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GMOs Linked to Organ Damage

Friends,

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS, (GMOs) appear to be on the jounrey of becoming new, human health and eco-system threats!!

Please read and pass on this information and act to counter the threats that manufacturers of GMOs are increasingly posing to our entire eco-system and to humans directly and indirectly.

Hopefully, it is not too later.

PEACE!

Prof. Donald Huisingh
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Cleaner Production

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World Food & Water
Three Approved GMOs Linked to Organ Damage
By Rady Ananda, ZMag
Thursday, Mar 25, 2010
http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_59017.shtml

In what is being described as the most comprehensive study of the effects
of genetically modified (GM) foods on mammalian health, researchers have
linked organ damage with consumption of Monsanto's GM maize. All three
varieties of GM corn-Mon 810, Mon 863, and NK 603-were approved for
consumption by U.S., European, and several other national food safety
authorities. Made public by European authorities in 2005, the
confidential raw data of Monsanto's 2002 feeding trials on rats, which
was used to approve GM corn in different parts of the world, is the same
data, ironically, that the new team of researchers analyzed.

(click to enlarge)
The Committee of Research and Information on Genetic Engineering
(CRIIGEN) and Universities of Caen and Rouen studied Monsanto's 90-day
feeding trials data of insecticide producing Mon 810, Mon 863, and
Roundup herbicide absorbing NK 603 varieties of GM maize. The data
"clearly underlines adverse impacts on kidneys and liver, the dietary
detoxifying organs, as well as different levels of damages to heart,
adrenal glands, spleen, and haematopoietic system," reported Gilles-Eric
Sralini, a molecular biologist at Caen University.

Although different levels of adverse impact on vital organs were noticed
between the three GMOs (genetically modified organisms), the 2009
research shows specific effects associated with consumption of each GMO,
differentiated by sex and dose. Their December 2009 study appears in the
International Journal of Biological Sciences (IJBS). This latest study
conforms with a 2007 analysis by CRIIGEN on Mon 863, published in
Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, using the same data. Monsanto
rejected the 2007 conclusions, stating: "The analyses conducted by these
authors are not consistent with what has been traditionally accepted for
use by regulatory toxicologists for analysis of rat toxicology data."

In an email, Sralini explained that their study goes beyond Monsanto's
analysis by exploring the sex-differentiated health effects on mammals,
which Monsanto ignored: "Our study contradicts Monsanto conclusions
because Monsanto systematically neglects significant health effects in
mammals that are different in males and females eating GMOs or not
proportional to the dose. This is a very serious mistake, dramatic for
public health. This is the major conclusion revealed by our work, the
only careful re-analysis of Monsanto crude statistical data."

When testing for drug or pesticide safety, the standard protocol is to
use three mammalian species. The subject studies used only rats, yet won
GMO approval in more than a dozen nations. In addition, chronic problems
are rarely discovered in 90 days. Most often such tests run for up to two
years. Tests "lasting longer than three months give more chances to
reveal metabolic, nervous, immune, hormonal or cancer diseases," wrote
Seralini et al in a rebuttal ("How Subchronic and Chronic Health Effects
can be Neglected for GMOs, Pesticides or Chemicals," IJBS, 2009).
Further, Monsanto's analysis compared unrelated feeding groups, muddying
the results. The June 2009 rebuttal explains, "In order to isolate the
effect of the GM transformation process from other variables, it is only
valid to compare the GMO?with its isogenic non-GM equivalent."

The researchers conclude from all three GMO studies that novel pesticide
residues will be present in food and feed and may pose grave health risks
to those consuming them. They have called for "an immediate ban on the
import and cultivation of these GMOs and strongly recommend additional
long-term (up to two years) and multi-generational animal feeding studies
on at least three species to provide true scientifically valid data on
the acute and chronic toxic effects of GM crops, feed and foods."

Human health is of primary import, but ecological effects are also in
play, as 99 percent of GMO crops either tolerate or produce insecticide.
This may be the reason we see bee colony collapse disorder and massive
butterfly deaths. If GMOs are wiping out Earth's pollinators, they are
far more disastrous than just the threat they pose to humans and other
mammals.

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Biotech crops cause big jump in pesticide use: report
November 17, 2009, Reuters News
http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE5AG0QY20091117

The rapid adoption by U.S. farmers of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton has promoted increased use of pesticides, an epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds and more chemical residues in foods, according to a report ... by health and environmental protection groups. The groups said research showed that herbicide use grew by 383 million pounds from 1996 to 2008, with 46 percent of the total increase occurring in 2007 and 2008. The report was released by nonprofits The Organic Center (TOC), the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Center for Food Safety (CFS). The groups said that [there is] a net overall increase on U.S. farm fields of 318 million pounds of pesticides, which includes insecticides and herbicides, over the first 13 years of commercial use. The rise in herbicide use comes as U.S. farmers increasingly adopt corn, soy and cotton that have been engineered with traits that allow them to tolerate dousings of weed killer. The report by the environmental groups states that a key problem resulting from the increase in herbicide use is the emergence of "super weeds," which are difficult to kill because they have become resistant to the herbicides. "This report confirms what we've been saying for years," said Bill Freese, science policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety. "The most common type of genetically engineered crops promotes increased use of pesticides, an epidemic of resistant weeds, and more chemical residues in our foods. This may be profitable for the biotech/pesticide companies, but it's bad news for farmers, human health and the environment."

