Genetically Engineering Biotech and Modified Foods: Buyer Beware
More than half of America's processed grocery products — from corn flakes
to granola bars to diet drinks — contain genetically altered ingredients.
They are unlabeled and untested, and we are eating them. Your Right to
Know is a complete, full-color reference guide outlining how
unmarked genetically modified foods go from the factory to the family dining
table, and what consumers can do about the health risks they present. This
accessible guide is for concerned parents — as well as anyone concerned
about genetically altered foods — who want to know more about the potential
health risks, the organic alternatives, and the methods available to counter
the corporate takeover of the food we eat. Your
Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food
Former environmental lawyer and one-time farmer Cummings offers a persuasive
account of a lesser-known but potentially apocalyptic threat to the
world's ecology and food supply—the privatization of the Earth's seed stock.
For almost a century, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided seeds
at no cost to farmers who then saved seeds from one harvest to another,
eventually developing strains best suited to local or regional climates.
But Cummings also tells how seeds became lucrative, patentable private
properties for some of the nation's most powerful agribusinesses.
Cummings bemoans the plague of sameness intensified by the advent of
such fitfully regulated companies as Monsanto, which now not only own genetically
modified seed varieties, but also sue farmers when wind inevitably blows
seeds onto their neighboring fields. According to Cummings, this tyranny
of the technological[ly]elite threatens agricultural diversity and taints
food sources. Among the author's many startling statistics is that 97%
of 75 vegetables whose seeds were once available from the USDA are now
extinct. Cummings heralds plans for a Doomsday Vault to shelter existing
natural seed stock, and finds comfort in organic farming's growth, but
her authoritative portrait of another way in which our planet is at peril
provides stark food for thought.
isn’t the FDA protecting us?
2009 - Germany Bans Genetically Modified Corn
Germany has now become the
sixth country in the European Union to take a stand against GM corn --
a wise move that unfortunately the United States has yet to do.Whereas
close to 9,000 acres slated to be planted with MON 810 corn in Germany
will now be GM-free (assuming the ban stands up in court if necessary),
the acres to be planted with GM corn in the U.S. is in the tens of millions.German
Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner announced she was banning not only the
cultivation of GM corn but also the sale of its seeds, saying she had “legitimate
reasons to believe that MON 810 posed a danger to the environment."
The Food and Drug Administration policy
on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), released in 1992, falsely claims
that the agency had no information showing that GM foods are substantially
different. Thousands of secret memos later made public by a lawsuit reveal
just the opposite. FDA scientists repeatedly warned of possible allergies,
toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems; they urged long-term safety
studies. But the FDA official in charge of policy was Michael Taylor,
Monsanto’s former attorney, later their vice president, and now the US Food
Safety Czar. The FDA ignored their scientists, and doesn’t require a single
safety test. Instead, companies such as Monsanto, which have been found
guilty of hiding toxic effects of their other products, get to decide if
their GMOs are safe for us to eat. And the superficial studies they do
conduct are widely criticized as rigged to avoid finding problems.
former vice president, Michael Taylor, is our nation’s food safety authority
as Deputy Commissioner for Food at the FDA. And to think he is only one of
many other former private sector biotech and pharmaceutical employees who
have risen to the bureaucrat arena is a very serious matter.
Monsanto's Dark History |
10 Facts You Should Know
Genetic Conspiracy - Are Genetically Engineered Foods Dangerous? Organic
Consumers Association When surveyed, the majority of consumers
are not comfortable eating genetically engineered foods, but most people
can't really explain specifically why they have concerns. Watch this in
depth look at the history of the GE debate. This web movie covers every
aspect of the issue, from health impacts, to pesticide use, to biotech
GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure, Study Reveals
Truth About Genetically Modified Foods video
Engineered Food Threatens Indigenous People
The survival of indigenous people, within the U.S. and across the globe,
is being directly threatened by genetic engineering (GE) of food crops.
In September, 2001, scientists discovered genetically engineered (GE) corn
at 15 locations in the state of Oaxaca, deep in southern Mexico, a country
that has outlawed the commercial use of all genetically engineered crops.
No one knows how it got there.
In the US, genetically engineered corn has been grown commercially since
1996 and 26 percent of all US corn acreage is now genetically engineered.
