Genetically Modified GMO Food, the Great
writes about the dangers of Genetically Modified Food in his book,”Seeds of Deception”. (18) This information about the health threat of genetically
modified food may be new to you, since there has been a cover up with media
censorship, and the suppression of key research scientists. Jeff Smith's book compiles 20 years of data
on the health risks of genetically modified foods. This data includes studies in which GMO food
is fed to laboratory animals resulting in thousands of sick, sterile and dead
laboratory animals. Also included is
data on human allergic reactions and toxicity from GMO foods. While American consumers remain oblivious,
genetic modification has already spread to 70% of the supermarket food supply,
mostly affecting corn, soy, cotton seed oil and canola oil. In spite of these obvious problems, the FDA
does not require labeling or safety testing of genetically modified food. This is an outrage.(1-6)
Above Left Image: Bacteria froming rod-like
shapes seen with SEM scanning electron microscope. GMOs, or Genetically
Modified Organisms look like this, as well.
Courtesy of Janice Haney Carr at the CDC (U.S. Center for Disease
the First Genetically Engineered Food Supplement
Tryptophan is an amino acid in our diet, and a
nutritional supplement. In 1984, a
Japanese Company named Showa Denko manufactured Tryptophan the new GMO way,
with genetically modified bacteria programmed to produce tryptophan. The programmed bacteria were “tweaked” so
much, they also produced foreign proteins that were totally new and unknown, a
form of undetected product contamination.
These foreign proteins caused a new disease called EMS (Eosinophilia
Myalgia Syndrome), leaving 37 people dead and thousands disabled. (45) On
November 11, 1989 the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) issued a
nationwide warning to discontinue sales of L-tryptophan after 30 potential
cases of EMS had been identified in New Mexico. (46) A lawsuit was eventually settled for 2
billion dollars which disclosed information that the company used bacterial
strains 5, 4 and 3 which were genetically engineered causing the EMS disease
outbreak between 1984 and 1989, caused by contaminants in the tryptophan
product inherent to the technique of genetic modification. Tryptophan was banned temporarily until Non-GMO
Tryptophan could be made available.(19)
Pusztai and Genetically Modified Potatoes
In 1995, a Hungarian Scientist working in Scotland
by the name of Arpad Pusztai and his 20 member team was given the job of
testing GMO food. Working in Scotland,
the team created a potato that was genetically modified to produce a protein
that was toxic to insects. Thus giving
the potato a built-in insecticide. However,
when lab rats were fed the genetically modified potatoes they developed health
problems such as "proliferative
hyperplastic growth of the rat small intestine leading to crypt
enlargement". In testimony to
Scottish Parliament, Dr Pusztai says, "Rats
fed GMO potatoes had interference in growth and development of some of their
vital organs, had changes in gut structure and function and reduced immune
responsiveness to injurious antigens. In
contrast, the animals fed on diets containing the parent, non-GMO-potatoes or
these potatoes supplemented with the gene product had no such effects."
When Arpad Pusztai went public on television
interviews with his data, he was promptly fired and silenced after a stellar 35
year career. He was later vindicated,
invited to speak before parliament, and published his study in Lancet, the most
extensive animal feeding study on GMO foods.
His work was credited with the banning of GMO food in Europe. (11-15)
Your GI Tract into a Toxic Factory
One common form of genetic modification for food
plants is intended to confer insect resistance.
This is commonly done by inserting a bacterial gene into the plant which
codes for a protein toxic to insects, such as the Bt gene from the Bacillus Thuringiensis
(BT). In 2004, Dr. Trudy Netherwood of
Newcastle University studied the fate of these ingested BT genes after human
ingestion of the GMO food. (40) However,
before even starting the study, Dr. Netherwood found copies of the BT plant
trans-genes already colonizing the gut bacteria of 3 of 7 human subjects. Apparently, these three human subjects had
already consumed food contaminated with GMO products, just like all the rest of
us trusting consumers.
