Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food

Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food

by Beth Harrison, PhD

recently won 4 book awards:


2008 Independent Publisher

(IPPY) Award

1st Place WINNER

Outstanding Book of the Year

Most Progressive Health Book



2008 Eric Hoffer Award

Health Category


2008 Next Generation

Indie Award

Health / Wellness Category

Current Events Category


Hidden in Plain Sight:

Genetically engineered (GE) food, also known as genetically modified (GM) food, genetically manipulated food, genetically altered foods, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and "Frankenfood."

Genetically Engineered Food Quick Facts:

  • No crops on the market today are genetically engineered to increase crop yield, resist drought, or reduce chemical fertilizer use. They haven't helped third world countries, they aren't feeding the world, and they haven't lowered food prices at all.
  • GE food has never been proven safe for human consumption; scientists have no idea what it will do to people who eat it. There is a significant body of scientific evidence that has proven serious human health risks associated with it.
  • As far as U.S. regulatory agencies are concerned, if a biotech company says its products are safe, that is enough for approval.
  • Genetically engineered food is not labeled in the United States. At the same time, more than 40 countries have either banned GE food outright or have laws requiring the labeling of it—giving citizens in those countries the freedom to choose not to eat it.

GE food is not helping the planet, consumers, wildlife, or the environment. They are unlabeled and carry health risks. Why are our taxpayer dollars heavily subsidizing this industry and why are we being force-fed GE food?

Four-time award-winning Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food is a stunning eye-opener! It reveals information you need to know that you won’t find in the mainstream media and delves into how some of the top corporations that control your food have repeatedly done business at the expense of public health. It tells the truth about GE food and how and why you have been kept in the dark about it. The book also outlines what foods to avoid and how you can take action in getting involved with organizations that are advocating for public health.

Did you know that you eat genetically modified foods every day?

This novel technology has virtually invaded the grocery store and taken over the food on our shelves. An estimated 70-75% of processed foods on supermarket shelves-from soda to soup, corn chips to veggie burgers, pizza, and even baby food and infant formula-contain GE ingredients.

Why should you care?

Whether you’re “into health” or not, you eat three meals a day. Genetically engineered foods have never been proven safe for human consumption. This is personal.

Nearly every independent animal feeding safety study on GE foods (not funded by the biotechnology industry) demonstrates adverse or unexplained health effects. We’re eating GE food, too. What is it doing to us?

There are many documented health risks associated with GE food. According to independent scientists, human health effects of consuming GE foods can include toxic and allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, immune suppression, and even cancer.

Dr. David Suzuki, scientist, geneticist, and environmentalist recently commented about GMOs:

“Any scientist that tells you they are safe is either ignorant or lying to you.”

Who is responsible for the safety of GE food?

As one of the U.S. regulatory agencies, the FDA’s mission is to protect public health. So where does the FDA stand on the safety of genetically engineered foods? As far as U.S. regulatory agencies are concerned, if a biotech company says its products are safe, that is enough for approval.

In its 1992 Statement of Food Policy, the FDA asserted:

“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety.”

But wait! According to biotech-giant Monsanto’s former director of corporate communications,

“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”

So, if neither the U.S. government nor the U.S. food producers are responsible for the safety of genetically modified food, who is?

"The FDA has placed the interest of a handful of biotechnology companies ahead of their responsibility to protect public health. By failing to require testing and labeling of genetically engineered foods, the agency has made consumers unknowing guinea pigs for potentially harmful, unregulated food substances."
Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety

Genetically engineered foods and side effects—what are the health hazards of eating genetically modified food?

Some people have asked, “Where is the proof that GE food is dangerous?” The real question ought to be:

Where is the independent scientific evidence that GE food is safe?

Only a handful of independent safety tests have ever been conducted and none prove safety of GE food for human consumption. Nearly every independent animal feeding study on GE food shows adverse or unexplained effects, such as problems with their growth and organ development, damaged immune systems and damaged organs, bleeding stomachs, and increased death rates.

According to independent scientists, human health effects of consuming GE food can include toxic and allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, immune suppression, and even cancer.

