Be on the Safe Side: Avoid Food Products from North America

“History has many records of crimes against humanity, which were also justified by dominant commercial interests and governments of the day. Despite protests from citizens, social justice for the common good was eroded in favour of private profits. Today, patenting of life forms and the genetic engineering which it stimulates, is being justified on the grounds that it will benefit society, especially the poor, by providing better and more food and medicine. But in fact, by monopolising the ‘raw’ biological materials, the development of other options is deliberately blocked. Farmers therefore, become totally dependent on the corporations for seeds ~ Professor Wangari Mathai.

In the website: Disabled World, Mavis Butcher wrote:  It’s virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified food (GM food) in the United States because there aren’t any laws for genetically modified crops! Some estimates say as many as 30,000 different products on grocery store shelves are “modified.”

List of genetically modified foods – watch out and try to avoid them:

1. Soy products – half of North America’s soy crop is genetically engineered! Such foods including, soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, lecithin. Other products may include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil products and special purpose foods.

2. Rapeseed in Canada, the crop was renamed “canola” (Canadian oil). Avoid Canola oil! And canola oil may be found in edible oil products, fried foods, and baked products, snack foods.

3. Honey can be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes from bees collecting nectar from GM canola plants.

4. Cotton. It is also considered a food because the oil can be consumed. Products may include blended vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil products, and smallgoods casings.

5. Rice – Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Rice containing human genes is to be grown in the US.

6.  Sugar cane. A large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Genetically modified sugar cane is regarded so badly by consumers at the present time that it could not be marketed successfully.

7. Tomatoes.

8. Corn and corn products like corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. May include snack foods, baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods, and soft drinks.

9. Sweet corn. Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that  thousands of tonnes of genetically engineered sweetcorn have made their way into the human food supply chain, even though the produce has been approved only for use in animal feed. Recently Monsanto, a biotechnology food producer, said that about half of the USA’s sweetcorn acreage has been planted with genetically modified seed this year.

10. Potatoes, and may include snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods containing potatoes.

11. Flax – More and more food products contain flax oil and seed because of their excellent nutritional properties. No genetically modified flax is currently grown. An herbicide-resistant GM flax was introduced in 2001, but was soon taken off the market because European importers refused to buy it.

12. Papaya – The first virus resistant papayas were commercially grown in Hawaii in 1999. Transgenic papayas now cover about one thousand hectares, or three quarters of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto, donated technology to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for developing a papaya resistant to the ringspot virus in India.

13. Squash – (yellow crookneck) – Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are also GM but they are not popular with farmers.

14. Red-hearted chicory – (radicchio) – Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum) is popular in some regions as a salad green., Today there is no genetically modified chicory on the market.

15. Tobacco -The company Vector has a GMO tobacco being sold under the brand of Quest® cigarettes in the U.S.

16. Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM feed.

17. Peas.

18. Vegetable Oil – Most generic vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants and in processed foods in North America are made from soy, corn, canola, or cottonseed. Unless these oils specifically say “Non-GMO” or “Organic,” it is probably genetically modified.

19. Sugarbeets – May include any processed foods containing sugar.

20. Dairy Products – about 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).

21. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn, vitamin E is usually made from soy. Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMOs as well as vitamin D and vitamin K may have “carriers” derived from GM corn sources, such as starch, glucose, and maltodextrin.

How can the public make informed decisions about genetically modified (GM) foods when there is so little information about its safety?

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Be Healthy, Say NO to GMOs – genetically modified food

Árpád Pusztai, Ph.D., a Hungarian born scientist, has spent many years working for the Rowett Research Institute (RRI) in Aberdeen, Scotland, researching the nutritive values of plant lectins and genetically modified (GM) foods.

Dr. Pusztai lost his job with RRI for expressing his opinions on the safety of genetically modified foods in a TV interview in 1998. Read more about this honest man.

Over his years of extensive research, Pusztai finds that many GM crops have already been approved to be released on the market that may increase the toxicity of allergens in the crop, or contain unpredictable toxins themselves Such carcinogenic and/or mutagenic toxins may be created in GM crops. Many crops have not been properly tested to determine if they are safe for human or animal consumption .

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According to Dr. Arpad Pusztai, genetically modified (GM) crops and food are being grown and consumed by the public, even though:

•  there is little scientific study about their health risks
•  safety test technology is inadequate to assess potential harm
•  they can carry unpredictable toxins
•  they may increase the risk of allergenic reactions

Click here to read: Genetically Modified Foods: Are They a Risk to Human/Animal Health?

Say NO to GMOs – genetically modified food

Jeffrey Smith is one of the world’s leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. He wrote this book: Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating.

