Why Are Chemicals and GMOs Such a Big Concern?

Posted by Robyn on 24th May 2014

What is a GMO anyway? 

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” 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.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights. (taken from The Non-GMO Project - read more)

10 reasons why GMOs are bad

1. GMOs are not healthy for you. It is not a coincidence that since GMOs have been introduced & used ever more increasingly, that food allergies, autism, infertility, digestive problems, skin issues, hair loss, etc. have been on the rise.

2. GMOs are irreversible. They cross pollinate into "organic/non-gmo" crops & literally take over making it nearly impossible for organic farmers to keep their crops pure. 

3.GMOs are extremely tolerant of herbicides, causing them to need more & more chemicals & even stronger herbicides to kill these "superweeds". Our foods (& ingredients in beauty care products) are being contaminated with harmful chemicals at an increasing alarming rate. 

4. GMOs can cause dangerous side effects like new toxins, nutritional deficiencies, allergens, carcinogens, etc. 

5. Our government is overlooking it even when several other countries have banned GMOs! 

6. The same agencies that brought us "the 5 gravest wrongdoings" (see above) are the same agencies being used by our government to try to convince us that GMOs are safe!

7. Media is censored, blocked & banned when it comes to exposing the harm of GMOs.

8. GMOs do not yield an increase & help us feed the starving. In fact, there are large amounts of evidence that yields decline & that they take money away from those who could be producing large healthy crops. 

9. GMOs harm our environment. GMO crops & herbicides harm our birds, animals, insects, marine life, our soil, they pollute our water, & so much more. 

10. By avoiding purchasing any GMO products, you are voting with your purchase by putting pressure on companies to stop using GMOs. 

Why is this so important to hair, skin & body care? 
Leave-on products, such as hair styling aids, facial make-up, & skin lotions are of greatest concern because of the long exposure time & opportunity for migration via the skin into the bloodstream. The recently discovered estrogenic effects of certain synthetic chemicals, such as parabens & GMOs, & their subsequent effects on the endocrine system of humans & wildlife, is of growing concern- especially in relation to women’s risk of breast cancer. There are hazards associated with preservatives, GMOs & other chemicals that consumers are rarely told about. Some of the most allergenic & irritating preservatives release a small amount of formaldehyde, which is not only an irritant & skin sensitizer, but is cancer causing & damaging to the nervous system.

Shear Miracle Organics is committed to using only the purest ingredients possible for our family & yours.We are diligently choosing to vote against GMOs & toxic chemicals by buying our ingredients from companies with integrity. Will you join us? 

Besides GMOs, here is a list of chemicals to avoid, too. 

Phalates * Parabens * Triclosan * Mineral Oils * FD & C Colours * Diazolidinyl Urea * Propylene Glycol * Polyethylene Glycol * Diethanolamine * Borax * Lanolin * Triethanolamine * Tetrasodium EDTA * Polysorbate * Imidazolidinyl Urea * Dimethicone * Phenoxyethanol * Cetearyl Alcohol * Cetyl Alcohol * Cocamide DEA * Cocamidopropyl Betaine * Glyceryl Stearate * Emulsifying Wax * Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides * Olefin Sulfonate * Myristamine Oxide * Octyl Methoxycinnamate * Stearalkonium Chloride * Petrolatum * Monoethanolamine * Synthetic Fragrances * Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

The following ingredients contain formaldehyde, may release formaldehyde, or may break down into formaldehyde: 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol, diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium 15

Are you concerned about any of these chemicals? We encourage you to do your own research on GMOs & the chemicals that we have listed here. Read your labels on all of your beauty products & make an informed decision. 

If you would like to sign a petition against GMOs: http://wh.gov/l7PaV