Would you like an advice? Do not eat genetically modified food or food that has eaten GMOs …. -Isabelle
What are GMOs?
You’ve certainly heard about GMOs, but do you really know what it is? I will try to demystify this topic for you today.
GMO is the acronym for Genetically Modified Organism. A GMO is obtained by the transfer or addition of a gene (bacterium or virus) of one species “X” to another species “Y”. It is important to know that this kind of transfer would probably never have happened in a natural way. When the new gene is implanted, it creates a mutation of the genetic code (DNA) of the modified species. The introduction of these genes leads to the production of proteins that confer new characteristics on the genetically modified organism. These are foreign DNA that are not part of our eco-system. It is therefore the introduction of a new gene into our world and there is reason to question and to worry about the side effects of such manipulation… Once integrated, they are free and they will continue to live long after we have left. This action is irreversible. We must be responsible for our actions.
Have you ever heard of the ”spider goat”? In 2012, the BBC made a report on this famous genetically modified goat. Scientists have introduced a spider gene so that transgenic goats would produce, in their milk, the spider-thread protein. The company at the origin of all this was locted here in Quebec, at Vaudreuil to be more precise. The name of the company is Nexia biotechnology Inc.
Why a goat-spider? Given that it is impossible to breed spiders because they are carnivorous and do not share their territories with others, some have thought it would be a good idea to implant the spider gene in the goat in order to obtain the precious protein in the milk of the latter. Even the most costly fibers, made by human genius, do not reach the height of this miracle substance. The spider web is made of an ultra-resistant fiber that is stronger than steel, stretches better than nylon and its threads are thinner than a hair! But do we really have to go so far as to create a goat-spider in order to get it?
Initially, we were told that GMO food were necessary in order to feed everyone on the planet. We were given the possibility that there was not enough food on the planet for everyone. In fact, this is all a MYTH. According to experts, there would be at least 1 1/2 times more food on the planet than we really need. The problem of access to food does not lie in the quantity but rather in the high cost of food due to corruption. The production of genetically modified foods has nothing to do with feeding the planet, this has everything to do with the income that it generates.
The primary reason we have GM food is to sell herbicides.
For example, in 2005, alfalfa roundup ready (resistant to Roundup herbicide) was introduced to the market. What is interesting to know is that 95% of organic alfalfas (without GMOs) were not even shoot with herbicides, so where does the need to create an alfalfa resistant to herbicides come from? Now, with alfalfa roundup ready, there are more herbicide residues on the plant than before.
Did you know that analysis and studies on GMOs are only a voluntary consultation process ….. The FDA has authorized the use of GMOs in the public market without any safety testing or labeling. So with that kind of regulation, you can create GMOs in your basement and put them on the market without notifying the FDA. -Jeffrey M. Scott.
Monsanto is a US company specializing in agricultural biotechnology. It was founded in 1901 by John Francis Queeny. The name Monsanto was his wife family name.
Originally, Monsanto was a chemical company. Its name is associated with that of PCBs, Agent Orange (massively used by the US military in the Vietnam War), DDT, controversial herbicide 24d, saccharin, aspartame and the recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). As you can see, only good products …. not really! In recent years, Monsanto has embarked on herbicides, insecticides and is also a major producer of genetically modified seeds. They hold a patent, now outdated, on glyphosate, a herbicide that is marketed as Roundup.
In 1996, Monsanto launched the roundup ready, a transgenic plants seeds that is tolerant to their own herbicide, roundup. Strangely, the appearance of the roundup ready seeds occurs at the same time that the patent for roundup herbicides was ending and thus allows anyone to market the herbicide glyphosate. By creating the seeds roundup ready, they could now offer the seeds roundup ready in combo with roundup. Quite astucious as a way to tamp down competition.
rBGH was introduced by monsanto in February 1994. It consists of a cow gene injected into an E. coli bacterium. The goal is to produce a hormone that will increase dairy cow production. It was nicknamed “Crack” for dairy cows. In addition to increasing milk production, this results in more mastitis, more pus in the milk, and rGHB residues in the milk. The milk of cows treated with rBGH may contain high levels of IGF-1, a hormone that can amplify the growth of cells and have a link with certain cancers. As a result of these allegations, several consumers expressed dissatisfaction and objection to purchasing products containing rGHB which resulted in the product being removed from the market in several countries and several companies refused to use it .
