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A Word on Genetically Modified Organisms

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The debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is in full swing around the world. The European nations have rejected GMO foods and crops. America has allowed many GMOs, however, resistance is growing due to the growing number of reported problems. Currently 88% of U.S. corn and 94% of U.S. soy are genetically modified.

According to the movie ‘Genetic Roulette’ by Jeffrey M. Smith, GMO technology is not a precise science! It’s more of a microscopic aiming from the hip. Take a desired gene, copy it a million times and load all of them into a pistol-like device. Then you shoot the content at millions of target cells. And then you’ll have to clone these ‘wounded’ cells. Usually it takes a virus or a portion of a virus to activate the foreign genes in these newly cloned cells. The process of cloning and bombardment creates massive lateral damage. There could be hundreds or thousands of mutations. This means unpredicted side effects.

The movie further claims that the results are gene-sequences, which do not exist in nature. Our immune system reacts to these unknown ‘intruders’ and the result is an inflammatory reaction. Many of our current disease patterns have inflammation as a common cause. Inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation, gastrointestinal infections, Crohn’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux. Inflammations also play a major role in allergies, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, .. the list just doesn’t end!

To my understanding, there are no security regulations or mandatory authorization of GMO foods in the United States! The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) only reminds manufacturer’s of GMOs that it is their responsibility to ensure that foods marketed are safe, wholesome and in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements. Currently, the manufacturers can bring new CMO crops to market without reporting it to the FDA or telling it to consumers.

The conclusion: I personally try to stay away from all GMO foods as much as I possibly can.

How to avoid GMO foods in the USA

There are 4 ways to avoid GMO foods:
– Buy organic
– Products that say ‘NON-GMO’ (www.nongmoproject.org)
– Buy products that are listed in the NON-GMO shopping guide (Find the NON-GMO shopping guide for download here)
– Avoid the below mentioned at risk ingredients all together

At risk ingredients
There are 9 GMO food crops right now:
Soy, Corn (not popcorn), Cottonseed (for oil), Canola (for oil), Sugar Beets (for sugar), Papaya (Hawaiian and Chinese), Zucchini, Yellow Crookneck Squash, Alfalfa (for hay).

But their derivatives can be found in more than 70% of the foods in supermarkets, particularly the processed foods.

They include but are not limited to: canola oil, corn flour, corn masa, corn meal, corn oil, corn sugar, corn syrup, cornstarch, cottonseed oil, dextrin, dextrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), hydrolyzed vegetable protein, maltodextrin, protein isolate, soy flour, soy isolates, soy lecithin, soy milk, soy oil, soy protein, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, sugar (unless specified as cane sugar), tamari, tocopherols (vitamin E), tofu, vegetable fat, vegetable oil.

Vote Yes on Proposition 37
But wait, there is a significantly easier way to find out if there are any GMOs used in foods. Vote for the right to know what’s in your food. Please vote yes on Proposition 37 on November 6 which requires mandatory labeling for GMO ingredients.
More information: www.carighttoknow.org

GMO foods in Switzerland

Switzerland has comprehensive mandatory labeling laws for GMO foods to protect consumers against deception. And also to allow freedom of choice between conventional and genetically modified foods.

The import and sale of genetically modified foods are allowed if the corresponding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) received premarket approval. Such products have to be labeled if more than 0.9 percent of an ingredient is genetically modified. However, Swiss farmers and the major supermarket chains like Coop and Migros voluntarily reject to buy or sell GMOs.

What can you do to keep it this way?
Buy organic (aka ‘Bio-Produkte’ in Switzerland) and locally produced food. Support politicians and organisations that promote the concept of an ecologically and locally oriented agriculture.

Source: Movie ‘Genetic Roulette’ by Jeffrey M. Smith

About the author

ImageRene von Gunten NTP CPT is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Nutritional Therapy Association and holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University. He is a Los Angeles-based Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and holistic nutritionist serving clients locally and internationally via personal or phone/skype consultations. You can find him on  and his website is www.swissnutritioneer.com

Written by swissnutritioneer

November 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

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  1. There should be a clear distinction among GMO foods and organic foods but what I believe GMO foods should be banned from supermarkets.

    Ella Baker

    November 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm


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