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Just Another Reason to Grow Your Own Food

Three weeks ago some wheat farmers' associations in Canada, Australia, and the U.S. announced they will coordinate acceptance of Monsanto's genetically modified (GMO) Roundup Ready wheat in their three countries.

Then, a week later, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine dropped a bombshell study which states, "GM foods pose a serious health risk."

The AAEM paper also notes, "Multiple animal studies have shown that GM foods cause damage to various organ systems in the body."

"Physicians are probably seeing the effects in their patients, but need to know how to ask the right questions," the study suggested. Because GM foods are not identified it is impossible to match a person's consumption to any symptoms of illness.

Canada and the U.S. law provides for voluntary labeling of GM foods. Of course no processor or retailer is stupid enough to label a can of corn, or any other food, as genetically modified because few customers would buy it. It is legal in Canada to label a food "non-GM". But when some organic food processors tried to do that the supermarkets pulled their product from the shelves

In the Cowichan and Comox Valleys consumers not only eat GM products in most of the processed foods they buy in supermarkets but we also get a shot of mutant corn in our dairy products.

Some dairy farmers supplying Island Farms milk grow GM corn, which they feed to their cows. Some claim the mutant genes from the corn cannot get into the milk. But there are no valid scientific studies to verify that.

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