Food connects everything. It connects us to the earth. It connects the sun the plants the animals to humans to the air and water and soil. It connects the countryside to the city. It connects and bonds a culture. To really connect with someone you share a meal. Almost all holidays and ceremonies involve food. We worship our lives with food. Feelings of gratitude emerge along with customs of prayer when a meal is set before us. Offerings to the gods are made with food. Gods themselves become food. Food is healing and comforting or conversely, food can make you sick. You are what you eat is a literal truth.
Food is the biggest business of all, dwarfing oil, pharmaceutical and transportation. Food means big money, and as you follow the money and the control of agriculture, you discover the bitter secret behind GMO’s and what that secret means for our food and our health. (GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism)
The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach
I’ve been actively involved in trying to get GMO’s out of the American food supply for many years. GMO’s are defined by the World Health Organization as “foods derived from organisms whose genetic material has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally”. To accomplish this modification requires cutting-edge modern science, using a process that involves altering DNA. As we learned in high school or college or on our own, DNA is the blueprint, the software, the building block of our physical self. DNA was only discovered in 1953, yet science is now so powerful that it can purposefully alter these building blocks to great effect. To some scientists this purposeful alteration represents a powerful and exciting development, while to others, GMOs are “Frankenstein” foods- dangerous and potentially tragic. The vast majority of scientists and consumers feel is still too early to risk exposing ourselves and the environment to such untested and unpredictable tinkering. Most of us do not even know we are eating GMOs, because if we did know, polls say, we would not purchase them or eat them.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) first came to my attention after my daughter developed serious asthma fourteen years ago. Asthma is an auto-immune disorder which is very often triggered by environmental toxins. So I became a toxin hunter. As often happens while exploring, a vast new world was discovered. As one man’s toxin is another man’s happy hour, defining exactly what a toxin is can be difficult. In determining what is healthy and what isn’t, I encountered scientific deceit bolstered by public-relations spin, behind which stood huge corporate profits and the centralization and control of our food supply, with the entire process subsidized with taxpayer money! A cover-up of all the toxic consequences of eating and growing genetically engineered food was in full swing. And that made me mad.
To alter a plant’s DNA, genes are taken from completely different species, or even different kingdoms, and randomly inserted into another living plant’s (or animal’s) DNA: This new living thing takes on new characteristics. An early genetic experiment involved taking genes from a cold-water fish (Winter Flounder) and inserting them into a tomato! It was thought that this new tomato would be frost-resistant, and that we could then forever after enjoy fresh tomatoes throughout the winter! Are you seeing the dollar signs yet? This tomato never reached our dinner plates. It was truly a monster, a Frankenstein, a mess. Despite billions and billions of dollars in research and development, very few advantageous new traits have been created in plants by tinkering with their DNA in laboratories. Despite what you may have heard, GMO plants do not produce higher yields, they are not more nutritious, and pesticide use has gone way up since they were introduced, which is the exact opposite of everything we were told. The one advantage they really have are government price supports: Uncle Sam will purchase your GMO soy or corn crop for a set price, guaranteed. If you plant GMOs you are guaranteed a profit due to price supports on corn and soybeans! Now that’s an advantage that has nothing to do with the laboratory.
In just fifteen years since their arrival in our supermarkets, GMO’s have reached a saturation point in the American diet, and the health of the average American is in steep decline. 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 toxic food.
Whether GMOs actually affected my daughter’s asthma is not provable, since no human testing has been done on GMOs. To understand why GMOs have never been tested on humans brings us to the sensitive issue of political corruption. The Food And Drug Administration is the federal agency tasked with protecting us from dangerous substances. They can and do use SWAT team raids to shut down raw milk operations or organic cheese producers. They also put the warning labels on cigarettes and made the law that keeps them out of reach of children. Yet they have refused to mandate labels on GMOs. Internal memos of FDA scientists prior to the approval of GMOs have revealed that many, many red flags were flying and warning signals were sounding from the FDA’s own tests. Yet when a major bio-tech corporation (Monsanto) had their own lawyer installed in high places at the FDA, (Michael Taylor) the approval for GMOs was fast-tracked. George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama are all complicit in this, as they all were responsible for the FDA appointees. Al Gore, Mr. Green, is a huge supporter of GM foods. Monsanto, which has a terrible history of corporate criminality, and is primarily a chemical company, was effectively allowed to run the safety and approval division of the Food And Drug Administration! Which means that we are not being protected from monsters. GMOs are now in 75% of all packaged and processed food in America, while the ingredient label is silent.
GMO’s have been proven to heighten and cause allergic responses, and a body already fighting one allergy can become susceptible to other allergies- in effect creating an overactive immune system. This is called toxic overload, which can lead to numerous immune disorders like lupus, or chronic fatigue syndrome. Also provable is that the American public has been sold a bill of goods that is absolutely not in their best interest, and especially their children’s best interest. And that makes me mad.
