When it comes to genetically modified food, once again, the FDA has let us down. We think The FDA – the Food and Drug Administration –would be on the side of the consumer but you may want to rethink that mentality and start to take matters into your own hands.
1. The FDA doesn’t test GE foods for health safety. They feel it is up to the biotech industry to determine the safety of its GE foods. Doesn’t that sound like the fox guarding the hen house? What do you think the biotech industry deems is more important; the health of your body or the health of their bank accounts? There are studies coming out all the time that are suggesting that GE foods are linked to allergies and other adverse reactions. Click here to read more:Health Hazards of GM Foods OR Reasons for Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods OR Consumers Union to testify March 6th on GE labeling in WA state OR Reasons for Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods.
2. The FDA does not require labeling for foods that have GMO’s in them. It is their stance that GE foods are “substantially equivalent” to their non-GE counterparts! Amazing they could make this claim if they are not requiring testing. The USA is behind the times. In excess of 60 other countries require labeling of GE foods. I might add that Canada stands with the USA on this issue too. These are the only two industrialized countries that don’t feel their citizens have the right to know what it is that they are putting into their bodies. Did you know that it is estimated that 82 percent of the population of the USA want GE foods labeled. I’m willing to bet that this number would be higher if everyone knew what was going on. Did you know that over a million petitions have been sent to the FDA? They have yet to do anything. What happened to a government for the people, by the people? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be part of a massive GMO experiment.
3. Since when is a government agency in bed with a non-government business? Is that really legal? When did that happen? Did you know Monsanto employees are back and forth working for Monsanto and when something has to be changed at the FDA, the next thing you know they are employed by the FDA? That is some open door policy for sure. Think I’m exaggerating:
Michael Taylor, the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner of Food since January 2013, is the architect of the FDA’s substantial equivalence policy that is used to justify no safety testing and no labeling of GMOs.
Did you know that Taylor’s first job out of law school, in 1976, was staff attorney for the FDA? Did you know that in 1981, he left the FDA to work as an attorney in the food and drug practice of King & Spalding, a private law firm representing Monsanto?
Did you know that in 1991, Taylor was back at the FDA, in the newly created post of Deputy Commissioner for Policy? Did you know that between 1996 and 2000, after briefly returning to King & Spalding, Taylor became vice president for public policy at Monsanto?
Did you know that in 2009, Taylor once again returned to the FDA as senior advisor to the FDA Commissioner?
Did you know that in January 2010, President Obama appointed Taylor to yet another newly created post at the FDA: Deputy Commissioner for Foods? GMO safety testing doesn’t stand a chance, as long as Taylor bounces between the FDA and Monsanto.
Now here is the clincher to all of this … numerous FDA scientists, before and after creation of the FDA’s substantial equivalence policy, had expressed concerns that genetic modification of the food supply was a potential threat to human health requiring more study before being approved for public consumption. Think I’m kidding – look for yourself – Key FDA Documents Revealing (1) Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods –and (2) Flaws with How the Agency Made It’s Policy
4. The FDA is trying to launch the first GE animal into the USA food supply. That’s right – GE salmon. The FDA released an Environmental Assessment of GE salmon but Michael Hansen, PhD and senior scientist for the Consumers Union describes this report another way, as “flawed and inadequate”. Again, don’t believe me, read this CU Says FDA Assessment of GE Salmon Is Flawed and Inadequate
5. The FDA claims “Frankenfish” won’t harm the environment, endanger human health, or harm natural populations of salmon. How can they say this if they didn’t do their homework? This accepted narrative conflicts with the FDA’s own data – derived from AquaBounty’s internal research – which shows that GE fish increases the potential for allergies. And do we really want to eat a fish that contains elevated levels of the growth hormone, IGF-1, linked to prostate, breast and colon cancers? More than 40 Congress members have urged the FDA to conduct a more rigorous review of environmental and health safety concerns of GE salmon before approving it. So far, the FDA has failed to comply. Come on Congress. Do your job. Make the FDA do what they have been appointed to do.To think that the FDA will treat salmon differently is a joke. Just look at what has happened to our seed supply. Monsanto already owns the patent to its genetically engineered (GE) “Roundup Ready” soybean seeds. Corn is another biggie that is being held hostage but these aren’t the only two, there are more.We are creating a monopoly here by allowing this to happen and we all know that monopolies are big trouble. Monsanto is the winner and everyone else is the loser.
Monsanto promised farmers that the company’s Roundup Ready product would increase yields and profits. That is what they said now here is the truth. Since 1995, the average cost to plant one acre of Monsanto’s soybeans has risen 325 percent. Corn seed prices are up by 259 percent. Those increases don’t include the cost of the lawsuits Monsanto has aggressively filed against farmers that they claim have violated patent agreements. By the end of 2012, the Center for Food Safety calculates that Monsanto had received over $23.5 million from patent infringement lawsuits against farmers and farm businesses.
Monsanto promised that its GE crops would help the environment by reducing the need for pesticides. But according to the USDA, farmers use up to 26 percent more chemicals per acre on herbicide-resistant crops than on non-GE crops.
And what about Monsanto’s promise that GE seeds would feed the world’s hungry? Another joke. In 2010, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warned that the loss of biodiversity will have “major impact on the ability of humankind to feed itself in the future.”
Is anyone out there listening? Do we, the average Joe on the street, understand the implications here? If this doesn’t wake you up and move you into action, I don’t know what will.
NYK (Now You Know) …
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