Mainstream medicine is entering the fray on GMO labeling, on the side of those of us who think we ought to have a right to know what is in our food.
In an article published a couple of weeks ago in the usually stodgy New England Journal of Medicine, doctors from Harvard, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin say that the pesticides applied to GMO crops (RoundUp™ ready). They urge the government to abandon its resistance to GMO labeling (heavily funded by Monsanto, producer of GMO seeds and RoundUp™) in the interest of consumers’ right to know what is in their food
. . . the argument that there is nothing new about genetic rearrangement misses the point that GM crops are now the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides and that two of these herbicides may pose risks of cancer,” wrote Mt. Sinai’s Dr. Philip Landrigan and University of Wisconsin’s Dr. Charles Benbrook.
The authors further urge the EPA to deny the approval of a new herbicide combo, designed to address increasing pesticide resistance in agricultural crops, because of recent studies that indicate the pesticide, Enlist Duo™, adversely effects the health of infants and children from glyphosate (RoundUp) a “probable human carcinogen” and 2,4-D, a “possible human carcinogen.
“These classifications were based on comprehensive assessments of the toxicologic and epidemiologic literature that linked both herbicides to dose-related increases in malignant tumors at multiple anatomical sites in animals and linked glyphosate to an increased incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans,” the authors wrote.
They added that glyphosate resistant weeds are now found on 100 million acres of agricultural land in 36 states, so Monsanto wants to add 2, 4-D, an ingredient of Agent Orange defoliant used in the Vietnam War and linked to a wide array of health problems, including generational genetic problems passed from Americans who fought in Vietnam in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
More than 90% of corn and soybeans produced in the United States are genetically modified.
The only way to be certain foods you are buying are not genetically modified is to buy USDA certified organic products.