GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms that have been created through the gene-splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE).
This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
To date in Canada there have been 81 genetically modified foods approved for market in Canada. While some of these items are considered Novel Foods, including products that contain plant sterols for cardiovascular benefit (Becel with Plant Sterols). The other more frightening items on that list are glycophosphate resistant soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets, corn, among others.
So what is glycophosphate you ask? It is commercially known as Roundup. So to summarize, by genetically modifying plants to be glycophosphate resistant, this means that they are not killed when sprayed with roundup, a very effective weed killer. Seems like the perfect answer to those pesky weed problems doesn’t it? Given that glycophosphate was initially used as a chelator, meaning it binds to the minerals in the plant and makes them unavailable to use by the plant, putting it at higher risk for disease.
So relating this all back to your health, with GMO foods being used in Canada for 15-20 years now we are seeing the long term side effects their use. Research correlations have been made between the increase in allergy especially among children, who are growing at a rapid rate. Other links have been made to immune health, cancer, and digestive health (1-3).
Things you can do:
- Purchase GMO free products (soy beverages, corn chips, ect.)
- Plant a garden at home using heritage seeds, not subjected to genetic modification
- Drink lots of filtered water to help your body to continually detoxify
- Eat locally grown foods that are GMO free
- Choose pastured meats that are not fed GMO grains
- Yum, H.Y., Lee, S.Y., Lee, K.E., Sohn, M.H., Kim, K.E. 2005. Genetically modified and wild soybeans: an immunologic comparison. Allergy and Asthma Proc 26, 210–6.
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- Hardell, L., Eriksson, M. A. 1999. Case-control study of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and exposure to pesticides. Cancer 85, 1353–60.