GMOs, terminator seeds, and a European cover-up?

‘Seeds of destruction’ by William Engdahl is a must-read book for anyone remotely interested in their health and especially that of their children, grandchildren and so on. It is available on Amazon.

Here is part 1 of our review on the book, in which we focus on GMOs and terminator seeds:

Engdahl starts with the famous 2012 ‘Caen Study’ by Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini (1), where more than 200 rats were divided into two equal groups, one a control, the other fed with GMO NK603 Maize. Pictures of the tumours in the GMO-fed rats shocked the world.

The original Monsanto research ‘proving’ safety showed that the measured period was just 90 days – in Seralini’s research tumours only started to appear after 4-7 months!! Where Roundup was used, the female rats died 2-3 times more quickly. While mammary and pituitary tumours were more prevalent in female rats, liver and kidney tumours were 2.5-3 times more likely in males and overall GMO-fed males had 4 times the levels of tumours of the control groups. Monsanto seeds are genetically modified to resist the weed-killing effects of Roundup. The seeds can accumulate Roundup (glyphosphate) throughout their life.

Monsanto has repeatedly refused requests to publish the exact formula and contents of Roundup claiming ‘Trade Secret’ status. Research however has shown that it can affect human embryo cells in doses far lower than used in agriculture (2).

In both the USA and Europe, scientific testing on GMO seeds had uniquely been left to the seed company. Animal research was never conducted beyond 90 days.

The European Regulatory body (the EFSA in Brussels) had passed the seeds in 2009 whilst conducting little research of its own and never for more than 90 days.

The EFSA response was to question the credibility of the Seralini study and dismiss it. More than half of the EFSA panel members had conflict of interest with the very companies they should have been protecting the EU population from, according to a study by the Corporate Europe Observatory. A Spanish Study (which was little more than an endorsement of GMO from the Spanish Government) was often cited as corroboration for the EFSA view. Worse, the EFSA commissioned no study to check out the Seralini findings.

In 2001 Monsanto, along with Coca Cola, Kraft, Nestle and ADM, another GMO company, helped form the ‘independent’ Washington-based ‘International Life Sciences Institute’, or ILSI. A scandal erupted when Professor Diana Banati who was on the EFSA board went to take up a simultaneous position on the European arm of ILSI. Public interest groups have noted this ‘revolving door’ effect in Brussels on many occasions.

Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the EU, has gone on record as saying that there is no substantiated scientific evidence against GMOs.

All this with different European public polls showing almost 80% public rejection of GMO foods.

Monsanto is currently being fused with the giant European Bayer Corporation, also advocates of GMO.

Terminator Technology

In 2007, Monsanto took over a company called Delta and Pine Land. This company had been a long-term recipient of US Government funding. It had been developing Genetic Use Restriction Technology, or GURT. This is also called ‘Terminator Technology’. Seeds grow their plants for one season, and that’s it. Never again. So if you are a farmer, you have to come back and buy more the next year. This is the very antithesis of what seeds are all about!
The Terminator Technology was protected by a patent (No: 5,723,765), owned jointly by the company AND the US Government.

Clearly, it could be used to control farmers and their crops from Mexico to Iran. So, it also could control whole countries and their food production. But, at the same time, it endangers all living crops in all countries as the spread of the seeds is difficult to control.

It would not be the first time that America has sought to use food this way. Henry Kissinger called it ‘Food as a Weapon’, when regime change was brought about in Chile by American pressure. As Kissinger said in 1970, “Control Oil and you control continents; control food and you control the people”.

The USA has openly said it wants to encourage use of its seeds around the World. And by developing the World Trade Organisation, individual countries signing up, cannot impose a restriction on ‘Free Trade’ because they are concerned about ‘health risks’. That would constitute an ‘unfair trade barrier’ and bring the threat of trade sanctions. Second and third world countries are potentially in big trouble.

