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The New Yorker magazine FINALLY discusses GMOs!

V. ShivaThe New Yorker published a lengthy piece in this week’s issue (“Seeds Of Doubt” Aug. 25th, 2014) by staff writer Michael Specter. This is The New Yorker’s first in-depth article on GMOs. The article profiles the the very popular and well known and perhaps the world’s leading food activist Vandana Shiva, who is from India.  India has become a major battleground in the GMO wars.

While giving plenty of  space for quotations from Ms. Shiva, and initially praising her significant accomplishments, no other voice is heard in support of her activist anti-GMO stance. We do hear from the head of the Rockefeller Foundation (which created the Green Revolution in the 1960′s, precursor to GMOs- resulting in a vastly increased use of oil-based pesticides and fertilizers) and we do hear from pro-GMO activist Mark Lynas, and we even hear from the president of Monsanto himself- while Vandana Shiva’s words remain unsupported and undefended. The article slowly and cleverly morphs from a journalistic valentine to an emotionally charged, one-sided hit-piece that is not really a profile at all, but rather an advertisement for GMO food.

The article’s pro-GMO voices consistently repeat that they are “science-based realists”.  Specter in contrast describes Vandana Shiva as  “dangerous”, “religious” a “mystic”, all the while calling into question her scientific qualifications. This is usually the main line of attack against the organic farming, anti-GMO movement- that it is anti-science.

The truth however is actually the opposite. Specter has ingeniously cherry-picked his science: he calls GMOs safe even though there has never been a single scientific study undertaken on humans  that can support his statement!  Not one. In fact, multiple animal and soil studies have confirmed that there are many hazards to animal health from consumption of GMOs and their attendant pesticides. Hundreds of scientists have signed a declaration stating that GMOs have not been proven to be safe. Specter, Lynas et. al. ignore all of this information. That’s not very scientific, and it’s not journalism.

While attacking Shiva’s rhetoric Specter does not use science at all, just the opinions of the GMO-huggers he interviews. All rhetoric and false promises aside, the real science shows that GMOs have in fact created super-bugs and super-weeds and increased the use of pesticides, while yields are falling as they harm soil fertility, according to Professor Emeritus at Purdue and soil specialist Don Huber, who also goes un-interviewed for the article. GMO crops are also in fact less nutritious and highly allergenic, creating inflammatory conditions in the gut (proven in a pig sudy). Chronic gut inflammation can lead to any major disease. Yet Specter makes it seem as if all scientists everywhere support GMOs because GMOs are ‘scientific’. As if science is some kind of messiah from the mind, some kind of pinnacle of purity in the human condition. But that’s not very scientific. Nuclear bombs and strip-mining are also scientific. Frankenstein and killer drones are scientific. Thalidomide and DDT are scientific. There is such a thing as bad science. To not admit that is bad science.

The cleverness of Specter’s “Seeds Of Doubt” lies in the fuzzy feel good-ism and righteous concern: he makes you feel like he really cares about poor people and that he really cares about the problems plaguing modern industrial agriculture, towards which he makes a brief head feint of acknowledgement only to quickly abandon the topic. “Seeds Of Doubt” closely resembles an article recently published in Forbes Magazine, which never met a GMO it didn’t like, by John Entine, which attacks Shiva with similar talking points while lacking Specter’s fuzzy feel-good warm-up. Specter even makes Shiva look like a cult leader. One of the young people attending her speech in Florence is quoted as saying she feels “magic” in her “presence”. Meanwhile the science is left on the floor.

Another fact unmentioned is that GMOs are completely unneeded, even with a growing population. There is actually a world-wide food surplus according to the United Nations. Organic farming can feed the world, (according to another United Nations report) and while feeding the world it could provide full employment. Organic farming, or its cousin, bio-sustainable farming, could greatly decrease disease by phasing out pesticides, saving us a fortune on health care. With organic farming we would not have events like toxic algae blooms that poison an entire supply of water for a large city.

Specter defends GMOs by making the misleading claim that “nearly all the plants we cultivate…have been genetically modified”. This is true, only because everything alive is genetically modified every time it reproduces, only it is done naturally, within species boundaries, with the sole exception to the species boundary limit for genetic modification being modern laboratory-produced GMOs. This is another tactic of the GMO crowd that thinks we need only one kind of ‘science’ to feed ourselves- they can just claim every natural process as ‘science’!   I guess they are right, which means that organic farming is scientific, and it is: organic and conventional (non-GMO) farming yields are skyrocketing using the help of modern science. Check it out here and here.

