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Let Food Be Thy Medicine…

Last week our family went on vacation. It was a combination of a family reunion on a beautiful lake in Virginia, and a college visiting tour.  There was lots of driving, eating food that wasn’t always organic, and a weekend full of hot, humid air and lots of sun.  We sped in a boat, water-skied, wake boarded, and went tubing.  At one point I feared one of them would get a concussion as I watched their heads and bodies bounce all over Smith Mountain Lake. All I could picture was their brains hitting their skulls.

They all complained of headaches during the vacation, including my husband and me.  Did I pull out the acetaminophen or ibuprofen? Not once. Did I give them something that made them feel better? Every time.  Besides making sure they were hydrated with plenty of water, (we brought the Zero water filter to get the F out,) I also had two remedies in my purse which really helped. One was ginger tablets, the other was tumeric. Today I’m going to tell you about ginger:

Ginger

Ginger

We keep ginger root in the freezer at all times at home. We always buy organic ginger, because we eat the skin too.  Simply pull it out of the freezer and grate it with a microplane into any recipe that calls for it; if you freeze it, you always have it on hand. (It is really good paired with garlic.)

When someone in the family feels sick – headache, sore throat, cold symptoms, or stomach ache, take a large chunk of ginger and toss it in a coffee or spice grinder with a shot glass full of juice. (We like to use tart cherry juice for it’s anti inflammatory properties and low sugar content.)  Pour it in a shot glass and “knock it back.” (My 16 year old son gets such a kick out of his mother telling him to do that!)  Ginger is also available in capsule form, which is convenient for having on hand in a purse or suitcase.

Most people associate ginger with anti nausea properties, but it is also an anti-inflammatory and can relieve pain like headache, menstrual cramps, and joint pain. Ginger also has antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic properties. It is an anti-inflammatory, and can relieve joint pain, menstrual pain, headaches, and more.

Ginger may help reduce nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, and has been shown to work better than a placebo in relieving morning sickness.
University of Maryland Medical Center, Ginger

Indigestion:  Ginger contains powerful protein-digesting enzymes and helps the stomach to move its contents quickly through it to the small intestine. It’s also an antispasmodic agent, which may help alleviate abdominal cramping.

You can make real ginger ale by steeping fresh ginger in filtered boiling water for a few minutes to a few hours.  Make simple syrup with filtered water and organic cane sugar (or sweeten the ginger water with raw honey.)  Add carbonated water to the sweet ginger water and give your family a REAL remedy for what ails them! (Ginger ale as it once was, – not high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring and fluoride-filled chlorine-filled water.)

References:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/30/ginger-health-benefits.aspx

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Testimony 2016: It’s time to remove Connecticut’s trigger clause and get GMOs labeled now!

Three years ago, when CT passed the first in the nation GMO Labeling law, our legislators had some concerns: 1) They were concerned that CT may get sued by corporate/biotech and food giants. 2) They were concerned that food prices would go up. 3) They were concerned that food would not be shipped to CT.

These concerns are no longer an issue.  Prices not going up, food will still be shipped to CT, and we won’t be sued.  Thanks to the small but mighty state of Vermont, which passed a law with NO trigger clauses, foods must be labeled by July 2016. Companies, including Campbell’s, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, and Con Agra, are beginning to comply. They are labeling all packaged foods containing genetically engineered foods, not just for Vermont, but for all Americans, in response to Vermont’s bill.

CT was the leader in 2013 and should continue to be a leader by removing the trigger clause from our existing law.  CT can play a big role in getting more companies to label. We can’t wait for the federal government to pass a law. And the federal government should not preempt state laws.  Federal laws that follow the states’ lead, should be stronger, not weaker.

Testimony of Elizabeth Beisel, R.D. LLC

Before the Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children March 3, 2016

Senator Bartolomeo, Representative Urban, and honorable members of the Committee on Children,

Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony supporting HB 5300, AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS IN CHILDREN’S FOOD. I am a clinical dietitian in private practice, and have been since 1988. For the past 4-5 years, I have volunteered most of my time to help lead a campaign called GMO free CT, which passed the first GMO labeling law in the country. How proud we all were, legislators, health professionals, and activists alike, when that happened.

Unfortunately, the need to know, (and I have clients who do have this need) has not been met. And now, CT’s law – the law we ALL fought for – is in jeopardy of being preempted by the Federal Government. Please do everything you can to prevent this from happening. We can’t know if GMOs are safe and harmless without labeling. Long term, independent, peer reviewed studies must be conducted to prove it.

