What's wrong with genetic engineering (GE)?

Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally.


These genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating non 'GE' environments and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way.


Their release is 'genetic pollution' and is a major threat because GMOs cannot be recalled once released into the environment.


Because of commercial interests, the public is being denied the right to know about GE ingredients in the food chain, and therefore losing the right to avoid them despite the presence of labelling laws in certain countries.


Biological diversity must be protected and respected as the global heritage of humankind, and one of our world's fundamental keys to survival. Governments are attempting to address the threat of GE with international regulations such as the Biosafety Protocol.

 


The Clear and Present Dangers of GM Foods to Your Health


According to Jeffrey Smith’s research, between 1994 and 2001 – a period during which GM foods flooded the market – food related illnesses doubled.

GMO foods can be:

  • Allergenic

  • Toxic

  • Carcinogenic

  • Anti-nutritional

Despite claims by giant GMO manufacturers like Monsanto  that genetically modified foods are no less healthy than non-GM foods, the research says otherwise.

Smith addresses recent GMO-related health problems in both animals and people in his video. GM foods can also:







In case you’re unfamiliar, people with the bizarre Morgellons Disease, which has been cropping up worldwide, describe a sensation of bugs moving around beneath their skin. This unsettling sensation is accompanied by open lesions that ooze blue, black or white fibers that can be several millimeters long. These fibers are strong enough to distend the skin when pulled and are painful to remove.


Maybe animals know something we don't as they they refuse to eat GE food if given the choice but 1000's have now died after eating it.


We believe:

GMOs should not be released into the environment since there is not an adequate scientific understanding of their impact on the environment and human health.


We advocate immediate interim measures such as labeling of GE ingredients, and the segregation of genetically engineered crops and seeds from conventional ones.


We also oppose all patents on plants, animals and humans, as well as patents on their genes. Life is not an industrial commodity. When we force life forms and our world's food supply to conform to human economic models rather than their natural ones, we do so at our own peril.


Feeding the world - facts versus fiction

Most hungry people live in countries that have food surpluses rather than deficits. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), we are already producing one and a half times the amount of food needed to provide everyone in the world with an adequate and nutritious diet, yet one in seven people is suffering from hunger.

Rather than growing food to meet the needs of local communities for a healthy, diverse diet, industrial agriculture produces crops to sell on world markets. While world crop production has trebled since the 1950s, more people go hungry now than 20 years ago. Small family farmers are driven off their land and local people cannot afford to buy what is grown. Too often, the result is a downward spiral of environmental destruction, poverty and hunger.


Food security will not be achieved by technical fixes, like genetic engineering (GE). People who need to eat need access to land on which to grow food or money with which to buy food. Technological 'solutions' like GE mask the real social, political, economic and environmental problems responsible for hunger.


The case of Argentina, the number two producer of GE crops in the world and the only developing country growing GE food crops on a large commercial scale, shows that GE does not lead to an increase in food security. Millions of tons of GE soya are exported every year from Argentina for cattle feed, while millions of Argentineans go hungry.

 

The introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms into the complex ecosystems of our environment is a dangerous global experiment with nature and evolution.

MONSANTO


Why is Monsanto top on my hit list of evil corporations?


Here is just a short list of the many improprieties and outright crimes committed by Monsanto:


  • Suing small farmers for patent infringement after Monsanto's GM seeds spread wildly into surrounding farmers' fields, contaminating their conventional crops

  • Secretly discharging PCB-laden toxic waste into an Alabama creek, and dumping millions of pounds of PCBs into open-pit landfills for decades after PCBs were banned in the US for being a possible carcinogen.

  • Being found guilty of bribery to bypass Indonesian law requiring an environmental assessment review for its genetically engineered cotton.

  • Last year, the supreme court of France found Monsanto guilty of falsely advertising its herbicide Roundup as "biodegradable" and "environmentally friendly." Scientific evaluation discovered that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, is acutely toxic to fish and birds and can kill beneficial insects and soil organisms that maintain ecological balance. Additionally, the surfactant ingredient in Roundup is more acutely toxic than glyphosate itself, and the combination of the two is even more toxic.

  • In 2007, the South African Advertising Standards Authority also found Monsanto guilty of lying when advertising that "no negative reactions to Genetically Modified food have been reported."

  • According to one EPA scientist, Monsanto doctored studies and covered-up dioxin contamination of a wide range of its products. She concluded that the company's behaviour constituted "a long pattern of fraud."

  • In 1999, the New York Times exposed that Monsanto's PR firm, Burson Marsteller, had paid fake "pro-GMO" food demonstrators to counteract a group of anti-biotech protesters outside a Washington, DC FDA meeting.

  • 125,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide because of Monsanto's BT COTTON.



How do we stop it?


Stop the demand for it, if noone is buying there is no economic value.

  • Refuse to purchase genetically modified products

  • Ask your local supermarket to stock the shelves with more natural organic foods

  • Avoid all processed food products and buy only fresh, locally grown, organic foods. 

  • Let your elected officials know how you feel about GM foods. Demand the implementation of a precautionary principle: GMOs should not be allowed into the food system until extensive long-term, third-party studies -- not studies funded by seed technology companies -- have been performed. And as long as it is present in food, all products must be clearly labeled as to whether they contain GMO crop ingredients.

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Based on company statements the following are known to use Genetically Modified ingredients


Kraft

Nestle

Unilever

Coca Cola

Proctor and Gamble

Heinz

Del Monte

Kellogg

General Mills

McDonalds

Hersheys

 

Watch expert Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception speak on Everything you need to know about GE.


http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/17/everything-you-have-to-know-about-dangerous-genetically-modified-foods.aspx


Visit www.responsibletechnology.org to be a part of this worthwhile and important cause


Visit these website for more info on Monsanto and GM FOODS.


http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/Home/index.cfm


http://www.vandanashiva.org/


http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/agriculture/problem/genetic-engineering/


http://www.mercola.com/

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