Well here it is, hot off the presses or shall we say, researching for hours…I found out some very interesting things, thus why I am publishing it quickly because I believe it is a need to know now situation. I forgot how fun it was to write a piece like this, thanks for tuning in…
Chemically enhanced allergies and the new food crisis…
In today’s world we already have so much to do, that the idea of sitting on the computer or searching through thousands of research papers may be the last thing anyone wants to do. Unfortunately with food allergies on the rise, this may start to become common place for anyone who is concerned about themselves or their families health. Food allergies are on the rise according to a report from the CDC presented and released in 2013. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db121.htm and http://22.214.171.124/HDI/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportId=59 . Though the CDC may argue that they have no idea why this could be happening, many others have the opinion that one company has a large hand in this epidemic that is effecting mostly our children; the new generation that will be adults soon enough. Mind you, it is not only children who are being affected by these new allergies, adults are as well. For the most part, it is the children from the ages of birth to 17 that are being watched closely. These allergies range from mild reactions to death.
Though there is no actual proof of Monsanto, the company in question, being responsible for the allergy increase, there are several independent reports that hint to the fact that Monsanto is behind the allergy rise. With their increase in Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s or GE’s), often called suicide seeds due to the fact the seeds do not reproduce viable seeds for planting the next years crop; the world has begun to see the reactions not only in the food market, also in their children who are spending more time at the Doctors offices and Hospitals. If this crime were able to be proven, Monsanto would have to declare bankruptcy from the litigations that would occur. However, the United States of America does not prosecute with out proof, and in an unprecedented move to protect themselves from litigation, Monsanto has been able to sneak in a bill that was signed by President Obama last year, 2013 that allows Monsanto to be immune to any litigation, even if they are brought to court and found guilty. Hidden in H.R. 933 or also known as the Text of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 is this little gem.
In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialization and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.“
Where is the connection you may ask? Rightfully so.You are not the only one asking. Consumers around the world are asking why does my child now have a peanut/soy/milk/gluten (the list goes on) allergy? They are questioning and experts are answering. As is, the mounds of research required to answer these simple questions are piling up, and you would think it should not be so hard to find the answer. Think again.
If you have noticed lately, the talk of GMO.’s and labeling has died down, yet if you do not have food that states that it is not Genetically Modified, you do not know what you are eating or where it is coming from. Thus you may be ingesting food that will harm you or your family in one of the simplest ways, that of your allergy resistance. GMO’s were not even introduced into our food until 1996; though Monsanto was beginning to research back in 1982 and had their first field test in 1987. So when you compare the rise of allergies according to the CDC website, ironically, the rise in allergies have been noted since 1997.
Monsanto is a huge company and has been in our lives more that you may realize; from the saccharine invention in 1901, to Agent Orange. Monsanto was involved in the Manhattan Project and have created PCB’s, DDT only to name a few lovely facts of this company. They introduced hormones into our bovine, which in turn has made our children to grow prematurely as far as puberty and breast development. This growth hormone has also been proven to have a link with prostrate cancer. Monsanto is doing what they can to come to the consumer as “The Farmers Friend” the problem with that, if you talk to the farmer’s involved with the first seeds that were given so freely, they no longer have land to farm due to contamination or creation of a new super weed that takes over the valuable farm land, bankrupting the farmer and their family.
Again, you may be asking, what does this have to do with allergies? If you go back to basic science of ecology and the cycle of life; what you eat is what the animals eat, what they eat is coming out of the ground, what is put in that ground goes to our water. It is a never ending vicious cycle.
Soil fertility as a whole, is invaluable and irreplaceable as this statement below supports,
“Research has demonstrated the great importance of soil organisms for the fertility of the soil. In one gram of productive soil there is a complex web that can exceed over 100 million microorganisms that may represent over 1000 species. The main components are bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, nematodes, earthworms, and insects. Out of these, bacteria and fungi constitute about 80%, the proportions of these two depending on soil type. There is a complex ecological interdependence between all soil organisms. Together they are responsible for the cycle of decomposing and restructuring organic material so that it will be accessible to growing plants. It is also responsible for the nitrogen and water-retaining properties as well as for other factors of great importance for soil fertility. “Without the soil foodweb, plants would not obtain the nutrients necessary for growth, and the above ground foodweb would not long continue” according to Nannipieri, P. et al. (1990).” http://www.psrast.org/soilecolart.htm
To continue what is said about soil, here is some input of what GMO’s or, as labeled GE crops, (Genetically Engineered crops) are doing…
“Ho, M.W. & Tappeser, B. (1997) have proposed that the vector DNA in GE crops may promote horizontal transfer of genetic material between unrelated bacterial species. They warned that the result may be new human pathogenic bacteria.
This idea was further developed by Ho, M.W. et al. (1998). They refer to experimental observations indicating the possibility of gene transfer not only between related bacteria but also between bacteria of different species, as well as between bacteria and fungi and between bacteria and higher organisms, including mammals. They warn that the vector DNA may be transferred from GE plants to soil bacteria and soil fungi and contribute to increased horizontal transfer. They suggest that this may have contributed to the emergence of new human pathogenic bacteria during the last 10-15 years, some of which have been very harmful.”
On another note, another site has also supported the connection between GMO’s and allergies…Now remember that cycle of life, as these three small blurbs will show, though they may seem separate, are connected by a minimum of 4 degrees.
“Specificity of the association of GM foods and specific disease processes is also supported. Multiple animal studies show significant immune dysregulation, including up regulation of cytokines associated with asthma, allergy, and inflammation. Animal studies also show altered structure and function of the liver, including altered lipid and carbohydrate metabolism as well as cellular changes that could lead to accelerated aging and possibly lead to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). 7,8,10 Changes in the kidney, pancreas and spleen have also been documented. 6,8,10 A recent 2008 study links GM corn with infertility, showing a significant decrease in offspring over time and significantly lower litter weight in mice fed GM corn.” http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html
The cycle of life in 6th grade terms…Farmer Brown plants the grass that is grown to feed the cow, that gives us milk and beef that we ingest; remember the cow digested the grass, that now is part of our genetic make up as our body processes the food that becomes protein and sustenance to survive. The same with the food we buy to place on the table everyday to feed our families, such as vegetables, other meats, drinks and fruits. It is a rudimentary way to say, we are what we eat.
This should be enough to scare anyone to seek out their local farmers that are strict about being organic and GMO free. It isn’t though. Why? Because of the cost mainly, however availability of non-GMO items are increasingly difficult in today’s fast paced world. Yet, honestly, until enough people stand up and say, “No more! We, as a society are not biochemical test subjects to find out how far Monsanto can take their monstrosities. We did not sign up to live on Dr. Moreau’s Island for a permanent vacation. ” We will continue to lose in this game until that time comes. This game, is a game of life that does not only affect you, it affects future generations of people, animals, and crops that will be trapped in a never ending cycle. Allergies in the end will be the minor issue of what the final destination of this travesty is. Mother earth is the final casualty of war in this collective agreement of not standing up to fight when the fight is plausible to win.
And this concludes our blog cast day…