GMO Corn and Infertility
Corn That Causes Infertility
Some couples wanting to have children have had difficulty conceiving. Tests have been done and various reasons considered, but all to no avail. People probably haven't given much thought at all to a possible culprit that is easily over-looked; genetically modified (GMO) foods.
Research shows that genetically modified food presents a danger to animal and human fertility. In the spring of 2010, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine published a report stating there is a strong association between GMO foods and adverse health effects.
GMO corn used as a contraceptive.
There are about five giant and primary multinational biotech and chemical corporations that create, manufacture and distribute genetically modified (GMO) seed. There are smaller contractors working in the field of biotech and nanotechnology who also experiment with and create GMOs. One such company based in California modified a version of corn with the intentions of causing infertility to whomever consumed it.
GMO food products are not food?
In May of 2011 a report was submitted stating that gmo food products are not considered as food. Placing food having gmo ingredients under a different category compared to traditionally grown food was implemented in 2009. Regarding gmo products as something other than food expands the options of how it can be used.
Dozens of research groups around the globe have been studying the effects of GM'd foods. Ingesting GMOs in general, other than corn, might pose us with another reason behind lowered sperm counts and infertility.
Listing GMOs on Food Package Labels
Numerous requests are continuously asserted on all levels for the labeling of GMOs on food products. The adamant response from governments and corporations is that of refusal.
Although alerts of adverse effects are published by renowned scientists, manufacturers continue to include GMOs in their products for human, animal and livestock consumption. Not only does the U.S. continue to allow the products on the market as if it is real food and as if it doesn't have adverse effects, they continue to protect the genetic food industry of which includes the USDA.
To make a comparison, the EU banned the use of GM'd products throughout Europe, and passed a law over a decade ago for their inclusion on labels. Many name-brand manufacturers changed their recipes for the European market leaving out the modified ingredients while including them in products sold to the U.S.
Genetically Modified Food Products are not Properly Regulated
The FDA in the U.S. was trumped by a policy written by a Monsanto attorney who was conveniently positioned at the FDA which captured the ability to properly regulate GM'd food. The shifting of personnel from industry to regulatory agency is referred to as the revolving door policy.
Decreased Fertility Rates
In a 2008 report by Austrian Health Ministers, research indicated that the decrease in fertility rates and in the health of the immune system was caused by ingesting genetically modified foods. Regular consumption is likely to cause an accelerated rate of aging, sickness and difficulty getting and staying pregnant.
One report stated that the testicles of some animals changed from the normal pink color to blue. Pregnancies were fewer caused by altered sperm, along with increased incidences in infant animal mortality. The study also showed alterations in DNA after ingesting small amounts.
The genetically modified Bt pesticide is built into every cell of corn, soybean and cotton plants to protect them from insects. It is believed to be causing widespread health and fertility issues throughout the world. Many countries are waiting for GMOs to be proven safe for consumption before they make the change from traditional crops.
Other Food Options
Conventional dairy cows are injected with genetically modified bovine growth hormone, rBGH, and many are fed GM'd corn and grain. There are animals of which after having consumed seed that was genetically altered, produce neither traditional nor organic meat. Until GMO labeling is put into law, there are two suggestions for those who choose to consume only traditional and organic:
- Organic eggs, dairy, meat and produce.
- Non-gmo brands.
If you generally tend to consume genetically modified food products and are experiencing difficulty becoming pregnant, it may be advisable to make an effort to avoid them. Choosing traditional whole foods and brands that are non-gmo will not only strengthen the immune system, but should also alleviate problems with fertility.