Sunday, 27 June 2010

Genetically Modified Crops and the Contamination of America's Food Chain

On June 21, the US Supreme Court released its long awaited decision on the first case involving genetically modified crops, allowing the USDA to impose a partial deregulation, should it so choose. This would permit the sale of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa (RRA). However, in its 7-1 ruling, the court also upheld the lower decision to ban complete deregulation.

The US Supreme Court found that the “District Court abused its discretion when banning a partial deregulation and in prohibiting the planting of RRA pending completion of a detailed environmental review,” known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The decision flies in the face of the facts in this case, and subjects us to further contamination of our food supply.
There are a number of other problems with GM crops, which the Supreme Court ignores, even when presented with some of these issues.

First and foremost, GMOs are created to tolerate or produce pesticide. North America is losing its natural pollinators, specifically bees, butterflies and bats, because of the enormous tonnage of chemicals sprayed in this nation. If we lose our bees, said Einstein, humans will last about six years. We need our pollinators. The entire web of life depends on them.

Those pesticide chemicals have poisoned all of our waters, damaging the biota, or making seafood toxic for humans. Chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, etc. created GMOs so they could sell chemicals. Those chemicals are bad for the environment and for humans.

The problem with GMOs is that the companies that make them, like Monsanto, have a history of hiding the harm they cause. Would you trust a cigarette company's claim that smoking does not adversely effect your health ? Until we can get an extensive long-term independent study into GMOs they must be kept under quarantine. The risks here are too high. Memo to the big corporations producing these GM products- go into business making something else.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 27th, 2010.]


Faith-R-Michaels said...

We The People of the World will just have to really bother in a large and loud way... the grocery store chains that sell us our food.
Demand that this garbage be labeled and then DO NOT BUY IT. It is quite clear that if we are looking to the governmental powers to come to their senses and regulate this.... We will still be waiting a long time after we have left this world... So it is up to us to be self responsible and inquire and where we put our dollars will say it all..That is the power we have as consumers.
I ain't waiting on them to get some sense..I am buying food that I KNOW is NOT contaminated. I would suggest that people mail and call their food corporations and tell them that we will NOT buy food that is from non Genetically Modified Crops altered sources.
I believe that the problem is that people are thinking smething like this.... up untill now a genetically modified crop meant that the yields were better or bigger fruit ect..... We are not talking that kind of modification here. We are talking about something completely new and proven harmful to all life.... and I will not support with my hard earned dollars ANYTHING that is clearly anti-life!

SpookyPunkos said...

I can't agree with you more Faith !!

I will steer clear of the GMO products- those corporations will not be getting any of my business !

Thanks for the great comment !