The 61-year-oldâ€™s new book, Timeless Beauty, provides insightsÂ on living a healthy lifestyle. One topic sheâ€™s particularly concerned about is food and how Big Food impacts our lives.
â€œI think there are so many issues with our food industry that are blatantly disrespectful to our planet and us as individuals,â€ Brinkley told FoxBusiness.com.
â€œThe bees are suffering right now and without the beesâ€”well, Einstein said when the bees go, the next thing that goes are people,â€ Brinkley said.
In response to Brinkleyâ€™s statement, Monsanto told FoxBusiness.com:
â€œWe were surprised to hear Ms. Brinkleyâ€™s comments. Honeybees are essential in agriculture. Monsantoâ€™s own fruit, vegetable, canola and alfalfa seed businesses depend on healthy pollinators to be successful. We have made significant investments in collaborations and research for the betterment of honey bee health. All GMO crops are tested for potential impact on honey bees, as was glyphosate herbicide. These products, when used as intended, do not impact honey bee health.â€
Monsantoâ€™s glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup, kills every plantÂ except for the genetically modified (â€œRoundup Readyâ€œ) plants that are designed to grow right through it. While neonicotinoidsÂ are usually pegged as a chief culprit to the countryâ€™s devastating honey bee decline, scientists have linked the monarch butterfly decline to the near eradication of the milkweed, a critical food source decimated by Monsantoâ€™s flagship weedkiller.
â€œWhat I donâ€™t like about GMOs is that weâ€™re the guinea pigs. The testingâ€”if thereâ€™s testingâ€”weâ€™re the ones doing the testing and that is not fair and furthermore itâ€™s not labeled so we donâ€™t know if weâ€™re the ones eating them,â€ Brinkley said.
â€œAll the time weâ€™re finding various links and I want my food pure and it can be done,â€ Brinkley added. â€œMonsanto and these giant companies are just taking over and their disrespect for our health and our rights is really maddening.â€
Brinkley, who is a vegetarian, eats organic food but recognizes that not everyone can afford it.
â€œThe more we all join in and demand organic foods, the better off that weâ€™re going to be because every day theyâ€™re linking the chemicals, insecticides, pesticides and herbicides to men becoming sterile and with women it could be linked to the breast cancer epidemic that weâ€™re seeing,â€ Brinkley said.
Brinkley also suggested other ways we can learn more about whatâ€™s in our food.Â â€œOne way thatâ€™s very easy to get involved is for people to Google Monsanto and read about whatâ€™s going on,â€ she said.
She urges people to sign online petitions and have discussions about GMO food labeling, and to â€œmake yourself heard so we can clean up the food industry and know what weâ€™re eating.â€
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