Genetically modified organisms are organisms that have their DNA genetically modified in a laboratory that gives them qualities that do not naturally occur, such as introducing a gene from a different organism into the already existing DNA. When it comes to plants, the most commonly modified types are corn, tomatoes and soy, and the scientist working on them aims to make the plants larger, more nutritious or pesticide resistant. The Food and Drug Administration in the United States deems that GMOs are safe, and don’t require any testing for any modified products before they hit the market. Moreover, the FDA also states that it supports the voluntary labeling of these products as a GMO before they are put on the market, but doesn’t make it compulsory. This makes it difficult to separate the modified products from the traditional, naturally grown products.
There has been a lot of debate in the last few years about whether genetically modified plants are
In the recent past, weeds have also evolved to become resistant to some types of pesticides, which will require a higher amount of pesticide to kill the weeds, which in turn leaves a lot of pesticide on the plants too. New research also shows
The founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, Jeffrey Smith, has stated that GMOs are undoubtedly harmful for human beings because of the small amounts of pesticide content in them, as well as their ability to produce an insecticide called Bt-toxin. He says that there is certainly a correlation between GMO consumption and conditions like allergies, increased risk of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and GI problems. Studies conducted later also state that conditions like Parkinson’s, autism,
A lot of the pet food on the market, especially dog food, contains corn and soy that is genetically modified. Smith says that the designing of these products is done in such a way that it contains traces of pesticide inside the actual corn and inside the soybean (not just the outside). This can lead to health problems in dogs, such as stomach inflammation, organ damage and movement issues. Since GMOs require no testing at all before being sold, and certainly don’t need to be labeled, it can be difficult to separate the healthier dog food options and the ones that contain genetically modified ingredients. However, most dog foods that don’t contain GMOs are very clear about it, and advertise organic and natural ingredients as the main part of their product. Making a home-cooked meal for your pet can also help them with a healthy and wholesome diet, and keep your