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Why Avoid Genetically Modified Foods?

In the past, humans have improved crops by selecting pollen of plants with a desired trait and helping it to fertilize other plants. Now geneticists introduce bits of foreign DNA into the DNA of a developing plant or seed. This may even be from a different life form, like a fish–something that could never happen in natural evolution. Big companies claim this is safe as well as profitable. Consumers want food from GMO (genetically modified organisms) to be labeled.
The Green Revolution in the latter part of the 20th century was supposed to eliminate hunger in the Third World. However those genetically superior seeds required more water, plus chemical fertilizers and insecticides to get bigger crops. Poor farmers couldn’t afford this plus having to buy new seeds every year.
In the United States the family farm was replaced by large scale agriculture that needed extra insecticides to control pests on the huge acreage of a single crop. There was no room for the fence rows of native plants and birds that kept insects under control. The small farmer used to lose over ten percent of his crops to insects. Now with the use of insecticides crop losses are still over ten per cent, even with ever stronger chemicals, as the insects mutate.
Big agriculture also used chemical control of weeds, starting with 2-4-D. This killed most weeds but didn’t harm grasses, so it was used on corn, wheat and other grains that are all in the grass family. Products with 2-4-D were also used by golf courses. In the Viet Nam War as the major ingredient in Agent Orange, its wide application on tropical forests had long term effects on both civilians and soldiers. It was linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease and reproductive problems.
Glyphosate (Roundup) is an even more dangerous herbicide. It kills any type of plant by inhibiting a plant enzyme. Since humans don’t have that enzyme, it was considered harmless. Geneticists created “Roundup Ready” soy, corn, canola and sugar beets which resist Roundup. Therefore Roundup could be applied to the surrounding soil to kill the weeds. However, glyphosate like 2-4-D is a chlorinated hydrocarbon soluble in fat as are many insecticides. It could be in the edible seed of the crop. If these crops are fed to animals the glyphosate gets in their fat and is passed on to us. Contaminated soy and canola oils get to us directly in manufactured food products. This kills the good bacteria in our intestines. They no longer make B vitamins or tryptophan. Our bodies react with inflammation, gut disorders, depression and possible increased susceptibility to diabetes, obesity, infertility and cancer. These and other dangers to humans are described in the journal Entropy, 2013 15(4) 1416-1463.
Be safe. Eat whole natural foods from small organic farms.

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