What exactly is modified food?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and food have had genetic material (DNA) changed using biotechnology. Scientists add and take away genetic defects or genes to make the plant more resistant to disease. Genes from scorpions, humans, or other plants and animals are added to create a stronger plant. However, the Organic Consumers Association and other agencies say this process harms plants and animals by creating a dangerous mortal threat and crop crisis across the country.
Potatoes that have been modified using a bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis are often eaten by insects, but this food creates toxins in the insects' bodies, leading to paralysis and death. And while scientists will not admit why bees are dying, some people speculate that it may be due to genetically modified foods.
- Genetically modified foods increase the incidence of crop failure. This is a serious danger because it threatens the future of food by wiping out crops. Natural News reported that GMO corn plants in South Africa failed to produce kernels. This type of issue may occur more often as many farmers have switched to genetically modified seeds. Leaving the foods in their natural state without modifying their genes is one way to prevent this.
- Genetically modified foods can be dangerous when ingested, claims the Mother's For Natural Law website. This is especially true for more vulnerable species such as animals in the wild. Some of these foods create toxins when exposed to stomach acid of insects and animals. The effects on humans are unknown because significant studies have not been done, and the GMO industry is not regulated. GMO foods are an experiment because many foods appear to be harmless but the long-term effects are not yet known. When genetically modified foods have evidence of causing harm to humans, these strains are taken out of grocery stores and destroyed, but the damage has already been done. Many organizations fear that genetically modified foods threaten the food supply.
- Some genetically modified foods have caused death in a small number of people, according to the Global Healing Center. Many Americans became very sick and some died from genetically altered L-tryptophan added to tomatoes. This food was taken off the market and destroyed, but this is an example of what manipulating genes can do. There are also claims that genes spliced from soybeans and Brazil nuts have caused severe allergic reactions and death.