10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

We are constructing the top 10 reasons to avoid eating GMOs. Before we fill in the details and polish this up, we’d like to get your opinion. Is this the best 10? Should some be kicked out, combined, or replaced. Are there better ones?

Please write your suggestions in the comment section below, to help us prepare.

Thanks,

Jeffrey Smith

10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

  1. GMOs carry significant health dangers
  2. Releasing GMOs out doors leads to irreversible contamination of the ecosystem
  3. The use of the herbicide Roundup is dramatically increased with GM Roundup Ready crops, which negatively affects human, animal, plant, and environmental health
  4. The process of genetic engineering is imprecise, fraught with unpredicted side effects, and based on obsolete assumptions
  5. The regulations and approvals of GMOs are insufficient to protect human health and the environment
  6. The industry-funded research is superficial, and largely rigged to avoid finding problems
  7. Independent scientists who discover problems are attacked, media seeking to expose problems are censored
  8. GMOs lead to environmental problems such as loss of bio-diversity and harm to birds, insects, and soil ecology
  9. GMOs do not help feed the world, but rather work against that urgent goal
  10. By avoiding GMOs, you help generate the tipping point of consumer rejection

17 Comments

  1. I think the reasons should be simple and in layman’s terms as the common man will read over the above

    Perhaps reasons like:

    GMOS have not been researched and the long term effects are not known.
    Eating GMOS is thought to stay with you as proven in a study of fetal cells.
    GMOS are manipulated DNA and we aren’t sure what cell in your body they will attach to as they are turned On with no off button
    Currently farmers are up against GMOS as their are now super weeds and they are needing to handpick or spray even more chemicals

    All I know is that the above could be very daunting to understand if someone doesn’t understand the in-depth impact.

  2. Jeffrey here are my suggestions, largely based on yours with minor changes to avoid appearing too negative. As you know, the big corporations with their armies of PR spin artists and Lawyers will dissect and exploit any wording that appears to imply a destructive agenda. (i.e consumer rejection replaced with consumer choice).

    But regardless of what you settle on, this is a great idea.

    10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

    GMOs carry significant known health dangers and potentially unknown dangers.

    Releasing GMOs out doors leads to irreversible contamination of the ecosystem and organic by choice crops.

    The use of the herbicide Roundup is dramatically increased with GM Roundup Ready crops, which negatively affects human, animal, plant, and environmental health and have been tied to the development of superweeds.

    The process of genetic engineering is imprecise, fraught with unpredicted side effects, and based on obsolete assumptions.

    The regulations and approvals of GMOs are insufficient to protect human health and the environment

    The industry-funded research is superficial, and largely biased to avoid finding problems.

    Independent scientists who discover problems have been publicly attacked and media seeking to expose problems are censored through lawsuits.

    GMOs lead to environmental problems such as loss of bio-diversity and harm to birds, insects, soil ecology and dwindling clean water resources.

    GMOs do not help feed the world, but rather work against historic agriculture that maintains diversity and can feed both large and small communities on a local basis despite periodic climatic changes.

    By avoiding GMOs, you help support consumer right to choose.

  3. you can mention that they are not sustainable (with in on the ten like number 9) can also mention the super weed requiring more chemicals and also the tons of chemicals they require in general. Mention the unkown dangers? Mention the antibotic facter in one of the health reasons..and the pesticide factory in intestinal flora one of the health reasons…. as this is a very shocking and strong image.

  4. GMOs contain unique DNA which our bodies treat as foreign proteins, causing immune system allergic response and sub-clinical ill-health.

    GMOs trample your constitutional rights. Whenever patented GM pollen or seed blows onto private property, seed companies can sue for royalties because their property is on your property.

  5. GMOs are a Trojan horse in our food supply. They were stealthily introduced 15 years ago without labels. Today, they claim GMOs can feed the world, but they somehow can’t figure out how to label them. Can you trust what they say?

  6. I really feel a strong reason to label GMOs is so we can avoid them if we want to. Freedom of choice. But the FDA will only address mandatory labeling if its a safety concern. So we have to give them a reason. But if the industry is saying labeling would carry a negative connotation, it just proves my point that many have considerations even beyond the safety issue per se. So the best reason to avoid GMOs is our own reason. And we cannot avoid them without labeling, or under the FDAs stupid rules. They could always label it and then say but we think its safe. But we have a right to know and to decide for ourselves.

  7. The BIG RED FLAG: Gene splicing techniques corrupt the INTEGRITY of nature, of natural barriers that would normally prevent genes from different species mixing.

    Natural processes have evolved and maintained life since the dawn of time. To artificially mix different species is quite simply insane, and the results of that insanity are plain to see… new allergies, wildlife damage, new deadly soil pathogens, superweeds and on and on.

