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Genetic Engineering is Fraught with Dangerous Side Effects

Right now, gene editing (a form of genetic engineering) is cheap. Biotech wants to introduce genetically engineered and edited bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, plants, animals, insects, fish and birds. They could replace nature. They could eliminate the products of billions of years of evolution and replace it with designer organisms, designed for greater profit and control. All equipped with the technology whose number one result is surprise side effects. Not a smart idea.


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Case Study 6: Future generations
Did you know that the process of creating a GMO food creates massive collateral damage in the plants’ DNA?

One corn variety developed by Monsanto has more than 200 unpredicted changes resulting from the side-effects of the genetic engineering process. The corn, for example, has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine. These pleasant-sounding compounds are responsible for the foul smell of rotting dead bodies. They also contribute to bad breath and are linked to allergies and cancer.

In another Monsanto GMO corn, the process inadvertently created a new allergen in every kernel. It’s not found in natural corn and it’s not labeled in GMO corn to warn people. Monsanto’s soy has as much as seven times the amount of a soy allergen.

Now they want to introduce gene-edited GMOs everywhere, without requiring any evaluation of what dangerous side-effects they might cause.

Case Study 7: Livestock

Did you know that genetic engineering, including gene editing, can massively increase the suffering of animals raised for food?

According to a recent report, “Genetic engineering of animals often involves cloning, which leads to birth defects, spontaneous abortions and early postnatal death. Genetic errors can lead to unexpected effects in gene-edited animals, such as enlarged tongues in rabbits and extra vertebrae in pigs.” Even the gene-editing process itself may induce tumors.

The main reason they are altering the genes in livestock “is to design animals that will more easily survive in the cramped and filthy conditions common in CAFOs [factory farms].” They are also creating grotesque looking super-muscley pigs and cows.

Case Study 9: Grandchildren

Did you know that when researchers injected Roundup herbicide into pregnant rats, the rats’ grandchildren and especially their great-grandchildren “inherited” horrific health problems?

About 90% of the third generation suffered from serious ailments, including “prostate disease, obesity, kidney disease, ovarian disease, and [birth] abnormalities.”

Roundup is sprayed on most GMOs and is typically found in GMO food. But it’s not just the Roundup that may hurt you and your offspring. Animal research has also confirmed that GMOs themselves can alter the gene expression of rodents, though no research has been done to track changes to future generations.


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Case Study 8: Insects

Did you know that there is a catastrophic crash of the insect population worldwide?

A primary reason for this is the use of agricultural chemicals, which increased substantially with GMO crops.

Now companies want to introduce genetically engineered insects. Mosquitoes, for example, were engineered to produce sterile male offspring so that the population would go down. The experiment failed miserably. Not only was the population not substantially decreased — in fact it rebounded to previous levels — but the genetic trait also misfired. As a result, there are now new types of mosquitoes that have a never-before-seen mishmash of DNA combinations with unforeseen consequences. The mosquitoes might be more resistant to insecticides or more likely to transmit diseases. Unperturbed, several companies are pushing to release even more genetically altered insects.