The relatively short-lived 19th century brought refined foods to humanity, which led to the first artificially created health problems. So, polished, over-refined rice led to massive vitamin deficiency in Asian countries, diabetes and atherosclerosis began to actively develop due to refined sugar , and refining vegetable oil significantly reduced the nutritional value of the product.
Nowadays, the underlying danger comes from the rapid development of biotechnology, it destroys the genetic foundations of the health of not only humans, but also of all natural ecological systems.
Genetically modified foods cause people with massive allergic diseases, cancer and many new little-known diseases.
It all started with the fact that in the middle of the last century, the English scientists Francis Crick and James Watson made a fateful discovery: all information about the future structure of the body is stored in DNA - the center of the cell nucleus. Immediately the assumption arose that by changing individual genes, it is possible to change the general signs of living organisms.
In 1979, scientists for the first time were able to isolate the gene responsible for the synthesis of insulin in humans , and "embedded" it into the genetic code of E. coli, after which it began to synthesize insulin on its own. So the first genetically modified organisms appeared - GMOs.
It takes years of work and millions of dollars to create each new plant with altered genetics. They are produced using the gene gun, which “shoots” with a special set: a gene with the desired trait, a gene that launches the previous gene, and a special marker gene. If a set of such genes takes root, then the cells germinate into a new plant.
The flagship of genetic engineering has become the United States. So, in 1994 there was grown a tomato with a deep-sea flounder gene. These genetically modified foods can be stored for a long time, remaining green, and in the heat they become sharply rich red.
Currently, more than a hundred lines of transgenic plants are grown in the world economy, including technical varieties of cotton and tobacco. The list of products with GMOs is headed by soy - its share in the total production of transgenes is 98%. Followed by corn, beets, canola, potatoes, tomatoes, wheat.
Genetically modified products in the fields are resistant to insect pests and can withstand aggressive chemicals against weeds. So get exceptionally high yields of such plants.
The danger to ecosystems is that the genes embedded in plants can kill not only pests, but also beneficial insects. Moreover, bacteriophages, overactive artificial viruses and plasmids are involved in the process of embedding a foreign gene, which are able to penetrate the cell and get used to it. These transporters also transmit altered genes to normal plants, causing uncontrolled horizontal gene transfer. So there is a change and destruction of entire ecological systems.
Genetically modified products enter the transporter viruses into the human body, integrating into the genome and causing a general instability of the genetic structure. At the same time, a variety of genes are activated, responsible not only for cancer, but also for new unknown diseases. When eating foods with GMOs, a person actually infects himself with extremely aggressive artificial viruses.
Our body perceives the food proteins of genetically modified foods as foreign, i.e. allergenic. For example, soy was created with the Brazil nut gene to improve soy protein. But people who were allergic to Brazil nuts, having tasted this soy, got a very strong allergic reaction, even fatal. Only after a series of dangerous cases, this soybean with GMOs was withdrawn from sale.
Very often, genes that reduce antibiotic sensitivity are used to produce new cultures. In the human body, this causes the rapid growth of pathogenic bacteria, which are extremely resistant to any antibiotics.
In recent years, the world community has begun to realize the real danger of genetically modified foods. Now they are banned for sale in Europe, and manufacturers use them exclusively for sale in third world countries. The only pros remaining for such companies were large yields and the slogan “Genetic engineering will save the world from hunger”. However, this statement remains a myth, since the problem of hunger is not solved by additional production, but by the correct distribution of food products.
Therefore, be attentive to your diet, do not destroy your body at the genetic level, because even the ancient Greeks knew: "We are what we eat."