Specter cleverly makes Vandana Shiva look not only like a “wild-eyed mystic” but also a wild-eyed kook, when he quotes her as saying that “there is no independent science any more, Monsanto controls it all”. Many scientists that support bio-tech work for bio-tech companies or government sponsored bio-tech research projects where they are very handsomely paid. Bio-tech companies have partnered up with all major universities to sponsor research. Some other scientists claim they are intimidated and harassed by biotech groups to stifle their results if they are not favorable to the biotech industry. When an independent study appeared in a peer-reviewed journal last year from French scientist Giles Seralini that implicated glyphosate and GMO soy as a source of cancer and tumor formation, a former Monsanto employee at the journal, who had become their new editor actually yanked the study and apologized for it, despite the fact that it was obviously a well done study that demanded further studies. Shiva is right in principle. Science is being controlled by corporate interests. The study has since been republished and independent scientists have expressed their support for it. It’s odd that Specter did not interview Seralini for his GMO article, but then again he’s just not very scientific.

Specter makes the bald-faced claim that glyphosate, Monsanto’s flagship pesticide product, is 270 time safer than Atrazine- which happens to be one of the most toxic pesticides on the planet. And diphtheria is less toxic than tetanus! Why didn’t Mr. Specter’s search engine reveal to him the numerous peer-reviewed studies that have implicated glyphosate in birth defects and other serious problems? Not very scientific.

The article also ignores the fact that advances in drought tolerance, increased yields and pest resistance have soared in crops that are NOT genetically engineered, while GMOs have failed spectacularly in every single one of those areas. Again, not very scientific. Those non-GMO crops are not patentable, and will not create massive profits. They will only feed people.

Specter makes it seem as if genetically engineered crops are everywhere plentiful, when in fact they account for less than 3% of the world’s farm acreage. Most of them are not approved for human consumption and are mostly used to feed livestock or to make ethanol- not mentioned by Specter.

Specter’s only real defense of GMOs is made using cotton, which of course isn’t even a food, but it has become a popular use of GMOs and is the only GMO crop grown in India. Typical to Specter’s brand of journalism, he almost completely ignores any downside to GMO cotton, (while quoting two farmers that make it seem like a miracle). Specter ignores reports that GMO cotton yields are now falling, and that the cotton bollworm has developed resistance and that organically cultivated cotton is producing high yields. Specter’s writing subtly implies that there is no real alternative to GMOs.

Has Shiva made some mistakes, has she mis-spoken occasionally in her thousands of speeches and more than 20 books in over 40 years of activism?  No doubt she has! She is probably the only voice to have gained a prominent platform in the effort to expose the fallacies and dangers of GMOs. The scientific evidence showing GMOs to be unnecessary and dangerous is overwhelming. The evidence exposing Monsanto’s own in-house safety studies as phony science is overwhelming. The evidence showing that organic farming is healthier and better for the economy is overwhelming. But because biotech offers the potential to actually patent the very food you eat, corporate support and therefore mainstream media support for them is completely one-sided. Food is bigger than oil and pharmaceuticals and defense contracting put together. It is the most important physical component of the human condition, and corporations want complete control of it. You cannot patent an existing life form, but if you tinker with it’s genes in a laboratory, the Supreme Court says you can have a patent. You then profit from that food every time someone eats it forever! It is the ultimate hedge fund Wall St. corporate daydream.

Shiva is ridiculed for having urged India to reject GMO grains after a cyclone in the Indian state of Orissa. Hasn’t Specter read “Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein, about disaster capitalism never wasting a humanitarian crisis for an economic opportunity? Philanthropic Capitalism is no longer a secret known only to the Rockefellers. Even Haiti refused GMO seeds after the earthquake. What do they know that Specter doesn’t?   Once you start on the GMO path, your food is patented and you are licensing the right to use it. Even his argument in favor of patent-free “Golden Rice” (another favorite feel-good tactic of the pro-GMO wild-eyed realists) is specious and disingenuous. A 25-cent Vitamin A pill works easier, faster and is much much cheaper than a genetically modified staple like rice, the introduction of which, if it has a trajectory like GMO corn, soy and canola, will create multiple pesticide-laden problems. But by pulling on our sentiments, and claiming that they only want to help with nutritional deficiencies of poor children, they hope to open a door for the acceptance of GMOs in general. Golden Rice is just more phony philanthropy. Meanwhile it is Shiva who is portrayed as “blinded”, “religious” and “dangerous”, a person who “says whatever she wants” like an “end-of-days mystic”, while GMO huggers peddle pesticides.

In truth it’s the GMO-huggers who are the alarmists, creating fears of starvation, endless malnutrition, blindness and doom if we don’t immediately implement GMOs in Africa and Asia. How come Lynas et. al. don’t know that there is actually a food surplus in the world? These ‘science mystics’, believe all is well if you only trust the scientists and their corporate or government experts. Their arguments are the ones that actually sound religious. They also seem to believe that small farmers are ignorant and backward, and while feeding the world for 10,000 years, they are now just no longer capable of doing so without advanced western know-how that is less than 20 years old, and fraught with enormous problems, tied to intensive poisonous chemical inputs. “Trust us”, he implies, “we really do care, and we really do know what’s best for you.” Meanwhile real studies show that small-scale farming is much more efficient and productive and ‘green’ than industrial agriculture, as a study by the National Research Council proclaims. Jeez Mr. Specter- got science?

