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Suspected manipulation in the outcome of EU research project

According to Testbiotech, the study took place over the course of just three months, which isn’t nearly long enough to make a proper assessment about the safety of a synthetic organism. Additionally, the study failed to even try to discover a dose threshold at which MON810 might pose health problems, a basic data point that any legitimate study on the matter would have included.

Archives of Toxicology Editor-in-Chief co-authored BPA review with employee of BPA manufacturer

Another major issue is the journal in which the study was published, which has major conflicts of interest with the biotech industry.

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Passed three rounds of peer review, and now the GMO rat study must be addressed by lawmakers.

 

Seralini republished: Roundup-ready GMO maize causes serious health damage

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‘Significant biochemical disturbances and physiological failures’

The study examines the health effects on rats of eating Roundup-tolerant NK603 genetically modified (GM) maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup application, and Roundup alone (from 0.1 ppb of the full pesticide containing glyphosate and adjuvants) in drinking water. It found:

  • “Biochemical analyses confirmed very significant chronic kidney deficiencies, for all treatments and both sexes; 76% of the altered parameters were kidney-related.
  • “In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times higher. Marked and severe nephropathies were also generally 1.3 to 2.3 times greater.
  • “In females, all treatment groups showed a two- to threefold increase in mortality, and deaths were earlier.
  • “This difference was also evident in three male groups fed with GM maize.
  • “All results were hormone- and sex-dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable.
  • “Females developed large mammary tumors more frequently and before controls;
  • “the pituitary was the second most disabled organ;
  • “the sex hormonal balance was modified by consumption of GM maize and Roundup treatments.
  • “Males presented up to four times more large palpable tumors starting 600 days earlier than in the control group, in which only one tumor was noted.
  • “These results may be explained by not only the non-linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup but also by the overexpression of the EPSPS transgene or other mutational effects in the GM maize and their metabolic consequences.
  • “Our findings imply that long-term (2 year) feeding trials need to be conducted to thoroughly evaluate the safety of GM foods and pesticides in their full commercial formulations.”

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Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and ‘Natural’ Food Fight

Organic Consumers Association: After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country, are on the verge of a monumental victory—mandatory labels on genetically engineered foods and a ban on the routine industry practice of labeling GMO-tainted foods as “natural.” 

On April 16, 2014, the Vermont Senate passed H.112 by a vote of 28-2, following up on the passage of a similar bill in the Vermont House last year. The legislation, which requires all GMO foods sold in Vermont to be labeled by July 1, 2016, will now pass through a House/Senate conference committee before landing on Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk, for final approval. 

Strictly speaking, Vermont’s H.112 applies only to Vermont. But it will have the same impact on the marketplace as a federal law. Because national food and beverage companies and supermarkets will not likely risk the ire of their customers by admitting that many of the foods and brands they are selling in Vermont are genetically engineered, and deceptively labeled as “natural” or “all natural”; while simultaneously trying to conceal this fact in the other 49 states and North American markets. As a seed executive for Monsanto admitted 20 years ago, “If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.”

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Politics and Democracy page, our Millions Against Monsanto page and our Genetic Engineering page.

RoundUp Bamboozle

Posted: March 28, 2014 in -
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Like raising the standards for radiation exposure, they keep raising the permissible levels of other poisons.  The poisons their good friends and campaign contributors churn out…

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How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

The legally acceptable level of glyphosate contamination in food and feed, i.e. the maximum residue level (MRL) has been increased by authorities in countries where Roundup-Ready GM crops are produced, or where such commodities are imported. In Brazil, the MRL in soybean was increased from 0.2 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg in 2004: a 50-fold increase, but only for GM-soy. The MRL for glyphosate in soybeans has been increased also in the US and Europe. In Europe, it was raised from 0.1 mg/kg to 20 mg/kg (a 200-fold increase) in 1999, and the same MRL of 20 mg/kg was adopted by the US. In all of these cases, MRL values appear to have been adjusted, not based on new scientific evidence, but pragmatically in response to actual observed increases in the content of residues in glyphosate-tolerant GM soybeans.

 

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Quite disgusted that The Simpsons let a glaring hit piece slip by, with Lisa Simpson leading the charge.  Not only do they attack the opposition by portraying anyone who opposes Monsanto as crazy and ignorant, but the knife in America’s back comes when Lisa S. pledges to go do some “real research.”

This alleged “real research” turns out to be straight-up Monsanto GMO propaganda.  No real research makes it into the program.  No concern over labeling or even being allowed to know what we’re eating.  No scientific study that brings up health concerns, such as those performed around the world where GMOs are tightly regulated — most of the civilized world.

In other words, FOX finally got to The Simpsons, and this episode is an utter disgrace and fraud.

The writers and performers should apologize to the nation and actually learn about what they are mocking.  This irresponsible corporate propaganda is dangerous, reckless and pretty much cancels the show as a source of satire and intelligent debate.  There was nothing approaching an intelligent approach to the issue in Season 25, episode 12.

-Ex-fan.

 

 

 

 

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JP Sottile investigates the international assault on Ukraine.  US corporate giants are deeply involved in the illegal coup there and the contorting of US foreign policy in their own private interests.  Does this surprise anyone on earth?

Corporate Interests Behind Ukraine Putsch

Among the luminaries working tirelessly and no doubt selflessly for a better, freer Ukraine are:

–Melissa Agustin, Director, International Government Affairs & Trade for Monsanto

–Brigitte Dias Ferreira, Counsel, International Affairs for John Deere

–Steven Nadherny, Director, Institutional Relations for agriculture equipment-maker CNH Industrial

–Jeff Rowe, Regional Director for DuPont Pioneer

–John F. Steele, Director, International Affairs for Eli Lilly & Company

And, of course, Cargill’s Van A. Yeutter. But Cargill isn’t alone in their warm feelings toward Ukraine. As Reuters reported in May 2013, Monsanto — the largest seed company in the world — plans to build a $140 million “non-GM (genetically modified) corn seed plant in Ukraine.”

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US Geological Survey:

“Glyphosate and its degradation product, AMPA, were detected in ≥75% of air and rain samples in 2007…”

Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals: Are They the Culprits Behind the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka?
Study Connects Monsanto’s Roundup to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic