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I recently read an article titled “Overcoming the GMO Lies” that made me feel as if I was sucker punched. In simple language, the article breaks down why it is so important to read the labels on the food we buy. We are being blatantly deceived by the biotech industry about GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). The biotech industry are the “chemists” that make the majority of the foods sold in the grocery store. Chemists, not farmers.
This information directly affects what we put in our bodies and our health. What is more important or valuable than our families health? Nothing. The article breaks down very clearly and simply the lies we are being fed when it comes to the food we buy.
Here is why GMOs are probably the worst science experiment ever created. I found these astonishing facts at “10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs“. I’ve condensed them a bit and added my own two-cents but I urge you to read the full explanation at Responsible Technology.
10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs
1. GMOs are unhealthy.
Numerous health problems have increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise.
2. GMOs contaminate―forever.
GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure.
Will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste!
3. GMOs increase herbicide use.
Most GM crops are engineered to be “herbicide tolerant”― the deadly weed killer. Monsanto, for example, sells Roundup Ready crops designed to survive applications of their Roundup herbicide. Roundup, for example, is linked with sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer.
We buy more herbicide products because it doesn’t do the job on the resistant crops, they make more money, you get sicker and big pharma gets richer. Nice gig huh?
4. Genetic engineering creates dangerous side effects.
By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects. Moreover, irrespective of the type of genes that are inserted, the very process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies.
When we deprive our bodies of nutrients, we are continually hungry. That leads to eating more often and unless we choose nutrient rich foods that our bodies require, we will stay continually hungry. Eat bad food, stay hungry, gain weight, get sick. See where I’m going with this?
5. Government oversight is dangerously lax.
Most of the health and environmental risks of GMOs are ignored by governments’ superficial regulations and safety assessments. The reason for this tragedy is largely political. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, doesn’t require a single safety study, does not mandate labeling of GMOs, and allows companies to put their GM foods onto the market without even notifying the agency. Their justification was the claim that they had no information showing that GM foods were substantially different. But this was a lie.
Secret agency memos made public by a lawsuit show that the overwhelming consensus even among the FDA’s own scientists was that GMOs can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects. They urged long-term safety studies. But the White House had instructed the FDA to promote biotechnology, and the agency official in charge of policy was Michael Taylor, Monsanto’s former attorney, later their vice president. He’s now the US Food Safety Czar.
6. The biotech industry uses “tobacco science” to claim product safety.
Biotech companies like Monsanto told us that Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were safe. They are now using the same type of superficial, rigged research to try and convince us that GMOs are safe. Independent scientists, however, have caught the spin-masters red-handed, demonstrating without doubt how industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems, and how adverse findings are distorted or denied.
7. Independent research and reporting is attacked and suppressed.
Scientists who discover problems with GMOs have been attacked, gagged, fired, threatened, and denied funding. The journal Nature acknowledged that a “large block of scientists . . . denigrate research by other legitimate scientists in a knee-jerk, partisan, emotional way that is not helpful in advancing knowledge.” Attempts by media to expose problems are also often censored.
Countless amounts of money, time and man power is spent to cover up the truths about GMOs so those in charge can keep their jobs, stay rich while the rest of us get sicker and sicker. This is all about money, bottom line!
8. GMOs harm the environment.
GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable. For example, GM crops are eliminating habitat for monarch butterflies, whose populations are down 50% in the US. Roundup herbicide has been shown to cause birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths and endocrine disruptions, and organ damage in animals even at very low doses. GM canola has been found growing wild in North Dakota and California, threatening to pass on its herbicide tolerant genes on to weeds.
Bee shortage explained? Mysterious bird deaths by the thousands? Marine life dying off in masses with no explanation?
9. GMOs do not increase yields. They work against feeding a hungry world.
Whereas sustainable non-GMO agricultural methods used in developing countries have conclusively resulted in yield increases of 79% and higher, GMOs do not, on average, increase yields at all. This was evident in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ 2009 report Failure to Yield―the definitive study to date on GM crops and yield.
The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report, authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments determined that the current GMOs have nothing to offer the goals of reducing hunger and poverty, improving nutrition, health and rural livelihoods, and facilitating social and environmental sustainability.
On the contrary, GMOs divert money and resources that would otherwise be spent on more safe, reliable, and appropriate technologies.
10. By avoiding GMOs, you contribute to the coming tipping point of consumer rejection, forcing them out of our food supply.
Because GMOs give no consumer benefits, if even a small percentage of us start rejecting brands that contain them, GM ingredients will become a marketing liability. Food companies will kick them out.
In Europe, for example, the tipping point was achieved in 1999, just after a high profile GMO safety scandal hit the papers and alerted citizens to the potential dangers. In the US, a consumer rebellion against GM bovine growth hormone has also reached a tipping point, kicked the cow drug out of dairy products by Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Dannon, Yoplait, and most of America’s dairies.
The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America is designed to achieve a tipping point against GMOs in the US. The number of non-GMO shoppers needed is probably just 5% of the population. The key is to educate consumers about the documented health dangers and provide a Non-GMO Shopping Guide to make avoiding GMOs much easier.
I’m not trying scare anyone, actually I am. This is scary stuff. Our own government is allowing these atrocities to take place. You can read more in-depth at http://blogs.naturalnews.com/overcoming-the-gmo-lies/. Make your food choice decisions yourself. You can’t say you weren’t warned. You can do something about it if you make the right choices.
What can you do to help? By choosing organic and/or non-GMO brands. The biotech companies are out for the almighty dollar, not our health or safety. Please consider choosing healthier non-GMO brands, tell others about GMOs so they can do the same. Together we can quickly reclaim a non-GMO food supply.
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Organics aren’t just a fad. For more information on organics, read Why Organic?.
Look for an upcoming article on label reading. It sounds easy enough but the biotech industries don’t come right out and tell you there are GMOs in your food. They hide them in fancy sounding ingredients. Knowledge is power.