Genetically Modified Food Can Alter Your DNA

Photo courtesy of Alliance For Natural Health USA.

Photo courtesy of Alliance For Natural Health USA.

Madeleine Katz, Photojournalist

According to studies done by several sources including the Public Library of Science, consuming genetically modified food can alter or change your DNA in significant ways. It can also cause multiple other health problems such as cancer and tumors.  


Currently, many different foods are genetically modified and entire species of vegetables can be genetically modified. All the corn that has been recently produced is genetically modified and there is no way to eat corn that has not been genetically modified. If food continues to be genetically altered  at the rate it is currently being modified, all vegetables and fruits will be found with genetically modified genes, as reported by GMO Answers.


There are many organizations working to educate Americans about the dangers of GMO ingredients and food and abolish GMO foods and ingredients in order to improve the health of Americans.  


The USDA, the United States Department of Agriculture,  has approved genetically modified corn, soybean, tomato, papaya, potato, and many other crops to be produced in the United States, according to Time.


It isn’t reasonable to consume GMO foods or ingredients when there are so many potential health issues and it could possibly create genetic mutations. “The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems,” reported the Institute For Responsible Technology.


The Institute For Responsible Technology also stated, “Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise.”


Many Americans are boycotting genetically modified foods and ingredients so that the companies manufacturing these products will eventually not have enough sales and be forced to stop selling GMO products. Manufacturers of GMO food and ingredients are required by law to have a sticker on their labels, showing that the food in genetically modified.


Alhees Basharmal (9) believes that, “nowadays, people eat whatever they find when they are hungry without thinking twice about it because this is the forgetful age and people do not read what is on the nutrition facts on the wrappers of most foods, products, and snacks. Some people do read it, but not that many and if they do, they don’t worry about the food being genetically modified.”