We all have a few pounds of bacteria in our GI
tract, called “friendly bacteria”. After
a round of antibiotics which kills off this “friendly bacteria” in our colon,
we are often advised to consume probiotic capsules containing friendly bacteria
to replenish our supply. Genes from the
GMO food, such as the BT gene, are taken up by our “friendly bacteria”, which
in turn produce the toxic proteins inside of us. These proteins are not only the toxins and
pesticides coded by the BT gene, but also unpredictable and unexpected proteins
from the genetic manipulation. Thus, consuming
GMO food transforms our own GI tract into a toxic factory. An even greater problem arises for genes
coding for antibiotic resistance commonly spliced into plants during the GMO
manufacturing process. These antibiotic resistance genes are then incorporated
into our own gut bacteria. Thus we have
created a new race of super antibiotic resistant bacteria waiting for a chance
to cause an antibiotic resistant infection.(40-42)
To make matters worse, not only is the new genetic code
from GMO food incorporated into friendly gut bacteria, it is also incorporated
into the epithelial cells of the GI tract, and the liver. Dr. Netherwood's work
was confirmed in a 2006 study by Dr. Sharma in Alberta Canada who found that
transgenic DNA from Roundup Ready Canola Meal could be found in the gut
epithelial tissues of pigs eating the GMO meal.(41)
Rice and Grains of Hope - Vitamin A Gene Spliced into Rice
“Grains of Hope” was the cover story for the July
2000 issue of Time Magazine, highlighting genetically modified rice containing
a gene for Vitamin A.(24) Back in the
year 2000, I thought like everyone else this was a great thing. Rice lacks vitamin A, and impoverished people
of third world countries subsist on rice, many going blind from vitamin A
deficiency. On the surface, adding
Vitamin A to rice would potentially prevent tens of thousands of cases of
blindness. This was not to be. The Golden Rice was never approved for human
consumption, and was labeled by critics as a hoax which caused birth defects
and developmental anomalies.
Rice Called a Hoax
II clinical trials on children have been conducted with unapproved experimental
GM rice enhanced in pro-Vitamin A that has the potential to cause birth defects
and developmental abnormalities…The ‘golden rice’ project was a useless
application, a drain on public finance and a threat to health and biodiversity.
It is being promoted in order to salvage a morally as well as financially
bankrupt agricultural biotech industry, and is obstructing the essential shift
to sustainable agriculture that can truly improve the health and nutrition
especially of the poor in the Third World. This project should be terminated immediately
before further damage is done…The ‘golden rice’ possesses all the usual defects
of first generation transgenic plants plus multiple copies of the CaMV promoter
(Cauliflower Mosaic Virus) which we have strongly recommended withdrawing from
use on the basis of scientific evidence indicating this promoter to be
especially unsafe. A growing number of
scientists (318 scientists from 39 countries to-date) are calling for a global
moratorium on the environmental releases of GMOs until and unless they can be
shown to be safe.." quoted from Mae-Wan Ho and Joe Cummins.(25-27)
Dr. Vandana Shiva calls Golden Rice a HOAX, which will not increase vitamin A
consumption, and instead serves as a
Trojan Horse for the corporate take-over
of food production. She says:
"while the complicated technology transfer
package of "Golden Rice" will not solve vitamin A problems in India,
it is a very effective strategy for corporate takeover of rice production,
using the public sector as a Trojan horse." (38) (38A)
Pollution and Contamination of the Environment
Genetic engineering creates “genetic pollution”, an
uncontrolled spread of altered genetic information throughout the
environment. Once released, genetic
pollution cannot be recalled and is irreversible. The genetic contamination amplifies
throughout the environment and soon becomes dominant. This is another disturbing aspect of genetic
engineering. Unlike chemical pollution
which does not replicate and gradually degrades in the environment, the genetic
pollution replicates and amplifies throughout the plant and animal kingdom,
creating far-reaching unpredictable consequences on the genetic diversity, and
the number of species and varieties of organisms. We must stop genetic
pollution of the planet.
food should be avoided, as it is a health risk and causes genetic pollution
of the environment.
