The opposition is rising!
This past May, the world Marched Against Monsanto to show its disapproval of GM foods and seeds in the agricultural sector, marketplace and in our food supply.
I attended in my local area (Boise, ID) with my son and met up with friends and family to support my community in saying no to GM seeds and products. There were hundreds of people in attendance and I was very encouraged by the passionate crowds. We marched from Julia Davis Park down Capitol Boulevard to the State Capitol Building less than a mile away.
What are GMOs?
“GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.”
If you are new to GMOs, read this post Busting Myths About GMOs.
The most common GM crops are:
- Sugar beet
- Sugar cane
Are GMOs safe?
Watch Jeffery Smith interview Dr. Stephanie Seneff, PhD. about Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship product, Roundup) and how the Western Diet has greatly contributed to gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease obesity, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Read all the details from the study done by Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsell showing how Glyphosate contributes to many modern diseases.
A recent study conducted at Flinders and Adelaide Universities in Australia shows that pigs eating GM feed are experiencing gastrointestinal inflammation and reproductive issues.
Most of the information claiming that GMOs are safe comes from sources which stand to gain from the profits of GMOs. If you follow the money trail on studies supporting favorable or no-harm outcomes from using GM technology, or which show organic food is no better than conventional or GM food, you will find these studies are funded by biotechnology companies themselves or other entities connected to these corporations.
Bias in industry studies
One of the biggest problems in finding non-biased research is that more and more we are witnessing corporations merging with educational facilities and also government agencies.
Here’s one example: Stanford Study on Organics: Manipulating Consumers into Buying GMO Products.
Here’s a testimonial from Thierry Vrain, former research scientist for Agriculture Canada, now promoting awareness on the dangers of GM foods. Thierry refutes biotechnology claims that GM seeds bring higher yields, require less use of pesticides, that their technology is safe and that it has no negative environmental impact.
Vrain believes there is definite industry bias in scientific studies produced from these sources. Most of these studies are focused on field performance of engineered crops, and conclusions always come out in favor of GM safety for human consumption and environmental impact.
How can I avoid GMOs?
GMOs are prevalent in our food supply. If you are buying any type of processed foods, the likelihood of GM material appearing in these products is high.
It’s also difficult to avoid even if you are not buying processed foods and buy foods from local farmers. It’s always important to ask farmers questions to find out if they are using GM seeds, feed or other material in their farming practices.
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