What are GMO’s and should I be afraid of them?

As seen on my B Enlightened Eco-Soy Candle product descriptions, I have mentioned that they are made from non-GMO soy! Buy what exactly is GMO?

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism, meaning that the genetic code has been manipulated in order to produce a modified version. To be more specific, piece of DNA from one cell is clipped out and pasted into another cell. This process is highly utilized in the agricultural/food industry. For example, a plant can be given a gene that makes it toxic to a particular pest or codes for certain nutrients. This may appear to be beneficial to our food industry; however, the risks are not fully understood.

I don’t know about you but I prefer to eat the original plant that was made by nature and not in a laboratory!

I am a PhD student in the field of nutrition, specifically nutrient gene interactions. What we eat/drink isn’t just utilized for energy or storage but can alter our body processes through nutrient gene interactions. These interactions can be beneficial or increase risk for disease. The effects of GMO’s have not been well-studied but based on the principle of nutrient gene interactions, the risks seem inevitable.

According to the website www.nongmoproject.org the following foods are considered high-risk of being GMO in origin:

Alfalfa (first planting 2011)

Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)

Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)

Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)

Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)

Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)

Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)

Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.

How would you know if you are eating a GMO food?

Currently, there is no regulation on labeling GMO foods (working on it though)! What you can look for are foods labeled Organic (they do not contain GMO’s) or the label (Non-GMO Project Verified label) found at the top of this post.

For more information and some great resources please visit www.nongmoproject.org and do your own research!

My favorite research source: www.pubmed.com

One thought on “What are GMO’s and should I be afraid of them?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s