GM crops are dangerous yet are taking over our rural communities and our food system. It is difficult if not impossible to find local soy, corn and canola crops that are Non-GMO. Canada also grows GMO sugar beets. As you can imagine, most foods on store shelves contain some GMO in the form of sugar, corn syrup, corn, soy or canola.
Yet, a recent study in Argentina called "Argentina's Roundup Human Tragedy - GM Soy a Death Sentence for Humans and the Environment" proves that GM crops should never have been allowed. See: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/argentinasRoundupHumanTragedy.php
Genetic Modification plays with the building blocks of life, yet this technology was allowed in Canada without any longitudinal studies ever being done. The first longitudinal study ever done occurred in Russia in 2010 and linked GM soy to infertility, infant mortality, slower growth and disrupted dna functions. How will these crops affect humans after 2 or 3 generations? see: http://english.ruvr.ru/2010/04/16/6524765.html and for a more detailed analysis: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/genetically-modified-soy_b_544575.html
Because GMO plants cross-pollinate with traditional and organic crops in the same families, and GM crops require drenching with glyphosate pesticides, GMO crops take away our freedom to grow safe non GMO foods. For example, canola is in the brassica family, affecting turnips, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc... We have written, petitioned and begged all levels of goverment to take action and protect us, to no avail. Canada still refuses to label GM foods and no other level of government has acted. This is why it is crucial to have a Bee SAFE movement now, to show that we want a SAFE agriculture while we can still protect ourselves from this destructive agriculture.
What are GMO?
GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organisms”. GM plants are banned in Germany, Ireland, Hungary and many other places. Many US and Canadians regions are now declaring themselves GE or GMO Free. Canada still refuses to label GM foods.
Farmers are not allowed to save seeds from GM plants so they must buy seeds and pesticides every year. GM plants cross-pollinate with other plants, giving control of our food to corporations and taking away our ability to grow, sell, and eat organic food. When corporations rule our food, we lose food security, plant diversity, small family farms, and the choice of what we grow and eat.
Do they feed the world? Or make us sick?
Monsanto and governments said GM crops were needed to feed the world. GM crops have not increased yield but have increased the use of pesticides tremendously. Some GM plants even generate their own pesticides. GM foods are linked to cancers, organ failure, obesity, sterility, birth defects, autism, and allergies.
GMO crops depend on heavy use of pesticides proven to affect our health, pollute water, air and deplete soils.
38% of agricultural lands worldwide are designated degraded.
GMO and pesticides pollute underground water, streams, the air, and the soil.
Harm from Pesticides
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and over a hundred other commercial formulations. It is a cause of great concern as evidence of its harmful effects keeps piling up. Independent scientific studies in recent years link pesticides to endocrine disruption, DNA damage, reproductive and developmental toxicities, neurotoxicity, cancer, and birth defects.
"The European Commission approved glyphosate knowing, as Monsanto did, that it causes birth defects, while the public were kept in the dark, the herbicide must now be banned" Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
Glyphosate is absorbed through the leaves and spreads throughout the plant, including the roots and seeds. Glyphosate is systemic; it can’t be washed off because it’s inside the plant.
The Argentina experience is dire - it is called "Argentina's Roundup human tragedy - GM Soy, a death sentence for humans and the environment" shows how 10 years of GM soy and glyphosate have escalated the rates of cancer and birth defects - see: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/argentinasRoundupHumanTragedy.php
In addition glyphosate has now proven to cause yield reduction and crop damages in other crops. See: http://www.gmfreecymru.org.uk/pivotal_papers/glufosinate_drift.html