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    19 Studies Link GMO Foods to Organ Disruption
    Posted By Dr. Mercola | April 27 2011

    A new paper demonstrates that consuming genetically modified (GM) food leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice. Researchers reviewed data from 19 studies and found that parameters including blood and urine biochemistry and organ weights were significantly disrupted in the GM-fed animals.

    The kidneys of males were the most affected, experiencing 43.5 percent of all the changes. The livers of females followed at more than 30 percent. Other organs may have been affected too, including the heart and spleen, and blood cells.

    According to the Institute for Responsible Technology:

    "The GM soybean and corn varieties used in the feeding trials 'constitute 83 percent of the commercialized GMOs' that are currently consumed by billions of people. While the findings may have serious ramifications for the human population, the authors demonstrate how a multitude of GMO-related health problems could easily pass undetected through the superficial and largely incompetent safety assessments that are used around the world."

    Further, the biotechnology firm Monsanto is only an FDA approval away from its latest monstrosity -- soybeans that have been genetically modified to produce omega-3 fats. That FDA approval is expected this year.

    Monsanto plans to include GM soybean oil in every product it can -- baked goods, baking mixes, breakfast cereals, cheeses, frozen dairy desserts, pasta, gravies and sauces, fruit juices, snack foods, candy, soups, and more.

    According to Forbes:

    "Monsanto is so despised by environmentalists that Google's first suggested search term for the St. Louis company is 'Monsanto evil.' Readers ... voted Monsanto the world's most evil corporation in a January poll, giving the corporation a whopping 51 percent of the vote."

    Scientists have also introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows in a process that they say will cause the cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk. They believe that this could provide an alternative to formula milk for babies.

    Critics of GM technology questioned the safety of milk from genetically modified animals, and also its potential effect on the cattle's health.

    According to the Telegraph:

    "The researchers used cloning technology to introduce human genes into the DNA of Holstein dairy cows before the genetically modified embryos were implanted into surrogate cows ... [T]he researchers said they were able to create cows that produced milk containing a human protein called lysozyme."

    In the latest review of genetically modified organisms (GMO) -- an analysis of 19 animal studies -- it was revealed that nearly 10 percent of blood, urine, organ and other parameters tested were significantly influenced by GMOs, with the liver and kidneys faring the worst.

    The studies involved animals fed GM soy and corn, which comprise more than 80 percent of all GMOs cultivated on a large scale, and exist in virtually every processed food sold in the United States.

    Clearly the danger posed by GM crops is no longer theoretical, yet because GM foods are patented inventions that are protected under copyright and proprietary information laws, the corporations controlling the seeds only allow them to be studied under very limited conditions.

    Rarely (if ever) do they permit them to be studied for safety by anyone but the USDA (who hasn't yet seen the need to conduct rigorous long-term studies), and rarely are they studied beyond 30 or 90 days.

    The GM Foods You're Eating Have Only Been Studied for 90 Days – at Most!

    As Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology states:

    "Only two studies reviewed in this new publication were over 90 days—both were non-industry research."

    In order to obtain the raw data from the 90-day studies, the researchers had to take court actions and make official requests, and the results suggested that the beginnings of chronic disease may have been starting in the animals' liver and kidneys. What would have occurred in six months, a year or five years down the line remains unknown, as the studies have never been done.

    The researchers noted:

    "The 90-day-long tests are insufficient to evaluate chronic toxicity, and the signs highlighted in the kidneys and livers could be the onset of chronic diseases. However, no minimal length for the tests is yet obligatory for any of the GMOs cultivated on a large scale, and this is socially unacceptable in terms of consumer health protection."

    Further, when the data was reviewed in its entirety, the researchers found serious cause for concern that appeared to be overlooked by regulatory authorities:

    "Some of these tests used controversial protocols which are discussed and statistically significant results that were considered as not being biologically meaningful by regulatory authorities, thus raising the question of their interpretations."

    Given the obvious organ disruption that occurred in animals fed GM corn and soy for just 30-90 days, it is downright terrifying to think about what might happen to humans who eat these foods for a lifetime. The researchers state outright what the regulatory agencies have failed to acknowledge:

    "We can conclude, from the regulatory tests performed today, that it is unacceptable to submit 500 million Europeans and several billions of consumers worldwide to the new pesticide GM-derived foods or feed, this being done without more controls (if any) than the only 3-month-long toxicological tests and using only one mammalian species, especially since there is growing evidence of concern.

    This is why we propose to improve the protocol of the 90-day studies to 2-year studies with mature rats."

    Why You Need to Think Twice Before Eating GMOs http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...isruption.aspx
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    No Surprise there. We will see a whole new world of health problems in the population down the road. I think most food being exported now is also GMO.

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    Default Discerning GMOs (if it's 9, it's fine)

    Discerning GMOs (if it's 9, it's fine)

    The Meaning Of The PLU First Digit On Fresh Produce

    8 The product is definitely genetically modified (G.M.O.), and almost any chemical may have been used on it, at any time. It is a toxic Frankenfood. Please boycott whichever company is producing it.
    3 The product is likely genetically modified (G.M.O.), and almost any chemical may have been used on it, at any time.
    4 The product was 'conventionally grown' with synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides. Make note that there is a new generation of pesticides cannot be washed off (reference episode 5 of The Heath Wyze Report); because these pesticides are fed to the roots, and infuse into every cell of the plant. These 'conventionally grown' foods have approximately 1/10th of the nutritional value of equivalent organic produce, and are significantly less flavorful.
    9 This is the highest quality produce, the most nutritious, the most natural, and the most safe. The product is organic (non-G.M.O.), and it was grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or any chemicals whatsoever. These are truly all-natural. When you see a PLU number beginning with 9, think purity and extremely high nutritional value. For example, an apple with a PLU of 9 will be more nutritious than a bowl of PLU 4 spinach.
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    Default Monsanto GMO Food

    Over Two Million Marched Against Monsanto

    At least 200.000 were expected, more than 2.000.000 turned out to protest against the biotech transnational Monsanto.

    Christof Lehmann (nsnbc),- In Saturday 25 and an estimated 200.000 activists uder the umbrella of “March Against Monsanto” were expected to rally against Monsanto. Over two million people worldwide have marched in a campaign that spans six continents, 52 nations and 436 cities.

    The transnational biotechnology colossus is among other accused of genetically engineering agriculture and food while ignoring the potentially lethal ramifications, the risks for the environment, the devastating consequences for local farmers and communities, and the devastating social consequences.

    March Against Monsanto has taken the initiative to raise awareness about the lack of action from national governments and activists have prepared protest marches in major cities, including Berlin, Brussel, Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Montral, Moscow, New York, Paris and many other major cities. The main focus will be on the lack of government action and the demand to ban Genetically Engineered and Genetically Modified Organisms.

