Environment Minister confirms UK government’s pro-GM agenda to ANH-Intl

If Environment Minister, Owen Paterson MP, were to get his way, the latest round of correspondence between his office and ANH-Intl might be the last. That’s because, in his letter to ANH’s Dr Rob Verkerk, he made clear that we may “agree to disagree” and let the matter drop. Unfortunately, it seems that Mr Paterson may be underestimating the determination of ANH and its supporters to see a genetic modification (GM)-free Europe. Simply, we will not let this matter rest.

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Avoiding the issues

We think that a government minister who has recently announced a policy with momentous implications for the UK should at least attempt to address the scientific opposition to that policy. However, having observed Mr Paterson’s response to the ‘GM Dirty Dozen’, we noted that, “Mr Paterson chooses not to refute [our] arguments, preferring instead merely to provide several references that purport to show beneficial effects of GM crops. His response gives little indication that he has read any of the reports he cites, or indeed the references we provided in our ‘GM Dirty Dozen’.”

The unsustainability of GM

Nothing has changed in his latest letter to Dr Verkerk of ANH-Intl. This time, Mr Paterson relies on a single source of information: a report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), entitled Planting The FutureMr Paterson quotes a section from the report that reads: “The production of more food, more sustainably, requires the development of crops that can make better use of limited resources. Sustainable agricultural production and food security must harness the potential of biotechnology in all its facets.”

Just as in his previous response, there is no indication that Mr Paterson, or his advisors who are likely to be involved in the penning of the letter, has seriously examined any of the evidence provided – particularly regarding the status of GM as a ‘sustainable’ technology. Just to recap from our previous articles:

EASAC embraces biotech arguments

A closer look at the EASAC’s Planting The Future reveals a document as unashamedly pro-biotech as any Monsanto executive. Its major conclusions, and our comments, can be found here.

Who’s oversimplifying?

Mr Paterson was actually being coy about the extent to which the EASAC report lionises GM: it provides what we suspect is a ‘road map’ for development of the GM sector by the European Commission and allied governments. At no point has he even acknowledged that valid concerns exist over GM. Mr Paterson presents a united front with Prof Anne Glover and the UK government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Mark Walport.

Mr Paterson studiously ignores the huge amount of contradictory evidence, along with the views of respected scientists like Dr Michael Antoniou of King’s College London. Also overlooked are academic ecologists, whose work ideally equips them better than any other academic group to advise on the multi-generational effects of GM. In the face of their wholly one-sided arguments, the positions of Paterson, Walport and Glover – and by extension, the UK government – are deeply unscientific and very poorly considered.

Bearing all this in mind, eyebrows were raised in the ANH-Intl office when Mr Paterson accused us of, “Trivialis[ing] the Government’s position”. We’d love to report that the UK government has taken our concerns seriously, but it hasn’t. And as for it being, “Simply wrong to suggest that the Government is part of some biotech industry propaganda or misinformation campaign,” we note his government has not responded to reports of collusion between it and biotech – and Mr Paterson’s recent announcement of precisely the initiatives they discussed.

Who’s behind the EASAC report?

The working group that developed the report was hand-picked by EASAC, which, its website informs us, “Is formed by the national science academies of the EU Member States”. Planting The Future heavily stresses EASAC’s independence: “The academies work together to provide independent, expert, evidence-based advice about the scientific aspects of public policy…Its views are vigorously independent of commercial or political bias.” So why does such an independent, scientifically respectable body come to a pro-GM position that is apparently devoid of any nuance?

One clue comes from the ‘Séralini affair’. Members of the august national scientific academies that comprise EASAC climbed over each other to discredit Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini et al’s now-infamous paper. The French Academie des Sciences, for example, joined forces with five other French academies to slam Séralini et al. Similar criticisms were made by German, Belgian, Danish, Dutch and Italian scientific authorities, all of which are undoubtedly affiliated with their national academies and therefore EASAC. Furthermore, as GMOSeralini.org points out, “Government agencies…are not disinterested parties, since they have been responsible for authorizations of GM NK603 maize and Roundup”.

