Are there any specific medical
studies showing that genetically modified ingredients are directly
related to health conditions and diseases in humans?
The most authoritative reference text
documenting scientific research that confirms the biological and
health threats of genetic engineered products is Genetic
Roulette by Jeffrey Smith, founding director of the Institute
for Responsible Technology.
Conducting human clinical trials for GMO
safety is plagued with obstacles, most notably the chemical
corporations’ patent protection and licensure agreements preventing
access to GMO seeds in order to perform independent research. The
majority of research conducted on GMO safety is done solely with
Although there has only been a single
human clinical trial on the adverse effects of GMO foods, there have
been many animal studies conducted clearly revealing a correlation
between diseases observed in animals with what we are witnessing now
in the rise of inflammatory and immunological diseases in humans,
such as food allergies, asthma, gastro-intestinal disorders,
infertility dysfunction, immunological disorders, kidney and liver
anomalies, cancer and others.
The single clinical trial with human
volunteers was funded by the British government to determine
whether any potentially serious gene transference could occur
between GM soy and the body’s natural gut bacteria. If a
transference of the herbicide-resistant bacteria gene (CaMV)
inserted in the GM soy occurs, it would mean that our own natural
gut bacteria, essential for the body’s digestive and immunological
health, would become mini factories manufacturing an herbicide toxin
in our GI tract.
Transgene transfer to human gut bacteria occurred
in 43% of the volunteers after each person ingested a single GM soy
burger and a GM soy milk shake. Many scientists opposing GMOs claim
this transference is contributing to the rapid rise in food
allergies in populations with high GM products in their diet.
study was focused on only one GM transgene, but there are many
others found in a normal American diet.
Among the potential
disorders resulting from such genetic transference in the digestive
tract is leaky gut syndrome, intestinal inflammation, the GI tract’s
inability to absorb nutrients into the blood stream, and a weakened
immune system because our small intestine is responsible for
approximately 70% of our immunity.
Known health risks in animals are far
Very often, farmers raising livestock will report that
animals immediately reject GM feed if a natural alternative is
available. In India, buffalo avoid GM cottonseed cakes; and in one
study of buffalo raised on natural cotton plants and later fed only
Bt cotton, all died within three days.
There are many studies of a
variety of lab animals and livestock dying prematurely after being
fed solely GM grains and feed.
Farmers observe that migrating birds
and local animals avoid feeding in GM planted fields. There are
also numerous reports by farmers watching their livestock die
prematurely, aborting or becoming infertile after consuming heavy GM
Below is a list of some of the more
important medical findings involving animal trials.
Many GMO health
risks have been derived from the chemical companies own research:
Dr Arpad Pusztai, a renowned
biochemist and plant geneticist from the famous Rowlett
Institute in Scotland noted that rats fed GM potatoes developed
precancerous cells in the GI tract, had atrophied livers,
enlarged pancreas, regressed brain, liver and testicle
development, and damage to the immune system.
Dr. Pusztai, a
major scientist opposing all bioengineered crops and plants,
argues that this damage is not caused by the insecticide but
rather the genetic engineering process itself.
Dr. Hussein Kaoud from Cairo
University in Egypt confirmed Pusztai’s research with feeding GM
soy, corn, wheat and canola to rats in a study published in the
The rats in the Egyptian study
"shrinkage of kidneys, change in the liver and spleen,
appearance of malignant parts in the tissue, kidney failure and
hemorrhages in the intestine."
The findings also included a loss
in the rats’ "learning and memory abilities."
Dr. Pusztai’s work complements the
2012 study by Dr. Eric Gilles Seralini at the University of
Caens in France. Using the same trial protocol used by Monsanto
for its FDA approval of GM Roundup Ready corn, Dr. Seralini’s
rats exhibited severe organ damage, most notably to the liver
Yet the shocking discovery was the enormous tumors,
especially to the mammary gland, the rats developed after a
steady diet of GM corn. Fifty percent of the males and 70% of
the females died prematurely. The fundamental difference between
the Seralini and Monsanto study was that Seralini’s trial
continued for the rats’ entire life span (up to two years)
instead of only 3 months as in the Monsanto study.
