What are GMO’s Anyway?

Monday, August 31, 2015 | 1:38 am

GMO. You’ve probably heard it on the news or saw the letters on products in the supermarket. You also probably know that in the US, it’s a controversial subject. Let me explain what a GMO is. Creating Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) in food involves injecting the DNA of one species into the DNA of another species in an effort to develop certain traits. For example, the DNA of fungus, mold, bacteria, viruses, fish, humans, and jellyfish have been injected into corn, potatoes, and strawberries in an effort to increase crop yields.

Unfortunately, this genetic manipulation creates unintended toxins in our food. GMO’s have been linked to serious health challenges such as a weakened immune system, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, gastrointestinal problems, childhood learning disorders, leaky gut syndrome, autism, and cancer. Twenty six countries outside of the USA have already banned GMO’s at least partially. This alone should make you question the validity of GMO’s.

The most common GMO foods in this country are conventional corn, soy, canola, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini, and yellow squash or any processed food products containing any one of these foods. Your best defense to avoid GMO’s here in the USA is to eat only organic food. According to the USDA, the use of GMO’s is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic animal can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn.

Somewhere in the latter half of the last century a group of humans bought into the idea that man could create a superior food over what nature gives us. You need to make a decision for yourself as to whether they were right. Organic food may cost more but we are talking about your health and the health of your family.

For me the choice is simple, I will forgo other things I want in order to consume nature made foods! Did you know that if the number (PLU) on the sticker of fruit or vegetables is 5 digits and starts with an 8, it’s a GMO? If you buy processed foods, you can look for products that have the “Non-GMO Project Verified” on their label.

Dr. Tina Paul, BCND, Traditional Naturopath, Vibrant Living Wellness Center, 144 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, (626) 470-7711 or visit www.vibrantlivingwc.com.

 

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