From the beginning, we have been big Trump supporters, as we believe that he truly loves our country and has not been “bought” like many politicians.
He has the courage to say things that most politicians won’t say, and he has a business background, rather than being a “lifetime politician” who has never had a “real” job.
But like everyone, he makes mistakes and isn’t all-knowing. We have seen him go to bat for America and have witnessed first hand the persecution that comes with going against the mainstream flow of ideas and big corporations, world powers, and leaders. We, too, have been lied about and persecuted as a result of going to bat for you. We even have leaders within our own industry that are against us as a result of standing for truth that they don’t understand. We have also made our fair share of mistakes and have made appropriate changes in the light of new truth that has been revealed to us along the way.
With that said, we believe President Trump is on the wrong side of the GMO issue.
Executive Order Promotes GMOs
Earlier today, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies like the USDA, FDA, and EPA to expedite the review process for agricultural biotechnology, including GMOs. The order also calls for a propaganda campaign, directing the agencies to “develop awareness and education programs to gain acceptance of new technologies by consumers and global trading partners.”
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization, which represents agricultural behemoths like Bayer, Merck, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson, rejoiced. In a digital statement, President and CEO Jim Greenwood stated:
BIO applauds the Trump administration for taking this important step forward to ensure government policy does not hinder 21st-century biotechnology from addressing the many global challenges… facing society today.”
And there is further evidence suggesting that the U.S. is actively moving to dismantle GMO regulations and oversight.
We encourage everyone reading this to flood the White House and President Trump with the science, documentaries, books, studies, and everything that you can to help him see the truth about GMOs. There is a firewall around him that you can penetrate with your phone calls and letters.
USDA Rolls Back GMO Oversight
In a proposal filed over the weekend with the World Trade Organization, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) outlined a plan to stimulate the development of GMOs. APHIS is an agency of the USDA.
According to the filing:
This…would provide a clear, predictable, and efficient regulatory pathway for innovators, facilitating the development of new and novel genetically engineered organisms that are unlikely to pose plant pest risks.”
Reuter’s reported that the new APHIS proposals to reduce GMO regulations follow statements made last year by Sonny Perdue, the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Just over a year ago, Perdue released a statement on behalf of the USDA regarding GMO regulation. And although he insisted the USDA takes its role in regulatory oversight “very seriously,” he also made statements that seemed to show a different sentiment.
While these crops do not require regulatory oversight, we do have an important role to play in protecting plant health by evaluating products developed using modern biotechnology… Plant breeding innovation holds enormous promise for helping protect crops against drought and diseases while increasing nutritional value and eliminating allergens. Using this science, farmers can continue to meet consumer expectations for healthful, affordable food produced in a manner that consumes fewer natural resources. This new innovation will help farmers do what we aspire to do at USDA: do right and feed everyone.”
DO RIGHT AND FEED EVERYONE.
But when it comes to ensuring that Americans have access to “healthful, affordable food,” the USDA has failed miserably. This could be due to incompetence, but the culprit is likely a much older and more formidable opponent: greed. And concerns about the conflicts of interest in the USDA stem right from the top.
A Culture of Greed
As the head of the USDA since 2017, Sonny Perdue has some disturbing ties to an industry he’s meant to regulate. Before his appointment, Perdue was a veterinarian, fertilizer salesman, and Governor of Georgia. Having developed many contacts in the agricultural profession, Perdue has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from the industry. He’s since introduced a roster of severely underqualified candidates to influential positions within the government’s agricultural oversight department.
At the beginning of this year, the USDA introduced the first guidelines for labeling GMOs. And while many were excited at the news, consumers and corporations alike shuddered when they discovered how inadequate the new rules were. Even Nestlé, worth over $302 billion at the time of publishing, had an issue with the labels:
The standards fall short of consumer expectations and the practices of leading food companies, particularly when it comes to how we are already disclosing highly-refined ingredients and the threshold for disclosure.”
GMO Health Risks
GMOs are living organisms – like fruits and vegetables – that have been artificially manipulated through genetic engineering. The technology was developed primarily to make crops resistant to toxic herbicides and pesticides but is now used to create crops that are bigger, brighter, and brown-resistant. There are many issues with GMOs.
#1. Toxic Chemicals Leading to Disease
First, the level of toxic chemicals from the overuse of herbicides and pesticides is tremendous in GMO crops, many of which are specifically engineered to be resistant to these chemicals. Bt toxins, used in GMO crops to kill insects, have been linked to inflammation and immune problems – especially those stemming from gut health. According to GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, these toxins can poke holes in human cells, leading to leaky gut. Leaky gut is associated with autism, autoimmune disease, inflammation, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, allergies, and cancer.
