Genetically Modified Food and the Future of our Food Supply

Here is an excerpt from GMO expert and author of Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey Smith.

US Consumers Have Been Given a False Sense of Security
About the Safety of Our Food Supply

You may have heard the FDA and food industry claims that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe, properly tested, and necessary to feed a hungry world. UNTRUE! Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are one of the most dangerous and radical changes to our food supply. These largely unregulated ingredients found in 60-70% of the foods in the US, are well worth the effort to avoid them.

Many consumers in the US mistakenly believe that the FDA approves GM foods through rigorous, in-depth, long-term studies. In reality, the agency has absolutely no safety testing requirements. Instead the agency relies on research from companies like Monsanto, research that is meticulously designed to avoid finding problems.

It’s easy to understand the FDA’s industry-friendly policy on regulation of GMOs when you see the revolving door between agency regulators and the companies they regulate. The White House mandate to the FDA (under the first George Bush) was to promote biotechnology and the person in charge of developing the agency’s policy at that time was a former Monsanto attorney, who later returned to Monsanto as their vice president.

The FDA has claimed it was not aware of any information showing that GM crops were different “in any meaningful or uniform way,” from non-GMO crops and therefore didn’t require testing. But 44,000 internal FDA documents made public by a lawsuit show that this was a complete lie. The overwhelming consensus among the FDA’s own scientists was that GM foods were quite different and could lead to unpredictable and hard-to-detect allergens, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. It turns out that FDA scientists, who had urged superiors to require long-term studies, were ignored. See, Failed Government Regulation.

Even though evidence of this apparent fraud at the FDA was presented at a Washington, D.C. press conference in 1999 with major media in attendance, the media didn’t alert the public. In fact, most Americans know so little about this subject, that only about 1 in 4 consumers even know if they’ve ever eaten a GM food in their lives, even though the vast majority of processed foods contain derivatives from the four major GM crops: soy, corn, cottonseed and canola. See, GM Foods at a Glance.

Here are some very important videos, both online and rentals.

How GMO food is affecting farmers and putting our biodiversity and food safety at risk. Monsanto’s bullying.

The Future of Food DVD- At the link below you can see clips from it, a synopsis etc.
http://www.thefutureoffood.com/synopsis.htm

FoodInc.com
A film about GMO's in our food supply.
http://www.foodincmovie.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqQVll-MP3I

YOUTUBE ANTI GMO VIDEOS (most about eight to ten minutes each):


The imprecise and worrisome science of GMO’s, the impact up the food chain and why we should be concerned:

The sneaky and dangerous politics behind the approval of GMO’s

For a short video, sort of a summary from author of Seeds of Deception: see:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=a7rXIujvXGc

For the full presentation they reference see the six links below (about an hour in total)

1 Health GMO & Political Deception by author of Seeds of Deception Jeffrey Smith ;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94d-KVorSHM

2 Health GMO & Political Deception by author of Seeds of Deception Jeffrey Smith ;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...xsyY&feature=related

3 Health GMO & Political Deception by author of Seeds of Deception Jeffrey Smith ;
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ggtAzd8HMj0

4 Health GMO & Political Deception by author of Seeds of Deception Jeffrey Smith ;
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Eyzu5NEWCTE

5 Health GMO & Political Deception by author of Seeds of Deception Jeffrey Smith ;
http://youtube.com/watch?v=ElKHbNAETME

6 Health GMO & Political Deception by author of Seeds of Deception Jeffrey Smith ;
http://youtube.com/watch?v=j4UmYU7cCkE


Monsanto’s Public Relations Marketing and Persuasion:

PRO GMO:

What are the risks of not going ahead with biotechnology?
http://www.monsanto.com/biotec...tates&id=TerryWanzek

Monsanto Experts on the Benefits of GMO
http://www.monsanto.com/biotec...llyModifiedFoodCrops

The starvation argument by ‘spokesperson’ from Kenya (whom I believe, had her education paid for by Monsanto’
http://www.monsanto.com/biotec...s.asp?id=RuthOniango
(ps I have notes on a video about hunger in which she was quoted broadly. It’s called Silent Killer and it’s fairly strongly pro GMO)

NON GMO SHOPPING GUIDE:

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/buy-non-gmo


For fun!

