Six years ago, Americans began eating genetically engineered food. Surprised? That’s because no one told you. While other countries require mandatory labeling of these food ingredients, our FDA has decided we don’t need to know.
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is created by means that overcome natural boundaries. Combining genes from different organisms is known as recombinant DNA technology, and the resulting organism is said to be “genetically modified,” “genetically engineered,” or “transgenic.” GM products (current or in the pipeline) include medicines and vaccines, foods and food ingredients, feeds, and fibers.
Genetic engineering involves crossing species which could not cross in nature. For example, genes from a fish have been inserted into strawberries and tomatoes. While the Food and Drug Administration insists that foods produced by genetic engineering are the same as foods from traditional breeding, their own scientists reported that, “the processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different and… they lead to different risks.” (1)
Why are companies spending billions on this crazy idea? Because they want to own copyrights on a genes that no one else ‘owns’ – so that they can make billions of dollars from them.
In 2003, about 167 million acres (67.7 million hectares) grown by 7 million farmers in 18 countries were planted with transgenic crops, the principal ones being herbicide- and insecticide-resistant soybeans, corn, cotton, and canola.
In 2003, countries that grew 99% of the global transgenic crops were the United States (63%), Argentina (21%), Canada (6%), Brazil (4%), and China (4%), and South Africa (1%). Although growth is expected to plateau in industrialized countries, it is increasing in developing countries. The next decade will see exponential progress in GM product development as researchers gain increasing and unprecedented access to genomic resources that are applicable to organisms beyond the scope of individual projects.
Don’t believe the people who say there is no evidence of the harm they do:
To give just a few examples:
The sad thing is that we don’t even need GMOs to produce more food. There is already 2-4 times enough food on the planet to feed everyone. And if people want to grow food in their own area, the methods described in the book, “Secrets of the Soil” will give them the nutritional abundance they seek. But multinational chemical companies with billions of dollars to lose don’t want you to know this.
A Monsanto official told the New York Times, October 25, 1998, that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products. “Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food,” said Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”
Oddly though, the FDA only requests of firms that they conduct their own tests of new GM products in what Vice President Quale back in 1992 referred to as a “regulatory relief program.” The FDA makes no review of those tests unless voluntarily requested by the company producing the product.
Here’s yet another example of our FDA watching out for us… In 1994, the FDA approved Monsanto’s rBGH, a genetically produced growth hormone, for injection into dairy cows – even though scientists warned the resulting increase of IGF-1 (a potent chemical hormone) is linked to 400-500% higher risks of human breast, prostrate, and colon cancer.
Personal opinion: The silent introduction of GMOs into our world is probably the most diabolical crime against Americans, and the people of this planet, the world of man has ever seen. Our government’s elite have clearly made it known that we no longer have any power or influence in the matters of our own lives. They have decided to force feed me Genetically Altered food, poison drugs, and toxic chemicals. Then they give me a the “Western Medicine” model which almost certainly guarantees me no chance of healing.
Please learn all you can on this incredible threat to life as we know it, and do your bit to stop it. Once the genie is out of the bag, their is no putting it back in!!!
Links for More Information
The following web sites offer basic information on GM crops and technologies as well as ethical issues and provide up-to-date information on new developments and controversies.
(1) Discovery documents from the lawsuit against the FDA, Alliance for Bio-Integrity et al v. Shalala, May1998. Center for Food Safety, 666 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 202-547-9359.
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