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First Super Weeds, Now Super Insects -- Thanks to Monsanto

Dr. Mercola
Published: Wednesday 30 May 2012
“Not only are we seeing rapid emergence of super-weeds resistant to glyphosate, courtesy of Roundup Ready crops, we now also have evidence of emerging Bt-resistant insects.”
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A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests.  The failure of Monsanto's genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically modified crop in the U.S.

And the economic impact could be huge. Billions of dollars are at stake, as Bt corn accounts for 65 percent of all corn grown in the US.

The strain of corn, engineered to kill the larvae of beetles, such as the corn rootworm, contains a gene copied from an insect-killing bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt. 

But even though a scientific advisory panel warned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the threat of insects developing resistance was high, Monsanto argued that the steps necessary to prevent such an occurrence -- which would have entailed less of the corn being planted -- were an unnecessary precaution, and the EPA naively agreed.

According to a recent NPR report:

"The scientists who called for caution now are saying 'I told you so,' because there are signs that a new strain of resistant rootworms is emerging...[A] committee of experts at the EPA is now recommending that biotech companies put into action, for the first time, a 'remedial action plan' aimed at stopping the spread of such resistant insects ...

The EPA's experts also are suggesting that the agency reconsider its approval of a new kind of rootworm-killing corn, which Monsanto calls SmartStax. This new version of Bt corn includes two different Bt genes that are supposed to kill the rootworm in different ways. This should help prevent resistance from emerging, and the EPA is allowing farmers to plant it on up to 95 percent of their corn acres. But if one of those genes is already compromised…  such a high percentage of Bt corn could rapidly produce insects that are resistant to the second one, too."

There can be little doubt that genetically engineered crops are the most dangerous aspect of modern agriculture. Not only are we seeing rapid emergence of super-weeds resistant to glyphosate, courtesy of Roundup Ready crops, we now also have evidence of emerging Bt-resistant insects. Add to that the emergence of a brand new organism capable of producing disease and infertility in both plants and animals, and a wide variety of evidence showing harm to human health, and the only reasonable expectation one can glean is that humanity as a whole is being seriously threatened by this foolhardy technology.

Bt Corn—a Most Dangerous Failure

Monsanto's genetically modified "Bt corn" has been equipped with a gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), which produces the Bt-toxin. It's a pesticide that breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them.

This pesticide-producing corn entered the food supply in the late 1990's, and over the past decade, the horror stories have started piling up. And the problem with Bt crops go far beyond the creation of Bt-resistant insects.

Monsanto and the EPA swore that the genetically engineered corn would only harm insects. The Bt-toxin produced inside the plant would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system and would not have any impact at all on consumers, they claimed. Alas, they've been proven wrong on that account as well, because not only is Bt corn producing resistant "super-pests," researchers have also found that the Bt-toxin can indeed wreak havoc on human health.

Bt-Toxin Now Found in Many People's Blood!

Last year, doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found Bt-toxin in the blood of:

  • 93 percent of pregnant women tested
  • 80 percent of umbilical blood in their babies, and
  • 67 percent of non-pregnant women

The study authors speculate that the Bt toxin was likely consumed in the normal diet of the Canadian middle class—which makes sense when you consider that genetically engineered corn is present in the vast majority of all processed foods and drinks in the form of high fructose corn syrup. They also suggest that the toxin may have come from eating meat from animals fed Bt corn, which most livestock raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFO, or so-called "factory farms") are.

These shocking results raise the frightening possibility that eating Bt corn might actually turn your intestinal flora into a sort of "living pesticide factory"… essentially manufacturing Bt-toxin from within your digestive system on a continuing basis.

If this hypothesis is correct, is it then also possible that the Bt-toxin might damage the integrity of your digestive tract in the same way it damages insects? Remember, the toxin actually ruptures the stomach of insects, causing them to die. The biotech industry has insisted that the Bt-toxin doesn't bind or interact with the intestinal walls of mammals (which would include humans). But again, there are peer-reviewed published research showing that Bt-toxin does bind with mouse small intestines and with intestinal tissue from rhesus monkeys.

