The United States of America often stands alone on world issues. When the reason is morality, human rights, or the security of our nation, the courage to do the right thing, even if it isolates us, is admirable. However, when our nation is in denial about issues of public safety and general health, we must ask why. Allowing farmers and ranchers to use genetically modified foods and seeds raises questions from potential consumers.
The entire European Union, Australia, Japan, and other nations have either banned GMO’s or have restrictions regarding food produced with their use. The United States continues to claim that they pose no danger to humans.
Were tests performed before their use was approved? Yes and no. The FDA selected Monsanto to perform the tests; Monsanto is the largest GMO producer. If you choose to believe the results of their tests, I’ll give you a great price on a bridge.
An investigation must begin immediately. Follow the money and the American people will know why a dangerous product is being used in our nation. Our government refuses to require labels on food produced with the use of GMO’s allowing consumers to choose for themselves if they believe ingesting these genetically modified products may or may not be dangerous to their health. Lobbyists ‘1,’ the American people ‘0.’
A recently revealed study by a group of scientists who research genetic toxicology adds to the growing evidence that GMO products are unsafe.
Examination of 127 Brazilian soy bean workers exposed damage directly related to GMO’s. Of the test group 81 were exposed to the biocides, while 46 were not. The workers labored in fields where soy beans were grown using seeds manufactured with the use of GMO’s. These seeds are resistant to Monsanto’s primary and profitable Round-up herbicide. The main ingredient is glyphosate. The exposed group had DNA damage. In addition the glyphosate caused a form of cell death when the cells kill themselves called apoptosis.
Last week U.S. government agencies approved Monsanto’s GMO produced soybeans and cotton, despite objections by consumers.
Our government refuses to listen to its people. Instead they adhere to the wishes of lobbyists. The reasons to ban GMO’s are multiple; here are a few.
The claim by Monsanto and other agricultural giants that GMO’s will increase world food production has proven to be a falsehood. They blamed increased food prices were the result of inadequate production. The truth was that the increase prices was attributable to the rise in bio-fuel costs and therefore transportation.
Because of GMO resistance to pesticides, farmers have increased their usage; the residue is extremely difficult to wash off.
Monsanto and others claim that GMO foods have been sold in the United States for years without causing health problems. Scientists disagree; because there are no labels, there are no statistics if consumers purchased genetically modified foods and suffered damage.
GMO’s will eventually increase the price of food. Dependence on GMO seeds is growing among farmers; and the prices are escalating.
Organic crops are becoming contaminated by GMO’s. Easily spread by the wind, they infest fields where safe crops are grown.
We cannot trust the giant companies which produce GMO’s. Their past record of selling chemicals which are harmful to animals and humans is deplorable.
Monsanto produced ‘Agent Orange.’ They claimed it posed no danger to humans; it would simply kill foliage.
Commentary by James Turnage