I received this question from someone, but don't quite have the resources/experience to answer the question fully and with accuracy. Of course I could google a bunch of random sources but I feel like I will get a bunch of contradicting information.
Here is the full question the person sent me:
In your post in which you revise a list of replacements for foods with fat in them, you make a point of saying that modt soy beans are genetically modified. In what way is that bad? I was just wondering, because some people treat "genetically modified" like it's infused with uranium or something, but sometimes it's better for you because scientists basically speed up evolution to make it a better for you, more nutritional, lasts longer, etc. So what exactly is bad about genetic mutation in soy?
So here's my question: Do you have any information/sources that explain the harmful effects of genetically modified soy (and other products) as well as contrasting the "benefits"? I know the ""benefits"" are larger crop yield, bigger produce, resistant to pests, longer shelf life, etc. What about GM food nutrients and its effects on health?
Oh! And another thing. Does anyone have an information about commercially prepared soy products (such as soy sauce, tofu, soy milk, etc) being unfermented and dangerous to consume?
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on July 18, 2012
at 08:36 PM
I think the questioner might be confusing selective breeding with the injection of foreign DNA into the cells of plants. Yes humans have spent millenia breeding plants for tastiness, abundance, and size, but that is a completely different game than genetic modification. Plants can refuse to breed with fish or pesticides, but they are unable to reject the new DNA once their own DNA is pierced and the foreign genetic material is inserted. The long term effect on our genetic code could be even worse than if the soybeans were radioactive, we at least know that the genetic mutations from radiation exposure tend to dissipate over generations.
One example of why this wouldn't be healthy for humans is the unstable DNA inserted into soy is easily transferred to our gut bacteria during digestion. The health of our microbiome is the core of the health of the rest of our bodies, and that once that unstable DNA becomes part of us it can be transferred easily from mother to child, possibly causing permanent genetic damage to humans. I'd suggest they watch the movie "Children of Men", and decide for themselves if that is an acceptable future.
on July 18, 2012
at 08:27 PM
Soy is bad in general. It doesn't matter if it's GM or not. http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/
GM is generally bad not so much, as you say because it's infused with uranium (I like that analogy), but because the modifications they do allow them to do "bad things". GM crops are usually modified so that they are resistant to pesticides. That way, you grow your GM crop, then spray the whole field with a nasty pesticide which kill everything except the GM crop that can handle the pesticide. The plant may not die from the pesticide, but you can bet it still absorbed it, and you'll get it too when you eat it.
For wheat, which is now going off topic from your question, the GM that they did to dramatically (10x!) increase yields was to make the wheat have more gluten. Gluten did two things: 1) it's more toxic so the smart animals (birds, bugs, rodents, not humans) stay away from it and there's less "damage" to the crop, and 2) it reinforces the stalk which makes it stand up straighter and so you can pack more wheat per acre and it's easier to harvest because it's all uniform.
In general, I view (non-)GM crops like I do antibiotic free meat. The GMness or antibioticness doesn't directly have much of an effect on heath, it's more what then can do the product after it's been modified. For crops, that mean you can spray a GM crop with nastier chemicals than you can a non-GM one. For animals, you can treat an animal given antibiotics worse (bad living conditions) than you can an antibiotic free one. And that's what I care about.
on July 18, 2012
at 08:17 PM
Here is a good article about soy in general - it covers some of the worst things about soy such as the phytoestrogens, goitrogenic substances, phytates, and trypsin inhibitors. It includes links that list hundreds of studies. http://www.foodrenegade.com/dangers-of-soy/
And here's some info about GMOs http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers
But... the most important danger of genetically modified food is that we don't know the dangers! There have been NO long term studies! And that's not even including the environmental and economic effects.
on July 18, 2012
at 10:40 PM
Soy is just a bean and a bean hated by association with a corporation.
There is no scientific evidence to support the anti soy non sense.
Glyphosate is one of the safest herbicides that man has to use from a toxicity standpoint.Ignorance of this subject matter is well rampant.