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The GMO Danger On Your Dinner Plate

July 8, 2013 by  

The GMO Danger On Your Dinner Plate

Last year, if you’re like the average American, you ate more than your body weight of a group of foods you didn’t even know you were consuming. Foods that have never been proven safe to eat. Foods that are becoming more and more widespread in our food supply.

These foods consist of genetically modified organisms (GMO), plants that have been created in laboratories and then planted by farmers. The most frightening part about these foods is that they are unlike any other foods that humans have ever eaten before recent times. And they were probably on your dinner plate last night and almost certainly in your snack foods.

The Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocate organization, determined that Americans eat, on average, 193 pounds of GMO foods a year. And the group justifiably asks: “If you were planning on eating your body weight of anything in a year, wouldn’t you want to make sure it was safe to eat?”

But you don’t know if these foods are safe to eat, and nobody is planning any research to find out how risky they are. The government doesn’t require international corporations like Monsanto, which make tremendous profits off of these foods, to establish their safety. Other countries are more concerned about these foods than we are. As a matter of fact, the United States is just about alone in not requiring labeling of GMO foods or the performance of safety tests to see whether these bizarre, chemist-created foods are harmless. As a result, about 90 percent of the corn, soy and cotton now produced in the United States are GMO crops. When you eat processed foods like corn chips or breakfast cereal, 70 percent of what you take in has been made from GMO products.

Who stands to profit from this change in our eating habits? Primarily Monsanto, the biotech company that controls 90 percent of all GMO seeds that farmers plant. (For more on agricultural terrorism, go here.

A big reason Monsanto can get away with engineering this profitable threat to health stems from its gargantuan lobbying efforts in Washington. According to a report by Food and Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer organization, Monsanto and other huge food and agricultural biotechnology firms and trade associations lavished more than $540 million in campaign contributions and lobbying efforts on the elected class during the past decade. And their efforts are accelerating.

Food and Water Watch has determined that the annual spending on politicians by these corporations has doubled during that time. These companies employ more than 100 lobbying firms and also have in-house lobbyists who wine and dine politicians and government functionaries to get what they want.

In many cases, the same people who hold high-paying jobs at Monsanto eventually move into positions at the regulatory agencies that are supposed to be protecting us against their abuses of the food system.

Consider the case of Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for Foods for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the past, he has moved from a job at the FDA to a job at a law firm that represented Monsanto. Then he moved to a job at Monsanto, over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, back to the law firm, over to Monsanto, to a position on a university, to a think tank and then back to the FDA. It’s a pretty cushy career path for Taylor, but a disaster for our protection from questionable food.

While Taylor was doing his second stint at the FDA, the agency adjusted its regulatory policies so GMOs could be introduced into our diet without being tested for toxic effects.

Aside from the possible danger of eating GMO foods that have had genetic material from other species added to their cells, the GMO crops that farmers grow often have been sprayed with unconscionable amounts of pesticides that contaminate our air and water. Residues of these chemicals may also contaminate foods made from these plants.

Many of these GMO crops are “Roundup®-ready.” That means they have been modified genetically to survive massive amounts of the herbicide called Roundup® (also provided by Monsanto). Glyphosate from Roundup® is now being detected in ground water far from the farms at which it is sprayed. Traces are even being found in the urine of city dwellers. It crosses the placental barrier and can be detected in the blood of unborn children.

This technology threatens you, me and the world around us. Roundup®-ready crops have led to the creation of “frankenweeds,” weeds impervious to herbicides. GMO seeds that produce their own pesticides are creating “frankenbugs” that withstand and even thrive on GMO plants.

But this toxic brew is killing off populations of beneficial insects like pollinating honeybees. It has led to what is called colony collapse disorder and a worldwide die-off of bees. GMO crops may also be wiping out monarch butterfly populations.

Right now, the only way for you to avoid GMO foods is to eat organic food. Any other food, even items marked “all-natural,” may contain GMO ingredients. You can get a free shopping guide to help you find non-GMO foods here.


Original edited to correct typo.–BL

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • shadow1776

    If these other countries don’t want GMO foods, you can be assured they are not good. America, the land where our politicians will sell out there own family for a buck.

  • Kay

    Amen shadow! Our politicians are the whole reason we are in the shape we are in now! They don’t care about the people they are suppose to be taking care of….all they care about is how much money they can stick in their pockets while they are in office. Until the people take back over….it’s just going to get worse!

    • shadow1776

      How can the FDA allow them to sell that modified stuff without labeling it. Then people wonder why so many people are getting cancers, and children are getting sick or born with disabilities. Couldn’t be from the chemicals, and people playing GOD. Technology has a few benefits, but in the long run it is hurting us more than helping. Machines are putting people out of work, allowing people to spy on us, identity theft, and getting people lazy and over weight. Pluss more people have become antisocial. I think the world was better off before all of these advancements. To bad we can’t start over.

  • genomega1

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  • USMC and America Proud

    If you’re a parent of an autistic child, ask yourself “Could these ‘frankenfoods’ be the cause of the 1 out of every 88 kids being stricken with it?”
    We have no idea what these manipulations are actually doing to us! The rates not only of autism, but of Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases are climbing, and people who are eating supposedly healthy diets, are being affected!
    We need to force our government to put a halt to these modifications, but instead they have passed a ‘law’ that if Monsanto gets sued, they can continue production even during a lengthy trial!!
    Thus should tell us that Monsanto KNOWS that the crops are unsafe, but doesn’t care! Their goal is to put every other non-member farming group out if business!
    The other problem we now have, is that some agriculture scientists who are against GMO’s, now say “The genie is out of the bottle’!” Meaning that the pollens and seeds from these plants will quickly take over, spreading over vast areas by the wind, rain runoff, and all other forms of pollination! Organic farmers will have these crops, not meaning to, by accident! Seeds they have on hand may get pollinated by the GMO stuff on the wind!
    You need to blast your representatives, even on the state levels to put a stop to this now! Several states are passing laws that force the labeling of modified foods coming into their states, and Monsanto is fighting this in courts, because they know that if it stands it cost them a lot of money! First to actually DO the labeling, but rather primarily that if known, we won’t buy their stuff! They’ve even now produced a GMO salmon! Another thing you can do, is get with your friends and their friends and so on, to go to your local growers and support them by buying only local grown GMO free produce! However they need to be guarded, as Monsanto has stooped so low as to purposely mix their seeds into local fields and then sue the farmers for using their seeds without paying for them! This has resulted in local farms being sold off or TO Monsanto! If there ever was an ‘evil corporation’ Monsanto fits the bill!

    • shadow1776

      Monsanto needs someone in there Corporation to come forward like Snowdan did. Let the people know exactly what is going on. This is so wrong, put the little man out of work by any means, and poison the people. Did you read that the heads of the corporation only eat organic. If they are using human and animal genetics don’t that betray the trust of vegetarians??? Its wrong on so many levels.

  • Gunny G

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  • Kay

    You are right…we do need to force our government because the people need to take back over. What has happened to this place? How did our government become so easy to buy off? They will promote or push anything forward for a dollar….they don’t care who it kills or who it hurts.

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