Last night on Coast to Coast AM (from Coast newsletter for 28Jan15):
Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of genetically modified foods, Jeffrey Smith talked about the epic battlefronts on the war for GMOs. He reacted to the news that the biotech company Oxitec is releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in South Florida to combat such diseases as dengue fever and chikungunya. Testing for their safety is incomplete, and though the company claims only male mosquitoes that don’t bite will be released, some female mosquitoes that do bite will likely be mixed in, he warned.
Smith also announced that the USDA approved toxins called Dicamba and 2,4-D to be sprayed on new GMO crops engineered to work with these pesticides. The toxins are known to be associated with a wide variety of health problems, he pointed out. Because the federal government has abdicated their responsibility to protect the public, it’s fallen to local and state governments to take up the slack, he added. While European companies banned GMOs from many foods years ago, he anticipates similar non-GMO declarations in the US in 2015 and 2016, to be followed later by the meat and dairy industry. He noted that as more and more people seek out non-GMO foods, we’re winning in the supermarket checkout line rather than the ballot box (where labeling referendums have typically failed).