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Roundup in YOUR Cotton?

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Genetically Modified cotton, another production by Monsanto, claims 83% of the GM market. And like other GMO’s this cotton variety produces its own pesticide. Bt cotton is Roundup Ready cotton genetically modified to resist the herbicide glyphosate. Bt stands for Bacillus thuringiensis, a bacteria that comes from soil. The Bt gene is inserted into the cotton seed ( the Monsanto gene gun at work, AGAIN,) and it produces its own Bt toxin. This Roundup Ready death-ROUNDUP-41cotton is planted by the farmers, and then sprayed with the Roundup containing glyphosate. The plants could withstand this spraying while the weeds died. BUT….

As it goes with GMO’s, something went WRONG. Nature’s inherent desire to survive kicked in and the weeds fought back. The weeds became resistant to the glyphosate in Roundup and many other types of herbicides. Super-weeds came, and next the super-bugs!

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The Bt variety was introduced in the US in 1996. That was Monsanto’s banner year. Many of the  GMOs were introduced in this year. And I might add, without proper testing to ensure their safety. They dumped a massive load of untested, pesticide producing seeds, right in our food chain. All done with a handshake and a smile from the FDA. 😦

India was heavily impacted by the introduction of the commercially sold Bt cotton in 2002. These farmers were promised gold. Instead many of them became paupers.

risk5bsm Bollworm pests caused crop failure and major economic losses to these farmers, even though they were told that the cotton had a built-in pesticide that would resist the bollworm.

90% of India’s farmers grew this genetically modified variety of cotton;  followed by big promises from “you know who.” 26_03_12-pg1b

Sadly the farmers response to this  failure was the worst imagined. Many farmer suicides were found to have been caused by the failure of these crops; beginning only 3 years after their introduction. Monsanto and its seed monopoly coupled with crop failure, and the high cost of seeds and chemicals were the “seeds of suicide.”

Nations of Change reports that “Monsanto’s cost-inflated and ineffective seeds have been driving farmers to suicide for quite some time, and is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — cause of the quarter of a million farmer suicides over the past 16 years.”

In three years these Bt genes began to wreak havoc on the soil. according to Global Research, “In 3 years, Bt-cotton has reduced the population of Actinomycetes (a bacteria) by 17%. Actinomycetes are vital for breaking down cellulose and creating humus (soil produced by decomposition). Bacteria were reduced by 14%. The total microbial biomass or the living part of the soil, organic matter, was reduced by 8.9%.”

They also found that “vital soil beneficial enzymes which make nutrients available to plants have also been drastically reduced. Acid Phosphatase, which contributes to the uptake of phosphates was reduced by 26.6%. Nitrogenase enzymes which help fix nitrogen were reduced by 22.6%. The planting with GM cotton, or any GM crop with Bt genes in it, could lead to total destruction of soil organisms, leaving dead soil unable to produce food.” Global Research

So besides being ineffective at killing pests, the Bt genes were destroying the soil and any possibility for future growth. A study performed in India concluded that “the long-term impact of Bt cotton on soil organisms is a wake up to regulators worldwide. It also shows that the claims of the Biotechnology industry about the safety of GM crops are false.”

For a copy of that report you can go to: http://www.navdanya.org/Indian-farmers-Bt-cotton-monsanto

Livestock die after grazing in Bt cotton fields, others fall sick. Read more here: Bt Cotton and Livestock: Health Impacts, Bio-safety concerns and the Legitimacy of Public Scientific Research Institutions by Dr Sagari R Ramdas (Director, Anthra)monsanto-bt-cotton1

The Institute for Responsible   Technology, one of the most     comprehensive sources for GMO health risks, cite   problems related to exposure to Bt cotton:

 Workers exposed to Bt  cotton developed allergies
 1. Agricultural laborers in six  villages  who picked or loaded  Bt cotton reported  reactions of  the skin, eyes and upper    respiratory tract.                                     2.  Some laborers required hospitalization.                            3. Employees at a cotton gin factory take antihistamines everyday.                                                4. One doctor treated about 250 cotton laborers

 Sheep died after grazing in Bt cotton fields
1. After the cotton harvest in parts of India, sheep herds grazed continuously on Bt cotton plants.
2. Reports from four villages revealed that about 25% of the sheep died within a week.
3. Post mortem studies suggest a toxic reaction.

Dreaded Skin Affection seen above has become common in people working in BT cotton farms. This photograph shows a 60-year-old farm labourer Mr Ram Singh of Village Agroha, (District Hisar, India) being affected by unknown skin disease due to BT cotton.  (savefarmer.info)

Are We Being Exposed???

