Thursday, December 28, 2006

Mystery Soy "Meat"

How much of the soy in your soy burger, or your loaf of bread for that matter, is genetically modified? If you eat a lot of processed foods, you should be particularly concerned because, “it is estimated that over 70 percent of the foods in grocery stores in the U.S. and Canada contain genetically engineered ingredients.” Unlike other countries, American governments have left us in the dark, so that, “citizens in the United States and Canada are engaged in the largest feeding experiment in human history and most people are not even aware of the fact.” (click here for more info)

The FDA has not been policing engineered foods, therefore rigorous scientific protocol which calls for “Animal studies using large doses of the additive for long periods [of time] . . . to show that the substance would not cause harmful effects in people when eaten in expected amounts” has not been applied.

Not outraged yet? Maybe that’s because the media has not reported on recent studies which show that some GM foods are proving to have negative health implications. This is just one of many censored news reports you won’t be hearing soon on your television news channel.

#11 Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed

  • Research by the Russian Academy of Sciences released in December 2005 found that more than half of the offspring of rats fed GM soy died within the first three weeks of life, six times as many as those born to mothers fed on non-modified soy. Six times as many offspring fed GM soy were also severely underweight.
  • In November 2005, a private research institute in Australia, CSIRO Plant Industry, put a halt to further development of a GM pea cultivator when it was found to cause an immune response in laboratory mice.
  • In the summer of 2005, an Italian research team led by a cellular biologist at the University of Urbino published confirmation that absorption of GM soy by mice causes development of misshapen liver cells, as well as other cellular anomalies.
  • In May of 2005 the review of a highly confidential and controversial Monsanto report on test results of corn modified with Monsanto MON863 was published in The Independent/UK.

Monsanto GM soy and corn are widely consumed by Americans at a time when the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization has concluded, "In several cases, GMOs have been put on the market when safety issues are not clear."


At December 28, 2006 5:05 PM, Blogger farmgirl said...

We feed our sheep and other critters very little grain as it is (they eat grass and hay cut from our organic fields), but we have completely stopped feeding them corn. Too bad humans aren't as smart as livestock--I know of trials done around here where cows literally would not eat a speck of GM corn. They would eat the non GM corn and leave the GM stuff untouched. It had to be ground up and mixed with other feed for them to even ingest it--then guess what? It came out the other end totally undigested! And that's just one of the many, many scary facts, as you well know. Thanks, Jade, for spreading the word about all this stuff and for putting up so many informative links.

Oh, yeah, and Happy New Year! : )

At December 29, 2006 5:46 AM, Blogger ericswan said...

Monsanto has offered farmers 35 cents a bushel if they grow the "low linoleic" soy which is supposed to remove "transfats" to meet New York City requirements in their restaurants.

The farmers are saying that "it's too much work" to grow soy and that "corn for ethanol is in high demand".

Thanx again for staying on top of the GMO story.

At December 29, 2006 9:02 AM, Blogger Jade said...

Hey Farmgirl,

You are living the good life, to which I aspire. May the elements bless your farm this coming year! Thanks for passing along word on the observations of GM corn trials in your area. Animals are smarter than we give them credit for. Along that line of thought, it has also been found that hummingbirds prefer sugar-water "nectar" to commercially formulated (often red-dyed) "nectar". Wishing you health & abundance in the coming Year of the Pig!

Thanks ericswan, for that bit of news. A while back I read that there just aren't enough foods with good fat to keep us all healthy (can't grow enough olives, etc.), so it doesn't surprise me that they want to engineer a little "health" into our diets. I really don't feel soy is the way to go . . . it has too many other problems, such as causing hormone disruption. It's the same old problem of sticking our finger on a problem, only to cause more unintended chaos.


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