Tuesday, August 10, 2010

GM Foods Toxicity, Trust Us We're Experts, Fraudulent Research, Truth by Jeffrey Smith

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by Jeffrey Smith

His first book, Seeds of Deception, is the world's bestselling and #1 rated book on the topic. His second, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, provides overwhelming evidence that GMOs are unsafe and should never have been introduced. … For a straightforward guide to shopping Non-GMO, see the Non-GMO Shopping Guide.

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Remember in our increasingly unethical society, thanks to the power of moneyed corporations with both advertising money, money for research, money for propagandists, and money for politicians basically control our country. When our GDP is mainly controlled by Money where 62 percent of our GDP is Financials or Banks and Wall Street or currency trading, that the money has to come from somewhere. Where? From Us!

I read a very technical non-Monsanto controlled analysis of GM foods after I found that tofu which I ate all my life suddenly gave me diarrhea. I thought at first it was due to the tofu being old. No matter how fresh, all the tofu gave me severe diarrhea. Soon, natural organic Tofu started selling at specialty stores at a reasonable price because Japan refused to buy our GMO soybeans so supplies became available. I have talked to friends who complained of the same problems.

The technical scientific article which was about 20 pages described exactly how GMO foods are made. If we made humans in the same manner by shooting genes into our DNA strands, we would produce many Frankenstein monsters which Monsanto did.

Why? How our genes work depends strongly on what chromosome they are located and the process cannot control where they stick on one or many chromosomes.

We found that humans can live for a fairly long time eating bad foods such as high fructose corn syrup used heavily in Fast Foods, essentially all prepared foods including those which are microwavable. Prepared foods that are not organic always contain either GM soybeans or GM corn which much more of the latter which is both fiberless and nutrition-less.

Trans-Fats are were around a long time before we discovered how bad they were to our health, but paying close attention to what our body tells us is one way to stop eating foods containing toxic ingredients. I found trans-fats made me sleepy when I had soups which contained a high amount of this untested food ingredient again a Reagan Republican introduction as was HFCS from high corn subsidies in 1985.

Jim Kawakami, August 10, 2010, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com

In 2004, the peer-reviewed British Food Journal published a study claiming that when shoppers in a Canadian farm store were given an informed, unbiased choice between genetically modified (GM) corn and non-GM corn, most purchased the GM variety. … Amazon.com: Trust Us We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates ...

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The research, which was funded by the biotech industry and conducted by four staunch proponents of GM foods, other findings around the world that show how people avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) when given a choice.

The controversial article was nonetheless given the Journal's prestigious Award for Excellence for the Most Outstanding Paper of 2004. It is often cited by biotech advocates as proof that people are embracing GM foods.

Fortunately Stuart Laidlaw, a reporter from Canada's Toronto Star, had visited the farm store several times during the study and described the scenario in his book Secret Ingredients. Far from offering unbiased choices, huge signs placed over the non-GM corn bin read, "Would you eat wormy sweet corn?" It further listed the chemicals that were sprayed during the season.

By contrast, the sign above the GM corn stated, "Here's What Went into Producing Quality Sweet Corn." No wonder 60 percent of shoppers avoided the "wormy corn." In fact, it's a testament to people's distrust of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that 40 percent still went for the "wormy" option.

In addition to the signs, the "consumer education fact sheets" in the store were nothing more than pro-GM propaganda. And the lead researcher, Doug Powell, was even seen trying to convince a customer who purchased non-GM corn to switch to the GM variety.

The Science of Rigging Studies

Cambridge University's Dr. Richard Jennings, a leading researcher on scientific ethics, described the study as "flagrant fraud." But there are plenty more examples of "cooked" research in the much more critical area of GMO safety assessments.

  • When dairy farmers inject cows with GM bovine growth hormone (rbGH), there are plenty of changes in the milk—including an increase of that hormone itself. To allay fears, the FDA claimed that pasteurization destroys 90 percent of the hormone. In reality, the researchers of this drug (then owned by Monsanto) pasteurized the milk 120 times longer than normal. But they only destroyed 19 percent. So they spiked the milk with a huge amount of extra growth hormone and then repeated the long pasteurization. Only under these artificial conditions were they able to destroy 90 percent.
  • To demonstrate that rbGH injections didn't interfere with cows' fertility, Monsanto appears to have added cows to their study that were pregnant BEFORE injection.
  • When Aventis CropScience prepared samples to see if the potential allergen in StarLink GM corn was intact after cooking, instead of using the standard 30-minutes, they heated the corn for 2 hours.
  • When independent researchers published a study in July 1999 showing that Monsanto's GM soy contains 12-14 percent less cancer-fighting phytoestrogens, Monsanto responded with its own study, concluding that soy's phytoestrogen levels vary too much to even carry out a statistical analysis. Researchers failed to disclose, however, that they had instructed the laboratory to use an obsolete method of detection—one that had been prone to highly variable results.
  • To prove that GM protein breaks down quickly during simulated digestion, biotech companies use thousands of times the amount of digestive enzymes and a much stronger acid than what the World Health Organization recommends.
  • Monsanto told government regulators that the GM protein produced in their high-lysine GM corn was safe for humans, because it is also found in soil. Since people consume small residues of soil on fruits and vegetables, the protein has a long safe history as part of the human diet. But the actual amount of the GM corn protein an average US citizen would consume (if all their corn were Monsanto's variety), would be "about 30 billion-4 trillion times" the amount normally consumed in soil residues. For equivalent exposure, people would have to eat as much as 22,000 pounds of soil every second of every day.
  • Monsanto's high-lysine corn also had unusual levels of several nutritional components, such as protein and fiber. Instead of comparing it to normal corn, which would have revealed this significant disparity, Monsanto compared their GM corn to obscure corn varieties that were also far outside the normal range on precisely these values. On this basis, Monsanto could claim that there were no statistically significant differences in their GM corn.

Methods used by biotech companies to hide problems are varied and plentiful. For example, researchers:

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