To GMO or Not to GMO: Why Genetically Modified Foods are DangerousJun 22nd, 2011 |
GM foods were made possible by a technology developed in the 1970s whereby genes from one species are forced into the DNA of other species. Genes produce proteins, which in turn can generate characteristics or traits. The promised traits associated with GMOs have been sky high—vegetables growing in the desert, vitamin fortified grains, and highly productive crops feeding the starving millions. None of these are available. In fact, the only two traits that are found in nearly all commericialized GM plants are herbicide tolerance and/or pesticide production.
The above quote was taken by a paper produced by the Institute for Responsible Technology. Here’s a link to the paper: State-Of-The-Science on the Health Risks of GM Foods. The FDA, farmers, and food companies have utilized the technology to increase the output of their crops by reducing the amount of damage caused by pests. Quite literally, GMO corn is able to produce its own pesticide leaving it almost impervious to insects. Recent research has shown that the amount of pesticide created by these GMO seeds is 4 times greater than the amount of exposure that corn would get from conventional pesticide application.
The influence of GMO seeds / foods has largely been ignored, but anecdotal evidence has lead many groups of researchers to begin the process of studying the effects of GMO foods on humans. The results are not good. Recent studies have proved direct links to many toxix / allergic reactions, sterile livestock, and increased damage to internal organs of studied lab animals.
GMO Foods are Unpredictable
The genetics of GM plants are unpredictable, and hence, unsafe. The facts are that the process of genetic engineering allows for uncontrollable genetic mutation. According to FDA scientists, might have “increased levels of known naturally occurring toxins.” and it is possible that “new, not previously identified” toxins could also be created. It is quite reasonable to hypothesize that these same mutations could also produce carcinogenic effects, cause allergic reactions, and alter the nutrient profiles / balance of foods. In terms of fact, this has already happened with GM peas, in which a harmless protein became a very deadly version after GM alteration. These GM peas were destroyed before becoming commercialized, but who is to say that less deadly alterations have not occurred in the GM foods that we do eat?
I highly recommend you read the paper I linked to above for more information as to why we should steer 100% clear of GM foods.
GMO and Arbonne
Pure. Safe. Beneficial. Arbonne comes through again. I have contacted Arbonne Corporate our food sources, and they have assured me that our sources “are non-GMO“. According to the product development team:
while we are not able to provide the documentation due to confidentially restrictions with our raw material suppliers, we do have this documentation on hand should we need to present it to any inquiring regulatory agencies.