It’s very interesting to me that the FDA’s own staff scientists have warned about unique health hazards of genetically engineered foods, and yet the FDA bureaucrats who are political appointees, are ignoring the recommendations of their own scientists and are rushing these foods to market.
If we have plants containing BT insecticide, and after the harvest they’re decaying in the soil, they continue to release that insecticide into the soil where they can interfere with natural microorganisms that play a key role in maintaining soil fertility. So there’s a lot of unknowns with these insecticide containing plants.
The problem is nobody knows. There is no human safety testing that has ever been done on BT corn or any other GE food, so we the consumers are being used as guinea pigs in this biotech nutritional experiment.
Gene pollution occurs much more easily than anybody ever suspected. First it was believed that neighboring crops would more or less be safe from one another, but now we know that gene will drift for miles. And the rapid communication of gene pollution is inevitable. That’s why the organic farmers are so up in arms today. Their whole industry is threatened because of the encroachment through gene pollution of genetic engineering into their foods.
Farmers are told less chemicals…that caught their eye because we realize that we were just using too much chemicals over the last 50 years. Our water is contaminated, our ground is contaminated with tons and tons of chemicals. And we saw what it was doing to our deer. We saw dead deer, dead rabbits, dead geese in our fields and we knew …’cuz farmers we work so close with nature and we knew the damage we were doing to the environment.
In the year 2000, 109.2 million (109,200,000) acres of genetically engineered crops were grown worldwide. 99% of the global total was grown in only four countries. The United States, Argentina, Canada, and China. The United States devoted almost 75,000,000 acres (117,187.5 sq mi – California is 158,302 sq mi) of farmland to genetically engineered crops.