The GMO war and what you should know

From: Razz (RAZZMAN) 2 Nov 2015 07:52
To: ALL1 of 4
I have been reading a lot about GMO's and what they are doing to our food supplies and our health. GMO's are genetically modified organisms. Here's the definition from Wikipedia...
 
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A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. Transgenic organisms, a subset of GMOs, are organisms which have inserted DNA that originated in a different species.


There is a war going on between those that manufacture GMO's for such things as "better" crop and fighting weeds and insects. The problem is that GMOs are leeching into even organic farmlands to the dismay of farmers. It has gotten so bad in India, that suicides is a major epidemic with farmers over there because of how GMOs are causing havoc with their crop.

I will post a couple articles from Natural News about the GMO epidemic and you can judge for yourself the implications of GMOs on your health...

http://www.naturalnews.com/033784_GMO_animal_feed.html

Scientific studies conclude GMO feed causes organ disruption in animals

Wednesday, October 05, 2011 by: Jeffrey M. Smith


(NaturalNews) A new paper reviewing data from 19 animal studies shows that consuming genetically modified (GM) corn or soybeans leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice, particularly in livers and kidneys (http://www.enveurope.com/content/23...). "Other organs may be affected too, such as the heart and spleen, or blood cells," stated the paper. In fact some of the animals fed genetically modified organisms had altered body weights, which is "a very good predictor of side effects in various organs."

The GM soybean and corn varieties used in the feeding trials "constitute 83% of the commercialized GMOs" that are currently consumed by billions of people. While the findings may have serious ramifications for the human population, the authors demonstrate how a multitude of GMO-related health problems could easily pass undetected through the superficial and largely incompetent safety assessments that are used around the world.

The researchers, lead by French Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, found that nearly 1 out of every 10 measured parameters in the studies, including blood and urine biochemistry, organ weights, and microscopic analyses, were significantly disrupted in the animals fed GMOs. The kidneys of males fared the worst, with 43.5% of all the changes. The liver of females followed, with 30.8%. The report, published in Environmental Sciences Europe on March 1, 2011, confirms that "several convergent data appear to indicate liver and kidney problems as end points of GMO diet effects." The authors point out that livers and kidneys "are the major reactive organs" in cases of chronic food toxicity.

Feed'em longer!

One of the most glaring faults in the current regulatory regime is the short duration of animals feeding studies. The industry limits trials to 90 days at most, with some less than a month. Only two studies reviewed in this new publication were over 90 days -- both were non-industry research.

Short studies could easily miss many serious effects of GMOs. It is well established that some pesticides and drugs, for example, can create effects that are passed on through generations, only showing up decades later. IN the case of the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol), "induced female genital cancers among other problems in the second generation." The authors urge regulators to require long-term multi-generational studies, to "provide evidence of carcinogenic, developmental, hormonal, neural, and reproductive potential dysfunctions, as it does for pesticides or drugs."

Pesticide Plants

Nearly all GM crops are described as "pesticide plants." They either tolerate doses of weed killer, such as Roundup, or produce an insecticide called Bt-toxin. In both cases, the added toxin -- weedkiller or bug killer -- is found inside the corn or soybeans we consume.

When regulators evaluate the toxic effects of pesticides, they typically require studies using three types of animals, with at least one feeding trial lasting 2 years or more. One third or more of the side effects produced by these toxins will show up only in the longer study -- not the shorter ones. But for no good reason, regulators ignore the lessons learned from pesticides and waive the GM crops-containing-pesticides onto the market with a single species tested for just 90 days. The authors affirm that "it is impossible, within only 13 weeks, to conclude about the kind of pathology that could be induced by pesticide GMOs and whether it is a major pathology or a minor one. It is therefore necessary to prolong the tests."

GMO approvals also ignore the new understanding that toxins don't always follow a linear dose-response. Sometimes a smaller amount of toxins have greater impact than larger doses. Approvals also overlook the fact that mixtures can be far more dangerous than single chemicals acting alone. Roundup residues, for example, have been "shown to be toxic for human placental, embryonic, and umbilical cord cells," whereas Roundup's active ingredient glyphosate does not on its own provoke the same degree of damage. One reason for this is that the chemicals in Roundup "stabilize glyphosate and allow its penetration into cells."

Furthermore, toxins may generate new substances (metabolites) "either in the GM plant or in the animals fed with it." Current assessments completely ignore the potential danger from these new components in our diets, such as the "new metabolites" in GMOs engineered to withstand Roundup. The authors warn, "We consider this as a major oversight in the present regulations."


