Dangers of Genetically Modified Food

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Genetically Modified Foods – GMO’s

Learn Their Dangers and Health Hazards

Scientific Studies have proven that Genetic Modification of foods can cause cancer and create Allergies, Toxins, Antibiotic Resistant Diseases, Carcinogenic, Anti-Nutritional and other Nutritional Problems. Monsanto and our government have opened a Pandora’s Box in our food Supply which can create serious Health Hazards for all who ingest these Genetically Modified products.

Few people would eat Monsanto’s “genetically modified food” if they understood what it was or knew that they were eating it. President Obama and his family won’t eat it. Neither did the Bush family. Even a Monsanto employee cafeteria rejects it. This is no laughing matter! Your health and the health of your children and grandchildren are at stake. It seems more like a scene from a horror flick than something happening in modern day America. Imagine your digestive tract turned into a Roundup Ready herbicide factory and other warped genetic signals slowly and progressively rotting away your health. Unlike acute food poisoning from infectious E.coli, it is a slow and insidious poisoning.

Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM) of food involves the laboratory process of artificially inserting genes into the DNA of food crops or animals. The result is called a genetically modified organism or GMO. GMOs can be engineered with genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Most Americans say they would not eat GMOs if labeled, but unlike most other industrialized countries , the United States (U.S.) does not require labeling.

The people must know the dangers and what GMO or Genetically Modified Foods are to arm themselves with knowledge on protecting themselves and their familys. Many countries have banned the sale of GMO’s. There are good reasons that are scientifically proven. If you arm yourself with the knowledge we are providing you in this blog, you will be doing what we all should do to make our lives richer and healthier. Please share this information with everyone you know and care about.

Genetic Modification or Biotechnology of our food supply is, in my opinion, opening a Pandora’s Box in our food supply.

As I try to explain how Genetically Modified Foods came about, I am starting with a video that will explain just how our country and it’s administration has been irresponsible in allowing these dangerous foods in our food chain. Greed seems to have overtaken our leaders and corporations causing them to disregard the public food safety.

First you need to know what Genetically Modified Foods are and how this procedure is done. See the video below for a good explanation of Genetically Engineered Food and Seed.

What is Genetic Engineering or Genetically Modified Foods?

 

I also have other videos below that will explain the dangers of GMO’s. Remember, knowledge is Power and it could save you and your loved ones lives. Watch the information provided and make your own determinations.

I am also adding this FREE Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you avoid these dangerous Genetically Modified Foods. The Non-GMO Shopping Guide is designed to help reclaim your right to know about the foods you are buying, and help you find and avoid GMO foods and ingredients. Use this in Good Health for you and your family. This is Guide is a Lifesaver and it can be easily printed. Please print and use this guide to protect you and your family. Here is another Color Coded Shopping Guide for your convenience.

There are four major food groups, the basic rule is to avoid the following foods: Soy, Corn, Cotton-seed and Canola. More information is available at www.seedsofdeception.com.

The video below “The Future Of Food” offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind genetic engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Here is an excerpt of a page you need to read as well: Monsanto plans to unleash its latest Frankenfood experiment on the American and Canadian public. “In the 2010 growing season Monsanto plans to unleash its latest Frankenfood experiment on the American and Canadian public, a new version of genetically mutated corn with eight abnormal gene traits called Genuity SmartStax corn. It is the culmination of an astonishing scandal that has been steadily building over the past decade. During this time Monsanto’s mutated seeds have grown to 90% of the U.S. soy crop and 85% of the corn crop – and wheat is next on their agenda. Their efforts have been marked by corporate bullying and have drawn the attention of the Justice Department who is conducting an antitrust investigation. All the while they have been spending millions on lobbying to fast track their agenda before the American public even realizes what hit them. Monsanto is making an ominous power play to corner the worldwide market on food and seeds. In the process they are adversely altering the very nature of food itself.”

