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The USDA Says Americans Need More Sugar…and More GMOs

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Sugar Beet The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is worried about an impending nationwide sugar shortage. This is the reason, officials said last week, that they gave farmers the green light to plant Monsanto’s previously outlawed genetically engineered Roundup Ready sugar beets. Currently, 30% of the world’s sugar is produced from beets.

Ironically enough, the USDA just weeks ago released its latest set of dietary guidelines for Americans, which place stronger emphasis on the importance of reducing calorie consumption and avoiding things like trans fats, refined flours — and added sugars.

“The 2010 Dietary Guidelines are being released at a time when the majority of adults and 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese and this is a crisis that we can no longer ignore,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in an official press release.

So in light of this crisis and these new recommendations, why is the USDA resorting to the hasty approval of a genetically engineered crop to ensure that the U.S. sugar supply remains abundant?

Recent surveys have indicated that the majority of Americans don’t want GMOs entering their food supply, and that over 90% of Americans believe that GMO foods should be labeled as such. So perhaps even more importantly, why does the USDA continue to ignore public opinion by not only allowing the planting of GMO crops, but also by allowing GMO foods to be sold without any labeling whatsoever? (Just to remind you, last month the USDA  decided to allow unrestricted planting of genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa, this month it’s sugar beets — who knows what’s up next.)

The answers to these puzzling questions may unfortunately lie in the untold level of influence that Big Agra giant Monsanto has on the USDA.

Voted “Most Evil Corporation” of 2010 in a survey conducted by NaturalNews.com, Monsanto is basically synonymous with the GMO industry and all of the societal and environmental ills that go along with it. I won’t go into all of Monsanto’s crimes here, but I encourage you to read about the Organic Consumer Association’s Millions Against Monsanto campaign to learn more.

Strictly from a health perspective, there is more than enough reason to be concerned about GMOs. No long-term human safety studies have ever been conducted on the effects of their consumption, yet the USDA seems to assume that GMO foods are safe (enough). But studies pointing towards potentially harmful effects of GMO consumption continue to pile up. (There are also a few industry-funded studies that supposedly prove GMO foods are completely safe.)

Aside from the potential health threats of GMOs themselves, there is also the issue of heavy chemical use on genetically engineered crops. Don’t forget, these crops aren’t engineered to be more nutritious, which would be one thing. They are specifically designed to withstand heavy, repeated application of pesticides and herbicides such as Roundup — at levels so extreme that they would kill normal crops.

“If you thought your sugary treat was bad before, it’s just become a nightmare,” began a statement on the USDA’s decision to deregulate GMO sugar beets from Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch.

“Soon, many candy bars in America could be produced with sugar grown with Monsanto’s dangerous Roundup herbicide. While Americans enjoy their dessert, Monsanto will reap ever-larger profits and enjoy ever-greater power over what you and I eat.”

Currently, the only way to be assured that your food is non-GMO is to buy organic foods (or to grow your own). But even organic foods are under threat. In a disturbing turn of events last week, some of the nation’s “organic giants,” including Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm, expressed support for “coexistence” between organic foods and GMOs.

While peaceful coexistence may seem like a good idea in theory, the fact of the matter is that it’s impossible. Cross-contamination of GMO with non-GMO crops — which is already occurring in GMO corn and soy — poses a major threat to entire organic farming industry. Scientists say that this cross-contamination, which occurs when genes are transferred from crop to crop via wind-pollination, is unavoidable. Depending on wind levels, they say, pollen can spread up to six miles or more.

If you oppose the USDA’s decision to allow the planting of GMO alfalfa and sugar beets, I urge you to visit the Alliance for Natural Health’s Action Alert page where you can write to President Obama, Congress, and the USDA, and ask them to reverse this decision.

What else can we, as consumers and natural health advocates, do to fight back against GMOs? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.


Josh Corn Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.


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14 responses to “The USDA Says Americans Need More Sugar…and More GMOs”

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  2. Eddie says:

    In case you didn’t already know: the FDA and USDA are totally corrupt. The situation now is that it’s every person for themself.

    • Gil says:

      Guess who the USDA’s head of food safety used to work for? Michael Taylor is a former Monsanto exec. The idea that the USDA is policing Monsanto’s activities is a joke.

  3. Guest says:

    That’s fine with me if they want to introduce GMO beet sugar. I usually cut down on anything I suspect will have it as I have done on many many products that contain suspect ingredients that I have learned are really bad for you.

    Some I have I completely eliminated from my diet. Yeah, so bring it on and save me some money, make me a more careful buyer (ingredient list reader now), am spending less on junk or convenient foods (figured it’s now worthwile to put some time and effort making my own) all whist improving my health and sanity.

    Monstersanto, you’re just pushing me further and further to the otherside. So, if you think you are going to be making a profit you’ll find you’re just running on a treadmill with me as I will spend less and less or eliminate food altogether food I suspect carry GMO or bad ingredients!

  4. Amazing what money will do. It’s obvious that the USDA has in charge of Organic Certification while sleeping with Monsanto & GMO. They have chosen sides. Our only solution to ensure there is ANY unadulterated real food left in America is to stop buying their garbage.

    Tell your grocer why you won’t buy anything GMO, and that list is very long, anything with Soy, anything with corn or it’s by products. Beef & dairy cattle are fed distillers grains made from GMO. It’s no wonder Americans are obese & dying, they don’t eat real food. We must vote with our dollars and stop swallowing their lies & garbage. Your health depends on it.

    Toni Reita ND
    http://www.natural-health-home-remedies.com/healthy-food.html

  5. Juliecmeadows says:

    I am very disappointed in Obama. Here is wife is all pro-organic and Monsanto might as well have its office in the WH. And I voted for him. I read that the decision to approve GMO alfalfa went all the way to the top-to Obama and David Axelrod. Shame on America, setting a horrible example for the world just to make another disgusting, greedy corporation richer!

  6. […] feed crop. Next, they decided to allow farmers to plant Roundup Ready sugar beets, in the name of preventing a U.S. sugar shortage. And now, they’ve given farmers the go-ahead to plant a type of GMO corn designed to yield […]

  7. Alice says:

    What else can you do? For sure and certain, put your investment dollars somewhere else. Tell Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to do likewise (rather than continue to increase their Monsanto shareholding). And then help those people who were conned out of their money by Monsanto and have commenced class actions.

    Just Google “Monsanto class action” for pages of hits. Go here for starters:

    http://classactionlawsuitsinthenews.com/class-action-lawsuit-complaints/monsanto-company-class-action-lawsuit-complaint-filed-over-alleged-violations-of-federal-securities-laws/

    http://www.monsantoclassaction.com/

  8. FRED17 says:

    Well, would there be a sugar shortage if the US lifted its “tax”on imported sugar from Brazil? I’m not sure but I do know the imports are cheaper than Us production (as usual).

  9. […] not that this move is particularly surprising. In the last 6 months, the USDA has deregulated one GMO crop after another — alfalfa, sugar beets and corn. It’s the reasoning that the USDA gave for this particular […]

  10. Excellent article USDA’s head of foodstuff security used to work.

  11. […] because so many individuals with industry ties hold power in these federal regulatory agencies, the policy they create often tends to put the profits of big business before the health and safety of the American […]

  12. […] However, as I looked back at the list I created last January of five things that I hoped would happen for health freedom in the U.S. in 2011, I was hit with the sobering realization that not much changed over the course of the year. Unfortunately, I think we moved backwards in some ways, between the FDA working to pass new regulations that would outlaw supplements and the USDA seemingly on track to lift all restrictions on GMOs. […]