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.