Conflicts of interest

And what are we to make of authors with obvious GM industry connections? Prof Ian Crute is an ex-Director of Rothamsted Research , the GM research institute where Mr Paterson gave his June speech. Dr Ewen Mullins is a researcher at Irish semi-government authority Teagasc, which carries out GM field trials. Jörg Romeis was at the centre of controversy over GM studies designed to overlook toxicity to non-target beneficial insects. And a quote by Prof Joachim Schiemann gives an inkling of the prevailing attitudes among members of the European Food Safety Authority’s GMO Panel: “Of course, studies that describe potential negative environmental effects of GMOs are discussed particularly intensively.”

Conclusion

Clearly, Mr Paterson isn’t going to change course in a hurry. That he turns a deliberately blind eye to any and all scientific evidence that contradicts his position is an enormous red flag that the motivations behind the GM push are political, rather than scientific. But we believe the British public, whom Mr Paterson is meant to serve, will not be fooled so easily – and may be highly offended by their Environment Minister’s high-handed and deceptive manner over GM. We wonder whether Mr Paterson’s Shropshire North constituency will be quite so safe at the next UK election.

Call to action

  • There is now little doubt that the arguments put forward by Owen Paterson MP represent the UK government’s firm position on GM. We think the government’s position is transparent, unscientific and insulting to the UK electorate, not to mention disastrous for the environment and human and animal health. Please share this article widely, via blogs, email and social media, and ensure that biotech misinformation is challenged wherever it arises.

References

  1. Garcia MA, Altieri MA. Transgenic Crops: Implications for Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture. Bull Sci Technol Soc, 2005; 25: 335-353. [Abstract]
  2. IAASTD, Agriculture at a crossroads, 2008, Island Press, USA.

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Monsanto’s deadly new toys

By Adam Smith
Science and Communications Officer, ANH-Intl

 Monsanto was voted the World’s Worst Company in 2011. Some of its most popular products may be linked to cancer, premature death and widespread environmental destruction. Now, it’s partnering with a pharma company to make products designed to interfere with how DNA is processed inside cells. Could this be the tip of a Titanic-sized iceberg with potential serious implications for all animal and plant life on the planet?

Monsanto’s next-generation pesticides

The biotech giant has bought the rights to use Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ RNA interference (RNAi) technology in its BioDirect range of so-called ‘agricultural biologicals’ or ‘biopesticides’. According to Monsanto, these are, “Typically topical or seed treatment products…used to complement or replace agricultural chemical products…examples…include but are not limited to microbial pesticides such as Bt [Bacillus thuringiensis] sprays”. 

So what does all this mean? And what might the implications be of releasing this technology into the wider environment?

Gene expression and the discovery of ‘gene silencing’

Under normal circumstances, proteins are made, or expressed, from the genes encoded in double-stranded DNA in eukaryotic (i.e. animal and plant) cells via a two-stage process known as transcription and translation. Transcription involves unwinding of the DNA double helix, which is then used as a template for manufacturing a complementary molecule of single-stranded, messenger RNA (mRNA). This mRNA is then used to create the corresponding protein during translation. Thus, mRNA is crucial to life in all higher organisms: without it, humans and the biotic environment in which we live simply could not exist.

RNA interference technology was first discovered in 1998, through research on colouring in petunia flowers. Researchers found that the gene for purple colour was actually being turned off – or ‘silenced’ – by the presence of an additional pigment gene. The discovery that double-stranded RNA was responsible for this apparently illogical ‘gene silencing’ effect won a Nobel Prize in 2006.

The power of RNAi

RNAi technology is incredibly powerful. Various types of RNA, such as small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs), are able to destroy mRNA before the translation process even occurs. This blocks the manufacture of proteins from the corresponding DNA-encoded genes and results in ‘gene silencing’. In a normal cell, gene silencing, controlled naturally, is a vital way of regulating gene expression, making sure that the correct proteins are made at the correct times and under the appropriate circumstances.

In the laboratory, scientists are interested in the potential of RNAi as a treatment for diseases with a genetic component and viral infections, and as a research tool.

Watch Nature Video’s animated introduction to gene silencing.

RNAi in action: pesticide sprays…

One possible mechanism of action for Monsanto’s new pesticides involves silencing specific insect genes, in order to either make them susceptible to other chemicals or kill them directly. Pesticides containing different RNA constructs could be applied at distinct points throughout the plant’s life cycle in order to silence different insect genes, and potentially control a variety of insect pests. Protection against viral pathogens of crops could also be conferred in a similar manner.

