Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Where is your Alfalfa?

I wonder what someone would say if I went into a regular grocery store and asked "Where is your Alfalfa?"  They would probably direct me to a store that sold products for livestock.  Alfalfa is one of the most mineral packed herbs on the planet.  I'm so very grateful for alfalfa, and grateful I can buy this wonderful herb via the internet or via a health foods store. Alfalfa is one plant that I want to have growing in my yard - as well as dandelions!

The other day I was sent a funny video on YouTube that showed a man that worked at a grocery store being asked a question from a man (with a hidden camera) that made no sense.  It was funny watching the grocery store employee try to figure out what the guy was saying (which made no sense at all) and try to tactfully answer the question without letting the guy know he was 'clueless'.

It is funny to see the faces of the grocery store employees when we bring things to the checkout line like turnips, kolrabi, rutabega, kale, or jacama.  Some store clerks have it easy if there is a number they can reference that is stuck to the vegetable, but when a label is missing I can see the panick in the clerks eyes as they ask "what is this?"  Honestly, there was one particular time when I too couldn't tell the difference between a turnip vs. rutabega or kale vs. chard either. 

With the commercialization of food, there is a limited number of produce available at each particular store.  I loving trying new things to expand my food vocabulary and taste experience whenever I get the chance to.

Sometimes my adventures with buying new foods turns out fabulous, and at other times I get a stinky surprise.  When I was in Australia, I purchased something that looked like a big deformed spiky coconut.  If I had taken time to calculate kilos to pounds I probably would NOT have purchased the item if I had known the cost.  However, I had a fun experience with my family as we cut it open and backed away at what smelled like a rotten onion/rotten egg looking mixture inside the fruit/vegetable (I had no idea what category it would be grouped into).

When I asked a friend of ours "an Aussie" what it was (several days after the purchase),  my friend said "Oh, a DURIAN....they are REALLY, REALLY EXPENSIVE".  She went on to say that "DURIONS ARE A DELICACY".  I went back home and looked at my receipt... YIKES!!!  It WAS really, really expensive.  I think it was around $26 USD expensive.  How on earth could something that tasted like onion flavored eggs possibly be a delicacy.  My wonderful husband, who never likes to waste anything was the one that ate the entire thing by himself.  I really wanted to help, but couldn't stomach it.  Too bad we didn't look for a recipe BEFORE I made the purchase.  That would have helped a LOT!  I had watched Shane eating it and thought "What if it's spoiled and it's not really suppose to smell that way...he could get really, sick!"  (I gave him maleleuca essential oil in some juice to kill bacteria - just in case!)



Here is a picture of the Durion and the other fruit I bought (that was new to me) while we were in Australia.

Indonesians are enthusiastic about the durian, the football-sized spiky fruit that some Westerners have described as smelling like kerosene. Chefs use the flesh to make cakes, ice cream, and other desserts.

When I have another chance to purchase a durion, I'll have to do a little research into Indonesian cooking to know how to make a dessert with it.  I guess it's like trying something like an onion for the first time.  An onion or a shallot or a leek doesn't taste very good to bite into it raw, but it sure makes delicious meals when added with other vegetables, beans or legumes.
When I was searching the Internet to find information about the durion I came across this website... http://www.foodbycountry.com/index.html I'm excited to try some of the recipes listed there - if I have access to the ingredients.

My Grandmother use to make a green drink for herself every morning.  She didn't have a juicer back when we were little and so she would use a blender to make her thick drink.  I remember her asking me to go out into the yard to pick dandelions so that she could put it in her drink.  Grandma also had access to alfalfa in a nearby field. 

 I use to be completely opposed to taking 'herbs' thinking that they were 'unsafe' and that I needed to have a Doctor tell me what to take.  Oh what a wonderful world that I know live in as I have learned how safe and wonderful herbs are in their whole food state.  Pharmaceuticals extract particular constituents of herbs and other plants to make their 'drugs'.  If you want to purchase herbs from a great place, I suggest Nature's Sunshine.  They test every single product to make sure it's organic and pure.

Here is some information that I was able to get from searching 'alfalfa' and 'dandelion' on their site...

Alfalfa

Arabs called it the “father of herbs.”  Alfalfa’s roots grow 20 feet deep or more, providing the plant with a rich source of nutrients not always found at the ground’s surface.

Dandelion

Its name is a corruption of the French dents de lion, meaning “teeth of the lion.” Herbalists consider this plant one of the most nutrient-rich in the plant kingdom.  Dandelion supports digestion and nourishes the liver. The whole plant is edible—the flowers, the leaves and the roots. The herb is a source of many important minerals and vitamins.

This past summer, I went to a holistic living conference where I attend a class a woman was teaching about using herbs to cure depression.  The woman teaching the class talked about how severe her post-partum depression was every time she had a baby. She watched her other siblings on medication for depression lose their fun personalities.  She didn't want to live her life in what she described as a "walking coma" on anti-depression medicine. She changed her diet to whole foods and she learned to medicate herself using herbs to combat the depression. She learned that making her own 'concoctions' of alfalfa and dandelion leaves and taking them a couple times a day, she was able to reverse her severe depression.  A concoction is made by soaking the dry herb in a solution to get all of the benefits of the herb in a higher concentrated amount.  The key here though is....herb in it's WHOLE food state.  She preferred the concoction instead of taking the herb as a tea or as a pill.

FYI: Essential oils are so powerful at combating depression because one drop of the essential oil is the equivalent to drinking 24 cups of the tea.  Good oils for depression are Frankincense, Bergamot, Melissa Oil.

My grandmother enjoys telling stories about her mother (my great grandmother) just like I enjoy telling stores about my father.  Nana's Mom was absolutely hilarious.  The stories I hear about her, that my grandmother tells over and over, are so much fun to listen to.  Sadly, great grandma suffered from severe depression just like my father did. Late in her life she decided to undergo surgery to remove a part of her brain that the Doctor said would heal her depression.  She was never the same again.  She lost that fun part of her personality and became somewhat of a walking zombie.  It reminds me of what people are like when they take anti-depressant medication.  It was heartbreaking for my Grandma to see her Mom live the rest of her life like that.

My prayer is that you or your loved one will not have to suffer like my ancestors did, or like I do when I eat gluten.  I pray that those suffering from depression will be lead to my blog so that they can change the foods they eat, and use herbs and essential oils to return to a life full of happiness and vitality.

Lots of love to you and your family,

Steffanie

Our Thoughts Create OUR Experience...

We do not see the world as it is; we see the world as we are. Our head creates our world. What thoughts or paradigms are you carrying in your head? Are they serving you well or do you need to make changes so you can fulfill your unique purpose?  ~Stephen Covey

Monday, January 17, 2011

Identify the Market - Invent the Disease!

The cartoon reads "Here's how it works.  First we discover the drug and identify the market, then we invent the disease."

The more I learn about nutrition and the power it has to heal, the more I discredit any type of name that is associated with a so-called disease.  It's incredible how the disease (DIS-EASE) disappears when an individual changes to raw, real, wholesome, truly organic foods etc.

In a previous post I think I called the most common disease "BREIM Disease"  (Bodies Response to Evil Intent of Man Disease)  The more cosmetically appealing our food becomes, the more diseases we will have.  Eat food as God intended it to be eaten.  If your food looks like it is coated in wax, chemically altered to look exactly like the produce sitting beside it, or if it has an indefinite shelf life, Do NOT consume it!

I hope you enjoyed the cartoon.

Lots of love!

-Steffanie

Nutrition CAN ReGROW your BRAIN!

There is an article that was written about the impulsivity and risk for addiction associated with damage to the frontal lobes of the brain.  You can read the scientific article, about this subject, by going to http://www.unc.edu/~cab/index_files/CrewsBoettigerPBB09.pdf.

The topic that I will discuss in this blog post fascinates me.  I am intrigued that the incredible human brain has the ability to regenerate itself if given the proper ingredients - namely through nutrition.

Studies have shown that rats that have had their frontal lobes removed can regenerate their brains when given a nutritional supplement that a company True Hope offers.
My dear friends husband, mentioned in a previous post entitled "My Heart is Heavy", is struggling with overcoming a sexual addiction.  Last week, as friends and family, we all decided to join together to pray and fast for this family. 

During my time fasting, I spent several hours in front of my computer doing research.  I read about addictions damaging the frontal lobe of the brain (like the above mentioned article also discusses - as it relates to alcoholism). 

My expertise is in nutrition and the power it has to heal the mind as well as the body.  I'm familiar with the effects a lack of amino acids have on the bodies cravings, and so it was interesting to learn how merely 'seeing' images and 'thinking thoughts' can effect the brain (literally eating away at it) that would make an individual more susceptible to becoming addicted and making it more difficult to recover from an addiction.

Note:  I have read articles where thoughts can create an 'acidic environment' in our bodies, changing our PH, thus changing our bodies ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins properly.  Food for thought...

Due to my intense focus on helping my friend (whose husband struggling with the addiction is also a very dear friend of mine), I searched through my DVD's and fortunately found what I was looking for. The DVD that Dr. Bernell Christensen had given me nearly 4 years ago. The DVD was entitled "TRUE HOPE CNE Cell & Nerve Essentials".  I put the DVD in my computer and began listening.

Wow! The DVD talked about all the research and studies that have proved nutrition can actually regrow a brain that has been damaged by addictions, trauma or even been damaged since birth.  I listened as they told about portions of rats brains being removed, supplements were given and the brain regrew itself.  I watched in dismay as a girl born blind and with various deformities began to heal with proper nourishment.  The parents of this girl said "It's amazing what the body is capable of when it is given the proper tools".  The girl now had peripheral vision. Wow!  Nutrition healing the body...what a true statement!

Dr. Christopher (from the School of Natural Medicine) has stated that he believes "There are no incurable diseases, only incurable people". 

Several nights ago I had the chance of giving a class to some Senior Citizens about using foods, herbs and essential oils for health and wellness.  At the end of the class I had the opportunity of talking with a woman that had suffered with depression all of her life.  Because of a bad experience with an herbalist when she was very young, she was completely against natural remedies until that very night she cried and told me that for the first time in her life she believed what I had been saying - that natural remedies could help her!  It made her sad in one way, but happy in another way.  She was sad that she was in a situation where she had no choice in what she was fed (due to living in the retirement community where meals were provided for her),  she spent $100 on a single pill that was keeping the food moving through her intestines.  It was really sad to hear about her health struggles. She was happy because she felt a new found hope - perhaps her lifelong struggle with mental illness could be helped. 

If you or a loved one suffers from depression, a physical or emotional illness, or have had a head injury that has affected your ability to think, move or communicate, I highly recommend you look into the True Hope supplement.  I am not affiliated with, nor do I receive any monetary reward for referring you to the company.  I do so because I personally have heard Dr. Bernelle Christensen echo exactly what I saw on the DVD and what I read about on the Internet and saw on YouTube. 

It almost seems to good to be true, but I believe in Miracles!

If you want to learn more, you can go directly to True Hopes website at http://www.truehope.com/.  Please see my previous posts about true hope healing depression.

Note: It is now March 17th, 2015. Happy St. Patrick's Day! A friend messaged me a couple weeks ago and told me that she felt strongly she needed to tell me about a product she had found.  She said she felt strongly this would be the missing piece to the puzzle that I needed to ultimately regain my health.  Fast forward... I am absolutely thrilled to announce that the founder of True Hope is now offering his amazing product via an MLM model through a company called QSciences.  Tony, the owner of True Hope still offers the nutritional support that his company offers to every person that enrolls to take the TrueHope Empower Plus formula that is now offered at QSciences.  I use to pay $140 a month for the supplement that came from Canada, but now I can get the supplement through QSciences for $49. I thought my friend was suppose to tell me about QSciences, but was amazed to learn about the benefits people are having when coupling their supplement regime with a particular exercise - cellersizing. QSciences teamed up with the founder of the Cellersizer and discovered the supplement coupled with the cellersizing exercise has made a very powerful change in a lot of people's lives.

Tony (the founder of TrueHope) was very reluctant to allow his product to be sold via a Network Marketing model but when QSciences was able to show him the power of Network Marketing (word of mouth advertising), he was able to see how in 6 months, QSciences helped more people than he had been able to in the 19 years TrueHope had been established.  For more information, you can go to www.qsciences.com.

QSciences joined forces with David Hall (the original founder of the cellersizer).

Yes, I am definitely doing my cellersizing every day and I also take the EmpowerPlus product to support my neurological health - kids take their supplement also.

Lots of love to you!

-Steffanie

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ayurvedic Proverb

“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need.” - Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb

A Young Lady with Major Depressive Disorder finds relief.



It's incredible to see this powerful story from a woman who suffered with depression and symptoms of schizophrenia who was able to completely reverse her debilitating symptoms.

Bipolar Healing: TrueHope's EmpowerPlus

Fox 5 Natural Remedy vs. Antidepressants



The individual who researched and developed the product was inspired to do so after his wife (who was afflicted with Bi-polar disorder) committed suicide. His two children also suffered from the disorder and were in and out of the psychiatric unit. The children no longer have symptoms of bi-polar depression since they have been taking the True Hope supplement.

The "True Hope" supplement not only helps individuals with bi-polar depression, but it has also been used to reverse autism, ADHD, asbergers disease, and other mental and emotional illnesses. 
I want to share this with you because overcoming emotional and physical illnesses using nutrition is what I teach. I am passionate about helping others with physical, and neurological disorders. If you read my health history and the history of my fathers death you will understand why I spend so much of my life researching and sharing information about health and wellness of body and mind. I want to save others from the pain that I have experienced and the pain I have seen in others who struggle physically or mentally.

I focus on using foods, herbs and essential oils to heal.  I wanted to share this product with those that find it difficult to change the way they eat, and are still experiencing mental or physical health issues.  I'm sure a gluten-free, whole foods diet would increase your results dramatically while taking the supplements, but this supplement alone would work wonders for you.  So many people have commented how this product has literally saved their life.

Here is the website for True Hope... http://www.truehope.com/default.aspx Their number is 1.888.878.3467.

The DVD I watched is titled "TRUEHOPE CNE Cell & Nerve Essentials". I noticed on YouTube there are various videos that were also on the DVD. Perhaps calling the number above you could request a DVD be sent to you or a link to download the video.

My thoughts and prayers are with you,

-Steffanie

Natural News - Processed Milk (Not the Answer)

The Milk Processor Education Program Dairy Research Institute recently released a study entitled "What America's Missing: A 2011 Report on the Nation's Nutrient Gap," revealing that 90 percent of Americans are nutrient deficient. But the group's solution, to drink more processed milk, is hardly the answer to the nutrient crisis.

According to the report, nine out of ten Americans are deficient in 11 key nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium. And while this fact definitely translates into a serious health crisis, finding these nutrients in pasteurized, homogenized milk products that come from feedlot cows treated with artificial growth hormones like rBGH, is not the solution.

But the same people that put together the "got milk?" campaign would like everyone to think so, as they have now launched an initiative to pressure mothers to give their children more processed milk in order to fill the nutrient gap. And they are hiring celebrities like Susan Sarandon, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, to help market the message to the masses.

By now, NaturalNews readers probably already know that the vast majority of humankind is deficient in vitamin D. And the best way to get vitamin D is from natural sunlight exposure, because when ultraviolet rays hit they skin they trigger the natural production of the vitamin in the body. Supplementation with vitamin D3 is another viable option when sunlight exposure is limited, as it synthesizes easily in the body.

But the processed milk crusaders are claiming that processed milk is the best source of vitamin D, even though the type commonly used is vitamin D2, a form that is not that easily absorbed by the body. Vitamin D2 does not occur naturally in processed milk, and is added in such limited amounts that it hardly provides much significant benefit.

There are also better sources of potassium and calcium than processed milk, including bananas, nuts, beans and spinach, to name a few. And raw, grass-fed milk that has not been processed is another great natural source of vital nutrients, minerals and enzymes.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031007_milk_nutrition.html#ixzz1BDVBLSQw

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Celiac Disease and Lactose Intolerance

Oh the topic of MILK!  When I was working with Doctors and Naturopaths in New Zealand, I knew better than bring up the highly debated topic of milk.  The Doctor I was working with did not consume dairy products.  His wife did not consume milk (actually all dairy products), nor did she eat gluten, processed foods, sugar or yeast. 