The answer is YES! Approximately 93% of the cotton produced in 2010 in the US is genetically modified. Because of the heavy pesticide use, it is considered “one of the world’s most dirtiest crops.”And although cotton is a fiber, its seeds are used for food items and feed, and sadly is on the market.

  • Oil: the high-quality cotton seed oil is utilized for cooking and deep-frying, as well as in margarine,
  • Whole grain: the albuminous pellet (the endosperm) is used primarily for feed–cotton seed meal. It is also a base for protein compounds and isolates, as well as for cotton seed milk.
  • ‘Linters’: These very short, non-textile fibres cling to the cotton seeds. They consist almost exclusively of cellulose. Various food additives such as thickening agents, stabilizers, emulsifiers or fillers are made from these.  http://farmwars.info/?=6920   Be mindful humans can’t break down or digest cellulose.

Other ways we are exposed to Bt toxin in cotton:

  • Bed sheets, towels, cotton clothing, socks, diapers;
  • “our skin absorbing more than 60% “of what we come in contact with. http://www.organicauthority.com/
  • Cotton balls, Q-tips, tampons, and sanitary napkins, paper towels, toilet paperfile0001734085042

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file0002000078440Here’s an interesting note from Consciouslifenews.com

Sixty five percent of conventional cotton production ends up in our food chain, directly through food oils or indirectly through the milk and meats of animals feeding on cotton seed meal and cotton gin by-products. The hazardous effect of conventional cotton in our food chain comes from GMO and Bt cotton by-products, which are generated from manufacturing non-food cotton products. These by-products are commonly known as “Gin Trash” which consists of cotton seed, stalk, leaves, burrs, twigs, dirt and everything else that are not used in cotton textile production.  The “Gin Trash” is sold to food companies to undergo further processing to create cotton seed oil, additional additives and fillers in processed foods for  livestock feed, and soil compost mix. Additionally, the waste from the processing goes directly into our water supply.

The chemicals in cotton are very toxic and they do cause an array of health problems. All Natural is Not Natural, so read your labels and demand Certified Organic Cotton. Those chemicals are still there even after washing. Cottonseed oil is found in many processed foods. Avoid it! The same goes for margarine. Healthy oils include olive, coconut, avocado, walnut, and grape-seed, preferably Organic.

If we all stand together against the evil corporations, boycotting the manufacturers and the10468378_10152224257668697_840838158367110798_n sellers; we can send the message that We SAY NO to YOUR GMO and WE MEAN NO!!!

Choose Brands without GMOs.

“Just a small percentage of the population switching to non-GMO brands will create a tipping point, forcing major food companies to quickly replace GM ingredients. When the tipping point of consumer rejection was reached in Europe in 1999, within a single week, virtually all major food companies committed to remove GMOs.” quote courtesy of the Institute of Responsible Technology, Jeffrey Smith

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What’s Your Gut Feeling About GMO’s?

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By now, I hope you all know the effects GM foods are having on our health. It’s a known fact that glyphosate, the main chemical in Roundup, has an adverse effect on our gut flora or gut balance. This process of genetically modifying our foods and spraying it with unbelievable amounts of pesticides and herbicides may be contributing to an overgrowth of very harmful bacteria. This bacteria is not only in the GE foods but in our bodies as well.file0001547608975

Before changing my diet and eliminating Genetically Modified Organisms from my plate, my gut hurt. Chronic constipation, followed by bouts of terrible diarrhea; my digestive system was definitely out of whack. Constipation is a sometimes a result of inadequate good bacteria. I also developed severe allergic responses to foods I had eaten all my life. Everything was out of balance.

Gut flora is so important to our health and wellness. It is critical for our survival.

But actually, what exactly is gut flora and why is it so important?germ-virus010

According to an article on PubMed.gov, our gut is a natural habitat for a very beneficial community of bacteria. These Gut micro-flora help to perform a host of metabolic activities that result in energy, absorption of nutrients, immune system function, and protecting against alien invasion. This next diagram paints a picture of their importance:microbiota-gut-interplay

In an article published by GreenMed Info entitled Roundup Herbicide Linked to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria, it was suggested that the consumption of GM foods contaminated with Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup is causing some major problems in our gut. Glyphosate is toxic to our beneficial bacteria, yet harmful bacteria is able to resist glyphosate’s toxicity.

