Our store shelves are quietly being flooded with engineered ingredients and there are no labelling requirements. Meet GMO 2.0!
Q:What do spirulina, home-brew kits, and patchouli oil all have in common?
A:They all have the possibility of containing genetically engineered ingredients!
This new “synthetic biology” has quietly been flooding the market with ingredients in food, supplements, and cosmetics for some time now.
That “all natural” product you just bought, which may even have a Non-GMO label, might very well contain ingredients produced using this new synthetic biology.¹
How does this happen? Is this even legal?
Reprogramming organisms to produce single compounds is real and it is happening. Imagine yeast, algae, and bacteria being reprogrammed to pump out fragrances, plastics, and food ingredients. The end product of this science is not being labelled as a GMO.2
Have you become numb to the term GMO? I think sometimes we forget…
How about this statement from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine back in 2009:
The AAEM calls for:
- A moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term safety testing and labeling of GM food.
- Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community and the public to avoid GM foods.
- Physicians to consider the role of GM foods in their patients’ disease processes.
- More independent long term scientific studies to begin gathering data to investigate the role of GM foods on human health.
“Multiple animal studies have shown that GM foods cause damage to various organ systems in the body. With this mounting evidence, it is imperative to have a moratorium on GM foods for the safety of our patients’ and the public’s health,” said Dr. Amy Dean, PR chair and Board Member of AAEM.
“Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions,” said Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, President of AAEM. “The most common foods in North America which are consumed that are GMO are corn, soy, canola, and cottonseed oil.”
The AAEM’s position paper on Genetically Modified foods can be found here: http:aaemonline.org/gmopost.html
I watched a video featuring Jeffery Smith from the Institute for Responsible Technology which nicely summed up the findings of the above paper:
· Animals consuming GMO feed suffered from G.I. disorders, immune system problems, reproductive disorders, accelerated aging, organ damage, insulin or cholesterol dysfunction.3
· When animals are switched to a non-GMO feed their health is dramatically improved within a few days.3
· Physicians who prescribe a non-GMO diet are seeing dramatic improvements in people suffering from similar disorders as those listed above with the greatest improvement being in the G.I. disorder category.3
So how do YOU avoid GMO products if there isn’t a labeling requirement in your country?
There is an App for that!
What about the new GMO 2.0?
There is a website for that with a very detailed search and database!
I was just editing this post when a lovely woman (I’ll call her Genevieve) came into the store to talk to me about skin care. On this slow and rainy Sunday afternoon we felt free to indulge in a great long conversation. We stared out with skin care and moved on from there. She taught me a few things about EDTA chelation, copper peptides, and herbal liquors from the South of France. We were quick friends! A scientist with a passion for quality spirits is my kind of Sunday shopper.
As Genevieve was leaving I asked her what she thought about people who travelled to Europe to discover that their food sensitivities vanish with the local fare. This launched us into a conversation about GMOs, which I knew it would. We exchanged personal stories of friends’ who travelled to European countries only to find various ‘symptoms’ disappear only to have the troubles return upon re-entering Canada. Hmmm…
I then felt I should share my new found knowledge of GMO 2.0.
Genevieve (a scientist remember) shocked me by pointing out that maybe a fragrance that was the product of GMO 2.0 would be “cleaner” than one that was synthesized from perto-chemicals. She was literally half out the door when we had this last exchange and other customers where on the way in so I didn’t get a chance to respond…
The process of genetically modifying an organism can make changes in 2-4%of the DNA which increases carcinogens, toxins, anti-nutrients, and carcinogens.The process itself is a big part of the problem, not just the end product.³
Do you already avoid GMO ingredients? What are your thoughts on the current government regulations?