But pesticide sprays are by no means the only application for RNAi technology in agriculture. Monsanto guardedly refers to agricultural biologicals as “typically topical” and “includ[ing] but…not limited to microbial pesticides” – is this because, in Monsanto logic, the best way of harnessing RNAi technology is through genetic modification (GM) of plant genomes?

…and gene silencing GM plants

Genetic modification (GM) technology allows plants to be engineered to produce double-stranded RNA in their cells. These plants would theoretically silence key genes in insect and viral pests, similar to the RNAi pesticide sprays but without the associated application problems. According to the International Service for Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) – a non-governmental organization with an illuminating list of donors – RNAi technology has been explored for many other uses, including decaffeinating coffee beans, enhancing nutrient content and reducing allergenicity. “The full potential of RNAi for crop improvement remains to be realized,” in its view.

RNAi likely more dangerous than ‘conventional GM’

Even GMO pushers like the ISAAA recognise the problems with RNAi technology, however: “The complexities of RNAi pathway [sic], the molecular machineries, and how it relates to plant development are still to be elucidated,” it points out. We’d go further, and say that because our knowledge of the enormously complex system of interactions that includes gene silencing is woefully incomplete, RNAi technology has enormous potential for unforeseen consequences. In fact, all of the health and environmental risks of regular ol’ GM crops will apply to RNAi crops – although the centrality of gene silencing to the molecular processes of life makes RNAi potentially even more risky — or deadly even.

RNAi wheat case highlights deadly potential

Think we’re scaremongering? A recent case from Australia should convince you otherwise.

Australian and British scientists warned that an RNAi wheat strain could have serious health consequences, including liver failure. According to the scientists, there is close similarity between the DNA sequences for the silenced wheat genes and a human enzyme involved in producing glycogen. Not only do they believe that the siRNAs in the wheat may transfer to humans – they further warn that alterations in the glycogen pathway could lead to glycogen storage disease IV, which usually causes death by age 5.

It appears that the ‘World’s Worst Company’ has got its hands on some new toys that could spell very bad news for all higher forms of life on this planet.

Call to action

  • If you live in the USA, help everyone you know who has voting rights in California to vote YES to Prop 37 on GMO labelling vote in November. If you don’t live in the USA but know others who do, make them aware, so they can get the word out on the importance of voting yes to prop 37 at the ballot. If GMO labelling is made mandatory in California, Monsanto and other GMO manufacturers won’t be able to conceal their products from the public any longer. People will finally be given the right to informed choice. Because of the likely domino effect in other US states, a yes vote on Prop 37 could become pivotal in halting the steady increase in use of GM crops since their first introduction in 1996. And of course, where the USA leads, much of the world will follow
  • Oppose GM production where ever you live and make a concerted effort to buy organic produce from the farm gate, or box or community supported agriculture (CSA) schemes wherever possible
  • Stay educated on where this technology is heading, and spread your awareness through your networks and social media. Good educational resources include our own Say No To GM campaign page and the Institute for Responsible Technology.

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Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in landmark case

by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) A French farmer who can no longer perform his routine farming duties because of permanent pesticide injuries has had his day in court, literally, and the perpetrator of his injuries found guilty of chemical poisoning. The French court in Lyon ruled that Monsanto’s Lasso weed killer formula, which contains the active ingredient alachlor, caused Paul Francois to develop lifelong neurological damage that manifests as persistent memory loss, headaches, and stuttering during speech.

Reports indicate that the 47-year-old farmer sued Monsanto back in 2004 after inhaling the Lasso product while cleaning his sprayer tank equipment. Not long after, Francois began experiencing lasting symptoms that prevented him from working, which he says were directly linked to exposure to the chemical. Since Lasso’s packaging did not bear adequate warnings about the dangers of exposure, Francois alleged at the time that Monsanto was essentially negligent in providing adequate protection for its customers.

To the surprise of many, the French court agreed with the claims and evidence presented before it, declaring earlier this year that “Monsanto is responsible for Paul Francois’ suffering after he inhaled the Lasso product … and must entirely compensate him.” The court is said to be seeking expert opinion on how to gauge Francois’ losses in order to determine precisely how much Monsanto will be required to compensate him in the case.

