In the first half, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and a leading spokesperson on the health dangers of genetically modified foods, Jeffrey Smith talked about the epic battlefronts on the war for GMOs including the use of faulty science and cover-ups to hide the many health conditions which are improved when patients switch to non-GMO diets. The majority of corn and soy are genetically engineered in the US to be sprayed with Roundup herbicide (glyphosate), and the residues it leaves in foods may lead to numerous diseases and ailments, he stated. The insecticide Bt-toxin used on GM corn can cause immune system problems, and leaky gut, he added (further info in a recent paper by Smith).
Interestingly, he reported that "super-weeds" are starting to outsmart Monsanto (the makers of Roundup), in the way that antibiotic overuse has limited drugs' effectiveness against infections. Smith also expressed concern with recent developments in gene editing, and a controversial form of genetic engineering called gene drives, which can alter or even wipe out entire species. The Cayman Islands, he noted, approved the island-wide release of a genetically engineered mosquito. For more, check out video interviews, and trailer for Smith and Amy Hart's new documentary Secret Ingredients.