Why so many people don’t buy into GE/GMO foods

MonsantoLandBy April Reeves

So what is it about GE/GMO foods that we are so against? Why can’t we just all calm down and allow these big corporations to go merrily along their way and plant the world? Perhaps the following insights might give you some understanding as to why consumers are moving away from Genetically Engineered foods.

Testing

I pick up the phone, I email, and I ask questions. I talk to Monsanto and the governments. Problem is, I can never get a black and white, yes or no answer.

If there are studies out there on the long-term effects (that show no harm) then why, WHY are we not privy to them? Surely a company with this wonderful data would be more than willing to share it with the world?

If anyone out there has any such studies and tests, I would be glad to show them to the world.

Another problem with any testing is that it doesn’t hold much substance when it comes from the corporation itself, and not a third-party independent. Monsanto has been found, in the last few days, to have created fraudulent reports on their tests. Imagine that.

Big Biotech runs Canada, not Steven Harper

There are numerous third-party impartial research projects done on GE/GMO and their effects on the human body/health. But big biotech is in bed with our governments. What? You didn’t know that our politicians don’t run our country? Where have you been?

Read this: The Real Board of Directors:

https://gefreebc.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/real-board-of-directors-devlin-kuyek/

This is a very well written document about how deep this has gone within the Canadian government. No doubt it’s much the same in other countries. Devlin Kuyek writes that the voices of elected officials are excluded, and the voices of self-serving non-elected officials set Canadian public policy. Warning: some of the information in this will have you moving to Panama.

Canadians and peoples from all countries are waking up and not asking questions as much as demanding answers. The world is gaining in conscious, and that could spell an end or at least one very big change for biotech giants. Consumers are not buying GMO/GE foods and are paying attention to what they buy and eat. The GE foods came onto the markets so strong and so fast that they created a ripple among those of us who can still remember what it was like before people were afraid of their food. And we would like to go back there, thank you.

Our Environment

Because GE foods are resistant to bugs and pests, contain numerous ‘mutations’ and are a far cry from anything Mother Nature would approve, this leaves us with the problem of keeping them out of the natural environment.

Scientists have found that GE genes do transfer to natural plants and species, and to humans. Once these transfers get out of control and alter all existing natural plants, we cannot reverse the problem, and if we find out, down the road, that GM foods are related to disease and health problems, we face a catastrophe much larger than the swine flu. A world without safe food is a recipe for extinction.

It’s a continuous battle of catch-up

Resistance is becoming a problem in our society: resistance to antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides, various drugs and chemicals brings on the new challenges of superbugs, weeds and viruses. Eventually, they may mutate to the point where human existence is compromised.

Today, they make new and improved varieties of chemicals that fight these new superweeds, but we now live on the tipping point of being able to reverse the problem. The big biotechs don’t seem to have any control over their own action of reinventing a bad idea, and unfortunately, their families and friends could get caught up in the wave of resistance and inability to ward off disease and health issues from compromised immune systems.

We simply don’t know

There are arguments for GE out there, stating that anyone against GMO should give their heads a shake because no one really knows if it’s ok or not.

Don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t sit right with me. How about you? Do you find any dichotomy in that statement?

The fact that we don’t know IS the reason why so many people are against GE foods.

We simply don’t know.

GE foods only came out in 1996, a very short time considering it often takes years to see the real effects of food (remember the BSE – Mad Cow Disease scare? Apparently, it can incubate within the body for up to 30 years. And PCB’s – how long did it take to find out they lead to cancer and a host of diseases? Then there’s dioxins and Agent Orange…).

How GE foods are created

Are we moving too fast for our physical bodies to adapt to new sciences?

Altering the DNA and creating transgenic vegetables raises concerns for vegans and vegetarians. GE/GMO foods are transgenic (use of a variety of sources: animals, proteins, bacterium, pesticides, herbicides). The addition of Roundup Ready, an herbicide that kills bugs when they chew on the Roundup Ready GE plant, is now being eaten by you.

The Science Creative Quarterly – great article on GE foods and how they are created.

Are we moving too fast for our physical bodies to assimilate and change to adapt to this new science? Nature is s-l-o-w to change. Could we be moving into a biological disaster?