Monsanto and Piracy by Science
By far, the largest player in the GMO game is a
corporation called Monsanto. One of
their GMO products is “Round-Up Ready” Soybeans. These are genetically modified
soybeans which can tolerate large amounts of the herbicide Round-Up (also sold
by Monsanto). Monsanto, with its long
history of falsifying scientific studies, simply cannot be trusted. Monsanto’s GMO manipulation of our food
supply is a threat to our environment and the planet’s bio-diversity. In addition, by owning patents on GMO foods,
and seed, corporations like Monsanto could eventually own and control the
global food supply, and with it, all life on the planet. Clearly, this is a
misuse and abuse of science, and represents piracy of the highest order.
Pirate Flag of Jack Rackam, courtesy of
Countries Have Banned GMO Food
This information is changing daily. It is recommended that you do your own internet
search to obtain information on which countries currently allow GMO, and which
countries are banning GMO. Mexico
rejected GMO corn on October 2006. The following countries have banned or
restricted the import, distribution, sale, field trials and planting of
GMO’s: Algeria, Egypt, Sri Lanka,
Thailand, Japan, Philippines, The European Union, Norway, Austria, Germany
United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Brazil, Saudi
Arabia, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of
Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands,
Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, New
Zealand. In North America, Genetically
Modified foods are in widespread use throughout the U.S. Maryland has banned GMO fish, and North
Dakota and Montana have filed bans on GE wheat. The Municipalities of
Burlington, Vermont declared a moratorium on GE food. Boulder, Colorado has
banned GE crops, and the City and County of San Francisco urged the federal
government to ban GE food.
Associations Asked For Moratorium On GMO Food
In 2002, the British Medical Association asked for a Moratorium on GMO
Food, and on May 8, 2009, the American
Academy of Environmental Medicine statement asked for a moratorium on GMO
food, independent safety testing and
labeling of GM foods, and urged the
public to avoid GMO food.
Need a Moratorium on GMO Food
Even though genetic modification of food is
inherently unsafe, FDA regulations require no safety testing or labeling. In many animal feeding studies, consuming GMO
food renders the animals diseased, sterile or dead. GMO feeding studies with human subjects
reveal diseases such as EMS (Eosinophilia Myalgia), as well as allergic and
toxic reactions to the ingested genetically modified foods. (45-46) Current biotech methods are crude and create
totally new and unexpected genes and proteins which serve as toxins, allergens
and cause diseases in humans and animals.
The animal and human studies which show harmful effects of GMO foods
have been suppressed, and the scientists fired and persecuted, such as the case
of Arpad Pusztai.(36-37)
Labeling of GMO Foods
Already 70% of food in stores is bioengineered, but
not labeled as such. Labeling of
genetically modified food (currently NOT DONE) should be mandated. Consumers have the right to know and need to
know which products contain genetically modified foods.
Modification Creates A New Drug
Genetic engineering of plants used as human food, in fact, creates a new
drug. Genetically modified plants,
grains, foods are not substantially equivalent to anything and are in fact new
drugs, and as such, require the same scrutiny as any other new drug. FDA procedures already in place mandate
process called an IND application, which is an application for an (IND) Investigational
New Drug. This involves extensive animal
and human safety studies. Any
genetically modified food should be regulated by the FDA as a new drug.
Court Ruling Should be Overturned
It was a gross error for the Supreme Court to grant
a patent for a living organism in 1980 (Diamond vs. Chakrabarty) for oil eating
bacteria, which was then extended to all plant and animal life. (47) This ruling needs to be re-examined and
overturned. This 1980 Supreme Court
Decision (Diamond vs. Chakrabarty) is a misinterpretation of the patent laws
passed by Congress. Therefore it is
imperative that Congress clarify the patent laws by performing a review of
previous patent legislation such as the 1930 Plant Patent Act and 1970 Plant
Variety Protection Act. Congress must
then pass patent law revisions and/or new patent laws which mandates that
living organisms cannot be patented.
