GMOs and ASD
What is GMO?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants, animals or bacteria created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.
Is all GM bad?
The original idea behind GMO was not all bad. To create sustainable products that could replace non-sustainable, rare things like stem cells for people with sickle cell, for example. Plants that could sustain climate challenges and feed the world, instead of farmers losing a whole crop and maybe their farm over a bad season doesn’t sound bad at all. Until the reality of the toxins and chemicals used cause more problems than they are worth and corporations sue farmers when the corporations seeds contaminate neighboring farms and run farmers out of business faster than climate challenges ever did.
Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 64 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Just like it used to do with the tobacco industry.
Can you use a GM seed and still be called organic if you raise the seed/crop organically?
No. From the USDA: “The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. To meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with prohibited substances, such as GMOs, from farm to table.”
Is GM food still food?
More than 90% of soy, corn, canola and sugar beets grown in the USA are registered as insecticides, not food. But are these insecticidal plants regulated and have their proteins been tested for safety? Not by the federal departments in charge of food safety, not in Canada and not in the U.S.
Foxes Running the Henhouse?
A Monsanto executive told The New York Times that the safety of genetically engineered foods was the government's problem, not the company's: “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food," said Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job.” Note: More than 15 former Monsanto Employees later worked in high-level US Federal Government jobs such as the FDA, EPA, Congressmen and White House Appointed Consumer Advocate which set laws to allow GMO products in the US.
GMO crops are resistant to certain pesticides, which means more use of the pesticide Glyphosate. All GM foods and products contain Glyphosate.
The EPA has recently decided that we just can’t get enough of this stuff and raised the levels allowed.
“The new regulation raises glyphosate levels in oilseed crops, which include sesame, flax, and soybean, from 20 parts per million (ppm), to 40 ppm. It also raises the allowable glyphosate contamination level for sweet potatoes and carrots from 0.2 ppm to 3 ppm for sweet potatoes and 5ppm for carrots, that’s 15 and 25 times the previous levels.”
Glyphosate has been proven to alter DNA.
Is Glyphosate Linked to ASD?
Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory who uncovered the results of this study, explains the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease. And it also shows that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of the disruption of homeostasis (the imbalance of cell regulation which can lead to the cause of many diseases) by environmental toxin such as found with Roundup.
This new study shows that Roundup enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Far-reaching health implications of this toxic chemical significantly impact the body due to its use in farming and other areas where food may grow. And what this new study has uncovered is the effects of Roundup are insidiously manifesting slowly over time as inflammation damages many different cellular systems throughout the body.
Which foods contain GMOs?
Almost any non-organic food or product COULD be GMO, but these are the most common GMO crops:
- Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
- Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
- Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
- Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)
What to look for on food labels:
Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops:
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.
Milk and dairy has GMO from several different places – the feed given to the cows, and rBGH added. Now, Aspartame, which kills rats and causes cancer, may be added to non-organic milks sold nationally WITHOUT labeling it.
Lists of companies who use GMOs in foods:
List of companies verified NO GMO:
What does the "Non-GMO Project Verified" seal mean?
Other than food, what else is GMO?
Corn, sugar beets and soy that is turned into fuel (ethanol gasoline), fibers like cotton, plastics, oils and many more items you use. Insects have been genetically modified for decades, and of course vaccines, just to name a few.
GMOs in Vaccines?
From a Pro-GMO website: "GMOs have emerged as one of the mainstays of biomedical research since the 1980s. For example, GM animal models of human genetic diseases enabled researchers to test novel therapies and to explore the roles of candidate risk factors and modifiers of disease outcome. GM microbes, plants, and animals also revolutionized the production of complex pharmaceuticals by enabling the generation of safer and cheaper vaccines and therapeutics. Pharmaceutical products range from recombinant hepatitis B vaccine produced by GM baker’s yeast to injectable insulin (for diabetics) produced in GM Escherichia coli bacteria and to factor VIII (for hemophiliacs) and tissue plasminogen activator (tPA, for heart attack or stroke patients), both of which are produced in GM mammalian cells grown in laboratory culture. Furthermore, GM plants that produce “edible vaccines” are under development. Such plants, which are engineered to express antigens derived from microbes or parasites that infect the digestive tract, might someday offer a safe, cheap, and painless way to provide vaccines worldwide, without concern for the availability of refrigeration or sterile needles. Novel DNA vaccines may be useful in the struggle to prevent diseases that have proved resistant to traditional vaccination approaches, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and cancer.
GMO around the world
At least 64 countries now ban or harshly restrict GMO foods, even causing trade issues with the USA because of it. For the countries that do allow it, we see things like skyrocketing suicides among farmers in India.
Why is everyone allergic all of a sudden? GM increases allergen and toxicant contents.
Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen.
Wheat is a little different, it’s not GM, it’s hybridized.
Legislation to get GMO labeling
In 2012, there was a law on the ballot, Proposition 37, in CA, which leads the US for food safety labeling laws. $45 Million dollars was spent by some of the world’s largest multinational corporations for the advertising campaign to defeat this bill.
The single most effective thing you can do to avoid GMOs is to vote with your money, meaning don’t buy foods or products that are GMO. Grow as much as you can, use local farmers and contact your legislators to let them know how you feel about bills that will get GMO status added to all food labels in the USA.
Moral of the story: More research on GMO's is needed, not just in the realm of autism, but for all living beings. Until then, buying and growing organic food is the route to take until all the research is finalized.