Here’s some additional data about the impact of GMO crops – a clear picture of why so many nations have banned these seeds.
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Study Shows Dramatic
GMOs & 22 Diseases
As crops that use the herbicide glyphosate
rise, so do a wide range of diseases.
November 18, 2014
There is a growing movement for labeling of GMO crops, and many would go further and ban GMOs completely. Currently there is a close vote in Oregon on a GMO labeling initiative, with advocates for labeling 0.3% behind and raising money to check ballots (we urge your support).
Those who profit from GMOs spent
$20 million to prevent labeling in Oregon.
Several states in the Northeast have put in place
laws that will require labeling.
Vermont is about to be sued to prevent GMO labeling. GMO profiteers have an unusual marketing strategy. While most companies brag about their product, the GMO industry spends hundreds of millions to hide their product. The US does not requiring labeling of GMOs despite the fact that 64 countries around the world label GMO foods.
Millions have marched against Monsanto urging labeling or the banning of GMO products. There is a national consensus in favor of labeling but the government has been unable to respond. Indeed, President Obama’s food czar is a former Monsanto executive. The deep corruption of government is putting the health of the American people at serious risk.
The research highlighted below …
“Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the
deterioration of health in the United States of America,”
… was published in The Journal of Organic Systems this September and links GMOs to 22 diseases with very high correlation. We reprinted many of the graphs from the study that show an incredible correlation between the rise of GMO crops that use the herbicide glyphosate and a wide range of diseases.
Glyphosate was introduced to the marketplace in 1974 but data on its use is only available since 1990. Monsanto has genetically modified foods so that they are resistant to glyphosate, a herbicide Monsanto sells, resulting in a dramatic increase in the use of glyphosate. The study points out that research has shown that …
“glyphosate disrupts the ability of animals, including humans, to detoxify xenobiotics. This means that exposures to the numerous chemicals in food and the environment, such as endocrine disrupting chemicals and carcinogens, could be causing levels of damage that would not occur if the body were able to detoxify them.”
Correlation is not proof of causation. But the authors point out …
“we have data for 22 diseases, all with a high degree of correlation and very high significance. It seems highly unlikely that all of these can be random coincidence.”
They point out that according to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s position paper on genetically modified (GM) foods:
“[S]everal animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.”
The conclusions of the study are:
“These data show very strong and highly significant correlations between the increasing use of glyphosate, GE crop growth and the increase in a multitude of diseases.
“Many of the graphs show sudden increases in the rates of diseases in the mid-1990s that coincide with the commercial production of GE crops. The large increase in glyphosate use in the US is mostly due to the increase in glyphosate-resistant GE crops.”
The probabilities in the graphs and tables show that it is highly unlikely that the correlations are a coincidence. The strength of the correlations shows that there is a very strong probability that they are linked somehow. The number of graphs with similar data trends also indicates a strong probability that there is a link.
Although correlation does not necessarily mean causation, when correlation coefficients of over 0.95 (with p-value significance levels less than 0.00001) are calculated for a list of diseases that can be directly linked to glyphosate, via its known biological effects, it would be imprudent not to consider causation as a plausible explanation.
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The problem we all face is, in the absence of labeling there’s no way to know what’s in the food we buy. For meat, the cattle may have been fed GMO corn – so – you can ask for grass-fed meat. Same with free-range chicken or wild-caught fish. But – there’s so much wheat in so many foods, including in virtually all the fast foods – such as pizza crust or burger buns or breading on fried chicken – that it’s impossible to know how healthy the food is that we’re eating.
Data about how the Food & Drug Administration is a revolving door of employees from the industries involved, suggests that FDA is more oriented to providing protection for those industries than for the public. It seems that labeling for foods we buy, or shifting to food sources we can trust – such as CSAs or other permaculture-grown systems – is our best bet for enjoying better health.