We’ve all heard about the genetically modified organism and casually refer to the alteration of seed as GMO. Most people have a general idea about what a GMO is and have some form of an opinion developing. We have been content with the lack of real understanding, but it is now time to make life altering decisions.
Some accept GMO foods as progress and inevitable. They hear GMOs are responsible for feeding the world and that sounds practical. They hear about pesticide resistant plants and think that might mean less dependency on chemicals.
Others have heard about, and ridiculed, groups being formed to resist GMO production, claiming there dangerous side effects and wanting to warn the world. At the very least, these groups claim, product labeling should announce the use of GMOs in the food supply so the public can choose to delete them from their diet.
GMO “Bad” is not good enough…
To just dislike GMO produced foods because you’ve heard they are bad, is not enough. There is solid research about GMOs and although it can be conflicting, it is time to understand why and if one truly is affected by them. The decision you make could matter to the world.
Monsanto = GMO...
No one hears the name Monsanto without connecting it to GMO production. Monsanto, the leading GMO producer, has existed since 1901. It is responsible for Saccharine, DDT, Agent Orange, Bovine Growth Hormone, Round Up and a large number of other products that are familiar, including their genetically modified seeds.
There is little disagreement that many products on the Monsanto list of creations are troublesome to say the least. Their dangers have taken years to uncover and even longer to be eliminated from the marketplace.
We are clear that the public was lied to about DDT being safe. We are clear that Agent Orange was responsible for catastrophic life changing conditions for those who were exposed to it during the Vietnam War. Now the awareness of Bovine Growth Hormone and Round Up is putting these products on the list of critical concerns by those who understand that these “safe” products are extreme hazards to health and the environment.
So what about this seed issue? Can we trust that genetically modified seed production is in our best interest? We have been lied to in the past, making at least half of the argument, Monsanto’s half, unreliable.
Where are US Controls?
Twenty-six nations have banned GMOs. Sixty-four countries demand GMO labeling. Among them China, Australia, Austria, India, Mexico and Italy, but not the United States of America. Those who wonder how this could be believe it is because the FDA does not effectively regulate Monsanto, ignoring the public demand for tighter controls.
Some very close alliances have existed between the White House, Monsanto and the US Food and Drug Administration. Alliances include Monsanto’s former lawyer, Michael Taylor, being given a position created for him by first President Bush in response to an FDA request. He was in charge of policy when GMO restrictions, or “non-restrictions,” were put in place by the FDA.
Taylor later became the vice president of Monsanto and then on to the White House as Food Czar under President Obama which raises serious questions. It appears that these incestuous relationships have allowed Monsanto to operate blatantly, without controls.
Cities across the United States have sued Monsanto in connection with dangerous products claimed to be “safe." Once sued, Monsanto has been allowed to carry on with business as usual after simply paying fines. Even Monsanto fines reaching seven-hundred million dollars seem to have little affect on curtailing the sale of dangerous products.
Where is the Food and Drug Administration?
This is the FDA response to Monsanto’s submission for approval of genetically modified corn:
“FDA evaluated Monsanto’s submission to determine whether MON 87427 corn raises any safety or regulatory issues with respect to the intended modification or with respect to the food and feed itself. Based on the information provided by the company and other information available to the agency, FDA did not identify any safety or regulatory issues under the FD&C Act or current FDA regulations that would require further evaluation at this time. Monsanto has concluded that its glyphosate-tolerant corn variety, MON 87427 corn, and the foods and feeds derived from it are as safe as conventional corn varieties and, with the exception of the herbicide tolerance trait, are not materially different in composition or any other relevant parameter from other corn varieties now grown, marketed, and consumed in the U.S. At this time, based on Monsanto’s data and information, the agency considers Monsanto’s consultation on MON 87427 corn to be complete.”
Note that the FDA relies on “information provided by the company.” Curiously opponents are refused a platform. Those who oppose Monsanto reports find themselves without careers, with futures destroyed and ridiculed for opposing the findings. One has to wonder how this can be possible.
Making an Informed Decision…
The story is lengthy and is best told by the one hour plus video that follows. The video is comprehensive and supported by experts in countless fields. Evidenced by the fact that nations around the world refuse GMO production, one must question the legitimacy of the FDA.
The video will give you enough background to understand and make a decision about GMO production and if it is right for you. This is not someone else’s war. It affects you.