“In the mid 1800s only one variety of potato was grown in Ireland; when they became diseased, 1 million people died. The same potato plight attacked Peru but they suffered fewer consequences due to a variety of potato crops. 97% of vegetables grown at the beginning of the 20th century are now extinct.”
The more I read about GMOs the more I feel as though I’m living in the Jurassic Park of Plants. One of the most succinct descriptions of what has happened in the past 100 years, is given in the video “The Future of Food.” For those of you who have watched this film, you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who haven’t, I will sum it up for you. Anything in “quotations” is taken directly from the film. The rest is my two cents worth. Let’s start at the beginning and the development of pesticides which led to GMOs.
“Nerve gas developed during WWII was slightly modified to make insecticides. DDT was the hero of its generation.”
“Monocultures of one crop variety, with no rotations or variations of crops, left an ecological vacuum that insects and disease could exploit. The insects and weeds became immune to these pesticides and herbicides. This caused a pesticide treadmill – the more the farmers sprayed, the more they HAD to spray.”
“In the 1970s Monsanto introduced RoundUp. It could kill most weeds, but the crops needed to be gene spliced in order to survive the weed killer. They modified seeds to be RoundUp ready, so crops will not die when sprayed. Monsantos BT corn itself is registered as an insecticide. Every cell has been modified to manufacture BT, a bacterial toxin.”
So how is a seed made into a GMO product? In a nutshell, seeds are forced with an injection of DNA from a soil bacteria which is resistant to herbicides. In order to make this resistance activate in within the seeds, the DNA of the bacteria must also be linked with an EColi DNA… EColi people!!! Seriously? And then we act surprised by the EColi outbreaks?
So this seed, which refers to our largest crops of corn and wheat and soy (among others), is now able to withstand herbicides and pesticides but it is unable to reproduce itself. So in other words, if you take the corn from these crops, dry it and replant it… nothing will happen. You get nothing. No plant, no harvest, no food. This ‘brilliant’ idea will not sustain a country. It won’t even sustain your body! Now we have this seed line which cannot reproduce itself. Not only can it not reproduce, but it needs to be sprayed with another chemical to make it germinate once it’s in the ground.
And here’s a kicker: GMO corn seed is labeled as a pesticide… and we are eating the produce from that seed! Read your labels! Anything labeled with high fructose corn syrup or soy lecithin is undoubtedly packed with GMOs. Not to mention that our beef and chicken supplies are eating the produce from that seed also.
Now lets talk about these GMO seeds. Did you know they are patented? Did you know that goes against our Constitution?! The right to patent is guaranteed by Article 1 in the US Constitution. Food crops were deliberately excluded from patenting on the basis of moral grounds. What happened to our moral grounds?! And let’s think about how this patent effects our agricultural community… Less than 2% of the population in the United States are farmers. 2% producing all the food for the rest of the 98% of us. Something has to give! Unfortunately, what has been broken is the quality of our food and our protection of our farmers.
Farmers who have not used GMO seeds, but whose land has been invaded by GMO DNA by either wind carrying the seeds, or birds, or seeds blowing off a truck as it passes by… those farmers have had to pay thousands of dollars in penalties for “using” GMO patented seeds. Many of these farmers have been bankrupted over the law suits.
Why isn’t any of this being brought forward to the awareness of the general public? Well for one thing money talks,and guess who has the money? The biotech companies such as Monsanto (which by the way also owns Pioneer, DeKalb, Asgrow, Channel, DeltaPine, Hubner, GoldCountry and others) silence the publications and the researchers.
“The first GMO tomato, FLAVR SAVR, was introduced to the consumers in 1994, even AFTER it was proven to produce tumors and cancer in rats!”
“Dr Pushtai was suspended two days after discussing his research that expressed results of the depressed immune systems and growth of rats which had been fed GMO potatoes.”
“A Cornell University researcher found that when caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly were fed BT corn pollen in the lab 40% of them died unexpectedly.”
“Nature magazine retracted a world renowned scientist’s paper after publishing his peer view work, which studied the hazardous effects of GMO corn.” All three instances were denigrated by the biotech industry. Wonder why?
In cancer research labs, the DNA of breast cancer cells have been “repossessed” by GMO companies claiming that those DNA samples are OWNED by their company! How is that so, you might ask? Because the cancer cells contain GMO cells! They are halting the research that could have saved my mother!
We need to push to have GMO foods labeled in this country. Once again, Europe is way ahead of us on this, as are Japan, Central America and even some third world countries.
Consumers are still king! Educate yourselves and exercise your choice!
If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs. The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.
If you would like to know lists of companies to avoid and ways to eat healthier, here are a couple links: