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The Tragic Death Of Scientific Integrity and The Rise and Fall Of GMO Food

20131019_cna400“Men only care for science so far as they get a living by it, and that they worship even error when it affords them a subsistence”  Goethe

After the thing went off, after it was a sure thing that America could wipe out a city with just one bomb, a scientist turned to father and said, “Science has now known sin.” And do you know what father said?  He said,  “What is Sin?

~Cats Cradle  by Kurt Vonnegut

The Economist just published an excellent article on the current miserable state of peer-reviewed, published science.  (How Science Goes Wrong: Scientific Research  Changed The World, Now It Needs To Change Itself).  The article describes the peer-review process,  whereby scientific knowledge becomes understood and available to the world.

Peer-review is even held to be the defining characteristic of science itself, the method by which science protects itself from fraud, and along with replicability of experiment, that which separates “science” from “religion”.   The immediate ramifications of all the faulty and dishonest science produced by the current system are not fully addressed. But we are all victims of dishonest and inept science, including the institution of science itself.

Though science is ideally an unbiased search for truth, scientists themselves seem as willing as anyone else to subvert the truth regarding their science (typically by making up ‘data’ from ‘experiments’) if they can get a little extra cash in the deal.  Chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Cargill and Syngenta have lots of cash that somehow finds it’s way into these ‘science’ grant funds and laboratories.

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Because ‘science’ has a such a strong association with ‘truth’, imagine the power you could gain if you showed people ‘science’ that was faked, that was intentionally skewed- that was in essence, a lie?  And that lie said that the product that you were selling was healthy when it wasn’t.  That lie would give the liar a better position to profit, would it not?    What if you were told that DDT was good for you, based on ‘sound science’?  Or that smoking was good for you, based on the opinion of scientists?

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A lot of research is done in academic settings that are supposed to be independent of the profit motive, in effect a pure search for truth.  But that is often not the case.  “Universities offer ‘independent’ advice to governments while taking corporate money for ‘research’.  Corporations offer that money to universities, not for the knowledge it generates, but primarily for the influence it buys” states a recent article in Opensource that investigates the troubling control of academic science by  scientists and the corporations employing them, and the  subsequent control of ‘independent’ scientific journals.  Read more here: “The Goodman Affair: Monsanto Targets the Heart Of Science”.  The author, Claire Robinson, comes to some of the same conclusions as that given by The Economist.

Of course scientists often make mistakes, and can simply misinterpret the data from an experiment, or be subject to an unconscious bias toward a certain result.  After all, scientists are only human, right?  That is why  in the early days of the modern era of Science, practioners insisted on adopting what is called the “Precautionary Principle”, which states: “The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an action.”

What happens when the precautionary principle is not used? Let’s take a quick stroll through a “scientific hall of shame” that often results, shall we? It might be titled “Where The Precautionary Principle Was Ignored, or When Science Just Plain Goes Wrong”.

All the following exhibits show what once was believed to be truth and fact to men of science.  We start with the well-known catastrophe of bloodletting, whereby George Washington lost his life for a common cold. 

 washdeath-2Or how about the once-common practice of re-moving a wo-man’s uterus for the broadly defined condition known as hysteria?

Let’s take a moment to linger in the smoking exhibit, and remember the large numbers of physicians who publicly endorsed cigarette smoking as a healthy habit, right up until the 1960’s, when they became the first group to quit in large numbers.  In fact, phony science is now often called ‘tobacco science’, since large numbers of scientists stood by the ‘smoking is healthy’ claim for many decades.

We come to the horrifying but once-common practice of prescribing calomel, (mercury) to women for almost any complaint, which led to large numbers of American women walking the streets like spectres in the mid-to-late 1800’s.

Remember Thalidomide?   How many severely deformed children were born for that scientific ‘mistake’ that initially generated huge profits for the drug companies?  This exhibit is so traumatizing, children are not allowed to view it, and it stands behind curtains.

Testicular injection is a more light-hearted exhibit to linger in, whereby we learn that testicle matter from animals was injected into men in the early 1900’s in an effort to reverse aging.  Ha Ha, nice try though!

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Thyroid radiation is another exhibit in our hall, whereby men of science routinely radiated children’s thyroid glands in the belief that this would somehow help them.  Whoopsie!!  Apparently they also radiated earache, acne, tonsils, adenoids, birthmark, mumps and fungus!  OOOPS, sorry about that. 

