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The US, the UN and Genetic Engineering

Written on Monday, September 26, 2011 by

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Researchers with Genetically Modified Corn

Would you know if you were eating genetically engineered foods?

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that with no labeling on such foods, many people don’t realize that they are doing just that. Genetically modified crops constitute 93 percent of soy, 86 percent of corn and 93 percent of canola seeds planted in the U.S. and are used in about 70 percent of American processed food.

The Tribune went on to say that polls from the Pew Center, Consumers Union and Harris Interactive over the past decade have shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans would like to see genetically modified foods better-regulated and -labeled. Despite that, President Barack Obama’s administration has approved an “unprecedented number of genetically modified crops,” such as corn grown for ethanol.

The U.S. government is not the only entity boosting and greenlighting genetic engineering of our crops and foods. In 1963, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization adopted the Codex Alimentarius, the food code created by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, whose self-proclaimed mission was to protect health, remove trade obstacles and establish food guidelines. The commission now has 185 members, including the U.S.

Hundreds of guidelines have been adopted by the CAC, in areas ranging from additives to pesticides to, most recently, vitamin and mineral supplements. And this year, it is tackling the issue of whether to label genetically altered and engineered fruits and vegetables.

According to the Alliance for Natural Health, the natural health community has expressed concern about the CAC’s guidelines regarding supplements because of parts of the Codex’s preamble that “essentially discount the benefits from dietary supplements, and the fact that the scope of the Codex Guidelines includes developing minimum and maximum levels of vitamins and minerals.”

Though regulating those maximum levels is prohibited by U.S. policy — because dietary supplements are not categorized as drugs — it is one more sign that global governance of our foods is right around the corner. As if American households relinquishing their health and fitness habits to Washington weren’t enough, now the entire U.S. needs to be governed by a global food and drug administration?

U.S. food policy may not acquiesce to worldwide regulations tomorrow, but global control is a slippery slope that often is brought about through small steps, or so-called benign increments. The European Union already has enacted many universal food tenets into law. Could the U.S. be that far behind in this global age? In an era in which caving to international pressure is in vogue, how far behind are our food factories?

But does the U.S. really want foreign entities telling us how to eat, what vitamins to take, and how (not) to label U.S. food, now or in the distant future? I’ll say what I said in a previous article: The sooner we quit relinquishing our health and fitness responsibilities to the government and take control of our own lives the better off we’ll be.

Americans have a right to be concerned with international influence over labeling, marketing and masking the truths behind foods coming from abroad. Our health and welfare should not be turned over to foreign powers, lobbying groups, the Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If that were to happen, we could kiss goodbye the freedoms we’ve long enjoyed with dietary supplements and organic foods.

The added difficulty with genetic tampering and labels is that we know big business and lobbying often control the decisions in Washington. Recently, that was made evident again by the actions of the USDA. Despite the fact that tests prove that genetically engineered organisms become a part of the bacteria in our digestive tracts, the Alliance for Natural Health reported how the USDA now wants to eliminate any controls from genetically altered corn and cotton.

The ANH cited the wisdom of the late George Wald, a Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine and one of the first scientists to speak out about the dangers of genetically engineered foods:

“Recombinant DNA technology (genetic engineering) faces our society with problems unprecedented, not only in the history of science, but of life on the Earth. … Now whole new proteins will be transposed overnight into wholly new associations, with consequences no one can foretell, either for the host organism or their neighbors. … For going ahead in this direction may not only be unwise but dangerous. Potentially, it could breed new animal and plant diseases, new sources of cancer, novel epidemics.”

Fourteen states have introduced legislation on genetically modified organism labeling, but most face governmental gridlock. So please, take action and keep foods safe (non-genetically engineered) by contacting your representatives, as well as the FDA and the USDA, and demanding that genetically modified food be labeled as such. In addition, corn and cotton must not be deregulated. Without strict controls, as the ANH concludes, genetically engineered crops will encroach on non-genetically engineered crops, contaminating them and rendering the organic crops non-organic.

The only real solution to prevent global food governance and our bodies from having to consume genetically altered foods is to mandate the proper labeling of all foods and to buy local and organic foods. By diminishing the supply of and demand for imported and genetically engineered foods, we can diminish their tyranny at the borders of our bodies.

