I first learned about GMO foods from a January/February 1997 Mother Jones article titled, “Flavor Saved?” It announced that Genetically Engineered Foods were already in supermarkets and more were on the way. The details of corn and potatoes implanted with Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) bacteria and tomatoes spliced with flounder genes were enough for me to begin splurging on organic foods. Back then, there were no mass media reports against GMOs nor were there any mass protests against companies like Monsanto. If there were any protagonists, they were low-key.
Ten years passed before I started hearing main-stream discussion about GMOs. So, why does it seem as if GMOs were recently introduced? Almost 20 years after the first genetically modified food became commercially available, activists are still fighting for labels on produce. Why has this taken so long? How has this affected the world in the process and what impact has it had on our health?
Let’s begin with the eerie relationship between GMO developers and the FDA . As reported on sourcewatch.org:
“The FDA’s pro-rBGH activities make more sense in light of conflicts of interest between the FDA and the Monsanto corporation. Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for policy, wrote the FDA’s rBGH labelling guidelines.The guidelines, announced in February 1994, virtually prohibited dairy corporations from making any real distinction between products produced with and without rBGH. To keep rBGH-milk from being “stigmatized” in the marketplace, the FDA announced that labels on non-rBGH products must state that there is no difference between rBGH and the naturally occurring hormone. In March 1994, Taylor was publicly exposed as a former lawyer for the Monsanto corporation for seven years.While working for Monsanto, Taylor had prepared a memo for the company as to whether or not it would be constitutional for states to erect labelling laws concerning rBGH dairy products. In other words. Taylor helped Monsanto figure out whether or not the corporation could sue states or companies that wanted to tell the public that their products were free of Monsanto’s drug” http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Labeling_Issues,_Revolving_Doors,_rBGH,_Bribery_and_Monsanto
Developer promises of public safety, increased crop yield and reduced infestation were the justification for the FDA approval in 1994. However, further studies have denounced these promises. In 2009 Union of Concerned Scientists expert, Doug Gurian Sherman, released his “Failure To Yield” report highlighting a study which concluded that genetically engineered foods did not increase crop yield.
In fact, it said that “organic and similar farming methods that minimize the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers can more than double crop yields at little cost to poor farmers …..” No one had to conduct a study about infestation and the Super Weeds and Super Bugs. They are evolution 101. Nature will almost always find a way to adapt.
Claims that GM foods are safe and nutritious were also denounced. I wish it were common sense that, if food is chemically altered then, human and animal health would eventually be compromised. Instead, America waits for reports like the one on the American Academy of Medicine’s website, which urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets to all patients. It further states
“… because GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit, the AAEM believes that it is imperative to adopt the precautionary principle, which is one of the main regulatory tools of the European Union environmental and health policy and serves as a foundation for several international agreements.” http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html
The impact that GMOs have had on the world is devastating. Seed-saving has been an economically sensible farmer tradition for centuries. Now farmers feel threatened by the GMO companies who have reportedly stalked and bullied farmers suspected of GMO patent infringement. These companies have the power to sue farmers with crops and seeds defiled by GMOs regardless if it naturally occurs from cross-contamination. The domination of seeds by biotech companies have led to less choice and higher prices for farmers. According to the documentary, “Genetic Chile,” “Chemically intensive industrialized agriculture is at the root of dramatic increases in hunger worldwide…”
Surprisingly, most health studies as well as posts from anti-gmo groups, fail to list GMOs possible link with the new disease called Morgellons. I first heard of this peculiar disease when a case came to The Fig Tree health supplement shop in Brooklyn. I went on to research and discover that the colored fibers growing from the skin are linked to, Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a bacteria used to create intercellular plant transport in genetically modified food.
Photo Of Fibers Emerging From Underneath The Skin:
Photo Of Fiber Growing Out Of The Skin:
While some people maintain that Morgellons is likely caused by chemtrails or lyme disease, it’s hard to ignore this blatant evidence. Morgellons initial symptoms, listed on various websites, are similar to many illnesses and take years to develop. Among the extremely long list of ailments are: allergies, thick hair and pimples in the nostrils, teeth fall out, headaches, memory loss, depression, wiry uncontrollable hair, visual impairment, ringing in the ears, lesions, pain and tar like substance oozing out of skin.
Updated symptoms, provided by Ayla, founder of Morgellons Disease Awareness, “Symptoms of Morgellons are intense itching, biting, stinging and crawling sensations that feel like bugs crawling on or under the skin as well as rashes, sores or lesions that are slow or non-healing, brain fog, mental confusion, debilitating fatigue, granules and pepper type particles emerging from the skin. Fibers and filaments pushing out through the skin are the defining symptom, of Morgellons and separates it from all other diseases”
To avoid eating GMOs, I recommend that you buy organic food. Certified organic products have a five digit code beginning with the number nine. Several websites have prepared lists and additional information. For a NON-GMO shopping guide, visit: http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/. For a list of GMO products, visit:http://www.organichawaii.org/gmo-foods-list-genetically-engineered-food/?v=7516fd43adaa#.WbRdNbLfq1s
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