Conventional milk products such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and butter may be altered with a synthetic GE bovine growth hormone (rBGH). The rBGH effect on humans has been linked to elevated risks of cancer. As a side effect of rBGH, cows have been known to suffer from shortened life spans, mastitis, increased birth defects, and high rates of diseases, infertility, and stress.

Based on scientific evidence, Canada, 28 European member states, Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Japan have all banned the use and import of rBGH milk and dairy products.

Who benefits from genetically altered food?

Biotech corporations benefit—not you—yet you bear the health risks. According to its largest trade organization, the multi-billion dollar biotech industry’s goal is simply “to build revenue and a profit-generating business.”

In 2006, the USDA acknowledged that GE crop yields are not greater than those of conventional crops and a compelling number of studies by independent scientists demonstrate that GE crop yields are lower than, or at best, equivalent to, yields from non-GE varieties.

In addition, most GE crops are destined for markets in wealthy countries for animal feed and food processing—they are not about solving world hunger. Multinational corporations engineer seeds for food crops and have sold hundreds of millions of tons of their chemicals for use with their proprietary GE seeds.

Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food delves into how some of the top corporations that control your food have repeatedly done business at the expense of public health. These are some of the same companies that brought us Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT. For more than a decade, they have been reprogramming, patenting, and owning an increasing amount of the world’s food supply—without public debate.

Genetic engineering in food and non-labeling

Genetically engineered food is not labeled in the United States. At the same time, more than 40 countries have either banned GE food outright or have laws requiring the labeling of it—giving citizens in those countries information about genetically altered food and the freedom to choose not to eat it.

Why isn’t GE food labeled in the U.S.? Why can’t states regulate GE crops? Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food explains why, and how the biotech industry has spent millions of dollars to fight proposed labeling laws—to prevent you from access to TRUTHFUL information.

Results of propaganda and media censorship

Why does it seem like no one has heard about genetically manipulated food and its risks?

According to scientist, Dr. Mae-wan Ho,

“Evidence of GM hazards has been emerging since the 1980s, evidence that should have halted the development of many GM crops. But regulators have acted with bias in favor of GM from the beginning and have systematically ignored and dismissed research findings that might harm the fledgling biotech industry.”

Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food shows how biotech propaganda has been crafted and orchestrated to provide a misleading image of GE food as necessary and beneficial.

Ethical aspects and genetic engineering: Biotech wants to influence the minds of “simple people”

According to a 2006 article by Ken Roseboro in The Organic & Non-GMO Report, while on a U.S. biotechnology tour, Dr. Danka Valkova, associate professor of biotechnology with Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, commented that the American government supports the interests of large companies over consumers by not labeling genetically engineered food and called pro-biotechnology public relations tactics “brainwashing.”

She created a program in Slovakia to test biotech food and said the difference between the U.S. and the European Union is consumer choice and education.

“It’s about giving people the chance to choose by labeling GM products, and telling people the truth about the possible risks. It is normal in Europe to give people the chance to choose.”

Valkova said the worst part of her trip was visiting a national pro-biotech legal firm based in Washington, DC.

“It was supposed to be a brainstorming discussion but it really turned into simple brainwashing. They showed us the methods used to control public opinion and influence the minds of simple people, methods that I had suffered from during 20 years under communism.”

What can you do?

The first step is to realize that this is personal – nothing gets more personal than what we eat every day. We must advocate for ourselves. Get informed and read this book—it tells the truth about GE food and how and why you have been kept in the dark about it. The book also outlines what foods to avoid and how you can take action in getting involved with organizations that are advocating for public health.

As a consumer, your dollars wield the most influence. Eating GE food contributes to multinational corporations that are interested in profits over your health. You choose with your dollars.

Get beyond the propaganda of the U.S. government, biotechnology corporations, and their front groups. Read Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food and get informed.

Only when you are informed can you make the choices that are right for you and your family.

This is too important to put off until later. You deserve to know the truth.

http://www.thetruthaboutgmos.com/

[The above link will not work for some reason, sorry. I am glad I saved this original information regarding a good book to be available here for your enlightenment, however.]

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