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Top 5 GMO Foods To Watch Out For

Top 5 GMO Foods To Watch Out For

As you may or may not know by now, the United States government has allowed genetically modified and engineered organisms to enter the public food supply with no warning. Every day, millions of people unknowingly ingest these GMOs because corporations like Monsanto (and the politicians they’ve bought and paid for) claim it’s unfair to require them to label their products.

Multiple scientific studies have linked GMOs to illness, disease, and mutation in plants, animals and humans. These adverse affects have been found to be especially pronounced in pregnant women and children, consequently a demographic that is more apt to eat the low price, processed foods that carry most of the world’s GMO’s.

Until such time as the state or federal government decides to finally stand up for the American consumer by passing mandatory GMO labeling laws, the only way to protect yourself from these toxic “foods” is to avoid buying and eating them.

FoodConsumer’s Marie Cendejas recently published a list of the top 10 GMO foods that you should avoid at all costs. We’ve pared down the list to five GMOs we think are especially gross or dangerous.

These are the foods that are worth the extra time it may take to research origins and the extra money it may cost to buy organic. As always, buying local is ideal, because you can contact the farmer directly to ask what kinds of seeds are used.

1. Tomatoes

Did you know tomatoes were the first genetically modified crop to be commercially available in the U.S.? (Probably not since the government didn’t tell us and they aren’t labeled). In 1994, transgenic tomatoes known as the FlavrSavrs hit the market. They contained a “deactivated” gene that was supposed to prevent the fruit from getting soft as it ripened. It didn’t work as well as biotech companies hoped. Now, experts are praising a new technique whereby two enzymes, (A-Man, B-hex) are suppressed. Unfortunately, there have been reports that some animals have died shortly after consuming GMO tomatoes. Yum.

2. Corn

This one is tough, because even foods that you wouldn’t normally associate with corn have ingredients, like sweeteners, that are derived from GMO corn. As Care2′s Jaelithe Judy reports, genetically modified corn and soybeans were developed by Monsanto in the 1990s to be resistant to the synthetic herbicide glyphosate (better known by Monsanto’s trademarked name for the weedkiller, Roundup). Now, more than 70 percent of corn produced in the United States are the genetically modified, herbicide-resistant variety. Fresh corn from Walmart should be especially avoided.

3. Papayas

In the late 1980′s biotech researchers developed a papaya cultivar that would be resistant to Papaya Ringspot Virus. To do this, certain viral genes encoding capsid proteins were transferred to the papaya genome. Now, GMO papaya make up about 75 percent of the total Hawaiian papaya crop.

4. Rice

Rice is considered to be one of the world’s staple crops. In many areas, it has been genetically modified to contain a high amount of vitamin A. More recently, it was discovered that an American company, Ventria Bioscience, has been cultivating rice that’s genetically modified (GM) with genes from the human liver. Although the company claims it’s only producing this rice to help speed pharmacuetical research, it’s growing it in open, outdoor fields. Meaning crops nearby can be unknowingly contaminated. China, which grows and consumes a huge percentage of the global rice supply, recently suspended distribution of genetically modified rice within its commercial food suppliesover growing concern about its safety.

5. Potatoes

Potatoes were once one of the world’s most important staple crops, but thanks to growing awareness about the harm of too many empty carbohydrates, demand for potatoes as food has waned slightly in the past few years. Desperate for a way to infuse potatoes with more nutrients, researchers in India created a potato with thirty-five to sixty percent more protein using genes from the amaranth seeds. The potato is still very valuable to the starch and chemical industry, however. In order to protect these starch crops from pets and disease, potatoes are sometimes genetically modified with Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1. Yet, mice fed GE potatoes have shown abnormal amounts of toxins in their systems. Also, according to Dr. Nina V. Fedoroff, Willaman Professor of Life Sciences and Evan Pugh Professor at Pennsylvania State University found that “rats fed the transgenic potatoes had significantly lower organ weights.”

Do you know of another GMO that should have made the list? Share it in a comment!

Related Reading:

Mystery of the Very Red But Tasteless Tomato Solved!

California Gets Mandatory GMO Labeling On The Ballot

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6:23AM PST on Nov 24, 2013

Vegans beware!

5:05PM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Test rats had to be force fed GMO corn because they wouldn't touch it . Animals given a choice will not eat GMO food so i feel they have better sense than a lot of people who think it's great. GMO foods affect people and animals in many different ways leaving them more susceptive to intestinal problems,damaged organs, cancer, infertility, low birth weight etc. There is a good reason for then being ban in Europe. If you want the truth about GMO and the lies of Monsanto read 'Seeds Of Deception". Snakes are on a higher spiritual level than Monsanto!

6:35PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

1) Yup, those tomatoes were lousy tasting, but they were harmless. They're off the market because people couldn't stand them. As far as killing some animals that ate a new version, where's your reference ?

2) Yes 70% of corn in the US is now GM and we never had higher yields per acre, except 2012, from a massive drought. Your link to the Walmart corn says most GM corn is not fit for human consumption. Not true. They are not approved for human consumption. Big difference. If you were stuck on an island with nothing but these GM corns, eating them will keep you alive. Though some are pretty tough on the teeth (like all but sweet corn is).

3) If it weren't for the GM Papayas there may not have been any papayas now at all. The ringspot virus was wiping out whole populations of the trees. I recently had some papayas. They were delicious.

4) China still approves its own homemade GM Bt rice. And you forgot to mention Golden Rice, that has only beta-cartene enhancements and nothing else.

5) The potatoes.

Here's what By Dr. Nina V. Fedoroff, Willaman Professor of Life Sciences and Evan Pugh Professor Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, really had to say about those organ underweighted rats. And it isn't good for the anti-gmo argument:

http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech-info/articles/biotech-art/pusztai-potatoes.html

5:59PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Has anyone read Mark Lynas recanting of his previous anti-gmo positions ?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-tercek/mark-lynas-gmo_b_2424493.html

Will Care2 publish the story ?

http://www.marklynas.org/2013/01/lecture-to-oxford-farming-conference-3-january-2013/

8:57PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Thank You!!!!!

5:07PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

I didn't know about the rice and potatoes and I love both of them. Thanks for the info.

7:39AM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

It's not stopping there. Monsanto and it's allies globally are stopping sales of organic seeds. Little by little all us growers are forced to use GMO seeds and that really takes away the fun in growing your own food. But there are resistance. Clubs and organizations are formed to stop this. And loopholes are being used. It is still legal to give away seeds, so there are lots of websites and clubs that trade seeds between members. My tip to anyone growing their own food or even flowers: Try and preserve some of the seeds you get and reuse the next growing season. Don't buy seeds in places where you can't be garanteed they are pure.

11:02AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

ty

5:01AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

scary,very scary

5:00AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

scary

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