The Traditional Grocery Store Just May Die if We Allow the Government to Approve Agent Orange Corn
Corn and its derivatives (i.e., part of a food processing chemical) is extensive throughout the traditional grocery store offerings. For example, 14% of the food products in Walmart just contain one corn product, high fructose corn syrup. Already 88% of the corn in your grocery store is genetically modified. This GM corn, which is not only made Round-up resistant, but has a natural insecticide added inside the seed, called BT, is linked to an array of health issues and conditions affecting our immune system, i.e., allergies, leaky gut syndrome, cancer and an array of other conditions.
When I was growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s (yes, I am “dating” myself) a child or schoolmate having a food allergy was unheard of. I can only remember one person who had a peanut allergy.
The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as of 2008 estimated that as many as 15 million Americans, including approximately 6 million children, have food allergies. They believe that the actual number of food related allergies are underdiagnosed.
If you are concerned about Monsanto’s Round-up/BT GMO corn being linked to increased allergies, just wait until Dow Chemical’s “agent orange corn” starts infiltrating the food processing system.
Because Mother Nature has adapted to Round-up with superweeds that are taller than humans (despite more and more herbicides being doused into the soil), just wait until the more powerful herbicides with Agent Orange infiltrate our environment and food supply.
The public has been fighting the USDA and the FDA on this issue for more than 2 years. We can’t give up this fight unless we want the traditional grocery store, which is very ill, finally destroyed as a reliable, safe place for purchasing our products.
Now it looks like the USDA is going to green-light Dow’s “Agent Orange” corn and soybeans.
The time for petitioning has been extended until March 11th. Please read the petition and consider signing it.
If this filters in look for an implosion of food allergies, chronic disease, cancer, etc. Already over 2 million people are now allergic to corn alone.
If they keep on, those who value having good, healthy foods and selectively shop at supermarkets in trying to avoid the risk of the “agent orange” fallout, will be displaced to growing their own food, adopting aquaponics (not cheap), finding organic and non-gmo farms, etc., which is time consuming and more complicated for those residing in large urban areas.
Two years ago I did research on Dow Chemical, its legacy and the controversial “Agent Orange” corn. What I wrote then is relevant today. I ask that you consider it.
Dow Agent Orange Corn and Its Threat to Humanity
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
—Benjamin Franklin, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Before talking to about the quality of our lives, our children’s lives and future generations’ well-being at risk by Dow Chemical wanting to introduce “Agent Orange” corn into our food supply, I want you share some history and the power of the American people.
Probably my favorite American statesman in history was Benjamin Franklin. He had such brilliance in science, history, politics, newspaper editor, and even wisdom. He was far from a perfect person, with a special penchant towards sexual escapades, as it is said he had over 106 illegitimate children. Despite his personal failures, he did have some great wisdom for the Colonies, or the newly formed United States of America. His Poor Richard’s Almanac was famous for its wise and clever sayings to his countryman.
Ben is right on this one: together is better than separate. When people join together for a good cause or purpose, they’re much more powerful, almost creating an energy force greater than the sum. When we do our individual act, the “lone wolf” thing, we’re much easier to suppress and silence.
There is tremendous power in numbers, even when any “control” group tries to manipulate us. We allow others to control us many times by telling us that we can’t do things, we don’t have the power, etc. Think of the child that is browbeaten by a negative parent. Does that child grow up in essence being tied up in an invisible straight jacket? And what happens when that child wants out of that straight jacket, wants to be set “free” of the “mental” bondage?
We, Americans (and the rest of the world who will eventually be negatively impacted), need to soar. Big corporate Dow (Chemical) agra is seeking permission from the FDA to create their version of GMO (genetically modified organisms) or GE (genetically engineered) corn. I hate to say it but it seems that this version of corn will be even more dangerous than Monsanto’s BT corn !! (Monsanto inserts glyphosate-Roundup-and Bacillus thuringiensis toxins into the seeds to make them purportedly more resistant to weeds, insects worms and pests.)
Here Comes “Agent Orange” Corn Unless We Rise Up
Agent Orange was manufactured by Monsanto and Dow Chemical.
Do you remember the Agent Orange of Vietnam that poisoned the Vietnamese, Laotians, Cambodians and our soldiers?
