Sunday, June 26, 2011

5 Reasons NOT to Eat Genetically Modified Foods

“We are confronted with the most powerful technology the world has ever known, and it is being rapidly deployed with almost no thought whatsoever to its consequences.” — Dr Suzanne Wuerthele, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) toxicologist.

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Most Americans are unaware that they eat a steady diet of genetically modified food.  This is mainly because the GMO giants, as if ashamed of their creation, refuse to allow labels on food that contains genetic engineering.

Consumers are also generally distracted by all the other things on food labels that they're supposed to be concerned about. And when they are exposed to information on GMOs, it's usually from a mainstream source featuring "philanthropist" Bill Gates beaming a smile while expounding the "benefits" that GMOs bring to starving people.

They typically don't hear about studies that show crop yields with GMOs are actually lower than with non-GM crops, or that they require far more pesticides than heirloom seeds, or that some are patented "terminator" seeds that don't re-germinate, which ensures an eventual monopoly over food.  Or, perhaps one of the worst findings, that hamsters in one study became completely infertile, among other disturbing effects, after only 3 generations of eating GM soy.

“Let’s be clear. As of this year [2008], there are no commercialized GM crops that inherently increase yield. Similarly, there are no GM crops on the market that were engineered to resist drought, reduce fertilizer pollution or save soil. Not one.” – former US EPA and US FDA biotech specialist Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman.

Clearly these results would most benefit a sinister agenda of food control and population reduction through proven effects on health and sterility.  But they're not the only reasons consumers should be concerned about eating genetically modified food. Supporting GMOs in any capacity, not least through ignorance, has countless negative consequences.

Here are five reasons not to eat genetically modified food:

1. GMOs destroy the environment: The repeated use of land for single-crop agriculture (monoculture), whether GMO or not, has resulted in dead soil that requires heavy doses of chemical fertilizer and pesticides to be productive. Significantly, GMOs were primarily designed to be resistant to powerful pesticides to encourage their use. These deadly pesticides are applied in heavier doses than traditional crops need and then leach into waterways, polluting everything in their path.  It is widely accepted that this phenomenon is largely responsible for the Gulf Dead Zone that now spans the size of New Jersey.  Furthermore, the backbone of industrial agriculture, now led by GM crops, is fossil fuels. From plowing, fertilizing, planting, applying pesticides, harvesting, to delivery for consumption; our food system is dangerously dependent on oil.  In short, any food innovation that destroys the environment clearly will not be beneficial to humanity.

2. GMOs are unhealthy: GM foods have undergone little long-term safety testing for humans, but several animal tests have shown negative health effects. Recently, a major study verified that the substance used in most major pesticides including best-selling Roundup, glyphosate, causes birth defects. And in 2007, another independent study proved that Roundup induced sterility in male lab rats.  Could this be the reason for the massive decline in fertility seen in human males? A 2009 study found that glyphosate caused "total cell death in human umbilical, embryonic and placental cells within 24 hours." As mentioned above, the 2010 study on hamsters eating GM soy, as reported by Jeffrey Smith:
After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups.
It should also be noted that nearly all studies pertaining to eating GMOs resulted in some form of bacterial gut rot and new allergies in the test animals.  So, we still don't have conclusive studies that genetically mutated foods are bad for our health, but where there's smoke, there's fire.  Don't get burned.

3. Unnatural genetic contamination: Releasing any foreign genetic mutation into the wild can have unpredictable consequences. It has been compared to the disastrous results of releasing a new animal species that isn't native to a territory -- except GMOs are not native to any territory. GMOs aggressively cross-contaminate neighboring organic plants, causing incalculable damage. An unapproved GM rice that was grown for only one year in field trials was found to have caused extensive contamination of the US rice supply. A Spanish study found that GM maize “has caused a drastic reduction in organic cultivations of this grain and is making their coexistence practically impossible”.  Worse still, the GM Giants know this happens and actually sue farmers for patent infringement when their organic plants become genetically mutated.  Can it get more evil?  Sadly, yes it can...

