GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD (GMOs)/rBGH IN DAIRY FOODS

Via “genetic surgery”scientists cut and splice genes of unrelated species radically EarthTalkProposition37Californiaaltering food. A strawberry is spliced with a fish, a tomato with toad genes to permit longer shelf life. In today’s laboratories, animal genes are crossed with plant genes, grains and nuts are crossed with bacteria. This radical alteration of our food supply can create numerous potential long-term health hazards. Indeed, genetic engineering causes greater herbicide use.

Our dairy industry is largely controlled by a company called Monsanto. A great many of their and other U.S. milk and dairy products now contain recombinant bovine growth hormone, otherwise known as rBGH, which is injected into cows to increase milk production. However, studies indicate a correlation with higher levels of breast, prostate and colon cancer.

Meanwhile, Europe regulates while the U.S. stays Laissez-faire. Genetically engineered organisms (GMOs-genetically modified foods), is unregulated in the United States and efforts to label gmos (genetically modified organisms) have been thwarted by billion dollar lobbying efforts of the food industry.  Since 1993 this genetically-engineered rBGH product has been FDA approved, despite the fact that scientists agree rBGH milk contains higher levels of pus, bacteria and antibiotics. Canada and Europe have already explicitly banned the use of rBGH.

 

Lois explains that genetic engineering is not a solution to world hunger since world hunger has more to do with food distribution than with production. She shows that the only way for consumers to really know what is in their food is to ensure mandatory labeling of GMOs (genetically modified organisms).