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Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food

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In his long career as a leading research scientist for the Canadian government, Thierry Vrain was paid to reassure the public that genetically engineered foods were safe to eat.

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Elle B (84)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 8:10 am
Ty for posting this Nancy. . .n~s

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“Much of our food system depends on our not knowing much about it, beyond the price disclosed by the checkout scanner; cheapness and ignorance are mutually reinforcing. And it's a short way from not knowing who's at the other end of your food chain to not caring–to the carelessness of both producers and consumers that characterizes our economy today. Of course, the global economy couldn't very well function without this wall of ignorance and the indifference it breeds. This is why the American food industry and its international counterparts fight to keep their products from telling even the simplest stories–"dolphin safe," "humanely slaughtered," etc.–about how they were produced. The more knowledge people have about the way their food is produced, the more likely it is that their values–and not just "value"–will inform their purchasing decisions.” ― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, 2006

. (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 9:00 am
Thanks for this Nancy-interesting

. (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 9:05 am
Noted & posted. Thanks Mr. Vrain.

Lynn D (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:10 am
Noted, thanks for posting for us!

. (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 12:29 pm
Thanks for posting.

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:00 pm
dzięki za informację, zarejestrowałam się w Sieci Revolution Food.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:14 pm
Finally, conscience prevails over greed.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:17 pm
Noted. Thanks for the info, Nancy.

Leah J (4)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:59 pm
Thank you for publishing this. A shame you didn't stop before attempting to indoctrinate people, but better late than never, and it was very courageous of you to speak out eventually. Again, thank you.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:19 pm
Good, thank you.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 7:40 pm
At least someone in the industry is speaking up. Now let's hope people are listening. We've been test subjects unknowingly for far too long.

Cristina A (4)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 9:56 pm
No More GMOs!

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:48 pm

reft h (66)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:10 pm
there are some good interviews he gave on youtube that are worth listening to. He's an intelligent man who is speaking up about something he has much knowledge on. Thank you for posting this.

Kerrie G (116)
Monday May 13, 2013, 4:12 am
Noted, thanks.

TOM T (246)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:54 am

Thank You for sharing.......

Patricia R (13)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:11 am

Sheila S (50)
Monday May 13, 2013, 8:15 am
Great article! 3 cheers for Thierry Vrain! It takes a lot of guts to "go against the grain" (pun intended) in your own field of endeavor.

Gene J (290)
Monday May 13, 2013, 9:16 am
Elle has it right and so did Rachel Carson who was far ahead of her time.

"One argument I hear repeatedly is that nobody has been sick or died after a meal (or a trillion meals since 1996) of GM food. Nobody gets ill from smoking a pack of cigarette either. But it sure adds up, and we did not know that in the 1950s before we started our wave of epidemics of cancer. Except this time it is not about a bit of smoke, it’s the whole food system that is of concern. The corporate interest must be subordinated to the public interest, and the policy of substantial equivalence must be scrapped as it is clearly untrue."

Well no one has died yet, great argument for. But if you consider what Rachel Carson pointed out about DDT in that no one then had any idea of its long term effects, the same is true of GMOs now. I think that the poisons we have been pouring into our air and water and soil since the late 40's are STILL there wreaking havoc on us and especially on our children. As a child, in the 50's and 60's, growing up on a farm that used nothing but natural fertilizers and no weed control other than discing, I knew NO children with even asthma, one with hay fever. When my sons were in school during the early 80's perhaps 20% of their classmates, them included, had asthma, childhood leukemia was just beginning as were autism, ADD and other disorders. Now, up to 3/4's of any given classroom has children afflicted with dread diseases and we are still NOT making the connection. Those poisons half-life is a LOT longer than anyone thought and it our children and grandchildren who are paying the price for our greed. We won't know for a couple generations exactly what harm GMO foods will cause, but I have no doubt we won't like the findings. Nor will our great grandchildren.

S Sanders (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 10:52 am
Thank you Gene for the history lesson. I, too, have seen many health changes in my 70 years. I grew up on fresh vegetables, animals grown without antibiotics etc. and even had homemade food in my school cafeteria! It was not until I began noticing changes in my health and my families due to eating out more and cooking with "shortcuts" that I reverted back to my mother's type of cooking. There is no doubt in my mind the food we ingest is slowly poisoning us. Get rid of GMO!

Dot A (182)
Monday May 13, 2013, 12:11 pm
Once again - the expediency to gain a profit is the deafening error for not listening to the conscience regarding all which comes to us in this day of information technology. Should our human race 'slow down' enough to weigh out the heap of factors before trying to get rich before they die, perhaps we'd all live longer,...

John De Avalon (36)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:47 pm
Better late than never I suppose, but it's a shame he didn't speak out before GMO was unleashed on the world...

Joanne D (38)
Monday May 13, 2013, 4:42 pm
It's true it would have been nice had he spoken out earlier. However, his having worked for the other side and now turned around does give him a credibility he might not otherwise have had. May he be widely published and garner much attention!

Dana B (140)
Monday May 13, 2013, 6:24 pm
Always go organic

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 3:21 am

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 5:17 am
My mother used to say, "If you knew what went into your food you wouldn't eat it."

That was back in the fifties.

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 7:53 am
Interesting. Great article by an expert source.

Robert K (31)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 8:27 am
I have an idea, every executive of a company producing GMOs should be required to eat nothing but GMOs for a period of 25 years before they can be cleared for sale, and if any of them shows related health problems they should be banned for not less than 100,000 years.

Robert K (31)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 8:28 am
OK, hyperbole, but not really unreasonable, right? 8^)

S S (0)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 11:02 am
Thank you.

Natalie S (13)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 11:30 am
My main reaction to this article is - how the media love to manipulate us! Thank you for sharing!

Dot A (182)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 12:03 pm
Natalie S. makes a good comment regarding how manipulation with 'fear' is leverage for those who sit in the control seats. That probably does more harm than we can ever measure: how 'fear' depletes good health,...

Edith B (146)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 9:32 pm
Thanks, Nancy, noted and shared. Thanks to Gene and Elle for their excellent comments.

Kayleigh Harter (9)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 11:53 pm

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 5:59 am
Which is going to kill us more quickly? GMO or fracking?

Jaime A (52)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 7:49 am
Noted, thanks.!!

Sharon W. (4)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 9:01 am
Well, what a surprise..
But good that he has come to his mind and id now educating people.

M B (62)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 11:53 am
thanks for the post, I'm against GMO's.

Myraida Diaz (136)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 2:15 pm
Support organic producers so that they could keep going! It could be more expensive in this moment but if we support them and not the other, more producers will make the change. Remember this is business. Plan your meals so that you can afford changes and remember also that eating meat is causing hunger in the world, the contamination of the remaining good water and is causing suffering to and the killing of animals. Green & org is the way to heal and help life.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 5:34 am
Thanks for an interesting article.

Christine Daniels (11)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:06 am

Sergio Padilla (65)
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Alex Muir (0)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 8:46 pm
Petition CBC News, The National to Interview Dr Thierry Vrain Regarding GMO & The Future of Agriculture
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