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Jeffrey Smith on GMOs and Health Risk
Jeffrey Smith, author "Seeds of Deception" and "Genetic Roulette" joined us on Smart Health Talk. He had just came from an event the day before where doctors and pediatricians spoke about concerns that are prompting them to prescribe Non GMO diets to all patients. GMOs are in practically all processed foods, and have been approved without any long term safety studies in humans. The genetic modification forces the plant to create its own pesticide. Studies have shown that after eating GMOs in such foods as corn chips our own gut bacteria can be turned on to make these pesticides.
Jeffrey also talked about what happens to scientists that find health risks associated with GMO intake including sterility, and how those scientists are then punished for concluding potential health risks. Because of these practices of stripping scientists of funding for not finding positive results, new studies are discouraged and the truth is kept from the public. Meanwhile corporate giants like Monsanto keep pushing to get more of their products into our food and environmental system, now without any government restrictions (Roundup Ready Turf and GMO Alfalfa.) We have to decide if we are OK with large corporations controlling our food supply or want to protect our seed supply.
One side effect that is spreading across the country and world are Round Up Ready pesticide resistant weeds. The weed that won't die no matter what you spray on it. The whole reason to use the spray in the beginning. If this is what happens when you try to outsmart weeds, then we need to instead work with them. Once read how an organic farmer knew the weed life cycle so well, he tilled them under at the perfect time that reduced seed formation and added organic matter to the soil at the same time. Other farmers thought he was crazy when they saw his messy orchards with all those weeds growing around the trees compared to their weed free orchards.
Does it really matter that we have to look at weeds? Could they actually have an important role in preventing insect infestations?
How is a seed that only produces infertile offspring seeds because a terminator gene was spliced into its DNA going to feed our global population that has now increased by another billion in like three years because everything keeps doubling and yet out total amount of agricultural land has decreased? Most all of current agricultural land has had so much nutrition removed and so little added back that produce water logged. Filling in the spaces for nutrients missing from the soil with water. People are short changed on their nutrients, getting little nutrition bang for their buck. No wonder we are so hungry!
People need sustainable systems that feed themselves without outside need, recycling resources and reducing waste. You end hunger because are able to sustain themselves as much as possible. Access will always be the major barrier that keeps food from the people. Show them how to grow their own food, and how to get more efficient each year, while planning for the worst people can survive.
By understanding what is happening to our food system we can better protect our health and that of our families as well as our future food supplies. We cannot assume the government or anyone for that matter is going to protect us. Smart Health Talk works to bring you the information so you can make decisions knowing all of the hidden facts on food. Hope you have the 10 minutes to listen to this interview.
As Jeffrey Smith talks about during the interview on Smart Health Talk, it will ultimately me up to us.
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Elaine McFadden, MPH, RD, is the host for "Smart Health Talk Radio Show, Thursdays, 4:00-5:00, on KCAA Radio 1050 AM in Southern California. Elaine is a dietitian dedicated to bringing consumers information that can improve their life and save them money.