Why is the South African Government Poisoning its Citizens?


genetically-modified-foodsDo you know that you are consuming carcinogens in the form of genetically modified food products every single day – with the blessing of your government?

Approximately 99% of soya and 84% of maize grown in South Africa is grown from crops that have been genetically modified and are therefore Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

Genetically modified products have had their natural DNA or their genes altered with DNA molecules from a different source, which leads to the creation of a new variety of plant or organism, designed to withstand weed killers and herbicides that contain the active ingredient glyphosate – a product that kills all plants that are not genetically modified.

This specifically engineered broad-spectrum herbicide can be sprayed from the air over commercial farms, bought over the counter by subsistence farmers, and widely used in the production of the food we eat.

gmo-foods-The scary truth is that this means that the staple food of most South Africans, maize meal, is a Genetically Modified (GM) foodstuff – and every loaf of bread sold in supermarkets across the country contains Glyphosate, which has been listed as a known Cancer-causing agent (carcinogen) by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Cancer is a burgeoning pandemic throughout the world, and few South Africans are untouched by some form of Cancer in their own family. The fight against Cancer is a traumatic journey, whether it is terminal or not, and even more so when it is Childhood Cancer.

Cancer is also a financially draining disease that ruins individuals and families, and the South African economy is certainly not equipped to cope with the extent of treatment for cancer that will be needed in 5-10 years from now.

A study by Friends of the Earth Europe revealed that the populations of 18 countries globally have traces of glyphosate in their urine. The European Union does not cultivate glyphosate-tolerant GM crops and only imports products that are used for animal feed and not human consumption, as is the case here, which could harbour serious economic implications for South Africa.

Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency in California, following the lead of the WHO, listed Glyphosate as a known Cancer-causing agent. The European Union recently refused to grant the multinational giant Monsanto a new licence for Glyphosate, its flagship product. YET the South African Government is SILENT on this matter!!

South Africa was the only cultivator of GM maize, cotton and soybeans on the continent up until 2008, when Burkina Faso started growing GM cotton and Egypt began growing GM maize.

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), a Melinda-Gates Foundation-funded organization, is now seeking to increase farm productivity across the continent, and strongly believes that farmers don’t need GMO seeds to improve yields.

Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) said:

The Consumer Protection Act makes labelling of GM food mandatory. But the food industry disputes the interpretation of the regulations meant to implement this, and so we have been at stalemate on the labeling issue for years now. However, although some companies have started labelling voluntarily, government is certainly not doing enough to implement labelling, and monitoring – which is extremely necessary – is not happening.

There are health related issues which include impacts on the kidneys, liver, the stomach, reproductive system and the immune system. Research needs to be followed up as most GMOs are grown with herbicides – particularly glyphosate, which was declared a probable human carcinogen by the International Research Agency of the World Health Organisation (IARC). This has implications for consumers, farmers and farm workers,” she warned.

what-are-gmosUnfortunately the South African Health Department once again seems to be lacking in knowledge about GMOs and has not really taken a stance as they seem to prefer to follow those who say that genetically engineered crops currently on the market are safe to eat:

Scientific evidence recommends caution with respect to certain kinds of GMOs, especially if there are genes involved that confer antibiotic resistance. The Health Department’s role is to work with all stakeholders and the food industry to ensure that the South African public has access to nutritious food that enhances their overall health status,” said Popo Maja, media liaison officer for the national Department of Health.

According to Jonathan Latham, who writes for Bioscience, the purpose of GM foods is not to feed the world or improve farming, but is rather about commercial gain. He points out that GMO’s exist in order for crop suppliers to maintain intellectual property or patent rights over seeds and plant breeding in order to drive agriculture in the direction that benefits agribusinesses (this is a stance that millions globally agree with).

While the Consumer Protection Act makes labeling of GM food mandatory, the interpretation of the regulations meant to implement this is being disputed by the food industry, so we basically have a stalemate on the labeling issue.