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As we pass the estrogen replacement/breast cancer exhibit, the lead paint disaster and the Vioxx back pain/heart attack  fiasco memorial, a very extensive tableau about Nuclear Energy and the Fukushima Catastrophe we finally find:

The Gentically Modified food section, wherein we see that Genetically Modified (in the lab) foods were advertised as more nutritious, needing less water to grow and as even being more productive, creating more food per acre than ordinary plants, and conveniently being just what we desperately need to feed the world, all the while reducing toxic pesticide use!  (A picture of Bono from U2 and Bill Gates, supposedly the worlds richest man, accompanies this exhibit under the heading ‘GMO cheerleaders’). Of course it has now been discovered that not only were none of those claims true, but in fact GMO food can create inflammatory allergic reactions in those eating them that lead to almost any major chronic disease, even ADHD and obesity and cancer and mental illness, all of which skyrocketed during their period of use.  This GMO exhibit stands next to the one for glyphosate, the GMO-based herbicide (Monsanto’s RoundUp®) wherein we find that it was shown by men of science as a very safe pesticide, only later after billions of pounds of it had been dumped on our food, did ‘they’ discover that it caused birth defects, nutritional deficiencies, gut dysbiosis, soil death and was even neurotoxic.  Dang!  Sorry guys! What is the precautionary principle anyway?

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What is truly astonishing in this exhibit is that the people of America were even prevented from knowing when GMO food was in their lunch because it was not required to be labeled.  Thus many who had discovered the dangers of this laboratory food were still injured by it.

 

GMOs Impact on Gut and Mental Health

 

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Go with your gut! Your gut is like a second brain.  Everybody knows this is somehow true.  Now science has recently discovered that 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the digestive process.  Over 30 nuero-transmitters (brain chemicals) are created by the digestive process and the bacteria found in your gut. GMOs and their herbicide glyphosate (RoundUp®) have  recently been shown by science to have a terrible effect on digestive bacteria.

Poor digestion creates cascades of physical and emotional problems.  What’s news is that poor digestion and poor “gut health” is often the culprit for ADHD, autism and depression.  The New York Times just reported that 20% of high-school aged boys are diagnosed with ADHD.   Many children’s ADHD symptoms have been mitigated by eating a clean diet. Dr. Lidy Pelsser claims that “food is the main cause of ADHD.”  Poor digestion can even cause autism.

While good bacteria died, highly pathogenic bacteria were unaffected by glyphosate.

Poor digestion causes nutrient deficiencies.  A deficiency in just one mineral like magnesium can cause tremendous emotional and cognitive problems.  And supplementing with pills won’t help much because digestion is so poor!

RoundUp’s® glyphosate has been found in 100% of urine samples at 5-20 times the limit for drinking water. Monsanto’s RoundUp® harms gut bacteria.  Small children are especially vulnerable.

Italy serves all it’s public school children organic food.   ADHD rates are MUCH lower in Italy.

Don’t eat CAFO meat.  CAFO stands for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, or typical American factory (torture) farming.  Look for animals humanely raised and antibiotic-free, even when you eat in a restaurant.

Video of European egg producer who found drastic improvements in the health and production of his hens after changing from GM to non-GM soy feed 

Pigs’ Health Improved Drastically After Switching to a GMO-Free Diet

 Roundup harms beneficial gut bacteria – study

New study by scientists at Leipzig University which found that Roundup herbicide, used on Monsanto’s herbicide resistant crops negatively impacted the gastrointestinal bacteria of poultry in vitro. The researchers found that highly pathogenic bacteria resisted Roundup, whereas beneficial bacteria were moderately to highly susceptible to it. The study provides a scientific basis to farmer reports of increased gastrointestinal disease in animals fed GM Roundup Ready soy, which is tolerant to Roundup.

