A Call to the North American Community of Faith

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

– Genesis Chapter 1, Verses 29 & 31

       “And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man, for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion.”

– Doctrine & Covenants 59:20

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         Without public knowledge or debate, patented genetically engineered organisms have been surreptitiously introduced into our food supply.   The public is generally unaware that the majority of processed food now contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  

     Genetic engineering is a methodology that is fundamentally different from traditional methods of selective breeding or hybridization. It is performed outside the natural reproductive context, producing outcomes that could never occur in nature.

Luther Burbank did not develop the russet potato using the techniques of genetic engineering; neither did Herbert Mendel, the father of modern genetics, or Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution. 

          Nature is set up to encourage genetic diversity. However, what genetic engineers are doing is radically different. In all our time on earth, we have had the ability to move genes between unrelated species only for the last two decades.  Seed companies are now permanently altering the genetic code of the world’s food crops by breaking down the natural protective barriers that exist to prevent the transfer of genes between species. 

     By employing highly imprecise laboratory techniques, sections of DNA molecules (genes), are removed from an organism outside the genus of the receiving organism, and then arbitrarily and forcibly added to an organism for which the new genes are foreign. The range of selection for these foreign genes, or transgenes, is limited only by the diversity of life forms on earth. A genetic engineer can transfer butterfly genes into an oak tree, or into a human embryo, and those genes will be carried by every generation that follows. 

     Profiteers are playing God with the laws of nature by re-writing the genetic code of organisms without comprehending the consequences. GMO’s were released into the food supply before the risks of growing and eating them were assessed.  While GMO food has been ‘presumed safe,’ two years of compelling evidence demonstrates that it is not. Unintended effects of genetically altered organisms are well documented in the scientific literature. Furthermore, in 2012, the American Medical Association adopted new policy recommending that the federal government require safety testing of all GMO food before it is sold.

       The Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act introduced in Congress by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, closes the loophole that was opened by the FDA by their determination there is no difference between genetically engineered food and conventional food.  

“Traditional edible plants and animals have evolved alongside humans over thousands of years to provide the people who eat them with essential nourishment. In exchange for this, we have an obligation to those plants and animals to keep caring for them responsibly.”  – Steve Ells, Founder, Co-CEO, and Chairman of Chipotle Mexican Grill

          Amassing wealth and power – while obscuring the truth regarding the widespread use of genetically engineered organisms in animal and human food, its risks, and its impact on the environment is unethical. Producing misleading curriculum to indoctrinate educators, children, and students, and designing extensive public relations to deceive the public is morally reprehensible.

           We are called to serve as stewards of the earth’s natural resources.  We consider the invention of GMO’s and their release into the environment an assault on the integrity of life as a whole. The laws of Nature are God’s will. All life, not just human life, is sacred, with an intrinsic value designated by its creator. How can we suppose to re-design the laws of nature by playing with the genetic code of life?

“Genetic engineering is the biggest break in nature that has occurred in human history.” – George Wald, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Biology, Harvard University

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  1. Unintended Effects of Genetic Manipulation A Project of The Nature Institute, Craig Holdrege, Director.  Summary by Anne Dietrich
  2. GMO Myths and Truths: An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods. John Fagan, Ph.D., Michael Antoniou, Ph.D., Claire Robinson, MPhil 
  3. Biotechnology Food Labeling and Uniformity Act
  4. See key FDA documents:  http://www.biointegrity.org/
  5. See Senator Dianne Feinstein’s letter to President Obama requesting executive action to label genetically engineered food.
  6. Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public, by Steven Druker

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