Thursday, May 14, 2015

GMOs Are Wrong Way to Feed the World


by Barbara Upton
Hudson Valley for No GMOs in the News Continued
Original Source: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2015/05/09/gmos-wrong-way-feed-world/27051605/ 
Barbara Upton, Co-Founder
Hudson Valley for No GMOs
If you think GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are safe and needed to "feed the world," then Monsanto's PR firm, that also told us smoking was fine for us, is doing a good job. Let's set the record straight. Your health, and that of your family, and our environment depend on it.
Three hundred independent, scientific researchers say there is no scientific consensus on the safety of eating GMOs and called the risks shown in independent research a "serious cause for concern" (Environmental Sciences Europe). They point out that most of the studies concluding they were safe were carried out by the biotechnology industry.
Animal feeding studies in peer reviewed journals show GM-fed animals have myriad health problems, such as, more liver and kidney toxicity, severe stomach inflammation, higher cancer risk, premature death, reproductive problems (GM-fed hamsters were infertile by the third generation) and more.
You will probably be surprised to learn the Food and Drug Administration does no safety testing at all on GMOs! They rely on the industry, that stands to make big profits from them, to tell us they are safe. The history of how GMOs were approved is also disturbing. FDA scientists in the early 1990s warned that GMOs could cause new allergens, new toxins, nutritional problems and new diseases, but they were overruled by a political appointee with ties to Monsanto. The wolf is still guarding the hen house, and all that is being protected are the profits of the industry.
Genetically modified crops are also causing great devastation to our environment. Almost all GM crops are modified for only two traits. One allows plants to withstand massive applications of the herbicide glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup) without dying and the other is to produce a pesticide in every cell of the plant. Bt sweet corn, for instance, has to be registered as a pesticide with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and without a label that is what you could be sinking your teeth into this summer!
Pesticide use has soared with the introduction of GM crops. It has spawned super weeds, choking millions of acres of our farmland, and super bugs, that are destroying the crops that are supposed to kill them.
GM crops will not feed the world, in fact, they are totally unsustainable. Agroecological, non-GM farming, that works with the land instead of against it, has greater yields and is the only true solution for feeding the world according to the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development.
Three billion citizens in the world are given a choice on whether they eat food that contains GMOs or not. We, however are kept in the dark and forced to be a part of what David Suzuki, an expert in the field of genetics, calls "a massive experiment".
We have a good chance for GM labeling in New York this year. Go to GMOfreeNY.net to contact your state legislators. Tell them you deserve and demand to know what you are buying, eating and feeding your family! Also, Congress is considering a radical move that would forever stop states from labeling GMOs. It is deceptively called the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, " which opponents have dubbed "The DARK Act- Denying Americans Their Right to Know." It shows how the biotech industry not only buys scientists, who tout the "wonders" of GMOs for money, but politicians as well.
This is a fight we can and must win. We are fighting for health, for choice, and for the environment- we are fighting for our lives. Please be a part — check out "GMO Food Fight HeatsUp" http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2015/05/09/gmo-fight-continues/70895790/  and join Beth Dulay and me at Hudson Valley for No GMOs, HVnogmos.org.
Barbara Upton is co-founder of Hudson Valley for No GMOs.



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