Our (Almost) Genetically Modified World

published June 2012

Genetically Modified Food = Genetically Modified You.

Genetically Engineered Food Is: Usually plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a lab with genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria in order to produce foreign compounds, not found in nature, in that food.

GMOsThe Canon Food Co-Op in Canon City, CO has this awesome GMO fact sheet to share via download from their website (http://canoncoop.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/just-label-it/)

The Center For Food and Saftey‘s Website states, “By being able to take the genetic material from one organism and insert it into the permanent genetic code of another, biotechnologists have engineered numerous novel creations, such as potatoes with bacteria genes, “super” pigs with human growth genes, fish with cattle growth genes, tomatoes with flounder genes, and thousands of other plants, animals and insects. At an alarming rate, these creations are now being patented and released into the environment.

Some GMO Truths:

Genetically Engineered Crops on the market today DO NOT increase crop yields, DO NOT resist drought nor do they reduce chemical fertilizer use.  They have NOT helped Third World Countries, they are NOT feeding the world and they have NOT lowered food prices in any way.

The Center For Food and Saftey‘s Website goes on to state, “A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment. Human health effects can include higher risks of toxicity, allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, immune-suppression and cancer. As for environmental impacts, the use of genetic engineering in agriculture will lead to uncontrolled biological pollution, threatening numerous microbial, plant and animal species with extinction, and the potential contamination of all non-genetically engineered life forms with novel and possibly hazardous genetic material.

CURRENTLY IN THE U.S. (at the time of writing 2012):

Up to 88% of CORN is genetically engineered

94% of SOYBEANS are genetically engineered

90% of COTTON (look on the labels of your processed foods; cottonseed oil is often found in such products) is genetically engineered

Up to 95% of SUGAR BEETS are now genetically engineered

Over 70% of processed foods in your local supermarket contain genetically engineered ingredients (foods such as: chips, frozen pizza, cereal, soup, french bread, corn tortillas, condiments, candy, cookies, crackers, etc.). If you eat three meals a day + snacks then that’s a lot of GMOs in your daily diet.

Over 61 countries, including the European Union and Japan, have laws mandating Genetically Modified Foods be labeled.  The U.S. has NO such requirement.

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Nothing beats fresh, organic veggies grown in your own garden!

In 1990 the issue of Genetically Modified food safety was collectively discussed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and “biotech representatives”.  Subsequently in 1996 the Substantial Equivalence Concept was adopted which allowed the marketing and selling of new foods without any safety or toxicology tests as long as they were not “too” different in chemical composition to foods already on the market. Testing to decide if the product is substantially equivalent is done by the manufacturer of said product. These “tests” look at any unexpected changes in a very limited set of variables such as toxins, nutrients or allergens that are known to be present in the unmodified foods. If the tests show no “significant” difference then no further testing is required.  In other words, if a company were to “say” their products are “safe” than that is good enough and they can sell them to whoever they want.  (Read full article).

The leader in Genetically Modified Seed production and distribution, environmentally devastating concoctions and pure evil insanity is Monsanto. Monsanto was founded in 1901 in St. Louis, Missouri by John Francis Queeny whose father-in-law was Emmanuel Mendes de Monsanto, a wealthy financier of a sugar company.  Monsanto has been one of the 10 top chemical companies in the US since the 1940s. Their first product was saccharine, a coal tar product, and was sold to Coca Cola to put in their nutritionally devastating sodas.

Though saccharin was their first, Monsanto is also well known for many other chemical and chemically based products including herbicides 2,4,5-TDDT, and Agent Orange used primarily during the Vietnam War as a defoliant agent (later found to be contaminated during manufacture with highly carcinogenic Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin), the artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet), bovine somatotropin (bovine growth hormone (BST)), and PCBs.

In Paul and Patricia Bragg‘s great book Bragg Healthy Lifestyle, they write regarding Monsanto and Aspartame, “Because Monsanto’s artificial sweetener Aspartame (sold as “NutraSweet”, “Equal” and “Spoonful” is over 200 times sweeter than sugar, it’s a common ingredient found in “die-t” foods and has become a sweetening staple for die-ters. Besides being a deadly poison, aspartame actually contributes to weight gain by causing a craving for carbohydrates. A study of 80,000 women by the American Cancer society found those who used this neurotoxic “die-t” sweetener actually gained more weight than those who didn’t use aspartame products….[aspartame] is added to over 9,000 products, diet drinks (now even gum, etc.) and it’s not fit for humans! This toxic poison changes into formaldehyde in the body and has been linked to cancer, migraines, seizures, vision loss and symptoms relating to Lupus, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other health destroying conditions such as Gulf War Syndrome, etc. (see web for more information relating to Aspartame crimes against health: dorway.com, holisticmed.com/aspartame, aspartamekills.com & specifically a great reference to detox from Aspartame poisoning:  dorway.com/detox.txt).”

On 10/25/98 the NY Times quoted Phil Angel, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications at the time, as stating,

Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

However in the 1992 Statement of Food Policy, the FDA asserted,

Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.”

The confusion as to who is responsible for safety regulations leads to such ridiculous safety concerns as GMO Mon81 Corn being regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an insecticide, but sold unlabeled and for consumption (see below for link with more information about Mon81 Corn specifically).  Obviously it is in Monsantos and Monsanto subsidiaries best interests for there not to be GMO labels on products. They know full well what their products do and secrecy is a key marketing tool when it comes to selling their poisonous CHEMICALS to the unknowing and majorly misinformed public.  Norman Braksick, President of Asgrow Seed Co. (a subsidiary of Monsanto) quoted in the Kansas City Star on 3/7/94:

If you put a label on Genetically Engineered food you might as well put a skull and cross bones on it.

