GMO in our children’s food!

We seek to eat healthy food on a daily basis. However, unknown to you, the ‘healthy’ food that you eat may contain genetically modified foods in the name of promoting a better health and environment. These foods are often introduced in an attempt to benefit both humans and planet. However, manipulating Natures DNA has a number of consequences. This can range from downright mutations to allergies and hypersensitivities which can harm humans themselves. Sadly, children are exposed to the harmful effects of these organisms and are more vulnerable. By buying GMO food you may be jeopardizing our child’s health! Here we seek to explain all about GMO food and their impact on children’s health.

What are GMOs?

Genetically modified microorganisms (GMO’s) are a diverse group of plants, animals, and bacteria’s that are manufactured for a multitude of applications which range from agricultural creation to technological research. The types of probable risks posed by GMO’s vary according to the kind of organism being improved and its supposed application. A lot of the concern encompassing GMO’s is due to their unwanted effects on the surroundings and individual health.

All genetically altered foods which may have been approved are considered safe by the government and tend to be unregulated by the FDA. However, there are still various kinds’ potential health risks that could result from the manipulation of the genetic code of an organism. It could trigger allergies, increased toxicity, lowered nourishment, and severe antibiotic resistance.

How do GMO foods affect health?

There are many different ways in which GMO food can attack your child. One way or the other, the health risk finds its way to become a potential hazard, compromising your child’s health.

Dietary changes impact children more because their systems convert food into usable body tissue but adults convert more food to energy and store this as unwanted fat. This means, that GMO food is in constant circulation in the body of a child, which increases their risk of adverse effects.

Children are more vulnerable to allergies than adults, with infants having the highest risk of reactions to new, GMO food in their diet. Children are susceptible to much smaller amounts of harmful foods. This means that Toxic GMO food will produce consequences in a child much faster. The normal development can be “severely afflicted” by contact with External hormones or receptors.

Children face a larger amount of GMOs because they ingest higher ratios of corns and soy milk in comparison to the adults. Many newborns receive soy milk formula and nearly all corn and soy available in Australia is GMO. However, corn and soy aren’t the only concerns of parents. Children also ingest more dairy than parents do, and in Australia, many dairy cows receive the genetically manufactured bovine growth hormones (rBGH) GMO grain diet to boost milk production. This can result in hormones and toxins in dairy products which can severely affect infant growth.

What are the Consequences?

A number of adverse symptoms were experienced on a worldwide basis. Numerous countries that are using GMOs showed statistics with astounding figures. Some of the most evident reactions include the following.

GM soy and allergies, which skyrocketed by 50% in the united kingdom, immediately after GM soy was legalized. This was ensured by a skin prick test which showed that many people were sensitized against GM soy, however, no such reaction was observed against natural Soy. Studies found that even when genetically modified Soy is cooked properly it is made up of as much as 7-times the quantity of a known soy allergen [1].

Bt corn and organic cotton associated with allergies. The biotech industry claims that Bt-toxin is safe to humans and mammals simply because of its long-standing use by farmers. However, research studies have unveiled hundreds of people subjected to Bt spray allergic-type symptoms [2]. Even laboratory studies on mice given Bt showed that they experienced powerful immune reactions which harmed their intestines severely [3].

To add to the mess, many of the GMOs that are available don’t actually have any effective safety tests. In fact, no testing can actually guarantee a GMO won’t cause allergies. However, the World Health Group recommends that a screening process should be implemented on all GM soy, corn, and papaya inside our food supply. Sadly, these are unsuccessful because their GM proteins have properties resembling known allergens.

If this wasn’t enough, scientific research has also pointed to the fact that GMOs could make you sensitive to non-GM foods. This means that your children could react to the organic versions of the same foods, banning it from your child’s life forever! Imagine if you have to caution against a particular food for the rest of your child’s life. Not only is it time-consuming and frustrating, it is also a lifelong risk.  Studies suggest that GM soy considerably reduces intestinal enzymes in mice [4]. As it also impairs your digestive function, your children might become hypersensitive to a number of foods.

Another study found that Mice given Bt-toxins began having immune system reactions to previously safe foods. Mice were given experimental GM peas also began reacting to a variety of other food stuff. Furthermore, GMOs are linked to a multitude of liver problems including hypertrophy or atrophy of the liver and even precancerous changes in some mice.

But why children?

Children are 3 to 4 times more susceptible to allergies than men and women and have the highest threat morbidity or mortality from a food allergy. Newborns below 2 yrs old have a considerably higher occurrence of reactions, especially to new things that trigger allergies encountered in the daily diet. Even tiny levels of allergens will often cause reactions.

One reason behind this accruing to the EPA is an immature gut or permeable mucosal epithelium, which is much more likely to allow an increased amount of macromolecules to pass through which trigger the immune system of the body. disease fighting capability must be of sufficient maturity. The immune systems tend to be working at 3 to five times its normal capacity, reacting to every intruder with a higher severity. The popular use of GM foods as food chemicals and in staple foods, including utilization in baby foods, can lead to the earlier introduction of a variety of proteins to susceptible newborns either immediately or via the maternally ingested protein in mother’s milk.

Children can respond to much smaller dosages of contaminants than adults. Contact with human hormones or endocrine disruptors could also have a severe effect on normal development. And children who are already susceptible to microbe infections may be greatly afflicted if antibiotics lose their performance due to antibiotic-resistant genes in GM food and the overuse of antibiotics in rbGH cured cows. Moms using cornstarch as a talc alternative on the children’s skin may also expose them to proteins via inhalation. Furthermore, studies have shown that exposure to even the pesticides used on GM products can result in elevated levels of toxins in both maternal and fetal bird, even before your child is born [5]!

Genetically modified foods in Australia

Currently, the Australian government has approved a number of genetically modified crops. Although Australia itself only grows two GM crops which include cotton and canola, there are a variety of GM fruits and vegetable that are imported into the country on a daily basis. The figures are so high that Australian health experts estimate the GM food density to be 60% of the processed foods!

These fruits and vegetables include soybean, canola, corn, roots such as potato, sugar beet, as well as a variety of grains including wheat. GM food is stuffed in oils as well. The oils contain a cocktail of GM products especially Soy, canola and corn oil.

One more thing that you need to take care off is that you may be eating GMO too. This is because although GMO animal products are not approved by the Australian government, GM feed is still being imported constantly. This can lead to potential accumulation of GM toxin in animal eat and their ultimate consumption by you and your family.

Hence, genetically modified products are all around us. The healthy appearance of a fruit or vegetable is simply not enough to assure you of its quality. You need to inquire about their production and their development, in order to ascertain if they are GM free or not. It’s time we consider the harmful toxins and potentially gene changing products that we are exposing ourselves and our children to on a daily basis. Not only will this have immediate effects on their health, but it could lead to long-term complications including liver problems, cancers, and lifelong hypersensitivities. It is a far better option to choose organic food and relieve yourself of the GM burden. Your children deserve the best. They deserve their food as natural as can be.

 

References:

 

  1. Pusztai and S. Bardocz, “GMO in animal nutrition: potential benefits and risks,” Chapter 17, Biology of Nutrition in Growing Animals, R. Mosenthin, J. Zentek and T. Zebrowska (Eds.) Elsevier, October 2005.
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  4. Malatesta, M. Biggiogera, E. Manuali, M. B. L. Rocchi, B. Baldelli, G. Gazzanelli, “Fine Structural Analyses of Pancreatic Acinar Cell Nuclei from Mice Fed on GM Soybean,” Eur J Histochem 47 (2003): 385–388.
  5. Aris, A. and Leblanc, S. (2017). Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.