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              Food Chain Radio Michael Olson
             Urban Farming Agriculturalist
         A GMO STOMACH STUDY
Who is telling the truth about the safety of GMOs in our food?

Guest:  Howard Vlieger, Crop and Livestock Nutrition Advisor

There have been many studies as to the safety of genetically modified organisms in our food.  Some studies say GMO foods are safe, others say they are not safe.

The question of GMO safety has become an industrial War of the Truths, with just about everything you can possibly imagine at stake.

When I first met Howard Vlieger at a Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance conference in Bastrop, Texas, it did not take very long to figure out which truth he represented. 
Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Howard Vlieger – A GMO STOMACH STUDY: Who is telling the truth about the safety of GMOs in our food?

Food Chain Radio Michael Olson hosts Howard Vlieger – A GMO STOMACH STUDY: Who is telling the truth about the safety of GMOs in our food?

Having met him, and listened to him speak out against GMOs, it did not surprise me when a study he commissioned crossed my desk entitled:  “A  long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and (GM) maize diet.”  What did surprise me, however, was what the study claimed about the long-term feeding of GMO foods to pigs.  Listen to some of the claims from report’s “Abstract”…

“The GM diet was associated with gastric and uterine differences in pigs.”

“GM-fed pigs had uteri that were 25% heavier than non-GMO fed pigs.”

“GM-fed pigs had a higher-rate of severe stomach inflammation with a rate of 32% of GM-fed pigs compared to 12% for non-GMO-fed pigs.”

“The severe stomach inflammation was worse in GM-fed males compared to non-GM fed males by a factor of 4.0, and GM-fed females compared to non-GM fed females by a factor of 2.2.”

Given the scientific principles upon which this study was designed, and the credentials of those who conducted the study, and the credentials of  peers who reviewed the study, it becomes very difficult to dismiss the study as purely partisan.  Yet many do.

This from the blog BIOtechNOW:  “It (the study) reaches conclusions that are diametrically opposed to the great preponderance of the scientific evidence gathered from hundreds of independent food and feed safety studies that found no difference in between animals fed GMO or non-GMO diets.”




Who is Telling the Truth About the Safety of GMOs in Our Food? -Guest:  Howard Vlieger, Crop and Livestock Nutrition Advisor

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              Food Chain Radio Michael Olson
             Urban Farming Agriculturalist
         GMO Free Cheerios
Should General Mills reveal whether its foods contain GMOs?


Guest:  Gregory Conko, Executive Director, Competitive Enterprise Institute

If you knew the oats contained were GMOs, would you go for the “toasted oat goodness of Cheerios?”

Apparently some would not, because General Mills has announced it will sell a line of Cheerios that “contain no GMOs?”

To date, the food industry has spent upwards of $100 million dollars to convince consumers to defeat GMO labeling laws in California and Washington.  In each state, industry has won the battle to defeat GMO labeling.

Though no law has yet passed to force its hand, General Mills has agreed to the labeling of its Cheerios line.  This labelling would seem to indicate a decided turn in the war over whether foods containing GMOs should, or should not, be labeled as such.  Industry may be winning the battles, but losing the war!  This leads us to ask…

Should General Mills reveal whether its foods contain GMOs?

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Food Chain Radio Michael Olson
Urban Farming Agriculturalist
Feeding the 60 Million
Who will feed the 60 millions should government go belly up?

Guest:  Rachel Sheffield, Policy Analyst, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation

According to Jack Kerouac, the Naked Lunch title he suggested for a William Burrough’s novel, “means exactly what the words say: a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of the fork.”

Here’s some naked lunch…

According to the USDA, one in five now receive food stamps from the federal government.   What we can all see on the end of this fork is 60 million people who now rely on a government $150 trillion (give or take) in debt for their food.

Here’s more naked lunch…

The number of people on food stamps, and the size of the federal government’s debt, are both rapidly escalating.  In fact, the number of people on food stamps (SNAP) has nearly doubled in the last 5 years, while the size of the government’s current account deficit, which does not include its unfunded liabilities, has increased by over 70%.   What we can all see at the end of this fork is the simple fact that the numbers cannot continue to grow as they are growing without something giving way.

Who will feed the 60 million should government go belly up?






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