Outrage over Monsanto’s desire to own the food supply through genetically-altered (and patented) seeds that threaten all life on this planet. 92% of Americans want to label genetically engineered foods. If more of us speak out about why we care about the food we put in our own bodies and in our children’s bodies. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are when a plant or animal has been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. Whether you like it or not, you are eating genetically manipulated food without your consent.
At the National Corn Growers Association’s business session last week in San Antonio, delegates approved a resolution brought forward by the Nebraska Corn Growers Association (NeCGA) calling for voluntary GMO labeling of food products. In this interview with NeCGA president Joel Grams of Minden, Nebraska we discussed the labeling issue and another resolution from the Nebraska group relating to crop insurance.
The use of the dangerous weed killer 2,4-D should serve as a reminder that our heavy reliance on GE corn and soybeans – and the herbicides designed to “protect” these crops — has contributed to the rapid spread of “superweeds.”
”Relying on dangerous weed killers like 2,4-D to combat the growth of super weeds will just keep us on the same chemical treadmill. No wonder consumers want the right to know whether their food is from the GE crops that have caused the explosion of superweeds. As today’s USDA study shows, superweeds have now spread to 27 states.” JLI’s Scott Faber said:
As crops genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide Glyphosate have supplanted conventional varieties, herbicide resistant “superweeds” have increasingly spread across the nation.
USDA found, in a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released today, that seven different varieties of Glyphosate-resistant “superweeds” are now found in 27 states.
This map, included in USDA’s EIS, shows where the superweeds have spread.
The drifting of 2,4-D, a controversial ingredient that was used in Agent Orange, has already been linked to major human health problems such as cancer, liver dysfunction, and birth defects.
Developing new GE crops and more potent herbicides – as Dow AgroScience has proposed to USDA and EPA– will only lead to more weed resistance and the use of ever more potent weed killers.
As a matter of fact, USDA found that there are already five states with have 2,4-D resistant weed species.
The growth of super weeds is only one of the reasons why consumers want the right to know whether their food contains genetically engineered ingredients.
Back in 1996, a Monsanto PR brochure entitled Biotechnology: Solutions for tomorrow’s world dramatically claimed that its genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-tolerant crops would #1 “reduce total herbicide use” and #2 allow the use of “herbicides with preferred environmental characteristics.”
Now: We now know that GE herbicide-tolerant crops have not only led to an overall increase in herbicide use, but that biotech giants like Monsanto and Dow are developing new GE crops which are specifically designed to resist older, more toxic chemicals, such as 2,-4D and dicamba—the very herbicides that GE crops were supposed to eliminate.
The biotech industry has long argued that farmers should have the right to choose GE crops; however, it’s now clear that the real concern is whether American farmers and food businesses can ever avoid GE contamination of crops or even entire supply chains.
In October 2013, news that an unauthorized GE wheat crop was found growing in a field in Oregon—almost 10 years after it was supposed to have completely destroyed—sent shockwaves through the $8.1 billion U.S. wheat export industry, and blew a gaping hole in Monsanto’s safety procedures and the regulatory systems that are supposed to protect us and the wider environment. Just weeks before, an export shipment of alfalfa from Washington State was rejected after it tested positive for contamination from GE herbicide-resistant alfalfa, as most other nations either prohibit or require the labeling of GE foods.
In 2010, researchers from the University of Arkansas found that GE canola was escaping the agricultural fields and growing wild, not only becoming a weed itself, but also passing on its GE herbicide-resistant genes to wild plant relatives. These cases are no doubt just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to GE contamination, and illustrate the dangers our laissez faire regulations will have on domestic and international food supply and trade.
GE production will ultimately lead to a greater reduction in plant and animal biodiversity, further reducing the overall resilience and security of our global food production systems.
The billions of dollars spent by the likes of Monsanto on PR, lobbying Congress, and bullying and threatening other nations has certainly helped to maintain the fascination with this seemingly glamorous technological panacea among politicians and policy makers. But the honeymoon is now over: Emerging science from both home and abroad is raising serious questions about the long-term benefits and risks of GE crops. What’s more, mounting anecdotal evidence suggests that U.S. farmers are beginning to regret sowing the crops in the first place. exactly who or what stands to benefit from any further fixation on GE crop technology—other than Monsanto, its shareholders, and its army of lackeys?