Although choosing “organic” is an option, not all of our citizens can afford to buy strictly organic food.

Glyphosate – a profound reason to avoid GMOs

90% of GMOs are engineered to be glyphosate tolerant.  Originally patented in 1964 as a commercial pipe and boiler cleaner, glyphosate binds with Sulfur, Copper, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Cobalt, Selenium, Manganese, and other minerals necessary for good nutritional health. Many Americans today are deficient in these minerals and it is affecting our health and well being.  Glyphosate is a broad spectrum and powerful herbicide, and patented as such. It binds to minerals and makes them unavailable to plants, and interrupts a critical pathway so that proteins can’t be synthesized; the plants (weeds) die of starvation. The genetically modified, herbicide tolerant plants like corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets thrive however, and get consumed (glyphosate and all) by people and the animals that people consume.

Of particular concern is the consumption of this toxin by infants. Glyphosate may be present in breast milk, based on ELISA testing. It may also be present in formula made with gmo ingredients.

The FDA allowed GMOs  GRAS status (generally recognized as safe) by stating they are “nutritionally equivalent.” (Yet they are patented, because they have uniquely different attributes.) Furthermore, the USDA has redefined the weight of a bushel of corn from 56 to 54 pounds. (A bushel of corn had always been 56 pounds.) The reason is because GMO corn weighs less. It is missing 2 pounds of minerals per bushel. (The chelation process, caused by glyphosate, prevents the corn from absorbing important minerals.) ( -Dr. Theiry Vrain) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiU3Ndi6itk&app=desktop

The World Health Organization, which is made up of scientists from all over the world, recently stated that Glyphosate is a probable carcinogen in humans.

And finally, as I have mentioned to many of you in previous testimonies, glyphosate has been a patented antibiotic since 2010. (US Patent 7,771,736) It is a broad spectrum antibacterial, which destroys good bacteria that make up our microbiome including bacillus, enterococcus, bifidobacterium, lactobacillus, camphylobacter, and pseudomonas. It also seems to spare harmful bacteria such as clostridium difficile, (C-Diff) which may be why we are seeing an epidemic of C-diff infections. I have seen this increase in my own practice over the last 28 years. Our microbiome is our immune system – it contains 100 trillion bacteria which work with each other to protect us from disease. These bacteria account for 3-5 pounds of our body weight and weigh a little more than the brain! If we are constantly exposing our microbiome to glyphosate, an antibiotic, from the food we eat, the water we drink, and even the air we breath, are we destroying it? Perhaps this is why there has been a significant increase in chronic disease in the last twenty years. Most of the GE Food in America, not used as animal feed, is used to make processed food resulting in an obesity epidemic unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Readily available and inexpensive foods like, chips, cookies, fried food, and soda, are making us FAT and SICK.

The presence of glyphosate has been documented using LC/MS/MS testing in popular processed foods such as Sun Chips, Fruit Loops, and a Kashi cereal at levels high enough to kill the good gut bacteria of chickens. (Imagine what it is doing to our guts. There have been no human health trials because it is unethical.) http://www.gmofreeusa.org/food-testing/kelloggs/kelloggs-froot-loops/ http://www.gmofreeusa.org/food-testing/kelloggs/kashi-golean-original/ http://www.gmofreeusa.org/food-testing/frito-lay-sunchips/

I support HB 5300, because my clients and many of Connecticut’s citizens need to know how their food is produced.

We cannot continue to “maintain the illusion that one lives in a comfortable and rational world where new chemicals and technologies always mean progress, (where) experts are always objective and thorough, (where) corporations are honest, and (where) authorities can be trusted. That human actions, rather than genetics, might be responsible for compromising the health of a significant proportion of a whole generation is …unthinkable.” – Martha Herbert, M.D., PhD, Pediatric Neurologist, Harvard Medical School.

