So you may have started hearing the acronym GMO but have no clue what it exactly is. So what exactly is it? GMOs, genetically modified organisms, are crops that have been (as the name suggests) been genetically engineered to withstand the direct application of herbicide or insecticide. In general, it could potentially be any living organism that has been alternated for various reasons; however, the ones you often hear about tend to refer to commercial crops.
There are several reasons. One of the main reasons is to help withstand natural environmental threats such as drought and frost, as well as pests to prevent crops from dying. These modifications are made to help increase the yield, enhance a certain nutrient aspect of the crop, increase its' growth rate and/or shelf life. This technique was introduced commercially around the mid-1990s as GMO crops became increasingly popular for its rapid growth and pest-resistance. However, it wasn't until recently that more consumers are aware of the increasing growth of GMOs. Unfortunately, there has been a lack of transparency surrounding products that use GMO foods.
Although many mainstream science and media claim that GMO foods have no adverse health effects over the period of their study, there is still a huge lack of long-term scientific study of the effects of GMO on humans. Since there is limited testing done, there is still some uncertainty whether this could affect health over long periods of consumption.
With the limited available research out there, there are a few reasons why it is highly recommended to avoid products containing GMO:
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