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The Largest Uncontrolled Genetic Experiment in Human History ... And We Are Its Subjects?

98% of Americans want GMO (genetically modified organisms), which require the use of deadly chemicals, by contract, to produce them, labeled. Why won't Congress label them by law?

What we don’t know is poisoning us. A few weeks ago, I saw Jeffrey Smith, founder of The Institute For Responsible Technology, featured speaker at last month’s April 21, 2012 Green Festival Conference at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Jeffrey began by polling the crowd, asking with a show of hands, how high they would rate themselves of their knowledge of GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Most people were in the category of Zero-20%, zero being on the lowest end of knowledge, at the start of his talk. A few hands went up for 80-100% to at the start, but most of the hands were in the lower 50th percentile.

He went on to explain findings in studies such as U.K.’s Dr. Arpad Pusztai, on the organ failure, farmer’s suicides, cancers, and allergy explosion linked to GMO’s. He clearly defined how livestock animals provided a choice between GMO and Non-GMO feed consistently chose Non-GMO feed, and how the exposure of livestock animals grazing in GMO fields has yielded 100% death rate after grazing, along with skin lesions and other bodily skin and eye rashes. He identified nine GMO food crops, the top two of which are corn and soy, followed by sugar beets, and explained how they are linked to dozens of human health and livestock disorders. When we eat the livestock fed with these crops, we are eating all the chemicals and drugs these animals were exposed to.

By the end of the talk, Jeffrey polled the audience once more and asked how they rated themselves on their new knowledge on GMO’s after the information he provided to them. The show of hands was drastically skewed up into the 80-100% category for those who believed that they were much better prepared to talk about GMO’s. This showed that over 50% of the audience had gained vastly better knowledge in just these few minutes. He also asked for a show of hands of those who would now avoid GMO’s, based on his talk. The response was nearly at 100%. He asked how many would feel comfortable telling their friends, co-workers and families about GMO’s, based on this information. Again, this yielded a strong majority of those in the 80-100% category of those who are planning on telling others about GMO’s.

A recent study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of Glyphosate, a carcinogenic chemical found in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup ( http://naturalsociety.com/roundup), in all urine samples tested ( http://www.ithaka-journal.net/herbizide-im-urin). This news comes only one month after it was found that glyphosate, contained in Monsanto’s Roundup, is contaminating the groundwater  http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-carcinogenic-roundup-herbicide-contaminating-water-supply) in the areas in which it is used. What does this mean? It means that toxic glyphosate is now polluting the world’s drinking water through the widespread contamination of aquifers, wells and springs.

Roundup Ready genes, the ONES SPICED INTO the cells of and SPRAYED ON GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) crops, no longer work. Resistant, stronger super weeds are taking over because their non-target natural predators have also been killed by these deadly chemicals. This blanket poisoning is FDA and USDA approved as farmland and public health is being attacked. Why? The weeds that Roundup was supposed to kill have come back stronger than ever.

Glyphosate, a deadly chemical component of Roundup, is also leaving behind its residue on Roundup Ready crops, causing the now catastrophic Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) of bees (http://www.panna.org/sites/default/files/Bees&Pesticides_SOS_FINAL_May2012.pdf) and massive bat die-offs; both of which are needed to pollinate food crops all around our planet.  Glyphosate is now known to contributing to escalating rates of mental illness and obesity through the depletion of beneficial gut flora that directly regulates these functions. But it certainly doesn’t stop there. These GMO crops, first introduced in 1996, have never been long term tested for environmental impact or human health damage. They all require deadly pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, by non-disclosure contracts the farmer keeps with sellers, such as Monsanto and Syngenta. And, by contracts, the farmer cannot use seed from last year to sow this year’s crop; the farmer is required by contract to buy new seeds or be sued.

