War Over Monsanto Gets Ugly A delegation of politicians and community activists gathered on August 7 in La Leonesa, a small farm town in Argentina, to hear Dr. Andres Carrasco speak about a study linking a popular herbicide to birth defects in Argentina's agricultural areas. But the presentation never happened. A mob of about 100 people attacked the delegation before they could reach the local school where the talk was to be held. Dr. Witnesses said the angry crowd had ties to local officials and agribusiness bosses, and police made little effort to stop the violence, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Carrasco is a lead embryologist at the University of Buenos Aires Medical School and the Argentinean national research council. The deformations resulted from much lower doses of herbicide than those commonly found on crops, according to the study. Biotech chemical giant Monsanto patented glyphosate under the trade name Roundup in the 1970's. Roundup and Monsanto Superweeds Debate Gets Ugly
« L’industrie génétique remet en cause la possibilité pour nos e OGM de deuxième génération, plantes mutées à coup de radiations, semences de synthèse dont les gènes seront numérisés et privatisés… Guy Kastler nous décrit ce que préparent les multinationales de l’industrie génétique et agroalimentaire. Des projets à faire frémir. Le délégué général du Réseau semences paysannes explique également comment nous, jardiniers paysans ou simples citoyens urbains, pouvons empêcher cette destruction programmée du vivant. Photo : © Réseau Semences paysannes Guy Kastler est délégué général du Réseau semences paysannes, chargé de mission pour Nature et Progrès, membre de la Confédération paysanne et de la commission Biodiversité de Via Campesina. Photo : © Guillaume de Crop Y a t-il aujourd’hui des plantes mutées dans nos assiettes ? Oui, nous mangeons tous des blés mutés ou des potagères mutées. Depuis quand l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique s’occupe-t-elle d’agriculture !? En quoi consiste cette mutagenèse ? Comment éviter cette destruction du vivant ?
Is Genetically Modified Corn Toxic? In the United States, we grow and eat corn whose genes have been tweaked to make the plants more resistant to pests and pesticides. Most European countries don't, largely because the citizenry fears it isn't safe. But try as scientists might, they haven't been able to find any good reason why we shouldn't eat genetically modified (GM) food. Until now. Maybe. The study found that three strains of modded crops — MON 810 and MON 863, which are resistant to pests, and NK 603, which is foritified to withstand weed killer — significantly disrupted the blood chemistry of rats who ate them. With each of the three strains of maize, researchers say they found unusual concentrations of hormones and other compounds in the blood and urine of the tested rats, suggesting each strain impaired kidney and liver function. "What we've shown is clearly not proof of toxicity, but signs of toxicity," says Seralini. But as is often the case in these type of reports, the conclusions aren't terribly convincing.
Cancer row over GM foods as French study claims it did THIS to rats... and can cause organ damage and early death in humans French team claim bestselling brand of GM corn caused tumours and multiple organ damageLeading scientists have questioned the study and its results, claiming it has 'no value' By Sean Poulter for the Daily Mail Published: 12:21 BST, 19 September 2012 | Updated: 08:19 BST, 20 September 2012 Rats fed a lifelong diet of one of the bestselling strains of genetically modified corn suffered tumours and multiple organ damage, according to a controversial French study published today. Scientists said the results raised serious questions about the safety of GM foods and the assurances offered by biotech companies and governments. The first lifetime trials involving rats fed on GM corn found a raised incidence of breast tumours, liver and kidney damage. The French team has released shocking images of tumours in mice caused by exclusively eating GM corn. It is the first to look at the impact of eating a GM diet over a lifetime in rats, which is two years. The researchers found:
UN Commission Poised to Adopt New Labeling Guidelines for GMO Food May 18, 2011 Dr. Phil Bereano By the close of its 39th session, the United Nations’ Codex Alimentarius Commission was poised to adopt Labeling Guidelines for GMO foods that will provide some protection from the World Trade Organization for national-scale GMO-labeling programs around the world. The Non-GMO Project sponsored activist Phil Bereano’s participation in this session, and in so doing helped to ensure that the voices of the Activist and NGO communities would be heard, in an industry-dominated debate. Find below Dr. NON-GMO PROJECT REPORTBACKCodex Committee on Food Labeling39th Session, Quebec, CanadaMay 2011 Labeling of GE Foods The Codex Alimentarius Commission is a somewhat obscure UN agency (joint between the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization) which sets international norms for food safety and the food trade. For almost two decades this issue has been debated, moving forward and suffering setbacks. Here’s what was adopted: 1. 2. 3. Other
