The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has again deregulated a genetically modified (GM) product made by the most hated company in the world, Monsanto. The approval gives the agricultural giant's Vistive Gold soybeans the green light for production within the United States and Canada.
Monsanto already has low-linolenic soybean oils on the market under its Vistive brand -- KFC and Kellogg's have both used Vistive to slash trans fats from their products -- but the company claims that its new generation traits confer "significantly extended fry life" and are more stable at high temperatures than either existing Vistive oils or conventional soybean oils. After all, this what a unhealthy populations striving for fresher and wholesome foods need...longer fry life?
According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, at least 70 percent of processed foods sold in U.S. supermarkets now contain genetically modified ingredients and 93 percent of soy grown on U.S. soil is genetically modified, with soybean oil found in a number of processed/fast foods.
The USDA deregulation of the MON 87705 trait means that field testing and seed production can take place in United States, under the usual guidelines for GM foods until export markets provide regulatory approvals, according to the company. The deregulation completes the regulatory process in the United States, and the trait has also been approved in Canada.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a letter of no objection the soybeans were generally recognized as safe (GRAS) in May 2010, enabling food makers to test the soy oil.
Critics suggest it's another reason to stay away from anything soy including products made with soy lecithin.
Genetically engineered soy contains high concentrations of plant toxicants. The presence of high levels of toxicants in the GM soy
represent thousands of plant biochemicals many of which have been shown to have toxic effects on animals.
In addition to the serious health risks associated with consuming genetically modified foods, soy poses another risk: hexane. Used in processing soy ingredients to make isolates and concentrates, whole soybeans are bathed in synthetic petroleum-based solvents including the neurotoxin and pollutant, hexane.
Most soy products
block the production of thyroid hormone and reduce energy in the body by inhibiting tyrosine kinases, enzymes involved in the transfer of energy from one molecule to another. These enzymes drive cell division, memory consolidation, tissue repair, and blood vessel maintenance and regeneration.