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FOOD: There’s a reason GMO crops are being banned

Letter by Erik Hovden, Olalla on May 30, 2013 at 10:23 am with No Comments »
May 30, 2013 12:54 pm

Re: “Let the market decide on bioengineered crops” (TNT, 5-29).

Genetically modified foods have been linked to gastrointestinal problems, neurological problems, arthritis and obesity. Most of the developed world has banned GMOs – the European Union, Russia and China, to name a few. Countries are destroying GMO crops and not accepting new crops.

Not in the U.S. The Department of Agriculture says they are fine. But can the USDA be trusted of does it have a conflict of interest? Michael Tayler, head of food safety at USDA, is a former Monsanto lawyer. Thirty members of Congress hold stock in Monsanto. The list of government employees who have ties to Monsanto goes on and on. How can they be objective?

Recently GMO wheat was found in Oregon, where the seeds were never allowed to be grown. Japan has halted all wheat imports from America. This happened with American rice as well. Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said that GMO crops could lead to war if America doesn’t stop growing them.

Monsanto is responsible for Agent Orange, Aspertame, terminator seeds and RSTB in cows. It makes Roundup-ready crops, which means the crop is sprayed with pesticides and do not die, but it gets absorbed via osmosis and you eat it.

If this stuff is so safe why are so many other countries banning it and destroying existing crops? Why did Haiti turn down GMO crops while their people starve?

What are you feeding your kids?

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