    Networking among grassroots organizations, among other with the help of social media, helped the initially small grassroots initiative to develop into a global campaign and manifestation with over two million people protesting.

    March Against Monsanto director Nick Bernabe stated, that genetically engineered food could affect everybody, even the apathetic: “
    What we’re trying to do is bring awareness to GMOs and the health effects that they’re causing and bring about some solutions about what people can do to take back their food supply,” he said.

    Monsanto, who recently has described current research into GMO crops as inconclusive, is engaged in a global lobbying campaign so as to being able to continue with the manufacturing of laboratory-made foods without governmental oversight.

    In March 2013 the U.S. Congress has passed a biotechnology rider which was dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act”. The legislation effectively allows Monsanto and other corporations that use GMOs to plant and sell genetically altered products even if legal action is being taken against them. Effectively this means, that the U.S. Congress has given Monsanto and others card blanche to largely ignore the country´s judiciary.

    Prior to the adoption of the “Monsanto protection Act” the U.S. Department of Agriculture had oversight over the companies and it either approved or denied the testing of genetically modified seeds. Also prior to the adoption of the “Monsanto Protection Act” by the U.S. Congress the U.S. Federal Courts retained the authority to halt the testing or sale of genetically modified plants if the courts reasoned that there could be a danger to the public health.

    The Monsanto protection Act was co-authored by Missouri Senator Roy Blunt who reportedly has received thousands of dollars from Monsanto for crafting the language of the Monsanto protection Act. Being by far the largest agribusiness worldwide, Monsanto is known for having invested millions into lobbying as well as into lawsuits against farmers, or governments.

    In the case of the Protect Monsanto Act, co-authored by Senator Roy Blunt, Monsanto could hardly have been more blunt with its openness about how the transnational corporation uses its economic muscle to bias or bribe legislators.

    According to Food & Water Watch, the relationship between Monsanto and the U.S. government extends even beyond congress and the Supreme Court. According to Food & Water Watch, communications which were uncovered by WikiLeaks, the U.S- State Department actively lobbies foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology legislation and lobbies to improve the image of biotechnology while challenging commonsense biotechnology safeguards and rules. This lobbying of the U.S. State Department includes lobbying against opposition to genetically engineered food and food labeling laws.

    The organizers of the protests have accused Monsanto of going on the offensive by planting false statements on social media, such as the one that the protest marches would not be held.

    The organizers are also accusing Monsanto of having infiltrated social media groups and pages with so-called Trolls or Debunkers in an effort to derail a constructive dialog, to deflect attention, to spread disinformation and misinformation and so forth.

    Tom Canal, who is one of the administrators of the March Against Monsanto´s Facebook page said:

    “Events are disappearing, posts are being put on city events pages that say events are being cancelled”. The Organic Pepper Blog states, “In no way, shape or form, has any event been cancelled. I believe Monsanto is behind this. Some of the people on the page that are commenting have newly made profiles and seemingly those profiles were made strictly to cause problems and get a rise out of our participants on the page.”

    While mainstream media have largely ignored the initiative, the March Against Monsanto activists have, through social networking and independent media, achieved that 200.000 activists were expected and over 2 million turned out to March Against Monsanto on Saturday.

    The March Against Monsanto initiative has outlined a number of demands, solutions and goals which they are advocating. These include, the labeling of GE/GMO, so that consumers more easily can make informed decisions, a demand for further scientific research on the health effects of GE/GMOs and the demand of taking into the streets to show the world and Monsanto that the people won´t take injustices quietly.

    Information about where and when the protests are being held, and a wealth of other information can be accessed at the ” March Against Monsanto Website “.

    Source: http://nsnbc.me/2013/05/24/hundreds-...inst-monsanto/

    Related articles:

    Cancer of Corruption, Seeds of Destruction: The Monsanto GMO Whitewash
    Death of the Birds and the Bees Across America
    Most Nations in the World Have No GMO-Free Platform To Protect Their Citizens

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    Exclusive: Facebook censors pictures of children rallying against GMOs during global March Against Monsanto

    (NaturalNews) In one of the most devastating acts of destruction of its own credibility, Facebook engaged in yet more censorship of Free Speech with the suspending of an account that posted a photo of children rallying against Monsanto during today's global March Against Monsanto.

    The picture shows two children of Natural News reader Andrea Lalama. They are carrying hand-drawn signs that read:

    "ORGANIC FOOD It's My Medicine - Label GMOs - Say NO to GMO"



    After this picture was shared on Facebook by Natural News, Andrea's account was immediately suspended. Facebook displayed a message on her account which read (see screen capture, below):

    "FACEBOOK: You have been restricted from Interacting With Pages until Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 6:47pm."

    At this point, Andrea can only re-post other people's content but is disallowed from posting her own content. Why? Because children with signs are obviously very, very dangerous to the establishment.
    See the photo of two children that Facebook says is "abusive"

    Here's the photo of the children that caused Facebook to suspend her account:

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040484_Fa...#ixzz2UYVeL9DX

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    Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields

    Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods.

    Planetsave reports:

    Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added.

    Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary. The checks will continue despite the fact that seek traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.

    During the invesigation, controllers have found Pioneer Monsanto products among the seeds planted.

    The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds.

    With season already under way, it is too late to sow new seeds, so this year’s harvest has been lost.

    And to make things even worse for the farmers, the company that distributed the seeds in Baranya county is under liquidation. Therefore, if any compensation is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to that company’s creditors, rather than the farmers


    Poland Becomes The 8th EU Nation To Ban Monsanto Maize


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    Good for them.
    "The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger." (Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 8. No.135)

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    I am pleased to say I don't buy any of those products.
    "The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger." (Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 8. No.135)

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    Are GMOs Safe?

    While many studies claim no correlation to any health issues with GMO consumption, there are a number of studies that do show frightening correlations including multi-organ damage and reproductive disruption. The serious health risks are becoming harder to dismiss.

    How to Avoid GMOs

    It’s not easy. It is estimated that 60 to 70 percent of processed food contains a GMO ingredient, according to the Colorado State University Extension.

    As for produce, buying organic is one very good way to avoid GMOs. There are times when organic crops have been contaminated, but for the most part, buying organic keeps you free of genetically modified foods. We prefer to purchase most of our food from local farmer’s markets where we can get to know the farmers. Besides growing it yourself, local farmer’s markets are typically the best way to get the freshest, healthiest produce. And buy heirloom produce as much as possible! It’s funny looking, but much healthier and much tastier! Read The Difference Between Heirlooms, Hybrids, and GMOs for more information on heirlooms.
    Another way to avoid GMOs is to avoid the foods that are most often genetically modified.

    What Foods are Genetically Modified?

    Corn, soybeans, cotton (for oil), canola (also a source of oil), squash, papaya, and sugar beets, which are refined into sugar. There’s also GMO alfalfa, but that is used for animal feed, not for sprouts that people eat. That leaves quite a lot of your garden untouched.

    GMO versions of tomatoes, potatoes, and rice have been created and approved by government regulators, but they aren’t commercially available.

    GM Corn

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 70 percent of corn grown in the United States has been genetically engineered. The two most common genetically modified corn are BT and herbicide resistant corn. BT corn is genetically altered to contain the bacterial Bt toxin, an insecticide. Herbicide resistant corn varieties are resistant to glyphosate herbicides, Liberty and Roundup. Now fourteen countries grow herbicide-resistant GM corn.

    Corn hybrids have been marketed with tolerance to imidazoline herbicides under the trademark “Clearfield.” Not to be confused with GMOs, the herbicide-tolerance trait was bred into the corn by using a tissue culture selection and the chemical mutagen ethyl methanesulfonate.

    For those who eat a conventional, modern diet, GM corn is seems to be in everything! It’s prevalent in most processed foods. Look out for the following ingredients which are either made directly from GM corn, or are processed using GM corn:

    • Artificial Sweeteners (many are derived from corn in one way or another)
    • Artificial Flavors
    • Ascorbic Acid (most vitamin C is made from GMO corn)
    • Caramel Color
    • Citrate (Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Citrate, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate)
    • Corn Meal
    • Corn Oil
    • Corn Starch
    • Corn Syrup
    • Decyl Glucoside (body care products like shampoo)
    • Dextrin
    • Glucose
    • High Fructose Corn Syrup
    • Honey (High fructose corn syrup is often fed to bees to increase production. In addition, honey is often mixed with corn syrup by unscrupulous companies). Lactic Acid (often made using corn fermentation)
    • Maltodextrin
    • Modified Food Starch
    • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) (often made from corn)
    • Natural Flavors
    • Sodium
    • Vitamin E (Tocopherols)
    • Xanthan Gum
    • Xylitol

    And believe it or not, this is an incomplete list. As you may have figured out, this means breads, cereals, baby foods, baby formulas, sauces (ketchup, BBQ sauce, etc.) veggies burgers, soy cheese, protein powders, supplements, candies, instant dinners, peanut butters, pastas, and even hospital IV’s are likely to contain genetically modified corn. Almost anything packaged! This is one of many reasons to prepare your own food and avoid anything processed.

    Even organic corn has been shown to be contaminated by pollination. The farther away non GMO corn is from GMO corn fields, the less likely it will be contaminated, but it seems to be spreading.

    GM Soy

    The first genetically modified soybeans were planted in the United States in 1996. Now, more than 93% of soybeans the United States produces are genetically modified, according to the USDA. GM soybeans are planted all over the world. The most commonly used GM soybeans are Roundup Ready soybeans. Soybeans have natural protection against pests. But weeds are a major problem for farmers growing soy. Roundup Ready soybeans possess a gene, agrobacterium sp. strain CP4, a bacteria, that causes the soybean to be herbicide resistance. Now the farmers can spray massive amounts of herbicides onto the crop fields without harming the soybeans.

    Fortunately, since soy is well known to cause severe allergic reactions in people (and we suspect that the number of people allergic to soy is on the rise partly due to the GM soy), it’s fairly common that packaged foods are labeled as having soy, or being processed in facilities that also process soy. But there are lots of food manufactures who do not label soy or that use soy and label it under a different name. Below is a list of both common names for soy and ingredients that are often derived from or contain soy. So watch out for these ingredients:

    • Daidzéine
    • Edamame
    • Estrogène Végétal
    • Fermented Soy
    • Flavoring (including natural and artificial)
    • Génistéine
    • Glycine
    • High Protein Flour (possibly)*
    • Hydrolyzed Plant, Soy or Vegetable Protein*
    • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
    • Isoflavens
    • Isoflavone
    • Isolated Soy Protein
    • Isolated Soybean Protein
    • Kinnoko Flour
    • Kyodofu (freeze dried tofu)
    • Lecithin
    • Legume
    • Many vegetable broths
    • Miso
    • MSG
    • Natto
    • Phytoestrogen
    • Phytosterol
    • Plant Esters
    • Plant Estrogen
    • Shoyu
    • Shoyu sauce
    • Soja
    • Soya
    • Stanol
    • Sterol
    • Tamari
    • Tempeh
    • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
    • Tofu
    • Vitamin E
    • Xanthan Gum

    GMO soy is found in pastries, infant formulas, supplements, protein powders, cereals, vitamin E, bread, cheese, dough, candy… Once again, pretty much anything and everything processed and packaged as convenient food.

    Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

    While scientists are beginning to genetically modify animals, the current problem with GMOs from meat comes from the foods we feed our livestock.

    Chickens, cows, and pigs (as well as many “free range” livestock) are fed genetically modified corn and soy. You are what you eat (and drink, and are injected with). So conventional meat, eggs, and dairy are essentially made up of GMO corn and soy.

    Farmers who want to avoid genetically modified feed often purchase corn and soy feed that is labeled GMO free. But the feed is often contaminated with GMOs. Even organic animal feed is not free from contamination! In 2006 Albert Straus, owner of the Straus Family, wanted to make sure the food he was producing was completely free of genetically modified foods. He made the decision to test the feed he used for his 1,600 cows and found that nearly 6% of the corn feed he used, labeled organic, was contaminated by GMOs (read the Times article, When Organic Isn’t Really Organic).

    While dairy shares the same problem as meat and eggs, as it is essentially created in large part from genetically modified animal feed, Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, also known as RBGH, is another problem with conventional milk. This Monsanto hormone artificially forces cows to increase their milk production by 15 percent. While not a genetic modification, it’s worth mentioning that this is nasty stuff that should be avoided at all costs.

    The easiest way to avoid meat contaminated with GMOs is to go vegan or to know the farmer that raised the meat so you can be assured that precautions are taken. Regardless of where one’s ethics are when it comes to eating meat, animals should be allowed to roam freely and eat what nature intended. This produces healthier meat that is generally completely GMO free. But with the spread of genetically modified pollen, it may eventually become harder and harder to insure animals don’t eat GM plants.

    GM Beets/Sugar

    More than 50% of sugar sold in America comes from sugar beets. Genetically modified, Roundup Ready sugar beets account for more than 90 percent of the crop. This figure is likely to increase since the USDA granted non-regulated status for genetically engineered beets just last year, and the FDA approved them to be to be sold on the market under the name “sugar.”

    If the ingredients say “cane sugar,” there should not be GM beet sugar in the food.

