are surrounded by false promises and failed technology; virtually
all of the claims of benefit of GM crops – increased yields, more
food production, controlled pests and weeds, reductions in chemical
use in agriculture, drought-tolerant seeds – have not materialized.
to the claim of feeding the world, genetic engineering has not
increased the yield of a single crop
have led to the creation of superweeds and superpests, while actually
necessitating increased pesticide and herbicide use
concerns related to GMOs continue to mount and include fertility
and reproductive problems, inflammatory reactions, allergies,
organ damage and more
processed foods and eating organic are two of the best ways to
avoid GM ingredients
processed foods in the United States contain genetically modified
(GM) ingredients, particularly Bt corn and Roundup Ready soy.
and other GM varieties are now planted on nearly 4 billion acres
of land throughout 29 countries, as their makers (primarily Monsanto,
Dupont, Syngenta) continue to praise their worth.
which have created patents and intellectual property rights so that
they now control close to 70 percent of global seed sales, extol
the virtues of GM crops as though they are a panacea for ending
world hunger and solving the food crisis.
But in fact,
as a new report coordinated by Navdanya and Navdanya International,
the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture,
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and others, has stated, GM crops
are surrounded by false promises and failed yields, to the extent
that they are now destroying the food system.
Failed to Deliver
of the claims of benefit of GM crops – increased yields, more food
production, controlled pests and weeds, reductions in chemical use
in agriculture, drought-tolerant seeds – have not materialized.
to the claim of feeding the world, genetic engineering has not
increased the yield of a single crop.
tolerant (Roundup Ready) crops were supposed to control weeds
and Bt crops were intended to control pests. Instead of controlling
weeds and pests, GE crops have led to the emergence of super weeds
and super pests … Herbicide resistant crops such as Roundup Ready
cotton can create the risk of herbicide resistant "superweeds"
by transferring the herbicide resistance to weeds.
claims that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will lower the
levels of chemicals (pesticides and herbicides) used, this has
not been the case. This is of great concern both because of the
negative impacts of these chemicals on ecosystems and humans,
and because there is the danger that increased chemical use will
cause pests and weeds to develop resistance, requiring even more
chemicals in order to manage them.
has been claiming that through genetic engineering it can breed
crops for drought tolerance and other climate-resilient traits.
This is a false promise.
false claims made by Monsanto and the Biotechnology industry is
that GE foods are safe. However, there are enough independent
studies to show that GE foods can cause health damage.
GM Crops do
Not Increase Yields
promises, GM crops are failing miserably all across the world. The
reality simply isn't living up to the hype of increased yields of
healthy crops. After 30 years of GMO experimentation, we have the
data to show no increase in yields. On the contrary GM soya has
decreased yields by up to 20 percent compared with non-GM soya.
Up to 100 percent failures of Bt cotton have been recorded in India.
You can also
to Yield, a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which
reviewed two-dozen academic studies of GM corn and soybeans. What
they concluded was that genetically engineering herbicide-tolerant
soybeans and herbicide-tolerant corn has not increased yields,
and insect-resistant corn improved yields only marginally.
in yields for both crops over the last 13 years, the report found,
was largely due to traditional breeding or improvements in agricultural
The empty promise
of increased yields has continued despite more than a decade of
failures! In 1997, the Mississippi Seed Arbitration Council actually
recommended Monsanto pay nearly $2 million to three cotton farmers
who suffered severe crop losses after the company's Roundup Ready
cotton failed to perform as advertised. And this is occurring not
just in the United States but all over the globe.
Citizen's Report states:
Monsanto's Indian advertising campaign reports a 50 percent increase
in yields for its Bollgard cotton, a survey conducted by the Research
Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology found that the yields
in all trial plots were lower than what the company promised."
