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GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

Monsanto’s lies and its troll army are contradicted in no uncertain terms. They have monkeyed with science in numerous ways, and corrupted the process of ensuring food safety.

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In our view, the science and the risk assessment supporting the Enlist Duo decision are flawed. The science consisted solely of toxicologic studies commissioned by the herbicide manufacturers in the 1980s and 1990s and never published, not an uncommon practice in U.S. pesticide regulation. These studies predated current knowledge of low-dose, endocrine-mediated, and epigenetic effects and were not designed to detect them. The risk assessment gave little consideration to potential health effects in infants and children, thus contravening federal pesticide law. It failed to consider ecologic impact, such as effects on the monarch butterfly and other pollinators. It considered only pure glyphosate, despite studies showing that formulated glyphosate that contains surfactants and adjuvants is more toxic than the pure compound.

…This decision was made in haste. It was based on poorly designed and outdated studies and on an incomplete assessment of human exposure and environmental effects.

…National Toxicology Program should urgently assess the toxicology of pure glyphosate, formulated glyphosate, and mixtures of glyphosate and other herbicides.

Labeling will deliver multiple benefits. It is essential for tracking emergence of novel food allergies and assessing effects of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops.

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There is a war raging against your right to know what you and your children are eating, how it was altered genetically, and how to avoid it.

The federal government is attempting to stop states and localities from regulating these experimental foods, which are released to the public without any long term or independent testing at all. They are tested by the corporations and voluntarily reported to the government under the fraudulent assumption that they are safe, because it’s up to the rest of us to prove their science experiments are unsafe. This Alice in Wonderland system of high risk corporate coddling is protected by the corrupt congress, which has gone out of its way to bring us toward a state of fascism, on this and on other crucial issues (such as the surveillance state).

GMO Labeling Laws Ditched: The Passage of the DARK Act Shows the Arrogance of US Politicians

In particular, the DARK Act – if passed by the Senate and signed into law by Obama – will:

  • Preempt State and local laws regarding the production and sale of GMO crops, not just the labeling of GMO foods;

  • Eliminate “GMO-Free” zones;

  • Unfairly burden traditional farmers and food producers to label their food as “GMO-free,” requiring certification from the pro-GMO USDA;

  • Further muddy the food definition of “Natural,” allowing companies to make “natural” claims on packaging even if the food contains GMOs; and

  • Allow dairy products from animals fed bioengineered foods and foods developed using bioengineered processing aids or enzymes to still be labeled as non-bioengineered.

Buy Organic… while you still can.

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Frankenfish Flops Risk Assessment

…AquAdvantage Salmon reveals that Canadian government scientists found significant problems with the fish, including increased susceptibility to disease and widely inconsistent growth rates. As a result of this newly released draft risk assessment, U.S. NGOs are calling for the U.S. FDA to stop its own review of the fish.

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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.

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Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism

 

Yesterday I posted a possible positive use for genetic modification (cancer treatment).  Today, we need to keep it real and note the inexhaustible list of downsides to eating these Frankenfoods that are churned out and put on supermarket shelves without any long term testing whatsoever.  You are the guinea pig.

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This study reveals both the profound lack of knowledge of what introducing GE mosquitoes into the wild will do as well as the monumental hubris of those studying it.

New Approach to Identify Possible Ecological Effects of Releasing Genetically Engineered Insects

“‘Our project is trying to get it a little bit further into a standardization — a framework for how do you go about systematically evaluating a new technology so you’re looking at all the sorts of different interactions that could possibly happen,’ Morey says.”

Two red flags in that statement.  First they intend to “standardize” releasing laboratory concocted organisms into nature.  Second, they believe they can analyze “all the sorts of different interactions that could possibly happen.”  This arrogance is the type of thinking that is sinking the world’s ecosystems.  It’s what gives scientists a bad name.  All?  They claim superiority over nature — with a straight face.

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The US military is involved in partnership with Monsanto in CYBER WAR against GMO protesters and independent scientists studying these malignant inventions sold as “food.”

“As revealed yesterday by Sustainable Pulse, on July 13th the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung detailed information on how the US Government “advances the interests of their corporations,” focusing on Monsanto as a prime example.
The report titled, “The Sinister Monsanto Group: ‘Agent Orange’ to Genetically Modified Corn
,” described a ‘new fangled cyber war’ being waged against both eco-activists and independent scientists by supporters and former employees of Monsanto, who are described as “operationally powerful assistants” and who have taken up sometimes high-ranking posts in the US administration, regulatory authorities, and some of whom have connections deep within the military industrial establishment, including the CIA.
Monsanto contacts are known to the notorious former secret service agent Joseph Cofer Black, who helped formulate the law of the jungle in the fight against terrorists and other enemies. He is a specialist on dirty work, a total hardliner. He worked for the CIA for almost three decades, among other things as the head of anti-terroism. He later became vice president of the private security company Blackwater, which sent tens of thousands of soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan under US government orders.
Thanks to Snowden and Wikileaks, the world has a new idea of how these friends and partners operate where power and money are concerned. The whistle-blowing platform published embassy dispatches two years ago, which also included details about Monsanto and genetic engineering.”

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Can anyone argue that we are not now living in a fascist empire?