Genetically Modified Foods, The Next Health Hurdle?
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Genetically modified foods are grown from seeds that have spliced together DNA from one organism to another organism.
Scientists undertake this practice to create a stronger strain of seed resistant to disease, climate or weeds and they are in more foods than you might think.
"GMOs are pervasive in our food our food supply now, so there's real questions about whether that's a good idea or if there's enough research to support the safety of that," said Dr. Scott Rollins of Integrative Medicine Center.
This means that every grower has a decision to make, organic seeds or conventional seeds that may contain genetically modified DNA.
Orchard owner and grower, Steven Sherer, in Palisade grows exclusively organic fruit because he disagrees with GMO practice and likes to keep his fruit free of not only pesticides but modifications too.
"A peach absorbs 100% of everything you put on it and that goes right into your system. Then your liver has to deal with that. I feel bad about that. I like giving people good healthy food," said Sherer.
Many non-organic growers choose the latter, often reaping a better yield and able to sell produce at a cheaper cost, however, Dr. Rollins is asking at what cost to our health?
"One study looked at feeding mice genetically modified corn over a period of two years and what they found was a significant increase in liver cancer and renal damage," said Rollins.
Despite multiple long term studies, seed giants like DOW and Monsanto have conducted their own studies, over a shorter period of time, showing no harmful effects to humans.
States are beginning to respond to some of the newer research by moving forward with labeling laws for genetically modified foods. Colorado, as of right now is not one of those states.
Congressman Jared Poli and Oregon representative Peter DeFazio formally introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-To-Know-Act to the house floor last month.
If this act passes, the Food and Drug Administration would be required to clearly label any GMO foods on market shelves.
Until then, Dr. Rollins says anyone who is looking to avoid these foods will have to eat organic.