ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

GMO's: What are they and how do they affect us?

Updated on April 2, 2015
One look and it's obvious that GMO's are not naturally occurring and have no place in the foods we serve our families.
One look and it's obvious that GMO's are not naturally occurring and have no place in the foods we serve our families.

A brief description

GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms), relate to several different food products. First, there are the genetically modified seeds, engineered for larger crop yields but also containing higher pesticide levels. The engineering causes the crops to retain more of the pesticides sprayed on them to lessen the chances of damage from bug infestations. These enter our systems and can easily make you ill if you ingest a large amount. Before you say "how could I possibly eat enough of these to make me ill?", we'll examine how many foods actually contain high levels of pesticides and the relationship to GMO engineering.

The second type of GMO enhanced product is livestock. For many years we've been hearing about BGH, or Bovine Growth Hormone, fed to cattle to enhance the meat and milk yields. Again, an engineering designed not to help us, but to bolster profits of corporate giants like Monsanto and other food "providers". Over the last decade, we can see the outcome of BGH in our milk and meat intakes. Children are maturing much earlier, with mature body characteristics, both male and female, well before the age of 15 (teen pregnancy, anyone?). All sorts of animals raised for food purposes are engineered to lend to profitability. Cattle are raised to yield human mother's milk. Fisheries raise trout and other seafood to yield 3 times the food content. These are the GMO products we never hear of. And yet, they are part of a greater scheme to raise corporate profits under the guise of feeding the world.

Yes, they yield larger fish and other food animals, but at what cost to our health?
Yes, they yield larger fish and other food animals, but at what cost to our health?

What are the worst GMO foods?

According to the site, the top ten worst GMO offenders are, and this may surprise you, corn, soy (it's in almost every prepared food you buy), sugar, Aspartame (fake sugar), papayas, canola, cotton (yep, in your clothes too), dairy and yellow and Zucchini squash. Shocked? You should be. You should also be enraged at realizing that you are feeding this to your family without knowing.

But, why don't you know? Aren't these products labeled as containing GMO components? Unfortunately, government agencies do not require labeling of products containing GMO's. That's one has to tell you. Anyone heard of kickbacks? And the corporate run media tell us that it is up to the grocery stores to label the products as containing GMO ingredients. Ummmm, hello! The stores are not the ones packaging the products. The labels should be affixed to that product before they are loaded onto the trucks that bring them to the stores, right? The best stores can do is to separate GMO from non-GMO products so they are easily recognizable by their customers. But, as consumers, we should educate ourselves to separate the chaff from the wheat (pun intended).

How do we know one from the other?

This is a difficult question, since there is no labeling requirement for GMO products. The list of the top ten above will help somewhat. However, many developers are now releasing smartphone apps that will help you recognize not only if a product contains GMO based ingredients, but the level of content as well. I personally just added an app called "EWG's Food Scores" which will tell you how high a level of GMO is in the product you're about to toss into your shopping cart. How? Simply by turning your phone into a UPC scanner and then searching the records for that product. The result is a 1-10 scale that lets you see the degree of GMO content. The higher the number, the less you should ingest. Better yet, put it back on the shelf and find one with lower content. There's a screen shot of the app below.

Screen shot of the EWG Food Score app
Screen shot of the EWG Food Score app

What do we do about it?

Without controls of labeling these products, we can only rely on our own research, which, quite honestly, can be a pain in the rump roast. So what can we do to change the situation? The majority of European countries have outlawed GMO products altogether. They did it by exerting pressure on the powers that be. It's not an easy task, and it requires a lot of people to do what's necessary. It's worth a few minutes of your time because it will keep your family healthier in the long run (some GMO's have been linked to several types of cancers). We need to not just write to, but, inundate our Congressional representatives in both houses, with demands to take their hands out of the corporate food coffers and legislate better labeling laws that are skewed toward the people, not the conglomerates. Better yet, outlaw them as the Europeans have done. The more of us that do this, the better the chances of getting something done. Don't be afraid to tell them that the next time they are up for election, their voting record will come into question. In fact, I'll even save you the trouble of having to come up with the wording yourselves. Below, I'll post a form letter that you can copy and paste into your email (or write into your snail mail, if that's how you want to do it). If we all act on this, we just might be able to make things better for all of us. The ball is in our court, and it's time for a full court press!

Here's your Congressional template

Use this template to make your Congresspeople understand

Copy and paste this into an email to all of your representatives in both houses of Congress.

To The Honorable (Congressman) (Senator) (Full Name)

I am writing to you with my concern about the use of GMO products that are flooding our grocery shelves. In the last 2 years, nearly all of European countries have outlawed products containing GMO's, and I feel that our country should be looking toward a similar direction. I believe that the welfare of the American people is more important than the profitability of giant conglomerates. I am a voting citizen, and I will vote accordingly in the next election, based on your record on this issue. Please don't just consider this; make it a reality before it becomes an epidemic health issue for our people.


(your name here)
(your city and state here)


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • pagesvoice profile image

      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up, useful and interesting. These chemical companies flew in under the radar and are poisoning our food supply. I am very conscious in avoiding GMO laced food, but it can be a daunting task.

      It is soon getting time to plant my vegetable garden and again, I try to purchase plants that haven't been genetically modified.

      When I grew up it was common to peel back the husks of corn to see a corn worm. No harm, no foul because we simply cut that section off and used the rest. Think about how long it has been since you've seen a worm in your corn. I would gladly return to those days.

    • Melissa Orourke profile image

      Melissa Orourke 

      3 years ago from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras

      Great hub, great info! I am going to have to pass this on to my oldest daughter to read! We are in Honduras right now, no Monsanto here! Interestingly, most ex-pats lose weight here. I have dropped 15 with ease. I eat. My theory, there isn't as much junk in the food! Thank you for sharing!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)