Lisa Garber, a researcher from the Natural Society, found that, each year, average Americans eat more than their body weight in genetically modified food. Some foods found in the store that are genetically modified are apples, corn, coffee, strawberries, and sugar cane. Some of these products are used to feed animals in order for them to get fat. The eating of genetically modified foods can increase the chances of obesity. Genetically modified organisms are causing great harm to people. Studies found that an eating diet of genetically modified organism foods can cause organ dysfunction for male and female populations.
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Americans are eating foods without any knowledge of toxins that are in their food. According to Environmental Working Group, the average Americans today eat about 193 pounds
of genetically modified foods over 12 months (Garber, 2012). The consumption of genetically modified food is causing health problems due to the toxin. Toxins can be found in processed meat, canned food, dairy products, artificial sweeteners, organic produce, and so on. These toxins were originally made to kill pests in our food, but they are now getting into our bloodstream. A study done by independent doctors at the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Center in Canada examined the blood of pregnant and non-pregnant women. Doctors found all women had at least a toxin, like MPPA (propionic acid) or Gluphosinate (herbicide), in their blood (Chillymanjaro, 2012).
A recent report found that genetically modified food is causing infertility. This report from the Australian Health Minister said “our own research indicated that fertility rates have suffered dramatically due to genetically modified exposure, as have the health of the human immune system. Those who regularly ingest genetically modified foods are more likely to be sick, age faster and have a harder time getting (and staying) pregnant”(Rodriguez, 2012). Europe is banning the use of genetically modified food, but the United States still continues to allow them through our nation.
Besides infertility, an article from Natural News is reporting that rats consuming genetically modified corn can develop liver damage, kidney damage, and tumors in only four to six months of consumption (Adams, 2012). If we keep ingesting these modified foods, our lives can be in jeopardy.
In reality there are few ways to prevent genetically modified consumption. People can try to change their diet to non-processed foods; this way fewer toxins are ingested. People can also try to limit their amount of genetically modified consumption. Finally, people can also try to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
In summary, the only way we can stop genetically modified food from destroying us is to reduce the consumption. We need to start eating more non-processed food. We need to build awareness by promulgating it in the media so it can reach schools, homes, and the same companies that make it. The people need to stand up and make a stance and say NO to Genetically Modified Food.