number 8 at the beginning of a PLU is not being used to identify GMOs. This
from a recent article by Jeffrey Smith posted late Feb 2010 in Huffington
Post. The 8 was proposed but never followed up on. Until Smith's recent
post, all other sources used by the author were claiming the 8 tag for GMOs
was in effect.
American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) states, "Genetically
Modified foods have not been properly tested and pose a serious health risk.
There is more than a casual association between GM foods and adverse health
effects. There is causation." The AAEM also called for a moratorium
on GMO's in food and for physicians to advise their patients to avoid GM
foods. Since the massive invasion of GMO's into the food supply from 1996,
chronic diseases and food allergies have doubled.
that President Obama has appointed Michael Taylor as Food Czar to his cabinet,
the struggle is destined to become more difficult unless more consumers
knowingly boycott GMO products. Michael Taylor was a vice president and
chief lobbyist for Monsanto prior to his cabinet selection. Did you know
that the stated aim of Monsanto is to own the patents for all the food crop
seeds in the world? And now they're in the White House!
Avoid GMO Foods?
anti-GMO activist and best selling author Jeffrey Smith's recent News With
Views Internet article, "Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Foods,"
"World renowned biologist Pushpa M. Bhargava goes one step further.
After reviewing more than 600 scientific journals, he concludes that genetically
modified organisms (GMOs) are a major contributor to the sharply deteriorating
health of Americans".
the population, biologist David Schubert of the Salk Institute warns that
'children are the most likely to be adversely effected by toxins and other
dietary problems' related to GM foods. He says without adequate studies,
the children become 'the experimental animals.'"
to you and your family's personal health risks, the whole human race is
endangered as Monsanto pursues it's stated goal of owning the world's food
supply. Genetic engineering alters genetic codes of the DNA in organism
by splicing in other genes from other forms of life, including other plant
forms, insects, bacteria and even viruses. This creates mutant organisms
and dangerously mutating genes, solely for sociopathic commercial demands
on different forms of produce.
commercial demands never consider the negative effects on human and animal
health, nor the future of the food chain. Pollen pollution from GMO crop
fields has already infected formerly pristine crops on small farms and indigenous
farming groups. This pollution can cause permanent genetic mutations. And
when Monsanto officials determine where these pollen drift pollutions occur,
they sue the farmers of the polluted crops for patent violations! So farmers
who avoid GMO planting are at risk.
matter of fact, there are several documents recovered from lawsuits and
from the Freedom of Information Act that show FDA scientists had even urged
long term studies before releasing GMO products. This was back in the early
1990's when the genome biotechnology industry was coming out of the closet.
So how were they over ruled?
came Michael Taylor from Monsanto, you know, the current Food Czar guy,
taking a key position in the FDA to create policy regarding GMO foods. The
policy he instated essentially decrees that it's all food; there is no difference
from any other food, and if the biotech company that created the GM foods
say they're safe that's good enough! That FDA policy for GM food remains
the same to this day.
documents from the biotech companies and independent testing prove that
the GMO firms not only do very little testing, but they also often test
improperly, cheat on the testing, and lie about the results! This junk science
and PR lying is what gets to the mainstream media and press, via the FDA
or even from biotechnology press releases. Meanwhile, research that prove
GMO dangers is suppressed.
To Avoid GMO Foods
the big four, which has become five now: The highly genetically engineered
crops are soy, corn, canola and cottonseed. Add sugar beets, which are now
blended oils in North America contain canola and cottonseed oils. Use extra
virgin olive oil instead. Avoid all soy products and oils as well. The healthy
alternative is usually not so healthy after all, since most soy is GMO unless
it is specifically labeled non-GMO.
corn is GMO. Items like corn flakes and corn chips are from GM corn. Corn
based products, corn starch, corn oil, corn syrup, and high fructose corn
syrup appear on the ingredients labels of many processed foods. Corn in
various forms is prevalent in the vast fast food supply that dominates our
corn is fed to cattle and other livestock. If you eat beef, pork or fowl,
you are probably a second hand consumer of GM corn. So dig a little deeper
and buy grass or alfalfa fed or free range livestock meats only.
beets are added to the big four to make it five. Now more and more sugar
beets are GMO. Sugar from sugar beets is less expensive than cane sugar
for refined sugar; therefore, it is popular with food processing groups.
