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Pesticide factory in your stomach? GMO Health Effects: Why to avoid GMO Foods and BT Corn.

Updated on October 17, 2012

"I'll have a side of pesticides, please."

Would  you like some pesticides with that?
Would you like some pesticides with that?

Toxic chemicals in everyday food. GMOs: Why we must stop Monsanto.

In the past 8-10 years there's been a renewed interest in getting back to nature. For many, the movie Avatar lit a spark or planted a seed that reminded us of what a fascinating and beautiful planet we live on. We often forget that our mother earth provides elegant, simple solutions in her gifts to humanity.

Yet by our own controlling nature, as humans we seem to think that we can manipulate her to our advantage. Sure, genetic modification has been going on for centuries. However, in the past it came from crossbreeding one plant with another plant, to form a new plant. Today, Genetically Modified (GMO = Genetically Modified Organism) plants are created to grow chemicals, pesticides, plastics and other items that do not belong inside the human body.

Not even Monsanto EMPLOYEES eat GMO FOOD!
See the article here.

BT Corn refers to the toxin Bacillus thuringiensis bacterium that is grown inside the corn. In the case of BT, the corn IS the toxin. Pesticides are literally grown within the corn itself, thus destroying any pest who eats it.

GMO Corn, one of the top five US GMO crops is genetically modified to be "RoundUp Ready". What does that mean? It means that there are chemicals grown in the plant that will allow it to live when drenched in Round Up, Monsanto's signature toxic soup. This hideous chemical leeches into the ground contaminating soil. And many Monsanto seeds are bred to have what is commonly known as the "suicide gene" meaning that the plants borne from GMO seeds are infertile. The seeds can not be used to create a new crop, thus forcing the farmer to purchase more GMO seeds for next year's crop.

So what's the problem with eating GMO foods? The short answer: Obesogens. That sounds ugly, right? It is. Our bodies are magnificent, protective machines. They self-regulate and protect us in ways that many do not understand. One of the ways our bodies react to pesticides and toxic chemicals is to store them in fat cells, then release them slowly into the body so they can be eliminated safely. When we overdose on nasty chemicals our bodies respond in a protective manner, holding these chemicals for us, until they can safely be released in a slow manner, so as not to kill us.

Definition (courtesy of Wikipedia) Obesogens are functionally defined as chemicals that inappropriately alter lipid homeostasis and fat storage, change metabolic setpoints, disrupt energy balance or modify the regulation of appetite and satiety to promote fat accumulation and obesity.


Dietary Sources of GMO and BT Corn

"But I don't eat GMO Corn!"

That's right, most of us don't eat GMO Corn directly. Most GMO corn is a variety of corn that is unsuitable for consumption in it's natural state. It's dry fibrous, and probably not too easy to chew. GMO Corn is primiarly used to create High Fructose Corn Syrup, and for feed in feedlots at commercial beef production facilities. Just as GMO corn acts as an obesogen to humans, it also packs on the pounds for the animals forced to eat it.

A cow that grazes and eats its natural grass diet will produce beef that is rich in iron, CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), and also high in Omega 3, 6 and 9. In short - beef can be healthy for you when it's raised on it's natural diet.

Next, High Fructose Corn Syrup: it's everywhere. It's in nearly every sweetened beverage that you'll find in a typical store from soda to "vitamin water". It's in everything from a Slim Fast bar, to Special K.

If the wheels in your head aren't turning, perhaps you're not hearing me: GMO CORN MAKES YOU FAT, and it's everywhere.

Other Dangers of eating GMO Foods

Aside from the obesogenic affect of GMOs there are many other changes that these chemicals cause in the body. Here's a short list:

  • Reproductive Problems
  • Weight Gain
  • Joint Pain
  • DNA Mutation and changes in gene expression
  • Skin abnormalities
  • Pesticide production INSIDE the body (see video appx 10:10) from BT Corn
  • Blood and organ toxicity
  • Changes in cholesterol and liver function

More facts about GMO Consumption and Safety (or lack of)

Less Obvious GMO Food Sources

The top 5 produced GMO Crops in America are: Corn, Soy, Wheat, Cotton, Canola.

These 5 are not the only GMO crops in America, but they are the most widely produced. When you begin to think about the Standard American Diet (ironically, SAD) you start to see how these pieces fit together.

  • We live on bread and flour based products created from GMO wheat.
  • We eat beef and dairy raised on GMO corn.
  • We cook our foods in GMO Corn oil, and GMO Canola oil - and if we don't they are likely in the ingredient list.
  • And just a random side note: Buffalos who graze near GMO Cotton - can die within a week. They don't consume it, yet simply grazing in it, can literally kill them.
  • HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is in nearly every processed food product that you buy.

Where does your food come from?

95% of our food comes from these companies. If you care to continue supporting them, you should. But if you have any concern for your safety, you will spend the few extra dollars it costs to eat outside the box.
95% of our food comes from these companies. If you care to continue supporting them, you should. But if you have any concern for your safety, you will spend the few extra dollars it costs to eat outside the box. | Source

What next?

The simplest way to avoid GMO foods is to purchase USDA Organic products. If you're lucky enough to have a Menonite or Amish community near you that sells produce, or an organic food co-op that you can join, those are also great options.

Purchase only grassfed beef, or switch to grassfed buffalo. Seeing "Grain Fed" on the label is a nice way of saying "GMO CORN FED" - avoid that label all together. As you may have assumed chickens are also fed low quality, BT and GMO corn. So once again, choosing free-range naturally fed chicken and eggs is equally important.