Bt-Toxin Linked to Allergies, Auto-Immune Disease, and More

If Bt genes are indeed capable of colonizing the bacteria living in the human digestive tract, scientists believe it could reasonably result in:

  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Food allergies
  • Childhood learning disorders

And lo and behold, all of these health problems are indeed on the rise… The discovery of Bt-toxin in human blood is not proof positive of this link, but it certainly raises a warning flag. And there's plenty of other evidence showing that the Bt-toxin produced in GM corn and cotton plants is toxic to humans and mammals and triggers immune system responses. For example, in government-sponsored research in Italy , mice fed Monsanto's Bt corn showed a wide range of immune responses, such as:

  • Elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, which are typically associated with allergies and infections
  • An increase in cytokines, which are associated with allergic and inflammatory responses. The specific cytokines (interleukins) that were found to be elevated are also higher in humans who suffer from a wide range of disorders, from arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, to MS and cancer
  • Elevated T cells (gamma delta), which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.

Rats fed another of Monsanto's Bt corn varieties called MON 863, also experienced an activation of their immune systems, showing higher numbers of basophils, lymphocytes, and white blood cells. These can indicate possible allergies, infections, toxins, and various disease states including cancer. There were also signs of liver- and kidney toxicity.

Topical versus Internal Toxins

Farmers have used Bt-toxin from soil bacteria as a natural pesticide for years, and biotech companies have therefore claimed  that Bt-toxin has a "history of safe use in agriculture." But there's a huge difference between spraying it on plants, where it biodegrades in sunlight and can be carefully washed off, and genetically altering the plant to produce it internally.

Bt crops have the Bt-toxin gene built-in, so the toxin cannot be washed off. You simply cannot avoid consuming it. Furthermore, the plant-produced version of the poison is thousands of times more concentrated than the spray.

There are also peer-reviewed studies showing that natural Bt-toxin from soil bacteria is not a safe pesticide either:

Do You Know what You're Eating?

Did you know that two years ago, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on all physicians to prescribe diets without genetically modified (GM) foods to all patients?

They sure did, although few doctors seem to have gotten the memo. They also called for a moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), long-term independent studies, and labeling, stating:

"Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food, including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system.  …There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation…"

I couldn't agree more. Avoiding genetically engineered foods should be at the top of everyone's list—at least if you want a decent shot at optimal health.

The simplest way to avoid genetically engineered (GE) foods is to buy whole, certified organic foods. By definition, foods that are certified organic must never intentionally use GE ingredients, and must be produced without artificial pesticides or fertilizers. Animals must also be reared without the routine use of antibiotics, growth promoters or other drugs. Additionally, grass-fed beef will not have been fed GE corn feed.

You can also avoid genetically modified (GM) ingredients in processed foods, if you know what to look for. There are currently eight genetically modified food crops on the market:

Soy

Sugar from sugar beets

Corn

Hawaiian papaya

Cottonseed (used in vegetable cooking oils)

Some varieties of zucchini

Canola (canola oil)

Crookneck squash

This means you should avoid products with corn, soy, canola, and any of their derivatives listed as an ingredient, unless it's labeled USDA 100% Organic. As of late last year, this also includes sweet corn, as Monsanto introduced a brand new genetically engineered sweet corn called Seminis®, which contains not just one but TWO types of Bt-toxin, PLUS the Roundup Ready gene for weed control! So besides containing the insecticide, their toxic Roundup herbicide will also accumulate in the kernels.

For a helpful, straightforward guide to shopping Non-GMO, see theNon-GMO Shopping Guide, created by the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Why We MUST Insist on Mandatory Labeling of GM Foods

Mandatory labeling may be the only way to stop the proliferation of GM foods in the U.S. because while GM seeds are banned in several European countries, in the U.S., certain states are actually passing legislation that protects the use of GM seeds and allows for unabated expansion! At present, no less than 14 states have passed such legislation. Michigan's Senate Bill 777i, if passed, would make that 15. The Michigan bill would prevent anti-GMO laws, and would remove "any authority local governments may have to adopt and enforce ordinances that prohibit or regulate the labeling, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, use, or planting of agricultural, vegetable, flower or forest tree seeds."

