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Imagine if genetically engineered crops could contaminate conventional and organic fields through transfer of pollen or even virus.  Now consider the implications of random, unintended gene transfer crossing from the Plant Kingdom to the Animal Kingdom.  Finally, think about the after-effects of a transgene promoting resistance to toxic herbicides, like Glyphosate, the primary chemical applied to a growing number of crops throughout the United States – including residential lawns in the form of RoundUp.  This is not fiction. This is a runaway train fueled by profit-seeking and misdirection.  If we don’t stand up as a people and pull up the tracks right now – rail by tie across our nation – it will continue to pummel our legislators’ regulatory authority.

We have already discovered damning evidence of transgene contamination in a wide range of agriculture.  Researchers have also found proof that transgenes can cross from plant life to animal life harming the sensitive gut micro biome and resulting in disturbing health effects.  Know that despite the agriculture industry claims of GMO innovations being created to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides, the reality has instead amplified the application of such chemicals.  Recently, the EPA ruled in favor of increasing Glyphosate levels in edible crops as petitioned by Monsanto without regard to public disapproval or safety.  In fact, the EPA approved regulatory increases that were 15 to 25 times the previous levels without any independent safety research or queries!  They just took Monsanto’s word for it!

These lax policies continue to lay groundwork for increasing health problems from autism to Alzheimer’s, celiac disease and food intolerance, as well as other auto-immune disorders.  It’s true that correlation does not necessarily equal causation, but Nancy Swanson’s statistical graphs paint such a strong picture it’s hard to deny the potential.

Graph depicting rise of glyphosate use corresponding to autism prevalence.

The rise of GMO foods has resulted in the increasing use of Glyphosate herbicides. When this data is overlapped with autism prevalence rates the correlation is astonishing.  To see more of Nancy’s statistical analysis, access her full report as archived on Dr. Stephanie Seneff’s MIT page here.

Today, successful biotech companies are vying to launch GMO salmon, GE mosquitoes, and even genetically modified grass and trees.  I wish these truths scared more people.  I wish they rattled them in their core as deeply as a missed touchdown or unexpected sack during the Super Bowl does diehard football fans.  But alas, here I sit on Transgene Island wondering how any corporation could be trusted to maintain contamination control of unregulated “RoundUp Ready” Kentucky Bluegrass, genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released in the Florida Keys, or even innovative GE trees in the Pacific-Northwest. Can we escape the pre-emptive damages if the TPP gets congressional approval for Fast Track Authority?  Will our state leaders fighting for GMO labeling continue to stand up when corporate giants like Monsanto threaten states’ rights to mandate regulations by lawsuit?  Kauai is coming together and fighting to restrict GMO testing as well as the use of experimental pesticides and herbicides.  Perhaps they will inspire more of us to make the necessary calls to government leaders, file comments with the EPA and FDA for relevant rulings, and continue to share growing knowledge about the damages caused by the biotech industry’s blatant disregard for safety and health.

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Watch Dr. Stephanie Seneff’s Presentation on the harmful effects of Glyphosate, “Roundup: The Elephant in the Room.”  Fast-forward to 19:43 for an enlightening explanation of the adverse effects of this toxic chemical in plant life as well as the human body.

Get tested for Glyphosate in your water and body through a lab sourced by Moms Across America.

Learn more about GMO basics in my earlier post GMO 101.

Understand how labeling presents no hardship to food manufacturers – read Truth in Coding.

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I have read the new web page featuring the policy and services for guests with cognitive disabilities – new since October 9, 2013 – several times now.  Each time, there are parts of this page that get my heart pumping, my blood boiling, and literally result in trembling hands due to the sheer indifference of the real struggles for individuals with cognitive disabilities.  In my case, the journey has been focused on autism, but our entire community recognizes that there are many variables and deserving people that share similar needs for accommodations.  We exclude no one, perhaps, because our entire journey has become a lesson in patience, endurance, compassion, and admiration for the differences present in our communities.  This does not seem to be the case for Disney; as so many of us truly have a Disney disability grievance since the GAC changes took effect last week.

