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piyush
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Stop Genetically Modified Food Production

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD-A SERIOUS HEALTH RISK

By:John B. Fagan, Ph.D.

Genetically engineered foods containing genes derived from bacteria and viruses are now starting to appear in the shops, and foods with insect, fish, and animal genes will soon follow. These genetic changes are radically different from those resulting from traditional methods of breeding. Yet, the sale of these foods is being permitted without proper assessment of the risks and without adequately informing the public, even though many scientists say that genetically modified foods could cause serious damage to health and the environment.

WHAT IS GENETIC ENGINEERING? Genes are the blueprints for every part of an organism. Genetic engineering is the process of articficially modifying these blueprints. By cutting and splicing DNA-genetic surgury-genetic engineers can transfer genes specific to one type of organism into any other organism on earth.

WHY DO IT? Scientists want to transfer desirable qualities from one organism to another, for example, to make a crop resistant to an herbicide or to enhance food value.

IS IT NECESSARY? At first sight it may seem appealing. However, closer examination reveals that commercial and political motives are taking precedence with little regard to the possible dangers. We already have the ability to feed the world's population without the risks posed by genetic engineering. Why subject humanity to these unnecessary risks?

WHAT ARE THE DANGERS? (Please see more detailed discussion below.)

Those identified so far include:
New toxins and allergens in foods
Other damaging effects on health caused by unnatural foods
Increased use of chemicals on crops, resulting in increased contamination of our water supply and food
The creation of herbicide-resistant weeds
The spread of diseases across species barriers
Loss of bio-diversity in crops
The disturbance of ecological balance
Artificially induced characteristics and inevitable side-effects will be passed on to all subsequent generations and to other related organisms. Once released, they can never be recalled or contained. The consequences of this are incalculable.
WHAT IS THE SITUATION NOW?

Genetically modified foods available, or about to appear, in U.S. markets include tomatoes, squash, yeast, corn, potatoes, and soybeans (which are used in 60% of all processed foods, such as bread, pasta, candies, ice cream, pies, biscuits, margarine, meat products and vegetarian meat substitutes). Genetically modified organisms are also used to produce cheeses and canola oil. But this is just the beginning. In a few years it may be almost impossible to find natural food.

The food industry and government appear to be complacent. They assume that these new foods are not substantially different from existing foods and pose no special risks. But this assumption is wrong and dangerous. The radical changes being made by biotechnologists could never happen in nature, and have already caused toxic side-effects. Current regulations require only minimal safety testing for some foods, and none at all for others. In no case do regulations require evaluation of long term impacts on health.

Most genetically modified foods will not be labelled. Under present regulations manufacturers are already introducing genetically modified ingredients into many processed foods without informing consumers. The government is ignoring the wishes of the public. Surveys consistently find that 85-90% of consumers want clear labelling of all genetically engineered foods.

DESPITE INTENDED BENEFITS, MANY TECHNOLOGIES PRODUCE DISASTROUS SIDE-EFFECTS.

Increasingly, society is recognizing side-effects such as nuclear pollution, global warming, and the toxic effects of pesticides and herbicides. Medicines are often withdrawn because the side-effects turn out to be too poisonous. In every case, it has taken time for hazards to come to light and for action to be taken.

Genetic engineering poses the greatest danger of any technology yet introduced. Because many of the damageing effects of genetic engineering are irreversible, we must prevent problems before they occur. The precautionary approach is essential if we are to protect ourselves, our children, and all generations to come. We must take action now, if we want to prevent an avalanche of genetically engineered foods from inundating the market and placing virtually everyone at risk.

WE MUST ACT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

Genetically engineered foods are being introduced without due regard for health, yet many damaging effects will be irreversible.

What is needed

TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH:
Any food produced through genetic engineering should be banned until scientifically shown to be safe and safe for everyone.
In the meantime, labeling should be required for any food that contains even one genetically engineered ingredient, or that has been produced using genetically modified organisms or enzymes.
Full disclosure labelling will allow consumers to choose what they eat. It will also help scientists trace the source of health problems arising from these foods.
TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT:
All applications of genetic engineering should be banned that carry the risk of accidental or intentional release of genetically modified organisms into the environment.
What you can do

Write to members of Congress, food producers, supermarkets, the press and consumer groups, expressing your concern and enclosing this leaflet.
Make copies of this document for friends, family, colleagues, students, trades unions, clubs and societies. Alert everyone to the dangers.
DANGERS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS

The scientific facts demonstrating the need for an immediate worldwide ban.

