Many parents are finding that their children are sensitive to corn and soy. These 2 crops, unless listed as organic, are genetically modified foods. The seeds of these foods have been genetically modified to contain or withstand the weed killer known as Roundup. Glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, is the most widely used herbicide in the US. A government study showed that 75% of all air and rain samples contain Roundup.
A long term study in rats with a diet of genetically modified food showed severe adverse health effects, including tumors and kidney and liver damage, leading to premature death. The study was controversially retracted and then republished in a different journal. Another study showed GI inflammation in pigs fed with GMO feed. One specific ingredient in Roundup, POEA, has been shown to kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. Scientists believe Roundup may cause pregnancy problems by interfering with hormone production, possibly leading to abnormal fetal development, low birth weight or miscarriages. Many countries in Europe, South America and most recently Russia have banned GMO foods.
GMO foods do not have to be labeled in the United States, though there is a movement to make that change. In order to avoid genetically modified foods, buy organic as much as possible. Look for the following logo, produced by the Non-GMO Project.
Today, it is estimated that 98% of GMO soy and 49% of GMO corn go to feeding the country’s livestock and poultry populations. This means that even if you avoid soy and corn in your diet, you may still be consuming pesticides by eating inorganic beef and chicken.
For more information on genetically modified foods, please look for a new, award winning, documentary called GMO OMG. http://www.gmofilm.com/