MYTH: We need GMOs to feed the growing world population
GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are a short duration seeming solution to increasing crop yields but the long duration solution is population control and maintaining the biodiversity of the food supply.
Temporary increases in crop yields gained by monoculture crop yields or a handful of crop types poses a future danger because if there mutates a superbug or disease which decimates a single crop type which has become the dominant food source then starvation in the future will not be gradual but catastrophic in nature.
Imagine a corn crop which depends on one species and that species is the source for 90 percent or more of the corn supply. Disease susceptibility arises and destroys most of the crop worldwide. What corn crop will be used to replace the now dead species of corn? Catastrophic starvation worldwide for humans and livestock can be the result!!!
Maintaining biodiversity from a polyculture of crops which are not totally dependent on human care but can survive in the wilderness is insurance against catastrophic future starvation! A polyculture of GMOs is once again a temporary short duration solution to a needed increase in food supply and frankly the GMOs have not been all tested for long duration bad effects on the health of humans eating them.
Nature and not man knows best what is good for human health in the long duration. From a polyculture of GMOs we may not be starving but it could result in a disease ridden worldwide population sickened and dying before our natural lifespans are done. The potential for horrifying birth defects has not been studied nor will it be studied before it is too late to do anything about it.
We have tried to interfere with nature with custom bred breeds of dogs and cats merely selected for physical beauty many of which suffer from severe health abnormalities. Custom breed plants and animals with GMOs and the results are predictably unhealthy domestic plants and animals. Nature is smarter than man because man only selectively breeds for a handful of desirable traits and frequently winds up with one or more undesirable ones which become permanent genetic flaws which can’t be cured by human selection.
Nature selects for a million and one desirable genetic traits in plants and animals which are valuable against all the potential environmental threats and man can’t compete successfully with nature’s ability to select wisely for durable healthy plant and animal species.
Danger: There is a great probability that man will select unhealthy GMO plants and animals by considering only a handful of desirable plant and animal characteristics before multiplying the results in great quantity. We will have unhealthy quantity plants and animals and not healthy quality plants and animals which only nature can provide and test for.
MYTH: We need GMO rice, genetically modified with vitamin A to prevent blindness in poor countries.
There are thousands of varieties of nourishing rice and even poor people should not be stuck eating only one crop to survive which causes problems more severe than just blindness but also death. Many lab animals have been fed only one GMO food and have become diseased or have prematurely died because no one in nature eats just one food or crop and survives admirably. Yes, it seems that by eating only eucalyptus leaves or bamboo leaves a species can survive but it usually ingests the nutrients gotten by dirty and diseased leaves which have bacteria, insects, and dust particles on them. The probability that a one food dependent species will survive is very low and very poor humans should definitely never be dependent on a one plant food supply.
MYTH: GMOs can reduce the use of pesticides.
After a few years pests like corn rootworm develop resistance to GMO corn and super weeds develop resistance to chemicals or in other words nature starts to destroy the theoretically indestructible GMO crop. More use of pesticides and expensive purchase of GMO crop seed results in corn production even more expensive than before and there is no net reduction in pesticide use.
MYTH: GMOs can reduce the use of herbicides
There are weeds which have developed resistance to roundup herbicide and more of it is being used than before with few other options on such short notice.
MYTH: GMOs are safe
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 (genetically modified) 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.
Long duration safety of GMOs is never tested for but is approved by the government automatically. Read responsibletechnology.org for the potential long duration bad genetic and health effects on humans and animals.
There is a growing body of scientific evidence which proves that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are inherently different from natural organisms including the way the body processes them and also how the immune system responds to them. But Monsanto which is the largest seller of GMOs in the world believes that GMOs are no different than natural organisms and that GMO testing is both needless and valueless.
Genetically Engineered (GE) Food Changes Our Digestive Systems:
GE organisms actually become part of the bacteria in our digestive tracts and reproduce continuously inside us. But the USDA now wants to exclude controls from GE corn!
There are no human clinical trials of genetically engineered foods. The only published human feeding experiment showed that genetic material inserted into GE soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. Even after we stop eating GE foods we may still have the GE proteins produced continuously inside us.
The Institute for Responsible Technology has communicated that the genetic engineering process creates massive parallel damage causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant’s DNA. Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off and hundreds may change their behavior. Even the inserted gene can be damaged and/or reordered and may create proteins that can trigger allergies or promote disease.
The idea of having genetically engineered genes permanently living inside our guts has serious implications:
If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer then it could create antibiotic resistant diseases.
Bt toxins or Bacillus thuringiensis which is inserted into GM food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of 93% of women and 80% of unborn babies because of the consumption of meat and milk and eggs from livestock fed GE corn. This could turn bacteria in our intestines into pesticide factories.
Animal studies show that DNA in food can travel into organs throughout the body and even into the fetus.
Foreign DNA in GMOs is responsible for disease causing inflammation and autoimmune disorders
Considering the injection of foreign DNA into GM crops Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology (PSRAST) have taken a more scientific approach by actually investigating how the body processes foreign DNA which shows that things are not as safe as Monsanto claims they are. As can be reasoned logically foreign DNA is not identified by the body and unusually and unnaturally stimulates the immune system in such a way as to cause disease inducing inflammation http://www.saynotogomos.org/scientific studies.htm.
Lastly a company proud of their safe and nutritious product should love to stamp or label their products GMOs but instead Monsanto has spent 53 million dollars against Proposition 37 in California which demands labeling of GMOs.
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