What are genetically modified foods and Why should you care?

Posted on 16. Jun, 2013 in Genetically Modified Food info

Genetically modified foods have recently made the head lines with the Right to Know movement in California, Monsanto, GMO labeling laws and from concerned consumers like myself because we all want and should know what’s really in our food.  Today I will try to explain What genetically modified foods are aka GMOs,   give you examples of genetically modified foods you should avoid and reasons why should you care

First I will tell you what I feel in layman’s terms genetically modified foods are and later I will spell it out more scientifically.  I apologize in advance if I get too opinionated but this subject has really struck a nerve with me because the food companies have been lying and changing our food without disclosing to us what they were doing and not even labeling these changes so we could tell it was being changed.   They also falsely marketed some of these new foods as healthier when in fact they are causing harm to us all, especially our children!   The easiest way I can describe them is any food  not found in nature. I am not saying you won’t find them while driving by a farm today but rather something that you would not have found in nature 20 years or so ago and the many manufactured lab created foods that don’t come close to resembling  real food.    Basically these foods are created in a laboratory or the actual seed of the vegetable or fruit is altered from its original form to make it bug resistant, drought resistant and weed resistant among god knows what else. 

What are Genetically modified foods?  Genetically modified foods are foods produced from genetically modified crops like soybean, corn canola, cotton seed and several other crops.  Notably know as GMOs.  These foods have had changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering.  Genetic engineering modifies the DNA of crops to display specific traits, such as resistance to pesticides and herbicides.  Some crops even have had a gene inserted from another organism like the microorganism Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) has been inserted into the corn genome. This enables the corn to express a toxin known as bt toxin which causes the formation of pores in the digestive track of the European corn worm.  These pores allow naturally occurring bacteria like E. coli and Enterobacter to enter the blood system of the worm causing sepsis. (Bacterial infection in the blood) which ultimately kills the worm… this same toxin is in every kernel of corn.  So every time you eat BT corn you are eating a toxin that can cause pores in your digestive track.  Scientists call this “leaky gut” and feel it may be the cause of many digestive issues like crohn’s disease, IBS as well as causing food allergies and a host of auto immune diseases. 

Examples of genetically modified food:  Anything made from the following crops that are not labeled Organic or non-GMO certified like Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011) , Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop) , Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011), Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011) , Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010) , Alfalfa, Papaya (Hawaiian) Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash.  Everyday foods that have ingredients like corn, canola oil, sugar (unless its labeled 100% cane sugar it is most likely GMO sugar beet), soybean oil, cotton seed oil to just name the most prevalent ones.  Just go to your refrigerator and pick out some salad dressing or mayonnaise and you will see these ingredients.  Pull out some crackers, bread or any processed food you buy in the center isles at the grocery store and there will be a sleuth of these in those too.  This also includes meats and dairy because the animals are fed these GMO foods which makes them genetically modified as well.  Not to mention Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Crops likAmino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products, just to name a few!!!

So Why should you care?  It is estimated that 75% or more of the food sold in American grocery stores is genetically modified and it is getting higher everyday.  Food allergies in children are at an all time high estimated that 1 in 8 children have a food allergy.  Obesity, digestive issues and auto immune disease are all high and increasing at a high rate.  Our food supply has been altered over the last 20 years without us even knowing it.  I myself only recently became aware of GMOs.  After changing my eating habits and steering away from GMO foods I feel so much better.  I credit the Ultimate Reset for opening my eyes.  I felt so great while on the Reset but after it ended and I added back foods that I thought were still healthy I started feeling bad.  I didn’t sleep as well, was more moody and was tired so I tried to look at what was so different about the food I ate during the Reset compared to what I was eating after the Reset.  I realized while on the Reset I ate all Organic food.  At first I thought it was the lack of pesticides but even eating organic fruits and veggies along with other everyday foods I was still not feeling like I was on the Reset.  While investigating what the “right to know” movement was all about from seeing it on Facebook, I discovered what GMOs were.  I was instantly ticked off at all the deceptive labeling and marketing of our food today.  So much that some people thought I was nuts but since then information about What genetically modified foods are aka GMOsexamples of genetically modified foods you should avoid and reasons why should you care have popped up all over the place like Facebook, the news and we have more non-GMO food choices in our stores so they don’t think I am as nuts about GMOs now that they themselves are more informed.

So the next time you go grocery shopping check out the food labels and see what genetically modified foods you are ingesting everyday.  Educate yourself and demand your food to be labeled properly and ask store managers to stock more organic fruits and vegetables as well as non-GMO verified foods!

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26 Responses to “What are genetically modified foods and Why should you care?”

  1. Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva

    17. Jun, 2013

    Wow! I had no idea! Thank you for such valuable information. I will definitely be bookmarking this page for later reference.