Manufacturers Must be Held Liable for Genetic Pollution of the Environment
Similar to the way chemical companies are held
accountable and liable for chemical pollution of the environment, manufacturers
of genetically modified plants and animals must be held accountable and liable
for genetic pollution of the environment. Genetic pollution from GMO causes far
reaching irreversible damage to the environment, as well as economic loss for
farmers. The environmental protection
agency and the civil courts must play a role here.
Litigation for GMO Food
On August 2004, Aventis settled a class-action
lawsuit and paid farmers 110 million dollars for genetic contamination of farmer’s
fields with the Aventis Starlink™ Corn. A separate settlement paid 9 million
dollars to consumers who had health problems from consuming the genetically
modified Starlink corn. The courts
considered the GMO Starlink™ Corn a "public nuisance", and this
ruling was enough to cause Aventis to abandon its next GMO product, the Liberty
Link™ Soybean. I predict that class
action liability litigation against GMO Foods will increase, and become the
next great bonanza for lawyers.
Court Strikes Down USDA Approval for GMO Food as Illegal
Federal Court rules in three cases that GMO foods
were illegally approved by USDA, violating the endangered species act and
environmental policy act. Past approvals
were ruled illegal.
1) In Hawaii, a federal
district judge in Hawaii ruled in August 2006 that the USDA violated the
Endangered Species Act as well as the National Environmental Policy Act in
allowing drug-producing GM crops to be cultivated throughout Hawaii, without
even an impact study. The USDA illegally
approved GMO release into the wild without an environmental impact study on
effect of horizontal gene transfer on endangered plant species.
2) February 2007,
federal judge Harold Kennedy ruled that the USDA must halt approval of all new
field trials until more rigorous environmental reviews are conducted. USDA's
past GMO approvals was ruled illegal.
3) Feb 2007, a Federal
Court ruled that Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa had been approved for
commercial release illegally, because there had been no Environment Impact
Science for Piracy and Robbery:
for Living Organisms Based on Erroneous Supreme Court Ruling
A patent means that the patent holder has ownership
rights and the right to collect royalties.
Patents on living organisms were illegal until 1980 when an unprecedented
US Supreme Court decision (Diamond vs. Chakrabarty) allowed a patent for
genetically modified bacteria used for “eating” oil spills. (47) Lawyers and judges are not trained in science
and have limited understanding, so it is not surprising that this Supreme Court
ruling was a mistake and a result failure to understand the science. This unprecedented ruling is a disaster and
should be overturned as soon as possible.
Perhaps a better approach would be for Congress to pass new patent laws
which clearly state unequivocally and with no exceptions, that living organisms
cannot be patented.
Patents Revoke Our Inalienable Right to Life
The signers of the Declaration of Independence
deemed it a "self evident truth" that all men are "endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights". (48) These rights are life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness, and these rights cannot be taken away, violated, or
transferred. They are the most fundamental set of human rights, as the basic
necessity of our human survival. Food is
life, so therefore, included in these inalienable rights is the right to
sustain life by planting and harvesting crops for food. In order to fully exercise these inalienable
rights, and as a basic necessity for survival, the individual has the
inalienable right to the free and open use of the natural plant and animal
world, also known as farming. GMO
Patents which grant corporate ownership of seed stock and living organisms
revokes these inalienable human rights to life, and grants ownership to
Monsanto. This is unethical, immoral and
expressly prohibited by our Constitution.
This ruling must be overturned.
There can be no patent for Life because Life is not an invention of man;
Life is an invention of the Creator given to man as an inalienable Right.
Not Buy GMO Foods, Consumer Sentiment Will Result in a Ban
As more and more people learn about the dangers
posed by GMO food, the consumer avoidance pressures the food industry which
then stops buying and stocking GMO products.
Consumer avoidance has forced Gerber's Baby Food to remove GMO from
their baby food products. Consumer
avoidance in Europe forced most of Europe to ban GMO foods. In order to avoid buying GMO food, buy and consume
Organic Food which is non-GMO. Avoid
Soy, Corn, Cotton Seed and Canola products which are all GMO.
For references and links, see my web site: www.bioidenticalhormones101.com
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