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Why Are We Being Kept in the Dark Over GMOs?

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September 13th, 2012
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Dr. Mercola, Special Contributor

You may already be fully aware of the fight surrounding the latest California GMO labeling legislation known as Prop 37, a bill which I have been very passionate about supporting over the past few months. As it currently stands in the United States, you are actually being completely kept in the dark about what’s in your food. And it may interest you to know that many pro-GMO corporations such as Monsanto intend to keep it that way.

But why are you being kept in the dark about the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the fight against Proposition 37?  Despite the massive amount of research linking genetically modified foods to environmental and human dangers, giant corporations are shelling out millions and millions of dollars to ensure that GMOs are not labeled in the food market. Why are Americans and others being kept in the dark?

While studies continue to highlight the very serious impact of GMOs on both the human body and the environment alike, a few major countries still do not require the labeling of GMOs. Countries like China, Russia, Australia, France, Spain, and others all require GMOs to be labeled, while Canada and the U.S. are slow to follow.  Biotechnology giants like Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences — as well as government organizations such as the FDA — have such a significant impact on what really goes on in America that they may actually be the reason Americans are still kept in the dark.

“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job” – Philip Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Playing God in the Garden” New York Times Magazine.

Does that make you a bit concerned about the integrity of our food safety system? There are many important factors to consider with genetically engineered foods, which are increasingly overtaking the food supply. These are living, synthetic organisms that can reproduce and proliferate; they can mutate and migrate. How can a small group of chemical companies be trusted  to control and monopolize our foods and restructure the world’s food system?

Well, it seems that no individual within government or alphabet government agency is doing the required work to ensure GMOs are safe; they are simply putting safety responsibility on each other. The FDA has not conducted a single independent test of any genetically engineered product. The agency simply accepts the testing completed and provided by the biotechnology corporations like Monsanto.

“Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety” – FDA, “Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties” (GMO Policy), Federal Register, Vol. 57, No. 104, p. 229.

While the Food and Drug Administration is put in place to protect the consumer, they still let destructive GMOs run rampant. Other organizations like the USDA have also begun ‘speed approving‘ the latest creations coming from Monsanto, reducing the approval time and subsequently the ability to measure the true effects.

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The FDA has not conducted a single independent test of any genetically engineered product.

It may also be shocking to you that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is just as corrupt in maintaining the safety of the food supply and other consumer products. Despite links to organ damage, the USDA says that it is changing the rules so that genetically modified seed companies like Monsanto will get ‘speedier regulatory reviews’. What does this mean? With the faster reviews, there will be even less time spent on evaluating the potential dangers.

Most recently, 12 new genetically modified crops have been submitted for USDA approval, with 9 of them being the new fast-tracked process. As stated in their press release, the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, sees the USDA transforming “into a high-performing organization that focuses on its customers.”

Former United States Secretary of Agriculture (served from 1995 until 2001) Dan Glickman was a major promoter for biotechnology and pushed for such products to be sold in Europe to secure profitable exports. He concluded after his USDA departure:

What I saw generically on the pro-biotech side was the attitude that the technology was good and that it was almost immoral to say that it wasn’t good because it was going to solve the problems of the human race and feed the hungry and clothe the naked. And there was a lot of money that had been invested in this, and if you’re against it, you’re Luddites, you’re stupid. There was rhetoric like that even here in this department. ”

But right now is your chance to say “NO!” to the USDA. For the ‘fast-track crops’, you only have until September 11th of 2012 to have your say before these seeds hit the soil.

The Most Recent News on GMOs – California’s Proposition 37 and GMO Labeling

The most recent fight against GMOs is GMO labeling bill Proposition 37. On November 6, 2012, voters will decide if California’s Proposition 37 will be the first bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods. About 18 states have made similar attempts, but nothing has even come close to Prop 37. And while 50 other nations have moved to label GMOs, the United States population is still fighting for a bill to be passed in a single state.

While the fight for GMO labeling is loud and clear, corporations and companies opposing GMO labeling, for their own profit and corrupt relations, will stop at nothing to ensure GMOs remain a secret to the public. Monsanto has put out at least $4,208,000 to fight GMO labeling, while other corporations such as Pepsi Co. and Coca Cola have ‘donated’ over one million dollars each. But Monsanto still remains among the largest fighters of GMO labeling.

GE Crops – the Largest Experiment on Earth

Genetically modified organisms may very well be one of the largest and most concerning experiments conducted by humankind. Genetically modified foods have already been linked to numerous health complications, while simultaneously destroying crops, insects, and even helping to contribute to large-scale farmer suicide.

We are performing an experiment on a global scale, where long-term consequences have yet to be conducted. In the realm of short-term research, the information points in a very dangerous direction. Dr. Charles Benbrook,  a former agricultural staff expert on the Council for Environmental Quality at The White House, Executive Director of the Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Executive Director of the Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences, has stated:

“The scope of the fraud, if you will – I know that’s a harsh word – the scope of the fraud that’s being sold to the American public about this technology is almost unprecedented.

They have no control over where in that cell or where in that plant’s genome the new genetic material gets lodged and expressed. Because they don’t have control over that, they have absolutely no basis to predict how that trans-gene, the new genetic material, is going to behave in the future as that plant deals with stresses in its environment – whether it’s drought, too much water, pest pressures,imbalances in the soil, or any other source of stress.

