What Is A GMO, GM Food, and GM Seeds?

This is a quick but very informative presentation from Robyn O'Brien, presented at TEDx, who is both a Mom and now a 'Food Revolutionist' ever since she rushed her child to the ER for a severe food allergy reaction.

See what she learned about Genetically Engineered Foods containing foreign proteins in our diet.

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GMO Free Prescott is a non profit group in Arizona dedicated to increasing the education and awareness to the possible health hazards associated with the use and consumption of GM Foods.

Click on GMO Free Support to donate and help them continue creating educational events such as the video below with GMO-Free advocate Jeffrey Smith from the Institute of Responsible Technology.

Becoming and Educated Consumer is our best defense against the continued on slaught of poisons and bio-pesticides assaulting our daily lives.

GMO Free Prescott Presents Jeffrey Smith, Author of Genetic Roulette from The Healing Grapevine Network on Vimeo

Video: Jeffrey Smith from Responsible Technology, speaks to concerned citizens in Prescott AZ.

What Is A GMO?

A GMO is a genetically modified organism, the result of a scientific procedure that injects the DNA of one species into the DNA of another completely different species.

This takes place in a laboratory, is not reproduced anywhere in nature, and has nothing to do with hybrids or gene selection.

Genetically modified foods (GM foods, or biotech foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organisms, such as Bt corn, Golden rice, Soy, Sugar, Canola or genetically modified fish. GMOs have had either pesticides and chemicals or foreign DNA introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques.

Becoming an "Educated Consumer" with regards to the safety, both for person and environment, of our food supply has become a global issue.

64 other countries have either labeled or banned GM foods; including food products distributed by McDonald's, Kellogg's, Kraft and General Mills.

These countries are banning the use of GM foods based on evidence associating them with the increase of many cancers, auto immune disorders, adult and child diabetes, chronic pain conditions, MS, Lou Gehrigs, heart diseases, allergies, etc.

If other countries have the same foods without GMOs, why doesn't America?

Why should we be concerned about GMOs?

1 out of 3 American children are now obese and have food Allergies. Autism, ADHS, Asthma and Auto-immune disorders, have all skyrocketed since GMOs were put into our food starting in the mid 1990's.

This was done without our consent and today is still not regulated or mandatory on our food labels.

We have been eating genetically modified food for the past 20 years. There were no human feeding trials and only a handful of animal feeding trials conducted before these GM food products were allowed to market.

Veterinarian reports are now revealing disturbing evidence in the animal world.

  • Hamsters who eat genetically modified feed, after the third generation are sterile!
  • Cattle and pigs eating GM feed have a 50% increase chance of birth defects and abortions
  • An unknown and unclassified organism has been found in tissue samples from these animals
  • Why are GMOs in our food?

    Genetically modified organisms were intended to help farmers increase yields, reduce the use of pesticides and create drought resistant crops but that hasn't actually happened.

    Since the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) crops in 1996, pesticide use has increased by 527 million pounds and chemical use has increased as much as 26%, yet farmers report bugs are even more resistant than ever.

    What are GM seeds aka RoundUp Ready Seeds?

    In recent news, cross pollination from GM crops is contaminating other non-GM farms and super weeds have developed a resistance to herbicides and are plaguing farmers across America.

    Farms that grow GM crops appear to be contaminating and ruining the integrity of the produce of other nearby farms.

    Click on What are GM seeds? to learn more about RoundUP Ready and glyphosate with an excellent video presentation from Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds.

    Stephen is an Heirloom and Open pollinated seed distributor as well as a soil remediation expert.

    Can GMOs Feed The World?

    We strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. We do not believe that such companies or gene technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is needed in the 21st century. On the contrary, we think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for millennia, and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.

    – Statement signed by 24 delegates from 18 African countries to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, 1998

    The root cause of hunger is not a lack of food, but a lack of access to food.

    According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, we already produce more than enough food to feed the world’s population and could produce enough with existing agricultural methods to feed 12 billion people.1 The problem is that the poor have no money to buy food and increasingly, no access to land on which to grow it. Hunger is a social, political, and economic problem, which GM technology cannot address. GM is a dangerous distraction from real solutions and claims that GM can help feed the world can be viewed as exploitation of the suffering of the hungry.

    Today genetically modified corn, soybeans, canola, and sugar beets have made their way into an estimated 80 percent of the current U.S. processed grocery store items. Up to 90 percent of several U.S.grown crops are grown with genetically engineered seed.

    Currently, Bio-tech companies like Monsanto and Syngenta, and the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association) have successfully kept the labeling of genetically altered foods off the labels we read. Until this issue is over-turned and labeling laws are applied to them, we can use the UPC bar code to determine what is a GMO food.

    This code will start with the number 8 for GMOs, 9 for organics, and a 4 represents conventionally grown foods that are sprayed with all sorts of chemicals.

    Resources:

    1. Genetic Roulette Documentary by Jeffrey Smith, Institute for Responsible Technology

    2. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/17/usa-alfalfa-gmo-idUSL2N0HD1SQ20130917

    3. http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2012/10/19/herbicide-resistant-super-weeds-increasingly-plaguing-farmers

    4. http://earthopensource.org/index.php/7-feeding-the-world/7-1-myth-gm-crops-are-needed-to-feed-the-world-s-growing-population

    5. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/05/has-any-company-ever-harmed-the-planet-more-than-this.aspx

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