Category Archives: Genetically Modified Organisms

Banned in Russia, China, the EU and 60 Other Countries, GMOs are Killing Our Polinators, Destroying Our Farmland, and Making us Fat, Sick, and Dumb

Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize: republished 24 Jun 2014
Corresponding Author: Gilles-Eric Seralini.
Institute of Biology, Esplanade de la Paix, University of Caen, Caen 14032, Cedex, France
Abstract: The health effects of a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize (from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup, and Roundup alone (from 0.1 ppb in water), were studied 2 years in rats. In females, all treated groups died 2-3 times more than controls, and more rapidly. This difference was visible in 3 male groups fed GMOs. All results were hormone and sex dependent, and the pathological profiles were comparable. Females developed large mammary tumors almost always more often than and before controls, the pituitary was the second most disabled organ; the sex hormonal balance was modified by GMO and Roundup treatments. In treated males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5-5.5 times higher. This pathology was confirmed by optic and transmission electron microscopy. Marked and severe kidney nephropathies were also generally 1.3-2.3 greater. Males presented 4 times more large palpable tumors than controls which occurred up to 600 days earlier. Biochemistry data confirmed very significant kidney chronic deficiencies; for all treatments and both sexes, 76% of the altered parameters were kidney related. These results can be explained by the non linear endocrine-disrupting effects of Roundup, but also by the overexpression of the transgene in the GMO and its metabolic consequences.
Retraced Nov. 2013, Re-published 24 Jun 2014

Published Sept. 19th 2012 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, the Seralini study (seen on the opposite page) created quite a stir within the international scientific community.
The discovery that a diet of genetically modified (GM) corn caused liver, kidney, and pancreatic damage and tumors in lab rats stood in stark contrast to what FDA-sponsored, Monsanto-led science had previously asserted.
Under the direction of Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Foods, Michael R. Taylor (formerly President of public policy at Missouri-based Monsanto corporation, the biggest designer of genetically modified crops), the Food and Drug Administration immediately attempted to call into question the study’s findings.
In November 2013 Richard E. Goodman became the new executive editor at the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. Goodman, a seven-year employee of Monsanto, promptly retracted the study despite the protests of the Seralini team and much of the scientific community.
Monsanto has successfully positioned over a dozen former executives within governmental regulatory bodies in the last decade.
On June 24th, 2014 the study was re-published in the Journal Environmental Sciences Europe, having gone through a triple-peer-review process. The contents of the re-published study are identical to the original.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Biotechnologies companies hail advances in genetics as a way to “feed the world,” but the purpose of genetically modifying corn and other crops is not to add nutrition, as they claim, but rather to make them more resistant to topical herbicides and pests, guaranteeing high yields.
Glyphosate is a highly toxic herbicide sold commercially as “Roundup.” Several varieties of “Roundup-ready” corn, alfalfa, soybeans, and cotton have been genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate treatment.
Glyphosate-resistant “super-weeds” are now sweeping farmland across the South and mid-West. These weeds are thick enough (with stalks up to 4 inches in diameter) to stop an industrial combine and are completely resistant to herbicides.
In addition to super-weeds a new pathogen has been discovered in high populations in roundup-ready corn and soybean crops. This pathogen has been linked to an epidemic of new plant diseases and to alarmingly high rates of spontaneous miscarriage (up to 45%) and infertility in farm animals fed a diet of GMO corn, soy, and alphalpha.
Multiple studies have been published demonstrating that catastrophic DNA damage in humans and other animals occurs from exposure to glyphosate concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.
Roundup-ready seeds are not the only GM crop on the market, however. Bt corn, soybeans, canola, and sugar beets (so named because they contain genes from Bacillus Thuringiensis bacteria) are engineered to exploit horizontal gene transfer to turn the symbiotic bacteria in insects’ stomachs into living pesticide factories.
Horizontal Gene Transfer is a phenomenon by which bacteria absorb genetic material from their environment through the permeable membrane of their cellular structure and incorporate it into their own genetic code.
When an insect eats part of a Bt-gene carrying plant the bacteria in its digestive tract integrate the Bt gene and begin producing crystalline enzymes which rupture the internal walls of the stomach, resulting in evisceration. The bacteria in our stomachs are subject to the same effect.
Multiple studies have been conducted linking consumption of GM crops to intestinal inflammation in farm animals; in humans this is the likely source of skyrocketing rates of obesity, heart problems, and other chronic-inflammation-related diseases as well as cancers and nervous-system disorders.
It is not only physical ailments that stem from consumption of GM crops. As researchers have learned more about the function of our own symbiotic bacteria in recent years a number of discoveries have come to light. The most significant of these is the impact that our digestive bacteria have on our mental health.
Significant research has been conducted recently on what is termed the “microbial-gut-Vagus nerve-brain axis,” or the “gut-brain axis” for short.
The gut-brain-axis is the superstructure formed by our digestive and central-nervous systems. The action of these systems is so intertwined that they are no longer considered as separate.
It has been understood for some time that the Vagus nerve is responsible for regulating hearth rate, blood pressure, and the way that the body deals with physical or psychological stress in general, including peristalsis, the contraction of smooth muscles such as those found in the heart and digestive tract. Anyone who has felt butterflies in their stomachs before making a public speech or suffered from stomach cramping or pain during times of stress has felt firsthand the vagus-nerve-mediated interaction between the brain and the gut. How is this?
The majority of the neurotransmitters in our bodies, including serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, are produced by the symbiotic bacteria in our intestinal tracts. Accordingly, the health of these bacteria is tied inextricably to both our physical and mental health.
This means that anyone who is eating a diet of pesticide-laden produce, processed foods, and high-fructose corn syrup is doing catastrophic damage to their internal flora and robbing themselves of the chemical transmitters which enable mental agility and feelings of happiness.