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy GMO Free Snacks

 

  • Air popped organic popcorn with melted organic butter or popped in coconut oil
  • Hummus on organic crackers, celery, or carrots
    • Hummus is usually made with soy or canola oil, so if you can’t find it made with olive oil, buy organic hummus
  • Any homemade cookie or muffin
    • You can usually cut the fat by ½ and the sugar by 1/3 – and always substitute organic whole wheat pastry flour
    • Depending on what it is, you can add chopped apricots, cranberries, carrots or berries for extra vitamins and fiber
  • Sunflower or pumpkin seeds
    • Make sure they’re roasted dry, without oil
  • Yogurt or a smoothie.
    • Whole milk yogurt tastes much better, makes us feel full for longer, and doesn’t let sugar enter the bloodstream so rapidly. Organic dairy products, like Stonyfield Farm, are free of GMO’s antibiotics, growth hormones, and high fructose corn syrup.
  • Pretzels, made with organic flour, water, and salt, with an organic cheese stick
  • Carrots with organic ranch dressing
  • Hard boiled organic, pasture- raised egg
  • Organic Apple sauce
  • Organic peanut, almond, cashew butter on organic apples or bananas
  • Nuts
    • Preferably dry roasted, rather than roasted in cheap oils like cottonseed, a highly pesticided, genetically modified oil.

Note: Both trans fat and high fructose corn syrup (now called “fructose” – thanks to a “pass” from the feds) are man-made substances that provide huge profits for the food industry. They are cheap, and have a much longer shelf life than “real food” alternatives. But they are harmful to our bodies, in the long term.

Only when the consumer stops buying these foods, will the industry stop using them.

You may notice that many suggestions contain saturated fat, like butter and cheese. Saturated fat is a much healthier alternative to trans fat (partially hydrogenated oil) and if the dairy products are organic, they are GM free. It is important, however, to limit portion size. Too much of anything can be unhealthy. Look at your child’s fist; this is about the size of her/his stomach.

It is actually easy to control portion size when you eat some “real” fat, because it is more satisfying. It gives a feeling of fullness, which lasts, and prevents the rapid rise, and fall, of blood sugar caused by eating carbohydrate alone.

Did you know that the presence of fat in the small intestine produces hormones that prevent hunger contractions?

Living with GMOs – a letter from America

Here is a powerful, provocative, and well researched/annotated letter written and signed by some very important and powerful groups and US citizens! It asks the EU and UK NOT to let GMOs into their countries without careful consideration about what it did in the US.

NGOs, scientists, anti-GM groups, celebrities, food manufacturers, and others representing 57 million Americans today publish an Open Letter to the UK and the entire EU warning of the serious and manifold hazards of GMO crops – and promising their support in our fight against them.

We are writing as concerned American citizens to share with you our experience of genetically modified (GM) crops and the resulting damage to our agricultural system and adulteration of our food supply. In our country, GM crops account for about half of harvested cropland. Around 94% of the soy, 93% of corn (maize) and 96% of cotton grown is GM (i). The UK and the rest of the EU have yet to adopt GM crops in the way that we have, but you are currently under tremendous pressure from governments, biotech lobbyists, and large corporations to adopt what we now regard as a failing agricultural technology. Polls consistently show that 72% of Americans do not want to eat GM foods and over 90% of Americans believe GM foods should be labeled (ii).

In spite of this massive public mandate, efforts to get our federal (iii) and state (iv) governments to better regulate, or simply label, GMOs are being undermined by large biotech and food corporations with unlimited budgets v and undue influence. As you consider your options, we’d like to share with you what nearly two decades of GM crops in the United States has brought us. We believe our experience serves as a warning for what will happen in your countries should you follow us down this road.

Broken Promises

GM crops were released onto the market with a promise that they would consistently increase yields and decrease pesticide use. They have done neither (vi). In fact, according to a recent US government report yields from GM crops can be lower than their non-GM equivalents. vii

Farmers were told that GM crops would yield bigger profits too. The reality, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, is different (viii). Profitability is highly variable, while the cost of growing these crops has spiraled (ix).

GM seeds cannot legally be saved for replanting, which means farmers must buy new seeds each year. Biotech companies control the price of seeds, which cost farmers 3-6 times more than conventional seeds (x). This, combined with the huge chemical inputs they require, means GM crops have proved more costly to grow than conventional crops. Because of the disproportionate emphasis on GM crops, conventional seed varieties are no longer widely available leaving farmers with less choice and control over what they plant (xi).

Farmers who have chosen not to grow GM crops can find their fields contaminated with GM crops as a result of cross pollination between related species of plants xii and GM and non-GM seeds being mixed together during storage. Because of this our farmers are losing export markets. Many countries have restrictions or outright bans on growing or importing GM crops xiii and as a result, these crops have become responsible for a rise in trade disputes when shipments of grain are found to be contaminated with GM organisms (xiv).

