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What are GMOs?


GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.


  • 3 Companies Using GMOs in Baby Formula

    Christina Sarich

    It seems with the many reports of birth defects, organ failure, cancer, and other unsavory health conditions associated with GMO consumption, we should limit the use of GMO in baby products. After all, babies are very sensitive to the foods they consume, and we already know that pesticides found in mother’s milk can be damaging. Below you will learn of three companies which represent more than 90% of baby formula sales in the US that won’t consider removing GMOs from your baby’s food.




    Erin Brockovich: The Biotech Industry Is Jeopardizing Our Health

    TIME Magazine

    The new movie Consumed tackles the controversial world of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in unprecedented fashion, offering insight into their risks. Its message could not be more timely in the wake of the recent news that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. The fish, like all genetically engineered ingredients in this country, will not be labeled, leaving American consumers in the dark. Like many food and environmental safety activists around the world, I’m outraged.


    The biotech industry and the FDA have hijacked not only our basic rights as consumers, but also our fundamental human rights in the face of corporate monopolization of our food supply. They are jeopardizing our health and the environment more than ever before. When will the government agencies put in place to protect us stop servicing the bottom line of corporations?




    Scientist offers Monsanto $10M to prove him wrong on ominous findings in GMO soy

    Justin Gardner

    Dr. V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai is so confident about his research on Monsanto’s genetically modified soy, he is offering to sign over his $10 million building in Cambridge, MA if Monsanto can prove him wrong.


    “If this is what it takes to bring the truth to the American people, then I am more than willing to do it,” Ayyadurai stated in a press release.


    Dr. Ayyadurai released a bombshell in July when his peer-reviewed study found that GMO soy accumulates formaldehyde, a carcinogen, and disrupts plant metabolism. Instead of engaging the MIT graduate and systems biologist, Monsanto and its propaganda arms have launched character attacks.




    Scientist’s $10 Million Challenge to Monsanto: “Prove Me Wrong About GMOs”

    Nick Meyer

    While the Monsanto Company and the mainstream media continue to insist that GMOs have been “proven safe,” an ongoing series of independent studies and analyses have shown otherwise.


    That fact is quite troubling to the millions of people who’ve been ditching GMOs in record numbers, buying organic more than ever before in a bid to avoid genetically engineered ingredients. One of those studies came courtesy of Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, and it produced some rather interesting results. Ayyadurai’s peer reviewed analysis of over 6,000 lab experiments actually showed that GMO soy accumulates high levels of the Class 1 carcinogen formaldehyde.


    Now, Ayyadurai, a systems biologist from MIT (who also happens to own the first copyright for the word email according to Time Magazine) is making a bold offer to Monsanto that no one saw coming.




    Monsanto Roundup Linked to Infertility and Cancer

    Dr. Josh Axe

    A “sustainable agriculture company” focused on “empowering farmers ­— large and small — to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy” sounds like the type of company you’d want to support.


    And why wouldn’t we want to use an “excellent tool” that helps farmers and homeowners “control weeds in a wide variety of situations” while posing “no unreasonable risk to people, the environment or pets” in our gardens or our communities? After all, who would turn down a product that ensures healthier crops and doesn’t affect the environment around it? It seems like a win-win.


    That’s just what Monsanto wants you to believe about its flagship product Roundup — but it couldn’t be further from the truth, as Monsanto is potentially killing us.



    GMO Health Risks: What The Scientific Evidence Says

    Roxanne Palmer

    Many Americans are concerned about the spread of genetically modified organisms throughout agriculture -- and the perception that some members of the U.S. Congress are in the pocket of the Monsanto Co. (NYSE:MON) certainly isn’t helping.


    But just what are GM crops, and what evidence do we have to suggest that they are dangerous to human health?


    Monsanto wasn’t always in the GM corn and alfalfa business. The company’s first product, introduced in 1901, was the artificial sweetener saccharine. By the middle of the 20th century, Monsanto had expanded into the manufacture of many other chemical products, including plastics, herbicides and insecticides, including DDT, now largely banned from agricultural use worldwide. From 1965 to 1969, Monsanto produced Agent Orange for U.S. military use in the Vietnam War -- as did several other companies, including the Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE:DOW) -- and has since been subject to numerous lawsuits related to the herbicide's contamination with a toxic dioxin compound.



    Driving GMOs and Monsanto’s Roundup off the Market

    Ronnie Cummins

    Since genetically engineered (GE) crops, foods, and animal drugs were brazenly forced onto the market in 1994 by Monsanto and the FDA, with neither pre-market safety testing nor labels required, consumers and small farmers worldwide have mobilized to ban, label, or boycott these controversial "Frankenfoods."


    With mounting scientific evidence1 underlining the human health and environmental toxicity of GE foods, and growing alarm over the toxic pesticides such as Monsanto's Roundup that invariably accompany genetically modified organisms (GMOs), currently 64 nations require mandatory labeling of GMOs.


    Numerous states and regions in the European Union, and several dozen entire nations, including Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, and Russia, have banned GMO crops altogether.2


    In the European Union (EU), where mandatory labeling laws are in effect, little or no GMO crops or food are on the market (except for imported GMO animal feed). In addition to banning GMOs, a growing number of countries, including El Salvador and Sri Lanka, have begun to ban the use of Monsanto's Roundup.


