BRAVO! January 8th 2016 UPDATE: Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison stands up for consumers, distinguishing her company from her industry. Perhaps FDA “bought” GMO food science is coming to an end? If consumers and independent scientists as well as larger companies keep speaking up, it will happen. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/01/08/462422610/campbell-soup-switches-sides-in-the-gmo-labeling-fight ***Note that the FDA has NO definitive peer reviewed studies to make the following statement cited in the NPR article:”The FDA says that there’s no reason to require such labels because current GMO ingredients are identical, nutritionally, to conventional ingredients.” Especially when FDA’s own scientists warned back in 1991-92 about the risks of releasing GMO foods into the food supply. And former government and independent scientists like Canada’s Dr. Thierry Vrain have shown significant mineral nutritional differences in GMO glyphosate modified foods. So even though herbicide-dependent GMO crops may look like conventional crops, mineral depletion occurs in the lab-created GMO crops and foods. Additionally, Glyphosate is a patented antibiotic from Monsanto, and is also sprayed on food crops including nonGMO crops like wheat, peas, barley, and lentils to facilitate harvest), leaving residues our food. In retirement, after working for Agriculture Canada in genetic engineering for government, Dr. Vrain now farms organically in his own garden.
A very important message from Dr. Vrain –
‘While the debate on the safety of GMOs remains important, it should not distract from remediating the serious health risks of glyphosate sprayed on both RoundUp Ready and non engineered crops. After viewing this presentation many GMO videos may appear, but note that most avoid mentioning the herbicide, glyphosate, when more than 90% of all GMO crops in North America are sprayed with this herbicide that should have remained a pipe and boiler cleaner.’(Published on Mar 8, 2015)
Addendum: Also noteworthy is that BASF, a multinational chemical company is reducing its plant biotechnology operations and pulling out of some operations in the US, Europe, and India. Perhaps their management has better long term planning focus than other companies!
Be sure to read the next post to keep GMO labeling moving forward in 2016 and contact your legislators.