GMO’s will Destroy Our Food Chain & Genetic Diversity
Before the invasion of GMO’s in the late 1990’s, I used to worry about the differences between conventional and organic crops. I wrote several articles comparing conventional and organic crops to show how much more nutritious organic was. Back then I thought that was a big deal!
Since the 1980’s, giant agribusiness corporations have been working hard to corner the market on the world’s seed supplies. There have been almost 1,000 corporate takeovers since the 1970’s. You might wonder why they were doing this — because control of the seeds, organic or conventional, controls our food supply. Control of our food supply is then a direct threat on the gene pool of of our most basic food crops. And this was before anyone even heard of GMO’s!
You see, without genetic diversity where farmers traditionally get a crop’s resistance to diseases, crops are more susceptible to the spread of pestilence.
Books like Shattering: Food, Politics, and the Loss of Genetic Diversity written all the way back in 1990, reviewed the development of genetic diversity over 10,000 years of human agriculture. The book then looks at what would happen if we lost the genetic diversity of our food crops at the hands of political and economic forces. It’s as if they were talking about our future — and the advent of Monsanto & Friends GMO crops.
Today’s Conventional Cops are Now Called non-GMO
You see, GMO’s are “genetically modified” or engineered using foreign genes from other organisms. They may take genes from bacteria, viruses, insects, other plants or even animals and insert them into the DNA of soybeans, corn or wheat — something that would never happen naturally. And shockingly, rice that has been engineered with actual human genes is already being grown on 3,200 acres in Junction City, Kansas by Ventria Bioscience to produce new prescription drugs. In what may be the biggest understatement in all time, Jane Rissler from the Union of Concerned Scientists told the Washington Post, “It is unwise to produce drugs in plants outdoors.”
Ventria developed three varieties of GMO rice, each with a different human gene. Two of them are engineered to make compounds found in human breast milk and saliva. They promise it won’t get into the wild, of course. Meanwhile, the USDA revealed that rice in Arkansas became contaminated with a different GMO that ultimately was never approved. Another GMO variety of rice has caused contamination so serious that it actually disrupted U.S. rice exports. The USDA’s credibility has been further damaged by the discovery of unapproved GMO StarLink corn in our food supply, as well as the accidental release of GMO crops engineered to make a vaccine for pig diarrhea.
All this underscores that GMO’s will ultimately be much more toxic for you and me, as well as the environment. In fact, GMO’s may eventually destroy the “genetic diversity” of our entire food supply, slowly killing us all.
Monsanto’s Real Purpose
The first thing you have to understand is that Monsanto’s ONLY real purpose for inventing GMO’s was to increase sales of their highest profit items — the chemical fertilizers and pesticides that GMO’s need to grow. But nature had something to say about this so fought back — creating weeds resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate).
Not to be outdone by Mother Nature, Monsanto promptly re-engineered their GMO crops so they could survive three times the levels of Roundup (glyphosate) but that’s just a temporary fix. Soon we’ll have super-duper-weeds and will need to be six times more Roundup — it’s all just more profit for Monsanto!
GMO’s are Destroying Our Genetic Diversity — and Much More!
There are unknown consequences to altering an organism with alien genes, from serious risks to the environment and humans to new allergens and antibiotic-resistance in our gut flora. In the wild, the transfer of genes between GMO’s and their natural counterparts often has alarming consequence. For example, transgenic fish accidentally released into the wild eventually threatened the viability of both the natural fish as well as the transgenic version.
When a crop’s genetic diversity is damaged, it has other long-term consequences. An organism’s “genotype” regulates many characteristics that can be adversely affected, such as body size or shape, reproductive characteristics, tolerance to environmental extremes and seasonal cycles, disease resistance, and more. This genetic diversity, or variation in our environment, is one of the most important factors for all healthy, living organisms.
Various conditions affect living organisms differently, from the weather to soil condition. Genetic diversity helps organisms deal with such variables in our environment because it is always changing. This is called the natural or historic range of variability. If an organism is living in a stable environment then a narrow range of genetic characteristics (called “phenotypes”) could evolve just for these conditions.
If an environment is unpredictable, however, these differences go through the process of natural selection so new traits can evolve with tolerance to these conditions. The lack of genetic diversity can cause serious long-term problems with natural selection. Genetically uniform populations like GMO crops are infamous for being highly vulnerable to pests, diseases and other problems. They wouldn’t even survive without lots of Roundup (glyphosate) from Monsanto (their real “cash crop”).
REAL Ecological Communities Need REAL Genetic Variation
In order to compete successfully in the environment, natural crops need real genetic diversity to reduce the deleterious effects of inbreeding. This is why genetic diversity is one of the most important survival traits in the evolution of every species on earth — plant or animal. Genetic diversity is the key trait that all organisms used to survive for thousands of years. No organism can ever be perfectly adapted – or even engineered – for all possible conditions. In fact, it is the diversity of an organism, its ability to adapt to “environmental uncertainty,” is the main factor in the evolution of healthier populations. However, when companies intention create GMO, reducing genetic diversity, its a step towards the “extinction vortex.”
GMO’s are engineered to survive as long as they’re treated with tons of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. The underlying problem is that GMO’s don’t need healthy, living soil at all. In fact, GMO farming is actually “killing” the soil so that nothing can grow there without these costly chemicals provided by Monsanto & Friends.
