View Full Version : Millions March across the USA against GMOs on World Food Day

10-18-11, 08:14 PM
Anthony Samsel
Oct 18, 2011

On World Food Day, October 16, 2011, millions of Americans marched, protesting and demonstrating in over sixteen hundred cities and towns in the USA. The 'Millions Against Monsanto' rallies were heard around the world and demands that the FDA start requiring the labeling of all Genetically Engineered food. Currently no law exists requiring labeling of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) so consumers have no way of knowing if they are consuming Genetically Engineered Food. The 'Big Biotech Corporations' including Monsanto have been profiting from the patenting of food through Genetic Engineering. They have also been creating a Global Monopoly on food. These corporations want to profit from every morsel of food you put in your mouth. Other countries around the world require labeling of GMO food and more recently some countries have banned GMOs for the protection of public health and the environment.

As a scientist I feel that it is irresponsible of our appointed servants to have compromised the health and welfare of this great nation and the world for the benefit of Syngenta, Monsanto, Dow, Dupont and other corporations. The recent approval of GMO Alfalfa is another travesty for the world. Up to 90% of US soybeans, corn, cotton, canola, and sugar beets are now genetically engineered and routinely inserted into human and animal foods with no labels or safety testing. Approximately 80% of current grocery food items contain GMOs, while according to US Department of Agriculture statistics, the majority of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs come from CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) feeding Genetically Engineered grain.

The USDA recently approved a new variety of corn genetically engineered by Syngenta to make it easier to process into ethanol. This puts the public health in danger of corn-based food ingredients being contaminated with unwanted and dangerous genes designed for bio-fuels and further promotes a monopoly against all farmers in conventional non Genetically Engineered agriculture. Contamination is inevitable and Syngenta’s Genetically Altered Seed will cause harm to non GMO varieties regardless of whether or not it has been adequately assessed for its potential to cause illness, a key concern with new genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is another StarLink disaster waiting to happen.

The Biotech Industry is systematically destroying Biodiversity as we know it. Increasingly popular within the industry is the use of Genetic Engineering to produce vaccines and pharmaceuticals in plants. The use of food crops including vegetables and grains for their production represents a real and present danger to all forms life. Genetically Engineered Rice and Barley are popular choices with a danger now of vaccine and pharmaceutical drug laced Beer.

Getting food labeled is a start but does not go far enough. This is a compromise. There should be NO Genetic Engineering of life. Genetically Engineered plant crops are not only grown outdoors in unprotected environments for food, they are grown to produce Biofuels, Botanical drug factories for Pharmaceutical drugs, Botanical Weapons factories for production of Bacteriological Weapons, Antigens and more.

Horizontal Gene Transfer and recombination of Transgenic DNA is inherently designed to jump into Genomes sometimes through virus or Bacterial Plasmids. This fact makes Transgenic DNA different and more dangerous than naturally occurring DNA.

Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Cauliflower Mosaic virus are major vectors for transferring DNA, making transgenic plants. Agrobacterium and CMv not only transfers its genes to plant cells, it can also accept genes from plant cells by a process known as retrotransfer. Agrobacterium has a known ability to attach and genetically change several human cell lines, making it a major concern in the spread and creation of new pathogens resistant to drugs and antibiotics.

J. Craig Venter from La Jolla, CA and owner of the company Synthetic Genomics in my opinion is probably one the most maniacal people on the planet rivaling German scientists of the Third Reich under Adolph Hitler. Venter has created the first synthetic species, it is a new species of bacteria designed on a computer. It's alive and replicates itself.
J. Craig Venter: Designing Life - 60 Minutes - CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7369820n&tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea.8)

Another Biotech firm, Ventria Biotechnology’s portfolio includes drug-laced rice and barley plants grown outdoors on farmland. Ventria states: “Completely animal free and dedicated manufacturing. This avoids viral and TSE/BSE transmission risks that are associated with the use of animal components.” The Biotech Industry is polluting and destroying the gene pools of biodiversity, creating some of the most insidious and insulting life forms, contributing to the spread of new and virulent disease, destroying our air, water and soil.
Plants including grasses, and animal forage crops, fruits, vegetables, shrubs, trees, yeast, bacteria, fish, birds and animals are all being genetically engineered. Pollen and spores can travel thousands of miles on upper-level winds spreading unwanted genetics far and wide. Bees carry genetically engineered pollen corrupting natural plant species and even corrupt themselves and the honey they produce in the process.

Birds are also being corrupted and spreading unwanted genetic material contained in their feces from insects, pollen, nectar and seeds they eat.
This perversion of our natural world must be stopped. However, the industry along with their Congressional backers in Washington have been preparing to prevent you from disrupting their ‘World Domination by Food’ and all other venues of life controlled by ‘The Corporations.' Read this article and see how anyone who disagrees with the corporate agenda may soon be called ‘EcoTerrorists.’ Yes, if you object they are attempting to treat you as a Terrorist !

The "Eco-al-Qaeda"? September 11 Ushered in War on "Eco-Terrorism" and Civil Liberties | Truthout (http://www.truth-out.org/eco-al-qaeda-september-11-ushered-war-eco-terrorism-and-civil-liberties/1316183720)

About the author
Anthony Samsel was an environmental consultant at Arthur D Little, Cambridge, MA on many EPA and Army Corps of Engineers environmental projects and impact statements. He is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and the author of "The Guide To Water Cleanup Materials & Methods". He is now retired and resides in Deerfield, NH.