The remote region of Oaxaca where the illegal GE corn was discovered is
considered the heartland of corn diversity in the world. Scientists had
hoped to keep Oaxaca's rich diversity of corn uncontaminated by GE strains
because Oaxaca retains the wealth of genetic varieties developed during
5500 years of indigenous corn cultivation.
Scientists now say that aggressive forms of GE corn, let loose in Oaxaca,
may drive native species to extinction, causing the loss of irreplaceable
cultivars. It is unclear whether the GE corn was carried deep into Mexico
by birds, or was intentionally spread there by corporations or governments
promoting GE crops. Genetic drift of GE crops to non-GE fields has, in
fact, been well documented and even the GE corporations and their regulators
in government acknowledge that it is a serious problem. Now, however, Monsanto,
a leading supplier of GE seeds, has cleverly turned the tables on the alleged
victims of genetic pollution by suing them for stealing Monsanto's patented
purpose of patenting seeds is to prevent seed saving -- the ancient indigenous
practice of keeping seeds from this year's crop to grow next year's crop.
Farmers who purchase GE seeds sign contracts requiring -- under penalty
of law -- that they not save seed from one crop to the next. Thus farmers
who employ GE seeds must purchase new seed year after year, making them
dependent upon whatever transnational corporation owns the patent. Farmers
who can't afford to buy seed each year will simply not be allowed to grow
a crop. In free-market societies, such displaced farmers are free to move
to a city where they are free to be unemployed.
Today's GE crops can't guarantee that farmers won't save seeds. Corporations
intent on preventing seed-saving must hire agents to travel from farm to
farm, reporting any unlicensed crops. Such monitoring is expensive.To avoid
the need for monitoring, and to gain 100 percent control over farmers,
the GE corporations have developed a new technology -- terminator genes.
Terminator genes prevent a crop from reproducing itself unless certain
"protector" chemicals are applied to the crop.
Any farmer using terminator seeds must buy the "protector" chemicals
each year. As terminator technology spreads around the world, it will end
indigenous agriculture, and much biodiversity as well. An estimated 1.4
billion indigenous people currently grow their own crops for subsistence,
worldwide. In many instances, their land is being eyed for corporate
"development" and GE crop technology offers a legal way to separate indigenous
people from their land.
Think you're not eating genetically engineered food? Think again.
Thousands of products on supermarket shelves are made with genetically
modified organisms (GMOs). Companies that have fouled the planet with toxic
chemicals are now manufacturing genetically modified food, which
poses irreversible threats of biological pollution and a host of other
risks. The US Is One of Only a Few Countries Using Genetically Engineered
Food - The US, Canada and Argentina account for 96% of the world's GE crops.
In Europe, the largest agricultural market in the world, all of the major
supermarket chains and food companies have removed GE ingredients from
their consumer products. Shouldn't we consider this a huge clue that there
are major potential dangers with this technology?
Circling the world in the 1920s and '30s, Dr. Price and his
wife found the same sinister pattern among "primitive" populations, whether
isolated Irish fishermen, tribal Africans, Pacific Islanders, Eskimos,
North and South American Indians or Australian Aborigines. Those groups
that followed their traditional nature-based diets enjoyed good health
and vigor, and those that turned to the "civilized" diet of processed,
sugar-laden foods soon developed a variety of ills, including misshapen
bones and teeth - and the situation worsened with each generation.
Dr. Price's fascinating accounts of his discoveries, and the extensive
photo documentation he provides, drive home the nutritional truths that
are only now gaining general understanding, and Nutrition
and Physical Degeneration remains an unequaled source of basic information.
These "primitives" with their fine bodies, homogeneous reproduction, emotional
stability and freedom from degenerative ills stand forth in sharp contrast
to those subsisting on the impoverished foods of civilization-sugar, white
flour, pasteurized milk and convenience foods filled with extenders and
additives. If you never buy another book about nutrition, you owe
it to your children and your grandchildren to buy THIS book, READ AND REREAD
IT, and pass it down to your posterity.
