It’s a stacked deck. The same biotech companies that engineer GMOs are allowed to judge them as being safe. When former Monsanto executive, Michael Taylor, was with the FDA, he crafted the agency’s GMOs friendly policy. It was Taylor, while serving as the FDA’s Deputy commissioner for policy, who wrote the FDA’s guidelines on recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), banning dairies from labeling their milk “rBGH Free“.The guidelines were tailor-made for Monsanto.
This is but one of scores of examples in which retired government officials are employed for companies they used to regulate or vice versa, constituting revolving door appointments between big business and government.
Jeffery Smith, author and founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, points out that “scientists who discover adverse findings from GMOs are regularly attacked, ridiculed, denied funding, and even fired.”
The Russian researcher mentioned earlier, Irina Ermakova, with the Russian National Academy of Sciences, had samples stolen from her lab, papers burnt on her desk, and she was pressured to stop doing any more GMO research. No one has yet repeated Ermakova’s simple, inexpensive studies.
Smith claims in his article “Spilling the Beans”, that animals fed GM crops developed potentially precancerous cell growth, smaller brains, livers and testicles, damaged immune systems, bigger livers, partial atrophy of the liver, lesions in the livers, stomachs, and kidneys, inflammation of the kidneys, problems with their blood cells, higher blood sugar levels, and unexplained increases in the death rate.
Alexey Surov says, “We have no right to use GMOs until we understand the possible adverse effects, not only to ourselves but to future generations as well. We definitely need fully detailed studies to clarify this. Any type of contamination has to be tested before we consume it, and GMO is just one of them.”
In addition to the hazards of GM Soy is GM Corn. In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, researchers found that three varieties of GMO corn are linked to organ damage in rats. These GM corns can be found in products such as animal feed, corn syrup, and thousands of products found in the grocery store.
The researchers concluded these three GMOs are too dangerous to be distributed commercially because the kidneys and liver in rats displayed toxicity levels when exposed to all three GM corn varieties.
The Spectrum reports that the first genetically engineered food case to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court took place last week. The Center For Food Safety, a leading organization in food safety, asked the court to deny approval for Monsanto to sell its Roundup Ready alfalfa.
“This is Monsanto’s third appeal of the case, and if they win a favorable ruling from the high court, a deregulated Monsanto may find itself in position to corner the markets of numerous U.S. crops, and to litigate conventional farmers into oblivion.”
This is an important case for the future of the American food industry, but don’t hold your breath for a favorable outcome for consumers. At least one of the Supreme Court justices has a direct conflicts of interest. From the years 1976 – 1979, Clarence Thomas worked as an attorney for Monsanto. Thomas apparently does not see this as a conflict of interest and has not recused himself from the case.