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Gucciardi writes: "In an interview with the magazine L'Osservatore Romano on January 5, a prominent member of the Vatican spoke out against genetically modified crops. Cardinal Peter Turkson said that genetically modified crops are a 'new form of slavery,' and went on to discuss the impact that they have on both the environment and the economy."

Ghanian-born Cardinal and top Vatican official Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, 11/12/11. {photo: LaStampa)
Ghanian-born Cardinal and top Vatican official Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, 11/12/11. {photo: LaStampa)

Vatican Official Condemns GMOs as 'New Form of Slavery'

By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

14 January 12


n an interview with the magazine L'Osservatore Romano on January 5, a prominent member of the Vatican spoke out against genetically modified crops. Cardinal Peter Turkson said that genetically modified crops are a “new form of slavery,” and went on to discuss the impact that they have on both the environment and the economy. Regardless of religious association, anyone speaking out against genetically modified should be listened to. As a prominent leader of the Catholic people, Cardinal Turkson has the ability to inform millions worldwide regarding the negative effects of genetically modified food.

Even farmers have risen up against Monsanto and genetically modified seeds, with Monsanto forcing thousands of farmers into debt worldwide. In India, Monsanto has ruined the lives of so many farmers that the prevalence of their suicide has led to a large farming area to be titled the ‘suicide belt of India'. Some have even blamed Monsanto for the recent bird and fish deaths, claiming that the poison coming from their factories may have poisoned animals worldwide. Monsanto's destruction isn't limited to the environment, however.

Genetically modified foods been proven not only to be a threat to nature, but extremely harmful to humans. The process of bioengineering GM ingredients itself is quite ridiculous. Billions are spent each year to genetically modify the food supply, tainting it with genetically modified frankenfood. Genetically modifying foods requires one to tamper with the very genetic coding of the crop and/or seed. The process entails the transfer of genes from one organism to another, such as taking particular genes from a pig and transferring them to a tomato. Not only does this defile nature, but it leads to a host of health problems.

Due to the complexity of a living organism's genetic structure, it is impossible to track the long-term results of consuming genetically modified food. Introducing new genes into even the most simple bacterium may cause an array of issues, highlighting the complexity of even the simplest organisms. Introducing new genes to highly complex organisms such as animals or crops is even riskier.

When introducing the gene to its new host, it is essentially impossible to predict the reaction. The genetic intelligence of the host could be disrupted with the introduction of the new gene, creating an adverse reaction. There is truly no way of knowing the long-term effect genetically modified food, as there are too many variables. There is simply no room for science when Monsanto is involved.

Monsanto has inexorably pushed for wides-cale dominance of the world's food supply by buying out competition and using FDA regulations to get around accurate labeling. In fact, labeling has protected Monsanto from excessive criticism for quite some time. Under the ludicrous labeling guidelines, food products in the United States do not even have to openly state that they contain genetically modified ingredients. While countries like Australia require products to labeled genetically modified if they contain an ingredient that is more than 1% genetically modified, the United States goes by no such precautionary code.

Besides Monsanto's crusade to alter the very genetic coding of the food, they have been charged with discharging toxic waste that included PCBs into a west Anniston creek, and dumping millions of pounds of PCBs into open-pit landfills. The people in that area had no idea, and continued to swim and play in the creek. PCBs have been classified as a persistent organic pollutant, meaning they are resistant to environmental degradation. While they heavily pollute the environment, PCBs are also extremely toxic. PCB production was banned in 1976 by the U.S. Congress, and ultimately by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001.

A study published in the International Journal of Biological Sciences also helped to end the debate regarding the health effects of genetically modified food (GMO). The study shows that three Monsanto corn varieties cause a direct health hazard, with the study picking up mainstream attention.

There is a world-wide debate concerning the safety and regulatory approval process of genetically modified (GM) crops and foods. In order to scientifically address this issue, it is necessary to have access to toxicological tests, preferably on mammals, performed over the longest time-scales involving detailed blood and organ system analyses. Furthermore, these tests should, if possible, be in accordance with OECD guidelines. states the introduction.

For the first time in the world, we've proven that GMO are neither sufficiently healthy nor proper to be commercialized. [...] Each time, for all three GMOs, the kidneys and liver, which are the main organs that react to a chemical food poisoning, had problems, indicated Gilles-Eric Seralini, an expert member of the Commission for Biotechnology Reevaluation, created by the EU in 2008.


de Vendômois JS, Roullier F, Cellier D, Séralini GE. A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health. Int J Biol Sci 2009; 5:706-726. Available from: your social media marketing partner


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+25 # John Gill 2012-01-15 00:15
"Frankenfood?" "Pig to tomato?" gm is scary as hell. I went to the article linked to from this one regarding India's suicide belt. I am so angry. This is crazy. But a little science please. examples of what they are doing. educate me. thanks
+22 # BLBreck 2012-01-15 01:03
Good! For once the church is doing some real good if it comes out against this! Monsanto's products and business policies are indeed slavery, debt slavery, slavery to the contract to buy only their seeds and products and slavery to using massive doses of their poison. Monsanto, whose dearest wish is a monopoly on the world's food supply which would make slaves of us all, is a major threat to the planet as a whole, to our food supply and any of the people who are so unfortunate as to be coerced into signing a contract with them, and believe me they do use coercion! Ask farmers all over the world. They are thugs of the highest corporate order! Perhaps the one flaw in their world domination plan is the fact that their crops fail, they are causing super weeds and bugs resistant to their poison, not to mention their monoculture methods kill the soil, the food is as poisonous as their pesticides and people are starting to clue into this. I can only hope enough people become aware of this before Monsanto actually kills the entire planet.

