GMO's

Affecting Our Lives

The Green Revolution

During the 1940's plant geneticist, Norman Borlaug, was trying to find a way to help the world. Norman wanted to create a more sustainable, and more efficient food source. He planned to do this by bio-technically engineering plants. These plants would have higher yields and be more resistant to rain, disease, and pests. These new plant would be know as Genetically Modified Organisms.He also developed new agricultural techniques, such as irrigation, in order to make farming easier and more efficient. All of these techniques combined came to be known as the Green Revolution.
The Green Revolution: Waging A War Against Hunger

Common GMO's and Ingredients

Alfalfa

Canola

Corn

Cotton

Papaya

Soy

Sugar Beets

Zucchini & Yellow Summer Squash

Beta vulgaris (Beet Root or Garden Beet)

Brassica napa

Brassica rapa

Curcubita (Gourds)

Flax

Rice

Milk

Meat

Eggs

Honey

Amino Acids

Aspartame

Ascorbic Acid

Sodium Ascorbate

Vitamin C

Citric Acid

Sodium Citrate

Ethanol

Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”)

High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

Lactic Acid

Maltodextrins

Molasses

Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose

Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)

Xanthan Gum

Vitamins

Yeast Products.

The Side Effects

GMO's have been shown to have many terrible side effects. One of the biggest consequences has been an increase in chronic illnesses since 1996. In a nine year period the amount of people having three or more chronic illnesses has increase from seven percent to thirteen percent. Many other illnesses have increase, such as allergies, autism, digestive disorders, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. These increases may have been caused by mixing the genes of different organisms. A second major consequence is that many of the herbicides used to protect the plants from insects have been found in the blood of pregnant women, and their unborn children.

Effects on The Environment

GMO's and the substances used on them have caused many problems in the environment. The first cause of pollution and problems in the environment, is because of all the herbicide use. From 1996-2008 the three hundred eighty three million extra pounds of herbicides were sprayed. With all the extra herbicide much polluted the water and soil. It also created super weeds that now are resistant to the herbicides. The GMO's have also created a less diverse ecosystem. Only the organisms that fit the status-quo have been carried on through the generations. The ecosystems are also harmed greatly by the chemicals put on the crops. The last problem is that cross pollination is possible between GMO's and non-GMO's. Many of the non-GMO farms are beginning to become contaminated, and soon all plants may be GMO's.

Affect on Our Diet

The American diet consists of fast foods, and highly processed foods. These food consist of many products made from GMO's. These diets have caused an increase in obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. These are all caused by the bodies inhibition to recognize the foods. When the body does not recognize the foods it stores it, contributing to the fat tissue of the body. The meat products have also had a major affect in the life of many Americans. Many of the hormones used to increase growth of the cattle have had many side effects on the hormones the human body produces.

Work Cited

"What is the Green Revolution | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy." Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy | Institute for Food and Development Policy. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2013. http://www.foodfirst.org/en/green+revolution>.

Mount, Rachel. "Genetically Modified Foods Affect Health and Body - Oprah.com." Oprah Winfrey's Official Website - Live Your Best Life - Oprah.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013. <http://www.oprah.com/health/Genetically-Modified-Foods-Affect-Health-and-Body>.

"Institute for Responsible Technology - 10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs." Institute for Responsible Technology - . N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2013. <http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs>.

"What is GMO? | The Non-GMO Project."Non-GMO Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. <http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/>.