The length of
the trial is especially significant because Seralini and his
team did not observe GM corn’s serious adverse effects until the
In an earlier study published by Dr.
Seralini, his team discovered that Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide
will damage or kill testicular cells in rats between 1 to 48
hours after exposure. Roundup is one of the most popular
pesticides used today in America’s industrial agriculture
industry and the chemical that most contaminates fresh produce.
An even more frightening analysis of
GMO hazards was published by Dr. Jack Heinemann, Director of the
New Zealand Institute for Gene Ecology, while investigating the
Australian government’s GM wheat.
The Australian wheat was
engineered to silence certain wheat genes of microRNA (SEI
Heinemann discovered these silent genes matched human
genes and consumption of this GM wheat could halt an invaluable
enzyme that would cause death. Children born without this enzyme
usually die within 5 years.
According to Heinemann, three things
plant microRNAs have been detected in human
blood meaning that they survive the human digestion tract
survive cooking and processing of food
laboratory research confirmed that this wheat microDNA silenced
the human gene in cultured cells
In 2011, A Canadian team from the
University of Sherbrooke, detected the presence of the
insecticidal protein Cry1Ab in the blood of pregnant women (all
who were consuming GM foods in their diets) and even in the
fetal blood, proving that this toxic insecticide was being
passed to the fetus.
This Bt toxin is known to kill human
embryonic kidney cells. It also hinders our bodies’ immune
mechanisms to advance apoptosis, or the death of cancer cells,
thereby increasing the risk of cancer.
Dr. Alexi Surov at Russia’s National
Association for Gene Security tested fast reproducing Campbell
hamsters fed on GM soy over a period of 2 years.
By the third
generation of mating hamster pairs, the offspring were infertile
and hair was growing from their mouths.
York University in the UK wanted to
determine why there was such a sharp escalation of soy
allergies - 10-15% in a single year. Their findings showed that
the increase directly corresponded to the UK’s introduction of
GM soy into the British food supply.
The Neurophysiology division of the
Russian Academy of Sciences discovered that most rat offspring
of rats fed Monsanto’s Roundup ready soy died within three
In December 2012, a new study from
Leipzig University noted that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide
negatively impacted the natural GI bacteria in poultry.
most frightening was that the highly pathogenic bacteria
resisted the Roundup while the beneficial bacteria were
susceptible to it.
This finding may account for the increase in
food born pathogens and contaminated meats in the marketplace.
One of the important conclusions from
the French study by Seralini, is that it challenges the propaganda
by scientists in the GM industry that argues that millions of
people have eaten GM food and they are fine.
This is just corporate
gossip since in every country where GMOs have become a regular
ingredient or foods source in a country we are witnessing epidemic
I don’t eat much corn and
soybeans, so I don’t feel I am consuming much GMO foods and
ingredients. Do I still need to be concerned?
The average American diet and the
majority of foods purchased on the shelves of large supermarket
chains and grocery stores are tainted with GMOs, chemical pesticides
Many food commentators state it is almost impossible
today to have a completely GMO-free diet.
In October 2012,
Working Group released a disturbing study that discovered the
average American eats 193 lbs of GMOs annually, which is greater
than the average American body weight of 179 lbs.
However, EWG noted
this is only a part of the picture because they only analyzed
consumption of GMO sugars (sugar beets), corn based sweeteners,
salad (soybean) oil and various products.
The actual GMO weight
consumption is much higher when other common GMO foods are factored
in such as canola oil, cottonseed oil, other soy-based products and
yellow squash. Then of course there are also dairy products from
animals fed GMOs and likewise the majority of meats in the American
When we consider further that industry
funded research by Monsanto, DuPont and other seed companies to
determine health safety does not go beyond a three month trial, we
should question what are the long term effects when GMO foods are
eaten daily and over the course of many years.
The US government
does not require such studies prior to approval and registration of GMO seeds.
However, in the US alone 93% of soy, 86% of all corn, 93%
of canola, 93% of cottonseed and 95% of all sugar beets planted are
I know that pesticides and
herbicides used on farms and gardens are poisonous and highly toxic.