Now we have a petition that Kim McClain is trying to deliver.  She’s made multiple attempts and no one at Disney HQ wants to accept the printed signatures.  We have big media reporting commentary from Disney staff members that emphasizes they are working to provide the necessary accommodations, yet individuals report throughout all platforms of social media that they have been met by opposition, split-second judgments, and unwavering policy adherence – despite parent pleas for help and improved accommodations.  Whom should an individual believe – the vague PR-speak of this seemingly cold corporation or the resounding anecdotal evidence alive & thriving on the internet today?

I decided that I could probably demonstrate the ineffectiveness of the new DAS by sidelong commentary to their newly published Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities.  I’m focusing primarily on the “Trip Planning Strategies for Families of Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities,” portion of their guide.  Here goes nothing…

Key Disney Suggestion, Create or Review a Visual Schedule

FYI, most of us special needs parents are all too familiar with visual schedules as a strategy.  I’d like to know how we can predict the development of a reliable routine without the ability to schedule times at multiple rides?  Your provided example #7 “Have some fun!” simply won’t cut it with children used to an itemized and predictable list of specific events.  #8 “Get your favorite snack,” doesn’t necessarily bring the greatest vibes either – especially if your kiddo is on a strict diet due to milk protein, gluten, and food dye allergies like mine.  Oh, and please never show a photo of a park food that any child with photo allergies may be restricted from. You’d be better off showing a photo of plain fruits or vegetables – for something as simple as this photo reminder of an appealing food that an individual can’t have may become a trigger for anyone struggling with both cognitive disabilities and allergies.  There are A LOT of children on the autism spectrum that also possess food allergies to a wide range of foods!

Key Disney Suggestion, Watch Videos

I have an idea, why doesn’t Disney provide some realistic videos about the whole City Hall experience?  This is where so many of us are met with judgmental opposition, long wait times, crowded spaces, and high frustrations!  How about a video that features some judgmental park visitors muttering a stream of negative statements about your child’s non-obvious disability with total lack of regard for how their misunderstanding further elevates an individual’s sensory overload?  Oh, let’s also see a video that shows rude cast members expressing doubt or attitude for your child’s disability since autism can’t always be seen, or diagnosed, at a glance.  It generally takes several professionals of various medical disciplines to officially diagnose an individual with cognitive disabilities.  These types of videos would be much more meaningful for our children than your standard issue Meet the Cast Members and Disney Characters.

Key Disney Suggestion, Study Location Maps

My question on this suggestion is where can I find a map that’s been updated with the official kiosk locations?  Many of us would like full details before we even considered a trip and far too many rumors online suggest there are only three kiosks throughout both Disneyland parks.  If this is true, it is not nearly enough to help those individuals that also cope with co-morbid disorders affecting mobility and endurance for physical exertion.  How are we to manage the additional physical stress of returning to far away kiosks between every ride?!  Why must these individuals, who once had the ability to wait at alternate entrances that were away from the overwhelming line crowds, now return to the regular line queue.  This new process is very difficult and distressing for our cognitively disabled family members!

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Key Disney Suggestion, Practice Waiting in Line

Wait, are you kidding me?!  Now I gotta say that this one got me really riled up.  Where does one go to practice waiting in line with the same potential for sensory overload as a Disney Park?  Our entire journey has been a lesson in waiting – waiting for words and skills and focus and medical diagnoses and therapies and sometimes even compassion.  A successful trip to the grocery store took two years of practice.  We’re still working on tolerating warehouse-style stores like CostCo – despite our constant hard work and PRACTICE our son still struggles with wait times beyond 15 minutes for an exciting activity as well as crowded spaces.  Despite our hard work practicing a Stay with Me program for the past four and a half years, our son still has a tendency to bolt and run when he becomes overwhelmed.  Disney needs to recognize that there is only so much preparation and tolerance that can be managed ahead of time.  

Disney Suggests What to Bring

Safety bracelets, nametags, and ear plugs/headphones are standard issue for many of us.  Some of us even have GPS locators for extra safety from elopement.  Here are some thoughts on the suggestions within this segment of Disney’s guide.

