June 6, 2016
Who Should We Believe?
This week I am going to “give the other side of the story” about an article in the Florida Today Newspaper titled “Genetic frankenfood found not harmful to human health.” In short, the story was about GMOs, genetically engineered crops, and the fact that the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) reported that GMOs are “safe for humans and animals to eat.”
The NAS report is strategically timed as the question of whether or not to label foods that have been genetically modified has been and will be coming up for people to vote on. Chemical companies that have millions invested in developing GMO foods, are fighting this labeling. This is called the “Dark Act”, Deny Americans the Right to Know Act.
The “Dark Act” was defeated in California as the result of Monsanto and Dow Chemical pouring millions of dollars into defeating the Bill. But Vermont passed this Bill and the requirement to label GMO products will be mandatory in that state. It will come into effect in July. Florida will be voting on this Bill very soon.
There is much controversy about the safety of these GMO crops. Much of Western Europe has, or are banning GMO foods and are even not allowing GMO foods from being imported from the US into their countries.
Before I talk about what GMOs are, I want to first clarify who the NAS is and why they would publish such a report.
By just doing a little research (I do the research…so you can choose wisely), it is not difficult to see where the funding is coming from to do the research. This is what I found:
According to a report by the Food & Water Watch and others,( public interest groups that are independent of corporate and government influence), The National Research Council (NRC), which is the research arm of the NAS, takes millions of dollars in funding from biotechnology companies; invites sponsors such as Monsanto to sit on high-level boards overseeing the NRC’s work; draws scientific conclusions based on the industry science they are supposed to be investigating; where millions of dollars are donated to the NAS by companies like, Monsanto, DuPont, General Mills, Purina; has committee members with ties to Monsanto, Bayer, Dow; and the list goes on and on.
NRC has not publicly exposed these ties, but many groups have called on the NRC to reduce the industry influence. What is so bad, the NAS is chartered by Congress to provide scientific advice to the federal government. We have a prime example of “set the fox to guard the henhouse” syndrome.
So this newsletter is just a heads up to my discussion on GMO’s in the coming newsletters.
Some say, “why worry?”, “we are all going to die.” Won’t it be better to “live until you die?” Which means, do you want to spend your last days in a nursing home, or suffering with a horrific disease? This drip, drip, drip of our ingesting toxic chemicals is taking a toll on our national health for us and for our children.
Hang in there.
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