There is a place for genetically modified food. In the laboratory. When you wild eyed GMO-huggers can do a multigenerational safety test on animals, a 15-year safety test on humans, solve the super-weed and super-bug problem, create a truly non-toxic pesticide, then we will call it Good Science. Not that we really need it. But bring it on.

The Tragic Death Of Scientific Integrity and The Rise and Fall Of GMO Food

20131019_cna400“Men only care for science so far as they get a living by it, and that they worship even error when it affords them a subsistence”  Goethe

After the thing went off, after it was a sure thing that America could wipe out a city with just one bomb, a scientist turned to father and said, “Science has now known sin.” And do you know what father said?  He said,  “What is Sin?

~Cats Cradle  by Kurt Vonnegut

The Economist just published an excellent article on the current miserable state of peer-reviewed, published science.  (How Science Goes Wrong: Scientific Research  Changed The World, Now It Needs To Change Itself).  The article describes the peer-review process,  whereby scientific knowledge becomes understood and available to the world.

Peer-review is even held to be the defining characteristic of science itself, the method by which science protects itself from fraud, and along with replicability of experiment, that which separates “science” from “religion”.   The immediate ramifications of all the faulty and dishonest science produced by the current system are not fully addressed. But we are all victims of dishonest and inept science, including the institution of science itself.

Though science is ideally an unbiased search for truth, scientists themselves seem as willing as anyone else to subvert the truth regarding their science (typically by making up ‘data’ from ‘experiments’) if they can get a little extra cash in the deal.  Chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Cargill and Syngenta have lots of cash that somehow finds it’s way into these ‘science’ grant funds and laboratories.

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Because ‘science’ has a such a strong association with ‘truth’, imagine the power you could gain if you showed people ‘science’ that was faked, that was intentionally skewed- that was in essence, a lie?  And that lie said that the product that you were selling was healthy when it wasn’t.  That lie would give the liar a better position to profit, would it not?    What if you were told that DDT was good for you, based on ‘sound science’?  Or that smoking was good for you, based on the opinion of scientists?

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A lot of research is done in academic settings that are supposed to be independent of the profit motive, in effect a pure search for truth.  But that is often not the case.  “Universities offer ‘independent’ advice to governments while taking corporate money for ‘research’.  Corporations offer that money to universities, not for the knowledge it generates, but primarily for the influence it buys” states a recent article in Opensource that investigates the troubling control of academic science by  scientists and the corporations employing them, and the  subsequent control of ‘independent’ scientific journals.  Read more here: “The Goodman Affair: Monsanto Targets the Heart Of Science”.  The author, Claire Robinson, comes to some of the same conclusions as that given by The Economist.

Of course scientists often make mistakes, and can simply misinterpret the data from an experiment, or be subject to an unconscious bias toward a certain result.  After all, scientists are only human, right?  That is why  in the early days of the modern era of Science, practioners insisted on adopting what is called the “Precautionary Principle”, which states: “The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an action.”

What happens when the precautionary principle is not used? Let’s take a quick stroll through a “scientific hall of shame” that often results, shall we? It might be titled “Where The Precautionary Principle Was Ignored, or When Science Just Plain Goes Wrong”.

All the following exhibits show what once was believed to be truth and fact to men of science.  We start with the well-known catastrophe of bloodletting, whereby George Washington lost his life for a common cold. 

 washdeath-2Or how about the once-common practice of re-moving a wo-man’s uterus for the broadly defined condition known as hysteria?

Let’s take a moment to linger in the smoking exhibit, and remember the large numbers of physicians who publicly endorsed cigarette smoking as a healthy habit, right up until the 1960’s, when they became the first group to quit in large numbers.  In fact, phony science is now often called ‘tobacco science’, since large numbers of scientists stood by the ‘smoking is healthy’ claim for many decades.

We come to the horrifying but once-common practice of prescribing calomel, (mercury) to women for almost any complaint, which led to large numbers of American women walking the streets like spectres in the mid-to-late 1800’s.

Remember Thalidomide?   How many severely deformed children were born for that scientific ‘mistake’ that initially generated huge profits for the drug companies?  This exhibit is so traumatizing, children are not allowed to view it, and it stands behind curtains.

Testicular injection is a more light-hearted exhibit to linger in, whereby we learn that testicle matter from animals was injected into men in the early 1900’s in an effort to reverse aging.  Ha Ha, nice try though!

