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Eight Reasons Why I Have No GMOs In My Diet

Feb 27, 2015 01:59AM
by Julianne O’Dwyer

I became concerned about the growing prevalence of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply as I realized the importance of improving my diet to aid in my recovery from several autoimmune illnesses and a longstanding battle with chronic and acute pain resulting from two car accidents. During my health journey, I learned that Big Agriculture does not want the public to know how it grows the American food supply. GMO seed manufacturers are secretive. I do believe that all of us have a right to know the dangerous effect of GMOs on the food you eat.

Here are reasons I avoid eating GMO foods.

  1. Herbicides in GMOs are absorbed into the body. The active ingredient in widely used Roundup, a dangerous herbicide, is glyphosate. This chemical is highly toxic. Glyphosate kills healthy bacteria in the gut. Scientists suspect it is linked to chronic diseases such as autism, breast cancer, celiac disease, ADHD, birth defects and pregnancy problems.
  1. Long-term health risk of GMOs is unknown. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” seed corn based solely on three-month study reports submitted by the company. More recent studies clearly demonstrate that GMO food causes tumors in rats.
  1. GMOs threaten biodiversity in our food supply. With the rise of industrial monoculture over the past 100 years, we have lost more than 90 percent of our seed varieties. All GMO seeds are unnatural products of human engineering.
  1. GMOs threaten sustainable farming. GMO crops increase yields in the early years but underperform in subsequent years, largely because they are engineered to withstand Roundup or other herbicides but eventually weeds develop a resistance. GMO crops are more likely to fail when faced with drought or excess rainfall because they are incompatible with various soil and weather conditions. Other problems include increased chemical runoff into lakes and streams.
  2. More than 80 percent of corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets are GMOs. These commodities are ingredients found in almost all processed and packaged foods. Even most frozen and canned corn are GMOs.
  1. The DNA in GMO seed has been modified so that fields can be sprayed with chemicals that kill weeds and pests. Annual pesticide usage has increased dramatically.
  1. Leading countries around the world ban GMOs. The European Union, Russia, China, India and many less-developed countries have banned GMOs. Unlike in the U.S. where chemical companies that produce Roundup and other toxic herbicides wield enormous political power, public opinion in these countries is against GMOs in food.
8.  States are starting to ban GMOs or demand proper labeling. Vermont, Maine and Connecticut have                   passed GMO labeling laws.

Julianne O’Dwyer is a cellular hydration specialist and wellness coach in Reston who holds workshops on hydration and optimal health. For more info, visit She is a co-coordinator of the third annual Grow Your Health Gardening, Local Food & Wellness Festival on Saturday, March 28 in Fairfax where the document, GMO OMG will be shown. For more info, visit


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