Keep the Guest Occupied with a Favorite Device

Do you realize that many parents must spend thousands and thousands of dollars on out-of-pocket medical and therapeutic services?  This makes a device, like an iPad, a little too precious to risk losing or breaking just to pacify an individual that must now endure and indifferent and unfair policy that does not accommodate their needs.

Reinforcers for Good Behavior & A Sensory Toy

Many of us are reinforcement and distraction ninjas and most of us come to the parks with a full arsenal of preferred activities, comfort items, and sensory manipulatives.  I’ve even brought GAK and I’ll tell you right now that no simple sensory toy, like your suggested, “stress ball,” is going to avert a meltdown triggered by sensory overload!  The new policy does not permit the needed accommodations to reduce the likelihood of sensory overload – brought on by crowded spaces, long waits, traveling through crowds to return to your special kiosks – time and time again.  Seriously, whoever wrote this part of the guide needs to spend some extended time with a professional Occupational Therapist to learn how devastating sensory dysfunction can be for so many with cognitive disabilities.  This suggestion is pure insult!

I’ll close with the following thoughts on the new DAS.  I think that for the time being, Disney is broken, will be the best explanation I can offer my five year old.  It will buy a bit of time for our family while we await Disney Headquarter’s final response to the overwhelming negative criticism of their new policy.  We will await the day, when The Happiest Place on Earth is no longer broken, for these vacations were pure magic – despite the social & sensory hardships – when the proper accommodations were in place.  It was a small window of time each year, where our family could experience the joy of Disneyland and see the happiness bloom on our son’s face.  It was respite from his 40+ hours each week of special tutoring, extra schooling, and necessary therapies that push him to become as high functioning as possible for a more independent future.  He works so very hard and has since he was a mere toddler – does Disney really think the new system is fair?  Do they really think our cognitively disabled children will reason with their logic?  I can only hope that Disney management has a change of heart on this matter…

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Tonight there are a million thoughts rolling around inside my head.  Of everything ruminating deep in my brain, there is one common denominator that continues to ring true.  This common factor is personal responsibility.  We Americans, must stand up for our beliefs, continue reaching out to others spreading awareness, and possessing ownership for the presence of personal responsibility when it comes to protecting our democratic rights.

The truth here is that our government has little intent to correct the damages caused by the continued growth of GMO crops.  The biotech industry has even less reason to recommend the reduction of farmer’s use of herbicides and pesticides.  There are no corporate lobbyists behind the implementation of transparency when it comes to food safety, regulations, or even labeling legislation as demanded by today’s American consumer.

In fact, to me, it seems that the more common interest proves American citizens desire to have GMO foods labeled; the more these corporations are willing to shamelessly discredit any damning independent research, hinder statewide efforts for mandatory labeling, negotiate to increase the allowable levels for glyphosate (RoundUp) on edible crops, and even orchestrate closed-door, international trade agreements.

Right now, our President is currently pushing Congress to grant permission for “Fast Track” approval of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.  I believe that each and every one of us must diligently take a stand on this matter.  We must contact our senators, representatives through snail mail, social media, email, and even attempt to schedule face-to-face visitors with these lawmakers.  This must happen right now – or all the momentum gained on GMO labeling, GMO hazards awareness, and increased honesty in regulation may be lost.  Fast Track approval, officially known as “Trade Promotion Authority” for TPP negotiations is more dangerous than simply thwarting the anti-GMO movement.  These secret dealings are driven by ruling corporations and impact everything from future copyright infringement to patent law, public health, freedom of speech, and of course, food safety, among other important issues.  Check out this helpful handout created by the Flush the TPP organization for more basics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  If you’re interested in more than a brief summary, you can also download their excellent TPP Toolkit.  Would you like to know the specific corporations involved in these meetings?  Take a look at the running list here.  (Here is a copy of the February 2011 TPP featured on multiple websites.)

