10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

1: GMOs are unhealthy.

According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, they urge doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets because, in the peer-reviewed published literature, they point out that there’s organ damage to the animals that are fed GMOs – gastrointestinal and immune disorders, accelerated aging, reproductive organ problems, and infertility. In addition, there’s also stomach lesions and inflammation, altered blood biochemistry, altered gut bacteria, tumors, cancer, birth defects, and premature death.

When individuals stop eating GMOs, they often report – as well as their doctors – that they get better from a variety of diseases and disorders. Many of these same diseases and disorders are rising in parallel in the United States with the increased use of GMOs and the Roundup herbicide that is sprayed on most GMOs.

We’ve also learned that veterinarians, farmers, and pet owners report that when animals switch to non-GMO diets, they too get better from many of these same diseases and disorders. If you look at the modes of action as to what actually happens when you genetically engineer a crop,   when you add the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides that they’re designed to tolerate, or the BT toxin that’s produced from inside many of the GM crops that actually kills insects. If you look at the modes of action, you would predict these types of problems.

2: Genetic engineering creates dangerous side effects.

The number one most common result of genetic engineering is surprise side effects. The process of genetic engineering creates massive collateral damage. There could be mutations up and down the DNA, hundreds or thousands. There can be deletions and additions.

These continue year after year no matter what type of genetic engineering they use, including the so-called gene-editing CRISPR Cas-9 which is supposed to be safe and predictable according to their promotions. But it turns out, they’re not.

3: GMOs contaminate forever.

When you release a GMO into the environment, it spreads. We know that organic and non-GMO farmers have suffered economic damage because of contamination. We know that herbicide-tolerant canola, for example, has spread beyond the bounds of the farm and become weeds. But more importantly, this is not chemical pollution that dissipates over time.

When you introduce a GMO into the environment and it crosses with the natural species, you have corrupted and contaminated the gene pool for all time. We have no technology to clean it up. As they’re introducing more and more GMOs, especially through the cheap gene-editing, imagine what we could end up with.

Instead of passing on to future generations the products of billions of years of evolution, we pass on instead the products of laboratory creations whose number one most common result is surprise side effects. We can’t replace nature in this generation and say that we’ve acted responsibly.

4: GMOs increase herbicide use.

Most GMOs are engineered to be sprayed with herbicide. Roundup-Ready soy is designed to be sprayed with Roundup herbicide. Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, produces both. When you produce so many crops that are sprayed by Roundup, for example, weeds become resistant and the farmers use more and more Roundup – sometimes 10x the amount that they once used. This is terrible for the environment but it may be a disaster for our health.

Roundup, and its chief poison glyphosate, are implicated in cancer, sterility, hormone disruption, mental issues, energy and mental clarity, poor nutrient absorption, leaky gut, leaky brain, inflammation, imbalanced gut bacteria and more. You don’t want to be eating crops sprayed with Roundup.

5: Government oversight is dangerously lax.

In the United States, the FDA was given the responsibility to figure out how to make sure that GMOs were safe. The scientists in their consensus said that GMOs created different risks and needed to be tested carefully and they recommended including human toxicological tests.

But the person in charge of policy at the FDA, Michael Taylor, was the former attorney of biotech giant Monsanto and later Monsanto’s vice president. Over the objections and anger of the scientists working at the FDA, the policy he oversaw falsely claimed that the agency was not aware of any information showing that GMOs were significantly different and on the basis of that lie said no testing was necessary of any kind for the FDA – no labelling.

In fact, companies like Monsanto could introduce GMOs into the food supply without even telling the FDA. Other countries have said, “Well since the FDA says it’s safe, we don’t have to require any significant studies.” So the lax oversight is around the world. A few countries have some required safety studies, but nothing that can evaluate what can actually go wrong and what might already be hurting us in terms of our health individually and as a society.

6: The biotech industry uses tobacco science to claim product safety.

The companies that are bringing us GMOs are the ones that brought us Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT in the past. They claimed those were safe and we now know that they were hiding evidence that they weren’t. That’s exactly what we’re seeing now.

The evidence clearly found that GMOs were dangerous, found in the studies done by the companies themselves. They either covered up the evidence by not sharing it or designed and rewrote the studies to hide the effects. We’ve seen this over and over again where they use the wrong detection method, the wrong controls, the wrong statistics, and when they still find problems, they deny that it’s related to their product.

7: Independent research and reporting is attacked and suppressed.

For decades, scientists who discovered problems with GMOs have been attacked, gagged, fired, threatened, denied funding. This has been acknowledged by the scientific journal Nature. It is well documented and this has suppressed independent research.

8: GMOs harm the environment.

GMOs and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce biodiversity, they pollute water resources, and they’re unsustainable.

For example, GMO crops are eliminating the habitat for monarch butterflies whose population has plummeted in the United States. Roundup herbicide creates birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths, endocrine disruption, and organ damage in animals even at low doses.

9: GMOs do not increase yields and work against feeding a hungry world.

The biotech industry collectively spent $250 million over five years in the late 90s and early 2000s to try and convince Americans that GMOs were needed to feed the world. Well, it turns out that GMOs don’t even increase average yield, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists report “Failure to Yield” and also by the UN’s IAASTD Report which is produced by more than 400 scientists and signed off on by 58 countries. It turns out that agroecology, which is recommended in the IAASTD report, can increase yields by 79% -100% in developing countries, whereas GMOs don’t have much influence at all. In fact, GMOs are stealing money away from more appropriate research and more appropriate technologies that could, in fact, protect our planet from hunger.

10: By avoiding GMOs, you contribute to the tipping point of consumer rejection, forcing them out of our food supply.

This is already happening in the United States. 46% of Americans are seeking non-GMO food because they believe that GMOs are not as safe as natural food. This demand is forcing food companies to switch to non-GMO to protect their market share. Their change, in turn, reduces the amount of GMOs planted and also protects the environment.

As a bonus, let’s take a lesson from the animals. Eye witness reports from all over North America show that when given a choice, many types of animals will avoid eating GMOs. This includes cows, pigs, geese, elk, deer, raccoons, mice, rats, squirrels, chickens, and buffalo. Let’s get humans up to the level of animals.

Please choose healthier organic brands, tell others about GMOs so they can do the same, and join the Tipping Point Network. Together we can quickly reclaim a non-GMO food supply.