Monday, July 1, 2013

More GMO Shame

Monsanto got approval to market GMOs on evidence presented by its own studies. Our government, instead of insisting on independent researchers providing their own unbiased research, and eager to market new technologies to boost our economy, rushed GMOs to the market. Those in charge of our health and food quality were hoodwinked by Monsanto, who argued that if an ear of GMO corn looked like and tasted like regular corn, well, then, it did not need further studies.

Monsanto’s GMO research followed rats-not humans, for a period of 3 months; their lifespan being 2 years. Since none of them showed ill effects in that time period, they proclaimed their GMO seeds safe, despite the glaring problem inherent in their production: the blind insertion of pesticide genes into seeds’ DNA, that is, nobody knows exactly where in the crops’ genome the pesticide lands. In other words, the foreign genes could be altering the structure and function of vital natural genes. Could there be problems in the future? Monsanto’s manipulation of the legislature may suggest it: recently, Monsanto ghost-wrote HR 933, which passed in Congress, thus absolving Monsanto of any future lawsuits IF GMOs prove unsafe in the future.

I just found an article published last year in a reputable journal that I felt compelled to share with you. French researchers studied rats fed GMO crops through their whole lifespan. They noted that practically all the rats, after 4-5 months, developed significant problems: "In conclusion… The results of the study presented here clearly demonstrate that lower levels of complete agricultural glyphosate herbicide formulations, at concentrations well below officially set safety limits, induce severe hormone-dependent mammary, hepatic and kidney disturbances.”[1]

Don’t eat GMO crops. And demand that your government representatives don’t take money from Monsanto (ha-ha!), and pass legislation to insist that our food be clearly labeled to contain GMO products

[1] Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize


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