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Thyroid radiation is another exhibit in our hall, whereby men of science routinely radiated children’s thyroid glands in the belief that this would somehow help them.  Whoopsie!!  Apparently they also radiated earache, acne, tonsils, adenoids, birthmark, mumps and fungus!  OOOPS, sorry about that. 

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As we pass the estrogen replacement/breast cancer exhibit, the lead paint disaster and the Vioxx back pain/heart attack  fiasco memorial, a very extensive tableau about Nuclear Energy and the Fukushima Catastrophe we finally find:

The Gentically Modified food section, wherein we see that Genetically Modified (in the lab) foods were advertised as more nutritious, needing less water to grow and as even being more productive, creating more food per acre than ordinary plants, and conveniently being just what we desperately need to feed the world, all the while reducing toxic pesticide use!  (A picture of Bono from U2 and Bill Gates, supposedly the worlds richest man, accompanies this exhibit under the heading ‘GMO cheerleaders’). Of course it has now been discovered that not only were none of those claims true, but in fact GMO food can create inflammatory allergic reactions in those eating them that lead to almost any major chronic disease, even ADHD and obesity and cancer and mental illness, all of which skyrocketed during their period of use.  This GMO exhibit stands next to the one for glyphosate, the GMO-based herbicide (Monsanto’s RoundUp®) wherein we find that it was shown by men of science as a very safe pesticide, only later after billions of pounds of it had been dumped on our food, did ‘they’ discover that it caused birth defects, nutritional deficiencies, gut dysbiosis, soil death and was even neurotoxic.  Dang!  Sorry guys! What is the precautionary principle anyway?

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What is truly astonishing in this exhibit is that the people of America were even prevented from knowing when GMO food was in their lunch because it was not required to be labeled.  Thus many who had discovered the dangers of this laboratory food were still injured by it.

 

Hero-Scientist Cures Blindness and Saves Tomato- with Lab Food!

jesus-scientistThe New York Times publishes two major pro-GMO articles in one week while ignoring the 93% of Americans that want them labeled.  One article by Amy Harman, who never met a GMO she didn’t like, is another lightweight substance free cheerleading fest about “Golden Rice” which can supposedly cure blindness (She doesn’t mention that a vitamin A deficiency is easily handled with a very inexpensive supplement pill, as the WHO advises, or that it is being pushed hard by the Bill and Melinda Gtes Foundation who just bought 300,000 shares of Monsanto stock!)  The other article is about building a better tomato so that Americans will eat more of them and be healthier.  Seriously!  Does the tomato really need to be improved?  Amy Harman’s hero-scientists have gone from Clint Eastwood-like bravery to now acting like Jesus, curing the blind and feeding the multitudes.  Who could resist such an allure?  Since the introduction of GMOs into America’s food chain in 1996, many major diseases have skyrocketed, including obesity, Parkinson’s, gastro-intestinal disorders, ADHD and autism.  All of which are linked to gut bacteria and digestion.  GMOs create strange and unpredictable proteins that result in inflammation of the gut.  Chronic Inflammation can lead to any major degenerative disease.

“In the only authenticated feeding trial of GM food on human volunteers carried out by scientists in the UK, the complete transgene DNA of Roundup Ready soybean was recovered from the colostomy bag in 6 out of 7 subjects after a single meal, at levels up to 3.7 % of intake. In 3 subjects, about 1 to 3 per million bacteria cultured from the contents of the colostomy bag were positive for the GM soybean transgene, showing that horizontal transfer of GM DNA had occurred; but no bacteria were found to have taken up the vastly more abundant non-transgenic soybean DNA. This is direct evidence that GM DNA has a much greater propensity for horizontal gene transfer, as I have maintained from the start” [3].

So why is the New York Times pushing the GMO propaganda so hard while ignoring the GMO labeling campaign right here in New York and especially in Washington State? GMOs are proven to be allergenic and people with sensitivities to them should at least be able to avoid them by reading a label.  The New York Times editorial board even came out against labeling GMOs!!!

“Just when public opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is at an all-time high, the biotech and junk food industries are once again pouring millions of dollars into a campaign in Washington State to defeat laws that would require labels on foods containing GMO ingredients.

Coincidence? Industry spokespeople say the suspiciously timed resurrection of Golden Rice isn’t a public relations stunt designed to convert GMO skeptics. But absent any new news on a crop that hasn’t gained traction in more than a decade, the move looks more like an act of desperation than a legitimate defense of biotechnology.

… the real issue is this. Golden Rice is no closer to saving the world’s kids than it was 13 years ago. Because then, as now, there is still no proof that it can. And better alternatives exist.”  OCA

NY Times Board of Directors:  out of 14 members, nine are involved in finance and investment or pharmaceuticals or big food.  No health and nutrition experts, no environmentalists.  Probably the most important field in investment capital right now is in bio-tech, with thousands of projects spread across the world, with potential profits in the trillions.  Bio-tech is huge in medicine, energy and food.  A story in the NY Times that actually told the truth, the scientific truth about GMOs could ruin an investment profile overnight.

