|Scooped by Christina Hamill|
The deal with GMO's and why you should avoid them like the plague.
Genetically Modified Organism's or GMO's are plants and animals that have had their dna spliced with genes from viruses, bacteria, and other organisms, primarily for the benefit of increased resistence to pesticides and herbicides.They are laboratory made and results cannot be achieved through selective breeding or natural selection.
Monsanto is the largest producer and distributer of genetically modified seeds in the world.They are also the largest holders of patents on those seeds. Why is our food being patented? Control of the food supply=money!
60+ countries do not allow the growth or sale of GMO products because the safety of GMO's has not been verified. In the US, GMO's are not thoroughly regulated for safety.
80% of all processed foods (that's any food not in its completely whole state- bread, dairy, meats, beverages, vegetable oils, salad dressing, crackers, cookies, chips, tomato sauce, INFANT formula, etc...) are GMO or contain GMO ingredients. GMO's are also the most widely grown whole food crops in the US- corn, rice, wheat, soy, & canola.
The recently passed "Monsanto Protection Act" bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale of genetically modified/engineered seeds, regardless of whatever health concerns may arise in the future. This legislation was crafted with Monsanto, and many of the democrats in congress didnt even know they were voting on it. The act was hidden within a bill aimed at averting government spending.
Farmers that grow non-GMO crops are subject to cross-pollination from GMO farms. Because the GMO crops are a patented product, Monsanto can and has sued farmers growing contaminated non-GMO plants. Those farmers have no protection against cross-pollination.
GMO crops have been shown to reduce, degrade, and harm soil quality and ecosystems, while reducing biodiversity. Many of the large die-offs (remember the news covering the die-offs of thousands of bees a few years ago?) occuring in insects and animals have been linked to the use of harmful pesticides due to GMO's.
The use of pesticides/herbicides has increased 15% since their introduction in 1996. This has resulted in 'super bugs' and 'super weeds' growing ever resistant to pesticides/herbicides. In order to eliminate these new threats to crops, farmers are having to employ the use of 2,4-D pesticides which are a major ingredient in Agent Orange- part of the chemical warfare used in the Vietnam War and responsible for over 400,000 deaths, and 500,000 babies born with birth defects. Over 1 million people have disibilities due to the exposure to Agent Orange. The biggest producer of 2,4-D and Agent Orange? You guessed it- Monsanto!
Here are some health reasons to avoid GMO foods:
-Tests of lab animals fed GMO's have shown toxicity or damage to nearly all of the organs in the body
-GMO's have been linked to thousands of toxins and allergic reactions
-GMO's have been proven to cause rapid growth tumors and cancer
-Significantly reduced nutritional content compared to non-GMO equivalent
But theres hope!
A great project was initiated in 2008 to help combat GMO's for consumers- The NON-GMO project is the only third party verification service which tests products to ensure that they contain NO GMO products from conception. That means that not only does the end product contain no GMO's, but the cows from which the dairy was harvested werent fed GMO feed and so on. The NON-GMO project puts a label on all products they verify and the labels can now be seen everywhere. Look for those labels in the supermarket!
Also a good rule of thumb when wanting to avoid GMO's is buy organically certified or non-gmo labeled foods, or avoid products containing corn, soy, canola, wheat, and rice unless specified non-gmo.
Support local, support organic, support non-gmo.