4. GMO cartel has a near monopoly over food: It is estimated that over 90% of soy fields in America are planted with Monsanto GMOs, as reported by BestMeal; "In 1996, when Monsanto began selling Roundup Ready soybeans, only 2% of soybeans in the US contained their patented gene. By 2008, over 90% of soybeans in the US contained Monsanto's GMO gene."  In another powerhouse soy producer, Argentina is reportedly planted with 98% GMO soy, and more than half of all global soy belongs to Monsanto. And GM corn is quickly nearing monopolistic numbers as well.

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Incidentally, Big Ag giants had much help from the American taxpayer in creating their monopoly through farm and corn ethanol subsidies, which unfairly undercuts competition from heirloom farmers abroad. Furthermore, the U.S. government has been directly funding the research and development of these products, yet the monopoly fiercely protects its private patents.  The very notion of patenting food would seemingly allow for a complete ownership of food, and life itself.  The growing monopolistic nature of food is perhaps more frightening than the possible health effects. Break the monopoly by supporting local food producers.

5. Destroys farmers: Besides the cross-contamination that destroys organic farmers, the actual GMO farmers are not much better off.  In fact, it may be more appropriate to refer to them as share croppers for GMO masters. They are at the mercy each year to Big GMO for seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, and in many cases, financing. Watch The World According to Monsanto below for an all-encompassing perspective of how GMOs have affected farmers:



Other sources for this article:
http://www.saynotogmos.org/10reasons_need.pdf

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, how do we say no to GMO's when they are fully entrenched in our food chain.

They cannot be labeled, according to US law so they end up in organic food stores, i.e. Whole Foods, etc.

The NWO is succeeding in killing global populations softly or otherwise to meet their insane ends. And insane is what they are.

Insanity breeds insanity and that is what the NWO will end up with. Insane beings killing and devouring one another.

I truly hope I don't survive the results of their insane regime.

Anonymous said...

You can't know if what you are buying is GMO food because if you were given a choice, you wouldn't buy it. Being able to make informed decisions is the hallmark of a free society, something we don't have no matter how the media trumpets the opposite. As Kennedy said, secrecy is abhorant to a democracy. The fact is we live in an abhorant society and not a democracy. To our "leaders" we have no right to know the truth.

NotEvenClose said...

None of these are any reason to stop eating genetically modified foods.

1. "The repeated use of land for single-crop agriculture (monoculture), whether GMO or not..." GMO or not? Or NOT? Then it has nothing to do with GMOs then, does it?

2. "Roundup, causes birth defects". And getting hit in the head has been shown to hurt. Roundup isn't in genetically modified foods.

3. "Releasing any foreign genetic mutation into the wild can have unpredictable consequences." True in any ecosystem, anywhere. Again, true for GMOs or not. Again, nothing to do with GMOs.

4. "GM corn is quickly nearing monopolistic numbers as well" True or not, it's like warning us that Pepsi is becoming more popular than Coke. It's hardly evil, just marketing.

5. "Destroys farmers". The truly MASSIVE increase in organic farmers shows just how wrong you are.

This article was weak. If this is the best you can come up with, 5 points that take about 30 seconds to disprove, you've done nothing but prove their point for them.

Anonymous said...

Hey Not Even Close:
Defending GMOs is futile here.

1. Monoculture: 93% of soy in US is GMO, 85% corn GMO. So yes, it has everything to do with GMO.

2. Again Roundup ready seeds are 90% of the market

3. Don't be stupid

4. We can survive without Coke or Pepsi

5. Watch The World According to Monsanto

Anonymous said...

Not Even Close............... your response to the points listed is bordering on illogical. You conveniently side step the points that were being made.

Your comment about organic farmers is accurate. In most areas you could not be organic if you wanted to when your fields are constantly contaminated by seeds of GMO crops blowing in from other farms along with seeds from the new crops of weeds that have become Round-up resistant........... not to mention overspray on the wind and chemicals and contamination flowing in with spring melt and heavy rains.

Your 'logic' is a prime example of why we are on this steep downhill slide. I'd say wake up, but I am sure I would be wasting my breath. RoundutGMO croinundated waomeo

Anonymous said...

Some people just can't handle the truth! All it takes is a bit of education...compare the taste between gmo and organic...your taste buds will tell you the truth, if you are willing to listen. Then again, ignorance is bliss...isn't it?

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