Are Genetically Engineered Foods Promoting Autism?
“It appears there is a direct correlation between GMOs and autism.” --Arden Anderson, MD, PhD, MPH
Physician Jennifer Armstrong admits, “Twenty years ago, I didn’t even know what the word autism meant. It was rare.” But then something shifted. Whether it was the food, medicine, environment, or some combination, by 2008, an astounding 1 in 54 boys suffered from autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the US . What is it that is damaging the health and well-being of so many of our children? Don Huber, PhD, professor emeritus from Purdue University, has an idea.
In October 2011, Dr. Huber gave a talk in Germany about the physiological, neurological, and behavioral symptoms of pigs, cows, and rats fed genetically modified (GM) feed. After his lecture, a physician and autism specialist approached him and said, “The symptoms you describe are exactly what we are finding in our autistic children.”
The animals in those studies were fed the same GM soy and corn eaten by children and adults in the US. Both crops are outfitted with bacterial genes that allow them to survive being sprayed with herbicide, which kills plants. As a result, higher residues of toxic weed killer end up inside our food. In addition, some GM corn varieties have an even more unsettling characteristic: their inserted genes produce an insect-killing poison called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin in every cell—and in every bite. Although the biotech seed companies like Monsanto claim that their genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are harmless, that’s not what the independent scientists are finding.
The Coalition for Farmers Rights and Advocacy Against GMOs will embark on a picket of the Kaneshie Market this Thursday at 10am, April 17 as part of the activities marking this year’s International Day of Farmers’ Struggles in defence of Peasants’.
Every year on that day actions take place around the world in defence of peasants and small-scale farmers struggling for their rights. This year’s anniversary, April 17th is rightfully dubbed: International Day of Farmers’ Struggles in defence of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds. We intend to use this occasion to reiterate our call for a moratorium or complete ban on GM foods, and the introduction of GMOs into our food chain. We see this as an unnecessary threat to public health, integrity of our water resources, air, and the natural environment.
April 17 is the International Day of Peasant Struggle, commemorating the massacre of 19 peasantsstruggling for land and justice in Brazil in 1996. This activity marks a collaboration between Food Sovereignty Ghana, COFAM, the Centre for Knowledge on Organization Development, Farmers Associations and other civil society organizations is starting a grass-roots farmers mobilization around the issues of the Plant Breeders bill, The Seed And Fertilizer Act and the Biosafety Act.
Let’s unite to:
To stop land grabbing and reclaim grabbed land – the land should be in the hands of tillers.
To implement genuine agrarian reform in order to bring about social justice in rural areas.
To end the control over billions of people’s lives exercised by a few investors and transnational companies.
To oppose the principles of “responsible agricultural investment” (RAI) proposed by the World Bank as it can never be “responsible” for investors and corporations to grab farmers’ land.
To strengthen the agriculture production model based on family farming and food sovereignty.
We invite everyone who can make it, to make it a point to meet us in front of the Kaneshi Market Complex, at 10am.
The Senate on Tuesday voted 26-2 to give preliminary approval to a GMO labeling bill. If the bill is enacted, the state would be the first in the nation to require manufacturers to label products containing genetically engineered ingredients.
The scientific community is not in agreement on whether GMOs are harmful to human health, but Vermont lawmakers say the bill is about consumers’ “right to know” what is in their food.
“It’s simply about information for consumers to make a decision,” said Sen. David Zuckerman , the bill’s lead sponsor.
Sweeteners, oils, cereals and snack foods are often made from genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton. Vermont lawmakers fear genetically engineered ingredients could be used in more foods.
The majority of processed foods sold in the U.S. contain raw ingredients that are genetically modified to
ward off pests and tolerate herbicides, according to federal regulators, and because labeling is not required
consumers have no idea they are eating these gmo's.
Sen. Philip Baruth , said scientists are experimenting with arctic fish genes in strawberries right now.
“It’s part fish. Now imagine that you are someone who is vegan, someone who is vegetarian, someone who is mindful of their food,” Baruth said, pointing also to religious restrictions on food consumption.
“You have no way of knowing under the current system that your food is not being mixed without your knowledge,” he said. “It is protecting the consumer at the point of consumption from potentially the worst that science has to offer.”
Unlike other states’ GMO policies that only take effect when others enact similar legislation, Vermont’s bill would become law July 1,
WORLDWIDE MARCH AGAINST "MONSANTO" Protests Planned for May 24th and 25th, 2014
This will last longer than just a day or two!
Countless individuals will soon assemble in small and large groups around the globe in protest against Monsanto’s genetic manipulation of the food supply.
The Grassroots Will End Monsanto
Now enter campaigns like the March on Monsanto, which is slated to happen around the world.It’s a grassroots event that has turned into a major organized movement thanks to countless local activists. The event is going on in major cities like San Diego and New York City, to small towns and even rural areas. It’s all being organized online via an open Google Document, where you can find the protest nearest to you and be a part of it. There’s also many open slots for organizers and speakers, so if you’re interested in starting a rally just start it.