Educate yourself and protect the health of your children.  Remember that there is not a food shortage in the world.   There is a distribution problem.  Organic farming produces higher yields and is more drought tolerant, and according to an international study published at the University of Michigan it can feed 9 billion people.  But organic crops cannot be patented like GMOs and bring in billions of dollars in profit..  And organic farming does not use super-profitable petroleum-based substances like pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  So why would big business support it?  Organic farming also means an end to unemployment and a vastly more healthy population.  I wonder why the NY Times doesn’t mention all these things.  It’s just real hard to make billions selling really good food.  So do yourself and  the world a favor and buy organic food.  Avoid CAFO meat.  Find a restaurant that serves grass-fed free range meat.

Other news the NY Times ignored:

ADHD cured by diet

Why has study saying GM could kill been ignored?

Good news (from the NY TIMES!)

U.S. Approves a Label for Meat From Animals Fed a Diet Free of GMOs

Salud!

“Our Children’s Bodies Have Become Garbage Cans”

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French scientist Giles Seralini has been viciously attacked since his study on Monsanto’s glyphosate was published in a prestigious scientific journal last year. It was the first long-term study ever accomplished on genetically modified soy and it’s attendant herbicide- glyphosate.  Studies done by Monsanto last only 90 days- Seralini’s lasted two years.  Almost all the poor lab rats suffered massive tumors.  And almost all other studies done on the pesticide glyphosate have been kept secret.

Seralini and his team exposed the deception and the danger.  As did Carrasco in Argentina last year. As Seralini states “What matters is that our children’s bodies have become garbage cans! Everyday, I cry because of those diseases simply caused by the environment. More people have died because of chemicals than during World War II. Those who don’t want to see any cause for concern in our studies will have to answer for their serious dishonesty.”

CHILDREN ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES  -they are proven to increase the rate of Cancer, ADHD, Allergies, gastro-intestinal disorders, endocrine disorders.  Read more on the science of it all here- A Generation In Jeopardy.  Genetically modified food crops often have a pesticide engineered into every bite of food- every cell of the plant!  Genetically modified foods are designed to be sprayed with massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides.  Is that why the USA is last of all industrialized nations in terms of it’s health, despite spending twice the amount on healthcare as any other nation?

Both GE soy and its attendant herbicide glyphosate were implicated in the cancers found in Seralini’s peer-reviewed study.  Any honest scientist would react with the desire to do more studies.  But bio-tech industry funded scientists only attacked Seralini’s methods and the data. The integrity of science is at stake! Read the Paris Match article here.  The journal that published his study has refused to retract it, despite enormous pressure from the bio-tech industry to do so.

DOCTOR SPEAKS ON SERALINI, GM SAFETY, AND INDUSTRY “SCIENCE”

American public health physician John Day MD explains how industry designs its “safety” studies on GMOs and pesticides to avoid finding harm.

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14468

 Agent Orange Corn Delayed By One Year.

Plans to include 2,4-D (half the formula for the notorious defoliant/war chemical used by the United States in Vietnam) as part of a new genetically modified corn have been put on hold.  DOW chemical will have to wait one more year for approval.  Over 450,000 negative comments were received by the FDA. Add your name to the list.  A history of DOW chemical here

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A Salmon And An Eel Have A Baby

Genetically engineered Salmon is about to be approved for human consumption and it will not be labeled.  With all the scientific data saying that GE food is dangerous, will you want your family to eat salmon that had been engineered to grow twice as fast?

Sign the petition to try and stop it

 

Patented Chimpanzees 

A chimpanzee whose immune system was altered by genetic engineering has been patented.  Over 660 animals have been patented.  Should life forms be patented?  Shouldn’t society be debating this?  What are the implications?  Have you heard any debates on this issue?  Wh can GMO soy and corn be patented, yet remain unlabeled?

 

Supporters of genetically modified food often distort the debate by claiming that anyone that is opposed to GMO’s are “anti-science”.  But is that a scientific argument?

 

Many scientists, including many working in the biotech field, are opposed to GMO’s as food.  These scientists understand the many risks and valid criticisms of GMO’s.

 

This claim of “anti-science” is so completely wrong that it can only be understood as a deliberate falsehood meant to distract from discussing the truth: The truth is what the science says: GMO’s have not been proven to be safe.  Instead they have been proven to very dangerous and completely unnecessary.

 

Many of the scientists that support GMO crops are in fact employed by the companies that produce these crops. Not very scientific.