“It is a historic decision in so far as it is the first time that a (pesticide) maker is found guilty of such a poisoning,” said Francois Lafforgue, Paul Francois’ lawyer, to Reuters earlier in the year.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exposure to alachlor can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, spleen, and eyes, and may lead to the development of anemia and even cancer. The EPA apparently views alachlor as so dangerous, in fact, that the agency has set the maximum contaminant level goals (MCLG) for alachlor to zero in order to “prevent potential health problems.” (http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/alachlor.cfm)

In 2007, France officially banned Lasso from use in the country in accordance with a European Union (EU) directive enacted in 2006 prohibiting the chemical from further use on crops in any member countries. But despite all the evidence proving that alachlor can disrupt hormonal balance, induce reproductive or developmental problems, and cause cancer, the chemical is still being used on conventional crops throughout the U.S. to this very day. (http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_ChemReg.jsp?Rec_Id=PC35160)

“I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be sacrificed and is going to die because of (alachlor),” added Francois to Reuters.

Sources for this article include:

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http://ecowatch.org

Monsanto Apologists Attempt to Spin Shocking GMO Study

Establishment trots out “experts” in desperate bid to debunk fact that genetically-engineered food is a threat to humanity

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
September 21, 2012

A shocking new study conducted by French scientists which shows that rats fed on Monsanto’s genetically modified corn suffered cancer and premature death has been met with a furious response from GMO apologists, who are desperately trying to cast doubt on the the study in an effort to discredit its findings.

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50 percent of male and 70 percent of female rats fed on a diet containing NK603 – a genetically modified corn produced by Monsanto – or those exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller – suffered tumors and multiple organ damage, causing them to die prematurely, the study found.

The study was conducted by French scientists at the University of Caen and published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.

Almost immediately after the findings were made public at a press conference in London, numerous other scientists rushed to Monsanto’s defense and claimed that the study was inaccurate.

“This strain of rat is very prone to mammary tumors particularly when food intake is not restricted,” said Tom Sanders, head of the nutritional sciences research division at King’s College London. “The statistical methods are unconventional … and it would appear the authors have gone on a statistical fishing trip.”

However, the statistical methods are perfectly straightforward. Only 30 percent of males and 20 percent of females in the control group of rats that were not exposed to Monsanto’s products died prematurely – meaning males were 30 per cent more likely to die prematurely after eating Monsanto corn and females a whopping 50 per cent more likely to die.

Sanders’ point about that particular breed of rat being prone to tumors treats the study as if it was conducted without using a control group of rats as a comparison, which is completely untrue.

David Spiegelhalter of the University of Cambridge also tried to cast doubt on the accuracy of the study by highlighting that “The study’s untreated control arm comprised only 10 rats of each sex, most of which also got tumors.”

That statement again completely ignores the fact that the rats, whether they developed tumors or not, were statistically far more likely to die prematurely if they were exposed to Monsanto products. The figures don’t lie.

Monsanto continually points to studies they claim confirm the safety of GMO food, and did so again in the aftermath of the latest French study. However, all of those studies did not go beyond the 90 day reporting period unlike the Caen study which tracked the health of the rats throughout their life span. It was only after four months that the tumors and organ damage suffered by the rats became evident.

Monsanto is already very much on the ropes in Europe and faces being kicked out of the European marketplace altogether if its reputation continues to be denigrated – that’s presumably why a gaggle of “experts” have been trotted out by the establishment Universities – a lot of which routinely receive huge grants from Monsanto itself – in order to desperately try and debunk the study.

Meanwhile over in the United States, Monsanto and other GMO corporations have spent a combined sum of over $19 million dollars in an attempt to shoot down Proposition 37, the California bill that merely seeks to require genetically-modified foods and food ingredients to be labeled at the retail level.

If Monsanto and other GMO producers like DuPont, Bayer, Dow, BASF, and Syngenta are so confident that their genetically-engineered products are safe – why have they spent so much money attempting to prevent the public from knowing that they are in the food supply?

As Mike Adams points out, no matter how many apologists the establishment wheels out to cover-up for the fact that GMO represents an unparalleled environmental threat to humankind – the cat is already out of the bag.