Note: To read the full report, "Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First Thirteen Years", and to view additional information, click here. http://www.organic- center.org/science.pest.php?action=view&report_id=159

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Monsanto Vs. The World: Is it Too Late for Us to Win?
May 20, 2009

By Melanie Segala
Managing Editor, Total Health Breakthroughs

Monsanto is the world's largest agricultural biotechnology company and producer of genetically modified (GM) seeds. Monsanto's GM crop seeds are altered to resist the damaging effects of their bestselling agricultural herbicide, Roundup, which earns the company a cool $620 million per year and provides 40% of its operating profit.1

Initially, farmers all over the world believed GM seeds were a high-tech boon to modern agriculture -- using Roundup, they could kill thousands of threatening weeds while doing no harm to valuable crops. Little did they know of the problems that would ensue, starting with the purchase of the seeds.

Before farmers are sold the Roundup-resistant seeds, they are required to sign a technology agreement that allows the company to conduct property investigations and define "what rights a farmer does and does not have in planting, harvesting, and selling genetically engineered seed.”2

This may seem outrageous, but Monsanto has gotten away with it because their GM seeds are patented. And according to them, patent infringement also includes saving seeds from current healthy crops and replanting them in the future -- a great way for Monsanto to force farmers to needlessly buy seed every year.

According to the Center for Food Safety (CFS),2 the signed technology agreement has led Monsanto to aggressively pursue thousands of farmers that it believes have breached the agreement or infringed upon its GM seed patent. The farmer must then pay an out of court settlement to Monsanto or go to court. CFS says that that Monsanto has collected $15,253,602 from lawsuits that have found in its favor.2

Even farmers who have not purchased Monsanto's GM seeds nor signed any written agreement are in the line of fire. If pollen from a GM planted crop pollinates a non-GM field on another farm that results in viable plants, that farmer is liable under current laws for patent infringement -- even if he did not want GM crops growing in his field.

So successful has Monsanto been in handsomely collecting from lawsuits and gaining control of the world's food supply that they're now ready to go after the really big fish. On April 14, 2009, the company filed a law suit against the German government for refusing to use its GM corn.3

Although Monsanto's GM corn (which was engineered to be toxic to the corn borer pest) has been permitted in Germany since 2005, agriculture minister Ilse Aigner stopped plans for 8,892 acres to be planted for the summer harvest. Ms. Aigner claimed she had "legitimate reasons” to believe the corn would be a hazard to the environment. EU law allows member countries to impose such a ban but Monsanto's suit says that once a plant has been approved, it cannot be banned unless new scientific evidence proves it to be a danger.3

France banned the GM corn seeds last year and Hungary and Austria also plan on doing so even though the European Food Safety Authority concluded they were no risk to humans or animals. But Ms. Aigner may be right in her concerns about the damaging effects of GM crops on the environment.

According to GeneWatch UK:4

Other crops and wild plants may become contaminated with the foreign genes added to the GM crop.
New 'super-weeds' may evolve which will be difficult or even impossible to eradicate.
Pollution arising from the use of harmful chemicals may increase or decrease.
Wildlife may be harmed by new toxins in the environment or changes in agricultural practices.
In the US Sunbelt in fact, Roundup-resistant super-weeds are threatening cotton and soybean crops.5 In 2007, 10,000 acres in Macon County, Georgia were overrun with super-weeds and abandoned. Farmers across the South are now left to figure out how to kill the pesticide-resistant weeds and not harm their crops.

Unbelievably, Monsanto is encouraging these farmers to mix the Roundup with older pesticides like 2,4-D which also happens to be an ingredient used in Agent Orange. Three Scandinavian countries have banned 2,4-D because of its links to cancer, cognitive impairment, and reproductive damage.5

We can only hope that Ms. Aigner and the German government stick to their guns and prove in a court of law that individuals and governments have the right to decide what they grow -- and what they refuse to grow -- without interference from Big Agra. A victory for the German government would be a victory for us all --one big step in breaking the stranglehold that large corporations are exerting on every aspect of our lives -- even what we eat.

One organization taking a strong stand against Monsanto's bullying tactics and the questionable use of GM seeds is the Organic Consumers Association. You can support their efforts to rein in Monsanto and improve food safety and environmental accountability by visiting their website and signing one or more of their petitions.

References
http://www.mcspotlight.org/beyond/companies/monsanto.html
http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/pubs/MonsantoExSum1.14.2005.pdf
http://www.opednews.com/articles/MEGALOMANIA-by-MONSANTO-by-amicus-curia....
http://www.genewatch.org/sub-532322.
http://www.france24.com/en/20090418-superweed-explosion-threatens-monsan....

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