Genetically Modified Organisms
A Quick Lesson

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) - are they ‘known-cancer-causing’ agents?   

Maybe.  Are they in the foods you feed to your family?    

Watch this short video for a quick lesson. 

What's the Problem?
Genetically Modified

GMOs in ProductionA Field of GMOs

According to WebMD:

“The way genetically modified organisms are created disrupts the plant’s DNA in unintended, potentially harmful ways.

In genetic engineering, a single gene is removed from one organism and forcibly inserted into another. 

Scientists identify the gene they want and analyze its sequence. If the source gene is to be taken from bacteria, some of its sequence has to be rearranged because bacteria produce certain amino acids using a code different from the one used by plants.” 

You can read more at WebMD.  

Cancer researchers are concerned about the safety of GMOs, which were once considered inconsequential to human health because they affected plants, not animals or humans.

However, a widely used herbicide, glyphosate, was recently classified as a ‘probable human carcinogen.’  A second herbicide, 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2, 4-D) was classified as a ‘possible human carcinogen.’   These classifications were issued by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). 

The two herbicides are now combined into one product called, Enlist Duo, from Dow AgroSciences.  

Crops are “becoming soaked with increasing amounts of suspected cancer-causing herbicides, thanks to the spread of genetically modified crops that are immune to these chemicals,” according to HealthDay News, a contributing source to MedlinePlus of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  

Researchers published their argument in the New England Journal of Medicine. 


According to researchers, if you eat any processed foods that contain anything other than organic ingredients, you are getting your share of GMOs.  

And, farmers are using larger and larger amounts of herbicides on their crops because weeds are becoming resistant to the chemicals. Consequently, these herbicides are finding their way into the water supplies of nearby farms.   

Or particular interest: 

Kenneth Portier, VP of the American Cancer Society’s Statistics and Evaluation Center, reported that 'glyphosates’ potential risk to humans is mitigated because humans do not process glyphosate and 2 4-D in the same way that they absorb harmful pesticides like DDT. 

The American Cancer Society does take seriously the potential threat posed by glyphosate and 2, 4-D, and would like manufacturers to come up with alternative products.

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On the flip side… 

Dow AgroSciences (maker of Enlist Duo) stated the EPA found no basis for concern relative to potential carcinogenicity (related to Enlist Duo).  

 What do YOU think? 

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