Why Hybrid Foods are NOTHING Like GMOs
GMOs differ from hybrid foods as night differs from day—they are made in completely different ways, using techniques that could not be more dissimilar. While some may feel the effect of hybrid foods on health is open for debate, such effects cannot be compared to the devastating health and environmental consequences associated with GM foods.
What Are Hybrids?
Hybrid plants are developed through controlled cross breeding of two parent plants. Normally, the parents are naturally compatible plants within the same species. Hybridization of compatible plants occurs in nature without any human intervention. To make hybrid crops, plant breeders merely guide the process in the fields to produce a desired outcome using natural low-tech methods.
In an interview with Live in the Now, Peggy Hall, certified nutritionist and Health & Wellness Expert on America Now, weights in on hybrid foods. “There is not any evidence that hybrids have adverse health effects because these foods have not been genetically altered, but simply cross-bred to create crops with the desired features,” she states. “I personally seek out the non-hybridized foods whenever possible for better flavor.”
It should be noted that some members of the natural health community would disagree with Hall, contending that hybrid foods do indeed have a detrimental effect on health. However, such effects would pale in comparison to those of GMOs.
An example of a hybrid food is a variety of watermelon shaped liked a basketball rather than the traditional oblong shape. Other examples include pluots, broccolini, tangelos and seedless grapes.
What Are GMOs?
GMOs bear no resemblance to hybrids, as they are created in a laboratory using highly complex technology like gene splicing. The process of designing the genetic makeup of GMOs involves mixing genes from different species, such as adding genes of bacteria to genes of plants. In other words, genes are transferred from one kingdom to another, which forces the creation of DNA that would not be found in nature – hence the name “frankenfoods.”
What Are the Adverse Health Effects of GMOs?
Dr. Michael Wald, author of the soon-to-be-released Frankenfoods – Controversy, Lies and Health Risks, sent an advance copy of his book to Live in the Now. He predicts that GMOs will detrimentally affect the length and quality of life of those who consume them, noting that some will be afflicted with severe health issues like cancer and intestinal disorders that medical science will be ill equipped to treat. “The altered DNA and toxic exposure associated with these foods have the potential to wreak enormous havoc with health, manifesting in maladies like Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis as well as Lupus and hormonal problems,” Wald notes.
Certain health issues caused by eating GMO foods will be immediately obvious. However, the ominous reality is the overwhelming majority of the problems will be hidden from view in the short run, Wald says.
Have our government oversight organizations like the FDA and the USDA ignored the potential dangers of GMOs for profit? Wald believes the answer is yes, adding that cover-ups and false science have also played a role. “Rigorous and unbiased scientific study is lacking,” he says. Moreover, in describing the unfolding GMO train wreck, he paraphrases a geneticist who asserts, “To doubt the uncertainty of GM foods upon human health and the environment can only be made by one who is either ignorant or plain stupid!”
How Can You Protect Yourself From GMOs?
Wald provides the following recommendations.
- Foods labeled “organic” can have as much as 30 percent GM ingredients, so look for foods labeled “100% organic.”
- In purchasing beef, opt for 100% grass-fed or pasture-fed, which are sometimes called grass-finished or pasture-finished.
- Avoid known GM foods, including corn, soybeans and sugar along with canola and cottonseed oil. Dairy foods, papaya and zucchini as well as baked goods should also be excluded from your grocery list.
Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.
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Article updated on: November 5th, 2013