What is Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)?
Genetic Modification is a radical modern farming method.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are foods you eat such as corn and soy that were manipulated in a laboratory by forcing DNA from a completely foreign species into them. This foreign DNA may include a virus, bacteria such as e coli bacteria, an insect, an animal or even humans resulting in traits that would be virtually impossible to obtain with natural processes.
The primary traits of GM crops are either herbicide tolerant or pesticide producer.
Glyphosate in Roundup, is in our food, kills human cells & poisons villagers living near spraying.
Crops that make their own pesticide kill other beneficial insects. The same kind of toxins in BT break open little holes in the human stomach just as it does to the bug.
GMOs are unsafe for human health and our environment.
Animal studies have shown GMO foods cause infertility, accelerated aging, dysfunctional insulin regulation, changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system, and immune problems such as asthma, allergies, and inflammation.
Farmers have found GMOs cause abnormal violent behavior and the death of livestock.
GMO food poses higher risks for children – Children have smaller detoxing organs and tend to consume more GMO processed food. They are also more prone to allergies and nutritional deficiencies.
Adolescent rats showed damaged immune systems and digestive function, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, atrophy of the liver and pre-cancerous cell growth in the intestines after only 10 days of GMO feed.
GMO DNA passes through the placenta to the fetus. One study showed that offspring of rats fed GMO soy died within three weeks.
GMO food is less nutritious & does not taste better.
GMOs are not researched nor regulated. FDA’s own scientists warned that GE food had serious health hazards but no health testing is required. We are the guinea pigs.
GMO crops require more pesticide use, not less. GMO crops result in smaller yields & will not conquer world hunger. GMO crops put developing nation farmers out of business with one time use seeds.
Overuse of Roundup herbicide has led to increased herbicide use, created super-weeds needing super-toxic herbicides & climate destabilizing fertilizer, spreads deadly plant diseases, degrades soil & gets into our waterways.
GMO seeds are replacing bio-diverse, natural seeds that God intended.
GMO foods are mainly found in conventional soybeans, sugar beets, corn, canola, cottonseed and in small amounts in Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and crook neck squash. The hormone rGBH injected into cows is a GMO. The FDA recently introduced GMO Salmon. It is set to introduce other new crops as well as adding pharmaceuticals to plants.
75% of the processed food ( that includes breads ) in the US is GMO.
Currently, 64 countries around the world require labeling of genetically modified foods. Unlike most other developed countries – such as 28 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and even China – the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.
Laden with conflict of interest and revolving door
Michael Taylor, former VP and attorney for the biggest GMO Company, Monsanto, is now the Deputy Commissioner at the FDA. Many other former Monsanto executives are now in the FDA and USDA. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a former Monsanto attorney. Monsanto gives generous campaign contributions and uses heavy lobbying to politicians.
Monsanto patents its own GMO seeds requiring yearly payment from farmers for seeds. GMOs are made mainly to make plants herbicide tolerant (using Roundup Ready) so that farmers must use it on their crops & increase Monsanto profits. Farmers whose fields have been contaminated by cross pollination are sued for infringing on a patented seed.
Under current federal law (Public Law 75-717), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may only require additional labeling of foods derived from GE sources if that agency can scientifically verify a substantive material difference, such as a different nutritional profile, between the GE product and its non-GE counterpart. To date, the FDA has not determined a substantive material difference or human health impact for GE foods that meets this legal standard. However, the FDA has released guidance for food companies wishing to label their products as GE or non-GE. Additional information on this new FDA voluntary labeling guidance is available at: http://1.usa.gov/1N1KlcZ.
“The secret of FREEDOM lies in educating people, whereas the secret of TYRANNY is in keeping them ignorant.”- Maximilien Robespierre
Avoid GMOs by buying Organic and following these steps in this article.
Without your involvement, GMO companies will continue to poison our food. Avoid GMOs.
Last but certainly not least, you can make a difference by making a donation to the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT). Your gift will help IRT to get this urgent message out to millions of others. Together, we can end the genetic engineering of our food supply.
To become better informed, watch documentaries listed below. Read Genetic Roulette. Contact your government representatives to say NO TO GMOs. Educate your friends and family by sharing this post. Our children and future generations are depending upon us. The world needs you NOW!
Reminds me of when I held documentary screenings a few years to bring awareness about the GMO issue.
Smith, J. M. (2007). Genetic roulette: The documented health risks of genetically engineered foods. Fairfield, Iowa: Yes! Books.
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