Currently there are several large-scale industrial experiments being performed on US citizens. Experiments like feeding us CAFO beef, chicken and pork, fluoridation of our water and vaccinations are a few. Feeding us genetically modified organisms, GMO foods, without informed consent as to the dangers from chronic exposure is another experiment. Specifically, one of the “research projects” is the infusion of genetically modified organisms such as corn, canola and soy into our food supply.
It’s everywhere now. Soon there will be so much GMO pollution that the whole argument against them will be meaningless since there will be no pure wild genomes left to protect.
In order to get up to snuff on GMO’s the first thing you should do is order Jeffery Smith’s Seeds of Deception. Please read it since it’s beyond the scope of this book to adequately cover everything.
Next check out his website: www.seedsofdeception.com. And watch the just released November, 2012, movie directed by Mr Smith titled Genetic Roulette.
The book is fast, meticulously researched and exciting to read. Smith gives you all the basics on what GMO’s are and how the process is done. It differs from conventional hybridization in certain fundamental ways which directly lead to some of the health risks we are seeing. Smith includes the studies that clearly show how dangerous these things are. How the Devil’s Workshop (Monsanto) uses intimidation and strong arm tactics to silence critics like the scholar Arpad Pusztai from Scotland who first discovered the toxicity of GMO potatoes in laboratory rats fed this mutant strain. You will be shocked at how sloppy and inexact the science of inserting genes into their host organism is using an actual .22 caliber gun called a gene gun which literally smashes genes into DNA. He points out the complete apathy and criminal negligence on the part of the FDA in allowing these chimeras to be fed to us, our infants and children without adequate long term safety studies. In fact, there are no safety studies of any kind! The evidence he presents clearly refutes the safety claims industry drones on about.
Mr Smith is a one man army in the fight against GMO’s. Get the book and support him. Smith also has a second book out with the same title as the movie Genetic Roulette which lists all of the important studies to date in an easy 2 page format. This way you can stay organized and refer back to material in your next debate with some puddin head at your neighbor’s BBQ party who thinks the GMO BOHICA is no different than a BMOC FUBAR with a GTO (I keep thinking of Leslie Neilson in the Naked Gun).
If you don’t feel much like reading-especially after this book-get a copy of the movie and see for yourself how crazy this GMO thing really is.
What are GMO’s? They are the products of inserting a gene which has some useful characteristic from one species into another species. For example taking the gene for spider webbing and inserting it into a goats DNA to make a goat that produces spider webs in its milk. This is then harvested and used for making ballistic vests.
THE ESTABLISHMENT POSITION
The European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation 2010 report on GMOs noted that “The main conclusion to be drawn from the efforts of more than 130 research projects, covering a period of more than 25 years of research, and involving more than 500 independent research groups, is that biotechnology, …and in particular GMOs, are not per se more risky than e.g. conventional plant breeding technologies.”..A 2008 review published by the Royal Society of Medicine noted that GM foods have been eaten by millions of people worldwide for over 15 years, with no reports of ill effects…Similarly a 2004 report from the US National Academies of Sciences stated: “To date, no adverse health effects attributed to genetic engineering have been documented in the human population.”
Any child in the US who eats processed foods on a regular basis consumes at least 10 percent GE ingredients. The actual percentage is in fact likely to be FAR higher than that. According to a shocking report released by the Environmental Working Group6 on October 15, Americans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year—an average of 193 pounds of GE foods annually!
IF YOU DON’T LOOK FOR IT YOU WON’T FIND IT
Remember earlier when I warned you to watch out for the Council, Society, Academy, whatever, of fat asses that arrogantly reassure you that the consensus of opinion is….Because in the end if there is money to be made they are simply lying to you. The comments above with all their pageantry and puff are not in the least bit reassuring to me for reasons illustrated below. Jeffery Smith mentions that in order for any adverse effect from a GMO food to be noticed the problem would need to be unique, immediate, fast acting and I would add very serious. That was the case with the GMO L-Tryptophan supplement from Japan that killed 100 Americans and made sick another 10,000-60,000 depending on the source you read. It caused a unique disease that was both rare and serious and acute called EMS or eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. It still took 2-3 years before it was reported to the CDC in November of 1989.
Now take GMO corn if the product doesn’t kill you outright how would you ever know if the corn you are eating, especially when it’s not labelled GMO in America, is harming you? If GMO’s cause or amplify common diseases, are mild in their adverse effects, or only manifest in chronic, long-term usage then we may never know in spite of all of the puffed, powdered, pomposity of the bald and bloated Academy.
Dr Judy Carman, former senior epidemiologist for the government of South Australia, describes the difficulties from a public health perspective in Smith’s book Genetic Roulette on page 10. First you need to be aware that a new health problem exists. Without full animal testing we do not even know what diseases to look for. Second, if GMO’s are creating a new disease you would need an intact surveillance system for the disease when in fact most existing diseases do not have a good surveillance system. Carman points out the HIV/AIDS epidemic went unnoticed for decades even though it had memorable secondary infections, happened in a close knit grouping of single minded people who often saw the same doctors and clustered in the same areas geographically.
