Background: GMOs stand for Genetically Modified Organisms. This means altering an organism in a way that does not occur through mating or some other natural means. For example, Monsanto developed their patented insecticide-producing “Bt corn” this way: the insecticide is actually produced inside the plant, so it is impossible to wash it off. This is accomplished by inserting genes from the bacteria Bacillus Thuringiensis into the corn.
I learned from Cornell University that this GMO corn’s pollen kills Monarch butterfly larvae. (source)
There’s a lot of peer reviewed scientific studies by respected universities and medical bodies linking genetically modified organisms to illnesses such as severe food allergies, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
I think a lot of these studies have been ignored because the government to a degree has been bought by corporate food interests. The diagram above is Monsanto’s employees and U.S. government revolving door from a couple years ago. Monsanto/Bayer is only one of several companies pushing GMOs in governments around the world. Others include BASF, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, and Syngenta.
The author of this book is Steven M. Druker. He is a public interest attorney who, as executive director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity, initiated a lawsuit that forced the United States FDA to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods. This revealed that politically appointed administrators had covered up the warnings of their own scientists about the unusual risks of these foods and then allowed them to be marketed illegally. In organizing the suit, he assembled an unprecedented coalition of eminent scientists and religious leaders to stand with his organization as co-plaintiffs – the first time scientists had sued a federal administrative agency on the grounds that one of its policies is scientifically unsound.
“Without doubt, one of the most important books of the last 50 years. I shall urge everyone I know who cares about life on earth, and the future of their children, and children’s children, to read it. . . . Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.”–Jane Goodall, Ph.D. (from the Foreword)
Here’s a few other interesting bits of info I found:
-37 countries including many in the European Union now have GMO prohibitions against cultivation and/or importing. (source)
-The New York Times recently published this article reporting that genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides. (source)
-In fact, according to USDA, GMO crops have led to drastic increase in herbicides and pesticides. (source)