Date: December 9, 2013
Subject: Genetically Modified Organisms
To help understand the long term health risk of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), I propose to research, especially long term research, and write a background report on the health issues and concerns that may arise from the continued diet of GMOs.
Background of the Problem
Cancer, ADHD, and obesity are three of the top health problems in the first world. In fact, more people today die from obesity than from malnutrition and starvation (Barrow). America has the highest number of obese people in the world (Fox). Monsanto, the world’s largest GMO producer, conducted 3 separate studies of GMO foods affect on animals (Tencer). These findings were published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences. Their test concluded overall increases in the animal’s body weight as compared to the animals starting weight, and the control group. It also showed that “GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal [i.e. kidney and liver] toxicity.” (" Does Genetically Modified (GM) Food Increase the Incidence of Obesity, 2012).
Another link to GMO foods has been ADD, and ADHD. In animals fed GMO foods, studies have shown that there are similar patterns of behavior and similar physiological issues that plague people with ADD and ADHD. These problems are signs that exhibit quick irritation, aggressiveness and hyperactivity (Daniels). One scientist commented on this study and said, “They have all of the severe allergy responses, the inflammation and the reddening… the intestinal lining is deteriorating.” (Daniels). This is reflected in people with autism, a mental disability that many psychologists believe umbrellas the ADD and ADHD disability. Another factor driving more children to develop ADD and ADHD are the pesticides used on GMO foods. A study discovered that pesticide by-products were found in the urine of the 1,140 children sampled. “Children with substantially higher levels of...