According to the documentary Genetic roulette, Monsanto’s plan was to replace all natural seeds on the planet and to have global agriculture controlled by their GM seeds. This way, they could create a market for chemicals associated with their GM seeds. In the old days it was possible and common for the farmer to keep his best seeds for the next year’s harvest. Nowadays, this is a prohibited practice for users of Monsanto genetically modified seeds (due to the patent held by Monsanto). Worse yet, contamination by pollen from GM-free fields also means that many growers lose the right to use their own seeds. If they have been contaminated, they belong to Monsanto. If we do not intervene, it is quite possible that within a few years, the only productions of wheat, corn, soybeans, etc. will be genetically modified. It is everyone responsibility to maintain life and diversity on earth. Seeds contain life!
Since September 2016, monsanto belongs to the German pharmaceutical company Bayer ….
There are 2 kinds of GMOs:
- Roundup herbicide tolerant crop (roundp ready seed)
- Culture producing its own BT pesticide (Bacilus Thuringiensis)
Seeds Roung up ready
Roundup ready seeds were created to grow plants that are more tolerant when sprayed with the herbicide glyphosate (roundup). That is, when growers water their plantation with the roundup herbicide, the plants do not die.
How were the seeds roundup ready created? They discovered a bacteria that had survived Roundup, so they decided to take a gene from this bacteria and integrate it into the genetics of a soybeans. Here is the appearance of the very first Soy bean Roundup ready. It would now be possible to plant soybeans and spray them with a large quantity of the round up herbicide without affecting the plant.
Plantation Round up ready
- Sugar beetroot
Originally, glyphosate had been patented as a broad spectrum mineral chelator, not as a herbicide. A chelator is a molecule that bind to minerals, absorb them and prevent them from being available to plants.
- Steel plantation’s nutrients and they become deficient
- Destroys the plant’s defenses against diseases
- Destroys the microorganisms beneficial to the quality of the plant
- Promotes pathogens and soil diseases
- Remains in the soil and influences the productions to come
In addition, the economic cost to farmers is enormous, because after some time the “roundup ready” seeds become less efficient and it is impossible for growers to retain the best seeds and re-use them the year next. Over time, production decreases. Yet, at the beginning, they were promised better yield with the seeds ” roundup ready ”.
Monsanto has created “Roundup ready” seeds in order to sell more of their Roundup herbicide. Instead of controlling insects and weeds, we now find ourselves with super insects and super weeds. We also have to take in consideration the enormous amount of the roundup herbicide that is being spraued on the plantations and which ends their journey in our plate.
On March 20, 2015, glyphosate was classified as a “probable human carcinogen” (Group 2A) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization. This classification is based on results of in vitro and in vivo studies.
A consensus of FDA scientist finally talked and they acknowledge that they have concerns about the consumption of genetically modified food. Scientists have alerted the authorities about their fears in the use and dangers of GMOs. They commented on the importance of long-term study to ensure the safety of GM food, but this request was not taken seriously. It was not implemented, among other things, because Michael Taylor who was head of the FDA was actually the former lawyer and vice president of Monsanto. He was in charge of policies and procedures at the Food and Drug Administration. Those who tried to speak paid a very high price. Their working lives and personal lives have been greatly affected. Shiv Chopra, a former microbiologist for health canada is a good example. He chose to be fired instead of being part of the group of people who hide their head in the sand and refuse to see.
Health Canada does not test for safety and rather relies on health claims provided by companies -Dr. Shiv Chopra
“BT crops” are in fact plants in which the gene of a toxin, Bacillus thuringiensis, has been introduced to allow this plant to produce its own insecticide. Now the toxin is inside the plant and the plant is producing its own pesticide. So, when the insect devours the plant, the pesticide has its effect and the stomach of the insect bursts and it dies.
Monsanto continues to say that BT toxin is harmless to humans. However, it has been shown that BT survives digestion. In fact, the only study that has been done on humans has discovered the gene of the BT bacterium in the DNA of certain bacteria that colonize the inner wall of the intestine. The human candidates actually had “roundup ready” bacteria in their intestinal flora. This means that even after you have stopped eating GM food for several months, it is possible for the toxin to still be found in our body. The possibility of a proliferation of these pesticides / bacteria in our intestines is very real.
In India, thousands of sheeps died after grazing in the BT cotton fields. In addition, their workforce suffers enormously from working in genetically modified cotton fields. They suffer from skin problems and allergies. The concentration of BT is 1000X more concentrated when it is in the form of the plant than the form of herbicide. It should not be overlooked that many farmers have committed suicide after losing their land and their crops. The impact for them is enormous, their lives spoiled.
