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Genetic modification of organisms took the world of science and agriculture by storm in the final years of the 20th century. The intended purpose was to rid different species of weakening genes and allow plants and animals to have a better chance of survival in harsh conditions.  The science of genetic modification has however been misused for financial gain where it is applied to make plants and animals and plants grow faster and larger than is natural. These are commonly referred to as GMOs.  Though the products are appealing when in the shelves of farmer’s markets and grocery stores, they are not without their wealth of hazards.  It is important for the nation to adopt a non-GMO way of living for the sake of its citizens.

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Health hazards of GMOs

Genetic modification alters the normal development and maturity process of the crop or animal. This changes the nutritional as well as the chemical composition of the food.  Some of the new chemicals in the GMO food could have adverse negative effects on the user’s health either instantly or over time with continued consumption. Below are a few of the most common health hazards of genetically modified foods.

Some chemicals in GMOs are carcinogenic.

This is the number one reason why activists for non-GMO world are so adamant about their cause. Studies conducted on animals have shown that consumption of genetically modified foods increases the risk of cancer. This is seen a lot in corn modified to produce its own pesticide. The chemical used to make this modification is called a Bt-toxin and promotes cancerous growths.

Development of lesions and ulcers within the digestive tract.

Many GMO foods are packed with chemicals that your body is not adapted to handle. This leads to corrosion of walls lining the digestive system leaving the consumer with lesions and ulcers. This is a long term effect and presents with signs like vomiting blood or blood in stool.

Excessive consumption of genetically modified foods leads to build up of toxins in the body.

Chemicals used to modify crops and animals are foreign and not useful to the human or animal body. They are therefore recognized as toxins. Consumption over long periods of time leads to build up of the toxins to a harmful level. This leads to abnormal physiological levels when compared a person on a non-GMO diet and could affect the normal functioning of the former’s body.

Some GMO components cause organ failure or complete damage.

This is usually as a result of toxic buildup in the body. The most vulnerable organs are the liver and kidneys. This is mainly due to their functions of detoxification and blood filtering which put them in contact with the harmful chemicals.

Continuous consumption of some products could lead to sterility and other fertility issues.

Some GMOs contain chemicals that have adverse negative effects on the reproductive system for both male and female consumers. More often than not, they affect quality and frequency of production of sex cells. They also affect the normal anatomy of reproductive organs an example being enlargement of the uterus in females.

Can cause gene mutation and birth defects in human and animal consumers.

Chemicals and toxins in modified foods can cause changes in the genetic make-up of sex cells. This leads to mutation and increases chances of birth defects including limb malformations and poor fetal development. Therefore if you wish to one day have a healthy happy baby, you should join the non-GMO wagon.

Some GMOs contain allergens.

Genetically modified foods have been shown to cause allergic reactions in animals and humans alike. The most common allergens are the trace metal elements found in the food. Studies have even shown that some people have allergic reaction to genetically modified soy products while being able to safely consume non-GMO soy with no reaction. Chemicals in genetically modified foods can cause inflammation of soft tissues as well as abnormal enlargement of organs.

Last but not least; GMOs can cause inflammation of tissues in the body. This is mainly seen in the digestive tract and is as a result irritation of the walls by chemicals present in the food.

Unfortunately for consumers, genetically modified foods are all over the place. Whether you are vegetarian on a strict greens diet or a meat lover with a soft spot for fried chicken, there is really no way of avoiding them until the country goes the non-GMO way. This is because the producers do not state on labels that the produce has been genetically modified. To solve this problem, some anti-GMO organizations have been established to inspect products for GMO presence for the sake of the consumer’s well-being.

References:

http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/genetically-modified-foods/

http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/01/26/10-studies-proving-gmos-are-harmful-not-if-science-matters/

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/