Truth About Pesticides and GMO

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Facts about pesticides:

“Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we’re beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of this century and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.” — Dick Irwin, toxicologist at Texas A&M Universities

WHAT ARE PESTICIDES? 
Pesticides are poisons designed to kill a variety of plants and animals such as insects (insecticides), weeds (herbicides), and mold or fungus (fungicides). Pesticides include active ingredients (chemical compounds designed to kill the target organisms) and inert ingredients which may be carcinogens or toxic substances. They also include rodenticides and wood preservatives.

HOW DO PESTICIDES REACH US?
Pesticides can be absorbed through the skin, swallowed or inhaled (most toxic). During application pesticides drift and settle on ponds, laundry, toys, pools and furniture. People and pets track pesticide residue into the house {3}. Only 5% of pesticides reach target weeds. The rest runs off into water or dissipates in the air. Drift from landscaping ranges from 12 feet to 14.5 miles {1}. More serious effects appear to be produced by direct inhalation of pesticide sprays than by absorption or ingestion of toxins. {2}

ARE REGISTERED PESTICIDES SAFE?
NO. Many of the “safety tests” used to test these products are fundamentally inadequate: they test for the acute (not chronic) effects of single (not multiple) chemicals on healthy (not sick, chemically sensitive or immuno-suppressed etc.) adult (not feta l or young) animal (not human) subjects exposed over short (not long) periods of time {4}. Some of the companies testing pesticides have been charged and convicted of falsifying residue and environmental studies that were used to support pesticide registration in the US and Canada {4}. Some pesticides become even more toxic as they break down. (In the US it is a violation of federal law to state that the use of pesticides is safe.)

An 11 Year Old Who Gets It!

BESIDES SENSITIVITY AND TOXICITY WHAT OTHER HEALTH RISKS ARE THERE?

  • increased risk of leukemia
  • cancers (lung, brain, testicular, lymphoma)
  • increase in spontaneous abortions
  • greater genetic damage
  • decreased fertility
  • liver and pancreatic damage
  • neuropathy
  • disturbances to immune systems (asthma/ allergies)
  • increases in stillbirths {1}
  • decreased sperm counts

WHAT ARE THE MAIN RISKS FOR CHILDREN?

  • cancer: leukemia and brain cancer
  • asthma and allergies
  • polyneuritis with numbness and pain in lower limbs. {5}
  • altered neurological functioning and long-lasting neuro-behavioral impairments. {4}
  • birth defects
  • neurotoxicity
  • gangrene (tissue death) of the extremities

Children whose homes and gardens are treated with pesticides have 6.5 times greater risk of leukemia than children living in untreated environments. {1,2}

WHO IS MOST SUSCEPTIBLE?

  • Children, infants and fetuses – relative to adults, children have more rapid breathing and metabolic rates, greater surface to body mass ratios, thinner skins, spend more time in contact with the ground, more frequently place their fingers in their mouths, and are less likely to be able to read hazard signs.
  • Adults – especially those with asthma, lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, dermatitis and chemical sensitivities {1}.
  • Animals – pets, wildlife of all kinds and their habitat.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS ON ANIMALS AND WILDLIFE?

  • Birds die after eating granular pesticides.
  • Animals may develop:
    • cancer
    • abnormal thyroid function
    • decreased fertility
    • decreased hatching success
    • demasculinization and feminization of males
    • alteration of immune function {4}

Foods With Highest Pesticide Load

Rank Food Pesticide Load
1
Peaches 100
2
Apples 93
3
Sweet Bell Peppers 83
4
Celery 82
5
Nectarines 81
6
Straweberries 80
7
Cherries 73
8
Kale 69
9
Lettuce 67
10
Grapes – Imported 66
11
Carrots 63
12
Pears 63
13
Collard Greens 60
14
Frozen Winter Squash 58
15
Spinach 58
16
Potatoes 56
17
Summer Squash 53
18
Green Beans 53
19
Hot Peppers 51
20
Cucumbers 50
21
Raspberries 46
22
Grapes – Domestic 44
23
Plums 44
24
Oranges 44
25
Cauliflower 39
26
Tangerine 37
27
Mushrooms 36
28
Apple Sauce 36
29
Fresh Winter Squash 34
30
Bananas 34
31
Apple Juice 33
32
Cantaloupe 33
33
Cranberries 33
34
Honeydew Melon 30
35
Tomatoes 29
36
Sweet Potatoes 29
37
Grapefruit 29
38
Broccoli 28
39
Watermelon 27
40
Orange Juice 26
41
Blueberries 26
42
Papaya 20
43
Egg Plant 20
44
Cabbage 20
45
Kiwi 13
46
Canned Tomatoes 11
47
Sweet Peas – Frozen 10
48
Asparagus 10
49
Mango 9
50
Canned Pears 8
51
Pineapple 7
52
Sweet Corn – Frozen 2
53
Avocado 1
54
Onions 1

GMO Foods

What is a GMO?

