Thursday, December 16, 2010

Yes, I'm steamed...letter to the editor yesterday

The other day I was fuming about a letter to the editor in our newspaper, The Telegraph Journal. It was by the president of Monsanto's canadian branch, extolling the 'virtues" of genetically modified crops, and how we should be breathlessly awaiting the gmo apple and pear that won't turn brown when cut. Since I prefer my fruit the way God designed it and am horrified at the idea of frankenfish, and the disappearence of non gmo seed diversity I get really steamed about this bio-meddling. Since Michael Taylor has worked alternately at the top of both Monsanto and the FDA it's little wonder there is no required independant safety testing for gmo products. Add to that monsanto's powerful lobbying against labeling requirements, we in north amerika are entire populations of guinea pigs. If you eat processed foods you are consuming gmo's in corn, soy, canola, sugar in sugar beets and the myriad of products made from them. Following is my response Letter to the Editor  yesterday, Telegraph Journal, Saint John, NB :

Lorne Hepworth, president of Croplife Canada, a branch of Monsanto, paints a fantasy picture of a biotech industry with a sordid history of putting profits ahead of health. This is the company that brought us dioxin and PCB's that now contaminate the far reaches of the earth.
Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, has documented 65 serious health risks from genetically modified (GM) products of all kinds. Among them:

* Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce;
* Sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn reported worldwide;
* Fertility problems, abortions, premature births, and other serious health issues, including deaths, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products in India
* Allergies among British children went up 50 per cent with the introduction to Britain of GM soy;
* The advent of "superweeds" requires ever-increasing loads of the toxic herbicide, roundup, to be sprayed on GM crops. Peasant families routinely exposed to roundup sprayed on GM soy fields in Argentina are seeing a 25 per cent to 30 per cent increase in childhood cancers and birth defects.
*Six European countries have recognized the dangers and do not allow GM crops to be grown within their borders.
No one knows the full extent of what happens to the end product when you splice in new genes, and then eat that product for several generations.
Consumers seeking to avoid GM foods can download the Non-GMO Shopping Guide and look for the GMO Free Project label on store products. the website of The Institute for Responsible Technology is a good education  on the dangers of gmo's and for an in depth look at tremendous problems worldwide caused by Monsanto, watch "The world according to Monsanto", a documentary found on

And on a happier note, here are some lovely healthy non-gmo greens and herbs in my greenhouse this morning.


organic-momma said...

Its a sad day when we start playing god and messing with things that should not be messed with. It also seems more hierloom seeds and plants are being infested with this nasty stuff and maybe its even to blame for the bee kill off!! So sad : (

PS. Your herb and greens garden looks great!

kathi dunphy said...

It makes me worry a lot for my grandkids, and children everywhere, what a perverse and poisoned world they have to grow up in.

rauf said...

we are in a trap Kathi. Organic is very expensive in India, we can't afford it, only the rich can afford organic produce. India is worst hit by the invasion of giant corporates. i have written a lot about GMOs in the environment series. The poor class would disapear soon as petrol prices have gone up once again, prices of essential commodities went soaring.

Merry Christmas Kathi. Enjoy the non GMO Christmas with your family. Happy holidays

kathi dunphy said...

Hello Rauf, Good to hear from you. I am saddened by what I read of the suicides of so many Indian farmers after being ruined and made destitute by monsanto crop failures in cotton and food crops. Monsanto appears to view the poor farmers as mere fodder for their giant evil machine. Money and power rules.
I wish for you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas time.