The danger of consuming GMO products. Eat clean, organic and GMO Free products as often as possible
The mass commercialization of food production has been an ever-increasing reality since the industrial revolution in the mid 19th century. Since then, the public has been plagued by the inadequacies inherent within the profit-driven industry. Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel, The Jungle, brought widespread attention to the hazards presented by the unsanitary practices of the food industry. Public outrage was so extreme following the release of Sinclair's publication that the U.S. promptly established the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that year to regulate and enforce food safety practices.
Despite all the measures taken towards food safety, many are now concerned over new dangers associated with modern food production. Chemical pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMO's) are two of the most pervasive practices with known potential hazards.
The two types of genetically modified organisms that present the biggest concern are herbicide resisters and pesticide producers. Herbicide resisters are plants with genetic material that has been altered to resist the deadly effect of herbicides. This change allows the plant to survive the application of toxic chemicals that will kill any pests or weeds in the area. The problem, of course, is that this leaves us with fruits and vegetables saturated with chemicals.
Pesticide producers are crops with genetic material that has been altered to actually contain and produce its own pesticide. In terms of scientific classification, this type of GMO actually doubles as a plant and a chemical. Studies have shown their presence to significantly increase the presence of cancerous tumors in rats amongst many other undesirable effects.
Currently, a whopping 64 countries around the world mandate the labeling of GMO's including France, India and China. The U.S. is one of the only developed nations that does not require labeling. In fact, the House of Representatives just passed a bill this past July to prevent nationwide mandatory labeling.
Since approximately 80% of all processed food is estimated to contain GMO's and many factory farms that produce the majority of American meat uses GMO feed, simply buying organic produce will not keep your diet GMO-free. The best way to avoid consumption is first to know what you are consuming.
One of the best ways to positively influence industry practices is to realize that every time you shop, you vote with your money. When you buy organic and non-GMO, you are encouraging a natural, more sustainable way of farming that helps to preserve our natural resources. Community gardens, farmers markets and co-op's are also great alternatives to shopping commercial that support more ethical practices.
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