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GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)

A genetically modified organism (GMO), also known as a transgenic organism, is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has issued a warning urging the public to avoid genetically modified foods and has also called for a moratorium on GMOs until long-term, independent studies can prove their safety. The group has also called for required labeling of foods that contain GMOs--a move that has been strongly opposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Big Biotech which cooperatively purport that consumers should not have the right to know whether or not the foods they buy come from traditionally bred or genetically engineered sources.

While urging for more independent studies, the AAEM paper cites its own studies alleging that genetically modified foods cause serious adverse health effects, emphasizing more than a mere "causal association," as is commonly assumed. These effects include rapid aging, severe alterations to the major bodily organs, infertility, immune problems, gastrointestinal dysfunction, and disruption to proper insulin regulation, among others.

Many doctors are warning their patients to avoid GMOs, recognizing the distinct correlation between GMOs and disease.

The following information discusses recent court victories by the Center for Food Safety in regard to GMOs. The protection of our health is vital. 


Halting GE Alfalfa: In this successful CFS legal case, for the first time in history, a court ordered the halting of plantings of a new genetically engineered crop (alfalfa). In 2007, a U.S. District Court in California ruled that the USDA illegally approved GE alfalfa without first conducting a full Environmental Impact Statement. As anticipated, Monsanto appealed the case, not once but twice. CFS defended its victory and, fortunately, in June 2009 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court decision--denying both of Monsanto’s appeals--thus upholding a 2-year-old nationwide ban on the planting of genetically-engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa.


Stopping GE Sugar Beets: In January 2008, CFS filed a lawsuit against the USDA on behalf of farmers and conservation groups challenging the deregulation of herbicide-tolerant “Roundup Ready” sugar beets. On September 21, 2009, CFS prevailed and a Federal Court ruled that the Bush Administration’s approval of genetically engineered (GE) “RoundUp Ready” sugar beets was unlawful. The Court ordered the USDA to conduct a rigorous assessment of the environmental and economic impacts of the crop on farmers and the environment. 


Preserving rBGH-Free Labels on Dairy Products: CFS has been rallying the public against state-by-state efforts to ban rbGH-free labels on dairy products. CFS has used its grassroots True Food Network to flood the states affected with public comments and complaints. As a result of pressure from CFS members and other concerned citizens, such rules to eliminate rbGH labels have been dismissed in Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Jersey, Utah, Kansas, Missouri and New York due to overwhelming consumer opposition.


Passing California Law to Protect Farmers from the Hazards of GE Crops: CFS’s California office was one of the leading organizations sponsoring farmer protection legislation that successfully passed in 2008. The law provides protections for farmers that are growing GE crops, as it establishes a protocol for the patent holder (i.e., Monsanto) entering the farmers' land and taking samples of crops and also provides protections to farmers to protect them from patent infringement lawsuits by Monsanto.
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