Consider this: If you or I took a spin out on the Shinnecock Bay and were caught dumping a boatload of deadly chemicals into the water, what would happen to us? Would we be arrested and sent to the big house? What if that boatload of poison was the FDA, USDA approved Roundup used in GMO’s? Whether directly dumped into the bay or spliced into and sprayed over crops, it is all just plain deadly chemicals.

84% of what we find in grocery stores today, all over the nation is made of un-labled GMO ingredients, (along with many other chemicals and drugs, used in the production of GMOs). This is the state of our American food supply, and none of it is required to be labeled by law. Is the message: If you’re gonna poison, poison BIG?

Sixteen years into this genetic experiment, peoples all over the globe have banned GMO’s (http://naturalsociety.com/banned-in-27-countries-monsanto-rbgh-dairy-milk-products/ ). Why not the USA? Is it because Monsanto spent $6.3 Million lobbying Congress in 2011, while enjoying over $11 Billion (yes, that’s BILLION) profit that year?

Connecticut Governor Molloy just caved on a Right to Know If It’s GMO law that 92% of the citizens of his state demanded, claiming Monsanto would sue the state. Twenty States have initiated Right To Know If It’s GMO Laws, and Monsanto is threatening to sue them. Why? Because they have $6.3 M to lobby Congress and $11B (yes, that’s still BILLION) to sue anyone they like. Like us. Polls all over the US show again and again that 98% of Americans want these food ingredients labeled. Who do Molloy and the rest of Congress work for, Monsanto or the 98% of us whose lives they are voted in by us to protect?

There is a Right To Know if It’s GMO Ballot Initiative in California, The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act that Californians will vote on in the November national elections. It took a million signatures to get it on the ballot. If voted for approval, California (8th largest economy in the world) will be the first state to demand by law that GMO ingredients in any food sold in that state – be labeled.  If you know anyone in California, you can check and be sure they know about this law that will start the labeling ball rolling (http://www.labelgmos.org). We can call and write our elected representatives (one letter is considered to be equivalent to the voices of 50,000 voters).

Biologist Dr. Barry Commoner, now writing a book on genetics, well into his 90s, calls GMOs the largest uncontrolled genetic experiment in the history of mankind. Isn’t it time we demand the right to know and label these ingredients so we have the choice whether or not to buy and eat GMOs?

To learn more:

http://cleanfoodearth.blogspot.com
 
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Darr Reilly May 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Very powerful article moving me to go beyond 'read it an weep.' Thanks Kathleen for this compelling reporting.
highhatsize May 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Quote: "Roundup Ready genes, the ONES SPICED INTO the cells of and SPRAYED ON GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) crops, no longer work." The above sentence may just be poorly written but it suggests that the author is unclear about the nature of GMO crops. GMO seed is altered in the laboratory, far away from the fields. That's the only location where a mutagen is likely to be "sprayed on" the seed. (Actually, I think that it is a more discreet process than that. Moreover, since the mutated crop produces viable GMO seed, propagation subsequent to initial treatment would be by natural means.) The glyphosate is another matter. It's an insecticide and carries the risks of insecticide use that we all know about. The only GMO crop with which I am familiar is Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" soybeans. Fields planted with it can be doused with strong concentrations of Roundup and everything therein will die except the soybean plants that have been genetically modified to be impervious to it. Unsurprisingly, after years of use, natural selection has produced "super-weeds" on which it is ineffective. Monsanto, notoriously, sued "unlicensed" farmers in whose fields Roundup Ready plants were found, generated from seed blown in from Monsanto's adjoining fields, so anxious were they to protect their patented seed from infringement. They made object lessons of innocent farmers, causing them to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars defending themselves from frivolous suits.
Deborah Klughers May 18, 2012 at 03:48 PM
What is the story in New York? How do we get labeling of our food here??? Thanks for the PANNA paper on pesticides and the effects on pollinators!! Its really good- and really bad..... PS- Save seeds and grow food... and PLEASE dont use pesticides- the future will thank you!

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