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Genetically engineered plants have had their genetic makeup altered. This is done in a laboratory and most modifications are done using a method called the biolistic method (aka the biolistic particle delivery system or ballistic bombardment), which requires a particle gun. The technique, invented between 1983 and 1986, uses a real 22 calibre gun to shoot a bullet covered with the genetic material and some tungsten powder or, nowadays, gold dust, down a barrel. They hit a 'stopper', perforing it, before making it to the petri dish. This forces the entry of the virus or protein that they are trying to break into the genetic makeup of a plant in the target cell by literally smashing it in. They need the virus because plants don't accept new DNA into their system with open arms; proteins are often added as well to ensure the new DNA 'sticks'. The rate of success with the gun is not at 100%; at times, several attempts are needed before accomplishing their goal. Most of all, they can't know if they succeeded until the plant has grown, so this process can take quite a while to achieve.

Roundup Ready soybeans are the most commercialised ones. According to Marie-Monique Robin's book and movie "The World According to Monsanto" (click here to watch full movie FREE - Robin allows free distribution of her movie), Monsanto giant owns 90% of the world's genetically modified soybeans. They have been engineered to withstand the ferocious chemicals in their fertilizer, Roundup.

The story behind this fertilizer is frightening. Monsanto is a large corporation that has existed for over 100 years and is the father of plastic and creator of several chemical products. If not the most dangerous, their "Agent Orange" is high up on the list of most toxic chemicals to ever have existed on this planet. One of the chemicals used during the war of Vietnam to help American soldiers find their way through the dense jungle of the tropics and the rainforests (a few other colours were created as well), the American army would send planes over the land where the war was taking place to spray the product freely - so anyone who was there was also covered, as well as the buildings and any living thing that happened to be in the way. Although Monsanto knew of the dangers of his product, he never warned either the government nor the army of the consequences that would follow.

If you are interested in reading more about this, google it, or watch the movie to see what the consequences were. The number of lawsuits that followed the war are numerous, but Monsanto being such an enormous corporation and by paying corrupted government employees to overpower the FDA and other such government organisations that are supposed to be key in keeping Americans' food and lives safe, it survived... to come back stronger than ever: by tampering with our crops.

What is worse is that they know that the newly created soybeans, Roundup Ready Soybeans, can cause cancer. It is disturbing that corporations who claim to have only the best intentions can lie so blatantly to us. Furthermore, they used to announce that their fertilizer is biodegradable when all it does is kill anything that gets in its path. A test was carried out: fish in a tank all died within three minutes with a lower dose of this product than was recommended for plants. This means that any waterway that is close to a farm using it can say goodbye to its wildlife. Now, imagine what this does to the farmers cultivating the product. To spray it, they need the exact same types of suit that people manipulating radioactive products have on to carry out their duties. And this is what they give us to eat!

To make matters worse, no studies have been published - anywhere - to show that humans can safely consume GMO products. Where is the tranquility of mind that we need? They can't even offer us any.

I am posting this at this point since I have just written an article about soy being healthy. Please note that I am speaking of non-gmo soy, of course. Or, to be on the safe side, chose the organic alternative. The cost is not that much higher than regular soy.


