Processed foods cause of many health problems

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May 15, 2014

I need to discuss an ongoing problem with our food that not many people know about. Most of the processed and even supposed “organic” foods are filled with GMOs, genetically modified organisms. They are contaminating our food supply and our bodies without us even knowing. These genetically modified foods should be banned or at least be labeled for quite a few reasons.

Kids are eating more and more processed foods, filled with chemicals and GMOs to make them “tastier” and more addictive. The problem is, with the chemicals and GMOs being added into everything, even just regular fruits and vegetables to make them more appealing, is really hurting our bodies. It’s giving kids and even adults developed food allergies because the plants that are a genetically modified crop are designed to produce or be resistant to pesticides. Those pesticides are making the pores of our stomachs explode and forcing us to reject the normal foods we eat every day.

The everyday fruits and vegetables that are grown by farmers are hurting the organic farmer’s crops, animals, and jobs. When the GM crop farmers cross-contaminate their crops with the organic farmers near them, the organic farmers then have to pay for Monsanto’s (the leading GMO producer) seed patent. Or to be considered organic again they have to not farm for three years. The GM crop that is being fed to the livestock and poultry is making them sick, and they most often die from it.

The products that we buy that were made from the GM crop fed animals were tested and the results weren’t pretty. The mice tested on had tumor-looking deformities on their bodies, smaller genitals and lower sperm counts. They have also seen that GMO foods cause early puberty in boys and girls due to testosterone levels.

As it is made evident, Americans do not always make the healthiest choices. Probably due to the fact that everyone wants everything to go as fast as it possibly can, including food. Slow down and think about what you’re buying and consuming. You won’t regret it.

—Aurora Bragdon
Berlin Heights

Today’s letters submited by area high school students

Comments

JudgeMeNot

GM foods have been engineered for resistance to pathogens and herbicides and better nutrient profiles. That's not a good thing?

You'd think the 'activists' would be for banning the use of herbicides that actually cut down on overall toxic chemical use on vegetable plants.

SamAdams

I can't argue the point where chemical additives are concerned (and that includes hormones and the like), but GMOs? While there ARE concerns with genetic modification (not least of which is a mutated disease that attacks crops no longer resistant), any negative effects of consumption are dubious at best.

deertracker

Dubious?? Get real. You are what you eat and must suffer the consequences! We are doomed!

SamAdams

Keep reading. Several others already answered your "question" (or at least refuted your statement).

ohioengineer

GM food has been around ever since farmers and ranchers decided to plant and breed for selected traits in their products. One needs only to compare a modern ear of corn or a sheep to one from two hundred years ago to see how much our food supply had been "genetically modified" long before Hollywood decided to make it a cause de jour.

Also, GM food has the potential for vastly increasing the food supply on this planet, especially on marginal lands in famine-stricken areas of Africa. If we are truly serious about combating hunger, then GM foods should be welcomed with open arms. Instead we hear the same elitist mindset with GM food that we have with fossil fuels: "I've got mine - now let's make sure the third world doesn't get theirs."

DGMutley

Selective breeding is not the same as genetic modification. There is big difference between pairing off selected members of a species for a specific outcome versus the direct manipulation of an organism's genome.

ohioengineer

Actually they are the same, as both have the goal of developing products with different traits than their parents. You are right in that there are differences in how this is accomplished. My point is that the term "GMO" has been corrupted to scare people into believing that it is something entirely new, when it has been around for centuries.

The Big Dog's back

Why are right wingnuts always in favor of things that will kill us?

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Spy

Through my observations, there really isn't any political affiliation when it comes to being in favor or against GMOs. The people who are pushing golden rice are very much on the left, while most people who buy organic are also on the left. There are more right favoring corporations willing to cut corners and save money using GMOs, while a lot of right wing people would rather have "natural foods" and want things left untouched. GMOs to them are "playing God."

The Big Dog's back

Did you read the comments that I was responding to? "Observe" a little better.

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Spy

It didn't appear you were responding to anybody. Just giving what you thought about the topic at hand. There is a "reply" button to respond to individuals.

KnuckleDragger

You'll learn real quick not to even respond to big dog. He live in his own disconnected little world where logic is completely absent.

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Spy

There are ethical and legal concerns about patenting genes, GMOs getting loose in the wild, and how well GMOs are tested before they enter market. But to say anything genetically modified will always be unhealthy is absolutely ignorant. It's all about what is being modified. If you make GMO corn that produces its own pesticide that is known to be harmful to humans, there may be a health hazard. But if you can make rice that produces Vitamin A and test show that is the only difference, what's the problem?

How about instead of saying "GMOs cause this problem in humans." you say which kind of GMO? There are thousands of reasons why someone would want to genetically modify something and an unlimited number of ways to do it.

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Spy

Another thing to be wary about as well is that both the organic food industry and the conventional food industry have plenty of reasons to try to twist public perception on GMOs. Multi-billion dollar Whole Foods Market would gladly try to do what they can to make people think GMOs are unsafe so more people shop at their stores, while McDonalds would want to make people think that all GMOs are safe so more people eat at their restaurants.

People too often think that there couldn't possibly be a money motivated agenda associated with organic foods.

kURTje

GMO's stink. Big Agri-business is behind them. ADM, Cargill, Monsanto, etc. The Indian physicist Vandana Shiva has demonstrated a clear link with GMO's & the decline of the Italian Honeybee. Folks it is only the tip of the ice- burg. The European Community will not allow GMO's on their soil. That's very wise.

Ralph J.

The European Community won't allow many American produced products, foods, meats and medicines into their countries.

Ralph J.

How about GMO tobacco? Smokers inhale tobacco GMO herbicides.

zt9p.com

We all know they have profit, I mean our best interest in mind, right?

DGMutley

Who wants to eat foods that contain pesticides that can't be washed off? If they kill bugs what are they doing to us?

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The Hero Zone

Look at caffeine and nicotine. Both are naturally produced insecticides/repellents. Capsaicin too.

DGMutley

More bothersome: systemic pesticides. We started to use these on produce in 1998. Until then we just washed off the pesticides; now we can't.

Ralph J.

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.

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