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Ellie Tretola

on 13 November 2013

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Transcript of GMO

by Ellie Tretola
Major GMO companies maintain a constant grip within politics, expanding their reach through lobbyists and financial backing.
Large GMO companies control smaller companies and take advantage of them, forcing them to rely on their modified seeds.
60-70% of food consumed by Americans are genetically modified, including 95% of the nation's sugar beets, 94% of the soybeans, 90% of the cotton, and 88% of the feed corn.
Small farmers who adopt GM ways must purchase GM seeds usually under Monsanto's "No saved seed rule," which requires farmers to purchase seeds with every new harvest.
Monsanto, the largest GMO producer in the world, claims its product RoundUp is biodegradable, however studies show RoundUp permanently strips the soil of its essential nutrients. Stripping soil of its nutrients makes it unusable afterwards.
In recent years, Monsanto has sued numerous small farmers for infringement of their products, cornering others into abiding by their outlandish laws.
GMOs increase the possibility of amplifying food allergens and cancer formation. They leave the body defenseless against the mutated genes.
Studies suggest GMOs cause permanent disruption of the ecosystem and animal habitats, which have no natural defenses against man-made chemicals.
Connecticut and Maine recently proposed laws against GMOs, but can not go into effect until they are adapted by other states.
Genetic engineering of food involves the insertion of genes from bacteria, insects, animals or humans into the DNA of another plant or animal to create a new variety.
Many countries worldwide have made GMO labeling mandatory, however the United States and Canada have yet to adopt this policy, leaving consumers in the dark.
Although there has been fervent picketing and boycotting against GMO companies, there has been little progress in changing current regulations regarding the matter.
Media pictures such as these have vilified genetic modification.
Pests adapt to GMO defenses and build up immunity, creating "super pests" which will require more pesticides in the future.

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As well as crops, scientists have genetically modified animals for possible human consumption. They have created genetically modified cows that can produce "human" milk to make it more nutritious.
Currently, the FDA does not test genetically modified foods for safety. The internal tests done by the biotech companies are considered adequate.
French scientists have revealed that lab rats fed GMO corn sold by Monsanto suffered tumors and other complications, including severe kidney and liver damage.
Top breakfast cereals that contain Monsanto's GMO corn.
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization with the mission of protecting the GMO-free food supply, and giving consumers an informed choice.
Monsanto is the company that is known for creating DDT and Agent Orange. While it has been banned, Monsanto still denies that Agent Orange is responsible for the horrific birth defects and cancer deaths occurring to Vietnamese and US veterans of the Vietnam war.
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