GMOs are now everywhere in the U.S. Approximately 92% of US corn and 94% of US soybeans are genetically engineered. What does it mean to be “genetically engineered?” It means that genes from other organisms have been spliced into the DNA of something else. Our corn, soybeans and potatoes now contain DNA from bacteria, tomatoes are being produced with flounder DNA, etc., etc. It is estimated that 75% of all processed foods on our grocery store shelves now contain some form of GMO ingredients. (1)
Have you noticed that there’s nothing on the labels that would let you know that? Monsanto and the other big players in GMO food are afraid we wouldn’t want to eat it if we knew where it was, so a huge campaign of secrecy has been funded by these multi-billion dollar companies. In addition to funding opposition to state referendums requiring GMO labeling, ($18 Million in Oregon & over $44 million in California – 2) their lobbyists in Washington have managed to get a bill passed in the House (H.R.1599) that prohibits states from passing ‘right to know” legislation..
In a classic case of political doublespeak, the bill was entitled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014” It was renamed more accurately by its opponents the DARK act – “Deny Americans the Right to Know.” So, what is it that these companies don’t want you to think about?
Our FDA operates under the “substantially equivalent” criteria. This means that if a GMO crop contains comparable amounts of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, etc. as a non-GMO crop, it is the same in the FDA’s eyes and thus requires no safety testing. Much of the rest of the world (over 60 countries) operates from the UN and WHO’s Codex Alimenatarius Commission position, which declared that all GMO food is required to go through rigorous safety testing. But not in the good old USA. Funny how GMO seeds can be “the same” when it comes to our health, but unique enough to be “patentable” when it comes to corporate profits.
As a matter of fact, President Obama promised in 2007 (3) that he would mandate GMO labeling if he became President. Instead, Obama appointed former Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor the “Deputy Commissioner of Foods” in 2009. Are we seeing a pattern here yet?
So what’s the big deal? Decide for yourself. Here’s just one example: Soy proteins are in almost every form of baby formula on the US market. 94% of US soybeans are GMO. These soybeans began to be introduced to the market in the 90’s. Autism Spectrum Disorders now occur in ten times as many of our children as happened in studies done before 1990. (4) Other sources say that figure has gone from 3 in 10,000 before 1990 to 1 in 100 now. (5) Are these dates and figures related? Thanks to things like the “DARK” Act, we’ll never know, will we?
Luckily for us, it would seem that the folks who developed the “Frankenfish” GMO salmon didn’t have the funds necessary to lobby a “DARK Fish” Act. On page 106 of the latest Omnibus Spending Bill just passed, lawmakers instructed the Food and Drug Administration to forbid the sale of the genetically engineered salmon until the agency puts in place labeling guidelines and “a program to disclose to consumers” whether a fish has been genetically altered. (6)
What do I want your takeaway to be from this newsletter? Be very careful about what goes into your body. Just because there isn’t a big red sticker on something screaming “DANGER!” doesn’t mean that it is safe. The dangers may be in the fine print or may not be disclosed at all. Ours is becoming an increasingly toxic world. We all need to think a lot more about our health that we used to have to.
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