However, I wash all of my vegetables and fruits. Doesn’t this remove
No. Pesticides, herbicides and
fungicides are absorbed through the skins of fruits and vegetables
and became part of plant.
For example, if you keep your hand in a
bucket of embalming fluid long enough, the toxic ingredients of the
carcinogenic formaldehyde and other solvents will be absorbed
through your skin and can cause serious adverse health risks.
same is true for pesticides sprayed on plants. In time they are
absorbed into the plant and increase the risk of any one or more of
the many illnesses that have been associated with these highly toxic
Every year, the Environmental Working
Group analyses the amount of pesticide intake into a large variety
of fruits and vegetables and lists those posing the greatest health
risk and those that are more safe.
Shoppers Guide to Pesticides.
Our global population is growing
rapidly and will surpass 9 billion people by 2050. Won’t
bioengineered foods help to feed all of these people. We are told
they will and that GM crops produce higher yields than traditional
and organic farming methods.
The idea that GM crops will produce
higher yields sustainably is a propaganda myth invented by the Big
Agricultural industry and their public relations firms.
have been published through the United Nation’s agencies and other
international agriculture and food organizations showing that
traditional farming methods produce higher yields over the
long-term. The evidence that GM agriculture, heavily reliant upon
increasing amounts of fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides from
year to year, showing higher yields has a small degree of truth.
Early years of some GM crop farming had yields slightly or modestly
higher; however, there is a peak and then a rapid descent in yield
during subsequent years that is below the yields from natural
According to the International Technical
Conference on Plant Genetic Resources in Leipzig, industrial farming
is responsible for:
The largest, comprehensive analysis of
food and agriculture was released by the UN’s International
Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for
Development, comprised of 400 scientists from around the world to
assess chemical/GM industrial farming vs. ecological/traditional
The report’s conclusion is that chemical agriculture is no
longer an option for sustainable, productive agriculture. Only
traditional, environmental friendly farming practices, including
organic farming, are viable for our future.
The original mission of GM was to
engineer seeds in such a way that they could withstand and survive
heavy doses of pesticides and herbicides to kill off pests and
weeds. There were two directions in this mission. First was to
bioengineer the crop in such away that it was immune to chemical
The second was to engineer the plant’s genome with the
insertion of genes from the soil organism Bacillus thuringensis
(commonly called Bt) that is known to express a toxic protein that
kills pests when eaten.
Bioengineering the plant genome with the Bt
gene transforms the plant into its own pesticide factory. In effect,
the bacteria’s DNA becomes part of the plant.
If we think of Bt crops as an organism
that has been placed on a permanent dosage of antibiotics, we can
better understand why today there is the emergence of superbugs that
have evolved to become immune to the Bt pesticide. In order to fight
these new superbugs, Big Agriculture dumps more and more pesticides
onto farms, and this in turn creates a new class of superweeds
immune to these toxic chemicals.
Already we are witnessing a
nightmare unfolding in agro-chemical farms with more pests and weeds
becoming dominant and crops becoming far weaker, more poisonous and
less nutritious when harvested.
If it is true what our health
and agriculture agencies tell us - that there is no substantial
difference between a fruit, vegetable or grain grown organically and
a GM variety of the same - then aren’t we getting the same levels of
nutrition eating, for example, either organic corn or GM corn?
Although there have been a few studies
published making this claim, the originators of this research have
been closely associated with the Big Agriculture corporations, like
Monsanto and DuPont.
The nutritional content and level of a fruit,
vegetable or grain is directly related to the quality of nutrients
in the soil the plant is grown. Chemical industrial farming relies
on massive amounts of fertilizer to compensate for soil erosion and
depletion due to the intensity of pesticide and herbicide use.
Fertile soil used in traditional farming contains numerous bacteria
and microorganisms feeding crops with a wide range of nutrients that
chemical fertilizers cannot provide.
