The Lack of Consumer Awareness about GM Foods
It is said that most Americans started eating genetically modified food without being aware of it. According to a spokesperson of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, about 75% of US processed foods in the form of boxed cereals and other grain products and frozen dinners, as well as those that contain cooking oil, made use of ingredients that came from GM produce. This information was published in 2005.
Prior to this, a scientist at the Rowett Institute named Dr. Arpad Putzai found evidences that genetically modified foods are harmful because they were capable of increasing levels of natural toxins as well as developing new ones. Dr. Putzai further stated that the lack of regulations regarding the release of these types of food in the market had turned consumers into becoming involuntary guinea pigs. Thereafter, Dr.Putzai’s research work was not completed because government funding was cut-off.
The uproar over the use of genetically altered crops soon died down because there were no related or consistent news about cases of fatalities, injuries or diseases or any incidences that will support arguments against the biotechnicologically modified foods. Except for a few stories that immediately died down, because there was no media blitz to sustain them. Overall, it appeared that the allegations about GM corn seeds and other crops being tested among consumers were true.
The US National Institute of Health (NIH) stated that GM foods are regarded as safe but it also acknowledges that no adequate testing has been done as yet to render them as completely safe. They further maintained that there are no reports of illness or injury that may have resulted due to the consumption of genetically modified foods.
It would have been all too easy to rely on statements released by institutes like the NIH. However, consumers should keep in mind that the “long term effects" of ionizing radiations and mutated cells, are the growth and development of malignant tumors that lead to cancer.
Colorectal cancer for one, which is the third leading cancer in the US is characterized by unexplained change in bowel movements, unexplained abdominal pains, unexplained anemia and unexplained weight loss and is said to be caused by inflamed colons or hemorrhoids.
Perhaps, instead of seeking answers on how genetically modified corn is made, we will be better off by learning how to plant our own organic corn or other crops for that matter.