Frankenfood – It’s Not a Halloween Treat

Fotolia 21176524 XS resized 600The biotech industry has been very busy over the past 40 years. Through much research and unfathomable fortunes invested in that research, they have quite literally changed the landscape of our food and health through Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). Companies such as Monsanto and DuPont contend that they are saving the world from hunger with their genetically modified crops. Through the magic of science they have altered the genetic makeup of corn and soy crops, cotton, rapeseed (canola), etc. They claim that the crops are more resilient and produce greater yields, and that they are perfectly safe for consumption. And while they will attempt to assure us that the pesticides that they have engineered into plants will not have any ill effect on our health, evidence is stacking up to show otherwise.

While the biotech industry calls the crops pest resistant, conjuring up images of bugs searching out crops elsewhere that are friendlier to their species, what actually happens is that when the bugs try to eat the pest resistant plant, the toxin (Bt – Bacillus thuringiensis) contained in the plant causes the insect’s stomach to split open and kill them. Ouch!  And today many people (including children) are suffering from intestinal permeability (leaky gut), which is a condition where the intestines get small holes where food then passes through and results in allergies, eczema, brain fog, ADD symptoms, autoimmune disease, etc. Could there be a link between this increase in intestinal permeability and the consumption of foods engineered with built-in pesticides? Or a link between the rise in autism, miscarriages and birth defects and the consumption of GMO’s? Doctors and researchers believe so.

Feeding GM food to farm animals has resulted in disturbing and often fatal health problems in the animals. Many farmers have removed GM food from their animals diets and seen drastic improvements in their health and behavior. Some doctors are seeing the connection between consumption of GM foods and a wide range of mild to severe health issues in their patients, and are now advising them to remove GM food from their diets to resolve their health issues, with incredible results. Children on the Autism spectrum who have been put on a non-GMO diet have improved markedly.

If you would like to learn more about the genetic engineering of our food and how it is affecting humans (through our consumption of GMO foods and animals who were fed a diet of GMO foods) and animals (yes, even our pets are at risk), you will want to watch the documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. It was quite an eye opener for me and provided viable explanations for health issues which have plagued me for decades and left my doctors stumped. For anyone questioning whether the GMO issue is really important, I can offer first hand experience on this topic. I have had to completely eliminate gluten, soy, dairy & corn from my diet due to the fact that I have developed Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune disorder which attacks the thyroid) and continuing to consume those foods could cause me to develop even more autoimmune diseases. I have to be extremely diligent in avoiding corn syrup (or high fructose corn syrup) because it severly suppresses my already impaired immune system and within a few minutes of eating even one bite of it (as I did recently when it was contained in a salad dressing I ate at a local restaurant), my skin breaks out in a horrible itchy rash which takes weeks to get under control. Small doses of organic sugars such as coconut sugar or Lakanto have no apparent effect on me. It is critical for people like me to be able to make informed decisions about what we eat. Labeling GMO foods is a good start.

If the information in this documentary inspires you to be more selective about your food purchases and consumption, click here for a NonGMOShoppingGuide.

For those of us in California, we have a huge opportunity on Tuesday, November 6th to vote in favor of our health and our families’ health by voting Yes on Prop 37 (labeling of GMO foods). By passing this proposition, we are setting the stage for the rest of the country and the world to send a loud and clear message to the giant multi-national corporations that we are not lab rats and our health is more important than their profits.

If you have been exposed to the deceptive ads put out by the agricultural biotech and food industries, you may be confused about what is true. The Organic Consumers Association has written an article debunking the deceptive ads created by these industries. These industries have spent over $572 million over the past decade for lobbying and campaign contributions, according to an analysis by Food & Water Watch. A primary goal of the intense lobbying effort is to prevent GM food labeling (if GMO’s aren’t bad for us, why all the fuss over labeling them?). They did manage to kill similar actions in other states, but many counties in the U.S. have banned GM crops, and many countries around the world have banned GM food and crops.

Transparency is critical. If our food does not have GMO labeling, we will likely not have any legal recourse when (not “if”) our health suffers. This is a dangerous scientific experiment on humans and our food chain. If it proves a horrible mistake (which is playing out already) we cannot reverse the problem. There are no do-overs on this one.

Photo credit: © Monika Wisniewska – Fotolia.com

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