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Think Twice: How the Gut’s “Second Brain” Influences Mood and Well-Being

“The second brain informs our state of mind in other more obscure ways, as well.  “A big part of our emotions are probably influenced by the nerves in our gut,” Mayer says. Butterflies in the stomach—signaling in the gut as part of our physiological stress response, Gershon says—is but one example. Although gastrointestinal (GI) turmoil can sour one’s moods, everyday emotional well-being may rely on messages from the brain below to the brain above. For example, electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve—a useful treatment for depression—may mimic these signals, Gershon says.
Serotonin seeping from the second brain might even play some part in autism, the developmental disorder often first noticed in early childhood. Gershon has discovered that the same genes involved in synapse formation between neurons in the brain are involved in the alimentary synapse formation. “If these genes are affected in autism,” he says, “it could explain why so many kids with autism have GI motor abnormalities” in addition to elevated levels of gut-produced serotonin in their blood.”
So the company that helped invent and supply Agent Orange for chemical warfare in Vietnam is the leading seed supplier (both GMO and non-GMO seeds) and makes GMO crops that are proven to disrupt ecosystems, cause terrible harm to animals and humans- are NOW protected from the constitution for at least 6 months thanks to our broken political system.  Many farmers want out of the GMO treadmill, but since Monsanto bought most of the seed companies, non-GMO seeds can be hard to find!
We were promised that genetically modified crops would increase yields and decrease pesticide use- instead yields are the same or less and pesticide use has risen dramatically- at the expense of our health, our children’s health and the health of the environment.  But since these crops can be patented- ENORMOUS, global profits are at stake.  Food is the biggest business of all, and the giant corporations want total control of it, and our government is helping them get it.  In essence, you are now licensing the right to eat your food- you do not own it- if you purchase GMO seed.  You are also risking your physical and emotional health, especially of your children.  These crops basic DNA has been tinkered with- and the  results are downright scary.  Watch this 15 minute Greenpeace video “Growing Doubt” or this video on how animals are changed when fed GMO feed.

Deadly Bacteria That Resist Strongest Drugs Are Spreading  NYTIMES

Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the organisms “nightmare bacteria” during a telephone news conference, and noted that they could pass their trait for drug resistance — encoded in a scrap of genetic material called a plasmid — along to other bacteria.  The problem is most common in the Northeast, particularly in hospitals in New York City, officials said.
 Much of the public forgets the gut when it comes to warding off the flu and other more threatening diseases, but the gut—and its army of beneficial bacteria—are essential in protecting us from harm. That’s why eating genetically modified and/or conventionally farmed food could be a direct assault on your own health. Most recently, research has shown that Monsanto’s herbicide, known as Roundup, is destroying gut health, threatening overall health of animals, people, and the planet significantly.
Because GMOs alter livestock digestion, livestock must be given even more antibiotics just to keep them alive.  This industrial agriculture method has now created drug resistant bacteria, which some epidemiologists predict could have even more wide ranging, dire consequences like that already found in our hospitals.  Antibiotics disrupt gut flora in everyone who takes them. Cattle manure is then often spread on vegetable patches, and the antibiotics enter the vegetables!  From the Times article: “The C.D.C. director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, likened the rising rates of stimulant prescriptions among children to the overuse of pain medications and antibiotics in adults”.

The journal Current Microbiology recently published a study that caught Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide’s active ingredient, glyphosate, suppressing beneficial bacteria in poultry specimens. Given that gut health is directly linked to chronic illnesses and overall health, this isn’t exactly welcome news for people who can’t always afford or who lack access to organic, locally grown food.

But it gets worse. While good bacteria died, highly pathogenic bacteria were unaffected by glyphosate. These pathogens include several strains of Salmonella and the class Colstridia, anaerobic bacteria known to be some of the deadliest known to us, including C. tetani (tetanus) and C. botulinum (botulin). Although botulin is used to ease overactive muscles and in Botox, America’s most popular cosmetic procedure, it takes but 75 billionths of a gram to kill someone weighing 75 kg (165 lbs).

This is a documentary thriller about how Agro-Chemical multinational corporations victimize international scientists to prevent them from publishing their scary findings.
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Vandana Shiva has started a Seed Satyagraha – nonviolent non-cooperation around seed laws – has gotten millions of farmers to sign a pledge to break those laws.
http://www.myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=Shiva

Fruit Flies Live Longer when Fed Organic Diet

 In Italian government-sponsored research, (v) mice that were fed Monsanto’s GM corn, showed a wide range of immune responses. The mice had an increase in cytokines (substances that are secreted by specific cells of the immune system which carry signals locally between cells, and thus have an effect on other cells). The specific cytokines (interleukins) that were elevated are also higher in humans who suffer from a wide range of disorders. See the table below:
Elevated interleukins Associations
IL-6 Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, various types of cancer (multiple myeloma and prostate cancer)
IL-13 Allergy, allergic rhinitis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
MIP-1b Autoimmune disease and colitis
IL-12p70 Inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis

As you can see, two of the elevated interleukins are associated with inflammatory bowel diseases and one is specifically associated with colitis.