Read book excerpt and view photos --- Food,
Nutrition, Health And The Pioneering Work of Weston Price
of Traditional Diets--- What's
wrong with politically correct nutrition? --- Myths
and Truths About Nutrition
Video: Dr. Mercola
Interviews Dr. Huber about GMO
Hidden Epidemic Destroying Your Gut Flora
Dr. Don Huber is an expert
in an area of science that relates to the toxicity of genetically engineered
(GE) foods. (Alternative terms for GE foods include genetically modified
(GM), or "GMO" for genetically modified organism.)
Dr. Don Huber, an agricultural
scientist and expert in microbial ecology, has issued stern warnings about
shockingly devastating effects of genetically engineered food crops after
discovering a brand new organism in GE animal feed—an organism that has
since been clearly linked to infertility and miscarriage in cattle, horses,
pigs, sheep, and poultry
Genetic Conspiracy video
About Genetically Modified Foods video
you MUST KNOW About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods
Expert Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette,
reveals shocking facts about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Smith
links GMOs to toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune
dysfunction, stunted growth, and death.
Modified Corn Spreading to Protected Wild Corn
Wayward genes from genetically modified corn that is widely grown in
Canada and the United States are spreading in remote mountainous regions
of Mexico. Up to 70% of wild Mexican maize now carries transgenes that
could only have come from genetically engineered crops. The transgenes,
which scientists borrow from viruses and bacteria, have been engineered
into GM crops. The spread of altered genes in the birthplace of domesticated
corn is particularly worrisome when one considers some of the crops being
engineered in the lab with anti-spermicidal properties, which might have
disastrous consequences if it ever spread to food crops. We were not supposed
to see these moving around in the environment.
11, 2009 Monsanto Withdraws High Lysine GM Maize from Europe, Safety Concerns
In June 2002 the European Union banned imports of Canadian honey because
Canadian producers cannot guarantee their honey is free of pollen from
GM plants not yet approved by the EU. "This action by the EU has driven
down domestic honey prices in Canada and cost the industry a market that
has on average earned more than $5.3-million over the past decade," Peter
Phillips, an agricultural economist, and his colleagues at the University
of Saskatchewan say in a paper that is part of the journal's special report
on GM plants and trees. detail
The Truth About Genetically Modified Foods
The Truth About Genetically Modified Foods
Part 1The Truth About Genetically Modified Foods
The Truth About Genetically Modified Foods
Homeopathy World Community has a serie of Monsanto Documentary Videos
on Genetically Modified Frankenfood experiment (scroll down that page to
view all the videos)
BLINDFOLDS CONSUMERS- REMOVING RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR FOOD
(PDF format) - Senate Poised to Pass Bill Taking Away Your Right
to Know What's in Your Food - On March 8, 2006, despite massive public
opposition, including 50,000 calls and letters from supporters of the Organic
Consumers Association, the House of Representatives passed the controversial
"national food uniformity" labeling law, which would eliminate over 200
state food safety labeling laws. The law basically takes away local government
and states' power to require food safety labels such as those required
in California and other states on foods or beverages that are likely to
cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning.
The bill would also prevent local municipalities and states from passing
laws requiring that genetically engineered foods and ingredients be labeled.
Under the bill, hundreds of state laws and regulations would be eliminated,
including those relating to the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. In
order to become law, the bill will now have to go to the Senate for a vote.
Because of the enormous public backlash against the bill, Washington analysts
believe the bill will have great difficulty passing in the Senate. Organic
Consumers Association and other public interest organizations have vowed
to go "all out" to stop this anti-democratic, anti-consumer bill in the
H. Peterson - "My journey down the rabbit hole began with the following
thought: “What if nothing is as it seems, and everything I have been told
is a lie.” This thought kept rolling around in my head until I was compelled
to act. I started dissecting every scrap of information I heard on the
news, and went to the Internet to do my research. What I found was that
I had indeed been lied to, and was going to continue to be lied to by the
mainstream media because it is bought and paid for by large multi-national
corporations who do not want us to know the truth behind genetically
modified terminator seeds, or anything else of importance. We are mere
consumers. The heads of these multi-national corporations,whose
only goal is to make money, are bleeding Americans dry. We the people are
expendable. Until we realize that, we will continue to act as if nothing
is wrong until we get flushed down the toilet. Our country is being sold
piece by piece to the highest bidder by a few powerful elites who have
turned our economic system into an all-out grab for money and power, man
the torpedoes, full steam ahead! A declaration of war on the American people
has been declared, and we are in for the fight of our lives." more...
Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops by Jane Rissler
What will it mean to have a steady stream of animal and microbial genes
entering the gene pools of plants in wild ecosystems? Private companies
and the federal government are pouring significant resources into biotechnology,
and the major application of genetic engineering to agriculture is transgenic
crops. This carefully reasoned science and policy assessment shows that
the commercialization and release of transgenic crops on millions of acres
of farmland can pose serious -- and costly -- environmental risks.
Monsanto Be Responsible for One Indian Farmer's Death Every Thirty Minutes?
Over the past decade, millions of Indian farmers have been promised
radically increased harvests and income if they switch from their traditional
age tested farming methods to genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton seeds.
So, they borrow money to buy GM seeds, which need certain pesticides, which
requires more money. And when rain fall is sparse, the GM crops fare far
worse than traditional crops – a fact that these farmers oftentimes don’t
learn until it’s too late and they’re standing there with failed crops,
spiraling debts, and no income. Monsanto has been ruthless in their drive
to use India as a testing ground for genetically modified crops, and it
gives us a very clear picture of what could be in store for the rest of
the world’s small farmers if they’re allowed to continue.
Making matters worse, these GM seeds also contain “suicide genes” that
render the seeds from this year’s crop useless. They simply won’t grow,
so you cannot save them to plant for your next season’s harvest – a traditional
farming method that’s been used since the dawn of farming itself. This
means farmers are forced to buy the patented seeds and fertilizer again
and again, every year. But that’s not all. Bt resistant pests and Roundup
tolerant superweeds are on the rise, rendering the two major GM crop traits
useless as well. The evolution of Bt resistant bollworms worldwide have
now been confirmed and documented. The end result is that farmers are left
with all of the downsides and none of the intended benefits.
Cloning in Organic Production!
RAW MILK RAID Surveillance
video at Rawesome Foods in Venice appears to show officers from
the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office entering the private
food club with guns drawn, searching for
evidence of raw milk and other items. The footage was obtained
from Rawesome Foods. WATCH THESE VIDEOS : Surveillance
video and Raw-food
raid highlights debate over government food regulation 'How can we
not have the freedom to choose what we eat?' - The fastest
way to restore wellness is to stop putting into the body the things that
have caused the physical problem to develop in the first place, and then
give the body the nutrients it needs to repair and rebuild itself. The
body is self-healing when the infraction is stopped and proper nutrients
provided. The Incredible
Healing Powers of Organically Grown Raw (Living) Foods and Juices
PROFESSOR CANNED FOR
RELEASING PAPER ON GE CONTAMINATION
12/23/2004 - A well-respected
and popular professor at the University of California in Berkeley has been
fired after publishing a scientific paper regarding the uncontrolled contamination
of irreplaceable native Mexican corn varieties by genetically engineered
corn. Dr. Ignacio Chapela, whose corn contamination article was published
in the science journal "Nature," was denied his tenure due to pressure
from the biotech company Monsanto on the University (the UC Berkeley tenure
review panel had actually voted almost unanimously to approve his tenure).
Professor Chapela has been told to have his office cleaned out by December
31. Sign a petition to demand a review of Dr. Chapela's tenure denial.
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Biotech corporations like Monsanto and Novartis are pursuing these technologies
to boost sales of their patented crops and related products, despite the
threats posed by these risky genetic experiments. Consumers will buy the
products because they have no choice: by opposing warning labels, these
companies are eliminating the consumer’s ability to make informed purchasing
decisions. Families concerned about their health and environment are increasingly
turning to organic food as a safer alternative and supporting ecological
Can Genetic Engineering Feed the World?