HUMOUR:

After all that, here’s a little something to lighten us up!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fofKzn6qSo

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/index.php Science in Society (lots of GMO safety related articles)



Information from UN related CIEL
http://www.ciel.org/Biodiversi...ersityLawReform.html
(ret. February 10, 2008)


To Sign up for newsletter from the Institute for Responsible Technology:
http://www.responsibletechnolo...Foods/FAQs/index.cfm


Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Technology:
http://www.psrast.org/
Original Post
SHOPPING NON GMO

By Greenpeace

Genetically Modified Ingredients Overview

Here is a summary of what crops, foods and food ingredients have been genetically modified as of July, 2007:

Currently Commercialized GM Crops in the U.S.:
(Number in parentheses represents the estimated percent that is genetically modified.)

Soy (91%)
Cotton (88%)
Canola (80-85%)
Corn (85%)
Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%)
Alfalfa, zucchini and yellow squash (small amount)
Tobacco (Quest® brand)

Other Sources of GMOs:

* Dairy products from cows injected with rbGH.
* Food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses
* Meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed
* Honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen
* Contamination or pollination caused by GM seeds or pollen

Some of the Ingredients That May Be Genetically Modified:

Vegetable oil, vegetable fat and margarines (made with soy, corn, cottonseed, and/or canola)

Ingredients derived from soybeans: Soy flour, soy protein, soy isolates, soy isoflavones, soy lecithin, vegetable proteins, textured vegetable protein (TVP), tofu, tamari, tempeh, and soy protein supplements.

Ingredients derived from corn: Corn flour, corn gluten, corn masa, corn starch, corn syrup, cornmeal, and High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Some Food Additives May Also Be Derived From GM Sources:

The list may change as we encounter new information: ascorbic acid/ascorbate (Vitamin C), cellulose, citric acid, cobalamin (vitamin B12), cyclodextrin, cystein, dextrin, dextrose, diacetyl, fructose (especially crystalline fructose), glucose, glutamate, glutamic acid, gluten, glycerides (mono- and diglycerides), glycerol, glycerol, glycerine, glycine, hemicellulose, , hydrogenated starch hydrolates, hydrolyzed vegetable protein or starch, inositol, invert sugar or inverse syrup, (also may be listed as inversol or colorose), lactic acid, lactoflavin, lecithin, leucine, lysine, maltose, maltitol, maltodextrin, mannitol, methylcellulose, milo starch, modified food starch, monooleate, mono- and diglycerides, monosodium glutamate (MSG), oleic acid, phenylalanine, phytic acid, riboflavin (Vitamin B2) sorbitol, stearic acid, threonine, tocopherol (Vitamin E), trehalose, xanthan gum, and zein.

Some of the Foods That May Contain GM Ingredients:

Infant formula
Salad dressing
Bread
Cereal
Hamburgers and hotdogs
Margarine
Mayonnaise
Crackers
Cookies
Chocolate
Candy
Fried food
Chips
Veggie burgers
Meat substitutes
Ice cream
Frozen yogurt
Tofu
Tamari
Soy sauce
Soy cheese
Tomato sauce
Protein powder
Baking powder (sometimes contains corn starch)
Powdered/Confectioner's sugar (often contains corn starch)
Confectioner's glaze
Alcohol
Vanilla
Powdered sugar
Peanut butter
Enriched flour
Vanilla extract (sometimes contains corn syrup)
Pasta
Malt
White vinegar

Non-Food Items That May Contain GM Ingredients:

Cosmetics
Soaps
Detergents
Shampoo
Bubble bath

Reference Sources for "Genetically Modified Ingredients Overview:

Natural Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture: Acreage. Available at: http://www.thecampaign.org/Acre-06-30-2006.pdf (2006)

Cornell Cooperative Extension, GEO-PIE (Genetically Engineered Organisms Public Issues Education) Project. http://www.geo-pie.cornell.edu/crops/ingredients.html

Ruth Winter , A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives: Descriptions in plain English of more than 12,000 ingredients both harmful and desirable found in foods, 6th ed. (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004).

