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Is GM Food Safe to Eat?

By Dr Judy Carman

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Extracted from the web site of the Institute of Health and Environmental Research - Publications. Reproduced here with the generous permission of Dr Judith Carmen. (http://www.iher.org.au)

This article is a comprehensive paper concerning the subject of Genetically Modified Organisms.

In part it is a rebuttal of the spin published by corporations, sellers and proponents of Genetically Modified Organisms i.e. crops and derivatives. Those who stand to gain most from GM introduction into Australian agriculture. It also exposes the flawed research used to justify GM introduction into our food supply.

GM proponents are basically using the same tactics that the tobacco industry used to defer the introduction of health warnings on their products.

It is a must read to obtain a deeper understanding of the effects of GM food on living organisms.

Topics covered

  • Some Background on Gene Technology
  • Current GM food in Australia
  • What Could Go Wrong
  • The Safety Testing that Has Been Done
  • Further Problems: Compositional Analyses
  • Best Practice human Health Safety Testing
  • But Where Are All The Sick People
  • Risks and the Future

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GM the Hidden Science

By Andre F Leu Chairman of The Organic Federation of Australia.

Click on http://www.ofa.org.au/papers//GMOsThe%20Hidden%20Science.htm.

This paper contains more important info on the down side of GM food.

Contents

  • Antibiotic Resistance Marker Gene
  • The Cauliflower Mosaic Virus Promoter (CaMV)
  • Unstable GM Constructs

Well worth reading.

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The Myths of Safe Pesticides

By Andre F Leu Chairman of The Organic Federation of Australia.

Click on http://www.ofa.org.au/papers//Mythpesticidesv2.html.

This is a really important paper and a must read to dispel the spin we have been fed about the safety of agricultural chemicals.

Contents

  • The Residue Myth
  • The Breakdown Myth
  • The Rigorously Tested Myth
  • The Very Small Amount Myth – The residues are too low to cause and problems
  • The Regulatory Authorities Myth
  • Avoiding Pesticides and other Biocides

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The Benefits of Organic Food

By Andre F Leu Chairman of The Organic Federation of Australia.

Click on http://www.ofa.org.au/papers//The%20Benefits%20of%20Organic%20Food%20paper.htm.

This article presents a broad range of data looking at organic food and its important nutritional benefits and the facts about toxins avoided with Certified Organic food.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Nutrition
  • Pathogens
  • Food Additives
  • Chemical Residues
  • Nitrates

    High nitrate content in Food and Drinking Water Can Be Converted to Nitrosamines that are Carcinogens. Nitrates Can Impair the Ability of the Blood to Carry Oxygen, And may pose a risk of methemoglobinemia.

    The nitrate content of organically grown crops is usually significantly lower than in conventionally grown products. The governments of Germany and France have encouraged conversion to organic farming in certain areas in a bid to improve water quality, particularly in relation to its nitrate content.

  • Conclusion

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Organic Agriculture and Climate Change

Organic Agriculture allows farmers to both Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

By Andre Leu chairman of the Organic Federation of Australia

Click on http://www.ofa.org.au/.

Go to the right hand end of the of the top banner click on Publications and in the drop down click on Publications/Industry Papers. You will find Agriculture and Climate Change under the heading OFA Information Papers near the bottom of the page.

This is worth reading to understand the positive impact certified organic agriculture has on the environment. Hence the contribution we can make by buying Certified Organic and Biodynamic produce.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Mitigation - Organic Systems Produce Less Greenhouse Gases(GHGs)
  • Organic Systems Sequester CO2 into the Soil
  • Adaption
  • More Resilient in Adverse Conditions
  • Improved Water use Efficiency
  • Conclusion
  • Organic Agriculture Can Feed the World

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Beyond Silent Spring: Organic Agriculture as a Model for Environmental Sustainability

By Andre Leu Chairman of the Organic Federation of Australia

Click on http://www.ofa.org.au/.