While legislation like this sounds like crazy nonsense to normal people, such bills are essentially bought and paid for through the millions of dollars Monsanto and other biotech companies spend lobbying the US government each year. In the first quarter of 2011 alone, Monsanto spent $1.4 million on lobbying the federal government -- a drop from a year earlier, when they spent $2.5 million during the same quarter.

Their efforts of persuasion are also made infinitely easier by the fact that an ever growing list of former Monsanto employees are now in positions of power within the federal government.

Proof Positive that GMO Labeling WILL Change the Food Industry

Many don't fully appreciate the strategy of seeking to have genetically engineered foods labeled in California. The belief is that large companies would refuse to have dual labeling; one for California and another for the rest of the country. It would be very expensive and a logistical nightmare. So rather than have two labels, they would simply not carry the product, especially if the new label would be the equivalent of a skull and crossbones. This is why we are so committed to this initiative as victory here will likely eliminate genetically engineered foods from the US.

Powerful confirmation of this belief occurred in early 2012 when both Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo Inc. chose to alter one of their soda ingredients as a result of California's labeling requirements for carcinogens ii:

"Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a cancer warning label. The companies said the changes will be expanded nationally to streamline their manufacturing processes. They've already been made for drinks sold in California."

This is a PERFECT example of the national impact a California GMO labeling mandate can, and no doubt WILL, have. While California is the only state requiring the label to state that the product contains the offending ingredient, these companies are switching their formula for the entire US market, rather than have two different labels. According to USA Today:

"A representative for Coca-Cola, Diana Garza Ciarlante, said the company directed its caramel suppliers to modify their manufacturing processes to reduce the levels of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, which can be formed during the cooking process and as a result may be found in trace amounts in many foods. "While we believe that there is no public health risk that justifies any such change, we did ask our caramel suppliers to take this step so that our products would not be subject to the requirement of a scientifically unfounded warning," Garza-Giarlante said in an email."

Educational Sources

To learn more about GM foods, I highly recommend the following films and lectures:

Important Action Item: Support California's Ballot Initiative to Label GMO's!

In 2007, then-Presidential candidate Obama promised to "immediately" require GM labeling if elected. So far, nothing of the sort has transpired.

Fortunately, 24 U.S. states have (as part of their state governance) something called the Initiative Process, where residents can bring to ballot any law they want enacted, as long as it has sufficient support. California has been busy organizing just such a ballot initiative to get mandatory labeling for genetically engineered foods sold in their state. The proposed law will be on the 2012 ballot.

Since California is the 8th largest economy in the world, a win for the California Initiative would be a huge step forward, and would affect ingredients and labeling nation-wide. A coalition of consumer, public health and environmental organizations, food companies, and individuals has submitted the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act to the State Attorney General. Now, they need 800,000 signatures to get the Act on this year's ballot.

I urge you to get involved and help in any way you can. Be assured that what happens in California will affect the remainder of the U.S. states, so please support this important state initiative, even if you do not live there!

  • Whether you live in California or not, please donate money to this historic effort
  • Talk to organic producers and stores and ask them to actively support the California Ballot. It may be the only chance we have to label genetically engineered foods.
  • Distribute WIDELY the Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs. Look for products (including organic products) that feature the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal to be sure that at-risk ingredients have been tested for GMO content. You can also download the free iPhone application that is available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.
  • For timely updates, please join the Organic Consumers Association on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.
  • Look for in-depth coverage of the issue at the Institute for Responsible Technology, subscribe to Spilling the Beans, and check out their Facebook or Twitter.


ABOUT Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has made significant milestones in his mission to bring people practical solutions to their health problems. A New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Mercola was also voted the 2009 Ultimate Wellness Game Changer by the Huffington Post, and has been featured in TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, Today Show, CBS’s Washington Unplugged with Sharyl  Attkisson, and other major media resources.

The employees at the Monsanto

The employees at the Monsanto company plant in Saint Louis have voted to not allow any GMO foods in their employee cafeteria. That should tell you something.

Monsanto says that they need GMO foods to feed the world. Problem is their yields are low compared to conventional and organically grown crops. India has found yields of 20 to 100% lower with GMO crops than with non GMO crops. GMO seeds do not grow in dry climates, no matter what you hear. The only way for Monsanto to feed the world, is to reduce the world's population by feeding everyone GMOs. We now know that GMO foods cause organ damage, sterility, and death, especially in newborns. Countries in South America that recently switched to growing GMO crops, soy mainly, on a very large scale, have seen their birth rates go from 7.6 kids on average per family in Brazil, down to one child per family. They are becoming sterile. The photos of the deformed children being born in Argentina are sickening. This from eating GMO soy sprayed with Roundup.

