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The masses of Americans, Blacks in particular, are suffering from other problems produced by “Genetically Modified Organisms.”
What is the definition of a “Genetically Modified Organism”? From the American Heritage Medical Dictionary, it gives the definition: “An organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering.” And the definition of “gene” is “a molecular unit of heredity of a living organism.”
In “Lesson No. 2” of our Supreme Wisdom Lessons given to us by Master Fard Muhammad, He raises The Question, “What is a Devil?”—and Muhammad answers that Question! It is: “A grafted man which is made weak and wicked. Or, any grafted, live germ from original is devil.” By inserting, you are grafting into a life germ or seed something that changes the nature of that seed.
And when you change the nature of the seed from its original state, you are making what is referred to as “devil.” Once you graft from the original, then you are producing that which is an opposer to the original, and of the original. So the moment that a genetically modified seed is taken by the wind and blown into a field of natural organic growing corn or wheat or soy, it begins to destroy that field …
Whenever you start “grafting,” you are making an enemy of the thing that you are grafting from. And also, you are making an enemy to the good of the original from which it is grafted.
According to what we are researching, there is a prevalence in the United States of “Genetically Modified Organisms” [“GMOs”]. According to the legal advocacy group Earthjustice (Earthjustice.org), in an interview from June 2011 that is titled “GMOs: Engineering an Environmental Disaster”:
“Genetically Modified Foods” are only loosely regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; virtually all soybeans, corn, canola, and sugar beets grown in the United States today are patented by Monsanto, or other large corporations; and, 70-80 percent of all packaged foods found in supermarkets contain one or more genetically modified ingredients.
Production of genetically modified organisms and genetically engineered crops has been performed by several major corporations, companies like Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, BASF, and Dow Chemicals; these are the leading GMO producers. But The Monsanto Company is the largest and most dominant in the world market—and many consumer advocates, organizations, and experts say that Monsanto is destroying the food supply as well as the environment.
What are the dangers and risks of Genetically Modified Organisms? A study published in the International Journal of Science in 2009 titled “A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health” demonstrates the toxicity in three corn varieties from Monsanto. In the report’s “Abstract” it states:
“We present for the first time a comparative analysis of blood and organ system data from trials with rats fed three main commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize”—“corn”—“(NK 603, MON 810, MON 863), which are present in food and feed in the world. NK 603 has been modified to be tolerant to the broad spectrum herbicide Roundup and thus contains residues of this formulation.
MON 810 and MON 863 are engineered to synthesize two different Bt toxins used as insecticides. … Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, although different between the 3 GMOs.
Other effects were also noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot be excluded.”
According to the information contained in a research summary on genetically modified crops, prepared by the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization, titled “GM Crops – Just The Science: Research Documenting The Limitations, Risks and Alternatives,” it asks the question: “Are GM Foods Safe To Eat?” The report states that “Contrary to industry claims,” genetically modified foods “are not properly tested for human safety before they are released for sale”; and, genetically modified foods “are not labeled in the United States and other nations where they are widely eaten, and consumers are not monitored for health effects.”
Let us answer this question definitively: No genetically modified food is good to eat by the definition given by our Saviour Allah, Who appeared in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, and His Messiah, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad! Any live germ grafted from original is “devil,” or “enemy,” or “opposer”! And any genetically modified food is an opposer and an enemy to the natural product, and therefore, it deprives the natural product of the natural nutrients that God put in the natural product for us to eat!
“GM Crops—Just The Science” includes a section titled “Animal Studies on Genetically Modified Foods Give Concern”—and a cause for great concern! It states: “Although studies on humans have not been done, scientists are reporting a growing number of studies that examine the effects of genetically modified foods on laboratory animals: Rats fed genetically modified tomatoes developed stomach ulcerations; Liver, pancreas and testes function was disturbed in mice fed [genetically modified] soy; Genetically modified peas caused allergic reactions in mice; Rats fed genetically modified oilseed rape”—(a.k.a. “Canola oil,” the refined oil produced from several varieties of the rape plant)
—“developed enlarged livers, often a sign of toxicity; Genetically modified potatoes fed to rats caused excessive growth of the lining of the gut similar to a pre-cancerous condition; Rats fed insecticide-producing genetically modified maize, or corn, grew more slowly, suffered problems with liver and kidney function, and showed higher levels of certain fats in their blood; mice showed a marked disturbance in immune system cell populations; Mice fed with genetically modified insecticide-producing corn over four generations showed a buildup of abnormal structural changes in various organs (liver, spleen, pancreas), and reduced fertility”;and, “Mice fed genetically modified soya over their entire lifetime—of 24 months—showed more acute signs of aging in their liver.”
