The World According to Monsanto Movie

This is a film, originally in French, which reveals an issue everyone needs to be extremely concerned about.  Monsanto is one of the world’s biggest agrochemical-biotech companies, on its route to global domination by tracing a trail of evidence, cover-ups and tragedies from the American heartland and beyond.

Belgian Blue hypertrophic cow

This is a genetically modified Belgian Blue.  Bred for leaner meat.

Monsanto developed rBGH as well as Agent Orange which today still affects both the Vets exposed to it in Vietnam as well as people living in the regions where it was used.  Birth defects and muscle wasting are just two of many problems seen.

“Monsanto is now also known for its monopoly on genetically modified (GM) seeds of food crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans. Despite the uncertainty of the long-term health effects of consuming and growing GM foods, the company’s GM seeds are now widespread in much of North and South America.” (Tree Hugger, Monstrous Harvest: The World According to Monsanto Movie Review, Kimberley Mok,  June 18, 2008).

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Trouble Ahead

On November 13th, a study by the Italian National Institute of Research on Food and Nutrition showed how GM corn caused significant immune system changes in mice, related to allergic and inflammatory responses.  Further there is concern that GMOs affect fertility.  “…the equally compelling question, are GM foods the missing link to decreasing fertility? The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety commissioned one of the very few long-term feeding studies on GM corn, released last week. The University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna fed GM Monsanto’s GM corn to mice, which were then mated. In the third and fourth litters, there was a reduction in the number of size of rat pups (statistically significant). Similarly, in mice fed GM corn for four successive generations (from original mice parents to their great grandchildren), the size and number of offspring was less than those compared to non-GM fed mice (trend only, not yet statistically significant).”

seeds of death

In India over 150,000 suicides have been attributed to the problems that GMOs have caused especially in cotton growing regions.  In South Africa the health issues were upper respiratory problems, severe headaches, flu and colds were seen.  Then neurological problems were seen in the workers.  When they stopped using the GMO foods everyone got well.  When they ran out of non-GMO foods the symptoms came back.  Mice in an Italian study fed GMO foods showed liver damage.  By changing the diet the mice got better within two to three months.

There is also evidence that the Bt crops cause allergic and toxic reactions. The GM cotton engineered to produce the Bt toxin, for example, is linked to thousands of deaths among sheep, buffaloes, and other livestock, and to widespread allergic reactions by Indian farm workers handling the plants.  Monsanto’s own Bt corn study  showed toxic reactions in rats, and their corn is linked to mysterious deaths of cows, and to disease among pone of the world’s biggest agrochemical-biotech companies, on its route to global domination by tracing a trail of evidence, cover-ups and tragedies from the American heartland and beyond people breathing the corn’s pollen.”

(Will Genetically Modified Foods Make You Sick? by Jeffery Smith, Huff Post Green, November 20, 2008)

“Looking at the dots, why would an industry which despoils the planet, sickens and kills people and animals, be permitted, at least in the US, a totally free hand to market its products in the total absence of safety testing and precautions to protect people and the planet?”          Rima E. Laibow, MD, Medical Director,Natural Solutions (See link below).

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The Dark Side

“Whenever these studies or reports surfaced, scientists should have charged in to conduct intense follow-up research. Instead, the funding–to find and expose the cause of the problem–often mysteriously dries up; scientists are transferred, threatened or fired, and the health risk link to GMOs is vehemently denied.

Take the Russian rat study above, conducted by Irina Ermakova, a senior scientist at the Russian National Academy of Sciences. After we presented GMO health risk info at the EU Parliament in June 2007, she told me about the backlash that occurred after doing her study. Samples were stolen from her lab, documents were burnt on her desk, and her boss, under pressure from his boss, ordered her to cease all future research on GMOs. One of her colleagues tried to comfort her by saying, “Maybe GM soy will solve the human overpopulation problem.” She wasn’t comforted.”

(Will Genetically Modified Foods Make You Sick? by Jeffery Smith, Huff Post Green, November 20, 2008)

The Main Culprits

The main genetically modified foods are soy, corn, cotton seed and canola and their various offspring such as cotton seed oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn sweeteners, multi-dextrin, dextrose, soy lecithin, soy protein isolate, and anything that includes those ingredients.  Organic foods are not legally allowed to contain GMOs.  Many products are labeled non-GMO.

Additionally, the following whole foods have been genetically engineered and approved for commercial sales. According to the New York Times, about one half of all soybeans and a third of all corn planted in 1999 were genetically modified.  That number is much higher now in 2008.  About 80 percent of hard cheeses use a genetically modified enzyme instead of rennet.

* Soy

* Canola Oil (rapeseed oil)

* Corn

* Cotton

* Papaya from Hawaii

* Some Zucchini

* Crook Neck Squash

* Milk should say organic or no hormones

* Quest123 Cigarettes

* Aspartame

* Enzymes + Additives

* Hard Cheese

What Can You Do?

1.  Buy certified organic foods whenever possible.

2. Get a non-GMO Shopping Guide http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/

3. Support the movements demanding long-term independent safety testing and labeling of genetically engineered foods.

4. Get informed about GM foods.

GM food articles and documented information.  

Must See Videos (all You Tube videos are on the Holistic Health Doc Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/HolisticHealthDoc/videos?flow=grid&view=1

Genetic Roulette on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnlTYFKBg18&feature=player_embedded#!

Your Milk On Drugs (2 parts) http://www.realistnews.net/Thread-crack-for-cows-do-you-know-what-s-in-your-milk

Everything You HAVE TO KNOW About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foodshttp://vimeo.com/6575475

The World According To Monsanto  on You Tube  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JJiIuQyStr4

Here are a few more places to learn more:

You Are What You Eat  http://altmedangel.com/GMOintro.htm

Turning Point Project  http://www.turnpoint.org/

Mothers for Natural Law  http://www.safe-food.org/

The Campaign for Healthier Eating  http://www.healthiereating.org/

Natural Solutions (Dr. Rima)  http://savemylifedrrima.com/dangers-of-genetically-modified-foods/

http://www.altmedangel.com/GMO.htm

Seeds of Deception http://seedsofdeception.com/

Institute for Responsible Technology  http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education

Non GMO shopping guide  http://seedsofdeception.com/brochures/non-gmo-shopping-guide/

 

(c) 2010 Nancy G. Taylor, DC

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