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#1468029 --- 03/25/15 01:52 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: cwjga]
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http://blog.ted.com/why-genetic-engineer...aks-at-ted2015/

How genetic engineering can fight disease, reduce insecticide use and enhance food security: Pamela Ronald speaks at TED2015

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May March 18, 2015 at 11:01 am EDT
Pamela Ronald speaks at TED2015 - Truth and Dare, Session 6. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED
Pamela Ronald is a plant scientist, married to an organic farmer. Her talk shows how their goals are the same: to grow good food. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED
Pamela Ronald is here to talk about her work as a plant geneticist, about her work “studying genes that make plants resistant to disease and tolerant of stress.”

But first, she’d like to introduce us to her husband. “This is Raoul. He’s an organic farmer,” she says. “People say, ‘Really? An organic farmer and a plant geneticist? Can you agree on anything?’ Well, we can. Because we both have the same goal: we want to help nourish the growing population without further destroying the environment.”

Genetic improvement of plants isn’t new, she says. Ancient corn had a case so hard that it couldn’t be chewed; the ancient banana was full of large seeds; ancient brussels sprouts weren’t actually individual objects. “To create these crops, breeders used many kinds of genetic techniques,” says Ronald. “Today breeders have even more the options choose from. Some of them are extraordinarily precise.”

She moves on to her own work on rice, “the staple food for more than half the world’s population.” Every year, 40% of the rice harvest is lost to pests and disease. “Farmers rely on varieties that carry genes for resistance.”

When Ronald started her work, no one knew exactly what those genes were. Her lab helped isolated a gene called “XA21&#8243; that makes rice resistant to bacterial infection, and engineered it into plants. After the publication of this work, Ronald was approached by a colleague, Dave Mackill, who was working on how to make rice more resilient in the face of flooding.

“Although rice grows well in standing water, most varieties will die if they’re submerged for more than three days. Flooding increasingly problematic as climate changes,” says Ronald. “[Mackill] said, ’70 million rice farmers are having trouble growing rice because their fields are flooded. They’re living on less than $2 a day.”

The two launched a decade-long quest, with graduate student Kenong Xu, to identify and isolate a gene that might help. Eventually, they succeeded with the discovery of the gene Sub1. In a greenhouse test, rice engineered with Sub1 survived 18 days of flooding, while the standard rice died. Ronald shows a time lapse of what happened when breeders at the International Rice Research Institute developed new varieties carrying this gene using precision breeding. Both the IRRI variety and the conventional variety grow well at first. But after 17 days of submergence, the conventional rice has withered while the Sub1 rice thrives. “And they produce three-fold more grain than the conventional variety,” says Ronald.

Last year, 3.5 million farmers grew Sub1 rice thanks to financial support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“A lot of people don’t mind genetic modification when it involves moving rice genes around,” says Ronald, “but when it comes to taking genes from viruses and bacteria and putting them into plants, people say ‘Yuck! Why would scientists do that?'”

Ronald’s answer: “Because sometimes it is the safest, cheapest and most effective technology to advance sustainable agriculture and enhance food security.”

She walks us through a few examples. In the 1950s, the papaya crop on the island of Oahu in Hawaii was threatened by a ringspot virus. “Many people thought the Hawaiian papaya was doomed,” says Ronald.

A local Hawaiian plant pathologist named Dennis Gonsalves had an idea. He spliced a snippet of the DNA of the virus into the papaya genome — and it worked. It made the papaya resistant to the virus. “His pioneering work is credited with rescuing the papaya industry,” says Ronald. “Twenty years later, no other method is as effective.” 80% of all Hawaiian papaya is now engineered in this way.

Next, she brings us to Bangladesh, where a caterpillar pest is ravaging the eggplant crop. “To control this pest, farmers spray insecticides 2 to 3 times a week, sometimes even twice a day,” says Ronald. Of course, this threatens their own health. “It’s estimated that 300,000 people die every year because of exposure and misuse of insecticides.”