Séralini affair The Séralini affair began in September 2012, and involved the publication of an experiment conducted by a group led by Gilles-Éric Séralini. The experiments involved feeding Monsanto's RoundUp-resistant NK603 maize (called corn in North America) and the herbicide RoundUp to rats, over the rats' two-year lifespan. Séralini had required that journalists, in order to receive a copy of the paper prior to the press conference, sign a confidentiality agreement that prohibited them from contacting other researchers for comment before the press conference. During the press conference, Séralini also announced that he was releasing a book and a documentary film on the research. The press conference received extensive coverage in the media. In the paper and in the press conference, Séralini claimed that the results showed that Roundup-resistant maize and RoundUp are toxic. Background Previous Séralini papers and reactions to them 2012 study and release Responses
Little Green Genie - Most people don’t give a damn about the pla Science contrôlée ou science parallèle : un nouveau phénomène de société par Alain de Weck - SPS n° 282, juillet 2008 Pendant près de 150 ans, la recherche et le progrès scientifique, particulièrement en biologie et médecine, se sont déroulés selon un schéma assez rigide. Les chercheurs n’avaient pour faire connaître leurs travaux et acquérir une certaine renommée qu’une seule voie : la présentation à leurs pairs et la publication dans des revues scientifiques, publication soumise à l’approbation d’un comité de lecture, généralement anonyme. Ce procédé, toujours en vigueur, reste celui qui génère la majorité des nouvelles connaissances. Mais qu’advient-il des chercheurs dont les travaux sont jugés insuffisants, peu crédibles ou provocateurs par la filière de contrôle ? On ne saurait mettre tous les dissidents de la science dans le même paquet. La notion de « lanceur d’alerte » (whistleblower) a récemment subi une sorte d’ennoblissement médiatique. Paradoxalement, l’histoire nous enseigne que certains des rebelles de la science ont parfois eu raison.
Monsanto weedkiller and GM maize in 'shocking' cancer study The world’s best-selling weedkiller, and a genetically modified maize resistant to it, can cause tumours, multiple organ damage and lead to premature death, new research published today reveals. In the first ever study to examine the long-term effects of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, or the NK603 Roundup-resistant GM maize also developed by Monsanto, scientists found that rats exposed to even the smallest amounts, developed mammary tumours and severe liver and kidney damage as early as four months in males, and seven months for females, compared with 23 and 14 months respectively for a control group. “This research shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more aggressively - particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts,” said Dr Michael Antoniou, molecular biologist at King’s College London, and a member of CRIIGEN, the independent scientific council which supported the research.
Genetic Engineering While scientific progress on molecular biology has a great potential to increase our understanding of nature and provide new medical tools, it should not be used as justification to turn the environment into a giant genetic experiment by commercial interests. The biodiversity and environmental integrity of the world's food supply is too important to our survival to be put at risk. What's wrong with genetic engineering (GE)? Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. These genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating non 'GE' environments and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way. Their release is 'genetic pollution' and is a major threat because GMOs cannot be recalled once released into the environment. We believe:
Leaked Cable: Hike food prices to boost GM crop approval By Rady AnandaFood Freedom In a January 2008 meeting, US and Spain trade officials strategized how to increase acceptance of genetically modified foods in Europe, including inflating food prices on the commodities market, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. During the meeting, Secretary of State for International Trade, Pedro Mejia, and Secretary General Alfredo Bonet “noted that commodity price hikes might spur greater liberalization on biotech imports.” It seems Wall Street traders got the word. By June 2008, food prices had spiked so severely that “The Economist announced that the real price of food had reached its highest level since 1845, the year the magazine first calculated the number,” reports Fred Kaufman in The Food Bubble: How Wall Street starved millions and got away with it. All to boost acceptance of GM foods, and done via a trading scheme on which Wall Street speculators profited enormously. “This was a very good substantive discussion.
Technologies Propres OGM : environnement, santé et politique YouTube censors 'Organic Spies' video exposing Whole Foods employees lying about GMOs (NaturalNews) I once thought Whole Foods was a great place to shop, and I used to look forward to finding a Whole Foods store in every city I visited. Now when I see "Whole Foods" I think to myself, "Poison Foods" and I have images of those cancer tumors in the rats just pop into my head. I will never shop at Whole Foods again unless and until this corporation honestly labels GMOs or stops selling them altogether. Two days ago, a group calling itself "Organic Spies" released a shocking video exposing the "GMO lies" at Whole Foods. On YouTube, you can watch videos of people having their teeth knocked out, animals being brutally shot by hunters, and even sexually explicit "soft porn." That video, featuring hidden camera footage from the "Organic Spies" investigative group, was recently pulled (censored) by YouTube, most likely after complaints from Whole Foods itself. In other words, it told the truth. Here's the link to the video on TV.naturalnews.