Superweeds and Superpests Causing Pesticide Use to Spiral Out of
Agent Orange and PCBs, and now we have glyphosate, the active ingredient
in Monsanto's nonselective broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup. Massive
acreage of soybeans, cotton, and corn grown in the United States
contain the GM Roundup Ready gene and all of these crops
receive numerous applications of Roundup each and every year.
is proving to be no match for Mother Nature.
that more than 130 types of weeds spanning 40 U.S. states are now
herbicide-resistant, and the superweeds
are showing no signs of stopping. In fact, it's getting progressively
worse. Extremely hardy Roundup-resistant weeds are already boosting
costs and cutting crop yields for U.S. farmers. And with world food
stores already strained, diminished crop production is a serious
of these superweeds is leading farmers to douse their fields with
ever increasing amounts of herbicides in a desperate attempt to
stop their spread.
Citizen's Report states:
15 million acres are now overtaken by Roundup resistant "superweeds",
and, in an attempt to stop the spread of these weeds, Monsanto has
started offering farmers a "rebate" of up to $6 per acre for purchasing
and using other, more lethal herbicides. These rebates offset approximately
25 to 35 percent of cost of purchasing the other herbicides"
Bt cotton sold under the trade name "Bollgard" was supposed to control
the Bollworm pest. Today, the Bollworm has become resistant to Bt
cotton and now Monsanto is selling Bollgard II with two additional
toxic genes in it. New pests have emerged and farmers are using
details how Bt
crops in particular are a recipe for the creation of super pests,
as they contain added genes for Bt toxins that allow the plants
to produce their own insecticides (this Bt toxin, by the way, has
been found circulating
in the blood of pregnant women and fetuses). Because the plants
release the toxin continuously, pests can actually evolve resistance
to it, and farmers still have to use pesticides despite Monsanto's
promises to the contrary. And to make matters worse, other beneficial
insects like bees and Monarch butterflies may be negatively impacted.
justification for the genetic engineering of Bt into crops is that
this will reduce the use of insecticides. Bt cotton is among the
'miracles' being pushed by corporations like Monsanto as a solution
to the pesticide crisis. One of the Monsanto brochures had a picture
of a few worms and stated, "You will see these in your cotton and
that's O.K. Don't spray."
in Texas, Monsanto faced a lawsuit filed by 25 farmers over Bt cotton
planted on 18,000 acres which suffered cotton bollworm damage and
on which farmers had to use pesticides in spite of corporate propaganda
that genetic engineering meant an end to the pesticide era."
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have discovered a number of health problems related to genetically
modified foods, however these studies have been repeatedly ignored
by both the European Food Safety Authority and the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA). GM foods are typically regarded as equivalent
to their conventional counterparts. This, however, is flawed logic
because GM foods contain foreign genes that have never before been
introduced into the food supply.
debate has been repeatedly suppressed by bad science. One of the
unscientific strategies used to extinguish the safety discussion
is tautologically define a novel organism or novel food created
through genetic engineering as 'substantially equivalent' to conventional
organisms and foods. However, genetically engineered crop or food
is different because it has genes from unrelated organisms – it
cannot, therefore, be treated as equivalent to a nongenetically
engineered crop or food.
the biotechnology industry itself gives up the claim of 'substantial
equivalence' when it claims patents on GMOs on grounds of novelty."
has revealed stark differences. For instance, an analysis
of 19 animal studies revealed that nearly 10 percent of blood,
urine, organ and other parameters tested were significantly influenced
by GMOs, with the liver and kidneys faring the worst.
study discovered that female rats fed GM soy for 15 months showed
significant changes in their uterus and reproductive cycle, compared
to rats fed organic soy or those raised without soy. This finding
adds to a mounting body of evidence suggesting that GM foods can
contribute to a number of reproductive disorders, including:
in reproductive hormones, such as excessive production of estrogen,
progesterone, follicle stimulating hormone, and luteinizing hormone
menstruation, in which menstrual discharge travels backwards into
the body rather than through the uterus, which can cause a disease
known as endometriosis, which may lead to infertility. The disorder
can also produce pelvic and leg pain, gastrointestinal problems,
chronic fatigue, and a wide variety of other symptoms
study performed by Irina Ermakova with the Russian National Academy
of Sciences reported that more than half the babies
from mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, while the
death rate in the non-GM soy group was only 10 percent. Additionally,
the babies in the GM group were smaller, and, worst of all, could
not reproduce. In a telling coincidence, after Ermakova's feeding
trials were completed, her laboratory started feeding all
the rats in the facility a commercial rat chow using GM soy. Within
two months, the infant mortality facility-wide reached 55 percent...
