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Genetically Modified Foods— Mass Genocide?

Asks Michelle Fafa Agbenotor


Ever-increasing concerns have been raised that introducing foreign genes into plant foods will have unexpected and highly negative impact on human health.

 

Professor Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury and Associate Professor Judy Carman, a biochemist  at Flinders University in Australia, have noted that not only have Genetically Modified (GM) foods killed us, but have also, in many ways, been responsible for the massive increases in public health diseases and the poor quality of life around the world.

 

The two professors hold the view that GM foods do not modify the genes of the crop plants in question and that, instead, a specialized gene blocker interferes with the natural action of the genes, with the risk that the gene-silencing done to these plants might make its way into humans and inflict disorder on our bodies.

 

According to an article published in the Lancet, a leading World Medical Journal, an examination of the effects of GM potatoes on the digestive tracts of rats revealed huge differences of defects in the intestines of rats fed with GM potatoes, compared to those that were fed on organic potatoes.

 

More revelations have also been made by Dr Arpad Pusztai, when he found out that rats fed on GM potatoes had smaller livers, hearts, testicles and brains.
It has also been revealed that the immune systems of rats fed on GM potatoes have been damaged with a lot of structural changes in their white blood cells, making them vulnerable to infections and other diseases as compared to rats which were fed on normal organic foods.

The Centre for Disease Control of the United States of America (U.S.A.) affirms that at least 80 per cent of food-related illnesses are caused by viruses or pathogens that scientist cannot even identify.

It will be recalled that in the U.S.A., butterfly caterpillars once died mysteriously when they were not sprayed, with researchers latter finding out that it was the pollens of a GM crop that got transferred to weeds on which these butterflies fed.

Many have argued that the introduction of GM foods is an attempt to get multinational companies like the Rockefeller Foundation make lots of money.

Indeed, history would show that controlling the food industry in the world was a well-thought-out US foreign policy by  the then American Government in 1973 under President Nixon who started by introducing the "Food for Peace" program which was led by Henry Kissinger, Nixon's Secretary of State and National Security Adviser.

The New African Magazine captured it well when it quoted Mr Kissinger as saying "Control oil and you control nations, control food and you control the people"—and his idea of capturing the worldwide food industry started with the introduction of what was termed as the gene revolution, which  revolution did not succeed until 1990.

A member of the South African consumer movement, Andrew Taynton, explains that whereas natural breeding techniques select plants or animals with desirable traits and cross breed within a species to create better crops or animals, GM foods are developed in laboratories by splicing genes from unrelated species into the host organism.

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, was once reported to have stated that "…growing genetically modified crops in the developing world represents the biggest environmental disaster of all time".  The position of those against eating GM foods, therefore, is that if GM foods are not rejected, the human race will be wiped off the face of the earth.

According to those who hold the view that GM foods should be treated as expired products and are, therefore, unsafe for human health,  maintain that the consumption of GM foods are mass human experimentation— like lab rats— with huge risks which will be too late to detect as it will take longer times to find the antidotes— and by which time the GM companies would have made their money and turn around to manufacture drugs to be sold to humans as antidotes to the effects of GM foods at high cost.

Those who hold the view that GM foods are unsafe for human health, therefore, warn of a looming genocide if GM foods are not rather exterminated completely.

They note that the development by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi of the Tek bankye (tek cassava) is an improvement on existing ones which did not involve the transfer of genes from tilapia to cassava but a process known as induced mutations.  

They have also indicated that the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute has carried out researches that show that the Tek bankye yields as high as 17.84 tons per acre and wonder why government cannot support the University to conduct more of such researches on other crops?

It is, therefore, difficult for the anti-GM foods to understand why Ghana’s Parliament in 2011 signed the Bio-safety Act 831 into law to enable Ghana allow biotechnology in food crop production involving GM Organisms, describing the passing of that law as the signing of a death warrant  and mass genocide for Ghana.

 

Source: ISD

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