Admittedly contaminating the food supply and increasingly everywhere — genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a risky government venture, and taxpayers are funding their own destruction.
What’s the net effect of countless lobbyists wining and dining federal government officials to approve genetically modified foods at an alarming pace and even provide grant money for its creation?
The answer, of course, remains unknown. Maybe hindsight will make it clear. Perhaps it is already evident in the sharp rise in food allergies, which now effect some 15 million Americans and are increasing steadily, as in the case of gluten sensitivity.
Nevertheless, the basic corruption of subsidizing GMO seems pretty obvious.
GMO foods have been linked to some 65 health risks by Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, citing evidence from dozens of animal studies and warnings from academic and industry research. Among these documented hazards are increased chances of allergies, organ dysfunction, digestive disorders, autoimmune issues, cancer, sterility and infertility.
Further, genetically modified crops have repeatedly proven to be risky to the human and livestock food supply, as well as to international commodities markets. Repeated examples of contamination raise significant questions about the ability to contain GM food growing in open air and prevent their tainting of non-GMO food crops.
Nevertheless, government grants through agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) offer biotech a lifeline while researching and testing their product that is ultimately intended to come to market for private profits. Moreover, the USDA acts more as a partner than regulator, as detailed in the article, “Sowing Secrecy: The Biotech Industry, USDA, and America’s Secret Pharm Belt.”
In fact, the USDA co-owns patent #5,723,765 for control of plant gene expression otherwise known as “Terminator” seed technology. Can you guess who the other owner is? Well, it was Delta & Pine Land, a Mississippi-based world leader in cotton seed, but as of 2006, that company was bought out by none other than biotech giant Monsanto. The USDA actually co-owns multiple patents with biotech firms; another example includes this one for plant-made West Nile Virus vaccines the USDA owns with Dow Agrosciences.
So what, if anything, do taxpayers gain from all of this? Or do risky GMO products hold a negative value for humanity?
StarLink: GM Corn Not Approved for Human Consumption Contaminates Global Food Supply
The 21st Century began with a prime example, when Aventis Crop Sciences genetically modified StarLink corn was caught contaminating the food supply. Due to its high risk of triggering food allergens, it was approved only for use in animal feed, yet it was discovered in the taco shells at popular fast food restaurant chain Taco Bell and subsequently pulled from market.
However in December 2002, StarLink contaminated corn was found in exports bound for Japan, according to Reuters, causing tension in trade relations. Three years after the GM product was banned, Knight Ridder reported the allergenic corn was still found in trace amounts contaminating 1% of the U.S. corn crop in 2003.
The tainted legacy left by StarLink should give pause to our ready acceptance of GMO foods, which are undertested and which rely primarily on safety impact assessments created by the industry itself, thanks to lax regulatory guidelines created by lobbyists and corrupt insiders.
Unapproved Monsanto GM Wheat Taints Oregon Fields
The discovery of fields in Oregon tainted by Monsanto’s unapproved GM wheat just weeks ago is just the latest example of what is sure to be many more discoveries. In the latest update, it has come to light that the USDA was storing Monsanto’s unapproved GM wheat in a seed vault in the years before it escaped and contaminated American food crops – making export markets more vulnerable than ever.
USDA Was Storing Monsanto’s Unapproved GM Wheat in Seed Vault
READ MORE: Unapproved Monsanto GMO Wheat Caught Tainting an Oregon Field
READ MORE: Monsanto Still Testing GM Wheat
ProdiGene Pharma Corn Growing Experimental Vaccine Components Contaminates Corn, Soy Crops Headed for Dinner Plates
While food commodities were still feeling the aftershock of StarLink’s corn contamination incident, a biopharmaceutical outfit called Prodigene had perhaps an even more alarming scandal in the fall of 2002. The College Station, Texas-based biotech firm was “pharming” experimental drug vaccines grown in corn on 96 different test sites approved by the USDA across the Midwest. The company was forced to pay a small fine and was extended an interest-free taxpayer loan to cover the clean-up costs after it was caught twice contaminating food crops intended for human consumption that were growing, in one case, in a neighboring field, and in another on the same plot of land in a subsequent season.
If GM corn like StarLink can spike food allergens, what would happen if Americans accidentally ate someone else’s pharmaceutical drugs – including vaccine components for the AIDS virus, hepatitis B, a gastrointestinal disease in pigs and more – in their breakfast cereal? For better or worse, we may never know, as the USDA claims it stopped the contaminated crop from entering into the food supply.
Truthstream Media is soon releasing a mini-documentary exploring this case example in-depth, and its continued impact on human health and the general food supply:
Coming Soon: Corn-tamination* — A Mini-Documentary on the Rise of Pharmaceutical Food
But if any such contamination was NOT caught before being mixed into our numerous corn-derived foods and sugars — without a prescribed need for that drug — would it be safe for the affected population? Despite efforts to play down such possibilities, they remain real and significant risks.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issues permits and oversees biotechnology growers. The department has flagged countless incidents of non-compliance with the standards for avoiding contamination of other crops — including by the biggest names in biotech — though only a very few of these violation incidents ever make headlines.
Chew on that next time you eat some foods without knowing where they’ve been or what they were grown with.
*Through the open creative process and the suggestions of our viewers including YouTuber xDominar, we have decided to change the title of this mini-documentary to “Corn-tamination.” We were just using a working title, but that one fits perfectly. Thanks again guys!