    GM Papaya

    The only currently commercially-produced GM fruit is the Hawaiian papaya. In the late 1980s, the University of Hawaii developed a papaya genetically engineered to be resistant to Papaya Ringspot Virus. They did it by transferring viral genes encoded with capsid proteins into the papaya genome. The capsid proteins cause something similar to an “immune response” from the plant. The genetically modified papaya plants are no longer susceptible to infection, allowing farmers to cultivate the fruit even when the virus is widespread. The GM papaya is often held up by GMO proponents as proof of how genetically engineering food can benefit us.

    The first GMO papayas were grown in Hawaii commercially in 1999. Now these Transgenic papayas account for more than three quarters of Hawaiian papaya crops and they are contaminating the organic crops. NW Resistance Against Genetic Engineering reported thatindependent laboratory testing results showed widespread GM contamination.

    Nearly 20,000 papaya seeds from across the Big Island, 80% of which
    came from organic farms and the rest from backyard gardens or wild
    trees, showed a contamination level of 50%.

    Fortunately GM papayas can be avoided if you buy the large Caribbean or Mexican red papayas, which are not genetically modified.

    GM Canola/Rapeseed

    Accordning to Wikipedia, “A genetically engineered rapeseed that is tolerant to herbicide was first introduced to Canada in 1995. In 2009, 90% of the Canadian crop was herbicide-tolerant. As of 2005, 87% of the canola grown in the US was genetically modified. A 2010 study conducted in North Dakota found glyphosate- or glufosinate-resistance transgenes in 80% of wild natural rapeseed plants, and a few plants that were resistant to both herbicides.”

    If it’s not labeled Organic or certified GMO free, canola oil is almost definitely genetically modified.

    GM Squash

    Summer squash and zucchini were genetically modified to become more resistant to viruses and bacteria. But there was a problem. Cucumber cockroaches love GMO squash. They wound the leaves, leaving open holes in them. The cockroaches’ feces get absorbed into the stem causing bacterial diseases.

    Some experts say that genetically modified squash have blended with wild squash species.

    Farmers generally do not want to use GMO squash seeds for the aforementioned issues, and most experts say that conventional store bought squashes are very unlikely to be GM squash.

    GM Fish

    The AquAdvantage salmon has been modified by adding a growth hormone regulating gene from a Pacific Chinook salmon and a promoter from an ocean pout to the Atlantic salmon’s genes. These genes enable the salmon to grow all year (as opposed to growing only during the spring and summer). The AquAdvantage salmon grows much faster than wild salmon and matures to twice the size of regular salmon. Many environmentalists and scientists are worried that GMO salmon could have negative impact on the environment and mutate over time.

    The application for FDA approval requires land-based tank cultivation. There are no sea-based pens under discussion at this time. But, if there was ocean contamination, consider the ramifications. The contamination would be impossible to stop once it starts, and the changes to the salmon population, as well as species the salmon feed on, would be irrevocable.

    The good news is that as of this writing AquAdvantage salmon has not been approved by the FDA. The bad news is that it is likely to be approved very soon.

    Whole Foods and Trader Joes have vowed not to sell genetically modified seafood.

    It would seem that farm raised seafood would be good for the environment, considering the toxins such as mercury in the seafood and the deviational effects our fishing industry has had on our oceans. But with the way fish are farmed, there are significant environmental and health concerns. From dyes being used in the feed, to much higher levels of toxins in farm raised fish, we cannot recommend consuming any farm raised seafood at this time. For more information on these environmental and health concerns read Top 10 Problems from Food and Water Watch.

    Artificial Sweeteners, Preservatives, Artificial Flavors and Artificial Colors

    Many of these additives are derived from genetically modified organisms, as if we need another reason to stay away from them.

    GM Cotton

    Like corn and soy, cotton has been genetically engineered to handle pesticides. At least half of cotton grown in the world have been genetically modified to resist pests and pesticides. GM cotton has been blamed for many farming issues in India including soil infertility and a rise in famer suicides.

    Cottonseed oil is used to make vegetable oil and margarine, but cotton itself has gossypol, a toxin that makes it inedible. But scientist have recently been able to silence the gene that produces the toxin, so cotton may end up being a food crop for more than just oil.

    To avoid wearing clothing made from GMO cotton, buy organic cotton clothing or look for a GMO free label.


    Recently an Oregon farmer sprayed a patch of wheat with Roundup. Some of the wheat survived. The farmer then sent samples to be analyzed by a laboratory. The wheat was a genetically engineered Monsanto Roundup Ready wheat that had never been approved anywhere in the world.

    But there are many other reasons to avoid wheat. Artificial selection over many years has changed the proteins in wheat, which is causing massive health issues. Check out 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Gluten for more information.

    GM Potatoes

    There are no transgenic potatoes marketed for human consumption at this time. That may soon change. BASF requested cultivation and marketing approval in 2011 for its Fortuna potato, genetically modified to be resistant to late blight.

    Many consumers concerned about GMO foods believe that conventional potatoes will not sprout because they are genetically modified. But this is not the case.

    Potatoes are treated with fungicides while they grow, then they are sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines for easier harvesting. Finally, after the potatoes are extracted from the ground they are treated on order to prevent them from sprouting. It’s been said that many farmers have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without the chemicals.

    GM Tomatoes

    In 1994, the transgenic Flavr Savr tomato was approved by the FDA for marketing in the U.S. The modification allowed the tomato to delay ripening after picking. But these GM tomatoes have disappeared. Transgenic tomato (FlavrSavr) had a “deactivated” gene (Antisense approach). This meant that the tomato plant was no longer able to produce polygalacturonase, an enzyme involved in fruit softening. The premise was that tomatoes could be left to ripen on the vine and still have a long shelf life, thus allowing them to develop their full flavor. These GM tomatoes, however, did not meet expectations. Although they were approved in the US and several other countries, tomatoes with delayed ripening have disappeared from the market after peaking in 1998. At this point, no genetically modified tomatoes are being grown commercially in North America or in Europe.

    The nearly perfectly round and bright red tomatoes you see in the grocery stores, lacking in flavor and nutrition, are hybrids. For more information, check out The Difference Between Heirlooms, Hybrids, and GMOs.

    GM Peas

    Australian scientists genetically modified peas with genes from kidney beans, creating a protein that functions as a pesticide. Studies have shown strong evidence that these genetically modified peas may create significant health issues including immune system disruption. The good news is that these genetically modified peas are not approved for human consumption, and are not available.

    GM Rice

    Currently, there is no large scale production of genetically modified rice. Bayer crop has developed a strain of rice they call LL62 with increased tolerance to glufosinate-containing herbicides. This genetically modified rice has been approved in the United States, but farmers are not yet using it.

    There is a wide variety of genetically modified rice not yet approved in any country. GM research for rice includes making rice resistant to herbicides, diseases, and pests; increasing nutritional value; eliminating rice allergies; producing human blood protein; increasing yield; improving tolerance to drought and salinity; and enhancing nitrogen use efficiency.