My going paralyzed and losing my vision and loss of strength was healed by incorporating raw milk into my diet.  The doctors knew about the studies of Dr. Weston Price and so I didn't want to debate my opinion with them as it relates to milk.  I briefly mentioned raw milk to them and told them I felt it was key to healing my neurological problems when I was experiencing symptoms of MS.  To my great relief, a Naturopath validated my claims by telling me and the others in the room that she had a patient that recovered from Multiple Sclerosis by changing her diet to a whole foods diet and by incorporating raw milk into the healing regimen.

I am PRO RAW Milk (from pasture raised cows), but I too am ANTI MILK if it is from cows fed grain, given growth hormones and enslaved in crowded spaces, so that the milk then has to be pasteurized and homogenized (killed completely) etc. to be considered 'safe' for human consumption and then synthetic vitamins are added back in to make it appear to be nutritious.  I believe this is why so many people are becoming intolerant to dairy products.  I do not consume processed milk - I only consume RAW milk from pasture fed cows that are part of a very clean dairy that I trust.  Read "Milk the Untold Story" listed in the recommendations on this site for more information and history about milk.

Processed milk, in my opinion, does more harm than good. It absolutely disgusts me when I think of children drinking it.  See my posts about Fox News Reporters that were fired (because of Monsanto's law suit threats) by trying to get the truth and dangers of Monsantos growth hormones found in milk, to the public.  DO NOT CONSUME PROCESSED, PASTEURIZED, HOMOGENIZED, CHEMICALLY tainted MILK.  YUCK!!!

Raw Milk, however, from pasture raised cows (on organic pastures) is incredibly healthy.  When a person has Celiac Disease their villi in their intestines is damaged so malabsorption occurs.  The tip of the villi that is the first part to be damaged from the auto-immune response is the part that digests milk.  When a person goes on a gluten-free diet they are also told to remove dairy from their diet until their villi is able to grow back.  Once the villi is restored milk can be consumed.  Raw milk has digestive enzymes in it (that hasn't been killed through pasteurization and homogenization).  If you are lactose intolerant, try getting off of gluten completely and then after a couple of weeks, or months, try introducing yourself to a fermented raw dairy product like keifer or buttermilk.  Then try raw cottage cheese, curd cheese or a small glass of raw milk.  It may surprise you to find out you can tolerate raw milk, but not processed milk.

Here is an article about milk intolerance's and its relationship to gluten intolerance...

"Lactose intolerance is very common in people with celiac disease, but lactose intolerance in celiac disease often improves after patients have been on a gluten-free diet for awhile.

Lactose is a type of sugar that is present in milk. Many people are lactose intolerant, meaning they are unable to digest significant amounts of lactose. As a result, they feel very uncomfortable after consuming dairy products, with symptoms that can include nausea, cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

The underlying cause of lactose intolerance is a shortage of an enzyme called lactase. Lactase is produced in the cells that line the mucosa, or inner surface, of the small intestine. Normally, the body uses lactase to digest lactose in the small intestine, so it can then be absorbed into the bloodstream. People with lactose intolerance can take over-the-counter lactase supplements to prevent unpleasant symptoms after drinking milk or eating dairy products.

Some people are lactose intolerant because they have inherited a genetic predisposition to develop a shortage of lactase. Others, however, develop lactose intolerance due to injury to the small intestine. Untreated celiac disease (that is, disease not being treated with the gluten-free diet) produces a chronic inflammation of the small intestine mucosa, injuring the cells that ordinarily produce lactase.

Several studies have shown that untreated celiac patients have high rates of lactose intolerance. As their intestines heal on the gluten-free diet, however, their lactase-producing cells begin to function again and their tolerance for lactose-containing foods improves. In fact, some researchers recommend that patients who are lactose intolerant when they are first diagnosed with celiac disease should be retested for the condition after they’ve been gluten-free for a year. The gluten-free diet may have helped improve their lactase production to the point where they no longer need to avoid dairy products."

Remember...raw milk has the enzymes in it needed for digestion. Just like fruits and vegetables do in their raw, organic state.

My favorite raw dairy products are yogurt and keifer.  I actually prefer raw goats milk, and raw goat cheeses.  I buy 4 1/2 gallons of raw goats milk a week, one container each of raw goat feta cheese, mozzarella and ricotta. YUM!  So yummy on salads and in soups!  I love a slice of raw goat cheese as a snack with real sea salt.

Lots of love,

Steffanie

Celiac Disease Vs. Anorexia and Bulimia

Celiac Disease's Relationship to Eating Disorders

When I was sick in college, I felt better when I wouldn't eat.  This never lead me to an eating disorder, but I remember when I had quit dancing and was working swing-shift, I would work for 10 hours straight without eating.  I felt better this way.  If I did eat anything, it was usually a can of corn or a can of string beans.  It surprises me to think that I went two years going from Dr. to Dr. trying to figure out what was wrong with me.  How come the doctors didn't address foods as a way to heal?  Actually, there was one doctor who tried to help me by putting me on a yeast free diet.  The big problem was that gluten filled grains like wheat, spelt, barley, rye and oatmeal (because it is cross-contaminated with wheat) were ok on the yeast free diet and so I didn't feel better after the diet. When I had to fast before taking a particular health exam, I always went to the hospital feeling great.  Why didn't it occur to me that it was food related?  I was waiting for the Doctors to solve the mystery.  Listen to your body and be observant.

The below article talks about bulimia and anorexia nervosa.  If you feel sick after eating, perhaps you could try eating a gluten-free diet.  There is a post on this blog that talks about foods that are "Naturally Gluten Free".  Caution, you MUST make sure to eat whole foods on the list and nothing processed.  Butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, mayo, ketchup, dressings, chips, juices, etc. all have gluten in them if you do not buy the right brand that is really gluten free.  Try eating only fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts for a couple days - and plenty of water, to see how you feel.  If you feel great then you will have solved a big mystery that your health issues are indeed related to the food you are eating.  The next steps will put you well on your way to becoming full of vitality once again.

Here is the post about eating disorders...

What if a high-achieving young woman you care about, maybe a high school or college student, claims to have no appetite? She’s way too thin, but she says she’s not hungry, and you know she's vomiting after meals. In fact, she is showing some of the typical signs of an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia. Would you think that maybe she has an eating disorder, or celiac disease... or both?

At a college in Florida, the coaches were faced with just this problem. During a preseason conditioning program, one of their elite athletes, a National Collegiate Athletics Association Division I female volleyball player, began to lose a lot of weight. She lost her appetite and was having diarrhea and vomiting. She became very tired. She fell asleep at meals, in the team van or bus, and before and during practices in which she was not participating. Her athletic performance suffered. She also struggled with fatigue during her classes and began to beg off from social engagements.

Because this athlete was under a lot of pressure from her coach, her teammates, and herself to improve her skills, the training staff believed that she might be trying to increase her fitness and performance beyond normal expectations, and that she had developed an eating disorder as an escape from the pressure and an attempt to meet these expectations. In fact, athletes have a higher rate of eating disorders than the general public.

But guess what? She didn’t have anorexia nervosa or bulimia – she had celiac disease. Luckily for her, the coaches sent her to a gastroenterologist, who quickly recognized her celiac disease. After she began following a gluten-free diet, her appetite improved, she gained weight, and she rejoined the volleyball team. According to her coaches and teammates, her athletic performance improved and even exceeded that of her pre-illness status.

As it turned out, this girl did not have an eating disorder -- but celiac disease and eating disorders can co-exist in the same individual more often than people realize. Dr. Daniel Leffler and colleagues from The Celiac Center at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston published a report on this topic. Over a 5-year period, 2.3% of the female patients they treated either had celiac disease and an eating disorder, or they had celiac disease that was masquerading as an eating disorder.

The Boston doctors described 10 such patients in detail. In only one patient did recognizing and treating the celiac disease lead to outright improvement in the eating disorder. In others, the restrictions of the gluten-free diet made it difficult (but not impossible) for doctors to treat the eating disorder. For some patients, finding out that they had celiac disease and gaining weight on the gluten-free diet caused their eating disorder to worsen. And finally, it turned out that one patient didn’t have any eating disorder at all – her weight loss and poor appetite were due only to celiac disease.

Thus, in most of the patients, there were important interactions between their celiac disease and their eating disorder. In the small group of patients that Dr. Leffler and his colleagues reported on, 80% were able to achieve or maintain remission from their celiac disease and their eating disorder.

The bottom line? Celiac disease and eating disorders can sometimes be difficult to distinguish. Patients with either or both conditions need to be evaluated from a variety of perspectives: primary care, gastroenterology, nutrition, and psychiatry/psychology. That’s the only way to make sure the individual is not suffering from complicated interactions between physical and mental health problems.

Depression related to Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease and it's Relationship to Depression

Depression (and other mood and behavioral disorders) can sometimes be related to celiac disease. In many studies, children and adults with celiac disease had higher rates of depression than subjects without celiac disease. Sometimes these studies were done in patients with untreated celiac disease (that is, they were still eating gluten). In other cases, even when the research involved celiac patients on gluten-free diets, they still had higher rates of depression compared to non-celiacs.
Does a Gluten-Free Diet Help Relieve Depression in Celiac Patients?

If the patient's depression is related to malabsorption of nutrients, then being gluten-free can help, because the intestines heal and nutrient absorption improves.

Some researchers believe that malabsorption can interfere with the body's handling of neurotransmitters that regulate mood. In particular, malabsorption-related deficiencies of tryptophan appear to contribute to depression in celiac patients. Tryptophan is necessary for the body’s production of serotonin, which is the central neurotransmitter involved in regulation of mood and anxiety.

In untreated celiac patients -- and even in some celiac patients on gluten-free diets -- deficiencies of vitamin B6 can also have a role in depression. In one Scandinavian study, for example, patients with celiac disease and depression reported no improvement in their depression after a year on the gluten-free diet. After 6 months of vitamin B6 therapy, however, their depressive symptoms were dramatically improved.

Other side effects of malabsorption can cause symptoms that can be mistaken for depression. For example, a deficiency in folic acid due to malabsorption can cause fatigue, apathy and forgetfulness. Iron deficiency, with or without anemia, can produce feelings of tiredness and easy fatigue.

In one study of 12 to 16 year olds with celiac disease in Finland, kids who were depressed before going on a gluten-free diet had certain hormonal biochemical derangements associated with depression. After 3 months on a gluten-free diet, these same adolescents had improved hormone biochemistry and a significant decrease in psychiatric symptoms.

A gluten-free diet is not always the fix for depression. However, for reasons that are sometimes understood and sometimes not. At least two Italian studies have attributed higher rates of depression in gluten-free celiac patients to difficulties in adjusting to the disease and the diet. Celiac patients in these studies were more anxious and felt their quality of life had gotten worse.

In several other large published studies, including one from Sweden involving more than 13,000 patients with celiac disease, the authors found higher rates of depression among gluten-free celiacs but were not able to identify specific reasons.

What Should You Do If You Are Depressed?

If you have celiac disease, ask your doctor whether you need to be tested to make sure you're not accidentally ingesting gluten, which might be causing your depression. Also ask your doctor whether you should be evaluated for vitamin deficiencies.

In the meantime, ask your doctor, or someone else you trust who has experience in mental health -- for example, a nurse, social worker, or religious counselor -- for advice about getting treatment. Don't try to struggle on without help.

Visit the website of the National Institute of Mental Health, for help in locating affordable mental health services in your neighborhood.

Visit About.com's excellent website on depression.

If you are in a crisis and need immediate help:
Call your doctor's office.
Call 911 for emergency services.
Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.
Ask a family member or friend to help you make these calls or take you to the hospital.

The above article can be found by going to the following link...

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/symptomsofceliacdisease/a/Depression.htm

Seeds of Deception

Years ago I was given a book called "Seeds of Deception" from a friend who has a business in over 30 countries in the world. At the time I was given this book (many years ago) I hadn't experienced my health issues and so I set the book aside without reading it in its entirety. Now that I have overcome my health struggles (Depression, Fibromyalgia, Epsteinbarr, Chronic Fatigue and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis) I have an enormous amount of respect for the author of "Seeds of Deception" and am now passionate about teaching others about the effects that genetically modified foods have on our health. It is this author of "Seeds of Deception" and "Genetic Roulette" that founded the Institute of Responsible Technology which I donate to each month.

To find out more than what is listed on this page, please click on the link below...

http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/GeneticRoulette/HealthRisksofGMFoodsSummaryDebate/index.cfm

The Health Risks of GM Foods: Summary and Debate

This section summarizes the health risks of genetically modified foods and serves as a forum for a global discussion and debate. It is organized around the 65 main point summaries presented on the left side of the two-page spreads in Part 1 of Genetic Roulette. Each section linked below offers the opportunity for people to submit updates, corrections, challenges and responses. Before making a submittal, please review the full content in that section of the book.

The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods

Section 1: Evidence of reactions in animals and humans.

1.1 GM Potatoes Damages Rats (see full content)

1.2 Rats Fed GMO Tomatoes got bleeding stomachs, several died

1.3 Rats Fed Bt Corn had multiple health problems

1.4 Mice Fed GM Bt Potatoes had intestinal damage

1.5 Workers exposed to Bt cotton developed allergies

1.6 Sheep died after grazing in Bt cotton fields

1.7 Inhaled Bt corn pollen may have triggered disease in humans

1.8 Farmers report pigs and cows became sterile from GM corn

1.9 Twelve cows in Germany died mysteriously when fed Bt corn

1.10 Mice fed Roundup Ready soy had liver cell problems

1.11 Mice fed Roundup Ready soy had problems with the pancreas

1.12 Mice fed Roundup Ready soy had unexplained changes in testicular cells

1.13 Roundup Ready Soy Changed Cell Metabolism in Rabbit Organs

1.14 Most offspring of rats fed Roundup Ready soy died within three weeks (see full content)

1.15 Soy allergies skyrocketed in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced

1.16 Rats fed Roundup Ready canola had heavier livers

1.17 Twice the number of chickens died when fed Liberty Link corn

1.18 GM peas generated an allergic-type inflammatory response in mice

1.19 Eyewitness reports: Animals avoid GMOs

1.20 A GM food supplement killed about 100 people


Section 2: Gene insertion disrupts the DNA and can create unpredictable health problems.


2.1 Foreign genes disrupt the DNA at the insertion site.

2.2 Growing GM crops using tissue culture can create hundreds or thousands of DNA mutations.

2.3 Gene insertion creates genome-wide changes in gene expression.

2.4 The promoter may accidentally switch on harmful genes.

2.5 The promoter might switch on a dormant virus in plants.

2.6 The promoter might create genetic instability and mutations.

2.7 Genetic engineering activates mobile DNA, called transposons, which generate mutations.

2.8 Novel RNA may be harmful to humans and their offspring.

2.9 Roundup Ready soybeans produce unintentional RNA variations.

2.10 Changes in proteins can alter thousands of natural chemicals in plants, increasing toxins or reducing phytonutrients

2.11 GM crops have altered levels of nutrients and toxins.


Section 3: The protein produced by the inserted gene may create problems.


3.1 A gene from a Brazil nut carried allergies into soybeans.

3.2 GM proteins in soy, corn and papaya may be allergens.

3.3 Bt crops may create allergies and illness.

3.4 The Bt in crops is more toxic than the Bt spray.

3.5 StarLink corn’s built-in pesticide has a “medium likelihood” of being an allergen.

3.6 Pollen-sterilizing barnase in GM crops may cause kidney damage.

3.7 High lysine corn contains increased toxins and may retard growth.

3.8 Cooking high lysine corn may create disease-promoting toxins.

3.9 Disease-resistant crops may promote human viruses and other diseases.


Section 4: The foreign protein may be different than what is intended.


