What are GMO? Risks and the ways to overcome them
Real risk of GMO food & how it avoid?
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What are GMO(s)?
The not so recent yet so questionable food facts include the term GMO or the Genetically Modified Organisms. These are the organisms (any food content) whose genetical arrangement has been changed using the various genetic techniques. Summarizing in an easy way, the protein or any other major food constituent is been introduced with some changes, which mean more of the nutrients hence improved health.
Facts about GMO(s)
• The GMO(s) are sometimes referred to as transgenic organisms.
• Organisms (food and the animals) wherein no changes are made in the genetic makeup are called Non-GMO organisms.
• The most popularly GMO food are namely corn, canola, soya bean and cotton.
• The major benefits of GMO have been the increase in the productivity of the food crops due to the use of better and modified GMO.
• One of the known varieties in the GMO rice was known as Golden Rice. This name of golden rice is due to the presence of Vitamin A which imparts a yellow color to the rice.
Risks associated with GMO foods.
• While there have been tremendous potential benefits one could take from the GMO food, with no doubts there have been many of the risks factors involved as well. Listing a few of those below
- Organ damaging
- Immune system disorders: this has been mentioned by one of the good doing medical research center of America. They stated the modified organisms of the food even tend to enter the living organism and hence interrupting with the normal working of the organism’s body.
- Accelerated ageing
- Not easily digested: The GM corn traces were found in the mother and the unborn fetus blood: a shocking yet true revelation. This simply conveys that the toxic traces of GM food could be very lethargic.
- Potential increase in herbicide use: though the need of developing herbicide-resistant crops is very genuine, the self-moderation of plants to become herbicide resistant and hence prose problem in the upcoming year is not something one could think of. Thus this increases the pressure on farmers to use more and more herbicide which would help against the more herbicide-resistant evolving weeds.
- Dangerous side effects: some of the various ill effects like allergens, toxins, nutritional deficiencies and the carcinogens are been reported to be expectantly released from the targeted mixing up or the engineering of genes!
How to avoid such risks associated with GMO(s)?
- Be an organic buyer
Though this one might be very difficult in the starting sticking to this life routine would be so good for one’s health. Sticking to the natural or raw means everything provided to the body in the fresh form.
- Hunt for food packets labelled as Non-GMO
This kind of manufacturer transparency makes sure the production center has undergone the third party inspection to make sure food is good and healthy.
- Avoid GMO Offspring products
Maltodextrin, high fructose corn syrup, corn oil, soy flour and soy protein should be avoided which are GMO Offspring products.
- Search, explore and Buy
Try sticking to the online research where you can find good and organic food stores like www.knowyourfood.in. These would help bring the right kind of food into your basket adding more of health and prolonged life!