Most people who have worked in the food industry for the past 15 years have probably noticed it. There seems to be a rise in food allergies. They have always been around but now more and more people seem to be affected. Here are some facts you should know about food allergies.
- Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can cause a reaction.
- According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. That is just one year after GMO foods were introduced into the food supply.
“Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, a professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, told me that his team conducted a random calling in 1997. It showed one in 250 children were allergic to peanuts. When they did the same study in 2008, the number jumped to one in 70. “That sounds crazy, because it’s a tripling, but the numbers from other countries are similar,” the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) fellow said, pointing to similar studies with similar results from Canada, the U.K., and Australia. (Hay fever, asthma, and eczema are also on the rise.)” 1 2
Two factors are more than likely causing this. One GMOs with built-in bt toxin and two the heavy use of the herbicide known as glyphosate on these same genetically modified plants.
- The Rise of Food Allergies and First World Problems By Noah Davis
- Prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergy in the US determined by a random digit dial telephone survey.