Toxic chemicals destroy this
essential soil flora. Although pesticides will eradicate pests that
threaten crops, they are poisons nonetheless and weaken the plants’
defense systems. In short, food grown by chemical means is always
weaker in nutritional content and health than its organic
In 2003, Dr. David Thomas published his
research in the journal Nutrition and Health that mapped nutritional
content in vegetables from 1940 to 1991. Across the board he
discovered steady mineral depletion in magnesium, calcium, iron, and
copper. Carrots alone had lost up to 75% of its original calcium and
Gradually, more research is being
performed proving that organic produce is much higher in nutrition
than their conventional and genetically modified counterparts. In a
study published in the February 2013 issue of PLOS, scientists at
the University Federal do Ceara in Brazil found that organic
tomatoes have 55% higher vitamin C and 140% higher plant phenol
(antioxidant) concentrations than conventional tomatoes.
Although GMO tomatoes have been removed from our food supply there are still
corporate research underway to engineer a GM disease-resistant
Jeffrey Smith notes that genetic
manipulation of a plant’s genome alters the proteins these plants
produce for their growth. Since plants produce thousands of phytochemicals and nutrients, we can barely comprehend the scope of
bioengineering risks and dangers.
These genetically altered proteins
can be toxic; they interfere with the healthy phytonutrients in the
plants and their level of minerals. For example, GMO soy produces
less isoflavones, a proven anti-cancer phytochemical, compared to
Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus in
agricultural science at Purdue University reported that Monsanto’s glyphosate, the primary chemical in its Roundup pesticide, infects
plants in a manner similar to an AIDS-like syndrome, which destroys
the plant’s immunity and hinders mineral and vitamin absorption.
effect, these pesticides are acting like viruses that destroy
plants’ autoimmune systems.
We are being told that it is
possible for industrial agriculture with GM crops to coexist
alongside organic farming. Is this possible?
No. GM-pesticide intensive agriculture
is completely incompatible with traditional and organic farming
GM chemical farming is unnatural and artificial by design
and purpose and, therefore, poses multiple threats to the existence
of organic farming, which is based on the natural processes of
nature, soil replenishment, and the biodiversity of crop species and
It is impossible for GM pollen to be sequestered in
order to prevent contamination of organic and non-industrial farms. In an article published in the Financial Express, one of the larger
chemical seed and GM corporations, Bayer AG, admitted it is
impossible to prevent uncontrolled spread of genetically modified
The US FDA and USDA suggestion that GM fields can be
contained and therefore these two radically opposing farming methods
can coexist is false and there sis sound scientific basis for
supporting this myth.
If all of this is true about
GMOs - serious health risks, destruction of the environment, no
nutritional or yield improvement in crops - then why does the US
government back it unconditionally?
The large chemical companies involved in
genetically modified seeds and the manufacture of pesticides,
herbicides and fertilizers that must accompany GM agriculture
represent one of the most powerful lobbying forces in America.
2011 alone, Monsanto spent more than any other agribusiness, $6.3
million, on lobbying except for the big tobacco firm Atria.
even a group in Congress known as the Friends of Monsanto who
promote legislation to boost GM agriculture and diminish small
After the rape and gutting of America’s
manufacturing sector through free-trade agreements and off-shoring
of jobs and factories to Asia, the US has little to export aside
from military weaponry and technology, pharmaceutical drugs and
medical devices, and food.
Having already dominated almost all corn,
soy, cotton and sugar beet agriculture in the US, and very shortly
alfalfa, government legislators believe they are at a point of no
return and GM is already branded permanently into our future. The
ignorance of this position ignores the rising medical costs
associated with the wide array of illnesses and serious health
conditions from GM consumption.
The agro-chemical companies have among
the worst corporate crime records of any large industrial complex.
Among the major players are,
The many decades of lies, human
rights violations, environmental pollution and degradation,
negligence of chemical and factory safety standards, bribery of
government officials and international crime to undermine different
nation’s agricultural laws, and manipulation of regulatory
procedures could fill volumes.
What all agro-chemical corporations
have in common is revenue generation and vicious profiteering
means to achieve their financial goals.
Several excellent corporate
crime resources are available on the internet that give detailed
information about Big Ag corporations’ lobbying activities, partners
and affiliates, and criminal records.
Finally, the recent controversy over the
French research showing GMOs contributing to various cancers, and
the attempts by regulatory government agencies to discredit this
study, has revealed just how scientifically negligent and weak our
regulatory rules are for GMO crop approvals.
