I Was Against GMO’s Before it Was Cool

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Hey! I have an AWESOME idea!

Take that broccoli you were going to feed your kids tonight and soak it in RoundUp– let it sit for 30 days. Now rinse it off, you know, like you would if you were getting ready to cook it and feed it to your child.

What? No? You don’t want to?

Well if you’re buying GMO food, that’s basically what you’re doing.

What Monsanto – Dow – The EPA – wants you to think is that thanks to GMO foods, we are going to feed the world. And they want you to believe that there is actually no evidence that consuming Genetically Modified food is dangerous.

Okay, say they’re right. Which I’m not doing. Just say they are. The problem is not only the actual modified food, it is what it is modified for.

Do you ever wonder why they are genetically modifying crops or do you just not think about it? Well I’ll tell you why. They are modified to withstand stronger and stronger pesticides and herbicides.

Why would they need a stronger and stronger pesticide and herbicide combo? Well let me tell you. Once upon a time Monsanto had this bright idea. If we genetically modify crops to NOT DIE when we spray super high-powered pesticides and herbicides (chemicals that kill plants) on them, we won’t have problems with crops being destroyed by weeds and insects. Great idea, right? Let’s not even think about the fact that we are talking about putting stronger chemicals on food going into our bodies. But get this!

The Catch: Who knew that by using these super-chemicals we would spawn a whole new breed of insects and weeds? Yup Super Bugs and Super Weeds!

These are not characters in the latest Marvel movie. These are growing and swarming and getting resistant to stronger and stronger chemicals in the farms next door to your kid’s school, the farm you get your “Iowa Sweet Corn” from. And you know what they do to get rid of them? They fill up a crop duster with an even stronger version of RoundUp and fly it over those farms to kill the Super Buggy Weeds. Hmmm… Well, what if it’s windy?

Now you don’t only have issues with these chemicals in your food, now they are on your clothes, in your hair, on the playground equipment. You’re tracking it in your house, your kids are putting their chemical covered hands in their mouths. So guess what? Even if you go GMO free, which hopefully means organic as well, you’re still going to be effected by the chemical in RoundUp called glyphosate.

What’s the bottom line? Well according to one of the top researchers on GMO’s Stephanie Senett of MIT:

“Glyphosate’s inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes  is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Okay, I know, you probably zoned out there. But being a mom, one who has a child with special needs, one who was also diagnosed with infertility, depression and three auto-immune diseases (two in the last year, that have to do with inflammation), a mom who knows more kids with autism than I should. (And I bet you do too.) Can I suggest you read it again more carefully?

Here’s something else that should scare the heck out of you. According to Reuter’s, since 2012, Monsanto, Dow and DuPont have spent over 80 million dollars to defeat GMO labeling laws. That’s right, they have spent 80 million dollars to try to insure that you do not have a right to know what your food is made of. 

These corporations have so many politicians in their pocket that it seemed like no matter what, we were fighting a losing battle against GMO’s in food. And then a few days ago something happened. Dr. Oz dedicated a show to the dangers of GMO’s in food. Why? Because now the danger is very real. Dow/Monsanto are adding a new chemical to RoundUp, they have proposed to add 2, 4-D to the already toxic herbicide. Why does it matter you ask? Well 2, 4-D is the active ingredient in Agent Orange, a herbicide used during the Vietnam war and banned because exposure to the chemical is linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, thyroid & reproductive problems, Parkinson’s disease and neurological damage.

The irony? Monsanto produced Agent Orange. And now they want to put the active ingredient back into another herbicide they produce and the EPA is about to let them!

What can you do? Well this is where I must thank Dr. Oz for getting involved, he has created a petition on the White House website demanding President Obama get involved and not allow the EPA to approve this volatile mix.

Please join me in signing this petition, we cannot let this pesticide be used on the food we feed our children.

Whether or not this herbicide is allowed to move forward, most corn, soybeans, tomatoes, squash and potatoes you eat are already genetically modified to withstand high levels of glyphosate. If you want to be 100% sure your children are not eating these toxic foods I urge you to buy organic.

Please sign the petition HERE

*as an aside, it was recently discovered that Monsanto had hired numerous bloggers and social media figures to actively troll posts that are anti-GMO, so if you’re one of them, don’t even think about it. I know all about you, and I will delete your comments. 

  • This is a good post! I never really knew about GMO’s until my sister-in-law told me about them. Very scary… and it does make sense that these chemicals could be involved with the rising amounts of people with autism, depression, serious life-threatening allergies, etc. We grow a lot of our own veggies in the summer… but its also true that the chemicals are in the air and can be spread around in other ways, and even your own backyard-grown food can be effected. The USA allows a lot of weird stuff to be added to food, that other countries do not allow!ReplyCancel

  • Donetta Sifford

    wow. I honestly had never thought about this until now. It makes sense that when you use chemicals to kill natural things such as weeds and insects, that the weeds and insects need to survive, even if that means living through sprays designed to kill. The agent orange is super scary. I love Dr. Oz and thanks for posting about this.ReplyCancel

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