Why don’t we Want GMO’s?

The first part of the answer is easy:- Nobody has ever proved that they are safe for humans!

I do not intend to justify that comment here, other than to say Google for the phrase “problems caused by genetic modification”.
You can then start at the beginning of the 23,700,000 results, and work your way through until you have your answers.

Too big a number? Ok, then, I’ll get you started!

Go to http://longerhealthylife.net/Don’ts.html

which gives you not only a pile of low-down on GMO’s, but also warns of the dangers of Nanotechnology in the food chain. If that doesn’t give you enough information, I recommend you go to

http://www.navdanya.org/
and download the PDF file “The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes”.
Be prepared to spend some time with this document – it is very comprehensive!

The second part of the answer is more complex, and definitely needs an explanation.

Anything that has been genetically modified will be patented. Anything that has been patented is effectively locked up, and you can only have access to it under the conditions imposed by the person or company holding the patent.

Now Google for the phrase “genetic modification goats”. It seems that amazing things can be done with genetic engineering – spiders web from goats milk, goats can produce a drug to prevent blood clots (in humans), goats to produce human breast milk, and would you believe even a Fluorescent Cat?

Its not only goats, by any means. Check this out –
“Pigs to be bred for transplants”, at
http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/pigs-to-be-bred-for-transplants-1-1089635

However, it doesn’t stop there, and when it starts to impact the food chain, it becomes critical. The video below will show you why I say that.
“Farmer feeds GMO corn to his pigs: they all become sterile.”

And just in case you should think that this does not affect humans directly, think again – it does!
GM corn set to stop man spreading his seed
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2001/sep/09/gm.food

Ok, so we now know that a certain type of GM corn will make men sterile. If we wish to carry on raising a family, we just have to make sure that we don’t eat that corn – right?

And there is the rub! If nobody in the US is going to allow GM foods to be labeled any differently from normal foods, which is the case at the moment, how do you know what you are eating? You could say, “alright, I’ll just stop eating corn altogether”, but what about your breakfast cereal, and other products derived from corn. Are you going to have them all checked out in the laboratory before you eat them? A very expensive and tedious business!

And who will know when the same treatment has been conferred on other food products? The GM companies, and those interested in promoting male sterility, such as the US government, are not going to stand in line to make sure you are fully informed. They would prefer you to remain in ignorance.

And its not only in the US itself that we need to watch out for problems. Take a look at “GMO – the real story”,
http://polyfaceyum.blogspot.com/2009/02/gmo-real-story.html

We see that the US has taken over the Family Planning role for countless families in other countries, in fact wherever they ship corn as part of their foreign aid package.

I don’t think we need to talk about ethics at this point, do we?

As Henry Kissinger so rightly said,
“Who controls the food supply controls the people;
who controls the energy can control whole continents;
who controls the money can control the world.”

And this, my friends, is what GMO’s are all about – CONTROL!

Dr. Vandana Shiva made the following statements in the movie “THRIVE”:-

“The giant corporations who had brought us chemicals for chemical/industrial agriculture were talking about 3 instruments to consolidate the food chain.
1. Genetic engineering as a way of control
2. Patenting seed, patenting life as a way of control, declaring seeds to be private property, treating the saving of seed by farmers as a crime, as a theft of intellectual property,
3 Free-trade treaties that would rob ordinary people, farmers, growers, of their freedom to save seed
The design of terminator technology to create sterile seed in order to impose even more dependence of humanity on a handful of corporations is the ultimate step in this.
We are, through what we are doing with seed, literally, for the first time, creating a new colonization – the colonization of the future.”

The next bit is very important. It is Dr. Vandana Shiva again, with another video called “Understanding the Corporate Takeover”.

http://www.vandanashiva.org/?p=678

As yet, the loop has not been completed. Although a large percentage of the world’s seeds are already under lock and key, some have still to be rounded up and controlled. You see farmers can still grow seed to save for future crops, and precisely this is the thing that is under attack, as there is no control over them, and there is no revenue from them. There is a serious attempt to close this loop, and the ACTA legislation would have been part of the latest effort. Fortunately this has been blocked for the time being, but don’t get the impression that it has gone away. That would be very unlikely indeed!

The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, which are harmonized international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice is intended ostensibly to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair trade practices in the food trade. However, the foods defined in these standards should hopefully have passed all the relevant safety tests before acceptance. The US is trying to pull a fast one here by saying that anything that has already been given approval in any country should automatically be included in the Codex, but this would mean that their untested GM foods suddenly become “Safe” without any testing at all. This move is being fiercely resisted, and rightly so! We know that genetically modified produce has been given approval for consumption in the US by the FDA, but this does not mean that it has been proved to be fit for human consumption, by any means.

So, what to do now?

Well, you could start by going to the Thrive website and browse to Solutions/What Can I Do?
http://www.thrivemovement.com/solutions-what_can_i_do

They have a list of ten actions as follows:-
1. Get Informed, Speak Up & Connect with Others
2. Bank Locally
3. Buy and Invest Responsibly
4. Join the Movement to Audit and End the Federal Reserve
5. Keep the Internet Fair & Open
6. Support Independent Media
7. Support Organic, Non-GMO Farming
8. Require Election & Campaign Finance Reform
9. Advocate for Renewable and “Free” Energy
10. Take Part in Critical Mass Actions

I would also recommend that you take the time to watch the video at

The title is “Vandana Shiva – The Future of Food and Seed”
Its about 1 hour long, but well worth watching!

After that, see what you can do about GMO-Free Zones in your area. We need as many of these as we can get to shut the monster out! Check this out at
http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/gmo-free-regions.html

Its going to be a struggle, but ‘nil bastardi carborundum’!

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