Monsanto and several other Big Ag corporations are doing their darndest to defeat any laws that would require labeling of food that contain genetically modified organisms. In addition to claims GMOs help feed the world (but only for those who can pay for it) these corporations claim that eating GMOs is as safe as drinking mother’s milk, which ironically has been found to contain trace amounts of GMOs.
Of course all the “safe” studies come from self-policing. However, a major study recently published in the Journal of Organic Systems (Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate and the deterioration of health in the United States of America) found 22 health problems linked to glyphosate, a herbicide marketed by Monsanto under the name Roundup Ready.
Diseases that showed marked increases since the introduction of glyphosate in the food chain included hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity, lipoprotein, metabolism disorder, Alzheimer’s, senile dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal infections, end stage renal disease, acute kidney failure, cancers of the thyroid, liver, bladder, pancreas, kidney and myeloid leukemia.
According to the authors: “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.”
One has to wonder why, if GMOs are so harmless, or even beneficial as these corporations claim, that they are so resistant to labeling foods containing GMOs, and why they spend millions of dollars trying to defeat efforts aimed at mandatory labeling. While these corporation claim that labeling would be too expensive and costs would have to be passed on to consumers, companies that started voluntarily labeling foods that are gluten free showed no evidence the cost to the consumer has gone up.
Buying non-GMO foods may be a bit more expensive at the front end, but can save you millions in health care costs, if not your life, at the back end.