Genetic engineering is technology which enables taking a specific gene from a cell of one kind of organism and places it into the cell of an unrelated organism.What does GMO mean?
Genetically Modified Organismis the most common usage (though 'manipulated' or even 'mutated' might also be appropriate!) The acronyms GEO (Genetically Engineered Organism) or simply GM or GE are also used.
GM Food is can destroy our health and ecology
Genetic engineering is a radical new technology that forces genetic information across the protective species barrier in an unnatural way. Why be concerned? 19 Studies Link GMO Foods to Organ Disruption One of many good reasons is that these laboratory-created mutations are unlabeled, virtually untested and on grocery shelves everywhere. Not to mention - Introduction of genetically modified organisms into natural environment. May increase the use of pesticides for agricultural use. (e.g. Roundup and Roundup ready crops) Development of an organism that would cause ecological or health problems for humans .Development of food allergies to Genetically Modified crops. There are many other dangers listen on this page.
Panacea has detailed why organic raw food nutrition and organically farmed growing methods are needed to prevent the negative health and environmental effects of GM food and irradiated food.There still needs to be legislation and education in this equasion to ensure we rid our selfs of the dangers of genetically modified food, Pesticides Exposure AND irradiated food. Therefore a holistic soluton lies in the legal eradification, education and perservation of the bio - diversity. An EDUCATED public choice for organically farmed produce is needed. GM AND irradiated food is not only a CRITICAL health issue , it is a civil rights issue which continues to effect many famers.
Organic and Small Farmers and Ranchers; Natural Food Products Farmers Under Attack.The Obama administration is pushing farm controls through Congress as fast as possible and has coordinated the bills so there will be no debate and the committee meetings are closed. There are less than two weeks to stop the farming bills, H.R. 875 and S. 425. could put organic farms out of business. The group Democracy in action writes that the new "food safety"bills before in Congress were written and sponsored by big agri companies like Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, and ADM.
The USDA would be given the power to force organic farmers what to feed their animals, how to medically "treat" them and what toxic "sprays" to use. There would be penalties beyond the ability of most small farmers to pay. There are buried regulations in the bills which criminalize all aspects of farming by listing them as "sources of seed contamination". Farmers would be forced to use only approved seeds. They could be forced to give up a good seed cleaner and put in a building and equipment for a million and half dollars. These bills are set to industrialize all farms and force farmers to buy chemicals and drugs and face $500,000 penalties if they refuse. it has been reported that HR 875, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto. - More Information
Aside from needing reform into the genetically modified industry for soil and public health. This issue is also about food security. Companies like Monsanto and other powerful corporations continue to be well along in their plans to dominate the world food supply through genetic engineering. You can read the countelss warnings and horror stories at the Monsanto watch website
Genetically engineered food ingredients like corn and soy, as well as sugar from GMO sugar beets, are now found in thousands of grocery food items. Very strange strands are surfacing which are changing the ecology including Monsanto's aluminum resistant plants.
The Monsanto public relations story about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are largely based on five concepts.
1. GMOs are needed to feed the world.
2. GMOs have been thoroughly tested and proven safe
3. GMOs increase yield.
4. GMOs reduce the use of agricultural chemicals.
5. GMOs can be contained, and therefore coexist with non-GM crops.
Adding to this there is no security in place to ensure the policing of the FDA's reports. At this time any "conflict of interest" can occur, we have seen this occur over and over with the pharmaceutical industry. The public's knowledge regarding the dangers of GM food can be "interfered with" in exactly the same way.The truth about GM must be available to the public. Yet organizations like the FDA are making every effort to prevent the public from knowing the truth about GMOs in their foods. The FDA have claimed that requiring GE foods to be accurately labeled would be "confusing" to consumers.
The upshot is that they have no intention to require mandatory GMO labeling of food products, and in fact the FDA seems committed to making sure consumers are left in the dark. Conflict of interests and no "informed consent has happened COUNTLESS times with psychotropic drugs and many others. Yet these history lessons continue today to not be taken in and preventative measures have not been applied.
Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.-Source
A digital signature for a corporation charter to ensure no conflict of interest and informed consent must occur in the FDA with the education on GM's and the pharmaceutical industry can prevent these problems. (Link below).
Panacea recommends the NaturalNews Insider Alert e-mail newsletter to stay frequent with warnings and news reading this issue. Radio, TV shows Blog's, websites ,articles, videos, music and public word of mouth is needed at the very basic level to raise public awareness about the dangers of GMOs.The say no to GMO's website is a great starting point for info and affirmative action.