“Our Children’s Bodies Have Become Garbage Cans”

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French scientist Giles Seralini has been viciously attacked since his study on Monsanto’s glyphosate was published in a prestigious scientific journal last year. It was the first long-term study ever accomplished on genetically modified soy and it’s attendant herbicide- glyphosate.  Studies done by Monsanto last only 90 days- Seralini’s lasted two years.  Almost all the poor lab rats suffered massive tumors.  And almost all other studies done on the pesticide glyphosate have been kept secret.

Seralini and his team exposed the deception and the danger.  As did Carrasco in Argentina last year. As Seralini states “What matters is that our children’s bodies have become garbage cans! Everyday, I cry because of those diseases simply caused by the environment. More people have died because of chemicals than during World War II. Those who don’t want to see any cause for concern in our studies will have to answer for their serious dishonesty.”

CHILDREN ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES  -they are proven to increase the rate of Cancer, ADHD, Allergies, gastro-intestinal disorders, endocrine disorders.  Read more on the science of it all here- A Generation In Jeopardy.  Genetically modified food crops often have a pesticide engineered into every bite of food- every cell of the plant!  Genetically modified foods are designed to be sprayed with massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides.  Is that why the USA is last of all industrialized nations in terms of it’s health, despite spending twice the amount on healthcare as any other nation?

Both GE soy and its attendant herbicide glyphosate were implicated in the cancers found in Seralini’s peer-reviewed study.  Any honest scientist would react with the desire to do more studies.  But bio-tech industry funded scientists only attacked Seralini’s methods and the data. The integrity of science is at stake! Read the Paris Match article here.  The journal that published his study has refused to retract it, despite enormous pressure from the bio-tech industry to do so.

DOCTOR SPEAKS ON SERALINI, GM SAFETY, AND INDUSTRY “SCIENCE”

American public health physician John Day MD explains how industry designs its “safety” studies on GMOs and pesticides to avoid finding harm.

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14468

 Agent Orange Corn Delayed By One Year.

Plans to include 2,4-D (half the formula for the notorious defoliant/war chemical used by the United States in Vietnam) as part of a new genetically modified corn have been put on hold.  DOW chemical will have to wait one more year for approval.  Over 450,000 negative comments were received by the FDA. Add your name to the list.  A history of DOW chemical here

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A Salmon And An Eel Have A Baby

Genetically engineered Salmon is about to be approved for human consumption and it will not be labeled.  With all the scientific data saying that GE food is dangerous, will you want your family to eat salmon that had been engineered to grow twice as fast?

Sign the petition to try and stop it

 

Patented Chimpanzees 

A chimpanzee whose immune system was altered by genetic engineering has been patented.  Over 660 animals have been patented.  Should life forms be patented?  Shouldn’t society be debating this?  What are the implications?  Have you heard any debates on this issue?  Wh can GMO soy and corn be patented, yet remain unlabeled?

 

Supporters of genetically modified food often distort the debate by claiming that anyone that is opposed to GMO’s are “anti-science”.  But is that a scientific argument?

 

Many scientists, including many working in the biotech field, are opposed to GMO’s as food.  These scientists understand the many risks and valid criticisms of GMO’s.

 

This claim of “anti-science” is so completely wrong that it can only be understood as a deliberate falsehood meant to distract from discussing the truth: The truth is what the science says: GMO’s have not been proven to be safe.  Instead they have been proven to very dangerous and completely unnecessary.

 

Many of the scientists that support GMO crops are in fact employed by the companies that produce these crops. Not very scientific.

UK: ALTERING THE GENES WE PASS ON TO OUR CHILDREN. DO YOU WANT A SAY?
A small team of British scientists is calling for the legalisation of a technique for creating babies with altered genes, but there is no good medical argument for doing this, says Dr David King of Human Genetics Alert (HGA). The technique, mitochondrial replacement, would forever alter the genes we pass on to our children – in other words, the genetic changes will be passed on down the generations. Alteration of the human germline is rejected as unethical and risky by most governments and many scientists. But according to HGA, the UK is the weak link in the otherwise strong consensus against human germline genetic tinkering.
http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14494

WHO WANTS HUMAN GM?
In the UK there’s an entire lobby devoted to pushing human genetic engineering, spearheaded by the Science Media Centre, its corporate funder AstraZeneca, and groups and individuals with links to the pro-corporate technophile cult, Living Marxism. New material added to Powerbase:
http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Category:Human_Genetics

GMOs were presented by biotech firms to the public with the promise that these new “scientific” crops would reduce pesticide use.

