Genetically engineered foods (GE) or GMOs are animals or plants, whose DNA has been changed in unnatural ways and in most countries organic crops are GMO- free. As for the organic meat, it comes from animals that are raised on GMO- free feed. There is an ongoing controversy about the GMOs effects on our health and the environment.
Generally, GMOs are used to make the crops resistant to herbicides and to produce their own insecticides. FDA and the biotech companies engineering GMOs say they are safe, nevertheless several food safety advocates indicate these products are only short- term tested and no long- term studies are conducted to confirm GMOs safety.
GMOs have been associated with gastro- intestinal problems and increased food allergens, and many people believe that altering the DNA can cause increased chance of developing cancer. However, the research into the relation between GMOs and serious diseases is until now inconclusive.
Still, GMOs have profound effect on the level of pesticides in our food and more likely in our health and the environment, but again there is a debate over the amount of health risks resulted from the use of pesticides.
Some studies revealed that even the low doses of pesticides can cause increased risks of certain cancers, for example lymphoma, leukemia, prostate cancer and brain tumors. The most vulnerable are children and fetuses because their bodies, brains and immune systems are still developing.
At an early age, exposure can cause behavioral disorders, developmental delays and autism. Pregnant women are also very vulnerable, and pesticides can be passed from the mother to her child. Many of us have in our bodies an accumulated build- up of pesticides as a result of exposure for many years, and this may lead to health problems such as birth defects, headaches and weakened immune systems.