The Dirt on GMO Soy

In that article, we briefly touched on the fact that some brands of soy milk use genetically modified soybeans in their product.

Today, we’re going to examine the implications of consuming products made from GMO soy on human health.

What is GMO Soy?

GMO stands for genetically modified organism.

In the case of soy and many other food crops grown around the world, their basic genetic structure has been scientifically changed for a variety of reasons.

What You Should Know About GMO Soy

The most significant reason is to increase crop yields, as genetically engineered plants are resistant to pesticides.

This enables farmers to spray their fields liberally with harmful chemicals to kill off plants and insects that would normally destroy their crops.

The active ingredient in the herbicides is glysophate, which is a cytotoxin.

A cytotoxin is a substance that has a poisonous effect on the cells of plants and animals.

Even though the GMO soy is resistant to the toxicity of glysophate, it still absorbs the chemical through the soil.


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So, the toxic chemical used in powerful herbicides is then passed along from the GMO soybean to larger animals and humans, via GMO foods.

It’s estimated that roughly 70% of all foods found in grocery stores in the USA contain GMO soy.

This might seem like a high percentage, but when you consider the presence of soy and its byproducts in foods, especially processed foods, it shouldn’t be surprising.

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What foods are genetically modified?

It’s not just produce and processed foods that contain GMO soy.

Non-organic meat can contain the chemical glysophate because much of the livestock feed in America is GMO soy-based.

The reason so many processed foods use GMO soy is because of soy lecithin.

Soy lecithin is a waste product from the soybean refining process. It is used as an emulsifier, which binds together substances that normally do not mesh.

The dangers of eating GMO foods are beginning to emerge.

Scientists around the world have been conducting experiments on animals and human cells to determine the effect of GMO food consumption.

Some recorded effects in the various studies include liver damage, reproductive disturbance, and cellular damage, due to toxicity.

With such a presence of GMO soy, foods with soy, and other modified foods in our everyday lives, it begs the question:

What is Safe for You to Eat?

Organic-certified foods for one. Non GMO foods may also have verified seals on them too.

Foods containing GMO soybeans and GMO corn are everywhere; if an item is in question, take a look at the list of ingredients on the back.

Also, many websites, including Non-GMO Shopping Guide provide non GMO lists to help consumers make healthier choices for their families.

Final Words

Non GMO soy products and non GMO foods in general tend to be more expensive, which is one drawback.

However, with health at stake, it’s probably better to pay a little more now on groceries than to risk the possible long-term effects of eating GMO foods.

Please share this article with your friends and family. We all need to collectively raise the awareness and dangers of eating GMO foods; after all you are what you eat.

*This article was written by guest author, Gregg Mumma.

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