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The truth is that nobody really knows what the long-term effects of GMOs and genetically engineered food are. The health risks are highly unknown but, what is known is that more and more people are stepping forward with cases of severe allergic reactions from GMOs.
There has also been a controlled experiment by Irina Ermakova, of the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) where mother rats where where fed GM Soy. Results showed more than half of the GMO soy-fed rats’ offspring died as compared to the two other batches fed natural soy and non-soy. If it's affecting the off-spring of rats there is a high chance it has health effects on humans as well.
Along with the health concerns on humans the potential environmental impacts are scary, to say the least. There are many cases where GM crops have cross-pollinated with organic crops thereby making those crops no longer organic. In large part, GM crops will destroy the organic farming industry in America and the world as a whole.
GMO producers offers promises such as being able to harvest crops faster with higher yield and less use of pesticides. Doing so would help world food shortages particularly in 3rd world countries. However, the increasing resistance and tolerance these plants have toward the poisons will also mean that more will be needed to achieve the same effects. Overtime the probability for super weeds and super bugs are inevitable.
In the case of Bt cotton in India, promises of higher yields and less costs for small family farms were made by Monsanto. The crop not only didn't "perform as expected" but many area goats and sheep grazing on the Bt cotton fell ill or died. Because of the failure and damages caused by the genetically modified plant thousands of farmers in India have had a similar fate as the crop and they ended their own lives.
So, not only as Americans, but as human beings on this planet we deserve to know what is in our food and then have the choice on whether to buy and consume it. At this point the labeling of GMOs is not required by law in the United States. In a recent MSNBC Health poll, over 96% of respondents believe genetically modified foods should be labeled. At the same time the USDA has approved the deregulation of GE alfalfa production in America and soon genetically engineered salmon might be available at your local seafood restaurant. Makes you wonder if our government is looking out for your best interest or making sure their pockets are filled.
One would think that no one would be against the labeling of GMOs in food. After all the FDA has claimed their is no significant difference between organic and genetically modified food items. In addition to our lack of clearly defining what foods are GMOs by adding a simple label, the U.S. is the only industrialized country that has widespread use of rBGH in dairy products.
Dairy cows injected with rBGH experience an increase in milk production. Along with this increase in milk production comes an increase in health concerns for both cows and humans alike. Everything from lowered fertility to mastitis for the cattle and higher levels of antibiotics and IGF-1 in the milk that they produce. A number of independent studies have concluded that increased IGF-1 levels in humans heighten the incidence of breast, prostrate, and colon cancer.
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