UK: ALTERING THE GENES WE PASS ON TO OUR CHILDREN. DO YOU WANT A SAY?
A small team of British scientists is calling for the legalisation of a technique for creating babies with altered genes, but there is no good medical argument for doing this, says Dr David King of Human Genetics Alert (HGA). The technique, mitochondrial replacement, would forever alter the genes we pass on to our children – in other words, the genetic changes will be passed on down the generations. Alteration of the human germline is rejected as unethical and risky by most governments and many scientists. But according to HGA, the UK is the weak link in the otherwise strong consensus against human germline genetic tinkering.
http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14494

WHO WANTS HUMAN GM?
In the UK there’s an entire lobby devoted to pushing human genetic engineering, spearheaded by the Science Media Centre, its corporate funder AstraZeneca, and groups and individuals with links to the pro-corporate technophile cult, Living Marxism. New material added to Powerbase:
http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Category:Human_Genetics

GMOs were presented by biotech firms to the public with the promise that these new “scientific” crops would reduce pesticide use.

 

 

No one likes pesticides except chemical companies.  (Monsanto is and always has been a chemical company.  Only fairly recently did they “diversify” into agriculture- in order to sell more chemicals!)

 

GMO’s have been such a spectacular failure at pest control that pesticide use has actually risen since they were introduced in the 1990’s.

 

Boycott GMO’s and meat from livestock that was fed using GMOs.  Join Pesticide Action Network.  Download their new report on pesticides.  Join the Center For Food Safety.  Explore the website GMWatch.

 

GMOs are the single most important health issue, environmental issue, legal issue and social issue of our time.

 

Don’t let chemical companies like Monsanto and DOW and Bayer (formerly known as IG Farben) control the debate.  Get involved and educated.  Your health and your children’s health is at stake.

 

Here is some good news! 

Cotton growers in India are turning their backs on GM Bt cotton and returning to indigenous varieties.

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14500

 

GMO labelling laws are up for consideration in 30 more states in the USA.

La Via Campsina says no to GMO’s
Hungary and Poland ban GMOs
Peru bans GMOs

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Pork Industry FIGHTS BACK! With Monty Python-style video!

 

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Meat sales are plummeting in the USA, as more and more of us become aware of the horrific conditions that livestock endure on factory farms.  These livestock feeding centers are called CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).  Many of us- average, caring human beings are so repulsed by this treatment of our animal cousins that we are refusing to eat the factory-farmed meat, opting instead for grass-fed, humanely raised meat.  So many of us have discovered the terrible facts about CAFOs that it is becoming a crime in many states to photograph them.

How does the Pork Industry respond to the plummeting sales?  By allowing their pigs access to fresh air and sunlight and “normal behaviors” characteristic of the species?  By cleaning up the giant lagoons of pig excrement that cause asthma and respiratory ailments and also pollute streams and groundwater? By giving them non-GMO feed so they don’t get so sick?  But that would cost them money!  It wouldn’t be “efficient”.  Instead they produce propaganda videos like this one, trying to convince us that everything is just fine with the pigs.  Take a look and see.  At first I thought it was a joke.

By the way, the corn they feed these breeding sows is probably NOT GMO, as GMO feed makes animals sterile, (and probably humans as well) as can be seen in this mind-boggling report from livestock farmer Jerry Rosman.

Don’t eat factory meat.  When you or your children eat this kind of meat you are getting antibiotic-ridden, pesticide-laden, torture produced, GMO-fed pollution creating health disasters, that drive small, humane farmers out of business all around the world.  Choose to eat healthy meat.  CAFOs are the primary symbol and reality of all that is wrong with corporatism.  CAFOs are also the single largest user of poisonous, pesticide-laden GMOs. Food connects everything.  We must put pressure on the NYC Dept. Of Education to stop feeding CAFO meat to our kids.

These giant factory farms have driven millions of small farmers out of business.  Because of free-trade agreements, other countries have to accept this meat and this technology.  Now China is importing the technology and the pigs needed to make it work.  But you don’t have to eat it!

The pigs you will see in the video are breeding sows, from a type of pig developed by American agribusiness to be especially large.  They are not “normal” pigs.  The reason they do not leave their new and improved “sow-crates” (which have been banned in other countries, is because these pigs are so fat they can barely move. They are grotesque creations of the new corporate agribusiness model.  I’ve seen rescued ones at Farm Sanctuary. In the State of Michigan, is has recently become a crime to own other types of pig, which are now named feral pigs.

Mentioned in the video is that growth hormones are not used- this is true.  Growth hormones are used on cows to make more milk.  The pigs get antibiotics, which make them grow faster.

 

Watch “Pig Business” by the Center For Food Safety for more information!  And this NY Times article about “sow-crates”, also called gestation crates.

 

Paying Them To Do it

Most GMOs are fed to slaughterhouse animals like cows, pigs and chickens.  These animals are raised in CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).  These CAFOs are a relatively recent invention designed to produce meat as cheaply as possible.  What the designers of CAFOs invented was a torture chamber.  We are feeding our children (and ourselves!) meat that was raised under the most horrific conditions imaginable.