A particular individual Jeffrey Smith executive director of the non-profit Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) has been instrumental for about 15 years helping to protect you from the dangers of genetically modified foods. This is all done on a show string budget.
If you cannot contribute to the educational program, a digital signature cost nothing and it is at the very basic level going to effect change.We have an educational problem. We are literally fighting for our long-term survival here. If we hope to maintain biodiversity among the seed supply, protect farmers and prevent consumers from being harmed by the negative side effects of GMOs, we need to defeat the GMO agenda right now.
To do it, IRT is implementing a plan to create a tipping point of consumer rejection of GMOs, to force them out of the market.Since GM ingredients offer no consumer benefit, as little as 5% of shoppers avoiding them could be sufficient to turn the tide. Concerned citizens already kicked GMOs out of European brands, and informed consumers can do it America and other countries as well. IRT educates people about the health dangers, and provides them with Non-GMO Shopping Guides.
Four simple ways mean time
1. Buy Organic - Certified organic products cannot intentionally
include any GMO ingredients
2. Look for "Non-GMO Project" verified seals
3. Avoid At-Risk Ingredients including Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed
4. Buy Products Listed in non GMO shopping guides
You can also help by showing the documentaries, interviews and articles listed on this page and to establish local and national Non-GMO Working Groups to educate the public, parents, schools, healthcare professionals, and others to stop buying high-risk foods that use GMO ingredients.
That effort takes funding, and you can probably already imagine such funding isn't being offered by many corporations.If we are to be successful in halting the scourge of GMOs, it's really up to you and me. We must be the support that keeps the non profit GM organization like the IRT going. Together, we can win this fight for our food freedom and help protect future generations from the travesty of GMO seeds and crops. -Action Tool Kit
GM SEED IS TAKING OVER OUR NATURAL FOOD SUPPLY GM plants proven to be POISONOUS - killing insects, birds, butterflies, and destroying our Eco System And slowly killing animals. Tests found alien GM material in honey from beehives two miles from a site where GM crops were being grown under government supervision. It is believed to have been carried there by bees gathering pollen in the GM test sites.
FARMERS AND PLANT NURSERIES TO BE WARNED. not to accept the USA rhetoric and junk false science. Tests confirmed that GM material in the honey could have come only from oil- seed rape grown at Wester Friarton, in Newport-on-Tay, by Aventis, one of the world’s biggest biotechnology firms. The fact that the GM material travelled such a distance makes a mockery of the government’s 50m-200m crop-free “buffer” zones that were created around GM sites to protect neighbouring farms. Critics have claimed that the GM crop trial sites are too close to other farms. America has buffer zones of up to 400m, Canada up to 800m, and the European Union recommends a 5km (three-mile) zone for GM oilseed rape.According to Reuters, Bulgaria's parliament voted on Thursday to tighten a law that effectively banned cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops for scientific and commercial reasons in response to public fears.
A genetically modified organism (GMO, also called "genetically engineered") is a plant, animal or microorganism (e.g., bacteria) that is created by means which are not naturally occurring. Genetic engineering involves crossing species which could not cross in nature. For example, genes from a flounder (a cold water fish) have been inserted into strawberries and tomatoes to make them less susceptible to cold. Currently 13.3 million farmers- 90 percent of all who farm in developing countries- are currently planting biotech crops.While the Food and Drug Administration insists that foods produced by genetic engineering are the same as foods from traditional breeding, their own scientists have reported that, "the processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different and... they lead to different risks."
The dangers of contamination from Genetically Modified (GM) Corn, with a showcase of indigenous corn based culture and food sovereignty is threatened in Mexico by Monsanto. Countries all over the world see the dangers of GM corn but Australia is allowing it to be grown. - When are the State and Fed Government going to remove the TGA's (UN Trade Agreements) that are killing our wildlife, and destroying our BEES.
GM Contaminated maize will result in a serious threat to the biodiversity of the native open pollinated CORN species, because, "genetically-modified crops have the potential to cross-breed with native and natural crops, altering the evolution of the entire population" and future supply of CORN.Military are co-partners as high-tech intruders in every Country. using techniques by US UN NWO geographers mapping regions with GPS and data processing technology but failing to reveal their connections with the US military or their covert use of Pentagon contractor Radiance Technologies to infringe on our sovereign rights. And geographers with geo-piracy are stealing the traditional knowledge of the indigenous communities.