There have already been several reported documents leaked from these secret meetings that prove these corporations do not have honorable or even ethical intentions.  Imagine how our world might be, if a corporation like Monsanto could literally sue a city or country for “trade barriers” like food safety regulations, GMO labeling requirements, and so on.  With the TPP, this is a real possibility.  Imagine how a country might react when faced with the reality that they must either lift their trade restrictions or face a giant behemoth like Monsanto in a special tribunal court.  How fair and unbiased do you think such a court might be?  If it’s anything like the current U.S. National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), it will be secretive, unethical, and will most often side with the corporations that have carefully crafted these processes to skirt legislation and the growing dislike of GMO-containing foods.

It is critically important that we let our lawmakers know that we are not in agreement with Fast Track approval of the TPP or any other trade dealings.  If Congress chooses to grant this permission, then they have effectively given up our constitutional right for any democratic process in such a matter.  Sign the petition to President Obama and U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman issued by the Organic Consumers Association.  Then  start contacting your members of Congress and state representatives to make certain our message is clear!  Don’t authorize Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership!!

Happy Friday,

Muckraking Maven

This afternoon, Moms Across America published an Open Letter to Monsanto and announced the publication via a nationally distributed press release.  The group hopes that the press release will help to increase the growing awareness of GMO food hazards as well as bring attention to the problems associated with increased pesticide use. You can see the actual press release here:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10876514.htm.

Read the Open Letter to Monsanto on the Moms Across America blog here:  http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/open_letter_to_monsanto_from_moms

Let’s keep working to improve the safety of our food supply and remind legislators and corporations that U.S. citizens have a right to know exactly what is in their family’s food!

Happy Friday,

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Last Tuesday, my oldest son graduated high school.  I am so proud and excited for him – although like most parents I hold my breath just a little as he begins his transition into adulthood, meaningful responsibilities, and accountability.  College is all lined up for this fall and he’s working hard over the summer to balance two jobs, some downtime with great friends, and creative projects.  Despite my overfilling pride for CJ’s accomplishments, there was a small part inside that feared the requisite traditions and events – the graduation ceremony, party, crowds, and temporary changes in routine through my youngest child’s eyes and with the all-encompassing veil of Autism.  These were not Autism-friendly functions, and yet, I was not about to miss CJ’s special moment.  So, I did what I do best, and got down to the business of writing social stories, sharing YouTube videos, discussing expected manners, and more for the weeks leading up to this special day.  Yet, for all the preparation in the weeks leading up to this event there was nothing I could do to prep my little guy for those times when the adults break the social rules – sending my W into overload at hyper speed without the logic, order, and calm he craves.

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It’s true that all parents possess a huge responsibility in teaching our children how to behave well.  It’s also true that both typically developing and children with Autism must overcome challenging behaviors in a variety of social scenarios – but life on the spectrum presents a real landslide of unique and often misunderstood experiences.  Our children’s needs are diverse as the million-billion snowflakes in a blustery winter snowstorm!  With my son, we cope with sensory dysfunction on a daily basis – this means that he experiences life differently through his senses.  Some things that seem normal volume to many people are excruciating for W.  Too much visual stimuli results in an overwhelming brain fog and desire to run away and hide from the offending sensory input.  His body needs movement to regulate his senses when overloaded.  This is simply not possible at some events.  Combine the sensory challenges with communication delays, OCD, and anxiety and I’m sure you begin to understand the level of predictive thinking I must employ to arm him with the coping skills necessary for something as socially challenging as a graduation ceremony.  I’ve written over 50 stories for my little guy over the past three years.  We practice and learn social skills through role playing, creative floor time, and even sharing educational videos or iPad apps.  These are not measures that most parents of typically developing children must initiate.

In hindsight, I regret not wearing my boldest Autism regalia to perhaps generate a little more compassion and awareness to those surrounding us in the stands.  Maybe I would’ve avoided the ogling stares, hushed discourse, and aggravated harrumphs that we encountered with each trip to the restrooms.  Has no one else attended a public event with a preschooler-in-potty-training?!  Would these individuals prefer I sit still, clean up any resulting accidents right in the stands, and simply let my son scream out in protest at inopportune moments (like the Valedictorian’s speech) while engaging in self-injurious behaviors that draw even more of the above split-second judgment?

