January 8th, 2018
By Sayer Ji
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
Another study confirms what activists and scientists alike have been warning: the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species.
A new study, titled “Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs”, adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPA’s recent and conspicuously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dow’s RNA interference (RNAi) corn — a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore potential health risks) destined to make it to people’s dinner tables by the end of this decade. (You can view the entire study pdf here.)
The Biotech/Chemical industry’s new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of last year under the premature, under the patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it.
The ongoing controversy relates to a fundamental difference of opinion on the age old aphorism: ’you are what you eat.’ The GMO side answers NO, rejecting the idea. To them, food isn’t imbued with any unique, biologically meaningful properties beyond the fact that it is a source of energy (calories) and bodily building-blocks (biochemicals such as carbs, fats and proteins, and a few key minerals and vitamins). Therefore, they contend that GMO food is substantially equivalent to conventional food, and therefore carries with it no additional safety concerns. Ironically, their marketing and lobbying efforts say otherwise: they claim their newly created genetically modified organisms are so exceptionally unique that they warrant receiving the patents they need to maintain market exclusivity. Essentially they want to have their Roundup-ready cake and eat it too.
The other side — what should be called the the pro-Real Science, and pro-Safety side — not only says YES to the concept that we are what we eat,