Smith, who has written extensively about genetically modified organisms, said impending mass demonstrations around the globe aimed at protesting Monsanto and genetically modified crops is the world’s way of rejecting the company’s grim vision of the future.
RT: Monsanto claims there is no existing proof that GMOs cause health problems. You wrote a book entitled, “The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods.” What do you say about these risks?
JS: There are thousands of doctors prescribing non-GMO diets, and people are getting better from gastrointestinal disorders, immune problems, organ damage, etc. When the American Academy of Environmental Medicine looked at the animal feeding studies on GMOs, they said that the lab rats had suffered from these same problems. And these same problems are on the rise in the US population since GMOs were introduced.
Now we know that the GMOs on the market have either higher levels of weed killer - Roundup, which is toxic - or a bug killer, Bt toxin. If you look at the characteristics of these toxins in Monsanto’s crops, it would predispose us to these same disorders.
RT: Are the toxins, the pesticides you’re referring to, are they applied to the crops or is it part of the genetic coding of it somehow?
JS: For corn and cotton, they actually insert a gene from bacteria that actually produces a Bt toxin. The toxin breaks open holes in the stomachs of insects to kill them. They promised us up and down that it would have no effect on humans, but a 2012 study showed that it poked holes in human cells as well. And it actually gets into our bloodstream, and for pregnant women, it gets into the unborn fetuses.
For Roundup-ready crops, those are crops inserted with a gene that allows the crops to be sprayed with Roundup herbicide. The Roundup gets absorbed into the crops and is stored in the food portion which we eat. A recent paper on Roundup linked it to obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, anorexia, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, aggression and depression, because it cuts off certain metabolic pathways, it kills gut bacteria, it disrupts the digestive channels, and it might even create leaky gut. Monsanto has said, “Oh, it’s as safe as table salt, you can drink it.” Well don’t drink it. It turns out to be one of the more toxic chemicals in the environment than we’ve ever seen.