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The first time I heard of Genetically Modified Crops I thought it seemed like a good idea.  Wouldn’t crops resistant to disease be a good thing?  Well, yes, if their improved resistance to disease did not create other health consequences. Here’s what I didn’t know about GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)
  • Because cells contain a natural barrier to foreign genetic material, genetic modification is done by using viruses and bacteria to penetrate the cell and insert the genetic material. 


  • The viruses and bacteria are supposed to die but studies have shown the bacteria to survive and be present in both animals and humans who have consumed GMO food.
  • The most common foods are genetically modified to produce their own insecticide, or be resistant to herbicides. 1  This means these crops can withstand heavy spraying of levels pesticides that would kill normal plants.


  •  “Currently commercialized GM crops in the U.S. include soy (91%), cotton (88%), canola (88%), corn (85%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (small amount), and tobacco (Quest® brand). About half of the sugar beets grown for sugar in 2008 were GM and current projections are that about 90% grown in 2009 will be GM.” 2
  • NutraSweet and Equal contain aspartame which is genetically modified.
  • There is no federal requirement to label food containing GMO’s, even though “a 2001 ABC News poll found that 93% of people think the government should require labeling of GM foods”. 1
  •           rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) given to dairy cows to increase milk production is produced through genetic modification. 1
Does this sound like food you want to eat?  Protect yourself and your family with these tips from
  • Buy organic


  • Look for “Non-GMO” Verified Seal


  • Avoid processed food products ingredients made with these GM crops: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Beet sugar, and aspartame
This post is part of Fight Back Friday.
Written by Peter Wright
Photo 1 – Slartibartfarst photos. (Photographer). (2011).Exif. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from
1 Smith, Melissa Dane, “Test Your GMO Knowledge”, Better Nutrition, October 2011
Peter Wright, NTP, CGP

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