Sick of being sick? Fight GMO’S!
To all PAN members
“X” here. I took this valuable information from one Doug Hill who represents an independent research group called the Laissez Faire Club. I edited this article for content, as it is an ad for their monthly publication, Laissez Faire Letter. Much of the enlarged font is my emphasis, though some is as contained in their ad.
They are fighting Obama, the FDA, the Federal Reserve… and all their accomplices in Washington who continue to obfuscate the evidence and support Monsanto’s GMO program.
This insidious agribusiness must be stopped.
It corroborates much of the info I obtain from a consumer group Organic Consumers Association, – AKA Organic Bytes- whose reports I’ve blogged on PWE.
Here is an excerpt from a post I made on Dec 31st 2013:
2014 is shaping up to be a decisive year for the future of food and farming. Grassroots activists are gearing up for new legislative battles, including state GMO labeling laws and county bans on growing genetically engineered crops. Meanwhile the multinational food corporations last month raised the stakes in the ongoing David vs. Goliath battle by petitioning the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to allow companies to continue to label or market products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as “natural.” And all signs point to efforts by industry and the FDA to float either voluntary, or watered-down mandatory GMO labeling laws that would take away states’ rights to impose strict GMO labeling laws, and also exempt a large percentage of GMO ingredients from labeling. [For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Genetic Engineering page, and our Millions Against Monsanto page. ]
Below is Doug Hill‘s Whistleblowing article:
You Can Either Take Action or Continue to Trust Big Seed Companies and the FDA.
Did you know that Monsanto has a long history of deceiving the public just to make money?
This is the same company that said its chemical PCB was safe.
You may have heard about the scandal in Anniston, Alabama. For nearly 40 years, Monsanto routinely dumped a toxic chemical called PCB into the town’s landfill and creek.
Those who lived closest to the Monsanto plant got cancer and liver problems.
While the company told the public PCB was safe, internal memos showed the company knew it was highly toxic.
Thousands of pages of company documents – many containing warnings such as “CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy” — show that for decades, the company concealed what it did and what it knew.
In 1975, for example, a company study found that PCBs caused tumors in rats. They ordered its conclusion changed from “slightly tumorigenic” to “doesn’t appear to be cause cancer.”
In one of the internal memos, one of the managers justified the company’s despicable actions by saying “we can’t afford to lose one dollar of business.”
No wonder Monsanto is known as “the most evil corporation in the world.” They have proved time and time again that no price is too high to pay when it comes to achieving their profit goals… even when the price is that of human lives.
And that’s not the only example.
The company has also sold other highly toxic products, such as Agent Orange, DDT, and Aspartame. And the company said they were all safe for humans.
But today, Agent Orange and DDT are outlawed due to the massive damage they cause to human life. Agent Orange, for example, has killed and maimed an estimated 400,000 people and lead to 500,000 birth defects.
And scientific research has linked Aspartame to birth defects, cancer, diabetes, emotional disorders and seizures.
Today, Monsanto is the leader in genetically modified seeds. And they say GM food is safe.
Given their track record, I wouldn’t trust them if I were you.
Why gamble with your and your family’s health when there are so many other alternatives to the potentially toxic goods of the big agricultural firms?
And remember… if you trust the FDA, you’re essentially putting your trust in these companies.
The food we’re eating may be causing us and our loved ones to die early deaths, despite having some of the world’s best health care.
Despite all the evidence and the growing concerns of genetically engineered crops, government officials continue to rubber stamp their approval.
In other words, you shouldn’t expect anyone in the government to ensure the safety of your food…
Because our food supply is under control of cronies… giant food corporations that dominate food and farm policy at the White House, USDA, FDA, and EPA.
And all they care about is making money. They don’t give a damn about your health.
We Don’t Even Have the Right to
Know What’s In Our Food
For years, polls have shown that about 93% of Americans support the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms.
But the biotech industry, with the help of the FDA, has decided that we don’t need to know when there are potentially harmful ingredients in our food. So, GM foods are not required to carry identifying labels.
We are being denied the fundamental right to know what’s in our food – a right that more than 50 other nations, including China and Russia, offer their citizens.
It’s estimated that 70% of processed foods contains genetically modified organisms. But because of the lack of labels, Americans have no clue.
By keeping us completely in the dark, these GMO companies are essentially controlling our diet.
As a result, millions of American infants, children and adults are unknowingly consuming potentially dangerous food products each day.
