I just posted this article at http://www.gardenrant.com; and, yes, it created quite a stir. I’m resubmitting it here so you can all get in on the very important topic of GM Food. Please leave comments.
Guest Rant by Grace Sylke of AquaponicsUSA
On May 19th this year, 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine announced their position regarding GM Food; and it wasn’t pretty. They said in their position paper, which you can access here.
“There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects.” This paper goes on to explain that based on multiple animal studies, “GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit, . . .”
This isn’t the first study to report these kinds of findings. Way back in 1995, a respected Scientist named Arpad Pusztai of Scotland’s Rowett Institute was awarded a large grant to create a model for testing genetically modified foods. Mr. Pusztai was eager to do this research and deeply believed his model would show genetically modified foods were as their creators, the Monsanto Corporation claimed, perfectly safe for human consumption. But to his dismay, that is not what he found. After creating a rigorously thorough testing model using potatoes and adolescent rats as his subjects, Mr. Pusztai saw that the rats who ate the genetically modified potatoes had immune system dysfunctions and damaged vital organs. When asked in an interview if he would eat GM foods himself, he replied: “If I had the choice, I would certainly not eat it until I see at least comparable experimental evidence which we are producing for our genetically modified potatoes.” He went on to say, “I find that it is very, very unfair to use our fellow citizens as guinea pigs.”
Soon after making this statement, Mr. Pusztai was fired from Rowett, forbidden to discuss his research with the threat of a law suit by Monsanto and subjected to a massive smear campaign on his reputation. By this time, he was also privy to the fact that GM foods had been secretly approved in both the UK and the US prior to his becoming involved; and the people had unknowingly been eating it for over two years. This story was front page news all over Europe, which explains why there were large demonstrations against GM food there while we didn’t make a peep in the US. Our access to the information inundating Europe was suppressed.
Sadly, this spring’s scathing report by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine about the dangers of GM food has also been successfully smothered. It certainly was not on front-page news or any of the TV news stations.
So we continue to dine on these Frankenstein concoctions with no way to know which of our foods are harboring this deadly genetically engineered brew. It is my belief that the fields of GM crops that are taking over our nation and the world while contaminating traditionally farmed crops would be much reduced if the people were simply given a choice to eat GM foods or not. Isn’t it time we demand our right to choose? So let’s start screaming, “Bloody Murder!”