#2. Decreased Nutritional Value
Second, GMOs have a severe impact on the environment. The increased use of pesticides and other harsh chemicals has been shown to contribute to colony collapse disorder in bees. GMO seeds spread and cross-pollinate with real crops, becoming part of the gene pool. They hurt organic farmers, who simply can’t compete with the sheer scale of GMO farms. Perhaps most devastating, GMO farms strip the soil of essential nutrients, leading to a massive reduction in the nutritional value of our food today.
#3. NO Independent Safety Studies!
Finally, the FDA doesn’t require safety studies on GMOs, and instead relies on companies like Monsanto to regulate GMO safety themselves. Because biotech firms claim that their GMOs are proprietary, independent research regarding their safety is virtually non-existent. This means that every study evaluating the safety or possible collateral damage stemming from the use of GMOs is conducted by the companies who manufacture them in the first place!
This is especially troublesome when it comes to regulation. Perdue has made it clear that the “USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques.” But guess who determines whether or not a GMO crop is identical to a real crop? You guess it. The manufacturers.
GMO development is already the wild west of the food world, with very few rules, misleading labeling requirements, and virtually no reliable safety studies. Now, Sonny Perdue and the USDA are taking further steps to assist their friends in the agricultural industry. And with millions of dollars being spent on campaign donations, gifts, and lobbying efforts, companies like Bayer/Monsanto, DuPont, BASF, and Dow Chemical Company aren’t likely to be held in check any time soon.
How to Fight Back
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself as these companies continue to operate without any real oversight. The first is to shop, grow, and eat organic whenever possible. This means carefully checking labels, supporting local farmers, and growing your own natural garden. GMOs are significantly less expensive in the short run, but organic, non-GMO food will protect your health and longevity for years to come.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden
When growing food, it’s important to plant food that is appropriate for the region and maintain healthy biodiversity. Eating with the seasons and favoring foods native to your environment will go a long way in preserving the nutrient content of your soil and ensuring the most nutritious foods possible.
Second, it’s important that you stay informed. One excellent tool is the Non-GMO project, which provides a massive library of research and tools to help you avoid GMOs and fight back against new, pro-GMO legislation. They even have an app that will allow you to scan barcodes and make sure the food you’re buying is truly free of GMOs.
You can also stay in touch with your representatives. Sonny Perdue’s nomination was approved by a senate committee 19-1. This means that all of the following U.S. representatives were perfectly happy to let someone with significant financial ties to the agricultural industry lead the effort to regulate it:
- Pat Roberts, Kansas
- Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
- John Boozman, Ankansas
- Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
- Thad Cochran, Mississippi
- Patrick Leahy, Vermont
- John Hoeven, North Dakota
- Sherrod Brown, Ohio
- Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota
- Joni Ernst, Iowa
- John Thune, South Dakota
- Michael Bennet, Colorado
- Joe Donnelly, Indiana
- Chuck Grassley, Iowa
- Steve Daines, Montana
- Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota
- Bob Casey, Pennsylvania
- Tina Smith, Minnesota
- Deb Fischer, Nebraska
You can find their email addresses and phone numbers here.
Being informed matters. Making our voices heard matters.
The best way to get money out of our regulatory bodies is to send a message to Washington that this kind of behavior won’t be tolerated. Your representatives work for YOU. If they don’t protect your interests, they don’t deserve your votes.
Start a Regular Natural Detox Regimen
Finally, it’s extremely important that you maintain a regular detoxification regimen. Despite our best efforts, GMOs and their byproducts are becoming harder and harder to avoid. Loopholes in the current labeling requirements allow companies to market their food as organic, even if it contains GMO products. Chemicals like glyphosate are being found in groundwater, soil, and even crops that weren’t directly sprayed with the chemical.
And GMOs are just one of the many ways that harmful toxins invade our lives. Pollution, drugs, hygiene and cleaning products, and even negative emotions all contribute to toxic overload. Our bodies have natural detoxification pathways that help eliminate these dangerous toxins, but we live in a world where the toxic burden is simply too much for our bodies to handle alone.
You can help support your body by giving it a detoxifying boost. Avoiding toxins is a start, but methods like cleansing, fasting, or juicing can go a long way to repairing vital organs that may become damaged.
We believe President Trump is on the wrong side of the GMO issue.
The U.S. is actively moving to dismantle GMO regulations and oversight.
The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently outlined a plan to stimulate the development of GMOs.
Sonny Perdue, the current U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, has some disturbing ties to an industry he’s meant to regulate.
GMO Health Risks:
- Toxic chemicals leading to disease
- Decreased nutritional value
- NO independent safety studies!
Action Steps to Become GMO Free:
- Grow your own organic garden
- Stay informed
- Start a natural detox regimen