These CAFO’s not only torture their inhabitants, they also produce massive amounts of  fecal matter pollution.  CAFOs are also a business model that is being exported overseas via free-trade agreements.  And every time one of us eats CAFO meat, we are paying them to do it!

It’s the trifecta of poison: Poison the environment with GMO crops: Poison and torture CAFO animals by feeding them pesticide laden GMO crops, adding growth hormones and antibiotics, no sun or fresh air: Poison our children by feeding them the cheap meat.  Let’s cut down the rainforest while we are at it to grow the GMO soy (as is being done in Brazil).  And let’s pay these large corporations to do it every time we eat factory farmed meat.

Make the choice that makes a difference:  Eat only humanely raised chicken, beef and pork, and free-range eggs; and cheese made from grass fed cows.  We must also demand that the New York City Department of Education (the worlds largest food purchaser after the Pentagon) stop serving poison meat to our children!!

CAFO the book  (great site!)

GMO pesticides killing bees

1500 beekeepers protest GM crops in Warsaw

Bill Gates and GMO crops

New survey shows 91% of US consumers support labeling of GM foods – only 5% oppose.

Glyphosate (Monsanto’s GMO herbicide) linked to numerous abnormalities

Monsanto and friends target schoolchildren

How NPR Got It Wrong on Monsanto’s Superweeds

Boycott bad meat!

“The present system of producing food
animals in the United States is not sustainable
and presents an unprecedented level of risk to public health and damage to the environment,
as well as unnecessary harm to the animals
we raise as food.”

—Robert Martin, Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production

Criticism of Genetically Modified Food Finally Goes Mainstream

 

The bad news about the many horrible effects of laboratory-modified, GMO food is finally going mainstream in the United States, where the vast majority of their research, development and production occurs.

Genetically Modified foods (called GMOs, for genetically modified organisms) have been commercially farmed and consumed only since 1996.  Since that time we have seen skyrocketing numbers of severe food allergies and auto-immune disorders like asthma.  ADHD and mood disorder rates, which many nutritionists link to digestion and gut flora, are increasing.  The cancer rate is still climbing and so are nervous disorders like Alzheimer’s.  Huge increases in obesity and diabetes can be linked to the ultra-cheap corn and corn syrup supplied by GMO corn.  Many, many studies have consistently shown genetically modified food to be dangerous and unhealthy, and it’s showing up in our health, especially in the health of our children, who are much more vulnerable to the effects of tainted food.  Since no human testing has been done on GMOs(!), this correlation of ill health and GMO consumption has not been conclusively proven, but the sheer weight of all the evidence is now overwhelming.

The Atlantic Magazine recently ran an article entitled “The Very Real Danger of Genetically Modified Foods”. Forbes Magazine recently ran an excellent story so well written and compelling that a Monsanto associate (Monsanto is the worlds leading creator and advocate of genetically modified seeds and the “crop-protection chemicals” they need to be effective) felt the need to attack and belittle it.  The writer had simply urged that foods containing GMOs be labeled! OK, so it wasn’t in their actual magazine, it was a blog post on the Forbes website.  But Still! Forbes! Amazing!  And over at The American Conservative Magazine, the cover story last month was called “Frankenstein’s Farm”, by superstar farmer Joel Salatin.  Huffington Post has raised the issue for years, and the “The World’s #1 Natural Health Website” has some of the best information on why we should avoid GMO’s.

Did you know that the United States ranks 50th in the world in terms of life expectancy, yet spends the most in the world on healthcare!  Think diet has something to do with it?  Of course it does. Think Monsanto and GMO’s have something to do with the American diet?  Believe it.  75% of all packaged, processed food contains GMOs.  Almost all our meat is fed GMOs.  See what it does to them, is an excellent interview with farmer Jerry Rosman.  Why aren’t they labeled?  Perhaps it’s because former Monsanto vice-president Michael Taylor is now running things over at the FDA, in the department of FOOD SAFETY!! After all, they were responsible for Agent Orange, Dioxin, PCB disasters, and have been fined many time for false advertising, all over the world!

“For nearly 40 years, corporate giant Monsanto routinely dumped toxic waste into West Anniston Creek while producing now-banned industrial coolants called PCBs. They also dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into open-pit landfills – and proceeded to spend decades covering it up even after confirming that fish submerged in the creek turned belly-up within seconds.

Monsanto knew exactly how dangerous PCBs were, but decided not to warn the community – instead, ordering the conclusion of a study done on rats to be changed from “slightly tumorigenic” to “does not appear to be carcinogenic.” The company had enjoyed a four-decade-long monopoly over the PCB market and, as an internal memo revealed, decided that “We can’t afford to lose one dollar of business”. In fact, to this day Monsanto hasn’t apologized or taken responsibility despite the fact that they were forced to pay $700 billion in fines in 2003.” Source: “America’s Top 10 Worst Environmental Disasters”

Monsanto dictating United States food policy is like having BP drill for oil in your kitchen.

