GMO Foods and Infertility

Graphic courtesy of the Non-GMO Project

Graphic courtesy of the Non-GMO Project

After my blog post on Clean Eating and how it can affect fertility, I thought with all the recent media attention on the Monsanto case that I address the issue of GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) and GMO foods. While GMOs have been around for decades, just recently studies have been done on the potential affects of GMOs and the public has become more aware of what they are.

First of all, what is a GMO? According to the Non-GMO Project, “GMOs are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.”

So, what do GMOs have to do with fertility? The blog, Holistic Squid, mentions several studies that show GMOs do have a negative effect on animals, including  a three-generation study of hamsters in Russia where the hamsters were nearly completely infertile after being fed GMO soy for three generations. A study from 2005 showed that rats fed a GMO soy diet has low sperm quality.

Because the studies are so new, it’s hard to say for sure what effect GMOs are having on humans now or what negative effects they may have in the future. But for those trying to conceive, eliminating GMOs can be a small step that can have a big effect on helping them get pregnant. I would suggest that each person take the responsibility to research GMOs and decide for themselves whether or not to include them in their diet. Lots of resources are popping up on both sides of the debate that offer helpful information so you can decide what’s best for you and your family.

Here are some resources to get you started:

http://www.fertilityauthority.com/blogger/cindy-bailey/2011/04/12/genetically-modified-foods-may-affect-fertility

http://www.fertilityfactor.com/could-genetically-modified-foods-be-responsible-for-your-infertility.html

http://www.saynotogmos.org/

http://www.betterfoods.org/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/harvest/etc/links.html

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