Archive for the ‘GMOs’ Category

October is called Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Month. GMOs are what comes out of a laboratory when man mixes food and animal DNA and or chemicals to make certain foods “better” for eating and able to produce more food. As you will read, GMOs are very dangerous. (Please take note: The following is from a governmental organization website, which, in my opinion, is biased in support for GMOs.)

“What are Genetically Modified (GM) Foods?

Although “biotechnology” and “genetic modification” commonly are used interchangeably, GM is a special set of technologies that alter the genetic makeup of organisms such as animals, plants, or bacteria. Biotechnology, a more general term, refers to using organisms or their components, such as enzymes, to make products that include wine, cheese, beer, and yogurt.

Combining genes from different organisms is known as recombinant DNA technology, and the resulting organism is said to be “genetically modified,” “genetically engineered,” or “transgenic.” GM products (current or those in development) include medicines and vaccines, foods and food ingredients, feeds, and fibers.

Locating genes for important traits—such as those conferring insect resistance or desired nutrients—is one of the most limiting steps in the process. However, genome sequencing and discovery programs for hundreds of organisms are generating detailed maps along with data-analyzing technologies to understand and use them.

In 2006, 252 million acres of transgenic crops were planted in 22 countries by 10.3 million farmers. The majority of these crops were herbicide- and insect-resistant soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and alfalfa. Other crops grown commercially or field-tested are a sweet potato resistant to a virus that could decimate most of the African harvest, rice with increased iron and vitamins that may alleviate chronic malnutrition in Asian countries, and a variety of plants able to survive weather extremes.

On the horizon are bananas that produce human vaccines against infectious diseases such as hepatitis B; fish that mature more quickly; cows that are resistant to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease); fruit and nut trees that yield years earlier, and plants that produce new plastics with unique properties.

In 2006, countries that grew 97% of the global transgenic crops were the United States (53%), Argentina (17%), Brazil (11%), Canada (6%), India (4%), China (3%), Paraguay (2%) and South Africa (1%). Although growth is expected to plateau in industrialized nations, it is increasing in developing countries. The next decade will see exponential progress in GM product development as researchers gain increasing and unprecedented access to genomic resources that are applicable to organisms beyond the scope of individual projects.

Technologies for genetically modifying foods offer dramatic promise for meeting some of the 21st Century’s greatest challenges. Like all new technologies, they also pose some risks, both known and unknown. Controversies surrounding GM foods and crops commonly focus on human and environmental safety, labeling and consumer choice, intellectual property rights, ethics, food security, poverty reduction, and environmental conservation (see GM Products: Benefits and Controversies, below).


GM Products: Benefits and Controversies

Benefits

  • Crops
    • Enhanced taste and quality
    • Reduced maturation time
    • Increased nutrients, yields, and stress tolerance
    • Improved resistance to disease, pests, and herbicides
    • New products and growing techniques
  • Animals
    • Increased resistance, productivity, hardiness, and feed efficiency
    • Better yields of meat, eggs, and milk
    • Improved animal health and diagnostic methods
  • Environment
    • “Friendly” bioherbicides and bioinsecticides
    • Conservation of soil, water, and energy
    • Bioprocessing for forestry products
    • Better natural waste management
    • More efficient processing
  • Society
    • Increased food security for growing populations

{Note: Like I said before this article and website are supporting GMOs. Most of the “benefits are only half-truths as future posts will show.}

Controversies

  • Safety
    • Potential human health impacts, including allergens, transfer of antibiotic resistance markers, unknown effects
    • Potential environmental impacts, including: unintended transfer of transgenes through cross-pollination, unknown effects on other organisms (e.g., soil microbes), and loss of flora and fauna biodiversity
  • Access and Intellectual Property
    • Domination of world food production by a few companies
    • Increasing dependence on industrialized nations by developing countries
    • Biopiracy, or foreign exploitation of natural resources
  • Ethics
    • Violation of natural organisms’ intrinsic values
    • Tampering with nature by mixing genes among species
    • Objections to consuming animal genes in plants and vice versa
    • Stress for animal
  • Labeling
    • Not mandatory in some countries (e.g., United States)
    • Mixing GM crops with non-GM products confounds labeling attempts
  • Society
    • New advances may be skewed to interests of rich countries”

(Source: http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml)

I believe that GMOs are dangerous, if not deadly, for not only the animals and the earth but also dangerous to humans both physically and spiritually… but that is for another post.

