Are GMOs Really Safe for Consumption?: Scientists Overwhelmingly Says No!!!
By: Margaret Sedam 7/21/2014 Updated 8/17/2018
In considering this still a relevant issue on GMO labeling I looked into what regulations have changed since the 2014 article. The USDA’s Agricultural Secretary, Sonny Perdue, announced that GMO labeling will not meet its July 29th deadline for publishing a rule for labeling foods containing GMOs. The holdup, according to Purdue, is under review by the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB). Purdue is quoted as saying, “We turned in our papers on time; the teachers didn’t grade them on time.” It should be noted that many companies already include GMO related labels.
According to an article posted on The New Food Economy the proposed rule is not: “a bill that informs consumers about whether or not GMO ingredients are healthy or safe. That’s the job of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Instead, this rule is all about the labeling, and thus the marketing, of food products—which falls under the purview of USDA. In short, the bill is an attempt to define what a “bio-engineered food” really is, and when it has to be disclosed.” It should also be noted that the rule attaches a new anagram; what the public traditionally calls genetically modified organisms or GMOs are now referred to bioengineered food (BE), which could lead to confusion for consumers. Could that be intentional??
2014 Article: Still Relevant After Four Years
In 2014, what really peeked my interest in GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) was the heated debate on listing GMO content in the ingredients of prepared foods and fresh foods. I, for one, like to know what I am putting into my body as I am sure that is the case for a majority of the population. Secondly, if genetically modified crops pose no threat to the health of the population then why not announce to all that GMOs are a part of the crop or prepared item.
I recently came upon a study, which was rejected and criticized during its first publication and was summarily pulled as questions mounted as to its accuracy. The study has since been resubmitted for publication after undergoing a stringent peer review process. There are those in the scientific community who still doubt the study’s claims of the effects of GMO infused crops on an individual’s overall health. However, Natural Society’s Christina Sarich wrote, “Over 1240 scientist signatories have demanded that a study previously published on the toxic effects of GMO maize and RoundUp that was retracted by the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) be reinstated. This is a massive backlash against an industry that has tried to silence well-qualified scientists from publishing the truth about GMOs.” Another scientist was recorded as stating that “censoring science is playing with people’s lives.1
Conducted by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, a biologist at the University of Caen, the study showed that when fed a diet of GMO maise (corn), the effects on rats ranged from developing mammary tumors to suffering severe damage to the liver and kidneys. Researcher and molecular biologist, Dr. Michael Antoniou revealed that scientists themselves were astonished at the aggressive rate of growth in tumors.2
Nation of Change published an article concerning Thierry Vrain, an avid activist for organic farming. Interestingly, as a Ph.D. and genetic engineer, Vrain was once a promoter of genetically modified organisms. He once personally genetically engineered small fruit and potatoes for roundworm resistance. Today, Vrain speaks to groups about the importance of reducing or completely eliminating the use of GMO seed and instead teaches the importance of organic gardening and a non-GMO existence. Vrain also points out that you run the risk of being ostracized or blacklisted if you speak out about the dangers of GMOs. Clearly, this is an indication that big corporations own the media, what information the public is privy to and what scientists can publish without running the risk of being ostracized by those in control. We must also consider the damage that GMOs can inflict on the environment as well as the human element….and that is another story.
We, the public, need to educate ourselves and question any organization that deems it proper to dictate what is good for us. We must take back our ownership of the government, get big money out of politics and eliminate corporations as people. Perhaps then and only then will we take control of our collective destinies instead of letting others write that destiny for us.
1) Hotly Debated: 1240 Scientists Demand Seralini GMO Study be Republished, Will NOT Be Suppressed, April15th, 2014 http://naturalsociety.com/hotly-debated-study-gmo-republished-1240-scientists-will-supressed/ 2) GMO Study: Rats Fed Lifetime of GM Develop Mass Tumors, Die Early, Anthony Gucciardi, September 19th, 2012 http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-study-rats-fed-lifetime-of-gm-develop-mass-tumors-die-early/