I talk a lot about buying local, organic produce. I talk a lot about not consuming GMO’s. I realize that many people don’t even know what a GMO is and why they should be avoided. Tomorrow there are going to be protests across the country, in nearly every town, protesting the company Monsanto, who are the main company producing round-up ready crops. I am attending one of these marches, and even though I’ve never protested anything before, and I’m far from what one would normally call an activist, this is an issue I feel we all need to stand up for.
GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Its when the genes of something are altered to fit the desire of the company in question. Monsanto is a chemical company, who have been responsible for many deadly things from agent orange, to DDT. They came out with a pesticide called Round-up, which works by cutting off the weeds ability to soak in nutrients from the soil, pretty much starving it to death. This is a deadly toxin, and it pollutes our water supply, depletes the soil of nutrients, and is a carcinogen among causing many other health problems. In fact it is so deadly that the farmer’s who spray the crops have to wear hazmats suit. You might have seen this meme floating around your social networking sights:
As if all of that wasn’t bad enough, now Monsanto is making Round-up Ready crops. They inject herbicide and pesticide directly into the genes of the crops. This causes any bug’s stomach to explode that might eat the crop. Monsanto claims that it is not harmful for human consumption, but it has been proven that the lining of human stomach’s do actually rupture after consuming large amounts of GMO’s. This rupturing of the stomach lining leads to leaky gut, where food particles end up going directly into the blood stream instead of being digested, causing many problems such as food allergies.
In the documentary “The World According To Monsanto”, animals who were fed exclusively on GMO crops get sick, they become infertile, and they die. This happens to people as well, we are mammals too. Don’t think that we are above the things that happen to other species. Infertility, cancer, and death have happened already to people who cannot afford to eat organic produce. Rats fed exclusively on GMO crops developed very large tumors.
The biggest GMO crops in the USA are corn, soy, and canola. Corn makes up so much of the processed foods we eat….read the labels and see how much of your food contains high fructose corn syrup. They have just allowed the importation of GMO sugar beets into the country and the list is only getting longer. Animal products are loaded with GMO’s because they are mostly fed GMO crops. It moves up the food chain, remember you are what you eat. The corn is GMO, the pig eats the corn, you eat the pig….
Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
Monsanto says they are trying to end world hunger but the truth is that organic farming does much better then GMO crops. Many farmer’s have taken their own lives after being bankrupted by Monsanto. You see, once a seed is GMO, it is intellectual property of Monsanto and you may not replant old seeds. Imagine a world where you can’t have your own garden because owning seed is illegal.
Recently a law was slipped into congress protecting Monsanto against any findings that may show public health hazards. This law says that they can keep planting seeds no matter what science says about them. The list can go on and on about the dangers of GMO’s, and the use of pesticides. The loss of the honey bee has even been linked to the use of Monsanto’s intellectual “property”. Many countries have moved to label the use of GMO’s just like we label how much fat is in our food. Other countries have made no-gmo zones, since cross pollination causes the organic crops to suddenly contain GMO’s as well. More extreme countries have gone so far as to burn down all the GMO crops!
And yet, in America, we do nothing. We actually support this deadly company with a horrible track record. We subsidize GMO crops and make it almost impossible to be an organic farmer. We protect the very company killing us. The facts are there, and its time we stood up and said ENOUGH!
Here is the documentary I mentioned earlier. I hope you take some time to watch it:
If you can, find a march in your town http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/
If you can’t march, protest with your dollar. Only buy food that is labeled 100% USDA organic. If a product says 100% natural, it means absolutely nothing. It must say 100% certified USDA Organic. Do not buy processed food. I don’t know if we will ever win against Monsanto, but I do know that as an individual we have the power to grow our own food, to make educated decisions, and to say NO to GMOs.
- USDA Forces Whole Foods To Accept Monsanto (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- China Incinerates 3 US Shipments of Genetically Modified Corn (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields | REALfarmacy.com | Healthy News and Information (2012indyinfo.com)
- Millions against Monsanto: Putting Words into Action (dprogram.net)
- Monsanto’s GMO Corn Has Finally Been Getting Its Kernels Eaten By “Mother Nature” (renovatingyourmind.com)
- MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO – May 25th, 2PM, Everywhere (jakeandrae.com)
- 5 Most Horrifying Things About Monsanto – Why You Should Join the Global Movement and Protest on Saturday (rinf.com)
- South Africans Say “No to GMOs!”, Join Global “March Against Monsanto” (foodsovgp.wordpress.com)