    GM Yeast

    Genetically modified yeast is approved in the United States for making wine.

    In the United Kingdom genetically modified yeasts were approved a few years ago. The yeasts are a bakers’ yeast that displays a shorter rising time and a brewers’ yeast that is used in diet beer. Neither of the GM yeasts are used commercially on a large scale at this time.


    Despite what you read online in many uninformed websites, bananas are not genetically modified. The bananas we eat are a result of selective breeding. Wild bananas have a large, woody seed in the middle of the fruit. They also have much less edible fruit.

    GM Alfalfa

    In January of 2007 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that he would authorize the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa developed by Monsanto and Forage Genetics.

    Experts who are not in the pockets of Monsanto agree that massive GM contamination of alfalfa, more so than any other GM crop, is only a matter of time.

    GMO alfalfas are treated with Monsanto’s Roundup ready that have been related to many health problems and crop failures, including a mysterious unknown organism discovered last summer in Midwestern fields that is connected to seemingly healthy fields are suddenly littered with yellowed leaves and dead plants (check out More Details on the Strange Organism That Could Destroy Monsanto).

    From my research, alfalfa is the most freighting GMO on the market (though I would pick salmon if it were on the market today). It’s a shame. Alfalfa is an amazing plant with awesome health benefits (Read more about alfalfa and its health benefits).

    GM Contaminated Honey

    The Canadian honey was banned by Europe after it was found that the honeybees in Canada were feeding off of genetically modified canola.

    Bees are often fed high fructose corn syrup to increase their honey production. In addition, testing has shown that conventional honey imported into the U.S. is sometimes mixed with high fructose corn syrup and is usually processed to filter out the pollen or heated, which destroys its nutrients.

    Only use organic raw honey, and do not cook with it (it destroys the health benefits).

    Other Ways to Avoid GM Foods

    A common myth is that you can tell which produce is genetically modified by its bar code. Five-digit numbers that start with a “9″ signify that the product is organic, while a five-digit number starting with “8″ implies that it is a GMO. The problem is that there are no labeling requirements for GM foods. And since consumers have shown that they don’t particularly want GMOs in their diets, the companies don’t want to label as such.

    But there will be a way we can tell which foods are GMO and which are not regardless of whether or not we get labeling laws passed.

    A handheld device that detects pesticides, heavy metals, and genetic modifications will soon be available. We are very excited about this and cannot wait for it to hit the market!

    Check this article for more information

    In closing…

    There is a lot of misinformation about GMOs. I’ve tried to dispel some of it, but there are a few other issues that should be addressed that don’t fit into the scope of this article. Please do take the time to check out Top Five Myths Of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted, an NPR article by Dan Charles.

    We need to label genetically modified foods. Personally, I feel that organic foods should be our staple. Organic food is real food. It should be the food that doesn’t require labeling, while everything else should. But then again, in a perfect world, we wouldn’t even have GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, etc.

    The truth is, if we take time to cultivate nutrient dense soil, and look at growing food from a long term perspective, toxic chemicals aren’t needed at all. And we would all be healthier for it. But with the way things are now, we can’t rely on big business to do this. Organic standards are consistently dwindling. And whether or not GMO foods get labeled, we need to take back our health, stand up to big agriculture business, and start growing our own food and supporting small local farmers we know and trust. Marching on the streets against Monsanto is great. It needs to happen. But money talks. Vote with your wallets. And spread the word. I do believe that we are on the cusp of some radical changes with our food system. I’m just not yet sure which way the change is happening.


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    If you have an iPhone, you can download the app on iTunes: ShopNOGMO. (For Android users, check Google Play Store on your phone for ShopNOGMO.) The ShopNOGMO app includes brand ID and multiple food catagories: “Cereals, Dairy, Condiments, Feed and Seed, Fruits and Vegetables, Grains and Beans, Herbs and Spices, Meat and Fish just to name a few.[Source: Politico News]

    Also available–this from True Food Now–is the New True Food Shopper’s Guide to avoid GMO foods, updated in 2012.

    Download: NEW True Food Shopper’s Guide or True Food Shoppers Guide mobile application for iPhone and Android!

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    Will Detection of Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Decimate US Economy?

    By Dr. Mercola

    Monsanto has really done it this time.

    As recently reported by CNBC1 and other media outlets,2, 3 an unapproved strain of genetically engineered (GE) wheat has been found growing on a farm in Oregon. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the anomaly on May 29.
    As it turns out, the Roundup Ready (i.e. glyphosate-resistant) strain of wheat was developed by Monsanto and field tested in 16 different states between 1998 and 2005.
    Plans to bring it to market were abandoned due to opposition against genetically engineered wheat. Many countries importing US wheat do not permit GE ingredients in their food, or require such foods to be labeled.
    About 50 percent of the wheat grown in the US is exported. The finding of illegal GE wheat contamination may dramatically alter this ratio however.
    Japan and Korea has already suspended orders of US wheat4 in response to the findings. The EU has ordered member states to test imported wheat for contamination.

    The economic impact to wheat farmers could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Washington and Kansas wheat farmers have already filed lawsuits against Monsanto due to the immediate harm this disaster has created.

    The effects will not be limited to wheat, as importing countries question what other genetic experiments may have escaped the lab and contaminated natural varieties. Monsanto has clearly stated they will leverage the fact they followed government protocol and therefore cannot be held accountable for this mess. The biotech industry is also defending Monsanto, suggesting 'activists' must have set them up.

    The biotech industry has so strongly infiltrated and influenced the government agriculture and 'health' agencies they should be considered subsidiaries.
    How Did Unapproved GE Wheat Survive More than a Decade After Last Field Trial?
    Monsanto and other biotech companies have repeatedly promised that their creations will not escape its intended confines. Today, after hundreds of farmers have been sued for patent infringement after Monsanto’s patented seeds were found growing where they weren’t supposed to, we know how ridiculous such assertions are.

    The present situation is even more disturbing, as it shows that field trials alone might have the potential to cause permanent cross-contamination. During a seven-year period, between 1998 and 2005, field tests were conducted in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.5
    Monsanto resumed field trials of Roundup Ready wheat last year, planting 150 acres in Hawaii. Furthermore, according to a report by Bloomberg:6
    “Another permit allows Monsanto to test wheat with multiple traits, including Roundup tolerance, on 300 acres in North Dakota this year. Monsanto said May 29 in a statement that it ended its program to develop Roundup Ready wheat nearly a decade before the USDA announced this week that the experimental crop was discovered growing on an Oregon farm. The Roundup Ready wheat in the new field trials is 'an entirely different event' than the escaped crop reported by the USDA, Monsanto said.

