The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has recently reported a link between genetically modified (GM) foods and adverse health effects. The AAEM is advising precaution because GM foods have not been properly tested for human consumption and because there is significant evidence of probable harm. Therefore they advise:
Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.
Physicians to consider the possible role of GM foods in the disease processes of the patients they treat and to document any changes in patient health when changing from GM food to non-GM food.
Our members, the medical community, and the independent scientific community to gather case studies potentially related to GM food consumption and health effects, begin epidemiological research to investigate the role of GM foods on human health, and conduct safe methods of determining the effect of GM foods on human health.
For a moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term independent safety testing, and labeling of GM foods, which is necessary for the health and safety of consumers.
But why should GM producers like Monsanto be concerned with this? One Monsanto official told the New York Times that the corporation should not have to take responsibility for the safety of its food products.
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food,” said Phil Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.”
As the Organic Consumers Association shares, it would be nice to think the FDA can be trusted with these matters, but think again. Monsanto has succeeded in ensuring that government regulatory agencies let Monsanto do as it wishes.
To offer up one glaring example as reported on the Organic Consumers Association’s Millions Against Monsanto website:
In order for the FDA to determine if Monsanto’s growth hormones were safe or not, Monsanto was required to submit a scientific report on that topic. Margaret Miller, one of Monsanto’s researchers put the report together.
Shortly before the report submission, Miller left Monsanto and was hired by the FDA. Her first job for the FDA was to determine whether or not to approve the report she wrote for Monsanto. In short, Monsanto approved its own report. Assisting Miller was another former Monsanto researcher, Susan Sechen. Deciding whether or not rBGH-derived milk should be labeled fell under the jurisdiction of another FDA official, Michael Taylor, who previously worked as a lawyer for Monsanto.
The AAEM report is also big news because it ads validity to the numerous studies outside the US which link GMO’s (and Roundup) to poor health.
Like Sweden’s recent study by two of their country’s top oncologists, Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Mikael Eriksson, illustrating clear links between glyphosate in Roundup to a form of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto has even created a more lethal form of Roundup for use in Columbia.
More on Roundup and human cell damage.
To any GM newbies out there you will hear Roundup weed killer and genetically modified organisms referred to in many of the same reports. That is because major GM crop producer Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” crops have been genetically modified to allow direct application of the Monsanto herbicide glyphosate (aka Roundup) allowing farmers to drench both their crops and crop land with the herbicide so as to be able to kill nearby weeds (and any other green thing the herbicide touches) without killing the crops.
More anti-GM reading:
Study Finds GM Corn Disturbs Immune System of Mice
Austrian Study Finds Eating GE Corn May Reduce Fertility
Monsanto Tried to Block Austrian Government Funded Research Showing GE Corn Causes Infertility
Tests Show Widespread Presence of GMOs in So-Called “Natural” Foods
And there’s no labeling of GM foods in the US except this.
Green Options’ Monsanto article archive.
Refute that Monsanto blogger…
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You are actually helping people to be aware on this fact. Science helps us determine what's good and harmful for our health. Thanks for the concern on spreading this information.
The average 89 pound Chinese girl can outwork a great hulking American fat-ass, and does, routinely! GMO’s? Maybe! India refuses GMO’ed food even as a gift, and burn it! They also out-produce per capita American Hulks, painlessly and as vegans! Coincidence? Perhaps! The South Koreans riot in the streets before eating American meat, fed with GMO’s! They also out produce the great hulking baloney butted American laborer! By Chance? Possibility! We in America have been subjected to massive corporative interests profiting on our backs for two centuries. Our GM(America) legacy and parting gift is Detroit City, a “New World Johannesburg” while GM(China) turns a 30 % profit in Shanghai’s ultra modern section, on our dime! And: They refused our GMO-Corn fed Pork for human consumption too! They beat our asses at production on rice and veggies grown in local humanure! They took our capital but refuse the very food-stuff that earned it! Goddammit! maybe fat-assed Americans, all over 250 pounds and obese to the max, all over the net, magazines, advertisements, news-shots, every where you look, are not the best advertising for GMO’ed food, the “American Dream” or the American corporate democracy! Where else in the world do you see this! A whole people poisoned into sloth, morbid obesity and sickness by corporatism to make a buck! Goddammit! A very sad legacy to be sure! and hard as Hell to hide!
Why pay the govt to do something it doesn’t do? Then they turn around and yank away the public free TV, so they don’t have to be accountable. Too late for them to find out who was really running the show. INTELLIGENT PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!
DDT, PCBs, asperteme, and agent orange were “safe” according to Monsanto. Engineering life is a fundamental mistake and irreversible. Genetic pollution replicates itself.
us food has no gmo labels and no one saying oops allergy.
Great article, here is another good one on same topic. There is all kind of noise being created on the net to prevent this type of article from being read. Spread the word! The US media cant.
For more reading on the global controversy over genetically modified food, check out my recently released book Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food (Amacom 2009).
Thanks for your publication. It is very educative site and the topic covered are very sensitive. we know that sience is very important in the development of mankind at the same time we should not use that same sience to be destroying minkind that it intends to help.