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  •  Thank you (4+ / 0-)

    Thank you for posting this and please thank your cousin.  

    This one issue, which seems relatively small against the issues of war and the economy, is the single reason I became politically active just 2 years ago.  My son is highly allergic to GMOs.  When I found I couldn't avoid GMOs due to Monsanto's infiltration of the FDA and it's stranglehold on labeling laws, I was for the first time in my adult life, frightened.

    This is HUGELY important.  Thank you for the link to the California Food and Justice Coaliton.  GM Watch is another helpful resource, as is Vote Yes on 27.  Vote Yes gives excellent background on how far Monsanto is willing to go to prohibit labeling.  

    People fighting for local farmers and sustainable agriculture include Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gabbard.

    For those people who like movies, the best one I've seen is The Future of Food.  Until people understand the money to be made by patenting seeds, the concerns of local farmers and moms like me, will continue to be seen as a "lunatic fringe issue".

    Sorry for the long comment.  I get all agitated every time I hear another story like your cousin's.  Thanks again.

    •  American Wheat (4+ / 0-)

      Recently I began to entertain the notion that I might be allergic to gluten, or perhaps wheat.  Coincidentally, it was Jack's mother who told me that many people are allergic to American wheat, but not European wheat, because of the GMO.  I share your fears.  

      1/20/2009 will mark the end of an error.

      by winstnsmth on Sat Mar 01, 2008 at 08:09:47 AM PST

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      •  GMO Soy (3+ / 0-)
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        Rolfyboy6, Joy Busey, CSI Bentonville

        Exactly.  My nine year old son is allergic to GMO soy, but regular soy is fine.  

        He has Aspergers.  But... once we figured out the allergy, and cut out all GMO wheat, corn, soy etc.  his autistic "symptoms" (arm flapping, odd inappropriate noises, blank staring, tip toe walking, repetitive uncontrollable body movements...) all but disappeared.  He has transitioned back into the regular classroom for the first time in 2 years and he is so happy.  It makes me cry when I think of the years we lost.

        Stick with organic, local baked breads and see if it helps.  We are lucky up here in Maine.  Lots of choices (for now) in that department.

        I'm sending your cousin's op-ed to everyone I know.  

        •  King Arthur (0+ / 0-)

          Before I gave up wheat, I'd recently discovered the King Arthur brand of flours, milled in Vermont.  If it's anything like VT Dairy I'm inclined to think of small non-gmo farms.  Are you familiar with the brand?

          1/20/2009 will mark the end of an error.

          by winstnsmth on Sat Mar 01, 2008 at 11:56:17 AM PST

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          •  KA (0+ / 0-)

            I'm a KA flour fan myself, but you might want to buy their organic brand if you want to be on the saf(er) side.  They're a fairly big company and their wheat isn't all grown locally, or organically.  

            The problem is that GM (or GE) crops are so widespread in the U.S., and they have been for quite a while now, that GMOs are showing up even where they're not supposed to be.  There isn't any way to control them from drifting into the non-GE supply.  There isn't even a guarantee with something marked organic that it doesn't have a trace of GMOs.

            For more on this: Gone to Seed
            also here: Consequences of GM contamination to worsen

            The EU has tried to keep them out of Europe for a few good reasons, the main one being that there really isn't any benefit to them other than to Monsanto's bottom line, but even they are now having problems avoiding them. See Europe facing meat crisis

          •  What dicentra said (0+ / 0-)

            We love King Arthur, but like dicentra notes, we use the organic brand.  It hasn't caused us any problems and I would know, because my sweet son is like the proverbial canary in the coal mine.  

            Unfortunately, it's going to be very hard to unspill the milk that is the GMO problem.  The EU is trying very hard to keep GMOs out, but Monsanto is finding loopholes and ways around their rulings.  It's frustrating and sad.

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