Genetically Modified Chaos
We are what we eat. In the past, food co-evolved with humans; food strengthened, nourished and empowered people. Modern, industrialized food production, however, has seriously compromised the safety and sustainability of our food supply, as graphically depicted in the recent documentary Food, Inc. In addition to unsanitary, unethical and non-nutritive food production practices, the rise of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our food supply could potentially wipe out the existence of all natural seed varieties and foods, leaving us with nothing but Frankenfoods in our diet.
Hailed as "superfood" solutions to possible food shortages in the future, GMO foods are more resistant to pests, droughts and spoilage. However, genetically modified seeds, the majority of which are now patented and owned by Monsanto company, require regular application of Monsanto-owned pesticides in order to grow and be harvested and are not self-reproducing. New seeds and more pesticides must be bought annually. With the acceleration of GMO food production, natural varieties of seeds that took thousands of years to perfect are becoming extinct. In Imagine a World Without Butterflies(http://www.Amberwaves.org, 2009), author Alex Jack describes how thousands of varieties of brown rice have become extinct in India in just the past three years alone.
Unlike hybrids that use the same species for gene splicing, GMOs are created from insect, reptile, bacteria, fish, and mammal genes ― creatures that would never, and could never, combine in the wild. Each of these genes was once part of an organism that had entirely different evolutionary goals. Now they are spliced together into one food, struggling for dominance with each other within a life form that was originally designed with a different purpose, all with little or no scientific evidence about the long term effects ― a chaotic situation indeed!
In an August, 2010 letter to consumers on their website, Kellogg's announced that "biotech [GMO] ingredients are safe and have become common in the open market. Sixty to seventy percent of packaged foods in the US include biotechnology crops." Estimates suggest that as much as 90% of our food supply will be GMO (and corporately owned and patented) within three years unless consumers become educated and take action now. GMO foods are currently not required to be labeled in the US. Join the campaign to be part of the non-GMO tipping point by visiting http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com and following these guidelines:
1. Eat organic food, preferably purchased locally. Current regulations forbid GMO foods to be labeled organic.
2. Buy heirloom varieties of food. If you garden, use heirloom seeds. Do your part to keep more varieties of seeds in use.
3. Read labels of all packaged products, even in health food stores. Look for the words, “whole” before grains, and “certified organic” for products that contain soybeans. Some manufacturers voluntarily place “non-GMO” labels on items.
4. Purchase organic oils. Many oils are extracted from GMOs, specifically corn oil, canola oil, and soybean oil. If the label doesn’t say certified organic, assume a high likelihood of genetically modified foods.
5. Corn and soybeans are among the foods most suspect to genetic modification. They are in countless products such as high fructose corn syrup, lecithin, and soybean oil. Almost all (non-organic) soybean products come from Monsanto Roundup Ready soybeans.
6. Assume animals are fed genetically modified foods unless they come from a reputable source — one that will supply information about the type of feed used. Farm raised fish are no exception.
7. Unless you are certain of the integrity of a particular restaurant, assume they don’t use organic or non-GMO ingredients and use soybean oil for deep-frying, as it is cheap.
Contact your legislators and ask them to support H.R. 5577 Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act. Originally introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), this bill aims to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to require that food that contains a genetically engineerd material or that is produced with a genetically engineered material, be labeled accordingly. For up to the minute legislative updates on all issues and elected officials visit http://www.capwiz/grassrootsnetroots/home. Sign up for NaturalNews Insider Alerts from http://www.naturalnews.com and receive daily news and commentary on many natural health issues including GM food.
Information courtesy of Dennis Willmont, L.Ac, Visit http://www.willmountain.com. Read more GMO information in EarthTalk:GMO's on page 24 this issue.