Memo to Monsanto's CEO Grant: GMO crops have proven, by sound scientific study, to be highly dangerous to those who consume them, in a huge number of ways, and I am just going to remind our readers as to why:
Pesticide Genes Three varieties of Monsanto's GMO corn that were genetically modified to contain insecticide- and herbicide-absorbing genes were the subject of a report by the International Journal of Biological Sciences. The report states that Monsanto had used crude data from insufficient 90-day studies in its claim that the corn was safe for human consumption. Researchers in the IJBS study found that all three GMO corn varieties were toxic and affected liver and kidney function. Effects differed between the three corn varieties, and between male and female rats in the lab studies. Problems outside the laboratory also exist. Iowa farmers have reported problems with livestock sterility, and have traced the cause back to the genetically modified corn used in the livestock feed. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22...#ixzz2TTUAj4tt
Genetically modified foods… Are they safe? The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t think so. The Academy reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods. Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored. gmo danger2 Since then, findings include: Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer. Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.
Widespread Crop Failure Genetic diversity is key for immunity in living things. Crops that have not been genetically modified have the benefit of a variety of genes available in the pool to provide them with protection from diseases and pests. Genetically modified crops, in contrast, have identical genetic structure. This means that if a single disease, virus or parasite mutates so that it can easily attack that plant, the entire crop could be lost. On a large scale this could be devastating not only to the farmer but to the regional economy and worse. Not only does this threaten the GMO crops, but it also poses a threat to non-GMO foods in that they could be cross-polinated with vulnerable GMO genes by birds, bees, or butterflies, making the resulting offspring plants susceptible to the same diseases and pests. Sponsored Links Visio Network Diagrams Easily discover and map networks with a free trial of WhatsupGold. WhatsupGold.com/Diagram Increased Use of Herbicides and Pesticides Many genetically modified crops are engineered to be resistant to conventional herbicides and pesticides. This is because farmers want the ability to spray their fields with these chemicals, killing the bugs and weeds without the plants being affected. This system is heavily reliant on chemicals which are unhealthy to both the environment and humans. Recently, stories have been published by Reuters describing studies which link children with high concentrations of agricultural pesticides in their urine with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Ecological Dangers Another danger of using genetically modified organisms in agriculture is that it is impossible to contain them in one place, and once they are introduced into the local flora they have the chance to out-compete them and choke out many local plant varieties. Considering that we know little about the uses and applications of many botanicals around us, this is a potential ecological disaster. Along the same lines, any genetically modified cultivar we release or any virus or bacteria results from their use will be impossible to recall or combat. Read more: What are the Dangers of GMOs? | eHow http://www.ehow.com/list_6598320_dan...#ixzz2TTV6aQfQ
And lastly, Mr. Grant, let's talk about the presence of the epicyte gene, which sterilizes the people who eat plants which include it:
FLASHBACK – Scientists Create GM Corn Which Prevents Human Conception Scientists have created the ultimate GM crop: contraceptive corn. Waiving fields of maize may one day save the world from overpopulation. The pregnancy prevention plants are the handiwork of the San Diego biotechnology company Epicyte, where researchers have discovered a rare class of human antibodies that attack sperm. By isolating the genes that regulate the manufacture of these antibodies, and by putting them in corn plants, the company has created tiny horticultural factories that make contraceptives. "We have a hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies," said Epicyte president Mitch Hein. Still unknown is who funded this original research (UPDATE, major funding was from the USDA) . But once the Epicyte gene, which irreversibly sterilizes humans who eat it, was patented, Monsanto and DuPont bought the company in order to "commercially exploit" the Epicyte gene. That means they had a customer for this product! Who is buying this gene and where is it being used? After ten years, how many GMO products have included this human-sterilization gene? One of the last of Tom Clancy's books that he authored alone was called "Rainbow Six", and the villain of the book was a group of money-junkies who decided that Earth was too "polluted" with the poor and wanted the Earth to go back to nature (except of course for their own personal palaces). Art mirrors life? We know that ultra-rich like Melinda Gates openly support forced population reduction in the apparent belief that having a lot of money gives them the right to play God with the rest of humanity. Personally I think that if the population is to be reduced, that we start with such self-declared deities, to be followed by those who would condemn millions to death in wars to make a fast buck. But of greater concern is this. The Epicyte gene was in corn down in San Diego more than ten years ago. And we know know that modified genes can jump species through pollination, which is why the weeds once killed by Glyphosate are now as "Roundup Ready" as the GMO crops themselves. And we know that these modified genes can also jump from the original GMO frankenfood onto the natural varieties. Many people are already familiar with the case of Percy Schmeiser, who did not want GMO crops on his farm but discovered to his horror that pollen blowing from a neighboring field had contaminated his crops. When he complained, Monsanto sued him for "Patent Infringement" and demanded Schmeiser pay a technology fee to use his own saved seeds, since they included Monsanto's patented genes, and Schmeiser knowingly was replanting them. Schmeiser eventually persuaded the courts that he had never wanted Monsanto's products and the courts ruled against Monsanto, who eventually agreed to pay the costs to decontaminate Schmeiser's farm. Other farmers were not so lucky in the courts, and lost their farms to Monsanto in patent infringement lawsuits. The point is that for ten years, pollen from corn containing the Epicyte gene has been blowing around Southern California farms (along with everywhere else the Epicyte gene was "commercialized"). How far it has spread is impossible to determine without an extensive genetic survey of the food supply. That it may already be global cannot be ruled out. But there is no question that birth rates are in decline. While the corporate media may blame this birth rate drop solely on the economic problems (and there is no question this is a factor) there is also no question that doctors were noticing a sudden uptick in fertility problems back in 2008 before the economic explosion even happened. And the sudden reverse in US birth rates actually occurred in 2007, again before the economic crash took hold. Were economics the only factor, one would expect a smoother transition in birth rates as birth rate slowed, then plateaued, then went into decline, accelerating as the economy worsened. But in the above graph we see a sudden and dramatic reversal, suggesting some other cause. Note the drop is especially heavy in the Hispanic population, whose traditional diet relies very heavily on corn. Forced covert sterilization?
Mr. Grant, Monsanto has been exceedingly reckless with its genetically modified organism technology. People and animals have already suffered greatly from its use. Yes, the food Monsanto technology produces is cheap; but it is also highly dangerous. And until that last part gets sorted, there should be no GMO crops grown anywhere in the world, period, end of discussion.