The World According To Monsanto – FULL LENGTH

The Health Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods

Videos are by Jeffery M. Smith

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Man has been “genetically modifying” everything from food to dogs for many centuries; but in the past, the only tool has been selective breeding. For example, if you wanted to create a breed of corn with resistance to a certain fungus, you would plant a plot of corn and see how individual plants did with the fungus. Then you would take seeds from the plants that did well, plant them, look at their performance against the fungus… and so on over the years until you had created a strain of corn plant that had very high resistance to the fungus in question.

Using selective breeding techniques, people have created everything from variegated roses to giant pumpkins to strains of wheat with twice the yield and very high disease tolerance. In the same way, you can take chickens, analyze their eggs and find chickens with eggs that contain less cholesterol. Then you can breed them to create a strain of low-cholesterol chickens. You can select on any detectable trait and selectively breed members of the species that do well on that trait.

Genetic engineering techniques now allow scientists to insert specific genes into a plant or animal without having to go through the trial-and-error process of selective breeding. Genetic engineering is therefore extremely rapid compared to selective breeding. With genetic engineering, you can also cross species very easily (for example, you can create a plant that produces human insulin). You can read the article How Cells Work to learn about DNA, genes and gene splicing. The techniques are now standard and genes can be spliced very easily.

There are a variety of techniques used to modify plants and animals through genetic engineering. For example, there is a widely used herbicide called Roundup, made by Monsanto. Roundup kills any plant that it touches. Monsanto has genetically modified soybeans and other crop plants to create “Roundup Ready” strains that are not affected by Roundup. By planting Roundup Ready seeds, a farmer can control weeds by spraying Roundup right over the crop. The crop completely ignores the herbicide, but the weeds are eliminated. Roundup Ready seeds reduce production costs and increase yield, so food becomes less expensive. Other scientists have inserted genes that produce a natural insecticide into corn plants to eliminate damage from corn borers, and a variety of anti-fungal genes can be inserted as well. The list goes on and on — there really is no limit to what can be done.

Below I have listed some enviromental hazards, human health risks and economic concerns that we all should be concerned about.

Environmental hazards

  • Unintended harm to other organisms Last year a laboratory study was published in Nature showing that pollen from B.T. corn caused high mortality rates in monarch butterfly caterpillars. Monarch caterpillars consume milkweed plants, not corn, but the fear is that if pollen from B.T. corn is blown by the wind onto milkweed plants in neighboring fields, the caterpillars could eat the pollen and perish. Although the Nature study was not conducted under natural field conditions, the results seemed to support this viewpoint. Unfortunately, B.t. toxins kill many species of insect larvae indiscriminately; it is not possible to design a B.t. toxin that would only kill crop-damaging pests and remain harmless to all other insects. This study is being reexamined by the USDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other non-government research groups, and preliminary data from new studies suggests that the original study may have been flawed. This topic is the subject of acrimonious debate, and both sides of the argument are defending their data vigorously. Currently, there is no agreement about the results of these studies, and the potential risk of harm to non-target organisms will need to be evaluated further.

 

  • Reduced effectiveness of pesticides Just as some populations of mosquitoes developed resistance to the now-banned pesticide DDT, many people are concerned that insects will become resistant to B.T. or other crops that have been genetically-modified to produce their own pesticides.

 

  • Gene transfer to non-target species Another concern is that crop plants engineered for herbicide tolerance and weeds will cross-breed, resulting in the transfer of the herbicide resistance genes from the crops into the weeds. These “superweeds” would then be herbicide tolerant as well. Other introduced genes may cross over into non-modified crops planted next to GM crops. The possibility of interbreeding is shown by the defense of farmers against lawsuits filed by Monsanto. The company has filed patent infringement lawsuits against farmers who may have harvested GM crops. Monsanto claims that the farmers obtained Monsanto-licensed GM seeds from an unknown source and did not pay royalties to Monsanto. The farmers claim that their unmodified crops were cross-pollinated from someone else’s GM crops planted a field or two away. More investigation is needed to resolve this issue.There are several possible solutions to the three problems mentioned above. Genes are exchanged between plants via pollen. Two ways to ensure that non-target species will not receive introduced genes from GM plants are to create GM plants that are male sterile (do not produce pollen) or to modify the GM plant so that the pollen does not contain the introduced gene. Cross-pollination would not occur, and if harmless insects such as monarch caterpillars were to eat pollen from GM plants, the caterpillars would survive.Another possible solution is to create buffer zones around fields of GM crops. For example, non-GM corn would be planted to surround a field of B.T. GM corn, and the non-GM corn would not be harvested. Beneficial or harmless insects would have a refuge in the non-GM corn, and insect pests could be allowed to destroy the non-GM corn and would not develop resistance to B.T. pesticides. Gene transfer to weeds and other crops would not occur because the wind-blown pollen would not travel beyond the buffer zone. Estimates of the necessary width of buffer zones range from 6 meters to 30 meters or more. This planting method may not be feasible if too much acreage is required for the buffer zones.

