- Published on Monday, 12 May 2014 09:49
Monsanto captured the regulatory regime for genetically modified foods (12 minute video: Seeds of Destruction) in the US under Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, since when US consumption of GM foods has become widespread in spite of the many studies showing adverse long term health and environmental impacts. When rats refuse to eat something on offer, you have to question whether it's wise to eat it.
Europe has, thus far, resisted GM foods and many Europeans are averse to them being in the food chain but their use is growing. One strand of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US is to "harmonise" regulation - in essence, this means lowering European health and safety standards which will open the floodgates to GM foods.
The UK government is colluding with GM companies, Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer CropScience, to promote GM foods and is working on their behalf to expand their use in the UK and across Europe. This is what the illusion of democracy looks like - any contrary views or academic studies highlighting the dangers of GMOs are suppressed and corrupt politicians further their own interests at the expense of our future. If GMO's are safe, why the secrecy? - freedom of information requests about meetings between ministers and the GM industry have been denied.
"British Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Owen Paterson is a staunch supporter of the GM sector (1). Despite criticisms of him being an industry puppet (2) and content to ignore the devastating, deleterious health, environmental, social and agricultural impacts of GMOs (3), both he and other officials like the EU’s chief science advisor Anne Glover (4) have been more than happy to act as mouthpieces for the GM sector by making false statements and claims about the benefits and safety of GMOs that fly in the face of scientific findings."