GE Foods will feed the hungry

So far we have not seen this happen. Problem is, the hungry don’t have enough money to eat. Unless Monsanto wants to give their food away, I’m not sure the entire world is going to miraculously heal from GE food in the near future.

It’s becoming a well-worn statement from big biotech corporations, and one that we are getting tired of hearing.

You can bring GE seeds into impoverished countries, but the farmers not only miss the point of them, the farmers are so steeped in traditional ways of farming they are not likely to grow it or keep the patent infringements in check. Their traditions enjoy the exchange of seeds. And how is Monsanto going to sue them? They’re poor.

The truth lies somewhere in the argument that big biotech will move into poor nations through the back door. It will end up much like the oil industries that went to Africa. The oil companies got rich, raped Africa and took all the money home, while Africa is still poor and hungry. Only the big biotechs will get rich on this program off the backs of poor and uneducated farmers.

Circle Of Responsibility: Genetically Engineered Crops

Population Crises

While it may not be a popular topic, the question of population control has to be argued in the solution to world hunger. The world is not low on food production. But eventually we will have to come to some understanding of simple math: there will be more people than there will be land to produce food. We cannot grow indefinitely.

This leads to the fact that it’s not a problem of a country, but a problem of the world. It won’t be easy to solve, and contains numerous heated topics on religion, who will pay for it, and how it is to be done. In an enlightened world, education is one of the answers, but with the political landscape the way it is now, Mother Nature works faster than World Orders and Organizations.

This is one reason why I don’t believe that GE foods will solve the problem of world hunger. How can you accept a concept like Genetic Engineering to save the world when the whole premise of big biotech is to increase shareholder value?

How can we win the GE fight?

By not fighting at all. There is nothing to fight against. To win anything, to gain power and strength, all a single person has to do is to not buy into the program anymore.

It’s that simple.

Remember Gandhi: he changed an entire nation with peace. He and his followers just quit buying into the program by choosing another way, and quietly, peacefully changed a huge piece of history.

All you have to do is quit buying into the program. It’s that simple.

I remember sitting with Howard Louie (yup, the one) and talking about how the Bank of Hong Kong could possibly go under? There was panic in the streets of Vancouver, and you could watch the pandemonium from my office window back then. Howard just quietly stared out the window, and in his genius said “Big companies fall just as easy as the little ones. They just make a bigger bang.”

My challenge to you out there is to just stop buying anything that isn’t either organic or non-GMO. That’s the best place to put your energies. Let the rest of us ‘radicals’ march on with the message – let us spread the word and educate the publics. We too have quit buying into the program – long ago.

April Reeves

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2 responses to “Why so many people don’t buy into GE/GMO foods

  1. Where did you get your facts? If you believe it, you had better get your facts right.
    It’s Bt, Not Round up ready crops that are protected against insects. Round up is a herbicide, it kills weeds. Bt is a protein from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) it is a nature made insecticide. Man just figured out how to get it to transfer to corn.
    GMO’s are being developed that help crops grow with less water and fertilizer. Perhaps you have not seen the advantage since you have not been in the field using them. These will help feed the world. I’ve seen corn yields increase at least 20% since the introduction of Bt. When these newer developments come on line we will feed even more people.
    Round up ready crops were developed because round up is less toxic than the herbicides we were using. Round up is a contact killer that does not linger in the soil or water. Some of the things we used to use lasted for years.
    Genetic engineering has been going on for much longer than 15 years. We’ve been engineering crops and animals for thousands of years. It’s only in the last 30 that we’ve started actually physically changing the genome of crops. That’ a GMO not a GE.
    Unfortunately organic production takes either a lot more physical labor, or a lot more fuel. That’s why organic costs more. The carbon footprint of organic is much bigger than that of conventional production.
    I agree on the too many people. We in the west live with lots of land and relatively few people. The real fight I think is coming over water. As the glaciers melt that feed the populations of India and China, we will see more and more pressure on their populations. People will die, and they will be the poor, not those of us lucky enough to live in a rich country. How long before we have wars over water. We with plenty of water have to do something.
    Most people either do not care if it’s GMO, or cannot afford organic.

  2. I am in the field. I speak to hundreds of farmers. That’s my work. Monsanto called their crops “Roundup Ready”, not me.