We were in high alert before we ever found a seat.  Too many people were pushy and rushing, which resulted in both me and W getting jostled about on the way to the entrance.  There were air horns, and whistles, loud uproars, and much stomping.  Ten minutes into the event, my youngest turned to me and said, “Okay, I’m done with the graded-i-cation.  Now let’s go home.”  I distracted him with snacks and encouraged him to cover his ears with hands when the noise became too much, but it wasn’t long until we began our many trips to the restroom – part escape and part functional.  I can’t complain when he’s actually going potty each time; so it’s unfortunate that our row didn’t have a little more consideration for a young child that was rightfully overwhelmed and coping the best way they knew how.  There was actually one man toward the end of our row that gave me a nasty look and refused to move his foot tripping my four year old.  W got a nice scrape on his leg.  This guy did this to us on two trips to the bathroom.  While sitting there with his wife and younger children.  I wish I’d stepped on his foot now –  I wish I’d stepped hard and aimed right for his little pinky toe where it would be certain to hurt!  What a jerk!  Way to live with a kind heart…but I digress.

At one point, my W bit down on his lips until they became bloody as he looked at me with tear-filled eyes asking me if we could go take a break away from this ceremony.  I scooped him up and away we went – our fifth trip through the crowd.  There weren’t many quite spaces to find, so we secured a little corner tucked a bit away from the bathroom.  I sat down with him, criss-cross-applesauce, and took a deep breath myself.  I was sad because I thought after all this chaos, I’m going to miss seeing my CJ get his diploma & do the walk across the stage.  W and I talked about the crowd and noise and even the mean man.  He asked me why no one was following the house rules – why they didn’t have quiet mouths?  I could not satisfy his desire for a logical answer – in his world adults make the rules, establish the norm, and are dependable to uphold this routine.  Today, the adults were unruly and loud and some were outright rude.  He asked me how we get back home from this ceremony that he did not like.

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Overwhelmed at the graduation ceremony and taking a break in a quieter corner of the stadium…

Overall, we made it through the entire ceremony – even fighting through the thick, elbow-to-elbow crowd to congratulate CJ after the event!  I was sweaty, exhausted, and strung out from my diversionary work, but we made it and without having to leave early or go sit in the car.  (I owe a big thank you to W’s oldest brother Jeffrey for his awesome shoulder ride to our destination!)  Luckily, I did get to return to the stands in time to see my son receive his diploma and to my surprise, actually enjoyed the fireworks display at the ceremony’s close, which totally changed Mr. W’s mood from overload to happy.  What have I learned from this experience though?  No matter how I try to prepare my son, there will always be the presence of the unexpected.  There will always be stares and snapshot judgments based on appearances alone, and the next time I will be certain to step on that a-hole’s pinky toe – so that I don’t sit stewing on the matter for over a week and a half.

We need to get out of default mode and open our hearts to a more generous form of understanding and compassion.  If 1 in 88 children, or 1 in 50 as updated by a recent CDC study,  are diagnosed on the spectrum than we have no choice but to appreciate the different and diverse perspectives within our society.  Please, the next time you’re at the store, some public event, or even on an airplane and you find yourself lapsing into a split-second judgment of your own – try first, to consider the deeper truth that may be present.  Try to offer compassion and love instead of critical stares or comments.  Give that Mom struggling with a crying baby a knowing smile – remember when your own were itty-bitties, too.  Offer a welcome, yet friendly distraction to the overwhelmed child and genuine understanding to their Mother or Father.  Oh, and please move your feet out of the way if you encounter an overwhelmed preschooler and Mom trying to get out of a stadium before full-out meltdown ensues.

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Congrats to CJ! We’re so proud and happy for your accomplishments!

Take care,

Muckraking Maven

There are still so many people that are completely unaware of the genetically engineered foods all around us.  I wanted to provide a brief overview that may help others to understand the critical need for all of us to examine our family’s nutrition amidst the chaos of daily life.

What is a GMO and why would it be in my food?