 

 

No one likes pesticides except chemical companies.  (Monsanto is and always has been a chemical company.  Only fairly recently did they “diversify” into agriculture- in order to sell more chemicals!)

 

GMO’s have been such a spectacular failure at pest control that pesticide use has actually risen since they were introduced in the 1990’s.

 

Boycott GMO’s and meat from livestock that was fed using GMOs.  Join Pesticide Action Network.  Download their new report on pesticides.  Join the Center For Food Safety.  Explore the website GMWatch.

 

GMOs are the single most important health issue, environmental issue, legal issue and social issue of our time.

 

Don’t let chemical companies like Monsanto and DOW and Bayer (formerly known as IG Farben) control the debate.  Get involved and educated.  Your health and your children’s health is at stake.

 

Here is some good news! 

Cotton growers in India are turning their backs on GM Bt cotton and returning to indigenous varieties.

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14500

 

GMO labelling laws are up for consideration in 30 more states in the USA.

La Via Campsina says no to GMO’s
Hungary and Poland ban GMOs
Peru bans GMOs

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Pork Industry FIGHTS BACK! With Monty Python-style video!

 

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Meat sales are plummeting in the USA, as more and more of us become aware of the horrific conditions that livestock endure on factory farms.  These livestock feeding centers are called CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).  Many of us- average, caring human beings are so repulsed by this treatment of our animal cousins that we are refusing to eat the factory-farmed meat, opting instead for grass-fed, humanely raised meat.  So many of us have discovered the terrible facts about CAFOs that it is becoming a crime in many states to photograph them.

How does the Pork Industry respond to the plummeting sales?  By allowing their pigs access to fresh air and sunlight and “normal behaviors” characteristic of the species?  By cleaning up the giant lagoons of pig excrement that cause asthma and respiratory ailments and also pollute streams and groundwater? By giving them non-GMO feed so they don’t get so sick?  But that would cost them money!  It wouldn’t be “efficient”.  Instead they produce propaganda videos like this one, trying to convince us that everything is just fine with the pigs.  Take a look and see.  At first I thought it was a joke.

By the way, the corn they feed these breeding sows is probably NOT GMO, as GMO feed makes animals sterile, (and probably humans as well) as can be seen in this mind-boggling report from livestock farmer Jerry Rosman.

Don’t eat factory meat.  When you or your children eat this kind of meat you are getting antibiotic-ridden, pesticide-laden, torture produced, GMO-fed pollution creating health disasters, that drive small, humane farmers out of business all around the world.  Choose to eat healthy meat.  CAFOs are the primary symbol and reality of all that is wrong with corporatism.  CAFOs are also the single largest user of poisonous, pesticide-laden GMOs. Food connects everything.  We must put pressure on the NYC Dept. Of Education to stop feeding CAFO meat to our kids.

These giant factory farms have driven millions of small farmers out of business.  Because of free-trade agreements, other countries have to accept this meat and this technology.  Now China is importing the technology and the pigs needed to make it work.  But you don’t have to eat it!

The pigs you will see in the video are breeding sows, from a type of pig developed by American agribusiness to be especially large.  They are not “normal” pigs.  The reason they do not leave their new and improved “sow-crates” (which have been banned in other countries, is because these pigs are so fat they can barely move. They are grotesque creations of the new corporate agribusiness model.  I’ve seen rescued ones at Farm Sanctuary. In the State of Michigan, is has recently become a crime to own other types of pig, which are now named feral pigs.

Mentioned in the video is that growth hormones are not used- this is true.  Growth hormones are used on cows to make more milk.  The pigs get antibiotics, which make them grow faster.

 

Watch “Pig Business” by the Center For Food Safety for more information!  And this NY Times article about “sow-crates”, also called gestation crates.

 

Paying Them To Do it

Most GMOs are fed to slaughterhouse animals like cows, pigs and chickens.  These animals are raised in CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).  These CAFOs are a relatively recent invention designed to produce meat as cheaply as possible.  What the designers of CAFOs invented was a torture chamber.  We are feeding our children (and ourselves!) meat that was raised under the most horrific conditions imaginable.

