GMO’s in unlabeled infant formulas………
by Dr. Alan Kadish
As the vote on measure 92 goes forward, in Oregon, we will see if the abilities of spending huge sums of money will sway voters to stop consumers from having additional knowledge about GMO’s.
This very interesting study, done in October 2014, should give any women pause when choosing which formula to feed her newborn. I want to be clear, the key here is the finding of higher pesticide residues in GMO formulas that is most concerning and should be an issue for every parent. This study does not determine the level of pesticides in these two formulas, however a number of other studies have indeed confirmed higher levels are common in GMO foods.
Once again it’s all about knowledge to make a good decision.
The jury is still not in, with no consensus among scientists regarding the potential dangers of eating modified foods. The problem is that the specifics of the modifications may be the key and not so much the fact that we are indeed modifying the food.
The foods made with a focus on pesticide resistant might be the principle and intolerable GMO. Consider an example known as golden rice. In many areas of the world there is a lack of vitamin A in the diet. With a simple genetic modification to rice the enrichment of carotenoids, precursors to vitamin A, results in many children not become blind.
Is there a long term study of 10 or more years……not yet….but if the quality of life is our focus, would you prefer these kids go blind ? Very different than the issues of pesticide resistance and crop optimization, for quantity.
As an options based physician I want you to have an ability to make clear determinations of what you prefer. Without labeling that’s an impossibility.
Summary of Infant Formula Test Results for
Ingredients Genetically Engineered for Chemical Herbicide Tolerance
Most genetically engineered crops grown in the United States today are engineered to either survive heavy exposure to chemical herbicide or produce an insecticide. Traditional foods crops have generally not been sprayed directly with herbicides since herbicide exposure would kill or damage the food crop. Herbicide application has historically required avoiding spraying desired food crops. Crops genetically engineered to tolerate exposure to herbicides, however, are intended to allow the direct and repeated application of herbicides directly to food crops. Typically an entire field of soy, canola or other common genetically engineered crops are sprayed multiple times during a given growing season to control competing weeds and then harvested. The most common herbicide crops have been engineered to survive is Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide. Glyphosate is known as a “systemic” herbicide since it is systemically absorbed into plants. A recently published study in the journal Food Chemistry has not surprisingly found significantly higher herbicide levels in genetically engineered soy than in conventionally grown soy and at concentrations that even Monsanto had previously described as “extreme.”
This raises significant concerns about the use of genetically engineered crops in infant food products in light of the well-documented vulnerability of infants to chemical pollutants.
Three common infant formula products were purchased in Portland, Oregon on October 8, 2014 and laboratory tested for the presence of soy products that had been genetically engineered for resistance to the herbicides glyphosate, which was first produced by Monsanto, and glufosinate, which is marketed by Bayer Crop Science. Two of the three infant formula products tested, Similac Soy Isomil and Enfamil Prosobee Powder Soy Infant Formula, tested positive for soy genetically engineered for resistance to spraying with glyphosate and glufosinate. Three specific tests were used to identify herbicide tolerant soy and more information regarding each of these products can be found at the links provided: Monsanto’s “Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield” soybean (Event code: MON89788) (reference info
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