Genetic Engineering of Food and the Failure of Science – Part 2 Abstract Factors in the failure of the scientific community to properly oversee agricultural transgenics are presented. The large-scale restructuring of university science programs in the past 25 years from a model based on non-proprietary science for the ‘public good’ to the ‘academic capitalism’ model based on the ‘knowledge economy’ is discussed in the context of the failure of the science community to oversee the transition of transgenic crop technology from the research stage to commercialization. View Article (PDF) Prop 37 election fraud? Prop 37 election fraud? Right now the votes for Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods are still being counted. On Tuesday morning, Dec 4th, Prop 37 hit 6,004,628 votes on the California Secretary of State’s website, but this tally was quickly reversed within an hour of being publicized by Food Democracy Now! Since November 6th, the vote count in California has been updated daily until December 4th, when the vote count hit 6 million for the first time. When contacted, the Secretary of State's office stated there would be no further updates to the vote totals until Dec 14th when state law requires the election results to be certified. At the same time, Food Democracy Now! We find this news troubling and think it’s important that the Secretary of State’s office know that we are watching these developments closely and expect honest and fair election results. (Right click or option-click the link and choose "Save As..." to download the image.)
» Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Found in All Urine Samples Tested Alex Jones Mike Barrett Infowars.com January 25, 2012 A recent study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of glyphosate, a carcinogenic chemical found in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup, in all urine samples tested. The amount of glyphosate found in the urine was staggering, with each sample containing concentrations at 5- to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water. This is just one more piece of evidence that herbicides are, at the very least, being sprayed out of control. Glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup Impacting Global Health This news comes only one month after it was found that glyphosate, contained in Monsanto’s Roundup, is contaminating the groundwater in the areas in which it is used. It means that toxic glyphosate is now polluting the world’s drinking water through the widespread contamination of aquifers, wells and springs. Monsanto continues to make the claim that their Roundup products are completely safe for both animals and humans. Print this page.
OGM : la guerre secrète pour décrédibiliser l’étude Séralini | De l’intérêt du conflit Des grains de maïs MON810, génétiquement modifiés, produits par Monsanto, lors d’une manifestation anti-OGM à Trèbes, près de Carcassonne, le 23 janvier 2012 (ERIC CABANIS/AFP) Pour enterrer définitivement l’étude controversée du professeur Gilles-Eric Séralini tendant à démontrer la nocivité potentielle d’un maïs OGM et de l’herbicide Roundup,ses détracteurs ont trouvé un moyen simple : obtenir de la très sérieuse revue Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) qui l’a publiée, qu’elle se rétracte et « retire » l’étude de la liste de ses publications. C’est à quoi s’emploient de nombreux experts, dans une bataille qui ressemble à une opération savemment orchestrée. Une véritable guerre de relations publiques où tous les coups sont permis. La revue scientifique a publié en ligne une vingtaine de lettres de détracteurs ainsi qu’une « réponse aux critiques » rédigée par l’équipe Séralini. La tactique de ces partisans de la biotechnologie ? Un réseau international P. Des conflits d’intérêts masqués
Study: Organic Farming Outperformed Conventional Farming in Every Measure The results are in from a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania's Rodale Institute. Contrary to conventional wisdom, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every measure. There are about 1,500 organic farmers in Saskatchewan, at last count. They eschew the synthetic fertilizers and toxic sprays that are the mainstay of conventional farms. Study after study indicates the conventional thinking on farming - that we have to tolerate toxic chemicals because organic farming can't feed the world - is wrong. In fact, studies like the Rodale trials (www.rodaleinstitute.org/ fst30years) show that after a three-year transition period, organic yields equalled conventional yields. More important than yield, from the farmer's perspective, is income, and here organic is clearly superior. The most profitable grain crop was the organically grown wheat netting $835/acre/year. . . . . Source: The Star Pheonix
Genetic Engineering of Food and the Failure of Science – Part 1 Abstract A major conflict has developed in science and society between promoters and opponents of transgenic foods. Food, feed, and fiber products derived from transgenic agricultural crops are presented here as a different case from bacterial, industrial, and pharmaceutical crop transgenics and should be parsed from the larger transgenics industry for comprehensive re-evaluation and market roll-back. Reviewed is the development of the crop transgenics industry; the early influence of the biotechnology industry over the US federal regulatory agencies in the context of the development of minimal regulation; the basic technology of plant transgenics; the main transgenic crops, traits, and producing countries; consumer resistance to transgenic foods; industry problems with shrinking investments; the worldwide promotion of transgenic crops; and ecological issues of transgenic crops. View Article (PDF)
