Genetically Modified: Cells Interrupted

Unbeknownst to our palettes, genetically modified foods have changed the landscape of our dinner table, and our own physiological make-up.


A short education on major topics related to the GMO food dilemma:

From the Say NO to GMO website:

What does GMO mean? Genetically Modified Organism is the most common usage (though 'manipulated' or even 'mutated' might also be appropriate!) The acronyms GEO (Genetically Engineered Organism) or simply GM or GE are also used.

Genetic engineering is a radical new technology that forces genetic information across the protective species barrier in an unnatural way.

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How to Make GMO's:

Dr. Vandana Shiva narrates this animated pictorial explanation of the process of creating a genetically modified food product.

Take a food gene, add a bacteria carried by a plant cancer, made successful by injecting two antibiotic resistance markers, which is all consumed in the finished food product.

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From the GRTV Backgrounder:

“Backed by legal precedent and armed with seemingly inexhaustible lobbying funds, a handful of multinationals are attempting to use patents on life itself to monopolize the biosphere.”

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Author Jeffrey Smith about GMOs - Risks and Solutions:

Smith identifies the eight GMO foods that are currently in our food system:

Soy and Corn (whose derivatives are used pervasively in other foods), sugar beets (a source of sugar in the US market), canola oil and cotton seed oil, Hawaiian papaya, and a small amount of zucchini and crookneck squash.

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Hot Topics

Why genetically engineered food is dangerous: New report by genetic engineers

An extensive and highly informative expose covering the science, semantics, and impropriety behind the GMO drive. If you want to be well informed, start here!

Authors: Michael Antoniou, PhD, John Fagan, PhD, and Claire Robinson, MPhil

Key Points from the EarthOpenSource Report (1 thru 10 of 30)

  1. 1. Genetic engineering as used in crop development is not precise or predictable and has not been shown to be safe. The technique can result in the unexpected production of toxins or allergens in food that are unlikely to be spotted in current regulatory checks.
  2. 2. GM crops, including some that are already in our food and animal feed supply, have shown clear signs of toxicity in animal feeding trials – notably disturbances in liver and kidney function and immune responses.
  1. 3. GM proponents have dismissed these statistically significant findings as “not biologically relevant/significant”, based on scientifically indefensible arguments.
  2. 4. Certain EU-commissioned animal feeding trials with GM foods and crops are often claimed by GM proponents to show they are safe. In fact, examination of these studies shows significant differences between the GM-fed and control animals that give cause for concern.
  3. 5. GM foods have not been properly tested in humans, but the few studies that have been carried out in humans give cause for concern.
  4. 6. The US FDA does not require mandatory safety testing of GM crops, and does not even assess the safety of GM crops but only “deregulates” them, based on assurances from biotech companies that they are “substantially equivalent” to their non-GM counterparts. This is like claiming that a cow with BSE is substantially equivalent to a cow that does not have BSE and is thus safe to eat! Claims of substantial equivalence cannot be justified on scientific grounds.
  5. 7. The regulatory regime for GM foods is weakest in the US, where GM foods do not even have to be assessed for safety or labeled in the marketplace, but in most regions of the world regulations are inadequate to protect people’s health from the potential adverse effects of GM foods.
  6. 8. In the EU, where the regulatory system is often claimed to be strict, minimal pre-market testing is required for a GMO and the tests are commissioned by the same companies that stand to profit from the GMO if it is approved – a clear conflict of interest.
  7. 9. No long-term toxicological testing of GMOs on animals or testing on humans is required by any regulatory agency in the world.
  8. 10. Biotech companies have used patent claims and intellectual property protection laws to restrict access of independent researchers to GM crops for research purposes. As a result, limited research has been conducted on GM foods and crops by scientists who are independent of the GM industry. Scientists whose work has raised concerns about the safety of GMOs have been attacked and discredited in orchestrated campaigns by GM crop promoters.

Key Points from the EarthOpenSource Report (11 thru 20 of 30)

