The Continuing Catastrophe Of Genetically Modified Foods
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The evidence is just overwhelming that genetically modified food is a dangerous, poisonous system of agriculture that produces laboratory-created foods that are unnecessary, and unhealthy. They are placing you and your children at risk. The food in NYC school cafeterias is laden with them. Most processed, packaged food contains them. And all livestock, unless raised as free range, are fed GMOs, so you are eating GMOs when you eat meat. Monsanto’s new GM sweet corn has been approved for human consumption. Despite intense consumer pressure to not sell it, Wal-Mart has decided to sell it. Will the NYC school food program be buying it?
Maybe someone will tell the real story about GMOs to our “Health Mayor” Mike Bloomberg, and he will immediately begin the study to phase out GMO’s from NYC school cafeterias (similar to what he did for trans-fats in restaurants) because he cares about children’s health as community board 2 asked him to do.
But that wouldn’t be good for fellow billionaire Bill Gates, who is travelling the world telling anyone who will listen that we need GMOs. (Note: Bill Gates is also a huge proponent of charter schools). He also just bought 500,000 shares of Monsanto! In a particular note of hypocrisy, he is pushing GMOs on Africa, where most farming is small scale. As discussed in this article by Mark Bittman, the real science says that agro-ecological methods are the most efficient AND the most healthy approach. It is an established undisputed fact that GMOs are not needed. They do not increase yields. So why is Bill Gates insisting otherwise? Does it have something to do with patenting and control and getting even richer and more powerful? Why isn’t his foundation dispensing information on all the advances in agriculture being made without manipulating the plants final DNA makeup in a laboratory, with the end result being a patented, toxic product? Good only for cheap food and big profits if you are a gigantic agribusiness? Why is Bill Gates telling us anything at all about agriculture?
Discover the truth. Spend some time, investigate the issue and see for yourself. Genetically modified crops and their attendant pesticides require some time and energy to understand. The ramifications are enormous, and represent the most important environmental, health and legal issues of our time.
Beautiful must-see 28 minute movie called “Seeds Of Freedom” narrated by Jeremy Irons. You can start at the 7 minute mark where he describes how after the second world war chemical warfare agents and bomb materials were turned into pesticides. Genetic modification was foisted on us by chemical companies (with help from the government) in order to sell more chemicals. The idea was to get farmers dependent on their patented products. And they actually called it “The Green Revolution”!! Chemical pesticide use has gone way up since GMO’s were first commercially produced in 1996. Pesticides are implicated in ADHD, autism and cancer, (among other things) all of which are increasing in incidence and severity in the American public. The USA is the world’s largest consumer of GMOs.
Hear if from genetic engineers involved in creating GMO’s
“GMO Myths and Truths,” presents a large body of peer-reviewed scientific and other authoritative evidence of the hazards to health and the environment posed by genetically engineered crops and organisms.
…the report came from two genetic engineers who believe there are good scientific reasons to be wary of GM foods and crops.
Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College London School of Medicine in the UK, uses genetic engineering for medical applications but warns against its use in developing crops for human food and animal feed.
Dr. Antoniou said: “GM crops are promoted on the basis of ambitious claims—that they are safe to eat, environmentally beneficial, increase yields, reduce reliance on pesticides, and can help solve world hunger.
“Research studies show that genetically modified crops have harmful effects on laboratory animals in feeding trials and on the environment during cultivation. They have increased the use of pesticides and have failed to increase yields. Our report concludes that there are safer and more effective alternatives to meeting the world’s food needs.” source
Hear it from Michael Pollan who says “The discussion about GM will be dead within ten years… Pollan said anticipated GM breakthroughs “hadn’t borne fruit and conventional breeding is more effective”.
Meanwhile, back at the farm, eating genetically modified feed makes animals sick. (Most GMO’s are fed to livestock).
Jerry Rosman, a pig farmer in Iowa, was cultivating GM corn (Roundup Ready and Bt), which he fed to his pigs. Result: his sows became infertile, and then after one year he went bankrupt.
This confirms the “No Need For Condoms” study by the Austrian government showing that feeding mice exclusively on GM corn caused infertility:
Maybe someone will send this to our “Health Mayor” Mike Bloomberg, and he will immediately begin the study to phase out GMO’s from NYC school cafeterias (like he did for trans-fats in restaurants, smoking and big sodas) because he cares about children’s health.
But that wouldn’t be good for fellow billionaire Bill Gates, who is travelling the world telling anyone who will listen that we need GMOs. (Note: Bill Gates is also a huge proponent of charter schools). He also just bought 500,000 shares of Monsanto! In a particular note of hypocrisy, he is pushing GMOs on Africa, where most farming is small scale. As discussed in this article by Mark Bittman, the real science says that agro-ecological methods are the most efficient AND the most healthy approach. It is an established undisputed fact that GMOs are not needed. They do not increase yields. So why is Bill Gates insisting otherwise? Does it have something to do with patenting and control and getting even richer and more powerful? Why isn’t his foundation dispensing information on all the advances in agriculture being made without manipulating the plants DNA in a laboratory, with the ed result being a patented, toxic product, that makes cheap food if you are a gigantic agribusiness? Why is Bill Gates telling us anything at all about agriculture?
