START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x
389,027 people care about Real Food

Genetically Modified Crops are Poisoning Us – On Purpose

Genetically Modified Crops are Poisoning Us – On Purpose

Much of the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops has to do with the fears of unintended side effects — new food allergens, accidentally creating invasive species and even potential abuses of patent law. What we don’t usually consider is the intended purpose of these plants: these GM crops are being bred specifically to be more resistant to pesticides and herbicides.

So what about the people eating these plants? Unfortunately, we haven’t been genetically altered to better bear the toxic load of these chemicals. (And neither have the bees which pollinate these plants.) So while GM soybeans and corn thrive despite being repeatedly doused in poison, human beings aren’t faring so well. In fact, studies show that prenatal exposure to pesticides is linked to ADHD-like behaviors, slowed mental development and lower IQ scores in children. Many of these pesticides are also known to cause cancer and hormonal disruptions in humans.

The growing body of evidence against pesticides and GMOs apparently isn’t enough to stop U.S. government agencies like the USDA from approving plants intended to be used with more and more toxic substances. In fact, a new variety of Bayer soybean engineered to be more resistant to the herbicide isoxaflutole (IFT) has just received the green light — despite the EPA’s warnings that the substance is a probable human carcinogen. IFT not only triggers liver and thyroid tumors in rats — it’s also highly toxic to most vegetables, aquatic animals and wild plants. It’s so toxic that three states (Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota) have already raised concerns about its effects on human health and the environment.

It gets worse. Dow Agrosciences is currently awaiting USDA approval of 2,4-D-resistant corn and soybeans — an herbicide used in the 1940s that was used to create Agent Orange and has been linked to fatal immune system cancers in farmers.

Sadly, this approach is nothing new for the USDA. First-generation GM crops like Monsanto’s Roundup Ready plants were designed to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate — which has become so widely-used in U.S. farming that it’s nearly wiped out milkweed, a plant necessary to the survival of Monarch butterfly populations. It’s also created an epidemic of glyphosate-resistant weeds that no longer respond to common herbicides.

Not only are GM crops specifically designed to be more toxic to consumers — they’re also inherently unsustainable. In the long run, over-reliance on these pesticides and herbicides only creates new breeds of weeds and pests that are resistant to common chemicals, resulting in the need for crops which can withstand progressively more dangerous pesticides.

Unfortunately, an estimated 60-80% of processed foods in American grocery stores currently contain GMOs, and they are not required to be labeled on the package. So if you want to avoid these toxic crops, your best bet is to avoid packaged foods, purchase organic produce and do your research on the companies behind your favorite treats.

 

Read more: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Photo credit: United Soybean Board

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it

191 comments

+ add your own
9:42PM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Should have been 'approvals'; missed a key.

9:40PM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Camille F., if the FDA approves a crop specifically created and intended to be sprayed with a substance, that substance is part of the package.

Whether or not the continual approval of such toxic food products are intended to damage/destroy the environment and sicken and kill animals and humans, the fact remains that these are known to be likely to do so, are unnecessary, and not worth the risk levels inflicted on an unwitting/unwilling population and environment simply to increase the power and profit of a ruthless and greedy corporation known to be intent on monopolizing the global food supply.

The FDA is, at best, showing its willingness to sicken and kill for commercial industry profiteering - when it was created to protect health and natural life, to safeguard the people it's intended to serve.

9:14PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

It is too bad whoever wrote this didn't "do their research". .Approving a GMO crop is NOT the same as approving the target herbicide; the GMO crop does not automatically contain the toxins, it still has to be sprayed with it. The implied link between between autism, ADHD, IQ scores andGMO doesn't exist. Poiusons, yes.GMO, no.

"Not only are GM crops specifically designed to be more toxic to consumers" ... is utter nonsense.I'd like to see some hard science supporting this claim instead of 'tinfoil hat' propaganda.

8:58PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

SIGNED & SHARED

3:51AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

more stuff to worry about! Thanks for the info

2:31PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

noted

6:47AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Buy local....buy organic!

5:35AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Scary stuff...thank you for the information

5:30AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Run, run, the sky is falling!

Signed, Chicken Little.

3:46AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

The USDA is a joke. Who's put these incompetent people in charge of people's health?

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

Aren't we all, also, guilty of the starvation-beauty myth perpetuation since 216 of us are furthering…

Maybe women need to stop having babies and stop having sex with men who pass legislation against them.…

meet our writers

Julie M. Rodriguez Julie M. Rodriguez is an arts, green living, and political writer based in San Mateo, CA. Her work... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK

Children

Civil Rights

Education

Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights

Politics

Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights




Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.