Because living organisms are highly complex, genetic engineers cannot possibly predict all of the effects of introducing new genes into them. This is the case for even the simplest bacterium, not to mention more complex plants and animals. THIS IS BECAUSE:
the introduced gene may act differently when working within its new host
the original genetic intelligence of the host will be disrupted l the new combination of the host genes and the introduced gene will have unpredictable effects; and therefore
there is no way of knowing the overall, long-term effect of genetically engineered foods on the health of those who eat them.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE FACTS:
Unnatural gene transfers from one species to another are dangerous Biotechnology companies erroneously claim that their manipulations are similar to natural genetic changes or traditional breeding techniques. However, the cross-species transfers being made, such as between fish and tomatoes, or between other unrelated species, would not happen in nature and may create new toxins, diseases, and weaknesses. In this risky experiment, the general public is the guinea-pig.
Biotechnology companies also claim their methods are precise and sophisticated. In fact, the process of inserting genes is quite random and can damage normal genes. Genetic research shows that many weaknesses in plants, animals, and humans have their origin in tiny imperfections in the genetic code. Therefore, the random damage resulting from gene insertion will inevitably result in side-effects and accidents. Scientists have assessed these risks to be substantial. (Refs: Palmiter, R.D. et al (1986) ANNUAL REVIEW OF GENETICS 20: 465; Inose, T. et al (1995) INT. JOUR. FOOD SCIENCE TECH. 30:141.)
Unpredictable health damaging effects When genetic engineers insert a new gene into any organism there are "position effects" which can lead to unpredictable changes in the pattern of gene expression and genetic function. The protein product of the inserted gene may carry out unexpected reactions and produce potentially toxic products. There is also serious concern about the dangers of using genetically engineered viruses as delivery vehicles (vectors) in the generation of transgenic plants and animals. This could destabilise the genome, and also possibly create new viruses, and thus dangerous new diseases. (Refs: Green, A.E. et al (1994) SCIENCE 263:1423; Osbourn, J.K. et al (1990) VIROLOGY 179:921.)
Genetically engineered products carry more risks than traditional foods The process of genetic engineering can thus introduce dangerous new allergens and toxins into foods that were previously naturally safe. Already, one genetically engineered soybean was found to cause serious allergic reactions, and bacteria genetically engineered to produce large amounts of the food supplement, tryptophan, have produced toxic contaminants that killed 37 people and permanently disabled 1,500 more. (Refs: Nordlee, J.A. et al (1996) THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 688; Mayeno, A.N. et al (1994) TIBTECH 12:364.)
Increased pollution of food and water supply More than 50% of the crops developed by biotechnology companies have been engineered to be resistant to herbicides. Use of herbicide-resistant crops will lead to a threefold increase in the use of herbicides, resulting in even greater pollution of our food and water with toxic agrochemicals. (Ref: Goldberg, R.J. (1994) WEED TECHNOLOGY 6:647.)
Health-damaging effects caused by genetic engineering will continue forever Unlike chemical or nuclear contamination, genetic pollution is self-perpetuating. It can never be reversed or cleaned up; genetic mistakes will be passed on to all future generations of a species.
Inadequate government regulation Biotech companies claim that government regulatory bodies will protect consumers. However DDT, Thalidomide, L-tryptophan, etc. were approved by U.S. regulators with tragic results. Recently it was found that 80% of supermarket milk contained traces of either medicines, illegal antibiotics used on farms, or hormones, including genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH). The facts show that regulators are not protecting the public adequately. (Ref: Epstein, S.S. (1996) INT. JOUR. HEALTH SERVICES, 26:173.)
Ethical concerns Transferring animal genes into plants raises important ethical issues for vegetarians and religious groups. It may also involve animal experiments which are unacceptable to many people.
Gene transfer across species and competition from new species damaging the environment When new genetic information is introduced into plants, bacteria, insects or other animals, it can easily be passed into related organisms, through processes such as cross pollination. This process has already created "super weeds". Existing species can also be displaced from the ecosystem with disastrous effects, as happened with genetically modified Klebsiella soil bacteria. (Ref: Holms, M.T. and Ingam, E.R. (1994) Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America (Supplement), 75:97)
Crops are now being engineered to produce their own pesticides. This will promote the more rapid appearance of resistant insects and lead to excessive destruction of useful insects and soil organisms, thus seriously perturbing the ecosystem. In addition, the pesticide produced by the plant may be harmful to the health of consumers. (Refs: Union of Concerned Scientists (1994) GENE EXCHANGE, 5:68; Mikkelsen, T.R. et al (1996) Nature 380:31; Skogsmyr, I. (1994) THEORETICAL AND APPLIED GENETICS 88:770; Hama, H. et al (1992) APPLIED ENTYMOLOGY AND ZOOLOGY 27:355.)
GLOBAL THREAT TO HUMANITY'S FOOD SUPPLY

Giant transnational companies are carrying out a dangerous global experiment by attempting to introduce large numbers of genetically engineered foods widely into our food supply. Because genetic manipulations can generate unanticipated harmful side-effects, and because genetically engineered foods are not tested sufficiently to eliminate those that are dangerous, this experiment, not only jeopardizes the health of individuals, but could also lead to national or even global food shortages and large-scale health threats.

