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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Glyphosphate in Roundup and very disturbing research about Parkinson’s, cancer and other chronic diseases.

A new research report by Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant, and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has some very disturbing conclusions for the weed killer Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosphate, widely used on GMO products which have been engineered to withstand the large doses that are used to kill the weeds.

In April, the weedkiller was linked to Parkinson’s with an article in the Daily Mail covering the research in the UK (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315057/Is-worlds-popular-weed-killer-causing-Parkinsons-New-study-shows-Roundup-herbicide-linked-cancer-infertility.html#ixzz2WjxIGpZV).

‘Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body,’ the study says.

‘We have hit upon something very important that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated,’ Seneff said.

The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate and has set a deadline of 2015 for determining if glyphosate use should be limited. The study is among many comments submitted to the agency.

Manufacturer Monsanto has always argued that Roundup is safe and “minimally toxic” to humans. But the research report in the journal Entropy, tells a different story:

i. Glyphosphate residues, found in many everyday foods due to its use with GM sugar, corn, wheat and soy, ‘enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease’. “Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”

ii. Glyphosphate greatly affects CYP proteins (for example, cytochrome P450). These were, for example, the focus of attention for Professors Potter and Burke in their work on Salvestrols.

CYP proteins can perform many functions, for example detoxifying ‘foreign’ chemical compounds in your body.

CYP1B1 is directly linked to cancer; even being used as a marker for the disease.

iii. Glyphosphate also destroys gut bacteria and thus the important bioactive products they release from the foods you eat or, indeed, make themselves. With glyphosphate poisoning the bacteria make reduced supplies of amino acids and this plus the glyphosphate interferes with the sulphur system in the body – essential in the fight against cancer and many diseases from gastro-intestinal diseases to MS.

‘Glyphosphate’s claimed mechanism of action in plants is the disruption of the shikimate pathway, which is involved with the synthesis of the essential aromatic amino acids, phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan. The currently accepted dogma is that glyphosphate is not harmful to humans or to any mammals because the shikimate pathway is absent in all animals.

However, this pathway is present in gut bacteria, which play an important and heretofore largely overlooked role in human physiology’, said the authors.

Readers should look at the CANCERactive article on The Microbiome and its importance to your good health (Link: http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=3431).

Readers might also like to read about Salvestrols. (Link: http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=3205)

Sources:
1. Green Media info: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/lethality-roundup-weedkiller-may-extend-beyond-plants-humans-study-shows
2. Nation of Change: http://www.nationofchange.org/monsanto-s-roundup-herbicide-may-be-most-important-factor-development-autism-and-other-chronic-disea
3. Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/09/monsanto-roundup-herbicide.aspx

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Argentina – a Poster Child for the Health Hazard of GM seeds

By Dr. Mercola

Roundup Ready soy is now being cultivated on a massive scale across the globe, along with the exponentially increasing use of the herbicide Roundup. Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” soy beans are genetically modified to survive otherwise lethal doses of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the company’s herbicide Roundup.

It’s a win-win for Monsanto. But it’s a loss for just about everyone else. Not to mention a health hazard for the environment, and the animals and humans that eat these crops.

Argentina’s Bad Seeds

One of the countries most affected by genetically engineered soy is Argentina, whose population is being sickened by massive spraying of herbicides. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is blamed for the dramatic increase in devastating birth defects as well as cancer.

In the film People and Power — Argentina: The Bad Seeds, film maker Glenn Ellis investigates the destructive and health-harming trends associated with the burgeoning use of genetically engineered soy.

In Cordoba, he speaks to Alternative Nobel Laureate Professor Raul Montenegro about the problems associated with excessive pesticide use.

“Montenegro, a world-renowned biologist, looked the part of a pioneer, in a khaki shirt and jungle boots.’I have pesticide in me,’ he said, almost as soon as he opened the door. Here we all have pesticide in our bodies because the land is saturated with it. And it is a huge problem. In Argentina biodiversity is diminishing. Even in national parks, because pesticides don’t recognize the limit of the park,” Ellis writes.1

More than 18 million hectares in Argentina are covered by genetically engineered soy, on which more than 300 million litres of pesticides are sprayed. Studies strongly suggest that the glyphosate these crops are doused with can cause cancer and birth deformities; both of which are occurring at increasing rates in areas where spraying is done.

Sterility and miscarriages are also increasing. Experts warn that in 10 to 15 years, rates of cancer, infertility and endocrine dysfunction could reach catastrophic levels in Argentina.

Birth Malformation Skyrocketing in Agricultural Centers of Argentina

Ellis also met with Dr. Medardo Vasquez, the neonatal specialist who heads up the Children’s Hospital in Cordoba. Dr. Vasquez tells him:

“I see new-born infants, many of whom are malformed. I have to tell parents that their children are dying because of these agricultural methods. In some areas in Argentina the primary cause of death for children less than one year old is malformations.”

Ellis is also shown a chart of two steeply climbing graphs, rising in tandem with each other — one representing the increase in soya plantations over the last 15 years; the other the rise in birth defects across the province during that same time. In the village of Malvinas Argentinas, which is surrounded by soy plantations, the rate of miscarriage is 100 times the national average, courtesy of glyphosate.

Aside from chemical spraying, silos containing genetically engineered crops are another contributing factor. The chemically treated crop produces contaminated dust, which is then ventilated outdoors without filtration, where it is carried with the winds and breathed by the local residents.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, Monsanto still maintains its innocence. In a written statement to Ellis, the company said:

“Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides have a long history of safe use when used according to label directions in more than 100 countries around the world. Comprehensive toxicological studies have demonstrated that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® branded agricultural herbicides, does not cause birth defects or reproductive problems.”

Stunning Report Illustrates Nutritional Deficiencies and Hazards of GMO Corn

In related news, a report given to MomsAcrossAmerica2 by an employee of De Dell Seed Company (Canada’s only non-GMO corn seed company) offers a stunning picture of the nutritional differences between GMO and non-GMO corn. Clearly, the former is NOT equivalent to the latter, which is the very premise by which genetically engineered crops were approved in the first place. Here are a small sampling of the nutritional differences found in this 2012 nutritional analysis:

• Calcium: GMO corn = 14 ppm / Non-GMO corn = 6,130 ppm (437 times more)
• Magnesium: GMO corn = 2 ppm / Non-GMO corn = 113 ppm (56 times more)
• Manganese: GMO corn = 2 ppm / Non-GMO corn = 14 ppm (7 times more)

GMO corn was also found to contain 13 ppm of glyphosate, compared to zero in non-GMO corn. The EPA standard for glyphosate in American water supplies is 0.7 ppm. In Europe, the maximum allowable level in water is 0.2 ppm. Organ damage in animals has occurred at levels as low as 0.1 ppm… GMO corn was also found to contain extremely high levels of formaldehyde. According to Dr. Huber, at least one study found that 0.97 ppm of ingested formaldehyde was toxic to animals. GMO corn contains a staggering 200 times that amount! Perhaps it’s no wonder that animals, when given a choice, avoid genetically engineered feed like the plague.

GE Crops are NOT the ‘Most Tested’ Product in the World

It’s important to realize that genetically engineered (GE) foods have never been proven safe for human consumption over a lifetime, let alone over generations. Monsanto and its advocates claim genetically engineered crops are “the most-tested food product that the world has ever seen.” What they don’t tell you is that:

• Industry-funded research predictably affects the outcome of the trial. This has been verified by dozens of scientific reviews comparing funding with the findings of the study. When industry funds the research, it’s virtually guaranteed to be positive. Therefore, independent studies must be done to replicate and thus verify results.
• The longest industry-funded animal feeding study was 90 days, which recent research has confirmed is FAR too short. In the world’s first independently funded lifetime feeding study, massive health problems set in during and after the 13th month, including organ damage and cancer.
• Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta rarely if ever allow independent researchers access to their patented seeds, citing the legal protection these seeds have under patent laws. Hence independent research is extremely difficult or nearly impossible to conduct. If these scientists get seeds from a farmer, they sue them into oblivion as one of their favorite tactics is to use the legal system to their advantage. Additionally, virtually all academic agricultural research is controlled by Monsanto as they are the primary supporters of these departments and none will risk losing their funding from them.
• There is no safety monitoring. Meaning, once the GE item in question has been approved, not a single country on earth is actively monitoring and tracking reports of potential health effects.

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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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