In the US we began eating GMO’s in the mid 1990’s.
Currently GMO’s are present in most all processed foods with the six major GMO food crops being soy, corn, canola, cotton, sugar beets and alfalfa.
Regarding safety, typical corporate studies lasted no longer than 90 days. That is not enough time to look at safety of GMO foods eaten over a lifetime.
Following lifetime and up to three generations, independent animal studies from scientists around the world have noted similar health concerns including:
- Decreased fertility, increased premature births, lower birth rates and early deaths
- Increased growth of breast and other tumors
- Significant gastrointestinal symptoms especially diarrhea and stomach ulceration
- Earlier degenerative changes in the kidneys, liver and pituitary
In humans we are beginning to understand the link of GMO foods to:
- Increased allergy responses like eczema and asthma
- Toxic changes in our gut microbes which are linked to diarrhea, gut and overall body pain and irritation
- Changes in our immune function
Recent human studies out of Quebec show that GMO related toxic proteins and pesticides are found in the blood of non-pregnant and pregnant women and human fetuses. The women studied did not have significant known exposures to eating of GMO foods. The toxic proteins and pesticides found in their blood was related to eating animal products from animals that had eaten GMO feed.
We are at the tip of the iceberg in our understanding of the health effects of GMO’s in our foods.
For more detailed information about GMO’s and our health, check out the Institute for Responsible Technology.