There is no logical scientific justification for exposing society to this risk, nor is it necessary to take this risk for the purpose of feeding humanity. It is only of benefit to the biotech industry, which will obtain short term commercial gains at the expense of the health and safety of the whole population. Tampering with the genetic code of food is reckless and poses a serious threat to life. It could easily upset the delicate balance between our physiology and the foods that we eat. There is already ample scientific justification for an immediate ban on genetically modified foods in order to safeguard our health.

Related Links

Alliance for Bio-Integrity
Living in a Genetically Modified World
Farmer Destroys Genetically Modified Crops
Green Peace True Food Campaign
CONSUMER RIGHT TO KNOW

One Million Signature Campaign Petition to Secure the Mandatory Labeling of all Genetically Engineered Foods Submitted to the President of the United States, US Congress, USDA and US FDA.

Sign the petition:
http://www.safe-food.org/-campaign/petition.html

Sponsoring Organization: Mothers for Natural Law
http://www.safe-food.org/-campaign/about.html

CAMPAIGN TO BAN GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD

For further information or to offer your support for this campaign, please contact jfagan@mum.edu.

Also, for further information and solutions read:

GENETIC ENGINEERING: THE HAZARDS, VEDIC ENGINEERING: THE SOLUTIONS by John Fagan Ph.D. - an award-winning geneticist who returned his government grants and began new research in Maharishi's Vedic Science. To order, phone 800-831-6523.

John B. Fagan, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Biology
Maharishi University of Management
(Maharishi International University 1971 to 1995)
1000 North Fourth Street
Fairfield, Iowa, 52557-1078
Phone(515) 472-8342
Fax (515) 472-5725
email jfagan@mum.edu
Knighttrigger
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Because of the early stages of GM and GE foods, there aren't really any sufficient evidence to support any of this.

Although in later years people may find some irregularities, most scientists are not focused on conducting studies on GM and GE foods.

But if you really are that scaared, don't eat anything. Because most of the foods nowadays are either GM and or GE foods, rarely anything nowsadays is considered "natural" considering the fact of how much chemicals we put in into our foods that we don't personally grow
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Because of the early stages of GM and GE foods, there aren't really any sufficient evidence to support any of this.

Although in later years people may find some irregularities, most scientists are not focused on conducting studies on GM and GE foods.

But if you really are that scaared, don't eat anything. Because most of the foods nowadays are either GM and or GE foods, rarely anything nowsadays is considered "natural" considering the fact of how much chemicals we put in into our foods that we don't personally growKnighttrigger


I didn't even read it. tl;dr form?
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I read most of it and it sounds very dangerous for scientists to use these new genetic modifications. Whats the point when there is a lot of food being produced already. Is there a way for us to complain about this so that they do not continue the new genetic mods?
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It is very disappointing. Scientists who speak against GM or GE food are fired and threatened. It seems like the human race is in grave danger; a danger which is not yet recognized by people.

All this makes me very angry. Those selfish business men are bringing human life in danger just to make money.
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wow they threaten those scientists?! thats crazy.
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I read most of it and it sounds very dangerous for scientists to use these new genetic modifications. Whats the point when there is a lot of food being produced already. Is there a way for us to complain about this so that they do not continue the new genetic mods?raul02041990


there are several people complaining against this. But its all disregarded as the business men want to make profit and they bribe people for this. If it was in my control, I would kill every frieking person responsible for ruining human race.
raul02041990
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well can't we make some big petition or complain to some senators and political people in the white house or something like that to make sure this issue gets more attention? we should give it a try.
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piyush
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well can't we make some big petition or complain to some senators and political people in the white house or something like that to make sure this issue gets more attention? we should give it a try.raul02041990


U knw what, I am gonna do what you said. I will send in a letter to the senate.

If you eat the GM or GE food even ONCE, you get yourself into danger. After that even if you stop eating that food, you cant save yourself from the aftereffects.
raul02041990
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before you do is there a way to get people to sign their names either electronically or by mail for this cause?
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