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.

This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same. Read more.


Where are they?

In your food! First introduced into the food supply in the mid-1990s, GMOs are now present in the vast majority of processed foods in the US. While they are banned as food ingredients in Europe and elsewhere, the FDA does not even require the labeling of GMOs in food ingredient lists.

Although there have been attempts to increase nutritional benefits or productivity, the two main traits that have been added to date are herbicide tolerance and the ability of the plant to produce its own pesticide. These results have no health benefit, only economic benefit.


What foods are GM?

Currently commercialized GM crops in the U.S. include soy (91%), cotton (88%), canola (88%), corn (85%), sugar beets (90%), Hawaiian papaya (more than 50%), zucchini and yellow squash (small amount), and tobacco (Quest® brand).

Products derived from the above, including oils from all four, soy protein, soy lecithin, cornstarch, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup among others. There are also many “invisible ingredients,” derived from GM crops that are not obviously from corn or soy. Read more

Why should you care?

Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals. The effects on humans of consuming these new combinations of proteins produced in GMOs are unknown and have not been studied. See more under GMO Health Risks.

Crops such as Bt cotton produce pesticides inside the plant. This kills or deters insects, saving the farmer from having to spray pesticides. The plants themselves are toxic, and not just to insects. Farmers in India, who let their sheep graze on Bt cotton plants after the harvest, saw thousands of sheep die!

Herbicide tolerance lets the farmer spray weed-killer directly on the crop without killing it. Comparative studies on the toxic residues in foods from such crops have not yet been done.

Pollen from GM crops can contaminate nearby crops of the same type, except for soy, which does not cross-pollinate. In fact, virtually all heritage varieties of corn in Mexico (the origin of all corn) have been found to have some contamination. Canola and cotton also cross-pollinate. The long-term effects on the environment could be disastrous.

Truth About Pesticides and GMO

Food
Properties of the genetically modified variety
Modification
Percent Modified in US
Percent Modified in world
Soybeans Resistant to glyphosate or glufosinate herbicides Herbicide resistant gene taken from bacteria inserted into soybean 93% 77%
Corn,
field
Resistant to glyphosate or glufosinate herbicides. Insect resistance via producing Bt proteins, some previously used as pesticides in organic crop production. Vitamin-enriched corn derived from Soutd African white corn variety M37W has bright orange kernels, witd 169x increase in beta carotene, 6x tde vitamin C and 2x folate. New genes, some from tde bacterium Bacillus tduringiensis, added/transferred into plant genome. 86% 26%
Cotton (cottonseed oil) Pest-resistant cotton Bt crystal protein gene added/ transferred into plant genome 93% 49%
Alfalfa Resistant to glyphosate or glufosinate herbicides New genes added/transferred into plant genome. Planted in tde US from 2005-2007; no longer planted currently due to court decisions
Hawaiian papaya Variety is resistant to tde papaya ringspot virus. New gene added/ transferred into plant genome 80%
Tomatoes Variety in which tde production of tde enzyme polygalacturonase (PG) is suppressed, retarding fruit softening after harvesting. A reverse copy (an antisense gene) of tde gene responsible for tde production of PG enzyme added into plant genome Taken off tde market due to commercial failure. Small quantities grown in China
Rapeseed (Canola) Resistance to herbicides (glyphosate or glufosinate), high laurate canola New genes added/ transferred into plant genome 93% 21%
Sugar cane Resistance to certain pesticides, high sucrose content. New genes added/ transferred into plant genome
Sugar beet Resistance to glyphosate, glufosinate herbicides New genes added/ transferred into plant genome 95% (2010); planting in tde US is halted as of 13 Aug. 2010 by court order 9%
Rice Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A (beta-carotene) “Golden rice” tdree new genes implanted: two from daffodils and tde tdird from a bacterium Forecast to be on tde market in 2012
Squash (Zucchini) Resistance to watermelon, cucumber and zucchini yellow mosaic viruses Contains coat protein genes of viruses. 13%
Sweet Peppers Resistance to virus Contains coat protein genes of tde virus. Small quantities grown in China

 

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Truth About Pesticides and GMO
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Truth About Pesticides and GMO
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