As belligerent Monsanto agents use covert activities to contaminate crops, then sue the farmer for using their patented seeds sending them bankrupt and then thrown off their land - GROWERS ARE URGED to send Statutory Declaration warnings to Monsanto, and then TO DISPLAY SIGNS THAT SHOW. "MONSANTO KEEP OUT OR FACE CRIMINAL PROSCECUTION and crop damages
Antibiotic treatments are useless to humans who have been exposed to GM foods - Codex Alimentarius will promote GM plants.The tests will bring pressure on Aventis, which was accused of a “serious breach” of regulations earlier this year after GM trials in 12 sites were contaminated with antibiotic genes. These are controversial because of the danger of gene transfer to bacteria in animals and humans, who become immune to common life- saving antibiotics.BESIDES GM FOOD CONTAMINATES; Common Garden Chemicals are also killing our BEES and causing deformed babies.
Dozens of families in Britain and America, whose children were born with microphthalmia (small eyes) and anopthalmia (no eyes), are suing DuPont, the American-based chemical giant. They blame exposure during pregnancy to the chemicals benomyl and carbendazim, which are found in Benlate, a common DuPont garden spray. The court claims follow a landmark decision two years ago, when a Florida court ordered DuPont to pay $4-million (US) in damages to Johnny Castillo, now six, who was born without eyes as a result of his mother's exposure to Benlate during pregnancy. Benomyl is the active ingredient in 11 fungicides sold in Canada, including various forms of Benlate. The seven Ontario children were born with bilateral anopthalmia, meaning they are missing two eyes.
Many independent documentaries have shown the corporate company Monsanto's greed by the deliberate patenting of whole species of life forms, creating GMO crops that pose hazards to human health, threatening farmers with lawsuits if one of their patented gene sequences makes it into their crops, and much, much more. Monsanto is an UNREGULATEDcompany that has brought us everything from Agent Orange to DDT to Aspartame, and now they control of all the vegetables on your kitchen table. Independent documentaries have shown alarming facts and with out them the counter productive health effects would be left un investigated.
The majority of the general public will not be aware that GM food, food additives and artificial colorings ARE dangerous.The European Food Safety Authority has been studying the effects of these products and has uncovered a host of potential problems with their usage, especially in the developing bodies of children. Experts agree that most of these questionable food colorings and additives must be banned. For example aspartame and MSG.Most do not even know of the additive MSG, the name its is hidden under and the lab confirmed tests which show its dangers. More links to additive alert pages and information is also included below
Codex Alimentarius this is a petition to gather 1 million voices against the codex alimentarius, a law that will be imposed in december 2009, if we don't do anything against it. This law states that:
- all biological food must be irradiated
- genetically modified products don't have to be named in ingredient-lists, neither in the ingredient-lists of biological products
- nearly all of the homeopathical remedies will be taken from the market
- all healing herbs will be illegal
- most of the alternative forms of therapy and healing will be illegal
- alternative kindergardens and schools (like waldorf-schools...) will be illegal
The ELIANT campaign together with other campaigns are collecting a million signatures in order to file a protest against this law at the european court of justice. A number of signatures above one million will enable us to do something on a european level. At this moment we still need at least 260.371 signatures to reach our goal... yours could be the One. More information and online signing at- eliant.eu
Please note- if any of the following educational videos have broken links, please put their title through Google video search to find the updated ones.
This award winning documentary film explores the growing global threat of genetically engineered trees to our environment and to human health. The film features renowned geneticist and host of PBS' The Nature of Things David Suzuki, who explores the unknown and possibly disastrous consequences of improperly tested GE methods. Many scientists and activists are interviewed in the film, which serves as an effective and succinct tool for understanding the complex issue of GE trees. The film includes the testimony of many experts on the subject and serves as a valuable tool to inform students and those interested in environmental issues.
The film has been well used in public forums, government as well as college and high school classrooms. The film includes an interview with Percy Schmeiser, who lost the rights to his own crops to Monsanto, when Monsanto seeds contaminated his fields. As Schmeiser says in the film:"It doesn't matter how it gets there, destroying your crop. All of your crop, becomes Monsanto's ownership and they can lay a lawsuit on top of it against you. Even if the contamination rate is 1%, all your other 99% of your crop goes to Monsanto. And that's what startled the world, how farmers can lose their rights overnight, an organic farmer can lose his seeds and his rights overnight, and get subject to a lawsuit."The film shows how farmers like Schmeiser and indigenous people may lose their way of life and belongings in the face of new biotech friendly science and legislation.