The September 15th Organic Consumers Association‘s e-newsletter Organic Bytes Quote of the Week is as follows…

“”As the summer growing season draws to a close, 2011 is emerging as the year of the superinsect – the year pests officially developed resistance to Monsanto’s genetically engineered (ostensibly) bug-killing corn.

GM Corn

“In late July scientists in Iowa documented the existence of corn rootworms (a ravenous pest that attacks the roots of corn plants) that can happily devour corn plants that were genetically tweaked specifically to kill them. Monsanto’s corn, engineered to express a toxic gene from a bacterial insecticide called Bt, now accounts for 65 percent of the corn planted in the US.

“The superinsect scourge has also arisen in Illinois and Minnesota.

“‘Monsanto’s insect-killing corn is toppling over in northwestern Illinois fields, a sign that rootworms outside of Iowa may have developed resistance to the genetically modified crop,’ reports Bloomberg. In southern Minnesota, adds Minnesota Public Radio, an entomologist has found corn rootworms thriving, Bt corn plants drooping, in fields.

“[A] 2008 study, conducted by University of Missouri researchers and published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that within three generations, rootworms munching Monsanto’s Bt corn survived at the same rate as rootworms munching pesticide-free corn-meaning that complete resistance had been achieved. Takeaway message: rootworms are capable of evolving resistance to Monsanto’s corn in ‘rapid’ fashion.” -“Monsanto Denies Superinsect Science,” by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, September 8, 2011″

You see, man can not create food. And when/if he does it does not survive. I believe, and pray, I see the end of GMOs in the USA in my life time. They are dangerous for the earth and everything living on it. GMOs are UNnatural. God has created the standards for food, we must follow those standards or else we will suffer. End of story.

I told you in the first Food Freedom post that my definition of true Food Freedom was the right to Biblically steward (or manage), choose, buy, own, sell, and grow your own food that is healthy for you and those around you. I need to add to that. Food Freedom is also the right to know what is in your food and to know how it was made. Why should we care how the food is made? Aren’t all cereals (for example) made the same way? Don’t all apples, bananas, or tomatoes grow the same way? Aren’t we already told what is in the food on the ingredient list?

In order to answer these types of questions here is some logic that the food industry follows:

Imagine a cereal business. It not only must supply cereal to the buyers but needs to make enough money to do so and enough to keep/pay themselves. (Nothing wrong there, because most businesses need to do this.) But there are so many competitors within the cereal realm, how can this one company get you and everyone else to buy their product? The answer is four-fold. They make their cereal price lower then others, look better then others, cheaper to make, and taste better then others. How does the latter thing happen?

The modern food science industry has grown but in my eyes they (and a host of other realms) have taking one step forward and ten steps back when it comes to ethics. They would put mud in food if they would get one more dollar per sell of their product. They all share ideas behind our backs and it can cost lives.

In order for something to taste good, is it good for your health? No! A modern example would be smoking. Smokers says smoking feels/tastes so good, but when they continue for years they might end up with lung cancer and die from that. Another example comes from Genesis 3:6

“And when the woman [Eve] saw that the tree was good for food [Note: the term “good for food” means it was eatable, it wasn’t really bad for your healthy. Not that it was good/right to eat, because God said for Adam and Eve NOT to eat it in Genesis 2:16-17.], and that it was pleasant to the eyes [Note: “Pleasant” also means “a desirable thing.” Something to lust for or something that just looked so good, like a huge piece of chocolate cake, that Eve had to have it.], and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband [Adam] with her [Note: Eve ate the fruit and did not die physically but she and Adam died spiritually. That being said… Eve loved the taste of the fruit so much that she gave it to her husband.]; and he did eat. [Note: Adam also lusted for the fruit because he did eat.]” (If you read on you will see how God judges both of them because they disobeyed Him)

The point is that just because something looks or tastes good doesn’t mean it really is healthy for you. We need to know what is in our foods and how they are made in order to make the correct food choices.

In today’s age the reason food tastes so good is because of the food additives that are in them. If you pick up a cereal box or cocktail sauce container to read the ingredient list, you can’t! The names of the ingredients are so foreign. Like this one: Potassium Sorbate or Sodium Benzoate or High Fructose Corn Syrup. What are those things? What are they made from? Are they healthy? What are they doing in our food?

Ingredients that no one knows about are being put into our everyday food under the banner of Preservatives or Food Taste Enhancer. Really? Are they Preserving your health, are they Enhancing your foods health benefits?

