Processed foods and GMO's

What are they and how do they effect us?

What are GMO's

Genetically Modified Organisms

Examples

How do GMO's affect our health?

They can cause:

Food allergies

Increased toxisity

Decreased nutritional value

Antibiotic resistance

Weight gain

Reduce fertility

How?

Ex: Soy and allergies

Soy is in many foods that we eat, this soy is genetically modified, this soy is then broken down in our bodies, this new form of DNA is foreign to our bodies, therefore our bodies attack it (aka an allergic reaction)

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FACTS

  1. 95 percent of the sugar beets, 93 percent of the soybeans and 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. are genetically engineered.
  2. EWG calculates that the average American eats 193lbs of genetically modified food per year.
  3. More than 60% of food in supermarkets is genetically modified.
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Where?

Local testing facilities for GMO's can be found in Louisiana and Iowa. There they test for genetic modifications in the DNA of organisms. Samples can be sent to these labs to test if the food you've been eating are GMO's.