Americans get sick more often than Europeans and people in other industrialized countries.
And since the mid-1990s, the number of Americans suffering from chronic diseases, such as heart disease, asthma, cancerand diabetes, has nearly doubled.
America’s infant mortality has increased and life span has plunged.
Why is this happening? What has changed over the last two decades that could possibly explain this huge downward spiral in the health of our nation?
Well, one thing definitely changed in the mid-1990s: the food we eat.
A little over twenty years ago, scientists started tinkering with our food supply, taking genes from one species and forcing it into the DNA of other species…
Creating new organisms that did not exist in nature… organisms that are now part of the majority of the food we eat.
I’m talking about crops that have been genetically engineered to either produce their own pesticides or withstand mega doses of herbicides.
They came with the promise they would increase crop yields and profits. So, many in the farm community welcomed this innovation.
As a result, starting in 1996, these genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, spread rapidly through U.S. fields.
This was also a big bonanza for the biotech firms that developed these crops.
You see, genetically engineered seeds are patentable. So the companies that develop these seeds can have total control of the market. This represents billions in sales.
For example, take a look at a company named Monsanto. With a 90% market share, it dominates the GMO industry.
And farmers who purchase Monsanto’s patented GMO seeds have to sign a contract. This agreement forbids farmers from keeping any new seed produced by the crop for the following year, or even saving leftover seeds.
In other words, farmers must agree to use the seeds for one-time only. This basically ensures a perpetual stream of cash flow for the company because farmers will have to buy new seeds every year.
It was a win-win situation for the farmers and biotech firms. The farmers get bigger crops that can grow in any conditions. The biotech firms make money selling their seeds.
And boy, did it produce profits…
Take a look at this chart of Monsanto’s share price over the past 15 years…
A lot of people got very rich, and very powerful selling these genetically modified crops. There’s a lot of money at stake here.
According to new scientific evidence, these genetically modified crops may be extremely dangerous to our families.
And just like people used to smoke cigarettes because they had no idea it could kill them, most Americans today are eating this food because they are unaware of the risks.
They do it because government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (or FDA), have said these genetically modified crops are safe.
But can we trust them?
The FDA has actually never conducted any studies on humans to prove this food is safe.
In other words, this government agency has intentionally unleashed a host of potentially harmful foods onto American dinner tables.
I know this may be hard to believe…
But 44,000 pages of internal memos from the FDA show its own scientists agreed that GMOs could create unpredictable, unsafe, and hard-to-detect allergens, toxins, diseases, and nutritional problems.
The Secret Killer in Your Food
About 80% of your immune system resides in your gut.
The gut is the main interface between our body and any kind of food.
So, if for any reason, your body sees food as an alien object, something that cannot be found in nature…
Your immune system might attack it, creating an inflammatory reaction. In other words, inflammation flares up whenever your body feels threatened.
Well, it turns out…. Since 1996, when GM foods were introduced into our diet, several digestive disorders related to gut inflammation have skyrocketed. [ABOVE GRAPHS]
Is this just a coincidence? Well, think about this for a moment…
Scientists have changed the gene sequence of some of the food we eat, making it a foreign object… So it shouldn’t be a surprise that our immune system might be reacting to this new kind of food, causing inflammation.
And that’s a big deal because the health damages can go well beyond diseases related to digestion.
Inflammation has been linked to a number of health problems.
In fact, recent medical research shows that hidden inflammation, the kind that originates in your gut, is at the root of ALL chronic illness we experience – conditions like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia, depression, cancer, and even autism.
Maybe that explains why autism has increased 600% since GM foods came on the market… or why the number of Americans with diabetes has nearly tripled in the past two decades…
That’s why TIME magazine has called inflammation “the secret killer”. According to the magazine,
“It destabilizes cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries, leading to heart attacks and potentially even strokes.”
“It chews up nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. It may even foster the proliferation of abnormal cells and facilitate their transformation into cancer.”
“In other words, chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of middle and old age.”
Inflammation happens for a reason… it happens when a bacterium or toxin or some other irritant triggers an immune response.
Several studies have shown that genetically modified food is triggering that response.
Dr. P. M. Bhargava, one of the world’s top biologists, has reviewed 600 scientific journals. He concluded that GM foods in the US are largely responsible for the increase in many serious diseases.
Dr. Robin Bernhoft, a Harvard-trained doctor and director of the Bernhoft Center for Advanced Medicine in Ojai, California, has found that patient health improves when GM foods are removed from their diet.