    'This research is still in the very early phases and at least a decade away from commercial approval,' Lee Quarles, a Monsanto spokesman, said in an e-mail response to questions today. 'The Roundup Ready wheat project that is the subject of the USDA report was previously discontinued.'”
    So, by their own admission, Monsanto agrees that the presence of GE wheat in Oregon is not due to any recent activity on their part, but must be the result of escaped wheat going back to field tests well over a decade ago! I wonder if they even realize how significant such an admission is as it seems to be proof positive that they have no control over what happens to their products. No GE wheat seed was ever permitted to be sold, and the last field trial in Oregon was in 2001. As to how the farmer made the discovery in the first place, NPR7 reports:
    “About a month ago, a farmer in eastern Oregon noticed some wheat plants growing where he didn’t expect them, and they didn’t die when he sprayed them with Roundup. The farmer sent samples of these curious plants to Carol Mallory-Smith, a scientist at Oregon State University who has investigated other cases in which genetically engineered crops spread beyond their approved boundaries. She found that this wheat was, in fact, genetically engineered. She passed samples on to the US Department of Agriculture, which confirmed her results.”

    Good Going Monsanto... US Wheat Exports Now at Risk

    In 2006, traces of unapproved genetically engineered rice were discovered in the American rice harvest. This led to several countries banning US grown rice and exporters lost millions of dollars as a result. Bayer CropScience, the company responsible for developing and field testing the GE rice ended up agreeing to pay $750 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by 11,000 American rice farmers.
    The export market for wheat is far larger than that for rice, and while Steve Mercer with the US Wheat Associates has gone on record saying that “there’s no indication” that wheat exports will be affected in a similar fashion, his statements appear to have been premature. As mentioned earlier, Japan—frequently the top export customer of US wheat—has already canceled orders of white wheat originating in the Pacific Northwest8 and other importers are keeping a close eye on the matter. Japan also canceled orders on some feed-grade wheat.
    According to Mercer, the GE wheat issue is confined to “a few isolated plants growing in eastern Oregon.” Or is it?

    The day after the USDA’s announcement, the organic food blogger and activist Vani, aka Foodbabe, reported9 that one of her British readers had sent her a photo of the label on a Kraft Mac & Cheese box imported from the US, and in addition to informing buyers of the presence of artificial colors linked to attention disorders in children, the label clearly states that it’s made with genetically modified wheat.
    Now... since GE wheat is not, and never was, approved for commercial planting in the US, how could Kraft’s Mac & Cheese, manufactured in the US, be made with GE wheat? Vani notes: “It is uncertain at this time who places this label on products once they are imported into the UK. And this is something I am still investigating.” Lynne Galia, a spokesperson for Kraft Foods, released the following10 statement to MSN News:
    "Genetically engineered (GE) wheat is not available for commercial use. We do not use genetically engineered wheat in KRAFT Mac & Cheese or any other Kraft product. So anyone who is saying or implying there is GE wheat in KRAFT Mac & Cheese or any other Kraft product is wrong. In addition, we don’t export Mac & Cheese to the UK and have no authorized distributor there. The company that has applied this sticker is not authorized by Kraft to sell our products. They are not a customer of Kraft. They are getting the product from someone else and reselling our product in the UK. We’re continuing to investigate, but because we are not dealing with authorized distributors of our products, we may not get to the bottom of this issue anytime soon."
    Make no mistake about it. The USDA recognizes what a major problem this could be for the US economy. As much as 90 percent of wheat grown in Oregon is sent overseas,11 and in 2011, the state’s wheat crop sold for $492 million. According to US Wheat Associates, US wheat exports totaled $8.1 billion in 2012. 12

    Many if not most countries do not permit GE wheat (along with many other genetically engineered crops), so this contamination is going to have massive implications for wheat growers. All the while, Monsanto just shrugs and says they don’t know how their product escaped their well-controlled labs, and the USDA and FDA backs Monsanto up by pretending to know there are absolutely no potential safety issues involved. Truly, the situation is unacceptable.
    As Worldwide Activism Against Monsanto Increases, US Government Shields Big Biotech
    May 25 saw activists rallying against Monsanto in 36 countries across the globe. In Europe, activists are concerned that the company is trying to overturn EU disclosure laws, and many in the US hit the streets to voice their opinion about the "Monsanto Protection Act" that was silently slipped into the 2013 Federal Appropriations Bill. This is an act that gives biotech immunity from federal prosecution for planting illegally approved GE crops.
    Mainstream media took little notice of this global phenomenon. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that just two days prior to the worldwide protests, US senators overwhelmingly voted against the right of states to pass their own GMO labeling laws.13 Best to keep news of Monsanto’s poor image at bay while legislators are hard at work protecting the beast’s rights to continue its wanton slaughter of human rights
    "The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger." (Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 8. No.135)

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    Obama Appoints Monsanto VP To FDA

    Monsanto fox now in charge of food safety hen house … Former Monsanto vice president Michael Taylor may be responsible for more … Yet he has recently been appointed by Obama to be the U.S. food safety czar.

    Michael Taylor was just appointed senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. This is the same man that was in charge of FDA policy when GMO's were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety. He "had been Monsanto's attorney before becoming policy chief at the FDA he became Monsanto's Vice President and chief lobbyist. This month became the senior advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. He is now America's food safety czar. This is no joke."

    Here's the full story: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

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    Knowing the difference of GMO vs. Organic in the store

    For conventionally grown fruit, (grown with chemicals inputs), the PLU code on the sticker consists of four numbers. Organically grown fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 9. Genetically engineered (GM) fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 8.

    A conventionally grown banana would be: 4011

    An organic banana would be: 94011

    A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be: 84011

    These tips are specially important now that over 80% of all processed foods in the US are genetically modified. Many countries in the European Union have been banning GM products and produce (including Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg). We say “Eat healthy, buy or grow organic”.

    It’s important to become familiar with the most common genetically modified foodstuffs, as well as the product derivatives that are most likely to be genetically modified, since there are a lot of differing opinions about relying on PLU codes. Some say that PLUs can be your secret savvy-shopper weapon,while others, like Jeffrey, say that GMO codes are “hypothetical” and not designed to communicate with customers since they are optional for retailers to use.

    Since PLUs are currently optional to use, and especially since more than half of Americans are afraid of genetically modified foods, retailers, and even some seed suppliers when selling to farmers, opt out of using the identifying numbers.

    The bottom line usually wins out over concern for the health of the people. With the way our systems are set up now, there’s no money to be made on a planet full of healthy, informed people—what would Big Pharma do? And there is plenty of money to cover up the issues caused by producers of genetically modified product as well as advertise its unfounded benefits. Companies like Monsanto have approximately $754 million dollars a year just for advertising. Wonder what the ad budget is for organic farming?