So if you haven't stopped using sugar or products with refined sugar, you
might want to reconsider now.
guide for consumers are PLU codes that are labeled or stamped onto fruits
and vegetables. PLU stands for Price Look Up. The PLU codes are for input
into electronic cash registers to determine prices for bulk items, such
as apples and cabbage. The codes identify exactly what the item is with
its current pricing, while giving the consumer a handy tag for identifying
PLU code has five digits. If the first digit is a 9, the item is organic.
If it is an 8, it is GMO! Conventionally grown produce has a 0 for the first
digit, but usually the 0 is dropped. So most conventionally grown produce
will actually have only 4 digits on the PLU tag if you don't see a 0 at
the beginning. The 8 gives you the worst of two worlds, GMO and heavy chemical
are your three main categories. PLU codes do not usually appear on packaged
produce or items such as string beans that are too small to label or stamp.
buying organic and from local farmers is ideal. Forget convenience. Buy
bulk and eschew packaged foods. So what if you have to soak legumes the
night before cooking them. If you buy locally, through a local health food
store or at a farmers' market, you can determine by direct communication
how the crops were raised.
more details? You can download a free, very detailed Non GMO Shopping Guide
(pdf) created by The Center for Food Safety here: http://www.responsibletechnology.or...
Genesis of GMO Madness
following passage is excerpted from "Commentary on Dangers of Genetically
Modified Foods", By Edem Srem Sept. 2, 2009 GBC News]
history of controlling the food industry in the world by the then American
Government in 1973 under President Nixon started by introducing the "Food
for Peace" programme which was led by Henry Kissinger, Nixon's Secretary
of State and National Security Adviser.*
to the New African Magazine, Kissinger controlled absolutely the US foreign
policy and summarized his activities as "Control oil and you control
nations, control food and you control the people". His idea of capturing
the worldwide food industry started with the introduction of what was termed
as the gene revolution. [End of article excerpt]
gene revolution evolved to the biotechnology industry in food. Under Bush
senior, biotechnology was given the deregulation green light possibly more
than any other industry. Connect all these dots to Michael Taylor's revolving
door passages from corporate (Monsanto) to government (FDA) and back again
to Monsanto then tapped as Food Czar.
picture becomes apparent: the thrust to completely control food world wide
is being pursued by an alliance of USA government policy and multi-national
agribusiness and food processing corporation ambition. Don't expect government
to come to the rescue!
Roots Activism Too Shut Down GMO Foods
agenda for controlling the world food supply through patented GMO seeds
has hit a few glitches, thanks to the word getting out and food consumer
boycotts. Monsanto's target for accomplishing this was up years ago! But
of course, they haven't given up.
is a multi-national company that created PCB's, Agent Orange, Aspartame,
rBGH, Terminator Seeds and Round Up weed killer, for which GMO crops were
created to withstand its heavy spraying, creating more toxic chemical residue
to the GM crops than even conventionally grown crops. Would they care about
anything but their food fascism control agenda? With Food Czar Monsanto
Mike in the White House, they have their point man in position.
Jeffrey M. Smith, Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and
author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette proposes is that enough
people get educated and boycott GMO products to diminish market demand.
This can create a tipping point, where the balance of supply and demand
shifts enough for the market place venues to drop GMO products.
this has been achieved in the USA with rBGH or bovine growth hormones. And
thanks to an honest scientist, Arpad Pusztai, who lost his lab funding for
exposing GMO dangers in Scotland, the EU is GMO free.
same link provided above for the GMO Shopping Guide leads to the Institute
for Responsible Technology where Jeffrey Smith's powerful, live 84 minute
power point presentation on the whole GMO situation is available free.
for Responsible Technology (for Non GMO Food Guide and J. Smith free video
Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Foods by Jeffrey M. Smith
Vegetable PLU Codes
Ebook by Greg Ciola (scroll down list to find Greg's book)
on Dangers of Genetically Modified Foods