A GMO, or genetically mutated organism, is scientifically altered changing the DNA of a plant or animal.  Using genetic engineering, it’s possible for biotech companies to insert genes from various bacteria, viruses, and other resources, forcing them directly into a plant’s DNA.  Once the gene is integrated into the DNA of a plant cell, the cell can be cloned into a complete plant.  Although the biotech industry describes these processes as exact and scientific – the truth is that it’s very primitive and randomized.  Such insertion of genes is often facilitated with the use of a gene gun, literally shooting the desired genes into a plate of cells.  The process is rife with scientific uncertainty and risk.

Today, the most commonly grown GM crops include soy, corn, cotton, and canola.  Processed foods are full of variations of soy and corn ingredients.  If you produce dinner from a packaged box off the grocery store shelf, there’s a high probability that the meal contains GMOs.  If your favorite foods are produced by companies like General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, and Campbell’s then it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re consuming genetically mutated organisms.

So, What’s Wrong with GMOs Anyway?  Didn’t the FDA Approve these Foods?

Let’s travel back in time to the year 1992.  During this time, policy was being written for how the FDA would evaluate and regulate the release of GMO foods.  Scientists at that time had some very powerful concerns and criticisms of policy in development.  In fact, the general consensus among FDA scientists was that consuming these foods may lead to unexpected, difficult to detect side effects; including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and other nutritional concerns.  Scientists at this time urged the agency to force longer-term studies regarding safety.

Here are some quoted concerns from actual FDA documents circulated in the early 90’s:

  • The possibility of unexpected, accidental changes in genetically engineered plants justifies a limited traditional toxicological study.
  • Increased levels of known naturally occurring toxins, appearance of new, not previously identified toxins, increased tendency to gather toxic substances from the environment and undesirable alterations in the levels of nutrients.
  • By trying to force an ultimate conclusion that there is no difference between foods modified by genetic engineering and foods modified by traditional breeding practices, the agency was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
  • There is no certainty that [breeders] will be able to pick up effects that might not be obvious.  This is the industry’s pet idea, namely that there are no unintended effects that will raise the FDA’s level of concern.  But time and time again, there is no data to back up their contention.
  • What has happened to the scientific elements of this document?  Without a sound scientific base to rest on, this becomes a broad, general, ‘What do I have to do to avoid trouble’-type document…It will look like and probably be just a political document…It reads very pro-industry, especially in the area of unintended effects.

The Division of Food Chemistry and Technology recommended that the FDA test every GM food before it enters the marketplace.  They never did any testing.  Instead, they threw the ball back into the biotech company’s court and relied on companies like Monsanto and Dow to prove that such foods were safe.  How did this happen?  Well, it’s easy when the man placed in charge of the FDA, Michael Taylor, was Monsanto’s former attorney and later, their Vice-President.  All FDA conclusions regarding the safety of GMO foods are based on superficial, biased data and manipulated research.

How trustworthy is a company like Monsanto?  Responsible for Agent Orange, hiding PCB pollution, and now Glyphosate (RoundUp) pesticide and genetically engineered foods?  Well, they’re bad enough that two million people from 52 countries in 436 cities marched in protest against them last Saturday, May 25th.  This is the biggest demonstration of protest against a single company in our history!

So, how safe does the FDA policy statement, “The agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way,” leave you feeling?  It’s a blatant lie if you examine the concerns brought up by Linda Kahl, Louis Pribyl, Gerald Guest, and other FDA administrative professionals, scientists, and specialists during the development of 1992 policy.  (Would you like more specifics on all the above?  Download the free presentation that’s offered by the Institute for Responsible Technology.  It contains an elaborate and helpful explanation of how our food system enabled GMOs, their potential for harm, and the research that proves a need for extreme caution.)

We truly have a revolving door between the government officials sworn to protect us through various protective agencies (FDA, EPA, USDA, etc.).  A true boycott is the only way we can really generate the consumer tipping point needed to remedy our food supply.