The facts are undeniable – science has proven that eating GMOs can cause cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration – which is supposed to protect the public from unsafe foods and drugs – is being run by ex-Monsanto executives. Can you say ‘conflict of interest’?
The U.S. government refuses to conduct long-term research on the effects of GMOs on human health.
The U.S. Congress and president have approved the (nicknamed) Monsanto Protection Act which bans the courts from stopping the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds. This, alone, proves how little politicians care about you and me.
In truth, most lawmakers care more about corporate interest and getting re-elected with the help of corporate campaign contributions (payoffs), than human health concerns.
Organic farmers suffer to make a living, while Monsanto and other bio-tech companies receive corporate handouts and political favors.
Monsanto’s GMO seeds harm the environment. Just google, “gmo and bee colony collapse” and you’ll uncover one of the worst effects of GMOs.
10 common GMO foods
1. Soy Up to 90% of soybeans in the market have been genetically modified
2. Corn Half of the US farms growing corn to sell to the conglomerate, Monsanto, are growing GMO corn
3. Canola oil is derived from rapeseed oil. It is considered one of the most chemically altered oils sold in the US
7. Aspartame, is manufactured from genetically modified bacteria.
8. Zucchini, contains a toxic protein This introduced insecticide, has recently been found in human blood, including that of pregnant women and fetuses. This indicates that some of the insecticide is making its way into our bodies rather than being broken down and excreted.
9. Yellow squash very similar to zucchini,
Scott Faber of the Environmental Working Group, a Washington advocacy group that supports labeling, says he expects around 30 state legislatures to consider the issue this year.
Maine and Connecticut have already enacted labeling laws for engineered foods, but they won’t go into effect until other states in the region follow suit. And Oregon may be the next state to consider a ballot measure on the issue.
Biotech companies keep getting their way in patent cases, next on the agenda could be patenting people. In the same way their genetically modified (GM) crops have quietly invaded our food supply, the biotechnology industry has also been secretly invading our bodies for years,
The foods we eat play a crucial role in brain function and in turn, our mental health. One step you can immediately take to help preserve mental clarity and wellness is avoiding genetically modified foods.
Scientific studies from around the world implicate GM foods as downright destructive to the brain.
Here are a few examples::
- Researchers at Cairo University’s Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene noted a significant decline in brain function in rats consuming a diet of just 10% genetically engineered foods. The study’s lead author stated in an interview with the Egypt Independent that “the rats’ learning and memory abilities were seriously altered” as a result of eating GM corn, tomatoes and other foods.
- The world-renowned biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai found that the brain size of rats decreased substantially after only 10 days of being fed a diet of GM potatoes.
- A study carried out by Italian scientists found that consuming GM corn provoked an immune response in mice that is associated with Lou Gehrig’s disease, an illness in which the brain’s motor neurons deteriorate.
- A 2011 report appearing in Scientific American highlighted research demonstrating that genetic material in foods actually survives digestion, enters the bloodstream and influences gene expression in humans. This has sparked serious concern over the potential for GM foods to impair cell function and promote conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
- In a recent interview with Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT, Jeffrey Smith discusses the emerging body of research indicating that eating Roundup-sprayed GM crops causes major biochemical imbalances that can lead to depression, irritability and violent behavior. Smith’s organization, The Institute for Responsible Technology, has collected accounts from veterinarians and farmers who observed that pigs raised on GM corn displayed antisocial and even cannibalistic tendencies.
Momentum is building across the country for labeling, Even voluntary labeling at local levels labeling at health conscious stores. And some companies have decided to just remove the ingredients altogether, so no labels will be necessary.
“The process of genetic engineering always involves the risk of altering the genetics and cellular functioning of a food organism in unanticipated ways. These unanticipated alterations can result in GE foods being allergenic, toxic, or reduced in nutritional value”. – Professor John Fagan, award-winning Geneticist, Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA.
Sources: http://www.cornucopia.org/2013/06/top-10-most-common-gmo-foods/ , http://www.naturalnews.com/index.html , http://brownfieldagnews.com/2014/03/05/nebraska-brings-gmo-labeling-resolution/ , http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-gunther/genetic-engineerings-five_b_4861361.html#s3472927&title=So_Who_Really ,