Currently there are 14 States with GMO Labeling legislation up for debate:
[**UPDATE – the results of the GMO Labeling Prop 37 legislation in this past Nov 6th, 2012 election were unfortunate & CA will continue to go unlabeled.  Please read more in article –  “Californians: We Should All Be Embarrassed” .**]
Alaska HB 99
California AB 88
Connecticut HB 5868
Hawaii HB 1534
Illinois HB 1249
Iowa HF 375
Maryland HB 1261
New York A01367
North Carolina HB 446
Oregon HB 3346
Rhode Island H 5796
Tennessee HB 1928
Vermont H 123
West Virginia HB 2178

Find out if your state has a food rights bill & if not, petition for one 

CA AB 88: “CA Right To Know genetically Engineered Food Act”
On 11/9/11 the CA ballot initiative to require labeling of Genetically Engineered foods was submitted to the Attorney General by the grassroots Committee for the Right to Know and a wide ranging coalition of consumer, public health and environmental organizations, food companies and individuals. Submission to the State Attorney General was for title and summary, prior to circulation as an initiative measure for the November 2012 election.

The Initiative Would Require:
GMOs and foods containing GM ingredients to be clearly labeled, similar to current nutritional information guidelines.

Click here for full CA Right to Know Initiative PDF
Click here for Press Release PDF

Genetically Engineered Organisms affect us at our molecular and energetic levels making them extremely hazardous when consumed. Let’s educate ourselves so we can make better decision moving forward based on truthful information. We’re all in this together.

Be Safe!

Additional Interesting Informational GMO Links:

Jeffrey M. Smith Monsanto, GMO Seeds of Destruction: This video is SUPER informative and chalked full of absolutely astonishing and horrific facts that will make you overwhelmingly informed about the evils of GMOs.
Organic It’s Worth It
Causes.com
Beekeepers Win Band On Monsantos GMOs In Poland: Poland becomes the first country to publicly develop a link between Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder and Monsanto’s genetically engineered Mon810 Corn.  Poland Bans Mon810 which produces a mutant form of the insecticide Bt.
The Truth About GMOs: TONS Of information from all different sources and walks of life regarding GMOs, sustainable environmental practices and groups or like minded people working together towards a better tomorrow
A Month Without Monsanto: Article on one mothers attempt to go Monsanto Free for a Month.  It is SHOCKINGLY harder than you would think
www.PercySchmeiser.com: How one canola farmer from Saskatchewan Canada fought back against Monsanto’s maniacal attacks on his land and livelihood and WON.
Monsanto threatens Vermont legislature over GMO labeling bill, says it will sue state
Human genes engineered into experimental GMO rice being grown in Kansas
GMOs plus Obamacare: your ticket to slavery
GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans
GMO A Go Go!: The animated adventure of Johnny who doesn’t like his vegetables!
USDA school lunch reform rules are a complete hoax: here’s the proof
Bill Gates Dodges Questions on Why He Owns 500,000 Shares of Monsanto
Bill Gates dumps another $10 million into researching new GM crops for agricultural takeover of Africa
The GMO Lie Threatens Life on Earth Yet Some Resist
Harvest of Hypocrisy: Farmers Being Blamed for GMO Crop FailuresHere’s an insight from 30 years of research on farming: if you’re pushing a technology that is only sustainable if farmers follow practices that require extra work for no return, you are pushing an unsustainable technology.
www.fooddemocracynow.org
www.cornucopia.org
www.gmoinside.org
www.justlabelit.org
www.labelgmos.org
www.right2knowmarch.org
New ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Gives Monsanto Power Over US Government
Worldwide GMO crop fields cover entire size of U.S. and then some: APRIL 2013: The amount of land currently being used to cultivate genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is the highest it has ever been throughout the world, according to a new report. Data compiled by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), a pro-GMO group whose stated mission is to increase crop productivity and alleviate poverty for resource-poor farmers, reveals that an astounding 420 million acres of land in 28 countries are currently growing GM crops.
Blackwater’s Black Ops: Over the past several years, entities closely linked to the private security firm Blackwater have provided intelligence, training and security services to US and foreign governments as well as several multinational corporations, including Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and banking giants Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents obtained by The Nation. – Evil is as Evil Does.
Setting the Record Straight: Did Monsanto Really Buy Blackwater (Xe)?: While the two seem to be a great match, as they both fail to consider the morality and consequence of their actions, it seems that Monsanto is only involved with Blackwater in infiltrating activist groups who are opposed to the biotech giant — an operation quite sinister enough.

& Update –

Section 735 of the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013,” or H.R. 933 AKA “The Monsanto Protection Act”: First, it isn’t actually called the Monsanto Protection Act. Its more formal name is Section 735 of the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013,” or H.R. 933, an appropriations bill that President Obama signed into law last week. The bill averted a government shutdown, but many lawmakers were reportedly unaware of Section 735′s existence. In fact, rather than undergoing a formal committee hearing, the rider was anonymously inserted as the larger bill wound through Congress, sparking accusations of opacity, collusion and corruption. Its origins remain hazy, but Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., has since told Politico he “worked with“ Monsanto to secure the rider. – In other words, MONSANTO WROTE THE LEGISLATION.  WAKE UP!
Obama and the Monsanto Protection Act

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