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BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 22, 2013 5:00 AM

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Re: GMO prize well deserved

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune-system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified food can leave material behind inside us, with the possibility of causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into genetically modified soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by genetically modified corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses. GMOss have not proven to increase yields over organic/sustainable farming practices. Sustainable non-GMO agricultural methods used in developing countries have conclusively resulted in yield increases of 79 percent and higher; GMOs do not, on average, increase yields at all. This was evident in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ 2009 report Failure to Yield, the definitive study to date on genetically modified crops and yield. They have led to the introduction of super-weeds and require more and more poisonous herbicides (not less, as they keep promising). Between 1996 and 2008, U.S. farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. Biotech companies such as Monsanto told us that Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were also safe. The companies are now using the same type of “research” to try to persuade us that GMOs are safe. Independent scientists have demonstrated without doubt how industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems and how adverse findings are distorted or denied.

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