GMO consumption could harm in future

You are what you eat. We’ve all heard our mothers, health teachers and doctors tell us that for years. Do you want to turn into a raging chicken filled with antibiotics and chemicals? No? Then take control of your diet and learn the risks of eating foods enhanced by genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

It’s a known fact that the use of GMOs has hurt our environment. By utilizing genetically modified technology, scientists remove organisms that harm crops. In theory, that sounds great; but by doing so, a food source for other animals is eliminated. This could lead to a lower level of biodiversity in ecosystems.

Genetic enhancements often combine proteins or other nutrient components not found in the original food source. This can cause severe allergic reactions in humans. Feeding infants GMO boosted foods can cause their tiny immune system to reject certain foods. An entire lifetime can be affected.

Chipotle broke the mold of chain restaurants with their promise to cook with non-GMO ingredients. But after recent reports, and that stomach virus debacle, Chipotle is no longer a viable model for restaurants. It is unrealistic to cut out all GMO from our diet. I’m not a health nut. I enjoy McDonald’s quarter pounders and ice cream by the pints.

However, I believe there is a real value in knowing how our dinners got from the fields to our plates.

After taking a Penn State sustainability course, I realize that GMOs are not providing a sustainable growth of crops, like corn and soy. Decades ago, GMOs were thought to be the saving grace of world hunger. That belief has been darkened.

Enjoy those enormous hot wings, but keep in mind our bodies were built to survive from natural, clean food products. Who knows the future health risks that will be linked to excessive GMO consumption?

Hopefully they won’t include turning into a large, angry chicken.

Matt McDonald

Altoona

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