4.1 GM proteins may be misfolded or have added molecules.

4.2 Transgenes may be altered during insertion.

4.3 Transgenes may be unstable, and rearrange over time.

4.4 Transgenes may create more than one protein.

4.5 Weather, environmental stress and genetic disposition can significantly change gene expression.

4.6 Genetic engineering can disrupt the complex relationships governing gene expression.


Section 5: Transfer of genes to gut bacteria, internal organs, or viruses.


5.1 In spite of industry claims, transgenes survive the digestion system and can wander.

5.2 Transgene design facilitates transfer into gut bacteria.

5.3 Transgenes may proliferate in gut bacteria over the long-term.

5.4 Transgene transfer to human gut bacteria is confirmed.

5.5 GM foods might create antibiotic-resistant diseases.

5.6 The promoter can also transfer, and may switch on random genes or viruses.

5.7 If Bt genes transfer, they could turn our gut bacteria into living pesticide factories.

5.8 Genes may transfer to bacteria in the mouth or throat.

5.9 Transfer of viral genes into gut microorganisms may create toxins and weaken peoples’ viral defenses.


Section 6: GM crops may increase environmental toxins and bioaccumulate toxins in the food chain.


6.1 Glufosinate-tolerant crops may produce herbicide “inside” our intestines.

6.2 Herbicide-tolerant crops increase herbicide use and residues in food.

6.3 Tiny amounts of herbicide may act as endocrine disruptors.

6.4 GM crops may accumulate environmental toxins or concentrate toxins in milk and meat of GM-fed animals.

6.5 Disease-resistant crops may promote new plant viruses, which carry risks for humans.


Section 7: Other types of GM foods carry risks.


7.1 Milk from rbGH treated cows may increase risk of cancer and other diseases.

7.2 Milk from rbGH-treated cows likely increases the rate of twin births.

7.3 Food additives created from GM microorganisms pose health risks.


Section 8: Risks are greater for children and newborns.


8.1 Pregnant mothers eating GM foods may endanger offspring.

8.2 GM foods are more dangerous for children than adults.

Dear India Farmer

Dear Brother or Sister from India,

Your fellow farmers have been committing suicide by drinking Monsanto's Roundup.  There are between 60-80 farmers that have been committing suicide every month.  My heart is greatly saddened to hear about the injustices that have been caused by Monsanto.

I pray that more people will know about what is happening to you.  My plea to you is...

CHOOSE TO LIVE!!!  Choose to live so that you can fight this battle, please do not end your life.

This letter is not only for you, but I am praying with all my heart that it will be read by GOOD people from many parts of the world.  GOOD people that are outraged by the situation, for the lies, the evil that Monsanto has done to you.  Monsanto has given you seeds (genetically modified seeds) at a high price, required you to buy their sprays and tricked you into signing an agreement stating that you agree that you could not save any of the seeds.  You are required to buy the seeds from Monsanto and try planting the seeds again which again have failed.

For those of you that have been the actors from India, the businessmen or business women who have helped Monsanto, my prayer is that you make RIGHT the WRONGS you have done.  Work will all your might, mind and strength to restore the farmers lands, and their livelihood.

If you are a consumer of Genetically Modified Foods I URGE you to STOP eating Genetically Modified Foods.  For the lives of the 1000's of farmers who have lost their lives out of desperation I URGE you AGAIN.  Do not eat sugar from sugar beets. Monsanto grows a genetically modified sugar beet.  Do NOT consume genetically modified corn, potatoes or tomatoes or the thousands of other GMO products - no matter how cheap they are.  Please read my other posts to see all of the ways you can work to stop this evil - Monsanto, and all others who are financially gaining from the bullying of farmers all across the world.

The seeds you have in your native country have taken 100's of years to become what they are today.  Seeds that resist the harsh climate and lack of water.  Please DO NOT purchase Monsanto's seeds and please DO NOT trust their lies. 

If you are a man or woman with influence, I urge you to spread the word.  Research deeply what Monsanto is trying so hard to keep away from the public knowledge.

Join with me to boycott Genetically Modified Food.  Join me to help farmers in India and throughout the world who are being bullied by Monsanto.  See my post about 50 Harmful effects of genetically modified foods and at the end of the post there are links to organizations throughout the world working to stop the spread of this disease which is "Monsanto".  Stop the disease...stop the deaths. 

I am sending out all the love I can to those farmers that are struggling.  My the great God of this earth protect you and keep you safe and give you strength to live despite how difficult the path be that lay ahead.

Love your sister,

Steffanie

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FEAR

Evil wins when good people hide or do nothing.

We were robbed several times when we were visiting friends in Chile.  I don't remember the faces of the 5 guys that took our belongings and ran down the street with all of our things. The faces I remember were the Mothers who watched as "Jose", "Juancito", "Lupe", "Jorge", "Luis" (per say) took our belongings and ran down the streets of this neighborhood while everyone watched.  Not a single person offered information to the police.  The boys that smashed the windows in our truck were just that...boys...young children. 

I was so disappointed in those Moms.  They knew who the robbers were.  Perhaps they thought we were rich americans that had more than them and so we deserved it.  By choosing to do nothing, they were increasing the danger and poverty in their neighborhood and country.  I haven't been back to that country since.  We were robbed again by the very people who said they'd protect us while we stayed at their securely guarded area.  This time the individuals were caught.  They were a grown man and woman.  I couldn't help thinking about them as young children.  Perhaps their parents looked the other way when they did small things that were wrong.

As Mothers, WE are the ones that buy food for our families.  Those Moms that turn their heads and continue to buy GMO foods for their families are doing the rest of the world a great disservice.

Support the people who are literally FIGHTING with all they have to deliver wholesome foods to your table.  1000's of farmers across the world are being bullied by Monsanto.  STOP PURCHASING GMO Foods!

As women, WE WILL make the biggest difference.  Join me in boycotting GMO foods.

I really appreciate my husband that works so hard to support his family and who supports me in feeding our family food that heals.  I am happy that he too will NOT buy GMO foods. 

Lots of love to you,

-Steffanie

A Global Fight

 http://www.responsibletechnology.org/

I just joined and am donating $100 a month to the cause. I donated in memory of Jesse Arras. (My brother in law that died of cancer). Jesse, I miss you SO much!!!

Join the Cause and become an advocate! 

The choices we make have a ripple effect on the world.  Be that small pebble that creates a beautiful ripple in the world.  Choose NOT to support big businesses who promote the Monsanto agenda - whatever country you may live in.

NON GMO Shopping Guide

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/download.html

Please click on the above link and then download and print the guideline to use while shopping.

I cannot stress enough the importance of a healthy flora in the gut (intestines).  If an individual or an adult gets a proliferation of candida (yeast) in the intestines, it is REALLY hard to get rid of the candida using whole foods, herbs, essential oils etc.  The effects of candida are listed below.  What GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD can do to your system is MUCH WORSE THAN CANDIDA!!!

Fight with all your might so that you DO NOT FEED  YOUR FAMILY GMO FOODS.  You may wonder why I have so many GMO related posts on the website, please know that the scientific studies show rats get cancer and stomach lesions when they eat GMO food.  If it gives rats CANCER, and STOMACH LESIONS, please do not eat it.  Watch my post about Fox News being bullied by Monsanto and the Journalists who were fired for trying to get the news about the dangers of Genetically Modified Foods (GMO's) to the public.

Here are the effects of yeast overgrowth....for the effects of GMO's, take the below symptoms and multiply it by 100...

People that overcome candida do so by COMPLETELY eliminating processed foods from their diet.  I can't help but wonder if it is the GMO's that are causing the proliferation of candida and food sensitivities in people.  Don't trust the FDA to tell you the truth.  The FDA and Supreme Court is Monsanto incentive saturated. 
Candida Yeast/Fungal overgrowth has been found to be a common occurrence in many disorders and is also present in millions of other people who cannot figure out what is wrong with them, or what to do about it.

Symptoms vary from person to person and fluctuate in severity, or may come and go. Most symptoms are invisible, which makes it difficult for others to understand the vast array of debilitating symptoms with which we contend.

The most common are:
  • an incapacitating fatigue
  • problems with concentration and short-term memory
  • flu-like symptoms such as pain in the joints and muscle
  • extreme tightness in the shoulders and neck
  • hyper-acidity/acid reflux
  • brown colored mucus in the back of the throat
  • blisters in the mouth/tongue/throat
  • either white or "blood blisters"
  • un-refreshing sleep
  • sore throat
  • white coated tongue
  • dark circles under the eyes
  • an aversion to being touched or jumping
  • "crawling" skin
  • chronic sinus problems and headaches including migraines
  • chronic dental problems

Visual disturbances may include blurring, sensitivity to light and eye pain.
Psychological problems may include:
  • depression
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • recurring obsessive thoughts
  • personality changes and mood swings (irrational rage or crying for no reason - fear of talking to people, any kind of confrontation, isolation)
  • paranoia

More of the physical symptoms may include:
  • chills and night sweats
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness and balance problems
  • sensitivity to heat and/or cold
  • alcohol intolerance
  • gluten and/or casein intolerance
  • irregular heartbeat
  • irritable bowel
  • constipation and/or diarrhea
  • painful gas and abdominal bloating
  • low-grade fever or low body temperature
  • numbness, tingling and/or burning sensations in the face or extremities
  • dryness of the mouth and eyes
  • difficulty swallowing
  • projectile vomiting

Also:
  • menstrual problems including PMS and endometriosis
  • recurrent yeast infections
  • recurrent ear infections
  • rashes and dry, flaking skin
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • acne
  • skin discoloration and/or blotchiness
  • dandruff
  • jock and rectal itching
  • chronic athlete's foot
  • chronic toenail and fingernail fungus
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • allergies and sensitivities to noise/sound, foods, odors, chemicals
  • anemia
  • weight changes without changes in diet
  • light-headedness
  • feeling in a fog
  • fainting
  • muscle twitching and muscle weakness
  • restless leg syndrome
  • low sex drive and/or numbness in the genital area

These are only the symptoms most commonly reported and documented.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fox News Kills Monsanto Milk Story

Monsanto: Farmer Suicides in India

Top 2 Ways You Help Monsanto Every Day (Without Knowing It)



If you are wondering why everyone is so upset with Monsanto, I suggest you watch two movies... "Healing Cancer" by  Mike Anderson and "The Future of Food" by Morgan Spurlock.

USDA GMO Policy

U.S. Against Europe Over Monsanto Genetically Modified Crops-Wikileaks

GMO Dangers - Refuse to Consume Them!

This article can be found at...

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/01/12/wikileaks-reveals-us-sought-to-retaliate-against-europe-over-monsanto-gm-crops.aspx


"Monsanto has a long and sordid history of manipulation and questionable business practices, so this latest development doesn't really surprise me. It's quite clear that the US government has been aiding and abetting Monsanto's quest to control the world's food crops, and as Jeffrey Smith says in the Democracy Now interview above, these leaked documents "lays bare the mechanics of that effort."

According to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, the Bush administration conspired to find ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified (GM) seeds, mainly by engaging in aggresive trade wars against reluctant nations.
Wikileaks Reveals Plan to Retaliate Against Europe for Non-GMO Stance

In a leaked cable from 2007, Craig Stapleton, who was the U.S. ambassador to France at the time, comments on France's decision to ban cultivation of genetically modified (GM) corn:

"Europe is moving backwards not forwards on this issue with France playing a leading role, along with Austria, Italy and even the [European] Commission... Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voice.

... Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits.

The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term, since we should not expect an early victory."

WikiLeaks also released a cable from 2009; this one from the US ambassador to Spain, asking the US government to help formulate a strategy to support the members of the Spanish government interested in promoting GMOs.

According to Smith, the information specifically indicates that they'd been briefed by the director of Monsanto for the region, and that strategies to promote the GMO agenda were created during that meeting.

The Guardian reports that,"[T]he cables show US diplomats working directly for GM companies such as Monsanto.


"In response to recent urgent requests by [Spanish rural affairs ministry] state secretary Josep Puxeu and Monsanto, post requests renewed US government support of Spain's science-based agricultural biotechnology position through high-level US government intervention."

It also emerges that Spain and the US have worked closely together to persuade the EU not to strengthen biotechnology laws. In one cable, the embassy in Madrid writes: "If Spain falls, the rest of Europe will follow."

The cables show that not only did the Spanish government ask the US to keep pressure on Brussels but that the US knew in advance how Spain would vote, even before the Spanish biotech commission had reported."

The Guardian also mentions leaked cables from the US embassy in the Vatican, quoting a cable from 2008:

"Opportunities exist to press the issue with the Vatican, and in turn to influence a wide segment of the population in Europe and the developing world."

The Guardian also reports that,
"[I]n a setback, the US embassy found that its closest ally on GM, Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the powerful Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the man who mostly represents the pope at the United Nations, had withdrawn his support for the US.

"A Martino deputy told us recently that the cardinal had co-operated with embassy Vatican on biotech over the past two years in part to compensate for his vocal disapproval of the Iraq war and its aftermath – to keep relations with the USG [US government] smooth. According to our source, Martino no longer feels the need to take this approach," says the cable."

Fred Branfman, writing for AlterNet sums it up when he says that the most terrifying revelation of Wikileaks is just how much our government lies to us, referring to our government and military as a "vast lying machine that perpetuates mass murder in our name."

This is true in the case of manipulating and forcing countries to implement the Monsanto agenda as well. In fact, I've often stated that genetically modified foods is a major threat to the very existence of human life on this planet.

Genetically Modified Corn High on the Agenda

One of the genetically modified (GM) products of particular interest appears to have been Monsanto's first GM corn, known as MON 810. This was the first genetically modified seed to be approved for widespread planting.

Today, GM corn currently represents over 90 percent of all corn acreage in the US.

Europe, however, has been slow to accept this and other GM crops. The European Commission has given GM crops its stamp of approval, but the food industry has remained resistant as European consumers were, and still are, concerned about potential ill effects.

Some European countries have even decided to ban GM crops within their own borders regardless of the EU Commission's approval.
The Health Hazards of GM Corn

There's very convincing evidence that genetically modified foods spell nothing but trouble for your health. As Smith discusses in his interview, scientists have discovered a number of health problems related to genetically modified foods in general, and GM corn in particular.

However, these studies have been repeatedly ignored by both the European Food Safety Authority and the US FDA...

Monsanto's GM corn is genetically engineered to ward off rootworm by producing its own pesticide, a toxin called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt toxin).

In a 2005 article, Jeffrey Smith describes the findings from animal studies, in which rats developed a number of significant reactions when fed Bt corn, including:
Increased basophils, which is a typical indication of allergies
Increased lymphocytes and white blood cells, which is an indication of a response to infections, toxins and various diseases including...

Cancer
Anemia
Blood pressure problems
Increased blood sugar levels
Kidney inflammation
Liver and kidney lesions, and other changes

In Germany and the Philippines, GM corn has also been blamed for the deaths of buffaloes, cows, horses, and poultry.

Damaging Research Remains Ignored

One researcher deserving of particular mention here is Dr. Arpad Pusztai, a biologist with more than 300 articles and 12 books to his credit and considered the world's top expert in his field.

In the early 1990's, he worked on a $3 million grant from the U.K. government, with a mission to design the system for safety testing of GMOs. But when he accidentally discovered that genetically modified (GM) foods are inherently unsafe, he quickly became the industry's bad-boy poster child, setting an example for other scientists thinking about blowing the whistle.

The results of Pusztai's work were supposed to become the required testing protocols for all of Europe. But when he fed supposedly harmless GM potatoes to rats, he made a shocking discovery.

Within just 10 days, the animals developed:
Potentially pre-cancerous cell growth
Smaller brains, livers, and testicles
Partially atrophied livers
Damaged immune systems

Moreover, the cause was almost certainly caused by side effects from the process of genetic engineering itself, not from the added material.

Jeffrey Smith explains:

"[H]e was testing with rats that were eating the genetically modified potato, engineered to produce an insecticidal protein. But he also tested other groups of rats that were eating natural potatoes that were spiked with that same protein, and then a third group that was just eating natural potatoes without the insecticide.

Only the group that ate the genetically engineered potato got these problems, not the group that was eating the potatoes along with the insecticide. So it clearly wasn't the insecticide; it was somehow the process of genetic engineering.