Get educated about GMOs by following some of the links in this article.  The best way to avoid them, until the California initiative to have them labeled passes, (most of the rest of the world requires them to be labeled) is to eat organically grown food as much as possible.  USDA certified organic food does not allow GMOs.

Is true Organic soon to be dead in the USA?

 

The USDA recently approved Genetically Modified (GM) Alfalfa to be grown in the United States.  Alfalfa is primarily used as a cover crop in winter and as a feed for cattle, particularly by organic meat and dairy farmers who don’t want to feed their cattle genetically modified corn and soy.  Alfalfa is a perennial plant, which makes it extremely vulnerable to contamination.  Phillip Geertson has spent the last 30 years farming and  has been a partner in alfalfa breeding programs for 25 years.  Read his article to understand why GE (Genetically Engineered) Alfalfa was approved, even though there is absolutely no need for it.  Find out what the GM contamination of regular alfalfa really means.  Key quote from article:  “There is no wonder that the rest of the world does not want RR alfalfa seed and have prohibited the import of any alfalfa seed contaminated with even a trace of the RR gene.”
Excellent new article from the Mercola website:

Some, like Dr. Philip Bereano, professor emeritus at the University of Washington and an engaged activist concerning GM foods, believe contamination is actually an intentional strategy by both the government and the industry to weaken the organic industry to simply allow GM animal feed in organics.

Indeed, while USDA chief Tom Vilsack acknowledged alfalfa contamination concerns in an “Open Letter to Stakeholders” on December 30, 2010, stating that the USDA’s environmental impact statement “acknowledges the potential of cross-fertilization to non-GE alfalfa from GE alfalfa,” adding that cross-fertilization is “a significant concern for farmers who produce for non-GE markets at home and abroad,” steps were not taken to address them.

GM (or GE) crops cause damage to animals- not just in lab studies which are unethical in themselves, but as witnessed by veterinarians in the field.  They are known to disrupt human endocrine systems and are known allergens.
CAN’T WE GET Genetically Modified foods LABELLED????  90% of Americans WANT THEM LABELLED!!!!
Sign this petition at least and then BOYCOTT GMOs!!!   (Genetically Modified Organisms)
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5452
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people,
it’s an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” – Patrick Henry
“Separation of corporation and State”  –Robert Frederick

 

Toxin from GM crops found in human blood: Study

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Monsanto ad from the 1970′s

 

 

Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin, used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time. 

Genetically modified crops include genes extracted from bacteria to make them resistant to pest attacks.

These genes make crops toxic to pests but are claimed to pose no danger to the environment and human health. Genetically modified brinjal, whose commercial release was stopped a year ago, has a toxin derived from a soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis ( Bt).

Till now, scientists and multinational corporations promoting GM crops have maintained that Bt toxin poses no danger to human health as the protein breaks down in the human gut. But the presence of this toxin in human blood shows that this does not happen.

Scientists from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, have detected the insecticidal protein, Cry1Ab, circulating in the blood of pregnant as well as non-pregnant women.

They have also detected the toxin in fetal blood, implying it could pass on to the next generation. The research paper has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. The study covered 30 pregnant women and 39 women who had come for tubectomy at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) in Quebec.

None of them had worked or lived with a spouse working in contact with pesticides.

They were all consuming typical Canadian diet that included GM foods such as soybeans, corn and potatoes. Blood samples were taken before delivery for pregnant women and at tubal ligation for non-pregnant women. Umbilical cord blood sampling was done after birth.

Cry1Ab toxin was detected in 93 per cent and 80 per cent of maternal and fetal blood samples, respectively and in 69 per cent of tested blood samples from non-pregnant women. Earlier studies had found trace amounts of the Cry1Ab toxin in gastrointestinal contents of livestock fed on GM corn. This gave rise to fears that the toxins may not be effectively eliminated in humans and there may be a high risk of exposure through consumption of contaminated meat.

“Generated data will help regulatory agencies responsible for the protection of human health to make better decisions”, noted researchers Aziz Aris and Samuel Leblanc.

Given the potential toxicity of these environmental pollutants and the fragility of the foetus, more studies are needed, particularly those using the placental transfer approach, they added Experts have warned of serious implications for India. Cottonseed oil is made from seeds of genetically modified cotton and thus Bt toxin may have already entered the food chain in India.

“Indian regulators should be immediately called for detailed toxicological studies to know the extent of contamination of the human blood with Bt toxins coming from cottonseed oil, and also ascertain its long term health impacts,” Sharma said.