What’s up with G-M-Os?
(Genetically Modified Organisms, if ya didn’t know.)
Let’s focus on one thing today—corn.
Did you know that 85% (some studies show up to 99%) of non-organic corn grown today in the U.S. is genetically modified? It’s a Monsanto product called “Bt Corn,” and its genes have been modified so an insecticide, called Bacillus thuringiensis, is produced by the plant.
That’s right, it produces its own pesticide, that when eaten by certain insects, breaks open their stomachs.
Bt-toxin, from soil bacteria, has been used as a natural pesticide for years. The difference?
The GM version is built inside the plant—the toxin doesn’t wash off, you can’t avoid eating it, and it’s thousands of times more concentrated than the spray. It even failed the World Health Organization’s allergen screening tests.
This means, no matter how hard you scrub, you’re consuming high levels of this toxin. A recent study tested pregnant and non-pregnant Canadian females. It was accepted for publication in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, peer-reviewed, and proves the toxin isn’t breaking down in our gut like Monsanto claims, it’s showing up in the blood of those who eat it.
“Doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found the corn’s Bt-toxin in the blood of pregnant women and their babies, as well as in non-pregnant women. (Specifically, the toxin was identified in 93% of 30 pregnant women, 80% of umbilical blood in their babies, and 67% of 39 non-pregnant women.)” Source: mercola.com
Oh, and if you eat meat, remember that almost all cows and livestock in the U.S. are fed GMO corn (except my dairy cows, of course, who eat only local, non-GMO grass hay along with certified organic alfalfa pellets—sadly even alfalfa can be GMO now). More on how this affects these animals, and subsequently, you. Did I mention that GMOs are NEVER allowed in organic food production? ‘Nuff said?
Check out the trailer below, titled GMO OMG, to see how Jeremy Seifert is working across the U.S. to raise awareness about GMO crops.
And below, check out this debate between 14-year-old Rachel Parent and Kevin O’Leary on the issue of Genetically Modified Food. Then get with the Just Label It! campaign to get your food labeled.
Incredibly hot-hot topic for me. First, I should say what a fantastic job I believe Rachel did of explaining her case against (or problems with) the lack of GMO labeling. Next up, did you take note of the host mentioning hydroponic tomatoes & the sad fact that the American consumer has little option of eating organic these days unless they grow their own or seek out “LABELED” organic products?
Now, I wonder how many of our youth have actually had the opportunity to Taste an Heirloom Tomato & then a hydroponic tomato back to back…not many grocery stores even offer such variety, but I believe they are learning, slowly.
No science is better than bad science. When someone asks, “What is a GMO?” perhaps the response should be: a pesticide laden food product which is not found in nature.
So, they acknowledge Monsanto products do kill butterflies? We can assume then that those same pesticides are swimming around in the guts of humans?…So after considerable accumulation & years of pesticide use imbedded in the foods we eat, how far of a stretch is it to believe that we will suffer from pesticide poisoning as well?
If Kevin’s only argument is that these GMO’s/pesticide infused foods are needed to save lives(?) now in other countries which do not have any/much food, then what is the reason to use GMO’s/pesticide food products in countries that are blessed with an abundance of food?
…See what happens when Winnie goes on vacation;-)
It was a compelling read & video, thanks for sharing.
I agree with you, Elizabeth. Kevin kept mentioning starving countries around the world when that is not the focus of the problem here. Why are WE having to live with this toxic food, why are WE the guinea pigs for companies tinkering with nature? Surely if they are so concerned about these other countries and starvation there, then they should be focusing their work there and not throwing millions to deceive the people here and keep them in the dark about the deadly deeds they have been promulgating to the general American public. And I have to disagree about the the uselessness of labeling. If the foods are labeled, we would see just how fast these organic companies would multiply, when people finally realize that there are resources for clean food and where to find it.
That young lady was amazing and held her own, toe to toe with someone out to shoot her down. I have a 16 year old son I would like her to meet…
I have been telling people about this since I learned of it last fall. I also take Garden class’s at a State Collage near by for the past 20 years, I did miss two how ever they also talked about the GMO’s and what to watch out for. My Daughter works for a food market and told me quite a few things I have seen the heirloom tomatoes but just one is about $3.00 each for one you can fit into your hand. Just to expensive for this old gal. I hope to have a small garden next year if I get moved. Love the extra info. Mary Jane and lets hope prices can come down on some of the Organics and start them labeling everything. They can claim it costs to much but the price is high enough now on everything that it should be covered.
Love and good thoughts,
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