That process creates massive collateral damage inside the DNA of the plant. Hundreds and thousands of mutations can be formed. There could be hundreds or thousands of genes that are natural genes in the plant that change their levels of expression.

For example, with MON 810 corn, they found there's a gene that is normally silent that is switched on and now creates an allergen in corn.

They found 43 different genes that were significantly up-regulated or down-regulated, meaning that there are massive changes in these crops, and they're not being evaluated by the U.S.—by the FDA or any other regulatory authority around the world, before being put onto the market."

It's quite feasible that the GM foods on the market—which are created from the same process—might have similar affects on humans, yet all our regulatory agencies are turning a blind eye!

Worse yet, researchers have been actively silenced to hide this information.

Dr. Pusztai, for example, was interviewed on TV and became a hero at his institute -- for two days.

Then, following phone calls from the pro-GMO prime minister's office, he was fired from his post and further silenced with threats of a lawsuit. His team was dismantled, and the protocols he developed were never implemented.

Eventually, an invitation to speak before Parliament lifted his gag order and his research was published in the prestigious Lancet in 1999.
Other Examples of Dangerous GM Foods

In addition to corn, there are six other GM foods currently on the market. And all of them have been linked to potential health problems.

Soy -- GM soy is highly allergenic and accounts for about 90 percent of soybeans planted in the U.S. It is present in about 70 percent of all food products found in American supermarkets. Rats fed GM soy had increased mortality, lower birth weight, and damaged sperm and reproductive ability.

Cottonseed (used in vegetable cooking oils) -- Sheep that grazed on GM cotton eventually died after developing severe irritation and black patches in their intestines, and enlarged bile ducts.

Canola -- Three different mutant weeds resistant to three common herbicides – Monsanto's Roundup, Cyanamid's Pursuit, and Aventis' Liberty – were produced when Canadian farmers began planting GM canola seeds.

Sugar from sugar beets -- Sugar beets easily cross pollinate, meaning GM beets could "infect" organic varieties and destroy their value.

Hawaiian papaya -- GM papaya was introduced in 1998. After six years, a test was conducted on 20,000 papaya seeds. Eighty percent were taken from organic farms. Half of the seeds were found to be genetically modified! This means that it's virtually impossible to safeguard non-GM crops from GM crops.

Zucchini and yellow squash -- GM squash contains 68 times less beta-carotene and four times more sodium than non-GM varieties.

How You Can Avoid GM Foods, and Help Others Do the Same

Most people want to avoid GM foods but it is virtually impossible to do so, since the government prevents GMO labeling.

However, Jeffery Smith has compiled an excellent resource for you to avoid the government block of information. It is the free Non-GMO Shopping Guide. Print it out, and share it with your friends and family, and post it to your social networks.

Alternatively, you can download a free iPhone application, available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.

If you're feeling really ambitious you can also order the Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure in bulk, and bring them to the grocery stores in your area. Talk to the owner or manager and get permission to post them in their store.
For More Information

Jeffrey Smith, the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology has authored two excellent books on this topic which I highly recommend reading:

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating
Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods.

There are also a number of great films and lectures available, including:
Hidden Dangers in Kid's Meals
Your Milk on Drugs - Just Say No!
Everything You Have to Know About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods

For timely updates, join the Non-GMO Project on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

It's quite clear that our government will NOT take a stand and protect you from these dangerous foods. On the contrary, it appears they're actively backing Monsanto's agenda to flood all markets with their genetically modified wares—without any proof of safety whatsoever.

So please, do your homework. Together, we as consumers have the power to stop them! All we need is about five percent of consumers to simply stop buying GM foods, and the food industry would have to reconsider their source of ingredients.

Keep educating yourself on this issue, and help others do the same.

50 Harmful Effects of Genetically Modified (GM) Foods




This article outlines the many harmful effects of GM or genetically-modified foods (known also as genetically-engineered foods) and representng lab-created GMOs or genetically-modified organisms. You can find this article by going to http://www.raw-wisdom.com/50harmful.

"50 Harmful Effects of Genetically Modified (GM) Foods" by Nathan Batalion, ND

"We are confronted with what is undoubtedly the single most potent technology the world has ever known - more powerful even than atomic energy. Yet it is being released throughout our environment and deployed with superficial or no risk assessments - as if no one needs to worry an iota about its unparalleled powers to harm life as we know it - and for all future generations.

Introduction

What is called "biotechnology" is a vital issue that impacts all of us.

Largely between 1997 and 1999, genetically modified (GM) food ingredients suddenly appeared in 2/3rds of all US processed foods. This food alteration was fueled by a single Supreme Court ruling. It allowed, for the first time, the patenting of life forms for commercialization. Since then thousands of applications for experimental genetically-modified (GM) organisms, including quite bizarre GMOs, have been filed with the US Patent Office alone, and many more abroad. Furthermore an economic war broke out to own equity in firms that legally claimed such patent rights or the means to control not only genetically modified organisms but vast reaches of human food supplies. This has been the behind-the-scenes and key factor for some of the largest and rapid agri-chemical firm mergers in history. The merger of Pioneer Hi-Bed and Dupont (1997), Novartis AG and AstraZeneca PLC (2000), plus Dow's merger with Rohm and Haas (2001) are three prominent examples, Few consumers are aware this has been going on and is ever continuing. Yet if you recently ate soya sauce in a Chinese restaurant, munched popcorn in a movie theatre, or indulged in an occasional candy bar - you've undoubtedly ingested this new type of food. You may have, at the time, known exactly how much salt, fat and carbohydrates were in each of these foods because regulations mandate their labeling for dietary purposes. But you would not know if the bulk of these foods, and literally every cell had been genetically altered!

In just those three years, as much as 1/4th of all American agricultural lands or 70-80 million acres were quickly converted to raise genetically-modified (GM) food and crops. And in the race to increase GM crop production verses organics, the former is winning. For details, see our article Who is Winning The Race Between GM Global and Organic Crop Production?

Core Philosophical Issues

When Gandhi confronted British rule and Martin Luther King addressed those who disenfranchised Afro-Americans, each brought forth issues of morality and spirituality. They both challenged others to live up to the highest principles of humanity. With the issue of GM food technology, we should naturally do the same, and with great respect for both sides. It is not enough to list fifty or more harmful effects but we need to also address moral, spiritual and especially worldview issues. Here the stakes are incredibly huge. For an introductory discussion of the philosophical issues involving GMOs, why this technology represents the impregnation of a mechanical worldview, a death-centered vision of nature that is greatlyt accelerating the death of species on earth, see our article GMOs - Philosophical Issues of a Thanoptic (Death-Delivering) Technology.

From Hybridization to GMO's

Another challenging phenomenon to face in our modern world is that of hybridization. It seems to have worked so very successfully in some commercial realms, and as a major application of Gregor Mendel's revolutionary Gene Theory. Mendel offered a logical extension of the larger mechanical worldview. Just as we create factory assembly lines for manufacturing inanimate products, why can't we also manufacture living organisms, and using the same or similar principles? Why not take this assembly-line process to the next logical and progressive level?

What's wrong then with the "advance" of genetic engineering? No doubt, with hybridizations conscious life is manipulated. But living organisms continue to make some primary genetic decisions amid limited selections. We can understand this with an analogy. There is an immense difference between being a matchmaker and inviting two people to a dinner party, to meet and see if they are compatible. This differs essentially from forcing their meeting and union or a violent date rape. The former act may be divine, and the latter considered criminal. The implication is that biotechnology involves vital moral issues in regard to the whole of life in nature.

With biotechnology, roses are no longer crossed with just roses. They are mated with pigs, tomatoes with oak trees, fish with asses, butterflies with worms, orchids with snakes. The technology that makes this all possible is called biolistics - a gunshot-like violence that pierces the nuclear membrane of cells. This essentially violates not just the core chambers of life (physically crossing nuclear membranes) but the conscious-choice principle that is part of living nature's essence. Some also compare it to the violent crossing of territorial borders of countries, subduing inhabitants against their will.

What will happen if this technology is allowed to spread? Fifty years ago few predicted that chemical pollution would cause so much vast environmental harm. Now nearly 1/3rd of all species are threatened with extinction (and up to half of all plant species and half of all mammals). Few also knew that cancer rates would skyrocket during this same period. Nowadays approximately 41% on average of Americans can expect cancer in their lifetime.

Alarm Signals

No one has a crystal ball to see future consequences of the overall GMO technology.Nevertheless, there are silent alarm signals like the early death of canaries in a mine shaft. There is, for example, growing evidence that the wholesale disappearance of bees relates directly to the appearance of ever more GM pollen. If we understand certain philosophical issues about the 17th century's worldview, the potential harm of GMOs actually can potentially far outweigh that of chemical pollution. This is because chemistry deals mostly with things altered by fire (and then no longer alive, isolated in laboratories - and not infecting living terrains in self-reproducible ways). Thus a farmer may use a chemical for many decades, and then let the land lie fallow to convert it back to organic farming. This is because the chemicals tend to break down into natural substances over time, Genetic pollution, however, can alter the oil's life forever!
Farmers who view their land as their primary financial asset have reason to heed this warning. They need to be alarmed by evidence that genetically-modified soil bacteria contamination can arise. This is more than just possible, given the numerous (1600 or more) distinct microorganisms that can be found in a single teaspoon of soil. If that soil contamination remains permanently, the consequences can be catastrophic. Someday the public may blacklist precisely those farms that have once planted GM crops. No one has put up any warning signs on product packaging for farmers, including those who now own 1/4 of all agricultural tracks in the US. Furthermore, the spreading potential impact on all ecosystems is profound.

Writes Jeremy Rifkin, in The Biotech Century,

"Our way of life is likely to be more fundamentally transformed in the next several decades than in the previous one thousand years...Tens of thousands of novel transgenic bacteria, viruses, plants and animals could be released into the Earth's ecosystems...Some of those releases, however, could wreak havoc with the planet's biospheres."

In short these processes involve unparalleled risks. Voices from many sides echo this view. Contradicting safety claims, no major insurance company has been willing to limit risks, or insure bio-engineered agricultural products. The reason given is the high level of unpredictable consequences. Over eight hundred scientists from 84 countries have signed The World Scientist open letter to all governments calling for a ban on the patenting of life-forms and emphasizing the very grave hazards of GMOs, genetically-modified seeds and GM foods. This was submitted to the UN, World Trade Organization and US Congress. The Union of Concerned Scientists (a 1000 plus member organization with many Nobel Laureates) has similarly expressed its scientific reservations. The prestigious medical journal, Lancet, published an article on the research of Arpad Pusztai showing potentially significant harms, and to instill debate. Britain's Medical Association (the equivalent of the AMA and with over a 100,000 physicians) called for an outright banning of genetically-modified foods and labeling the same in countries where they still exist. In a gathering of political representatives from over 130 nations, drafting the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, approximately 95% insisted on new precautionary approaches. The National Academy of Science report on genetically-modified products urged greater scrutiny and assessments. Prominent FDA scientists have repeatedly expressed profound fears and reservations but their voices were muted not due to cogent scientific reasons but intense political pressure from the Bush administration in its efforts to buttress and promote the profit-potentials of a nascent biotech industry.

To counterbalance this, industry-employed scientists have signed a statement in favor of genetically-modified foods. But are any of these scientists impartial? Writes the New York Times (Feb 20, 2000) (about a similar crisis involving genetic engineering and medical applications).

"Academic scientists who lack industry ties have become as rare as giant pandas in the wild...lawmakers, bioethics experts and federal regulators are troubled that so many researchers have a financial stake [via stock options or patent participation] ...The fear is that the lure of profit could color scientific integrity, promoting researchers to withhold information about potentially dangerous side-effects."
Looked at from outside of commercial interests, perils of genetically modified foods and organisms are multi-dimensional. They include the creation of new "transgenic" life forms - organisms that cross unnatural gene lines (such as tomato seed genes crossed with fish genes) - and that have unpredictable behavior or replicate themselves out of control in the wild. This can happen, without warning, inside of our bodies creating an unpredictable chain reaction. A four-year study at the University of Jena in Germany conducted by Hans-Hinrich Kaatz revealed that bees ingesting pollen from transgenic rapeseed had bacteria in their gut with modified genes. This is called a "horizontal gene transfer." Commonly found bacteria and microorganisms in the human gut help maintain a healthy intestinal flora. These, however, can be mutated.

Mutations may also be able to travel internally to other cells, tissue systems and organs throughout the human body. Not to be underestimated, the potential domino effect of internal and external genetic pollution can make the substance of science-fiction horror movies become terrible realities in the future. The same is true for the bacteria that maintain the health of our soil - and are vitally necessary for all forms of farming - in fact for human sustenance and survival.

Without factoring in biotechnology, milder forms of controlling nature have gravitated toward restrictive monocropping. In the past 50 years, this underlies the disappearance of approximately 95% of many native grains, beans, nuts, fruits, and vegetable varieties in the United States, India, and Argentina among other nations (and on average 75% worldwide). Genetically-modified monoculture, however, can lead to yet greater harm. Monsanto, for example, had set a goal of converting 100% of all US soy crops to Roundup Ready strains by the year 2000. If this plan were effected, it would have threatened the biodiversity and resilience of all future soy farming practices. Monsanto laid out similar strategies for corn, cotton, wheat and rice. This represents a deepest misunderstanding of how seeds interact, adapt and change with the living world of nature.

One need only look at agricultural history - at the havoc created by the Irish potato blight, the Mediterranean fruit fly epidemic in California, the regional citrus canker attacks in the Southeast, and the 1970's US corn leaf blight. In the latter case, 15% of US corn production was quickly destroyed. Had weather changes not quickly ensued, most all crops would have been laid waste because a fungus attached their cytoplasm universally. The deeper reason this happened was that approximately 80% of US corn had been standardized (devitalized/mechanized) to help farmers crossbreed - and by a method akin to those used in current genetic engineering. The uniformity of plants then allowed a single fungus to spread, and within four months to destroy crops in 581 counties and 28 states in the US. According to J. Browning of Iowa State University: "Such an extensive, homogeneous acreage of plants... is like a tinder-dry prairie waiting for a spark to ignite it."

The homogeneity is unnatural, a byproduct again of deadening nature's creativity in the attempt to mechanize, to grasp absolute control, and of what ultimately yields not control but wholesale disaster. Europeans seem more sensitive than Americans to such approaches, given the analogous metaphor of German eugenics.

Historical Synopsis

Overall the "biotech revolution" that is presently trying to overturn 12,000 years of traditional and sustainable agriculture was launched in the summer of 1980 in the US. This was the result of a little-known US Supreme Court decision Diamond vs. Chakrabarty where the highest court decided that biological life could be legally patentable.

Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty, a microbiologist and employee of General Electric (GE), developed at the time a type of bacteria that could ingest oil. GE rushed to apply for a patent in 1971. After several years of review, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) turned down the request under the traditional doctrine that life forms are not patentable. Jeremy Rifkin's organization, the Peoples Business Commission, filed the only brief in support of the ruling. GE later sued and won an overturning of the PTO ruling. This gave the go ahead to further bacterial gmo research throughout the 1970's.

Then in 1983 the first genetically-modified plant, an anti-biotic resistant tobacco was introduced. Field trials then began in 1985, and the EPA approved the very first release of a GMO crop in 1986. This was a herbicide-resistant tobacco. All of this went forward due to a regulatory green light as in 1985 the PTO also decided the Chakrabarty ruling could be further extended to all plants and seeds, or the entire plant kingdom.
It then took another decade before the first genetically-altered crop was commercially introduced. This was the famous delayed-ripening "Flavr-savr" tomato approved by the FDA on May 18, 1994. The tomato was fed in laboratory trials to mice who, normally relishing tomatoes, refused to eat these lab-creations and had to be force-fed by tubes. Several developed stomach lesions and seven of the forty mice died within two weeks. Without further safety testing the tomato was FDA approved for commercialization. Fortunately, it ended up as a production and commercial failure, and was ultimately abandoned in 1996. This was the same year Calgene, the producer, began to be bought out by Monsanto. During this period also, and scouring the world for valuable genetic materials, W.R. Grace applied for and was granted fifty US patents on the neem tree in India. It even patented the indigenous knowledge of how to medicinally use the tree f(what has since been called biopiracy). Also by the close of the 20th century, about a dozen of the major US crops - including corn, soy, potato, beets, papaya, squash, tomato and cotton - were approved for genetic modification.

