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Are you’re obsessed with eating healthy?
Or, maybe you’re researching what sort of food to grow and eat, and have repeatedly come across the term GMO food, and wonder what it means?
Whatever the reason, if you want to know more about GMO food, and whether it is safe or not you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we discuss GMOs’ impact on the world’s ecosystem and if it is dangerous for you to eat.
What Exactly is GMO?
GMO is the acronym for genetically modified organisms. GMOs are made out of living organisms through genetic engineering processes in laboratories. These processes result in new and unnatural organisms that are mixtures of various plants, bacteria, viruses, and other living beings, such as animals, that would never occur on their own.
How are GMOs Harmful?
The safety of GMOs is openly debated despite many institutions and corporations defending them. Many groups claim they are safe to eat, but the public continues to voice its concern about GMOs being harmful. One such major concern is that GMOs may eventually affect humanity, and the world at large, in a negative way.
The main fears are that tampering with the natural order of plant life, animals, bacteria, and viruses may result in organ damage, gene transfer, allergic responses, lack of normal nutritional content, and other undesired toxicities to enter our bodies. There are also concerns about the world’s ecosystem.
That said, many scientists reject these notions as empty fears. Further, they believe that GMOs are the only answer to feeding the world as its weather patterns and climate continues to rapidly evolve.
While countless research has taken place and continues to do so, the verdict is undecided. Further, there are a number of world-renowned scientists currently on both sides of the fence.
Is GMO Food Dangerous to Eat?
Unfortunately, so far, there is no clear answer to whether or not GMO food is dangerous to ingest.
The prestigious scientific organization the Royal Society writes that “There is no evidence that a crop is dangerous to eat just because it is GM.”
But, they also go on to indicate that there “could be risks associated with the specific new gene introduced, which is why each crop with a new characteristic introduced by GM is subject to close scrutiny.”
On the other hand, groups such as Green America, who republished an article written by Dr. Nini Iyizoba, which was originally published by The Guardian, believe that risks such as accelerated aging, infertility, cancer, stomach problems, and many more severe issues could be directly linked to ingesting GMO food.
Do GMOs Impact the Ecosystem?
There are plenty of studies taking place concerning GMOs and their impact on the environment. So, we shouldn’t have much longer to see clearly what sort of impact GMOs have on planet Earth’s ecosystem.
For now, the topic continues, hotly debated by scientists, institutions, corporations, and citizens alike.
There are a couple of undeniable negative factors directly related to the increasing number of GMO crops, however:
1) the use of harmful pesticides has increased, which are probably carcinogenic to humans (according to the World Health Organization), by (at least) an estimated 1,500-percent.
2) Superbugs and superweeds have emerged as a direct result of GMO crops and require more poisonous solutions than ever before in order to manage them.
A Final Word About GMO Foods
So, is GMO food actually factually dangerous to eat for certain? And, do they cause more harm to the environment than good?
We’ll leave the verdict up to you.
Interested in learning more about GMOs? Visit these interesting GMO facts researched and presented by the Non-GMO Project.
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