There’s GMO in my Corn! – How GMO-laden Crops in the Philippines are

Contributing to Cancer Problems

All the online news agencies I see always highlight the good things about the Philippines being the 12th biggest grower of genetically modified (GM) crops, and the first in Asia in 2002 to approve the commercial cultivation of a GM crop for animal feed and food.

Right now, 70% of the country’s corn output is GM (“Philippines now biggest grower of GM crops”, Philippine Star, March 1, 2015). And that is cause for A LOT OF CONCERN!

GMO specialists in the US like Jeffrey Smith have always mentioned that GMO crops like those developed by Monsanto are pest-resistant due to the genetic engineering these crops have undergone. Genetically engineered corn are resistant to pests. They don’t say however, that these crops contain 2 poisonous ingredients built into their DNA.

For instance, BT corn (Basillus thuringionsis) developed by herbicide maker Monsanto has a built-in resistance to pests. However, certain regions in the US Midwest are suffering damage from a corn rootworm which has become resistant to the built-in herbicide in BT corn. Will we follow the same road as the US? Especially when in 2014, the Philippine government commended 415,000 farmers for having planted 831,000 hectares of Bt corn, allowing the country to maintain its reputation as one of “the world’s biotech mega-countries” producing GM crops.

The Price of GMO?

So what is the price we have to take as citizens who have been living with GMO crops for over a decade? More people sick of cancers for one.

Jeffrey Smith, a US-based GMO specialist, said that when people eat these GM crops, which are genetically altered to be resistant to pests, we also eat the built-in poisons in those crops. Hence, are you not wondering why a lot of men and women have been having cancerous tumors these days?

A study was made wherein Roundup Ready corn created by Monsanto were fed to lab rats (male and female ones) for a period of 90 days to 2 years – basically the average life span of a rat. After 90 days, the first rat developed tumors. By the end of the testing period, a good 80% of the female rats developed cancerous tumors, mostly in their “mammary glands”. About 50% of the male rats also developed cancerous tumors.

It doesn’t take for someone to be a rocket scientist to put two and two together to conclude that diet and the existence of “herbicide-resistant”, genetically modified crops in the diet to figure out the rise of breast cancer and prostate cancer in countries where GMO crops are available.

In fact, a study in the UK indicated that breast cancer and prostate cancer cases are two of the most common and virulent cancers in developed nations like the UK and the US now and will still be 20 years from now (source:  Long-term consequences of cancer and its treatment July 2013, MacMillan Support Group UK). We can safely guess that that would be the case if curbs to the use of GMO crops are not put in place.

What to do now?

Shift to eating organically grown vegetables and organically fed poultry and cattle. If you can’t find these organic vegetables in large supermarkets and grocers, then find small contract growers who grow organic vegetables.

Or grow your own vegetables. It takes only a small plot of land or even upright gardens to grow your own vegetables.

Then you can grow old disease-free and worry-free about eating crops with GMO.

How about you – which side are you on the GMO issue? Let us know your thoughts below!

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