December 10, 2014
Letter to Senator and Congressmen: (*Scroll down to read the response from Congressman Chris Van Hollen, posted at the end of my letter)
1) How do you stand on H.R. 4432?
· As just one of MANY of your constituents I am asking you to strongly oppose H.R. 4432 because:
§ it strips states of their rights and
§ H.R. 4432 makes telling the TRUTH illegal.
2) Please re-read Section #103 where it adds Sec. 425.a.2.C it states:
· (C) “may not suggest either expressly or by implication that foods developed without the use of bioengineering are safer than foods produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism;”
“In September of 2012, the first-ever lifetime feeding study assessing the health risks of genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready corn (NK603) was published in Reed Elsevier’s peer-reviewed journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology.
The two-year long study led by Gilles-Eric Séralini revealed shocking health effects, including massive tumors and early death.
Rats given Glyphosate in their drinking water also developed tumors. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which has recently been implicated as a major contributor to chronic disease.”
According to the authors:
“The health effects of a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup, and Roundup alone (from 0.1ppb in water), were studied two years in rats.
[Please note: this exact level of Roundup is permitted in our drinking water and GE crops in the US]
In females, all treated groups died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly. This difference was visible in 3 male groups fed GMOs.
All results were hormone and sex dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable. Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before controls, the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments.
In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5-5.5 times higher… Marked and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3-2.3 greater. Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls, which occurred up to 600 days earlier.
Biochemistry data confirmed very significant kidney chronic deficiencies; for all treatments and both sexes, 76% of the altered parameters were kidney related. These results can be explained by the non linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup, but also by the overexpression of the transgene in the GMO and its metabolic consequences.”
Rats only live a few years. Humans live approximately 80 years, so we will notice these effects in animals before we see them in humans. The gigantic human lab experiment is only about 10 years old, so we are likely decades away from tabulating the human casualties.”
However, it’s critical to understand that the longest feeding study was a mere 90 days long – a far cry from two years!
In the featured study, the true onslaught of diseases became dramatic during the 13th month of the experiment, although tumors and severe liver and kidney damage did emerge as early as four months in males, and seven months for females.
Question to ask yourself: Why do you suppose the studies performed by the biotech companies were stopped when they were?
“…in female animals, 93 percent of the tumors found were in the mammary glands. They also …observed a strikingly marked induction of mammary tumors by [Roundup] alone …even at the very lowest dose administered.'”
This news comes on the heels of another experimental animal feeding study carried out over a 10-year period in Norway. It was published earlier this summer, and in this study, genetically engineered (GE) corn and corn-based products were found to cause obesity, and alter the function of the digestive system and major organs, including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and genitals. Animals fed genetically engineered Bt corn ate more, got fatter, and were less able to digest proteins due to alterations in the micro-structure of their intestines. They also suffered serious immune system alterations.
The rats used were the same strain and number per group as Monsanto’s own studies used, yet Monsanto STOPPED THEIR STUDY (at least the one they published) at 3 months which was the minimum for the type of study they were performing. Even without this study, future studies may very well show even more direct causal relationships between GMO foodstuffs and health problems besides the current litany of cancer, liver, kidney, thyroid, and other issues. These are exacerbated by Roundup (glyphosate plus adjuvants that multiply it’s detrimental effects) and Bt Toxin residues on and in the ingredients used in our food.
The plants may be “Roundup Ready”, but humans and OUR intestinal micro-biomes are NOT.
So if I grow and sell non-GMO corn and the Séralini study proved scientifically that the control group that ate non-GMO corn was much healthier than GMO corn and I cite that study that my corn is SAFER, this bill, if passed…
…will make me a criminal for trying to help my customers, family, friends and loved ones to stay healthy!
Consider that lead was used to make drinking water pipes for centuries and considered ‘SAFE’. What if you substitute “lead” for bio-engineered in the bill? Then that sub-paragraph would read “(C) may not suggest either expressly or by implication that foods developed without the use of lead are safer than foods produced from, containing, or consisting of leaded ingredients;”
Now you see just how wrong this is. Substitute lead for bio-engineered throughout the bill and it becomes heinous in many, many places.
The section (201) on “natural” foods does NOTHING, it just gives a rubber stamp to any regulations they want (subparagraphs 1 and 2 to my “non-lawyer” eyes seem to constitute a carte blanche for new odious regulations), plus changing nothing about the status quo: “the use of any claim that a food is `natural’ shall be allowed if consistent with the Secretary’s existing policy for such claims.” Totally ineffective in reigning in marketing abuses of the term “natural”! In my book, when you use genetic engineering techniques to insert fish genes (from a flounder) in a tomato’s DNA, THE RESULTS JUST AREN’T NATURAL. People need/want to eat REAL FOOD, food designed by God and by nature!
I will respectfully ask you again: As just one of MANY I feel you should STRONGLY OPPOSE H.R. 4432 as it strips of their rights and makes TELLING THE TRUTH ILLEGAL.
With little regulation and safety tests performed by the companies doing the genetic modifications themselves; we are being told that the risks these lab-created foods pose to us are contrary to what we know as the truth.
Do you want your children and grand-children eating GMO foods that caused the diseases shown in the photos?
Please do not let the wealthy biotech bullies silence the voices of the people and keep us in the DARK.
We need to know what is in the food we are feeding to our children.
ALL WE ARE ASKING FOR IS A LABEL.
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*RESPONSE FROM CONGRESSMAN CHRIS VAN HOLLEN
Dear Mrs. Moulton:
Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to HR 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. I appreciate hearing from you and apologize for the delayed response.
Like you, I oppose this bill. I appreciate your concern and agree that consumers should have the ability to understand what is in the food they purchase.
HR 4432 would continue voluntary labeling of genetically-engineered/bio-engineered foods, but would prohibit mandatory labeling at both the federal and state levels. I oppose efforts that would block states from setting their own standards.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, and please do not hesitate to contact me whenever I may be of service.
Chris Van Hollen
Member of Congress