Are GMOs the New Agent Orange?

My friend Tammy over at Harbor Health and Massage shared a blog post recently called “If You Eat Organic Food, Have You Just Been Betrayed?” by Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO.

When I went to Dr. Mercola’s website to read the article, I saw an interesting video posted there. It’s nearly half an hour long but chock full of research about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their effects on both animals and humans. The video contains an interview with Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology and author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette.

If you haven’t tried to eliminate GMOs from your food selections, consider watching the video. One farmer who was interviewed likened GMOs to Agent Orange, the code name for a defoliant used in the United States’ herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange contained dioxin, a toxin known for causing birth defects and thought to be carcinogenic.

Remember how it took years for the results of spraying Agent Orange to be revealed? It seems that the same thing is happening with GMOs, which are linked to reproductive problems in animals as well as potential sources for allergies and toxins in people. They are also thought to be a source of behavior and mood alterations.

If you don’t have half an hour to watch the video, here’s a more creative message by Mike Adams of that still gets the point across.

And back to the article I originally mentioned: Dr. Mercola claims that “a self-appointed group of ‘Organic Elites,’ including Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, are surrendering to Monsanto” and that they “support the so-called ‘coexistence’ of organics with genetically modified (GM) crops.”

Whole Foods retorted by saying, “There are still many unanswered questions about genetic engineering and there is no mandatory labeling and little government oversight of GMOs. That’s why we have spent the last couple of decades working to find a solution to offer non-GMO foods to our shoppers.”

If you watch the video on Dr. Mercola’s site, you’ll likely feel the way I do: Research points toward negative results regarding consumption of GMOs.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to fight the Non-GMO war alone., a non-profit organization representing the organic and natural products industry in the U.S. and Canada, helps consumers find non-GMO choices for organic and natural products. Look for their seal when you shop to help you find foods produced according to their rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including testing of risk ingredients.

You can also download their PDF or iPhone app.


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