We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: pay attention to what you eat. It just might be taking years off your life, and you wouldn’t even know it. We’re not just talking about the obvious stuff like high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, etc., we’re also talking about corn, soy, canola, and cotton. How could these natural crops lead to unnatural repercussions? One word: Monsanto.
The Huffington Post reports on a study that shows how Monsanto’s genetically modified corn can lead to organ failure:
“Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity….These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown.”
It’s a pity that we have to be vigilant about food crops that come from our Earth, but our crops are no longer solely a result of Mother Nature. Instead they’re derived from bioengineering companies and sprinkled with biochemicals. Congress doesn’t even find it necessary for these companies to conduct long-term studies on their effects on our bodies and the earth. Poor plants. Poor us.
What to do?
Think about the amount of recalls done every year. It’s clear that big companies only care about profits and not about human life. They just don’t care. Whenever you come across corn, soy, canola, or cotton products, you want to inspect the source. If it has a big brand name attached, then it’s most likely genetically modified.
It’s crucial to buy products that are tied to responsible practices. The Huffington Post has an article that describes ways in detail to avoid GM products. Check out the list at Non GMO Shopping Guide because they also have a feature notable brands with GM foods and also brands that do not carry GM food.
Another unfortunate grey area is with restaurant dining. Don’t be afraid to ask where their food is sourced. You’d be surprised how many of them acquire their supplies through major distributors that carry mostly GMO products. The cheaper the food, the more you need to ensure it’s safe.
While the news is devastating, at least we’re informed. Knowledge is power. By avoiding these evil firms, you’re keeping your money out of their greedy pockets. Most importantly, your organs live to function another day.
*Image courtesy of Adam Gault.
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