ADULTS & CANCER
- At least 80% of pre-packaged foods contain GMOs.
- In 2015, The World Health Organization declared glyphosate (the most used herbicide in GMOs) a probable carcinogen.
- Glyphosate is the active herbicide in almost all American GMO foods.
- All GMO foods have some herbicide residue on them.
- Some GMO foods use two or three herbicides plus other chemicals to increase their efficiency. No long term studies have been done by non industry groups to see effects on children or adults.
The factor most in our control for not getting cancer (aside from not smoking) is our diet. In order to decrease our cancer chances, we don’t have to force our elected officials to care about us by standing up to corporate money. (We probably can’t make them anyway!) Agri-biz, food manufacturing corporations, supermarkets, labs and farmer lobbying associations spent over $192 million from 2013 -2015, in large part to block enactment of federal GMO labeling laws. Why shouldn’t we all know what we are feeding our kids and ourselves?
We have to take some time to cook, real food, most of the time. Not to throw a frozen pre- packaged dinner in the microwave night after night and call it good. Or to grab the easiest and probably tastiest snacks, since the big food/chemical corporations have spent decades figuring out which food tastes, across racial, economic, religious lines, are irresistible to us. Sugar comes to mind. Salt is another. MSG was discovered to be a “flavor enhancer” decades ago. Sugar is in a lot of foods you wouldn’t expect, for example: peanut butter, salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, mustard, horseradish.Horseradish? And often, that sugar is in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Heinz Ketchup is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Even sugar in our ready-made foods has an over 50% chance of being created from GMO sugar beets.
Cancer treatments in the US cost $124 billion in 2010.
If you can afford to buy or grow organic vegetables, all the better. Before 1930 in the US, all farming was organic. Then it became “conventional farming” with chemicals used to fight insects and fungi, which increased the number of people that could be fed from an acre of crops. Now almost all the small American family farms are gone and have been replaced with huge agri-businesses. Their business model caters to their shareholders.
Even non-organic (conventional) fruit is much better than candy. The two biggest candy manufacturers in the world spent over $3million from 2012 to 2015 to lobby against GMO labeling.The reason they were willing to spend their money on that lobbying? The sugar in non-organic prepackaged foods is almost always from “high fructose corn syrup.” High fructose corn syrup is always from genetically modified corn. Almost all our sodas are made with high fructose corn syrup. This explains why Pepsi and Coca Cola spent over $30 million from 2013-2015 to beat back GMO labeling laws.
Not only is 89% of our corn genetically modified to not die after being sprayed repeatedly with the plant poison, Roundup, but 70% of our corn also creates its own pesticide, Bacillus thuringensis.(Bt). This isn’t some wingnut’s conspiracy theory; this information comes right from the United States Department of Agriculture.(USDA) In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved half of Agent Orange (the 2,4-D half) to be sprayed on our corn after Dow Chemical Company’s corn seeds were genetically engineered to withstand that plant poison as well. What the heck are we eating? (Please see Making GMOs section.)
There is data showing that our foods that are sprayed with herbicides still have those herbicides embedded in them when we eat them. In fact, British studies showed that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) kills weeds so well precisely because it translocates throughout the plant. It embeds itself in all the plant’s cells. That means the foods made with RR crops will all have the herbicide still in the food when we eat it.
There were no studies required to prove that all those chemicals in the herbicidal cocktail are safe in their interactions with each other and with the human body’s normal chemicals. (Think of the active ingredient in the herbicide as the star of the show and the attendant chemicals as the technical staff that helps the star glitter. The cocktail usually has a surfactant to break up the water molecules and help the herbicide stay on the leaf and always has an adjuvant. The FDA requires pharmaceutical companies to run tests to make sure their drugs won’t interact adversely with human chemistry but they do not require the chemical companies that are increasingly feeding us to do so. This could help explain our skyrocketing cancer rates. (Please see Introduction & Herbicides sticking to Dinner and Snacks)
In 1992, before their introduction of Roundup Ready (RR) crops, Monsanto petitioned the EPA to increase by 300% the residue of Roundup allowed on food crops. The EPA agreed to it. Monsanto is the American corporation that owns Roundup and the patents on RR crops.
Those residues are found in the finished food products that consumers eat. By 2015, 89% of corn and 94% of soy grown in US were GMO. Though most of it was Roundup Ready( RR crops), there are 33 GMO corn products that have been approved by the EPA/FDA.
By 2015, 70% of our corn was not only genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant but also artificially created its own pesticide, (Bacillus thuringiensis) for corn borer caterpillar.
When RR soy and corn came on the market in 1996 and 1998, they exposed tens of millions more Americans to Roundup (glypyhosate, its active ingredient, and the other chemicals in Roundup). The contamination is largely by consuming its residue in our foods).But it is also in our drinking water because the EPA allows 700 ppb (parts per billion) of glyphosate in our tap water. For contrast, it only allows 1 ppb Lindane, another herbicide, in our tap water.
America used 280 million pounds of Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, which is part of Roundup Ready food crops, in 2012.
Studies have found glyphosate everywhere the air we breathe, ground water, tap water, streams and sea water. Monsanto’s website in 2016 corroborates why glyphosate is found everywhere: “first-generation Roundup Ready® soybean trait – the world’s most widely adopted biotech trait, planted by farmers on billions of acres since 1996—“
We are also polluting almost our entire food supply: (RR) soy, RR corn, RR canola, (for oil), RR alfalfa, RR cotton and RR sugar beets. We would be surprised by how many common foods have GMO corn and GMO soy in them. Keep in mind that in 2015 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture: 89% of our corn was GMO and 94% of our soy was GMO. Starting in 1980’s much of our wheat is sprayed with glyphosate to dry it quicker and make it easier to harvest.