 

Human Health Risks

  • Allergenicity Many children in the US and Europe have developed life-threatening allergies to peanuts and other foods. There is a possibility that introducing a gene into a plant may create a new allergen or cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals. A proposal to incorporate a gene from Brazil nuts into soybeans was abandoned because of the fear of causing unexpected allergic reactions. Extensive testing of GM foods may be required to avoid the possibility of harm to consumers with food allergies.

 

  • Unknown effects on human health There is a growing concern that introducing foreign genes into food plants may have an unexpected and negative impact on human health. A recent article published in Lancet examined the effects of GM potatoes on the digestive tract in rats. This study claimed that there were appreciable differences in the intestines of rats fed GM potatoes and rats fed unmodified potatoes. Yet critics say that this paper, like the monarch butterfly data, is flawed and does not hold up to scientific scrutiny. Moreover, the gene introduced into the potatoes was a snowdrop flower lectin, a substance known to be toxic to mammals. The scientists who created this variety of potato chose to use the lectin gene simply to test the methodology, and these potatoes were never intended for human or animal consumption.

 

  • On the whole, with the exception of possible allergenicity, scientists believe that GM foods do not present a risk to human health. However, tests have proven that to be a myth.

 

Economic concerns

Bringing a GM food to market is a lengthy and costly process, and of course agri-biotech companies wish to ensure a profitable return on their investment. Many new plant genetic engineering technologies and GM plants have been patented, and patent infringement is a big concern of agribusiness. Yet consumer advocates are worried that patenting these new plant varieties will raise the price of seeds so high that small farmers and third world countries will not be able to afford seeds for GM crops, thus widening the gap between the wealthy and the poor. It is hoped that in a humanitarian gesture, more companies and non-profits will follow the lead of the Rockefeller Foundation and offer their products at reduced cost to impoverished nations.

Patent enforcement may also be difficult, as the contention of the farmers that they involuntarily grew Monsanto-engineered strains when their crops were cross-pollinated shows. One way to combat possible patent infringement is to introduce a “suicide gene” into GM plants. These plants would be viable for only one growing season and would produce sterile seeds that do not germinate. Farmers would need to buy a fresh supply of seeds each year. However, this would be financially disastrous for farmers in third world countries who cannot afford to buy seed each year and traditionally set aside a portion of their harvest to plant in the next growing season. In an open letter to the public, Monsanto has pledged to abandon all research using this suicide gene technology.

Major Updates in the Dangers of GMO’s

 

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Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods

Everything You HAVE TO KNOW about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods from Jeffrey Smith on Vimeo.

 

Bad Seed Danger of Genetically Modified Food

 

Hidden Dangers in Kids Meals Genetically Engineered Foods – Part 1

 

Hidden Dangers in Kids Meals Genetically Engineered Foods – Part 2

I am also adding this FREE Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you avoid these dangerous Genetically Modified Foods. The Non-GMO Shopping Guide is designed to help reclaim your right to know about the foods you are buying, and help you find and avoid GMO foods and ingredients. Use this in Good Health for you and your family. This is Guide is a Lifesaver and it can be easily printed. Please print and use this guide to protect you and your family. Here is another Color Coded Shopping Guide for your convenience.

 

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    I really like your blog!!! I did a similar one at my site under Frankenfoods. I would really like you to also post a blog there regarding this topic. People have to know what’s going on with GM foods. It’s unbelieveable how these greedy people are getting away with this!


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