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GENETIC ENGINEERING AND OUR RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN OUR FOOD
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In Europe over 175 regions and over 4,500 municipalities have declared themselves GMO free zones. Over 40 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, India, Russia, Japan, Spain and the UK label GMOs. Approximately 75% of processed foods in the US contain GMOs. Products labeled “natural” or “all-natural” may not be GMO free. Market GMO crops in the U.S. include soy (94%), cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), corn (88%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (over 24,000 acres). Field trials include: Corn engineered with human genes (Dow) Sugarcane engineered with human genes (Hawaii Agriculture Research Center) Corn engineered with jellyfish genes (Stanford University) Tobacco engineered with lettuce genes (University of Hawaii) Rice engineered with human genes (Applied Phytologics) Corn engineered with hepatitis virus genes (Prodigene)
GMOs are NOT SAFE
Genetically engineered food is linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to every organ studied in lab animals. Feeding studies show: GMOs survive inside the stomach of human test subjects; potential pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy or increased density of the liver, odd shaped cell nuclei and unexplained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates in animals. Industry studies hide problems by: Using variable animal starting weights to hinder detection of food related changes Keeping studies short to miss long term impacts Testing effects of Roundup Ready Soybeans on crops that have not been sprayed with Roundup Feeding animals the GMO protein produced inside GMO bacteria instead of the GMO crop Using too few subjects to derive statistically significant results Using poor statistical methods or leaving out essential methods, data or statistics Using rigged or irrelevant control groups Employing insensitive or obsolete evaluation techniques Educate Heal Evolve
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Health Hazards of GMOs
No Long-Term Safety Testing – uses material from organisms that have not been part of the human food supply, changing the nature of our food. GMOs have not been proven safe. Toxins – causes mutations, which can create new and increased toxins in foods. (Inose 1995, Mayeno 1994) Allergic Reactions – can produce unforeseen and unknown allergens in foods. (Nordlee 1996) Roundup Ready soy meal contained 27% more trypsin inhibitor, a potential allergen, which might explain the sudden jump in soy allergies in the UK beginning soon after Roundup Ready soy was introduced. GMO Starlink corn was recalled in 2000 after causing allergic reactions in people eating Taco Bell corn tortillas. Decreased Nutritional Value – deceptive freshness traits may mislead consumers to eat old produce. Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria – antibiotic-resistance genes are used to mark genetically engineered cells. These genes may be picked up by bacteria and infect us. (New Scientist 1999) Problems Cannot Be Traced – Without labels, public health agencies cannot trace problems back to their source. Side Effects can Kill – 37 people died, 1500 were partially paralyzed, and 5000 more were temporarily disabled by a syndrome that was linked to tryptophan made by genetically-engineered bacteria. (Mayeno 1994)
Environmental Hazards of GMOs
Increased use of Herbicides – herbicides used on genetically engineered crops has increased by 7 – 8 % from 1996 to 2008. (Benbrook 2009) More Pesticides – GE crops often manufacture their own pesticides and may be classified as pesticides by the EPA. This puts more pesticides into our food and fields than ever before. Ecology may be damaged – The new organism may compete successfully with wild relatives, causing unforeseen changes in the environment. (Metz 1997) Gene Pollution Cannot Be Cleaned Up – Once genetically engineered organisms, bacteria and viruses are released into the environment it is impossible to contain or recall them. References: http://www.safe-food.org http://www.labelgmos.org http://responsibletechnology.org Note: If a fruit or vegetable IS genetically modified, the number (not the barcode number) on the label will have 5 digits and start with 8. A 5-digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic. A 4-digit number means it is conventionally grown. Educate Heal Evolve
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