"It's not the same stuff that farmers spray"

Regulators claim that the Bt-toxin produced inside GM corn is safe. They say that the Bt gene comes from soil bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which has been safely applied as a spray-on insecticide by farmers in the past. But the authors insist that "the argument about 'safe use history' of the wild Bt protein . . . cannot, on a sound scientific basis, be used for direct authorizations of . . . GM corns," without conducting proper long-term animal feeding studies.

In order to justify their claim that the wild Bt-toxin is safe, the authors state that it must first be separately tested on animals and humans and then authorized individually for food or feed, which it has not. And even if the wild variety had been confirmed as safe, the GM versions are so different, they must require their own independent studies. The paper states:

"The Bt toxins in GMOs are new and modified, truncated, or chimerical in order to change their activities/solubility in comparison to wild Bt. For instance, there is at least a 40% difference between the toxin in Bt176 [corn] and its wild counterpart."

Even though the isolated Bt-toxin from GM corn has not been tested on animals, rodent studies on corn containing the toxin do show problems. Male rats fed Monsanto's MON863 corn, for example, had smaller kidneys with more focal inflammation and other "disrupted biochemical markers typical of kidney filtration or function problems."


Stop with the dumb excuses

If statistically significant problems show up in their studies, biotech company researchers often attempt to explain away the adverse findings. But the authors of this review paper describe their excuses as unscientific, obsolete, or unjustified.

When male and female animals have different results, for example, biotech advocates claim that this couldn't possibly be related to the feed. Since both genders eat the same amount, they argue, both would have to show the same reaction in all of their organs, etc. And if the group of animals fed with less of the GMO feed exhibit more severe reactions than the group fed the larger amount, advocates claim that this discrepancy also means that the GMOs could not be the cause, since there must always be a linear dose relationship.

The authors of this paper, however, point out that effects found in a GMO animal feeding study "cannot be disregarded on the rationale that it is not linear to the dose (or dose-related) or not comparable in genders. This would not be scientifically acceptable." In fact, most "pathological and endocrine effects in environmental health are not directly proportional to the dose, and they have a differential threshold of sensitivity in both sexes. This is, for instance, the case with carcinogenesis and endocrine disruption."


What's the culprit, pesticide or plant?
The shortcomings of the feeding studies make it impossible to determine whether a particular problem is due to the added pesticide, such as Roundup residues or Bt-toxin, or due to the genetic changes in the modified plants' DNA.

Mice fed Roundup Ready soybeans, for example, showed numerous changes indicating increased metabolic rates in the liver (i.e. irregular hepatocyte nuclei, more nuclear pores, numerous small fibrillar centers, and abundant dense fibrillar components). Since studies on Roundup herbicide also show changes in the liver cells of mice and humans, the Roundup residues within the soybeans may be a significant contributing factor to the metabolic changes.

Similarly, rats fed Roundup Ready corn showed indications that their kidneys leaked. Such an effect "is well correlated with the effects of glyphosate-based herbicides (like Roundup) observed on embryonic kidney cells." Thus, the rats' kidney problems may also be caused by the Roundup that is accumulated within Roundup Ready corn kernels.

In addition to the herbicide, the Bt-toxin insecticide produced inside GM corn might also cause disorders. The authors state, "The insecticide produced by MON810 [corn] could also induce liver reactions, like many other pesticides." Studies do confirm significant liver changes in rats fed Bt corn.

On the other hand, "unintended effects of the genetic modification itself cannot be excluded" as the possible cause of these very same health problems. The process of gene insertion followed by cloning plant cells (tissue culture) can cause massive collateral damage in the plant's DNA with potentially harmful side-effects. In MON810 corn, for example, the insertion "caused a complex recombination event, leading to the synthesis of new RNA products encoding unknown proteins." The authors warn that "genetic modifications can induce global changes" in the DNA, RNA, proteins, and the numerous natural products (metabolites), but the faulty safety assessments are not designed to adequately identify these changes or their health impacts.


Population at risk
In addition to the shortcomings mentioned above, the paper shows how GMO feeding trials are "based on ancient paradigms" with "serious conceptual and methodological flaws," employ statistical methods that obscure the findings, add irrelevant control groups that confuse and confound the analysis, and rely on numerous assumptions that either remain untested or have already proved false.

Unlike drug approvals, biotech companies do not conduct human studies. They would therefore fail to identify both general human health reactions, and the potentially more serious ones endured by sub-populations. "If some consumers suffer from stomach problems or ulcers," for example, the paper states, "the new toxins will possibly act differently; the digestion in children could be affected too." The paper recommends the implementation of post market monitoring, which, among other things, "should be linked with the possibility of detecting allergenicity reactions to GMOs in routine medicine."

