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How to Win a GMO Debate: 10 Facts Why GM Food is Bad

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How to Win a GMO Debate: 10 Facts Why GM Food is Bad

It’s happened to the best of us. The topic of genetically modified (GM) food and crops comes up and someone somewhere starts spewing a spate of pro-GMO rhetoric like, “GM food is the only way to feed the poor! GM crops benefit farmers! GM food and crops are safe!” and we are left with a stammering retort of, “but, but, no, but, uhm, no!”

Next time be prepared by bolstering your argument with these 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs, courtesy of international bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith from The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT). This list of ten facts and supporting text clearly explain just how serious a threat GM food and crops pose to our personal health as well as the health of the planet.

1. GMOs are unhealthy.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.

Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor, doctors groups such as the AAEM tell us not to wait before we start protecting ourselves, and especially our children who are most at risk.

The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are among many medical groups that condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone, because the milk from treated cows has more of the hormone IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1)―which is linked to cancer.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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11:02AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

May be just one thing. Let's make this world better place for us and for our children to stop spoilling and poisonning this only soil, that we still get by gmo and attached pesticides and herbicides as Roundup Ready is:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/All_executives_bodies_of_all_countries_These_are_mainly_goverments_Complete_ban_of_all_production_of_all_genetical_modif/

11:01AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

May be just one thing. Let's make this world better place for us and for our children to stop spoilling and poisonning this only soil, that we still get by gmo and attached pesticides and herbicides as Roundup Ready is:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/All_executives_bodies_of_all_countries_These_are_mainly_goverments_Complete_ban_of_all_production_of_all_genetical_modif/

10:14AM PST on Feb 20, 2014

No citations. No credible proof. No extensive, peer review, credible, scientific studies.

Essentially this article is just rhetoric there is absolutely no scientific proof.

GMO's are perfectly safe. In fact they are safer than "traditionally bred varieties". When you selectively breed plants you cross two plants with desirable traits in hopes that their offspring will exhibit these traits. Over time this changes the species.

However people do not know what genes are being crossed, what genes are mutating, what genes are being lost, ect. When they breed plants. Essentially you are playing with the genetics of the plant without any knowledge of the genes involved and how they interact.

In GMO's you are inserting a SPECIFIC GENE, you know what gene is going into the plant, you know what it does, you know how it interacts with other genes, you are only make a single change at a time.

GMO's are a lot safer when it comes to changing and evolving plant varieties compared to "traditional breeding" because you know exactly what changes are being made because your controlling all those changes.

The fact is, no credible, peer review, extensive scientific experiment has proven or even suggested that GMO's aren't safe. It has just become vogue to promote "organic, GMO free food", there is little scientific backing for it. People are always scared of change and rebel against new things even when it has been proven safe.

3:15PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

A G-MONSTROUS WARNING
Our world gets smaller by the hour.....
With Internet computer power;.....
While Global Companies now strive.....
To patent everything alive......
Huge companies, with frightening speed......
Creating things we do not need......
As they manipulate and plot.....
They do not seem to care a jot......
The wondrous richness of our earth.....
Is seen as having little worth......
The peasant farmer's simple need.... .
Must bow to Multi-National greed......
When every fruit or veg or grain.....
Will have been engineered for gain,.....
That is - believe me if you can - .....
The greatest risk conceived by man. .....
Pandora, when she opened wide.....
That box, with all its woes inside, .....
Was not as daft as we would be.....
To let this GM hazard free......
As Nature spread it far and wide,.....
How would we ever stem the tide ? ....
No way, though tears should fall like rain, ...
To lock the genie up again.....
Vast fields of monoculture grain.....
That have been made for corporate gain - ....
Oh can't you see ? unblock your eyes.....
WE'VE GOT TOO CLEVER TO BE WISE ! !


2:45AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

No sources or any real proof is given. Try again.

9:48AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Keep in mind that when Hunts Foods makes a batch of tomato sauce or ketchup that doesn't meet
their Hunts standard, they don't throw it out. They put a Del Monte label (their “B” brand) on it or let a market sell it as “house brand”. The product still meets the requirements of “good food” it just didn't meet the standard for it to be call Hunts. Again they are not going to lose money. The reason companies sell to other countries is they are saving themselves from a total losses. If they didn't have rules and regs here they would have twice the profit and why they lobby so hard to get them removed here. If they can make a product for 10 cents a batch here and sell it for a 50 cents ...profit. If they sell it for 40 cents ...they still make a profit. Don't forget the seller has to make a profit and they tack on another 10-20 cents or more. It is all about profits. OUR gov't allows all food companies to have minimal amounts of rat feces, cockroaches etc in the food we eat every day and occasionally we hear of a large piece of such things in our foods...disgusting but true. This is true of restaurants, fast food places any place that deals with food is going to have rodents and cockroaches ...it is a given. So we have food inspectors and rules for regular
decontaminations which just adds to their cost of doing business. But I digress...
Stop worrying about the ancient art of GM foods and concern yourself with the chemicals, p

9:48AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Keep in mind that when Hunts Foods makes a batch of tomato sauce or ketchup that doesn't meet
their Hunts standard, they don't throw it out. They put a Del Monte label (their “B” brand) on it or let a market sell it as “house brand”. The product still meets the requirements of “good food” it just didn't meet the standard for it to be call Hunts. Again they are not going to lose money. The reason companies sell to other countries is they are saving themselves from a total losses. If they didn't have rules and regs here they would have twice the profit and why they lobby so hard to get them removed here. If they can make a product for 10 cents a batch here and sell it for a 50 cents ...profit. If they sell it for 40 cents ...they still make a profit. Don't forget the seller has to make a profit and they tack on another 10-20 cents or more. It is all about profits. OUR gov't allows all food companies to have minimal amounts of rat feces, cockroaches etc in the food we eat every day and occasionally we hear of a large piece of such things in our foods...disgusting but true. This is true of restaurants, fast food places any place that deals with food is going to have rodents and cockroaches ...it is a given. So we have food inspectors and rules for regular
decontaminations which just adds to their cost of doing business. But I digress...
Stop worrying about the ancient art of GM foods and concern yourself with the chemicals, p

9:47AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

eep in mind that when Hunts Foods makes a batch of tomato sauce or ketchup that doesn't meet
their Hunts standard, they don't throw it out. They put a Del Monte label (their “B” brand) on it or let a market sell it as “house brand”. The product still meets the requirements of “good food” it just didn't meet the standard for it to be call Hunts. Again they are not going to lose money. The reason companies sell to other countries is they are saving themselves from a total losses. If they didn't have rules and regs here they would have twice the profit and why they lobby so hard to get them removed here. If they can make a product for 10 cents a batch here and sell it for a 50 cents ...profit. If they sell it for 40 cents ...they still make a profit. Don't forget the seller has to make a profit and they tack on another 10-20 cents or more. It is all about profits. OUR gov't allows all food companies to have minimal amounts of rat feces, cockroaches etc in the food we eat every day and occasionally we hear of a large piece of such things in our foods...disgusting but true. This is true of restaurants, fast food places any place that deals with food is going to have rodents and cockroaches ...it is a given. So we have food inspectors and rules for regular
decontaminations which just adds to their cost of doing business. But I digress...
Stop worrying about the ancient art of GM foods and concern yourself with the chemicals, pe

9:47AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

eep in mind that when Hunts Foods makes a batch of tomato sauce or ketchup that doesn't meet
their Hunts standard, they don't throw it out. They put a Del Monte label (their “B” brand) on it or let a market sell it as “house brand”. The product still meets the requirements of “good food” it just didn't meet the standard for it to be call Hunts. Again they are not going to lose money. The reason companies sell to other countries is they are saving themselves from a total losses. If they didn't have rules and regs here they would have twice the profit and why they lobby so hard to get them removed here. If they can make a product for 10 cents a batch here and sell it for a 50 cents ...profit. If they sell it for 40 cents ...they still make a profit. Don't forget the seller has to make a profit and they tack on another 10-20 cents or more. It is all about profits. OUR gov't allows all food companies to have minimal amounts of rat feces, cockroaches etc in the food we eat every day and occasionally we hear of a large piece of such things in our foods...disgusting but true. This is true of restaurants, fast food places any place that deals with food is going to have rodents and cockroaches ...it is a given. So we have food inspectors and rules for regular
decontaminations which just adds to their cost of doing business. But I digress...
Stop worrying about the ancient art of GM foods and concern yourself with the chemicals, pe

9:43AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

oops in the neighborhoods where the impregnated seeds are being used. I remember when I was in school in the 1950's when Monsanto chemists came to our school to talk about the new high protein corn that was going to change the world. We were going to have crops that could with stand draught and all of this was going to bring about a new era of prosperity in countries that had suffered and starved. We were going to give this technology to our "neighbors" in the form of seeds as a gift. They just forgot to mention the seeds did not germinate so the farmers would have to buy new seeds for every crop and that would make them dependent on the seed companies. With in a year this "gift" turned out to be a nightmare
and that was just the beginning. Do you wonder why we have so many Mexican farmers here in the US working our Corporate fields? They were one of the first countries to receive the "gift" and with in a few years they discovered they could not afford to grow the crops and keep their lands. Their governments had contracts and now this high yield corn is grown everywhere and in everything as HFS and other additives. The farmers went broke and lost their lands and suddenly GMO foods are everywhere and we have no idea what is y GMO and what is not however if you trust the Chemical/Agro companies to tell you the truth Think again. All most everything in the grocery store is GMO is some way even the Organic as most Organic food is certified by companies that does not report

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