Formula-fed babies could be undernourished

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Formula-fed babies could be undernourished
Mon, 06-17-2013 - 3:26pm

The Potential Dangers of Infant Formula

"Bottle fed babies could be undernourished if given genetically modified infant formula milk because of inadequate regulations and testing regimes for GE foods."
-The Royal Society Group on Genetically Modified Food
Putting Infants and Children at Risk

Most infant formula sold in the US contains GE ingredients, either soy or milk from cows injected with GE hormones. Some also contain corn syrup. Cereals can contain ingredients like GE soy lecithin.

As globalization spreads, a number of issues arise which have the potential to affect infant nutrition. One such concerns is that of Genetically Engineered (GE) or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and their use in infant formula and infant foods.

The process of genetic engineering is imprecise and random. Inserted genes can disrupt a plant's natural growth and development or function differently than expected. As a consequence, genetically engineered foods can have unintended effects, with potentially harmful consequences for human health. The end result could be the bio-synthesis of food molecules that are toxic, allergenic, or carcinogenic - hardly the perfect food for babies.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 06-17-2013 - 3:47pm

I haven't bought into the "GMOs make infant formula worse" mentality.

Organic, not organic, Similac or Enfamil, With or without DHA and AA. As far as I'm concerned formula is formula they are all essentially identical. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Tue, 06-18-2013 - 4:11pm

...hundreds of thousands of newborns, infants and toddlers are unwitting participants in this huge, uncontrolled experiment with the health of the next generation. It’s time for formula makers to stop experimenting with the health of babies who consume their products," she added

I'm not sure why GMOs stand out to so many people as the single controversial "generally regarded as safe" ingredient in commercial infant formula that raises alarms. Anything  GRAS can be added and many have been.

It's curious to me that GMOs in infant formula is singularly identified as experimental. Isn't all infant formula experimental? Haven't breastfeeding advocates been saying that for a while now? The only difference that I see between GMO and infant formula, in general, is that "there is no credible scientific evidence that GMOs pose a health risk" but many studies have found negative health affects from not breastfeeding. 

Hypothetically, even if there comes a time when GMOs are linked to negative health affects, why would that be important  in terms of infant formula? We already know there are health consequences to infant formula and many people do not worry about it. Having "choice" is paramount.

Why is it that "formula is fine because people have been using it for decades and we're all fine" but GMOs are bad therefore waiting until decades go by to prove their safety is unexceptable. It is almost like science and facts are irrelevant and the only thing that matters is popular opinion. Scratching head.