20 Genetically Modified Foods Coming To Your Plate
f the need to halt GMOs were not urgent enough, this article should scare the pants off you. Here we glimpse some of the potentials for the unabated and bizarre proliferation of GMOs. Some of these developments you will already know about (hopefully), but some will come as a surprise. As I see it we are now at a crossroads where we can still dismantle this dangerous and perverted manipulation of the very fabric of life, the sacred code of nature, which will undoubtedly affect each and every one of us in profound ways now and in the future.
Here we are reminded that the fight against GMOs and to save organics is not just a battle for what we knew yesterday, which is bad enough. It is a fight against the future of the GE movement and the unlikely and increasingly creepy, scary, and deranged turns it will likely take. Just today I read elsewhere that 35 species of fish, in addition to salmon, are slotted to be genetically engineered for various traits. I am not going to preview the highlights of what is below, but maybe you too will be left wondering, âWhat will they think of next?â
I hope we never have to find out. We have to stop this now before we and future generations have to be genetically engineered, RoundUp and 2,4-D Ready at the least perhaps, to withstand the onslaught of the weird stuff beingÂ channelledÂ into our food supply and into our environment. If you havenât already, perhaps after reading this article you will be more ready to take a real stand against GMOs by enacting theÂ 11 Simple Steps to Eradicate GMOsÂ and join ourÂ GMO Eradication Movement. Now put down that bowl of GMO corn chowder, buckle your seatbelts, clear you ears and clean off your eyeglasses for the list of 20 GMOs coming soon and already arrived to supermarket shelves near you.
Good luck distinguishing these Frankenfoods from real, natural food as they flood our supermarkets.
Genetically altered to withstand heavy applications of toxic chemicals, resist disease or contain more nutrients, so-called âFrankenfoodsâ are appearing on supermarket shelves at a rapid rate. Currently, genetically modified (GM) corn and soy can be found in many processed foods, and the produce section may contain GM zucchini, corn on the cob and papaya. But beyond those that have already been approved for human consumption, many more GMOs are on the way â and theyÂ probably wonât be labeled. These 20 crops and animal products include both those that are already available (whether we like it or not) and some that are still in development, like cows that produce human breast milk.
If you eat any kind of processed food on a regular basis â tortilla chips, cereal, granola bars â chances are, you consume genetically modified corn.Â The Center for Food SafetyÂ estimates that over 70% of the processed foods in American grocery stores contain genetically modified corn or soy. Corn is altered to contain proteins that kill insects that eat them, so they effectively produce their own pesticides.
Rice plants areÂ often modifiedÂ to be resistant to herbicides and pests, to increase grain size and to generate nutrients that donât exist in the grain naturally. Varieties include Bayerâs herbicide-resistant âLibertyLinkâ rice, vitamin A-infused âgolden riceâ and the bizarre Ventria Bioscience âExpress Tecâ rice, which has been altered to contain human proteins naturally found in breast milk. The latter is used globally in infant formula.
Among the first foods to be genetically altered, GM tomatoes have been developed to be unnaturally high in anti-oxidants, to have more intense flavor and toÂ stay fresh longer. While there are not currently any genetically modified tomatoes on store shelves, theyâre being used extensively by scientists to study the function of genes that are naturally present in the plants.
The most common genetically engineered food of all is the soybean. Since 1996, scientists have been creating varieties of soybeans that are resistant to both pests and herbicides, and they wind up in places youâd least expect them, like candy bars. A new GM soybean with higher levels of healthy oils was approved by the USDA in 2010; chemical companies DuPont andÂ MonsantoÂ are both working on their own versions of the biotech bean.
We donât think of cotton as a food, and technically it isnât â but we still end up eating it. Cotton isnât classified as a food crop, so farmers can use any chemicals they want when growing it. That means cottonseed oil, which is present in products like mayonnaise and salad dressing, can beÂ packed full of pesticides. Along with soy, corn and canola, cotton grown for oil extraction is one of the most frequently genetically modified crops in the world.
Canola, a cultivar of rapeseed, produces one of the most commonly consumed food oils, and itâs one of Americaâs biggest cash crops. What you may not know is that canola stands for âCanadian oil, low acid,â referring to a variety of rapeseed developed in the 1970s. 80% of the acres of canola sown in the U.S.Â are genetically modified, and a 2010 study in North Dakota found that the modified genes of these plantsÂ have spreadÂ to 80% of wild natural rapeseed plants.
Despite the fact that an environmental impact study has yet to be completed, the USDAÂ has announcedÂ that farmers may now plantÂ MonsantoâsÂ Roundup Ready sugar beets, which have been altered to withstand the companyâs herbicide. This decision comes despite a 2010 court order that prohibited planting the GMO beets until the study was performed. Sugar beets provide about half of Americaâs sugar.
Salmon may become the first genetically modified animal to be approved for direct human consumption. TheÂ FDA has decidedÂ that a variety of GM salmon that grow twice as fast as their natural, un-modified peers is both safe to eat and safe for the environment.
âWeâre looking here at a scenario where the fish might wind up sooner or later in the ocean,â Brian Ellis, plant biotechnologist at the University of British Columbia Vancouver, told Discovery News. âI think if we go down this route, we have to be prepared to accept some potentially unknown consequences.â
Providing the other half of Americaâs precious sugar, sugar cane is set to debut on our shelves in genetically modified form sometime soon. Brazilâs state-owned agricultural research agency has beenhard at workÂ developing drought-resistant sugar cane that also bears increased yields for years now, and may have it certified for commercial use within five years. Australia is also working onÂ its own version.
After the Ringspot Virus nearly destroyed all of Hawaiiâs papaya crops, a new variety was engineered to resist the disease, and it now represents the majority of the papayas grown in the United States.
âPapaya would be unique in the sense where the industry in Hawaii is dependent on biotech,âÂ says Kevin Richards, director of regulatory relations for the American Farm Bureau. âWhat you have in Hawaii is a very contained, isolated agro-eco system, which is vulnerable to diseases.â
The first genetically modified food to be approved for cultivation in Europe in over a decade,Â Amflora potatoesÂ are currently being grown in Sweden. High in starch content, the potatoes are actually meant for use in paper, glues and other commercial products rather than as food, but that doesnât mean they wonât end up affecting the food chain. Nearby farmers worry about their rabbits, deer, and especially their bees.
Could genetically modified crops have something to do with the mysterious ailments that areÂ killing honeybee coloniesÂ by the billions? Some researchers believe so. A zoologist in GermanyÂ found that genesÂ used to modify rapeseed crops had transferred to bacteria living inside bees. GMOs are currently considered to be among the possible causes of Colony Collapse Disorder. And if the genes are causing changes within the bees, theyâre also likely to cause changes to the honey that the bees produce.
After banana crops in Uganda were affected by a bacterial disease that caused the plants to rot, scientistsÂ developed a genetically modified varietyÂ that could help alleviate the $500 million annual loss. The ban on GM crops was waived to make way for the GM version of Ugandaâs staple food. A gene from sweet pepper was inserted into the bananas that make them resistant to the bacteria. Cultivated bananas have almost no genetic diversity, so supporters of this decision argue that introducing the GMO fruits will actually help bananas as a whole.