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    • Sharon Schisler

      17. Jun, 2013

      Your welcome Ashley, Its crazy how so many people are just unaware of GMOs… I know I was until about a year ago. Luckily it has made main stream news and FB so more people are learning about them and how to avoid them!

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  2. Jenn

    17. Jun, 2013

    WOW those percentages of the number of US crops that are genetically modified are crazy!!! Scary even!

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  3. Jennifer @ Money Aches

    17. Jun, 2013

    It’s scary to think of all the things we don’t know about the food we are eating. I see more and more people growing some of their foods at home so they can be able to reduce costs of purchasing organic foods. If you grow it yourself you certainly know where it came from.

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    • Sharon Schisler

      17. Jun, 2013

      Jennifer, I would love my own garden but don’t have room where I live now… I do have a CSA share with a local organic farm so I get a lot that way.

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  4. Yvonne

    17. Jun, 2013

    My dream: one of these days planting all my vegi myself….

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  5. Here in Liberia it’s all US imported foods… makes it so much harder to buy food that hasn’t been tampered with

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    • Sharon Schisler

      18. Jun, 2013

      That unfortunate Laura… Can you at least get organic and non-gmo protect foods from the US or do they not import those foods? There are great on-line sources but not sure if they ship to Liberia

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  6. Christine Barker

    18. Jun, 2013

    Hi Sharon,

    Thank you for a great informational article. Don’t apologize for having a strong opinion, though. If you don’t stand for something you don’t stand for anything, right!

    Perhaps GMO’s are the reason the rates of Autism, Aspergers and ADHD are on the rise.

    Christine Barker
    BIF
    http://www.ScarletCalliope.com

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    • Sharon Schisler

      21. Jun, 2013

      Christine, Yes I believe GMO’s , pesticides and food additives are the reason Autism, Aspergers and ADHD being on the rise along with obesity and autoimmune diseases, cancer etc. Thanks, Sharon

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  7. Darcy Schroeder

    18. Jun, 2013

    So many people have intolerance to wheat! It’s no wonder! Thanks for posting this!
    Darcy BIF

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    • Sharon Schisler

      18. Jun, 2013

      They say our wheat is not GMO but I think it may be GMO… Either way I try to limit my wheat or use Einkorn wheat…Its an very old variety of wheat and has less gluten in it. I have tried it and it tastes great but it does not rise when making bread…

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  8. Giveaways 4 Mom

    19. Jun, 2013

    This post contains some very valuable information. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. Tara

    19. Jun, 2013

    So interesting what you said about “leaky gut”. I truly wonder if this is why I have SO many stomach issues now! Thank you for this great post!

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    • Sharon Schisler

      20. Jun, 2013

      Tara, Try to stay away form the top GMO crops like corn, soy, canola and cotton seed oil… They are in everything so go organic as much as you can for about 4 weeks and see if that helps your stomach issues. It has definitely helped a lot of people I know. Here is great place to learn the basics http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/

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  10. lisa, too!

    21. Jun, 2013

    Very interesting and informative. I pinned it and posted to FB, just so others could read it, too. Thank you.

    BIF Lisa

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  11. Trudy

    23. Jun, 2013

    Thanks for sharing such important information – this is why my Honey and I grow our own veggies, herbs and “southern fruit” (bananas, guava, mango, oranges, etc.).

    Question – how do you feel this is affecting our pet products. I am currently dealing with losing another pet (in 14 months) from cancer.

    I found you from Blogging It Forward and am so glad I did.
    Trudy
    http://stickyfingersblog.blogspot.com

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    • Sharon Schisler

      23. Jun, 2013

      Hi Trudy,
      Yes dog food is aweful but you can find some good ones out there too. Some are even better than our human food. Just check the ingredents and limit the same GMO ingredents you would for yourself. Better pet food will help you pet with cancer. Sorry to hear about it… I lost my dog to liver cancer in Nov… very heart breaking… Glad you liked my blog!
      Sharon

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  12. Gail

    24. Jul, 2013

    Sharon, thanks for posting about this issue. I am right there with you – as far as I can tell, GMO’s are the cause of so many of the health issues facing us right now. Wheat may “technically” not be GMO (although I bet it is), but it certainly has been hybrid-ed and tampered with to the point that increasing numbers of us cannot eat it. I’m gluten-free for 7 years now. Funny thing, I CAN eat bread in France, where GMO’s are illegal. Hmmmmm! As soon as I got back to the States, though, I react immediately to the tiniest crumb. Thank you again! – Gail

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    • Sharon Schisler

      30. Jul, 2013

      I think wheat is too… Have you tried Einkorn wheat? It is very low in gluten and is an old wheat found in Europe… Not hybridized…

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  13. Tim Demers

    25. Jul, 2013

    Sharon,
    It is scary how many foods most Americans consume are GMO. I hope more people become educated and start asking for proper labeling. Thanks for sharing!
    Tim

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