Genetically modified (GM) crops have been part of the U.S. food supply for several years. However, only one type of GM fruit, the Hawaiian papaya (Rainbow and SunUp), has been available to U.S. consumers. This may change by the end of 2013.
On July 8, Food Navigator USA published an interview with Dr. Roger Beachy, CEO, Global Institute for Food Security. Beachy, a professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis and Director of the Center for Plant Science and Biotechnology from 1978-1991, is best known as the godfather of GMOs as he helped develop the first genetically modified food in 1986; a disease-resistant transgenic tomato.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) committee dominated by representatives from the biotechnology industry, seed companies, and academia has decided to make an official recommendation to the public agency that organic farmers be forced to bear financially responsible for the genetic contamination of their own organic crops by genetically-modified (GM) crops.
There you are in your fertility doctor’s office. The results of the genetic tests on your embryos just came back. Your doctor informs you that one of them has the AR gene (androgen receptor genes), which has been correlated with an increase in violent behavior. What he does not tell you is that the AR gene only correlates with increased violence in already existing criminal populations.(1) The AR gene is not a scary “defect”, it is the gene that codes for testosterone and other androgen hormones in males.(2)
Just one month after denying us the right to know which foods contain GMOs, the U.S. Government does another grave service to Americans. A close 5-4 Supreme Court decision vetoed a jury verdict that awarded a New Hampshire woman named Karen Bartlett $21 million due to her being nearly blinded and because she suffered horrible skin burns over most of her body after taking a pill made by Mutual Pharmaceuticals to relieve shoulder pain.
If you want to keep eating poison food, you can join the ‘scientists’ who keep spewing Monsanto-funded lies. They are telling us that genetically altered crops are good for us and the environment – that they are, in fact, a necessity to feed the world population. They say all of this, even though we seemed to feed the masses just fine without chemical quackery until about 60 years ago, all while dumping millions of tons of unaltered food right into the trash bin. If however, you believe GMOs are toxic, cancer-causing substances, you have another option.
Nearly a decade before the first genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) were ever approved for commercial cultivation, "Frankenscientists" were already busy developing GM pesticides to spray on food crops being grown in the U.K., according to little-known reports. And few people today are aware of the fact that these GM pesticides were - and possibly still are - being openly sprayed on cabbage plants grown for human consumption in Great Britain, and perhaps elsewhere, without ever being properly safety tested.
Earlier this month Maine positioned itself to become the 2nd state in the United States to pass GMO labeling laws. After the state’s House of Representatives approved LD 718 on June 11 by a vote of 141 to 4, the Senate unanimously approved a similar version of the bill on the June 12. It has been reported that once differences are ironed out between the two measures, the final bill will head to Gov. Paul LePage’s desk.
The only other country in the Americas besides Ecuador to completely ban genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) from being cultivated within its borders, the South American nation of Peru has taken charge to help protect not only its own citizens but also the people of the countries to whom it exports food crops from the horrors of biotechnology. As reported by CSMonitor.com, Peru has successfully implemented a 10-year moratorium on GMOs while extensive, long-term safety tests are conducted.