Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?
Although most Americans say that they would not buy genetically modified foods if they were labeled as such, the truth is that most of them are already eating these foods on a daily basis, unknowingly.
Virtually any non-organic food product containing soy, corn, canola oil — and ingredients derived from these crops — grown in the USA, are genetically modified. The food industry lobbyists are working hard to defeat legislation that would require properly labeling on food items that contain GM ingredients. They understand that the public doesn't want them, so they'd prefer to keep it under wraps.
Indeed, over 70% of the
processed foods on your grocery shelves
already contain GM ingredients!
How Thoroughly are
GM Foods Tested for Safety?
Many consumers in the U.S. mistakenly believe that the FDA approves genetically modified foods through rigorous, in-depth, long-term studies.
In reality, the agency has absolutely no safety testing requirements. Instead the agency relies on research from companies like Monsanto (the largest producer of GM technology), research that is meticulously designed to avoid finding problems and covers up the dangers of genetically-modified foods.
The overwhelming consensus among the FDA’s own scientists was that GM foods were quite different and could lead to unpredictable and hard-to-detect allergens, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. The FDA scientists who had urged superiors to require long-term studies were ignored.
The Argument for
Genetically Modified Foods
You may have heard the FDA and food industry claims that genetically modified foods are safe and properly tested. They will tell you that genetically modified crops are needed to feed the increasing population or to survive the frequent droughts and floods brought on by climate change — but they're not.
Genetically modified crops are really designed to sell more of Monsanto's patented Roundup-resistant seeds and pesticides, which will enable them to monopolize the global food supply.
Seeds used to be fairly inexpensive, and could be saved from the previous year. With genetically-engineered seeds, farmers must buy new seeds each year — from Monsanto.
In 2009, the Organic Center reported that farmers who purchase Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybeans in 2010 will pay 42 percent more per bag than they paid just last year. This is in stark contrast to the overall rise in soybean seed prices over the last 25 years, which was 63 percent.
Between the years of 1975 and 1997, soybean farmers spent four to eight percent of their farm income on seeds. Last year, those who planted GE soybeans spent 16.4 percent of their income on seeds.
The one who is truly benefiting is Monsanto, who ended their fiscal year in 2009 with revenue of $11.7 billion. Over $7 billion of that came from sales and licensing of seeds and seed genes.
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After 30 years of GMO experimentation,
here's what the data shows:
• No increase in crop yields. On the contrary, genetically modified soy has decreased yields by up to 20 percent compared with non-GM soy.
• No reduction in pesticides use. On the contrary, USDA data shows that genetically modified crops have increased pesticide use by 50 million pounds from 1996 to 2003 in the U.S. A 2009 study showed that, over the last 13 years, Roundup Ready crops have increased herbicide use by 383 million pounds.
• GM crops harm wildlife, as revealed by UK and U.S. studies
• Creation of new superbugs. Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ overuse of the weedkiller Roundup has led to the rapid growth of tenacious new superweeds. To fight them, farmers are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like regular plowing.
Farm experts say that such efforts could lead to higher food prices, lower crop yields, rising farm costs and more pollution of land and water.
• Deforestation. Vast areas of forests, pampas and cerrados have been decimated to grow GM soy in Latin and South America.
• Spread of Death and Diseases. Genetically modified foods and feed linked to deaths and sicknesses around the world.
In addition, once GM crops are planted in the open environment, they contaminate non-GM and organic varieties, as the seeds are spread by wind and foraging animals.
If Monsanto has its way,
you ultimately won't have a choice
when it comes to buying your food —
it will all be contaminated
with GM technology.
Get more of the unfiltered truth about genetically modified foods here:
The Institute for Responsible Technology
Reveal Reproductive Problems
The list of studies that show serious problems with genetically modified soy continues to grow.
The latest study by the Russian National Academy of Sciences discovered that Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) soy led to problems in growth and reproduction in hamsters.
Using the same genetically-modified soy that makes up over 90 percent of the soy acreage in the USA, hamsters on the genetically modified diet suffered serious problems. By the third generation, most of them lost the ability to reproduce. They also showed slower growth and a high newborn mortality rate.
Researchers also found an unusually high prevalence of an otherwise extremely rare phenomenon – hair growing inside the animals’ mouths!
In 2005, another study with the Russian National Academy of Sciences reported that more than half the babies from mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks. The babies in the GM group were also smaller and could not reproduce.
Other feeding studies using GM corn have also produced similar results. There are plenty of reports about pigs, cows and other livestock having reproductive problems when fed genetically modified feed.
Read the complete article:
GM Hamster Study
What are the potential dangers
of eating genetically modified foods?
Although Monsanto and US government officials insist that there is no nutritional difference between genetically modified foods and conventional ones, don't believe them!
Virtually every European country has banned the growing and importation of GM due to huge public rejection of these so-called "Frankenfoods." Even destitute farmers in Haiti are rejected offers of help from Monsanto, because they know the truth about genetically modified agriculture.
There are countless health problems that are associated with genetically modified foods, including potential toxins, allergens, carcinogens, antibiotic-resistant diseases and nutritional problems. Here's a list of over 60 documented health risks of genetically modified foods: Health Risks of GM Foods
What is the Obama Administration's
Position on Genetically Modified Foods?
Barack Obama is unfortunately turning out to be just as pro-GMO as the preceding Bush and Clinton administrations, filling the USDA and other government bureaucracies with Monsanto supporters. Monsanto is the world's leader in GM technology.
The current USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, was named "Biotech Governor of the Year" in 2001. Vilsack, notorious for flying around in a Monsanto company jet during one of his previous election campaigns, is now busy trying to get the court-ordered ban on Roundup Ready alfalfa lifted.
PLEASE ACT NOW TO STOP GM TECHNOLOGY!
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