We truly have a revolving door between the government officials sworn to protect us through various protective agencies (FDA, EPA, USDA, etc.). A true boycott is the only way we can really generate the consumer tipping point needed to remedy our food supply.

What’s the Worst thing that Could Happen?

Well, there are a whole range of independent studies that have been performed around the world that correlate many health problems with the consumption of GMO foods.  They have been linked with potential causation to cancers and other auto-immune diseases, food allergies, various G.I. problems, Autism, ADHD, gut dysbiosis, and worse.

Let’s take a closer look at the three major types of genetically engineered crops to understand better, how their “unintended” effects may harm us:

1. Poison drinkers:  RoundUp Ready soy, corn, etc. with genetically engineered herbicide tolerance.  Poison drinker crops are able to withstand increasing amounts of herbicide applications.  However, they’ve left us scratching our heads due to herbicide resistant weeds and numerous health problems – including increased pesticide residue on our foods.

2. Poison producers:  BT Corn and cotton with genetically inserted BT toxin pesticide producers.  These GMO crops are gifted with the ability to produce BT toxin right within every cell of the plant they’re transferred to.  Although the EPA/FDA believe these foods are safe, because they claim it’s impossible for BT toxin to randomly mutate within our digestive tract.  However this assumption is founded on Monsanto’s research.

3. Virus-based:  Yellow squash, zucchini, and Hawaiian Papaya are genetically engineered by inserting target transgenes into a virus, which infiltrates the cells and possesses the potential for random and unexpected mutation.

Did you know that most of the corn grown in the U.S. is GMO BT corn, a poison producer?  This has the BT toxin gene inserted into every cell of a plant – you can’t wash it off – there is no way around consuming it.  It’s even regulated by the EPA!  However, the FDA considers it substantially equivalent to conventional corn.

Studies have proven that BT toxin, which is expected to be destroyed during its travels through the human digestive tract, may instead survive and be detected in human blood – it’s even been detected within the blood of unborn fetuses!  It’s quite possible that it adversely affects human DNA, resulting in a problematic imbalance within the gut that contributes to a wide range of serious conditions or worse.

However, the biotech companies don’t like to present any information that sheds a negative light on their products.  In fact, they often launch misinformation campaigns (like they did in California over Prop. 37), criticize and threaten credible, independent resources (Dr. Arpad Pusztai), and remind the concerned people that the FDA has verified their products as safe for human consumption.  Remember the FDA’s position, “The agency is not aware of any information showing that foods derived by these new methods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way.”  When these tactics don’t work, biotech lobbyists and game players are not above strong-arm techniques to sway political and legislative influence. (Monsanto Rider in 2013 Ag Bill)  Remember, in this business it’s profits over people…

Pro-GMO critics have been hard at work trying to discredit Seralini's study that proves GMOs may cause serious harm through consumption.

Pro-GMO critics have been hard at work trying to discredit Seralini’s study that proves GMOs may cause serious harm through consumption.

This, my friends, is why I am so compelled to write about this subject.  I feel this betrayal deep within my bones and I want our legislators to do what is right for our world’s health.  How dare they approve untested foods and medicines – and then not even tell us about it!  If my Fairy Godmother popped up and offered me a wish right now, I swear I’d ban GMOs from the entire planet.  Penny for your thoughts on these matters?! Leave me a comment!

How Can We Get Rid of GMOs in our Food Supply?

First, we must become educated on the issue.  Next, we generate increased awareness within our own circles of friendship and boycott GMO containing products and companies that contribute funding to thwart the legislation of labeling initiatives.  We vote for progress with each trip to the supermarket through the choices we make for our family’s dinners.  We make noise about the issue and continue to stay connected to remain aware of important calls to action.  When we band together, we help to create a consumer tipping point that forces profitable food manufacturers to commit to eliminating GMO ingredients throughout their food products.  This momentum, creates a cascading movement for more and more food producers to source non-GMO ingredients to meet our growing consumer demand.  This issue is far too big for our government to remedy alone.  It’s up to us to show them exactly how serious we are about these matters!  Visit Mom’s Across America March to learn how you can get involved with change today!

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All my best!

Muckraking Maven