“The era of GMO deception is history. A food revolution is upon us. And if governments will not halt the mass poisoning of our world by evil corporations, I have no doubt that the People will, by themselves, eventually invoke other necessary methods of halting this great evil,” he writes.

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

The GMO debate is over; GM crops must be immediately outlawed; Monsanto halted from threatening humanity

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger                                                                                          Editor of NaturalNews.com

The GMO debate is over. There is no longer any legitimate, scientific defense of growing GM crops for human consumption. The only people still clinging to the outmoded myth that “GMOs are safe” are scientific mercenaries with financial ties to Monsanto and the biotech industry.

GMOs are an anti-human technology. They threaten the continuation of life on our planet. They are a far worse threat than terrorism, or even the threat of nuclear war.

As a shocking new study has graphically shown, GMOs are the new thalidomideWhen rats eat GM corn, they develop horrifying tumors. Seventy percent of females die prematurely, and virtually all of them suffer severe organ damage from consuming GMO. These are the scientific conclusions of the first truly “long-term” study ever conducted on GMO consumption in animals, and the findings are absolutely horrifying. (See pictures of rats with tumors, below.)

What this reveals is that genetic engineering turns FOOD into POISON.

Remember thalidomide? Babies being born with no arms and other heart-breaking deformities? Thalidomide was pushed as “scientific” and “FDA approved.” The same lies are now being told about GMO: they’re safe. They’re nutritious. They will feed the world!

But the real science now coming out tells a different picture: GMOs may be creating an entire generation of cancer victims who have a frighteningly heightened risk of growing massive mammary gland tumors caused by the consumption of GM foods. We are witnessing what may turn out to be the worst and most costly blunder in the history of western science: the mass poisoning of billions of people with a toxic food crop that was never properly tested in the first place.

Remember: GMOs are an anti-human technology. And those who promote them are, by definition, enemies of humankind.

GMOs are unfit for human consumption

The evidence keeps emerging, day after day, that GMOs are absolutely and without question unfit for human consumption. France has already launched an investigation that may result in the nation banning GM corn imports. It’s already illegal to grow genetically modified crops in France, but the nation still allows GMO imports, meaning France still allows its citizens to be poisoned by imported GM corn grown in America.

The GMO industry, not surprisingly, doesn’t want any independent research conducted on GMOs. They don’t want long-term feeding trials, and they most certainly do not want studies conducted by scientists they can’t control with financial ties.

What they want is to hide GMOs in products by making sure they’re not listed on the labels. Hence the biotech industry’s opposition to Proposition 37 (www.CArighttoknow.org).

The tactics of the biotech industry are:

• HIDE genetically modified ingredients in foods
• FALSIFY the research to claim GMOs are safe
• MANIPULATE the scientific debate by bribing scientists
• DENY DENY DENY just like Big Tobacco, DDT, thalidomide, Agent Orange and everything else that’s been killing us over the last century

Monsanto is now the No. 1 most hated corporation in America. The company’s nickname is MonSatan. It is the destructive force behind the lobbying of the USDA, FDA, scientists and politicians that have all betrayed the American people and given in to genetically modified seeds.

These seeds, some of which grow their own toxic pesticides right inside the grain, are a form of chemical brutality against children and adults. This is “child abuse” at its worst. It’s an abuse of all humans. It is the most serious crime ever committed against nature and all of humankind.

Science for sale

That’s what you get with payola science… science “for sale” to wealthy corporations. Nearly all the studies that somehow conclude GMO are safe were paid for by the biotech industry. Every one of those studies is unreliable and most likely fraudulent. Every scientist that conducts “research” for Monsanto is almost certainly a sellout at minimum… and more likely a jackal operative working for an industry of death.

Corporate science is fraudulent science. When enough money is at stake, scientists can be bought off to even declare smoking cigarettes to be safe. And they did, throughout the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s. Some of those very same scientists are now working for the Monsantos of the world, peddling their scientific fraud to the highest bidder (which always happens to be a wealthy corporation).

There is no poison these scientists won’t promote as safe — even “good for you!” There is no limit to their evil. There are no ethics that guide their actions.