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  1. Dushyant Kumar
    Dushyant Kumar
    I will watch the movie someday... I liked your article and voted :) Thanks for sharing.
    1. SnakeWitch
      thank you for the vote and comment!
  2. BuddhasDelight
    do you have non-gmo soy available in south america? it is really hard to find here, like i said, up to 99% of soy in the U.S. is gmo, so even choosing organic doesn't always keep you safe, it's odd but true that unless it says directly on the packaging materials, sourcing is still unreliable. there is a ballot in california right now for the election, prop 37 which i pray gets passed because it will then require that all gmo foods be labeled as such and would put a stop to hidden gmo, which is rampant. santa cruz organics brand juices just admitted that there are gmo foods used in creating their products. and trader joe's stores, one of my past faves, also uses gmo ingredients in their products. such a shame! even whole foods is guilty of carrying gmo foods, it's crazy to me. i am very curious how it is in other parts of the world? it seems the U.K. is a bit smarter on things like this, as they banned the use of trans fats ages ago. thank god! it frustrates me because i still use soy on occasion and i just want to be sure that i can find a variety that is safe to eat. you are very knowledgable and this is a great article. i wish monsanto did not exist, it is terrifying! but knowing all of this stuff is half the battle, info is always changing. i appreciate and applaud your willingness to dive in and find the truth, keeping current and sharing it so we can all hope to live happier healthier lives. blessings!
    1. SnakeWitch
      Well,the advice I have is to always read labels. One, the organic logo is always a great help - if it's organic-certified, the chances of it containing gmo is minimal and only if a gmo crop is nearby and the pollen flitted into the organic field. Other than that, make sure to always chedk. Whole Foods is not a reliable source because they only offer some organic and natural food. Markets that are strictly organic are the better ones, or try to hunt down a small, local organic shop. They are usually more reliable. Thank you for your comment. I'm a fighter; I don't let others tell me what to do. I get that from my dad. ;)
  3. Akanksha
    Akanksha made it easier to understand..GMO soy is my nightmare since I love soy so much!
    1. SnakeWitch
      I love soy too, but like Buddha said, knowing is half the battle. So, with that in mind, the work we need to do is read labels - not just rely on the front of the product package. Or, look for the organic logo of your country or an internatoinal one.
      1. Akanksha
        I agree. The challenge here is that they might not mention it on the packs if it was GM Soy. Also, there are very few organic items available in India. I am trying to limit my food to items that are declared to be organic and genetically unaltered. Also trying to spread the awareness here so people could realize and the movement could really catch up. Do check out my latest dessert blog..its mouth watering!
        1. SnakeWitch
          Done! I'll be sharing a lovely recipe soon! And I stick to organic tofu and soy milk, or at least, non-gmo soymilk. Although it's not mandatory, what I noticed with vegetarian food is that quite a high percentage of companies DO write 'non-gmo' on the labels to announce that they are safe. I sure hope that labelling of GMOs can be done soon. To help push your government to act on this, you can contact your local Greenpeace office and see if they are working on the GMO campaign. If not, offer to start it out, if you want. My closest Greenpeace office is at a 12 hour bus ride away, in Medellin. Cartagena doesn't have a GP office.
  4. Veganara
    Voted. Great article, I didn't know a lot of this stuff. It is all very worrying though. I can't understand how GMO produce was ever allowed in the first place! What were they thinking??! You might be interested in my latest article, Fuelling Around, please check it out! (I am sure you will, thank you for being one of my biggest supporters! :-))
    1. SnakeWitch
      I agree that it is baflling to think that it was even allowed. So, really, why it is still around is even more mind-boggling. Going over to your article to read it!
    2. Akanksha
      GMO is allowed because it is a scientific invention...and we support science. Another reason for us to feel advanced, even if the advancement leads us towards our graves! Lack of spiritual values can be another reason. Today, more people trust science than God, even though they understand none.
      1. Veganara
        You are so right there Akanksha; often science for its own sake it worshipped above all else, despite the fact that science is a force for evil, as much as good. Like cloning as well; that is another "ibreakthrough" that should not have been allowed. Just because they can do something doesn't mean that they should! Yes, as you say, lack of spiritual values, but I don't see why you can't have those and support science (the good kind).
        1. SnakeWitch
          Right, we support science. I've heard Barack Obama announce that proudly, unfortunately. That may be the black cloud lurking behind him... I also think that science can be ethical, as Maggie points out. I think people made science their religion and that's why they think they're God.
          1. Akanksha
            Of course, I have been a science student. I love science and I support science. Maggie said it correctly "Just because they can do something doesn't mean that they should!" I believe in balance that that is what spirituality teaches us.
            1. SnakeWitch
              Balance is always good! And keeping it ethical!
  5. Zack
    Great addition to the other article, needless to say I voted! Can't wait to see the movie later when i have time. Also you might like my new article about the health of our oceans called a fishy tale. Hope you enjoy =)
    1. Zack
      Ill be back to vote later!
      1. SnakeWitch
        Yeah, don't forget to vote! And hey, what is this with making it to Top Posts with only 3 votes? Ha! Are you one of the owners' buddies? :P By the way, I have a confession to make: the movie made me cry a bit. Some parts are quite touching, especially when the journalist, Robin, goes over to India and talks of the high suicide rate because of Monsanto. Still gives me shivers.
  6. Roopam
    This is great information. I had read a lot about Monsanto but I still need to read more about the stories you've mentioned above. It truly is sad, there aren't sufficient checks to stop such dangerous infilterations into the society at large. If only people start understanding how harmful it is to consume these products it would start making the right difference. Voted!
  7. JustVegan
    Great post. voted.


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