There's something about corn. . .
Mar. 17, 2014 1:47 pm
Updated: Mar. 20, 2014 12:23 pm
I'm an Indiana girl. Even if I move from here one day, I'll always be an Indiana girl. A couple of counties north of where I live there is a man-made lake. On one section of it's shores there is an amusement park called Indiana Beach. We are "beach challenged"
in the Midwest. The advertisement for Indiana Beach says "There's more than corn in Indiana". Funny, right?
One thing I always enjoyed was Indiana sweet corn. I miss it.
Unbeknownst to the majority of consumers, in the summer of 2012 large quantities of GMO sweet corn appeared on grocery store shelves and roadside produce stands. In 2011, Monsanto announced plans to grow genetically modified sweet corn on 250,000 acres, roughly
accounting for 40 percent of the sweet corn market. The sweet corn is being used for frozen and canned corn products, and is also available fresh across the country.
Here are key facts you need to know:
GMO sweet corn is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (Roundup Ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin). Like all GMOs, genetically modified sweet corn has not been thoroughly tested to ensure that it is safe for consumption.
While GMO sweet corn has been produced in the past by Syngenta, this is the first attempt by a biotech company to corner the sweet corn market.
GMO sweet corn can be found in the produce aisle of your local food store and at farmers’ markets and farmstands. It can also be found in processed foods that contain sweet corn.
If you choose to pick up some sweet corn seed at your local nursery, it is probably NOT GMO. Hybrid corn is not GMO. Hybrid corn is species to species, to introduce preferred traits. GMO's are species to DIFFERENT species. Not naturally occurring.
I've been researching GMO crops. Intensely.
The worst part isn't the heavy use of glyphosate (Round Up) although, that is bad enough. The worst parts are that a company . . .ANY company could patent LIFE (seed). And once it's done (the organism has been modified) it can't be undone. Pollen drift is
real and happening.
On the one hand, a company will say 'It's perfectly safe. It is just as healthy as an unmodified plant'. (The term is in fact, substantially equivalent.) BUT, it's a different story when they want to obtain the patent. THEN, it's different and it's theirs
ALONE. (Does anyone else see a problem with this thinking?)
Not a single crop has been developed for increased yield, drought tolerance, salt resistance or increased nutrition. In fact, they haven't increased yield, haven't decreased the use of pesticides or herbicides, haven't solved any of the hunger problems so,
to defend genetic engineering, is to defend a multi-national corporation controlling a primary food source and the chemicals that will be used on that produce.
"Controlling the seeds is not some abstraction. Whoever provides the world's seeds, controls the worlds food supply." Barlett and Steele, Vanity Fair
Though glyphosate is called an herbicide, it doesn't actually kill the weed. It reduces the plants natural ability to fight pathogens (makes it sick) so that the weed is overtaken by natural predatory soil borne pathogens. It does not distinguish between beneficial
micro flora and predatory pathogens. In sterile soil it doesn't kill. It will stun because it is a growth regulator. Smart weeds are mutating, bolstering their defense against glyphosate and becoming super weeds. My neighbor, with a Ph.D. in Agriculture
says these super weeds are the REAL threat. And the next generation herbicide (a derivative of Agent Orange) even more frightening.
Glyphosate strips our soil of necessary minerals and micro flora and thus, makes our foods less nutritious.
In 2007, the FDA stopped reporting how much glyphosate was used. It's use was increasing so rapidly that it was embarrassing (to quote Dr. Don Huber).
Plant and animal diseases have continued to increase.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENmc9kHnvbo . . .an interview with Dr. Don Huber by Dr. Mercola.
Dr. Huber's most recent research has found a new organism that renders farm animals infertile. He has managed to help farmers regain their animals fertility through a change in feed. His research is still pending official approval.
Which brings me to US.
These are some of the things in the plant and animal systems that are coming to light from the use of GMO crops and their adjunct products.
There have been NO significant studies about the consequences for human consumption.
I have my doubts that because we are HUMAN we will avoid consequences.
In fact, food allergies, food sensitivities, auto immune diseases and cancers, and gastro intestinal diseases are on the rise, significantly, since the introduction of GMO foods. But the reason for this increase remains UNKNOWN.
You CAN take steps to reduce these consequences in your life. Buy organic if and when you can. Especially the "dirty dozen". (Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, nectarines (imported), peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries,
sweet peppers, kale and collards and zucchini). Find a local Community Supported Ag and join!
I avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup, in anything. I buy organic masa to make tortillas and never purchase chips. I avoid all products containing corn and soy. Yes, it is limiting. But it is not impossible. And I still enjoy my food. We still have organic pop corn,
just like real people.
I personally gave up meat, for a whole host of reasons. But there is still meat from local farmers who feed non GMO feed and don't use antibiotics indiscriminately.
Start a little garden. Grow your own zucchini, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, spinach, kale and peppers. It's great fun, very rewarding and DELICIOUS!!
If you'd like to look into this issue further, I've included some links.
http://storyofstuff.org/. . .one note on this video. I think everyone should watch it. It's only 20 mins. And it's not about GMO's. But in the course of the tale, one of the "costs" of goods is pollution. Human breast milk contains a multitude of contaminates.
It is also available in print and annotated.
Caen study retracted . . .http://ww