GMO FOODS & GENETICS
GMO foodstuffs are commonly accepted in 2017 but were rejected a decade ago due to this information on DNA changes, higher rate of autism, retardation, and difficult-to-diagnose health problems in pets - and people!
Genetically engineered crops have permeated human and animal foods, from GMO corn that kills insects, to carrots that sterilize animals that nibble on the crop, thus reducing next year's crop damage.
July 2017 Editorial update: This was published in Nov. 2008. GMO science and concerns dropped out of the media as we became brain-deadened (by the food we eat?), desensitized by greater concerns over the economy, record crime rates, and then, desperate for change, the 2016 election absorbed all of our attention.
Dogs Became Food Industry Canaries In 2008
The Morningstar report  is frightening because it affects us and our dogs. The disturbing fact is that a decade after this was published, GMO foodstuffs have become commonly accepted. So has the higher rate of autism, retardation, drug and alcohol abuse.
The press made a show of covering the genetic mess in our food supply but in a deliberately casual way to avoid alarming the public. And probably because food producers control advertising dollars.
TheDogPlace.org published this science review in 2008 because we recognized the effects on canine reproduction and overall health. Well of course it’s a threat to our own health but if I said that, you’d blow on by it because obviously, we don’t do for ourselves what we do for our dogs. If that were so, we’d all be in perfect weight and condition right?
In 2008 our dogs became the canaries of the modern world, ingesting large quantities of GM (genetically modified) food. You may remember the Taco Bell scandal that spread to Kellogg's corn flakes and forced a plant closing out of fear that the illicit GM StarLink maize had infected breakfast cereals.
Even worse, scientists admitted that other corn crops were contaminated by bee-borne pollen, windblown seed and poor management of biologically “hot” seeds.
If you've bought garden seeds recently you know agri-producers have genetically manipulated plants that produce sterile seeds, i.e. they don't produce another plant. Families just gave up gardening unless they discovered what is now call Heritage Seeds. The alternative was genetically engineered seeds that produced hard, flavorless tomatoes with impenetrable skins impervious to transportation damage.
Our researchers uncovered a 1993 U.S. Government memo on an experiment in which 4 of 20 female rodents fed the FlavrSavr (a GM tomato now owned by Monsanto)  suffered gross stomach lesions. Those tomatoes were taken are off the market by 2015 and many grocery stores began providing "organic" tomatoes and other vegetables - at double the price.
Have your dogs (or family) experienced reproductive problems? New Zealand scientists engineered carrots that sterilize possums, which are a major threat to crops. In 2009, scientists pooh-poohed concerns that the carrots might have the same effect on people, and insisted the engineered carrots could be kept separate from the human food chain …. “if necessary!”
Now comes word the New Zealand Government has admitted that there were at least 100 illicit GM crop experiments underway in that country. Illicit. That translates to unregulated, unapproved.
England’s Prime Minister said that the [GM] products were safe but more recently was quoted in The Independent as saying 'there is no doubt that there is potential for harm from GM food.'” What we don’t know can hurt us! Of course the food producers aren’t going to run around announcing problems but important information is being withheld from health conscious Americans.
Corn growers were shunning GM seeds because their 1998/99 exports to Europe had dropped to only 137,000 tons from 2 million tons one year earlier. The insider leak came on the heels of media reports that major potato processors and fast-food chains were warning growers to avoid GM potatoes.
The problem is that Canadian seed companies couldn't seem to keep their conventional seeds separate from their GM lines. The sloppy inventory problem spread throughout Western Europe as country after country found their fields contaminated with illegal and unwanted GM crops. Relax. New Zealanders were assured that such management problems could never occur with those sterilizing carrots. Right.
Remember Ebola virus? Mad Cow Disease? Human deaths from Mad Cow Disease increased markedly in the first half of 2000.
Then last summer there were reports that a 'jumping gene' used in genetic engineering had crossed the species barrier at least seven times, including one jump between flies and humans.
When I first sent this report to the webmaster, he sought a balancing view, logical brain that he is. Here's his take on genetically modified and engineered foods.
“Genetically modified foods are coming and someday will be a fact of life. Not only that, they will be a necessity. With farmers' lands being 'taken' by Green Earthers, or their water being taken to preserve 'endangered species', we will need science and technology to continue to feed ourselves. Or should we go back to a mule and a plow? I do agree that it needs strong oversight. I just don't understand the knee-jerk fear of anything that comes out of a laboratory. It's not all evil.”
Danny is seldom wrong and then the USDA announced that (as with Monsanto) everything was okay and that none of the experiments could possibly involve carrots. Oh. Okay. Whew, for a minute there I was worried.
You decide. I use a lot of carrots in my homemade dog stew. Maybe when our dogs sing instead of bark, we'll know the truth!!
reprinted from SHOWSIGHT MAGAZINE Sept 2001
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