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GMO Health Risks You Need To Be Aware Of

October 2, 2018
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Simon Persson

Learn what GMOs are and how they are created. Discover hidden GMO health risks and how Monsanto uses patents to sue farmers. And find out how you can avoid GMOs altogether.


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The food that you eat can be genetically modified and may cause more cancer. You should avoid them now if you want to prevent cancer.

In this video, you will first learn what GMOs are. Then you’re going to discover their health risks. After that, you’re going to learn how biotech companies use patents to destroy farming. 

And finally, you're going to find out how to avoid GMOs and stay healthy. So let’s begin.

What Are GMOs?

GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Other names for it is Genetic modification(GM). You create a GMO by taking genes from species and inserting them into another.


92% of all corn grown in the US are GMOs

Genetic engineering is different from traditional breeding and carries unique risks. In traditional breeding, it is possible to mate a pig with another pig to get a new variety. 

But it is not possible to mate a pig with a potato or a mouse. It's also hard to breed animals that resemble each other. A horse, for example, can mate with a donkey, but the offspring is sterile.

How Scientists Create GMOs

Living organisms hinder the introduction of DNA from different species. To force the DNA from one breed into another you can either:

  • Use viruses or bacteria to “infect” animal or plant cells with the new DNA
  • Coat DNA into tiny metal pellets, and firing it with a special gun into the cells
  • Injecting the new DNA into fertilized eggs with a fine needle
  • Use electric shocks to create holes in the membrane covering the sperm, and force new DNA into it.

With genetic engineering, scientists can breach species barriers set up by nature. For example, they have meshed fish genes into tomatoes. This is impossible to do with natural processes.

gmo tomato

GMOs are Frankenstein foods created in a laboratory

Our understanding of DNA is limited. Any change to the DNA of an organism can have side effects that are impossible to predict or control. The new gene could alter chemical reactions within the cell or disturb it.

This process can create new toxins or allergens, and changes in nutritional value.

GMOs Can Tolerate Toxic Herbicides

GMOs have two main traits. One of them is tolerance to herbicides. This feature lets the farmer spray a weed-killer on the crop without killing it.

When farmers buy GM seeds, they also have to buy the company’s corresponding herbicide. Roundup Ready crops can withstand Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. 


Monsanto's herbicide Roundup is toxic

Liberty Link crops can tolerate Bayer’s Liberty herbicide. Other GM plants can produce their own pesticide like Bt cotton.This poison kills or deters insects, saving the farmer from having to spray pesticides.

The Five Biggest GMO Companies On The Market

There are several companies within the GM seed industry, known as Ag biotech. Monsanto is the largest GM company. Due to its global shopping spree, it is now the largest seed supplier of both GM and conventional seeds.

Ag business companies

The biggest GM companies

Bayer, a pharmaceutical company, recently acquired Monsanto for $63 billion. Due to this deal, the brand name Monsanto will disappear. Other GM companies are DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer CropScience, and Dow.

Soybeans, corn, canola, and cotton are the most common GMOs on the market. There are also GM zucchini, crookneck squash, papaya, and alfalfa.GMOs have many health risks.

GMO Health Risks

The biotech industry says that millions have been eating GM foods without ill effect. But GM foods might already have contributed to severe and widespread health problems.

No one monitors the impact GM foods have on human health.There is no good human GMO feeding study. Without follow-up tests, we can’t know if genetic engineering may be the cause of our illnesses.

woman having allergy problems

GMOs may cause allergies and other health problems

It might take years or decades before we can identify the cause. Various feeding studies on animals have resulted in pre-cancerous cell growth. Milk from rBGH-treated cows contains more IGF-1 than regular dairy.

IGF-1 is one of the highest risk factors associated with breast and prostate cancer. Nearly every independent animal feeding safety study shows adverse or unexplained effects.

The increase in several diseases in North America may be due to the profound changes in our diet.

Documented Health Risks Of GMOs In Humans And Animals

There are not large amounts of published data on the risks of GM foods. Therefore we must look at other sources. Here are some observed ill effects of GMO crops on animals and humans:

Documented health risks of GMOs

  • Soon after GM soy hit the UK market, soy allergies skyrocketed by 50%(link)
  • Animals, including cows, pigs, and rats, when given a choice, avoid eating GM foods.(link)
  • After the cotton harvest in parts of India, sheep herds grazed on Bt cotton plants. Reports from four villages revealed that about 25% of the sheep died within a week.(link)
  • Workers at six villages became ill after handling Bt cotton. They got reactions of the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract.(link)
  • In 2003, about 100 people living next to a Bt cornfield in the Philippines became ill. They had skin, respiratory, and intestinal problems while the corn was shedding pollen.(link)

USA Doesn't Label GMOs

The United States doesn't want to label GMOs. Neither consumers nor manufacturers know how much GM content is in the food.