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  • ARMYOF69

    Perhaps it’s time for America to start planting its own vegetables in a local lot , the way the Brits have done it for ages. It helped them during WWII, and called it The Victory Garden. At least we shall know what the hell we are eating. Get our children to do some real work for a change too, instead of spending half the day playing on computers and IPhones, Ipads.

    • ARMYOF69

      Let’s all join hands and demand some of the State owned lands for this purpose. A lot of say, 50 yards by 50 yards per family , rented to us for $10.00 per annum , aught to do it.
      Anyone out there who knows how to start this?

    • http://www.reformdc.com nax777

      If you stopped all this right now at least a billion people will starve to death in less than a year.

      Ten million, 20 million, 30 million, 40 million… Hello Sharia flag, for English please press 2!

      http://www.reformdc.com
      P.S. Did you vote this week at “you cut”? http://majorityleader.gov/YouCut/

    • Stand UP

      There are suppliers who sale legacy or traditional seeds, that is, those that are still as nature herself invented them and have not been genetically altered. One thing the geneticist seem to ignore as they happily go about changing the seeds that provide our food supply is that all the animals, including humans, have thrived for millions of years on the natural, unaltered food supplies. Therefore, these natural foods are compatible with the digestive and nutritional needs of herbivores. Now, along come the innovators who think they can change the natural structures of these plants to improve their nutritional and/or productive values. But what may result instead, is that they may fill the world with foods that man and his herbivor friends can no longer efficiently digest and extract nutrients from them. We may be improving ourselves right into our own doom, if we are not extremely careful.

    • Tom Stewart

      First Things First Stand UP Get The Liberals Off The Farm And Do Away With All Tree Huggars, And Drill Baby Drill, Yikeess, Than Use Good Old DDT When Needed Only, And Remember Gobal-Warming Traces Back To “The Sun” Only And Not Even The Mad Scientist Can Change That Good Old Sun, Use That Money To Pay The Farmers More For There Crops, Yippee, Let The Tea Party Run The Govt And Pray For The Liberals. God Bless America.

  • w.t. pierce

    Plants need several miles to escape contamination by dna altered pollen. even if you plant pure seeds and save for next year they may be contaminated. Several large companies have stated any seed that is altered by their dna altered seed is still theirs to control. I grow almost all of my food and pray that my seeds are not altered.

    • vickiissickofthis

      There are places where you can get genetically sound and unaltered seeds.

    • Texas Granny
    • Blaze

      To minimize cross contamination you can build a “hot house” with 2 x 4’s and thick plastic. Many gardening magazines also sell kits for the hot houses.

      By the way, you should go to the Codex Alimentarius Website to find out just what they are proposing. You can forget about supplements if this is imposed in our country. They won’t be worth the bottle their in.

  • Chitown

    Monsanto has been shoving down this Genetic Engineered seeding for decades. Their crops have killed thousands overseas, people and animals, and are banned in those countries. Monsanto is also suing Organic Farms when their seeds blow into each other’s crops. Gov’t and Monsanto are trying to destroy Organic Farming, along with the populace. Why are our food coming from overseas where they can’t be monitored?

    Anyone questioning should watch the youtube videos on “Codex” and “Genetic Engineering Seeds”.

    • Blaze

      The food that comes from other countries will NEVER be checked because of US trade treaties. We can’t stop the food that comes into our country,

  • Sandra Darrell

    I have joined a CSA in Arizona and have been getting locally grown vegetables. My concern is great that the US government is willing to give control of our lives to everyone but us. Time to take our country back and make our so called officials hear the people of the United States of America. God Bless America.

    • Blaze

      According to the new executive order, if you share your veggies with a neighbor you can go to prison. Now if someone steals your veggies that’s a different thing all together. If you report the theft, you can go to jail for not securing your crop.

      By the way, all the agencies from Homeland security, CDC, EPA. FDA, and the rest of the alphabet soup in our government. This whole thing was started in the 1990,s

  • blackhawk

    Let’s all re-elect that god Obama and his crew of misbegotten misfits so we can be sure we all die within a time frame.Maybe 62-65 so they don’t have to be bothered with s/s or medicare.
    Sounds like a plan to me.What do you think o mighty one ,Obama?????

