Thursday, January 9, 2014

Will Eating GMO Foods Hurt You? Probably Not.

Unless it actually poisons you, your body doesn't care if a few genes have been altered.  Your intestines break it down into amino acids anyway.

But growing GMO foods could be a disaster.

Not an endorsement of their website.
A disaster for the farmers.  GMO varieties of plants are patented.  The lawyers say that the age-old practice of saving seed from one crop to plant the next is a violation of the patents.  Farmers must buy expensive new seed every year.  

Since corn is pollinated by the wind, a farmer's non-GMO crops could be contaminated by a neighbor's GMO corn.  That means that a farmer who never intended to grow GMO crops will be sued by the seed companies for violating the patent.  Not good for farmers.

A disaster for the plants - and the people who depend on them for food.  Genetic mutations occur all the time = evolution.  Then nature decides if the mutation is beneficial, harmless, or harmful.  If harmful, nature removes those plants from the gene pool.  If we insert or change genes, those changes are not tested by nature, and could cause a build-up of interconnected changes that could wipe out that food source.

A disaster for all of the interwoven life-forms that are the environment.  One of the first modifications made was a resistance to herbicides.  If the corn can't be killed by Round-Up, then huge areas can be sprayed to kill unwanted plants.  Those unwanted plants include food plants for beneficial insects, butterflies, and honeybees.  When the honeybees are gone, all of our fruit trees and many other food sources are gone.  And of course the 'weeds' are already developing a resistance to the pesticides.

Eating GMO foods, no problem.  It is how they are grown that is the problem.

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