Read this book and you will learn that eating such “experimental food” is to gamble with your health and life.
They – the Vested Interests and government agencies said the GMOs are safe for human consumption. Know that this is a big lie based on pseudo-science arguments and  bad research.

In this book the author tells you that:

•  When a top scientist tried to alert the public about his alarming discoveries, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.
•  Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted.
•  Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities or fired.
•  Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and 7 out of 40 died within 2 weeks. The crop was approved without further tests.

The report by a panel of experts of the Royal Society of Canada said this:

•  It is scientifically unjustifiable to presume that GM foods are safe.
•  There is a need for safety testing, looking for short- and long-term human toxicity, allergenicity and other health effects.
•  The risks in biotechnology are undeniable, and they stem from the unknowable in science and commerce. It is prudent to recognize and address those risks, not compound them by overly optimistic or fool hardy behavior (Quoting the editors of the UK’s Nature Biotechnology).

On this issue, in the US, the attitude is — the Government by the Industry, for the Industry. Those with authority turned a blind eye to the whole issue of human safety placing more emphasis on money making by the Vested Interests.

Henry Miller who was in charge of biotechnology at the US-FDA from 1979 to 1994, was quoted to have said: “the US government agencies have done exactly what big agribusiness has asked them to do and told them to do.”

The US government would not require any safety tests or any special labels identifying the foods as genetically engineered.

Geneticist David Suzuki was quoted to have said: “Any politician or scientist who tells you these products are safe is either very stupid or lying. The experiments have simply not been done.”

Is Going to Hospital More Dangerous Than Going to War?

Safety is, however, a matter of perspective. It depends on which side of the fence you are on. If you are against herbs, you would say that herbs are not scientific, not proven and not approve by the FDA (US-Food & Drug Administration). Therefore herbs are dangerous.

Dr. Ni (in Secrets of Self Healing) said that in the US, less than 50 people died due to herbal medicine. At the same time, more than 100 people died due to allergy as a result of eating peanuts and shell fish, etc. Compare these figures to 140,000 deaths each year in American because of people taking pharmaceutical drugs and medical errors. It is also a well known fact that 2.2 million people are injured each year due adverse drug reactions.

Cause
Deaths / year in USA
Herbal medicine
Less than 50
Allergy to peanuts, shellfish, etc.
More than 100
Pharmaceutical drugs & medical error
140,000
Adverse drug reactions – injury to  2.2 million Americans each year

It seems to me that eating peanuts is more dangerous that taking herbal medicine. And it also appears that going to the hospitals in the US is even more dangerous that going to war in Afghanistan.

Scientific Drugs Can Harm

In the foreword of this book: The Best of Alternative Medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil, Director, Program in Integrative Medicine and Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Arizona School of Medicine wrote:

  • Science and technology revolutionized medicine at the end of the 19th century and throughout the first half of the 20th century.
  • It turned its back on nature and on all the simple, inexpensive ways of influencing health and disease.
  • In the 1960s came the realization that technology creates as many problems as it solves.
  • People all over the world are increasingly concerned about the harm inflicted by … pharmaceutical drugs that are now so common.

Pfizer Gives Details on Payments to Doctors

In the last six months of 2009, Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker paid about $20 million to 4,500 doctors and other medical professionals for consulting and speaking on its behalf.
In the same period, Pfizer also paid $15.3 million to 250 academic medical centers and other research groups for clinical trials.

Comments by Dana Ullman in The Huffington Post:
The combined efforts of the drug companies and the medical profession — the “medical-industrial complex —  ” have been wonderfully effective in convincing consumers worldwide that modern medicine is the most scientific discipline that has ever existed.
Over the past two decades the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs … Now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit, this industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the US Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself.

Drug companies defend their large profits by asserting that they spend tremendous amounts of money on research and development, but they tend to hide the fact that they spend approximately three times more money on marketing and administration.


We Fought Cancer… And Cancer Won

 

After billions spent on research and decades of hit-or-miss treatments, it’s time to rethink the war on cancer.

Four decades into the war on cancer, conquest is not on the horizon.

“With cancer sometimes death is not optional.” Yet it was supposed to be. In 1971 President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer (though he never used that phrase) in his State of the Union speech, and signed the National Cancer Act to make the “conquest of cancer a national crusade.” It was a bold goal … But the scientists and physicians whom Nixon sent into battle have come up short. Rather than being cured, cancer is poised to surpass cardiovascular disease and become America’s leading killer.

The NCI Web site says, “the biology of the more than 100 types of cancers has proven far more complex than imagined at that time.”

Oncologists resort to a gallows-humor explanation: “One tumor,” says Otis Brawley of the ACS (American Cancer Society), “is smarter than 100 brilliant cancer scientists.”