I've known for a while that GMO foods weren't as healthy as the real thing. First off I didn't quite understand the difference between Selective
Breeding and Genetic Engineering. Even when I learned the difference I still didn't quite grasp how horrific the difference is. I beg everyone who
reads this thread to please not only read the information I'm going to provide but verify for yourselves that what I'm relaying is true.
This is a very scary situation and everyone needs to become aware of the true nature of this issue. Please wake up into this nightmare and help end
it. I have not felt like taking an activist stance in a very long time, this issue has changed that and this is my first step. Please everyone lets
take this beyond discussion and do something about it, T&C doesn't allow for organizing protests etc...but please figure out something, anything you
can do to be pro-active.
First a quote from a post I made in another thread that spells out the difference between Selective Breeding and GMO.
Originally posted by Kali74
reply to post by schuyler
There's a huge difference between what you describe which is selective breeding and GMO, here is a great comparison between the two and a great
insight article as well.
Selective breeding is the process of developing a plant or animal based on selecting desirable characteristics of the parent. For example, saving
seeds for replanting from plants within a crop that have shown to be particularly robust or breeding a white dog with a black patch over its eye via
two parents that have the same trait.
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism. When used in reference to food GMO is usually shorted to GM. This is where the genes from one species
can be introduced into an entirely different species through human intervention.
For example, taking a gene from a jellyfish and inserting it into the zebrafish genome created the glofish—a fish that glows in the dark.
Another example is genes from a bacteria inserted into food crops so that the crop can create its own insecticide. These plants and animals are also
known as transgenic.
Sound a little freaky? Well, if you’re living in the USA, it gets worse as 70 per cent of the food in U.S. supermarkets contains bioengineered
ingredients (corn and soy being the two biggies), but GM labeling is forbidden in the USA; so you’ll never know what it’s in.
Full article here
So now that you know the difference between the two let's see exactly what we are eating. The three varieties of GMO corn Monsanto grows and sells
for human consumption in the US and several EU countries are named: Mon 863, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup® herbicide-absorbing NK 603.
A recent study on lab rats that were fed those three varities of GMO corn has been published in the International Journal Of Biological Sciences as
reported in the Huffington Post.
Full article here
"Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxification organs, but in detail differed with each GM
type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal, spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences in
liver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats,
cannot be dismissed as biologically insignificant as has been proposed by others. We therefore conclude that our data strongly suggests that these GM
maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity.[...] These substances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and
therefore their health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods are currently unknown."
Who is Monsanto? Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation founded in 1901. They are responsible for bringing us such fine
products as Saccharin, Agent Orange, DDT, Aspartame, and Bovine Growth Hormone (BST). Monsanto also was involved in The Manhattan Project and later
The Atomic Energy Commission. Sounds like they really want to save the world.
Monsanto has patented every single plant it has genetically engineered. This gives them the authority to sue anyone suspect of planting or growing
seeds that were produced as a result of cross-pollination as such seeds are considered intellectual property of Monsanto. There is no way to stop
cross-pollination thus leaving private farmers completely defenseless against being sued and losing everything.
When farmers go bankrupt Monsanto buys their farmland and grows more GMO crops which in turn increases the pollen and decreases natural food supply.
It seems like such a conspiracy theorist thing to say but, Monsanto could realistically end up in control of the entire world's supply of food. That
is a serious power to hold.
Farmers fighting back. I think we all know how hard farmers have it, somehow we have to protect them from this ludacris practice of Monsanto of suing
when GMO crops "inadavertently contaminate" private farmers crops.
Full article here
In a farmers own words the difference between GMO and non-GMO crops.
In an effort to protect themselves, farmers are suing Monsanto over the patents on GM seed because historically Monsanto has actually sued farmers
in the United States and Canada when the patented genetically-modified (GM) materially inadvertently contaminates the farmers’ crops. Yes, read
that one more time – Monsanto sues the farmers whose crops get contaminated from Monsanto’s GM seed.
So what now? What can I do? Hopefully this isn't against T&C. In my research I came across this site, I won't quote anything just provide the link.
This is an organization taking a stand against Monsanto.
Millions Against Monsanto