Saturday, September 1, 2012

Support CA Prop. 37

"After two decades fighting to force U.S. food companies to tell consumers when their products are made with genetically modified organisms, activists in California have mounted what is potentially their most promising offensive to date." - Ruters, Aug. 16, 2012
Labeling Genetically Modified Food is simple and makes sense, but in California Proposition 37 is under attack from corporations like General Mills and Monsanto who are spending millions of dollars to fight CA Prop. 37. The truth is almost everything we eat is Genetically Modified (GM) but corn, soy, and canola are among the transgenic food crops patented by corporations, so that they can maximize food production by splicing in genes that produce pesticide, growth stimulis, or help the crops survive in poor soil or a changing climate.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has put out a new report calling for a moratorium on Genetically Modified (GM) foods.
Food designed to produce toxin: GM corn and cotton are engineered to produce their own built-in pesticide in every cell. When bugs bite the plant, the poison splits open their stomach and kills them. Biotech companies claim that the pesticide, called Bt—produced from soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis—has a history of safe use, since organic farmers and others use Bt bacteria spray for natural insect control. Genetic engineers insert Bt genes into corn and cotton, so the plants do the killing. The Bt-toxin produced in GM plants, however, is thousands of times more concentrated than natural Bt spray, is designed to be more toxic,[10] has properties of an allergen, and unlike the spray, cannot be washed off the plant.
There is mounting evidence that some of the Genetic Engineering of Plant DNA can transfer to the myriad of bacteria flora in our gut.
Worst finding of all—GMOs remain inside of us:
The only published human feeding study revealed what may be the most dangerous problem from GM foods. The gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.[26] This means that long after we stop eating GMOs, we may still have potentially harmful GM proteins produced continuously inside of us. Put more plainly, eating a corn chip produced from Bt corn might transform our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories, possibly for the rest of our lives.When evidence of gene transfer is reported at medical conferences around the US, doctors often respond by citing the huge increase of gastrointestinal problems among their patients over the last decade. GM foods might be colonizing the gut flora of North Americans. - Culture Change

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