Letter: GMOs an affront to food

Monsanto and the GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) makers are continuing their affront to modify and control the food industry.

Monsanto and the GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) makers are continuing their affront to modify and control the food industry.  Perhaps you are unaware that you and your children are being experimented upon by Monsanto, the North American food industry, and Health Canada.  GMO foods are engineered in labs by forcing DNA of different species together. Most GMO foods are created to withstand high doses of herbicides (by having a herbicide gene in them) so that herbicides can be applied liberally without actually killing the plant.  The herbicides kill everything around the plant (for awhile) and ultimately finds its way into our water systems, soil, air, insects, birds, animals and humans.

Neonicotinoid pesticides are a newer class of chemicals that are applied to seeds before planting. This allows the pesticide to be taken up through the plant’s vascular system as it grows, where it is expressed in the pollen and nectar.

These insecticides are highly toxic to bees because they are systemic, water soluble, and pervasive. They get into the soil and groundwater where they can accumulate and remain for many years and present long-term toxicity to the hive as well as to other species, such as songbirds.

This year In Europe, Neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned so further studies can be done.  In Europe and pretty much everywhere else in the world GMO foods are labelled so people who give a damn can actually see on a label what they are eating.  Why do we not have this right in North America?  Why are we being used as lab rats?

Since the introduction of GMO foods, food allergies, fibro and polymyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other pathogen-based disorders have exploded onto the medical scene yet no government or food industry studies are being funded to see if there is an association.  The only thing that keeps going on is the secret introduction of these Frankenfoods into society.

It is time to order our elected officials to force the Canadian Food Industry and Health Canada to label all GMO foods so we, as human beings and consumers can make our own choice as to what we put in our bodies and more importantly make our own choice in what sort of society we want to further establish. – One of secrecy and poor science for profit, or one that is honest, just, and run by the people in association with a healthy planet.

I suggest watching the documentaries:” Genetic Roulette” and “The World According to Monsanto” if you want to get a bigger picture of what’s going on…….and its BIG!

Tom Eberhardt

Sooke