There is SO MUCH happening in the realm of genetically modified food- the lead story being that Obama signed the “Monsanto Protection Act” last week. So that you will know how horrible that piece of legislation is, we present just a few of the other recent news items pertaining to the most important health, environmental, social and legal issue of our day: growing and eating genetically modified food and the patenting of life. The story on the legislation Obama signed will then follow. The information presented here is small, a tiny part of the total catastrophe that is genetically modified food and the patenting of life.
Superbacteria, ever-rising cancer rates, superweeds, superbugs, the massive decline of honeybees, increased rates of emotional and mental disorders and the steep increase in life-threatening allergies can ALL be linked to GMOs and industrial agriculture. If only Healthy Mayor and second richest man in America Bloomberg really cared about school kids he would ban GMOs and GMO-raised meat from NYC school cafeterias as soon as possible. How much you wanna bet Bloomberg eats almost only organic, like Obama, Clinton, Bush and Romney?
Go with your Gut. Common sense, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine have always known that your gut is a second brain. Now it is known that 90% of the body’s serotonin is produced in the digestive process. A key nuero-transmitter, acetylcholine, is intimately involved in digestion. Over 30 nuero-transmitters (brain chemicals) are involved with digestion and gut bacteria. That GMOs and their herbicide RoundUp® have a terrible effect on digestive bacteria is proven- watch the first video below and the following stories of farmers discussing their livestock and then check the science on how Monsanto’s RoundUp® harms gut bacteria. (not to mention it has also been shown to cause birth defects and tumors!)
Poor digestion creates cascades of physical and emotional problems. (See Scientific American article below). The New York Times just reported that 20% of high-school aged boys are diagnosed with ADHD, and fully 10% are prescribed addictive amphetamines for treatment. What’s news is that poor digestion and poor “gut health” is often the culprit- caused by a poor, though “normal”, western diet. This is now proven because 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.
Most GMOs are raised for cheap animal feed (though 70% of processed food also contain them). Livestock that are fed with GMOs are usually killed within a few months, so the cancer and tumors uncovered by Giles Seralini’s research is rarely an issue, but other health issues with GMO fed livestock are very common, including constant diarrhea. If GMOs cause digestion issues in animals, then wouldn’t they cause digestion issues in humans as well? Poor digestion (not necessarily diarrhea) 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! So what happens when we eat the meat from livestock fed exclusively on pesticide-drenched GMO’s, growth hormones and antibiotics? And pesticide-drenched vegetables and grains? 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. Keep eating it and sooner or later there is a strong chance it will harm you. And small children are especially vulnerable.
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”.
Italy serves all it’s public school children organic food. Guess what? 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.
For beef, grass-fed is the best. Otherwise the meat is so infected it is now being radiated and doused in ammonia to kill the pathogens. That is what NYC is feeding it’s schoolchildren. Think organic is too expensive? ”An A.D.H.D. diagnosis often results in a family’s paying for a child’s repeated visits to doctors for assessments or prescription renewals. Taxpayers assume this cost for children covered by Medicaid…”
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
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.
“President Obama knowingly signed the Monsanto Protection Act over the insistence of more than 250,000 Americans who signed an urgent letter asking that he use his executive authority to veto H.R. 933 and send it back to Congress to remove the Act from the bill. Regretfully, President Obama failed to live up to his oath to protect the American people and our constitution. The passage of the Monsanto Protection Act is another sign of how out of touch Congress and the White House are with the sentiment of the American public. Since losing a court case in 2010 to Center for Food Safety for the unlawful planting of GMO sugar beets, Monsanto and other biotech companies have been desperate to find a way around court mandated environmental impact statements required as a result of a U.S. district court’s ruling.” From Food Democracy Now
“In this hidden backroom deal, Senator Mikulski turned her back on consumer, environmental, and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. “This abuse of power is not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Senator Mikulski or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”
There is a fierce urgency in the fight over the Monsanto Protection Act for family farmers and food activists across the country as 13 new genetically engineered crops await approval at the USDA and AquaBounty’s GMO salmon could be approved by the FDA next month. The passage of this rider in an unrelated budget spending bill could open the floodgates for these new approvals, even if the budget agreement only lasts for the next six months. From Food Democracy Now
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).
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Consumers cannot recognize irradiated food by sight, smell, taste, or feel. Irradiated foods can be recognized by the presence of the international symbol for irradiation on the packaging along with the words “Treated with Radiation,” or “Treated by Irradiation.”