An analysis done by De Dell seed company in Canada compared genetically modified corn to organic corn. Organic, natural corn easily beat Monsanto’s GMO corn in nutrient values. Plus, organic natural corn does not contain residual chemicals. Herbicides and pesticides in GMO products are in the kernel, root and stem and can not be washed off. When you eat GMO foods, you’re eating pesticides, herbicides and other chemical toxins.
If you were to believe biotech giant’s, like Monsanto, Dow, Dupont and others, in-house or funded research data, you’d think that GMO foods are no different from the natural versions. Worldwide, independent research studies show that not to be true.
There is a huge difference in nutrient values according to De Dell Seed Company’s research, (the only non-GMO corn seed company in Canada). De Dell compared their natural corn with corn grown using Monsanto’s Roundup Ready® GMO seeds. De Dell measured nutrient content in parts per million (ppm). Here is some information from their research findings.
Calcium natural 6130 ppm GMO 14 ppm natural 437 times more calcium
Magnesium natural 113 ppm GMO 2 ppm natural 56 times more magnesium
Potassium natural 113 ppm GMO 7 ppm natural 16 times more potassium
Manganese natural 14 ppm GMO 2 ppm natural 7 times more manganese
Pesticide companies, like Monsanto, developed genetically engineered foods by altering DNA in plants to make them more resistant to pesticides and herbicides. Pesticides and herbicides were a direct off shoot of WW1 chemical warfare. Many of the same chemicals found in modern day chemical warfare items are identical to those used in agricultural pesticides and herbicides. Chemical warfare on the battle field uses concentrated forms and death is quick. Pesticides and herbicides use diluted forms and death is slow and debilitating. We hear about the horrors of chemical warfare yet we seem to think nothing about the same deadly chemicals being used on our foods.
Before the development of GMO seeds and foods, farmers had to use caution where pesticides and herbicides were concerned because they could damage the crop. The theory, since proven faulty, was that with GMO crops, industrial farming operations could drench plants with deadly chemicals without worrying about the crop. Consumer health doesn’t seem to be a consideration: it’s all about bottom line. Increased pesticide and herbicide use has created super bugs and super weeds, the same as overuse of antibiotics has spawned new forms of deadly bacterial microorganisms.
The GMO corn tested by De Dell had 18 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® and many other herbicides. Glyphosate is very similar to DDT and highly suspect in birth defects, sterility and miscarriages. Glyphosate has been shown to destroy beneficial gut bacteria in animals and with causing the kind of brain damage found in Parkinson’s patients.
Another class of pesticides, used in the US, are called neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are systemic pesticides, meaning they’re in every part of a plant. Briefly, neonicotinoids are toxic to honey bees and will stay in the soil for more than a decade. Neonicotinoids will be covered in-depth in a future article.
GMOs also have dangerously high levels of the corpse embalming chemical formaldehyde. The De Dell analysis showed Monsanto’s GMO corn contained 200 times the amount of formaldehyde that’s been proven to cause organ damage in animals. No human tests have been done because who wants to be the test subject?
GMOs don’t have to be labeled in the US. The only way to know your food hasn’t been genetically modified is to buy organic. Food labeled “organic” cannot legally contain any GMOs. Contact your state and federal senators and representatives and tell them, “I have a right to know, so vote to label GMO.” If they don’t, then vote for someone who has your best interests in mind. Our congress people are supposed to working for us, not for large multi-national corporations.
If you are shopping for fruits or vegetables, check the PLU sticker. If the PLU number starts with a “9” it’s organic. For packaged foods, look for “organic” on the label or the seal from the “Non-GMO Project” (NGMOP). The NGMOP seal is verification that the ingredients have been tested by an independent source and meet the NGMOP standard. NGMOP standards state that a product can contain no more than .9% GMO ingredients.
For more information about the Non-GMO Project, visit http://www.nongmoproject.org/.