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Deb Jenkins
Posted about 2 years ago
I am interested to know about existing research on the effect of GMO's in the American food chain-- including Nutrasweet.- on diabetes.
I want to thank you for the opportunity to engage in some debate. One of my complaints in my own higher education environment is that lively debate has been lost in classroom environments, to the detriment of learners and faculty. So thanks for your best wishes, but also for responding to my comments. We both gave time over to the process, and I feel I have new things to consider and am grateful for the interchange. Thanks Gunther, and all my best to you Deb Jenkins
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Deb Jenkins
Posted about 2 years ago
I am interested to know about existing research on the effect of GMO's in the American food chain-- including Nutrasweet.- on diabetes.
Thanks Gunther. I welcome the debate, though I remain unconvinced by some of your arguments and feel that one of the great problems in GMO research is that it is split and parked on the far sides of either anti or pro biotech. No wonder it has become a polarized debate, which hearkens back to the TED TALK and the need for the type of objective research collaboration which starts from a fresh perspective. American research is by far the most pro biotech research trotted out over the globe and with its proliferation, it serves first corporate goals for success. Have you read "Seeds of Deception"? I am going to see if I can get a copy of the articles in the May 2013 issue of Nature--which I have read in the past--through my university library. the journal is certainly respectable. you may be interested in reviewing commentary in Nature in 1999 which questioned the introduction of GM products based on substantial equivalence. SEE: Beyond ‘substantial equivalence’ Showing that a genetically modified food is chemically similar to its natural counterpart is not adequate evidence that it is safe for human consumption. My original question was sponsored because " I have wondered if the" diabetic epidemic" can be linked on a timeline with the introduction of GMO's into the American food chain. So, I would ask you that question, wondering if you know if any research has been done in this arena. Thanks Deb
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Deb Jenkins
Posted about 2 years ago
I am interested to know about existing research on the effect of GMO's in the American food chain-- including Nutrasweet.- on diabetes.
Thanks KellyAnn. As you can undoubtedly discern by my comments, I have grave concerns about the introduction of GMO's into the environment and food chain. I find that few Americans, even in my agricultural community, have any knowledge of depth about the issue. The most readily available information for farmers comes from literature by biotech vendors. Many of the websites which promote GMO's online can be tied to corporations, who sometimes make the sites appear as if they are citizen launches. If you have not read "Seeds of Deception" by Jeffrey M. Smith, you might find the information he presents interesting and appalling. Thanks again for the feedback-- and yes,the color of Monsanto's flag is bright, crimson red.
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Deb Jenkins
Posted about 2 years ago
I am interested to know about existing research on the effect of GMO's in the American food chain-- including Nutrasweet.- on diabetes.
Thanks for your response Gunnar. I appreciate that many of the anti-GMO sources are often laced with sensationalism and not well grounded in scientific research, however, there are other scientific opinions about GMO's which do not support them as harmless. Biotech corporations issue information regarding their own research findings which only is in support of further development of GMO's. AS someone who lives in an agricultural community, I have been included in conversations with farmers who have experienced drift of patented GM seed into their fields which has caused contamination of their own seed. Why do you think the FDA does not label foods which are derived from GMO sources? Of course in the American food chain, GM wheat and corn are not separated or distinguished one from the other at grain elevators. I think it is just as big a mistake to accept the results of profit-making corporate research as that of conspiracy theorists. Monsanto, for example, a primary biotech corporation, has a long history of deception when it comes to their culpability in creating human health crises which was demonstrated in the famous Anniston Alabama case--among others. The corporation has also been convicted of bribery of Indonesian officials in exchange for support of GM cotton and cooking their books. I recall reading a statement issued at a Monsanto press conference which said that the company's ultimate goal was to hold a patent on every seed in the world. The argument of most biotech pro GMO corporations is that all objections to their products are based on anti-science. They welcome, however, no research except their own. And, of course, this was part of the problem expressed in this TEDMED talk-- unexamined information can lead to embracing false premises.
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Deb Jenkins
Posted about 2 years ago
I am interested to know about existing research on the effect of GMO's in the American food chain-- including Nutrasweet.- on diabetes.
thanks for your comment Celeste. While I do realize that Nutrasweet is an artificial sweetener, its manufacture has also been associated with the use of GMO's. There are, as may be expected, differing opinions on the safety of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners-- and differing opinions on the safety of GMO's. Monsanto produced Nutrasweet from 1985 to roughly, 2000. Monsanto is one of the most aggressive biotech corporations in the world. Here is some information I gleaned from Natural News online. (the link is listed below the quote) "The manufacturers of the most prevalent sweetener in the world have a secret, and it`s not a sweet one. Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in thousands of products worldwide, has been found to be created using genetically modified (GM) bacteria. What`s even more shocking is how long this information has been known. A 1999 article by The Independent was the first to expose the abominable process in which aspartame was created. Ironically, the discovery was made around the same time as rich leaders around the globe met at the G8 Summit to discuss the safety of GM foods". Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030918_aspartame_GM_bacteria.html#ixzz2YV9CvYuv
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Deb Jenkins
Posted about 2 years ago
Peter Attia: Is the obesity crisis hiding a bigger problem?
I appreciated this TED talk about diabetes. I sought medical help for many years,not understanding why I could not lose weight, When I was finally diagnosed with diabetes, I discovered it was indeed a disease of blame. When my blood sugar levels became uncontrollable, a physician told me I was undoubtedly eating candy bars. I was not. And NOBODY in my family had or has diabetes. As I have done my own research on genetically modified food products, I have wondered if the" diabetic epidemic" can be linked on a timeline with the introduction of GMO's into the American food chain. I have sworn off Nutrasweet and artificial sweeteners, but have not had the happy effects experienced by another woman who immediately lost 90 pounds after doing the same. The unlabeled presence of genetically modified food products in the American food chain continues because the federal government and lobbying US corporations are dedicated to their promotion and potential for profit. There is a great bulk of information available online which points to conspiracy by biotech corporations and US government agencies to cover-up any research which demonstrates negative health effects associated with GMO's in the environment or in the food chain. It would be impossible, in this short commentary, to cover all of the objections to GMO's by international agencies or other nations across the globe, but I would welcome knowing if anyone has specifically linked obesity and diabetes to the introduction of these unnatural products. Interestingly enough, it is my understanding that the Humulin I use to save my life each day is also a GMO