According to Stars and Stripes (August 11, 2011) the devastation to our Vietnam veterans is growing with claims of over 84,000 for heart disease and B-Cell leukemia. Another 74,000 claims were pending for “presumptive” Agent Orange conditions.
Even the Veteran’s Administration acknowledges (http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp) that vets exposed to Agent Orange are at risk for certain cancers and diseases from their exposure, including:
- AL Amyloidosis
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Chronic B-cell Leukemias
- Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
- Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Multiple Myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Acute and Subacute Peripheral Neuropathy
- Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
- Prostate Cancer
- Respiratory Cancers (including lung cancer)
- Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)
Unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg. This toxin, like other toxins, changes the DNA of a person exposed. This means that the “created” genetic breakdowns get passed on from generation to generation. The VA acknowledges that Vietnam veterans’ children with congenital deformities and conditions came from their parent’s exposure, i.e., spinal bifida occulta.
For the Vietnamese, they have even a more tragic experience (if our soldiers’ experience was not enough).
By 1971 over 19,000,000 gallons of Agent Orange and other combined toxic herbicides were dumped in Vietnam, mainly in the middle region of the country. These people are suffering from cancers, neurological conditions and birth defects some 40+ years later.
Many babies are stillborn with serious malformations. Look at this picture taken by STR New/Reuters and published by Time magazine on December 19, 2009
Here are some photos of children who survived the birthing process, which should strike anyone’s conscience, are “mild” (yet considerable birth defects) compared to the Reuters/Time photo and the video footage I have seen on YouTube.
What the Vietnam experience shows is Agent Orange, and its dioxin, gets into the soil, the water, the fish, etc. and it seems to have a life of its own. After 40 years it is still going strong. In one of the reference videos below a Vietnamese scientist says he expects it will still be there for at least 100 years.
Can you imagine what it will be like if this Dow GMO Agent Orange Corn gets approved and teams up with the Monsanto BT GMO corn? Independent of the health risks when we eat it (as with our experience with antibiotics) over time, resistance develops and so more of the herbicide will be required. It’s a damaging, vicious, poisonous circle.
What Can I Do?
We have to get engaged. We need to sign petitions against Dow’s Agent Orange Corn seeking FDA approval. The cut-off is February 27th for signing the petition. After signing the petition, call at least 10 people and tell them that you are sending them information that might interest them. Forward to as many people you personally know the petition link, this email or write your own email. You want them to be looking for it in case it ends up in the junk or spam folder. Encourage them to call and forward to 10 or more people. That’s the first step.
The Institute for Responsible Technology has a good petition drafted. I’ve already signed it. Here’s the link:
If you receive this after February 27th, 2012, then I still encourage you to voice your concern to the FDA’s Biotechnology Division (http://www.fda.gov/Food/Biotechnology/default.htm). On their page they list the following contact information:
Office of Food Additive Safety
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20740-3835
Things like this happening (or being attempted) is why you need to know the source of your food. Try to buy only organic and non-GMO foods. Grocery stores will not voluntarily label produce or cans that have GMO ingredients. (If they did that I suspect the food would not sell or sales would be decreased.)
Grow your own garden.
Buy locally from farmers or farmers markets. Just because a vendor is selling at a farmers market does not mean you are safe from GMO produce. (At my local farmers market all the vendors did not have organic produce. I do not have this option.)
Stay connected to internet websites that report on GMOs. Some excellent sites are:
Tell friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances about GMOs and their risks to our health and our environment.
These agra bio-tech companies are increasing their GMO activities, research and intensities. This means you have to stay current and engaged.
Remember, companies like Monsanto, Dow Chemical want you to sit on the sidelines and not get involved. Ask yourself: Are you willing to give these companies in essence de facto control over you and your family’s lives?
Additional Video References and Resources:
Vietnam 35 Years Later: Agent Orange. (CBS5 Anchor). (5 min. 1 sec.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkbnFfldsOc&context=C3e8a5e7ADOEg sToPDskLwMeYqKyrHCizm-Z9POO5n.
Vietnam Soldiers Still Suffer From Agent Orange. (CBS5 Anchor) (4 min. 50 sec.)