The OANP is proud to endorse Measure 92, the bill to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). If you would like to help, please contact Dr. Bridghid McMonagle for more information.
Currently the FDA does not require safety studies on GMO’s. The current protocols ask for voluntary submissions regarding safety. This means the companies that make GMO’s also provide the research that says they are safe. To date there have been no long-term studies to confirm human safety.
1999 FDA Statement: “The Agency encourages developers to consult early in the development phase of their products, and as often as necessary. When a firm has accumulated the information that it believes is adequate to ensure that the product complies with the relevant provisions of the FD&C Act, the Agency recommends that the developer inform FDA about the bioengineered foods intended to be introduced into commercial distribution by providing a summary of the company's safety and nutritional assessment which Agency scientists review for unresolved safety or regulatory issues.” http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/testimony/ucm115032.htm
The proponents of GMO’s say that the labeling laws are confusing, that they discriminate against this particular way of manufacturing food, that GMO’s are needed to provide enough food for world demands, and that they decrease the need for expensive pesticides and herbicides for struggling farmers.
Their arguments fall apart quite easily. The law is easy to understand and you can review with the link below. There are several countries that have banned the use of GMO’s. There are several scientists that attest we have a food surplus, but that due to politics, we cannot get that food to the right places. Farmers have shown that over the years they need to spend more money on herbicides because now the weeds are more resistant. Farmers have also seen that many animal diseases clear up and less medication is needed when switching back to GMO free feed.
The majority of Americans, when polled, want GMO’s to be labeled. We have the right to know what is in our food. If the companies that make GMO’s are concerned regarding other types of manufacturing that may not be safe, then please bring that to light. We are not talking about combining two types of apples. We are asking to label food that has been genetically modified. This would include food that has been made to produce Bacillus thuringiensis (BT toxin). BT toxin damages insects intestines, causing them to die. Since the introduction of GMO’s, we have seen a rise in allergies, GI problems and infertility. As we all know, we can make a correlation with this but cannot assume causation. However, if more research is done, we likely will be able to show a clear connection. In 1992 FDA policy said there were no studies showing GMO’s weren’t safe so no safety studies were needed. In 1998 there was a lawsuit with scientists saying there is a need for long- term safety studies.
Studies have show that animals that are fed GMO feed have increased infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysfunction in cholesterol synthesis, changes in insulin regulation, and changes in the liver, spleen, kidney and GI system. Research has shown that BT proteins are toxic to human kidney cells, and one study showed BT toxin in pregnant women and their fetuses. Round up ready plants are also showing to be nutrient deficient and animals eating the GMO crops are becoming nutrient deficient, miscarrying and sometimes dying.
The most popular GMO crops are soy, corn, canola, and beet sugar. Have you taken these out of your diet? Try it for a month. Then try it with GMO free (label verified corn and soy). You will likely notice a difference. I did! The company that is verifying GMO free foods in a non-profit organization.
Americans have been educated regarding the dangers of genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH or rbST) in dairy products and subsequently almost half has been removed from the market. Please take the time to educate yourself and your patients. REMEMBER TO VOTE!
Resources: 1. L Vecchio - 2009 - European Journal of Histochemistry. 2004; vol. 48 issue 4 (Oct-Dec):449-454 ... L . Vecchio,1* B. Cisterna,1 M. Malatesta,2 T.E. Martin,3 M. Biggiogera1. Ultrastructural analysis of testes from mice fed on genetically modified soybean 2. Movie: Genetic Roulette by Jeffrey Smith http://geneticroulettemovie.com 3. GMO free shopping guide with a free app http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com 4. GMO free Oregon website with labeling laws http://www.gmofreeoregon.org 5. Information by Steven M. Druker http://www.biointegrity.org/WhyFDAPolicyIrresponsible.htm http://www.nytimes.com/1999/12/01/us/documents-show-officials-disagreed-on-altered-food.html 6. Labeling organization information http://www.nongmoproject.org