by Susanne Posel
Lisa Cimperman, clinical dietician for the University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHC) claims, when speaking about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), “there’s no evidence that people are harmed by eating a bug-proof ear of corn or a non-browning apple. As far as having real research to show that it’s harmful, we simply don’t have it.”
Cimperman said: “I think one of the biggest mistakes we can make in talking about this issue is making it ‘good versus evil’. One of the things that bothers me is the fear mongering.”
This clinical dietitian asserts: “My only concern ss that you don’t have to make this an issue that incites fear in the consumer. As consumers, we really need to educate ourselves on the topic and make informed decisions.”
However, to shed light on the dangers of GMO, scientists at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (ICTA) have released a study that points to the advent of GMO crops dominating the global food system in terms of production advantage, are threatening the security of our ability to use viable crops to feed the human population.
Colin Khoury, scientist for the ICTA explains: “Over the past 50 years, we are seeing that diets around the world are changing and they are becoming more similar – what we call the ‘globalized diet’. Other crops provide the supplementary nutrients to diets that the major staple foods cannot deliver.”
Because of this “homogenized global diet”, the paper infers that non-communicable diseases” are readily spread.
Khoury warns that there must be an “expansion in the diversity of the globally important crops. We also need to ensure the genetic diversity is available to people. That diversity comes from old varieties and the wild species that are related to the crops.”
Khoury continues: “This diet is composed of big, major cops such as wheat, rice, potatoes and sugar. It also includes crops that were not important 50 years ago but have become very important now, particularly oil crops like soybean.”
Although the publishing journal retracted the study for political reasons, it was found by a team of French scientists, after exposing rats for 2 years to Round-Up Ready-laced water and an unlimited diet of Monsanto genetically-modified corn, the rats developed mammary tumors, suffered from liver damage and died.
The rats in the controlled group all lived.
Supporters of the study retorted that Elsevier “itself said it did not find evidence of misconduct or fraud and that the review panel had concluded only that the study was inconclusive, not incorrect.”
Indeed, 800 scientists from the Institute of Science in Society (ISS) have come together from all across the globe to demand that Monsanto’s GM experiment end.
In an open letter “from world scientists to all governments concerning genetically modified organisms” it was expressed that “GM crops offer no benefits to farmers or consumers. Instead, many problems have been identified, including yield drag, increased herbicide use, erratic performance, and poor economic returns to farmers. GM crops also intensify corporate monopoly on food, which is driving family farmers to destitution, and preventing the essential shift to sustainable agriculture that can guarantee food security and health around the world.”
The letter states: “We urge the US Congress to reject GM crops as both hazardous and contrary to the interest of family farmers; and to support research and development of sustainable agricultural methods that can truly benefit family farmers all over the world. We, the undersigned scientists, call for the immediate suspension of all environmental releases of GM crops and products, both commercially and in open field trials, for at least 5 years; for patents on living processes, organisms, seeds, cell lines and genes to be revoked and banned; and for a comprehensive public enquiry into the future of agriculture and food security for all.”