I recently listened to a few interviews with Dr. Don Huber, an agricultural scientist and expert in microbial ecology, a professor at Purdue University for 25 years. He shared a very clear understanding of the shockingly devastating effects of genetically engineered foods, or genetically modified organism (GMO) crops have on the health of plants, animals and human beings.
What are GMOs? Plants that have been genetically engineered to resist an herbicides making it easier to use these chemicals without harming such crops. Seeds resistant to Roundup or glyphosate are commonly known as “Roundup Ready” or named according to herbicide it was modified to resist. Therefore, GMO refers to anything that has or produces the foreign protein, or resists the herbicide, as result of the foreign gene that has been inserted.
Monsanto patented glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, in 1974 as a herbicide. It is a very potent broad spectrum herbicide, that kill almost all plant species. It’s probably one of the most abused chemicals used in agriculture. Roundup was considered very safe and was never really tested. It is still readily available to all in most stores, in spite of the high toxicology data that has been coming out. It is still a widely used non-regulated compound. And since the patent was up, now you can find this compound in other broad spectrum herbicides as well.
They found a gene in a soil bacterium that resisted Roundup, and placed that a gene into the soybean to create the first GMO crop. They patented the seeds and controlled the source and use of those seeds. Patenting and agreements between the GMO seed monopolies and the farmers, prevent the use of self-pollinating seeds to be used by farmers. Farmers agree to purchase new seeds as needed and never to do research or compared the GMO seeds with others.
These genes create foreign proteins, in the crops and transfers the genes to the microorganisms in the soil. These microorganisms can also to its own genetic modifications to even new non-GMO plants if grown in that soil. Now this very toxic compound can be produced by corn grown 10-15 years later. These are some of the very real long-term and permanent consequences we are facing in GM agriculture.
SO what’s so bad about that? It’s a self-perpetuating Roundup Ready crop… right? what is the impact of eating these GMO foods? There are now excellent scientific, peer-reviewed studies that clearly document the direct toxicity of the compound that is applied to the plant as well as the foreign proteins the plant is producing and their effect on human and animal health. There is a major epidemic of chronic botulism, in European countries importing Roundup Ready soybeans, they are associating it with residual glyphosate in the plants and its toxicity to the intestinal microflora. It is a strong biocide that kills off many of the beneficial organisms in our intestines that we are rely on for nutrition and vitamin production, they also protect us from some of these serious human and animal pathogens. When the beneficial micro flora are killed off and these pathogens are left unchecked they produce potent neurotoxins. They see major losses in dairy farms with chronic botulism. Also there is reporting of chronic fatigue syndrome and similar diseases with these symptoms that we see in humans, from the very low levels of exposure. Only 1/40 of what is permitted to be present in our food supply can actually kill off these beneficial intestinal microorganisms. Inflammatory bowel disease, autism in kids, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s and birth defects are now documented in the scientific literature as having a direct effect from the residual chemicals in our GM crops.