Food Integrity Now – Rick Thomas – GMO Alfalfa – E35
Rick Thomas of Holistic Nutrition 4U joins us to talk about the recent deregulation of GMO Alfalfa and it’s potential impact on our food system. Rick holds a PhD in Holistic Nutrition and actively counsels and lectures across the country on nutrition and nutritional healing. He discusses the contamination we can expect from GMO Alfalfa, as well as the negative effects of GMOs on the immune system. Rick also highlights ways to become active in spreading GMO awareness in your community.
Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa is resistant to being bathed in the herbicide Roundup. Given that less than 10% of conventional alfalfa farmers even use herbicide on their crops, this new GMO crop solves a problem that does not exist. It will merely add to Monsanto’s growing control over our world’s seed supply.
The recent deregulation of GMO alfalfa is the biggest blow to the organic movement since GMOs were first approved. Due to the widespread reach of alfalfa pollination, organic alfalfa everywhere is at great risk for contamination from GMO crops. This policy change, if it stands, virtually guarantees that organic alfalfa will no longer exist in a few years. That would also mean that organic milk will no longer exist in a few years. Our government’s regulatory agencies have completely rolled over for Monsanto.
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Rick, it does solve a problem. Only 10% of conventional Alfalfa is sprayed now because many of the conventional herbicides do more damage to the Alfalfa than the weeds do. With the crop safety of Roundup, many growers will now be able to spray their crop safely and effectively, and certainly raise higher tonnage and higher quality of Alfalfa. On West Coast, this is huge news.
jjdoublej, that’s a good point, but are you familiar with the Roundup-resistant weed issue that all long-term GMO farmers are facing?
The weeds in their fields developed resistance to the being bathed in herbicides. Each year, more and more herbicide had to be applied to kill the weeds. It is at the point now where the herbicide is not killing the weeds, so many are being forced to look at alternative means of killing the weeds, like tilling herbicides into the soil.
Where is the benefit of GMO now?
It may make it easy for you to farm now, but what about the mutant weeds you are leaving behind for your children?
Many would challenge your assertion that the growers will raise a “higher quality of Alfalfa” by using GMO.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine states:
…several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system.
Another study, lead by Professor Andrés Carrasco of the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology at the University of Buenos Aires Medical School, demonstrated that glyphosate (Roundup) causes birth defects at far lower doses than those used in agricultural spraying and well below maximum residue levels in products approved by the European Union. The study was initiated because of widespread reports of human malformations in Argentina beginning in 2002. This was two years after farmers began widespread aerial spraying of Roundup on their GM soy crops.
There are many more…