Volume 9, Number 14                                           January 1, 2007

The Farmer


The Miracle of Taste

by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Muímin Muhammad


Have you ever watched an animal in the wild choose which plants to eat? I have noticed how deer would go through a field and sniff each plant before it ate one. Some it would eat and some it would leave alone. What were they sniffing for?

In a new book which we have reviewed on www.MuhammadFarms.com called "Seeds of Deception", the author Mr. Jeffrey Smith points out that cows when given a choice would not eat genetically modified corn. He documented instances where farmers would put genetically modified corn on one side of a feed trough and regular corn on the other. The cows would sniff the GM corn, but not touch it. They would move over to the regular corn and eat it all up.

There were other testimonials by farmers who observed that wild deer, that would normally eat the left over corn in a field after harvest, would not touch the corn in a field of genetically modified corn. Somehow the animals could smell and taste a difference in the genetically modified corn and would move towards the corn that they were familiar with.

When the FlavrSavr Tomato was developed in 1994, according to Mr. Smith, the scientists at Calgene, the producers of this genetically modified tomato, wanted to test their creation on laboratory rats. However, the rats would not eat the stuff, so they had to put a tube down their throats and force-feed them. Seven out of the forty rats suffered from stomach lesions caused by this GM tomato but test results were ignored by the FDA and hidden from the public allowing the FlavrSavr Tomato to be marketed to the public up until 1997.

In 1997 it was taken off the market. One problem with the FlavrSavr Tomato was that it had very little taste and very little juice. The genetic scientists failed to control for unwanted side-effects of splicing in a foreign gene into a new organism.

In Mr. Smithís book he points out that the method of genetically modifying a food crop to add a specific protein producing gene was flawed from the outset. Early theories had predicted that each gene was a specific code for producing one protein. However, scientists now know that a single gene can produce many proteins depending on a number of situations and circumstances that scientists are just beginning to explore, but have no way to control. According to Mr. Smith a single gene from a fruit fly, for example, can "generate up to 38,016 different protein molecules".

Since the market failure of the FlavrSavr Tomato the biotech industry has shifted its attention away from genetically modifying fresh vegetables and fruits towards animal feed crops or crops that are used in processed foods. Fields of soybeans, corn, cotton, and canola cover over 145 million acres of cropland in the U.S. and are the front runners of these GMO crops.

If you would take the time to read the labels on most of your processed foods such as potato chips, salad dressing, frozen entrees, seasoned mix, soy sauce, bouillon cubes, nachos, frozen diet entrees, cheese puffs, ice cream, pasta helpers, flavored crackers, canned soup, ramen noodles, frozen potatoes and even "whole wheat" bread, you will find some percentage of soy flour, lecithen, starch or oil and corn starch, syrup or oil in most of them. However, because these ingredients are all mixed together along with flavor enhancing additives, the consumer will not be able to detect any small variations in smell or taste that they could possibly pick up in the raw ingredients of these products.

One of the major additives that you will find in most processed foods is monosodium glutumate (MSG). MSG is the sodium salt of the amino acid glutamic acid and a form of glutamate. It is sold as a fine white crystal substance, similar in appearance to salt or sugar. It does not have a distinct taste of its own, and how it adds flavor to other foods is not fully understood. Many scientists believe that MSG stimulates glutamate receptors in the tongue to augment meat-like flavors.

MSG is also used extensively in most of our fast food restaurants. So they keep you coming back for more junk. We like to call MSG the "nicotine of food" (smile).

Now where are we going with this line of thought? Suppose for some reason, someone would want a large segment of the population to consume a poison or toxin without them knowing it. Someone could place such an organism into the the food system by injecting it into the genetic structure of foods most commonly eaten by the target sector.

Or just by error or mistake, as the merchants of death are playing around with the genetic structure of our food, they put in such a harmful organism into our food, how can we be protected? Our Creator, God has already blessed us with the faculties of smell and taste. So if we smell and taste the food product in its raw natural state, we might be able to detect that something is wrong when we get food that is genetically modified. And if we stayed out of the enemyís kitchen and stayed away from his processed foods, we could be protected from such harmful organisms.

Fortunately for us we have been given the keys to such a survival or protection strategy through the teachings and programs of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. In 1967 he published the book called "How to Eat to Live" in which he gave us a list of the best foods to eat, what to stay away from, and even how to cook our foods at home. He established a class for Black women that taught them how to cook the best of foods and satisfy the health needs and taste buds of their families. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad set up the Three Year Economic Savings Program in 1963 from which he bought over 10,000 acres of farmland and gave us a demonstration in how to set up an independent food production and distribution system.

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan reinstated the Three Year Economic Savings Program in 1991, whose goal is to buy enough farm land to feed 40,000,000 or more Black people in America. Here at Muhammad Farms we bear witness that properly grown food tastes better than commercially grown food and is best for you.

The Minister has also recently encouraged us to set up smaller local farms and even personal home gardens from which we could supplement our food diets with fresh produce grown with our own hands. On January 20, 2007 the Ministry of Agriculture is sponsoring a set of demonstration workshops to show people how to set up such gardens at their homes. You can find more information about this conference at www.MuhammadFarms.com.

We thank God (Allah) for providing us with the "miracle of taste" and the strategies of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, so that we may protect ourselves from the plans of our open enemies.