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Potential Health Risks of Eating GMO Foods

POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS OF EATING GMO FOODS Using DNA technology Gene is modified Transfer of genetic information Gene is selected from the food Genetic modification HISTORY OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS 1972| US scientists invent recombinant DNA technology, altering the DNA of a virus Scientists in China create first interspecies fish clone, rice hybrid 1973 1994| Flavr Savr tomato became the first GM crop approved for commercial use in United States GE varieties became the majority of US corn 2005 crop POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK 1: ALLERGIES GM technology's capacity to create new allergens in our food supply. Allergic reactions typically are brought on by proteins, Genetic engineering can increase the levels of a naturally occurring allergen already present in a food or insert allergenic properties into a food that did not previously contain them. POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK 2: ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE SAFE FOR HEALTH Genetic engineers rely heavily on antibiotics to guide experi- ments. Overuse of antibiotics can potentially cause the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Several health organizations, including the World Health Organization and the American Medical Association, have spoken out about the need for the use of these antibiotics to be phased out of the process of making GM foods. Food Patriot Sami Spitz' harrowing story provides a scary, precau- tionary warning of how antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" can affect your health. 10T AFE POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK 3: PESTICIDE EXPOSURE The majority of GM crops in cultivation are engineered to contain a gene for pesticide resisiance. Most are "Roundup Ready," meaning they can be sprayed with Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide Roundup without being harmed. The idea is that if the crop itself is immune to Roundup, you can spray it to kill any weeds endangering the plant without worrying about harming your crop. Sound like a good thing? Only if increased human exposure to pesticides is a good thing. Glyphosate has been linked io numerous health problems in animal siudies, among them birth defects, reproductive damage, cancer and endocrine disruption. POTENTIAL HEALTH RISK 4: UNPREDICTABILITY AND THE UNKNOWN Foreign genetic material in a host can cause other genetic material in that host to bchave erratically. Genes can be suppressed or over- expressed, causing a wide variety of results. One consequence of overexpression, for example, can be cancer. Nutritional problems can also result from the transfer. In one example, cows that ate Roundup Ready soybeans produced milk with more fat in it. In another example, milk from cows injected with a genetically engi- neered growth hormone was found by a number of researchers, including those published in the journal Lancet, to have substantial- ly higher levels of a compound known as insulin-like growth fac- tor-1, which is linked to human breast, colon and prostate cancers. The milk also has higher levels of bovine growth hormones in it, along with pus and sometimes antibiotics. GM crops have been linked to health problems as diverse as reproductive damage, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. Concerned seientists have been outspoken about these risks. GOURMET BEST RECIPES SOURCE:

Potential Health Risks of Eating GMO Foods

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Genetic engineers rely heavily on antibiotics to guide experiments. Overuse of antibiotics can potentially cause the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens


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