The burgeoning organic market here in the US is also being affected. Many organic farmers have lost contracts for organic seed due to high levels of contamination. This problem is increasing and is expected to get much bigger in the coming years.

Pesticides and Superweeds

The most widely grown types of GM crops are known as ‘Roundup Ready’ crops. These crops, mostly corn and soy, have been genetically engineered so that when they are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup – the active ingredient of which is glyphosate – the weeds die but the crop continues to grow.

This has created a vicious circle. Weeds have become resistant to the herbicide, causing farmers to spray even more. Heavier use of herbicides creates ever more ‘superweeds’ and even higher herbicide use. A recent review found that between 1996 and 2011, farmers who planted Roundup Ready crops used 24% more herbicide than non-GMO farmers planting the same crops (xv). If we remain on this trajectory with Roundup Ready crops we can expect to see herbicide rates increase by 25% each year for the foreseeable future.

This pesticide treadmill means that in the last decade in the US at least 14 new glyphosate-resistant weed species have emerged, xvi and over half of US farms are plagued with herbicide-resistant weeds (xvii). Biotech companies, which sell both the GM seeds and the herbicides, xviii have proposed to address this problem with the creation of new crop varieties that will be able to withstand even stronger and more toxic herbicides such as 2,4-D and dicamba. However it is estimated that if these new varieties are approved, this could drive herbicide use up by as much as 50% (xix).

Environmental Harm

Studies have shown that the increased herbicide use on Roundup Ready crops is highly destructive to the natural environment. For example, Roundup kills milkweeds, which are the key food source for the iconic Monarch butterfly xx and poses a threat to other important insects such as bees (xxi). It is also damaging to soil, killing beneficial organisms that keep it healthy and productive (xxii) and making essential micronutrients unavailable to the plant (xxiii).

Other types of GM plants, which have been engineered to produce their own insecticide (e.g. “Bt” cotton plants), have also been shown to harm beneficial insects including green lacewings (xxiv), the Daphnia magna waterflea (xxv) and other aquatic insects, (xxvi) and ladybugs (xxvii).

Resistance to the insecticides in these plants is also growing (xxviii), creating new varieties of resistant “superbugs” and requiring more applications of insecticides at different points in the growth cycle, for instance on the seed before it is planted (xxix). In spite of this, new Bt varieties of corn and soy have been approved here and will soon be planted.

A Threat to Human Health

GM ingredients are everywhere in our food chain. It is estimated that 70% of processed foods consumed in the US have been produced using GM ingredients. If products from animals fed GM feed are included, the percentage is significantly higher. Research shows that Roundup Ready crops contain many times more glyphosate, and its toxic breakdown product AMPA, than normal crops (xxx).

Traces of glyphosate have been found in the breastmilk and urine of American mothers, as well as in their drinking water (xxxi). The levels in breastmilk were worryingly high – around 1,600 times higher than what is allowable in European drinking water. Passed on to babies through breastmilk, or the water used to make formula, this could represent an unacceptable risk to infant health since glyphosate is a suspected hormone disrupter (xxxii). Recent studies suggest that this herbicide is also toxic to sperm (xxxiii)

Likewise, traces of the Bt toxin have been found in the blood of mothers and their babies (xxxiv). GM foods were not subjected to human trials before being released into the food chain and the health impacts of having these substances circulating and accumulating in our bodies are not being studied by any government agency, nor by the companies that produce them.

Studies of animals fed GM foods and/or glyphosate, however, show worrying trends including damage to vital organs like the liver and kidneys, damage to gut tissues and gut flora, immune system disruption, reproductive abnormalities, and even tumors (xxxv). These scientific studies point to potentially serious human health problems that could not have been anticipated when our country first embraced GMOs, and yet they continue to be ignored by those who should be protecting us. Instead our regulators rely on outdated studies and other information funded and supplied by biotech companies that, not surprisingly, dismiss all health concerns.

A Denial of Science

This spin of corporate science stands in stark contrast to the findings of independent scientists.

In fact, in 2013, nearly 300 independent scientists from around the world issued a public warning that there was no scientific consensus about the safety of eating genetically modified food, and that the risks, as demonstrated in independent research, gave “serious cause for concern” (xxxvi).