But even if authorities wanted to conduct epidemiological studies on GMOs, the authors acknowledge that they "are not feasible in America, since there is no organized traceability of GMOs anywhere on the continent." Not only is labeling of GMOs urgently needed to allow such studies to proceed, the study says:

"The traceability of products from animals fed on GMOs is also crucial. The reason for this is because they can develop chronic diseases which are not utterly known today…. Labeling animals fed on GMOs is therefore necessary because some pesticide residues linked to GMOs could pass into the food chain."

They also point out that "even if pesticides residues or DNA fragments are not toxic nor transmitted by themselves" nevertheless, "nobody would want to eat disabled or physiologically modified animals after long-term GMOs ingestion."

"New experiments," they concluded, "should be systematically performed to protect the health of billions of people that could consume directly or indirectly these transformed products."

In the meantime, for those not willing to wait for the new studies, we recommend consulting the Non-GMO Shopping Guide at www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com

Jeffrey M. Smith is the author of Seeds of Deception (http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Pub...), the world's bestselling book on GMOs. He is also the author of Genetic Roulette (http://www.geneticroulette.com), and the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology (http://www.responsibletechnology.org). The Institute's Non-GMO Shopping Guide website (http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com), iPhone app ShopNoGMO, and pocket guide, help people navigate to healthier non-GMO foods. Join the Institute's Non-GMO Tipping Point Network

(http://action.responsibletechnology...) to connect with others in your area, to bring the truth about GMOs to your friends and community.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN) 2 Nov 2015 07:52
To: ALL2 of 4
Just how "natural" is the natural food that you buy. Unless if it is specifically marked "Organic" there is a likelihood that the natural food has some chemical agents hiding within. GMOs are one of the ingredients that slip past the inspectors that rate the foods we eat. Unfortunately, GMOs are everywhere, even reaching countries you would never expect to have this problem.

Here's more about the growing GMO epidemic...

http://www.naturalnews.com/033780_natural_foods_GMOs.html

Many 'natural' foods are loaded with GMOs

Wednesday, October 05, 2011 by: S. D. Wells


(NaturalNews) Weed killer is thriving biologically inside most conventional crops as they grow in the fields of America, only to be sprayed with more heavy doses of Roundup, and then shipped to the world's supermarkets as "all natural," with absolutely no GMO disclaimer or warning. Even vegetarian products have been infiltrated by this cancer-causing "Trojan horse."

Corn and soy based products infiltrate the American "norm" for daily general consumption, and the healthcare industry loves the results. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are suffering from infections, serious gluten allergy reactions, headaches, dizzy spells, kidney stones, bowel irregularities, and worst of all, mutagenic cell production leading to cancer. Monsanto's GMO farm land has increased from just 4 million acres in 1997 to over 330 million acres now, most of which is United States soil. Brazil and India are now popular GMO breeding grounds also.

Veggie burgers are no exception, so no more of that for your vegetarian cookouts. Forget about all the soy-based items that are boxed, bagged and bottled in the center aisles of the grocery store. The only place where you should be looking for food in the grocery store is around the outer walls, where the fresh fruits and vegetables are being rinsed. There's no safety in numbers anymore, and the FDA is grasping for straws, constantly changing the names of poisons as more and more educated consumers know where the toxins are and how to read the tricky labels.

Over 93% of all U.S. soy products are Monsanto GMO, which are carcinogenic. Stop eating the following: vegetable oil, lecithin (an emulsifier), soy protein concentrates, tofu (soybean curd), soy sauce, teriyaki and tamari sauce, soy flour, soy nuts, soy nut butter, soy isoflavones, soy milk, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), hydrolyzed soy yeast, soy-based infant formulas, non-dairy frozen yogurt, and soy isolate fiber (SPF). Soy protein isolates, containing up to 92 percent protein, possess the most dangerous amount of "highly refined protein" of all soy products.

Over 86% of all U.S. corn products are Monsanto GMO and are carcinogenic. If you haven't watched the documentary King Corn, it's a must see. The Bush Administration subsidized this GMO food devil the infamous high fructose corn syrup, for ethanol, and also to serve as feed for livestock, which gives animals digestive infections.

Cows are not evolved enough to digest corn, especially Monsanto GMO cancer causing corn, and as soon as corn products become their main diet, farmers must give them antibiotics to fight off digestive infections. That's how the whole cycle of drugs and meat perpetuates.