  1. 11. Most GM crops (over 75%) are engineered to tolerate applications of herbicides. Where such GM crops have been adopted, they have led to massive increases in herbicide use.
  2. 12. Roundup, the herbicide that over 50% of all GM crops are engineered to tolerate, is not safe or benign as has been claimed but has been found to cause malformations (birth defects), reproductive problems, DNA damage, and cancer in test animals. 13. Human epidemiological studies have found an association between Roundup exposure and miscarriage, birth defects, neurological development problems, DNA damage, and certain types of cancer.
  3. 14. A public health crisis has erupted in GM soy-producing regions of South America, where people exposed to spraying with Roundup and other agrochemicals sprayed on the crop report escalating rates of birth defects and cancer.
  4. A large number of studies indicate that Roundup is associated with increased crop diseases, especially infection with Fusarium, a fungus that causes wilt disease in soy and can have toxic effects on humans and livestock.
  5. 15. Bt insecticidal GM crops do not sustainably reduce pesticide use but change the way in which pesticides are used: from sprayed on, to built-in.
  6. 16. Bt technology is proving unsustainable as pests evolve resistance to the toxin and secondary pest infestations are becoming common.
  7. 17. GM proponents claim that the Bt toxin engineered into GM plants is safe because the natural form of Bt, long used as a spray by conventional and organic farmers, has a history of safe use. But the GM forms of Bt toxins are different from the natural forms and could have different toxic and allergenic effects.
  8. 18. GM Bt toxin is not limited in its toxicity to insect pests. GM Bt crops have been found to have toxic effects on laboratory animals in feeding trials.
  9. 19. GM Bt crops have been found to have toxic effects on non-target organisms in the environment.

20. Bt toxin is not fully broken down in digestion and has been found circulating in the blood of pregnant women in Canada and in the blood supply to their fetuses.

Key Points from the EarthOpenSource Report (21 thru 30 of 30)

  1. 21. The no-till method of farming promoted with GM herbicide-tolerant crops, which avoids ploughing and uses herbicides to control weeds, is not more climate-friendly than ploughing. No-till fields do not store more carbon in the soil than ploughed fields when deeper levels of soil are measured.
  2. 22. No-till increases the negative environmental impacts of soy cultivation, because of the herbicides used.
  3. 23. Golden Rice, a beta-carotene-enriched rice, is promoted as a GM crop that could help malnourished people overcome vitamin A deficiency. But Golden Rice has not been tested for toxicological safety, has been plagued by basic development problems, and, after more than 12 years and millions of dollars of research funding, is still not ready for the market. Meanwhile, inexpensive and effective solutions to vitamin A deficiency are available but under-used due to lack of funding.
  4. 24. GM crops are often promoted as a “vital tool in the toolbox” to feed the world’s growing population, but many experts question the contribution they could make, as they do not offer higher yields or cope better with drought than non-GM crops. Most GM crops are engineered to tolerate herbicides or to contain a pesticide – traits that are irrelevant to feeding the hungry.
  5. 25. High adoption of GM crops among farmers is not a sign that the GM crop is superior to non-GM varieties, as once GM companies gain control of the seed market, they withdraw non-GM seed varieties from the market. The notion of “farmer choice” does not apply in this situation.
  6. 26. GM contamination of non-GM and organic crops has resulted in massive financial losses by the food and feed industry, involving product recalls, lawsuits, and lost markets.
  7. 27. When many people read about high-yielding, pest- and disease-resistant, drought-tolerant, and nutritionally improved super-crops, they think of GM. In fact, these are all products of conventional breeding, which continues to outstrip GM in producing such crops. The report contains a long list of these conventional crop breeding successes.
  8. 28. Certain “supercrops” have been claimed to be GM successes when in fact they are products of conventional breeding, in some cases assisted by the non-GM biotechnology of marker assisted selection.
  9. 29. Conventional plant breeding, with the help of non-GM biotechnologies such as marker assisted selection, is a safer and more powerful method than GM to produce new crop varieties required to meet current and future needs of food production, especially in the face of rapid climate change.
30. Conventionally bred, locally adapted crops, used in combination with agroecological farming practices, offer a proven, sustainable approach to ensuring global food security.


GMO's- Stop Trying to Get Into my Plants!

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Food For Thought

"Wearing away the Stone"

A drop of water on a stone
just once or twice a year
wears very little on it’s face
the stone should have no fear

The same drop dripping all day long for decades at a time
Will wear the surface clean away
of granite, sand, or lime

Life’s little drops of indiscretion
taken here and there
don’t make us fat and old and sick
nor make us lose our hair

It’s coffee, Cokes, and alcohol,
tobacco smoke, and cakes
and foods deep fried with lots of salt
that makes our pains and aches

‘Tis when we swallow every day
the fats and Cokes and smoke
Like the stone, we wear away
In time our health is broke

It’s pandering to our appetites
bad habits formed while young
poor choices made at every meal
to only please the tongue

It’s failing to accept the truth
and living like the crowd
that robs us of our health and youth
before God’s time allowed

Like the constant drip on stone
We wear away our strength
Until our constitution’s blown
and life has shortened length

Always keep foremost in mind
that things done now and then
don’t hurt atal’ compared to things
we’ve done for days on end

There’s Wisdom in this little rhyme
to take with frown or grin
continue doing what you’ve always done
and you’ll be where you’ve always been

~~William’s Pen~~

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