    You may be asking why is genetically modified food so bad for us? Doesn’t it increase crop yields and feed a starving world? Watch this entire video for a scientifically thorough explanation of genetically modified foods which are…

    …linked to organ failure, reproductive issues and infertility, infant mortality, allergies, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, even death (see video above). Studies have also found that GM toxins have been found in human blood samples, even though they are supposed to break down (and what, vanish?) in the digestive system. The study of 30 pregnant and 39 non pregnant women, detected the Bt Cry1Ab toxin in 93% of maternal and 80% of fetal blood samples. 68% of non pregnant women tested positive as well. The tests included samples of newborn cord blood, an indication that the toxin is passed from mother to baby.

    Today, the vast majority of the nation’s two primary crops grow from seeds genetically altered according to Monsanto company patents (yes, patents on life, and know that Monsanto is a name that comes up just about every time the topic of the degradation of our food is addressed). That’s 93% of soybeans and 80% of corn, and if you are familiar with any of Michael Pollan’s work, and if you have seen films like King Corn, Seeds of Deception and Food, Inc., you also know that corn and soy make their way, in some form, into more than 25% of foodstuffs in a grocery store.
    So what can you do about this mess?

    If you are someone who cares about your reproductive system, immune system, a host of undetected physical issues, potential disease, the health of the planet and the treatment of farmers, TELL CONGRESS TO LABEL GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD. Tell them that you, and your family, don’t want to be Monsanto’s guinea pigs. You can also tell Congress that you don’t want genetically engineered alfalfa or GE fish. Tell the Obama administration to stop the planting of GMO Alfalfa and sugar beets. You candy-lovers can tell Mars and Hershey’s to sign the Non-GM Beet Sugar Registry and you can tell Congress to create a tracking system for cloned animals.
    As you shop for foods, take free resources like The Non-GMO Shopping Guide with you. They also provide tips for dining out. There’s even an app called ShopNoGMO to help you smartphone users.
    Please spend some time on sites like Food Democracy Now, The Center for Food Safety


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    12 deadly products made by Monsanto

    Here are twelve products that Monsanto has brought to market. See if you can spot the pattern…

    #1 – Saccharin

    Did you know Monsanto got started because of an artificial sweetener? John Francisco Queeny founded Monsanto Chemical Works in St. Louis, Missouri with the goal of producing saccharin for Coca-Cola.

    In stark contrast to its sweet beginnings, studies performed during the early 1970s,* including a study by the National Cancer Institute in 1980, showed that saccharin caused cancer in test rats and mice.

    After mounting pressure from consumers, the Calorie Control Council, and manufacturers of artificial sweeteners and diet sodas, along with additional studies (several conducted by the sugar and sweetener industry) that reported flaws in the 1970s studies, saccharin was delisted from the NIH’s Carcinogen List.

    A variety of letters from scientists advised against delisting; the official document includes the following wording to this day: “although it is impossible to absolutely conclude that it poses no threat to human health, sodium saccharin is not reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen under conditions of general usage as an artificial sweetener.”

    (*Read the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s History of Saccharin here.)

    #2 – PCBs

    During the early 1920s, Monsanto began expanding their chemical production into polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to produce coolant fluids for electrical transformers, capacitors, and electric motors. Fifty years later, toxicity tests began reporting serious health effects from PCBs in laboratory rats exposed to the chemical.

    After another decade of studies, the truth could no longer be contained: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report citing PCBs as the cause of cancer in animals, with additional evidence that they can cause cancer in humans. Additional peer-reviewed health studies showed a causal link between exposure to PCBs and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a frequently fatal form of cancer.

    In 1979, the United States Congress recognized PCBs as a significant environmental toxin and persistent organic pollutant, and banned its production in the U.S. By then Monsanto already had manufacturing plants abroad, so they weren’t entirely stopped until the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants banned PCBs globally in 2001.

    And that’s when Monsanto’s duplicity was uncovered: internal company memos from 1956 surfaced, proving that Monsanto had known about dangers of PCBs from early on.

    In 2003, Monsanto paid out over $600 million to residents of Anniston, Alabama, who experienced severe health problems including liver disease, neurological disorders and cancer after being exposed to PCBs — more than double the payoff that was awarded in the case against Pacific Gas & Electric made famous by the movie “Erin Brockovich.”

    And yet the damage persists: nearly 30 years after PCBs have been banned from the U.S., they are still showing up in the blood of pregnant women, as reported in a 2011 study by the University of California San Francisco; while other studies are indicating a parallel between PCBs and autism.

    #3 – Polystyrene

    In 1941, Monsanto began focusing on plastics and synthetic polystyrene, which is still widely used in food packaging and ranked 5th in the EPA’s 1980s listing of chemicals whose production generates the most total hazardous waste.

    #4 – Atom bomb and nuclear weapons

    Shortly after acquiring Thomas and Hochwalt Laboratories, Monsanto turned this division into their Central Research Department.

    Between 1943 to 1945, this department coordinated key production efforts of the Manhattan Project—including plutonium purification and production and, as part of the Manhattan Project’s Dayton Project, techniques to refine chemicals used as triggers for atomic weapons (an era of U.S. history that sadly included the deadliest industrial accident).

    #5 – DDT

    In 1944, Monsanto became one of the first manufacturers of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria-transmitting mosquitoes.
    Despite decades of Monsanto propaganda insisting that DDT was safe, the true effects of DDT’s toxicity were at last confirmed through outside research and in 1972, DDT was banned throughout the U.S.

    #6 – Dioxin

    In 1945, Monsanto began promoting the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture with the manufacture of the herbicide 2,4,5-T (one of the precursors to Agent Orange), containing dioxin.

    Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that since become known as one of the “Dirty Dozen” — persistent environmental pollutants that accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. In the decades since it was first developed, Monsanto has been accused of covering up or failing to report dioxin contamination in a wide range of its products.

    This chart illustrates how much dioxin an average American consumes per day

    #7 – Agent Orange

    During the early 1960s, Monsanto was one of the two primary manufacturers of Agent Orange, an herbicide / defoliant used for chemical warfare during the Vietnam War. Except Monsanto’s formula had dioxin levels many times higher than the Agent Orange produced by Dow Chemicals, the other manufacturer (which is why Monsanto was the key defendant in the lawsuit brought by Vietnam War veterans in the United States).

    As a result of the use of Agent Orange, Vietnam estimates that over 400,000 people were killed or maimed, 500,000 children were born with birth defects, and up to 1 million people were disabled or suffered from health problems—not to mention the far-reaching impact it had on the health of over 3 million American troops and their offspring.

    Internal Monsanto memos show that Monsanto knew of the problems of dioxin contamination of Agent Orange when it sold it to the U.S. government for use in Vietnam. Despite the widespread health impact, Monsanto and Dow were allowed to appeal for and receive financial protection from the U.S. government against veterans seeking compensation for their exposure to Agent Orange.

