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James Minckler

This is an open letter to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in response to his support for Senate Bill 2609 to not properly label GMO (genetically modified organism) foods.

There are some facts about genetically modified “foods” everyone should know before consuming them. GMOs are created by taking the genes from bacteria, viruses, fungi and even some animals, then combining them together into the DNA of the seeds. The results are herbicide tolerance and pesticide production and debilitating health effects. This mutated “food” contains poisons that have a system-wide damaging effect on our bodies.

Monsanto's Roundup Ready is the most common product used. When a crop is sprayed, unwanted plants are killed but the GMO crop is unharmed no matter how much Roundup is applied because a deadly poison is “built” into the plant. Each year, 1.4 billion pounds of Roundup are applied on 170 million acres of farmland in the United States. Roundup becomes systemic throughout the plant and cannot be washed off because it is part of the plant's genetic makeup. When insects eat these plants, toxins are released to kill the bugs by exploding their stomachs. We are unknowingly eating these “foods.”

One of the active ingredients in Roundup Ready is glyphosate, which was developed in 1970 to pull magnesium from the soil, causing the Earth to become sterile. Consuming glyphosate pulls magnesium from the body. The lack of magnesium causes cysts, tumors, birth defects and infertility. The human digestive system responds to glysphosate just like the insects do; the result is leaky gut syndrome. Glyphosate also irritates all cells in the body by destroying their membranes. Damage to all of the organs including the brain has been demonstrated in farm and laboratory animals, and humans. This harmful chemical kills the beneficial bacteria in the intestines, causing overgrowth of harmful bacteria to create disease. GMO foods damage enzymes dealing with digestion. In the 20 years of eating glyphosate in our food, auto-immune disease has increased 400 percent.

This poisonous insecticide has invaded our food chain. Traceable levels of glyphosate now being found in foods not directly connected to this pesticide demonstrates conclusively that it's being passed on by animals who have ingested it. It is now even found in mothers' milk.

GMO seeds are harmful to the environment. Scientists have indicated they are causing colony collapse among the world's bee and monarch butterfly populations.

The World Health Organization has now declared glyphosate carcinogenic. More than 60 countries have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.

Seventy percent of the food in regular grocery stores contain GMOs. We are eating foods that are making us sick without knowing about it. This is the largest uncontrolled food experiment in our history.

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The Federal Drug Administration is the agency charged with food safety. Their leadership is composed of ex-Monsanto executives. Since Monsanto is the primary manufacturer of GMO “foods,” there is a very serious conflict of interest, which explains the lack of non-biased government research on the effects of GMOs on our health. The scientific findings used by Monsanto to prove GMO safety comes from their own paid scientists. We cannot rely on the FDA to protect us. Countless numbers of independent studies have linked GMOs to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, heart disease and auto-immune disorders, and the list goes on.

Daines supported S.2609 to stop GMO labeling. He voted against science, against over 300 environmental groups, against more than 100 years of states rights to legislate on matters relating to safety and labeling. A large majority of the population wants to know what is in their food.

We have the right to know what is in the food we eat; it is called freedom. The majority of Republican senators voted to take our freedom away from us. This is all about money, led by greed, where Monsanto, the FDA and many Republican senators have put profit before our safety.

Soon there will be another attempt to pass this bill. Call Steve Daines at 202-224-2651 and tell him to vote with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester to put GMO labels on our food. Tell him you want to eat organic food made by God, not Monsanto. 

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James Minckler of Missoula is the author of two books on energy balancing, and teaches natural health seminars throughout the United States and Canada.

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