Once a disease is identified it needs to be tracked to its cause. That arduous process of tracking, if not due to an infectious cause, will most likely fall to an academic if he has an interest in it. From there we are talking possibly years as he applies for funding grants etc. If it’s not politically correct his funding would only be from private sources thus limiting his options. Then people would need to remember what they ate and we know how impossible that is. Most people including myself cannot remember what they ate 2 days ago much less over months and months needed for study. Furthermore, we have no labeling laws so nobody knows what foods contain GMO’s and to what extent. How can you investigate GMO effects if you don’t know what foods contain GMO’s? Dr Carman concludes by saying “it may be almost impossible to prove that a GM food has caused a disease, even if there are thousands of cases.”
Carman asks “What if a link was found between a GM food and human illness?” Our experience with Big Tobacco informs us that “affected industries tend to argue and lobby against evidence for lucrative plant products.” Add to this every special interest group dependent on this GM product for a livelihood and all political considerations muddying the water. “So even if a GM food is found to cause harm, it may take many years of effort to remove it from the food supply.”
Therefore if you don’t look for new diseases you certainly won’t find any. That’s the government’s stance which will remain that way until a huge backlash changes it.
Now compare the above to those ridiculous comments by our Commission Directorate-General, the Academy and their ilk. Furthermore, if you are thinking that all of the animal research these groups seem to be referring to are negative that’s proof enough. Ah sorry, that may be no proof at all because as we all know, or will know from reading the research on statins, that pro-industry research virtually guarantees that their product looks good, is harmless, or does what they claim it does to the tune of 5 times more often when compared to an independently funded study.
FDA IS JUST ANOTHER BRANCH OF BIG BIO
The reason to question these “authorities” has to do with conflict of interest. How many of these politicians, scientists or whatever they are (let’s collectively call them opportunists) on the European Commission or the pro-GMO Royal Society have their hands in the cookie jar? Throughout this book I provide one example after another of corruption at the highest levels. Why would it be any different here? How could it be any different here? In fact, the Institute for Responsible Technology prepared a PDF download on The State of the Science on the Health Risks of GM Foods. Here’s a few comments regarding the FDA’s role in allowing GMO’s into the food chain:
THE FDA HAS LABELED GMO’S GENERALLY RECOGNIZED AS SAFE (GRAS).
According to US law, to be considered GRAS the substance must be the subject of a substantial amount of peer‐reviewed published studies (or equivalent) and there must be overwhelming consensus among the scientific community that the product is safe. GM foods had neither. Nonetheless, in a precedent‐setting move in 1992 that some experts contend was illegal, the FDA declared that GM crops are GRAS as long as their producers say they are. Thus, the FDA does not require any safety evaluations or labeling of GMOs. A company can even introduce a GM food to the market without telling the agency.
THIS ACTION WAS LARGELY DUE TO THE INFLUENCE OF BIG AGRA/BIG BIO.
The biggest and worst offender is of course the Devil’s Workshop (I love that name by the way). According to Henry Miller, who had a leading role in biotechnology issues at the FDA from 1979 to 1994, “In this area, the US government agencies have done exactly what big agribusiness has asked them to do and told them to do.” The Ag biotech company with the greatest influence was clearly Monsanto. According to the New York Times, “What Monsanto wished for from Washington, Monsanto and, by extension, the biotechnology industry got. . . . When the company abruptly decided that it needed to throw off the regulations and speed its foods to market, the White House quickly ushered through an unusually generous policy of self‐policing.”
COMPANY RESEARCH IS SECRET, INADEQUATE, AND FLAWED.
Unpublished industry studies submitted to regulators are typically kept secret based on the claim that it is “confidential business information.” The Royal Society of Canada is one of many organizations that condemn this practice. They wrote: “the more regulatory agencies limit free access to data upon which their decisions are based, the more compromised becomes the claim that the regulatory process is science based.” The only time we get to see these internal documents are through law suits and the Freedom of Information Act requests (and then only if it is governmentally related). It then becomes abundantly clear why companies benefit from secrecy. The quality of their research is often miserable, incompetent, and unacceptable for peer-review. Furthermore, “most or all conclusions of food safety for individual GM crops are based on inferences and assumptions, rather than on actual testing.” Said professor Clark Canadian food regulator. Studies are rigged to avoid finding problems. In addition to relying on untested assumptions, industry‐funded research is often designed specifically to force a conclusion of safety. I won’t get into the details here but the Institute’s PDF is full of examples. They site Monsanto’s publication in the Journal of Nutrition on their Roundup Ready soybeans as a case study in flawed research. It was reviewed by none other than Dr. Arpad Pusztai who said, “It was obvious that the study had been designed to avoid finding any problems. Everybody in our consortium knew this.”
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