I feel differently about mine; I look at it differently, think of it differently. I spend some time being angry with myself for not researching GMO’s sooner and taking action to at least keep the stuff out of my own body. I’m obsessive with ingredient labels and if I don’t know whether a food is organic, I have a hard time eating it.
I understand that most of you don’t have time to research every news story that comes along that seems alarming. It’s hard enough these days to keep your family fed and the bills paid without having to worry about whether your foods are genetically engineered and could make you and your children sick. It’s hard enough to get through the day hoping the recovery is a real recovery and the tide is going to turn again to growth.
Who has time to be infuriated by the negligence and complicity of our government agencies, the ones committed to protect us, in the perpetration of an almost complete monopoly over our food supply? I only had time because the economy hit me early and unemployment provided the time and opportunity for me to dig beyond the media news, the sound bytes and public opinion to find out the real stories.
The statistic that bothers me the most from the animal studies cited in Part I is that mice fed the corn that most of us are eating today (and don’t forget everything made with corn: high fructose corn syrup, cornmeal, etc.) show structural changes (genetic) in the liver, spleen and pancreas, changes in the way their genes function in the gut, and reduced fertility over four generations.
You don’t get a do-over on structural genetic changes in our organs or the bacteria that help our bowels work. The generations that follow don’t get a do-over. The very worst part about all of this is that you can’t take it back. How arrogant would we be to think that possible? About as arrogant as the big pigs at Monsanto, I guess.
I imagine they feel they have good reason to be arrogant. As food prices continue to rise and shortages become more the norm than the exception, who will we be looking to for the seeds we plant in the gardens we hope will feed us? Why, Monsanto of course. And what will they be selling us? Seeds that commit genetic suicide after one generation. Yeah, I’m thinking they’re feeling pretty smug as Obama pushes one genetic crop after another through the net without proper testing, labeling or research.
And what if their intentions are bigger than the fattening of their own pocketbooks? What if they somehow come to feel that the rest of us are inferior and should probably just be eliminated? Well, let me tell you folks, it would be no problem with the technology. No problem at all. It would be far too late before we ever realized what was happening.
I believe if you spend five minutes really thinking about these organisms and the implications of unleashing the worst of the technology on an unsuspecting public, it will change your life as much as it’s changed mine.
There is one community who has tried diligently to warn us of the dangers of these foods. Oddly enough, we have chosen to ignore the scientific community when it comes to this issue, an issue that requires good science behind it if ever there was one.
Way back in 1999, over 800 scientists from 84 different countries submitted an open letter to our United States Congress and other potential allies. Their letter begins:
We, the undersigned scientists, call for the immediate suspension of all environmental releases of GM crops and products, both commercially and in open field trials, for at least 5 years; for patents on living processes, organisms, seeds, cell lines and genes to be revoked and banned; and for a comprehensive public enquiry into the future of agriculture and food security for all.
We urge the US Congress to reject GM crops as both hazardous and contrary to the interest of family farmers; and to support research and development of sustainable agricultural methods that can truly benefit family farmers all over the world.
You can read the entire letter here and see the scientists who have signed it and where it was sent.
This story goes beyond political rhetoric or disagreement, religious differences and lifestyle choices. It strikes to the heart of every one of us because we all have to eat to live.
My hope is that you’re beginning to see your food differently, too, and understand why this food crime is a serious crime against all of us – perpetrated by mega-corporations with no concern, hopefully, beyond their own quite hefty bottom line.
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