Using the pesticides and herbicides associated with GMOs makes the soil sick, and makes people sick. Yes, glyphosate is conclusively linked to birth defects and soil sickness and new plant diseases.
GMOs and their primary pesticide glyphosate, which is also used by homeowners under the name trade name Round-Up, has been implicated in the ongoing death of the honeybees, called Colony Collapse Disorder (CDC). In one German study, when bees were released in a GM rapeseed crop, then fed the pollen to younger bees, scientists discovered the bacteria in the guts of the young ones mirrored the same genetic traits as ones found in the GM crop, indicating that horizontal gene transfer had occurred. source study
Wait…we can’t even get these substances labeled in the USA? Even Bill Maher wants them labeled, and gives GMOs a whole minute on his show. Nine out of ten Americans want them labeled, but when state legislatures pass laws requiring them to be labeled, governor’s refuse to sign for fear of of lawsuits from Monsanto!
GMOs and their relative farming methods are destroying the honeybees. So Monsanto buys the honeybee research company to shut them up! GE corn & neonicotinoid seed treatments go hand-in-hand. “Monsanto bought the company, called Beeologics, in September 2011, just months before Poland announced it would ban growing of Monsanto’s genetically modified MON810 maize, noting, poignantly, that “pollen of this strain could have a harmful effect on bees.” Watch this clip from “Vanishing Of The Bees”
In case you were told otherwise GMOs do NOT create more nutritious food.
The Federal government has not tested GMOs for safety, yet claims they are safe. The Federal government, in a proposal written by a former Monsanto lawyer, Michael Taylor, has adopted the position that genetically engineered crops are “substantially equivalent” to regular crops, and therefore do not need any special review. How does Monsanto influence Washington?
It has also decided, “substantially equivalent” or not, that these crops are unique enough to be patented! That’s right. We now license our food from Monsanto. Monsanto and other bio-tech firms own entire forms of life that they have managed to alter in a laboratory. This is the only real advantage of GMOs, and it certainly isn’t an advantage for anyone except the corporation. Oh yeah- the other advantage is that these crops reduce the need for the human labor of pulling weeds or rorating crops. Just douse the entire field, crop and all, with poison! The weeds will die (or they used to, and the corn or soy or canola will stay alive). Saves time and money for the farmer, and makes a lot of money for Monsanto, as they are really a chemical company. Oh yeah, it makes you and your kids sick.
Leading agri-business corporations, associated primarily with poisonous chemicals like Agent Orange, have been allowed to do their own safety testing on these foods. Surprise! These leading corporations -Monsanto (agent orange), Bayer (zyklon-b), Dow (agent orange and dioxin) then claim the food is safe. They then also limit access to their products so outside scientists cannot do independent safety tests. These same corporations then claim the Federal Government should be responsible for insuring the safety of their food.
Genetically modified foods create allergies, infertility and gastro-intestinal disorders.
Genetically modified crops are banned from being grown in Ireland, Peru, Bulgaria, Japan. In over 50 countries they are required to be labeled. In the USA, we produce the most GMOs and require no labeling at all.
Children are at a particularly high risk from GMO foods.
Regulation of GMO crops to be lessened even further by new 2013 Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill contains a provision known as Section 733 that would allow biotech crops to be planted even if courts rule they were approved illegally.
The best way to avoid GMOs is to stay away from factory farmed meat! Eat free range, or grass fed only, even at restaurants. Why can’t school food serve organic meat? They do in Italy! Organic meat restaurants are popping up all over New York. Look for Dirty Bird, Or Bare Burger or Gustorganics.
Avoid packaged food unless it is labeled organic. GMOs are used for food additives in packaged food- like high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, canola or soy or cottonseed oil, and food colorings to just name a few.
We must get GMOs out of school food!
Meanwhile “Like it or not, Monsanto’s genetically modified sweet corn will soon be arriving on grocery store shelves of the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and will not be labeled as such. Despite an onslaught of consumer pressure, the company confirmed late last week with the Chicago Tribune that it has no objection to selling the new crop of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GE) sweet corn. Other retailers, including the grocery chains Safeway and Kroger, have not responded on the issue, however Whole Foods, Trader Joes and General Mills have all vowed to not carry or use the GE sweet corn. As the country’s largest grocery retailer, Wal-Mart sells $129 billion worth of food a year, giving it unmatched power in shaping the food supply chain.
The GE sweet corn is the first consumer product developed by Monsanto that will go straight from the farm to the consumer’s plate, rather than first being processed into animal feed, sugars, oils, fibers and other ingredients found in a wide variety of conventional food. It is engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, the active ingredient of which is glyphosate. The product is also designed to produce a Bt toxin that will kill insects that feed on the plant. Monsanto’s new sweet corn is being harvested in the Midwest, Northwest, Southeast, and Texas.
“After closely looking at both sides of the debate and collaborating with a number of respected food safety experts, we see no scientifically validated safety reasons to implement restrictions on this product,” Wal-Mart officials told the Tribune.” source
Genetically modified food has become a caricature of corporate madness. It is a dangerous, poisonous system of agriculture producing food not fit for man nor beast.
We can stop it. Don’t pay them to do it! Don’t buy it! And make NYC Dept. Of Education remove it from school food.