The Impact of Chemicals and Genetically Modified Foods on Children

Genetically Modified (GM) foods pose a danger to the health of children everywhere. Allergies, nutritional problems, toxins and weakened immune systems have all been linked to the consumption of genetically modified foods, and children are at a greater risk of developing these problems than most adults.

What are GM foods?

Genetically modified foods have been engineered on a DNA level. Scientists, or genetic engineers, use fertilized eggs, bacteria, and DNA reconstruction in order to give one species of plant or animal characteristics that it could not otherwise obtain naturally. In particular, most GM crops have been altered to be resistance to pesticides and herbicides, which are used in increasing quantities on foods grown for consumption.

Approximately 70% of the foods found in supermarkets contain some form of genetically modified foods. The base foods that are altered, according to GM expert and author of Seeds of DeceptionJeffrey M. Smith, are corn, soy, cotton, canola, and sugar beets. You might recognize derivatives from these GM foods such as corn syrup, soy protein, lactic acid, fructose, citric acid, sorbitol, high fructose corn syrup and others.

What are the dangers of consuming GM foods?

According to LIA, the Lyme Induced Autism Foundation, the pesticides that these foods are sprayed with can cause adverse effects particularly in those with compromised immune systems. The crops themselves would actually die from these poisons if they were not GM. In fact, the undesired effect of this genetic modification has created some foods that will actually produce its own pesticide, which adds to the toxins that enter our bodies when these GM foods are consumed.

This toxic intestinal bacteria could kill the healthy, beneficial bacteria that is found in the digestive system. This can lead to digestive disorders, damaged intestines and abnormal cell growth in the stomach or intestines. GM proteins may also transfer into the living bacteria inside of us and these bacteria may then begin to reproduce the toxins and GM proteins for an extended period of time.

An impure digestive system can compromise the immune system, making us more prone to sickness, disease and allergies.

Unfortunately, these foods are not adequately tested for safety, especially considering long-term effects of GM food consumption. Ultimately, the only true test of genetically modified foods that occurs is when people like you eat them. It is extremely difficult to trace the long-term effects of GM food consumption, however studies that have been done only indicate potential dangers and no clear sign that these foods are completely safe for humans or animals.

Why are children at a greater health risk?

Children, because their bodies are still developing, are more susceptible to the changes that GM foods can create. In fact, children are 3 times more likely than adults to developed allergies. This means that allergies are more likely to develop in children as a result of consuming these foods, and they are at a greater risk of developing health or nutritional problems.

For example, dairy products such as milk and cheese in particular have been genetically engineered with growth hormones (fbGH or IGF-1), which have been linked to breast and prostate cancer. Sam Epstein, M.D., Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition believes that these hormones can also stimulate growth cells, causing premature development, and induce the production of “adrenaline-like stressors” in children, particularly infants and toddlers.

Nutritional problems can result in children as an unintended effect of altering the nutritional state of foods, according to a report done by the Royal Society in the United Kingdom. Babies in the womb, babies being breast-fed, and elderly people are at the highest risk because of their vulnerable conditions.

What can parents do to help?

Buying certified organic foods, or foods labeled “no-GMO” is the best way to avoid the potentially harmful effects of genetically modified foods. Monitor the food that your children eat, and what you eat especially if you are pregnant or nursing. Read labels, and check for any of the derivatives of the main GMO foods corn, soy, cotton, canola, and sugar beets.

Protect your health and the health of your children. Say no to GM foods.

You can find out more information from GMO expert Jeffery M. Smith on his website

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About Arlene Martell

Arlene Martell is the publisher of and the author of Getting Adam Back – A Mother's triumph over Epilepsy and Autism. She resides in a seaside suburb on Vancouver BC Canada with her husband James and their four children Adam, Justin, Shelby and Victoria.