June 27, 2016
What’s The Big Deal About GMO’s?
How about a side of pesticides with your fruit or vegetables? Had you thought about it that way? Nearly seventy-five percent of the produce samples tested by the US Dept. of Agriculture in 2014 contained pesticide residues, which have been linked to health problems.
What exactly are GMOs? We have talked about this before, but to refresh your memory, GMOs are microorganisms, plants, and animals that have had their genes altered. I am talking about those used to alter the food supply. Common genetic modifications include:
- Adding antibacterial genes to plants
- Introducing genes that make organisms bigger or hardier
- Making new foods by mixing genes from existing ones
- Adding animal genes to plants and vice versa
- Adding pesticides to seeds to kill the insects that might attack the plant
What I will be talking about this week is the most insidious product produced today by Monsanto, whom I call the “evil giant”, (think aspartame, agent orange, atomic bomb). They have produced glyphosate, the ingredient in the herbicide Roundup. In the ‘90’s, Monsanto introduced genetically engineered seeds, injecting the seeds with the herbicide Roundup. Farmers were told that with these new GE seeds, they could control the weeds surrounding their crops. But among other issues, this has back-fired, for farmers are now having to deal with super weeds.
Between 1996-2011, Roundup ready GMO crops increased herbicide use in the US by 527 million pounds – even though Monsanto claimed the GMO crops would reduce pesticide and herbicide use.
In the 20 years of intensifying exposure, scientists have been documenting the health consequences of Roundup and glyphosate in our food, in the water we drink and in the air we breath. It has been found that people who are sick have higher levels of glyphosate in their bodies than healthier people.
Some of the health problems which the scientists have attributed exposure to Roundup/glyphosates are: ADHA; Alzheimer’s; autism; birth defects; brain, breast, prostate and lung cancers. I could go on and on – celiac disease; depression, heat disease; Parkinson’s disease; ALS; and hormone disruption.
No one can deny that these health issues have been on the increase. The longer you are exposed to these toxic chemicals, the more likely you will develop one of these issues. And with young people they have been exposed from the start of their life.
I am not trying to be an alarmist, but my goal is and always will be, to research and educate so you can make good choices. For a full report go to www.ecowatch.com.
Next week I will continue with this discussion.
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