What is GMO? Genetically Modified Organism (also known as GEO, Genetically Engineered Organism). Sounds scary and futuristic doesn’t it? You probably eat GMO foods daily and don’t realize it. Genetically modified foods were supposed to be altered to be more hardy and nutritious. This sounds good on the surface, but as you dig deep and uncover the real truth, you will be shocked.
GMO foods are over-modified, processed and strip necessary nutrients. Strawberries are a prime example of this. Scientists discovered a gene that some cold-water fish have to help them survive in icy waters. They added this gene to growing strawberries so that they will grow in colder climates. All sounds good, right? Humans were not meant to ingest this in high doses. It’s not something in which our bodies are not meant to be exposed too. If the agencies that oversee food modification had strict policies and were concerned with the long-term effects on humans, this might be acceptable, but that is simply not the case. As a result, people now have food allergies, antibiotic resistance and overall decreased nutrition.
Why would the USDA let this happen if it is so bad for us? Companies like Monsanto and AstraZenca make money on this. Farmers need money and they pay these companies to grow the foods bigger and faster. This can only be done by genetically modifying or engineering them. They can grow GMO crops faster, which ensures them a constant flow of money. The pesticides sprayed on these foods not only kill the nutrients in the food, but the plant itself, so they only last for that season. These short lived plants are already riddled with altered genes, hormones and pesticides tend to only live about a years time. These seeds are then purchased from companies like Monsanto. Then the vicious cycle repeats.
There is a big push for a nationwide GMO label. If this requirement were to be achieved, it would be mandatory for companies to apply GMO labels to all their foods. For more information on GMO and Non-GMO, please visit http://www.nongmoproject.org.
At Welligee, we always encourage our clients to avoid GMO foods and find good sources of nutrition.
Jon Janeway B.S Exercise Science NSCA-CPT
Owner, Welligee Personal Training & Lifestyle