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GMO Corn and Soy: Foundation for a “Heart Healthy” Diet!

GMO corn and soy found a healthful basis for optimal diet—this according to agribusiness giants Dow, Monsanto, and others.

And by the looks of it, with yesterday’s rejection of CA Ballot Initiative 37 (requiring GMO labeling), that nutritional message now has even more momentum to be spread far and wide.

What’s all the fuss about CA 37 failing? Corn and Soy are Heart Healthy—practically your body’s best friends—According to Harvard, so what’s a little Genetic Modification between friends?

For those who still believe that Harvard (et al) promotes only the most defensible nutrition information—even when powerful monied interests try to shut that message down—take a close look at this real-world example and you might find yourself revising your views.

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You’ve heard the expression follow the money, right? With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to do a little research on who exactly was funding the two sides of the CA 37 GMO Initiative. It did not take me long to find out.

A CA proposition “cheat sheet” listed the key players on both sides.

Here’s the top five folks who wanted you to have more information about what you feed your family:, Organic Consumers Fund, Kent Whealy (Seed Saver’s Exchange), Nature’s Path Foods USA, The Stillonger Trust.

Here’s a few of those who thought you’d be better served kept in the dark: Monsanto, Dupont, Pepsico, BASF, Byer, Dow, Syngenta, Kraft, Coca-cola, Nestle.

The top contributor on the pro-information side, Dr Mercola, rings in at 1.115 million. Leading the charge against consumer information is Monsanto, at 7.1005 million.

Guess who won?

Take a good look at that list of agrichemipharm companies. If you want to know where dangerous “health” information is coming from, look no further than the good folks whose multinational conglomerate companies create pesticides in one factory, industrial chemicals in another, pharmaceuticals in yet another, and, p.s., produce the food you feed your family.

Let’s do a quick thought experiment:

Imagine you’re a high level executive at Monsanto. You want American consumers to buy more of your high-starch, low-nutrient GMO products. Your financial and political resources are practically unlimited. Do you think you might be able to come up with a creative way to persuade your friends in influential positions at Harvard and the Mayo Clinic that your view of nutrition is the correct one?

You hear that Harvard is studying the benefits of, say, a low-fat diet. Or doing a study to make the connection between calorie restriction and longevity. You’ve just spent 7 million on a single labeling initiative in CA. Will you now sit on your hands and hope for the best?

Or will you reach out, say, to the Harvard Nutrition Sciences department? Or, if you prefer a less visible contribution, then how about rebuilding a hospital wing, or creating a Monsanto scholarship aimed at encouraging inner-city youth to steer their educational careers toward the hard science of math and chemistry? Keep in mind, Harvard is apparently under no enforceable obligation to report their donor sources.

I say “apparently” because I have contacted the Nutrition Sciences Department several times asking them for this information. So far, no reply.

So if you are one of those people who have researched for yourself and stepped outside the bubble of Monsanto’s sphere of influence, then you are now charged with the challenging task of deprogramming cooks and chefs and self-appointed nutritionists of every stripe from everything those massive companies have spent decades and billions of dollars convincing people to believe.

The opponents of CA prop 37 represent the fountainhead of information that keeps spilling from everyone we come up against.

Chef so-and-so opens his mouth and out comes the voice of Monsanto, BASF, DOW and the rest, a voice parroting the shopworn litany that “starches are for ‘energy!'” In fact, say these human Bots (taken over by the advertisement viruses of agrichemipharm), the less nutrition per calorie the better!—at least to a point. It’s actually good to eat green leafy veggies from time to time, they admit; the programming assumes the reality that folks can eat only so much kale and mustard greens. Not nearly enough to satisfy, which brings them right back to Monsanto’s horizon to horizon-wide trough of empty carbs, where consumers belong.

And so it goes. From Dow Chemical, to Harvard, to government recommendations, to the AMA, to doctors and nutritionists and dietitians, to patients/consumers, to the kitchen table and the high profit-margin food going into their mouths, to the child sitting in my office stricken with unrelenting allergies, mood disorders and early onset diabetes.

The bad guys won a small victory yesterday. Let’s take back some ground and match the bad guys Bot for Bot.

This week, every time you hear someone telling you about the benefits of low-fat, empty calorie diets, tell ten people that everything Dow, Monsanto and BASF have told them (through their mouthpieces at Harvard) is flat-out wrong and a direct threat to their family’s health.

p.p.s. Dr. Mercola: You got the GMO giants wobbling. Let’s take them down!


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    1. Carie – be ready for the first ever GMO animal. The FDA will probably approve the genetically engineered salmon this year. AND since it’s unlabeled you won’t know if you’re eating real, farmed or GMO salmon. Prop 37 would have labeled this salmon. If you care, then tell the FDA to not approve GMO salmon. But I doubt if the FDA cares about our health.

  1. After initially being pro-prop 37, my enthusiasm dissipated. I found myself thinking labeling would go the way of carcinogenic labeling: every building I’ve entered in California has a big sign stating carcinogenic chemicals are present. They’re meaningless and everyone ignores them. Think how un-effective labeling GMOs would be if every package you pick up in a grocery store states there are or may be GMO ingredients contained within. It would mean nothing.

