Here's another one for your GMO scrapbook. Apparently independent scientists in France(yes, they still have them there), have conducted a study demonstrating a possible link between GMO modified plants and various cancers, and this one has to be seen to be believed:
Here's the paragraphs that jumped out at me(in addition to the pictures):
"The results of this new study are doubly concerning. Not only has the consumption of a genetically modified food crop (NK603 maize, which is approved in the US for human consumption) now been shown to cause tumor growth and accelerated mortality, but so has the primary herbicide these plants have been engineered to withstand exposure to: Roundup. GMO plants actually incorporate glyphosate directly into themselves, with the herbicide residues and their metabolites persisting there, making dual exposure to transgenes and herbicide inevitable, and the synergistic amplification of their toxicities likely. Keep in mind, the study used levels of glyphosate "well below officially set safety limits," which nonetheless induced "severe hormone-dependnet mammary, hepatic and kidney disturbances."
"It is a shameful fact of history that Roundup herbicide was once marketed by its creator and original patent holder, Monsanto, as being "safe as table salt." Now, an accumulating body of research shows that glyphosate, Roundup's active ingredient, is genotoxic and endocrine disrupting -- both hallmark characteristic of many carcinogens -- at concentrations several orders of magnitude concentration lower than agricultural application. In fact, Monsanto has gone to great lengths to deny the emerging Roundup-Cancer link by pouring money into contract research companies like Exponent, who deny its well established harms.
"This newest study provides clear and convincing evidence that GMO agriculture is contributing to cancer in exposed populations. The timing of this new study -- two weeks before Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) -- is all the more fitting, considering that in female animals, 93% of the tumors found were in the mammary glands."
If you're wondering why common sense doesn't prevail in the agribusiness world and its wonderful cosmos of mercantilism, then consider, in connection to the above article, the following, which shows an intriguing overlap of Mon(ster)santo people and government in the USA(and we can only presume similar buyouts of puppets and shills are proceeding apace in Europe, given the EU's recent loony tunes decision to have every petunia grower on the continent register their plants and seeds BREAKING: European Commission to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants not registered with government).
While we're at the wonders of government sponsored eco-system engineering, we might as well mention its program to kill birds and bees (yes, you read that correctly):
But hey, not to worry, we have robo-bees coming down the pike, and where there are robo-bees, can robo-birds be far behind?:
Granted, the initial article about GMOs and cancer is a bit dated, and granted, I've blogged here about such things before. But the context here is the important thing, and the context here is saying that greed - apparently now the primary motivator of culture and political action in the West - is the only thing that counts; this is why science doesn't work, and is being short-circuited in the West, why real debate and discussion do not occur, why politics is theater, and why public confidence in institutions in the West is quickly declining.
But the real lesson to take away from it all is that the oligarchs in charge of it all are really, in the final analysis, just insanely stupid, or perhaps, just insane and stupid.
See you on...
Oh wait, one more thing. Those Mon(ster)santo protests? Yea. They happened:
Yea, that's right. You can take it to (hopefully a non-Western) bank and bank it: the next move by the BRICSA nations will be to begin marketing real seeds, the kind that farmers can harvest, while retaining some to replant, the non-GMO kind, the kind they won't have to pay royalties on... and the BRICSA nations will do a booming business with it too, and spread good will in the process. You can bank on it. And you can bank on the "agribusiness" corporations to buy even more mercantilist protections from their governments that supposedly represent the people.
See you on the flip side.