What exactly are GMOs and why should they be labeled?

(NaturalNews) GMOs (genetically modified organisms) were brought into the world by a chemical company, not an agriculture or food group. Monsanto created DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, marketed aspartame, and created bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to infect milking cows that put pus into commercial milk.

GMOs are created within the seeds of chosen parent crops in laboratories by “splicing” genes from completely unrelated species into those seeds. Normal plant hybrids are cultivated in soil over time by cross pollinating closely related plants.

So far, GMOs have invaded soy, corn, beets (for beet sugar), cotton, and alfalfa agriculture. Many GMO edibles are contained surreptitiously in a wide variety of processed foods, while GMO corn and soy are used by unnatural factory farm feed lots.

If you’ve been following NaturalNews for some time, you may recall several articles describing GMOs’ inherent human and animal health hazards as well as crop and environmental dangers. If not, you’ll find most of them here. (http://www.naturalnews.com/GMO.html)

GMOs damage crops, the environment, and the food chain

GMOs are often genetically created artificially to tolerate herbicides, made by Monsanto and others, that kill weeds. The herbicides contain glyphosates. Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is meant for Roundup Ready GMO crop seeds. It’s an extremely toxic glyphosate agent.

Glyphosates greatly harm grazing animals and pollute the wells and groundwater of farm areas where they’re used. (http://naturalsociety.com)

They create sterility and birth defects among animals and humans. Most of the honey bee die-off, or colony collapse, is attributed to glyphosates. If enough pollinating bees disappear, our food chain is endangered further.

Glophosate’s chelating capabilities remove minerals from the soil where they’re sprayed. So crops get increasingly worse while increasingly abundant Roundup resistant weeds, or super weeds, force farmers to add more toxic materials to Roundup.

It’s a vicious cycle for farmers who, conned by greater production promises, unwittingly signed on to Monsanto Roundup Ready GMO binding seed contracts. Monsanto uses patent laws to litigate against farmers whose non-GMO fields are contaminated by GMO fields, forcing smaller farms out of business.

Most farmers fold because they cannot afford the litigation. American farmers are attempting to organize against mostly Monsanto’s GMOs. European farmers have managed to resist thus far.

Why you should be concerned

Maybe the reasons summarized above are too abstract. So let’s get personal. Contrary to mainstream media’s (MSM) outlook, the jury is not out on GMOs. GMOs do destroy human and animal health while endangering non-GMO crops with contamination. That’s been discovered by several scientists acting independently.

They jeopardize their careers and even their lives by communicating what they find while the MSM ignores them. Anti-GMO activist and author Jeffrey Smith lists the casualties and summarizes Monsanto’s harassment here: (http://www.sott.net)

Agro-ecologist Don Lotter, Ph.D. released an inside scoop when he stated:

The promoter gene used … [the] cauliflower mosaic virus, … [was assumed to be] denatured in our digestive system, but it’s not. It has been shown to promote the transfer of transgenes from GM foods to the bacteria within our digestive system, which are responsible for 80 percent of our immune system function.

Read Lotter’s interview here: (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19468.cfm)

This from Wessex Natural Law research papers: The cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV 35S) used for plant genetic engineering is cited as a source of viral recombination as well as a gene silencer and DNA disruptor.

Forget petitioning the government. It’s so corrupted that one of Monsanto’s most ruthless executives, Michael Taylor, now serves in the Obama administration as FDA chief adviser, or “Food Czar.”

That’s why our only chance is to help California succeed with Proposition 37. GMO labeling may spill over from California making it easier to boycott GMOs. (http://www.kcet.org)

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7 Responses to "What exactly are GMOs and why should they be labeled?"

  1. Darius  September 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    “GMOs do destroy human and animal health while endangering non-GMO crops with contamination. That’s been discovered by several scientists acting independently.” – can you please provide at least one study supporting this statement and give a specific example of health hazards associated with GMO consumption?

    “The promoter gene used … [the] cauliflower mosaic virus, … [was assumed to be] denatured in our digestive system, but it’s not. It has been shown to promote the transfer of transgenes from GM foods to the bacteria within our digestive system, which are responsible for 80 percent of our immune system function.” – again, could you please provide any study, which would first, support the process of “the transfer of transgenes from GM foods to the bacteria” and second, explain how exactly this could affect or affects our immune function?

    I would be happy if you could check your sources and address at least these 2 comments to give some credibility to your text because it seems as you don’t have a basic understanding of what you’re writing about and both the article and interview with your ‘expert’ is full of nonsense…

    I do not support the monopoly of biotech companies for food (seeds) production but that’s entirely different problem than GMO’s themselves. Genetic modification of plants has a great potential to increase the efficiency of agriculture and actually REDUCE the use of harmful herbicides by creating pathogen resistant plants (for example). However, the main problem with the implementation of this (very useful) technology is a negative public perception, created by publishing texts like this one, which are full of negative rhetoric but lack any real arguments. I am not a plant biotechnologist myself but this domain of biotech currently has the biggest potential to directly benefit society if only we would be able to explain our science to non-specialist people as well as we can improve plants…

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    • joshua  April 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Darius you have said exactly what needed to be said!

    • Lisa Wilson  May 1, 2013 at 1:37 am

      Your comments reflect critical thinking, but you didn’t check the links in the article. They provide answers for your questions.
      My main issue with GMO, as a layman who just reads a lot, is that there is great potential, but also great danger and everything needs to be thoroughly tested. Currently, I am simply
      not seeing the testing I want to see before feeding the products to my family.

    • Brenda Hawes  June 3, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Darius, There are many studies regarding the dangers of ingesting GMOs and the consequences thereof. Check out Jeffrey Smith’s “Genetic Roulette” or “Seeds of Destruction” by Adrian Pasdar, James Morrison, Jesse Moss and Stefanie von Pfetten. The BT toxin in corn was put there to explode the intestines of bugs – what do you think that is doing to human intestines? I could give you many examples, but you should do your own research. Why would you trust any food that’s been modified by Monsanto who is the world’s largest pesticide manufacturer? Another one is Syngento who has been kicked out of their country – Switzerland, yet they plant their GMO fields in the US. Those who spray their fields are covered from head to toe and have to wear oxygen masks, yet people are expected to eat those foods. There is a reason pesticides are labeled as poison. I don’t feel that you have checked out the resources & references thoroughly or you would have an entirely different opinion. There are 52 countries that have banned GMO foods. China destroyed shipments of our corn, Hungary has burned fields and many countries are refusing our imported wheat, corn, etc. It has been proven that farmers now have to spray more powerful & more potent pesticides on their GMO crops because of the superbugs who have mutated. Also, if Monsanto is so proud of their GMO crops, why do they serve organic foods in their cafeteria? If it’s not good enough for them then why are we expected to ingest it?

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