Do GMOs mean more allergies? Fears are widespread: Consumers will suffer from more allergies with the arrival of genetically modified food, and new genes will turn harmless foods into serious threats. Although it isn’t easy to predict the allergenic potential of new foods, rejecting GMOs because of allergies is unjustified. When a new gene is introduced into a plant’s genome, the principal end result is the production of a new protein. Sometimes, new proteins found in transgenic plants can be entirely new to the human diet. Therefore, we can not simply assume that these new substances are non-allergenic based on past experience.
Farmers Abandoning GMO Seeds And The Reason Will Surprise You Daniel Jennings, Off The Grid NewsWaking Times A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it’s not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry. Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable. Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among farmers abandoning genetically modified organisms (GMO) because of simple economics. “We get the same or better yields, and we save money up front,” crop consultant and farmer Aaron Bloom said of non-GMO seeds. Bloom has been experimenting with non-GMO seeds for five years and he has discovered that non-GMO is more profitable.
Why Does Monsanto Sue Farmers Who Save Seeds? Monsanto patents many of the seed varieties we develop. Patents are necessary to ensure that we are paid for our products and for all the investments we put into developing these products. This is one of the basic reasons for patents. Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn’t trust. He instructed the students in his lab, where he was raising three thousand frogs, to hang up the phone if they heard a click, a signal that a third party might be on the line. Other scientists seemed to remember events differently, he noticed, so he started carrying an audio recorder to meetings. “The secret to a happy, successful life of paranoia,” he liked to say, “is to keep careful track of your persecutors.” Three years earlier, Syngenta, one of the largest agribusinesses in the world, had asked Hayes to conduct experiments on the herbicide atrazine, which is applied to more than half the corn in the United States. Hayes was thirty-one, and he had already published twenty papers on the endocrinology of amphibians.
Pusztai's Potatoes - Is 'Genetic Modification' the Culprit? By Dr. Nina V. Fedoroff Willaman Professor of Life Sciences and Evan Pugh Professor Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences ( Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 Website: On August 10th, 1998, Arpad Pusztai of the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland appeared on the British TV show "World in Action." In the course of the interview, he announced that his experiments showed that rats fed a diet of potatoes expressing a gene coding for a snowdrop sugar-binding protein showed stunted growth and reduced immune function (Enserink, Science 281.1184). Genetic Fallacy: How Pesticide Companies Silence Scientific Dissent Dr. MercolaWaking Times There are plenty of indications suggesting that the evidence-based paradigm across sciences is built on quicksand, having been largely bought and paid for by many major multinational corporations. Nowhere is this more evident than in the chemical industry, where pesticide companies posing as “biotechnology” firms specializing in genetics have peddled their wares based on seriously flawed science from the very beginning. Increasing numbers of scientists are now speaking out in objection to the rampant scientific misconduct muddling the field. Public mistrust in scientists and the corporations that pay them is also on the rise—and rightfully so.
Gresham company recalls pomegranate kernels over Hep A This handout image provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows the label of Harris Teeter's Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., Organic Antioxidant Berry Blend, packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores. The Oregon company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product was linked to at least 34 hepatitis A illnesses in five states. (AP/FDA) Roundup In 75% of Air and Water Sampled A Vicious Cycle of Chemical Madness (image by Natural News) A new study from the U.S. Current Biology - Anthocyanins Double the Shelf Life of Tomatoes by Delaying Overripening and Reducing Susceptibility to Gray Mold Figure 1 Accumulation of Anthocyanins in Tomato Fruit Delays Late Ripening and Decreases Pathogen Susceptibility (A) Wild-type, red (i and ii) and transgenic, purple (iii and iv) tomato fruits were tagged during the initial stages of development and harvested and photographed at the end of the green stage (i and iii).
University of Caen: Roundup Bioforce Destroys Cells in Rat Testes Gilles-Eric Seralini: Roundup Bioforce Destroys Cells in Rat Testes This Gilles-Eric Seralini study finds that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup Bioforce® as well as glyphosate alone reduced testosterone levels in testicular cells of rats at very low concentrations; and at higher concentrations – still 10 times below agricultural use – the cells died in 24-48 hours. Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov US Patent Pending for Genetically Modified Marijuana > Hawaii Free Press by Andrew Walden Medical marijuana advocates would do well to question anti-genetic protests. These initiatives are a back-door way of re-prohibiting medical marijuana under the guise of banning GM plants. Ironically, just as marijuana is approaching legalization, anti-GM initiatives give a weapon to drug enforcement agents who could use GM bans to justify raids against marijuana cultivators--even small growers within the “medical marijuana” limits. What protesters have missed is that today’s potent varieties of marijuana were developed by genetic modification. The University of Central Florida even has a pending US Patent for a cannabis sativa genetic modification technique.
Study: Pesticide Ingredients Far More Dangerous than Reported Elizabeth Renter| NaturalSociety | 10th March 2014 Pesticides have been shown time and time again to be toxic to humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem as a whole. This isn’t a news flash; it’s commonly accepted. As a new study to be found in BioMed Research International points out, pesticides are far more toxic than their makers and regulators would have us believe. The research indicates some of the ingredients within these poisons actually amplify the toxicity of the individual ingredients. The adjuvants within pesticides are the ingredients that need a closer look. There Is No Link Between ADHD And Organophosphate Pesticides Pediatrics has a now famous study in which it was found that kids exposed to certain pesticides had significantly increased risk for ADHD. There is universal praise for this piece of garbage, bow to the only true god: Evidence! Michael L. Goldstein, MD, who was not involved in the study, said the study results are "very interesting findings from a very well-done study from a good database." The report, he said, "certainly got my attention when I read it; I was really impressed by it. I think it is a groundbreaking study..."
Methyl Iodine and Strawberries You may already know that conventional strawberries fall into the Dirty Dozen list of conventional foods that you should avoid. This is because strawberries are sprayed with massive amounts of chemicals. Washing doesn’t help very much because the surface of strawberries with the seeds creates small crater like areas for the chemicals to reside in. The result, a very toxic fruit with over 54 different pesticide residues. Methyl Iodine is said to be one of the most toxic chemicals to date Recently, the newly approved chemical Methyl Iodine; which is used to fumigate the strawberry fields in California, is under heavy debate.