The Impact of GMOs on Human Health

In a recent discussion with Dr. Anne Clark, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (2015) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets to all of their patients because of the lack of proper human consumption testing. In fact, there have been cited animal studies that have shown organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. In human studies, genetically modified food can leave behind material inside our bodies that could result in long-term problems. This is because GM foods contain higher residues of toxic herbicides that have been linked to sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer.

When money is involved, the chemical companies who produce GMOs do not take into consideration what long-term effect they may be causing. Just because something is available, does not mean it should be. It is often difficult to notice adverse health effects in humans before it is too late. There is currently, and continuing mounting data that it is biologically plausible for genetically modified foods to be creating terrifying health issues, therefore we can see examples of hell no to GMO.

Hell No to GMO

Chipotle says Farewell to GMO’s

In 2013, the same year a group of 300 scientists from around the world signed a statement that claimed there is not enough scientific consensus about the safety of GMOs for human consumption, Chipotle said farewell to GM ingredients. They were the first national restaurant company to acknowledge the GMOs in their food. Manufactures of GMO seeds claim that GMOs are extensively considered to be safe. However, further research needs to be conducted by independent third parties and not the companies who themselves are marketing GMO crops. Chipotle addresses questions such as, “how do you know your ingredients are non-GMO?” (para. 8).


They answered, “In cases where ingredients in our food do exist in genetically modified form, we have moved to non-GMO alternatives. To get assurance of the non-GMO status of those alternatives, we’ve used ingredients that are organically grown (since intentional use of GMOs is not permitted for organic growers), and/or obtained documentation from the ingredient suppliers attesting to their use of non-GMO ingredients.” (para. 8)


In addition, “Was it expensive to remove GMO ingredients from Chipotle’s food?” (para. 9). The company answers that although removing genetically modified ingredients took a considerable effort, the cost increase was less than initially expected. (Chipotle 2017)

Russia will not import GMO products

According to RT (2017) (A Russian news source), there is a large support among Russian governors to ban registration and trade of genetically modified organisms. It was suggested that the government impose a temporary prohibition on the breeding and growth of genetically modified plants, animals and microorganisms. Until, specialists develop a working system of control over the effects of GMOs on humans and the natural environment.

“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.”– Dmitry Medvedev, prime minister of Russia (para. 3).

The Non- GMO project

The Non- GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers, and providing verified non- GMO choices. Despite the fact that GMOs are banned as food ingredients in twenty-eight European countries , the United States Federal Drug Administration does not require a label of GMOs in food ingredient lists. However, the Non- GMO Project took initiative to inform consumers on what food is free from GMO. Although GMO’s are excessive in the United States and can be found in as much as 80% of conventional processed food in the United States, it is not impossible to avoid GMOs. The Non-GMO Verified Project developed an shopping guide phone application that allows you to scan products to see if they have been non-GMO verified (Living Non-GMO 2017).

Kauai Juice Company

Kauai Juice Company is a well known, organic, locally sourced juice joint, where I was able to speak with the owner, Krystal on her stance with GMOs. She quotes,  “I am personally against GMOs primarily because they create a dependency on chemical fertilizers that have not been properly tested. Thus, we have no proof that they are safe for people and the environment. While some GMO foods themselves might be proven safe, the chemicals used to grow them have not. In fact, studies show the opposite. The chemical companies will not release what is made up of these fertilizers so there is no way for the public to truly do independent studies on them. Our food is our future and our medicine, and we need to take chemicals seriously when we are putting them in our bodies, our children bodies, and on our land.”


She continues to answer how Kauai Juice Company avoids GMO contamination on the produce they use and says, “Because we are close to our farmers, we very easily know what produce we use in our juice. Using GMO free ingredients just takes a little conversation and clarification with the people you purchase your products from. Everyone could do it.” (personal communication, October 30, 2017).


To conclude, GMOs may be a representation of technological advancement, and produce a high yield of crops for our over consumed society, but the long- term impacts of GMOs are unknown. It is important to note that once released into the environment, these novel organisms cannot be recalled. Oftentimes, creating shortcuts can come with a cost. GMOs have made agriculture easier and more efficient, but as we can see, there is a compromise of environmental and human health. Unless you are able to afford to shop at health food stores, it might be difficult to avoid GMOs. Don’t start to panic, you won’t die. However, looking at overall effects we know that it is better to choose as many non- GMO food items as possible, and the Non-GMO Project has made that accessible.

Non-GMO Recipes


Recipes that are free from genetically modified organisms, courtesy of “Living Non- GMO” a lifestyle site created by the national GMO project.


Overnight Oats


Vegan, gluten-free

1/3 cup Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Original Oatmeal

1 cup coconut milk

½ cup blackberries

2 tbsp pistachios

2 tbsp coconut flakes

1 tbsp basil, chiffonade

maple syrup


Pour oatmeal and milk into a jar and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, top with blackberries, pistachios, coconut flakes, and basil. Drizzle with maple syrup for extra sweetness.

One Skillet Sweet Potatoes with Kale, Sausage, and Walnuts


  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into about 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound Italian pork sausage
  • 5 – 6 leaves of kale, sliced into 1-inch wide strips
  • 6 – 8 fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Diamond of California Chopped Walnuts, toasted


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the butter and the oil. Once the butter has melted and is beginning to bubble, add the sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic to the pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the vegetables, stirring constantly until the sweet potatoes can be pierced with a fork (but aren’t mushy).
  3. Push the vegetables to the edges of the pan and place the sausage in the center. If necessary, add a tad more olive oil to the pan before adding the sausage. Allow it to cook for a minute or two without stirring to allow it to brown, then mix it in with the vegetables while it continues to cook.
  4. Once the sausage is cooked through, add the kale, and cook until wilted. Season with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Remove from heat and gently stir in the sage and walnuts before serving.


Salami strip steak bacon, ball tip rump beef ribs pastrami. Porchetta tail shank chicken turducken.


Salami strip steak bacon, ball tip rump beef ribs pastrami. Porchetta tail shank chicken turducken.


Salami strip steak bacon, ball tip rump beef ribs pastrami. Porchetta tail shank chicken turducken.