The beauty of these events is that they are really the most effective at taking down any type of corrupt entity, as the grassroots aspect just empowers so many individuals without an underlying motivation for profits or anything of that sort. It really just comes down to people who want to eat real food and not some junk that’s spliced with the genetics of a spider. Or more importantly, the few people who understand that if we don’t stop genetically modified organisms today, they will develop technologically into what’s known as things like ‘biopharmaceutical‘ crops tomorrow.
I’ve said this back in 2011 and 2012, and I really do believe the grassroots will destroy Monsanto within the next 3-4 years (at most). The company has gotten away with Agent Orange and the hundreds of thousands of deaths from that, it has gotten away with horrendous pollution dumps, it has truly gotten away with so much that the average ‘small business’ (a business that isn’t in bed with the government agencies policing it) would never be able to. And the people aren’t having it anymore.
Autism Excerpt from Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives
Listen to three parents of autistic children who removed GMOs from their child's diet and noticed significant improvements. This is an excerpt from the full length documentary Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives.
Is it a coincidence that autism has risen since GMOs have been introduced in the US diet? If you want to know why GMOs might be linked to autism based on the scientific evidence, watch this presentation "Are Genetically Engineered Foods Promoting Autism?" by Jeffrey Smith. More information is outlined on the Institute for Responsible Technology's website.
The incredible, life-changing, full length documentary Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives is available for viewing free online.
The bill will be submitted to the lower house in two weeks’ time and its authors claim that its chances of passing are very high.A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production.
The head of Russia’s Farming Union, Yakov Lyubovedsky, holds that the passing of the bill would show if the Duma can defend the country’s independence and the interests of population. He also added that GMO was an experiment on humanity itself and that the industry could do very well without genetically-enhanced plants and animals.
RoundUp “ kills weeds because glyphosate (a salt compound) inhibits enzyme pathways, preventing plants from synthesizing amino acids necessary for growth. It basically stops plants from eating, so they die.” It is probable that Monsanto and other companies who use this substance under other names besides RoundUp are now dumping more than 300 million pounds of this toxic poison into our soil annually. It’s use has at least tripled since 1990.
This calls into question some of the arguments posted by anti-labeling and pro-GMO propagandists who say that “the science isn’t conclusive that GMO herbicides are dangerous.” Meanwhile, hundreds of scientists, many being former pro-GMO, are speaking up about the ineffectiveness and potential dangers surrounding GMOs. The idea is similar to how the tobacco industry lied to citizens for decades about the ill-effects of cigarettes and how they cause lung cancer, among other problems.
This is why countless people continue to rail against Monsanto. It’s why Monsanto and their nefarious crew of poison mongers (the Grocery Manufacturer’s of America) spend millions of dollars illegally to try to defeat GMO labeling bills.
The truth is that RoundUp, in the form of glyphosate, is just another product of the military industrial complex, and an evolution of Agent Orange. If we don’t wake up and fight, en masse, then Monsanto and its government connections will completely destroy our food supply and our planet.
~~Name a food, I will tell you the health hazard it can have~~~gmo corn flakes and NO I will not eat it
Also if you are truthful you will need a few hundred pages to list the health hazards so just a summary will do!
Contact Us by Mail or Telephone
If you have comments or questions you can also contact us by mail:
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
or by telephone:
1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)—main FDA Phone Number (for general inquiries)
Ask for: Michael R. Taylor
They probably say he is busy
Say:I am a Monsanto Share Owner and this is urgent!
If he gets on say shareholders are demanding gmo be labeled because they are no longer ashamed of gmo and he must get labels preferably black box asap!
Monsanto chemist John E. Franz invented glyphosate in 1970. Monsanto is the largest producer of glyphosate herbicides in the United States through its Roundup product line
Monsanto has been in the poison game for a long time. All the propaganda in the world can’t erase the fact that they first poisoned thousand of Vietnamese, Thai, and Koreans as well as countless American soldiers with Agent Orange, who only now receive compensation for the effects of Monsanto’s bio-warfare decades later. The proof is finally so pervasive that the company can no longer just sweep away evidence of their evil-doing.
The company has switched to using it’s best-selling herbicide RoundUp predominately now, yet another innocent product constructed of poisons even the most stalwart farmer would wince at should they really understand its fallout. RoundUp is made of glyphosate, the primary active ingredient and Agent Orange of our time. Even the RoundUp label warns not to get the stuff in your eyes or on your skin, and to wear gloves when handling it – so what makes it o.k. to eat?
The AARP health blog also warn about gmo's
Before You Bite: News About Organic Tomatoes, Walmart Corn
Personal Health and Well-being by Candy Sagon |
The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
As for that other summer delight, sweet corn, the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that retail giant Walmart has decided to sell genetically modified sweet corn from Monsanto, engineered to resist a common herbicide and certain pests.
The decision prompted an outcry from consumer groups and activists who say it poses environmental and health risks. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General Mills have all vowed not to sell or use this type of corn.