It’s not easy for independent scientists like these to speak out. Those who do have faced obstacles in publishing their results, been systematically vilified by pro-GMO scientists, been denied research funding, and in some cases have had their jobs and careers threatened (xxxvii)

Control of the Food Supply

Through our experience we have come to understand that the genetic engineering of food has never really been about public good, or feeding the hungry, or supporting our farmers. Nor is it about consumer choice. Instead it is about private, corporate control of the food system.

This control extends into areas of life that deeply affect our day-to-day well-being, including food security, science, and democracy. It undermines the development of genuinely sustainable, environmentally friendly agriculture and prevents the creation of a transparent, healthy food supply for all. Today in the US, from seed to plate, the production, distribution, marketing, safety testing, and consumption of food is controlled by a handful of companies, many of which have commercial interests in genetic engineering technology. They create the problems, and then sell us the so-called solutions in a closed cycle of profit generation that is unequalled in any other type of commerce. We all need to eat, which is why every citizen should strive to understand these issues.

Time to Speak Out!

Americans are reaping the detrimental impacts of this risky and unproven agricultural technology. EU countries should take note: there are no benefits from GM crops great enough to offset these impacts. Officials who continue to ignore this fact are guilty of a gross dereliction of duty. We, the undersigned, are sharing our experience and what we have learned with you so that you don’t make our mistakes.

We strongly urge you to resist the approval of genetically modified crops, to refuse to plant those crops that have been approved, to reject the import and/or sale of GM-containing animal feeds and foods intended for human consumption, and to speak out against the corporate influence over politics, regulation and science. If the UK and the rest of Europe becomes the new market for genetically modified crops and food our own efforts to label and regulate GMOs will be all the more difficult, if not impossible. If our efforts fail, your attempts to keep GMOs out of Europe will also fail. If we work together, however, we can revitalize our global food system, ensuring healthy soil, healthy fields, healthy food and healthy people.


See below for Signatories – NGOs, academics, scientists, anti-GM groups, celebrities, food manufacturers, and others representing around 57 million Americans.

How to avoid eating GMOs

The easiest way to avoid GMOs is to purchase  products labeled “Non GMO Project Verified.”  However many of these products, although not GMO, are still sprayed with glyphosate, to dry them out right before harvest. Three of the biggest culprits are wheat, sugar cane, and tea.  If you want to avoid GMOs AND glyphosate (as well as dicamba and 2,4-D (1/2 of Agent Orange) choose USDA ORGANIC.

Below is more specific information on avoiding GMOs:

Meat:  Organic meat is expensive.  Serve much smaller portions of meat and increase the vegetables significantly.

“Vegetarian fed” meat means the cows were fed GMO corn, soy, and alfalfa.   The healthiest beef is 100% grass fed, AND organic. (Organic cows can’t be fed GMO alfalfa, 100% grass fed cows can.)  Grass-fed animal protein is higher in CLA – conjugated linoleic acid- that may help prevent cancer.

It is possible to find grass fed meat of all kinds, but make sure you ask for 100% grass fed/organic and avoid “vegetarian fed.”

Poultry:  The healthiest poultry is allowed to graze on pasture eating bugs and getting sun.  Chicken that is “cooped up” in tiny cages, and fed GM corn and soy should be avoided.

Organic free range chicken is the next best choice.

Fish: Buy wild caught fish, not farmed fish.

Eggs:  The best eggs come from chickens that are pastured.  Local farmers may sell them, but you must ask them if their feed is organic.  If it is not organic, the chickens are getting GM corn and soy as their food.  Organic, cage free eggs from the store are the next best choice.

Peanut Butter:  Luckily, peanuts are not yet GMO.  But the oils mixed into peanut butter may be.  It is best to buy organic peanut butter to avoid the trans fat that is a component of typical peanut butter. Also, since peanuts are rotated with cotton, which is gmo and sprayed with glyphosate, it is best to avoid non-organic peanut butter, in case the soil they were grown in contains glyphosate from the previous year’s cotton spraying.  Make sure that the only ingredients are peanuts and salt.

Other nut butters:  It is best to buy organic nut butters. It is easy to make; soak nuts first to increase the nutrient content. Then roast, and puree.