Many young couples here in America can no longer have children. Read your labels folks, and avoid all soy, canola, cottonseed, corn, and beet sugar. It is your children's future you are putting in your mouths. If you still have a child and have eaten GMOs, beware of SIDS. We have seen in the lab what appear to be heathly lab animal babies born and then die soon after birth. Their moms were fed GMO's while pregnant. You have been forewarned. Bon apetite!

What a surprise. Another

What a surprise. Another Geneticaly Modified Failure. This failure has been documented by the Iyel Bey - Food Security Internet Documentation Coordinator at http://foodsecurityidc.blogspot.com/?view=classic . See you at the dinner table.

Where's the food?
Iyel bey - Food Security Internet Documentation Coordinator

Just have a gander at the

Just have a gander at the Board of Directors of Monsanto and see the ties that BIND: Sara Lee, McDonalds, Lockheed, Proctor & Gamble, Microsoft ...even South Dakota State University. WE THE PEOPLE have become built-in corp commodities, $old down this slippery slope by the very politicians and government bureaucracy ( 6 degree separation of the Top-Elite round robin jobs between Universities, Think Tanks, Corp <-> Corp, Gov positions). Do No Harm Ethics vs . the Bottom line at ANY cost infects our daily Business. Its a built in WIN/WIN -- where the fat & niavely happy (95%) face-off with the FAT & corrupted happy (1-5%) . OUR Government from town, city, county, state & country is INVESTED more than 55% in these Corp's & they feed off of WE THE PEOPLE (Composite Annual Financial Reports). And its EVERY INDUSTRY SECTOR.
We must fix how we Elect all "Civil Servants", limit terms, limit corp lifetimes, we must provide Safe food that anyone can scan in their Kitchen or Supermarket for viruses, nutritional values, and SEE the Farm or Pen it came from. We have the technology to UN-Corrupt the system. We have the will & hope of the People to make a difference.
Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." ... and it was Good, till processing for consumption became lucrative and corp survival was paramount. Look at Board of Directors for INSULIN corporations ... it just NEVER stops.

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Yeah, like we punished all

Yeah, like we punished all the bankers for what they did, er do... And then there are our elected officials- no one would be left if we punished them ALL for the crimes they have committed against humanity.
And why is the 'origin' of a product not on a label instead of the distributor?
Distribution tells me squat, I don't care that is shipped out of New York. I want to know WHERE that can of corn or whatever came from.

Wow. That article is so

Wow. That article is so filled with misinformation I don't know where to begin so I'll address two issues. First, Bt is not only used in GMOs but has been used in organic farming for decades. Second, the so-called study about traces in the human digestive tract is a majorly flawed study that has been debunked. I think people have to read the real science and not that of advocacy groups. And on a related note. Did you folks know that there is no field testing for organic food and that the industry is against it? While reams of paperwork are required of organic farms, it is on the honor system. They are trusted to report that they are following the rules, but there is no way of truly knowing without random field testing.

If you had read the article

If you had read the article carefully and without bias you would not that it acknowledges the use of Bt toxin in farming, but it makes the very clear distinction that spraying Bt toxin is not the same as genetically-modifying the plants to BE a toxin where they have been proven to survive in the gut of small mammals. Human testing does not have much funding these days, and it doesn't take a genius to know why.
And you're saying that REAL science is not (and never should be) conducted by advocacy groups? omg, do you really not have a clue as to how "real" is the science that is bought and paid for by corporate America?!
As to your last point, all you have to do is visit UCS or OCA (surely you know about the advocacy groups that you condemn) to know that the organics industry would never ever be against testing?! And as someone very close to a full time organic farmer, I can tell you that the organic certification is NOT on the honor system -- it's so heavily monitored in fact that most people cannot begin to meet the designation.
All in all, your post is the one full of disinformation.