Modern science has come out with something that is relatively new to most people. It is called Genetically Modified Organisms (called GMOs). What they are are laboratory created foods, i.e. foods made by making animal and plant genes by man to make a new “food.” These GMOs are increasing very fast and are being substituted in many foods for common things like corn and soy. (I will talk more about GMOs in the future but for now…) These GMOs are unhealthy for every thing that lives, yet they are put into everyday foods without any label or reference to them! Why is this? What is going on?

We need to know what is in our food and how those things are made. I plan to do a series on the worst of the worst food additives. In that series I will tell how each item is made. (Some of them might make you throw up… So stay tuned of them!)

As Benjamin Rush said:

“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come
when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict
the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to
others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special
privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.”

That time is now. The food and the medical realms are turning into undercover dictatorships that are controlling how we buy our food. Rush compares the medical freedom to religious freedom. Why do you think? Because the medical realm is, deep down inside, a cult-like religion. Doctors are worshiped as all knowing men who can cure all diseases. Excuse me? Medicines are prescribed for basically everything now. Why and how did this happen? (The answer is to long for this post)

So until I do my series on food additives please read this post on EnergyFanatics.com called Food Label: How to Read Ingredient List here: http://energyfanatics.com/2009/04/23/food-label-ingredient-list/. Although their list is not very comprehensive and I believe they missed out soon very bad ingredients, this is the best place for you to start.

Hopefully some honest God-fearing people will change to food and medical realms back toward God.

Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!

“Lowest Price Most Often Wins

It’s consumers choosing lowest price that drives the economy of scale and high chemical using, genetically modified, toxic methods. If lowest price wins, it’s a vote for big agribusiness… system based, high chemical input, large scale agriculture. In a highly competitive market, any chance to cut costs, to offer a lower price to wholesalers, retailers or increase profits for shareholders will be taken.

Unfair Advantage for Big Agribusiness

The US government builds huge subsidies for big agribusiness into the national farm bill. That gives big agribusiness an enormous advantage over small organic farmers, who are not subsidized in any way. If all the external factors were truly priced into food, organic produce would be the most cost-effective foods on the market. Many people in agriculture believe that if there was a level playing field in agribusiness, organic farming would quickly win the battle. However, the government subsidizes corn, soybean, canola, and cotton production to keep the prices of those commodities artificially low, so that people will feel grateful to the government for keeping their food prices down.

The Hidden Costs of “Lowest Price Wins”

The sad irony in this is that the artificially low corn, soybean, and canola prices drive the production of all the highly processed foods that are so unhealthy for people. In short, our government subsidizes big agribusinesses so they can produce low-cost basics that in turn are used to make the highly processed, unhealthy foods that are prematurely killing millions of Americans. That in turn is causing a totally unnecessary health care crisis that will eventually bankrupt our government. It is a huge, huge irony that is tragic on many levels!

Mass Rejection of Big-Ag

Together, we can reject the short-sightedness of big agribusiness supported by short-sighted policy. Ultimately, consumers drive the market. At the moment, most consumers choose lowest price… but that is the poorest choice, with dire consequences for our future. If we want a better world, a clean environment, healthy food… if we want to say no to genetic engineering, that violates the integrity of nature, if we want a sustainable, biodiverse future for our children, we must not let lowest price win. The Big Picture We must value natural foods and support farmers who are working hard to create a biodiverse and healthy vision of the future. To do this we must spend more of our household budgets on the things that truly matter and less on the things that don’t. A clean environment matters, healthy soils and healthy wildlife matter, nutritious healthy natural food matters. Farmers will grow what YOU ask for, the marketplace will shift to your call because demand drives supply. Are we going to keep sending the message that has always been sent… that the lowest price on the shelf wins? What kind of future do we want for our children? If we keep choosing lowest price, we are voting for a world polluted with toxic chemicals and unnatural food. We are voting for sick diseased bodies and a sick diseased planet Earth.

A Consumer Driven True Green Revolution

If we educate ourselves about the TRUE hidden costs of big agribusiness, and spread awareness of the truth to our friends and family, we can create a healthy, sustainable future by people power alone. We can bring about the changes that our government should be making, that have far reaching benefits for our health, environment and communities. Don’t let lowest supermarket price win… choose health, choose life, choose a world that respects nature and the synergy of life…. please value and support farmers doing it right… value what truly matters by choosing organic, non-GMO food. Looking at the big picture, organic is the best choice in every way.

Mike Kinnaird
www.gmoawareness.org .”

(Note to my readers: This article was made by Mike Kinnaird of GMO Awareness. I will be writing my own thoughts of GMO foods in the future.)