Scandal - Monsanto's GMO Perversion of Food
By Byron J. Richards,
the 2010 growing season Monsanto plans to unleash its latest Frankenfood
experiment on the American and Canadian public, a new version of
genetically mutated corn with eight abnormal gene traits called Genuity
SmartStax corn. It is the culmination of an astonishing scandal that has
been steadily building over the past decade. During this time Monsanto’s
mutated seeds have grown to 90% of the U.S. soy crop and 85% of the corn
crop – and wheat is next on their agenda. Their efforts have been marked
by corporate bullying and have drawn the attention of the Justice
Department who is conducting an antitrust investigation. All the while
they have been spending millions on lobbying to fast track their agenda
before the American public even realizes what hit them. Monsanto is making
an ominous power play to corner the worldwide market on food and seeds. In
the process they are adversely altering the very nature of food itself.
Few people would eat Monsanto’s “food” if they understood what it was or
knew that they were eating it. President Obama and his family won’t eat
it. Neither did the Bush family. Even a Monsanto employee cafeteria
rejects it. This is no laughing matter. Your health and the health of your
children and grandchildren are at stake. It seems more like a scene from a
horror flick than something happening in modern day America. Imagine your
digestive tract turned into a Roundup Ready herbicide factory and other
warped genetic signals slowly and progressively rotting away your health.
Unlike acute food poisoning from infectious E.coli, it is a slow and
Why GMO Food is Dangerous
Monsanto’s GMO (genetically modified organism) technology inserts non-food
genes, genes from other species, into the DNA of food, altering the very
nature of food itself. In some cases these genes make the crops more
tolerant to the Roundup Ready herbicide made by Monsanto and in other
cases the genes abnormally cause the DNA of food cells to produce toxic
proteins that act as pesticides.
Most people are not comfortable with the concept of altering the nature of
food in a grand genetic experiment with unknown consequences. The idea of
food producing its own internal toxin is equally abhorrent. After all, who
wants to eat toxic food? Even fewer trust this technology in the hands of
Monsanto, a company with a history of blatant disregard for human health.
It was Monsanto that knowingly poisoned the planet with toxic PCBs.
The process of making GMO seeds also poses health risks. Viral promoter
genes are used during this production process and become part of the DNA
mix, posing a risk for new types of viral disease. An unintended
side-effect of this production technology is chronic activation or
suppression of normal genes in the modified plants. This alters the actual
nutrient structure of food and the function of the proteins within that
food – a very serious matter.
The entire process of producing GMO seeds is also unpredictable. It
creates multiple random genetic events in every food cell invaded by the
mutant genes. Because each gene doesn’t just do one thing and is highly
interactive with other genes, the production of GMO food is not consistent
and therefore safety cannot be guaranteed – especially when you understand
that our scientific knowledge of gene interdependencies is in its infancy.
Eating food that is mutated by other non-food species is a grand
experiment to say the least. GMO mutants can transfer to the living
bacteria in your digestive tract, as has been shown in animal experiments.
This can adversely change the way your gut bacteria behave so that they
create pesticides and become more resistant to your immune system and
medical treatments. If the GMO mutants were to transfer to an existing
infection in your digestive tract then it could create your own superbug.
Because the proteins in GMO food are structurally different than normal
food they significantly increase the risk for allergy. Allergy is one form
of inflammation that is likely to result from GMO food, but there are many
other potential sources. These include the mis-metabolism of the food, the
inherent toxicity of the food, and the pesticide residues on the food.
These inflammatory problems of GMO food will additively contribute to
other forms of inflammation such as pollution and stress and add to the
total inflammation burden sets the stage for many diseases. It is likely
that GMO food will have a significant impact on pregnancy problems and
developmental problems in children. At this time nobody can rule out GMO
as a possible causative factor in Autism, as the rates of both have risen
together. A recent re-evaluation of data provided by Monsanto showed that
various types of GMO corn caused significant inflammatory organ damage to
has now been shown that the health consequence of eating high amounts of
Roundup Ready residue that is being sprayed in ever-higher amounts on GMO
crops is the disruption of your endocrine system. A recent study shows
that these residues of Roundup Ready are highly interactive with sex
hormones and significantly disrupt their function.
2008 Austrian government study showed that feeding GMO corn to mice for
multiple generations resulted in fertility issues and weakened kidneys, as
well as changes in metabolic pathways involved with inflammation,
cholesterol, and protein.
GMO crops are also drastically and adversely altering soil quality. In
fact, soil animals such as earthworms are now found to have incorporated
GMO mutant corn genes into their cells. This finding is of extreme
importance to potential human health problems. There is certainly nothing
preventing this from happening to humans.
For more information on the devastating health consequences of consuming
GMO foods read Jeffrey Smith’s books, “Seeds of Deception” and
You may be wondering the obvious; if GMOs are so dangerous to eat then why
are they allowed in the food supply?
Corporate Cronyism - A Corrupt FDA
Places the Public in Danger
now know that FDA scientists originally working on the issue of the safety
of GMO food had considerable concerns that included allergies, toxins,
adverse nutritional effects, and new diseases.
They urged long-term studies but were ignored by FDA management who
instead decided that GMO food was “substantially equivalent” to normal
food. In 1992 these managers issued the following policy statement in the
Federal Register, “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.” In retrospect, that policy, which stands to
this day, was a flat out lie and a treasonous betrayal of the public
Court cases have forced into public view the documents expressing the
concerns of the FDA scientists. You can read them all at this link to the
In fact, rushing GMO foods to market also represents a serious breach of
scientific integrity by the overall research community.