Monsanto and Syngenta have publically declared that they will not use Terminator Technology. The US Government has refused to drop its involvement in Terminator development.

Ref:

1. Gilles-Eric Seralini et al, Genetically modified crops safety assessments: present limits and possible improvements, Environmental Sciences Europe 2011, 23:10, accessed in http://www.enveurope.com/content/23/1/10.

2. Aris, A., Leblanc, S., Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada, Reproductive Toxicology, 2011 May;31(4):528-33. Epub 2011 Feb 18.

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Are GMO foods already out of control? By Dr Mercola

CANCERactive has previously covered the quite ludicrous acceptance-without-independent research policy of Western Governments towards Genetically Modified seeds. The same governments that bring in laws against the consumption of thousand-year-old herbs whilst supporting claims like ´Just because it´s natural, doesn´t make it safe´ seem hell-bent on supporting the downright unnatural and potentially unsafe. We have also previously covered the American pressure, for example, directed towards the French authorities when they refused to take American GM seed.

Dr Mercola: The company that brought you the most destructive products known to man like dioxins (Agent Orange) and polychlorinated biphenols (PCB´s), are not only bringing you GM seeds and busy buying up non-GM seed companies, but bringing you a new chemical threat: glyphosate.

In France a documentary entitled ´The World according to Monsanto´ has slammed the company hinting at Mafia-like practices with teams of enforcers stopping farmers saving seeds from one year to the next, so that they have to use Monsanto´s patented GM seeds.

Some GM crops, such as GM sugar beets and certain varieties of GM corn and soy, are engineered (with the Roundup Ready gene) to withstand otherwise lethal doses of Monsanto´s herbicide Roundup, which has the active chemical glyphosate. Users of GM seeds become dependent upon Roundup and have to agree to its exclusive use. But one problem is that the weeds have already genetically developed to withstand it, so much so that weeds that grow several inches per day are now being found around GM crops. 11 million acres of US soul are now ´polluted´ by 130 or more strains of ´super weed´, across 40 states. (Scientific American)

Washing crops thoroughly is essential as all of these crops receive numerous applications of Roundup each and every year. But washing could never be enough. Glyphosate is already being found in waterways, in rain and in soil samples. A French court even found Monsanto guilty of falsely advertising its herbicide as ´biodegradable´ especially given that according to Monsanto´s own tests only 2 per cent breaks down within 28 days.

Glyphosate is now being linked to ´Sudden Death Syndrome´ (SDS) in plants and the emergence of disease, as the chemical weakens the plant defences and can interfere in photosynthesis.

As if this wasn´t enough of a threat to our health, some GM seeds are designed to produce chemicals that kill attackers, like bacteria and moulds. In 2011 Cry1Ab, a specific type of Bt toxin from GM crops was detected in human and foetal blood samples for the first time. Canadian research found this toxin in

• 93 percent of  blood samples of pregnant women

• 80 percent of fetal blood samples

• 69 percent of non-pregnant women blood samples

In a review of 19 research studies by French Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, published in Environmental Sciences Europe (March 1st 2011), the conclusions showed that consuming genetically modified corn or soybeans leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice, particularly in livers and kidneys. Weight changes were also common.

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finally looking into the damaging effects of glyphosate on humans and the environment and plans to make a decision regarding its future by 2015, we all have to ask´ Will this be too late?´

Ed: With no independent testing of these seeds in the UK, their possible cross pollination of existing crops, a fear that ´organic´ seed companies will simply be bought up, could we at least ask for a little ´Chemical Consistency´ from our Government and Health Bodies? A new food has to go through all manner of approvals before a company can sell it. But an existing food can incorporate a new GM seed tomorrow, often without any UK acknowledgement on the label. California has just introduced a labelling law as a start. Where is ours?

While we have laws for drugs and now herbs, why is there no equivalent regulation on GM seeds? Perhaps it is time to bypass the Food Standards Agency and ask your MP directly exactly what he intends to do.

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