This genetically engineered meat substitute, available through a number of restaurants, is highly controversial and may be causing health issues. A number of people have already reported digestive distress after eating the burger. This is not surprising to us given its ingredients, including a combination of untested genetically engineered proteins.
The impossible burger, in addition to using genetically engineered soy that was sprayed with Roundup herbicide, and genetically engineered derived vitamins, utilizes a high-risk genetically engineered yeast in its production process.
This GMO yeast has a gene added from a soybean plant root, designed to create something called leghemoglobin. It’s added to create the blood-red juice that gives this vegan burger the blood-like similarity of a real burger.
When the company originally submitted the product to the FDA, the agency refused to grant it GRAS status—that is, “Generally Recognized as Safe.” That’s due to two reasons. First of all, the protein it was designed to produce has never been in the human food supply and has not been adequately safety tested. Furthermore, the company was sloppy in the production process. Instead of purifying the products of the yeast fermentation so they just added this one, questionable protein, they scooped up and added a slurry of by-products made by the yeast. Only 78% of this slurry was the intended protein. The other ingredients included 47 additional uncharacterized, unintended, untested proteins. In addition, there may be many potentially dangerous metabolites and compounds.
Why should we be concerned?
A similar process of turning Microorganisms into mini-factories was used in the 1980s by a Japanese company. They genetically engineered bacteria to produce the amino acid supplement L-tryptophan, with devastating consequences. The process of genetic engineering is prone to side effects. It can cause massive collateral damage in the DNA of bacteria, yeasts, and crops.
We know for example that one variety of genetically engineered corn produces an allergen that’s not normally found in corn. Another GMO corn variety has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine. These aptly-named compounds are responsible for the foul odor of rotting dead bodies. There’re also linked to bad breath, allergies, and increased cancer risk.
Getting back to the Japanese company, the process of genetically engineering their bacteria almost certainly created the contaminants that caused a deadly epidemic in the United States. Consumption of the genetically engineered-derived L-tryptophan killed about 100 Americans and caused 5,000 to 10,000 people to fall sick or become permanently disabled.
While it is theoretically possible to combine genetic engineering and careful filtering to produce an isolated protein that is identical to a one that is already safely consumed, the Impossible Burger doesn’t come anywhere near this scenario.
We believe that this burger should never have been allowed on the marketplace.
We know that the regulatory agencies have largely been turning a blind eye to the side effects of genetic engineering. In fact the FDA is literally mandated to promote GMOs. We were therefore not surprised that a second agency evaluation of the impossible burger by the resulted in a different conclusion. In spite of no actual safety testing and without adequate scientific support, they declared the product generally recognized as safe.
This reminds us of the documents made public by lawsuits that revealed that the official pro-GMO policy by the FDA was actually at odds with the recommendations by the agency scientists. But the person in charge of creating that FDA policy was Michael Taylor, the former attorney to biotech giant Monsanto. After he created the no-testing-needed government policy, he became Monsanto’s vice president.
More recent court cases that found Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide as the cause of people’s cancer have revealed documents that show blatant collusion between the company and senior members of the Environmental Protection Agency.
And did we mention that the Impossible Burger uses genetically engineered soy, designed to be sprayed with Roundup?
We urge people to use their common sense and steer clear of the impossible burger altogether.
For those unfortunate enough to try it, we are collecting their experiences.
Because of the unusual and unpredictable nature of genetic engineering, nearly any side effect is possible.
Have you had any reaction such as:
Again, any symptom is possible.
While it may be difficult to determine whether or not a particular symptom is related to the burger itself, by collecting multiple experiences, we will look for repeating patterns and have a better idea of what it may be doing to the public.
In the meantime, friends don’t let friends eat the impossible burger.
Please help us get the word out. This is not a technology that should have been allowed in the marketplace. We don’t believe the company’s false claims of safety. We don’t believe they are acting responsibly. And we can’t rely on the government to protect us.
Please sign the petition asking restaurant chains and supermarkets to ban sales of the impossible burger in their establishments. And tell them about this website so that they can act responsibly and remove the impossible burger from their menus and shelves.
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