They just don’t know how it’s going to behave. They don’t know how stable that expression is going to be, or whether the third generation of the plant is going to behave just like other generations. They don’t know whether the promoter gene, which has been moved into the plant to turn on the new piece of genetic material, will influence some other biosynthetic pathway that’s in the plant, turning on some natural process of the plant when it shouldn’t be turned on, or turning it off too soon.”

Without choice, how can there be trust? Why is the United States government so reluctant to let you know if you’re ingesting GMOs? California’s Proposition 37 is the most recent and possibly last hope for America to move a massive step forward in freedom of choice and freedom of health. Those against us are afraid because we have the power to initiate change.

Please contribute to the Organic Consumers Fund to ensure that Americans will finally have the basic right to know what’s in their food.

I urge you to get involved and help in any way you can. Please support this important state initiative, even if you’re not a resident of California!

  • Mention the California Ballot to producers and local stores, asking them to support the bill.

Support the Fight for GMO Labeling and Prop 37:

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Additional Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/13/california-gmo-labeling.aspx

http://naturalsociety.com/fake-eco-friendly-corporations-millions-gmo-labeling/

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26072.cfm

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-22/genetically-modified-crops-will-get-faster-approval-usda-says.html

http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm

From around the web:

  • http://store.myvollara.com/connections Debbie Atkinson

    Thank you Dr. Mercola!!!!! To all readers: Please….Please Forward this message to all of your contacts. So many people don't understand what this whole issue of GMOs are about. If they were informed, they would agree for all Americans to ban together to stop the huge corporations from putting profit before our health. We need to make a strong stand against the wrongdoing of this world. More people need to make a stand and speak up. It's the only way for a change.

  • Rick

    "… giant corporations are shelling out millions and millions of dollars to ensure that GMOs are not labeled in the food market."

    These millions of dollars are used to pay lobbyists and advertisers to buy political influence and are passed on in the price of food products. This inflates the price of what we pay for food across the board via food trade organization collusion (price and cost competition are free market propaganda). If GMO labeling is required, the food industry will "justify" increased pricing for the labeling on the already artificially increased prices. The longer the GMO labeling issue continues, the more we pay in taxes to those government officials playing political ping-pong as well as in contrived food costs and in medical expenses when we have an absolute right to safe and healthy food for ourselves and our children.

  • Mary

    This is the most informative article I have read so far. Thanks.

  • http://www.magnifiedview.com Yoda

    Dr. Mercola:

    Excellent expose’ We are the only society in history sufficiently stupid to burn up our food for fuel

    GMO’s are a component of the New World Order.

    Right on Dr. Mercola – WRITE ON!

    Respectfully, Yoda

    “Terrorist Attack On America” http://www.magnifiedview.com

  • Killer Bee

    GMOs are NOT all labelled so in Australia. The only way to be certain is to buy Organic and food labelled "GMO-free". so many foods have imported ingredients or ARE imported (like cereal) and full of GMOs and not labelled as such. Soy lecitihin is in almost every packaged product sold in the supermarket and almost all imported soy (and corn and canola) are GMOs! Scary stuff, it's so so difficult to know what you are eating!

  • http://www.arizonashortsaletips.com/ Arizona Short

    Truly a sad day in this country when when government chooses to protect it's cronies over protecting the people. The food lobby is one of the most powerful in Washington, and taking them on will not be easy. Still, we all should have enough knowledge to make informed decisions. Hopefully, Prop 37 becomes the first in a series of steps forward.

  • Hal

    Good stuff Dr. M and NS!!

  • crx22

    shared on facebook

  • Tommy

    So would foods only need to be labeled in CA??

    • crx22

      It'd originally be CA but it would spread.

  • Anonymous

    I just cant believe that monsanto is still peddling their bullcrap after all of these years. truly remarkable.

  • Tommy

    I’m kind of new to the GMOs and stuff, need to do my research, but even for our basic rights (we the people), GMO labeling should be instituted if we want it.

    Go Dr. M/NS!

  • Anonymous

    Is there any way to help with prop 37 from Oregon?

    • Anonymous

      donate or share

    • Mary

      Contact your friends in California and ask them to vote for Prop 37 and you can donate, too.

  • Anonymous

    Stop Monsanto!!!

  • Goodforces

    Two great forces NaturalSociety & Dr. Mercola, good work on this report.

    • Anonymous

      I appreciate all of the hard work on both ends.

      - Liss

  • Ark039

    Saw Anthony on Infowars earlier, mentioned prop 37 quite a bit. Am glad to see this up now. Nice job Dr. Mercola as well.

  • Cliff

    Just donated.

    • Anonymous

      x2

  • AshleyAS

    Correct!!!!

  • Ava

    I have wanted GMO labeling forever. It isn't right that products can contain GMOs without us knowing, and it ESPECIALLY isn't right that these 'organic' companies are actually putting money against GMO labeling!

    • crx22

      agreed

  • Jay

    Great piece, nice to see Dr. Mercola covering this on NaturalSociety. Nice work guys.

  • Anonymous

    This is crucial, we need to generate awareness about Prop 37 big time!

    • Goodforces

      Agreed, am doing some activism myself.

      • crx22

        same every bit counts