Sunday, July 29, 2012

Close Ties With Monsanto Makes Selling GMOs Very Easy

By Theodora Filis, Environmental Journalist

A recent report claims that, Walmart, a US multinational retail corporation that runs large discount department stores and warehouse stores, is set to sell a new form of genetically-engineered (GE) sweet corn as early as this summer.

Monsanto’s Bt sweet corn contains three GE traits that have never before been consumed directly by humans, and have not been subjected to thorough safety testing. There will be no labeling telling consumers that the corn is a GMO (genetically modified organism), or that Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to numerous health issues, including organ disruption.

Petitions urging Walmart to drop or label the Bt corn as GE are being circulated in the hope that Walmart will refuse to sell the Bt sweet corn, and that other food retailers will follow.

Half of all US farms growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn, and most of it is intended for human consumption, and will be sold to consumers as whole ears on the cob found in the produce section.

Seeds of Freedom - offers a thought-provoking glimpse into the state of the global food supply, as crop seeds are being increasingly monopolized by trans-national biotech corporations.

A recent study by the Soil Association estimated that gene-altered maize, soya and rapeseed may have cost the US economy $12 billion since 1999 in farm subsidies, lower crop prices, loss of major export orders and product recalls.

With few to no regulations being set, and even fewer safety tests being performed by the very companies profiting from the sale of GMOs, there really is no way of knowing what risks GMOs have to us, outside of what we have already discovered. Bt toxin being used in GMO corn, for example, was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies.

Occupy Monsanto reports, “Genetically modified foods have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environmental, and despite growing opposition, more and more foods continue to be genetically altered. It’s important to note that steering clear from these foods completely may be difficult, and you should merely try finding other sources than your big chain grocer. If produce is certified USDA-organic, it’s non-GMO (or supposed to be!) Also, seek out local farmers and booths at farmer’s markets where you can be ensured the crops aren’t GMO. Even better, if you are so inclined: Start organic gardening and grow them yourself.”

Organic and Natural Product Companies Associated with Monsanto

Arrowhead Mills
Celestial Seasonings
Earth's Best Baby Food
Garden of Eatin
Health Valley
Imagine Foods
Terra Chips
Mountain Sun
Shari Ann's

Walnut Acres Owned By: Hain Food Group Principle Stockholders:
Bank of America
Entergy Nuclear
H.J. Heinz
Lockheed Martin
Philip Morris

Waste Mangement Inc. Significantly Owned By: Citigroup

Brand Names Associated with Monsanto

Cascadian Farms

Muir Glen Owned By: Small Planet Foods Principle Stockholders:
General Mills Significantly Owned By:
General Electric
Philip Morris
Texas Instruments

Top 10 Worst GMO Foods for Your GMO Foods List

8.Dairy - dairy products contain growth hormones, with as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in the US are pumped with these hormones. In fact, Monsanto’s health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic!
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One very disturbing fact to ponder:

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.

Monsanto has done everything in its power to ensure US government regulatory agencies are there to serve their needs, and not the US consumer.