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China refuses GMO grain imports from the United States

Health and Wellness Associates

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China refuses GMO grain imports from the United States

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 China has decided to suspend the issuance of permits for the importation of animal feed produced in America that is made with corn. China is not known for having exceptionally high standards, which is what makes this so disturbing.

 

Three trading executives discussed the turn of events with Bloomberg Business Week not too long ago. Dried distillers’ grains, also known as DDGS by industry professionals, can no longer be exported from America to China. The reason for this puzzling decision is because the Chinese government fears that MIR 162 corn, a GM strain that the Chinese have not approved, carries a high risk of contamination.

 

China was once the largest buyer of this American corn byproduct, which is produced in the process of making ethanol. More than 40 percent of the corn grown in the United Sates is used to make ethanol, and China bought 34 percent of the United States’ DDGS exports.

 

Of course, this turn of events is not really all that surprising. China rejected several shipments of corn that proved to be contaminated by MIR 162. In one instance, the government rejected 1.1 million metric tons of Syngenta corn that was tainted. The  Chinese government also turned away 758 tons of corn. It is therefore understandable that the Chinese government simply decided to suspend importation of corn-based animal feeds.

 

So China probably thinks we’re purposefully trying to contaminate their food supply with GMOs. Could you blame them? Our government has contaminated our own food supply with them!

 

On the bright side, AG Web reports that a class-action lawsuit has been filed against Syngenta, MIR 162’s creator and manufacturer, on behalf of American farmers. The corn was genetically engineered to be more resistant to insects, and was approved by the U.S. in 2010. The corn, also known as Agrisure Viptera, was marketed and promoted before it had received import approval from China. The ensuing turmoil over China’s rejection of the product  has left farmers shortchanged.

 

James Pizzirusso, a partner with the Hausfeld law firm in Washington, D.C., has said, “Syngenta must be held accountable for its blatant misrepresentations to U.S. corn farmers. By promoting and marketing a genetically-modified corn seed before the seed had received import approval from China, Syngenta placed its own profit margins over corn farmers’ livelihoods.” Pizzirusso also notes that China’s rejection of the MIR 162 corn has been a nightmare for affected farmers, causing losses equating to more than 1 billion dollars.

 

Syngenta has also been sued by both Cargill and Trans Coastal Supply Co. for their losses due to China’s rejection of products contaminated with MIR 162. Cargill has sued for a cool $90 million, while Trans Coastal Supply Co. blames Syngenta for $41 million in losses. Naturally, Syngenta believes that it is not at fault at all. In fact, they all but pat themselves on the back for providing farmers access to their “new technologies.”

“Dr P. Carrothers of Health and Wellness Associates says, ” The bottom line is, if corn is not good enough for animals in Europe and China, it definately is not good enough for humans in the United States.  But they are still able to sell it!”

 

 

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Vegetable Oils

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10 Food Items Banned everywhere but here!

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  1. Butylated hydroxyanisole and Butylated hydroxytoluene

Both are used as preservatives in many chips and cereals available in US supermarkets. These ingredients have been shown to increase cancer risk in tests conducted on animals by the US Toxicology Program. BHA and BHT are not allowed in Australia, Canada, Japan, or all of Europe.

  1. Azodicarbonamide

Azodicarbonamide is used in white bread and buns to improve texture. Its banned in UK, Australia, and other European countries because it interferes with the human respiratory system which can lead to asthma and allergic reactions. In Singapore using this ingredient may lead to imprisonment of 15 years or fine up to $500,000.

  1. Recombinant Bovine growth hormone

Its a hormone injection given to cows in the US to increase milk production. Its banned in Germany, France, Italy, Canada, and others. Per American Cancer Society cows that are given this hormone are more likely to get udder infections so more antibiotics are given to them. This increased use of antibiotics may lead to severe health problems, milk containing this ingredient should be avoided.

  1. Potassium Bromate

Potassium Bromate is added to breads in US to avoid time involved in baking and saves money for bakery owners. Using this ingredient may lead to cancer in thyroid and kidneys. Its banned in Canada, Peru, Nigeria, and Brazil. USDA hasn’t banned it but does regulate its labeling.

  1. Olestra

This is added to foods to make them fat-free. Its banned in the UK and Canada because it can cause cramps and uncontrollable diarrhea. It also takes away the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

  1. GM Canola oil

According to NPR 90% of canola oil produced in US is genetically modified which is illegal in Europe. Farmers use many pesticides to produce this oil. Genetically modified canola oil takes away the chemistry of this fatty acid in a negative way.

  1. GM corn

In a study conducted on pigs it was found that the pigs given genetically modified corn and soy had frequent stomach inflammation and uterus enlargement. Manufacturers in the US are not legally obliged to label products as GM, its production is banned in France, Greece, and Algeria.

  1. Blue dye no. 1

Blue dye no 1, also known as brilliant blue, is banned in Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany because it can lead to hyperactivity, aggressiveness, irritability, and learning problems in children. Its often found in ice cream, cereals, packet soups, and icing to provide their beautiful color.

  1. Yellow no. 6

Yellow no. 6, also known as sunset yellow, is the 3rd most widely used coloring ingredient in foods like macaroni and waffles. This coloring agent is associated with tumors in adrenal glands and kidneys. Using turmeric instead of this additive is a good idea. Its banned in Finland and Norway because of these health hazards.

  1. GM soybeans

Genetically modified soybeans are banned in Austria, Hungary, Greece, and Bulgaria. Studies conducted on animals found that GM soybeans may lead to allergies, sterility, and birth defects. Its used in energy bars, breads, and deli meats freely sold in US supermarkets.