We want to add to this study, because the study on humans is being done! And we are the humans that are showing all the side effects of what was seen in rats and mice that were fed genetically modified foods! The question we want to ask is: What types of cooking oils are used in the inner cities in the fast food industry to fry the foods?
Remember, all of this comes from a policy of government written in the National Security Study Memorandum of Henry Kissinger, and The Global 2000 Depopulation Policy under President Jimmy Carter, to produce in water and food, and other methodologies, that which would depopulate from 2-3 billion people from our planet.
‘Protection’ of corporate giants, and not the people, suffering the effects of GMO products
Who is Monsanto? Monsanto was created in 1901. The company’s first product was the artificial sweetener saccharin; and in the 1920s, Monsanto expanded into basic industrial chemicals. It is the leader in genetically modified seeds and crops. Monsanto is currently responsible for 90 percent of the genetically engineered seed on the United States market. Outside of genetically modified seeds, Monsanto is also the creator of the best-selling herbicide “Roundup.”
Another American chemical company, DuPont, isthe world’s third largest producer of chemicals, agrochemicals, polymers, safety materials, electronics and genetically modified seeds. In 1999, DuPont became the largest seed company and producer of hybrid seeds used in production of genetically modified corn and soy. DuPont is among the top four biotech companies that produce 100 percent of the genetically modified seeds, and 60 percent of world pesticides.
However, according to a Congressional Research Service report dated September 2, 2010 entitled “Agricultural Biotechnology: Background and Recent Issues,” by Tadlock Cowan, there are ongoing concerns about the impact of Genetically Engineered crops on the environment and food safety; and whether U.S. regulations and oversight by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are “adequate.”
This has caused many lawsuits against the USDA for its approval of alfalfa and sugar beets; where, in both cases, the District Courts found USDA approval of the genetically modified organism was inadequate, and ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct an environmental impact statement—but it did not stop them from producing the genetically modified seeds!
In March of 2011, the Public Patent Foundationfiled a federal lawsuit against Monsanto on behalf of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, and other farmers and organizations, totaling 83 Plaintiffs. The essence of the lawsuit is stated in the “First Amended Complaint” filed in June 2011, which reads, in part:
“1. Society stands on the precipice of forever being bound to transgenic agriculture and transgenic food. Coexistence between transgenic seed and organic seed is impossible because transgenic seed contaminates and eventually overcomes organic seed. …”
In other words: The “grafted thing” is disagreeable to live with in peace. There must be separation, for one will absolutely destroy the other. The quote concludes with: “History has already shown this as soon after transgenic seed for canola was introduced, organic canola became virtually extinct as a result of transgenic seed contamination. Organic corn, soybean, cotton, sugar beet and alfalfa now face the same fate, as transgenic seed has been released for each of those crops, too. And transgenic seed is being developed for many other crops, thus putting the future of all food, and indeed all agriculture, at stake.”
The document defines “transgenic,” which means “to introduce the genetic code of one species into another.” Also, it states that “transgenic plants” are sometimes referred to as “genetically modified” or “genetically engineered”; however, “those terms are imprecise and, therefore, not used herein”—in this case that is put before the court.
However, if there is no “coexistence” between the natural seed and the transgenic (altered) seed, and the altered seed will destroy the natural seed, then the same is also true in our “race relations”! Because “race relations” will continue to get worse, because the government cannot provide food, clothing, shelter and jobs for us anymore!
As we sit around, waiting for somebody else to do this for us, we are making our former slave masters and their children angrier with us; and they are becoming completely disagreeable to live with in peace! And that is why we must be separated if we don’t want to continue to suffer great loss!
This is so clear to me, that our Saviour, Master Fard Muhammad, saw all of this—so He “closed the door” on not just a human devil, but any live germ grafted from original is devil! So we can all say, bearing witness to the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, that we are not going to be safe, we are not going to be healthy, we are not going to live long, and we are not going to slow down the aging process unless we grow, raise and prepare our own foods, and save our money, and buy land for farming!
So the USDA and Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) are working with The Enemies of health and the well-being of the American people. At some point the American people will awaken, and they will rise against this—and declare in their rising up that their government is no longer “of, by and for” the American people.