Oct 27, 2016 in Blog Articles
A Global Experimental  Disaster?

Did you know that in the USA between 1997 and 2011, all types of food allergies among children rose by 50 percent. Why…what has caused this food intolerance? Look no further than something being added to food that was not there previously. Look at what Dr. Joseph Mercola has to say on the matter: “Is there something “foreign” in our food today that wasn’t there before? Absolutely. Ever since the mid-1990’s, new food proteins have been engineered and steadily introduced into our food supply, yet many are still unaware that a major shift has occurred. One of the first foods to undergo this change was milk, which incidentally is also the No. 1 food allergen in the U.S.”

We all know about GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organisms) but did you know that the first sale of genetically modified foods began in 1994, when Calgene first marketed its unsuccessful Flavr Savr delayed-ripening tomato. It was believed that genetic engineering would reduce the volume of insecticides and herbicides needed to grow a wide variety of crops, and yet Food & Water Watch found that the “total volume of glyphosate applied to the three biggest GE crops — corn, cotton and soybeans — increased 10-fold from 15 million pounds in 1996 to 159 million pounds in 2012.” Yet perversely by 2011 there were also three times as many herbicide-resistant weeds found in farmer’s fields as there were in 2001. Huh?

Do you think it coincidence that genetic engineered food first became available from 1994 onward, that the use of glyphosate has increased 10 fold since 1996 and that allergies in children have increased 50 percent since 1997. Not blooming likely.

We at Filcon Filters are particularly concerned about the environment and are involved in distributing filtration and water treatment equipment in southern Africa. Our next blog will continue in this vein and also have a look at the use of chemicals in agriculture in this part of the world.