Think twice before you eat modified crops


I read a recent article about genetically modified organisms and how the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are so convinced of its safety that they don’t even have to label it. That’s a laugh (“Engineered crops spark ethics debate,” Feb. 28).

Industry has worked very hard for years not only to keep those labels off of their genetically modified food but also to suppress the research that shows just how dangerous this process is.

There is a reason why natural genetic processes take hundreds of thousands of years to evolve. They’re complicated and dangerous, much more dangerous than Monsanto and the FDA would like for you to believe.

Now there is a new Russian study that shows what Monsanto suppressed years ago: the process itself causes changes that they didn’t foresee.

Genetically modified soy caused third-generation hamsters to lose the ability to reproduce, low birth weights when they did and a higher infant mortality rate, along with hair growth in the mouth.

Still laughing? Here’s another joke: The head of the FDA is a former vice president from Monsanto, the same company that gave us Agent Orange and PCBs.

They think maybe genetically modified organisms will solve our problem of overpopulation. I’m not laughing.

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