Today, the FDA is a world leader in proteomic technology, the advanced
analysis of protein structure and function. Italian researchers using
proteomics have already proven beyond any question that GMO food is so
genetically different from normal food that it cannot possibly be
considered substantially equivalent.
Certainly the FDA could discover this fact for themselves in a matter of
hours. Why are FDA scientists in handcuffs and not taking action?
Part of the FDA management team’s culture of corruption is a revolving
door with the various companies they are supposed to be regulating, the
very definition of corporate cronyism. These shenanigans have had the net
effect of the FDA acting primarily as a police force bully representing
various powerful lobbies that buy protection and marketing favors, while
stomping on the rights of the little guys like organic family farms and
consumers. In the case of food, Monsanto wins the gold medal for influence
pedaling at the expense of human health.
One of the more egregious examples of cronyism is Michael Taylor. He was
an FDA staff lawyer and Executive Assistant to the FDA Commissioner from
1976 to 1981. From 1981 to 1991 he worked at the law firm of King and
Spaulding, acting as Monsanto’s lawyer and lobbyist. He was a major
proponent for overturning the Delaney Clause, a 1958 law prohibiting the
introduction of known carcinogens to processed foods, a law Monsanto hated
and which was eventually overturned by Clinton in 1996. His main
responsibility during this time was gaining regulatory approval of
Monsanto’s genetically modified cancer-causing bovine growth hormone (rBGH).
complete his efforts on the bovine growth hormone issue Taylor went back
to work for the FDA in 1991 with the title Deputy Commissioner for Policy
at the Food and Drug Administration. He was directly responsible for
writing the FDA policy on “substantial equivalence” which initially
ushered in the rBGH era and to this day enables Monsanto to market its GMO
mutated food with no appropriate oversight by the FDA as to safety. He
also formulated policy that prevented milk producers from informing
consumers that their milk was free of bovine growth hormone –
intentionally preventing consumers from being able to tell what was in the
milk product they were consuming.
After accomplishing his dirty work, he left the FDA in 1994 and went to
work for Monsanto as Vice President for Public Policy, working on
Monsanto’s long range plans. More recently, he became a Senior Fellow at
Resources for the Future (RFF) and Director of the Risk, Resources and
Environmental Management division. In this role, he strategized how to get
Monsanto’s GMO crops into Africa, working closely with the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He also worked
closely with the Bush Administration, and is the point man in helping an
elite agenda to spread GMO seeds and biotech dependence around the world.
You guessed it – now he is back at the FDA in a new position the Obama
Administration created – Senior Advisor to the Commissioner, working
primarily on issues of food safety!
“I am pleased to welcome Mike Taylor back to the FDA,” Commissioner of
Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., said in announcing Taylor’s
appointment. “His expertise and leadership on food safety issues will help
the agency to develop and implement the prevention based strategy we need
to ensure the safety of the food we eat.”
Monsanto, in anti-competitive collusion with Dow, takes their new GMO
toxic and mutated corn to market, stacked with eight genes, it should come
as no surprise that absolutely no safety testing is being required by the
Never before have there been eight genes altered simultaneously within the
cells of food. One gene is bad enough. Three is horrendous. But eight?
The fact that the FDA is not requiring extensive safety testing by
independent sources of this highly unpredictable and dangerous technology
is unthinkable. It is a grim day when the fox is in charge of the
There Is No Good Reason for Monsanto’s GMOs
you listen to Monsanto and their business cohorts such as Cargill, they
state they are trying to feed the world. In reality, the world could
eliminate Monsanto’s mutated food tomorrow and it would be a better place.
It could also do without Cargill acting as an unregulated food banker,
profiting on the manipulation of food sales at the expense of farmers in a
way that is every bit as bad as the worst of Wall Street.
There is no need for Monsanto’s GMO mutated seeds. They offer no
advantages. It is an industry being propped up by unelected bureaucrats
and elected officials on the receiving end of Monsanto’s multi-million
dollar lobbying operation.
Michael Taylor is one example of corporate crony influence, there are many
The USDA is profiting from Monsanto’s seeds that cannot be used the next
growing season (the Terminator
aspect of the problem). The EPA’s failure to regulate the amounts of
Roundup Ready used on food is yet another scandal. It’s all about profits
and control – while undermining the world’s farmers and the biodiversity
and sustainability of crops.
Contrary to the Monsanto and Cargill propaganda, GMO technology does not
increase crop yields, as has been fully documented in the Union of
Concerned Scientists report titled Failure to Yield.
And GMO crops are very bad for the carbon footprint.
The fact that the Obama administration
is actively forwarding Monsanto’s efforts should be a grave concern to
Of course, the last 16 years of Clinton and Bush also did everything in
their power to help Monsanto. No wonder Americans are fed up. Politicians
in both parties are beholden to the golden idol, not the best health
interests of its citizens.
Take Back Our Food – Join the
the people can have a huge impact and we can change this serious threat to
human health. Don’t buy GMOs food. GMOs permeate corn and soy products,
beet sugar is now mutated, and wheat is next in line.
If you aren’t sure how to avoid GMO foods and brands then follow the
advice given on Jeffrey Smith’s Non-GMO shopping guide.
Demand from your political representatives that all GMO food be labeled as
containing GMOs. This isn’t just a political issue – this is about your
personal health and the future of food.
2010 Wellness Resources, Inc.
Byron J. Richards,
Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist, nationally-renowned nutrition
expert, and founder of Wellness Resources is a leader in advocating
the value of dietary supplements as a vital tool to maintain health.
He is an outspoken critic of government and Big Pharma efforts to deny
access to natural health products and has written extensively on the
life-shortening and health-damaging failures of the sickness industry.
His 25 years of clinical experience from the front lines of nutrition
have made him a popular radio guest who callers find impossible to
Volume 15, 2010