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these foods with health concerns and environmental damage. For this reason, most developed nations have policies requiring mandatory labeling of GMO foods at the very least, and some have issued bans on GMO food production and imports. In anada we do not. ! "avid #u$u%i Foundation "r. "avid #u$u%i is a anadian environmentalist. GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) and GE (Genetically Engineered) are, for all intents and purposes, identical and interchangeable. North America tends to use GMO, Europe GE, usage varies in the rest of the orld. !imply put, the process involves ta"ing genetic material from the #NA of one organism and inserting it into the #NA of another organism. $he idea is to confer the benefit of the genetic material of the donor organism onto the receiving organism, thereby %improving% the recipient organism. Opponents of GMOs call it %playing God.% $his seems e&cessive. 'laying the #evil might be a more appropriate label. (e ill return to the labeling idea later. $he governments of the )!A, *anada and a fe other countries that tend to go along ith hatever the )! says are either supremely stupid or unspea"ably corrupt. (hile both are highly negative, the shoc"ing possibility e&ists that those same governments are both stupid and corrupt. $hat is shoc"ing because, given the present staggering po er of chemical giants such as Monsanto, little short of physical revolution may be considered to cause committed countries to bac" a ay from decisions that have harmed and ill harm their o n people. $his article ill not attribute opinion to the results of scientific research. $hat has been done too often. $he research has been done, the conclusions are public, but the chemical giants have managed to cover it up so successfully that the ma+ority of people "no little about them. Governments ho have committed to allo GMOs are too embarrassed to admit their grievous mista"es, so remain silent. $hey fear litigation as a conse,uence of allo ing harmful foods on the mar"et. Millions of people are no in the process of destroying their health as a result. $his article ill instead appeal to logic, to your sense of right and rong, to hat used to be "no n as common sense. GMOs are purely destructive over the long term, covertly destructive in the short term. -ere.s hy. Genetically modified seeds are engineered to ithstand poisons. $hese poisons are spread over the land in hich the seeds ill gro , ostensibly to "ill off pests and
ith the seed during the gro ing season.
/ou need to understand that these poisons are not selective. $hey are broad spectrum. $hat is, they "ill everything, every living organism, every plant, every animal, every bacterium and other microbe in the soil they touch. As there are literally millions of microscopic organisms in every teaspoon of fertile soil, that is a massive amount of destruction. $hen the genetically modified seeds are planted. $hey sprout, they gro , they eventually produce food0li"e products you ill find in your food mar"et. $he chemical companies claim the seeds carry none of the poisons ith them to maturity. 1esearch proves this is a lie. More recent research has found these poisons in the air people breathe and the ater they drin". !o, prove it, you say, give us the research. No, 2 on.t do that. Articles that provide support for their arguments based on %scientific research% can and often are embarrassingly biased, edited not to give all available evidence but to provide evidence to support the opinion e&pressed. $he internet ill give you the evidence if you search. $his article ill not give you one0sided evidence to support its claims. !earch %organic foods pros and cons.% And %gmo foods% to start. $hen %gmo damage.% No to the logic or common sense part. 2t has been ell "no n and documented for centuries, even millennia, that very small amounts of poison ingested over an e&tended period of time ill eventually cause ill health, then death. 3ings and emperors used to have tasters (or the chefs ho prepared their meals) eat some of the food intended for the leaders before they indulged. !ome fine mysteries, such as by Agatha *hristie and Arthur *onan #oyle, sho ed ho murderers "illed their victims by giving them small amounts of poison over ee"s, months, even years. *ourt records sho ho some people murdered others in similar ays today. $he very same companies that produce the seeds that can survive the assaults of poisons on fields in hich they gro also produce the poisons themselves. Even today some governments are approving GMO seeds on hich ##$ (an insecticide banned in most countries decades ago) and components of Agent Orange (best "no n for "illing countless innocent people in !E Asia during the 4ietnam ar, though people are still suffering and dying from it today) may be sprayed. /es, you read that right.
Not only do they give permission for farm fields to be poisoned lifeless before seeds are planted, they are no giving permission for industrial farmers to spray poisons directly on the crops. /ou decide, is that stupidity or corruption5 Or both. As" yourself ho much sense it ma"es for a human to ta"e as a blood thinner a poison ( arfarin) that in stronger doses "ills rats, a fello mammal. (ith all of the advice e receive about the importance of eating green leafy vegetables to "eep us healthy and e&tend our lives, arfarin users must be careful of them because the vitamin 36 they contain interferes ith arfarin.s effectiveness as a blood thinner. Eating an e&tremely healthy food can harm a arfarin user. At a time hen health care costs soar dramatically to previously unimagined heights, governments are "no ingly ma"ing more of their o n citi7ens sic". 2t is "no n that those living today ill be the first generation in centuries to live shorter lifespans than their parents. $hat prediction as made because of idespread obesity. (e may also e&pect it because of idespread poisoning of the foods e eat. /et government food and drug agencies still call GMO foods safe in some countries. Many of these same governments are refusing to allo food products ith GMO ingredients to have labels clearly stating their GMO content. (hat ould you call it5 *onsumers are not allo ed to "no if the food they buy and eat and feed to their children is unhealthy or to&ic. /ou have a choice about hat you eat. 8earn about it first or suffer the conse,uences. $hose conse,uences could include not only a shorter lifespan, but years of ill health before you die. Nobody ants that. 9inal note: chemical giant and the orld.s most po erful advocate of GMO seeds (it sells both single year seeds and 1oundup, the poison that "ills everything before its seeds are planted) Monsanto refuses to allo any GMO products or food components in its o n staff canteen. ;ill Allin is the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems, a boo" about cheap and easily implemented solutions to pervasive social problems. /es, ill health from GMO food consumption is a serious social problem. 8earn more at http:<<billallin.com