By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
December 24, 2014
- Where does your food come from?
- Why GMOs aren’t good for you… or the planet
- My #1 solution for healthier food choices
Have you seen the latest Monsanto commercial? It’s a very compelling marketing ploy that I’m sure a lot of people are buying into. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think they’re supplying us with some of the healthiest foods in the world.
The visuals are reminiscent of Normal Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want” painting . The advertisement is squarely centered on family and food. And, as everyone sits down to eat a meal together, the announcer says…
“When we sit down together and talk about what’s going on around us, more and more of the conversations we’re having are about the food itself. Where it comes from. How good it is for us. How good it is for the planet.”
A few minutes later, the announcer adds, “It’s time for a bigger discussion about food.”
Well, I certainly agree on that last point. But I don’t agree on much else. And I find it very interesting that Monsanto’s post of the commercial on YouTube doesn’t allow comments. This suggests they don’t really want us to have this discussion.
So, let’s have that conversation right now and take a look at some of the many reasons this ad is more than a little misleading.
Today, more and more of our food supply is coming from genetically altered seeds. And Monsanto is the king of the industry. The thing is, Monsanto didn’t start out as a seed company. They’re actually a chemical company.
• During the 1940s, Monsanto was a leading manufacturer of synthetic fibres and plastics. This includes polystyrene, or what we call Styrofoam. We still see this plastic all over the place, so you would think it’s safe. It’s not. Even the EPA admits it.
Long-term exposure can affect your central nervous system. This can lead to headache, fatigue, weakness and depression. It can also cause hearing loss and peripheral neuropathy. Worse yet, polystyrene is non-biodegradable. And it’s responsible for a great deal of hazardous waste around the world.
• Monsanto started producing DDT in 1944. This compound was very effective at killing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. But the government banned it in 1972. Why? Because of the link between DDT and cancer, infertility, nervous system disorders, and liver damage. In the meantime, it takes DDT more than 15 years to break down in our environment.
• In the 1960s, Monsanto struck out again. They were one of the few companies contracted by the U.S. government to manufacture Agent Orange. This chemical can lead to leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, Parkinson’s, birth defects and many different forms of cancer. Unfortunately, many of our Vietnam vets are still living with the health consequences of this dangerous defoliant.
• The herbicide Roundup was developed by Monsanto in the 1970s. You’re probably familiar with this weed-killer. But you might not realize it contains glyphosate, which can damage DNA, cause cancer and act as an endocrine (hormone) disruptor in human cells. Some research shows it even causes cell damage and death at the levels found in Roundup-ready crops.
To top it off, now all sorts of “super-weeds” are cropping up that are Roundup-resistant. So, more and more chemicals are needed to control them. All of those chemicals end up in our environment – and on your dinner plate.
• Some of Monsanto’s crops contain Bt toxins. These act as a pesticide to prevent crops from damage. But it’s not just harmful to pests. It appears these toxins may damage red blood cells, which are needed to deliver oxygen throughout your body.
And, like the Roundup-ready crops… it’s just not working. Insects are developing resistance to Bt toxins. Thus, more and more pesticides are required to keep pests at bay. This is yet another disaster to the environment and a not-so-yummy addition to your meals.
I’ll bet you’re wondering how this chemical manufacturer became the leading seller of genetically modified seeds in the world. Well, what better way to sell more pesticides and herbicides than to develop crop seeds that are resistant to them?
So, let me ask you this…
Where does your food come from? How good is it for you? And how good is it for the planet?
Let’s take a look at the best answers to those questions.
When you buy genetically altered foods, you’re supporting the use of not only harmful chemicals in our food supply and environment, but the continuing use of splicing genes from one animal or plant species into another plant with unknown long-term effect. As of this date, nobody knows the full impact that this risky science experiment will have on our long-term health. Let alone the health of planet Earth.
I also cringe when I think of the underpaid field workers who are exposed to these dangerous compounds every day while they’re working in the fields.
Foods that are certified organic don’t contain GMOs. Neither do foods that carry the “Non-GMO Project Verified” logo. These labels both have third-party verification, so they’re the most reliable. This means you don’t have to worry about what’s in your food, the footprint it’s leaving on the environment, or the health consequences that might follow.
I admit. These foods cost a little more. But when you add up your food dollars and compare them to the potential health outcomes and medical expenses associated with living in a diseased state…
…Well, every penny spent is worth its weight in gold.
“Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange.” Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards. Last updated Dec 2013.
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