By Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution
It’s fitting that Michael J. Fox stars in this video, given the fact that he’s a long time sufferer of the second most common neurodegenerative disease on the planet, Parkinson’s disease. It’s a disease that several recent studies have linked to pesticides, like Monsanto’s ‘glyphosate’ Roundup herbicide, and some of which are already built into GMO crops like corn, soybeans and more. (1)(2)(3)(4)
That being said, it’s also important to note that a recent study published in the journal Biomedical Research International found that Roundup herbicide is 125 more toxic than regulators have claimed. (5) You can read more about that here.
These agricultural pesticides have also been linked to autism, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, you can read more about that here.
This is just one out of many reasons as to why we should just label Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs), and why everybody has a right to know what they are eating. Everybody should be given the freedom of choice, regardless of whether they believe GMOs are harmful or not.
Why We Have A Right To Know
“Any politician or scientist who tells you these products are safe is either very stupid or lying. The hazards of these foods are uncertain. In view of our enormous ignorance, the premature application of biotechnology is downright dangerous. By slipping it into our food without our knowledge, without any indication that there are genetically modified organisms in our food, we are now unwittingly part of a massive experiment.” – David Suzuki, CC,OBC,PH.D LLD, Geneticist
There’s a reason that several countries around the world have completely banned GMOs and the pesticides that go with them (or have severe restrictions). One of the biggest reasons are the detrimental effects they can and are having on human health.
In Argentina, deaths from cancerous tumours have as much as doubled in areas where GM crops are grown and agro-chemicals are used. (7)
Several studies have also shed light on glyphosate’s potential to be an endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system in mammals. These disruptors can cause developmental disorders, birth defects and cancer tumours. (8)(10)
Another popular study, supported by hundreds of scientists from all over the world was the Seralini study. It provided good evidence linking GMOs to cancer, liver/kidney damage as well as severe hormonal disruption. It was published and went through a rigorous peer-review process in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. The study was then retracted after Richard E. Goodman a former Monsanto researcher become the associate editor for biotechnology at the journal, which sparked outrage among many scientists who supported the study. (source)
Again, over a hundred scientists condemned the retraction of the study and a new study was conducted addressing the criticisms of the old ones . It was then republished again in multiple journals. (9) You can read more about that study here.
What also has people scratching their heads when it comes to GMOs is the secrecy and political corruption that seems to follow. For example, Wikileaks cables reveal that the State Department was lobbying all over the world for Monsanto, and other major biotech corporations. They reveal that American diplomats requested funding to send lobbyists for the biotech industry to meet with politicians and agricultural officials in “target countries.” These included countries in Africa, Latin America and some European countries. This is significant because the documents also indicated that the United States government planned to “retaliate and cause pain” on countries refusing GMOs. You can read more about that, and access those documents here.
The list as to why GMOs should not be approved as completely safe for human consumption is very long and could probably fill up thousands of pages with information from science, to corruption and environmental degradation and more. Despite this fact, most of North America is still struggling to put a label on these foods.
Despite the setbacks, a tremendous amount of progress is being made. A large amount of awareness has now hit mainstream media as a large collective across the planet now openly opposes GMOs. They’ve been banned in various places and two counties in Oregon have even been successful with their ban efforts.
The GMO topic is a great example of a topic growing, being questioned and examined outside of the mainstream media. It’s a topic that became so big in the “underground” news world (for lack of a better term) that the mainstream media had no choice but to pick it up.
As we continue to push forward I have no doubt that GMOs will eventually become extinct, and that a large majority of us will be able to see through the false justifications that have been used to bring them into our world. They are not needed, and we shouldn’t be made to believe that they are.
For more CE articles on GMOs please click HERE.
The information presented in this article is when it comes to GMOs/Pesticides and human health is just a fraction of available information in the public domain. I hope this encourages you to further your research if interested.
Federal Lawsuit Exposes Dangers of GMOs
In 1996, Steven M. Druker did something very few Americans were doing then — learn the facts about the massive venture to restructure the genetic core of the world’s food supply. The problem of unawareness still exists today, but it’s getting much better thanks to activists like Druker.
Druker, being a public interest attorney and the Executive Director of the Alliance For Bio-Integrity, initiated a lawsuit in 1998 that forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods.
He’s recently published a book on the lawsuit (2015). In the book, Druker provides details of his experience, and he’s also released the documents on his website showing the significant hazards of genetically engineering foods and the flaws that the FDA made in its policy.
The book has some very impressive reviews. For example, David Schubert, Ph.D., molecular biologist and Head of Cellular Neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies said that this “incisive and insightful book is truly outstanding. Not only is it well-reasoned and scientifically solid, it’s a pleasure to read – and a must-read.
Stephen Naylor, Ph.D., CEO and Chariman of Mai Health Inc., an individual who spent 10 years as a Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Pharmacology and the Mayo Clinic stated that Druker’s “meticulously documented, well crafted, and spell binding narrative should serve as a clarion call to all of us.”
Joseph Cummins, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus of Genetics at Western University in London, Ontario believes that Druker’s book is a “landmark” and that “it should be required reading in every university biology course.”
John Ikerd, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri further accentuated the previous statements by saying that the evidence is “comprehensive and irrefutable; the reasoning is clear and compelling. No one has documented other cases of irresponsible behaviour by government regulators and the scientific establishment nearly as well as Druker documents this one.”
In publishing his book and filing this lawsuit, Druker exposed how the agency covered up the warnings of its own scientists about the risks, lied about the facts, and then ushered these foods onto the market in violation of federal law.
Dr. Jane Goodall wrote the foreword to the book,
“As part of the process, they portrayed the various concerns as merely the ignorant opinions of misinformed individuals – and derided them as not only unscientific, but anti-science. They then set to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that GMOs were safe.”
Check out the book here.
It’s also noteworthy to mention that Druker has actually served on the food safety panels at conferences held by the National Research council and the FDA, presented lectures at numerous universities, met with government officials throughout the world, and conferred at the White House Executive Offices with a task force of President Clinton’s Council on Environmental Quality.
You can read more here: Federal Lawsuit Forces US Government To Divulge Secret Files on Genetically Engineered Foods.