Eating GMO Food?|
Am I eating genetically
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wrong with GMOs?
new genes and
combinations of genes made in the laboratory, which have never
existed in billions of years of evolution, are being introduced
into our food chain
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Bees are Dying|
|Bees are dying in such
dramatic numbers across the country that the economic
consequences could soon be dire. No one knows for sure what is
causing the bees to perish, but some experts believe that the
large-scale use of genetically modified plants in the US could
be a factor.
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What was the GMO Promise and did it deliver?
You might be asking at this point, how on earth
did GMO foods get the ok to enter our food supply. And why didn't we
know about it. And were the promises made fulfilled?
Certain companies, Monsanto in particular, came to
the FDA and others with promises of super foods, less need for toxic
pesticides and herbicides & higher yields, and better way to feed
the poor of the world. And least I forget this little lie, that
messing with the genetic DNA of a plant or animal is no different
than cross breeding has been going on for a hundreds of years. Those
promises and a whole bunch of money and influence got the FDA and
USDA to give their blessings. That was in the mid 1990's.
Is that what we have today?
|That little lie turns out to be a pretty good
size lie. When you cross pollinate different corn plants to get
the hybrid corn we have today, that is part of a natural
process. Sure man intervened but nature had this system down.
Playing with the DNA is a whole different situation. You disrupt the DNA sequences of genes that have evolved over
the last million years when you arbitrarily inject some foreign
DNA into it. The human DNA pattern has over 30,000 genes in it.
Where do you drop the one that makes you glow in the dark?
According to Michael Meacher, MP Environmental Minister UK,
"Because genes are multifunctional and operate in networks we
don't (yet) understand, it is not known how to control
artificially a single function of a gene without triggering
other unpredicted and undesired effects. It may well destabilize
the biochemical structure of the plant in damaging ways which
are not exposed till much later." The harmony in Nature
that has evolved over a million years comes from the harmony in
the DNA. No one has any idea what is going to happen from
this playing of GOD? No one is even studying it to find out.|
|The Canadian National Farmers Union is not as
enthusiastic today about GMO crops as they were in 1996. The
yields have declined over the non-GMO crops and they had to
increase herbicide use due to the weeds from the last
harvest. Monsanto created Roundup-Ready (RR) soy, corn and
cotton specifically so that farmers would continue to buy
Roundup, the company's best-selling chemical weed killer, which
is sold with RR seeds3.|
Instead of reducing pesticide use, one
study of more than 8,000 university-based field trials suggested
that farmers who plant RR soy use two to five times more
herbicide than non-GE farmers who use integrated weed-control
methods. In fact Monsanto wanted to develop food crops that were
resistant to RoundUp through genetic manipulation so that
farmers would buy more RR herbicide. Roundup produces half
Monsanto's revenues. It is already the largest selling chemical
in the world.
GE crops may be the greatest threat to sustainable
agriculture on the planet. The advent of genetically engineered,
insect-resistant crops is likely to lead to insects that are
immune to this natural pesticide. When this biological pesticide
is rendered ineffective, other farmers will turn to increasingly
toxic chemicals to deal with the "superbugs" created by GE
crops. Meanwhile, organic farmers will be out of options.(2)
|As for the idea of creating super foods to
help feed the poor of the world, that was smoke and mirrors.
Among other things, Monsanto proposed seeds that produce plants whose seeds are
sterile. The idea was introduced to answer the question about
how to stop cross pollination of GMO and non-GMO crops. Make the
seeds sterile. All the small farmers of the world get their
seeds for next year's crop from the current crop. Plants that
produce sterile seeds would be a disaster to them. The problem
isn't the need for GMO super foods, it is a distribution
real reasons for world poverty and starvation are the inferior
trading position of the developing countries in the world
economy, bad and corrupt governments, maldistribution of land,
and the failures of population management. If these problems
could be dealt with, the role of GM crops would be miniscule by
comparison." (1) |
Delegates to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on
Plant Genetic Resources told Monsanto what they could do with
their "terminator" seeds:
"In the advertising campaign Europeans are asked to give an
unconditional green light to gene technology so that chemical
corporations such as Monsanto can start harvesting their profits
from it. We do not believe that such companies or gene
technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is
needed in the 21st century. On the contrary, we think it will
destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable
agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for
millennia and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed
A Monsanto official told the New York Times,
October 25, 1998, that the corporation should not have to take
responsibility for the safety of its food products.
"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,"
said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications.
"Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its
safety is the FDA's job."
What does the FDA think about this?
“Ultimately, it is
the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.”
— FDA, “Statement of
Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties”
(GMO Policy), Federal Register, Vol. 57, No. 104 (1992), p.
(This is the same approach Monsanto takes on the
other chemicals produced for use in our environment. The fact that
those chemicals are toxic to children and other living things is not
Monsanto's problem or concern.)
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