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environmental health and safety
First is that the environmental health of the earth can't stand such increases in dangerous chemicals being sprayed on it. The toxins don't stay put...they runoff into our natural waterways where they cause death or mutation of all life that comes into contact with it.

For us, it means when we eat the contaminated fish and cattle, our DNA is exposed to damage by the toxins and strange DNA we consume.

Second, the chemicals don't just sit on the ground or on the leaves of plants. They get absorbed and become part of the plant that we eat. Remember that we are what we eat. How much Round Up would you like with your corn flakes?

Third, the way that the seeds (organisms) are being modified is unnatural. They aren't just cross-breeding similar specifies of plants; they are injecting totally foreign DNA from other species. This does not occur in nature and the long-term results hold the danger of some frightening unintended consequences.

The big lie that genetically modified foods are just the same as conventionally grown foods is being spread by a friendly media as well as the company's own slick marketing. Research tells a different story.

In the "Seeds of Destruction” by Jeffery Smith, we read that food related illnesses doubled between 1994 and 2001; about the same time that GMO foods started appearing on the market.

He shows that such foods contribute to increases in allergies; are carcinogenic; toxic and can decrease nutritional intake.

Cited research is that GMO peas caused lung cancer in mice, GMO potatoes were linked to cancer in lab rats and bacteria in our GI tract was shown to take up the DNA from modified foods under the right conditions.

Fourth is that, just like the superbugs, crop pests and weeds have developed a tolerance for the most widely used herbicides and pesticides. This means that more and more of the chemical must be used to control pests, with a corresponding decline in not only environmental health but our health as well.

There is data showing that genetically modified crops have resulted in a 50 million pound increase in pesticide use from 1994 to 2005. Who knows what it has increased to by now?

Fifth and possibly the most important argument against GMO crops is that the genome (the collection of 26,000 or so human genes and over 3 million chemical base pairs that make up those genes) is not constant.

Genetic researchers have found that our genome, in fact any genome, is very dynamic and changes in response to the environment.

Environmental stimulus such as toxins, chemicals, mutated DNA can turn various genes on or off or damage the base pairs of DNA which is passed on to later generations.

The bisexual fish and deer with five legs aren't just rare oddities. They are a sign of trouble in the environmental health of our wild areas. They are a wakeup call that something is happening to the DNA structure in wildlife and if it is happening in the wild, it is happening to us as well.

GMO food is more widespread that anyone would ever imagine. So far, soy, corn, cottonseed and canola are the most prevalent. In the July 15, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal, is an article that Monsanto is again going after genetically modified wheat.

The effort was dropped five years ago due to resistance from the food industry but now "they're baaack"!

Genetically modified corn is showing up at local farmers markets now. Produce we buy at farmers markets is typically thought of as organic but can we say that genetically engineered food is organic? I think not. Now the environmental health of the wheat fields will be reflected in all our baked goods.