Rather than put GMO
applications through a rigorous review to assure that these modified
foods are safe for consumption, the USDA and FDA have shown that
health concerns are of minimal importance and GMO regulatory
functions are simply bureaucratic necessities to benefit the
economic health of these mega corporations, such as Monsanto and
DuPont, who dominate the GMO industry.
In November 2012, when
California’s Proposition 37 to label genetically modified foods was
on the election ballot, we were told that GMO labeling could cost
the average family an additional $400 annually. Is there any truth
to this claim?
Monsanto, DuPont, and other chemical
corporations opposing GMO labeling, the California state department
and the California university system, relied upon the economic fears
of Americans to defeat Proposition 37.
The chemical industry funded
a study at the University of California at Davis regarding food cost
increase that could be used as propaganda to defeat the proposition.
Independent research conducted by Dr.
Chris Viljoen, head of the GMO Testing Laboratory at the University
of the Free State in South Africa, analyzed the costs for GMO
labeling in South Africa and other nations where labeling is now
mandatory (60 countries to date and increasing). His conclusion that
GMO labeling results in rising food costs is patently false.
European Union, which requires GMO labeling under more strict
conditions than those proposed in California, found that food costs
increased 0.17 percent at most. This would amount to 17 cents for a
$100 food bill.
Dr. Joanna Shepherd Baily at Emory
University School of Law testified before the US House Judiciary
Committee and stated GMO labeling would not increase consumer costs.
Food manufacturers are frequently changing labels. Baily estimated
that GMO labeling would only set back an average American family
$1.27 as a single, one-time expense.
Giving the chemical industry the benefit
of the doubt for a moment, and assume that the chemical industry’s
funded study for California is correct - that annual food costs could
increase $400 - there is a far more critical issue being ignored: that
is, the expensive healthcare costs a family faces when a child or
family member develops an immunological or inflammatory illness due
to a GMO diet.
This is the information Monsanto, DuPont and their
lobbyists try to keep hidden from American consumers. However the
statistics for the epidemic rise in diseases shows this to be the
Lets take one example. Many studies now
show a correlation between GMO food consumption and asthma and food
allergies. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine includes
asthma as a growing threat from diets heavily laden with GMO
According to the Pediatric Asthma institute, a quarter
of American children and young adults between 5 and 17 years are
afflicted with a condition of asthma. Equally alarming is that the
rise in asthmatic conditions parallels accurately the increase of GMOs in the average American diet.
So what is the average cost to a
family with an asthmatic child, including out of pocket costs for
medicine, days lost at school and work, and possible
The American Academy of Allergies, Asthma and
Immunity estimates direct and indirect costs to a family with a
asthmatic member upwards to $3,000 annually. This example is only
There are many other health risks associated with
consuming GMOs over an extended period of time including food
allergies, immune dysfunction, gastrointestinal disorders and
cancer, which can financially affect a family enormously.
Where can a person find more
information about GMO risks, organic and health news, pending
legislature and how to become more active in food democracy and
assuring our right to healthy organic produce?
There are many small local food
organizations in the individual states.
However, the following list
are those that have been at the forefront to protect organic and
traditional agriculture and have been fighting on behalf of American
consumers and food health against the big agricultural and chemical
Most of these organizations have e-lists you can subscribe to
and receive daily or periodic information and updates about the
battle against GMOs.
Institute for Responsible Technology
is founded by Jeffrey Smith and is a world leader in educating
policy makers and the public about genetically modified foods and
crops. The organization publishes frequent reports on GMO risks and
impact on health, the environment, the economy, corporate practices
Food Democracy Now was
founded by David Murphy who has built a national grassroots
community dedicated to a sustainable food system that protects the
environment and supports traditional farmers and their families. The
organization has been at the forefront in advocating for the
labeling of GMO foods and products.
Organic Consumers Association
being directed by food activist Ronnie Cummins is a grassroots
public interest organization campaigning for food sustainability,
children’s health, and corporate accountability. OCA is the primary
organization fighting on behalf of the nation’s estimated 50 million
organic food consumers with a gaol to convert American agriculture
to at least 30% organic by the year 2015.
