No GMOs

David Suzuki No GMOs
Got to love David Suzuki.

When he speaks, the truth shines through his words.

He understands that when you’re talking about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) there have been NO LONG TERM TRIALs.

Not one.

The longest trial run on Genetically Modified Organisms in people is just …….. Well, the truth is there hasn’t been one.  

Ever since 1994, when the first food, the Flavr Savr tomato, a product of genetic engineering was launched to the public, there have been short term animal studies but no long term studies at all.

All GM crops used by animals in have been approved on the basis of testing by the biotech industry lasting between 28 and 90 days. This is not sufficient to identify problems which might emerge during the lifetimes of humans and animals consuming these crops or across generations.

This database is a great resource to see the past research.

There are NO independent scientific studies published in any reputed scientific journal in the world for one simple reason.

It is impossible to independently verify that GMO crops such as Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims. That they have no harmful side effects because the GMO seed companies forbid such tests of their proprietary products.

That single fact prohibits independent scientists in the US from do the research needed to independently test what changes might occur in animals or humans.

This site explains more about this lack of independence. 

In the Europe Union countries ,animal studies have show results that make me extremely cautious about genetically modified foods.

This rat study starts to explain why skeptics like me are concerned. It shows hepatotoxicity aka liver failure and increase in triglycerides  aka blood fats.   It concludes by saying that there is no way that GM corn MON863 is a safe product. (emphasis mine)
Gets a bit more concerning when you see this study on female mice fed GMO soybeans.   These older mice (24 months) showed that being fed GMO food since birth to adulthood actually caused more rapid aging and metabolic changes. It’s not just mice and rats.

Pigs and cattle are showing changes too.  In this particular study, pigs and cows fed on the rather common diet of GMO corn and soy have suffered digestive and reproductive disorders. This is of particular importance since the human digestive tract is very similar to that of pigs…”GMO foods led to a toxic mix in the digestive tract of the animals, leading to a reduced ability for GMO-fed pigs to reproduce. The pigs were studied from conception until slaughter (the first long term study of its kind) and all were all affected adversely.”

It isn’t just the animals that have problems from genetic modification.
The environmental concern is another, one that is extremely difficult to verify. You have heard about the die off of honeybees.  Many scientists believe that pesticides are the reason.

The entire process by which GMO seeds have been approved in the United States, beginning with the proclamation by then President George H.W. Bush in 1992, on request of Monsanto, that no special Government tests of safety for GMO seeds would be conducted because they were deemed by the President to be “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO seeds,
You can read more here.  It’s been talked about for a long time. The seeds are engineered to be resistant to pesticides. International consensus, reached  in 2001 states the principles regarding evaluation of the food safety of genetically modified plants. “The concept of substantial equivalence has been developed as part of a safety evaluation framework, based on the idea that existing foods can serve as a basis for comparing the properties of genetically modified foods with the appropriate counterpart. Application of the concept is not a safety assessment per se, but helps to identify similarities and differences between the existing food and the new product, which are then subject to further toxicological investigation.

Substantial equivalence is a starting point in the safety evaluation, rather than an endpoint of the assessment.” Yup, the international community gets it that saying a food is substantially equivalent and PROVING it scientifically to be equivalent is different.

This is testing that needs to be run, by an independent scientific community.

 

But there is one group that has been in a long term exposure to these foods.

For 15+ years, the people of the USA have been consuming genetically modified foods, without knowing whether there would be consequences. Up to 80% of the food in our supermarkets are genetically modified.

Perhaps the skyrocketing food allergies, autism rates, IBS, IBD, celiac disease diagnosis have a cause. Maybe the rising risks to our children of fatty liver disease has a cause.

Maybe not, but without independent testing by scientists not employed by Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer et al, we won’t ever really know.

For now, I choose to eat NoGMOs, encourage my patients to do the same. Our children are worth it. We don’t deserve to be lab rats.

As a Washingtonian, I have one more thing to do. I will vote YES on 522. I hope you do as well

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One Response to No GMOs

  1. sally September 13, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Sure hope you guys get it passed Jean. I was so frustrated that CA did not pass it, due to the huge financial investment by Monsanto and other companies to defeat it. It is so sad that companies put profit above the health of the public to whom they are feeding their garbage and lies. I a with you, and continually work to educate people about GMO’s and why to not buy them. It’s a battle.

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