Your Opinion: Remove GMO products

Dear Editor:

Yet another disturbing reason has emerged as to why you should avoid eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and it may be one of the most concerning yet. We know that GMO consumption has been linked to a host of serious conditions, but now there’s the recent discovery of a hidden viral gene deep within genetically modified crops.

For years, GMOs have been consumed knowingly and unknowingly around the globe, with Monsanto and the United States government claiming that the altered franken-crops are perfectly safe despite very limited (or virtually none in some cases) initial testing and scientists speaking out against the dangers. This new danger has been revealed in a recent report by a safety watchdog group known as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Researchers discovered a previously unknown viral gene that is known as ‘Gene VI’. What’s concerning is that not only is the rogue gene found in the most prominent GMO crops and about 63 percent of GMO traits approved for use (54 out of 86 to be precise), but it can actually disrupt the very biological functions within living organisms. Popular GMO crops such as Roundup-Ready soybeans, NK603, and MON810 corn were found to contain the gene that induces physical mutations. NK603 maize was also recently linked to the development of mass tumors in rats.

Overall, there is a degree of knowledge on Gene VI. What we do know going by information within the report is that the gene:

• Helps to assemble virus particles.

• Inhibits the natural defense of the cellular system.

• Produces proteins that are potentially problematic.

• Makes plants susceptible to bacterial pathogens.

All of which are very significant effects that should be studied in depth by an independent team of scientists after GMO products are taken off the market pending further research on the entire array of associated diseases. As more and more dirty secrets come out from the GMO industry at large, it gives further reason and more support to remove GMOs from our food supply.

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