Going a step further, on April 12, 1988, PTO issued its first patent on animal life forms (known as oncomice) to Harvard Professor Philip Leder and Timothy A. Stewart. This involved the creation of a transgenic mouse containing chicken and human genes. Since 1991 the PTO has controversially granted other patent rights involving human stem cells, and later human genes. A United States company, Biocyte was awarded a European patent on all umbilical cord cells from fetuses and newborn babies. The patent extended exclusive rights to use the cells without the permission of the donors. Finally the European Patent Office (EPO) received applications from Baylor University for the patenting of women who had been genetically altered to produce proteins in their mammary glands. Baylor essentially sought monopoly rights over the use of human mammary glands to manufacture pharmaceuticals. Other attempts have been made to patent cells of indigenous peoples in Panama, the Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea, among others.

Thus the groundbreaking Chakrabarty ruling evolved, and within little more than two decades from the patenting of tiny, almost invisible microbes, to allow the genetic modification of virtually all terrains of life on Earth.

Certain biotech companies then quickly, again with lightening speed, moved to utilize such patenting for the control of first and primarily seed stock, including buying up small seed companies and destroying their non-patented seeds. In the past few years, this has led to a near monopoly control of certain genetically modified commodities, especially soy, corn, and cotton (the latter used in processed foods when making cottonseed oil). As a result, between 70-75% of processed grocery products, as estimated by the Grocery Manufacturers of America, soon showed genetically-modified ingredients. Yet again without labeling, few consumers in the US were aware that any of this was pervasively occurring. Industry marketers found out that the more the public knew, the less they wanted to purchase GM foods. Thus a concerted effort was organized to convince regulators (or bribe them with revolving-door employment arrangements) not to require such labeling.

About the 50 Harmful Effects of GM Foods

This article does more than dispute the industry and certain government officials' claims that genetically-modified (GM) foods are the equivalent of ordinary foods not requiring labeling. It offers an informative list of the vast number of alarm signals, at least fifty hazards, problems, and dangers. also interspersed are deeper philosophical discussion of how the "good science" of biotechnology can turn against us as a thano-technology, grounded in a worldview that most seriously needs to be revisied.

When pesticides were first introduced, they also were heralded as absolutely safe and as a miracle cure for farmers. Only decades later the technology revealed its truer lethal implications. Here the potentially lethal implications are much broader.

The following list of harms is also divided into several easily referred-to sections, namely on health, environment, farming practices, economic/political/social implications, and issues of freedom of choice. There is a concluding review of means of inner activism - philosophical, spiritual, worldview changing. Next there is a list of action-oriented, practical ideas and resources for personal, political and consumer action on this vital issue. Finally, I want the reader to know that this article is a living document, subject to change whenever new and important information becomes available.

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"Recombinant DNA technology faces our society with problems unprecedented not only in the history of science, but of life on Earth. It places in human hands the capacity to redesign living organisms, the products of three billion years of evolution. Such intervention must not be confused with previous intrusions upon the natural order of living organisms: animal and plant breeding...All the earlier procedures worked within single or closely related species...Our morality up to now has been to go ahead without restriction to learn all that we can about nature. Restructuring nature was not part of the bargain...this direction may be not only unwise, but dangerous. Potentially, it could breed new animal and plant diseases, new sources of cancer, novel epidemics."

Deaths and Near-Deaths

1. Recorded Deaths from GM: In 1989, dozens of Americans died and several thousands were afflicted and impaired by a genetically modified version of the food supplement L-tryptophan creating a debilitating ailment known as Eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS) . Released without safety tests, there were 37 deaths reported and approximately 1500 more were disabled. A settlement of $2 billion dollars was paid by the manufacturer, Showa Denko, Japan's third largest chemical company destroyed evidence preventing a further investigation and made a 2 billion dollar settlement. Since the very first commercially sold GM product was lab tested (Flavr Savr) animals used in such tests have prematurely died.

2. Near-deaths and Food Allergy Reactions: In 1996, Brazil nut genes were spliced into soybeans to provide the added protein methionine and by a company called Pioneer Hi-Bred. Some individuals, however, are so allergic to this nut, they can go into anaphylactic shock (similar to a severe bee sting reaction) which can cause death. Using genetic engineering, the allergens from one food can thus be transferred to another, thought to be safe to eat, and unknowingly. Animal and human tests confirmed the peril and fortunately the product was removed from the market before any fatalities occurred. The animal tests conducted, however, were insufficient by themselves to show this. Had they alone been relied upon, a disaster would have followed."The next case could be less than ideal and the public less fortunate," writes Marion Nestle author of Food Politics and Safe Food, and head of the Nutrition Department of NYU in an editorial to the New England Journal of Medicine. It has been estimated that 25% of Americans have mild adverse reactions to foods (such as itching and rashes), while at least 4% or 12 million Americans have provably more serious food allergies as objectively shown by blood iImmunoglobulin E or IgE levels. In other words, there is a significant number of highly food-sensitive individuals in our general population. The percentage of young children who are seriously food-allergenic is yet higher, namely 6-8% of all children under the age of three. In addition, the incidence rates for these children has been decidedly rising. Writes Dr. Jacqueline Pongracic, head of the allergy department at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, "I've been treating children in the field of allergy immunology for 15 years, and in recent years I've really seen the rates of food allergy skyrocket." The Center for Disease Control confirmed the spike on a US national level. Given the increased adulteration of our diets, it is no wonder at all that this is happening. Yet the FDA officials who are sacredly entrusted to safeguard the health of the general public, and especially of children, declared in 1992, under intense industry-lobbying pressure, that genetically-modified (GM) foods were essentially equivalent to regular foods. The truth is that genetically modified foods cannot ever be equivalent. They involve the most novel and technologically-violent alterations of our foods, the most uniquely different foods ever introduced in the history of modern agriculture (and in the history of biological evolution). To say otherwise affronts the intelligence of the public and safeguarding public officials. It is a bold, if not criminal deception to but appease greed-motivated corporate parties and at the direct expense and risk of the public's health. The FDA even decided against the advice of its own scientists that there was no need at all for FDA allergy or safety testing of these most novel of all foods. This hands-off climate (as promoted by the Bush Administration and similar to what was done with the mortgage and financial industry) is a recipe for widespread social health disasters. When elements of nature that have never before been present in the human diet are suddenly introduced, and without any public safety testing or labeling notice, such as petunia flower elements in soybeans and fish genes in tomatoes (as developed by DNA Plant Technology Corporation in the 1990s), it obviously risks allergic reactions among the most highly sensitive segments of our general population. It is a well-know fact that fish proteins happen to be among the most hyper-allergenic, while tomatoes are not. Thus not labeling such genetically modified tomatoes, with hidden alien or allergenic ingredients, is completely unconscionable. The same applies to the typical GMO that has novel bacterial and viral DNA artificially inserted. Many research studies have definitively confirmed this kind of overall risk for genetically modified foods:

CORN- Two research studies independently show evidence of allergenic reactions to GM Bt corn,
- Farm workers exposed to genetically-modified Bt sprays exhibited extensive allergic reactions.

POTATOES - A study showed genetically-modified potatoes expressing cod genes were allergenic.

PEAS - A decade-long study of GM peas was abandoned when it was discovered that they caused allergic lung damage in mice.

SOY - In March 1999, researchers at the York Laboratory discovered that reactions to soy had skyrocketed by 50% over the year before, which corresponded with the introduction of genetically-modified soy from the US. It was the first time in 17 years that soy was tested in the lab among the top ten allergenic foods.

Cancer and Degenerative Diseases

3. Direct Cancer and Degenerative Disease Links: GH is a protein hormone which, when injected into cows stimulates the pituitary gland in a way that the produces more milk, thus making milk production more profitable for the large dairy corporations. In 1993, FDA approved Monsanto's genetically-modified rBGH, a genetically-altered growth hormone that could be then injected into dairy cows to enhance this feature, and even though scientists warned that this resulted in an increase of IGF-1 (from (70%-1000%). IGF-1 is a very potent chemical hormone that has been linked to a 2 1/2 to 4 times higher risk of human colorectal and breast cancer. Prostate cancer risk is considered equally serious - in the 2,8.to 4 times range. According to Dr. Samuel Epstein of the University of Chicago and Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, this "induces the malignant transformation of human breast epithelial cells." Canadian studies confirmed such a suspicion and showed active IGF-1 absorption, thyroid cysts and internal organ damage in rats. Yet the FDA denied the significance of these findings. When two award-winning journalists, Steve Wilson and Jane Akre, tried to expose these deceptions, they were fired by Fox Network under intense pressure from Monsanto. The FDA's own experiments indicated a spleen mass increase of 40-46%- a sign of developing leukemia. The contention by Monsanto that the hormone was killed by pasteurization or rendered inactive was fallacious. In research conducted by two of Monsanto's own scientists, Ted Elasser and Brian McBride, only 19% of the hormone was destroyed despite boiling milk for 30 minutes when normal pasteurization is 15 seconds. Canada, the European Union, Australia and New Zealand have banned rBGR. The UN's Codex Alimentarius, an international health standards setting body, refused to certify rBGH as safe. Yet Monsanto continued to market this product in the US until 2008 when it finally divested under public pressure. This policy in the FDA was initiated by Margaret Miller, Deputy Director of Human Safety and Consultative Services, New Animal Drug Evaluation Office, Center for Veterinary Medicine and former chemical laboratory supervisor for Monsanto. This is part of a larger revolving door between Monsanto and the Bush Administration. She spearheaded the increase in the amount of antibiotics farmers were allowed to have in their milk and by a factor of 100 or 10,000 percent. Also Michael Taylor, Esq. became the executive assistant to the director of the FDA and deputy Commissioner of Policy - filling a position created in 1991 to promote the biotech industry and squelch internal dissent. There Taylor drafted a new law to undermine the 1958 enacted Delaney Amendment that so importantly outlawed pesticides and food additives known to cause cancer. In other words carcinogens could now legally be reintroduced into our food chain. Taylor was later hired as legal counsel to Monsanto, and subsequently became Deputy Commissioner of Policy at the FDA once again. On another front, GM-approved products have been developed with resistance to herbicides that are commonly-known carcinogens. Bromoxynil is used on transgenic bromoxynmil-resistant or BXN cotton. It is known to cause very serious birth defects and brain damage in rats. Glyphosate and POEA, the main ingredients in Roundup, Monsanto's lead product are suspected carcinogens.

As to other degenerative disease links, according to a study by researcher Dr. Sharyn Martin, a number of autoimmune diseases are enhanced by foreign DNA fragments that are not fully digested in the human stomach and intestines. DNA fragments are absorbed into the bloodstream, potentially mixing with normal DNA. The genetic consequences are unpredictable and unexpected gene fragments have shown up in GM soy crops. A similar view is echoed by Dr. Joe Cummins, Professor of Genetics at the University of Western Ontario, noting that animal experiments have demonstrated how exposure to such genetic elements may lead to inflammation, arthritis and lymphoma (a malignant blood disease).

4. Indirect, Non-traceable Effects on Cancer Rates: The twentieth century saw an incremental lowering of infectious disease rates, especially where a single bacteria was overcome by an antibiotic, but a simultaneous rise in systemic, whole body or immune system breakdowns. The epidemic of cancer is a major example and is affected by the overall polluted state of our environment, including in the pollution of the air, water, and food we take in. There are zillions of potential combinations for the 100,000 commonly thrust upon our environment. The real impact cannot be revealed by experiments that look at just a few controlled factors or chemicals isolates. Rather all of nature is a testing ground. Scientists a few years ago were startled that combining chemical food additives into chemical cocktails caused many times more toxic effects than the sum of the individual chemicals. More startling was the fact that some chemicals were thought to be harmless by themselves but not in such combinations. For example, two simple chemicals found in soft drinks, ascorbic acid and sodium benzoate, together form benzene, an immensely potent carcinogen. Similarly, there is the potential, with entirely new ways of rearranging the natural order with genetic mutations and that similar non-traceable influences can likewise cause cancer. We definitively know X-rays and chemicals cause genetic mutations, and mutagenic changes are behind many higher cancer rates or where cells duplicate out of control. In the US in the year 1900, cancer affected only about 1 out 11 individuals. It now inflicts 1 out of 2 men and 1 out of 3 women in their lifetime. Cancer mortality rates rose relentlessly throughout the 20th century to more than triple overall.

Viral and Bacterial Illness

5. Superviruses: Viruses can mix with genes of other viruses and retroviruses such as HIV. This can give rise to more deadly viruses - and at rates higher than previously thought. One study showed that gene mixing occurred in viruses in just 8 weeks (Kleiner, 1997). This kind of scenario applies to the cauliflower mosaic virus CaMV, the most common virus used in genetic engineering - in Round Up ready soy of Monsanto, Bt-maise of Novaris, and GM cotton and canola. It is a kind of "pararetrovirus" or what multiplies by making DNA from RNA. It is somewhat similar to Hepatitis B and HIV viruses and can pose immense dangers. In a Canadian study, a plant was infected with a crippled cucumber mosaic virus that lacked a gene needed for movement between plant cells. Within less than two weeks, the crippled plant found what it needed from neighboring genes - as evidence of gene mixing or horizontal transfer. This is significant because genes that cause diseases are often crippled or engineered to be dormant in order to make the end product "safe." Results of this kind led the US Department of Agriculture to hold a meeting in October of 1997 to discuss the risks and dangers of gene mixing and superviruses, but no regulatory action was taken. A French study also showed the recombination of RNA of two Cucomoviruses, and under conditions of minimal selection and in supposedly virus resistant transgenic plants. The issue and research involved are also detailed in the consumer reports article by Mae Wan Ho, Angela Ryans and Joe Cummins, Cauliflower Mosaic Viral Promoter - A Recipe for Disaster?

6. Antibiotic Threat Via Milk: Cows injected with rBGH have a much higher level of udder infections. The Center for Food Safety claims a 25% increase in the frequency of udder infections in cows that are given this growth hormone. Since this hormone causes infections, farmers will use more antibiotics that may eventually end up in the dairy products we consume. Even worse, labels do not warn of this growth hormone so many do not realize what they are consuming. The unacceptable levels of antibiotic residues in the milk can cause allergic reactions and weaken the effects of other antibiotics due to a growth in resistant bacteria. Scientists have warned of public health hazards due to growing antibiotic resistance.The overuse of antibiotics can be strongly linked to hard-to-treat illnesses in people. Most companies have been catching onto the consumer's uproar and many have since become rBGH free due to increasing concerns.

7. Antibiotic Threat Via Plants: Much of the techniques of genetic implantation are ineffective so scientists must use a marker to track where the gene goes into the plant cell. In the article "Why We Need Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food," Jean Halloran and Michael Hansen state that the most common marker is a gene for antibiotic resistance and most genetically engineered food products contain this gene. GM maize plants use an ampicillin resistant gene. In 1998, the British Royal Society called for the banning of this marker as it threatens a vital antibiotic's use. Halloran and Hansen elaborate on this saying that some European countries have prohibited the growth of certain genetically engineered corn due to the fact that the gene can be transfered to the food chain. The resistant qualities of GM bacteria in food can be transferred to other bacteria in the environment and throughout the human body causing society to be less receptive to common antibiotics. What's worse is that some genes can be transferred to disease-causing bacteria making them also resistant to our antibiotics in the future. The GMO Compass explains how the plants with the resistance markers are the only ones to survive after being injected with the antibiotic, thus proving they are resisting the antibiotic. We are vulnerable to those resistant cells due to easy transference.

