GMOs are all over today’s food market. From processed and packaged foods, to your produce aisle, the FDA is approving GMOs everywhere. GMOs are Genetically Modified Organisms whose make-up has been altered through genetic engineering. This process creates unnatural mixtures of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine urges doctors to advocate a non-GMO diet for all of their patients.
Unfortunately the FDA does not regulate GMO labeling on all food products in the United States, even though China, Australia, and the European Union are required to do so. For the consumer this means apples and potatoes without brown spots or bruises. The only way to know if a food is non-GMO is if it is labeled as such or if it is a certified organic product.
Genetically modified organisms pose threats to human and animal health. Animal studies show GMO products cause organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified foods can leave behind substances, which stay inside us and cause long-term health problems. In the past decade, the percentage of disorders such as autism, reproductive difficulties, digestive problems, etc. has increased from seven percent to 13 percent; some link this rise directly to the consumption of GMO products.
Agricultural products containing GMOs are divided into two categories. The first being high risk and the second being monitored risk. High risk defines contaminated food products and monitored risk defines food products with a likelihood of being cross-contaminated during production.
For years now, doctors and researchers have tried to warn the public of the perils in choosing GMO-containing products; however, not much has been done to prevent foods from GMO contamination. About 80 perfect of all food products in the United States are genetically modified, which means many more health problems will come to surface in the next decade. The only way to truly avoid GMO products is to research the various products in the high risk or monitored risk GMO categories. As consumers, we can choose non-GMO products and shed light on the dangers of genetically modified products in hopes of one day getting them off our grocery store shelves.