Organic farmers like Ronald’s husband use a spray called Bt, which is highly specific to caterpillars while being safe for humans, birds and other animals — it’s less toxic than table salt, says Ronald. But this approach does not work for farmers in Bangladesh because it is expensive and hard to find. “In the genetic approach, scientists cut the gene for Bt out of the bacteria and insert it directly into the eggplant genome,” says Ronald. This was used last season and it helped farmers take insecticide use down to zero.

And one final example has to do with malnutrition. “In less developed countries, Vitamin A deficiency causes nearly 500,000 children to go blind every year. More than half die,” says Ronald.

To try to help, scientists created genetically engineered “golden rice,” that has B-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A. “Scientists predict that just one cup of golden rice per day will reduce blindness and the deaths of thousands of young children each year,” says Ronald. “But Golden Rice has been virulently opposed by activists who are against genetic modification.”

She points to a moment last year when activists stormed and destroyed a golden rice field trial. “When I heard about it, I wondered if the activists realized that they had destroyed much more than an important scientific research project — that they had destroyed medicines that children desperately need.”

Genetic engineering has been used commercially for 40 years in wines, cheeses and much more. And in that time, there hasn’t been a case of harm to human health or the environment, she points out. “Look, I’m not asking you to believe me. Science is not a belief system. My opinion does not matter. Let’s look at the evidence. After 20 years of careful study and rigorous peer review by thousands of independent scientists, every major scientific organization in the world has concluded that the process of genetic engineering is as safe or safer as older methods of genetic modification.”

She ends: “What scares me most about the loud arguments and misinformation about plant genetics is that the poorest people, the people who most need the technology, may be denied access because of the fears and prejudices of those who have enough to eat.”

Unfortunately, Ronald, under her own ethical principals, retracted her report due to clear errors in sample control groups and testing. However, that is the consistent difference between the modus operandi of the majority of anti-GMO advocates and that of the science community as a whole. Mistakes happen. By definition, responsible science has the obligation to make such retractions. When the errors were discovered, the retraction was published. I can't recall one single instance of any anti-GMO/vaccination promulgators ever doing the same, and there are plenty of instances in which they have, and continue to publish reports containing gross errors in fact and analysis.


Please read the following for a contextually accurate and comprehensive look at this and other such situations:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/food-matters/2013/10/10/lab-life-the-anatomy-of-a-retraction/

http://retractionwatch.com/2013/10/10/ronald-science/

One Famous Retraction:
http://www.pnas.org/content/18/3/213.full.pdf+html
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#1468040 --- 03/25/15 10:10 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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#1468046 --- 03/25/15 11:24 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Tell Congress to Stop Doing Monsanto's Dirtywork: Americans Need to Know if It's GMO

author: GMO Free USA

target: U.S. Congress

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) has re-introduced a bill that would prohibit mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) at both the state and federal levels. He calls this bill the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act", when in fact, the bill would keep Americans in the DARK by mandating voluntary labeling of potentially unsafe GMOs. This bill puts the profits of chemical companies over human and environmental health and is an insult to our freedom and to our intelligence.


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/246/172/8...now-if-its-gmo/
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#1468047 --- 03/25/15 11:34 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to Make a GMO Lobbyist Squirm

By James Corbett

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/03/how-to-make-gmo-lobbyist-squirm.html
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#1468049 --- 03/25/15 11:44 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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What’s Your “Daily Value” of Glyphosate?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Why should we know how much glyphosate we are ingesting? Well, on March 20, 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) produced a monograph, “Evaluation of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides,” wherein as a result of IARC’s research, the herbicide glyphosate [the major component in Monsanto’s Roundup®] has been “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group A).” According to IARC’s monograph,

- See more at: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2015/03/whats-your-daily-value-of-glyphosate.html#sthash.cTgYSM3i.dpuf
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#1468056 --- 03/26/15 11:31 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Originally Posted By: MissingArty
Tell Congress to Stop Doing Monsanto's Dirtywork: Americans Need to Know if It's GMO

author: GMO Free USA

target: U.S. Congress

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) has re-introduced a bill that would prohibit mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) at both the state and federal levels. He calls this bill the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act", when in fact, the bill would keep Americans in the DARK by mandating voluntary labeling of potentially unsafe GMOs. This bill puts the profits of chemical companies over human and environmental health and is an insult to our freedom and to our intelligence.


