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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: GMOs NEITHER SAFE NOR NECESSARY? THE EMERGENCE OF ...

Yesterday I blogged about the recent decision in an Australian court against a farmer raising GMO crops on his fields, by a non-GMO farmer whose fields had been contaminated by the GMO crops brought to his field by processes of nature, causing him to lose his organic farming certification. The lesson of the suit is clear: big agribusiness giants can bring such suits against non-GMO farmers whose fields are found to have GMO crops present for whatever reason, and non-GMO farmers cannot bring such suits on similar grounds against the GMO farmer.

As noted in yesterday's blog, the "lawful" status of GMOs has been one of the principal means by which courts are maintaining such double standards in favor of "agribusiness". But the problem is, and increasingly is, that the "science" behind "lawful" is being challenged by other science. And of course, that is being ignored by courts and buried in advertising, sloganeering, and bribery in the form of political contributions from agribusiness.

Now, in the growing body of reports raising concerns about GMOs, there is this, shared with us by Mr. V.T.:

Genetic Engineers Agree: GMOs Neither Safe Nor Necessary

Note that in the revised and updated report, there are some significant new concerns:

  • "A review that is claimed by pro-GMO lobbyists to show that 1,700 studies show GM foods are as safe in fact shows nothing of the sort. Instead many of the 1,700 studies cited show evidence of risk. The review also excludes or glosses over important scientific controversies over GMO safety issues. (p. 102)
  • "A review purportedly showing that GM foods are safe on the basis of long-term animal studies in fact shows evidence of risk and uses unscientific double standards to reach a conclusion that is not justified by the data. (p. 161)
  • "A laboratory study in human cells shows that very low levels of glyphosate (the main chemical ingredient of Roundup herbicide, which most GM crops are engineered to tolerate) mimicked the hormone estrogen and stimulated the growth of breast cancer cells. The level of glyphosate that had this effect was below the level allowed in drinking water in Europe and far below the level allowed in the USA. It was also below the level found in GM glyphosate-tolerant soy, which is imported into Europe for animal feed and human food. If confirmed in animal studies, this finding would overturn regulatory assumptions of safe levels of glyphosate. (p. 221)
  • "A rat feeding study led by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, which found toxic effects from a GM maize and tiny amounts of the Roundup herbicide it is grown with, was retracted by a journal editor for unscientific reasons. Yet the study is far stronger and more detailed than many industry studies that are accepted as proof of safety for GMOs. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had to reject the study in order to protect its own previous opinions on this and other GMOs, for reasons explained in the report. The findings of this study, if confirmed, would overturn regulatory assumptions of safe levels of glyphosate and Roundup. (pp. 94, 147)" (Emphasis added)

Now we may add to this concern yet another new finding, linking birth defects and glyphosphate:

Monsanto's Darkest Secret: Roundup's Effect On The Fetus

In case you missed it, there is a clear indication of possible suppression of information here:

In 2010, after a dramatic increase in reports of birth defects in Argentina (a four-fold increase) since 2002, a lab study was performed that found low doses of the active ingredient in Roundup known as glyphosate, the most prevalent herbicide worldwide, causes birth defects in frog and chicken embryos. This study was followed by others demonstrating cardiac anomalies, embryonic death, and multifocal malformations suspected to be related to oxidized vitamin A toxicity caused by glyphosate. A more recent study in tropical fish has echoed this dose-related concern with harrowing outcomes:

survival and hatching percentage decreased as glyphosate concentration increased. Absence of pectoral fin(s) and cornea, permanently bent tail, irregular shaped abdomen, and cell disruption in the fin, head and abdomen are among the common teratogenic effects observed.

These studies represent only the tip of a vast, submerged iceberg of research, which clearly show glyphosate causes birth defects, and that the pesticide industry has known about for a surprisingly long period of time.

Earth Open Source, A group of independent scientists (think not paid to scientifically support corporations) published a compendium of literature that they called "Roundup and Birth Defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" stating, "The pesticide industry and EU regulators knew as long ago as the 1980s-1990s that Roundup, the world's best selling herbicide, causes birth defects – but they failed to inform the public."

But now, add to these purely scientific concerns, the geopolitical one. But for that, we'll have to wait until tomorrow.

See you on the flip side...

 

7 thoughts on “ THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: GMOs NEITHER SAFE NOR NECESSARY? THE EMERGENCE OF ...”

  1. Do not have the links for this information, but Professor Don Huber, emeritus at Purdue University has been an outspoken critic of glyphosates, found in Roundup. His career as a scientist in professional and military agencies found that cattle and dairy herds fed a diet of corn and soybeans from crops treated with glyphosates experienced infertility and spontaneous abortion rates as high as 45%. His findings were summarized and he sent them to US Secretary of Agriculture asking for additional funding to study the problems and asking for a delay in making regulatory decisions.

    There are videos on You Tube, just do a search.

  2. This brings to mind two films The Satan Bug and Being There in the first film we have a psychopath who wants to be the last man on Earth. He is a smooth taker who gets other lesser psychopath to do his bidding. In the second we have the rise of a man with no thoughts to position of power mouthing empty platitudes like so many of our elites. As to the GMO’s anyone who believes this is to feed people is a fool. These jerks don’t know or care about anything including themselves they know nothing of nothing all they do is concoct one stupid scheme to feed their wealth addiction that has no bottom. And think if the do think us 99% are scheming to do them in as if we really care about them they obsess that we will do them harm or we are toys to be broken then discarded only their wants a real GODISM is their opiate.

  3. My uncle has a form of blood cancer which is caused by chemicals that farmers use, and Roundup is the most common herbicide of choice, and the doctors told him that it is so common in farmers that they call it farmers cancer.

    1. I’m not surprised, loisg. I sent for a study maybe 15 years or so ago on the cause of Workmen’s Compensation claims for farm workers in California. I’m sorry I can’t give you the source of the report since I loaned it to my old arborist and he never returned it, but the study said that 25% of the disability claims were from exposure to Roundup.

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