GMO-promoting scientists are the most despicable humanoid creatures to have ever walked the surface of this planet. To call them “human” is an insult to humanity. They are ANTI-human. They are demonic. They are forces of evil that walk among the rest of us, parading as authorities when in their hearts and souls they are actually corporate cowards and traitors to humankind. To pad their own pockets, they would put at risk the very future of sustainable life on our planet… and they do it consciously, insidiously. They feed on death, destruction, suffering and pain. They align with the biotech industry precisely because they know that no other industry is as steeped in pure evil as the biotech industry. GMO pushers will lie, cheat, steal, falsify and even mass-murder as many people as it takes to further their agenda of total global domination over the entire food supply… at ANY cost.

This is war at the genetic level. And this kind of war makes bullets, bombs and nukes look downright tame by comparison. Because the GMO war is based on self-replicating genetic pollution which has already been released into the environment; into the food supply; and into your body.

The hundreds of millions of consumers who eat GMO are being murdered right now, with every meal they consume… and they don’t even know it. GMO-pimping scientists are laughing at all the death they’re causing. They enjoy tricking people and watching them die because it makes their sick minds feel more powerful. These were the geeks in school who were bullied by the jocks. But now, with the power of genetic manipulation at their fingertips, they can invoke their hatred against all humankind and “bully” the entire world with hidden poisons in the food. That makes them smile. It’s the ultimate revenge against a world that mistreated them in their youth. Death to everyone!

Society must respond in defense of life on Earth

The sheer brutality of what the GMO industry has committed against us humanity screams out for a decisive response. It is impossible to overreact to this. No collective response goes too far when dealing with an industry that quite literally threatens the very basis of life on our planet.

To march government SWAT teams into the corporate headquarters of all GMO seed companies and shut down all operations at gunpoint would be a mild reaction – and fully justified. To indict all biotech CEOs, scientists, employees and P.R. flacks and charge them with conspiring to commit crimes against humanity would be a small but important step in protecting our collective futures. To disband all these corporations by government order have their assets seized and sold off to help fund reparations to the people they have harmed is but a tiny step needed in the defense of life.

The truth is that humanity will never be safe until GMO seed pushers and manufacturers are behind bars, locked away from society and denied the ability to ever threaten humanity again.

What the Nuremberg trials did to IG Farben and other Nazi war crimes corporations, our own government must now do to Monsanto and the biotech industry.

It is time for decisive intervention. Monsanto must be stopped by the will of the People. The mass poisoning of our families and children by an evil, destructive corporation that seeks to dominate the world food supply must be halted.

The GMO debate is over. The horrors are now being revealed. The truth can no longer be hidden, and the reaction from the public cannot be stopped.

Prediction: Activist attacks on GM seeds and the criminals who promote them

The era of GMO deception is history. A food revolution is upon us. And if governments will not halt the mass poisoning of our world by evil corporations, I have no doubt that the People will, by themselves, eventually invoke other necessary methods of halting this great evil.

I predict a future where — and for the record I DO NOT encourage this — shipments of GM seeds to farmers are raided and destroyed by activists. I predict Monsanto employees being publicly named and shamed on websites. I predict — but DO NOT CONDONE — scientists who conduct research for Monsanto being threatened, intimidated and even physically attacked. Again, for the record, I DO NOT IN ANY WAY condone such behavior, but I predict it will emerge as an inevitable reaction to the unfathomable evil being committed by the GMO industry and all its co-conspirators. The “Army of the 12 monkeys” may become reality. (See the sci-fi movie “12 monkeys” starring Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis.)

What we are fighting for here is the protection of our species. We are fighting for the sanctity of life on our planet. Those who threaten that life must be stopped from continuing to harm us. This evil must be put back in its box and prevented from ever threatening us again.

Even Congress is starting to state the obvious on how evil Monsanto really is. Just yesterday, Congressman Dennis Kucinich demanded GMO labeling in a powerful speech. Watch that at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J_YvtbSSqg

Also, watch this video of the French scientists discussing how GMOs and Roundup caused grotesque cancer tumors to grow in mice:

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About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health researcher, author and award-winning journalist with a passion for teaching people how to improve their health He has authored more than 1,800 articles and dozens of reports, guides and interviews on natural health topics, and he has authored and published several downloadable personal preparedness courses including a downloadable course focused on safety and self defense. Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies’ products. In mid 2010, Adams produced TV.NaturalNews.com, a natural health video sharing website offering user-generated videos on nutrition, green living, fitness and more. He also founded an environmentally-friendly online retailer called BetterLifeGoods.com that uses retail profits to help support consumer advocacy programs. He’s also a noted pioneer in the email marketing software industry, having been the first to launch an HTML email newsletter technology that has grown to become a standard in the industry. Adams is currently the executive director of theConsumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and regularly pursues cycling, nature photography, Capoeira and Pilates. Known by his callsign, the ‘Health Ranger,’ Adams posts his missions statements, health statistics and health photos at www.HealthRanger.org

GMO alert: Eating GM wheat may destroy your liver, warn scientists

By Mike Adams

Natural News

Genetically engineered wheat contains an enzyme suppressor that, when consumed by humans, could cause permanent liver failure (and death). That’s the warning issued today by molecular biologist Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury in Australia.

Heinemann has published an eye-opening report that details this warning and calls for rigorous scientific testing on animals before this crop is ever consumed by humans. The enzyme suppressor in the wheat, he says, might also attack a human enzyme that produces glycogen. Consumers who eat genetically modified wheat would end up contaminating their bodies with this enzyme-destroying wheat, causing their own livers to be unable to produce glycogen, a hormone molecule that helps the body regulate blood sugar metabolism. This, in turn, would lead to liver failure.

“What we found is that the molecules created in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes, can match human genes, and through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes,” said Heinemann in a press conference on the threat of GM wheat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI7n_caiTvE).

“We found over 770 pages of potential matches between these two genes in wheat and the human genome,” he continued. “We found over a dozen matches that are extensive and identical, and sufficient to cause silencing in experimental systems. The findings are absolutely assured. There’s no doubt that these matches exist. …from this information, we know that it’s plausible there will be an adverse effect and therefore that’s why we’re calling for a particular battery of experiments to be done before humans eat this wheat.”

Professor Judy Carman, biochemist and director of the IHER, Flinders University, Adelaide, added: “If this silences the same sort of gene in us — as it silences in the wheat — then, well, children who are born with this enzyme not working tend to die by the age of about five. And adults with this problem, just kind of get more and more sick, and more and more tired, until they get very very ill indeed.”

She continues, “Before this comes near any human feeding studies, you need to undertake thorough animal safety assessments, where you actually look to see if the animals get sick. So you need to see if this genetic modification survives digestion and gets into the bodies of the animals. You need to see what effect it has on them. You need to do proper long-term toxicology studies… you need to check for cancer, you need to see if there are any reproductive problems, and you need to check for allergies…”

GMO pushers want you and your children to be the guinea pigs

As you consider this information, keep in mind that GMO pushers want you and your children to eat GMOs that have never been safety tested on anyone! You are simply supposed to believe in the safety of GMOs, like a cult followers, without any scientific evidence proving it.

In today’s corporate-run quack science agricultural system, YOU are the human guinea pigs. There is no science behind the safety of GMOs, and in fact the real science shows that GMOs cause infertility, sickness and disease in the animal tests that have been done. GMOs are a threat to humanity, and those who promote them are junk science villains who have sold their souls to the criminal biotechnology industry.

The GMO industry is so evil that it doesn’t even want you to know you’re eating GMOs! That’s why industry giants are funneling tens of millions of dollars into a scheme to try to defeat Proposition 37 in California (www.CArighttoknow.org) which would legally mandate the labeling of GMOs on food products.

Even popular brands that “sound” natural are actually fighting against GMO labeling: Kashi, Larabar, Cascadian Farm, R.W. Knudsen, Silk and other brands have all betrayed consumers and are now the subject of a global Natural News boycott.

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Australian regulators sell out to Monsanto

In commenting on all this, Dr Brian John of GM-Free Cymru said:

“What we see here is yet another example of a GM wheat variety released into the environment without any proper assessment of health and safety issues. CSIRO and the Australian and New Zealand regulators have long had a strategy of promoting GM crops which nobody actually wants, with a degree of enthusiasm that verges on criminal negligence. We see a very similar scenario in the UK, where GM wheat is being grown at Rothamsted in spite of strong public opposition and in spite of zero market demand, just to satisfy the whims of politicians and multinational corporations. It is high time for this absurd and dangerous experiment with GM technology to be stopped in its tracks, since new evidence of harm to health and the environment now seems to be appearing on a weekly basis.”(http://gmwatch.org/latest-listing/51-2012/14181-gm-wheat-health-dange…)

See the background on CSIRO here:
http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/CSIRO

It shows that CSIRO has financial ties to Monsanto and other biotech companies.

