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    Default Top Ways to Identify & Avoid GMO Foods

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdwaEg6HLVU&eurl=]YouTube - Top 6 Ways to Identify & Avoid Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)[/ame]

    HOW TO AVOID GMO FOODS:

    1. Look at the stickers on fruit - there is a PLU code with either 4 or 5 numbers. If your fruit's label has 4 numbers, it is conventionally grown. 5 numbers starting with a 9 means it was organically grown, and 5 numbers starting with an 8 means GMO.

    2. Buy local & talk to your farmers - this is the best way to ensure you're eating real foods. It's estimated that up to 85% of pre-packaged and processed foods contain GMOs, so buying fresh from the farm is a great way to avoid that.

    3. Avoid the Top Four GMO Crops of Soy, Corn, Canola and Cottonseed. Replacing these with 100% extra virgin olive oil is a safe alternative.

    4. Encourage your favorite food providers to label their food GMO-free. We don't need the government to force companies to label their foods, and we're seeing more and more that we as consumers have tremendous power, and if enough of us ask for GMO-free labels, and support the companies that use them, we'll see a huge increase in labeling. And we're already starting to see this.

    Get to know the companies that are labeling their foods GMO-free.

    5. Buy Organically Grown Food - For now, the organic certification process is a relatively safe bet to ensure your food is free of GMOs, although this may not be the case in the future. Help support global sustainability by purchasing certified organically grown food.

    6. Conventional Sugar - Over 90% of this year's sugar beet harvest will be Monsanto's GM Roundup-Ready Sugar Beet. That means if you are using sugar, or eating anything with sugar in it, you're eating GMOs. Alternatives to sugar are listed here.

    7. Grow your own food - Plant a garden using heirloom seeds!

    Top 6 Ways to Identify & Avoid GMO Foods | bytestyle.tv

    IRISH RETAILERS WHICH SELL GM FOOD:

    Most Irish retailers still sell non-organic Irish and foreign meat and dairy produce from livestock that have been fed on animal feed contaminated with GM ingredients including GM soya, GM maize gluten, and GM oilseed rape. A giant loophole in EU law enables such produce to be sold without a GM label. Moreover, hotels and restaurants can sell food cooked in GM oil without informing their customers.

    Unlike the UK, most Irish retailers do not have a policy to exclude GM ingredients. Marks & Spencers is the exception, with an excellent policy to avoid GM ingredients in its own-brand food and also to avoid selling fresh meat and dairy produce from animals that have been fed a GM diet.

    For a list of Irish companies that sell GM food go here:

    http://www.gmfreeireland.org/food/index.php

    Most of us are eating GMO foods without even knowing it.


    Non-GMO shopping guide (this is an American guide but may still be helpful)
    http://www.seedsofdeception.com/DocumentFiles/144.pdf
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    Default GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans

    Scientific Tests Must Be Approved by Industry First

    One of the great mysteries surrounding the spread of GMO plants around the world since the first commercial crops were released in the early 1990’s in the USA and Argentina has been the absence of independent scientific studies of possible long-term effects of a diet of GMO plants on humans or even rats. Now it has come to light the real reason. The GMO agribusiness companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and others prohibit independent research.

    In the United States a group of twenty four leading university corn insect scientists have written to the US Government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding the EPA force a change to the company censorship practice. It is as if Chevrolet or Tata Motors or Fiat tried to censor comparative crash tests of their cars in Consumer Reports or a comparable consumer publication because they did not like the test results. Only this deals with the human and animal food chain. The scientists rightly argue to EPA that food safety and environment protection “depend on making plant products available to regular scientific scrutiny.” We should think twice before we eat that next box of breakfast cereal of the corn used is GMO or not.

    GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans
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    Genetically-modified foods have no independent studies of their performance or safety because it is forbidden in seed sales contracts. The only studies published in scientific journals are released by the companies that produce the GMOs. But don't worry. Corporations wouldn't lie, would they?

    Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?: Scientific American
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BdTw0vkv-4&feature=PlayList&p=E549EED1D2F75E6D&index=28]YouTube - Avoid Genetically Modified Foods, Doctors Warn[/ame]

    http://www.responsibletechnology.org...ping/index.cfm

    Non-GMO shopping guide (this is an American guide but may still be helpful)
    http://www.seedsofdeception.com/DocumentFiles/144.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhonda15 View Post
    Genetically-modified foods have no independent studies of their performance or safety because it is forbidden in seed sales contracts. The only studies published in scientific journals are released by the companies that produce the GMOs. But don't worry. Corporations wouldn't lie, would they?

    Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?: Scientific American
    Related & from an earlier thread, thought it of interest:

    Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research
    By ANDREW POLLACK
    February 20, 2009
    The New York Times

    Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the industry’s genetically modified crops, according to an unusual complaint issued by a group of those scientists.
    “No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions,” the scientists wrote in a statement submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency. The E.P.A. is seeking public comments for scientific meetings it will hold next week on biotech crops.
    ...

