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Genetically modified ingredients may trigger asthma

Health concerns about the use of genetically modified ingredients in the foods we eat are on the rise.

For many people, the lack of hard data to say GM is ‘safe’ is enough to be cautious ‚Äì history has already provided many case studies of ingredients considered safe, that in the longer term were deemed harmful and removed from the market.

Genetically modified foods or ingredients do make their way into the foods we eat today. Labelling requirements in most countries require the use of GM sourced foods to be identified but there are exceptions, and there are people who adopt an ‘avoid all GM always’ approach.

Some common GM foods are maize, soybean, oilseed rape (canola), chicory, squash, potato, pineapple and strawberries.

GM foods is a complex area and it is worth being informed on these products so you can make appropriate choices, especially if you are an allergy sufferer.

Long-term research of the effects of GM foods on human health needs to be conducted by independent rather then company-based researchers. Until this happens, those with allergies and asthma may be best to avoid them.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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