These CAFO’s not only torture their inhabitants, they also produce massive amounts of  fecal matter pollution.  CAFOs are also a business model that is being exported overseas via free-trade agreements.  And every time one of us eats CAFO meat, we are paying them to do it!

It’s the trifecta of poison: Poison the environment with GMO crops: Poison and torture CAFO animals by feeding them pesticide laden GMO crops, adding growth hormones and antibiotics, no sun or fresh air: Poison our children by feeding them the cheap meat.  Let’s cut down the rainforest while we are at it to grow the GMO soy (as is being done in Brazil).  And let’s pay these large corporations to do it every time we eat factory farmed meat.

Make the choice that makes a difference:  Eat only humanely raised chicken, beef and pork, and free-range eggs; and cheese made from grass fed cows.  We must also demand that the New York City Department of Education (the worlds largest food purchaser after the Pentagon) stop serving poison meat to our children!!

CAFO the book  (great site!)

GMO pesticides killing bees

1500 beekeepers protest GM crops in Warsaw

Bill Gates and GMO crops

New survey shows 91% of US consumers support labeling of GM foods – only 5% oppose.

Glyphosate (Monsanto’s GMO herbicide) linked to numerous abnormalities

Monsanto and friends target schoolchildren

How NPR Got It Wrong on Monsanto’s Superweeds

Boycott bad meat!

“The present system of producing food
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and presents an unprecedented level of risk to public health and damage to the environment,
as well as unnecessary harm to the animals
we raise as food.”

—Robert Martin, Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production

Criticism of Genetically Modified Food Finally Goes Mainstream

 

The bad news about the many horrible effects of laboratory-modified, GMO food is finally going mainstream in the United States, where the vast majority of their research, development and production occurs.

Genetically Modified foods (called GMOs, for genetically modified organisms) have been commercially farmed and consumed only since 1996.  Since that time we have seen skyrocketing numbers of severe food allergies and auto-immune disorders like asthma.  ADHD and mood disorder rates, which many nutritionists link to digestion and gut flora, are increasing.  The cancer rate is still climbing and so are nervous disorders like Alzheimer’s.  Huge increases in obesity and diabetes can be linked to the ultra-cheap corn and corn syrup supplied by GMO corn.  Many, many studies have consistently shown genetically modified food to be dangerous and unhealthy, and it’s showing up in our health, especially in the health of our children, who are much more vulnerable to the effects of tainted food.  Since no human testing has been done on GMOs(!), this correlation of ill health and GMO consumption has not been conclusively proven, but the sheer weight of all the evidence is now overwhelming.

The Atlantic Magazine recently ran an article entitled “The Very Real Danger of Genetically Modified Foods”. Forbes Magazine recently ran an excellent story so well written and compelling that a Monsanto associate (Monsanto is the worlds leading creator and advocate of genetically modified seeds and the “crop-protection chemicals” they need to be effective) felt the need to attack and belittle it.  The writer had simply urged that foods containing GMOs be labeled! OK, so it wasn’t in their actual magazine, it was a blog post on the Forbes website.  But Still! Forbes! Amazing!  And over at The American Conservative Magazine, the cover story last month was called “Frankenstein’s Farm”, by superstar farmer Joel Salatin.  Huffington Post has raised the issue for years, and the “The World’s #1 Natural Health Website” has some of the best information on why we should avoid GMO’s.

Did you know that the United States ranks 50th in the world in terms of life expectancy, yet spends the most in the world on healthcare!  Think diet has something to do with it?  Of course it does. Think Monsanto and GMO’s have something to do with the American diet?  Believe it.  75% of all packaged, processed food contains GMOs.  Almost all our meat is fed GMOs.  See what it does to them, is an excellent interview with farmer Jerry Rosman.  Why aren’t they labeled?  Perhaps it’s because former Monsanto vice-president Michael Taylor is now running things over at the FDA, in the department of FOOD SAFETY!! After all, they were responsible for Agent Orange, Dioxin, PCB disasters, and have been fined many time for false advertising, all over the world!

“For nearly 40 years, corporate giant Monsanto routinely dumped toxic waste into West Anniston Creek while producing now-banned industrial coolants called PCBs. They also dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into open-pit landfills – and proceeded to spend decades covering it up even after confirming that fish submerged in the creek turned belly-up within seconds.

