With Michael Taylor ensconced in the White House as the Food Safety Czar, we have the proverbial fox guarding the hen house. Monsanto Mike was a lead attorney, VP, and chief lobbyist for Monsanto. In the 1990s, he manipulated the FDA and the legal system to make sure genetically modified bovine growth hormones (rbGH) made it to market while financially destroying small dairy farmers who dared label their milk rbGH free.
Japan, Canada and some European countries have banned a few of Monsanto's products, while the USA remains an open market for GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). This is due largely to Monsanto Mike's efforts, which includes successfully lobbying against labeling requirements for GMOs.
An Uphill Battle
So the playing field for ensuring real food safety is to eliminate the scourge of GMOs as crop, animal, and human genetic contaminants are tilted in the biotechnology industry's favor. The threat of GMO crops contaminating non-GMO crops is very real. It's going to take a lot to level the playing field and tilt it the other way.
Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and director of The Institute for Responsible Technology, advocates consumer education and boycotting. He claims there have been positive results from this strategy with bovine growth hormone laced milks disappearing from major market shelves. Too bad most of the harassed small dairy farmers aren't getting some payback from Monsanto.
Then there is the Organic Consumers Association, which has created a "Millions Against Monsanto" page on their site. When it comes to education, there are two excellent free documentaries available on line through the sources section below.
So activists have taken up the fight and become insurgents against the food chain tyranny big business and big government (aka fascism) have foisted over everyone. The food chain is being endangered permanently and decisively. And with that - the future of most living creatures!
Non-GMO Activism Needs You
It's going to take education and mass boycotting to put a halt to this hijacking of the food chain. Writing mostly corrupt congress persons isn't going to do it. Neither will petitions to the White House, which Monsanto Mike Taylor inhabits with the person who selected him, Barack Obama.
Just in case you haven't taken the GMO issue seriously enough to want to do something about it, here's some information from independent scientific studies (sources below) that is merely the tip of GMOs' health harm iceberg. The basic premise of food genetic engineering was proven to be false by the Human Genome Project. But never mind the facts, the funding was there and the "research" continued.
Biotechnology scientists isolated a virus that demonstrated a tremendous capacity for promoting transgenics between species. This was the cauliflower mosaic virus, or CaMV 35S. It was selected as an agent to promote gene swapping for virtually all agricultural genetic engineering. The biotechnology scientists assumed that this virus would be denatured in the digestive system. Wrong!
It turns out this CaMV 35S transgenic promoting agent keeps on promoting in the digestive system. So what gets genetically manipulated in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract? The friendly bacteria that comprises anywhere from 60 to 80 percent of our immune system! This invasion is a direct assault on our immune systems.
From West Ontario Professor Emeritus Dr. Joseph Cummins: "It has been shown in the laboratory that genetic recombination will create highly virulent new viruses from such constructions. Certainly the widely used cauliflower mosaic virus [CaMV 35S] is a potentially dangerous gene."
Get involved before it's too late. Educate yourself, pass the word, buy organic and boycott GMOs.
Sources for more information:
Access to Responsible Technology Non-GMO Food List
Jeffrey Smith's Non-GMO Activist site
Article on Michael Taylor's appointment as Food Czar with his background
Organic Consumers Association (interview of a whistle blowing scientist)
UK Scientific Journal report on GMOs
The Corporation (video documentary)
The World According to Monsanto (video documentary) A must view