A new documentary was aired on French television - a documentary that Americans won’t ever see. The gigantic bio-tech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years.
In this lecture, Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception, summarizes the contents of his book, which explains how genetically modified foods cause health problems, and their potential for creating a vast array of unforeseen and surprising illnesses. He also sheds light on how the corruption within the U.S. government, the FDA, and the GMO industry has allowed, and perpetuated, the cover-up.
A very interesting documentary on genetically engineer foodor GE, GMO. GE food raise serious concern about its safety because it is not properly regulated in North America yet. Primary research on rats feed with GE food show modifications to their internal organs. WE must show to our government that we don't want GE food. - BUY ORGANIC FOOD - is the best way to protect ourself and give money to small farmers who produce GMO free food and not Mossanto that produce GE crops and the terminator gene. Get information about organic foodover here: Genetically Modified Food or Organic: Do We Have to Choose?
Learn more about the facts and the fiction about geneticallymodifiedfood with UCSD's Maarten Chrispeels
What every person know about the food they ingest. The documentary "The Future of Food" changed the way we think about food. THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology.
The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply.Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, THE FUTURE OF FOOD examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world's food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.Web site.
In the mid-1980s, scientists, with the help of biotechnology, thought they had found the key to mastering the planet, and especially its living organisms. Suddenly, everything seemed possible!
Twenty years later the filmmakers embark on a global journey to explore the effects of the ongoing experiments in the genetic manipulation of plants, animals and human beings.
Some of the results have not been pretty.
* Due to a disastrous crop of genetically modified cotton many Indian farmers face ruin, and choose instead to sell one of their kidneys or commit suicide.
* In Canada genetically modified canola seeds blow onto the fields of neighboring organic farms, thus making organic certification of those farmers' crops impossible.
* The Icelandic parliament sells the entire gene pool of its population to a private company which intends to turn over the data at a profit to the pharmaceutical industry and insurance companies.
* The Human Genome Diversity Project collects blood, hair and saliva samples from 700 groups of people judged to be in danger of extinction on the pretext of preventive health care. The gene samples find their way into the laboratories of industry to provide the basis for valuable patents.
Worldwide only a handful of idealistic scientists are defying industry, doing independent research on the effects of transgenic animals and plants on the environment and our health when we consume genetically modified food.
This leads to the conclusion that not only does genetic engineering pose a serious scientific problem, it also challenges fundamental democratic principles, and deserves the widest possible public discussion.
Once genetic material has been released into the environment it cannot be recalled. The likelihood of a major problem may, as some people suggest, be slight, but if something does go badly wrong we will be faced with the problem of clearing up a kind of pollution which is self-perpetuating. I am not convinced that anyone has the first idea of how this could be done, or indeed who would have to pay.
'We are told that GM crops will require less use of agro-chemicals. Even if this is true, it is certainly not the whole story. What it fails to take into account is the total ecological and social impact of the farming system. For example, most of the GM plants marketed so far contain genes from bacteria which make them resistant to a broad spectrum weedkiller available from the same manufacturer.When the crop is sprayed with this weedkiller, every other plant in the field is killed. The result is an essentially sterile field, providing neither food nor habitat for wildlife.
These GM crop plants are capable of interbreeding with their wild relatives, creating new weeds with built-in resistance to the weedkiller, and of contaminating other crops. Modified genes from a crop of GM rape were found to have spread into a conventional crop more than a mile away. The result is that both conventional and organic crops are under threat, and the threat is one-way.
GM crop plants are also being developed to produce their own pesticide. This is predicted to cause the rapid appearance of resistant insects. Worse still, such pesticide-producing plants have already been shown to kill some beneficial predator insects as well as pests.
To give just two examples, inserting a gene from a snowdrop into a potato made the potato resistant to greenfly, but also killed the ladybirds feeding on the greenfly. And lacewings, a natural predator of the corn borer and food for farmland birds, died when fed on pest insects raised on GM maize.
We are also told that GM techniques will help to 'feed the world'. This is a fundamental concern to all of us. But will the companies controlling these techniques ever be able to achieve what they would regard as a sufficient return from selling their products to the world's poorest people? Nor do I believe that the basic problem is always so simple.
