OCA’s 10 Scary Reasons to Label GMOs
Look to the OCA & Institute for Responsible Technology for Truth About GMOs
With permission from the OCA newsletter, Organic Bytes, 6.2.11
The Organic Consumers Association and The Institute for Responsible Technology are the best sources for truth about GMOs and the GE industry, gleaned from independent research and news sources wherever they continue to exist.
Over the last 10 years or so, Jeffrey Smith of the The Institute for Responsible Technology has written many articles, published several books, and travelled the world campaigning against GMO’s, speaking the truth to hundreds of groups internationally.
Ronnie Cummins, head of the Organic Consumers Association, has been a dedicated organic, non-gmo activist for at least as long as GMO’s have been part of the food supply, working and speaking his mind through the non-profit OCA.
Smith, Cummins, and other food activists such as India’s Vandana Shiva, have been voices of sanity and reason, raised against a continuous flood of food industry propaganda (aka lies), lobbying, and corporate owned government. The anti-gmo campaign has been an uphill struggle on a shoestring, getting results against all odds.
Over the years, Savvy Vegetarian has published many non-GMO articles and excerpts from the OCA newsletter and The Institute for Responsible Technology.
The challenge with non-gmo information has been how to present it in clear, short bites for easy understanding, to quickly raise public awareness of this serious issue.
The majority of Americans don’t want GMO foods, but aren’t aware that an estimated 75% of foods they eat have GMO ingredients.
In Europe, where GMO labelling is required, almost no GE crops are grown and almost no GMO foods are sold. In North America, no GMO labelling is required, the GE industry controls government agriculture and food policies, and pro-GMO mis-information is almost all that most people hear.
That’s why the work of educating the public about GMOs and the GE industry is so critically important.
Not everybody wants in-depth non-GMO education – just the facts, from trusted sources.
That’s why I was delighted to see the following piece in the OCA newsletter this morning. Jeffrey Smith’s research teamed with the OCA’s copywriting skills is a winning combination.
I’ve linked to background articles where possible, so if you want the long bytes, feel free.
10 Reasons to Label GMOs – Tell Your Friends, Food Companies, & Politicians!
Most people agree that GMO foods should be labeled – but if you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than OCA’s 10 Scary Reasons to Label GMOs:
1. Monsanto’s Bt-toxin, in its Bt-producing GMO corn and cotton (used in food in the form of cottonseed oil), was found by Canadian doctors in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of the umbilical blood of their babies.
2. The authors of the Canadian study conclude that the women and their babies were exposed to Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin through a “normal” non-organic Canadian diet, including non-organic (so-called “natural” and “conventional”) meat, egg, and dairy products from animals fed Bt corn.
3. Monsanto’s GMO “Bt” corn and cotton plants are engineered to produce a insecticide in every cell of the plant that kills insects by breaking open their stomachs.
4. Mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn had elevated levels of immune system substances that are also higher in humans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, allergies, Lou Gehrig’s disease, autoimmune disease, and colitis.
5. Young mice in the same study had elevated T-cells, which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.
6. Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin has properties of known allergens – it actually fails the World Health Organization’s allergen screening tests.
7. Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin has been found to bind with the small intestines in mice and with intestinal tissue in rhesus monkeys.
8. In addition to its GMO “Bt” crops which are engineered to produce insecticide, Monsanto also produces GMO “RoundUp Ready” crops, engineered with a bacterial DNA that allows it to survive otherwise deadly doses of its herbicide RoundUp.
9. In the only human feeding study ever published on GMOs, Monsanto’s GMO “RoundUp Ready soybeans were found to transfer Monsanto’s ‘RoundUp Ready’ DNA to the bacteria living inside human intestines.
10. According to Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, the transfer of Monsanto’s GMO Bt DNA to human digestive bacteria could create a “living pesticide factory” that could be responsible for the “increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders – since 1996 when Bt crops came on the market.”