In the first half, Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of genetically modified foods, Jeffrey Smith talked about the epic battlefronts on the war over GMOs. Monsanto, the largest manufacturer of genetically engineered seeds, is merging with Bayer and will be known as Bayer going forward. The Germany-based Bayer has a dubious history, Smith cited, noting their manufacture of poisons like Zyklon B in WWII that were used to kill more than a million people in Auschwitz. Monsanto, he suggested, was reliant on their Roundup pesticide, which has been failing, and this may have motivated the merger. The company, he added, has a tremendous liability as they're being sued by thousands of people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after the W.H.O. declared glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) as a probable human carcinogen.
The USDA just released a draft of its proposed rules on labeling GMOs, and Smith finds it to reveal a "schizophrenic split" in the government, which no longer is completely backing companies like Monsanto. But instead of a warning label of GMO, they want to use "B.E." for bio-engineered, with a smiling sun for the logo. Smith expressed concern that the biotech industry as a whole has expanded and is now seeking to or already genetically engineering fish, insects, livestock, bacteria, viruses, and algae. "They want to eliminate billions of years of evolution," he lamented, and replace it all with designer organisms and genes, rushed to the market without adequate testing while their patents are still active.