Stop eating corn starch, corn chips, baking powder, caramel (made from corn syrup), confectioner's sugar, corn flour, corn gluten, corn syrup, corn meal, corn oil, dextrose, dextrin, maltodextrin (synthetic thickening agent), food starch, modified food starch, fructose, gum arabic, GDL (additive in cured meats), invert sugar, invert syrup, malt syrup and extract, mono and di-glycerides, monosodium glutamate (MSG - popular in Chinese foods), sucrose, treacle (mixture of molasses and corn syrup), vegetable protein, vegetable shortening, and of course, xantham gum. If you like corn, eat organic corn on the cob.

Canola oil is GMO and is carcinogenic. It was never meant for human consumption. It comes from the rapeseed plant and is an excellent insect repellant. Canada paid off the FDA to label it as safe. It has been known to disrupt the central nervous system, cause respiratory illness, constipation, low birth weights in infants, and even lung cancer. Canola is not just another oil to choose from. The only reason Canada promotes this is because it is one of the nation's chief export products.

Also watch out for tomatoes, potatoes, beets and alfalfa that are not truly organic. Stick with grocery stores like Trader Joes and your local farmers markets. True organic food prices are coming down quickly now that the word is getting out about GMO corn and soy, and about the labels that are often lies, like "all natural" and "natural flavors added."

Textured vegetable protein, or TVP, is a meat substitute made from soy flour and comes in small flakes or large chunks. This ground meat-looking staple product isn't suitable for animals, much less humans, but the recipe tells you to add it to your favorite soup, chili or pasta sauce. TVP is in most storable foods.

Use olive oil or coconut oil for cooking, and fill your refrigerator and pantry with 100% organic everything. Until you can remember all of the poisons, print this page and put it in your wallet or purse so you'll have it handy at the stores. Change your eating habits now and you will feel the difference immediately, and your body will reward you with renewed energy and vitality.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN) 2 Nov 2015 07:53
To: ALL3 of 4
Our world is being polluted. Not just from toxic wastes, but from GMOs that are being added to the foods we eat. Here's some more of this horrifying news...

http://www.naturalnews.com/033771_Jeffrey_Smith_GMOs.html

Jeffrey Smith says we can win the fight against GMOs, but grassroots support is needed to achieve victory

Tuesday, October 04, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com


NaturalNews) In a recorded interview now posted on NaturalNews.com, Institute for Responsible Technology director Jeffrey Smith updates listeners with the latest developments on the GMO front. He also says significant victories against GMOs are within our reach, but powerful grassroots support is needed to defeat the biotech industry once and for all.

Download the interview (MP3) directly from NaturalNews at:

http://www.naturalnews.com/files/GMO-update-Jeffrey-Smith.mp3


Highlights from the interview with Jeffrey Smith

• We have created a huge buzz about GMOs that is unprecedented.

• There are many early signs of victories that we're winning the war against GMOs: Supermarket News says that consumer awareness about GMOs is surging and could equal the level of awareness about trans fats.

• GMOs will soon become a "marketing liability" in the USA, causing companies to announce they are dropping GMOs.

• Education and awareness about GMOs is exploding across North America. Parents, company CEOs, farmers, health food store employees and others are becoming well informed about the dangers of GMOs.

• Public awareness of the dangers of GMOs is skyrocketing, and an increasing number of consumers are actively taking steps to avoid GMOs.

• GMOs were the No. 1 issue talked about at the recent Expo East (Natural Products Expo). It was "over the top," says Jeffrey, meaning that all the natural food companies are talking about this issue.

• 5,500 products have now been enrolled in the Non-GMO Project! (www.NonGMOproject.org)

• Natural health retailers are starting a revolution against GMOs.

• "Non-GMO" is the fastest-growing label claim in the natural products industry.

• Grocery retailers also realize that a non-GMO revolution is fast accelerating in America.

• Why the biotech industry attempts to destroy the credibility of anti-GMO activists by spreading disinformation across the internet.

• The IRT has taught 700 people how to speak on GMOs through full-day seminars and webinars. Knowledge is spreading!

• Why the myth that "GMOs are necessary to feed the world" is complete scientific quackery. Jeffrey Smith reveals the real truth of the situation: GMOs actually reduce crop yields!

• Why GMOs are an environmental issue -- gene pool contamination among food crops.

• How genetically engineered crops are resulting in the formation of mutant superweeds which need even more chemicals to eradicate than regular weeds.

• People who are exposed to Roundup have higher rates of birth defects, and Roundup persists in the environment for far longer than previously thought.