Hidden Dangers: Foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup It’s super cheap—cheaper than sugar—and that means processed food manufacturers can load up on it, sweeting their goodies at rock-bottom prices and further driving our waistlines out. It’s high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and it’s found in some pretty surprising places. In fact, the foods with high fructose corn syrup may be foods you eat every single day. While this Huffington Post article on the hidden presence of HFCS says “the jury is still out” on whether it’s dangerous or any more dangerous than sugar, we know differently. Big money is made in the corn industry—big, big money—and therefore big money is spent counteracting every study and inkling that suggests any product of the industry is less than great for you (HFCS included). Staying informed on the latest research and watching your foods like a hawk can help keep you and your family safe. YogurtsBreadsFrozen pizzasCereal barsCocktail peanutsBoxed macaroni and cheeseSalad DressingTonicApplesauceCanned Fruit
Judge Dismisses Organic Farmers' Case Against Monsanto : The Salt hide captionFarmer Alan Madison fills a seed hopper with Monsanto hybrid seed corn near Arlington, Illinois, U.S. A group of organic and other growers say they're concerned they'll be sued by Monsanto if pollen from seeds like these drift onto their fields. Daniel Acker/Landov Farmer Alan Madison fills a seed hopper with Monsanto hybrid seed corn near Arlington, Illinois, U.S. A New York federal court today dismissed a lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto brought by thousands of certified organic farmers. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and several other growers and organizations do not use Monsanto seeds. Instead, the judge found that plaintiffs' allegations were "unsubstantiated ... given that not one single plaintiff claims to have been so threatened." The company, meanwhile, asserts that it doesn't exercise its patent rights when trace amounts of its patented traits inadvertently end up in farmers' fields. Last year, the U.S.
OGM : Monsanto échappe à une audition par l'Anses sur le maïs NK603 LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Paul Benkimoun Auditionné conjointement, mercredi 7 novembre, par les commissions des affaires sociales et du développement durable de l'Assemblée nationale, un responsable de l'Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail (Anses) a expliqué que l'entreprise Monsanto n'avait pu être entendue par l'agence dans le cadre des suites à donner à la publication controversée du biologiste Gilles-Eric Seralini sur les effets du maïs OGM NK603, que la firme produit. Cité par le Quotidien du médecin, le directeur de l'évaluation des risques à l'Anses, Dominique Gombert, a indiqué aux députés que l'agence avait adressé à Monsanto "un courrier extrêmement précis sur les questions que nous souhaitions leur poser, notamment sur les effets dans les études à long terme. Lire : OGM : Les autorités scientifiques françaises critiquent les travaux de M. Séralini Lire : Comment le test sur les rats échoue à protéger les hommes
Honey and cinnamon cures - do they really work? Here's what you need to know (NaturalNews) Hopeful newcomers to holistic health marvel at reports about honey and cinnamon as a miracle cure-all. On the other hand, alternative health skeptics scoff at the notion of cinnamon and honey as medicine, pointing out that the plethora of articles about the curative benefits of this food duo originated with a 1995 article in the tabloid newspaper Weekly World News. The truth is that cinnamon and honey have been used to promote health for centuries, but their efficacy depends largely on a lifestyle of energetic activity and whole foods.In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), cinnamon is viewed as possessing heat or yang, and is thus used to cure ills stemming from excess yin or coldness. Honey, in this system, is viewed as a neutral substance, balanced between yin and yang. Honey possesses natural anti-bacterial properties. Drinking honey and cinnamon in lukewarm water results in them moving through the bladder and cleansing it, as well as clearing infections there.
Debate on GMOs Health Risks after Statistical Findings in Regulatory Tests Int J Biol Sci 2010; 6(6):590-598. doi:10.7150/ijbs.6.590 Communication Joël Spiroux de Vendômois1, Dominique Cellier1,2, Christian Vélot1,3, Emilie Clair1,4, Robin Mesnage1,4, Gilles-Eric Séralini1,4 1. How to cite this article: de Vendômois JS, Cellier D, Vélot C, Clair E, Mesnage R, Séralini GE. We summarize the major points of international debate on health risk studies for the main commercialized edible GMOs. Keywords: GMOs, Health risks, Pesticides, Regulatory toxicology, Animal tests The debate on the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used for food and feed is still very lively throughout the world, more than 15 years after their first commercial release [3-5]. The debate on health risks is first of all based on theoretical considerations, and second on the knowledge derived from mammalian experiments fed on GMOs. In order to analyze subchronic or chronic toxicological signs, it is more informative to focus on studies including numerous blood and organ parameters.