What's That in my Food?
America’s latest production only sounds like a super hero.
GMO, yes that’s genetically modified foods, are disease resistant, tolerant to herbicides, drought and poor sanitation, can live in cold climates, and never need pesticides. This plant sounds as fantastical as the Land of Oz! Yet, similar to drugs and credit cards, GMO only looks good from the get-go.
Animals are usually the first to consume cheap new products. Therefore, it comes as no surprise they were the first to consume GMO. Around the same time Newspaper columnist, Dr. Michael W Fox, who writes "Dr. Dog" noticed a serious shift in his readers questions, a great many were suddenly queering with complaints of allergies, dermatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and disease. When switched off of GMO ingredients, all symptoms disappeared.
The unseen damages that await us in the future have been under extensive research in Russia using mice. The mice fed genetically modified food had offspring slow to develop in size and sexuality. By the third generation of GMO-fed mice, hair was growing inside of their mouths. The baby mice fed GMO lost the ability to reproduce all together.
Studies out of UC Berkley have uncovered similar horrors:
- Impaired immune system
- Bleeding of the stomach
- Pre-cancerous cell growth in intestines
- Impaired blood cell development
- Misshaped cell structure in the liver pancreas and testicles
- Altered gene expression
France has already banned these products; of course any Country who directly pays for health care has historically shown more concern and responsibility towards their people's food supply. A few countries that have expanded regulations to require labeling of these products include: Australia, Japan and South Korea.
Not Just in Dog Food...
Processed or packaged food? GMO is likely tucked inside. Corn, soybeans, canola, cottonseed, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, and a small amount of zucchini and squash have been genetically modified as well. Ever wonder why organic tomatoes are lumpy, a dull red, and half-the-beauties of cheaper and non-organic tomatoes? It’s because tomatoes have been genetically modified simply to look more perfect. Also, sugar put into products is often part cane and part GMO sugar beets. Check for products that list “pure cane sugar” instead of just “sugar.”
What Can We Do?
Contact companies that produce pet food and ask questions!
Look for organic/non-GMO labels.
If you live in California be on the look out for the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, this should be on the ballot in November! To learn more about this Proposition check out: www.labelgmos.org/
For further information, check out nongmoproject.org