 

This compelling and disturbing video below shows Jeffrey Smith, a leading expert on GMO foods disclose the beguiling antics by Monsanto who not only are allowed to manipulate their own policy claims, but continue to be held unaccountable for the toxic repercussions of their genetically modified organisms or GMOs. In the video, Jeffrey Smith, discusses two deadly poisonous ingredients found in GMOs based on proven research that causes cancerous tumors to form in rats.

GM Crops Now Banned in 39 Countries Worldwide

  1. Algeria: Cultivation banned. Imports banned.
  2. Austria: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  3. Azerbaijan: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  4. Belize: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  5. Bhutan: Cultivation banned. Imports banned.
  6. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  7. Bulgaria: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  8. Croatia: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  9. Cyprus: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  10. Denmark: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  11. Ecuador: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  12. France: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  13. Germany: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  14. Greece: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  15. Hungary: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  16. Italy: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  17. Kyrgyzstan: Cultivation banned. Imports banned.
  18. Latvia: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  19. Lithuania: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  20. Luxembourg: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  21. Madagascar: Cultivation banned. Imports banned.
  22. Malta: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  23. Moldova: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  24. Netherlands: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  25. Northern Ireland: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  26. Norway: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  27. Peru: Cultivation banned. Imports banned.
  28. Poland: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  29. Russia: Cultivation banned. Imports banned.
  30. Saudi Arabia: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  31. Scotland: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  32. Serbia: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  33. Slovenia: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  34. Switzerland: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  35. Turkey: Cultivation banned. Imports allowed.
  36. Ukraine: Cultivation banned (though laws are widely ignored). Imports allowed.
  37. Venezuela: Cultivation banned. Imports banned.
  38. Wales: Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.
  39. Wallonian Region (Belgium): Cultivation prohibited. Imports allowed.

 

Area of Commercial GM Crops by Country (2015)

biotech-crop-countries-and-mega-countries-in-2013

Country Cultivation area (Hectares) Crops and traits
USA 70.9 million maize, soybean, cotton, canola, sugarbeet, alfalfa, papaya, squash, potato
Brazil 44.2 million soybean, maize, cotton
Argentina 24.5 million soybean, maize, cotton
India 11.6 million cotton
Canada 11.0 million canola, maize, soybean, sugarbeet
China 3.7 million cotton, papaya, poplar
Paraguay 3.6 million soybean, maize, cotton
Pakistan 2.9 million cotton
South Africa 2.3 million maize, soybean, cotton
Uruguay 1.4 million soybean, maize
Bolivia 1.1 million soybean
Philippines 0.7 million maize
Australia 0.7 million cotton, canola
Burkina Faso 0.4 cotton
Mynamar 0.3 cotton
Mexico 0.1 cotton, soybean
Spain 0.1 maize
Columbia 0.1 cotton, maize
Sudan 0.1 cotton
Honduras <0.1 maize
Chile <0.1 maize, soybean, canola
Portugal <0.1 maize
Vietnam <0.1 maize
Czech Republic <0.1 maize
Slovakia <0.1 maize
Costa Rica <0.1 cotton, soybean
Bangladesh <0.1 brinjal (aubergine)
Romania <0.1 maize

Total: 179.7 million hectares

 

South Africans Trying to Make A Difference

The South African Traditional Doctors Union have been querying the use of GMOs for years, and due to the lack of response from Government or the Health Department, is currently mobilising an investigation into genetically modified foods and the possible dangers their consumption poses as well as an investigation into the pervasive use of Glyphosate, which has serious implications for the health of farm workers, environmental contamination, and the health of every man, woman and child who eats food produced on our soil.

Having received no response from Government after numerous letters, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the South African Traditional Doctors’ Union, and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) have approached the South African Human Rights Commission requesting an urgent investigation, detailing the danger posed by Glyphosate as a cancer-causing toxin.

References:

IFP/South African Traditional Doctors’ Union – Letter to the SAHRC

CANSA – Letter to the SAHRC

Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs Volume 112: Evaluation Of  Five Organophosphate Insecticides and Herbicides

 

 

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