Tuesday, May 23, 2017 by D. Samuelson
In 1992, scientists at the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) made a ruling that has forever changed our world. Over a quarter of a century ago, the FDA sold out to corporations and boldly proclaimed that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were a safe and efficient means of food production. At the time they stated, “the agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived from genetically engineered plants, as a class, differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way.” The agency went on to say that this new technology posed absolutely no health risks. All these FDA official statements, which continue as a lynchpin of today’s industrial chemical agriculture system, were made without a single study looking into the long-term the effects of these foods. Without a comparison of GMO versus non-GMO foods, how can anyone be sure that there are no differences?
Since these foods, and the seeds that grow them, have been on the scene, four corporate marketing claims have morphed into major selling points. Over and over, it is proclaimed the technology is safe, and, if farmers use genetic engineering (GE) technology, their yields will increase, the use of pesticides and herbicides will decrease and the farmers will be part of an elite crowd because using this technology is the only way to feed the world. These are all blatant lies, clearly documented by EarthOpenSource.org and their 330-page downloadable manual entitled GMO Myths and Truths.
In addition to this excellent resource, another group of scientists, biochemists, plant geneticists and physicians have banded together to create a “meaningful, scientifically rigorous and open platform” to share the facts and the serious dangers that are still inherent in GMO foods. Their website is called GMOScience.org.
Three women, one lawyer and two doctors, founded the organization based on a mutual desire to educate the community on healthier lifestyle choices. Debbie Friedman, Esq., Michelle Perro, MD and Myrto Ashe, MD were not interested in corporate propaganda. Instead, they listened intently while observing the health of their constituents and patients. They struck up a friendship while “doing volunteer work to create healthy communities for children by reducing their exposure to household and environmental toxins.” The contentious nature of the GMO debate caught their attention when they noticed many “discrepancies between the results of scientific literature” about the technology from the Library of Congress database (PubMed) compared to what they would read online.
From their start in 2015, the website has grown substantially. It has a Q &A section and a library of articles, both for beginners and those better versed in the GMO controversy. In their News and Views section, they provide expert articles about farming, health and genetically engineered food.
As an example, one of the stories available for view on the site is a commentary that concerns the ever-growing chemical nightmare for Mike Pietzyk, a Nebraska farmer who discovered that Roundup is no longer effective in his fields. He’s turned to older chemicals, including 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). As reported by the National Pesticide Information Center, this chemical was one of the main ingredients of Agent Orange, used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War.
Like the women at GMOScience.org, there are other whistleblowers calling out the scientific fraud concerning GMOs. One is Steven Druker, a public interest attorney who organized a lawsuit in May 1998 against the FDA. He documented his journey in the book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government and Systemically Deceived the Public. He continues to speak out against a quarter century of GMO industry lies.
There are plenty of other resources out there for people who wish to learn more about the truth behind GMOs. You shouldn’t put your faith in the FDA, CDC, or any other government agency. They have proven time and again that they are more interested in corporate money and propaganda. Stay informed at sites such as GMOScience.org and GMO.news.