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/246/172/8...now-if-its-gmo/


can't wait till congress mandates that all non-gmo products be labled as such. General mills set a good example of how it is done with out a law. But I guess all the other non-gmo out there need to be told to do it.

We deserve to know that we aren't eating gmo's.
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#1468065 --- 03/26/15 04:03 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: cwjga]
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#1468079 --- 03/26/15 11:04 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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The Horrific Truth about Roundup - Mercola - June 2013

A new peer-reviewed report authored by Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant, and a long time contributor to the Mercola.com Vital Votes Forum, and Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), reveals how glyphosate wrecks human health.

...Jeffrey Smith, author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception, says Monsanto, during some reflective moment, must have asked "What would Darth Vader do?" Because what they've come up with is a way of pretending that they're beneficial and then insinuating themselves into the food and agriculture industry, and now it turns out that what they have is very, very dangerous.

Indeed, according to Dr. Seneff, glyphosate is possibly "the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies," including but not limited to:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/09/monsanto-roundup-herbicide.aspx
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#1468080 --- 03/26/15 11:17 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Study: GMO Food Is Dangerous

Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.

"This is not the only study to find problems with GMO foods, but it is the most damning.

In my estimation, all GMO foods should be removed from stores and GMO crops should be destroyed. The implications of this disaster is almost beyond belief and GMO crops are being heavily promoted all over the world by the IMF, Council on Foreign Relations, and other international organizations."

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Dr-Blayloc.../#ixzz3VYHHJTdN

http://foodintegritynow.org/2013/06/19/d...e-and-vaccines/
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#1468081 --- 03/26/15 11:21 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Congressional Bill to Get Key Antibiotics Out of Livestock Feed

March 26, 2015 by Catherine J. Frompovich

The only microbiologist in the U.S. Congress, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has introduced a bill, The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) to impede the apparent abuse of animal husbandry using certain medically important antibiotics to fatten cattle for market or in animal feed as normal ‘supplementation’.

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/03/congressional-bill-to-get-key.html
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#1468084 --- 03/27/15 12:27 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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August 28th, 2014

Is Cornell the Go-To University for Industry Science?

By Tim Schwab

Cornell University announced last week that it is embarking on a multi-million dollar campaign to “depolarize the charged debate” around GMOs. Can you guess who’s behind this effort? The biotech industry and its supporters.

...corporations routinely engage neutral-appearing scientists and impartial-sounding front groups to help advance their political and economic agendas.

Cornell is no stranger to this science-for-sale approach. Earlier this year, Cornell economist William Lesser took money from a biotech front group to produce a questionable analysis showing that GMO labeling will be very costly for consumers. While he noted that the study reflected his personal opinions, not those of Cornell, GMO supporters began publicizing the findings of “the Cornell study” in their campaign to defeat state-labeling initiatives around the country. Independent studies, meanwhile, show that GMO labeling will not increase costs significantly—and perhaps not at all.

... Rather than trying to promote a civil, honest, impartial dialogue about GMOs—as you would expect from a university like Cornell—the school has chosen to partner with some of the biotechnology industry’s most prominent supporters and defenders.

At a time when the United States is clearly ready for a frank conversation about GMOs, evident in the state-level labeling ballot initiatives underway across the country, it is unfortunate that our most prominent philanthropists and universities would partner with industry to distort the public discourse.