• Why GMOs and the use of Roundup herbicides may even be linked to flooding by killing off soil microorganisms and resulting in compacted soils that fail to absorb rainwater like healthy soils do.

• 93% of pregnant women tested had BT insecticide circulating in their own blood.

• Animals that have grazed on BT cotton plants have died in huge numbers.
From: Razz (RAZZMAN) 2 Nov 2015 07:53
To: ALL4 of 4
In India, the effect of the introduction of GMOs or GM, as stated in the following article, has been a complete disaster. The yields from farms using GMO seeds and products has fallen to such a point where farmers have gone bankrupt, and worse, committed suicide. According to the article, around 200,000 suicides can be attributed to failed crop as a result of the introduciton of GMOs.

http://www.naturalnews.com/030913_Monsanto_suicides.html

Monsanto connected to at least 200,000 suicides in India throughout past decade

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer



NaturalNews) When India's seed economy was forced by the World Bank to become globalized in the late 1990s, economic conditions within the nation's agricultural sector almost immediately took a nosedive for the worst. Much of the common Indian seed stock turned from saveable heirloom varieties to patented, genetically-modified (GM) varieties that expire after a single use and require the application of expensive and cumbersome pesticides in order to grow, which plunged many Indian farmers into abject poverty. And nearly 25 years later, the devastating effects of this corporate takeover of Indian agriculture has resulted in countless suicides, 200,000 of which have occurred just in the past ten years.

According to a recent report in the U.K. Independent, many Indian farmers have lost their farms and land over the past several decades. One of the primary causes is failed investments by farmers that banked heavily on the success of newly-introduced GM crops. Multinational biotechnology giants like Monsanto and Syngenta promised farmers that GM crops would bring incredible yields at lower costs, and save the country from poverty. But in reality, many of the crops ended up failing, leaving millions of Indian farmers with absolutely nothing.

"One farmer every 30 minutes (commits suicide) in India now, and sometimes three in one family," explained Palagummi Sainath, an Indian journalist, to the U.K. Independent. Left with nowhere to turn and a complete loss of their livelihoods, many farmers are literally drinking their crop pesticides. And since many of these suicides go unreported or unnoticed, actual rates could be even higher than those reported.

Years of drought and poor agricultural policy are also to blame for the widespread failure of agriculture in many Indian regions, but it all appears directly connected to the introduction of GMs in the 1990s. The U.K. Independent report states that the Indian government removed cotton subsidies in 1997, which resulted in a significant profit loss for many cotton farmers. But during that same year, GM varieties of cotton were also introduced, which many attribute directly to the crop failures that left the agriculture sector largely in ruin.

"Every suicide can be linked to Monsanto," explained scientist Vandana Shiva to the U.K. Independent. After subsidies were lifted, the cost of cotton production rose dramatically, especially when GM cotton was introduced because it required the application of expensive pesticides and herbicides. Natural varieties of cotton, on the other hand, do not necessarily require chemical applications to grow and flourish. And since farmers can save and reuse natural seeds every year, all is not lost during years of poorer yields because farmers can often try again the next year.

But in the GM crop paradigm, the stakes are far higher. Farmers must borrow large sums of money to invest in GM technology. They do so based on promises that yields will increase and profits will soar. But when the promises fail to pan out and farmers are unable to keep paying for the expensive pesticides, they typically end up losing everything, including access to reusable heirloom seeds. So, many end up killing themselves because they literally have nothing left.

The introduction of GM agriculture in India shifted the agricultural economy from one of biodiversity to monoculture, which is hugely significant in India's agricultural failures. Rather than grow a variety of different heirloom crops that each respond differently to periodic changes in climate -- which Indian farmers have always done prior to the introduction of GM crops -- many farmers began to grow only one single GM variety. And when conditions turned out not to be favorable for that crop, both economically and in terms of climate conditions, disaster ensued. In fact, one statistic from a government report in India states that more than 90 percent of known suicide victims were in debt, which was largely brought about when farmers took the plunge into GM crops from their former methods.

The globalization of agriculture in general has dramatically increased poverty in India, as crop subsidies in other nations began to affect Indian agriculture, driving down crop profits. Indian farmers have lost billions of dollars over the years from having to compete in the global agricultural marketplace rather than grow their own biodiverse crops to feed their own people. Global powers have literally robbed India of its self-reliance and self-sustenance in the name of "ending poverty" by thrusting upon them a system of monopolized agriculture controlled and operated by companies like Monsanto. And unless India somehow secedes from the global system of corruption, conditions will only become increasingly worse for its people.