Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide—Featuring the Darth Vader Chemical
It was “supposed” to be harmless to humans and animals—the perfect weed killer. Now a groundbreaking article just published in the journal Entropy points to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating—possibly “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies.”
That’s right. The herbicide sprayed on most of the world’s genetically engineered crops—and which gets soaked into the food portion—is now linked to “autism … gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn’s disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, among others.”
Enjoy this videotaped guided tour of Jeffrey Smith interviewing co-author Stephanie Seneff, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT.
Whole Foods Market GMO Labeling Announcement Reverberating Through Industry
I am at Expo West in Anaheim, the annual pilgrimage of more than 60,000 members of the natural foods industry. In a surprise announcement yesterday, Whole Foods Market said that by 2018 they would require labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in their store for products that were not either organic or verified by the Non-GMO Project. The statement was met with huge cheers from the filled auditorium, and soon resounded around the world with coverage in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CBS News, etc.
US farmers may stop planting GMOs after poor yields
Some US farmers are considering returning to conventional seed after increased pest resistance and crop failures meant GM crops saw smaller yields globally than their non-GM counterparts. Farmers in the USA pay about an extra $100 per acre for GM seed, and many are questioning whether they will continue to see benefits from using GMs.
- Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide—Featuring the Darth Vader Chemical
Tell FDA: Do Not Approve Genetically Engineered Salmon!
California Senator, Dianne Feinstein cosponsored S. 229 and S. 230, introduced by Senator Mark Begich [D-AK] on January 31, 2011. These bills would have required the labeling of genetically modified salmon and banned the approval of genetically modified salmon by the FDA, respectively. Both these bills have been referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Unfortunately, the 112th Congress did not take action on either of these bills before adjourning. In order for these bills to be considered again, they would have to be reintroduced in the 113th Congress.?? Senator Feinstein continues:
Tumors, Bad Organs, and Death…Oh My!
When a comprehensive two-year study showed that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, and even Roundup by itself, caused massive tumors, organ damage, and early death of rats, Monsanto’s minions jumped into high gear with a shoot-the-messenger, kill-the-study campaign. Now the study’s lead author, Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, is fighting back. He’s filed a libel lawsuit against some of the “so-called scientist” attackers. A global petition has been launched demanding that approvals of GM foods be frozen until studies proving long-term safety are conducted and verified. Sign the petition and a visit this terrific new website: GMOseralini.org that completely shreds the biotech industry’s arguments. A bottom-line summary of the study’s findings is: Definitely Avoid Eating GMOs.
Melchett’s Seven Sins Against Science
Possibly the most manipulative stance one can take in any scientific debate is to accuse the other side of being dogmatic, emotional and anti-science. That's exactly what zealous GMO proponents have resorted to in an effort to deflect both hypothetical scientific concerns as well as clear evidence that call the safety of GMOs into question.
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Genetically modified foods…
Are they safe?
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t think so. The Academy reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods.
Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.
Since then, findings include:
- Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
- Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
- More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
- Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly
- By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
- Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
- Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
- Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
- The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
- Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.
Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us. This could mean:
- If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create super diseases, resistant to antibiotics
- If the gene that creates Bt-toxin in GM corn were to transfer, it might turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories.
Although no studies have evaluated if antibiotic or Bt-toxin genes transfer, that is one of the key problems. The safety assessments are too superficial to even identify most of the potential dangers from GMOs. See our Health Risks brochure and State of the Science report for more details and citations.
Recent health studies provide growing evidence of harm from GMOs:
GM Corn Damages Liver and Kidneys
Meat Raised on GM Feed is Different
Roundup Could Cause Birth Defects
Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility
THE CAMPAIGN FOR HEALTHIER EATING IN AMERICA
Our goal is to stop the genetic engineering of our food supply.
Although the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) may be one of the most dangerous health and environmental problems we face, it can be one of the easiest of the battles to win. The key is found in the tipping point, whereby a small number of individuals can move the market, forcing GMOs out of our nation’s food supply.
