Most Americans remain blissfully unaware they are eating genetically-modified (GM) organisms every day. Passivity and blind faith in the USDA, FDA and EPA have largely contributed to this attitude. Perhaps that will change now that a new study reveals an insecticide produced in GM corn actually gets absorbed into the human body. But first, let’s define what GMO means: “A genetically modified organism, also known as a transgenic organism, is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques.”
If you haven’t been paying attention to your food lately, biotechnology giants such as Monsanto thank you for that. Because behind your back, they’ve succeeded in replacing 86% of US corn with their patented insecticide-producing “frankencorn”. The industry name for this is “Bt corn” and the insecticide is actually produced inside the plant, so it is impossible to wash it off. This is accomplished by inserting genes from the bacteria Bacillus Thuringiensis into the corn. FUN FACT: Monsanto’s BT corn is actually registered as a pesticide.
Up until now, scientists and corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont have spent billions in lobbying, campaign donations and “testing” in an attempt to convince world governments that GMOs are safe.
NOTE: The “Big 6” pesticide and GMO corporations are BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, and Syngenta. They are so called because they dominate the agricultural input market — that is, they own the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industry.
” …about 90% of our foods in our grocery stores contain genetically modified ingredients.”
In the case of Bt corn, they stated the insecticide produced within the corn posed no danger to human health because it was broken down in the digestive system. The problem is that most studies done on GE foods are funded and carried out by the very companies that created them. Conflict of interest much? Any studies showing ill effects of GE crops are simply thrown out, dismissed, or suppressed.
Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us. If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create super diseases, resistant to antibiotics. If the gene that creates Bt-toxin in GM corn were to transfer, it might turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories. On top of all this, GE crops are modified to withstand the spraying of the herbicide, RoundUp by Monsanto, which it’s active ingredient glyphosate, has just been shown to be a probable carcinogen in humans by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The problem is we’ve let corporate interests turn us into poison-fed lab rats and It doesn’t end at corn either. 93% of both soy and canola are also genetically-modified. On top of that, Monsanto has acres of laboratories containing new mutant species awaiting to slip into our grocery stores. If you didn’t know, about 90% of our foods in our grocery stores contain genetically modified ingredients. This doesn’t stop at food either. Right now, you’re probably wearing some of their Bt cotton. It comprises 93% of US cotton and 68% of Chinese cotton.
Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA and independent scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.
Since then, findings include:
- Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
- Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
- More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
- Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly
- By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
- Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
- Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
- Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
- The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
- Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.
The best way to avoid GE foods is to grow your own food, buy certified organic or make sure the product has the “Non GMO Project Verified” label on it.
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