this pesticide, so you can spray more pesticide on your soybeans without fear of killing the crop. This same modification is available with alfalfa, cotton, canola, and sugar beets. Does more pesticides on the foods we eat sound healthy?

How Do We Know GMO’s Are Safe?

Well, we don’t.

Combining DNA from two different organisms can cause somewhat of a butterfly effect, so who knows what is yet to come. Some people experience severe allergic reactions – see this article to learn about a lady who experiences asthma attacks every time she fries with cooking oil.

Fields of GMO corn near non-GMO corn can cross pollinate, causing both corn fields to contain GMO corn. This poses a couple of risks. Say GMO crops are found to be dangerous in the future; it will be very tough to get rid of them.

There are also financial concerns.  Remember that GMO’s are often patented. Say you are the farmer of a non-GMO field and a nearby GMO farm has infected your crops with GMO pollen. The patent owner of that GMO crop can come over, test your crop for the GMO crop that you never planted, and then legally sue you for using their invention without their permission. Crazy, right?

Check out these links to learn more about GMO crops.

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