Health Issues: Genetically Modified Food

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By Dr. Michael Miles

Over the past few decades, the food industry has been trying to optimize food availability for the world’s population. They have incorporated some of the scientific advances made in genetically modifying living organisms.

In 1996, this technology was firmly established in the food industry because of patents issued for foods that had been genetically modified. This patent process allowed very select companies to OWN certain foods and thereby control all profits from these foods. The most common foods being controlled in this way at present include soy, corn, cotton, canola and sugar beets. These altered foods are found in 70 percent of the products in our food markets, particularly in processed and packaged foods. Approximately 88 percent of all corn is owned by one company and 94 percent of all soy is OWNED by one company – the same company.

The most common genetic modifications have to do with pest control, not production yields. One modification inserts a gene to allow a plant to be more resistant to a particular herbicide / pesticide. This forces the use of that particular herbicide. Both the herbicide and the modified seeds are owned by the same company.

The herbicide being used works by depriving the organism ingesting it of basic micronutrients. Plants succumb quickly to this deprivation. We humans, as well as other animals that ingest plants with this herbicide on it are more resilient than the plants because of our size. Yet we do suffer a multitude of ill effects including infertility, immune dysfunction, accelerated aging, autism and on and on. Many of the livestock that are fed primarily on the treated plants visibly wither away from malnutrition.

Another modification that is seeing wide public exposure inserts a gene that forces the plant to manufacture its own pesticide (BT). Thus, any bug that eats the plant will succumb to the pesticide, which disrupts the intestinal lining. Unfortunately, any other animal that ingests this food is also affected by the action of the pesticide. Livestock has seen an increase in gut inflammatory illnesses and deaths. Humans also suffer an increase in illnesses, though our varied diets protect us against consequences that are more serious. Many of our illnesses stem from the “leaky gut syndrome” that results from exposure to these inbreed pesticides.

Another unfortunate phenomenon that is being experienced with this new industry is pesticide resistant bugs. This phenomenon has plagued the antibiotic industry for years. “Super bugs” are surfacing that require stronger and stronger pesticides. This translates into higher costs of production and more toxic exposure to us.

Though it has become apparent that this “experiment” has failed to achieve its desired results thus far, the investors continue to manipulate us into paying for it – both through our pocketbooks and through our unwitting involvement as consumers of the unlabeled, treated foods. Our government has allowed these companies to regulate themselves without oversight. Perhaps in the future, agencies independent of the company’s manufacturing the experimental products can be employed in order to save us from being the guinea pigs of industry. For today, we need to research on our own in order to make educated decisions about what we put into our bodies.

European countries have already effected a change through consumer demand. This is the reason that exports from this country have decreased rather than increase.

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