Genetically modified food seems to have been around since sometime in the 1990s - or maybe even earlier.
That's shocking to me, since even as a consumer who has been relatively aware of problems in the food supply, I wasn't aware of this one.
Maybe that's because I've had more confidence in the agricultural segment of our country than was prudent. Since predecessors on both sides of my family had been in agriculture I guess I assumed that agriculture could be trusted.
I've had quite a few occasions to associate and even become friends with ranchers and farmers throughout my life, and I still have some contact with small farmers and ranchers here in Colorado.
We've all seen how agriculture has changed in the U.S. since the 1940s and '50s - but because small operations have continued to exist in large numbers, the overall dominance of huge corporation farming and ranching has not really been apparent.
That's mostly because I don't really think about the fact that agri-business has become big business dominated by large corporations. And, those big corporations are always looking for every possible way to cut costs of growing food, no matter what sacrifices in quality have to be made.
When we look into the situation though, even to a limited extent, we find that the individual farmer has been victimized along with most of the large corporate farmers.
Apparently one large company with the extensive help of the FDA and the USDA has been largely responsible for about 85% of the shift to genetically modified foods accomplished rather quickly across several Western countries.
That's a sweeping assertion.
That assertion is presented by Jeffrey M.Smith in his book, Seeds of Deception.
The subtitle on the cover of the paperback book is Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS You're Eating.
The strong evidence presented by Jeffrey Smith leads us to believe that genetically modified foods are very dangerous foods that we should all avoid.
His evidence also leads you to believe that a lot of political engineering was done along with faulty genetic engineering. Powerful corporate interests were catered to by irresponsible public officials in the U.S., Canada and Britain.
The evidence also shows that entire bureaucracies in Great Britain, Canada, and the U.S. were bullied or bribed into allowing the entry of GM products into the food supplies of the world.
According to numerous sources cited in the second chapter of Seeds of Deception, the science of genetic engineering is too new and too flawed for any level of public exposure to genetically modified foods - at least in a perfect world.
The processes described in that chapter, titled, What Could Go Wrong? seem a bit like children playing with matches and firecrackers.
Here's a sample of the story from that second chapter:
One common method used to "insert" genes is to blast them into the DNA with a 22-caliber gene gun. Scientists first coat thousands tiny shards of gold or tungsten with the foreign gene. Then they point it at a dish containing thousands of unsuspecting cells. Then they fire, hoping that at least some of the foreign genes will end up in the right place in at least some of the DNA. This, by the way, is what the biotech industry refers to as their highly precise method of gene transfer.(p.57)
This and other scientific procedures are described in a way that causes us readers to wonder how any expected outcomes could possibly take place.
While I was reading this book I began to wonder whether the story presented here could possibly be as terribly condemning as it seems to be.
According to many critics of genetic engineering, there have been many unintended consequences of this relatively new activity - mostly because the procedures developed are based on erroneous assumptions and theories.
One such bad theory of genetics was that each gene's DNA code would dictate one single unique protein. Since biologists had estimated that the number of proteins in the human body was 100,000 or more, they expected the number of genes in human DNA to also be about 100,000.
But when a tally of the number of human genes was accomplished in June of 2000, the world of biology was shocked to learn that the total equals only about 30,000.
Not only was the one-gene-one-protein theory wrong, so was the assumption that genes would be uniform in their protein coding ability. Apparently all genes are able to make two or more proteins, and some make as many as 38,000+.
How could the world's population be subjected to food products for which long-term consequences may be unknown - with no warning from private industry or governments?
Apparently the answer is money. Huge amounts of money.
Money in the form of profits to agri-business and bribes to government officials, along with political campaign money.
We've all been eating genetically modified foods for years without realizing it.
How much of the potentially dangerous stuff have we consumed?
The answer depends on how much you rely on processed foods, and how much you eat at restaurants and fast food joints. It also depends on your specific food selections, how much attention you give to your diet.
Has it been harmful? Are you sick as a result?
Most of Western medicine still believes that most illnesses are caused by germs.
But more and more doctors are joining the throngs of alternative health providers as they point to toxins in the food supply.
Most of the toxins in processed foods have been there for decades - and the detrimental effects have been taking their toll for just as long.
But most of the medical research seems to be stuck on finding mysterious causes of disease which may not exist. The research, funded by corporate pharmaceutical companies, continues in order to find miracle drugs which can be patented and sold for high profits.
Meanwhile, the handful of docs and alternative practitioners who have correctly identified the toxic chemical contents in processed foods and in medicines as being the cause of most disease continue to be ignored by mainstream media and biology.
I think the genetically modified foods are just another result of Western medicine's focus on germs and antibiotics - and another opportunity for huge profits and political power for huge corporations.
So, what should we do to avoid genetically modified food?
If you eat a lot of processed food - anything in a can, jar, or a box - you must drastically change your diet.
Start eating lots of salads made with fresh, organically grown ingredients using no bottled or processed salad dressing. Olive oil in small amounts makes a terrific dressing.
Do lots of juicing - again with organically grown vegetables.
Get your protein from raw nuts and from organically grown poultry and beef farms. Eat only small amounts of red meats - and look for grass-fed beef.
Buy a copy of Clean, by Alejandro Junger, M.D.
Read it, and follow his clean regimen carefully.
There are many other cleansing regimens to safely rid yourself of various toxins, including those which come from genetically modified foods.
If you're overweight, Clean will help you monumentally both with the weight and the toxins.
If you buy Jeffrey Smith's book, or look at the numerous websites on genetically modified foods, you might feel the only answer is to stop eating.
Nonetheless, it's a good read.
I haven't finished it yet. There are too many ways to get sidetracked with all the endnotes citing highly interesting material.
The information on genetically modified foods is outrageous and frightening, but we still enjoy eating.
We still eat at various restaurants from time to time - but we make our menu selections very carefully.
We try to minimize the quantities of GM foods, such as corn, potatoes, dairy products, soy, cotton, and canola (oils).
Our avoidance of potatoes was the result of Dr. d'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Type, which puts potatoes on the avoid list for us.
Some websites say that some potatoes are genetically modified, but Seeds of Deception doesn't identify them as such.
According to Jeffrey Smith, some U.S. grown zucchini, yellow squash, Hawaiian papaya and tobacco are genetically modified crops.
We don't eat much tobacco, anyway.
Early in the book, he discusses certain tomatoes as having been messed with, but in Chapter 8, Changing Your Diet, he says the GM tomatoes have been removed from the market.
Many of the dietary changes suggested in the book are changes we had made previously just because of being health nuts - healthy health nuts.
But we're not extreme.
It's still possible to enjoy great food - even while eating in fine restaurants. It just takes some effort - and the effort is fun stuff, fascinating stuff.Return to Alternative Health Care from Genetically Modified Foods