There is a lot of information online regarding GMO’s and the effects they have on our health. As more information is surfacing, we the people want to know what the heck we are eating. Genetically Modified foods are flooding store shelves, without out knowledge. More people are becoming concerned about the adverse health effects of GMO’s and we are finding out a lot! For example, did you know that over 80% of the corn in the US is genetically modified? Now that is a really scary thought!
GMO Inside Blog has listed the top 5 GMO food failures.
Flavr Savr Tomato
Bioengineers manipulate plant genetics to produce all kinds of advantages. Flavr Savr tomato, the first GMO to enter the U.S. market, focused on taste and travel.
From farm to supermarket, tomatoes are often green. The method works well for shipping, but is not so great for taste. In the 1980s, researchers at Calgene, Inc. (now owned by Monsanto) designed a tomato that could withstand the rigors of transport, even after vine ripening, and still have a long, attractive shelf life.
The Flavr Savr tomato was approved for sale in 1994, and GMO tomato paste soon outpaced conventional. However, after Dr. Arpad Pusztai revealed on British television that several test rats developed gut lesions and died after consuming GMO potatoes, public opinion turned and sales plummeted. Government and industry painted Pusztai a fraud, but Flavr Savr was defeated.
In 1995, Monsanto completed U.S. regulatory requirements for the NewLeaf potato, a Russet Burbank variety designed to ward off the Colorado potato beetle. But a 1998 study from the Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences showed that rats consuming NewLeaf experienced considerable organ damage—observations similar to those of Pusztai.
By 1999, U.S. farmers had planted about 50,000 acres of NewLeaf potatoes. The bioengineered spud was intended to be a big seller in the fast food and snack markets, but the food industry lost interest quickly. In 2000, Proctor & Gamble, McDonald’s, Frito-Lay, and others told suppliers that they preferred non-GMO potatoes.
By 2001, sales and marketing of NewLeaf was suspended. But according to a statement from the Monsanto website, “the products remain fully approved in the United States and Canada,” and may be released again once market demand returns.
These 2 are scary by themselves, be sure to visit GMO Inside Blog for the rest of the list. Recently many other countries are voicing their opinion against GMOs by banning their use, or at least requiring Genetically modified foods be labeled. The US deserves to know if their food is GMO. Shame on the government for letting Monsanto use its citizens as an experiment.
As “free” Americans, we have the right to stop supporting Monsanto and others by not purchasing their products. There are many online vendors that sell non GMO products to consumers at reasonable prices. Growing your own veggies and fruits is also a great way to avoid purchasing GMO foods. Get involved, stop Monsanto from poisoning us and our children.