Who has the next famous face to convince the world that GMOs are safe? How about a former first lady, and once U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton? Clinton recently attended the BIO International Convention on Wednesday, June 25 and leaked press snippets to confirm what most sustainable food movement supporters already know: she’s pro-GMO much like the other major political candidates that have been bought out by biotech.
At the San Diego convention, basically a promotional stop for all things biotech, she spoke for 65 minutes on the importance of GMO – despite the fact that she and her husband and former president have Celiac’s disease, which GE foods have been linked to (along with digestive issues).
“A recent analysis of research suggests that Bt-toxin, glyphosate, and other components of GMOs, are linked to five conditions that may either initiate or exacerbate gluten-related disorders:
Imbalanced gut bacteria
Immune activation and allergies
Damage to the intestinal wall”
“Maybe there’s a way of getting a representative group of actors at the table” to discuss how the federal government could help the Biotech industry with “insurance against risk,” she said. Meanwhile, our government has already written a blank check to the biotech industry for GMO corn to make heaps of ethanol and to support our fast-food nation, as well as for soy, sugar beets, rice, and other ‘staple’ foods. We subsidize the heck out of these Frankenfood and Frankenfuel crops.
Clinton also remarked that the “benefits” of GMOs should be better explained in order to counteract the massive grassroots tide against the lab-created crops, saying that “Frankensteinish” depictions should be met with a stronger, more positive spin from GMO companies. Notice the word ‘spin.’ You don’t have to ‘spin’ facts. That’s a public relations game. Hundreds of scientists have warned the world about the effects of biotech’s creations, but perhaps Mrs. Clinton hasn’t heard of those studies.
Many companies, including Monsanto, have already been stepping up the PR efforts, launching sites like GMO Answers in an attempt to change the narrative. They had tried to bamboozle Europe with PR deception campaigns, but largely failed, and now have turned their sights on other countries like the U.S.
“There’s a big gap between the facts and what the perceptions are,” on Biotech, she added, mentioning her efforts to support drought-resistant seeds as Secretary of State. Or – there’s a big gap between how stupid politicians and government agencies think we really are, and how much they try to pull the wool over our eyes, all while failing at doing so.
How do you argue that GMOs don’t require more herbicides than has ever been used in the history of agriculture? That it is showing up in mother’s breast milk, and causing tumors in rats? Well, you can’t.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.