An Argument Against Genetically Engineered Foods You Don’t Want to Use at the Dinner Table : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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I just caught wind (better than breaking wind) of a new documentary film featuring Jeffrey Smith — one of the champion activists against genetically modified foods.

I’m excited to see something like this coming out so timely, considering Proposition 37 in California will be voted on in the upcoming November ballot.

Proposition 37, which I wrote about here, is a proposition that will require food companies to label their foods if they contain GMO ingredients — something we strongly support at Renegade Health.

We simply want to know what is in our food.

This film, just released, called Genetic Roulette should be a great way to introduce this concept to others. I just bought this film and you can too here.

In this article, though, I want to highlight some things that I saw in the trailer that I think you should be aware of — one is a very bad argument as to why genetically modified foods should not be allowed into our food chain.

First you can watch the trailer, then you can read my comments…

While I haven’t watched the entire film yet, I do have a major criticism of the content in this trailer…

Before I get into that, I have to disclaim the heck out of this article — I fully support GMO labeling. I purchased this film to help support the work of Jeffrey Smith and the IRT. I appreciate the efforts put forth by this filmmaker and everyone else involved. I also don’t doubt that GMO foods may cause health issues — and possibly disease.

Ok, with that out of the way, now I can highlight a major mistake — that actually can undermine the credibility of Proposition 37 and any other attempt to get our food labeled.

(As far as I know, there is little connection between the IRT and the California Right to Know campaign, but this reflects across all social and food conscious organizations.)

My rub comes when the image of the skeleton appears on the screen then the words cancer, diabetes, heart disease, celiac, obesity, Parkinson’s, autism, and more are faded in and out. This all happens in line with the sound bite, “illnesses that weren’t epidemic before are now epidemic.”

If you didn’t catch it, watch it again.

It’s between 0:50 – 0:54 seconds.

Here’s a screencap in case you didn’t want to scroll around…

Did you get it?

Basically, whether intentional or not, this part of the trailer suggests that GMO foods were the cause of an epidemic of disease.


Look, there is evidence that GMO foods are unhealthy and can be dangerous to our environment. You can see all the studies in Jeffrey’s book of the same name “Genetic Roulette” — I keep a copy of it here on my desk.

But to suggest that GMO foods are the cause of all disease is a serious mistake.

They’re not the cause of en epidemic of disease. They may contribute, but the cause is much more mulch-dimensional.

As much as I’d like to make the link to rising disease rates to GMO foods, I can’t — and neither should this clip.

What’s worse is that saying this completely undermines the credibility of the trailer, particularly in the minds of those opposing the labeling of GMO containing foods.

Here’s why the argument stinks…

There are just too many factors influencing today’s increasing health issues to pinpoint just one.

You can’t imply that just GMO foods are causing our health problems — or even hint at it — without conceding that there are multiple factors.

I can list a few here…

– Processed foods.
– Hybridized wheat foods (non-GMO)
– Fast food.
– Environmental toxins.
– Plastics.
– Air pollution.
– Heavy metal contamination.
– Sedentary lifestyles.
– Too much bad TV.
– Stress.
– Job dissatisfaction.
– Relationship dissatisfaction.

All these contribute to poor health and many people are affected by a combination of them. Almost any one of these — or more — could be blamed for an epidemic of disease.

Excessive gluten? Sure. Mercury in our rivers, streams and fish? Yep. Fast Food Nation? There’s a book on it.

Unfortunately, science will never be able to separate all the variables to pinpoint one as the ultimate cause.

That’s why an argument to label GMOs based on health will never fly — in the public space — against its detractors. And this is exactly why not cutting these 4 seconds out of the trailer is an epic mistake.

The dirt is always what sticks.

When U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner sent sexy pictures of himself to a girl on Twitter, he cemented his spot in history as the “politician from New York who sent racy pics of himself on Twitter.” (He DM-ed his ding-dong.)

No one, outside of Albany, NY, probably knows much about his politics. He might have been an amazing congressman. He could have sucked at it. We don’t know.

My point is, his public dirt is what stuck in my mind, and likely yours too.

To bring this back to the GMO issue, if the scientific, logical-minded opposition catches wind of this unprovable truth, it’s great firepower to shoot down the credibility of a credible campaign.

If the other side highlights that we, who support labeling, think that GMOs cause all disease — they’ll laugh us out of the ballot boxes.

Just like Weiner, they won’t remember the wins, but the poor judgement (in this case, poor logical argument.)

Arguments that do fly?

Of course there are better arguments that do make sense.

1. Simply, we want to know what is in our food. We don’t need science or anything else to justify this. If I ask you where you got a sandwich that you were giving to me, I have a right to know if you bought it from the deli or pulled it out of the garbage can. Call your mega-food company and ask where the corn was grown to process the maltodextrin in your Snacky-Doodles and they won’t have a clue.

2. There is science that questions the safety of genetic engineering. (See the book “Genetic Roulette” by Jeffrey Smith.) If there is science that questions how healthy something is on a small scale, then it makes sense to at least go back and test some more — if not completely shelf and idea that may cause harm to our fellow humans and animal friends.

3. There is evidence that animals have been harmed by these crops. It’s in the Genetic Roulette book. You can see it there. Not cool.

There is also evidence of industry cover up and blacklisting those who speak out against GMO. But this ends up categorized more as hearsay to those who were not actively involved.

Usually when there is mention of a cover up, you’ll always find histrionic people and real fraud. The truth is always somewhere in between.

Anyway, I don’t want to rock your world here too much. I support any labeling of food that includes location it was grown or raised and full disclosure of ingredients — so this proposition is a winner for me — I just want to make it abundantly clear to you and whoever has produced this trailer that their credibility will get creamed if they introduce this concept into the public forum (or even at a dinner table among their family members.)

Even if the concept is so important and necessary, its moral or personal “rightness” won’t convince just anyone to move over to your side.

You need a solid argument.

This one, simply, is not.

Your question of the day: What do you think of the trailer?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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