Robert S. Igoe , The Dictionary of Food Ingredients, 2nd ed. (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1989).

Research Triangle Institute, "Economic Characterization of the Dietary Supplement Industry" March 1999. Available at: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~acrobat/ds-econ.pdf

Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) Online Database of the World Health Organization(WHO) Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) of the United Nations and the reports of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). Available at: http://www.codexalimentarius.n...additives/index.html

The University of Maryland Medical Center database of supplements by name: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/Cons...ups/Supplements.html

Archives of the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/

Reports of the European Commission Scientific Committee for Food: http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scf/reports_en.html

U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) PubMed Central (PMC): http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/

Also consulted the following industry sites:

http://www.corn.org/web/bioprod.htm
http://www.confectionerynews.c...anisco-xylitol-sugar
http://www.grainprocessing.com/food/malinfo.html
http://www.cargillfoods.com/pd...teners.pdf/ca198.pdf



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Is Your Food Safe?

Read the book, Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey Smith. Below is a promo for his book from his website:


What the biotech industry doesn't want you to know

The explosive exposé Seeds of Deception reveals how industry manipulation and political collusion-not sound science-allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet. Company research is rigged, alarming evidence of health dangers is covered up, and intense political pressure applied.

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Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted.
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Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.
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Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and seven of the 40 died within two weeks. The crop was approved without further tests.
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When a top scientist tried to alert the public about his alarming discoveries, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.

Read the actual internal memos by FDA scientists, warning of toxins, allergies, and new diseases-all ignored by their superiors, including a former attorney for Monsanto. Discover how industry studies are designed to avoid finding problems. Learn why the FDA withheld information from Congress after a genetically modified supplement killed nearly a hundred people and disabled thousands.

Eating such experimental food is gambling with your health. Find out how you can protect yourself and your family.

Jeffrey Smith is a master storyteller. His style captivates and charms, while his meticulously documented facts leave no doubt about a massive injustice.
Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception (www.SeedsofDeception.com)
presents a frightening, expose of the facts about corruption and deceit in the
food supply. This is a must read for anyone who eats on Earth. Below is an excerpt.

Consumers Have Been Given a False Sense of Security

About the Safety of Our Food Supply. You may have heard the FDA and food industry claims that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe, properly tested, and necessary to feed a hungry world. UNTRUE! Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are one of the most dangerous and radical changes to our food supply. These largely unregulated ingredients found in 60-70% of the foods in the US, are well worth the effort to avoid them.

Many consumers in the US mistakenly believe that the FDA approves GM foods through rigorous, in-depth, long-term studies. In reality, the agency has absolutely no safety testing requirements. Instead the agency relies on research from companies like Monsanto, research that is meticulously designed to avoid finding problems.

It’s easy to understand the FDA’s industry-friendly policy on regulation of GMOs when you see the revolving door between agency regulators and the companies they regulate. The White House mandate to the FDA (under the first George Bush) was to promote biotechnology and the person in charge of developing the agency’s policy at that time was a former Monsanto attorney, who later returned to Monsanto as their vice president.

The FDA has claimed it was not aware of any information showing that GM crops were different “in any meaningful or uniform way,” from non-GMO crops and therefore didn’t require testing. But 44,000 internal FDA documents made public by a lawsuit show that this was a complete lie. The overwhelming consensus among the FDA’s own scientists was that GM foods were quite different and could lead to unpredictable and hard-to-detect allergens, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. It turns out that FDA scientists, who had urged superiors to require long-term studies, were ignored. See, Failed Government Regulation.

