Knowing what is in your food is a challenge. The challenge is that it is hard to tell what foods are genetically modified and what foods are safe. Here are six reasons why you do not want to eat genetically modified foods.

1. They are untested. Believe it or not the FDA and the USDA do not test genetically modified foods for safety. There is no way of knowing the long term effects of eating these foods. Some serious health risks have been reported.

2. We are eating pesticides, insecticides and herbicides when we eat GMO foods. The plant is altered to withstand massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides. These are sprayed on the field to kill the weeds and the bugs. The altered plant takes up the pesticides and herbicides and we eat these poisons. And the farmers are spraying more and more insecticides and herbicides on their altered crops.

3. If you have a food allergy you have no way of knowing what is in the food you are eating. In the past a nut gene was inserted into soy beans. Someone recognized that people allergic to nuts would be unaware of this and fortunately the project was canceled. But the gene used to modify the plant is often a trade secret.

4. A German Scientific journal reported that city dwellers had 5 to 20 times the limit of herbicides in their urine than the amount allowed in water. The amount of herbicides we are exposed to in foods is extremely high. Mother's breast milk has tested positive for at least one agrochemical. Some breast milk tested higher than the allowed level in cow's milk.

5. Vegetarians may be eating genes from fish, scorpions, insects and viruses without their knowledge. Meat is not safe either. Animals are fed corn and alfalfa which has been genetically modified. And cows, pigs and chickens have been altered to grow bigger and faster. Dairy products have genetically modified ingredients. Almost all corn syrup is genetically altered. Anything that has with corn syrup in it is a GMO food.

6. Gene transfer is carried out with bacteria and viruses. We have no way of knowing what harmful bacteria or virus has been used and is present in our food. Biotech companies do not have to disclose the presence of altered genes in their food.

These are only some of the reasons not to eat genetically modified foods. There are many other environmental and safety concerns. It is possible to eat healthy food. But we must know what foods are genetically modified in order to make that decision. Take the time to investigate bio technology and contact your representatives to insist on labeling our food.

Author's Bio: 

Linda Tremer is the author of Food to Die For a mystery novel about genetically modified foods. She has also written The Persistent Ghost, and 57 Tips on Where To Meet The Opposite Sex. She has written many healthy living and weight loss articles for the website The Center For Weight Loss. Visit her web site