    What is striking is that the scientists issuing the protest, who are mainly from land-grant universities with big agricultural programs, say they are not opposed to the technology. Rather, they say, the industry’s chokehold on research means that they cannot supply some information to farmers about how best to grow the crops. And, they say, the data being provided to government regulators is being “unduly limited.”
    The companies “have the potential to launder the data, the information that is submitted to E.P.A.,” said Elson J. Shields, a professor of entomology at Cornell.

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    THey want to cull the population, how better to do it than with GM foods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhonda15 View Post
    Genetically-modified foods have no independent studies of their performance or safety because it is forbidden in seed sales contracts. The only studies published in scientific journals are released by the companies that produce the GMOs. But don't worry. Corporations wouldn't lie, would they?

    Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?: Scientific American
    And more recently!

    How Subchronic and Chronic Health Effects can be Neglected for GMOs, Pesticides or Chemicals

    International Journal of Biological Studies

    Gilles-Eric Séralini 1,2, Joël Spiroux de Vendômois 2, Dominique Cellier 2,3, Charles Sultan 2,4, Marcello Buiatti 2,5, Lou Gallagher 6, Michael Antoniou 7, Krishna R. Dronamraju 8

    1. University of Caen, Institute of Biology, Biochemistry, Esplanade de la Paix 14032 Caen Cedex France.
    2. CRIIGEN, 40 rue Monceau, 75008 Paris France
    3. University of Rouen, LITIS EA 4108, 76821 Mont Saint-Aignan, France
    4. University of Montpellier, School of Medicine, IGH, CNRS, France
    5. University of Firenze, Italy
    6. Institute for Environmental Science and Research, Ltd, Crown Research Institute, Porirua, New Zealand
    7. King's College London School of Medicine, Dept. Medical and Molecular Genetics, London, United Kingdom
    8. Foundation for Genetic Research, Houston, USA

    Chronic health effects are increasing in the world such as cancers, hormonal, reproductive, nervous, or immune diseases, even in young people. During regulatory toxicological subchronic tests to prevent these on mammalian health, prior commercialization of chemicals, including pesticides and drugs, or GMOs, some statistically significant findings may be revealed. This discussion is about the need to investigate the relevant criteria to consider those as biologically significant. The sex differences and the non linear dose or time related effects should be considered in contrast to the claims of a Monsanto-supported expert panel about a GMO, the MON 863 Bt maize, but also for pesticides or drugs, in particular to reveal hormone-dependent diseases and first signs of toxicities.

    Conclusion (excerpt)
    We assume that Séralini et al. [5] methodology can discriminate potential false positive and GM-linked effects, avoiding to some extent false negative ones, in the best way we can do for this discussed and too limited protocol already in use for commercialized GMOs. These GM-linked effects are then considered as signs of toxicity in the 90 days, not proofs of toxicity. The biological plausibility of a subchronic or chronic side effect of the GM diet, linked to the new toxin in the mammalian regimen, or due to the mutagenesis effect of the genetic modification itself, is thus non negligible. Finally it should be stressed that statistically significant effects of GM diets, or of residues of pesticides that are contained by GMOs, have also been observed in other instances [21-25], but not in all studies [26, 27] enlightening the necessity of a case-by-case approach, and that the real toxicological studies are quite limited up to date for that [28]



    21. Malatesta M, Caporaloni C, Gavaudon S. et al. Ultrastructural morphometrical and immunocytochemical analyses of hepatocyte nuclei from mice fed on genetically modified soybean. Cell Struct Function. 2002;27:173-180

    22. Malatesta M, Biggiogera M, Manuali E. et al. Fine structural analyses of pancreatic acinar cell nuclei from mice fed on genetically modified soybean. Eur J Histochem. 2003;47:385-388

    23. Vecchio L, Cisterna B, Malatesta M. et al. Ultrastructural analysis of testes from mice fed on genetically modified soybean. Eur J Histochem. 2004;48:449-454

    24. Trabalza-Marinucci M, Brandi G, Rondini C. et al. A three-year longitudinal study on the effects of a diet containing genetically modified Bt176 maize on the health status and performance of sheep. Livestock Sci. 2008;113:178-190

    25. Benachour N, Sipahutar H, Moslemi S. et al. Time- and dose-dependent effects of roundup on human embryonic and placental cells. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2007;53:126-133

    26. Brake DG, Evenson DP. A generational study of glyphosate-tolerant soybeans on mouse fetal, postnatal, pubertal and adult testicular development. Food Chem Toxicol. 2004;42:29-36

    27. Brake DG, Thaler R, Evenson DP. Evaluation of Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) corn on mouse testicular development by dual parameter flow cytometry. J Agric Food Chem. 2004;52:2097-2102

    28. Domingo JL. Toxicity studies of genetically modified plants: A review of the published literature. Crit Rev Food Sci Nut. 2007;47:721-733

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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster View Post
    if it bites back...
    I really dont care about GMO foods in principle, its more that you just know that cost cutting and idiocy will wreck any serious scientific benefit that they might bring, so in essence, at present, I would indeed steer clear.

    I am, however, biased, being somewhat of a technophile, I have consistently lobbied various biotech companies to be their test case if they ever decide to go with commercially availabe extra pairs of hands, I reckon 6 arms should be just enough to get through the day.

    If only I could get the restraining order rescinded.

    Let's all raise a glass of frog milk to the ancient festival of Fargaltide!

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