“After closely looking at both sides of the debate and collaborating with a number of respected food safety experts, we see no scientifically validated safety reasons to implement restrictions on this product,” a Walmart official told the Tribune.
Consumers, however, will not be able to recognize which corn is the genetically modified variety because the government doesn’t require labeling of such foods.
Genetically modified food contains a gene from one species that is transferred to another to add certain traits. It’s estimated that such modified ingredients are in 70 percent of all American processed food, according to the Center for Food Safety.
The sweet corn from Monsanto contains a gene that produces a protein called BT that is toxic to pests. The corn is also engineered to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
According to EcoWatch.org, the only sure-fire way to avoid modified food is to buy products labeled as organic. Genetically modified crops are not permitted in organic food production.
DDT so safe you can eat it 1947:This can be searched and verified and is also on you tube!
Are any Monsanto promoters eating Roundup on say gmo cornflakes as a promo stunt?
I remember it took about 30 years to prove ddt was really not safe and finally got it banned is that correct?
So the FDA says they won't regulate or label GE foods because they are "substantially equivalent" to non-GE foods, but yet the US Patent office has granted patents to for these same GE organisms--even though that, in order to get a patent, the patent-seeker must prove a product is "markedly different". So which is it? Appears that the what the biotech companies are truly best at is bribing people (and government agencies) to believe whatever they NEED them to believe in order to get the rubber stamp of approval.
By Details Magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, 3 Mar, 2014
"The science is starting to reveal some major concerns, and it could be just the beginning," Mass says. Preliminary research published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences suggests that consumption of GM corn may contribute to weight gain as well as liver and kidney problems.
Some experts equate GMOs to genetic roulette. Gene splicing creates new, artificial species that have not evolved over time like "real" foods have. "We're consuming foods that contain, in simple terms, unnatural DNA," Mass says.
What's more, recent research has linked GMOs with a massive increase in herbicide use-an additional 527 million pounds between 1996 and 2011. The result? One major herbicide called glyphosate has been detected in high concentrations in genetically modified foods. "There's reason to continue studying GMOs to fully understand the impact they may have on our health over the long term," Mass says. "Until scientists can come up with a clear and unbiased safety profile for humans, many believe it would be responsible to start educating the public and labeling foods."
According to the Chimerix CEO, the pharmaceutical company “cannot afford” to keep giving away the medication.
Chimerix hopes to begin marketing brincidofovir by the end of 2016, and Ken Moch who makes a whopping half million dollar plus salary and huge stock options said the 54-person company cannot afford to spend
$50,000 on Josh Hardy.
Fortunately due to massive public outcry and shame Ken finally caved however he did get this into a clinical study!
"We are pleased to be providing access to brincidofovir in a manner consistent with our focus on progressing clinical development toward a potential regulatory approval that would make it widely available to patients who might benefit from its use," said Hervé Momméja-Marin, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Research.
Former Monsanto Vice President Michael R. Taylor is the current Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He was promoted from US Food Safety Czar to Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of the FDA after spending years lobbying for the Genetically Modified Foods giant.
Since his appointment for the position with the FDA, by the Obama administration in 2010, very little protest has been raised. When he was appointed to the post at the FDA, the job of Deputy Commissioner for Foods was custom-crafted to suit his interests and those of Monsanto.
The position affords Taylor the ability to sign off of any cancer-causing, or otherwise harmful agent produced by the giant biotech company Monsanto.
While Taylor served as the Safety Czar for the FDA, Genetically Modified Organisms were ushered into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to judge their safety or risks.
In an article from The Ecologist’s “Monsanto Files”, Jennifer Ferrara said that the FDA’s approval of Monsanto’s genetically engineered cattle drug rBGH – which failed to gain approval in either Europe or Canada – was directly linked to Taylor’s schemings with the FDA.
“Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for policy,” at the time “wrote the FDA’s rBGH labelling guidelines,”
“The guidelines, announced in February 1994, virtually prohibited dairy corporations from making any real distinction between products produced with and without rBGH. To keep rBGH-milk from being ‘stigmatized’ in the marketplace, the FDA announced that labels on non-rBGH products must state that there is no difference between rBGH and the naturally occurring hormone.”
“For those concerned about the health and environmental hazards of genetic engineering,” Ferrara continued, “the revolving door between the biotechnology industry and federal regulating agencies is a serious cause for concern.”
The real question is, why is there so little serious discussion
Thursday, February 27, 2014
A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.
The new study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Researchers suggest that Roundup, or glyphosate, becomes highly toxic to the kidney once mixed with “hard” water or metals like arsenic and cadmium that often exist naturally in the soil or are added via fertilizer.
Hard water contains metals like calcium, magnesium, strontium, and iron, among others. On its own, glyphosate is toxic, but not detrimental enough to eradicate kidney tissue. The glyphosate molecule was patented as a herbicide by Monsanto in the early 1970s. The company soon brought glyphosate to market under the name “Roundup,” which is now the most commonly used herbicide in the world.