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By: Tribu Wipala

Most of the time we taste our favorite foods without knowing the process they went through to get to our hands. As it is known, there are several techniques that are currently applied that imply a great impact on one’s own health and the environment.

GMO? Indicates: Genetically Modified Organisms; a plant, an animal or a microorganism that are altered within a laboratory in ways that do not happen in natural breeding. 

These once modified have effects within nature and the ecosystem. Also, the risks to human health that these transgenics can cause are: allergic reactions, carcinogenic developments and resistance within the immune system.

In the book: GMO, Myths and Truths. Edition 2 we find the following features on the use of GMO:

  • They are not properly regulated to really be safe
  • Does not increase the responsible use of the crop
  • Increase the use of pesticides and toxic herbicides
  • Makes weeds resistant to mitigation causing damage to soil and crops
  • Reduces biodiversity
  • Despite what they proclaim, they cannot solve the world famine
  • Their techniques, despite being scientific, are not precise and their results are unpredictable.

GMOs entered the market around the ’90s with the consent of the FDA. This despite warnings from their own scientists that genetic modification is very different from natural breeding and that it poses special risks including the production of new toxins, allergens and mutations difficult to detect.

Dr. E.J. Matthews, member of the FDA’s Toxicology group stated: “Genetically modified plants could have an unexpectedly high concentration of harmful toxins.”

However, the objective of launching the altered products is in theory to follow the government agenda of accelerating the growth of biotechnology. For this reason the FDA against the forecasts decides to launch transgenic foods without safety tests or labeling. 

This further complicates the traceability of the food we consume.

Some commonly genetically altered foods are: Alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, soybeans, beets, sugar, pumpkin, animal products, potato, lentils, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, sesame, mustard, rice, wheat, apple, mushrooms , orange, pineapple, sugar cane, tomato, among others.

There are positions in favor of GMO indicating that by generating greater production we could have more food for the parts of the world where there is famine, however the real question is: Is this real food?

You can find more information at:

GMO Myths & Truths

The Non GMO Project

GMO Facts