“A new study published in the journal Current Microbiology titled, “The Effect of Glyphosate on Potential Pathogens and Beneficial Members of Poultry Microbiota In Vitro,” found that the
death-ROUNDUP-41active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, known as  glyphosate, negatively impacted the gastrointestinal bacteria of  poultry in-vitro. The researchers presented evidence that  highly pathogenic bacteria resisted glyphosate, whereas  beneficial bacteria were moderately to highly susceptible  to it.”  http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup- herbicide-linked-overgrowth-deadly-bacteria

This fact alone, allows for the disruption of the “friendly” flora in our gut. The ones promoting our good health are being suppressed by glyphosate.

images (31)Add that to more of the reasons we should not ever consume GM foods. We need our “helper” bacteria; some of which are, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus badius, Bifidobacterium adolescentis and Lactobacillus spp. Enterococcus is one of the most prevalent beneficial bacteria, it’s the bacteria that is capable of suppressing the Clostridia family of bacteria. These Clostridia bacteria are in a family with some of the most dangerous bacteria known to man, tetanus, and botulin toxin. Not surprisingly there has been an increase in Clostridia botulinum-mediated diseases.

Glyphosate has also been known to create genetic mutations within bacteria. Uh-oh. We really won’t know what we’re getting when we eat GMOs; or what’s coming next! There are mutations happening in our gut! Because of Monsanto and its gangs’ blatant disregard for our health, we have now introduced a “new” word into our vocabulary: transgenes.

Transgenes

Transferring genes, are in effect, altering the natural state of an organism through foreign gene expression. And guess what? They don’t even know the outcome of doing this. Potential health risks to humans include the possibility of exposure to new allergens in genetically modified foods, as  well as the transfer of antibiotic-resistant genes to gut flora. images (24)  http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/genetically-modified-   organisms-gmos-transgenic-crops-and-732

According to Jeffery Smith of the Institute of Responsible  Technology, IRT, these transgenes “readily travel from GM food  into the DNA of gut bacteria.” Wait there’s more:

1. Once transferred into gut bacteria, transgenes may confer survival advantages, allowing them to endure and spread.
2. These advantages may be due to antibiotic or herbicide resistance, promoters that function in bacteria and genetic mechanisms that promote uncontrolled replication.
3. Having “infected” our gut bacteria, the foreign genes and the proteins they create may be harmful.       http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/65-health-risks/5notes

Here is a little GMO history lesson from an article from Scitable on Transgenic Crops: 

History of International Regulations for GMO Research and Development

In 1971, the first debate over the risks to humans of exposure to GMOs began when a common intestinal microorganism, E. coli, was infected with DNA from a tumor-inducing virus (Devos et al., 2007). Initially, safety issues were a concern to individuals working in laboratories with GMOs, as well as nearby residents. However, later debate arose over concerns that recombinant (new combination, cells, genetic material) organisms might be used as weapons. The growing debate, initially restricted to scientists, eventually spread to the public, and in 1974, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), established the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee to begin to address some of these issues.

In the 1980s, when deliberate releases of GMOs to the environment were beginning to occur, the U.S. had very few regulations in place. Adherence to the guidelines provided by the NIH was voluntary for industry. Also during the 1980s, the use of transgenic plants was becoming a valuable endeavor for production of  new pharmaceuticals, and farm-bill-cornindividual companies, institutions, and whole  countries were beginning to view biotechnology as a lucrative means of  making money (Devos et al., 2007). HA!!!

Our exposure to GMOs has been a long one. The results of that exposure is showing in our  gut.  The damage is growing with each mouthful of GM foods consumed. The Bt-transgene  inserted into crops “could cause our intestinal flora to produce Bt-toxin.” According to IRT,  “Bt-toxin has been associated with immune responses and damaged cells in animal intestines, long-term exposure may cause significant health problems.”images (27)

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Today, every store has aisles filled with  pharmaceuticals to help  with gut-related  problems.  According to WebMD,   heartburn,  acid reflux/GERD, have risen over 50% in the last decade. There’s  also an increase in gas and bloating, constipation, leaky gut syndrome, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, etc., and an increase in the many medicines for them. We’ve got to do something to get back on the right path!

Probiotic-and-Prebiotic-FoodsProbiotics and prebiotic foods hold some promise. Read the labels! Choose probiotics designating full probiotic name: genus, species and strain. Fermented foods also provide live microorganisms that offer numerous health benefits. However, we must delete the GMOs from our diet or we’re just wasting time. A change is needed NOW! Our guts are crying out for healing. Awareness is the first step…

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