What is Happening to Our Food Supply with Genetic Modification?

September 25, 2011

in Health Protection

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:




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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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1 Olga Hermans September 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

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 Pat Moon September 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Olga, I am pleased that you received benefit from my blog on soy. I appreciate your visit.


3 Hughie Bagnell September 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Thank you for sharing this information on 'Soy' Pat! It is great information! …Thanks, Hughie  


4 Pat Moon September 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Hughie, Thanks for stopping by my blog for info on soy. Appreciate your visit.


5 Anastasiya Day September 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

I agree, this is amazing information, thank you so much for sharing 🙂


6 Pat Moon September 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

Anastasiya, thanks for checking in on my blog. It is a pleasure to share!


7 Wil September 27, 2011 at 8:01 am

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.


8 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

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.


9 Carol Giambri September 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

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. 


10 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Hi Carol, do you raise your own soy? ‘Silk’ is ceritified non-GMO so I feel comfortable with it. Thanks for your input.


11 Claudia Looi September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

We drink  Silk soy milk instead of cow's milk. Thanks for educating me on soy. We eat lots of soy products. Great info Pat.


12 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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.


13 AJ September 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks for the great info Pat!


14 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hi AJ, thanks for stopping by again. Your support is appreciated;-)


15 Solvita September 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Great information Pat, now I know where you get that great energy from!!! 😉


16 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Hi there, Solvita, thanks for checking out my blog once again and commenting. You definitely need good health to have great energy. I’m happy to share with you.


17 Lizabet Nix September 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Thanks for the info, Pat.  For good reason, almond milk is my drink of choice.


18 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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.


19 pat September 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

Really great informative article.  NON Genetically modified is the only way to go that is for sure if we want good health.  .


20 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hi Pat, I’m so glad you checked out my blog. Yes, you are right, Non-GMO is definitely the way to go.


21 Cat Ebeling September 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

Great info. Soy is a scary food product. I avoid it at all costs.


22 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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.


23 Elise Adams @AdamsOrganizing September 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

Amazing information.  I'd heard much of this yet it's so good to be reminded once again.  We must be so careful about where our food comes from!  Thanks for compiling all of this in such an easily understandable way 🙂


24 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Elise, thanks for taking time to be reminded about GMO. Your long-term health will also thank you.


25 Jennifer Bennett September 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

Great information Pat!  Thanks for sharing your wisdom! 


26 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Hi Jennifer, thanks for checking out my blog. I am happy to share with you and others.


27 denny hagel September 26, 2011 at 11:06 am

Pat this is amazing information that I was totally unaware of. Thanks for keeping me informed! 🙂


28 Pat Moon September 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Denny, I’m glad you stopping by to gather information. My job is health awareness. Be informed and stay healthy!


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