Where the problem is lack of food, rather than lack of money to buy food, there may be better ways of achieving the same ends. Recent research has shown, for example, that yields from some traditional farming systems can be doubled, and even trebled, through techniques that conserve natural resources while making the best use of labour and management skills. " Source
While scientific progress on molecular biology has a great potential to increase our understanding of nature and provide new medical tools, it should not be used as justification to turn the environment into a giant genetic experiment by commercial interests. The biodiversity and environmental integrity of the world's food supply is too important to our survival to be put at risk.
Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally.These genetically modified organisms (GMO) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating non 'GE' environments and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way.Their release is 'genetic pollution' and is a major threat because GMOs cannot be recalled once released into the environment.
Because of commercial interests, the public is being denied the right to know about GE ingredients in the food chain, and therefore losing the right to avoid them despite the presence of labelling laws in certain countries.Biological diversity must be protected and respected as the global heritage of humankind, and one of our world's fundamental keys to survival.
Governments are attempting to address the threat of GE with international regulations such as the Biosafety Protocol.
We believe:GMOs should not be released into the environment as there is not adequate scientific understanding of their impact on the environment and human health.
We advocate immediate interim measures such as labelling of GE ingredients, and the segregation of genetically engineered crops and seeds from conventional ones.We also oppose all patents on plants, animals and humans, as well as patents on their genes. Life is not an industrial commodity. When we force life forms and our world's food supply to conform to human economic models rather than their natural ones, we do so at our own peril.
GM food requires independent tests: The Western Australian Minister for Food, Kim Chance, says genetically modified (GM) foods need to be independently tested before they are approved for consumption in Australia.Mr Chance says Food Standards Australia and New Zealand currently relies on data supplied by GM companies to determine if a food is safe, instead of conducting its own analysis.A study by two French universities has found rats fed on GM corn had stunted growth and developed kidney and liver problems.Mr Chance says it is disturbing Australian people may have consumed the product in imported foods like corn chips and tacos.
"For us to have to rely on the data which is provided by people who have a commercial reason for supplying that data or commercial interest in the matter isn't good enough," he said.
The gigantic biotech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years.The endless list of genetically modified seeds sold and controlled by Monsanto are putting at enormous risk age-old agricultural patterns under the presumptuous slogan of aiming at solving the huge problem of hunger in the world.
On March 11 a new documentary was aired on French television (ARTE – French-German cultural tv channel) by French journalist and film maker Marie-Monique Robin, entitled 'The World According to Monsanto' (Le Monde selon Monsanto). Starting from the Internet over a period of three years Robin has collected material for her documentary,going on to numerous interviews with people of very different backgrounds. She traveled widely, from Latin America, to Asia, through Europe and the United States, to personally interview farmers and people in influential positions.
As an example of pro-Monsanto interviews, she talked at length with Michael Taylor who has worked as a lawyer for Monsanto and also for the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), where he had great influence on the legalization of the genetically modified bovine growth hormone (BGH). It also became FDA policy during Taylor's tenure that GM seeds are declared to be "substantially equivalent to non-GM seeds, hence proclaiming proof of the harmlessness of GMs to be unnecessary. Michael Taylor is a typical example of technocrats employed via 'the revolving door policy'. He is now head of the Washington, D.C. office of Monsanto Corporation.
The gospel according to Monsanto is that their patented GM seeds and their bovine growth hormone (BGH) will increase worldwide production of agricultural, dairy and meat products and Bt cotton to the extent that worldwide hunger and poverty will be eradicated.
The actual truth is rather the opposite. GMOs are creating serious damage all over the world and artificial BGH injection in cows cause numerous health problems, and even death.
Monsanto is not held back by any considerations of ethics and it hides the reality of its sordid machinations behind a wall of secrecy. Everything Monsanto does is exclusively with the intent of increasing its own profit – everything else be damned. If left to its own devices it will most certainly destroy the livelihood of millions of farmers – a process begun a decade ago in India and certainly in many other countries as well. The planet's ecosystems will be seriously threatened by unnatural ways of changing agricultural patterns. The dangers of GMO cultivation to the environment come in many forms:
* Switching from age-old biodiverse crops that can tolerate low-level amounts of water to industrial monocultures of crops such as GM soya, cotton, sugarcane, etc. that require large amounts of irrigation.
* Inundating cultivated lands with toxic herbicides, in particular the dangerous Monsanto product Roundup, to which the GMO seeds have been made biotechnically resistant. Any other growth should succumb to Roundup, were it not for the fact that weeds to a very large extent become Roundup resistant.