Glyphosate Fact Sheet
Life for Sale
Monsanto: The Chemical Giant Experimenting with Our Food
Monsanto: Greenpeace Corporate Criminal Report
Not Ready for Roundup - A Critique of Monsanto's Risk Evaluation
Not Ready for Roundup - Why Consumers and Farmers Should Avoid Monsanto's
Genetically Engineered Soybeans
The Public Says "No!" to Genetically Engineered Food - Action by Governments,
Food Producers, Retailers and Consumers
What is Genetic Engineering? Learn
the Grain : Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food by
Marc Lappe, Britt Bailey
"In only 150 pages, "Against the Grain" debunks many of the myths
surrounding biotechnology and the genetic engineering that is revolutionizing
US (and world) agriculture.One of the myths which "Against the Grain" debunks
is the claim that genetically engineered crops are aimed at feeding the
hungry of the world. As "Against the Grain" quite lucidly points out, if
genetically engineered crops were aimed at feeding the hungry of the world
then companies like Monsanto would develop seeds with certain characteristics
such as: the ability to grow in substandard soils; the ability for plants
to produce more protein, with increased per-acre yield, without increasing
the need for expensive machinery, chemicals, fertilizer or water; they
would aim to favour small farms over large farms; seeds would be cheap
and freely available without restrictive licensing; they would be for crops
that feed people, not animals.
None of the genetically engineered crops now available have any of these
characteristics. In fact new genetically engineered seeds require high-quality
soils, huge investment in machinery and an increased use of chemicals.As
"Against the Grain" so adeptly illustrates, the genetic engineering revolution
has nothing to do with feeding the world's hungry but everything to do
with enriching a priviledged few.
"There is no need for GM (genetically modified) crops; no one wants
them, not famine-stricken African nations, and very possibly, not even
the biotech corporations themselves, judging from the spectacular cutbacks
and spin-outs of agricultural biotechnology and major retreats from funding
academic research over the past year." Dr. Mae Wan-Ho, Institute for Science
and Society www.i-is.org.uk 1/14/03
the Future of Our Food Supply and Organic Food
Demand regulation of genetically engineered crops to protect the future
of our food supply. Genetically engineered crops are pervasive polluters.
The National Academy of Sciences reported that GE crops cannot be contained
with current regulation and that the spread of GE genes causes environmental
harm. The Union of Concerned Scientists Found widespread contamination
of crops with GE genes. This is unacceptable and dangerous. . There must
be regulations in place to ensure that all GE crops are appropriately monitored.
Dangers in Kids' Meals Two videos in one: includes an interview with
Jeffrey M. Smith, footage of scientists, and a look at the miraculous improvement
in student behavior that accompanied a change in diet at a Wisconsin school.
Also included is a lecture by Smith on "The Health Dangers of Genetically
Engineered Foods and Their Cover-up." --This text refers to the Hardcover
Jeffrey M. Smith is the director of the Institute for Responsible Technology
and is one of the world’s leading advocates against GM foods. His book
Seeds of Deception is rated the number one book on the subject and has
had a substantial influence on public perception and even legislation.
Smith has reached tens of millions of people through hundreds of media
interviews. He produced the video Hidden Dangers in Kids’ Meals, and also
writes a popular monthly syndicated column. He is on the Genetic Engineering
Committee of the Sierra Club, was the former vice president of marketing
for a GMO detection laboratory, and ran for U.S. Congress in his home state
of Iowa to raise public awareness of the health and environmental dangers
of GM foods.
Altered Food: Buyer Beware
By John Fagan - a molecular biologist who has conducted
research using recombinant DNA techniques
Why are we so uninformed while European consumersare up in arms and
their governments are taking swift action against the uncontrolled introduction
of genetically modified foods?
Mention genetically altered foods to most Americans, and you will get
a blank stare. A genetically cloned sheep has stolen the headlines. Yet
with each passing day, we are filling our grocery carts with these foods
in ever-increasing percentages without our knowledge or consent.
In Europe, shiploads of these products have been halted at borders.
Supermarket chains and food producers have banned these products from their
shelves or promised consumers that they will label these foods conspicuously.
In fact, several nations are enacting stringent labeling requirements.
Learn what is at the core of the fear about these new foods...
crops are being polluted with the pollen from gene-altered plants destroying
the purity of organic
Thursday April 5, 2001: The
Wall Street Journal
purchased and tested 20 products with labels that
read "Non-GMO" or "GMO-Free." They found that 11 of the products had evidence
of some GMOs and another 5 had even higher levels of contamination. Virtually
all of the products currently sold that are labeled Non-GMO or GMO-Free
are made with organic ingredients. Since organic crops are suppose to be
free from genetic engineering, you would think that organic products would
be able to safely make the claim of Non-GMO or GMO-Free. Unfortunately,
with over 70 million acres of genetically engineered crops planted in the
United States, organic crops are being polluted with the pollen from these
gene-altered plants destroying the purity of organics.
