Consider whether you know what GM foods are and what they can or can’t do for you. A few benefits include reduced use of herbicides and pesticides and disease resistance which results in an increased crop yield for farmers i.e. profit. However, this is due to the manipulation of genes in foods such as, corn that is now resistant to predatory insects (N.B. also disrupting the ecosystem) or a GM cow breed that can now produce allergy-free milk, which COULD potentially be healthier than traditional milk due to higher protein and calcium levels.
Unfortunately there is not enough evidence or testing to know the full extent of the effects on humans. This should be the first STOP sign. Our generation is the test dummy. As seen in the documentary, Seeds of Death, local farmers tested a non-GM pasture against a GM pasture. Within three weeks all of the sheep were dead or sick due to weaker nutrition and the introduction of diseases and toxins in the GM field, as opposed to the alternative natural field where sheep were of full health (Seeds of Death, 2012). If this happens to sheep, what could happen to us?
Fortunately, according to Food Standards Australia New Zealand, all GM foods including additives and ingredients that have altered chemical DNA structures are required to be labeled as ‘genetically modified’ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand, 2013). Thankfully, as consumers, this empowers us to make the choice to eat or not eat GM foods. I can say without hesitance that my choice and recommendation is to say no to GM and choose natural, whole and unprocessed foods that I know will benefit my health. What’s your choice?
Seeds of Death (2012). [Motion Picture]. USA: Gary Null and Associates.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand. 2013. Retrieved from http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/gmfood/labelling/pages/default.aspx