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.
A Danish farmer has gained huge public recognition for publishing his simple method for ridding his pigs of illness- removing genetically modified (GM) ingredients from their diet.
Published in the farming magazine Effektivt Landbrug on 13 April 2012 , the farmer Ib Borup Perderson describes how his pigs suffered from symptoms including chronic diarrhoea, birth defects, reproductive problems, reduced appetite, bloating, stomach ulcers, weaker and smaller piglets, and reduced litter sizes. This was not just a problem for the animals themselves but also the profitability of the farm, with fewer healthy animals, mounting costs of medicines and added labour costs.
After researching the health hazards of GM foods and associated herbicides, Pederson decided to stop feeding his 450 sows with GM soybean, replacing them with fishmeal and non-GM soybean instead. He began to notice health benefits after two days of a GM-free diet. The farmer’s account has since been published in an English dossier compiled by scientist Brian John of GM-free Cymru (Wales), with collaboration from Pederson, published online by GM Watch .
This finding adds to the continual flow of new evidence appearing in peer-reviewed scientific studies, farmers’ reports and witness accounts of the devastating health impacts of glyphosate-based herbicides and the associated GM crops modified to tolerate it. Birth defects from glyphosate exposure were detected in the 1980s in lab animals performed by Monsanto (see  EU Regulators and Monsanto Exposed for Hiding Glyphosate Toxicity, SiS 51,  Lab Study Establishes Glyphosate Link to Birth Defects, SiS 48, 5Glyphosate Kills Rat Testes Cells, SiS 54). Residents of heavy agrochemical-use zones in Argentina have seen startling increases in birth defects, adult and human cancer rates as well as other illnesses (see  Argentina’s Roundup Human Tragedy, SiS 48, Pesticide Illnesses and GM Soybeans, SiS 53). Argentinian tobacco farmers have recently filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for birth defects suffered by their children following claims by the corporation that the chemical was safe to use . Animal feeding studies have shown GM soya feed to cause sterility, stunting and death in rats (see  GM Soya Fed Rats: Stunted, Dead, or Sterile, SiS 33). This is also not the first time that livestock illness including reproductive problems has been linked to glyphosate-tolerant crop derived feed. Professor Emeritus Don Huber of Perdue University, a senior scientist of USDA (US Department of Agriculture) has been studying crop health for over 20 years, and warned how reduced mineral content of glyphosate-tolerant crops lead to nutritional deficiencies in livestock that in turn cause reproductive problems (see  USDA Scientist Reveals All, SiS 53). Reduced mineral content in crops results from glyphosate’s metal chelating properties, rendering essential minerals unavailable. Nutrient deficiency effects are independent of direct glyphosate toxicity that causes endocrine disruption, birth defects and cancers among other illnesses. The identification of a novel pathogen in glyphosate-treated crops, reproductive organs of livestock as well as aborted foetal tissue may also be a contributing factor (see Emergency! Pathogen New to Science Found in Roundup Ready GM Crops?,SiS50).
The dossier  presents following effects since removing GM produce from the pigs’ diets, as described by Pederson:
1. Within 2 days, diarrhoea virtually disappeared in the farrowing house, whereas before, 50-100 ml Borgal / day [an antibacterial drug] had to be used.
2. Since switching, there had been no death from bloat in sows or death by ulcers, as opposed to minimum 1 per month previously (36 sows died due to stomach related sickness over the last two years before switching).
3. No sows have died through loss of appetite, whereas 2 sows died from this cause last year.
4. Even without washing between farrowings, diarrhoea does not reappear; previously failing to wash between sows would result in more diarrhoea.
5. Previously the farmer had struggled with diarrhoea in first layer sows, no more problems there.
6. Two years ago when the diarrhoea was as its worst, there were months with nearly 30% dead in the farrowing house. At that time it was impossible to find sows that could nurse piglets.
7. Before it was unusual to have a sow with 13 piglets weaned. The average was about 10.5 per sow plus spare mothers. Now the farmer is getting over 12 piglets on average weaned and 14 piglets weaned per sow is common. There are fewer nursing sows, simply because the sows are milking better and eating more.
8. Sows farrow better and there is 0.3 more live births per sow, of which 0.2 is gained from fewer stillborn. There have been 14.9 live born and 1.6 stillborn averaged over the past 7 months.
