Here are strong words against genetically modified organisms (GMO, genetically engineered organisms.) Carol Grieve’ at Food Integrity Now shows us an interview with German American journalist F William Engdahl in which he says that GM grew from eugenics in the United States.
‘How have we gotten to where we are now with 85% of all of our food in our mainstream grocery stores genetically modified? This just didn’t happen over night, it was well planned… [In] a closed-door meeting in 1992 between Monsanto and former President George Bush, Sr… President Bush made the decision that GMO corn [maize, Zea mays] was “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO corn. Keep in mind “substantially” means kind of or more or less and “equivalent” mean equal! This ordinance of substantial equivalency was pushed through and paved the way for Monsanto to take over the food supply with their GMOs with no safety testing and no government agency (including the FDA [Food and Drug Administration], USDA [United States Department of Agriculture] or NIH [National Institutes of Health]) is allowed to independently test GMOs.’
You don’t have to agree with Mr Engdahl. He doesn’t pull his punches! I don’t have a fast internet connection where I am today, so I haven’t been able to listen to the interview, but I’m not entirely sure whether his perspective is mostly from the States or from Germany. Both, perhaps.
Mr Engdahl’s words about GM scare me as a European. Europe’s leaders and US leaders are negotiating a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which aims to ease ‘trade barriers’ by ‘harmonising’ our rules. As I’ve mentioned before, some fear that this will mean changing to the lowest common denominator.
Let me tell you, if the TTIP will mean that we all have to accept GM the way Mr Engdahl says the States have accepted it, I’m one of many Europeans who say ‘No thank you.’ Are we Europeans cautious about GM? Damn right we are.