Definitely check out the campaign, if food companies have to label you get to vote with your wallet or write them to let them know you don't want it in the products you buy from them!

Thank you for continuing to get this information out RSN! And thank you Catholic Church for taking a stand against this form of slavery!
+23 # amye 2012-01-15 01:46
Monsanto are just more crooks and criminals just like Wall Street!
+24 # pernsey 2012-01-15 05:26
"At present, the United States doesn’t require compulsory labeling of GM food product. Also, it has yet to set standards as to what percentage of an ingredient can be genetically engineered for it to be labeled GM or non-GM." This is a quote from one of the links in the article.

A lot of countries have laws that after a certain percentage of GM's in their food they have to label it...not so here in the US. I swear they are trying to kill us a little bit at a time. Its sickening I buy my fruits and veggies from local farmers and Im selective, but Im sure I dont know if its in the rice I eat, or other foods. This country really ticks me off. GREED not safety is their main motivator.

This makes me sick!
+21 # 2012-01-15 09:34
Thank God for the local farmers , Amish and otherwise. They are not buying into the GM racket.I buy local as much as possible, and it is a growing trend to do so.
-4 # rhgreen 2012-01-15 11:35
I think they may be right. But I can't help pointing out that with 1000s of years of experience, the Roman Catholic Church should be good at detecting new forms of slavery & serfdom. They sure generated lots of cannon fodder (oops I mean sword fodder) to send to the Middle East in the Crusades, slaughtering Orthodox Christians and Jews on the way, then slaughtering much more civilized Muslims when they got there. Any comment, Martin Luther? Oops, I forgot! He was just as bad (except that he didn't have as much power), as it turned out.
+16 # GF4A 2012-01-15 14:15
OK, everyone LISTEN UP!

DOW wants the USDA to approve GMO corn to be sprayed with 2-4-D ! We can't let this happen!

Go to:

to read more

and SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS about this approval directly to:

This is baaaad stuff and there will be chemical wars between Monsanto and Dow for dominance in the GMO market.

We CAN stop this but everyone has to stand up to fight it.

We can't add another POISON to our food and planet!
0 # T4D 2012-01-15 15:14
In 19th Century England there never was an actual person, Harry Ludd. However, there were many machinery smashing Luddites then, and their kind seem to be immortal. Be afraid, be very afraid science will kill us all. Soon we will all be required to eat Solent-Green.
-37 # phantomww 2012-01-16 10:26
Wow, I feel bad about owning Monsanto stock. It is up 35% since I bought it. I really feel bad that I didn't buy more.
-23 # amccrea 2012-01-16 19:48
I am a fifth generation family farmer. I have used GMOs for 15 years. The food I grow is the food I feed my family. Eating GMOs, organic, natural, etc. is a personal choice. All can be safe, affordable and sustainable forms of growing food. Advances in agricultural technology is what allows us to feed a planet that will grow to over 8 billion people in the next 40 years. As a farmer I'm asked to grow more food with less inputs. That will take technology. Let's look at all of the facts instead of reading one article that is heavily slanted.
+14 # mattriggan 2012-01-19 10:11
I to am a farmer, as well as sell crop inputs.Have you really penciled out the cost of using GMO seed ? And have you educated yourself on the devastating effects of them and of the glyphosate?
The thing is the traits cost you so much more then a tech fee. Did you have sudden death in your soybeans prior to GMOs and glyphosate? Did you have to spray funicide on you corn crop? Did you realize that glyphosate increases Fusarium levels in the ground every time it hits it?And that Fusarium is what causes anthracnose and if you understand what that disease does you will understand other health problems in the plant. Fusarium causes SDS in soybeans. You may think that you are feeding more people and making more money but your not.When you continue to use the products you are using you are costing yourself a lot of money every year.
0 # amccrea 2012-01-20 20:24
I think farmers should have a choice in what they grow. Non-GMO does have a great market. Yes, I do pencil things out. In fact, I have all of my input costs locked in for the 2012 year and using GMO seed is a better choice for my farm. I do read biological farming books/research and look for the most cost-effective sustainable methods for growing crops. Those methods can include the latest technology and can include GMOs. For me and my farm, it's been a good choice, but that's the key...every farmer has a choice. I'm glad your choices are working well too. Each of us farmers can learn from one another.
+8 # mattriggan 2012-01-19 10:00
As an agriculturalist who does not support GMO inputs it is very refreshing to here someone with significant influence step forward and speak about a devastating thing happening to mankind. When you truly understand the GMO issues and the problems that glyphosate and glufosanate cause to the soil, plants and human health you will become irate as to how our government let these GMO seeds be used . They never did the testing they should have like the rest of the world has until after they approved them. They then put a gag on these people that did the research for years because of the liability and money associated with it. Our government is as liable as MOnsanto, Dow, Syngenta and Dupont for the predicament we are in.As for the comment made about Monsanto and Dow getting into chemical wars, they are in bed together on this because the traits will be introduced side by side into the same plants. It is in a "nut shell" a joint effort. Monsanto is the ring leader but not the only one in the circus.

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