    Gene splicing is not even required. Genetic marker technology allows traits to be developed without interfering with natural integrity. GE as it exists is about money, corporate domination and greed with no ethical framework whatsoever. It’s one of the most insane activities that humans have ever done and that is saying something. ~ Mike

  8. Thank you! some thoughts…

    10 Reasons to Avoid GMO’s:

    1. GMO’s can carry significant health dangers and may contribute to allergies, diabetes, organ failure, sterility, miscarriage & learning disabilities. Young children are especially susceptible and may begin signs of early puberty.

    2. Releasing GMO’s into the wild may lead to irreversible contamination of the ecosystem, food crops, lead to environmental problems such as loss of bio-diversity, may harm birds, Pollinators, soil nutrient and ecology.

    3.Due to resistance, the use of the herbicide Roundup is dramatically increased with GM Roundup Ready crops, which, also negatively affect that of human, animal, plant, pollinator, environmental and water health and importantly, may potentially create harmful new pathogens not previously in existence.

    4. The process of genetic engineering is imprecise, fraught with unpredicted side effects, based on obsolete assumptions and pushed ahead without PEER reviewed studies for safety, the regulations and approvals of GMO’s are still insufficient to protect human health and the environment.

    5. 30 countries either ban or label GMO’s. 86% of all grocery items have some form of GMO. When polled, 9 out of 10 people stated they would not eat a GMO, yet they are unaware that they are eating them every day, sometimes three meals a day.

    6. The industry-funded research is superficial and largely rigged to avoid finding problems and Independent scientists who discover problems are attacked, media seeking to expose problems are censored, politicians and lobbyist are paid off to overlook.

    7. GMO seeds terminate. In some states, is against the law for farmers to save seeds. They must pay a royalty to the biotech industry each year for new seeds. If a nearby farm is caught contaminated by pollen or spilled GM seeds, said farm may in fact be sued, lose his entire crop from unwanted contamination, or worse, the entire farm. There is the potential for seeds to take on a terminator trait across the board.

    8. Deregulation of GMO alfalfa stands to cross-contaminate the entire alfalfa supply, quite possibly creating the end of organic dairy and further loss of our pollinators.

    9. GMO’s are not proven for drought resistance, vitamin deficiencies or to help feed the world but rather, as studies suggest, work against that urgent goal with the recent outbreak of BT crop failures across the country.

    10. Power of the purse, by avoiding GMO’s, you help generate the tipping point of consumer rejection and support consumer right to choose, and, in doing so, may drive down the cost of organics.

  9. Cont’d: I lost part of #5: I can’t quite recall how I worded this one… :(

    5. 30 countries either ban or label GMO’s. 86% of all grocery items have some form of GMO. When polled, 9 out of 10 people stated they would not eat a GMO yet they are unaware that they are eating them every day, sometimes three meals a day since about 1995 and since this time, there are no long-term safety studies showing GMO’s are safe for humans to ingest.

  10. I suggest to say something about- GMO’s combine the gene of a bacteria, that produces pesticide like substances, into the plant’s gene’s. Studies now verify that genes can survive digestion, both in humans and animals.  This bacteria gene combines with your gut bacteria and now you have the bacteria in your gut producing pesticide like substance.

  11. From listening to an interview on http://www.itsrainmakingtime.com (Kim Greenhouse) I found out that wheat genes were modified some 40-50 yrs ago and it is not the wheat people used to eat way back then. 
    Dr. William Davis, the Author of Wheat Belly explained that it now has 10X the yield & a much shorter growing season, making it a super carb making people fatter and fatter….and it causes celiac disease which destroys the intestines….and it can cause rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s, weight gain, diabetes, Chrone’s disease and colitis etc

    The wheat of today was transformed and is no longer edible without high chance of disease: Wheat used to have 28 chromosomes. It now has 42 chromosomes.Glydin protein in this wheat of today,  is an appetite stimulant and  they put it in everything from soups to desserts….Since hearing this interview, I quit eating any breads, even organic made from wheat of any type including sprouted breads, and breads made from Spelt, Kamut, and other types of wheat. I found that I was “addicted” to it. Once I started eating some, I had 2, 3, 5, 7 pieces….I thought this was weird…..I was never “addicted” to bread before……I noticed that all other products,for example crackers made of buckwheat all contain rice flour which , according to Dr. Davis, raise blood sugar even more than wheat….so I make my own dehydrated vegetable crackers using an almond flour and ground  flaxseed base plus red/yellow peppers or tomatoes/basil or apple/fennel and they are delicious! ….I am passing on this info to everyone I know. Please do your own investigation and pass this on….

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