The Letter to the Editor “GM foods are safe; labeling not needed” (published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Jan. 22) written by Fred Perlak, Monsanto’s VP of Research and Business Operations, was funnier than Saturday Night Live. His saying that “there is no health reason connected to genetically modified food that would require labeling” is hilarious. There are numerous documented reports by Dr. Ross Trattler that ingesting insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers and fungicides leads to heavy metal poisoning. Yet Mr. Perlak asserts that ingesting enormous amounts of Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready pesticide is safe. We know that our armed forces that served in Viet Nam that were exposed to Agent Orange came home with debilitating health problems. Yet we are to believe that Monsanto’s spraying of the mainland corn fields with the active ingredient in Agent Orange is safe for us to eat. Let Mr. Perlak put his money where his mouth is and present INDEPENDENT reports, not written by Monsanto or any of their subsidiaries, that ingestion of heavy metals is not injurious to health. Obviously Monsanto is against GMO labeling because it would have an adverse effect on their profits. Profits first, people’s health last.
Hesh Goldstein “Health Talk,” K-108 Radio Honolulu, HI