Even if a GM food may cause harm, it may take many years of effort to remove it from the food supply.The FDA does not require safety studies. Instead, if the makers of the GM foods claim that they are safe, the agency has no further questions.


The FDA does not require safety studies of GMOs

The largest risk factor with GMOs are the herbicides used. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. The World Health Organization labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic.”

The health risks are not the only bad thing about GMOs. Another problem is patents.

How Monsanto Plans To Take Over Agriculture

According to Monsanto, they want to help impoverished nations by giving them GMOs.But that is a lie. The whole idea of Monsanto is to steal people's land and kill them.

Money and power is the motivation behind the deception. Patents make it possible for biotech companies to take over the whole agriculture industry.


Monsanto wants to take over the whole agriculture industry

They have already bought up many seed companies and converted them to GMOs. Because GMOs can self-pollinate, they do not need the help of bees.

Instead, these plants contain poisons that kill insects. In this way, they have reduced the world’s bee population and harmed the competition.You can’t patent vegetables and food under normal circumstances.

But because Monsanto has modified their seeds, they can license them.

Monsanto Uses Patents To Sue Farmers

Monsanto is one of the most corrupt companies on the planet. They want to take over the agriculture market. 

They also own several patents that they use to abuse farmers. In May 2003, the Center for Food Safety investigated how Monsanto abused farmers. Monsanto uses heavy-handed investigations and ruthless prosecutions to destroy farming in the world.

man signing legal contract

Monsanto forces farmers to sign their technology agreement

They begin the process by getting the farmer to sign their technology agreement. This agreement allows Monsanto to:

  • Conduct property investigations
  • Expose the farmer to enormous financial liability
  • Bind the farmer to Monsanto’s oversight for multiple years
  • Prevent farmers from selling or reusing their seeds

If farmers breach these agreements, Monsanto takes them to court. Many farmers settle out of court and agree not to share any confidential information.

Indian Cotton Farmers Commit Suicide Because Of GMOs

Monsanto can sue farmers for patent infringement if they try to reuse seeds. Farmers who planted saved Monsanto seeds, have faced severe financial penalties. Many went bankrupt.

This evil practice has ruined the economy of Indian cotton farmers. These innocent farmers had to take massive loans to buy the seeds and the weed killers. But when the GMO crops failed, the farmers couldn't repay their loans.

Indian farmer

Indian farmers commit suicide at an alarming rate after their GMO crops fail

Because of this evil practice, Indian farmers commit suicide at an alarming rate. Monsanto also sues farmers when GM plants end up in their lands through pollination. If farmers' land gets contaminated by GMOs, the crop becomes the property of Monsanto.

It doesn't matter if the farmer did not buy or know about the contamination.  Farmers have not only suffered from Monsanto’s legal warfare, but also from failed crops.

Monsanto Forges Studies

Monsanto also forges studies and prevents investigations on GMOs. GM crop producers own studies are substandard. They use creative ways to avoid finding problems.

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Monsanto forges studies and prevents investigations on GMOs

First, they keep sample sizes too low or they dilute or overcook the GM sample. Or compare it with useless controls. They also limit the duration of feeding trials and even ignore animal deaths.

So now that I talked about the corruption of GMOs let's learn how to avoid them.


A GMO is a result of taking genes from species and inserting them into another.

There are not large amounts of published data on the risks of GM foods.

GMOs may cause allergic reactions and other health risks.

Glyphosate from herbicides causes more cancer.

Monsanto wants to destroy farming by buying up all seeds and suing farmers for patent infringement.

And then I told you how to avoid eating GMO foods so that you can prevent cancer.

How To Avoid GMO Health Risks

1. Eat organic food

2. Avoid foods that may contain GMOs

3. Buy foods that are certified GMO-Free

Action Steps

There are a few ways to avoid GMOs.The United States and Canada do not have GM labeling requirements. But most other industrialized nations do. 

The EU requires labeling of GM crops. It doesn't matter whether it is detectable in the final product or not. The European Union and others, still have a loophole.

They don't require labeling of milk and meat from animals fed GM food.In the U.S., three major crops are mostly GMOs, soy, corn, and cotton.

Almost 98% of Canadian grown Canola is genetically engineered for herbicide resistance. U.S. sugar beet production is over 95% GMO.

Also look out for GMO sweet corn, papaya, zucchini, and yellow summer squash. They are for sale in grocery stores but in far lesser amounts. The safest way to avoid GMOs is to buy organic products.

They can’t use GM ingredients or herbicides. If you want to learn more ways to avoid GMO health risks, then download our free cheat sheet.

Get a detailed list of ingredients that are GMOs and that you should avoid. And also learn what products that are safe to use.

>>Click here to download How To Avoid GMOs Cheat Sheet.<<

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Simon Persson

Simon Persson is a holistic cancer blogger passionate about natural health remedies. When he is not blogging, he enjoys nature, cooking, sports, and learning about the latest gadgets on the market.

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