Guest: Dr. Kirk Azevedo – Extra Proteins From Making A GMO A Former Monsanto Employee

Food and Travel Nation with Elizabeth Dougherty
The TRUTH about Food and Travel
Original Broadcast Date:  3/21/2013

From the Food And Travel Nation Archives:

Elizabeth Dougherty spoke with Dr. Kirk Azevedo, a former Monsanto employee about the GM process. He describes some of the unintended results of genetic modification and how this product was released into animal feed, and thus into the human food supply.   This interview was one of the very first interviews that pointed out the unintended consequences of this chemical and the haphazardly way glyphosate was handled.

Additionally, Elizabeth spoke out about the intent of some citrus growers to genetically modify their crops to protect against a citrus blight called Greening. Three main options (with subcategories) were presented by researchers: modifying with frog genes, moth genes or other plant genes. Plant gene options include the snowdrop plant and the spinach plant, among others.

The snowdrop was used to modify potatoes by a Hungarian researcher, Arpad Pusztai back in 1995. He tested the potatoes on rats and found that a diet of his GM potatoes was causing intestinal damage and immune system problems in the rats.

One of the field trials being conducted on GM citrus is with spinach genes. While it is being hailed as “good enough for Popeye” the same concerns about the “dirty” process currently in use for genetic modification and lack of appropriate testing continue to be concerns for consumers.

Over 90% of Americans want genetically modified food to be labeled, although corporations and the politicians they fund have been largely hiding this information from the citizens they serve.

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Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food And Travel Nation has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on and stations around the country.

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