Here is an excellent reason why you should always choose organic cotton clothing. First, it is better for you and for your health, but it is also a human gesture. We must be aware of the repercussion of our choices and our actions.
Increased incidence of these diseases since the introduction of GMOs:
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Diseases related to inflammation: Heart, kidneys, thyroid gland, cancer …
- Digestive system problem
- Premature aging
- Increased Autism Spectrum Disorder
A study in February 2012 shows that BT Toxin is possibly related to increased problems and diseases related to colon permeability. The junctions between the cells of the wall of the colon must be tight. They allow only those molecules that are allowed to pass through. When this same wall becomes porous, the food that is presented to our blood system is not adequate. It has not been sufficiently digested and this creates allergic and inflammatory reactions. In addition, our intestinal microbiota (flora) is where some of the digestion ends. The health of our digestive system is paramount to our general, mental and physical health.
There are 30-35 of that, very few people suffered from allergies. We can not say the same thing today. Virtually everyone knows someone who is allergic.
The nutrients in GM plants are very low, these plants are sick. The animals that go to eat these plants will be weakened, they will have a nutritional deficiency and they will be sick. We are not going to eat these animals and plants and we are going to have a deficiency in nutrients and risk becoming sick in our turn …
In addition, genetically modified food acts as a disruptor of the endocrine system. This means it intervenes in the proper functioning of your hormones.
Another recent study indicates that researchers have found BT toxin in the blood and in the fetus of pregnant women. If you are trying to become pregnant, it is important to stop eating GMO food at least 3 weeks before you make the first attempts.
Make sure you buy ORGANIC child formulas ….. ALWAYS!
Most of the formulas for children are made with milk from cows that have been fed GM corn and in the USA, sometimes even injected with rBGH.
We can not afford to think that this kind of food is safe. It is important to do more testing before continuing to use them.
Also avoid feeding your animals with genetically modified food.
Studies on GMO feeding with animals demonstrate:
- Anomaly of birth
- Nutrient deficiency
- Toxicity to the reproductive system
- Damage caused to organs
- Immune problem
Did you know that when a species is in danger, the first sign that is noted is its inability to reproduce. The fertility of human beings is in decline. As for cattle, their fertility is definitely declining.
The use of this kind of product has immense repercussions on our life, our health and the future of our planet. The appearance of a new pathogen, similar to a fungus, but the size of a virus has made its appearance in our world and already causes a lot of damage. This organism appears to be linked to spontaneous abortions in animals. Click on the link below to read the letter written by Col. Prof. Don M. Huber for USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.
How can you avoid GMO? Make sure you buy organic food
When food is organic, it simply means that the seeds that were used are of natural origin, that they are not GMOs. Organic food may have been sprayed with approved herbicides and pesticides, so be sure to wash them thoroughly. The only time I allow myself to eat a fruit or vegetable without washing it first is when it comes from my garden.
Let me challenge you. Can you decide, if you have not already done so, that from now on, you will choose yourself and take better care of you. You are the most important in your life, take care of you. Be aware of your choice, your decision, your way of thinking. Starts to read the labels of the products you consume. Make thoughful decision. Buy organic as often as possible.
Food is our medicine and we are what we digest.
It is the first step towards a healthier life and it also helps to ensure the future of our planet. Let’s not play God and do not try to change the way the world was created. I find it perfectly perfect like this, don’t you?
When you want to make changes in the world, you have to start with yourself. If only 5% of the population stopped using GMOs, this could bring enormous changes. For a company and its shareholders, a 5% drop in its income is enormous. It forces them to listen and make changes. Let your money speak. Do not buy GMO food and they will have to realize that we do not want it and will stop producing it.
It is not because science is capable of producing a few things that science should produce it. Quote: Dennis Kucinich
Monsanto, if you are so proud of your genetically modified food, then what are you waiting for to identify them?
The labeling of genetically modified foods is mandatory in Europe. What are we waiting for in Canada?
Meanwhile, watch the labels …… if the number starts with an 8 ….. that means that the food is genetically modified.
Download the free application for your cell phone: Shop non GMO
How to avoid GMOs when you eat at the Restaurant:
Do not eat corn, polenta, mayonnaise (often made with canola)
Ask about ingredients for salad dressings and cooking oils. (Soybeans, cottonseed, canola)
Good news, olive oil is not genetically modified.
In conclusion, I hope that this article will inspire you to stop consumming GMO food.
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Isabelle Votre Amie Essentielle