When a lie becomes the truth, then the truth becomes a lie. That’s the GMO play book; starting with the 1992 Monsanto led FDA policy of substantial equivalence. The mendacity continues today with the worn out GMO mantra; “We’ll feed the world, increase yield and use less pesticide. The myth of GMO and organic coexistence is another propped up falsehood.
But the crux, the bell weather, the foundation, the lynchpin of why GMOs continue to proliferate is the most egregious lie of all. And it has been repeated and repeated for nearly thirty years. It is embedded in policy statements of food manufacturers, in the halls of government, in the staff and students of universities who procure big dollars from Biotech Agricultural giants, and in the mind of unknowing Americans. It goes like this;
“The Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency have all concluded that food using ingredients from biotechnologically-improved crops is completely safe and no different in any meaningful way from other food.”
So where is the peer-reviewed research that says it’s safe for humans to eat food containing DNA injected with cross species bacteria , such as those resistant to Bt or Roundup or 2,4-D then combined with e coli, a cauliflower promoter virus and topped off with an antibiotic resistance gene? There isn’t any.
Some scientists doing independent GMO research have been silenced, but we do have reports of the effects of GMO food on hamsters and rats. The findings indicate reproductive disorders, increased liver toxicity and death. Dr. Don M Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology, has warned of devastating results of glyphosate (Roundup), and the emergence of a new, unclassified organism found in the soil, the roots of Roundup ready crops, and in the guts and manure of animals that eat GMO feed. Dr. Huber makes this startling conclusion in his interview with Dr. Mercola.
“But what we do know is that it [this new, unclassified organism] causes reproductive failure, infertility, as well as miscarriage for cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry. We can anticipate with that broad spectrum of animal species, which is extremely unusual, that it will also be with humans.”
The myth of GMO and organic coexistence is another propped up falsehood. After the White House pushed for the approval of GE (genetically engineered) alfalfa, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s open letter to stakeholders urged biotech and organic agriculture proponents to “create a new paradigm based on coexistence and cooperation.” Right. Anyone who has ever sneezed knows that wind, rain, birds, bees and a host of other natural interactions can cause pollen to mix. Of course, Monsanto had a plan for that drift. Intimidate and sue. Now they are even blaming the farmer for not providing "Non-GMO refuge for insects." You can’t make this stuff up.
Even though there has been legal pushback - India's lawsuit against biopiracy, Monsanto's guilty verdict in France, the current lawsuit brought by Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association; and social pushback from organizations like the Institute for Responsible Technology, the Organic Consumer Association, the Center for Food Safety, the non-GMO project, a four-hundred plus Just Label it coalition, Food Democracy Now! and the current 2012 California Label GMOs ballot initiative, the underlying lie – the biggest of all - continues.
Have you made a purposeful choice to stop buying any GMO products, including animal feed? Will you commit to tell one friend, one family member, one stranger, one doctor, one farmer, one teacher, one car mechanic, one hair dresser, one veterinarian, one chef, one religious leader, one television or radio program how GMOs can not only destroy our organic food supply, but put the control of food into the hands of a corporate state? Will you speak out? Join the Institute for Responsible Technology’s Tipping Point Network. It’s past time to expose the GMO lynchpin. It’s time we dismantled it.
Ms. Samm Simpson is a GMO Educator and Activist in Florida and North Carolina. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org