* Putting an end to biological farming and poisoning non GM cultures through pollenization from GM crops and accidental exposure to Roundup herbicide.
* Deforestation to make more land available for the culture of the GM seeds Monsanto sells at high prices to poor farmers.
On top of all these dangers to biodiversity and biological farming comes the fact that Monsanto has patented its products and farmers are legally bound not to save seeds for replanting for the following year. They must buy new seeds from Monsanto every year and the company has a sizeable staff that just deals with prosecuting farmers suspected of illegally using one year's seeds for the planting of the next year's crop.
How and what we eat has radically changed over the past few decades with the all-consuming rise of the supermarket. But what price are we paying for the homogenised, cheap and convenient food that supermarkets specialise in?
In a two-part programme, journalist Jane Moore investigates how supermarkets have affected the food on our plates and reveals the tell-tale signs that the food we buy may not have been grown in the way we think.
Using a combination of undercover filming and scientific analysis, Supermarket Secrets investigates whether the food on supermarket shelves is really as good as it looks, whether prices are as good as they seem and what happens behind the scenes in the production of supermarket food.
The first of the two programme features secret filming which uncovers the horrific conditions inside a chicken broiler house preparing chickens for a company which supplies all the major supermarkets. One study carried out by a professor from Cambridge University revealed that 82% of chickens bought in supermarkets had hockburns – a tell-tale sign of poor animal welfare caused by sitting in litter. Jane Moore shows how to examine chickens for hockburns.
The programme also examines why chickens nowadays have more fat and less protein and why it is vitally important to read the ingredients lists on healthy option meals. Also, top chef Raymond Blanc puts some supermarket 'ready meals' to the taste test.
Programme two meets the organic potato farmer who feeds much of his crop to his cows because, he says, the supermarkets deem his produce to be insufficiently cosmetically pleasing.
The film also hears from a toxicologist about the levels of pesticide residues in supermarket fresh produce; reveals how dairy cattle are now factory farmed and why packaged fruit and vegetables from your local supermarket may be more expensive that you think – and not as good for you.With contributions from leading experts including Joanna Blythman, Professor Tim Lang, Dr Vyvyan Howard and Felicity Lawrence.
In a book called Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, Russell L. Blaylock gives much valuable information about MSG and other harmful food additives. Most of you, I know, try to eat healthy, natural foods without harmful chemicals added, and the reason I'm posting this is that I learned from this book that food manufacturers do not have to list MSG and other "natural" flavor enhancers specifically because they come from natural sources. MSG, for example is made from kombu. Instead, many foods, including many vegetarian and "all natural" pre-packaged foods have "natural flavoring," "spices," "vegetable protein," and "hydrolized vegetable protein" listed as ingredients.
These are ALL legal disguises for MSG. It's so scarily ever present that I've almost stopped eating pre-packaged foods entirely. It's so omnipresent that I had a hard time believing that it was possible to lie to people about what they eat on such a vast scale. My boyfriend, though, is allergic to MSG and gets horrific headaches when he eats even a small amount of it, and he was getting headaches from eating all of these foods, so I'm pretty convinced that the book is correct. The book also gives much detail about the kinds of brain damage proven to be caused by eating much MSG. It is linked to learning disabilities in children and Parkinson's Disease and other degenerative neurological diseases in older people, and yet is added to many baby foods! The reasons the food industry gets away with this is that they have much money for lobbying and that for a long time the harmful effects of excitotoxins were unknown.
They are cheap flavor enhancers that make people want to eat more of whatever the food is and so make money for the companies, and the practice of using them is so entrenched that nothing is going to change right away. A lot of known junk foods, like Dorritos and other snacks, list MSG undisguised as an ingredient, probably because if you eat that stuff, there's so much other crap in there, you probably don't worry much about it, but what really gets me are the "healthy" foods that disguise what they're really adding. That tells you something.
Here is a list from the book of what ingredients to avoid. It's shocking when you really start reading food labels.
These additives always contain MSG:
Monosodium glutamate (duh!!)
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hydrolyzed plant protein
Hydrolyzed oat flour
These additives frequently contain MSG:
Natural beef or chicken flavoring
These additives may contain MSG or other excitotoxins:
Soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
Whey protein concentrate
The following are two websites which provide extensive education on the dangers of Genetically Modified foods - which will likely cause many cancers, and are a huge disaster that needs to be stopped. Learn what you can do to stop this craziness.