    I think it’d be more effective if a manufacturer would prominently advertise that his product contains no GMO ingredients. I’m sure there would be a fight over that like the effort against dairy farmers who labeled their products free of growth hormones, but I think that would be a more constructive fight.

    Plus, why wasn’t the labeling of GMO supposed to be applicable to all products? Why were some exempt? Even people who liked the idea of Prop 37 in California voted against it.

    1. Food manufacturers already labeled their products through Non-GMO Project. But you won’t find many of these non-GMO foods at Lucky, Safeway and even Trader Joe’s. Non-GMO Project verified food products are usually sold at Whole Foods and other Health Food Grocers. Michael Pollan says it best on Democracy Now! that by not labeling GMOs you are creating a two tier food system. One for those who could afford organic and one who can’t buy organic. By labeling GMOs you give those who can’t afford organic valuable information so that they can demand non-GMO products at their stores. Of course, not every one reads food labels but that’s not a valid reason to deny the rest of us who want labeling. Prop 37, a simple and clear law, was intentionally written to focus mainly on PROCESSED food, the main staple, for babies, children, teenagers and pregnant women. Why include alcohol? Most people know consuming alcohol can be harmful. But mothers are unknowingly feeding their babies infant formulas with GM soy and corn thinking that the infant formula is SAFE. Food served at restaurants are excluded for practical reasons. Many small & medium restaurants owners are just like consumers – they want GM foods labeled too. Restaurants do NOT produce food. They prepare dishes. It’s the food manufacturers (Pepsi, General Mills, Kraft, Kellogg’s…) who are SOURCING the ingredients that need to label their products. They are the ones who communicates to the farmers whether they want to purchase GM corn or non-GMO corn. For those people who wanted GMOs labeled but thought Prop 37 should have included 100% of food – well, you now got ZERO labeling when you could have gotten 70% of the food labeled if you had voted yes for Prop 37.

  2. I had a conversation with a colleague a couple of weeks prior to the vote and she insisted to me that there has been no published peer-reviewed studies of GMO foods causing harm to humans (which might be the case due to topics you’ve brought up in your book and this article).

    She stated that she supported the labeling of GMO foods, but just not the way that proposition 37 intended to label them (direct, clear labeling on the front of the package), but rather that food companies should be required to place the label on the back of the package because if it was on the front it would scare consumers not to purchase ‘safe’ GMO food.

    Anyway, I just expatriated to Australia and i’ve noticed the food is much better than the U.S. It’s shocking what we can allow ourselves to get used to.

    Check out if you get a chance.

    Cheers- love the blog. Deep Nutrition changed my life.

    1. Justus – GMOs have never been tested by the FDA. All so-called tests were done by Monsanto without any independent, peer-reviewed input. Your friend and people like her helped defeat Prop 37. The vote right now is 48.3% in favor. (Yes, CA is still counting votes.) That’s up from 47% on election day. Even though Prop 37 lost I’m amazed that 48.3% still voted Yes despite over $46 million spent on deceptive advertising against 37. Your friend should have seen through the deceptive advertising too. Tell her to be her own lab rat by eliminating GMOs from her diet for 21 days. After all, she is still eating the same food without the FOREIGN GENES. Proof is in the pudding they say.

  3. Thank you!
    The more I follow you the more I feel informed, educated and confident in what I believe in and can follow for a healthy lifestyle!

  4. Yes, Prop 37 lost but it won too. Did you ever think it would be on a ballot? Nope. Almost 47% voted for it despite $$45,000,000 spent by Monsanto and their minions on deceptive ads. A lot of people including many celebrities (even Charlie Sheen tweeted to vote yes on 37) jumped on board. But it was a little too late. Let’s keep the conversation going about GMOs by talking to your friends and families about GMOs. Demand non-GMO food at the stores. Vote with your $. Get on GMO Free USA facebook and become an activist. I did. At 60 years old I helped collected 850 signatures to get labeling GMOs IProp 37) on the ballot. Walk the Talk.

  5. Thanks Dr. Cate. Great summary of what went down with Prop 37. Hope as many people as possible can read this. If they didn’t know about it before, hopefully the campaign educated many folks about the dangers of GMOs and enlightened them that you are what you eat.

  6. After the defeat my friend remarked it was all such a shame. I told her that it wasn’t a total loss because even though prop 37 didn’t pass, it still was a victory because now, more than ever, people are beginning to understand the dangers of GMOs. I can’t tell you how many people I educated over the last several months. Most folks simply had no idea.

    So while the Monasanto big whigs all pat themselves on the back, we can carry on the fight knowing that more and more people are on to them. And now we will vote with the best voice of all: Our dollars!

  7. The failure of prop-37 is another good example of how well negative advertising works. As a resident of the Midwest who is only aware of the prop 37 vote and didn’t have a vote in the election, I feel that the NO champaign helped me form the opinion that I need to completely stop eating corn and soy products. Furthermore, the YES campaign has made me aware that by being careful about looking for organic products I can avoid GMO’s totally. So, win or lose, all those big factory food companies have opened my eyes to the danger of eating franken foods. I choose to protect my family in the face of unrelenting greed. Many thanks to Dr Mercola and the others who led the fight and have made this a well known issue.

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