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Defending Monsanto

How Can A Man Of Learning Say Such Stupid Things?

By James Donahue

We were appalled when we read a recent story about a Boston meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science during which a University of Illinois professor of food science and human nutrition promoted genetically modified foods for human consumption.

Bruce Chassy told the group on February 17 that it was his opinion "genetically modified foods pose no special risks to consumers or the environment" and he thought they were "overregulated."

All we can think about Mr. Chassy is that he is a very uninformed man or that he was well paid my Monsanto Corporation for saying what he did. It is no secret that GMO crops are not only laced with poisons, but because they are grown from hybrid seed, they cannot replicate thus blocking the natural order of the plant kingdom.

Jeffrey Smith, author of Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, described Genetically modified organisms in a recent interview that appeared in Truthout. He said GMO refers to the "process of taking a gene or genes from one species and forcing into the DNA of other species. You can mix and match between plant, animal, human, insect, bacteria and virus, creating new organisms that were not part of the billions of years of evolution. The process is prone to unpredictable side effects."

Because these patented seeds cross pollinate with non-GMO crops and even weeds that are distant cousins of the growing crop, they are quickly destroying the natural world environment, even mixing with non-gmo crops in nearby fields, and forcing farmers to buy more hybrid seeds from the manufacturer rather than save seed for the next year’s planting.

Researchers in European countries, which have been battling to keep GMO seeds out of their farm fields, have conducted studies on the possible dangers of consuming products containing weed and pest control chemicals, and other genetic mixes of animal genes, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals designed to keep animals healthy in the barn.

Monsanto’s dirty work has been going on for some 20 years now, with more and more varieties of GMO seeds being produced. The company is now selling patented seed for corn, wheat, canola, rapeseed, rice, soybeans, sugar cane, sugerbeets, tomatos, potatos, papaya, squash, peas, flax, cotton, tobacco, chicory, cotton seed oil and a probably a variety of other seed-produced crops.

Honey is produced by bees drawing pollen from GMO plants. Livestock is infected by GMO grains and bovine growth hormone. Fish grown on "fish farms" are genetically modified to grow faster and larger than normal varieties. Many of the nation's dairy products come from infected cows. Even the vitamins we buy are made from corn, soy and other GMO products.

It is extimated that as many as 30,000 different processed foods found in grocery stores today are produced from GMO crops. This is because they mostly are made from wheat, corn and soy.

While banned in other countries, the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has looked the other way when it comes to Monsanto's evil deeds. The company paid millions of dollars in an advertising blitz in California in 2012 to prevent voters from approving a proposition that would force food producers to label GMO foods on grocery store shelves.

Home gardeners who wish to grow their own organic foods must be very careful where they buy their seed. Monsanto has been quietly buying up American seed stock companies as well.

Mr. Chassey clearly represented the interests of Monsanto when he appeared before the Boston organization of scientists.