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Letter: GMO Foods Aren’t Good for You

To the Editor:

I found Cass R. Sunstein’s May 14 op-ed, “Don’t Mandate Labels for Foods With Gene-Altered Ingredients,” extremely one-sided. Sunstein never mentioned that over 60 countries in the world now require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms. Would over 60 countries have it all wrong? Not really, when you consider that Sunstein’s statements about the superior taste and nutrition of GMO food are without foundation. GMOs are cheaper because our government is being controlled by the big rich biotech industries who take your tax dollars to subsidize their dirty GMOs. Nobody is helping the organic farmer like that.

A study in Minnesota, “2012 Nutritional Analysis: Comparison of GMO Corn versus Non-GMO Corn” proved that GMO corn is lacking in basic nutrition. It found non-GMO corn to be 20 times richer in nutrition, energy and protein. Potassium, a very important element for human health, was barely even present in GMO corn. Magnesium levels in non-GMO corn were 46 times higher. Variances also were observed for calcium, sulfur and manganese with non-GMO corn having 12.4, 14 and 7 times more of each respectively.

Monsanto talks about how it is feeding the world. GMO corn was found to contain about 19 times more glyphosate (Round-Up) than is permitted in drinking water by the EPA, and 130 times more glyphosate than has been found in tests to cause organ damage in animals. Also, GMO corn contains dangerously high levels of formaldehyde. A previous study by the brilliant Don Huber revealed that 0.97 ppm of formaldehyde is toxic if ingested by animals. GMO corn contains 200 times more formaldehyde than this threshold.

Why are there no regulations? Remember: the Food and Drug Administration, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture now have Monsanto people appointed to their offices. It is serious, folks! A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that glyphosate interferes with human digestion and the biosynthesis of nutrients, which in turn can cause a host of fatal diseases.

Hello to spiraling health care costs! Hello to obesity! Goodbye, I hope, to Monsanto!

Judith Persin

Bethel

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Should the government require companies to label food that contains genetically modified organisms? Last November, California voters rejected a ballot initiative that would require such labeling, but bills that would do so were recently introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. Invoking “the right to know,” a lot of people support those bills. In the abstract, the argument for …