“Citric Acid” Actually Made From Mold Grown on GM Corn

“Citric Acid” Actually Made From Mold Grown on GM Corn

citric acid and ascorbic acid are hidden GMO ingredients that reportedly set off allergenic responses for some sensitive consumers. Further, both are known accomplices to the creation of benzene – a known human carcinogen – inside food and drink products alongside sodium benzoate.”

“Citric acid occurs naturally in such fruits as limes, pineapples and gooseberries. The dry, powdered citric acid used as an industrial food additive since the early 19th century, however has a less appetizing source; it is manufactured using a mould that feeds on corn syrup glucose.

Aspartame, Common Ingredient in Processed Foods Including Diet Soda and Chewing Gum, most Notably, Linked to Dozens of Health Complaints, Risk of Premature Death in Women, Has Significant Neurotoxic Effects

Aspartame, Common Ingredient in Processed Foods Including Diet Soda and Chewing Gum, most Notably, Linked to Dozens of Health Complaints, Risk of Premature Death in Women, Has Significant Neurotoxic Effects

“Consumption of aspartame can be linked to blurred vision, headaches and neurological problems when repeatedly consumed in the form of diet drinks? In fact, there are over 90 side effects linked to aspartame consumption, including headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, rashes, depression, irritability, insomnia, hearing loss, vision problems, loss of taste vertigo and memory loss.”

GMO Soybeans Produce Lower Yeild Than Non-GMO Alternatives

GMO Soybeans Produce Lower Yeild Than Non-GMO Alternatives

“even the lowest of the top five non-GMO producing soybean countries, Guatemala, still had a higher yield in terms of kilograms per hectare than the number one GMO soybean producer, the United States. The U.S. is where GMO soybeans originated and began to spread to various other countries, especially South American countries where lobbying was strong and a large profit was to be made off of GMOs and accompanying sales of the controversial Roundup herbicide.”

Conventionally Grown Strawberrys Treated With 184 Different Pesticides

Conventionally Grown Strawberrys Treated With 184 Different Pesticides

“One, Methyl bromide is still on the market even though it has been scheduled to be banned for more than ten years.

According to the EPA, methyl bromide is “highly toxic,” especially for application workers. Further, the EPA acknowledges that breathing it damages the lungs. And, once inside the body, it can have a devastating neurological impact and can impact the thyroid and the male testes, which affects reproduction. And guess what? Though methyl bromide has been used agriculturally since the 1930s and though it has always been recognized as being highly toxic, the EPA doesn’t know whether or not it causes cancer.”

Without a doubt “conclusive” test results on the part of the EPA would have created trouble for a friend of a friend of the agency (like a former senator/agency head’s chemical-company-CEO-and-former-campaign-contributor friend).

Abysmal Federal and State Regulations on Food Industry Allows Contaminated Rice into Schools and Hospitals, Recall Issued.

Abysmal Federal and State Refulations on Food Industry Allows Contaminated Rice into Schools and Hospitals, Recall Issued.

“The FDA is warning food service companies and consumers not to use the following Uncle Ben’s products (which are most commonly sold to food service companies that then distribute to schools, hospitals and other places, but can be purchased online by consumers)”

Sustainable Hydroponics on Amish farm in Indiana Shows us what Agriculture’s future will be

Sustainable Hydroponics on Amish farm in Indiana Shows us what Agriculture’s future will be

“The importance of vertical aeroponic farms like Sunrise Hydroponics is accentuated when one realizes the water shortage and other issues that Indiana is struggling with. Indiana’s conventional-based agriculture system has led to a looming water crisis, heavy pesticide and petrochemical fertilizer use (which contaminates both surface and ground water), and the use of GMO crops. Additionally, the state imports almost all of its fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.”