Friday, January 21, 2011

The Attack of GM Foods!!!


This is a super scary post!! In fact, its so scary I should have waited until Halloween to post it! But, its so important that I'm going to share this story with you now.

Now, grab your favorite teddy bear, gather 'round the fire, snuggle in close, and don't venture too far out during the telling of this very spooky tale.........


Once upon a time there were people living in our land that grew their own food. I know! weird, huh?
They grew vegetables, raised cows, chickens, hogs, goats, sheep, and whatever else they could afford. They made their own butter and cheese and sugar was extremely hard to come by. (I told you this was going to be scary! But, shhhh, that's not even the scary part yet!)

These people worked hard for their food. But, as such, they were a pretty fit people. They got up when the sun came up, worked all day and then when it got dark went to bed. (You know what circadian rhythm is, right? Its okay if you don't. I just felt like throwing that in there. I think that would be a great post for another day.)
Pretty much, if it didn't come from a plant or an animal that they grew or a friend grew and gave them as a gift or a barter then it didn't go into their bodies. They were a pretty robust people too! Now, sure the average life span was lower then, but that number also accounts for babies and children that have died and that number is averaged to get our "average life span". The disease rate for these people was pretty low. It seems all idyllic doesn't it? It conjures visions of peaceful life on the prairie with fat cows grazing in the fields, chickens pecking around for bugs while mom pulls weeds in the garden with cherubic, pink faced children at her side digging in the dirt.


Okay, fast forward through a century and here we are today. Now, here's where it gets really scary! So, come in closer my little pretties...........

Over the past century our government has gradually been changing legislation that allows more and more chemicals and changes to our food to keep us from starving to death. Now, get a load of the people shopping at Wal-Mart and let me ask.....Does it look like we're starving to death?
Well, technically, we are! We have become an obese nation while being extremely undernourished! Again, I could go on for days about all that! But, I won't. Right now, anyway. I want to tell you specifically about GMO foods. In case you didn't know, that means genetically modified organism. It may not really mean anything to you....yet. But, it will in a minute!


Its not funny.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Millions of acres of corn, soy, canola, and cotton have genetically modified genes inserted into their DNA. The reason that has been done is so that these foods become resistant to pests. They basically produce their own pesticides. This is a problem for a couple of reasons. Number 1 is that the very compounds plants produce naturally to fight pests and disease are the same compounds that go into our bodies when we eat those plants that protect US from pests and disease. So.....if you take away the plants ability to do that on its own, then......I'm guessing that you take away our ability to do that too! Its not rocket science! Just common sense. Also, as a side note, heirloom plants (non GM plants) taste better too. As it turns out, those natural defenses also make the plant taste better!

The 2nd and even scarier reason GM plants are a problem is because there is mounting evidence that these plants just aren safe!

Here's an excerpt from The Well Being Journal's website:

Rats fed GM corn had problems with blood cell formation. Those fed GM soy had problems with liver cell formation, and the livers of rats fed GM canola were heavier. Pigs fed GM corn on several Midwest farms developed false pregnancies or sterility. Cows fed GM corn in Germany died mysteriously. And twice the number of chickens died when fed GM corn compared to those fed natural corn.

Soon after GM soy was introduced to the UK, soy allergies skyrocketed by 50 percent. Without follow-up tests, we can't be sure if genetic engineering was the cause, but there are plenty of ways in which genetic manipulation can boost allergies.

— A gene from a Brazil nut inserted into soybeans made the soy allergenic to those who normally react to Brazil nuts.

— GM soy currently consumed in the US contains a gene from bacteria. The inserted gene creates a protein that was never before part of the human food supply, and might be allergenic.

— Sections of that protein are identical to those found in shrimp and dust mite allergens. According to criteria recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), this fact should have disqualified GM soy from approval.

— The sequence of the gene that was inserted into soy has inexplicably rearranged over time. The protein it creates is likely to be different than the one intended, and was never subject to any safety studies. It may be allergenic or toxic.

— The process of inserting the foreign gene damaged a section of the soy's own DNA, scrambling its genetic code. This mutation might interfere with DNA expression or create a new, potentially dangerous protein.

— The most common allergen in soy is called trypsin inhibitor. GM soy contains significantly more of this compared with natural soy.

The only human feeding study ever conducted showed that the gene inserted into soybeans spontaneously transferred out of food and into the DNA of gut bacteria. This has several serious implications. First, it means that the bacteria inside our intestines, newly equipped with this foreign gene, may create the novel protein inside of us. If it is allergenic or toxic, it may affect us for the long term, even if we give up eating GM soy.

The same study verified that the promoter, which scientists attach to the inserted gene to permanently switch it on, also transferred to gut bacteria. Research on this promoter suggests that it might unintentionally switch on other genes in the DNA -- permanently. This could create an overproduction of allergens, toxins, carcinogens, or antinutrients. Scientists also theorize that the promoter might switch on dormant viruses embedded in the DNA or generate mutations.

Unfortunately, gene transfer from GM food might not be limited to our gut bacteria. Preliminary results show that the promoter also transferred into rat organs, after they were fed only a single GM meal.

Okay, kiddies! I would tell you that its going to be okay. Don't be afraid. But, I'm afraid, I can't. You should be afraid!!!! It seems that industrialized farming is growing instead of shrinking. There are a group of fighters on the fringes that keep spreading the word!

We moving into towns and cities near you. We're creeping along in the shadows gradually moving out into the sunshine, bringing light and hope to people everywhere!!! Have Hope! and let your congress people know that you don't want the government changing our food! We want real food!

Okay, now you know. Go spread the word.



This post is part of Food Renegade's Fight Back Friday. Go check it out to learn more about healthy living and real food! Here's the link

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