Genetically engineered Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone
Bovine Growth Hormone in your milk
Both the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and the Consumer's Union,
publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, have warned of the potential hazards
to human health caused by consuming products derived from rBGH-treated
"Independent scientists criticized the FDA for ignoring substantial
scientific evidence associating increased human consumption of Insulin-like
Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), which increases in milk from rBGH injected cows,
with an increased risk of breast and colon cancer."
Why is BGH is banned in Europe and
Canada? Both the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and
the Consumer's Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, have warned
of the potential hazards to human health caused by consuming products derived
from rBGH-treated cows. more
News from around the world: Year
- The British Medical Association is calling for a moratorium on transgenic
- In April, the seven largest grocery chains in six European countries made
a public commitment to go "GE free"--to eliminate genetically engineered
ingredients from their products and stores.
- The Pope is warning of ethical implications.
- 1300 UK schools have banned these foods from their cafeterias.
- The European Union is demanding segregation and labeling of all GE imports.
- Austria is fighting to be a biotech-free zone.
No Genetically-Altered Food Please
A growing number of Japanese consumers are up in arms against the imports
of genetically modified food products, which are not subject to labelling
despite their easy availability here.
Despite assurances from the government, consumers' groups say these
products could be hazardous to health and carry serious environmental implications.
''The Japanese are being used as guinea pigs by rich countries and their
corporations in the experiment of expanding genetically modified food,''
says Setsuko Yasuda of the Consumer Union of Japan. ''But the message from
us is: Stop.''
of Genetically Engineered Foods
Hundreds of genetically engineered foods, food additives and ingredients
that contain genes derived from animals, fish, insects, viruses, and bacteria
will appear in shops, unless the public voice their concerns about proposed
government regulations which will allow their sale without labelling, even
though many genetic scientists say these foods will permanently damage
Picnic Basket : The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods
by Alan McHughen
"Already about 3,000 varieties of plants and animals contain genes from
other species. These products are now making their way to supermarket shelves."
Engineered Foods - FAQ
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
The Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG), founded in 1983, is a national
free organization of scientists, public health advocates and others which
monitors the development of new genetic technologies and advocates for
their responsible use. CRG works in the area of human genetics and commercial
biotechnology and the environment. CRG programs foster informed public
debate about the social, ethical and environmental implications of these
genetic technologies through educational materials, position papers, model
legislation, and a bi-monthly publication GeneWatch.
foods spread disease
by Alex Jack
Genetically-engineered foods can cause potentially lethal reactions,
according to a scientific report announced early this spring. The study
confirmed for the first time that transfering genes to modify foods posed
a risk to human health.
In tests conducted at the University of Nebraska and reported in the
New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that soybeans modified
with genes from Brazil nuts produced proteins that resulted in extreme,
potentially deadly allergic reactions in people sensitive to the nuts.
researcher questions safety of genetically altered food
British research released on Monday says genetically modified potatoes
can damage the immune systems of rats and calls into question the safety
of the new food technology.
Prince of Wales (AKA Prince Charles) Views on Genetically
modified (GM) Crop
Excerpts from Prince Charles' web site
"I personally have
no wish to eat anything produced by genetic modification, nor do I knowingly
offer this sort of produce to my family or guests."Prince
"Once genetic material has been released into the environment it cannot
be recalled. The likelihood of a major problem may, as some people suggest,
be slight, but if something does go badly wrong we will be faced with the
problem of clearing up a kind of pollution which is self-perpetuating.
I am not convinced that anyone has the first idea of how this could be
done, or indeed who would have to pay. "
'We are told that GM crops will require less use of agro-chemicals.
Even if this is true, it is certainly not the whole story. What it fails
to take into account is the total ecological and social impact of the farming
system. For example, most of the GM plants marketed so far contain genes
from bacteria which make them resistant to a broad spectrum weedkiller
available from the same manufacturer. When the crop is sprayed with this
weedkiller, every other plant in the field is killed. The result is an
essentially sterile field, providing neither food nor habitat for wildlife.
