Week 5 Blog Post

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. They are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and to produce an insecticide. Evidence has connected GMOS with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
Most developed nations consider these genetically modified organisms unsafe. Over 60 countries have restrictions on the production and sale of GMOs. However, the United States does not. The U.S. has approved GMOs based on studies performed by corporations that created and are profiting from their sale. Many individuals in the U.S. voluntary choose not to consume GMOs. Still, a great handful are not even aware of their existence and the effects they pose on humans, animals and the environment. According to the Non-GMO project, about 80% of conventional processed foods contain GMOs.
Because GMOs are engineered to withstand herbicide, toxic herbicides have greatly increased since the introduction of these organisms. They are also responsible for the emergence of super weeds and super bugs. Both require a higher toxic poison like 2,4-D to be killed.
When corporations utilize GMOS, they are essentially increasing the size, speeding up the growth process and elongating the shelf-life of these processed foods. Though many political candidates did not find GMOs to be harmful, the health effects associated with these foods include faulty insulin regulation, immune problems, accelerated aging and changes in vital organs and the gastrointestinal system. Notably, consumption of GMOs negatively affects infertility. While fertility rates in both female women and animals have decreased, sperm counts among the total male population has decreased by nearly 40 percent. GMOs will not be banned in the United States because of the effect that would have on the economy. Therefore, it is our responsibility to monitor our own intake of GMOs.

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