GMO Breakdown

GMO-final-posterThe most dangerous threat facing our food supply is Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). GMOs are the result when scientists take the DNA of one species and force it into the DNA of another. Food is taken from its most natural whole state and turned into a science experiment. Scientists have created many genes that they believe make our food supply more efficient and less costly. Studies show that genes that produce a toxic insecticide inserted into crops, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us.

GMO Breakdown:  Genes are created that produce their own pesticides.  These pesticides are “designed” to kill the insect when it eats the crop with these genes. We eat that same pesticide when we eat that genetically modified crop.

Safe? Hardly!

The biotech companies run their own studies and insist that these are safe practices and insist that this is the answer to feeding more of our population. But professionals, concerned citizens, and other governments are taking stands against the industry that produces GMOs. More than 400 scientists, 58 governments and 1000 professionals across the planet are saying “no” to this scientific catastrophe.

The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are among many medical groups that condemn the use of GMOs. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients.

Opponents (makers of GMOs) will have you believe that GMOs increase yields and that is the only way to feed our planet.

The Union of Concerned Scientists’ 2009 report Failure to Yield is the definitive study to date on GM crops and yield. Scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman, PhD, concludes that genetically engineering herbicide-tolerant soybeans and herbicide-tolerant corn has not increased yields. Dr. Gurian-Sherman states, “Traditional breeding outperforms genetic engineering hands down.” The amount of chemicals needed to grow the GMO crops were detrimental to the health of our world.

We have become human lab rats.

We are talking about hundreds of millions of acres of crops, GMO crops, in the United States. Crops that we consume, mostly in packages and processed foods, that cause long-term problems including immune system disorders, organ damage, gastrointestinal issues, accelerated aging, and infertility.

We are seeing massive problems with the genetic contamination from neighboring farms with GM corn, soybeans and canola. Most of the soybean supply in the U.S. is already contaminated with genetically modified seeds. Many organic and conventional corn farmers are losing markets because their crops are testing positive for GM traits.

GM crops are eliminating habitats 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.

Monsanto told us that Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were safe.

Independent scientists, however, have caught the spin-masters red-handed, demonstrating without doubt how most of the health and environmental risks of GMOs are ignored by governments’ superficial regulations. The safety assessments and industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems.

The reason this is largely political:  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t require a single safety study because they have been duped by the makers of GMOs that they are safe and are the answer to feeding our world!

Labeling foods with GMOs is not required. The industry says the reason is simply because it would cost too much! Isn’t it ironic that junk foods are labeled “All Natural” and whole foods are labeled “Fat Free”? Cost isn’t considered, or the label itself questioned, when it comes to more marketing, and thus more sales.

Oh dear, I could go on and on about this…

Sue Hruby and I are initiating a movement on Martha’s Vineyard with Slow Food MV to educate and promote non-GMOS on Martha’s Vineyard.   We are showing a movie that is powerful and informing on Sunday, April 28th at 4:00 at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. If you can, please join us. If you can’t, please ask yourself every time you are in the grocery store, if you are buying GMO foods.

By eating Genetically Modified Foods, we are gambling with our lives. We are the ones playing Genetic Roulette.

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