8. Resurgence of Infectious Diseases: The Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease journal reported in 1998 that gene technology may be implicated in the resurgence of infectious diseases. This occurs in multiple ways. There is growing resistance to antibiotics misused in bioengineering, the formation of new and unknown viral strains, and the lowering of immunity through diets of processed and altered foods. There is also the horizontal transfer of transgenic DNA among bacteria. Several studies have shown bacteria of the mouth, pharynx and intestines can take up the transgenic DNA in the feed of animals, which in turn can be passed on to humans. This threatens the hallmark accomplishment of the twentieth century - the reduction in infectious diseases that critically helped the doubling of life expectancy. A study by the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) recommended that due to the secondary horizontal transfer of transgenic DNA on livestock and human beings, no genetically modifed food be fed to animals since it can render our common infectious diseases untreatable via the food chain.

Allergies

9. Increased Food Allergies: The loss of biodiversity in our food supply has grown in parallel with the increase in food allergies. This can be explained as follows. The human body is not a machine-like "something" that can be fed assembly line, carbon copy foods. We eat for nourishment and vitality. What is alive interacts or changes with its environment. Unnatural sameness - required for patenting of genetic foods - are "dead" qualities. Frequently, foods we eat and crave are precisely those testing positive for food allergies.Allergic reactions are misguided defense reactions aganist incoming parasites and in GM food cases, the body senses an unnatural invasion. Cells in our body recognize this lack of vitality, producing antibodies and white cells in response. This is analogous to our brain's cells recognizing and rejecting mechanically repeated thoughts - or thinking "like a broken record." Intuitively our body cells and the overall immune system seems to reject excess homogeneity. Each new food item produced contains many new potentially allergenic proteins.

10. Birth Defects and Shorter Life Spans: As we ingest transgenic human/animal products there is no real telling of the impact on human evolution. We know that rBGh in cows causes a rapid increase in birth defects and shorter life spans and the number of calves born with birth defects to dairy cows has increased significantly. A Circle of Responsibility article says that while no thorough study of long term effects has been conducted, Canada and the European Union have taken precautions and banned the use of rBGH in their dairy cows. In a very recent study by Cornucopia Institute Research the following information was reported:

"...The experience of actual GM-fed experimental animals is scary. When GM soy was fed to female rats, most of their babies died within three weeks—compared to a 10% death rate among the control group fed natural soy. The GM-fed babies were also smaller, and later had problems getting pregnant.

When male rats were fed GM soy, their testicles actually changed color—from the normal pink to dark blue. Mice fed GM soy had altered young sperm. Even the embryos of GM fed parent mice had significant changes in their DNA. Mice fed GM corn in an Austrian government study had fewer babies, which were also smaller than normal.

Reproductive problems also plague livestock. Investigations in the state of Haryana, India revealed that most buffalo that ate GM cottonseed had complications such as premature deliveries, abortions, infertility, and prolapsed uteruses. Many calves died. In the US, about two dozen farmers reported thousands of pigs became sterile after consuming certain GM corn varieties. Some had false pregnancies; others gave birth to bags of water. Cows and bulls also became infertile when fed the same corn.

In the US population, the incidence of low birth weight babies, infertility, and infant mortality are all escalating..." Reported May 20,2009.

As a result of this research "the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on 'Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.' They called for a moratorium on GM foods, long-term independent studies, and labeling. AAEM’s position paper stated, '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. They conclude, 'There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health effects. There is causation,'as defined by recognized scientific criteria. 'The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies.' (see: Institute for Responsible Technology.)

11. Interior Toxins: "Pesticidal foods" have genes that produce a toxic pesticide inside the food's cells. The food is engineered to produce their own built in pesticide in every cell which produces a poison that splits open a bug's stomach and kills them when the bug tries to eat the plant. This represents the first time "cell-interior toxicity" is being sold for human consumption. There is little knowledge of the potential long-term health impacts. However, while some biotech companies claim that the pesticide called Bt has been approved safe and used by farmers for natural insect control, the Bt-toxin in GM plants is thousands of times more concentrated than the natural bug spray, can not be washed off the plants, and has a properties of allergens. We are now ingesting this interior plant toxin from GM foods.12. Lowered Nutrition: A study in the Journal of Medicinal Food (Dr. Marc Lappé, 1999) showed that certain GM foods have lower levels of vital nutrients - especially phytoestrogen compounds thought to protect the body from heart disease and cancer. In another study of GM Vicia Faba, a bean in the same family as soy, there was also an increase in estrogen levels, what raises health issues - especially in infant soy formulas. Milk from cows with rBGH contains substantially higher levels of pus, bacteria, and fat. Monsanto's analysis of glyphosate-resistant soya showed the GM-line contained 28% more Kunitz-trypsin inhibitor, a known anti-nutrient and allergen.

General

13. No Regulated Health Safety Testing: The FDA only requests of firms that they conduct their own tests of new GM products in what Vice President Quale back in 1992 referred to as a "regulatory relief program." The FDA makes no review of those tests unless voluntarily requested by the company producing the product. Companies present their internal company records of tests showing a product is safe - essentially having the "fox oversee the chicken coup." As Louis J. Pribyl, an FDA microbiologist explained, companies tailor tests to get the results they need. They further relinquish responsibility as Pjil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications expressed it "Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech foods. Our interest is in selling...Assuring its safety is the FDA's job." But the FDA has not assumed the responsibility. Essentially it is "like playing Russian roulette with public health," says Philip J. Regal, a biologist at the University of Minnesota. In his contacts with the FDA, he noted that in the policy of helping the biotech industry grow, "government scientist after scientist acknowledged there was no way to assure the health safety of genetically engineered food... [yet] society was going to have to bear an unavoidable measure of risk." The situation was summarized by Richard Steinbrecher, a geneticist working for the Women's Environmental Network "To use genetic engineering to manipulate plants, release them into the environment and introduce them into our food chains is scientifically premature, unsafe and irresponsible."

14. Unnatural Foods: Recently, Monsanto announced it had found "unexpected gene fragments in their Roundup Ready soybeans. It is well known that modified proteins exist in GE foods, new proteins never before eaten by humanity. In 1992, Dr. Louis J. Pribyl of the FDA's Microbiology Group warned (in an internal memo uncovered in a lawsuit filed) that there is "a profound difference between the types of expected effects from traditional breeding and genetic engineering." He also addressed industry claims of no "pleiotropic" (unintended and/or uncontrolled) effects. This was the basis for the industry position that GM foods are "equivalent" to regular foods, thus requiring no testing or regulation. "Pleiotropic effects occur in genetically engineered plants...at frequencies of 30%...increased levels of known naturally occurring toxicants, appearance of new, not previously identified intoxicants, increased capability of concentrating toxic substances from the environment (e.g. pesticides or heavy metals), and undesirable alterations in the level of nutrients may escape breeders' attention unless genetically engineered plants are evaluated specifically for these changes." Other scientists within the FDA echoed this view - and in contrast to the agency's official position. For example, James Marayanski, manager of the FDA's Biotechnology Working Group warned that there was a lack of consensus among the FDA's scientists as to the so-called "sameness" of GM foods compared to non-GM foods. The reason why this is such an important issue is that Congress mandated the FDA to require labeling when there is "something tangibly different about the food that is material with respect to the consequences which may result from the use of the food."15. Radical Change in Diet: Humanity has evolved for thousands of years by adapting gradually to its natural environment - including nature's foods. Within just three years a fundamental transformation of the human diet has occurred. This was made possible by massive consolidations among agri-business. Ten companies now own about 40% of all US seed production and sales. The Biotech industry especially targeted two of the most commonly eaten and lucrative ingredients in processed foods - corn and soy. Monsanto and Novaris, through consolidations, became the second and third largest seed companies in the world. They also purchased related agricultural businesses to further monopolize soy and corn production. Again within three years, the majority of soybeans and one third of all corn in the US are now grown with seeds mandated by the biotech firms. Also 60% of all hard cheeses in the US are processed with a GM enzyme. A percentage of baking and brewery products are GM modified as well. Most all of US cotton production (where cotton oil is used in foods) is bioengineered. Wheat and rice are next in line. In 2002, Monsanto plans to introduce a "Roundup" (the name of its leading herbicide) resistant wheat strain. The current result is that approximately two-thirds of all processed foods in the US already contain GM ingredients - and this is projected to rise to 90% within four years according to industry claims. In short, the human diet, from almost every front, is being radically changed - with little or no knowledge of the long-term health or environmental impacts.

Environment
"Genetic Engineering is often justified as a human technology, one that feeds more people with better food. Nothing could be further from the truth. With very few exceptions, the whole point of genetic engineering is to increase sales of chemicals and bio-engineered products to dependent farmers."

David Ehrenfield: Professor of Biology, Rutgers University

General Soil Impact

16. Toxicity to Soil: The industry marketing pitch to the public is that bioengineered seeds and plants will help the environment by reducing toxic herbicide/pesticide use. Isolated examples are given, but the overall reality is exactly opposite. The majority of GM agricultural products are developed specifically for toxin-resistance - namely for higher doses of herbicides/ pesticides sold by the largest producer companies - Monsanto, Dupont Novaris, Dow, Bayer, Ciba-Geigy, Hoescht, AgroEvo, and Rhone-Poulenc. Also the majority of research for future products involves transgenic strains for increased chemical resistance. Not to be fooled, the primary intent is to sell more, not less of their products and to circumvent patent laws. According to an article by R.J. Goldburg scientists predict herbicide use will triple as a result of GM products. As an example of the feverish attempt to expand herbicide use, Monsanto's patent for Roundup was scheduled to expire. Not to lose their market share, Monsanto came up with the idea of creating "Roundup Ready" seeds. It bought out seed companies to monopolize the terrain - then licensing the seeds to farmers with the requirement that they continue buying Roundup past the expiration of the patent. These contracts had stiff financial penalties if farmers used any other herbicide. As early as 1996, the investment report of Dain Boswell on changes in the seed industry reported that Monsanto's billion dollar plus acquisition of Holden Seeds (about 1/3rd of US corn seeds) had "very little to do with Holden as a seed company and a lot to do with the battle between the chemical giants for future sales of herbicides and insecticides." Also as revealed in corporate interviews conducted by Marc Lappé and Britt Bailey (authors of Against the Grain - Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of your Food), the explicit aim was to control 100% of US soy seeds by the year 2000 only to continue to sell Roundup - or to beat their patent's expiration. In fact in 1996, about 5000 acres were planted with Roundup Ready soy seeds when Roundup sales accounted for 17% of Monsanto's $9 billion in annual sales. Not to lose this share but to expand it, Monsanto saw to it that by 1999, 5000 acres grew to approximately 40 million acres out of a total of 60 million - or the majority of all soy plantings in the United States. Furthermore, Roundup could now be spayed over an entire field, not just sparingly over certain weeds. However, the problem with evolving only genetically cloned and thus carbon-copy seeds and plants is that historically, extreme monoculture (high levels of sameness in crop planting) has led to a loss of adaptive survival means - or where deadly plant infections have spread like wildfire. As a separate issue, according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Monsanto's Roundup already threatens 74 endangered species in the United States. It attacks photosynthesis in plants non-specifically - their quintessential, life-giving way to process sunlight. Farmers sowing Roundup Ready seeds can also use more of this herbicide than with conventional weed management. Since the genetically modified plants have alternative ways to create photosynthesis, they are hyper-tolerant, and can thus be sprayed repeatedly without killing the crop. Though decaying in the soil, Roundup residues are left on the plant en route to the consumer. Malcolm Kane, (former head of food safety for Sainsbury's chain of supermarkets) revealed that the government, to accommodate Monsanto, raised pesticide residue limits on soy products about 300-fold from 6 parts per million to 20 parts. Lastly Roundup is a human as well as environmental poison. According to a study at the University of California, glyphosate (the active ingredient of Roundup) was the third leading cause of farm worker illnesses. At least fourteen persons have died from ingesting Roundup. These cases involved mostly individuals intentionally taking this poison to commit suicide in Japan and Taiwan. From this we know that the killing dose is so small it can be put on a finger tip (0.4 cubic centimeters). Monsanto, however, proposes a universal distribution of this lethal substance in our food chain. All of this is not shocking, given Monsanto's history - being the company that first distributed PCBs and vouched for their safety.

17. Soil Sterility and Pollution: In Oregon, scientists found GM bacterium (klebsiella planticola) meant to break down wood chips, corn stalks and lumber wastes to produce ethanol - with the post-process waste to be used as compost - rendered the soil sterile. It killed essential soil nutrients, robbing the soil of nitrogen and killed nitrogen capturing fungi. A similar result was found in 1997 with the GM bacteria Rhizobium melitoli. Professor Guenther Stotzky of New York University conducted research showing the toxins that were lethal to Monarch butterfly are also released by the roots to produce soil pollution. The pollution was found to last up to 8 months with depressed microbial activity. An Oregon study showed that GM soil microbes in the lab killed wheat plants when added to the soil.
Seeds

18. Extinction of Seed Varieties: A few years ago Time magazine referred to the massive trend by large corporations to buy up small seed companies, destroying any competing stock, and replacing it with their patented or controlled brands as "the Death of Birth." Monsanto additionally has had farmers sign contracts not to save their seeds - forfeiting what has long been a farmer's birthright to remain guardians of the blueprints of successive life. Golden Harvest Organics explains in an article that "the failure of commercial plant breeding has left global agriculture badly prepared for the challenges of the near future, such as climate change and the need to wean ourselves off dependence on fossil fuels. It is now time to start rolling back the monopoly privileges of the seed industry, not to strengthen them further."

Plants

19. Superweeds: It has been shown that genetically modified Bt endotoxin remains in the soil at least 18 months (according to Marc Lappé and Britt Bailey) and can be transported to wild plants creating superweeds - resistant to butterfly, moth, and beetle pests - potentially disturbing the balance of nature. A study in Denmark (Mikkelsen, 1996) and in the UK (National Institute of Agricultural Botany) showed superweeds growing nearby in just one generation. A US study showed the superweed resistant to glufosinate (which differs from glyphosate) to be just as fertile as non-polluted weeds. Another study showed 20 times more genetic leakage with GM plants - or a dramatic increase in the flow of genes to outside species. Also in a UK study by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, it was confirmed that superweeds could grow nearby in just one generation. Scientists suspect that Monsanto's wheat will hybridize with goat grass, creating an invulnerable superweed. The National Academy of Science's study stated that " concern surrounds the possibility of genes for resisting pests being passed from cultivated plants to their weedy relatives, potentially making the weed problem worse. This could pose a high cost to farmers and threaten the ecosystem." (quoting Perry Adkisson, chancellor emeritus of Texas A&M University, who chaired the National Academy of Science study panel). An experiment in France showed a GM canola plant could transfer genes to wild radishes, what persisted in four generations. Similarly, and according to New Scientists, an Alberta Canada farmer began planting three fields of different GM canola seeds in 1997 and by 1999 produced not one, but three different mutant weeds - respectively resistant to three common herbicides (Monsanto's Roundup, Cyanamid's Pursuit, and Aventis' Liberty). In effect genetic materials migrated to the weeds they were meant to control. Now the Alberta farmer is forced to use a potent 2,4-D what GM crops promised to avoid use of. Finally Stuart Laidlaw reported in the Toronto Star that the Ontario government study indicated herbicide use was on the rise primarily largely due to the introduction of GM crops.

20. Plant Invasions: We can anticipate classic bio-invasions as a result of new GM strains, just as with the invasions of the kudzu vine or purple loosestrife in the plant world.

Trees

21. Destruction of Forest Life: GM trees or "supertrees" are being developed which can be sprayed from the air to kill literally all of surrounding life, except the GM trees. There is an attempt underway to transform international forestry by introducing multiple species of such trees. The trees themselves are often sterile and flowerless. This is in contrast to rainforests teaming with life, or where a single tree can host thousands of unique species of insects, fungi, mammals and birds in an interconnected ecosphere. This kind of development has been called "death-engineering" rather than "life-" or "bio-engineering." More ominously pollen from such trees, because of their height, has traveled as much as 400 miles or 600 kilometers - roughly 1/5 of the distance across the United States.

