Friday, July 25, 2008

New PowerPoint on GMO Health Risks

From Jeffrey Smith:

We are happy to introduce our fully scripted PowerPoint on “The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods.” You are welcome to download it and use it as the basis of your own presentations. It is quite long (112 slides) so you can select the material to fit your desired length. Some citations are listed in the script; more references and explanations are found in the sourcebooks Genetic Roulette and Seeds of Deception.

Also download either a PDF of the script or the word version, which you can study and then refer to during your presentation. The word document is handy if you want to edit the script and/or change the order of slides.

Content of the Presentation

The presentation starts by listing which foods are genetically engineered and explains how to avoid them. The audience is then asked to rate themselves on a scale of 1-100 as to how vigilant they have been during the previous week in avoiding GMOs. A “post-test” of the same question is posed at the end, asking how vigilant they intend to be next week to avoid GMOs. I do this in my talks and it is very satisfying to see how nearly every audience member has decided to make significant changes in their diets on-the-spot.

Whenever I present the health risks of GMOs, I also explain how such dangerous products could have made it to the market with government approval. Therefore, just after explaining how the process of genetic engineering works, several slides include quotes from formerly secret FDA documents that show how government policy was at odds with more cautious scientific opinion at the agency.

The GMO health risks section highlights many of the adverse findings revealed through laboratory experiments and reported by farmers, doctors, and investigators. It also introduces theoretical risks based on the current state of the science.

All risks are broken down into five categories:

1. The process of creating a GM crop creates unpredicted changes in DNA and plant composition
2. The protein produced by the inserted gene may be harmful
3. The protein produced by the inserted gene may be different than intended
4. There are more herbicide residues in herbicide tolerant crops
5. Genes may transfer to gut bacteria or into our DNA

The final section includes a discussion of a strategy to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of GMOs in the US, which is the basis for our Campaign for Healthier Eating in America. The key elements needed are consumer education on GMO health risks combined with clear non-GMO choices. Thus, this presentation itself is an education tool that will help drive dangerous GMOs out of the market.

Although this is not the exact PowerPoint presentation that I use in my talks on GMO health risks, it contains much of the same content. To hear an example of my talk, listen to or download the free audio Don’t Put That in Your Mouth. And for a much more complete treatment of the topic, see Genetic Roulette.

Give it a try

Don’t feel you need to be an expert in order to give this scripted PowerPoint presentation. If audience questions arise that you cannot answer, refer them to Genetic Roulette or email our Institute for Responsible Technology with the question. We will post answers for everyone.

You can also hand out copies of our GMO Health Risks brochure, which you can download or order. And you can have other products on hand for those inspired to read more, watch a DVD, or listen to an audio CD. These products also give people the tools they need to educate others. And believe me, after listening to your PowerPoint, they will want to do something. Most importantly, distribute our Non-GMO Shopping Guide, available soon, so people can more easily fulfill their newly strengthened desire to avoid eating GMOs.

If you come up with improvements, updates, or animations for our slides, please send them along so all can benefit. We also welcome new PowerPoint slides or full presentations that we can post and share, provided they are meticulously accurate. In particular, we would like to expand our offerings to include full talks on ecological risks, agricultural shortcomings, patent and legal problems, and regional issues.

Good luck using and modifying our PowerPoint on the Documented Health Risks of GMOs, and please let us know how it goes. And of course, I may also be available to speak for larger audiences, medical conferences, etc.

Safe eating,


Jeffrey M. Smith

P.S. The script is also embedded in the PowerPoint document. Using PowerPoint’s Normal setting under the View menu, the notes should appear under each slide. (Shorten the slide window from the bottom if the notes are not visible.) Alternatively, choose the Notes Page under the View menu to see each slide and its corresponding script.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

FDA Tomato Poisoning Fiasco: Preparation for Irradiating Vegetables?

* FDA Leaps from Tomatoes to Peppers in Desperate, Fumbling Fiasco of Failed Food Safety over Salmonella
By Mike Adams
Natural News, July 11, 2008
Straight to the Source

Watching the FDA trip over its own clumsy self while groping for answers on Salmonella is a sad affair. Following the FDA-encouraged destruction of tens of millions of dollars of perfectly good tomatoes, this confused, bewildered agency admits that tomatoes may not have been the problem after all, and it has now set its sights on destroying the peppers industry. Is there no vegetable safe from the destruction of the FDA?

Tomatoes don't harbor salmonella, by the way. Neither do peppers, onions, cilantro or spinach. Salmonella only festers in factory-farmed animals, folks, and that means the real source of contamination is no doubt some animal factory upstream from the vegetable processing centers. So why isn't the FDA going after the animal factories that likely caused this whole fiasco? Because making Americans scared of their vegetables is a great way to advance the FDA's food irradiation agenda which would destroy virtually all the medicinal phytonutrients in plants.

As intelligent, informed consumers are now discovering to their own dismay, the FDA appears to be purposely dragging its feet on this food safety crisis, milking the fear for political gain just like President Bush after 9/11. Fear is a powerful tactic for pushing an agenda that the People would otherwise refuse to accept, and since most Americans are strongly opposed to food irradiation, the FDA is more than happy to drag out this salmonella issue as a way to make American consumers increasingly afraid of fresh vegetables.

This accomplishes three things the FDA supports:

1) It advances the FDA's pro-irradiation agenda where ALL fresh produce might someday be irradiated without your knowledge.

2) It makes consumers buy more processed, dead foods, which produces profits for the very same junk food companies that have strong influence at the FDA.

3) If food irradiation is put in place, it will destroy the medicinal properties of fresh produce, thereby blocking the prevention of diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, etc. This, in turn, has the effect of creating a windfall of sick people that will fill the coffers of drug companies (who are, of course, the FDA's clients).

But would the FDA play politics with the safety of American lives? Sure it would...

Wait a sec. Am I saying the FDA would purposely put American lives at risk in order to play politics with food safety?

Well, if you haven't noticed, the FDA has been putting American lives at risk for well over a decade, pushing dangerous pharmaceuticals that were recalled by other nations, colluding with drug companies to bury negative information about the drugs, outlawing safe, natural alternatives to dangerous pharmaceuticals and even going so far as to threaten its own top scientists who attempt to speak out against dangerous drugs.

Want to know the truth about the FDA? Read the shocking facts, if you dare, at www.NaturalNews.com/the_FDA.html

This salmonella scare, you see, isn't about tomatoes, peppers or cilantro. It's about creating a state of fear in the minds of consumers -- a state that can be invoked to further the FDA's pro-irradiation agenda.

These scare stories, in other words, are a lot like false flag operations in the military, where conflicts are staged against one's own nation in order to blame the enemy and declare war. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_flag

So as it turns out, the FDA isn't fumbling around so much after all. It only acts like it's clueless about these salmonella outbreaks in order to prolong the problem, generate more fearful press coverage, and then appear as the hero when it calls for widespread food irradiation.

Don't be afraid of fresh food, folks. Be outraged at the FDA's use of fear as a manipulation tactic to invoke a backlash against fresh food.

Vegetables are not the problem, and food irradiation would make them LESS safe for consumers, not more.

by Mike Adams (see all articles by this author)