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(NaturalNews) Why are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a serious threat to humanity and the environment? The reasons span the realms of science, social justice, economics and the environment, and once you understand this, you'll readily understand why so many environmentalists, humanitarians, responsible scientists and social justice advocates are strongly opposed to GMOs.
GM corn is genetically engineered to develop a deadly pesticide in every grain of corn. When this corn is harvested and turned into Corn Flakes, corn tortillas, corn syrup or other corn-based foods, that same poison remains in the corn.
Although GMO advocates
ridiculously claim GMOs have been "proven safe in thousands
of studies," what they don't tell you is that those were all
short-term studies on animals, not humans.
In fact, GMOs have never been shown to be safe for long-term human consumption. What happens when a child eats GMOs for two decades? Does it substantially increase their risk of cancer, diabetes, kidney failure or future Alzheimer's? Nobody knows, exactly, because the tests haven't been done.
As often happens with other chemicals,
Because GMOs are sold with an intellectual property restriction that prevents farmers from saving their own seeds, they invoke "economic servitude" where farmers are forced to buy expensive new seeds each year from theGMO seed supplier.
Unlike isolated chemicals, GMOs
self-replicate. This means there is an automatic risk of a
runaway ecological holocaust caused by genetic
pollution from GMOs.
Once scientist calls this risk "ecocide" and has calculated the risk of ecocide caused by GMOs will approach 100%. As I wrote
The rise of chemical-resistant
superweeds is a horrible problem for modern farmers. In the
same way that deadly superbugs have arisen from the abuse of
antibiotics in hospitals, "Frankenweeds" have arisen from
the continued growing of GMOs and the routine application of
glyphosate to crop fields.
Glyphosate-resistant superweeds have become such a problem that the very industry which once claimed GMOs would require "fewer chemicals" to grow food is now recommending fields be treated with a triple or quadruple layer of multiple chemicals to attack the superweeds with different chemicals.
That's why agriculture experts are right now
What happens when genetically
engineered plants cross-pollinate with non-GMO plants and
are then subjected to the random mutations of plant
No one knows because it's never been tested in the open world. Or, I should say, it's being tested right now on us all, in the world's largest genetic experiment ever conducted (without our consent, no less).
The problem in all this is that Mother Nature has a way of bringing about unintended consequences, even from well-meaning scientists. Is it possible that an artificial, genetically engineered trait could dominate future plant generations but begin to show a completely unintended physiological trait that scientists never intended? You bet it is. From Thalidomide to Fukushima, the world is full of examples of catastrophic consequences that scientists once swore could never happen.
Famous last words: "What could possibly go wrong?"
In an effort to monopolize the
global seed supply, GMO companies are buying up smaller seed
companies and shutting them down, collapsing their seed
supplies. The following chart shows some of the seed
consolidation activity that's concentrating ownership over
seeds into the hands of a very small number of powerful,
(Click image to view full-sized chart.)
Before corporate agriculture,
food production used to be under the control of local
farmers who cared for their families and communities. But
now, food seeds are monopolized by greed-driven corporations
that care nothing about families or communities (but worship
profit at all costs).
It almost goes without saying that these corporations make decisions in the best interests of their shareholders, not the best interests of humanity or the environment.
Expecting corporations to place the long-term sustainability of life on Earth as a higher priority than their own quarterly profits is a form of insanity. Corporations only exist to maximize short-term profits, regardless of the long-term cost to humanity or the planet.
Although the evidence on this
isn't yet conclusive, GMOs may be contributing to the
harming of all-important pollinators, without which we would
all starve from lack of food crops.
Honeybee pollinators are dying in record numbers across North America, and many scientists fear we may be witnessing a catastrophic collapse of pollinator populations. Evidence is already emerging that neonicotinoids -- a class of pesticide chemicals -- may be responsible for the collapse, but there's also evidence that GMOs may be worsening the population decline.
Were GMOs ever tested for their long-term impact on pollinators in the wild? Of course not. That would cost too much money, and the promotion of GMOs is all about making money; the environment be damned.
"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man." - Albert Einstein
The world of science consists
primarily of ethical, reasonable people who are doing their
best to contribute to knowledge and progress for our world.
But the darkest "fringe" fanatics of bad science are found
in the realm of GMOs, where scientists routinely accept
money from the biotech industry to lie to the public and
attack "GMO skeptics" -- people who are skeptical about the
false promises made by biotech corporations.
Biotech-linked scientists and journalists are the most nefarious and evil-minded of their kind, waging vicious smear campaigns against environmentalists while working desperately to block the public's right to know what they're eating. "Biotech shills" have been a key part of the defeat of GMO labeling laws in California and Oregon, for example, where their message has been, "Make sure the public NEVER knows they're eating GMOs!"
In every way imaginable, the scientists and journalist who blindly push GMOs are a great disservice to the scientific community and will only discredit science in the long run as the long-term harm caused by GMOs becomes undeniable.
REAL science allows for skeptical questions and embraces the precautionary principle, but quack "GMO science" abandons precaution while disparaging anyone who poses reasonable questions about playing God with nature.
GMO shills, of course, dismiss
all these concerns (or hope you don't notice them). Their
foolish strategy is to cover their eyes, cover their ears
and march humanity down this path of destruction, all while
hoping to cash in on quarterly profit dividends in the mean
There is no rational justification for putting the entire world at risk with genetically engineered crops that have clearly failed to be subjected to responsible long-term scientific testing. As with most other chemicals -- aspartame, Agent Orange, Bisphenol-A and so on -- industry simply unleashes them onto the world and hopes nothing goes wrong.
But Murphy's Law tells us bad things can happen even when you don't want them to, and with GMOs, we're now playing with self-replicating organisms rather than mere chemicals. GMO-based agriculture is a Pandora's Box which can never be closed once opened.
While I do believe GMOs might one day be developed and deployed in a safe and cautious manner, today there is presently zero willingness on the part of biotech corporations to expend the kind of time, money and resources required to establish such safety. There is also zero willingness in the minds of GMO-fronting scientists to even consider the possibility that they might be wrong. One such GMO front man named
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