Food allergies and GMO’s

Genetically modified organisms were first introduced in 1982. Since then food allergies have been on the rise in children. Before genetically modified organisms were introduced, food allergies were rare. Now every 1 in 13 children have a food allergy. 1 in 10 children have asthma. The leading cause of death, in children under 15, is cancer. While correlation does not equal causation, the figures are alarming enough to investigate and track.

Genetically modified organisms increase profitability for companies by making crops produce a higher yield. Crops are genetically modified to produced their own form of pesticide or remain alive when sprayed with large amounts of insecticides and herbicides. Crops started to be treated with these pesticides and many people in the United States were left in the dark. Many countries ban genetically modified organisms, but the United States continues to rely on them.GMO-Stats.jpg

“Organic is what our grandparents used to produce”– Robyn O’Brien

The farmers not using genetically modified organisms are questioned about how safe their practices really are. Farmers not using genetically modified organisms are using the same practices our elders did, but are able to call it “organic”. The food products being exported by the United States to many other countries are grown without many of the genetically modified organisms. This raises the question as to why other countries will not eat these modified foods.

Now 19% of all school children have food allergies.The food system that that is in place has  become more dependent on these genetically modified organisms. While many things are changing that could be the cause of this increase in food allergies, looking at genetically modified organisms for an expiation is not the worst idea. The food system in place is becoming a chemical system. The food system should be looked at more carefully. It needs to be considered how imperative these genetically modified organisms really are.

References:

GMO Defined

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxAustin-Robyn-OBrien-2011

http://responsibletechnology.org/10-reasons-to-avoid-gmos/

http://engl105062.web.unc.edu/2015/09/23/310/

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6 Comments

by | September 27, 2016 · 11:29 pm

6 responses to “Food allergies and GMO’s

  1. amyquandt

    Did you find any evidence that directly links food allergies to GMOs? Are there fewer food allergies in countries that have banned GMOs?

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    • madisonsmith71

      I found a few articles that backed the linking between GMO’s and allergies, however, they are not certain. It does appear that there are fewer food allergies in countries banning GMO’s.

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  2. cooperluvisa

    I am confused by the linkage between GMOs and allergies an am curious to see what the facts about it are. GMOs could be the potentially only way to grow crops in the near future with the climate disasters and severe weather patterns we are experiencing. Do you think that if people understood more about GMOs that they would be more willing to accept them as a food, or do you think there will always be a large amount of pushback.

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    • madisonsmith71

      I think that there will be a large amount of pushback from GMO usage until we become more certain as to what affects they have on human health.

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  3. Peter Newton

    Interesting. But as we know, correlation does not (necessarily) equal causation. Dr Diamond showed us a slide with a strong correlation between organic food sales and autism over time, but no-one really thinks the two are directly related. What plausible causal mechanism is there that would explain a connection between allergies and GM crops?

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