Consumers’ Right to Know About Genetically Engineered (GE) Foods and GMO

Glyphosate: Unsafe on Any Plate – Food Testing Results and Scientific Reasons for Concern  Findings: The first ever independent, FDA-registered laboratory food testing results for glyphosate residues in iconic American food brands finds alarming levels of glyphosate contamination and reveal the inadequacy of current food safety regulations relating to allowable pesticide residues.

Extraordinary consumer deception: The report “Spinning Food”  details hows industry front people and covert communications are shaping the story of food.

Erin Brokovich – The Biotech Industry Is Jeopardizing Our Health  FDA is hijacking our basic consumer rights and violating our human rights with an unlabeled, pesticide-dependent GMO crop  and food system. CT residents, please click to get GMO food labeled!

African nation with a NO GMO policy , always under threat, but standing firmly on the side of the consumer and the environment.  Their NO GMO policy puts them in a unique and strategic position to benefit from rapid growth of NONGMO products, especially because GMO pollen and genes are promiscuous according to Dr. Don Huber.   “The biotech industry claims that GM crops like Bt cotton will give farmers higher yields and require less pesticides use. This is not true.No GM crop is modified to increase yield. No GM crop can resist drought. Yield and drought tolerance are inherent characteristics of seed breeding, not of the GM inserts that make seeds patentable by the biotech industry.”  A key element in the Zambia Biosafety Act is the ‘Liability and Redress Clause’. This clause ensures that those who bring GMOs into Zambia will be liable for any resulting health, economic and environmental damage

CONSUMERS CAN VOTE AGAINST GMO PRODUCTS AND THEIR OWNERS WITH THEIR WALLETS!

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MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT KILLED IN SENATE BUDGET BILL : STAY TUNED

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What Are Genetically Engineered Foods?   
Genetically engineered foods (GEF) have been tinkered with. Specifically, one or more changes have been made to their DNA in order to change some characteristic of the food. Both plants and animals have been subjected to genetic engineering. In the plant kingdom, corn, sugar beets, rice, papaya, canola, soybean and cotton seed oil have all been genetically modified and are sold on the open market. Experiments continue on animals, though we do not yet have reports of animal GEF hitting the food shelves yet. In 2006, they put the DNA of a roundworm into a pig so that it would produce omega-3 fatty acids. Other pigs have been modified to absorb phosphorus from plants more efficiently, cutting down the phosphorus content of manure.

Crops that have been genetically modified (GM) have been the subject of court rulings, not just in the U.S., but also in India. In 2007, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had illegally approved GM alfalfa engineered by Monsanto. The judge ruled that a full environmental impact study was needed before “Roundup Ready” alfalfa could be marketed, for fear that the modified alfalfa could contaminate natural and organic alfalfa. The judge also feared the appearance of “superweeds” if the GM alfalfa was planted commercially. A 2010 Supreme Court decision yielded mixed results, and the law is still murky. However, in 2011, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the unrestricted used of GM alfalfa. So in this case, the biotech industry won out against farmers and environmentalists who fear an onslaught of GEF will follow. The Center for Food Safety is suing the decision.

Senator Roy Blount R-MO is trying again to put Monsanto above the law with a rider to the Continuing Budget Resolution:

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“No one knows where this will lead, and what are the possible health side effects of GEF”, said a leading healthy insurer. Some people have even suggested to start seeking whole life insurance quotes to prepare for the potential negative side effects of GEF. In 2010, the University of Arkansas found that 83 percent of the wild canola they tested contained modified genes that are resistant to herbicide. Other scientific studies have found that GM foods have not substantially increased yields over their natural counterparts. This undercuts the whole reason for modifying the food in the first place.

from GEFoodAlert.org

Why avoid GMOs?

Regarding GMO dangers: these are scientifically well documented. Refer to Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey M. Smith–a great start and an extremely interesting read. See also responsibletechnology.org which summarizes 65 health risks from Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reported that health risks could include infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, changes in major organs and GI system (indicated by animal studies).

The only published feeding study involving humans revealed that the genetic material transferred into GMO soy transfers into bacteria living inside the intestines and continues to function leading to the possibility of antibiotic resistant super diseases and intestinal flora being turned into living pesticide factories.
New toxins, proteins arranged in cell in unpredictable ways.
Increased allergies–soy allergies skyrocketed (50%) in the UK after GMO soy was introduced. Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7 times more of a known soy allergen. Three possibilities: 1) level of a naturally occurring allergen could be increased, 2) a gene taken from one food might transfer allergenic properties, and 3) unknown allergens may result from foreign genes and proteins never before part of the human food supply.

Children’s young, quickly developing bodies absorb proportionally more from all their food sources,are more susceptible to allergies, problems with milk, nutritional problems, and are in danger from antibiotic resistant diseases.

Many GMO crops are designed to withstand an otherwise lethal dose of herbicides and pesticides leading to several serious repercussions–a much greater concentration of these toxic chemicals in our food supply, herbicide resistant weeds, may be lethal to beneficial insects such as pollinators, run off of these chemicals into the watershed which provides home to aquatic wildlife and supplies our drinking water. Also, we have already seen the emergence of new “super pests” which are able to dine with gusto on GM pesticide producing corn and survive to go on to the next meal.
Cross pollination–wind carries pollen from GMO crops and infects non-GMO crops.
Even though GMO crops appear to us to be indistinguishable from naturally cultivated crops all across North America it has been reported that cows, pigs, geese, elk, deer, squirrels, raccoons, mice, and rats, when given a choice avoid GM foods.

How does GMO affect the US economy?

Massive US government subsidies (aka your tax dollars) are supporting GMO agriculture because of their failure to produce the promised yields and because of the financial hardship created for farmers who find they have to buy increasingly larger quantities of the herbicide Roundup.

The monetary loss of exports of US crops is immeasurable. The people of most other countries do not want GMO sourced products.

Why aren’t they labeled?

Since 2001, polls have consistently shown that 90% of the US population want foods with GMO ingredients to be labeled. So why hasn’t the FDA acted?

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires the FDA to prevent consumer deception by clarifying that a food label is misleading if it omits significant “material” information. In 1992 the FDA issued a policy statement that defined “material” as the ability to be sensed by taste, smell, or other senses. The FDA determined that GE Foods were “substantially equivalent” to conventionally produced foods, so there was no material difference – and no labeling was required. After almost 20 years, this policy is still in effect today.

The biotech giants who profit from the sales of GMO seeds and the herbicide that must be used on the plants resulting from those seeds have tremendous influence in the USDA and the FDA. Companies like Monsanto spend millions of dollars to sway government policy in favor of the deregulation of GMOs. In fact there is a virtual “revolving door” between positions of power within the federal government (particularly USDA and FDA), and positions of power within Monsanto. If powerful decision makers at the FDA and USDA are former and/or future Monsanto executives, is it any wonder why GMO foods are not labeled?

From: http://gmofreect.org/education/

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