GMO Foods are created through gene splicing techniques / high-tech cell invasion that uses bacteria and viruses to forcefully break a cell's natural defenses, thus allowing foreign genetic material to enter and create the "Genetically Modified Organism".
This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not, and cannot, occur in nature or in traditional cross-breeding.
"Transgenic" manipulation has gone so far as to combine fish genes with strawberries, tomatoes, and bananas.
There are two main types of Genetically Engineered foods:
1) Herbicide-Tolerant Crops: Plants engineered to withstand heavy herbicide spraying without sustaining damage.
2) Pesticide-Producing Crops: Plants engineered to produce their own pesticides – so if a bug bites one, its stomach explodes and it dies.
The process of genetic engineering is highly imprecise and riddled with unintended consequences. Viruses are typically used to genetically engineer the genes into a new species. Inserting the gene and then cloning it can trigger massive collateral damage – sometimes hundreds to thousands of genetic mutations down the line. The end result is a gene sequence that doesn't exist anywhere in nature.
What could possibly go wrong?
GMO - Ticking Time Bomb - Part 1/5 (15 min)
How GMO's Alter Organ Function (14 min)
GM Wheat May Cause Liver Failure(8 min)
Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt) Toxin
Monsanto's GMO sweet corn containing Bt Toxin is designed to protect the plant by rupturing the stomach of any insect that feeds on it. What might the Bt Toxin do to a human being that feeds on it?
Monsanto claims the toxin will break down before it reaches the dinner table, but despite what the biotech industry claims, there is little research on the long-term effects of GMO's on human health.
Independent Research has found that several varities of GMO corn have caused cancer and organ failure in rats. Other studies have found that GMO's may lead to an inability in animals to reproduce, and the toxin has been found in the bodies of pregnant women.
Over 30,000 GMO foods currently occupy grocery store shelves - largely because so many processed foods contain GMO Soy. However, despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought resistance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit whatsoever.
Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMO's with health problems, environmental damage, and violation of farmer's and consumer's rights, while most developed nations do not consider GMO's to be safe. In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and the entire European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMO's.
Seeds of Deception(7 min)
Regulatory Dysfunction & Politics as Usual
In the U.S., the government has approved GMO's based on studies conducted by the same biotech corporations that created them and thus profit from their sale. At the same time, neither entity appears to be overly concerned about it:
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” -- Phil Angell, Director of Communication, Monsanto
“FDA has not found it necessary to conduct comprehensive scientific reviews of foods derived from bioengineered plants.” -- FDA
Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they're purchasing contains GMO's, the powerful biotech lobby and the proverbial "revolving door" policy has succeeded in keeping this information from the public
Impacts Upon Earth and the Environment
Over 80% of all GMO's grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, toxic herbicines such as ROUND-UP has increased 15 times since GMO's were introduced in the 1990's.
GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of "super weeds" and "super bugs" which can only be killed with ever more toxic interventions such as the same major ingredients found in AGENT ORANGE.
GMO's are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are deveolped and sold by the world's largest chemical pesticide companies.
How Do GMO's Affect Farmers?
Because GMO's are synthetic life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents in order to restrict their use. In seeking to maintain a 'seed oligarchgy', GMO manufacturers have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMO's, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields.
GMO's therefore pose a serious threat to farmer sovereignty and to the national food security of any country where they are grown, including the United States.
How Can I Avoid GMO's?
In the United States, GMO's are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment.
In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve. To avoid GMO's, look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Label:
Offering North America's ONLY third-party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, the Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing non-GMO choices.
GMO - Myths and Truths(7 min)
GMO a Go Go!(10 min)
Jeffrey M. Smith on GMO's - Full Lecture(1+ hrs)
The World According to Monsanto (2 hrs)
The Future of GMO's and Bio-Technology(20 min audio)