22. Terminator Trees: Monsanto has developed plans with the New Zealand Forest Research Agency to create still more lethal tree plantations. These super deadly trees are non-flowering, herbicide-resistant and with leaves exuding toxic chemicals to kill caterpillars and other surrounding insects - destroying the wholesale ecology of forest life. As George McGavin, curator of entomology Oxford University noted, "If you replace vast tracts of natural forest with flowerless trees, there will be a serious effect on the richness and abundance of insects...If you put insect resistance in the leaves as well you will end up with nothing but booklice and earwigs. We are talking about vast tracts of land covered with plants that do not support animal life as a sterile means to cultivate wood tissue. That is a pretty unattractive vision of the future and I for one want no part of it."

Insects and Larger Animals

23. Superpests: Lab tests indicate that common plant pests such as cottonboll worms, will evolve into superpests immune from the Bt sprays used by organic farmers. The recent "stink bug" epidemic in North Carolina and Georgia seems linked to bioengineered plants that the bugs love. Monsanto, on their Farmsource website, recommended spraying them with methyl parathion, one of the deadliest chemicals. So much for the notion of Bt cotton getting US farmers off the toxic treadmill. Pests the transgenic cotton was meant to kill - cotton bollworms, pink bollworms, and budworms - were once "secondary pests." Toxic chemicals killed off their predators, unbalanced nature, and thus made them "major pests."

24. Animal Bio-invasions: Fish and marine life are threatened by accidental release of GM fish currently under development in several countries - trout, carp, and salmon several times the normal size and growing up to 6x times as fast. One such accident has already occurred in the Philippines - threatening local fish supplies.

25. Killing Beneficial Insects: Studies have shown that GM products can kill beneficial insects - most notably the monarch butterfly larvae (Cornell, 1999). Swiss government researchers found Bt crops killed lacewings that ate the cotton worms which the Bt targeted. A study reported in 1997 by New Scientist indicates honeybees may be harmed by feeding on proteins found in GM canola flowers. Other studies relate to the death of bees (40% died during a contained trial with Monsanto's Bt cotton), springtails (Novartis' Bt corn data submitted to the EPA) and ladybird beetles.

26. Poisonous to Mammals: In a study with GM potatoes, spliced with DNA from the snowdrop plant and a viral promoter (CaMV), the resulting plant was poisonous to mammals (rats) - damaging vital organs, the stomach lining and immune system. CaMV is a pararetrovirus. It can reactivate dormant viruses or create new viruses - as some presume have occurred with the AIDES epidemic. CaMV is promiscuous, why biologist Mae Wan-Ho concluded that "all transgenic crops containing CaMV 35S or similar promoters which are recombinogenic should be immediately withdrawn from commercial production or open field trials. All products derived from such crops containing transgenic DNA should also be immediately withdrawn from sale and from use for human consumption or animal feed."

27. Animal Abuse: Pig number 6706 was supposed to be a "superpig." It was implanted with a gene to become a technological wonder. But it eventually became a "supercripple" full of arthritis, cross-eyed, and could barely stand up with its mutated body. Some of these mutations seem to come right out of Greek mythology - such as a sheep-goat with faces and horns of a goat and the lower body of a sheep. Two US biotech companies are producing genetically modified birds as carriers for human drug delivery - without little concern for animal suffering. Gene Works of Ann Arbor, Michigan has up to 60 birds under "development." GM products, in general, allow companies to own the rights to create, direct, and orchestrate the evolution of animals.

28. Support of Animal Factory Farming: Rather than using the best of scientific minds to end animal factory farming - rapid efforts are underway to develop gene-modified animals that better thrive in disease-promoting conditions of animal factory farms.

Genetic Uncertainties

29. Genetic Pollution: Carrying GM pollen by wind, rain, birds, bees, insects, fungus, bacteria - the entire chain of life becomes involved. Once released, unlike chemical pollution, there is no cleanup or recall possible. As mentioned, pollen from a single GM tree has been shown to travel 1/5th of the length of the United States. Thus there is no containing such genetic pollution. Experiments in Germany have shown that engineered oilseed rape can have its pollen move over 200 meters. As a result German farmers have sued to stop field trials in Berlin. In Thailand, the government stopped field tests for Monsanto's Bt cotton when it was discovered by the Institute of Traditional Thai Medicine that 16 nearby plants of the cotton family, used by traditional healers, were being genetically polluted. US research showed that more than 50% of wild strawberries growing inside of 50 meters of a GM strawberry field assumed GM gene markers. Another showed that 25-38% of wild sunflowers growing near GM crops had GM gene markers. A recent study in England showed that despite the tiny amount of GM plantings there (33,750 acres over two years compared to 70-80 million acres per year in the US) wild honey was found to be contaminated. This means that bees are likely to pollinate organic plants and trees with transgenic elements. Many other insects transport the by-products of GM plants throughout our environment, and even falling leaves can dramatically affect the genetic heritage of soil bacteria. The major difference between chemical pollution and genetic pollution is that the former eventually is dismantled or decays, while the later can reproduce itself forever in the wild. As the National Academy of Science's report indicated - "the containment of crop genes is not considered to be feasible when seeds are distributed and grown on a commercial scale." Bioengineering firms are also developing fast growing salmon, trout, and catfish as part of the "blue revolution" in aquaculture. They often grow several times faster (6x faster for salmon) and larger in size (up to 39X) so as to potentially wipe out their competitors in the wild. There are no regulations for their safe containment to avoid ecological disasters. They frequently grow in "net pens," renown for being torn by waves, so that some will escape into the wild. If so, commercial wild fish could be devastated according to computer models in a study of the National Academy of Sciences by two Purdue University scientists (William Muir and Richard Howard). All of organic farming - and farming per se - may eventually be either threatened or polluted by this technology.

30. Disturbance of Nature's Boundaries: Genetic engineers argue that their creations are no different than crossbreeding. However, natural boundaries are violated - crossing animals with plants, strawberries with fish, grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes with bacteria, viruses, and fungi; or like human genes with swine.


31. Unpredictable Consequences of a Gunshot Approach: DNA fragments are blasted past a cell's membrane with a "gene gun" shooting in foreign genetic materials in a random, unpredictable way. According to Dr. Richard Lacey, a medical microbiologist at the University of Leeds, who predicted mad cow disease, "wedging foreign genetic material in an essentially random manner...causes some degree of disruption...It is impossible to predict what specific problems could result." This view is echoed by many other scientists, including Michael Hansen, Ph.D., who states that "Genetic engineering, despite the precise sound of the name, is actually a very messy process."

Impact on Farming
"The decline in the number of farms is likely to accelerate in the coming years...gene-splicing technologies... change the way plants and animals are produced."

Jeremy Rifkin

Small Farm Livelihood and Survival

32. Decline and Destruction of Self-Sufficient Family Farms: In 1850, 60% of the working population in the US was engaged in agriculture. By the year 1950 it was 4%. Today it is 2% (CIA World Factbook 1999 - USA). From a peak of 7 million farms in 1935, there are now less than one-third or 2 million left. In many urban areas, the situation is starker where family farms are becoming largely extinct. For example, Rockland Country, New York (1/2 hour from New York City) had 600 family farms in 1929. Exactly seventy years later only 6 remained. Similar declines have occurred throughout the US and abroad. Of the one-third remaining US farms, 100,000 or 5% produce most of our foods. Agri-corporations have taken economic and legislative power away from the small, self-sufficient family farms - sometimes via cutthroat competition (such as legal product dumping below production costs to gain market share - what was legalized by GATT regulations). The marketing of GM foods augments this centralizing and small-farm-declining trend in the US - as well as on an international level. For example, two bioengineering firms have announced a GM vanilla plant where vanilla can be grown in vats at a lower cost - and which could eliminate the livelihood of the world's 100,000 vanilla farmers - most of whom are on the islands of Madagascar, Reunion and Comoros. Other firms are developing bioengineered fructose, besides chemical sugar substitutes, that threatens, according to a Dutch study, a million farmers in the Third World. In 1986, the Sudan lost its export of gum arabic when a New York company discovered a bioengineering process for producing the same. Synthetic cocoa substitutes are also threatening farmers. It is estimated that the biotech industry will find at least $14 billion dollars of substitutes for Third World farming products. Far beyond hydroponics, scientists are developing processes to grow foods in solely laboratory environments - eliminating the need for seeds, shrubs, trees, soil and ultimately the farmer.

33. General Economic Harm to Small Family Farms: GM seeds sell at a premium, unless purchased in large quantities, which creates a financial burden for small farmers. To add to this financial injury, Archer Daniels Midland has instituted a two-tier price system where it offers less to farmers per bushels for GM soybeans because they are not selling well overseas. Many GM products, such as rBGH, seem to offer a boom for dairy farmers - helping their cows produce considerably more milk. But the end result has been a lowering of prices, again putting the smaller farmers out of business. We can find similar trends with other GM techniques - as in pig and hen raising made more efficient. The University of Wisconsin's GM brooding hens lack the gene that produces prolactin proteins. The new hens no longer sit on their eggs as long, and produce more. Higher production leads to lower prices in the market place. The end result is that the average small farmer's income plummeted while a few large-scale, hyper-productive operations survived along with their "input providers" (companies selling seeds, soil amendments, and so on). In an on-going trend, the self-sufficient family farmer is shoved to the very lowest rung of the economic ladder. In 1910 the labor portion of agriculture accounted for 41% of the value of the finally sold produce. Now the figure has been estimated at between 6-9% in North America. The balance gets channeled to agri-input and distribution firms - and more recently to biotech firms. Kristin Dawkins in Gene Wars: The Politics of Biotechnology, points out that between 1981 and 1987, food prices rose 36%, while the percentage of the pie earned by farmers continued to shrink dramatically.

Organic Farming

34. Losing Purity: At the present rate of proliferation of GM foods, within 50-100 years, the majority of organic foods may no longer be organic.

35. Mixing: A Texas organic corn chip maker, Terra Prima, suffered a substantial economic loss when their corn chips were contaminated with GM corn and had to be destroyed.

36. Losing Natural Pesticides: Organic farmers have long used "Bt" (a naturally occurring pesticidal bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis) as an invaluable farming aide. It is administered at only certain times, and then sparingly, in a diluted form. This harms only the target insects that bite the plant. Also in that diluted form, it quickly degrades in the soil. By contrast, genetically engineered Bt corn, potatoes and cotton - together making up roughly a third of US GM crops - all exude this natural pesticide. It is present in every single cell, and pervasively impacts entire fields over the entire life span of crops. This probably increases Bt use at least a million fold in US agriculture. According to a study conducted at NYU, BT residues remained in the soil for as much as 243 days. As an overall result, agricultural biologists predict this will lead to the destruction of one of organic farming's most important tools. It will make it essentially useless. A computer model developed at the University of Illinois predicted that if all US Farmers grew Bt resistant corn, resistance would occur within 12 months. Scientists at the University of North Carolina have already discovered Bt resistance among moth pests that feed on corn. The EPA now requires GM planting farmers to set aside 20-50% of acres with non-BT corn to attempt to control the risk and to help monarch butterflies survive.

Control and Dependency

37. Terminator Technology: Plants are being genetically produced with no annual replenishing of perennial seeds so farmers will become wholly dependent on the seed provider. In the past Monsanto had farmers sign agreements that they would not collect seeds, and even sent out field detectives to check on farmers.


38. Traitor Technology: Traitor technologies control the stages or life cycles of plants - when a plant will leaf, flower, and bear fruit. This forces the farmer to use certain triggering chemicals if he is to yield a harvest - again causing much deeper levels of economic dependence. These technologies are being developed and patented at a furious pace.

Farm Production

39. Less Diversity, Quality, Quantity and Profit: One of the most misleading hopes raised by GM technology firms is that they will solve the world's hunger. Some high technology agriculture does offer higher single crop yields. But organic farming techniques, with many different seeds interplanted between rows, generally offer higher per acre yields. This applies best to the family farm, which feeds the majority of the Third World. It differs from the large-scale, monocrop commercial production of industrialized nations. Even for commercial fields, results are questionable. In a study of 8,200 field trials, Roundup Ready soybeans produced fewer bushels of soy than non-GM (Charles Benbrook study, former director Board of Agriculture at the National Academy of Sciences). The average yield for non-GM soybeans was 51.21 bushels per acre; for GM soybeans it was 49.26. This was again confirmed in a study at the University of Nebraska's Institute of Agricultural Resources. They grew five different strains of Monsanto soya plants in four different locations of varied soil environments. Dr. Elmore of the project found that on average GM seeds, though more expensive, produced 6% less than non-GM relatives, and 11% less than the highest yielding conventional crops. "The numbers were clear," stated Dr. Elmore. The yield for Bt corn, however, in other studies was higher. But this did not lead to greater profit because GM related costs in terms of insecticides, fertilizer and labor were nearly $4 more per acre.

40. Fragility of Future Agriculture: With loss of biological diversity there inevitably develops a fragility of agriculture. During the Irish potato famine of the 19th century, farmers grew limited varieties of potatoes. This allowed a crop blight to spread throughout. By contrast, there are thousands of varieties of potatoes in Peru - what provides adaptability and thus a constant resource for blight resistance. Farm researchers have tapped into this treasure chest for the benefit of the rest of the world. Reminiscent of the Irish potato catastrophe of the 1840's, Cornell Chronicle reports a still more virulent strain than ever - known as potato late blight is presently attacking Russian potato crops and threatening regional food shortages. The new strain can survive harsh winters. In January of 2000, the NY Times reported a citrus canker blight in Southern Florida - one seriously threatening the state's entire $8.5 billion citrus fruit industry. Coca plants, monocropped and nearly identical, are also endangered by an international blight. Thus the destruction rather than preservation of alternative, adaptable seed stocks by GM companies, follows a dangerous path for the future of all of agriculture.

41. Lower Yields and More Pesticides Used With GM Seeds: Contrary to claims, a Rodale study shows that the best of organic farming techniques - using rich natural compost - can produce higher drought resistance as well as higher yielding plants than with current technological attempts. Dr. Charles Benbrook, a consultant for the Consumer's Union, published a summary of a report revealing Roundup Ready soybeans actually used 2-5 times more pounds of herbicides per acre than conventional soybeans sprayed with other low-dose pesticides.

42. Monopolization of Food Production: The rapid and radical change in the human diet was made possible by quick mergers and acquisitions that moved to control segments of the US farming industry. Although there are approximately 1500 seed companies worldwide, about two dozen control more than 50% of the commercial seed heritage of our planet. The consolidation has continued to grow, In 1998 the top five soy producers controlled 37% of the market (Murphy Family Foods; Carroll's Foods, Continental Grain, Smithfield Foods, and Seaboard). One year later, the top five controlled 51% (Smithfield, having acquired Murphy's and Carroll's, Continental, Seaboard, Prestige and Cargill). Cargill and Continental Grain later merged. With corn seed production and sales, the top four seed companies controlled 87% of the market in 1996 (Pioneer Hi-Bred, Holden's Foundation Seeds, DeKalb Genetics, and Novaris). In 1999, the top three controlled 88% (Dupont having acquired Pioneer, Monsanto having acquired Holden's and DeKalb, and Novaris. In the cotton seed market, Delta and Land Pine Company now control about 75% of the market. The concentration is staggering. National farming associations see this dwindling of price competition and fewer distribution outlets as disfavoring and threatening the small family farm. Average annual income per farm has plummeted throughout the last decade. Almost a quarter of all farm operating families live below the poverty level, twice thenational average - and most seek income from outside the farm to survive. A similar pattern is developing in Europe.

43. Impact on Long -Term Food Supply: If food production is monopolized, the future of that supply becomes dependent on the decisions of a few companies and the viability of their seed stocks. Like the example of Peru, there are only a few remaining pockets of diverse seed stocks to insure the long-term resilience of the world's staple foods. All of them are in the Third World. Food scientists indicate that if these indigenous territories are disturbed by biotech's advance, the long-term vitality of all of the world's food supply is endangered.

Economic, Political and Social Threats

44. Biocolonization - In past centuries, countries managed to overrun others by means of fierce or technologically superior armies. The combined control of genetic and agricultural resources holds a yet more powerful weapon for the invasion of cultures. For only when a person loses food self-sufficiency do they become wholly dependent and subservient. That is why 500,000 farmers in India staged a protest on October 2, 1993 against GATT trade regulations and now oppose GM seed products.