These GM crop plants are capable of interbreeding with their wild relatives,
creating new weeds with built-in resistance to the weedkiller, and of contaminating
other crops. Modified genes from a crop of GM rape were found to have spread
into a conventional crop more than a mile away. The result is that both
conventional and organic crops are under threat, and the threat is one-way.
"GM crop plants are also being developed to produce their own pesticide.
This is predicted to cause the rapid appearance of resistant insects. Worse
still, such pesticide-producing plants have already been shown to kill
some beneficial predator insects as well as pests. To give just two examples,
inserting a gene from a snowdrop into a potato made the potato resistant
to greenfly, but also killed the ladybirds feeding on the greenfly. And
lacewings, a natural predator of the corn borer and food for farmland birds,
died when fed on pest insects raised on GM maize. "
"We are also told that GM techniques will help to 'feed the world'.
This is a fundamental concern to all of us. But will the companies controlling
these techniques ever be able to achieve what they would regard as a sufficient
return from selling their products to the world's poorest people? Nor do
I believe that the basic problem is always so simple. Where the problem
is lack of food, rather than lack of money to buy food, there may be better
ways of achieving the same ends. Recent research has shown, for example,
that yields from some traditional farming systems can be doubled, and even
trebled, through techniques that conserve natural resources while making
the best use of labour and management skills. " click the healine to
read the full story...
US Is One of Only a Few Countries Using Genetically Engineered Food
Despite industry rhetoric, very few countries are willing to ignore
public opposition and allow the commercial cultivation of GE soybeans,
corn, cotton, or canola, the only four crops currently being grown on any
While farmers in 130 nations are currently producing certified organic
crops, a grand total of three nations, (the US-with 68% of the world's
GE crops, Canada-6%, and Argentina-22%) are still producing 96% of the
world's GE crops.
Moreover the US, Canada, and Argentina are finding that that their major
overseas customers such as Europe, Japan, and South Korea no longer want
to buy GE crops, even for animal feed.
In Europe, the largest agricultural market in the world, grassroots
market pressure has forced all of the major supermarket chains and food
companies to remove GE ingredients from their consumer products. Meanwhile,
on the regulatory front, no new GE crops have been approved for commercialization
in the EU since 1998.
Syngenta (formerly Novartis), the largest biotech company in the world,
has removed all GE ingredients from its consumer food products. Because
of increasing marketplace pressure, 25% of all animal feed in the EU is
Industry propaganda about feeding the world through increased productivity
is no longer credible. Genetically engineered crops were created not because
they are productive but because they're patentable.
Their economic value is oriented not toward helping subsistence farmers
to feed themselves but toward feeding more livestock for the already overfed
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use to make informed food choices. Genetic engineering, irradiation, toxic
sludge fertilizer, mad cow disease, rBGH are some of the issues we address.
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strategies include public education, activist networking, boycotts and
protests, grassroots lobbying, media and public relations, and litigation.
We publish two electronic newsletters: Organic View and BioDemocracy News.
Organic Herbs and Foods
Medicinal Herbs, Bulk Spices, Gourmet Coffee and Tea, Aromatherapy,
Bath and Body Accessories, Shamanic Accessories and much more.
websites on GM Food to visit
Campaign to label genetically engineered foods
FDA that you want mandatory labeling of GE foods
The FDA does not require mandatory
pre-market safety testing or labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Consumers have the right to know the contents of the food they purchase
and consume. Vaccines/VaccineBooks.aspx"
more info on genetically engineered
Please Sign the Petition
Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods
Without your voice,
there is no choice!
Citizens For Health is a free, grassroots, consumer advocacy group
that champions public policies empowering individuals to make informed
health choices. Let your voice be heard!
Opposition to GM Foods
In recent months, opposition to genetically modified (GM) foods has
exploded in both Europe and Asia. A powerful consumer/farmer backlash
has spread across Europe and the Indian subcontinent, raising eyebrows
even in the somnolent U.S.
