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CURRENT GMO DEBATE WILL AFFECT YOUR HEALTH
For any readers who still believe that government agencies are in place to protect your health issues, this news release will be of interest. I previously wrote about the issue of GMO (genetically modified organism) labeling in a May 2012 article - http://www.thenhf.com/article.php?id=3310 , but new evidence has emerged that again solidifies the need to be aware, be an activist, and push for this “right to know” (genetically modified labeling of foods) in your State and universally.
Gearing Up for a Showdown
At the moment, millions of dollars (30 million plus) are being amassed by biotech industry giants to defeat California’s Proposition 37 (The CA Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act), to be voted on via a ballot initiative (November 6th, 2012). This voting is historic. If Prop 37 passes, many other States will follow suit and the American consumer will have won not only their grassroots battle against Monsanto and its allies but will rightfully be able to discern at the marketplace whether what they are consuming is GMO laden or not.
Monsanto lobbyists are striving to kill Prop 37, as they have previously in more than a dozen U.S. States. Most of Europe (where GMOs are called “Frankenfoods) has empathically shunned GMOs and have laws enacted for mandatory labeling regulation. But the U.S. (largest producer of GMOs) has been joined by Australia and New Zealand, among others, in promoting GMO crops without testing for many years. Consumers must understand that government and industry are tied together like Siamese twins when the issue concerns GMOs, with manufacturers having lied about GMO safety for more than fifteen years.
Testing & Dangers of GMOs
First, you must realize that GMOs are very much in your life already – 93% of soybeans, 86% of corn, 93% canola, and 95% sugar beets. Corn and soy are in animal feed and many crops. So, food derived from corn, beans, condiments, yellow squash, papaya, dairy products, some honey, conventional meat, and even clothing from the U.S. contains GMOs, just to name a few. 80% of processed foods at your grocery store contain unlabeled GMOs. At present, in the U.S., you may look for GMO-free labels and hope the producers are truthful.
Under current U.S. food labeling laws, GMOs aren’t required to be disclosed at all. Regulatory agencies side with agribusiness corporations in claiming that GMOs are safe for human consumption even though there has been little pre-market testing, just the required 90-day study performed by the manufacturers. Manufacturers have used their money and power to force GMO agriculture upon American citizens and much of the World. There was one government study on humans and it only showed that GMOs survived in the stomach. We Americans are the guinea pigs!
A recent two-year study of rats fed low levels of Monsanto’s GM maize (corn), led by Gilles-Eric Séralini (French molecular biologist), in collaboration with CRIIGEN, a genetic- engineering firm, resulted in rats with large cancerous tumors, liver necrosis, and early death. The testing levels of GM maize (with and without the herbicide Roundup) for the rats were identical to levels permitted in American drinking water and GM crops. Both Roundup and the NK603 maize were approved by the U.S. government, one for human consumption and Roundup for treating plants. Now, the evidence seems clear that both are contributing to many cancers in animals and the human population. So, it should be no surprise then that, recently, the French government sued Monsanto for lying about the safety of Roundup.
Other studies support the French-study results. Jack Heinemann (Australian, risk-assessment, molecular biologist) studied GM wheat (not yet commercialized) and concluded that permanent liver damage could occur from the enzyme suppressor in the modified wheat.
The NHF Supports Proposition 37
Now is the time to stop Monsanto and other agribusinesses from continuing to destroy our food supply and, with it, our health. The CA labeling vote will go directly to the California consumer; and trade-organization lobbyists will not be able to kill this Proposition, not at the polls at least. The court fight later will be another battle yet to come.
The National Health Federation has been fighting on U.S. and Canadian soil against GMOs for years and at Codex Alimentarius (World food governing body) for full disclosure to consumers on labels of GMO products. The Federation strongly supports Proposition 37. As a consumer, you can add additional pressure to require mandatory labeling by visiting the NHF homepage for our petition to the FDA – www.thenhf.com.
Recent Voice of Russia article on GMO foods, including an interview with NHF President, Scott Tips - http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_01/The-hidden-cost-of-GM-foods/
Cheri Tips has served as the National Health Federation Executive Director since 2003.
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National Health Federation: Established in 1955, the National Health Federation is a consumer-education, health-freedom organization working to protect individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take supplements and use alternative therapies without unnecessary government restrictions. The NHF is the only such organization with recognized observer-delegate status at Codex meetings.
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