At the top left hand of the page click Publications click on Reports/Industry Papers you will find Beyond Silent Spring under OFA Information Papers and click on the title.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Synthetic Chemicals in the Environment
  • Environmental Fate
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology and Scientific Testing
  • Chemical Fertilisers
  • Organic Farming as Viable Farming Alternative
  • Definition organic Farming
  • Can Organic Agriculture Achieve High Yields?
  • Yields
  • Farm Income
  • Environmental Benefits of organic Farming
  • Biodiversity
  • Erosion and Soil Loss
  • Greenhouse Gas Abatement
  • Organic Systems Use Water More Efficiently
  • Conclusion
  • References

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Organic Federation of Australia

Click on http://www.ofa.org.au/.

Go to Media and select Media Releases.

Here you can check out some interesting and informative topics i.e.

  • Organic Food is More Nutritious - it's a Fact!
  • Largest Ever Study into Organics Provides Conclusive Evidence of Nutritional Benefits
  • Organic Food Benefits

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Information for Action

Click on http://www.informaction.org.

On the left hand side of the page there is a search window Select subject. It covers a wide range of topics e.g. antibiotics in agriculture, Nanotechnology, Chemicals, Genetic Engineering, Nuclear Energy, Water pollution. It is really informative and worth a visit.

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True Food Guide

Click on http://www.truefood.org.au/.

This is an excellent site to source information about Genetically Modified Organisms. You can find the True food Guide lower right side Get a copy » the full list gets you to a list of GE and GE free foods, Q & A and Resources and Info are both well worth a visit to get heaps of info and a broad perspective on the subject.

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Total Environment Centre

Click on http://www.tec.org.au/.

This is an interesting and informative site to do with all things green, Climate Change, Green Energy, Recycling and the latest news on many Green topics. It is well worth a visit to learn heaps.

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Food Irradiation Watch

Click on http://www.foodirradiationinfo.org/faq.html.

On the right side of the page there is What is Irradiation, Irradiation Free Food Guide and Info Sheets on many topics to do with the subject. This is an opportunity to get in depth information about the detrimental effects of food irradiation. Organic Certification does not allow irradiation in any form.

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Food Intolerance Network

Click on http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info/.

In the top part of the page find Introduction to food intolerance. If you have a need to research food intolerances or wish to know more about the down side of food additives and their effects this is a comprehensive site. It's a great site and a must browse.

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Greenpeace

Click on http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/.

To learn more about Genetic Engineering type GMO into the search box and explore info on the subject. Organic Certification does not allow GM products in any form.

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Friends of the Earth Nanotechnology project

Click on http://www.foe.org/search/node/nanotechnology?page=1.

There is comprehensive info about Nanotechnology and must be visited for info about the latest technology being unleashed upon us in both our food and body products and many other uses.

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The Weston A Price Foundation for wise Traditions

Click on http://www.westonaprice.org/.

This is a hugely informative site for people seeking basic and scientific information about a healthy diet, farming and the healing arts. It will assist you amongst other things to sort out the modern dietary hype from the traditional scientific wisdom. It will challenge much of what we have been told about what is good for us nutritionally. It challenges GM, Fluoride, fat v oil, raw milk, meat, soy, and heaps more. Most of all it promotes good health.

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Mercola.com Take Control of your Health

Click on http://www.mercola.com/.

This is a good site for researching health and diet. Doctor Mercola looks at food from a scientific point of view biased to natural nutrition and is a fund of information about all things health including your pets. Type your search topic into the search space and brows to your hearts content. You can subscribe to a weekly newsletter which some times carries some real gems. It is a bit American up front but well worth checking out.

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Alliance for Natural Health Good Science and Good Laws

Click on http://www.anhcampaign.org/.

This site supports natural health and being active against the degradation of our natural supplements and food. It is worth visiting and browsing areas that you feel you might like to know more or get active and involved in i.e. GM. Learn what the World Health Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation under the banner of the United Nations are doing at the bidding of international corporate lobbying bodies.

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