in terms of reliability, there's a big difference between corporate
science, which tends to primarily favor and support corporate interests,
and independent science, performed without preconceived bias.
you to simply trust them because they're "experts" and their industry-funded
studies "prove" their GM foods are safe. But these same experts
also told you PCB's, Agent Orange, and DDT was safe, and we now
know those claims were far from accurate. The industry will also
attack independent researchers who attempt to tell you otherwise.
The Global Citizen's Report states:
Dr. Arpad Pusztai's research has shown that rats fed with GE potatoes
had enlarged pancreases, their brains had shrunk, and their immunity
had been damaged. Dr. Eric Seralini's research demonstrated that
organ damage can occur. … The Biotechnology Industry attacked
Dr. Pusztai and Dr. Seralini and every scientist who has done independent
research on GMOs. GMOs cannot co-exist with the independence and
freedom of science."
There are too
many health concerns relating to GM foods to list, but some of the
most concerning uncovered to date include:
of inflammatory response
to sperm cells
As one of the
most credentialed plant pathologists, Dr. Huber, professor emeritus
at Purdue University says:
historians come to write about our era they are not going to write
about the tons of chemicals we did or didn't apply. When it comes
to glyphosate they are going to write about our willingness to sacrifice
our children and to jeopardize our very existence by risking the
sustainability of our agriculture; all based upon failed promises
and flawed science. The only benefit is that it affects the bottom-line
of a few companies. There's no nutritional value."
Milk on Drugs - Just Say No!, which exposes the dangers of
GM bovine growth hormones. Any parent still feeding their child
milk from cows injected with rBGH needs to see this film! They'll
never make the same mistake again…
Since the U.S.
government prevents the labeling of GM foods, it's imperative to
educate yourself on what they are, and to help spread awareness
on how to avoid these foods. First and foremost, avoid most processed
foods, unless it's labeled USDA 100% Organic. You can
also avoid GM foods that are not found in processed foods, if you
know what to look for. There are currently eight genetically modified
food crops on the market (plus GM alfalfa is used as an animal feed):
from sugar beets
(used in vegetable cooking oils)
varieties of zucchini
The free Non-GMO
Shopping Guide is a great resource to help you determine which
food brands and processed food products are GM-free. Print it out
for yourself, and share it with everyone you know. If you feel more
ambitious you can order
the Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure in bulk, and bring them to
the grocery stores in your area. Talk to the owner or manager and
get permission to post them in their store.
to help you find non-GMO organically grown, wholesome food in your
area, check out these helpful resources:
Harvest This Web site will help you find farmers'
markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown
food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats,
and many other goodies.
Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals
The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised
meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants,
inns, and hotels, and online outlets in the United States and
The FoodRoutes "Find Good Food" map can help you connect
with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible.
On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers,
CSA's, and markets near you.
Action Item: Support California's Ballot Initiative to Label GMO's!
In 2007, then-Presidential
candidate Obama promised to "immediately" require GM labeling if
elected. So far, nothing of the sort has transpired.
24 US states have (as part of their state governance) something
called the Initiative Process, where residents can bring to ballot
any law they want enacted, as long as it has sufficient support.
California has been busy organizing just such a ballot initiative
to get mandatory labeling for genetically engineered foods sold
in their state. The proposed law will be on the ballot for 2012.
and Washington are also starting similar campaigns.
is the 8th largest economy in the world, a win for the California
Initiative would be a huge step forward, and would affect ingredients
and labeling nation-wide. Last month, a coalition of consumer, public
health and environmental organizations, food companies, and individuals
submitted the California
Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act to the State Attorney
General. Now, they need 800,000 signatures to get the Act on next
I urge you
to get involved and help in any way you can.