Dr. Miguel Gonzalez, a physician in California, believes that “genetically modified foods are causing inflammation of the bowel.”
Research from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine states that
“several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysfunction, accelerated aging, dysfunction of cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen
and gastrointestinal system.”
Many scientists believe that GM food is what’s triggering inflammation.
And if you don’t address that properly, you may end up with coronary artery disease, arthritis, cancer and other chronic illnesses.
We’ve All Become Unwitting Guinea Pigs In
An Experiment of Massive Proportions
Take soybeans, for example.
Scientists took genes from bacteria and inserted into the DNA of soy, creating a new kind of crop that can withstand mega doses of an herbicide called Roundup.
They call it Roundup-ready soy… and it accounts for 94% of soybeans in the U.S.
So, farmers can spray these crops as often as they like. The herbicide will kill all weeds, but leave the soy plants intact.
This is great because the farmers who buy Roundup-ready soy also have to buy Roundup, which is the company’s best-selling herbicide.
As you can probably imagine, this scheme is very lucrative for biotech companies.
The only problem is that new studies show that GM soy can be dangerous to your health.
You might say “but I don’t eat a lot of soy products, so what’s the big deal?”
Well, did you know soy is in a thousand places we might never expect it, usually in the form of “vegetable oil”? You’ll find it in salad dressings, soups, and imitation meat products.
In fact, if you or anyone in your family eats any kind of processed food, such as cereals, cookies, cakes, chips, crackers, muffins, mac n’ cheese, chicken nuggets, it’s very likely you’re eating genetically modified soy.
And numerous studies with animals have showed that…
It Can Cause Damage in the Liver,
Lung, and Pancreas
UK scientists at the York Nutritional Laboratory have linked GM soy to digestion problems, headache, lethargy, acne, and eczema. And they sounded the alarm saying that their findings “provide real evidence that GM food could have a tangible, harmful impact on the human body.”
And a human study from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences said that parts of the altered gene in GM soy went on to live in our gut. The study concluded this has the potential to change our immune system in unpredictable ways.
Dr. John Boyles, an allergy specialist from Ohio, says “GM soy is so dangerous that I tell people never to eat it.”
Even babies are at risk…
Because soy is used in 25% of all baby formulas in the US. Dr. Daniel Sheehan, a toxicologist formerly with the FDA, has warned that infants who drink this formula are part of a “large, uncontrolled and basically unmonitored human infant experiment.”
One easy step you can take is to avoid processed or packaged foods.
You see, aside from soybeans, in the U.S., 90% of sugar beets and 88% of corn are also genetically modified.
These items are basic components of pretty much everything you can find in a grocery store. So, every time you or your family eat processed or packaged food, there’s a good chance you’re taking a bite of a GM ingredient.
You Could Be Eating a
Dangerous Toxin Every Day
Just like soy, corn also seems to be everywhere. High-fructose corn syrup lurks in foods that don’t seem “corny” to us: candy, breads, ketchup, granola bars, and even English muffins.
While soy has been genetically modified to withstand herbicides, corn has been genetically modified to produce its own insecticide.
Scientists took genes from a bacterium that produces an insecticide and inserted it into corn. With that new genetic material, the corn can produce its own bacterial toxins, called Bt protein.
It’s a toxin that’s design to break open the stomach of insects that try to eat the corn. So, the corn’s cells produce a toxic protein that kills bugs.
The crop itself is the pesticide.
When I discovered this information, the first thing that came to my mind was…
“Wait a second… if this toxin destroys the insect’s gut, could it do the same to me and my family?”
According to the FDA, this corn is safe. They say Bt protein is toxic only to insects. But there’s new evidence that shows Bt protein could damage humans as well.
A recent study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences concluded that GM corn damages the liver and kidneys.
The Journal of Hematology Diseases published research showing that it destroys red blood cells, disrupt blood clotting and cause organ degeneration and tissue damage in mice.
Joe Cummins, Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Western Ontario, has also concluded that the Bt toxin could damage the small intestine.
And UK’s Institute of Science in Society has said that Bt “kills human kidney cells” and that its approval was based on “inadequate safety assessments.”
No wonder genetically modified corn is already outlawed in Hungary, Austria, Germany, Greece, and Luxembourg.
But Americans are unknowingly consuming this Bt toxin every single time they eat something that has GM corn in it.