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Genetically Modified Foods:

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Shaughnessy Boland

on 29 June 2014

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"Plants and crops with GM traits have been tested more than any other crops—with no credible evidence of harm to humans or animals"

"Today, we are focused on delivering systems of products that work together to address the challenges farmers face and maximize their yield potential..."
Genetically Modified Foods:
Whose Side Are You On?

GMO's are considered to be a moral dilemma that tampers with nature.
The potential for environmental impacts of GMOs is unknown
They could disturb the ecosystem by creating species immune to the environmental defenses such as disease or harsh weather
GMO's has the potential to reduce genetic diversity
Food and Drug Association

Donald Rumsfeld
Former board of directors of Monsanto's Searle pharmaceuticals, now Secretary of Defense

FDA and WHO Agreement
Agreement was made on August 11, 2005
FDA: Lester M. Crawford- Commissioner of Food and Drugs
WHO: Dr. V. Lepakhin- Assistant Director-General, Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals
Clarence Thomas
Former lawyer for Monsanto, now Supreme Court Judge
Ann Veneman
Board of Directors of Monsanto Calgene Corporation
Then became the US Secretary of Agriculture
Margaret Miller
Former Monsanto Research Scientist, then became deputy director of the FDA's Office of New Animal Drugs
Linda J Fisher
Former Assistant Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention Pesticides and Toxic Substances
Now VP of Government and Public Affairs for Monsanto Corporation
World Health Organization
Tommy Thompson
The US Secretary of Health, received $50,000 donation from Monsanto during his campaign for Governor of Wisconsin
Monsanto's "Revolving Door"
Michael R Taylor
Former Lawyer for Monsanto, then became FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Policy
Lester M Crawford
Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Accepted Agreement on behalf of the FDA
Dr. Vladimir Lepakhin
Assistant Director-General, Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals
Accepted the agreement on behalf of the World Health Organization
GMO's could potentially restore many of the world's scarce living resources
GMO's could be used to help decrease environmental contamination
GMO's are considered to be an answer to world hunger problems
Eat Right Ontario's Website:
"Health Canada does not plan to do research on GM foods since they are not seen as a risk to Canadians."

Crops grow well even when sprayed with pesticide
Have less disease caused by insects or viruses
Resist damage due weather
Ripen slower and last longer during shipping
Bruise less easily
increases certain nutrients
Health Canada's Website:
"Benefits resulting from such changes may include longer lasting and better tasting fruits and vegetables, crops which require less use of pesticides, improved nutrient content in certain foods, etc. In general, food production could be more efficient or more inexpensive and may contribute to enhancing the global food supply."
"Plants and crops with GM traits have been tested more than any other crops—with no credible evidence of harm to humans or animals"

"Today, we are focused on delivering systems of products that work together to address the challenges farmers face and maximize their yield potential..."
Monsanto's Website:
First GMO Patent
FDA Approves First GMO
GMO Hits Grocery Stores
Mandatory Labels in Europe
Recombinant DNA Created
Asilomar Conference
GMO Food Crops Dominate

GMO-Resistant Pests Appear
Genetically modified (GM) foods are foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism. (WHO)
Arpad Pusztai
Biochemist & nutritionist
Employed by Rowett Research Institute from 1963-1998
$3mil contract by the UK Government to design the system for safety-testing GMOs
1998 - research showed feeding GMO potatoes to rats had negative effects on their stomach lining & immune system
1998-suspended from the research institute and contract wasn't renewed
3rd party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products

works with manufacturers, distributes, growers and seed suppliers to develop a standard for detection of GMOs
Harm soil quality, disrupt ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity
Do not increase yield potential
Cannot solve the problem of world hunger but distract from its real causes - poverty, lack of access to food, and increasingly, lack of access to land to grow it on
Research and monitor new technologies and provide credible information
Challenge government to transparency, accountability, and democratic process
The process of genetic engineering could create new allergens
Foreign DNA may be able to survive in the human gut
Animal feeding studies indicate liver and kidney problems
Reflexive Science
& Economic
Human &
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