The food fight for the ages between natural and genetically modified crops has gotten nasty ahead of a historic vote on the labeling of GMOs in California this November, and now, a new report has linked the highly controversial crops to a deadly disease that attacks the liver.
New Zealand genetics lecturer Jack Heinemann, backed up by Flinders University biochemist Judy Carman and molecular genetics expert Michael Antoniou, from Kings College, London, were expected to a release a report today from the University of Canterbury that reveals a link to the suppression of a crucial human enzyme that normally helps produce the vital energy source glycogen within the body.
The particular GMO crop linked to the disease in the report is genetically modified wheat, which has so far not made it to market in the United States but has been in development for years by the massive biotechnology companies that have also placed high-ranking officials within the U.S. government and in other strategic positions to expedite their release. A trial is ongoing in Western Australia, and the lead researcher urged the government to halt it due to his findings. The state responded by calling the report “scaremongering” according to ABC News in Australia.
In addition to the new report on GM wheat, GM crops have also been linked to infertility, widespread allergies, weight gain, organ damage and other maladies in lab animals.
The original report on GMO wheat and the liver disease linked was released by The West Australian’s website and also ran on Australia’s Yahoo News site.
Could GMO wheat report help Prop 37 in California?
With so many concerns about the safety of genetically modified crops, it’s no wonder that the vast majority of the American public favors labeling them at the very least according to recent polls by a count of more than 90 percent, and why Proposition 37 in California for GMO labeling stands a good chance in passing despite $25 million pledged to fight it by big food/chemical corporations.
In addition to rampant health concerns that have led to the crops being banned, or labeled at the least, in several dozen countries, the crops have also begun to cause major headaches for farmers as pesticide resistant superbugs and weeds have made their lives miserable in various states across the country.
While GMO companies claim that the crops have the potential to “feed the world” and a growing population, a recent UN report asserts that organic farming is actually the answer to that conundrum, as well as better food distribution.
New GMO report on liver damage a wake-up call
Like GMO alfalfa and many other new GM crops, GMO wheat has been fiercely opposed. Wheat is a staple crop for billions of people and many experts have urged caution before rushing it to market for commercial use in America.
Unfortunately, it is also highly profitable for the GMO/chemical companies and they have the support of officials such as Tom Vilsack, a former Monsanto (GMO giant) executive and current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack is flanked by FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor, a former lawyer for Monsanto and top executive.
Genetically modified organism crop-producing companies such as Monsanto are notoriously stingy when it comes to allowing access to their creations for study, a major complaint of those in the movement for more GMO transparency and restrictions if not outright bans due to cross contamination and health concerns.
The Safe Food Foundation, which conditioned the investigation, has now called on CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), the company behind the GMO wheat, to release details of a particular sequence within the crop so that researchers can better identify further potential risks to human health.
Nicholas Tomasi is an AP-Award winning sports journalist and author turned health researcher. He currently runs AltHealthWORKS, a website dedicated to alternative medicine, organic food and the GMO-free movement.