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Monday, January 14, 2008

AllergyKids.com

Just wanted to promote AllergyKids.com
They're doing some great (non-food-industry-funded) research into the links between GMO foods and food allergies in children.
A few tidbits that caught my eye -->
*In the last twenty years, we have seen an epidemic increase in allergies, asthma, ADHD and autism, including: a 400% increase in food allergies, a 300% increase in asthma, with a 56% increase in asthma deaths, a 400% increase in ADHD and between a 1,500 and 6,000% increase in autism.
*75% of processed foods now contain unlabeled genetically engineered, chemical toxins; 91% of all soy contains these toxins. Almost 60% of all corn contains these toxins. By law, a product labeled "USDA Organic" is not allowed to contain these chemically and genetically engineered toxins.
*Ten years ago, in 1996, soy was genetically engineered with chemical toxins to make it a more profitable crop. That same year, there was a 50% increase in the soy allergy (source: York Nutritional Labs), making soy allergy one of the top ten allergies. Within the first five years of the introduction of this genetically engineered soy and the new proteins, allergens and toxins that this soy now contains, there was a doubling of the peanut allergy (from 1997-2002). According to previously undisclosed research and the Peanut Genome Initiative, it appears that in the genetic engineering of soy, a soy allergen was created that is 41% identical to a known peanut allergen, ara h 3. This new allergen, now found in soy, is recognized by 44% of peanut allergic individuals.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 9:45 AM

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