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The Scary Truth Behind GM Foods

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The Scary Truth Behind GM Foods

George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley, the nation’s largest organic farming cooperative, which had more than $600 million in sales last year, put it succinctly in an article from ABC news:

“There is a growing awareness that our [food supply] system makes us all guinea pigs of sorts.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself, because that statement boils down the one fundamental truth about the current (non-organic) US food supply. You and your family are being treated as guinea pigs with food ingredients that have never been tested for long-term safety.

And according to the article from the LA Times, there’s a good reason these GM crops haven’t been tested for safety. The companies producing the seeds won’t let independent scientists test them, or if they do allow testing it is only for non-safety related studies!

Biotech Hides Behind Patent Laws to Quench Independent Safety Studies

Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta simply will not allow independent researchers access to their patented seeds, citing the legal protection these seeds have under patent laws. In other words, if their genetically altered seeds have something wrong with them that potentially could cause consumer illness, Monsanto and Syngenta would rather not have you find out about it.

Why?

You might sue them for putting your health in danger! Or a farmer using their seeds might sue them because their claims of increased crop yields is a myth. If fact, lawsuits like these have already begun appearing in court.

Does this remind you of the public health debate that went on for decades over another multi-billion dollar industry — cigarettes? For decades the companies producing this cancer-causing product denied they caused any harm, denied nicotine was addictive and even ran advertisements featuring doctors claiming cigarettes were good for your cough.

They produced scientific study after study by their funded research scientists claiming there was no health threat whatsoever from cigarettes. Executives from every major cigarette company even lied to Congress under oath, claiming they had no knowledge cigarettes were addictive, when in fact they did know—they even manipulated the nicotine content of cigarettes to keep you hooked!

Is it really necessary to go through the same experience again with GM crops that independent scientists are now linking to frightening and dangerous pathogens?

Isn’t it time to demand these crops be tested for long-term safety once and for all? If not now, when? After the population starts showing strange new health problems that no one can seemingly explain, like spontaneous abortions and infertility?

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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9:57PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Thanks for sharing - this is a fabulous (and frightening) article that really brings home the point that GM foods should be avoided and banned at all costs.

2:57AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Uh oh

12:12PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

JIMMY CRACK CORN AND I DO CARE!!!

12:12PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

JIMMY CRACK CORN AND I DO CARE!!!

12:33AM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

thanks for the article, very important to hear about this

3:36PM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Thank so much for the article! I am definitely taking a long long look at my food supply and what I can do to make my family safer!

-Holly

8:45AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

I grow my own garden in the summertime. I wish I could grow it longer, but we harvest to use in the winter. Might be a good idea to start thinking about canning and drying food like our grandparents & great grandparents did.

8:05AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

The path society treads upon is truly littered with threats to all areas of safety and well- being. The more technologically savvy and well informed society gets, the more exposure there is to opportunists who'd do anything for profit.Don't they think of their families and dear friends who'd suffer consequences of their reckless pursuit for the sake of money? Nothing is safe anymore, the air we breathe is polluted, so is the water we drink and cook with. Think of the toys and gadgets for entertainment and education- leisure is not excluded from all these dangers. What is the solution????

7:00AM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

The safety of our food supply should be the number one concern for our governments. It is obviously the number one concern for the rest of us. This is a very, very scary article.

10:06PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Really scary, thanks for sharing!

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