The bio tech cos ignore the

The bio tech cos ignore the #1 precept of nature;natural selection.Just as all weren't killed by the black plague,all weeds,worms will not be killed by round-up or bt.The survivors reproduce,and start generations of round-up ,or bt resistant legions.

How short sighted. Also is bring back dioxin containing 2,4,D herbicides to combat the round-up resistant weeds,or returning to carbamate insecticides to combat root worms.

38 to 52 years ago I had a

38 to 52 years ago I had a big organic garden. Great food, bt was one of the organic insect repellents we could use. Good old Rodale Press kept me up to date on all the companion plantings, "natural" insect repellents, and you should have seen the soil I built up over the years.
Along comes Monsanto and puts the screws to anything organic - with threats and lawsuits to stop people from growing healthy. And the FDA is being duped by these killers. Let there be no doubt - Monsanto is the killer of people and the destroyer of nutritious food.
Foreign countries are smarter than our government - they are banning Monsanto products from their countries. Good for them. Shame on us!

Technically all food IS

Technically all food IS genetically modified. The questions and problems are the techniques and materials used. There has not been any such thing as natural selection for at least 8000 years regarding food crops so don't kid yourselves. Even without mad scientists in a lab cooking up the next franken-corn, our plant based food was under attack to make it less and less nutritious and this started back in the 1800's. Everything needed to grow faster, more, survive under any conditions, etc. This has been the case since man first domesticated the first plants. The end result, plants contain fewer proteins and other "good" things.

The true evil lies with laws that allow anyone to hold a patent on living tissue. Monsanto can sue a farmer for patent infringement if a stray Monsanto plant shows up in his field.

I see few people just saying no to eating more food than actually needed, consuming less of everything, and I see few who willingly choose not to have children. Fewer if any demand that globalization be halted. The demands of a hungry and growing population are driving Frankenfoods. If you are going to carp about Frankenfoods, make sure you are not contributing to the problems that are demanding more of them.

What you do and how you live does matter.

well yes and no. gm

well yes and no.

gm increasingly really refers to crops that would NEVER develop under "natural" circumstances. while you can argue that pollinating one crop with pollen from another is a form of genetic modification; however, that kind of gm would NEVER result in a cross between say a fish and plant. a salmon and a corn plant would never share genetic material without gene splicing. and certainly a plant and round up would never "mate".

are you aware that as much as 60% of the food grown in the united states never makes is to MARKET?

while you are right that soil began to deteriorate in the 1800s, it has more to do with mono crop growing instead of rotating crops and/or leaving fields fallow for a time in order to replenish the soil. chemicals came in in an attempt to artificially replace what the soil loses in a growing season. pesticides were also brought in killing not just problem pests but creatures that benefit the soil as well.

it is not the demands of hungry growing populations that are driving "franken foods" it is corporate greed plain and simple.

Monsanto will gladly create

Monsanto will gladly create new and better agrichemicals and genetically-modified crops to deal with the problems they are creating for humanity, but they would prefer to keep them off of labels so people remain blissfully ignorant of the causes of the deterioration of their health.

Are these people human? Do

Are these people human? Do they eat it too? Is this all being done to make money, to control agriculture around the entire planet?

Yes (but not humanitarian).

Yes (but not humanitarian). No, and yes. those were easy to answer ;)

I am sooo glad I don't live

I am sooo glad I don't live in the U.S. or any other country that is being systematically poisoned by these criminals! If ever there was a good reason to use the death penalty surely these bastards are it! What they're doing amounts to GENOCIDE! And the 'law' helps them do it! But then, the 'law' is becoming more and more just another word for 'money' especially in America! Just like 'politics'!
(And Damian, do you work for MonSatano, by any chance? If so, I hope you choke on your grubs!)

WWW.LABELGMOS.ORG Update. We

WWW.LABELGMOS.ORG
Update.
We submitted almost I million signatures and the measure requiring that all GMO foods be labelled will be on the November ballot. It is one small, but critical battle in a monumental struggle. Mon$anto's Million$ are already fighting back. Please visit our web site, spread the word, and help in any way you can.
Thank you.
Patrick Monk.RN. Noe Valley. SF. Ca
I am constantly updating my Facebook page with info on this and other matters of concern. Just my thruppence.
www.labelgmos.org

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I pray all goes well in

I pray all goes well in November. But another thing that should be on a package is 'place of origin'. I would like to know where a product that I am going to eat comes from. I am not interested in the 'distributor' as it really tells me nothing. I want to know if that can of corn was canned here in the USA, or in China or ? And by the way, they have already started their campaign that it would raise food prices if GMO products were labeled. What a lie.

