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Sweet Secret

I am not Catholic.  I am pissed off.  I am giving up Monsanto for Lent.

This is Day 5.

Everyone knows about GM corn and soybeans.  They may not recognize all the products Monsanto contaminates with substances derived from “enhanced” corn and soy, but they at least know the products exist.  Knowledge, among the wise, leads to action — and action, in this case, to better health.

It’s the things you don’t know that’ll hurt you.

Quiz:  What do these items have in common?

Vegetable juice, orange-flavored Metamucil, coffee syrups, Wrigley’s Eclipse Ice chewing gum, sugar-free gelatin, Weight Watchers mousse desserts, nutrition bars, Diet Coke, Healtheris Boost Immunity effervescent tablets, flavored waters, protein powders, cereals, Gastrolyte oral solutions, sugar-free cookies, Immodium melts, cocoa mix, jelly, Pepsid AC chewables, no-sugar-added ice cream, breath mints…

Can I stop now?

Surely all that sugar-free and flavored swill tipped you off.

Surely you already knew that processed “foods” are often made with aspartame (aka NutraSweet, Equal, NatraTaste, Spoonful, or Benevia) — but did you know that aspartame is made with GM bacteria?

The FDA knows.  Monsanto sure as hell knows.  A 1999 investagative report by The Independent pointed it out to the rest of us, but not everyone heard.

To make aspartame, manufacturers must combine aspartic acid with phenylalanine.  Phenylalanine production requires the assistance of certain bacteria.  Monsanto figured out how to genetically modify the bacteria so it could create phenylalanine at a brisker pace.

The result?  Increased profits for Monsanto.

Never mind that it turned aspartame, already a hazardous neurotoxin, into yet another frankenfood that can be slipped into the diets of unsuspecting lab rats — er, humans.

Fortunately, this Monsanto menace is relatively easy to avoid.  Don’t consume processed foods or OTC medications, especially flavored ones.  There.  Done.

But what about your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors?  Are they still part of the experiment?

Not everyone is ready to act upon the truth.  But everyone deserves to hear it.


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2 responses

  1. Michelle

    I’m learning so much from your Monsanto-free experiment!

    I was thinking about the GM cotton problem; did you come across any figures for linen? I am curious if it’s as bad for linen?

    Thanks so much for sharing your research!

    March 14, 2011 at 5:02 am

    • Thanks, Michelle! I did encounter some issues with GM cotton used for textiles. The textiles don’t seem to be a problem in and of themselves (for the people who wear them), but their insect-resistant characteristics apply only to certain insects…so the non-targeted insects are getting out of control. Also, there are reports of livestock eating leftover plant matter in the fields (traditional in many cultures, after harvest) and dying or suffering infertility as a result. And get this: The claims of higher yields with GM seed are mostly bunk.

      March 14, 2011 at 8:24 am

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