Even though evidence of this apparent fraud at the FDA was presented at a Washington, D.C. press conference in 1999 with major media in attendance, the media didn’t alert the public. In fact, most Americans know so little about this subject, that only about 1 in 4 consumers even know if they’ve ever eaten a GM food in their lives, even though the vast majority of processed foods contain derivatives from the four major GM crops: soy, corn, cottonseed and canola. See, GM Foods at a Glance.
Many of you are not living in the US. However, Bovine Growth Hormone is being exported in milk and milk by products and milk ingredients. Don't assume that country of origin on the label verifies where the ingredients come from. In Canada for example, a "Product of Canada" can contain just 51% of the labour, packaging or ingredients or some combination of the above.

Milk products from Canada are routinely being exchanged for US, contaminated milk products that are sold on the global market at very cheap prices.And many, many processed foods are made in the USA.


The Health Hazards in Milk from Cows injected with rBGH

Milk from rBGH-treated cows has much higher levels of IGF-1, a hormone considered to be a high risk factor for breast, prostate, colon, lung, and other cancers. IGF-1 levels in milk from treated cows with rBGH can be up to 10 times higher. Studies suggest that pre-menopausal women below 50 years old with high levels of IGF-1 are seven times more likely to develop breast cancer. Men are four times more likely to develop prostate cancer. IGF-1 is implicated in lung and colon cancer.

Milk from rBGH-treated cows with its heightened IGF-1 levels also likely increases the rate of fraternal twin births in humans. In the United States, the number of fraternal twins grew at twice the rate as that in the United Kingdom, where rBGH is banned.

Milk from cows injected with rBGH also has lowered nutritional value, increased antibiotics and more pus from infected udders. Cows given rBGH experience higher rates of mastitis, a painful udder infection. When treated with antibiotics that are also used for people, bacteria resistant to these antibiotics end up in the milk, air, soil and water, resulting in increased antibiotic resistance in humans, a major health problem.

Labels that Lie

Within the US, many school systems have banned milk products from injected cows and dairies have refused to inject their cow with it. But a milk carton from Maine’s Oakhurst Dairy stating, “Our Farmers’ Pledge: No Artificial Growth Hormones” became the subject of controversy when on July 3, 2003 the dairy was sued by Monsanto over their labels. Oakhurst eventually settled, agreeing to add a sentence saying that according to the FDA no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from [rBGH]-treated and non- treated cows. But it’s a statement that is not true. Both Monsanto and FDA scientists had acknowledged the increase of IGF-1 in milk from treated cows. Higher amounts of pus and antibiotic residues in the milk were noted are as well. This misleading addition to the label was written by the FDA’s deputy commissioner of policy, Michael Taylor, previously Monsanto’s outside attorney who, after running policy at the FDA, became vice president of Monsanto. Could this revolving door between Monsanto and the government regulators (i.e. the movement from positions as biotech leaders to government policymaker and back again) be the one of the reasons why the FDA isn’t protecting US consumers?

To watch a video about how Fox News reporters were prevented from telling the public the truth about bovine growth hormone, click here and scan down the page:
http://www.seedsofdeception.co...ryProducts/index.cfm

For information about the labeling battle re this hormone:
http://www.seedsofdeception.co...ingBattles/index.cfm
Want to inform people you care about, or get involved in the cause, click this link:

http://www.seedsofdeception.co...TakeAction/index.cfm

Our governments are powerless against international trade laws that are written in favour of corporations over all else. The only sure way to slow down this horrendous spread of such dangerous technology is for us to change it at the consumer level. Refuse to buy it. Insist that your restaurant, grocer, pharmacist and health food store provide GMO free products for you. Eventually, they will. But we have to be serious about the boycott.

Tarilee

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