It's also important to remember that with each dollar you spend you send a message. If you want more chemicals in our food supply, then continue financially supporting Monsanto, DuPont, Kraft, and the other large companies who give the image of wholesome, helpful, family companies. They are not, and they are interested in one thing, and it's NOT YOUR HEALTH.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Nice Hub. Very informative, well researched and written. I have been eating organic and non-GMO for many moons. A few things to add. A product that is USDA certified organic is not a guarantee that it is organic at all. It took many years of fighting to get products labeled organic. Government official protested it profusely. Finally we one but then the USDA decided to put their stamp on it. Did you know that the USDA says that a product can be labeled organic even if it comes from a GMO product. Their definition of organic is anything that comes from an organic/plant or mineral form.

      At this time we don not know the full affects of GMO's. One thing for sure, it is very unstable. A gene that has been modified needs to latch on to something because it has been sliced and is not whole. When we eat a GMO product, that gene we ate needs to find something to latch onto.

      It is also the first time in history that scientists said that a product was very dangerous and extremely unstable.

      Voted up for useful.

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      Maria Colomy 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Much like you, I've been at this for years, but I often feel that at every turn I'm mislead. It's difficult to trust the FDA, since as we know most FDA execs are interchangeably Monsanto execs.

      I suppose the best thing we can do is grow our own food when we can. I hope this cycle ends in my lifetime. We are not existing at our full potential. That makes me very sad.

      Thank you for the positive feedback and useful information. Much appreciated!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      "A cow that grazes and eats its natural grass diet will produce beef that is rich in iron, CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), and also high in Omega 3, 6 and 9. In short - beef can be healthy for you when it's raised on it's natural diet."

      Right on, my friend!

      Excellent hub. You make a lot of great points.

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      Maria Colomy 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Thanks so much! :)

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      beauley 4 years ago from New Hampshire, U.S.A.

      Obama quoted 06-24-12:

      "We answer to the American people"

      Didn't President Obama promise the American people to label all our foods containing GMOs before his election 2008? Has he broken his promise? Can we trust Obama to keep any promises he makes in this campaign?

      Over 90% Of Americans were then and still are against GMOS.

      http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/label_gmos...

      There has been nothing done on this promise. Not even a mention of any action unless this is being kept a secret. Maybe there are more secrets that might only be divulged after this coming election? Maybe Obama will do it again in the upcoming 2012 election?

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      Maria Colomy 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      While this would be nice (labeling) - I choose to take action and put the responsibility into my own hands. I joined a local food co-op (at 20 buck a week - how could I not??!) - read labels. The government approved this stuff - and they happily put it on our dinner tables.

      Your dollars are your votes. Use them wisely.

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      You have that right.!! If you don't buy it they don't make any profit.

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      jwenning 4 years ago

      If you're really worried about the toxin from Bacillus thuringiensis, don't buy organic corn as organic farmers have been using this as an organic pesticide on their corn crops since the 1920s and still do (such as Dipel and Thuricide). You can't be sure if your organic corn has this pesticide or not because there are no labeling requirements. Furthermore, if you do not wish to eat GMO corn, don't buy from the Amish as the article recommends! The Amish themselves grow genetically modified BT corn.

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      Maria Colomy 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I didn't know that! I guess the best thing to do would be to forgo corn all together. I don't understand how this still passes as 'organic'. I'll definitely have to do some more reading. Thank you for the info!

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      jwenning 4 years ago

      Wikipedia is always a good place to start:

      "Spores and crystalline insecticidal proteins produced by B. thuringiensis have been used to control insect pests since the 1920s and are often applied as liquid sprays.[15] They are now used as specific insecticides under trade names such as Dipel and Thuricide. Because of their specificity, these pesticides are regarded as environmentally friendly, with little or no effect on humans, wildlife, pollinators, and most other beneficial insects and are used in Organic farming."

      The simple fact of the matter is BT toxin is harmless and if you are actually concerned about it, both human and environmental exposure is far less with GMO corn than with organically grown corn where the pesticide is sprayed externally and thus exists outside of the plant and in the immediate environment. You can buy this stuff at your local organic gardening supply shop along with labels proudly displaying its acceptance as USDA certified organic. My source for the Amish growing GMO BT corn is Stewart Brands "Whole Earth Discipline" and Kevin Kelly's book "What Technology Wants" both of which explore their adoption of this technology and both books I highly recommend.

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      jwenning 4 years ago

      Here is a list of 38 pesticides containing B. Thuringiensis listed by OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute)

      approved for use in organic farming

      http://www.omri.org/simple-opl-search/results/thur...

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      kisse 4 years ago

      ... you do realize that caffeine is a pesticide, right? ... that plants produce it in order to kill pests? ... are you willing to give up your coffee now, because "it's a toxin!" v_v

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      Maria Colomy 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      That might be one poison I can't live without (YET!) lol :)

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      sf 2 years ago

      Bt does not kill insect larvae by smothering them with love and hugs. Bt is an aggressive toxin that damages cell membranes and kills insects by, literally, making their stomach burst. This has caused some researchers to examine the negative effects Bt toxin may inflict on human health… and the negative effects are many. Bt’s aggressive mechanism harms the digestive system by effectively attacking normal gut cells thereby burning holes in the intestines. This can cause problems such as leaky gut syndrome. Even worse, Bt doesn’t exit your body with the unused remnants of the food it entered with.

      Research has shown that the Bt toxin persists in the gastrointestinal tract of human-flora-associated rats weeks after exposure. [4] Research has shown that Bt has a toxic effect on the lungs and other organs. [5] In rare cases, Bt can even wreak havoc on the eyes, causing severe irritation and even blindness. yeah because it makes a lot of sense to use things that shouldn't be in your body deemed safe or not safe its moderation and common sense.

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