The AAEM cites multiple animal studies showing the health risks in several areas, such as toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health. They believe more research is called for, genetically modified foods should be labeled, and doctors should be aware of the impact of these foods on their patients. Regrettably, I think this is a salvo in a war of words which will go unheeded.
The battle lines are drawn between AAEM and the likes of Monsanto. Engdahl says a press release from AAEM describes the organization as “an international association of physicians and other professionals dedicated to addressing the clinical aspects of environmental health.” Monsanto is a multinational corporation wielding clout throughout agribusiness. they’re the largest producer of genetically modified seeds and herbicides. Conventional agriculture is beholden to them.
Genetically modified foods most commonly eaten in North America include corn, soy, canola, and cottonseed oil. Other modified crops include rice and potatoes. GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) are considered to be scientific advances by their proponents for many reasons, including reduction of starvation and delivery of certain vitamins or vaccines in developing countries. However, all that is called progress is not truly progress.
Why do numerous countries around the world vigorously protest the sale and consumption of GMO’s, while the U.S. embraces them? Do these countries suffer from fear and superstition? The evidence cited by AAEM suggests otherwise.
Get ready for the story of a conspiracy.Hhere’s a good one for you. In the early 1990’s President George H. W. Bush and executives from Monsanto reportedly met behind closed doors. The president then issued an Executive Decision which, according to Engdahl, “mandated that there should be no special health and safety tests done by any US Government agency before releasing GMO for food consumption.” This is known as the Doctrine of Substantial Equivalence, and it has been upheld by each president since 1992.
While Monsanto and others lobbying for GMO’s want patents on specific seeds and plants, the Doctrine of Substantial Equivalence says there’s no real difference between ordinary plants and those that are genetically modified. The logic says if there’s no difference, there’s no need for testing or labeling. Thus, the U.S. government prohibits the labeling of food as either having or not having GMO content. Monsanto, Dow Chemical, and DuPont aren’t held accountable.
When it comes to GMO foods, the FDA and USDA aren’t looking out for you and me. We have no idea how much of what we eat contains contamination from GMO products. Think of how many food additives use soy and corn.
Furthermore, your doctor likely doesn’t know about the health problems caused by GMO foods in your diet. Therefore, he may not be able to treat you properly when you become ill. Could the rise in recent years of such things as peanut allergies and diabetes be traced to GMO’s?
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine believes we should discontinue use of GMO’s until we have more answers. What chance do you think there is for that to happen?
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