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Are GMO foods harmful to your health?

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The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has cited studies showing that consumption of genetically modified foods has an adverse affect on the health of animals. GMO foods also leave behind material that can cause health complications in humans, reports the Institute for Responsible Technology.

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Are GMO foods harmful to your health?
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Organ damage, immune system disorders, infertility and accelerated aging are all affects of GMO consumption in animal testing. Human testing has revealed that genes inserted into certain foods can transfer into live human bacteria and that the harmful insecticides produced by GMO corn were found in the blood of pregnant woman and their unborn fetuses, reports the IRT.

Health problems have been on the rise in the United States ever since the introduction of GMOs in 1996 and while there is not enough approved evidence connecting these issues to GMOs, several medical organizations, such as The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are urging people to consume GMO-free diets, explains the IRT.

Debra Strauss, Food and Drug Law Institute scholar and US News writer, says that GMO foods are not safe for human consumption until proven otherwise. Due to the lack of public information available on the long term affects of GMO foods, the risks remain largely unknown. Long term studies have not been able to take place because the bio tech companies have patent rights to genetically engineered seeds and do not disclose information sufficient enough for research facilities to study.

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