Monsanto knew exactly how dangerous PCBs were, but decided not to warn the community – instead, ordering the conclusion of a study done on rats to be changed from “slightly tumorigenic” to “does not appear to be carcinogenic.” The company had enjoyed a four-decade-long monopoly over the PCB market and, as an internal memo revealed, decided that “We can’t afford to lose one dollar of business”. In fact, to this day Monsanto hasn’t apologized or taken responsibility despite the fact that they were forced to pay $700 billion in fines in 2003.” Source: “America’s Top 10 Worst Environmental Disasters”

Monsanto dictating United States food policy is like having BP drill for oil in your kitchen.

Get educated about GMOs by following some of the links in this article.  The best way to avoid them, until the California initiative to have them labeled passes, (most of the rest of the world requires them to be labeled) is to eat organically grown food as much as possible.  USDA certified organic food does not allow GMOs.

Is true Organic soon to be dead in the USA?

 

The USDA recently approved Genetically Modified (GM) Alfalfa to be grown in the United States.  Alfalfa is primarily used as a cover crop in winter and as a feed for cattle, particularly by organic meat and dairy farmers who don’t want to feed their cattle genetically modified corn and soy.  Alfalfa is a perennial plant, which makes it extremely vulnerable to contamination.  Phillip Geertson has spent the last 30 years farming and  has been a partner in alfalfa breeding programs for 25 years.  Read his article to understand why GE (Genetically Engineered) Alfalfa was approved, even though there is absolutely no need for it.  Find out what the GM contamination of regular alfalfa really means.  Key quote from article:  “There is no wonder that the rest of the world does not want RR alfalfa seed and have prohibited the import of any alfalfa seed contaminated with even a trace of the RR gene.”
Excellent new article from the Mercola website:

Some, like Dr. Philip Bereano, professor emeritus at the University of Washington and an engaged activist concerning GM foods, believe contamination is actually an intentional strategy by both the government and the industry to weaken the organic industry to simply allow GM animal feed in organics.

Indeed, while USDA chief Tom Vilsack acknowledged alfalfa contamination concerns in an “Open Letter to Stakeholders” on December 30, 2010, stating that the USDA’s environmental impact statement “acknowledges the potential of cross-fertilization to non-GE alfalfa from GE alfalfa,” adding that cross-fertilization is “a significant concern for farmers who produce for non-GE markets at home and abroad,” steps were not taken to address them.

GM (or GE) crops cause damage to animals- not just in lab studies which are unethical in themselves, but as witnessed by veterinarians in the field.  They are known to disrupt human endocrine systems and are known allergens.
CAN’T WE GET Genetically Modified foods LABELLED????  90% of Americans WANT THEM LABELLED!!!!
Sign this petition at least and then BOYCOTT GMOs!!!   (Genetically Modified Organisms)
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5452
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people,
it’s an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” – Patrick Henry
“Separation of corporation and State”  –Robert Frederick

 

TED Talk: an 11 yr old schools the crowd on GMO’s

 

 

Food For Kids Not Corporations


Get Educated on genetically modified food! Ever wonder why the number of children with food allergies has gone up so drastically? Bio-tech, genetically modified foods are the number one suspect!

GMO’s are in 75% of all processed food.  In numerous scientific studies they have caused organ failure, infertility, early death, and MANY other problems in LABORATORY animals.  Yet the Food and Drug Adminstration has still not required independent long-term safety tests on these foods!   Many countries have banned them completely, or at the very least, require them to be labeled.  Not so, here in the USA.

Organic farming can feed the world! according to a  study done at the University of Michigan.

The NYC Dept. of Education buys more food than anyone else in the USA besides the military.  Why do we let them buy, with our money, food that harms us and the environment?


The Many Hazards of CAFO’s

The meat they serve our children is raised in CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), operations that torture animals, overuse antibiotics and growth hormones, while feeding their animals GMO’s that make them sick, and that flood the land with unbelievable amounts of waste!  Why do we allow this to happen?  Let’s make a change!

Organic food is not elitist!  GMO’s and CAFO’s are elitist, as they benefit only the very wealthy.  Cheap food is not cheap.  Factor in the cost of poor health and a ruined ecology, and cheap foods are very expensive.  Organic farming would also create jobs while it restores our land, rivers and streams and dead zones back to health!

BOYCOTT GMO’S AND CAFO’S

CONSUMERS HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD

We Are Mad As Hell and We Aren’t Gonna Eat It Anymore