Now that we have warned you about some of the dangers surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs), you should also know that one of the reasons they are unhealthy is the fact that they are doused in the chemical glyphosate, which disrupts the lining of the gut and could lead to all kinds of health issues like bloating, diarrhea, leaky gut, and weight gain. But there are so many other facts about GMOs that we think are important for you to know.
Here are five that are supported by research:
1) The first GMO – the FLAVR SAVR Tomato – hit the market in 1992. It was engineered to ripen slower in order to have a longer shelf life. Though it was only produced and sold until 1997, genetically modified crops were already widespread by that time.
2) At least 90 percent of the soy, canola, corn, and sugar beets sold in the United States have been genetically engineered.
3) More than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the European Union, require GMOs to be labeled. In 2016, the US Congress finally passed a bill that will require food companies to begin labeling GMOs starting in 2020.
4) Genetically modified crops are responsible for the emergence of “superweeds” and “superbugs” that are resistant to heavily used pesticides like RoundUp. Even more toxic chemicals must be used to get rid of them now.
5) GMOs are banned in at least 26 countries, including France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Australia, China, India, Hungary, Greece, Poland, and Switzerland.
If everyone spread the news about GMOs, we believe that one day the United States may also put a ban on these potentially harmful crops.