What is Happening to Our Food Supply with Genetic Modification?

What is Happening to Our Food Supply with Genetic Modification?

 

Technology is moving ahead at breakneck speed in modifying our food supply.  At times this is at the expense of proper evaluation as to the safety of the end product and how it may affect our long-term health.

What is genetic modification (GM)?  It is the use of modern technology to create totally new organisms, thus GMO.

You may recall several years ago when a genetically engineered tryptophan was introduced into health food stores around the U.S. and many people died and many more became ill.  The supplement had contaminants which were by-products of the genetic engineering process.  In order to distract attention from the fact that the supplement was genetically engineered, a ban was put on the sale of all tryptophan.  Tryptophan, an amino acid in natural form, had been used for years to reduce symptoms of stress, insomnia, and depression.

Over 90% of the soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified so they are resistant to Roundup.  It is referred to as Roundup Ready soy.  This means when the soybean fields are sprayed with Roundup, a common weed killer, the soybean plants are resistant to the weed killer.

Unfortunately in many nutritional discussions, the differences between traditional unmodified soy and GMO soy are not acknowledged.  Fortunately for those of us who are concerned about our health, there are studies on the differences and the effects on the human body.

Concerns from some of the studies are:

  • Increased liver metabolism probably from elevated levels of toxins,
  • Changes in enzyme activity in the kidneys, heart, and liver,
  • Compromised pancreatic function which sets the stage for malnutrition, bacterial overgrowth, and the development of mild to severe food allergies,
  • Impaired digestion of carbohydrates,
  • Increase in bacterial by-products and mucus production,
  • Injury to small intestinal surface,
  • Offspring likely to be small and often do not survive,
  • Offspring may be sterile,
  • Serious deficiencies of minerals,
  • And the list could go on.

Soy was the first Roundup Ready crop to be developed and marketed.  The process was patented by a major company and about half of their income comes from the sales of Roundup and Roundup Ready seeds.

So, what can we do to protect ourselves?  Know the source of any soy product you consume and know the company behind that soy product.

My husband is lactose intolerant to the point he cannot overindulge in milk, cheese, and other milk products so we use “Silk” soy milk instead of cow milk.  The label on the carton of ‘Silk Organic’ has a statement about GMO, “We use only organic soybeans grown without genetic engineering right here in North America.”

 

Be alert to the news and cautions made public.  Of course, at that point some of the damage may already be done.  Once the genetically modified soy was replaced in the diet with natural unmodified soy most of the symptoms decreased and even reversed to some degree.


Soy is a source of an important nutrient in the human diet.  Science has shown soy to be one of the healthiest sources of protein available.  Soy consumption has been attributed to helping to prevent osteoporosis, reduce cancer risk, and cut heart disease.  Here’s some of the latest research on soy:


 

  • Soy may reduce breast cancer risk!  A 47% reduction of breast cancer risk was noted in women who regularly ate soy during both teen and adulthood.
  • Supplemental soy promotes cardiovascular health!  Women who took a daily soy supplement showed improvements in cholesterol and insulin levels.  Soy may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke in women after menopause.
  • Soy reduces pain and inflammation!  Researchers have theorized that people who rely on strong painkillers with harsh side effects to treat chronic pain may be able to decrease the dosage of their drugs or discontinue their use altogether by adding soy to their diet.


 


How do you add healthy soy to your diet?  If you’re not into tofu, soy milk and such, supplements are a convenient and intelligent choice for adding soy to your diet.  GNLD has soy supplements that will fit every need and they are all certified non-GMO.

 

GNLD soy supplements to consider are:

 

 

 

 Education is the Key to Safe Health!

 

Blessings, Pat Moon


 


Information for this article was used with permission from ‘Image Awareness Wellness Institute’ Jan 2011 newsletter and from ‘GNLD News You Can Use’ Nov/Dec 2002

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28 Replies to “What is Happening to Our Food Supply with Genetic Modification?”

  1. Thanks Pat; our son was allergic to cows-milk when he was a baby and that introduced us to soy milk. I got away from it though. I will consider soy milk again after reading your informative article. Thank you so much!!

  2. I wonder about Soy as it concerns women on HRT. There is some worry about the natural plant estrogens that soy contains. I'd like to know more about that.
    Thanks for the great article, Pat.

    1. Hello Wil, Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your question. You have asked about soy and how it concerns women on HRT? That is a big topic. Yes, soy is beneficial in balancing hormones in both men and women. It is not necessarily wise to overdo the use of soy as was done by many women a few years ago. I am not a medical doctor so do not know the circumstances of why HRT is prescribed for any particular woman. I do know HRT does not provide the protection against osteoporosis, heart attacks, or strokes as once thought. It has been linked to increased risk of cancer, particularly breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Personally I believe the problems with soy can be traced to use of the genetically modified soy products as they can alter hormones and such. I am a woman 68 years old and had a hysterectomy when I was in my late 40’s but kept my ovaries (against the recommendation of my doctor) which threw me immediately into menopause. I refused any HRT treatment and continued my use of supplements that included soy, vitamin E, calcium-magnesium, herbals, etc. and kept the unpleasant symptoms of menopause to a minimum. Again, I believe the only worry about plant estrogens in soy is if the soy has been genetically modified. I hope this helps with your question. Thanks for asking and if you have additional questions, I will be happy to research them.

  3. Thanks Pat for great info. I didn't know about the roundup..yikes.   I don't do Silk at all.  If wanted to buy organic nuts and wanted milk, I would  make own organic and have done that. 

    1. Hi Claudia, we use Silk soy milk also because it is Non-GMO and it is the first soy milk we have tried that tastes good (and I like my food to taste good). Be sure to check into the other soy products you use to be sure they are not genetically modified. If their label does not say, I would certainly be cautious. Thanks for your comment.

    1. Hi Lizabet, I have not gotten into almond milk or checked it out – something I need to do. We do make sure that any soy we consume is not genetically modified. If we had access to raw cow milk, that is what we would use. Thanks again for stopping by.

    1. Hi Cat, thanks for the comment and time spent reading my article. GMO soy is a very scary food however unmodified soy has safely been in the human diet for years and provides many benefits to our overall health. Thanks again for stopping by.

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