GM Watch is a UK-based
information organization monitoring everything related to
bioengineered foods and big agriculture gathered from around the
world. You can sign up at GM Watch’s site to receive daily news and
reports as they arrive.
The Center for Food Safety
is directed by national legal and consumer interest advocate
Andrew Kimbrell. The organization is a non profit environmental
advocacy initiative challenging harmful food production
technologies, including genetically modification, and a leader in
promoting sustainable agriculture.
Food and Water Watch is a
health safety advocacy organization dedicated to assuring our food,
water and fish are safe and sustainably produced. The organization
pressures legislators to promote wholesome food (including the
labeling of GMO foods) and clean water accessibility to all for
their basic needs. The organization has 15 offices in the US and a
staff in Europe and Latin America
Natural News was founded by
its chief editor and national health activist Mike Adams. It is
among one of the best daily news resources for information on issues
all related to health including alternative medicine, genetically
modified foods, vaccines science, and corporate corruption.
Joseph Mercola publishes
one of the nation’s most read health sites dedicated to natural
health and everything related to the corporate pharmaceutical,
medical, chemical and agricultural industry that threatens the
health and safety to people.
Coalition of States for
... is a grassroots effort
now with 30 states to persuade state legislatures to bring up a vote
on GMO labeling.
For information on becoming involved in your state
to educate and promote GMO labeling, inquire with an email to
The Alliance for Natural Health
is an international organization promoting sustainable health
practices, freedom of choice in healthcare, and accessibility to
non-toxic healthy food, vitamins and supplements at the federal and
local state levels. The Alliance is perhaps the most active
organization lobbying Congress and state legislatures, and serves as
a government watchdog to file complaints on actions taking by the
FDA, USDA and other federal health agencies.
Just Label It is a
grassroots organization started in California to fight state
legislators to mandate GMO labeling. The organization in partnership
with many of the more notable organic food companies is taking the
petition for mandatory labeling to the FDA.
Center for Environmental Health
is a non profit organization taking on the industrial chemical
industry to eliminate the threats chemicals pose to children,
families and communities.
Consumers Union is a large
national organization with lobbyists fighting for a fair, just and
safer marketplace for consumers. Their website provides consumer
information on a wide variety of topics including genetically
Environmental Working Group
is a public health and environmental organization that advocates for
health protection on Capitol Hill. Among their primary goals is to
conduct scientific research to expose chemicals and
products dangerous to health, the environment and the natural
resources we rely upon, and to replace federal policies favoring big
corporations with policies that invest in conservation and
Organic Seed Alliance
advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic
resources of agricultural seed. Their mission is to work through
collaborative education, advisory services, and research programs
with organic farmers and other seed professionals to advance a more
Seeds of Change is an
organic seed company founded in 1989 with a mission to preserve
biodiversity and promote organic agriculture. It is an excellent
source to purchase organic seeds and learn tips about rural,
personal and urban organic farming.
Navdanya was founded by Dr.
Vandana Shiva in India to lead the way food and seed sovereignty,
sustainable agriculture, and fair trade organic networking. The
organization’s learning centers, School of the Seed and Earth
University, bring people together from all over the world to build a
food network that will be sustainable in the future.
The National Organic Coalition
is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a
"Washington voice" for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists,
consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for
federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture,
food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. Its vision
of agriculture is one where a safe, nutritious, ample, and
affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who
make a decent living pursuing their trade
The Oakland Institute is an
independent policy think tank, founded by renowned agricultural and
trade activist Anuradha Mittal, that brings fresh ideas and bold
action to the most pressing economic, social and environmental
issues directed towards a more sustainable, just future.
Foodconsumer is an online
health, diet and food site taking a lead in promoting GMO labeling.
Food Freedom News is an
education site addressing food safety, food freedom and sovereignty,
and local food production. It is a popular site for those who wish
to begin growing their own produce.
Moms for Safe Food is a
national community blog website offering a lot of advice about
transitioning to eating a safe, healthy, GMO-free diet