Read the expert scientific opinion reports

(Thanks due to GMwatch.org for this list.)

Professor Jack Heinemann’s Expert Scientific Opinion

Professor Judy Carman’s Expert Scientific Opinion

Professor Michael Antoniou’s Expert Scientific Appraisal of Heinemann and Carman’s Work

Heinemann’s Expert Scientific Opinion: Appendix 1

Heinemann’s Expert Scientific Opinion: Appendix 2

Safe Food Foundation media release on the opinions

ABBREVIATIONS
CSIRO = Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
FSANZ = Food Standards Australia New Zealand
OGTR = Office of the Gene Technology Regulator

Background on Jack Heinemann

Source: http://safefoodfoundation.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/He…

I am a molecular biologist. I have been an academic at the University of Canterbury since 1994. Prior to that, I was employed by the US National Institutes of Health. My doctorate was conferred by the University of Oregon at Eugene (1989) and my Bachelor of Science (with honours) degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1985). I am involved in risk assessment research and participate in risk assessment through evaluation of assessments provided to regulatory bodies and through the development of international guidance documents for risk assessment. I have over 100 scholarly works published on the topic of molecular biology, genetics, risk assessment and other scientific matters within my expertise. I publish in leading international journals and my work has been recognised by prestigious professional organisations for its excellence.

Sources for this story include:
GM Watch

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Monsanto to pay $7.5 billion settlement to millions of Brazilian soy farmers

by: Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) For at least a decade, Monsanto, the world’s most evil  corporation, has been illegally charging Brazilian farmers growing the company’s  genetically-modified (GM) crops a two percent tax on production, and a three  percent tax for cross-contamination of seed, say plaintiffs in a new lawsuit.  And according to CorpWatch, the agri-giant could soon have to fork over  $7.5 billion in reimbursements to more than five million Brazilian farmers as a  result of these blatant crimes.
Oddly enough, Monsanto’s very presence in  Brazil was predicated on fraud, as its GM soy seeds were first smuggled into the  country illegally back in 1998. Fast forward about 13 years and nearly 75  million acres of arable land in Brazil are now occupied by Monsanto’s GM crops,  the vast majority of which constitute Roundup Ready soy.
But the entire  Monsanto growing system for GMOs, which prohibits farmers from freely saving  seeds and reusing them the following year — and in this case, requires farmers  to pay private taxes directly to Monsanto to do so — is entirely against the  law in Brazil. Even though former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio “Lula” Da  Silva basically grandfathered-in legalization for Monsanto’s GM crops back in  2005 because they were already being widely grown in the country illegally,  Monsanto is still breaking the law by levying taxes against farmers and  requiring them to pay royalties.
“The law gives producers the right to multiply the seeds they buy and nowhere in  the world is there a requirement to pay (again),” said Jane Berwanger, a lawyer  representing the Brazilian farmers in the case, concerning Monsanto’s illegal  user fees and taxes. “Producers are in effect paying a private tax on  production.”
Back in April, a judge in Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil’s  southernmost state, ruled that Monsanto’s user fees were illegal, and ordered  the company to not only stop collecting them, but also to begin reimbursing  farmers in that state for all fees collected since 2004. This judge also noted  that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seed patent has also already expired in  Brazil.
Monsanto is attempting to appeal this decision, of course, but in  the process could be making its final penalty even worse. And in response to  this appeal, the Brazilian Supreme Court has decided that the Rio Grande Do Sul  court’s ultimate ruling, whatever that ends up being, will apply to every farmer  throughout the country, and not just in Rio Grande Do Sul, which could make the  final penalty for Monsanto upwards of $7.5 billion.
Monsanto has  indicated that it plans to continue collecting fees and charging taxes until the  courts issue their final ruling on the matter. But this ruling is not expected  to be issued until 2014.

Sources for this article  include:
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15747
http://en.mercopress.com
http://www.qwmagazine.com

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