Bill Gates and GMO

I read an article published by Dr. Mercola’s website sometime ago, entitled: “Bill Gates: One of the World’s Most Destructive Do-Gooders?” that merits a condensed repeat here with personal insertions wherever appropriate:

ABC’s “Nightline,” did a segment on Bill Gates’ charitable endeavors. Mr. Gates has a wonderful goal of ending world hunger but his plan of going about it is by means of growing more genetically modified (GM or GMO) crops.

Mr. Gates has invested over $27 million into Monsanto – inventor and marketer of world’s most GMO patents and products (not to mention other harmful industrial and agricultural chemicals). Mr. Gates association and investment into the GMO’s  has led some countries to reject his charity due to the high risks involved with GMO such as new disease vectors; mutated pesticide-resistant insects; resistant “superweeds”; and contamination of surrounding non-GM crops.

A recent article in the Seattle Times argues that Bill Gates’ support of genetically modified (GM) crops as a solution for world hunger is based on unsound science. A team of 900 scientists funded by the World Bank and United Nations, investigated the matter over the course of three years, and determined that the use of GM crops is simply NOT a meaningful solution to the complex situation of world hunger. Instead, the scientists suggested that “agro-ecological” methods would provide the most viable means to ensure global food security, including the use of traditional seed varieties and local farming practices already adapted to the local ecology.

I will devote a separate article on an amazing and promising food source against hunger that many charity organizations around the globe are rallying behind.

Both genetically engineered seeds and herbicides pose risks to environment and human health. According to the March, 2011 publication in a peer-reviewed paper by French researchers @ U of Caen, they found the following:

• 19 animal studies show consuming genetically modified (GM) corn or soybeans leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice
• Other organs may be affected too, such as the heart and spleen, or blood cells
• Key monitoring parameters: blood &urine biochemistry, organ weights, and microscopic analyses
• Male kidneys altered its parameters at 43.5% of the time
• Female liver at 30.8% disruption

And here is the kicker in the stomach – The genetically modified soybean and corn varieties used in the feeding trials “constitute 83% of the commercialized GMOs” that are currently consumed by billions of people! How is your stomach feeling now?

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $20 milliion toward the development of so-called “golden rice” – yet another untested GM crop that risks economic and ecological disaster. The “golden rice” is being promoted to alleviate vitamin A deficiency but the reality is that the “golden rice” might actually be the “trojan horse”!

While genetically engineered seeds are now banned in several European countries, such as Hungary, Germany, and Ireland, but here in the U.S., we cannot even get enough action to put a label on our products wherever GMO’s are a part of the ingredient. This is a required law now in the European Union. To join us in a petition to sign your desire to “Just Label It” campaignhttp://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1956&tag=2012GMOLongVActionTaker&utm_source=gmo2012longv&utm_medium=email&utm_content=image&utm_campaign=food

By the way, in 2007, Mr. Obama, then a candidate for the President of the U.S., promised to “immediately” require GM labeling if elected. So far, nothing of the sort has transpired.

I urge you to do your civic duty this November and vote!

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