Black People : The danger of Geneticaly Modified foods

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  1. Putney Swope

    Putney Swope Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The starving nations in Africa don't want it, and the extra few dollrs for organic is worth the health of yourself and your family.
    More economicaly try to stay away from all processed foods, especially those that use corn products and wheat

    GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans
    Scientific Tests Must Be Approved by Industry First


    By F. William Engdahl

    Global Research, July 29, 2009



    One of the great mysteries surrounding the spread of GMO plants around the world since the first commercial crops were released in the early 1990’s in the USA and Argentina has been the absence of independent scientific studies of possible long-term effects of a diet of GMO plants on humans or even rats. Now it has come to light the real reason. The GMO agribusiness companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and others prohibit independent research.



    An editorial in the respected American scientific monthly magazine, Scientific American, August 2009 reveals the shocking and alarming reality behind the proliferation of GMO products throughout the food chain of the planet since 1994. There are no independent scientific studies published in any reputed scientific journal in the world for one simple reason. It is impossible to independently verify that GMO crops such as Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims, or that, as the company also claims, that they have no harmful side effects because the GMO companies forbid such tests!



    That’s right. As a precondition to buy seeds, either to plant for crops or to use in research study, Monsanto and the gene giant companies must first sign an End User Agreement with the company. For the past decade, the period when the greatest proliferation of GMO seeds in agriculture has taken place, Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta require anyone buying their GMO seeds to sign an agreement that explicitly forbids that the seeds be used for any independent research. Scientists are prohibited from testing a seed to explore under what conditions it flourishes or even fails. They cannot compare any characteristics of the GMO seed with any other GMO or non-GMO seeds from another company. Most alarming, they are prohibited from examining whether the genetically modified crops lead to unintended side-effects either in the environment or in animals or humans.



    The only research which is permitted to be published in reputable scientific peer-reviewed journals are studies which have been pre-approved by Monsanto and the other industry GMO firms.



    The entire process by which GMO seeds have been approved in the United States, beginning with the proclamation by then President George H.W. Bush in 1992, on request of Monsanto, that no special Government tests of safety for GMO seeds would be conducted because they were deemed by the President to be “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO seeds, has been riddled with special interest corruption. Former attorneys for Monsanto were appointed responsible in EPA and FDA for rules governing GMO seeds as but one example and no Government tests of GMO seed safety to date have been carried out. All tests are provided to the US Government on GMO safety or performance by the companies themselves such as Monsanto. Little wonder that GMO sounds to positive and that Monsanto and others can falsely claim GMO is the “solution to world hunger.”


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  2. Putney Swope

    Putney Swope Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    what happened in South Africa???

    Monsanto GM Corn a Disaster in South Africa
    by David Gutierrez, staff writer

    (NaturalNews) Farmers in South Africa have reported an inexplicable failure to seed in three different varieties of corn genetically modified (GM) by the Monsanto Corporation.

    "One can't see from the outside whether a plant is unseeded," said Kobus van Coller of Free State province. "One must open up the cob leaves to establish the problem."

    The problems occurred only in corn engineered by Monsanto for increased yields or for resistance to the company's trademark herbicide, Roundup (glyphosate). Failure to seed has been documented in the provinces of Free State, Mpumalanga and North West.

    According to Monsanto, the crop failure occurred due to "underfertilization processes in the laboratory," and has only been a problem in "less than 25 percent" of the seed from the three corn varieties.

    Marian Mayet of the Africa Center for Biosecurity disputed the company's claims, however. According to her sources, some farms have experienced crop failures as high as 80 percent. She also expressed doubt over Monsanto's explanation for the problem, laying the blame instead on the GM technologies used to produce the seed.

    "Monsanto says they just made a mistake in the laboratory, however we say that biotechnology is a failure," Mayet said. "You cannot make a 'mistake' with three different varieties of corn. We have been warning against GM-technology for years, we have been warning Monsanto that there will be problems."

    Mayet called on the government to launch an investigation into the crop failures and to institute an immediate ban on the cultivation of all GM crops in South Africa.

    South Africa was one of the first countries after the United States to adopt GM corn. Like the United States but unlike many European countries, South Africa does not require that GM ingredients be labeled as such on food packaging.

    The South African grocery chain Woolworths imposed a ban on carrying any GM foods in 2000.

    Sources for this story include: www.digitaljournal.com
     
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    GMO's and Irridation

    are huge problems here in Canada, where 60% of what's at the local supermarket are unlabelled GMO's. Furthermore, the process of irridation removes most of the vital nutrients from the food, and is a threat to nutritional health.

    I will write more later when I get an opportunity because this is a very important topic.
     
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    I don't want to cause panic, but...

    The government, business, whoever cannot be trusted in the area of identifying harmful substances BEFORE they are put on the market.

    There is too much red tape and paperwork at the government level, and they don't have the manpower or money to investigate everything that is new. They rubberstamp what the companies put in front of them. Everybody else is concerned about profit. If you spend $1 million developing something new, you pray that people don't get sick until after you make up for your losses. Then you swear you didn't know, apologize, pull it off the market, and move on to the next invention.

    The next time you see a TV ad about the newest and latest drug, food, etc...think twice before begging for it from your grocer or doctor.
     
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    CITIZEN ... Welcome Welcome Welcome ... :wave:

    Thanks for joining us and sharing! I do agree with you.

    Please make yourself right at home, because you are.

    Much Love and Peace.

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