Even a small percentage of shoppers avoiding genetically modified (GM) brands is enough to trigger an industry-wide cleanout. It’s been done before! The Europe Union reached a consumer- driven tipping point in April 1999 and within a single week, virtually all major manufacturers publicly committed to stop using GM ingredients in their European brands. This has kept GMOs out of food in the EU, in spite of government approvals. Similarly, consumer concern about possible links to cancer forced Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Kroger, Dannon, Yoplait and most of the 100 top US dairies to remove products from cows treated with genetically modified recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST).
It’s time to turn GMOs into a marketing liability and reach the tipping point against all GM ingredients.Our Campaign For Healthier Eating in America educates the public about the documented health risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with our GMO Health Risks brochure and provides a simple way for shoppers to find healthier non-GMO choices at the market with our Non-GMO Shopping Guide.
Already, 87 million consumers in the United States believe that genetically modified (GM) foods aren’t safe and 159 million say they would avoid GMOs if given a choice. Biotech companies knew this, which is why they went to such great lengths to avoid having them labeled. By educating health-conscious shoppers about GM food dangers and providing clear choices, brands without GM ingredients will have the clear advantage. As millions switch to healthier brand choices based on GMO content, it is just a matter of time before the food industry responds.
The critical number to reach the tipping point in the US could be as little as 5% - 15 million people or 5.6 million US households—simply switching brands to avoid GMOs as they shop. In 2009 Non-GMO labels became the fastest growing store label. And, everyday, more people are getting the facts, joining the Campaign, and buying Non-GMO. We’ve created the Non-GMO Shopping Guide online and the “ShopNoGMO” iPhone App free at the iTunes App store. Retail stores nationwide are displaying our Non-GMO Education Centers filled with books, DVDs, and free brochures that drive home the message that “Healthy eating starts with no GMOs.”
Our Campaign has reached out nationwide to health conscious Consumers, Parents, Schools, Chefs, Healthcare Practitioners, Environmental and Faith-based Groups, and Food Manufacturers who are receptive to our message. Each of these groups alone is potentially large enough to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of GMOs in our entire US food supply. We welcome you (and your organization) to join us; we have a wide range of campaign materials on this website to help you efforts.
Our Action Tool Kit will lead you through the steps you can take to engage your community, helping build the Campaign’s momentum by focusing the purchasing power of health-conscious shoppers like yourself.
Together, we can reach the tipping point and push GMOs out of the entire food supply, protecting our health and the health of future generations.
If you have never heard about genetically modified organisms(GMOs), you may not know that they may be one of the most dangerous health and environmental problems we face. Animal studies show GMOs cause immune and insulin problems,organ damage, gastrointestinal dysfunction, accelerated aging, and higher death rates. Those risks have lead The American Academy of Environmental Medicine to ask physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.The Campaign’s goal is push GMOs out of the entire food supply, protecting our health and the health of future generations.
The key is creating a tipping point where a sufficient number of shoppers in the US avoid GM ingredients, and force major food companies to stop using them. We’ve already seen a tipping point in the use of genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST) in the U.S. Consumer concerns forced Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Kroger, Dannon, Yoplait and most of the 100 top US dairies to remove products from cows treated with rbGH or rbST. It’s time to turn GMOs into a marketing liability and reach the tipping point against all GM ingredients.
Help Push GMOs Out of the Food Supply
Start eating healthier now! Use the Non-GMO Shopping Guide to eliminate GMOs from your diet. Buy non-GMO and organic food products and ask your local store managers to carry non-GMO products.
Join the Campaign!
Become a member (it’s free!)…and be a part of the Non-GMO tipping point. Keep current on the issues with our e-newsletter Spilling the Beans.
Get the Facts…about the health risks of GMOs and how to avoid them. Quickly become an “expert” on GMOs by using the information provided here.
Involve Others by Taking Local Action
Spread the Word…to friends and family members. Help others learn how to avoid GMOS.
Engage Your Community
Use the Campaign materials and Action Tool Kits at our website to engage your community and create a buzz on this issue:
- Send this information through your social media networks
- Distribute Non-GMO educational materials at events
- Organize a house party to show one of our DVDs
- Inspire restaurants to offer non-GM food
- Get other organizations involved
- Meet with others to form a local action group
By working together, we can reach the tipping point of consumer rejection and Make It Happen!
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Remember to Sign the Petition to President Obama for meaningful GMO labeling!