GMO means Genetically Modified Organism and they are plants that have had their genetic material engineered by someone or altered. It is a technology where the genes and DNA have been manipulated of the plant. These are the building blocks of all living things. Genes from bacteria, viruses and other species have been added to plants such as soybeans, corn, canola, sugar beets and cotton.  The premise is they are hardier and more disease resistant.  About 80 percent of all GMO plants are herbicide tolerant.  The crops survive when specific herbicides are applied and only the weeds and plants are destroyed. Others have produce their own insecticide that kills insects that eat them. Hawaiian papaya, some zucchini and squashes are resistant to viruses.

Without labelling which plants have been engineered, you have no way of knowing if the crop can affect your health. Multiple animal studies have shown that these foods cause damage to organ systems in the body.   The health risks are development of antibiotic resistance disease, development of allergic reactions, creation of toxins and organ damage. Most of the GM crops contain the new gene but also the new trait of an antibiotic resistance marker gene.  This marker then transfers to the human DNA where it can be found in the intestinal disease causing bacteria and create a super diseases resistant to antibiotics.  This is now happening more and more often. GM corn, soy and papaya produce proteins having known allergens, This is especially dangerous if you have fish genes inserted into potatoes, where eating an innocuous potato could cause death if you are allergic to fish. GM feeding studies in animals have shown pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers and testicles.  Other issues are odd shaped cell nucleus, infertility, false pregnancy, higher death rates and other unexplained anomalies

Children are especially susceptible as their immune systems are still developing and allergies can develop to anaphylactic shock.  Chronic conditions such as eczema, fatigue, migraines and bedwetting can be some other symptoms. What you can do is demand through your spending is non GMO products, buy ORGANIC.  The foods also taste better. Tell your member of Parliament you object.  Europe will not allow GMO’s into their countries. I attended a meeting on GMO crops and one woman stood up and told the story that her brother raised organic, ethical, biodynamic corn, it was sent to Europe in a shipping container and he watched the whole process to ensure it was viable. The product arrived and was tested.  It contained GMO corn.  His crop was infected by an adjacent farm who grew Monsanto corn.  The container was sealed and returned to Canada as rejected.

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