Terrible allergies are only one concern about GMOs. Farmer Jerry Rosman describes the infertility he and twenty-five farmers in his area experienced in their breeding sows that were fed GMO corn. Other serious concerns relate to the pesticides that are used in conjunction with GMOs. The single advantage resulting from cross-species genetic manipulation has been in making certain plants like soy and canola able to withstand huge dosing of chemical herbicides. These are broad-spectrum herbicides, like Agent Orange-a Monsanto product- that kill everything, every plant, except the modified plant. As a result herbicide use has greatly increased, even though we were told it would decrease. And the main GMO herbicide, glyphosate, is now implicated in numerous human and animal illnesses, diseases and death. Purdue University Professor Emeritus Don Huber explains his concerns about new pathogenic soil organisms that he believes are generated by GMOs. He also addresses the infertility issue. A recent study even showed that everyone now has glyphosate in their urine!Even the pollen from GMO plants can cross breed with pollen from natural plants and contaminate them.
Believe it or not there are still more serious concerns with GMO plants and animals. A different “advantage” conferred on GMO crops is the insertion of a pesticide toxin, called Bt, into every cell of the plant- the idea being that when a pest eats the plant it will die. The idea worked, except will also eat that toxin in their food. The bacteria in our gut can even incorporate that toxin-making DNA into their own DNA, making our stomachs pesticide factories. This approach has backfired, as predicted by many scientists. Because of overplanting, some pests are no longer affected by the toxin- they are now officially classified as super-bugs. Super weeds have been reported as well. All the while, gastroenterological disorders are on the rise. Unhealthy intestinal bacteria are linked to numerous disorders. This Bt GMO toxin is now found in the breast milk of almost every nursing woman in the USA! It is in almost all of us. It has been found in fetuses. The FDA does not have your best interest in mind when they approved these completely unnecessary crops.
One of the reasons GMOs have been forced on us by successive administrations has nothing to do with us at all. It is for geo-political reasons, whose goal is to control the world’s food supply. It appears that our food policy is being dictated by the same people that make our nuclear weapons and drone bombers!
Henry Kissinger sponsored a study in 1974 “entitled National Security Study Memorandum 200. This report stressed that only 13 countries are projected to account for 47 percent of the world population increase by the year 2050. It further argued that this would undermine the stability of countries friendly to the US and therefore harm the “national security” of the US as well “. It was recently shown that the US State department has instructed its diplomats to push “GM crops as a strategic government and commercial imperative”.
Monsanto’s stated goal to The Anderson Consulting Group was “that 100% of all seeds in the world to be modified and patented”! Since all GMO products are patented, this is an achievable goal, however unrealistic it sounds. Monsanto has long ties to the Pentagon, most famously as the makers of Agent Orange, used to defoliate the jungles during the Vietnam war. It is estimated that 500,000 children were born with birth defects in Vietnam as a result of massive chemical bombardment.
Monsanto has been aggressively buying smaller conventional see companies. They also sue farmers when their GMO crops blow on to a conventional farmer’s fields from neighboring fields. They expect these farmers to pay them for their products! With a huge budget for litigation, these small farmers often just start growing GMOs to avoid the hassle. Organic farming increases yields, but since the plants cannot be patented, so there is no possibility for control and the better option for our health is not much discussed by the Feds.
The Rest Of The World Not So Gullible
Peru recently called for a 10 year moratorium on the planting of genetically modified food crops. France just upheld a ban on the planting of genetically modified maize. All GMOs are outlawed in Japan and Ireland. One of the world’s leading bio-tech companies has completely abandoned the European market due to public and farmer opposition. That company is Bayer, the same company that made cyanide gas for the concentration camps under Hitler. Bayer’s GMO division has relocated to the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina, finding a more favorable business climate here. GMOs are viewed with extreme hostility in all of the European Union. If a product contains even a trace amount of GMO material it must be labeled as such. China and Russia have severely limited them, China having just announced that after a seven year long study they will not develop genetically engineered rice. Not so in the United States, where the vast majority of GMO research, development and production occurs. GMO alfalfa was just approved, a new strain of GMO sweet corn for human consumption was just approved, and many think that approval of GMO salmon will soon be announced. GMO trees are being tested. Cloned pigs have been approved.
Just Label It
California has a ballot initiative up for vote in November. It requires that all genetically modified foods be labeled as such so that Californians know what they are eating. Trans-fats, salt and sugar are labeled- why not GMOs? Is it because according to polls, many Americans would choose not to eat them?
Let Food Be Your Medicine, Let Medicine Be Your Food
I could go on and on. It is a complicated story with a lot of history and it is taking place all over the world. The good news is that we as consumers hold the winning cards in this battle. We must refuse to purchase and eat GMO food. If we don’t buy, they can’t sell it. This isn’t easy right now because GMOs aren’t labeled. If the California ballot initiative can pass, it will be a huge victory for health, truth and justice. Stop by their website today and give them a donation. If you live in California, give them a hand. Boycott GMOs, especially for your children. The simplest way is to cook as much of your own food as possible. 75% of all packaged food contains GMOs. Most of the GMOs are used for animal feed, so try to eat only organically raised meat. GMO crops are also used for making cooking oil. So avoid cottonseed oil, canola oil, corn oil and soy oil, as these are the four main GMO crops. Since corn and soy are in almost all processed foods, stay away from packaged foods that contain these ingredients. GMO ingredients are not allowed in certified organic products either. Good food makes you healthy and happy. Go for it, and do the whole world a favor. Oh and by the way- my daughter is 17 now, takes no medication, and she hasn’t had an asthma attack in many years.