Biotech companies took advantage of loose FDA regulations to push through Genetically Modified crops during the Bush Administration. Today most Americans unknowingly eat GMO’s on a daily basis.
The GMO Debate
Starlink Corn: Animal Feed for Humans
How Deregulation Fast-tracked GMO’s
FDA Charges Ahead with GMO Approval
Ultimately it was determined that three people died from severe allergic reactions to Starlink corn. After the fiasco, Aventis cheekily applied to have Starlink approved for human use. The EPA came close to approving it, but thanks to a considerable level of public scrutiny, ultimately declined.
Golden Rice Addendum
Disinformation Campaigns & Corporate Propaganda
GM Free? — No Guarantee!
Those in the U.S. now eat genetically modified foods daily.
Now — contrary to the early GM day,s when I produced this article — even those who eat only certified organic foods in the U.S. are still most likely consuming GM foods.
The cat is long out of the proverbial bag. Most of the soybean, corn and canola is genetically modified and it’s almost impossible to avoid those three ingredients.
Nonetheless, according to Pew Research, nearly half of Americans believe they are not consuming GM foods.
Agro Business and GM Food in the U.S. and Argentina
Although both Presidents purported to be concerned about ecology, both U.S. President Barack Obama and Argentine President Cristina Kirchner handed over unprecedented control over their respective countries’ food supply to multinational biotech companies.
Obama appointed former Monsanto Vice President, Michael Taylor as the ‘Food Czar’ of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009.
Taylor was Deputy Commissioner of Policy at the FDA back in 1992. He is the person responsible for writing the wide-reaching policy that GMOs are “substantially equivalent” to traditional crops, which opened the door for GMOs to go market without independent, rigorous testing.
In 2012, former Argentine President, Cristina Kirchner (and current VP) met with Monsanto in the U.S. where she famously said, “Argentina has become a defender of (food) patents.“(video:Spanish)
Today, eighty-five percent of the corn in Argentina is genetically modified. Argentina’s number one cash crop is genetically modified soy, almost all of which is exported to China.
Argentina is third in the world in soy exports behind the U.S. and Brazil, which also produce GM soy.
All of those crops are engineered to be glyphosate-tolerant and produced with Roundup. The Roundup and privacy lawsuits aren’t the only problems that Bayer EG inherited from Monsanto. They are also so far on the losing end of lawsuits for another Monsanto legacy pesticide, dicamba.
Suggested Reading on GMO’s
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