We rely upon the news, particularly print journalists, to do research and to write stories that convey all angles so we can have a clear picture of any issue. Recently, the New York Times wrote a piece about genetically modified foods (such as soy, corn, sugar beets and more) we at Food Nation Radio Network found surprising and concerning.
According to the story, a woman decided to go to stores and place stickers on package labels informing consumers which products contain GMOs.
There was no applause, nor should there be. It was a dangerous undertaking. However a more balanced approach is expected of a publication such as the New York Times. Instead there were very particular banner ads about the Obama campaign surrounding this story online each time we opened it (when the story came out). There were statements by the government in contradiction to the latest human GMO feeding study, asserting there is no danger in consuming these foods. The Times provided no dissenting scientific evidence to the contrary, although it was readily available. Here are the details in this audio clip:
Meanwhile the evidence continues to build that GMOs are not safe. According to researchers at the University of Caen, the BT Toxin used in Monsanto’s corn which was designed to break open the stomachs of insects and kill them, also causes damage to humans. In addition, Roundup, which is used on Roundup-resistant GMOs in large quantities has been found to be toxic to humans even in small amounts.
You can read the full text of the original article here in the New York Times which was written in May, 2012 after the latest human feeding study came out in February, 2012 from the University of Caen. This study outlines the the toxic effects of GMOs to humans, and was published in the Journal of Applied Technology.