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No Food, Bad Food, ‘Modified’ Food––What to Eat?

posted by Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 19:58 PM
October 1, 2012

        The internet is abuzz with stories about bad food; and most of them center around Monsanto Chemical Company’s domination of the world-wide food industry––or should that be ‘genetically modified’ food industry!  But then other stories now explode about bad rice, sickening chickens, poisoned bees, etc.

In ‘Beware! 5 Depressing Stories About Food in the News . . .’ and write:  “As we continue to manipulate nature . . . to ensure our comforts, we put one of our great needs at risk: food.

“Genetically modified [GM] foods—foods developed by altering an animal or plant’s DNA via genetic engineering—most likely make their way onto your dinner plate in the form of corn, tomatoes, potatoes or soybeans. . . a new study states that these GM foods are linked to tumor growth and premature death.”

Mike Ludwig of Truthout adds: “Rats fed a lifetime diet of Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn or exposed to the company’s popular Roundup herbicide developed tumors and suffered severe organ damage, according to a French study . . .”  That two-year study led by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen in France found that rats eating GM food or drinking water tainted with Monsanto’s herbicide called ‘Roundup’ had tumors and died at an early age.

RT News Service and Extinction Protocol [EP] write that Russia is so upset about Monsanto’s GM foods that it has halted imports of that company’s GM corn.  Russia also forbids its farmers to plant GM crops.  France also bans GM foods, and both countries are pushing European Union agencies to do the same.

In California Proposition 37 will be on the ballot in the November elections, because activists want GM foods removed from food supplies. Plus, some 2,000 farmers are pushing the U.S. to ‘more thoroughly’ investigate GM crops.

‘Consumer Reports’ says herbicides like ‘Roundup’ so poison the grounds that “high levels of arsenic” is in rice “as well as other rice products such as rice breakfast cereals, rice baby cereal,” etc.  That publication says “. . . arsenic is a Group 1 carcinogen known to cause bladder, lung and skin cancer.”

Alternet and Global Possibilities adds: “Consumer Reports has demanded that the EPA phase out pesticides and fertilizers containing arsenic and that the Food and Drug Administration ban feeding of arsenic-containing drugs to animals.”  They advise that rinsing rice thoroughly may also lesson arsenic.

It is difficult for me to write this story.  As an official food inspector,  I am shocked by these reports.  There is much to do, and I still have not written about mercury in fish, and other reports about contaminated foods on our dinner plates.

And what about the children?  We must put reminders to pray over every meal on wholesale Christian kids t-shirts:  “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice (Psalm 55: 17).”

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