Why Melt® Organic Spreads are Certified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project
We are proud to support the efforts of the Non-GMO Project and believe in their mission and philosophy. We are also pleased to announce that Melt and Honey Melt are certified non-GMO with the Non-GMO Project. Why does this matter?
Monsanto Safety Statement on Genetically Modified foods:
“There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in humans. So long as the introduced protein is determined safe, food from GM crops determined to be substantially equivalent is not expected to pose any health risks. Further, it is impossible to design a long-term safety test in humans.”
On December 7, 2010, the Dr. Oz Show aired an episode on the GMO debate. Monsanto declined to participate in the debate panel, instead issuing the safety statement above.
With phrases like, “no need for or value in testing”, “substantially equivalent”, and “impossible to design a long-term safety test in humans”, I have no consumer confidence in products invented and manufactured by Monsanto.
For context, no regulatory authority requires chronic (i.e., long-term) animal feeding studies to be performed for edible GMOs and formulated pesticides. The biotech industry (e.g., Monsanto) has conducted several studies consisting of 90-day rat feeding trials. The study period of 90 days is too short for adequately evaluating the potential effects of GMOs on health, even though these studies are repeatedly used to assert their safety.
Moreover, the studies conducted by the biotech industry focus on one single active ingredient, such as glyphosate in Roundup, instead of the total chemical mixtures that are actually used in agriculture, thus under-representing the potential toxic effects on environmental pollution and human health.
A disturbing new study published by the academic journal Food and Chemical Toxicity is the first to document the long-term deleterious effects (over a two-year period) of consuming GM Roundup-tolerant corn and of Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world (Séralini et al, 2012):
• In female rats, all treated groups died 2 to 3 times more than controls and more rapidly; the same results occurred in 3 male groups fed GMOs. Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often and earlier than controls. The pituitary was the second most affected organ because the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments.
• In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times higher than controls. Significant and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3 to 2.3 times greater. Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors that occurred 600 days earlier than the control group.
• Underscoring the inadequacy of 90-day trials, the first large detectable tumors occurred at 4 and 7 months into the study in males and females, respectively.
• The effects described above occurred at the lowest doses studied, i.e., most observed effects were not proportional to the dose of treatment but had a threshold effect at the lowest doses tested.
• The effects described above occurred in residual levels of Roundup formulations found in contaminated drinking water falling well within authorized, regulated limits.
Americans have the right to question GM foods, an infant science being forced into the food supply, when U.S. studies on the effects of GM foods are limited to 90-day trials on rats and are overwhelmingly funded by Monsanto.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Family?
The Institute of Responsible Technology offers a non-GMO buying guide for grocery shopping (download as a pdf or on your iPhone). Read more about it at the Institute of Responsible Technology website.