Rabble Rousing Grandma Stands Up to GMO Giant Monsanto and Babies Die From Simply Thick

Pamm Larry, a grandmother, was able to get Prop #37 on the last California ballot. Prop #37 to label GMOs might have been defeated, but not Pamm Larry. She is fighting harder than ever. Babies have died from an xanthan gum contain SimplyThick.
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Feb. 7, 2013 - PRLog -- Where most grandmothers are busy planning time with their grandchildren, one rabble rousing grandmother, Pamm Larry, refused to sit idly by knowing that our future food and seed supply was at risk according to all that she had learned from top scientists and experts.  

If you voted “Yes on California Prop #37 to “Label GMO Containing Products” you were supporting the bill that Pamm Larry worked tirelessly to get on the ballet.  She will be joining us today, February 7th at 4:00 pm PST on Smart Health Talk Radio Show,  KCAARadio.com 1050 AM, an NBC affiliate station.

If you have since become enlightened on how Monsanto and GMO containing food companies paid $40 million dollars to convince Californians they didn’t want to know what was in their food and you fell for it, Pamm Larry understands and hasn’t let the ultimate defeat of Prop #37 steal her passion or commitment for the cause.  If fact, with all of the new support that happened as a result of her efforts and more people learning about the risks associated with GMOs, her determination has only gotten stronger.

At the rate new GMO products were being approved, Pamm knew it would not be long before every food on our plate could contain Monsanto Bt toxin and genetically modified organisms.

Two years since Pamm started the LabelGMOs.org fight her predictions are coming true with a long list of other GMO foods that will automatically be approved when the new farm bill passes.  These new GMO crops are sandwiched in the farm bill and are special in that they have been given protection from the USDA and FDA from anyone challenging their safety or having the power to slow down the process of their approval by taking them to court.  Consumer watch groups would use that right to challenge Monsanto inclusive testing and provide an opportunity for more human and environmental safety tests before it ended up on our plates.

This is important because we trust the safety of our entire population on the studies conducted by Monsanto only.

Genetically engineered salmon is set to be approved February 23, 2013, will not be required to be labeled, grows three times the size, and will put corporate creator AquaBounty in the perfect position to take over the salmon industry and put thousands of fisherman out of business.  Bottom line it’s all about corporate take over of market share from small business and hording profits.

If you wonder why we don’t see research on GMOs outside of what Monsanto gives us, the answer is in an article publish by Global Research , Engdahl, GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans, AN EDITORIAL IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, AUGUST 2009 REVEALED.  They say, “There were no independent scientific studies published in any reputed scientific journal in the world for one simple reason. It is impossible to independently verify that GMO crops such as Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims, or that, as the company also claims, that they have no harmful side effects because the GMO companies forbid such tests!

Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta require anyone buying their GMO seeds to sign an agreement that explicitly forbids that the seeds be used for any independent research. Scientists are prohibited from testing a seed to explore under what conditions it flourishes or even fails. They cannot compare any characteristics of the GMO seed with any other GMO or non-GMO seeds from another company. Most alarming, they are prohibited from examining whether the genetically modified crops lead to unintended side-effects either in the environment or in animals or humans.

The only research which is permitted to be published in reputable scientific peer-reviewed journals are studies which have been pre-approved by Monsanto and the other industry GMO firms.”

The ability to block testing of their products was granted by President George HW Bush when he requested in 1992 that no special Government tests of safety for GMO seeds would be conducted because they were deemed by the President to be “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO seeds.

Four of the leading United States university corn insect scientists have written to the US Government Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding the EPA force a change to the company censorship practice, but all that is happening is approval of more and more GMO products.

Could it be that the most vulnerable of all, premature babies, are trying to tell us just how harmful GMOs Bt toxin really is for the rest of us?

On May 20, 2011 the FDA issued a press release about SimplyThick, a food-thickening additive containingthan gum as the active ingredient, warning "parents, caregivers and health care providers not to feed SimplyThick, a thickening product, to premature infants."  The concern was that the product may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (https://email15.secureserver.net/wiki/Necrotizing_enteroc...) (i.e., NEC).

Another  quiet warning was issued last September by Baby 411 that parents should stop using a product called SimplyThick.

As reported by NY Times blog this week, Warning Too Late for Some Babies, by Catherine Saint Louis, there is still no conclusive reason for the deaths.  Speculation is the deaths of these babies could have happened because xanthan gum itself is not suitable for the fragile digestive systems of newborns or during processing of the product, there was bacterial contamination.  

The NY Times also reported that Mr. John Holahan, President of SimplyThick said, “There was no need to conduct studies, as the use of thickeners overall was already well established. In addition, the safety of xanthan gum was already well established.”  

For all of us at Smart Health Talk, we are not satisfied with that answer and would like to propose another possibility.  Xanthan gum, the only questionable ingredient in Simply Thick, can be produced by growing a fungus on a medium of GMO soy or corn.  

Perhaps we need to question whether the Bt toxic present in those crops could be taken up by the fungus and later “concentrated” in the final product.

According to Dr. Charles Benbrook, GMO and pesticide scientist, “Bt crystals cause this sort of GI tract damage.  If the xanthan gum is made from some byproduct of GMO corn processing there is a possibility the Bt could be concentrated.  Recommendations would be for Simply Thick manufacturers to test for Bt endotoxin concentrations.”

When you learn about how these ingredients are made, you wonder, “What are we doing?”  Is there not a safer thickening alternative?

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