GM Foods are Harming our Kids
All too often our news headlines feature stories about shootings in schools, teen suicides or other traumatic incidents involving our children. The percentage of children diagnosed with AD/HD keeps growing. And we’ve all heard comments from teachers who have been in their jobs for many years of how much more difficult it now is to keep order in their classrooms.
Several years ago, a high school science class in Appleton, Wisconsin conducted an experiment by feeding the mice in their lab different foods and recording the reactions. First they fed some of the mice the same foods that were offered in the high school cafeteria each day. Much of this food contained genetically modified ingredients. When the mice ate the fast food diet, their behavior became erratic. The other group of mice that were fed nutritious whole foods had consistent mouse-type behavior.1
Several years later, the Appleton High School made a drastic change in the food they offered in their cafeteria. No more processed, fast-foods. The school started feeding students wholesome, nutritious food and the impact was huge. Before the food change, behavior issues were rampant - from weapons violations to out-of-control behavior on a daily basis. Once the kids were eating healthy food, the behavior issues stopped.2
Unbeknownst to us, each day our children, along with us, are a part of an experiment similar to the one conducted at the Appleton High School several years ago. We are being fed GM (genetically modified) foods that have not been properly tested to document the impact on our health or behavior. “…no one in the medical profession would attempt to perform experiments on human subjects without their consent. Such conduct is illegal and unethical. Yet manufacturers of genetically altered foods are exposing us to one of the largest uncontrolled experiments in modern history.”3
Genetic engineers are constantly finding unintended side effects of the GMOs, yet these results are ignored by the biotech companies and the products are brought to market and put on our grocery store shelves.4 GMOs (genetically modified organisms) can be found in more than 66% of the food in our supermarkets.5 Products we use daily like milk and dairy, soy, corn and canola “have had foreign genes inserted into their DNA.”6
Eating GM foods creates potential risk of allergies, toxins and nutritional problems, just to name a few. And with their growing, developing bodies, our children are most at risk to these dangers.7
Obesity and diabetes are reaching epidemic proportions in our children and as a society we are realizing that food plays an instrumental role in our health. We wouldn’t put bad gas into our automobiles and still expect them to keep running. Yet, on a daily basis, we are putting GM foods into our bodies and into our children and then we’re surprised at the results – allergies, illnesses, irrational behavior.
The good news is that we can become informed and make changes in the way we eat. Two websites, www.seedsofdeception.com and www.responsibletechnology.org offer information and guidance on how to remove GM foods from our kitchens, our schools, and our children.
- Jeffrey M. Smith, “Institute for Responsible Technology Newsletter,” see www.organicconsumers.org/school/appleton090304.cfm
- Martha R. Herbert, “We Are Being Exposed To One Of The Largest Uncontrolled Experiments In History,” Chicago Tribune, September 3, 2000
- Jeffrey M. Smith, Seeds of Deception, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, Australia, 2003, chapter 2
- See www.responsibletechnology.org
- Jeffrey M. Smith, “Genetically Engineered Foods Pose Health Risk for Children” see - http://www.saynotogmos.org/risks-to-children.pdf
- Jeffrey M. Smith, “Hidden Dangers” video; see www.seedsofdeception.com