I interrupt this normally happy Wellness Cloud for some disturbing news…
I may be a little late getting to the GM-hating party but I’m here now and I’m eyes-popping-out-of-my-head shocked by what I’ve been hearing/ reading.
What’s all this fuss about?
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) where launched in the late 1990’s and are experimental crops and animal feed that have been genetically engineered in a lab to “improve” the product, i.e. make it grow faster or bigger, produce its own pesticides or become more resistant to drought- basically make it more profitable.
Many genetically engineered foods contain the Bt toxin and according to Jeffery Smith (a world authority on the dangers of GMO’s) although this may help line the agriculture industries pockets, it’s not been so nice to the consumer. People who have removed GMO’s and this Bt toxin from their diet have described improvements from a variety of diseases and disorders including:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Allergic reactions
- Immune system problems
- Fertility issues
- Organ damage
- Mental issues: including autism, anxiety and even depression
Consumption of GM food have also been linked to birth defects, infant mortality and certain cancers.
But we’re protected against GMO’s in Ireland right?!
We’re lucky to be living in Ireland and still be part of the EU I’ll grant you that. The EU have the most stringent regulations in place against GMO crops and modified medicinal products.
Side note: 90% of GM crops are grown in the US, Canada and Argentina and a whopping 80% of all processed foods in the US contain GMO’s.
However there is good and bad news.
The Good News 🙂
Growing GM Crops: The EU have only authorised 1 GM variety (Monsanto’s MON810) and only 0.05% of EU land is cultivated with it and therefore Ireland is a GMO crop free country.
Labelling Imported GM Foods: All processed food or animal feed made with GMO crops that contains 0.9% or more GMOs must be labelled as such to alert the consumer. This is unlike the US, where no food containing GMO’s currently needs to be labelled.
The Bad News 😦
Animal Feed: I’m sorry to say that most Irish beef, lamb, pork, and dairy produce is made from livestock fed on GM food, and, as we all know, if they eat it, your eating it. The really upsetting part of this is that according to the 2003 EC regulation, products such as meat, milk or eggs obtained from animals fed with GM feed or treated with GM medical products do not require labelling. So if your eating meat or eggs or drinking a glass of milk right now there’s a high likelihood that the animal it came from was pumped up on GM feed and medicine.
I bet your thinking:
‘Ahh no, sure we have the FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) monitoring this stuff! They wouldn’t allow GM animal feed if it wasn’t safe!’
Not the case my good people. These committees have been infiltrated and compromised by the GM biotech industry (I realise that line sounds like something from a Matt Damon movie but even a small bit of detective work shows this is in fact correct!). Dr. John O’Brien is the CEO of the FSAI and is a former director of a GM company! I’m not making this stuff up people- go and have a Google!
So what can I do?
- Read the ingredients! This is key. As I mentioned, any processed food made with 0.09% GM foods needs to be labelled with: ‘This product contains genetically modified organisms’
- Either revaluate how much meat and dairy you consume/ feed to your kiddies, perhaps introduce Meatless Mondays? Or else buy organic meat and eggs.
- Support restaurants, pubs and shops which promote an GMO Free ethos. A list of them can be found here
- Get involved with the activities of GM-Free Ireland
- Get educated: Read ‘The Seeds of Deception’/ watch ‘Genetic Roulette’