GE food dan­ger­ous

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

The eco­nomic prob­lems of non-GE farm­ers from RoundupReady (RR) crops, as de­scribed by two Aus­tralian farm­ers will pale into in­signif­i­cance com­pared to those that will be caused by the pro­posed in­tro­duc­tion of of RR soy into our food sup­ply if al­lowed by the Aus­tralia and New Zealand Food Safety Author­ity (ANZFSA).

These are foods that are made from soy­abean crops ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered to re­sist the ef­fects of glyphosate, glu­fos­i­nate and 24-D. And we should be very, very wor­ried. Why; be­cause:

1. ANZFSA (and other Food Safety Au­thor­i­ties) say these foods are ‘‘equiv­a­lent’’ to or­di­nary foods, there­fore do not need to be tested – this is false and there is no le­gal or sci­en­tific def­i­ni­tion of this term to val­i­date this claim.

2. No cred­itable food tox­i­col­ogy tri­als have been done on these foods.

3. No con­sid­er­a­tion is taken of the ef­fects of glyphosate (the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent of weed­killers like Roundup) which af­fect em­bry­onic de­vel­op­ment, with in­creased birth de­fects, mis­car­riages, in­fer­til­ity, can­cer, DNA dam­age and al­ler­gies and neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems in chil­dren. Nor have the ef­fects of ad­di­tives like acry­lamide, es­pe­cially in Roundup, which al­low the pes­ti­cide to stick on the plant and not be washed off, been con­sid­ered. Acry­lamide is a po­tent nerve toxin in hu­mans and causes birth de­fects and can­cer in an­i­mals, and is re­leased when food is heated and cooked.

4. These prod­ucts have al­ready been found in hu­man and an­i­mal blood, or­gans and milk (not de­stroyed by pas­teuri­sa­tion) and found to cross the pla­cen­tal bar­rier.

5. The ac­cept­able daily in­take (ADI) of glyphosate is 3X the ac­cept­able level based on ob­jec­tive stud­ies of anal­y­sis.

6. All the above detri­men­tal health ef­fects take place at lev­els that are far less than the al­low­able residue lev­els in foods; in 1996 these al­low­able lev­els were in­creased 200X (from 0.1ppm to 20ppm, thus al­low­ing far more toxic pes­ti­cide to be sprayed on the crops, and in­creas­ing the amount of toxic pes­ti­cide in food we eat.

We, and es­pe­cially our chil­dren, are al­ready sub­ject to all sorts of tox­ins in our food, so why add to the prob­lems we al­ready have.

Please sup­port those peo­ple who are tak­ing steps to pre­vent an­other dis­as­ter.

Peo­ple should be aware that the two Aus­tralian farm­ers, who have had their farm­ing se­verely af­fected by con­tam­i­na­tion from GE crops grown by their neigh­bours, will be speak­ing at a meet­ing in Hamil­ton on Au­gust 9, at The Trade Union Hall, 7.30 till 9pm.

Any­one in­ter­ested can contact me on 888 5343 with a view to car pool­ing and fur­ther ac­tion to pre­vent the detri­men­tal ef­fects of GE on agri­cul­ture and the health of soil, plants, an­i­mals and hu­mans.

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