Monthly Archives: October 2013

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.

 

Why Label GMOs? Monsanto Shares Plunge-Latest GMO news

Which of the following is true:

1. Russia considers ban on all GMO food products
2. Miley Cyrus comes out against the labeling of GMOs in Washington State
3. President Obama is negotiating secret free-trade legislation (TPP) that could make the labeling of GMOs illegal everywhere
4. Breaking Bad Final Episode contained a cameo by Miley Cyrus
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If you picked #1 and #3 have a piece of cheese!  Both true! Funny how we all know about Breaking Bad and Miley Cyrus while only a few know about TPP trade legislation negotiations or the fact that GMOs represent the greatest health issue (severe allergies, adhd, depression, obesity, organ  damage, infertility, hormone disruption), environmental issue (chemical pollution, soil damage, cross contamination of  normal plants, increased pesticide use), legal issue (commercial GMOs are based on the patenting of life forms, even animals have been patented) and social issue (the death of scientific integrity, complete corporate control of our food supply, death of small farms) OF OUR DAY!
So lets get GMOs labeled here in the good old USA while we BOYCOTT them!  Do your health a favor, do your kids a favor, do the earth a favor, do your neighbors a favor and refuse to eat GMOs.  Do it with love!  Send $5 to Washington state to help counter the 17 million dollar advertising budget of Monsanto (Agent Orange) and Dupont (C8 Teflon) and Bayer (Zyklon-B), the major bio-tech players.  GMO food products are a complete scientific scam, good only for chemical company profits.  Why are they running food safety at the FDA?
Monsanto shares plunge on reduced seed sales.  Even though it’s product is guaranteed a profit via the ethanol corn program.  Any corn grown in the USA is guaranteed a market and a profit from the ethanol program, even though it takes more energy to convert the GMO corn into fuel than you get out of the fuel.  “The study concludes that the cumulative energy consumed in corn farming and ethanol production is six times greater than the power the ethanol provides in a car engine.”
HOW DO YOU BOYCOTT GMOs?  Eat only ethically raised organic meat- because most GMOs go towards feeding livestock in massive, hideous factory farms called CAFOs.  Our only sane response is boycott.  We must pressure NYC to serve GMO free food in NYC school cafeterias.  schoolfood.info
Three restaurant chains that have non-GMO, free-range meat.
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Whole Foods and many other stores also sell free range meat.  It is well worth the extra cost.  Your health will greatly improve.  Avoid farm raised fish, and eat only organic milk and cheese.  Shop at health food stores.  Factory farmed food is almost devoid of real nutritional content.  For example- factory farmed fish have almost no omega-3 fats!  Have a look at at this chart comparing the nutritional content of GMO corn against natural corn.  A lot of people don’t want to spend a little extra for ethically raised meat but will gladly spend $4 on a Strabucks coffee.  What’s up with that?
Avoid any product containing soy oil, corn oil or cottonseed oil as the primary GMO crops are soy, corn and cotton, unless it says organic.  Also, if a product is labeled USDA Organic, or Non-GMO Project it is GMO free.
According to Dr. Huber, likely the leading GMO expert in the world, an award-winning, internationally recognized scientist, and professor of plant pathology at Purdue University for the past 35 years-the following three facts are some of the most important that everyone needs to understand about GMOs:

  1. Despite what the media and so-called “experts” proclaim, there are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops.According to Dr. Huber, so far, no one has been able to establish that there’s a safety factor to either the genetically engineered proteins (i.e. the foreign proteins produced by the genetically modified plant) or the chemicals we’re consuming in ever larger quantities as a result of the genetic engineering process.There are, however, both clinical and peer-reviewed scientific papers showing the hazards of GMO crops, including harmful secondary effects.

    “A group of us met with top USDA administrators. They assured us that they based all their decisions on peer-reviewed science. When we asked them if they would share any of that, they were unable to produce any,” he says.

  2. Epidemiological patterns show there’s an identical rise in over 30 human diseases correlated with our increased usage of glyphosate and the increased prevalence of genetically engineered proteins in our food.
  3. Genetically engineered foods, as well as conventional crops that are heavily sprayed with glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup), have lower nutrient density than organic foods. They also contain high amounts of pesticides with documented harmful health effects, along with novel, highly allergenic, proteins. source
Why are Bill Gates and Bono pushing GMOs on Africa?  Bill Gates also a huge influence in the increased testing of our teachers and children in public schools.

El Salvador votes to ban glyphosate

Union of Concerned Scientists respond again to Pam Ronald’s attack

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Could YOU Be Altering Your OWN Genes When You Eat GMOs?

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As discussed by Dr. Huber, research clearly shows that the novel proteins created in genetically engineered plants are highly allergenic, with the capability to promote diseases like cancer and liver or kidney failure. But Dr. Huber points out that there are other factors involved as well, which have some scientists concerned about the spread of those genes into the human gut… Not only do GMOs alter your intestinal microflora, but research shows that human cells are also able to transfer those novel genes, thereby affecting the human genome.

“Especially with generation two genetic engineering, called gene silencing—that section of the nucleic acid can actually be picked up or attached to your own genes, and then start shutting down your own physiology in that process… It’s well-documented in the scientific literature.”

Indeed, last year, University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann released results from genetic research he conducted on this type of GE wheat, which showed without “any doubt” that molecules created in the wheat, which are intended to silence wheat genes to change its carbohydrate content, may match human genes and potentially silence them. If that’s not a concern, I don’t know what is! University Professor Judy Carman agreed with Heinemann’s analysis, stating in Digital Journal:6

“If this silences the same gene in us that it silences in the wheat — well, children who are born with this enzyme not working tend to die by the age of about five.”

Heinemann reported that his research revealed over 770 pages of potential matches between two GM genes in the wheat and the human genome. Over a dozen matches were “extensive and identical and sufficient to cause silencing in experimental systems,” he said. Experts warned that eating the wheat could lead to significant changes in the way glucose and carbohydrates are stored in the human body, which could be potentially deadly for children and lead to serious illness in adults.

GM seed monopoly: fewer choices, higher prices

How biotech companies monopolize seed markets, escalate seed prices, and eliminate choice.

Scientists, ethics, and the GMO debate

The conversation will revolve around the courage of independent scientists who value the importance of unbiased research and who have a firm understanding of the ethics of scientific research.  In the interest of professional integrity, they must and many have demanded the need to fully and comprehensively research GMO food crops without restrictive research mandates that fail to take into account the impact of biotechnologies on our health and environment and without the threat of the “purse” from the biotech industry.

 

Attacks on Health Reporters and Their Readers Are Escalating

For more than two decades, Monsanto has been poisoning our water, our soil, our food.

But right now, the Biotech Bully is focused on one thing: Poisoning the minds of voters in Washington State – voters who are still on the fence about I-522, an initiative to label GMOs in food sold in grocery stores.

Last week, Monsanto and friends launched a statewide, anti-labeling, anti-I-522 ad blitz. It looks a lot like the $46-million worth of negative, deceitful ads they unleashed last year this time in California. Ads that helped defeat California’s GMO labeling initiative.

Monsanto, DuPont, Dow, Bayer, BASF and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (representing the junk food gang) are footing the bill. With almost $12 million (so far) to spend, they’re running ads that are dishonest and misleading. But clever. And convincing.  OCA

BOYCOTT!  FIGHT WITH YOUR FORK!
Salud!