GMOs on Steroids: CRISPR Technology

Bioengineers near you are now using an “efficient” gene editing technology making it possible to splice and dice DNA of the organisms you may be consuming. This methodology is called CRISPR, short for a record- makingly challenging title to wrap one’s head around: “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”. This DNA sequencing mechanism is taken from the strep bacteria. Due to the fact that this newer technology doesn’t use an interspecies form of modification, it isn’t required to be labeled as genetically modified at all, or even regulated by the USDA. (R) This is certainly concerning. It puts it more than ever on consumers to know which companies are responsible for this gene editing, and to avoid any companies pushing this technology in their policies and agricultural production. Fortunately, there is at least some good news– the Non- GMO project does recognize CRISPR organisms as genetically modified and claims it wont sell these products in anything labeled with their seal of approval, which can be commonly found in many stores across the country, including big box corporate food producers.

Some concerning side effects have manifested in experimental CRISPR animals such as rabbits that developed tongues which were too large, and pigs that grew extra vertebrae (R). This may lead one to wonder what could happen on a more complex, less easily initially detectable genetic, pathogenic, and cellular level– aside from what has already been proven. We’ve seen the “less efficient” genetic modification strategies are something surely worth steering clear of at the cost of all supposed yet fabricated benefits CRISPR claims to offer. These side effects include serious, and ultimately health- destroying effects systemically, from leaky gut to endocrine disruption to tumors (R),(R). One of the top GMO research experts, Gilles- Eric Seralini has revealed this in his paramount studies that were, of course, quickly dismissed by the Monsanto’s army of GMO backers and internet trolls flooding social media platforms and top search engines results (R),(R). Endless paid influencers with a false heir of superior authority are constantly waiting in the wings to gaslight anyone interested in the integrity of food technology and it’s effects on human health, the plant and animal kingdoms, and integral role in the entire ecosystem. In the face of  such lies, unwitting victims suffer undeniable consequences from going against the very laws of nature that are meant to be obeyed for a good, systematized, and perfect reason. Certainly we don’t already see enough of the repercussions from leaky gut as it is including things like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, auto- immunity, anxiety, depression, and suicide, as well as resultant consequences of things already causing tumor growths and cancer in our environment.

There are even kits for creating your own GMOS at home with this CRISPR technology being sold across the country to novices everywhere. Literally there are no requirements to do this. While this may initially seem intriguing to some, once one considers what’s been done to animals as an unintended result of this seemingly sophisticated and “accurate” technology, it begs the question of what could result from having this genetically modified e-coli incubating in your fridge, as part of this science project, for instance. Bio-hackers have even been using this “freedom” to alter their very own DNA, going even as far as injecting themselves with various CRISPR sequences for this cause. This is something they were later found admitting they regret. The premise of taking health matters into your own hands does have limits when it comes to bringing the sophisticated technologies originating from those responsible for the Bhopal Crisis, Agent Orange, Saccharin, and BT toxin into your very own home, body, and bloodstream (R),(R).

Given the largely unaccounted for alterations in DNA generated from editing simpler organisms like fruits and vegetables in “specific”, targeted segments of the DNA, it is nothing short of baffling, alarming, and indicative of the current state of the regulatory process in the US with regard to public safety that people are doing this to their very own bodies. The gravity of that fact that that even for animals consuming food that’s been CRISPR modified experienced unpredictable negative, health- diminishing effects even in the short term can’t be overstated. Not to mention the aforementioned animals that were modified using CRISPR sequencing and later found to have all kinds of unpredictable side effects from enlarged tongues to extra vertebrae (R). Unfortunately, current testing used by the standards of those studying the dangers of GMOs for regulatory purposes aren’t broad enough to detect these off- target alterations in DNA sequencing. So when this is not only extended to the organisms consuming and living in tandem with these plants and animals, but rather directly being injected into the bloodstreams and DNA codes of humans themselves, what could possibly go wrong?

As if all of this weren’t enough, two CRISPR twin babies have been “born” in China (R). Even more recently, a scientist in Russia has the goal in mind of being the next to create  more CRISPR babies with the claim of wanting to combat HIV. This wouldn’t even have the appearance of seeming necessary if the cures patented by the US itself for HIV and AIDs weren’t silenced, covered up and intercepted in the first place. For instance, one known, peer reviewed anti- viral remedy called colloidal silver was intercepted by the World Health Organization when local health authorities tried to put these antiviral properties to good use during the chaotic Ebola outbreak many of us are likely to recall (R). Needless to say, there are undoubtedly natural options that can be utilized but are simply being ignored, squelched, and covered up by those who have revolving doors with the very same corporations responsible for producing these technologies in the first place.

This is why it’s important for us who have buying power and voices to use– to the extent that’s beneficial and suitable for us and our definition of balance in all senses– such influence to vote against these entities who undoubtedly threaten the state of our world ecology, and are even trying to infiltrate the human, in addition to many other, genomes. Your voice matters and as a human your opinion impacts what others will be doing in your immediate surroundings and all around the world. If someone were waitressing, for instance, before knowing what was going on with GMOs, and someone were to ask if they could find out if, say, genetically modified salmon, were being used one might wonder themselves about buying this product and potentially curious to look into it themselves and maybe share it with others if so inclined. This is human nature; word gets around and people want to be “in the know” generally.  It also has a major effect where this is coming from: a place of fear and anxiety or love. People don’t necessarily desire to be like the anxious person who’s pulling their hair out over the dinner selection (but I’ve been there and certainly understand this stage given the state of the world for someone who cares about humanity, health, and our access to a quality, unadulterated food chain). But instead, someone calmly and curiously asking, and (depending on your personal preference) who might be willing to give it up can speak volumes, in the presence of a receptive person. And humans are impressionable. In addition, we have a very far reach with social media that’s never been granted to humanity before. One of the most accessible actions one could take with the information that could benefit and protect your own family, the nature you enjoy and the entire world around you is to simply click share.

If you are on social media and don’t currently follow the Non- GMO Project, the Institute for Responsible Technology, or GMO Free USA on Facebook or Instagram, I highly recommend doing so.

Want to learn more about GMOs? You can view a past article I wrote on them here.



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