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GMO's - What are they & can they HARM your HEALTH?

According to the World Health Organization, Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs) are "organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in such a way that does not occur naturally."

What is Genetically Modified (GM) food? This is how MADGE explains it....

‘GM food has been creeping onto our plates since 1996, but what is it?
The international food standards body, CODEX, calls it ‘modern biotechnology’.

Modern Biotechnology means the application of:
  1. In vitro nucleic acid techniques, including recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles, or OR
  2. Fusion of cells beyond the taxonomic family, that overcome natural physiological reproductive or recombinant barriers and that are not techniques used in traditional breeding and selection
But what does that mean?
There are two main types of GM crops. The first is ‘herbicide tolerant’ or HT. It is designed to survive being sprayed with a weedkiller.
The second type of GM crops is ‘insect resistant’ or IR. These produce proteins that destroy the guts of certain insects that eat them, so they die.’
( MADGE What does MADGE stand for? "Mothers Are Demystifying Genetic Engineering" but also "Mothers Advocating Deliciously Good Eating" as food should be nourishing and delightful .

Mothers call for help in ridding breast milk of glyphosate weedkiller (also known as Roundup)

Some GM foods are designed to be resistant to Roundup, so they will survive and the weeds around them will die, however this weedkiller cannot be washed off and is ingested with the food.

‘Mothers call for help in ridding breastmilk of glyphosate weedkiller  (also known as Roundup)
Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse released the results of tests on American women’s breastmilk today. [1]
The weedkiller glyphosate was present in high levels in 3 out of  the 10 breastmilk samples.
Concentrations of glyphosate in breastmilk were higher than in the mother’s urine. This suggests that glyphosate builds up in the body over time.
“We have been told that glyphosate (Roundup) is excreted out of the body and so will not harm us.
“This study suggests this advice is wrong. Babies should not have to drink weedkiller in their mother’s milk.” Said Fran Murrell, MADGE spokeswoman,“MADGE is really concerned. Moms Across America is our sister organisation and we support their work.”
A SBS documentary “Secret Life of Breasts” showed chemicals [2] in our bodies affect our health and that of our children.”
Australia grows GM Roundup Ready (RR) canola and  cotton. We also import RR crops like soy, sugarbeet and maize. It is allowed in processed foods and as animal feed. Foods derived from GM are usually unlabelled due to our lax national laws.
Glyphosate is used by many councils to spray parks and roadsides. Farmers are also increasingly using glyphosate to ‘dry off’ crops like grains and pulses before harvest.
“We are asking for urgent testing of the level of glyphosate in Australian mums’ milk” said Jessica Harrison from MADGE “We cannot allow this toxic trespass of weedkiller into our bodies and our babies.”

Toxic levels for Australian drinking water

‘ A new study has found that the world’s most commonly used weed killer, Roundup, is toxic to human cells at levels permitted in Australia’s drinking water.
The study released by Flinders University in South Australia, tested the effects of Roundup, based on the levels deemed safe in Australian drinking water. The results found it caused human placental cell death. This study suggests that if these concentrations of Roundup are present in the body they may cause adverse health issues.
The study follows the World Health Organisation’s assessment that Roundup is a probable human carcinogen.
American Academy of Environmental Medicine on May 8, 2009 states..  “The strength of association and consistency between GM foods and disease is confirmed in several animal studies. "
Multiple animal studies show significant immune dysregulation, including upregulation of cytokines associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation.  
Animal studies also show altered structure and function of the liver, including altered lipid and carbohydrate metabolism as well as cellular changes that could lead to accelerated aging and possibly lead to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Changes in the kidney, pancreas and spleen have also been documented.
A recent 2008 study links GM corn with infertility, showing a significant decrease in offspring over time and significantly lower litter weight in mice fed GM corn. 8 This study also found that over 400 genes were found to be expressed differently in the mice fed GM corn. These are genes known to control protein synthesis and modification, cell signaling, cholesterol synthesis, and insulin regulation. Studies also show intestinal damage in animals fed GM foods, including proliferative cell growth and disruption of the intestinal immune system. ”


(from the website..)

Does FSANZ commission its own scientific studies?

No. It is the responsibility of companies that have developed GM foods to demonstrate the safety of that food and to supply FSANZ with the raw data from scientific studies to prove this.....

How does FSANZ assess the safety of GM foods?

FSANZ carries out safety assessments on a case-by-case basis, which means each new genetic modification is assessed individually for its potential impact on the safety of the food. We compare the GM food with a similar, commonly eaten conventional food from a molecular, toxicological, nutritional and compositional point of view...

To date, we have identified no safety concerns with any of the GM foods that we have assessed. Other national regulators who have independently assessed the same GM foods have reached the same conclusions.

[FSANZ do none of the studies themselves and come to the conclusion that they are safe, without having done any independent studies.]


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Posted on: 15th April, 2015
Categories: Nutrition
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