The destruction of farming by multinational corporations like Monsanto is actually not a new development. In the late 1990s, even before the advent of GMOK’s, these corporations were developing more uniform, more profitable crops. Over 7,000 varieties of apples once grew in America, but most are gone now. But you can buy GMO Arctic Apples today. Virtually all the broccoli varieties in seed catalogs from 1900 are now gone, as well. Instead, Monsanto & Friends have been buying up seed companies for over two decade and now threaten the gene pool of our most important food crops.
For thousands of years farmers have been relying on the genetic diversity in our food crops to prevent disease and provide a rich harvest. But for the last 20 year or so, Monsanto & Friends convinced farmers to rely on GMOs that would die without tons of herbicides and pesticides. This vicious cycle is ruining the environment needed for healthy, natural crops and makes farmers more and more dependent on Monsanto & Friends.
The evolution of genetic diversity took over 10,000 years of human agriculture but it may be gone within our lifetime! If we’re lucky, it may not be too late to do something about it. Many concerned, aware farmers are turning to non-GMO and organic farming methods to save their farms, save their livelihood and protect the natural environment we often take for granted.
The Importance of Live, Healthy Organic Soil
Fertile, healthy soil is the main basis for naturally healthy plants, animals and even humans. Organic matter in the soil is the foundation for healthy soil. Understanding how organic matter keeps soil healthy is essential for developing sound agricultural practices. But GMO’s and chemical-based agriculture is rapidly destroying our farmland by killing the living soil. Most American farmland is now mostly devoted to GMO’s and only a small percentage is used for organic agriculture.
The soil used to grow GMO crops is now dead. It is no longer rich with the living organisms that our crops once relied on. But nature always finds a way; so new organisms have evolved to thrive under these “dead” soil conditions. Say hello to our new “super weeds.” Super weeds cannot be killed easily so farmers started spraying more and more Roundup (glyphosate) to kill the super weeds. Roundup isn’t cheap, so this can cost farmers so much that they can’t make a profit. It can actually be more profitable for GMO farmers to switch to non-GMO or organic crops. Tht would be a good thing, but Monsanto came up with a solution – crops that can survive with twice as much glyphosate sprayed on them!
Instead, what’s actually happening is that GMO’s are destroying everything that humans hold dear — all in the name of profit for Monsanto & Friends. They pull every trick in the book to fool you and the rest of the world into believing their Monsanto-sponsored, short-term, heavily biased studies and outright lies.
GMO’s are Killing our Environment.
The toxic chemicals that GMO’s need to survive are destroying the health of everything on our planet slowly but inevitably. Every country around the world, even those that banned GMO’s, will eventually be negatively affected.
Organic and non-GMO foods are the best and the last defenses we have against this insanity. Please make a commitment to eat as much fresh, raw, organic or non-GMO whole foods as you can. You’ll soon discover that it’s both cheaper and healthier to eat, especially when you consider all the real costs and health consequences of a toxic, GMO diet.
GMO’s & Glyphosate are Slowly Killing You!
The politically-correct mainstream perspective on Roundup (glyphosate) is that it’s not harmful to any mammals, such as people, because the “shikimate pathway” is found in plants and not found in animals at all. The shikimate pathway is associated with a plant’s ability to synthesize essential amino acids, but it’s totally disrupted by glyphosate. However, what these “mad” scientists have failed to tell anyone is that the shikimate pathway is not only found in soil bacteria — it’s also essential for the beneficial bacteria in your gut! Gut bacteria aid in digestion, prevent permeability of the gastrointestinal tract, help synthesize vitamins and are essential for your own immune system.
Glyphosate Damages the Healthy, Beneficial Bacteria Your Body Needs
By damaging your body’s ability to make some essential amino acids, glyphosate inhibits the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes produced by your gut “microbiome” — a community of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.) that live in or on the human body. CYP enzymes are critical to human biology because they detoxify “xenobiotics,” the foreign chemicals that we are all exposed to every day in our modern, toxic environment.
When people are exposed to Roundup (glyphosate) they become even more vulnerable to the dangers of any other environmental toxins they constantly are exposed to. This kind of toxic exposure is slow and takes months or years, but eventually it gains traction at the cellular level in your body.The results of this are like a list of the “diseases of civilization” we associate with our modern lifestyle, from obesity and gastrointestinal disorders to diabetes, heart disease, autism, cancer and many more.
The Reason Why Wheat is Toxic — & it’s not a Gluten Allergy!
Today, Roundup (glyphosate) is used as a pre-harvest dessicant for many crops, such as wheat, barley, sugar cane, rice, seeds, dried beans, sweet potatoes and sugar beets. The UK’s Soil Association (www.soilassociation.org) called for an ban on glyphosate for ripening and desiccation, saying that glyphosate residues are widely found in non-organic wheat samples and the use of the herbicide on wheat increased 400% in the past twenty years.
- Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases
- Institute of Responsible Technology: Monsanto’s Herbicide–Featuring the Darth Vader Chemical
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- Glyphosate now commonly found in human urine, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/23/glyphosate-found-in-human-urine.aspx
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- The Glyphosate, Celiac Disease Connection, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/14/glyphosate-celiac-disease-connection.aspx?
- Is it the Gluten or is it the Glyphosate? http://www.examiner.com/article/is-it-the-gluten-or-is-it-the-glyphosate
- Pre-harvest Application of Glyphosate to Wheat, http://www.hgca.com/media/185527/is02-pre-harvest-glyphosate-application-to-wheat-and-barley.pdf
- Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases, http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416
- Yield and quality of wheat seeds as a function of desiccation stages and herbicides, http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S2317-15372014000100008&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en
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