  • not a fanatic

    This is one of the reasons I like Ron Paul. He wants to withdraw America from both the UN and WTO.
    The WTO has bullied nations into buying GM crops under threats of trade sanctions. In 2003 the Bush administration filed a complaint with the WTO that the EU wasn’t buying its GM foods and in 2006 the WTO ruled that the EU was vilolating trade regulations by doing so. The EU was forced to purchase GM crops.
    So if you want to end this farce, remember Ron Paul 2012

  • Hubcap

    We are sprayed with chemicals and our plants get the black spots and die.

  • Dean

    What the H- – L is the U.N. doing in the food business, especially that of the U.S.

  • MontanaMEL

    Doesn’t anyone remember the real beginning of all this??
    Does the phrase:

    ROUNDUP READY?

    Mean anything to you???

    This crap is everywhere now…only God can keep us safe in years to come…

    Get real BIG AGRI BUSINESS is running our lives already…getting out of the UN and any related groups is just the first step that is needed…

    The “community garden” concept may have worked say 20-30 years ago…now days, it would just become a focus for more gang activity…raiding someone’s patch for veg’s before they could pick them would become grounds for open warfare!…it’s thieft! Now, any “unkn” source of seeds would contaminate the entire garden area for everyone… Wonder where all these CANCER’s came from, eh?…

  • http://adrianvance.blogspot.com Adrian Vance

    Mother Nature has been genetically engineering every living thing for 3.5 billion years, but we call it chance. Since science learned how to do this we can have better, safer, more nutritious plants, but for the freakazoid fear mongers.

    The Two Minute Conservative at http://adrianvance.blogspot.com has political analysis, science and humor. Now in the top 3% on Kindle.

  • http://yahoo.com tod

    Dr. Ron Paul 2012 !!!

  • Buck

    These know it all intellectuals and psuedo scientists know what is best for all of us , just ask them . Our government is just as eager as these other self-appointed Gods and they too know whats best for us hobbits . I certainly hope the return of Christ is real close , because when they think they can improve on Gods work they are extremely danderous .

  • http://BERRY5652@BELSOUTH.NET LAMAR BERRY

    THE UNITED STATES DOES NOR HAVE THE MONEY TO BUILD A NEW UN BUILDING.
    THE UNITES STATES SHOULD PULL OUT OF THE UN.NOW
    LET THEM MOVE IT TO ANOTHER COUNTRY.
    THE UN IS NOT HELPING AMERICA.

    LAMAR BERRY

  • Steven F

    By the broadest meaning of the term, you have NEVER eaten ANY food that was not genetically engineered in your life. Even before Gregor Mendel became the founder of genetics, farmers had been selectively breeding both animals and crops for centuries.

    The techniques may be more advanced, but the practice dates back to the Garden of Eden.

  • http://geneticallyengineeredfoodnews.com Ella Baker

    The recent complete cave-in on the issue of GMO Alfalfa regulation – basically giving Monsanto and Forge complete freedom in the marketplace, is a serious blow to natural foods and American freedom to choose organic foods over so-called “frankenfoods.” Vilsack’s previous close ties to Monsanto may well be the reason of this regrettable decision to release GMO Alfalfa without regulation anywhere inside the USA.

  • raygun

    Yeah, I remember the Con Agura debate several years ago. There were some mob like activities that they engaged in. Offering “deals that you can’t refuse” to small farmers.

  • teadog

    I don’t know…………maybe we should genetically engineer people. We could engineer out the bad traits………..like liberals and socialism.

  • Pris

    Pesticides are built into Genetically modified foods, [GMOs], they cannot be washed off, so we eat them whether we want to or not.
    People with allergies get worse. People develop diseases.
    Allowing these foods for human consumption are “crimes against humanity.” It passed on from animals who eat GMOs from feed, aside from the massive amounts of anti-biotics given them, that’s passed on to humans too.

    I’m voting for Dr. Ron Paul to help save our health and freedoms for this reason and others. His knowledge is boundless on all issues facing the USA and he knows how to resolve each one.