The short answer is yes. You should be concerned. I believe too often we shrug off concerns because we don’t see an immediate threat looming in front of us. Let us consider this…as you reflect back on the negative experiences of your life, how many of them presented as a big looming threat at the outset? If you’re like me, probably not many.
It makes me wonder why it is that we as humans don’t heed the warnings when they are small so that we don’t suffer the larger consequences down the road. I’ll let you answer that one for yourself, but let me pose a few hypothetical comparisons to the subject of this blog.
- If someone you knew told you that they contracted food poisoning from a certain restaurant, would you rush over and have lunch?
- If you knew that the waiter that was serving you your food spit in it, would you eat it?
- If he dropped your food on the floor and the scooped it back on the plate as if nothing had happened and set it in front of you, would you eat it?
The answer to all of these is, of course, no way!
And yet we do something similar on a daily basis when we choose to consume foods without knowing or understanding their origin or the potential effects they may have on us.
What is Transgenic Gene Transfer?
If it sounds complicated it’s really not. The basic definition is the transfer of genetically modified DNA from one species to another after the modified food is consumed.
If you haven’t already, read my blog about GMO meat to get a better understanding of what the research in animal studies has shown. This has been shown to occur in animals in many research studies.
Why you Should be Concerned about Transgenic Gene Transfer
The biggest reason is because we as humans have a habit of choosing to be ignorant of the things around us and put
an excess amount of faith in others to spoon-feed us information so we don’t have to take responsibility for ourselves.
The second reason is that, while it is not made public, research has shown that this does occur inside the human body.
The third reason is that, because this is happening, the potential harm that it is causing is something of great concern.
What does the Research Say?
Let me digress for a moment and share with you how much research has really been done on the potential long-term effects of GM foods.
A very telling critical review published in December 2014 detailed how many long-term feeding studies using rats were published for each genetically modified food that is currently available on the market as of then. The results are astonishing and highly alarming.
Of all of the GM crops listed, only 19% of all GM crops has undergone long-term research, and many of those have only undergone one study. This is like one pea in a five-gallon bucket…much more research would need to be completed to get a full understanding of the potential outcomes of rats consuming genetically modified foods.
It is discouraging to report that most of the crops have had ZERO research. And most of the studies that were published were published long after the food became available on the market, indicating that safety studies were not responsibly completed before exposing the masses to these foods .
I strongly encourage you to, at minimum, review Table 1 of this review for yourself and, if you feel motivated, read the entire thing.
It has already been shown that transgenes survive digestion through the stomach and small intestine in humans. Human feeding studies are sorely lacking in this department (another reason to question the safety of GM foods), but there has been one study that indicated that transgenes were transferred to gut microflora (bacteria) .
Interestingly, the transgenes that were transferred to the microflora were not from the foods provided during the test study but from foods consumed prior to the test. This confirms that we have very little understanding of how long transgenes will survive in the GI tract.
Why does this matter?
It may just be my bent, but I don’t like the idea of my body absorbing the products of a science experiment…and the possibility that I am then becoming a subsequent science experiment from that point forward.
But functionally speaking, the biggest reason of concern lies in the transfer of transgenes to gut bacteria. Because
the research is so undefined at this point and the outcomes are unknown, we are looking down the barrel of a potentially incurable health crisis.
When these genetically modified genes are integrated into the DNA of the gut bacteria, the bacteria still produces proteins from that bacteria. Genetic modification is used for the primary purpose of creating toxic proteins, that the bacteria inside your body now have inside them.
So, the proteins that your gut bacteria are making from this GM DNA is the same toxic protein produced by the plant it came from, except now it is inside you! The potential health outcomes of this are entirely unknown at this point, but if our gut bacteria are producing toxins inside us we are literally becoming toxic from the inside out.
And we can’t stop it.
Want to learn more?
Glad to hear it! The book titled Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith provides more research that explains the potential outcomes of genetically modified foods. An excellent resource at an excellent price at ThriftBooks.com.
1. I.M. Zdziarski, J.W. Edwards, J.A. Carman, J.I. Haynes. GM crops and the rat digestive tract: A critical review. Environment International Volume 73, December 2014, Pages 423–433