    Anyone that still buys into this “feed the world” crap needs to get out of their fields. Why have they never done it? The crops slated for Africa will be shipped back to the US. Doubtful if Africans will ever see them. However, we are petitioning Monsanto to put their money where their mouth is, so hopefully the pressure will change that – that would be people like myself, us “fear mongers” who have to swing the pendulum the other way in order to find the balance.

    Roundup, herbicides, who cares? It’s all toxic, and every one changes the bacteria and condition of the soil (that I have seen: thousands of acres of once good soil – now a non-fertile chemical wasteland). You cannot continue to grow food like this on a mass scale without some repercussion.

    Genetic engineering (as it is happening now in labs, under patents) has not been around for thousands of years and YOU know that. While man has helped altered the genetics of plants, it was done through hybridization and cross-pollination: ways the plant would have done it eventually. Man just loves to put nature on ‘fast forward’. The genetic engineering today is done in a lab using foreign genes a plant or animal would never have found. Ever. Where would a tomato find a deep sea flounder gene?

    GMO and GE: they are both correct. GE is short for Genetically Engineered. Monsanto uses that term as well.

    Also, any good farmer knows how to grow organics: and if you are over 40 YOU too should remember how food was grown back then. Today we grow “intensive agriculture”, meaning we produce a higher profit in a smaller scale (less land). You likely farm one of the big 4: soy, canola, corn or cotton. What do these 4 crops have in common? Junk food. Corn: high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), soy (cheap filler), canola (cheap oil) and cotton (another cheap oil).

    Organics are not expensive. The other foods are incredibly cheap because of subsidies. We need to quit asking why organics are so expensive and ask why the big crops are so cheap (walk down a grocery aisle: how many cheap cookies, packaged processed foods are there? And how good are they at maintaining your health? How is it working for Americans so far?) If taxpayers quit subsidizing farmers, you too would be out there growing expensive crops. Being a farmer today is not as lucrative as it was 30 years ago, unless you change what and how you farm. We have. And we bring in $3 per square foot. Do the math. One acre of land takes 1.5 people to work it. No tractors. No chemicals. Almost 0 carbon footprint. I have helped many farmers move into this form of agriculture. That’s what I do: that’s my job. In this area of the world, we have no choice but to farm this way. There is not enough vast tracts of land. So we got clever, instead of being sold a contract of crap from a company whose sole mandate is to bring in profit for it’s shareholders (and is legally obligated to do so) regardless of harm to others.

    While I do hold ALL farmers in high regard, most of the large monocrop farms are beginning to ask questions on how to increase profit per acre, not yields. Many are looking elsewhere. Not all of them, but it’s growing. If farmers made a good wage that encouraged their kids to stay in the business, you may find yields no longer pose a problem. Instead, you would have more farms grow up on land that sits idle. I’m not saying that this form of agriculture is the only way: I think both forms have their place in our world today. But if we allow Monsanto to dominate and take out all the small organic farmers, you will be the only one producing food, and you had better hope it’s safe and healthy, LONG TERM.

    Your public wants organics. Your public wants to eat pesticide free foods. I don’t know about you, but you can sell clean food to everyone: but you can’t sell GM to everyone. Why limit your market? The more Monsanto pushes, the more people wake up and become aware of the issues around this company. Regardless of the heath concerns, there are enough factors with this TNC to rally against them even if they could prove that GM foods were safe. But they can’t. And trusting the research and data of a publicly traded company is just stupid.

    The FDA works for Monsanto, not you or me. We haven’t screamed loud enough lately. The TNC’s have moved into our governments and taken over, because we let them.

    The US is already looking to Canada to help them with water. I have thousands of friends in the US, and the last thing I want to see is their farms dry up. But Canada is losing water as well. The prairie provinces are under a drought; the south end of Alberta has had a drought for 12 years now. That’s not a drought: that’s a way of the world now, as I see it.

    I totally agree: many people don’t care if it’s GMO and would buy it anyway. Given that, why can’t Monsanto label it? If labels on GM vegetables was approved you may find many of us could get very quiet and go away.

    That’s all we want. Choice. This is the very backbone of the American dream and the Canadian way of life, but it’s being stripped from us. This is as much an issue and reason why so many people are anti-GMO as any health concerns. We want to know what we are eating. Period. Whether we will be healthier or not still remains a mystery: we still don’t know FOR SURE. People will still buy cheap food. Many have to; many just do. But let it be a choice. That’s all we ask.

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