    In 2012, a long 50 years after Agent Orange was deployed, the clean-up effort has finally begun. Yet the legacy of Agent Orange, and successive generations of body deformities, will remain in orphanages throughout VietNam for decades to come.

    (Think that can’t happen here? Two crops were recently genetically engineered to withstand a weedkiller made with one of the major components of Agent Orange, 2,4-D, in order to combat “super weeds” that evolved due to the excessive use of RoundUp.)

    #8 – Petroleum-Based Fertilizer

    In 1955, Monsanto began manufacturing petroleum-based fertilizer after purchasing a major oil refinery. Petroleum-based fertilizers can kill beneficial soil micro-organisms, sterilizing the soil and creating a dependence, like an addiction, to the synthetic replacements. Not the best addiction to have, considering the rising cost and dwindling supply of oil…

    #9 – RoundUp

    During the early 1970s, Monsanto founded their Agricultural Chemicals division with a focus on herbicides, and one herbicide in particular: RoundUp (glyphosate). Because of its ability to eradicate weeds literally overnight, RoundUp was quickly adopted by farmers. Its use increased even more when Monsanto introduced “RoundUp Ready” (glyphosate-resistant) crops, enabling farmers to saturate the entire field with weedkiller without killing the crops.

    While glyphosate has been approved by regulatory bodies worldwide and is widely used, concerns about its effects on humans and the environment persist. RoundUp has been found in samples of groundwater, as well as soil, and even in streams and air throughout the Midwest U.S., and increasingly in food. It has been linked to butterfly mortality, and the proliferation of superweeds. Studies in rats have shown consistently negative health impacts ranging from tumors, altered organ function, and infertility, to cancer and premature death; click here to find countless study references to support these statements.

    #10 – Aspartame (NutraSweet / Equal)

    An accidental discovery during research on gastrointestinal hormones resulted in a uniquely sweet chemical: aspartame. During the clinical trials conducted on 7 infant monkeys as part of aspartame’s application for FDA approval, 1 monkey died and 5 other monkeys had grand mal seizures—yet somehow aspartame was still approved by the FDA in 1974.

    In 1985, Monsanto acquired the company responsible for aspartame’s manufacture (G.D. Searle) and began marketing the product as NutraSweet. Twenty years later, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report listing 94 health issues caused by aspartame. (Watch a quick video here.)

    #11 – Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

    This genetically modified hormone was developed by Monsanto to be injected into dairy cows to produce more milk.

    Cows subjected to rBGH suffer excruciating pain due to swollen udders and mastitis, and the pus from the resulting infection enters the milk supply requiring the use of additional antibiotics.

    rBGH milk has been linked to breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer in humans.

    #12 – Genetically Modified Crops / GMOs

    In the early 1990s, Monsanto began gene-splicing corn, cotton, soy, and canola with DNA from viruses and bacteria in order to achieve one of two traits: an internally-generated pesticide (the corn or soy causes the insect’s stomach to rupture if they eat it), or an internal resistance to Monsanto’s weedkiller RoundUp (enabling farmers to drench their field with RoundUp to kill ever-stronger weeds).

    Despite decades of promises that genetically engineered crops would “feed the world” with “more nutrients,” drought resistance, or yield, the majority of Monsanto’s profits are from seeds that are engineered to tolerate Monsanto’s RoundUp—providing them with an ever-increasing, dual income stream as weeds continue to evolve resistance to RoundUp.

    Most sobering however, is that the world is once again buying into Monsanto’s “safe” claims.

    Just like the early days of PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, Monsanto has successfully fooled the general public and regulatory agencies into believing that RoundUp, and the genetically modified crops that help sell RoundUp, are “safe.” Despite the fact that NO human testing has ever been done on GMO crops!

    Meanwhile, Monsanto has learned a thing or two in the past 100+ years of defending its dirty products: these days, when a new study shows the negative health or environmental impacts of GMOs, Monsanto attacks the study and its scientist(s) by flooding the media with counter claims from “independent” organizations, scientists, industry associations, blogs, sponsored social media, and articles by “private” public relations firms—all endorsed, founded, funded or maintained by Monsanto.

    Unfortunately, few of us take the time to trace the members, founders, and relationships of these seemingly valid sources back to their little Monsanto secret. (Read more on this page.)

    Fooling the FDA required a slightly different approach: click on the below chart compiled by Millions Against Monsanto to see how many former Monsanto VPs and legal counsel are now holding positions with the FDA. And don’t forget Clarence Thomas, former Monsanto attorney who is now a Supreme Court Justice, ruling in favor of Monsanto in every case brought before him.

    A Baker’s Dozen: #13 – Terminator Seeds

    In the late 1990s, Monsanto developed the technology to produce sterile grains unable to germinate. The goal of these “Terminator Seeds” was to force farmers to buy new seeds from Monsanto year after year, rather than save and reuse the seeds from their harvest as they’ve been doing throughout centuries.

    Fortunately this technology never came to market. Instead, Monsanto managed to accomplish the same thing by requiring farmers to sign a binding contract agreeing that they will not save or sell seeds from year to year, which forces them to buy new seeds and preempts the need for a “terminator gene.” Lucky for us… since the terminator seeds were capable of cross-pollination and could have contaminated local non-sterile crops.

    What’s the Result of our Monsanto Legacy?

    Between 75% to 80% of the processed food you consume every day has GMOs inside, and residues of Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide outside. But it’s not just processed food—fresh fruit and vegetables are next: genetically engineered sweet corn is already being sold at your local grocer, with apples and a host of other “natural” produce currently in field trials.

    How is it that Monsanto is allowed to manipulate our food after such a dark product history? How is it they are allowed to cause such detrimental impact to our environment and our health?

    According to the Organic Consumers Association, “There is a direct correlation between our genetically engineered food supply and the $2 trillion the U.S. spends annually on medical care, namely an epidemic of diet-related chronic diseases.

    Instead of healthy fruits, vegetables, grains, and grass-fed animal products, U.S. factory farms and food processors produce a glut of genetically engineered junk foods that generate heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer—backed by farm subsidies—while organic farmers receive no such subsidies.

    Monsanto’s history reflects a consistent pattern of toxic chemicals, lawsuits, and manipulated science. Is this the kind of company we want controlling our world’s food supply?

    P.S. Monsanto’s not alone. Other companies in the “Big Six” include Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a subsidiary of DuPont), Syngenta AG, Dow Agrosciences (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, BASF (which is primarily a chemical company that is rapidly expanding their biotechnology division), and Bayer Cropscience (a subsidiary of Bayer).

    The website Biofortified.org maintains a complete list of companies doing genetic engineering.

    Source: http://gmo-awareness.com/2011/05/12/...o-dirty-dozen/


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