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Opinion: GMO crops not safe to eat

HAMAR, N.D. -- Since Monsanto's introduction of genetically modified corn in the mid-'90s, it is now estimated that 88 percent of the corn and 94 percent of the soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified.

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HAMAR, N.D. - Since Monsanto’s introduction of genetically modified corn in the mid-’90s, it is now estimated that 88 percent of the corn and 94 percent of the soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. 

Many food advocacy groups throughout the country have been lobbying for laws to make labeling of genetically modified foods mandatory, as many studies indicate GMO foods might cause all kinds of illnesses, including cancer.
A 2012 study done in France showed 90 percent of rats that were fed GMO corn came down with cancerous tumors - some the size of golf balls. Monsanto claimed the study was flawed because the wrong kind of rats were used.
When I brought the study up to a local farmer, his response was: “Well, you know you can’t trust those French.” Although amusing, his response made about as much sense as Monsanto’s.
I am confused as to why, if GMO crops are safe, wouldn’t Monsanto promote its products instead of fighting the labeling of such. To date, Monsanto has spent untold millions - $25 million in California alone - to stop the labeling of genetically altered foods.
The makers of aspartame, which, according to the Food and Drug Administration, might cause mania, rage, violence, blindness, joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, chest pain, coma, insomnia, numbness, depression, tinnitus, weakness, spasms, irritability, nausea, deafness, memory loss, rashes, dizziness, headaches, seizures, anxiety, palpitations, fainting, cramps, diarrhea, panic and burning in the mouth, would never lie to us, would they?
As Monsanto was also instrumental in the engineering of Agent Orange, which has caused the illness and death of untold numbers of Vietnam vets, I sometimes wonder. I watched an interview where a Monsanto talking head was promoting the virtues and safety of Roundup, the herbicide used on GMO crops.
The Monsanto representative said Roundup is so safe one can drink it with no side effects. The interviewer immediately responded by informing the Monsanto representative that they just happen to have some roundup on the set and challenged the Monsanto representative to drink some to prove how safe it was. The response was hilarious. The Monsanto man jumped up and said, “What do you think I am, crazy?”
This begs the question. Is he crazy or are we all crazy?
Editor’s note: Christofferson is from Hamar, N.D.

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