what are we eating?

farmer's market bounty on our kitchen table

Jeffrey M. Smith’s article in the Huffington Post (April 20, 2010) was entitled Genetically modified soy linked to sterility, and infant mortality in hamsters“.

“This study was just routine,” said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century. Surov and his colleagues set out to discover if Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) soy, grown on 91% of US soybean fields, leads to problems in growth or reproduction. What he discovered may uproot a multi-billion dollar industry.

After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups.

another quote further down:

“Central Iowa Farmer Jerry Rosman had trouble with pigs and cows becoming sterile. Some of his pigs even had false pregnancies or gave birth to bags of water. After months of investigations and testing, he finally traced the problem to GM corn feed. Every time a newspaper, magazine, or TV show reported Jerry’s problems, he would receive calls from more farmers complaining of livestock sterility on their farm, linked to GM corn.”

(Jeffrey M. Smith is the executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology.)

There are eight genetically modified food crops according to Dr Mercola:

  1. Soy
  2. Corn
  3. Cottonseed (used in vegetable cooking oils)
  4. Canola (canola oil)
  5. Sugar from sugar beets
  6. Hawaiian papaya
  7. Some varieties of zucchini
  8. Crookneck squash

Best advice? Buy organic, and look at Jeffrey Smith’s Non-GMO Shopping Guide.


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8 Responses to what are we eating?

  1. Gosh, this makes me SO FREAKING MAD! Monsanto is so totally irresponsible — and they’ve also tried mightily to wipe out all the other seed manufacturers as well. Considering that soy is packed into everything we eat, it’s no wonder that so many women I know in their 20s have had a hard time getting pregnant.
    I’m buying totally organic from this day forward! And as little processed food as possible.

    • dearrosie says:

      If enough of us in the USA stopped buying genetically modified foods, it would rot on the shelves and they would be forced to stop manufacturing it. Right?
      In 1999 Europeans stopped using genetically modified ingredients in their foods because of pressure from consumers.

  2. Mahalia says:

    And there are more: Tomatoes and potatoes are sometimes GM, and cotton is 90% GM last time i read about this. We may not eat a lot of cottonseed oil (and we shouldn’t, since it is not a food grade oil), but we do wear cotton. In terms of buying organic when possible, and picking high residue items as priorities for organic purchasing, i like the EWG’s list of the dirty dozen and clean 15 foods. You can find it on their website (ewg.org). And Yes, consumer power. Seems that sometimes we are a bit slow here in N America. Or our policy-makers are not listening as well as they could.

  3. dearrosie says:

    I didn’t know cotton was genetically modified! What happens to our skin when we wear it? Is that why we’re all getting unexplained rashes and/eczema?

    Thanks for the EWG link (http://www.ewg.org/) Their 2 lists:

    Apple Peaches
    Bell peppers Pears
    Celery Potato
    Cherries Raspberries
    Imported grapes Spinach
    Nectarines Strawberries

    Asparagus Kiwi
    Avocado Mango
    Banana Onion
    Broccoli Papaya
    Cauliflower Pineapple
    Sweet corn Sweet peas

  4. Your still life of vegetables is as beautiful as any still life photograph I’ve ever seen!!!! You are so multitalented! I had no idea.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Dinah, Surprise! I’m finally responding to your comment from 8 years ago. Don’t know why I’d missed it. Thank you so much for appreciating my still life. It’s a huge honor to get a complement on one of my photos from you.
      Merci boucoup.

  5. E fullstop says:

    As a vegetarian, I have found it very difficult to reduce soy in my diet (I went soy-free for a month and it was really tricky). But the prevalence of GMO soy is really scary. I buy organic soy products whenever I shop at the market, but going out for coffee or a meal, it becomes more challenging to determine whether the soy product in question is genetically modified or not.

    Thanks for posting this. I’m re-inspired to become the inquisitive consumer each time I’m not sure what I’m being served…and perhaps I’ll be able to do a bit of educatin’ and attitude shiftin’ as I ask my questions.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi e fullstop,
      I apologize for my tardiness in replying to your comment. Better late than never.

      I wonder how you’ve been faring with your search for non GMO soy these past eight years. Is it any easier now?

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