Hot Pockets’ Philly Steak & Cheese ingredients include:
“Angus cooked beef ground and formed”
Mozzarella, buttermilk powder, Blue cheese, Cheddar, Parmesan
Non-dairy creamer, which includes corn syrup solids diglycerides (both have corn)
Soy lecithin and soy oil
Margarine, which includes soybean oil, soybean lecithin and diglycerides.
Bleached and enriched wheat flour probably dessicated with glyphosate.
Hot Pockets are distributed in the US by Nestle.
In 2015, Nestle paid $1,500, 000 to fight GMO labeling on food products. Their products include Lean Cuisine, Stouffers, DiGiorno Pizza, as well as, their infant formula sold under the Gerber brand.
Pizza is another food which is full of GMO’s unless it’s organic pizza. It’s the usual suspects:
Freschetta Brick Oven Crust Pizza has: “Pepperoni made from pork, mechanically separated chicken and beef.” Because of farms huge size and the enormous mechanisms to process hamburger, one burger can contain tiny amounts of meat from hundreds of cows. “Low moisture part skim Mozzarella cheese”…”Parmesan cheese” “Dehydrated Romano Cheese (cultured pasteurized Sheep’s and cows’ milk, salt, enzymes)” “Soybean oil” and “soy flour” (94% of American soy is GMO) “Sugar” with an over 50% chance of it coming from GMO sugar beets. The crust is non GMO but its wheat was sprayed with glyphosate just before harvest.
Cheese (most dairy cows are fed GMO corn
Beef (most steer are fed GMO corn)
Cows and steer have evolved to only eat grass. Forcing them to pretty much only eat corn in the big industrial food lots has created a new form of the bacteria e-coli.
There are lots of reasons adults can get cancer, and there are many chemicals allowed in consumer products which may be carcinogenic. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not had to test chemicals for safety even for chemicals used on and in our food. That we are ingesting chemicals in our foods that have not been tested defies common sense.
Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) interferes with the shikimate pathway which turns out to be not just important but critical to our good health. “The shikimate pathway is a seven step metabolic route used by bacteria… for the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan).” Those are essential amino acids which means our bodies cannot make them; “we must get them from our diets.”
Although Monsanto does admit that Roundup disrupts the shikimate pathway, they argue that their herbicide is not harmful to people or pets because people or pets don’t possess a shikimate pathway. However, our good gut bacteria, which is vital to our health, does. Roundup being pervasive in our food and water and disrupting our good bacteria is very likely a driving factor in the rise of cancer in the U.S.
That our good gut bacteria has shikimate pathways has been known since Dr. Klaus Herrmann’s 1983 study which preceded by years Monsanto’s introduction of Roundup Ready crops. And as early as 1989, Dr. Mark Lyte’s work proved what current studies now confirm: that our gut’s good bacteria is key to human good health.
Examples of what happens when the shikimate pathways of our good gut bacteria can’t function is that the tyrosine we need cannot be manufactured for us. This can partially explain our increased incidence of melanoma because tyrosine protects against UV rays. This is compounded by a tryptophan deficiency caused by glyphosate, as tryptophan is also protective against UV exposure.
Melanoma has gone up almost 300% per capita in the U.S. from 1975 to 2012. Glyphosate’s pervasiveness is probably just one of the reasons of melanoma’s increase.
Breast cancer has increased 25% from 1975 to 2012.
A 2013 study found “that low and environmentally relevant concentrations of glyphosate possessed estrogenic activity.” Also, they found “Glyphosate exerted proliferative effects only on human hormone-dependent breast cancer. So glyphosate, the stuff that covers lots of our food, even as we eat it, and the stuff the EPA allows 700 ppb in our tap water,is the same stuff that increases the carcinogenic cells for the breast cancer that is related to estrogen.
A 2014 study in Environmental Science Europe, lab rats were divided into four groups. “The Roundup treatment groups showed the greatest rates of tumor incidence, with 80% of animals affected…” For the group that received Roundup in their drinking water, all but one of the females presented with mammary hypertrophies and hyperplasias. The one exception suffered from metastatic ovarian carcinoma.” Hypertrophy means to grow abnormally large and hyperplasia means an “enlargement of an organ or tissue caused by an increase in the reproductive rate of its cells, often as an initial stage in the development of cancer.”
The emotional impacts of cancer on families are enormous. Kids can lose moms or dads, often lose grandparents. More rarely, but just as devastatingly, a sibling gets cancer. (In 2010, 379,112 kids had already had or were suffering from cancer.) For middle class and working class families cancer costs can bankrupt them. Cancer treatments in the US cost $124 billion in 2010. If the patient does not survive cancer (sometimes after multiple bouts of the disease) then the effects are tragic.
Keeping American business strong is important, but how many of us know someone either battling cancer or someone who has succumbed to it? In order to get a handle on our sky high cancer rates, maybe we should slow the technology down in our food chain. If we cannot make our elected officials listen to us (it appears they have selective hearing) then we should vote with our money. If we don’t spend money on the foods that have been genetically modified, then the shareholders will react negatively which will force big agri-biz to rethink their genetically modified products.. Organic food is more expensive, in part, because the corn industry, especially the genetically modified corn industry, is generously subsidized by our federal government. But even if you cannot afford organic, eating conventionally grown vegetables will probably lessen the chances of you and your kids getting cancer.
Chemical insults to the body can add up until they weaken the body’s immune system, making us much more likely to get cancer.
(Please see Herbicides Sticking to Dinner and Snacks section + Kids and Cancer section) If you don’t want to read through a lot of these links, then at least watch the movie Food, Inc. (It will probably change your life for the better.)