What are GMOs?Plain and simple — GMOs are live organisms that have been modified in a lab through a process called genetic engineering, many of which are created to survive heavy pesticide and herbicide exposure.
The Dangers of GMOs to Our HealthSo why is this bad? For one, nearly 80% of GMO crops have been produced to withstand herbicide exposure, and with this comes an increased use and exposure to toxic chemicals. What’s even scarier is that glyphosate (found in the weedkiller Roundup), has been deemed potentially carcinogenic. A study found that farmers exposed to this toxic chemical were twice as likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The bottom line is that when we ingest GMO crops, we run the very real risk of exposing ourselves to these damaging herbicides and their toxic ingredients.
The Environmental DangersNot only do GMOs pose a very serious health risk, but they are also damaging our environment. GMOs have created what’s called “superweeds” and “superbugs.” In order to kill these off, farmers have to use even stronger and more toxic chemicals that come with even greater risks.
Where GMOs are FoundHere are some of the most common GMO crops.
- Sugar beet
- Yellow summer squash
- Cottonseed oil
- Animal products