Cheese:  Make sure the label states “from cows not injected with bovine growth hormone” (RBST)   Also, if the cheese is organic, this means the cows were not given GM feed.  Cheeses from Europe that are not organic are less likely to be from GM fed animals, but in April 2013 many UK supermarkets abandoned their long-standing non-GM feed policies. Europe does accept imported GMO animal feed.   American-made cheese will most likely come from GM fed animals, unless it is organic. Also, the rennet used to coagulate the cheese is usually genetically modified. (Although European cheese makers don’t use the type of rennet that is GMO for domestic use, they do use it for cheese to be shipped to America, because it is cheaper.)  Bottom line, buy organic cheese whenever possible.

Fats:  Healthy fats include organic butter, (pasture butter is even better), olive oil, (the regulation in this industry is very poor and often olive oil is cut with cheaper oils such as corn, soy or canola, so to be sure use organic olive oil, or purchase from a quality vendor. Many olive oils are now labeled “non- gmo project verified.” See the book, Extra Virginity,  by Tom Mueller, for more information.) Other healthy oils include grape seed oil, sesame oil, avocado oil,  organic peanut oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil.

A very healthy oil to saute with is called “Mary’s oil Blend.”  It is made by combining 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 coconut oil, and 1/3 sesame oil.  It was developed by a lipid chemist named Mary Enig, PhD, an authority on fats and fat metabolism.  For great information on fat, google her.  If you’re concerned about eating saturated fats, google: “The Oiling of America, by Mary Enig.” (You really don’t need to be concerned.)

Avoid margarine, vegetable oil, and vegetable shortening.  These are all heavily pesticided, genetically modified, processed oils, and usually contain trans fat.

Breads:  Choose organic whole grain bread.  Most whole wheat bread that is not organic contains high fructose corn syrup, and the wheat has likely been sprayed with glyphosate – a probable carcinogen- to dry it out and bring it to market faster.  Sprouted wheat bread is another excellent choice. Avoid white bleached flour that injures the pancreas, and often contains unnecessary additives that are GMO.  Organic cereal is a must to avoid GM corn.

Fruits and Vegetables: Currently the only fruits and vegetables that are genetically modified include some zucchini, crookneck squash, Arctic Apples, Russet potatoes, Hawaiian papaya, and sugar beets. (“Sugar” on a label, normally means much of it comes from GMO sugar beets.  Insist on 100% organic cane sugar, since conventional cane sugar is sprayed with glyphosate to dry it out before harvesting.

 

Suggested resources to learn more about GMOs

BooksSeeds of Deception by Jeffrey Smith, Organic Manifesto by Marie Rodale, Genetically Altered Foods and Your Health, by Ken Roseboro, GMO Myths and Truths, by Michael Antonio, Claire Robinson, and John Fagan.

Websites: www.responsibletechnology.org, www.centerforfoodsafety,

www.Mercola.com, www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/, www.NOFA.orgwww.nongmoproject.org, www.organicconsumers.org,www.biointegrity.org.,www.gmofreeusa.com

www.gmofreeplanet.com,

State initiatives and Facebook Pages:  GMO Free USA, GMO Free CT(and other states,)

Movies:  Genetic Roulette, Seeds of Deception, GMO OMG, Deconstructing Supper, Food Inc., The World According to Monsanto, Seeds of Death, Seeds of Destruction

 

The possible Health Risks associated with GMOs

Genetically Engineered foods have never been scientifically tested in human trials.
When animals fed GM foods and/or glyphosate, are studied by independent scientists for a period greater than three months however, results find damage to vital organs like the liver and kidneys, damage to gut tissues and gut flora, immune system disruption, reproductive abnormalities, and tumors. These scientific studies continue to be ignored by those who should be protecting us.
There is also a strong correlation between the onset of GMOs (and the pesticides used with them) into our food supply and the rapid rise in many health problems including: food allergies, autism, ADHD, asthma, infertility, stage II diabetes, obesity, birth defects, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer.  Without labeling, these correlations can not be proven. We must have GMO foods labeled so that we can trace and hold accountable what may very well be causing such a rapid rise in debilitating health trends.
Currently, the FDA, EPA, and USDA rely on outdated studies and other information funded and supplied by chemical companies that, not surprisingly, dismiss all health concerns. (These companies profit from the sale of the GM seeds as well as the sale of the pesticides that the seeds are resistant to.)
Currently 64 countries ban or require labeling of foods containing GMOs. These countries include member nations of the European Union, Russia, China, Brazil, Australia, Turkey and South Africa.
 For a complete list of countries that ban or require labeling, please consult The Center For Food Safety’s website:  http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/976/ge-food-labeling/international-labeling-laws