Visit the www.purefood.org
learn more about: Save Organic Standards -- Break
Corporate Control -- Genetically Enginered Food -- Toxic Food Current Alert/Upcoming
Events -- Food Slander-- Food Irradiation -- Mad Cow and Pig Disease Cloning
and Patenting -- rBGH -- Links -- Monsanto Watch
Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and
A wealth of articles about Genetically
Engineered Foods - Safety Problems
Dozens of fabulous
articles genetically engineered foods
ALLIANCE FOR BIO-INTEGRITY
the Right to Eat Genetically Untampered Food
What else can you do?
Get Involved: Contact the Greenpeace Activist Network at (800) 930
4542 Members will receive a Community Action Guide with more detailed information
on genetic engineering and suggestions for how you can organize community
Water The Great Healer
Water therapy has been used for centuries to heal the sick.
Hydro- and hydrothermal therapy are traditional methods of treatment that
have been used for the treatment of disease and injury by many cultures,
including those of ancient Rome, China, and Japan. Water therapy has been
around for centuries. The ancient Greeks took therapeutic baths. Water
is an important ingredient in the traditional Chinese and Native American
F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
- "Every function inside the body is regulated by and depends on water.
Water must be available to carry vital elements, oxygen, hormones, and
chemical messengers to all parts of the body. Without sufficient water
to wet all parts equally, some more remote parts of the body will not receive
the vital elements that water supplies. Water is also needed to carry toxic
waste away from the cells. In fact, there are at least 50 reasons why the
body needs sufficient water on a regular, everyday basis. Without sufficient
water to constantly wet all parts, your body's drought-management system
kicks into action. The histamine-directed chemical messenger systems are
activated to arrange a new, lower quota of water for the drought-stricken
areas. When histamine and its subordinate "drought managers" come across
pain-sensing nerves, they cause pain. This is what I discovered in my research
that I mentioned earlier."
Benefits of Alkaline, Ionized Water,
by Dr. Hidemitsu Hayashi, M.D.
Water has the ability to attract and accumulate bio-energy. It also
stores an energy memory of harmful or helpful vibrations to which it was
exposed in the past. Chlorinated tap water is polluted with non-biological
chemicals and negative energy imprints. It is also devoid of bio-energy
and so may be regarded as being badly polluted as well as 'dead'. Alkaline
living water is regarded by a growing number of health care professionals
as the best water to drink and is listed as a medical device in Japan for
the treatment of degenerative diseases.
M. Price, MD - "Chlorine
is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. It is an insidious
Schatz, Ph.D - "Fluoridation
is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated
on more people than any other fraud has." Professor
Albert Schatz, Ph.D. (Microbiology), Discoverer of streptomycin and Nobel
Matthew Silver, MD
- "An associate in her early fifties who had suffered for many years from
the toxic effects of chlorine poisoning from inhaling vapors from
an over-chlorinated swimming pool. This had resulted in many severe
health challenges including extreme chronic fatigue and breathing difficulty
that kept her housebound and dependent on oxyn. Even minimal exertion led
to extreme shortness of breath. After just three days of drinking glyconutrients,
she reported that all of her symptoms improved dramatically and that she
was able to leave her house without oxygen and work in her garden, which
she had not been able to do in years." The sugars found on all Glyconutrients
(saccharides) also address the workings of the brain and nervous system
– from memory and sleep to anxiety and depression.
Energized, Drinking Water helps to naturally flush toxins and acidic
waste from the body and is a powerful antioxidant. Ionized Water makes
more oxygen available to our cells than distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered
only, bottled or tap water and is the best possible drinking water. "Disease
and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of
purified water. Avoid it except in special circumstances." Zoltan P.
Chemicals and Toxins
Are The Primary Cause of Illness, Disease and Obesity
Substances that are toxic to our bodies come at us from all directions:
the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the cleaning products
we use, and the metabolic waste produced inside us. Toxins build-up in
the body contribute to premature aging and chronic and degenerative diseases.
Dr. Steve Nugent, the past president of the American Naturopathic Medical
Association, reported recently that "in the typical American home there
are more toxins inside the home than outside the home! Your cells actually
contain over 400 new toxins that didn't even exist 45 years ago and we
are losing the battle against toxins!" It's a fact. There are increasing
amounts of toxins and chemical agents in the water we drink, the food we
eat and the air we breathe - they all contribute to the breakdown in cellular