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/is-cornell-the-go-to-university-for-industry-science/


http://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/partners
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#1468085 --- 03/27/15 12:37 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Nature's One, the first organic formula in the United States, explains why being organic and Non GMO is so vital important to your family's nutrition

http://www.naturesone.com/organic-formula.html
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#1468107 --- 03/27/15 10:39 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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#1468114 --- 03/27/15 01:04 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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#1468118 --- 03/27/15 01:39 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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A really good film: "Hungry for Change" Free to watch till March 30th (starts at 6:00)

FMTV is available on Roku

"...they don't know the nature of the trap."

"If it's made in a lab, it takes a lab to digest it."

"If you look at the amount of sugar in a child's breakfast cereal, you might as well be rolling up the kid's sleeve and putting in heroin, because it's the same."

"Your starving on a cellular basis."

https://www.fmtv.com/live
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#1468120 --- 03/27/15 01:58 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Edible Vaccines From Lettuce, Tomatoes And Other Plants

By Ray Schilling - April 2003

A group of researchers under Dr. Robert Rose from the University of Rochester in New York have been working on a number of vaccines with the help of genetic engineering.

http://www.askdrray.com/edible-vaccines-from-lettuce-tomatoes-and-other-plants/


Transgenic lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) expressing H1N1 influenza surface antigen (neuraminidase)

Lettuce plants were genetically engineered to produce the immunogenic protein NA. &#9658; Mice were immunized subcutaneously, using lettuce for the production of NA immunogen. &#9658; This is the first report on the production of the NA in a foreign host.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304423812001203
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#1468140 --- 03/27/15 05:36 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Justice for Farmworkers

video, 7 minutes

Once a bass fisherman’s heaven, Lake Apopka needed millions of government cleanup dollars to undo the decades of pesticide runoff that turned it into a toxic brew of chemicals. Our government spent additional millions studying the health effects of the local wildlife during the cleanup. However, the people who worked those fields were all but ignored, and are suffering the effects forty years later.

http://earthjustice.org/advocacy-campaigns/pesticides#
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#1468146 --- 03/27/15 06:04 PM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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Mar. 26, 2015 7:59 PM ET

Monsanto fined for not reporting Idaho chemical releases

By KEITH RIDLER

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

http://hosted2.ap.org/TXKIH/kdhbusinessn...5fd784b766cb80a
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#1468164 --- 03/28/15 03:52 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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This article is undated but the events referred to in it are dated the latter part of March 2013. The "rider" prez o signed has expired. (prez o, not capitalized or spelled out purposely.)

March 2013

Monsanto and DuPont's GMO War and biotech Monopoly

Now the four biotech companies including Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and Dow are linked by Monsanto’s license and have joined to work together to control and dominate the whole market.

Recently, Monsanto joined the chemical company Dow to create a new row of GMO crops called "Agent Orange Corn" that is resistant to both Monsanto's Roundup and active ingredient of Agent Orange called 2,4-D. The active ingredient in Roundup called “glyphosate” has been linked to infertility, liver damage, birth defects, allergies, cancer and nutritional deficiencies. 2,4-D in Agent Orange is also linked to health problems including cancer, liver toxicity, neurotoxicity, immune system disorder, Parkinson's disease and endocrine disruption.

http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com...h.9rfMalNU.dpuf
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#1468165 --- 03/28/15 04:25 AM Re: State of the Science of the Health Risks of GMO Food [Re: MissingArty]
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I'd like to point out this post particularly to folks working in the health care industry, from doctor's offices to urgent cares and ERs, from secretaries to PAs, etc.

Your patients can hear your comments and read your body language. This is hurtful to your patient and adds more stress to their already stressful life.

Please educate yourself. Our family members are coming to you for help. Please take the time to learn about what is making all these people sick with all these illnesses.


Institute for Responsible Technology - March 27, 2015

Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Don’t miss this film!

http://geneticroulettemovie.com/
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