Stephan Neidenbach - email@example.com
Edited by Nandu Nandini
Breast is best. But those who have been following me on Facebook for a while may have noticed that I occasionally get upset with a certain group of people who attempt to shame formula feeding parents. Mom shaming is a horrendous tactic used by many people to try and take advantage of new mothers and the vulnerable emotional state many find themselves in. Breastfeeding may be preferred when everything is equal, but anyone with a child knows that seldom things are equal. My best friend and his husband clearly don't have the option, and many new mothers have a myriad of reasons why formula may be a better fit for their own family.
|Moms Across America's|
leader Zen Honeycuttt.
Two years ago Moms Across America, with Claire Robinson of Earth Open Source and GM Watch, issued a press release that detailed a report they had created showing detectable levels of glyphosate in breast milk. Samples of breast milk were submitted to them from 10 mothers, and 3 supposedly contained glyphosate. No validation of the assay used was submitted, the source of the breast milk is unknown, and there was no independent verification of the results. It did, however, catch the attention of Professor Shelley McGuire of Washington State University.
Professor McGuire has a PHD in human nutrition from Cornell University, and her field of study is lactation physiology. There is no doubt that she supports the promotion of breastfeeding, and accepts, “The scientific evidence that breastfeeding provides optimal nutritional and immunological support”. The professor wanted to make sure breast milk was safe after hearing the results from Moms Across America.
Professor McGuire now finds herself under attack by the multi billion dollar organic food industry. Why? Because she undertook her own peer reviewed research and concluded that breast milk was in fact safe. With results published that contradict the narrative the industry wished to spin, they mobilized quickly in an attempt to silence and discredit her.
|Post card sent to Professor McGuire featuring the artwork|
of ant-Semitic David Dees.
The harassment took many forms including threatening postcards in the mail, the hacking of her original Twitter account, and culminated in an organic industry funded freedom of information request similar to ones conducted by the tobacco industry when trying to silence their own critics.
Why would a movement that claims to love all things natural attack a public research professor for promoting breastfeeding? Some hints may very well come from a 2010 document called the “National Organic Action Plan". The plan describes some of the goals the organic industry feels it must reach in order to continue growing. Using language that is very similar to what is used when describing addictive drugs, the industry states that “organic dairy products serve as a gateway to organic food for new mothers, opening up the door for them to purchase additional organic products.“
It is clearly evident why the organic food industry is so intent on opposing biotechnology. Organic dairy farmers are having a supply problem because they can't feed their cows feed from GE crops. If GE crops are banned, they can increase the supply of their “gateway" product.
|Anti-GMO NGOs are sending the message that breast feeding|
should be feared in favor of "Non-GMO" formula.
|Biology Fortified's Anastasia Bodnar|
“Will mothers-to-be choose non GMO formula instead of breastfeeding because…. Monsanto? I hope not, but the possibility is there. Breastfeeding isn't the end all - fed is best - but there are benefits to breastfeeding, and any articles claiming breast milk is dangerous are a problem.”
This is especially true if these fears are exported to developing nations that lack clean drinking water for mixing formula. It is an outrage for Professor McGuire to be treated this way merely for trying to reassure mothers that breast milk is safe. I hope parents everywhere will join me in demanding that US RTK end their FOIA harassment and Moms Across America (with their partner Earth Open Source/GM Watch) end their war on breastfeeding mothers.