    This toxic herbicide is sprayed heavily on 84 percent of all GMO crops, and increasingly applied as a pre-harvest desiccant, or drying agent, on scores of other non-GMO crops including wheat, rice, beans, potatoes, barley, oats, flax, peas, lentils, and sugar cane.



    GMO Myths and Truths

    John Fagan, PhD | Michael Antoniou, PhD | Claire Robinson, MPhil

    We began work on GMO Myths and Truths in 2010, prompted by frequent claims that the case against genetically modifying our food supply had no science behind it. As we had followed the scientific debate and evidence on genetically modified (GM) crops and foods since the early 1990s, we knew that this was untrue.


    Another driving factor was the inflated claims that were being made for GM crops. The public was being told that they would make agriculture more sustainable, provide higher yields to feed the world’s growing population, reduce pesticide use, help meet the challenges of climate change, provide more nutritious foods, and make farming easier and more profitable.


    We knew that these claims were at best questionable and at worst false. GM had not provided a single crop that had sustainably delivered these benefits. On the contrary, a considerable and growing body of scientific evidence pointed not only to potential hazards but also to actual harm from GMOs (genetically modified organisms) to animal and human health and the environment. But this evidence was not reaching the public, campaigners, policy-makers, or even the majority of scientists.


    We decided to produce a document explaining the evidence in simple language. Initially we planned a short 10-page document. But it grew – and grew. We finally published the first edition of GMO Myths and Truths as a free download on the Earth Open Source website in June 2012, with more than 120 pages and over 600 references, 280 of them to peer- reviewed papers.



    GMOs Are A Bad Idea. If A 15 Year Old Can See It So Clearly, Why Can’t Many Scientists?

    Joe Martino

    Recently TEDx Toronto held its event which featured a popular figure amongst the GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) community, Rachel Parent. She first started studying GMOs at the age of 12 while doing a school project. By 14 she had a heated TV debate with Kevin O’Leary which went viral and put her name and message on the map for all to see.


    Rachel is currently part of the United Nations Youth Leaders Education program and is the founder of Kids Right To Know, which is an organization with the mission of informing the public about food safety. Below you will find her very informative TEDx talk on the subject of GMOs.



    France Bans Monsanto’s Roundup

    Jill Ettinger

    While a number of harmful pesticides and herbicides are already restricted or banned throughout the European Union, France just took a big step, announcing a ban on the number one selling herbicide, Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup.


    France’s Ecology Minister Segolene Royal made the announcement on Sunday that the country would ban the sale of Roundup from garden and home-improvement stores across the country because of the herbicide’s link to cancer.


    The United Nation’s has labeled glyphosate as a likely carcinogen to humans after the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released data highlighting the health risks.


    Glyphosate is widely used in agriculture. It’s a companion herbicide to genetically modified crops (such as Monsanto’s ‘Roundup Ready’ GMOs including corn, soy, canola and sugar beets). It’s also widely used by home gardeners, and in public lawns and parks.


    “France must be on the offensive with regards to the banning of pesticides,” Royal said on French television, reports the AFP.


    “I have asked garden centres to stop putting Monsanto’s Roundup on sale” in self-service aisles, she added.


    The announcement comes after the French consumer association CLCV asked both French and European officials to stop allowing the sale of glyphosate-based products to home gardeners.




    AD, AFP, ALS, and DDT

    K Paul Stoller

    There is a disturbing fixation on a single virus, the poliovirus, being the cause of the disease Polio, Meanwhile tens of thousands of cases of non-poliovirus Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) are on the rise. The poliovirus is but one of many types of enterovirus that will cause paralysis in the presence of the appropriate toxic co-factors. The evidence that organochlorine pesticides are co-factors in multiple neurological disorders, not just AFP, is unequivocal. Pesticides are implicated in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There is more than one family of pesticides causing toxicity problems for humans, but DDT use is a big offender, but not as big as our myopic blindness to the actual etiology and pathology of the many neurological disorders that plague us. It is simply beyond reason as it could jeopardize the survival of the human race.



    It’s The Beginning Of The End For Meat Raised With Antibiotics

    Joseph Erbentraut

    Repeat after me: Antibiotic-free.


    On the heels of news from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that sales of antibiotics for livestock rose 23 percent in recent years, the agriculture industry is bracing for regulators to set what are expected to be much stricter regulations for their usage by the end of 2016.


    At the same time, major food companies like McDonald’s and Subway are pledging to stop serving meat raised with antibiotics, applying additional pressure for the industry to turn away from a practice that many scientists believe presents a major health risk.


    Specifically, a growing number of researchers has linked the excessive use of antibiotics in livestock with fueling drug resistance in humans, putting the population at risk of falling victim to “superbug” bacterial mutations. Some have warned increased resistance means humanity is nearing a “post-antibiotic era.”


Media Resources

The Health Dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) Herbicide

Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) - Myths and Truths

Seeds of Death: Unveiling The Lies of GMO's

2 Minutes on Monsanto and GMOs

Documentary: Salmon Confidential