45. Dependency: Under the new regulations of WTO, the World Bank, GATT, NAFTA, the autonomy of local economies can be vastly overridden. Foreign concerns can buy up all the major seed, water, land and other primary agricultural resources - converting them to exported cash rather than local survival crops. This is likely to further unravel the self-sufficiency of those cultures - and as with the past failures of the "green revolution."

46. Health/Environmental/Socio-Political Reasons: The lack of labeling of genetically modified food violates and harms your right to know what is in our foods - given the list of health, environmental, and socio-political reasons to avoid GM ingredients. Even if GM foods were 100% safe, the consumer has a right to know such ingredients - due to their many potential harms.

47. For Religious Dietary Reasons: Previously if someone wanted to avoid foods not permitted by certain religions, the process was simple. With transgenic alterations, every food is suspect - and the religious and health-conscious consumer has no way of knowing without a mandated label. The lack of labeling makes it impossible for religious people to observe dietary customs.

Deep Ecology
"All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons [and daughters] of the Earth."

Chief Seattle of the Duwamish Tribe

48. Contradiction in Terms: The term bioengineering is a contradiction in terms. "Bio" refers to life - that which is whole, organic, self-sufficient, inwardly organizing, conscious, and living. That consciousness of nature creates a web that is deeply interconnecting The term "engineering," on the other hand, refers to the opposite - to mechanical design of dead machines - things made of separate parts, and thus not consciously connected - to be controlled, spliced, manipulated, replaced, and rearranged.

49. Imposing a Non-Living Model onto Nature: "The crying of animals is nothing more than just the creaking of machines," wrote the philosopher René Descartes in the 17th century. This powerfully expressed an inhumane and mechanical view of nature that does not respect life. The genetic model is derivative of this mechanistic way of relating to nature.

50. Atomic Weapons vs. Gene Mutated Foods: The image of modern progress brought about solely by perfected mechanisms or technology was punctured in the 1940's with the explosion of atomic weapons - which brought humanity to the brink of global annihilation. Einstein's formulas created the bomb. His formulas hinged on the very same ideas of the philosopher René Descartes for their foundation. Descartes developed the underlying geometry that space may be universally or infinitely separated ("Cartesian coordinates") into distinct points. If we perfectly visualize this, we run the risk of bringing that exact image to life. Einstein's famous formula (E = mc2), for example, allows us to explode space. Only in hindsight and seeing this result, Einstein expressed the wish of never having taken on the career of a physicist. Genetic engineering, or the splicing of genes, may be viewed as a still more perilous outcome of a Cartesian-like approach to nature. We can prevent nuclear disaster or hopefully keep nuclear weapons bottled up. But genetic engineering applies a similar philosophy and creates products intentionally released - with potential chain reactions that may not be stoppable. Genetic engineering essentially forms a violence against nature. It takes gene guns and aims them at the heart of each cell or its nucleus, and where the depth of life and consciousness lives. This does violence to that innate consciousness, the life principle in nature, as we impose the mechanical view of genetics. It is much overdue that in the 21st century we become wiser - and learn to rather live in peace and harmony with ourselves and all other living creatures on earth.

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Rights
"The FDA's failure to require labeling of genetically altered foods is effectively restricting Americans from exercising this right and subjects individuals to foods they have sound...reasons to avoid. FDA policy thus appears to violate the First Amendment of the Constitution....the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which requires that added substances to food be labeled...and mandates disclosure of material facts."

Alliance for Bio-integrity Statement - in a lawsuit filed against the DFA by nine scientists and twelve religious leaders.

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

"The new genetic science raises more troubling issues than any other technological revolution in history. In reprogramming the genetic code of life, do we risk a fatal interruption of millions of years of evolutionary development? Might not the artificial creation of life spell the end of the natural world?... Will the creation, mass production, and wholesale release of thousands of genetically engineered life forms...cause irreversible damage to the biosphere, making genetic pollution an even greater threat to the planet than nuclear or petrochemical pollution?"

VOTE & LOBBY

Please support those political candidates who favor a movement toward the elimination of GM foods from our modern diet. While there may be political compromises in favor of labeling laws and moratoriums as intermediate steps, please do not in the process give moral support to any maintenance or return of this technology.

GM foods must never have a place in our stores, labeled or unlabelled. They should not be banned temporarily but permanently.

SIGN PETITIONS

Sign petitions that call again for a complete banning of this technology.


JOIN, VOLUNTEER, SUPPORT ACTIVIST ORGANIZATIONS

There are many activist organizations in the US and around the globe who are working diligently on the GM issue. Here are a few. Please let us know of other organizations you would like listed or any other suggestions for activism we should share with our readers.

INTERNATIONAL

Friends of the Earth - International
Greenpeace International

US

The Campaign
Greenpeace
Friends of the Earth
Organic Consumers Association
NWRAGE
Institute for Responsible Technology
GEAN - Genetic Engineering Action Network

ENGLAND, WALES and NORTHERN IRELAND

Friends of the Earth, UK
Greenpeace, UK

CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND

Earthsave Canada
Greenpeace, NZ
Greenpeace, Australia

AFRICA

African Center for Biosafety
Biowatch South Africa
Earth Life Africa

EUROPE

VAS - Verdi Amviente e Societa Onlus - Italia
Greenpeace, EU
Friends of the Earth, EU

SOUTH AMERICA

Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA)

LOCAL

Consider becoming active in organic food coops, environmental activism clubs, green meetups and green political, professional and social organizations.

MOBILIZE PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS

Contact school officials asking them to follow the example of the Berkeley, California district - eliminating GM products or offering organic food in cafeterias.

PARTICIPATE IN GMO FORUM

GMO Forum

BUY ORGANICS

Buy organics and educate your family and friends to do the same. Even if the price is more, remember that you are supporting not only a healthier body for yourself, but those dedicated farmers who preserve the earth and do not pollute the environment.

COMMUNICATE WITH PRODUCERS/DISTRIBUTORS

Call and send a letter to the largest companies that distribute genetically-modified (GM) foods. As them in your own words to discontinue the practice. Organize your local environmental or green group to do the same.

CONTACT LOCAL STORE OWNERS

Join (or start) a local network of people, who individually or together contact and educate nearby supermarket and food storeowners on this issue. Ask store owners to provide as large a selection of organic foods as possible.

CORPORATE PERSUASION

Divest yourself of shares in GM producing or distributing companies, or use shares for shareholder activism

SOME OF THE LARGEST US DISTRIBUTORS

Safeway 800-723-3929

Frito-Lay 800-352-4477

Kellogg's 800-962-1413

Nestle 800-452-1971

Heinz Foods 888-472-8437

Healthy Choice 800-323-9980

Kraft 800-543-5335

Hershey's 800-468-1714

Coca Cola 800-438-2653

Nabisco 800-862-2638

Quaker Oats 800-367-6287

Starbucks 800-782-7282

McDonald's 630-623-3000

General Mills 800-328-1144

Pepsico 914 -253-2000

BECOME INFORMED

Set personal goals to take action, and prioritize them on the issue of GMO foods, and with a specific timeline. List things you can do to achieve these goals - short-term and long-term. Also list and gather resources - friends, fellow activists, books, videos, tapes, conferences, Internet resources and so on. Do two things immediately in the direction of your goals.

INFORM OTHERS

Share information, a video, book or tape about GM foods with friends and family members. Write a letter to your newspaper, start a local forum or on the Internet. Inform others through your personal Web Pages and post links to organizations and articles.

ORGANIC LIFESTYLES

Buy not only organic food but other products in buying them you support those who are committed in their livelihood to maintaining a clean environment for all.

VISIT GMO STORE OR CLICK LINKS BELOW
Boyens, Ingeborg, Unnatural Harvest: How Corporate Science Is Secretly Altering Our Food. Doubleday Books, 1999.
British Medical Association, Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity. London BMJ Bookshop, 1999.
Dawkins, Kristin, Gene Wars: The Politics of Biotechnology (Open Media Pamphlet Series). Seven Stories Press, 1997.
Fagan, John, Genetic Engineering: The Hazards, Vedic Engineering, The Solutions. Maharishi University, 1995.
Fox, Michael W. Beyond Evolution, The Genetically Altered Future of Plants, Animals, the Earth Humans. Lyons Press, 1999.
Grace, Eric S. Biotechnology Unzipped: Promises and Realities. Joseph Henry Press. 1997.
Heinberg, Richard, Cloning the Buddha: The Moral Implications of Biotechnology. Quest, 1999.
Ho, Mae Wan, Genetic Engineering Dream or Nightmare?: The Brave New World of Science and Business. Gateway Books, 1998.
Hubbard, Ruth and Ward, E. Exploding the Gene Myth. Beacon Press, 1996.
Jack, Alex, Imagine a World Without Monarch Butterflies. Bookworld Services, 2000.
Kneen, Brewster, Farmageddon: Food and the Culture of Biotechnology. New Society Publishers, 1999.
Kimbrell, Andrew The Human Body Shop: The Cloning, Engineering, and Marketing of Life. Regnery Publishing, 1998.
Lappe, M. and Bailey, B. Against the Grain: Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food. LPC, 1998.
Marshall, Elizabeth, High-Tech Harvest: A Look at Genetically Engineered Foods. Franklin Watts, 1999.
Montgomery, Jane F.,Sivramiah Shantharam (editor), Biotechnology, Biosafety, and Biodiversity: Scientific and Ethical Issues for Sustainable Development. Science Publishers, Inc. 1999.
Nottingham, Dr. Stephen,Eat Your Genes: How Genetically Modified Food Is Entering Our Diet. St. Martins Press, 1998.
Raeburn, Paul, The Last Harvest: The Genetic Gamble That Threatens to Destroy American Agriculture. University of Nebraska, 1996.
Rifkin, Jeremy, The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World. J.P. Tarcher, 1999.
Rifkin, Jeremy and Teitel, M.,Rain Forest in Your Kitchen: The Hidden Connection Between Extinction and Your Supermarket. Island Press, 1992.
Rissler, J. and Mellon, M. The Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops MIT Press, 1996.
Shiva, Vandana, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge. South End Press, 1997.
Shiva, Vandana, Monocultures of the Mind: Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology South End Press, 1999.
Shiva, Vandana, Stolen Harvest: The Highjacking of the Global Food Supply. South End Press, 1999.
Teitel, M. and Wilson, K.A.Genetically Engineered Food: Changing the Nature of Nature: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Our Planet. Inner Traditions International, Ltd. 1999.
Ticciati, L. and Ticciati, R.,Genetically Engineered Foods: Are They Safe?You Decide. Keats Publishing, 1998.

Visit GMO DVD STORE FOR SELECTONS
Future of Food
Genetic Roulette
GMO Trilogy
Seeds of Deception
Silent Forest
Food Matters
Food for Thought
Against the Grain
Risky Business- Biotechnology and Agriculture
Frankenfood: Genetically Modified Cuisine

ARTICLES
The Campaign
Organic Consumers Association
Say No To GMOs
Gm Food News (England)
GM Watch (Eu)
Action Bioscience
Safe-Food & Mothers for Natural Law

WEBSITES WITH NEWSLETTERS
Raw-Wisdom
The Campaign
IATP
Organic Consumers Association

AUTHOR RELATED WEBSITES
Jeremy Rifkin
Marc Lappé
Jeffrey Smith

MORE ORGANIZATION WEBSITES
Alliance for BioIntegrity
Binas ( Biosafety Info Network)
Campaign to Ban GE Foods
Center forTechnology Assessment & Food Safety
Council for Responsible Genetics
Earth Island Institute
The Ecologist
Ecoropa
Edmonds Institute
Environmental Defense Fund
Food First Institute
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development
Norfolk Genetic Information Net (ngin)
RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation)
Red interamericana de Agriculturas y Democracia (RIAD)
Union of Concerned Scientists

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Newletter "The fact is, it is virtually impossible to even conceive of a testing procedure to assess the health effects of genetically engineered foods when introduced into the food chain, nor is there any valid nutritional or public interest reason for their introduction."

Richard Lacey: Professor of Food Safety, Leeds University

43. Impact on Long -Term Food Supply: If food production is monopolized, the future of that supply becomes dependent on the decisions of a few companies and the viability of their seed stocks. Like the example of Peru, there are only a few remaining pockets of diverse seed stocks to insure the long-term resilience of the world's staple foods. All of them are in the Third World. Food scientists indicate that if these indigenous territories are disturbed by biotech's advance, the long-term vitality of all of the world's food supply is endangered.

ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THREATS

44. Biocolonization - In past centuries, countries managed to overrun others by means of fierce or technologically superior armies. The combined control of genetic and agricultural resources holds a yet more powerful weapon for the invasion of cultures. For only when a person loses food self-sufficiency do they become wholly dependent and subservient. That is why 500,000 farmers in India staged a protest on October 2, 1993 against GATT trade regulations and now oppose GM seed products.

45. Dependency: Under the new regulations of WTO, the World Bank, GATT, NAFTA, the autonomy of local economies can be vastly overridden. Foreign concerns can buy up all the major seed, water, land and other primary agricultural resources - converting them to exported cash rather than local survival crops. This is likely to further unravel the self-sufficiency of those cultures - and as with the past failures of the "green revolution."


46. Health/Environmental/Socio-Political Reasons: The lack of labeling of genetically modified food violates and harms your right to know what is in our foods - given the list of health, environmental, and socio-political reasons to avoid GM ingredients. Even if GM foods were 100% safe, the consumer has a right to know such ingredients - due to their many potential harms.

47. For Religious Dietary Reasons: Previously if someone wanted to avoid foods not permitted by certain religions, the process was simple. With transgenic alterations, every food is suspect - and the religious and health-conscious consumer has no way of knowing without a mandated label. The lack of labeling makes it impossible for religious people to observe dietary customs.

DEEP ECOLOGY

"All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons [and daughters] of the Earth."

Chief Seattle of the Duwamish Tribe

48. Contradiction in Terms: The term bioengineering is a contradiction in terms. "Bio" refers to life - that which is whole, organic, self-sufficient, inwardly organizing, conscious, and living. That consciousness of nature creates a web that is deeply interconnecting The term "engineering," on the other hand, refers to the opposite - to mechanical design of dead machines - things made of separate parts, and thus not consciously connected - to be controlled, spliced, manipulated, replaced, and rearranged.

49. Imposing a Non-Living Model onto Nature: "The crying of animals is nothing more than just the creaking of machines," wrote the philosopher René Descartes in the 17th century. This powerfully expressed an inhumane and mechanical view of nature that does not respect life. The genetic model is derivative of this mechanistic way of relating to nature.

50. Atomic Weapons vs. Gene Mutated Foods: The image of modern progress brought about solely by perfected mechanisms or technology was punctured in the 1940's with the explosion of atomic weapons - which brought humanity to the brink of global annihilation. Einstein's formulas created the bomb. His formulas hinged on the very same ideas of the philosopher René Descartes for their foundation. Descartes developed the underlying geometry that space may be universally or infinitely separated ("Cartesian coordinates") into distinct points. If we perfectly visualize this, we run the risk of bringing that exact image to life. Einstein's famous formula (E = mc2), for example, allows us to explode space. Only in hindsight and seeing this result, Einstein expressed the wish of never having taken on the career of a physicist. Genetic engineering, or the splicing of genes, may be viewed as a still more perilous outcome of a Cartesian-like approach to nature. We can prevent nuclear disaster or hopefully keep nuclear weapons bottled up. But genetic engineering applies a similar philosophy and creates products intentionally released - with potential chain reactions that may not be stoppable. Genetic engineering essentially forms a violence against nature. It takes gene guns and aims them at the heart of each cell or its nucleus, and where the depth of life and consciousness lives. This does violence to that innate consciousness, the life principle in nature, as we impose the mechanical view of genetics. It is much overdue that in the 21st century we become wiser - and learn to rather live in peace and harmony with ourselves and all other living creatures on earth.

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"The FDA's failure to require labeling of genetically altered foods is effectively restricting Americans from exercising this right and subjects individuals to foods they have sound...reasons to avoid. FDA policy thus appears to violate the First Amendment of the Constitution....the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which requires that added substances to food be labeled...and mandates disclosure of material facts."