Genetically Modified Foods
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Medical Protocols and Pharmaceuticals.
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Alternatives and Compliments for current
Medical Protocols and Pharmaceuticals.
What are GMOs?
GMOs or “Genetically modified organisms” are plants or
animals created through the gene splicing techniques of
biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This
experimental technology merges DNA from different species,
creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and
viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional
crossbreeding. The word “splicing” sounds very selective
however the process is rather random with the target DNA
being essentially “scatter-shot” with particles of metal,
coated with the gene to be inserted mixed with a bacterium,
randomly hitting the strand in not just one specific location
but rather in many locations along the strand. The technology
is not selective of where the gene is hitting on the DNA
strand creating many possible outcomes especially in potential
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand
direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an
insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the
GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield,
drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other
consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence
connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage
and violation of farmers and consumers’ rights.
Are GMOs safe to eat? Most developed nations do not
consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around
the world, including Australia, Japan, and all the countries of
the EU, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on
the production and sale of GMOs. In the US, the government
has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same
corporations that created them and profit from their sale.
Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own
hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.
Currently, our government does not conduct any
assessments/testing on GMOs nor does it require labeling but
you can still make a choice by eating certified organic food
since GMOs are prohibited in organic farming. This includes
organic dairy, eggs, and meat because animals in organic
farming are not fed GM grains like corn and soy. You can avoid
eating processed foods with corn, Canola and soy ingredients
and support the farmers who are against GMOs. Buy organic
What can I do to Stop GM Foods?
. Make the choice to eat Non-GM foods. Look for “USDA
Organic” and “Non-GMO Project Verified” labels also check
the produce codes that are available.
. Buy foods from Non-GM producers.
. Join a campaign for labeling or against GMOs.
. Inspire restaurants to offer non-GM food.
. Get the word out, talk to family and friends and everyone
you meet about the risks of GMOs. Pass out informative
materials and raise awareness. Get other organizations
involved. Meet with others to form a local action group.
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It's virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified food (GM food) in the United States because
Some estimates say as many as 30,000 different products on grocery store shelves are "modified." That's largely because
many processed foods contain soy. Half of North America's soy crop is genetically engineered!
• Rapeseed - Resistance to certain pesticides and improved rapeseed cultivars to be free of erucic acid and
Gluconsinolates, which were found in rapeseed meal leftover from pressing, are toxic and had prevented the use of the
meal in animal feed. In Canada, where "double-zero" rapeseed was developed, the crop was renamed "canola" (Canadian
oil) to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed.
• Honey - Honey can be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes from bees collecting nectar from GM
canola plants. This has shut down exports of Canadian honey to Europe.
• Cotton - Resistant to certain pesticides - considered a food because the oil can be consumed. The introduction of
genetically engineered cotton plants has had an unexpectedly effect on Chinese agriculture. The so-called Bt cotton plants
that produce a chemical that kills the cotton bollworm have not only reduced the incidence of the pest in cotton fields,
but also in neighboring fields of corn, soybeans, and other crops.
• Rice - Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Rice containing human genes is to be grown in the
US. Rather than end up on dinner plates, the rice will make human proteins useful for treating infant diarrhea in the
• Soybean - Genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides - Soy foods including, soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy
flour, and lecithin. Other products may include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil
products and special purpose foods.
• Sugar cane - Made resistant to certain pesticides. A large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually
come from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Genetically modified sugar cane is regarded so badly by consumers at the present
time that it could not be marketed successfully.
• Tomatoes - Made for a longer shelf life and to prevent a substance that causes tomatoes to rot and degrade.
• Corn - Resistant to certain pesticides - Corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. May include snack foods, baked goods, fried
foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods, and soft drinks.
• Sweet corn - genetically modified to produces its own insecticide. Officials from the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) have said that thousands of tons of genetically engineered sweetcorn have made their way into the
human food supply chain, even though the produce has been approved only for use in animal feed. Recently Monsanto, a
biotechnology food producer, said that about half of the USA's sweetcorn acreage has been planted with genetically
modified seed this year.
• Canola - Canola oil. May include edible oil products, fried foods, and baked products, snack foods.
• Potatoes - (Atlantic, Russet Burbank, Russet Norkatah, and Shepody) - May include snack foods, processed potato
products and other processed foods containing potatoes.