Thanks Patrick, I'm on to it!

Thanks Patrick, I'm on to it! And I will tell everyone to do the same!

My dad once told me that if

My dad once told me that if you want to get rich, you need to find a product that people become dependent on, or at least a product that wears out quickly--like gum.

Monsantos knows this. Why would they want to prevent insects from becoming immune to bt corn when we will be dependent on them to come up with another 'solution' ad infinitum?

This is simply what my dad was explaining to me when he said that you need a product that needs constant replacement, and to keep those replacements coming, you need to make sure people become dependent on them.

Some bold journalists should

Some bold journalists should gather Bt-gene modified corn and make muffins from that and offer them to the top executives during the annual meeting of Monsanto corporation and ask them to eat them then and there. Let us see the reaction. Of course one-time sampling may not do any harm. But what the company is doing is to flood the food chain with this toxin whose long-term effects are not known at all. It is like DDT whose ill effects manifested over a long time. The Bt toxin is apparently very stable in physiological systems and in large amounts could harm humans. I do not have evidence of this. But it has to be studied in academic institutions with NIH grants.

"In the beginning all was

"In the beginning all was mush and without form." I an atheist quoting from the bible. Then, of course, there was Thomas, probably the connection between the East and the West, but the west dismisses. All that is left is the reason B O was elected, the absolute falsity, one more time of what amounts to pure ignorance, the interpretation that, "In the beginning was the word." Why are we all going to hell in a hand basket? It is time to get to know Gregory Bateson, and so much more, even if it is too late.

Too bad our government is

Too bad our government is owned by these greedy assholes.

Um... all food is genetically

Um... all food is genetically modified. That's what humans have been doing for millennia: selecting seeds from one plant over another for qualities we want. We're just doing this at a faster pace now. If you don't want to eat something, then don't, but don't start throwing around baseless accusations. '[L]ab animals won't eat Monsato food'.... really? Can you show me the study supporting that claim?
Besides, those fat grubs look like they might be a delicious source of protein.

Um...No. All food is not

Um...No. All food is not genetically modified. There is a difference between using natural selection to encourage the traits we want in future generations, which is what we have been doing for mellennia. Genetic modification is using modern scientific knowledge and methods to articially splice genes from one species into another. We have no long term experience with the results of those techniques and the results are not good as they are coming it. We are conducting a giant experiment with life.

There is almost no way to

There is almost no way to avoid the GM corn. Do you not realize that
high fructose corn syrup is rampant in most foods. They put it in most canned goods and soft drinks. We get GM corn when we eat meat fed GM corn, We are no longer a farming nation, we are not in a position to grow our own food. We are at the mercy of the agra monopolies. There is a difference in selectng seeds for quality and the frankenfoods that are being forced on us today. You are obviously in need of real education if you truly believe the BS you push.

DUH. There is voluminous

DUH. There is voluminous research and studies. I might suggest that you educate yourself on the subject a little more before blowing smoke.

To Damian - yes, we have been

To Damian - yes, we have been modifying plant genetics for years by selective breeding but Genetically Modified plants are NOT the same thing.
In GMO genes from OTHER SPECIES are inserted into our food. These can be fish genes, eel genes, animal genes etc. We are essentially altering creation. I am amazed that the Christian faiths have not stepped in to protest this "experiment".

As if any of us who know

As if any of us who know anything don't already know the EPA is full of paid off criminals. I can't wait for the time when criminals are held accountable and believe me, you will be. We the people are on to you......even the lab test animals won't eat MONSANTO food ("food" isn't really an accurate description is it?)

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We need a complete ban on all

We need a complete ban on all genetically modified food, hold hearings on the findings on the subject and punish severely those who play with public health through structural/biological modification of foods. If Europe and Japan bans GMOs, why do we allow it? Is it because there is total disregard for anyone but the super rich? Do the .0005% eat the food the 99.9995% eat?

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