Where can I get off this roller coaster — new study on GMOs


While perusing my iGoogle news headlines this morning, I came across a peculiar (you like my big “p” words?) article about genetically engineered crops needing MORE pesticides!

poster-1280-cornfieldThe article is, “Confusingly, Crops Engineered To Not Need Chemicals End Up Making Us Use More Chemicals” from Fast Company.

The subtitle: Contrary to industry claims, a new report links our dependence on GMO crops to the spread of superweeds. And more herbicides.

Here’s the first two paragraphs: It’s one of the main sells on Monsanto’s website: “[Roundup agricultural herbicides] use on Roundup Ready crops has allowed farmers to conserve fuel, reduce tillage and decrease the overall use of herbicides.”

A new study out from consumer rights NGO Food and Water Watch demonstrates otherwise. Expanding on a Washington State University report put out last year by Dr. Charles Benbrook showing that GMO crops increased herbicide applications by 527 million pounds–and increased pesticide use by 11% overall in the last 16 years–Food and Water Watch’s analysis of USDA and EPA data links increased use of GMO crops to the spread of herbicide-resistant superweeds. Read more…

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Pigs getting sick on genetically modified feed–who knew!


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Here’s another article from Organic Connections on the effects of genetically modified feed on pigs. Here’s the first paragraph:

“A new, peer-reviewed study has just been released detail­ing adverse effects of genet­i­cally engi­neered (GE) feed on pigs. Center for Food Safety has long advo­cated for more robust safety test­ing prior to intro­duc­ing GE foods into the food sup­ply. Currently, no GE safety test­ing is required in the U.S. The long-term study revealed that pigs fed a GE diet suf­fered higher rates of severe stom­ach inflam­ma­tion and had on aver­age heav­ier uteruses. The find­ings were bio­log­i­cally and sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant and mir­ror what many farm­ers have been report­ing anec­do­tally for years. The study was per­formed over the course of five years by inde­pen­dent researchers in Australia and the U.S.” Read More

Wow! Genetic Engineer turns organic!


I couldn’t believe it, well, yes I can, that a Genetic Engineer has finally had it with GMOs and being a part of the dark side. Here’s the article my cousin posted yesterday:

organicHere’s a teaser from the article:

What are some of the other risks you see with GMOs?

Vrain: When I hear we need genetic engi­neer­ing to feed the world, I cringe. It turns out that there is no increase in yield, no decrease use of pes­ti­cides, and the process is of highly ques­tioned safety.

Even if genetic engi­neer­ing was per­fectly safe, I still ques­tion it because of genetic pol­lu­tion. Organic crops and foods are becom­ing contaminated.

I’m also con­cerned about con­t­a­m­i­na­tion of the envi­ron­ment with antibi­otic resis­tant genes. Every GM crop has these genes. The pre­lim­i­nary evi­dence we have is that bac­te­ria in the soil and in the human gut are capa­ble of pick­ing those genes up. Considering the alarm I hear from med­ical peo­ple about los­ing antibi­otics, I think this should be a seri­ous concern.

What next? Genetically Engineered SALMON :(


ImageCan you believe it? I received an email last night encouraging everyone to contact Kroger (the largest food chain in the states) to not buy genetically-engineered fish. They have said they will not unless the FDA approves it–then all bets are off.

This article entitled “The Threats and benefits of GM fish” from the government should give you a start on learning about this frightening possibility.

The sad thing about all of this (no not sad, terrifying) is that if the FDA approves genetically engineered fish, no one has to provide this information on their nutrition label! Yep, that’s right, we won’t know!

I need to do more research and will keep my blog updated. Oh, man…what’s next?

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