• Flax - More and more food products contain flax oil and seed because of their excellent nutritional properties. No
genetically modified flax is currently grown. An herbicide-resistant GM flax was introduced in 2001, but was soon taken off
the market because European importers refused to buy it.
• Papaya - The first virus resistant papayas were commercially grown in Hawaii in 1999. Transgenic papayas now cover
about one thousand hectares, or three quarters of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto, donated technology to
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for developing a papaya resistant to the ring-spot virus in India.
• Squash - (yellow crookneck) - Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are also GM but they are not popular with
• Red-hearted chicory - (radicchio) - Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum) is popular in some regions as a salad
green, especially in France and Belgium. Scientists developed a genetically modified line of chicory containing a gene that
makes it male sterile, simply facilitating the production of hybrid cultivars. Today there is no genetically modified chicory
on the market.
• Cotton seed oil- Cottonseed oil and linters. Products may include blended vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods,
snack foods, edible oil products, and small-goods
• Tobacco -The company Vector has a GMO tobacco being sold under the brand of Quest cigarettes in the U.S. It is
engineered to produce low or no nicotine.
• Meat - Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM feed.
• Peas - Genetically modified (GM) peas created immune responses in mice, suggesting that they may also create
serious allergic reactions in people. The peas had been inserted with a gene from kidney beans, which creates a protein
that acts as a pesticide.
• Vegetable Oil - Most generic vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants and in processed foods in North
America are made from soy, corn, canola, or cottonseed. Unless these oils specifically say "Non-GMO" or "Organic," it is
probably genetically modified.
• Sugar beets - May include any processed foods containing sugar.
• Dairy Products - About 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine
growth hormone (rbGH).
• Vitamins - Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn, vitamin E is usually made from soy. Vitamins A, B2, B6,
and B12 may be derived from GMOs as well as vitamin D and vitamin K may have "carriers" derived from GM corn sources,
such as starch, glucose, and maltodextrin.
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Most Americans do not realize that they are eating
genetically modified organisms.
Most Americans do not realize that they are participating in
the largest human feeding experiment in history.
Most Americans do not realize that they are contributing to
the biggest environmental disaster ever conceived.
With 30% of Americans being undecided on GMOs, swaying
against GMOs up to more than half of Americans. By working
together, we can reach the tipping point of consumer
rejection protecting ourselves and future generations from
How has this happened and where is the harm? Under the
pretense that biotechnology would end world hunger, create
better agricultural practices, protect the environment,
create healthier food and increase exports is how it all
began. About 40 years ago our government decided that if
“it looks like an apple and acts like an apple than it is an
apple” and allowed these products into our agriculture and
then into our food supply. But already much evidence has
come to light proving that these organisms do not preform as
promised and could be causing irreversible damage to our
food sources, our environment and our bodies by changing
the DNA, the blue print of life, of all life that has become
exposed to it. Adequate testing has not been performed on
these organisms yet they are considered as safe as a vitamin
supplement to our government. Currently no safety
evaluations have been done, no labeling is required, the
biotech industry decides if the GMO is safe, and test results
are altered in several different ways. Of the few studies that
have been done most are full of design flaws and do not
adhere to normal scientific protocol. Many studies have been
discontinued due to unfavorable results.
technology pesticide use is higher than ever imagined, while
harvests are down. Super bugs and super weeds have
appeared while butterflies and honey bees are disappearing.
Exports are down because the rest of the world will not
accept GMOs and even our conventional crops have been
rejected upon inspection due to contamination with GMOs.
Glyphosate is not harmless and causes many adverse reactions
in animals, humans and the environment. The nutrient
content of a GMO is not the same as its conventional equal
and can contain additional nutritional attributes which are
not understood. Bio-diverse farms are providing higher yields
than mono-culture farms. Government subsidies to the
agricultural industry have not been reduced but rather more
reasons to continue subsidizing are currently being promoted
such as bio-fuel. Currently, most of the farmland in the
United States is planted with GMO crops and the organic
farmers carry the burden to protect our natural seeds from
contamination due to the overspray of chemical pesticides
and from wind-blown “Fanken” pollen. Disease, obesity,
digestive conditions, immune conditions and infertility are all
on the rise since the introduction of GMOs. As a consumer
you hold the power to have your voice heard through the
purchases that you make.
By Renee' Calder
|Renee’ Calder, CNT, MNT
Applying the Science of Nutrition to the
Art of Healing on the Western Slope of Colorado