9. The piglets weaned are stronger and more evenly sized.
10. Man-hours are reduced by 20-30 hours per month, partly by washing less and because everything is easier.
Pedersen adds: “Independent researchers have shown Roundup to be both a powerful and non-selective biocide and an endocrine disruptor, leading to birth deformities, abortion, cancer and changes in microflora in the gut of mammals, so that clostridia becomes a problem. This, I think, is the direct reason for chronic Botulism in cattle. I know that the diarrhoea and bloated sow problems… which we had — and which disappeared with the changed diet — were due to clostridia bacteria”. Birth defects were a significant problem with “13 malformed piglets (about one in 700) [were] born over the last nine months on the GM diet, most of them live born”.
The widespread illnesses were burdening the farm with extra costs, including medical costs to deal with rampant stomach problems. Following 12 months of GM-free feed, Mr Pederson now uses half of the national average of antibiotics, compared to above average usage prior to the feed conversion. The savings made by reducing medicinal use by two-thirds was sufficient to cover the extra expense of GM-free feed which has totalled 28,500 DKr. Further, with an extra 1.8 piglet weaned per sow, and 12 less sows dying from stomach problems per year, the farm is making an extra profit of 250,000 DKr a year, translating to roughly an extra £55 per sow.
In response to the public interest generated by Mr Pederson’s story, the Danish National Pig Research Centre has decided to investigate effects of non-GM and GM Soya on pig health, stating that there has been no clear scientific study performed to date. The research aims to map stomach changes in pigs fed GM soya-treated with glyphosate from 30 kg bodyweight to slaughter at 110 kg, compared to GM- and glyphosate-free soya.
Brian John, although welcoming the positive move to address the problem, has rightly questioned some of the study design. Feeding pigs from 30 kg instead of 7 kg onwards may miss an opportunity to observe effects that would take place at a younger age, and there is no information as to what they will be fed prior to the GM diet. Effects on reproduction will not be addressed by this study either, which appears to be one of the major concerns.
Scientific investigations have until now been stifled. Regional and national records in many EU countries and the US where GM feed is widely used are inadequate, as government regulators are abandoning their obligations to monitor harmful effects of livestock feed in order to protect food security and public health. Nonetheless, other farmers are sharing personal experiences; another farmer in Denmark, Mr Christensen, has similarly improved his pigs’ health through switching to GM-free feed last year.
Farmer’s testimonies need to be taken seriously. They are witness statements from experts in field whose findings are corroborated by laboratory and clinical studies exposing the detrimental and even lethal effects of glyphosate-tolerant crop technologies.
1. “Svineproducent høster gevinst af gmo-fri soja”, Effektivt Landbrug , April 13 2012 (in Danish).
2. “GM soy linked to health damage in pigs – a Danish Dossier”, http://gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/13882, GMWatch.com Dossier, 8th May 2012.
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5. Sirinathsinghji E. Glyphosate Kills Rat Testes Cells, Science in Societ4 54, to appear.
6. Robinson C. Argentina’s Roundup human tragedy. Science in Society 48, 30, 2010
7. Sirinathsinghji E. Pesticide Illnesses and GM Soybeans. Ban on Aerial Spraying Demanded in Argentina. Science in Society 53, 42-43, 2012
8. “Monsanto sued for poisoning farmers”. http://rt.com/usa/news/monsanto-farmers-tobacco-use-809/, RT.com, 8thMay 2012.
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11. Ho MW. Emergency! Pathogen new to science found in Roundup Ready GM crops?Science and Society 50, 10-11, 2011
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.
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!!
Boycott bad meat!
“The present system of producing food animals in the United States is not sustainable 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
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.
Dear Safe Food Coalition and Friends-
Food Connects Everything. Even Republicans and Democrats.
In total, seventeen states are looking at labeling GM foods, from corn to fish, though similar attempts were unsuccessful in the past. In Hawaii, for example, four bills have been introduced in the State legislature dealing with GMO labeling requirements. Connecticut legislators have also been considering labeling laws in their state. Vermont is also looking to pass the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, which would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. A similar bill was also recently introduced in Washington state.
All The Best-
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.
FINALLY!!! Some mainstream press from The Atlantic Magazine about science that really condemns GMOs as dangerously unsafe! Some of this information has been available to the press for years. Why, with few exceptions, are they so silent? Why is the New Yorker so silent? New York Magazine. Why NPR?
Check it out- it’s about new knowledge of how DNA and RNA really work.
New research shows that when we eat we’re consuming more than just vitamins and protein. Our bodies are absorbing information, or microRNA.
Chinese researchers have found small pieces of ribonucleic acid (RNA) in the blood and organs of humans who eat rice. The Nanjing University-based team showed that this genetic material will bind to proteins in human liver cells and influence the uptake of cholesterol from the blood.