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Mass Releases of Genetically Modified Insects in Area-Wide Pest Control Programs and Their Impact on Organic Farmers

GM diamondback moths are being released in an experiment in New York State. This recently published article in the peer-reviewed journal, Sustainability, examines potential effects on nearby organic farmers. Note: Throughout this article the word “contamination” will be used to denote the presence of GM insect adults, larvae, or body parts in agricultural products offered for sale.

The articles in this 'GMO Issues' section of the Say No To GMOs! site were originally posted many years ago but they still provide some of the most relevant and germinal analysis available. It is a bit disheartening that this information has been known for so long and yet nothing has changed in the regulation or promotion of this potentially devastating technology. Read here and weep.

Richard Strohman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley - 2000

"We're in a crisis position where we know the weakness of the genetic concept, but we don't know how to incorporate it into a new, more complete understanding. Monsanto knows this. DuPont knows this. Novartis knows this. They all know what I know. But they don't want to look at it because it's too complicated and it's going to cost too much to figure out. The number of questions, the number of possibilities for what happens to a cell, to the whole organism when you insert a foreign gene, are almost incalculable. And the time it would take to assess the infinite possibilities that arise is beyond the capabilities of computers. But that's what you get when you're dealing with living systems."

Declaration of Dr. Richard Lacey, M.D., Ph.D., United States District Court for the District of Columbia - 1998

“It is my considered judgment that employing the process of recombinant DNA technology (genetic engineering) in producing new plant varieties entails a set of risks to the health of the consumer that are not ordinarily presented by traditional breeding techniques. It is also my considered judgment that food products derived from such genetically engineered organisms are not generally recognized as safe on the basis of scientific procedures within the community of experts qualified to assess their safety. Paragraphs 6 through 10 explain why these new foods entail higher risks, and paragraphs 12 through 15 explain why none of them is generally recognized as safe.”

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho - 2001

“Since the 1980s, preoccupation with patenting and start-up companies has compromised the quality of molecular genetics research, stifling basic science and innovation, and failing to serve the public good. Worse still, many scientists are consciously or unconsciously ignoring scientific evidence of the hazards. I got involved in the genetic engineering debate in 1994, to try to inform our policymakers and the public, and to start debate and discussion from within the scientific community.

For the past seven years, I have had to follow developments in genetic engineering science much more carefully and extensively than many of the practitioners, only to find that all my fears concerning the problems and dangers of genetic engineering are being confirmed. I shall highlight some of these before going to discuss what needs to be done.”

Prof. David Schubert - 2002

“The potential consequence of all of these perturbations could be the production of biomolecules that are either toxic or carcinogenic, and there is no a priori way of predicting the outcome.”

ISIS Report, Prof. Joe Cummins - 2001

“There has not been adequate study of ongoing transposition in GM crops, all of which have been produced by embryo culture. Somaclonal variation has been patented in some crops as a means of producing genetic variability for selection, and it was assumed that the crops were genetically stable once established. But that assumption was not tested in most instances. Certainly, there has been inadequate study of the factors reactivating dormant transposons following plant embryo culture. The threat of extinction mutagenesis has never been discussed in governmental reviews that led to the deregulation of experimental GM crops, nor has there been effort to examine the factors leading to subtle yield-depression in GM crops. It may be only a question of time until GM crops dramatically decrease yield and become extinct. Finally, little or no thought seems to have been given to the havoc that could be wreaked upon the human genome by GM crop retrotransposon running amok within humans and farm animals.”

The Promise of Plant Biotechnology - The Threat of Genetically Modified Organisms - Prof. Patrick Brown
Professor - 2000

“The real threat to the future of plant biotechnology is the irresponsible and premature releases of the first generation of GMOs that are full of unsound scientific assumptions, rife with careless science, and arrogantly dismissive of valid concerns. The current generation of GMOs provide little real benefit except corporate profit and marginally improved grower returns, while at the same time introducing a host of poorly studied human and ecological risks. Not surprisingly, many have questioned the value of these crops and the integrity of those who support their use.

Given these issues and the overall lack of knowledge of rDNA technology it can only be concluded that the current FDA regulations guiding the release and testing of GMOs is inadequate. It can further be concluded that the technology is inadequately developed to ensure its safety. In the absence of a sound scientific basis to predict the full consequences of rDNA crop development, we must either subject all new crops to a rigorous testing program that considers all potential health, social and environmental concerns or halt further release of rDNA crops until a firm scientific understanding of the biological principles is attained.

As scientists it is our responsibility to recognize that we do not yet have sufficient knowledge of the process to use it safely. We must work towards addressing all of the concerns explicit in the current generation of crops, and must support a rigorous testing program to ensure the safety of all GMO food stuffs in the interim. To date many in the scientific community have been unwilling to rationally consider the concerns surrounding the current GMOs and have wrongly considered that a defense of GMOs is a prerequisite to protect the science of plant biotechnology. Nothing could be further from the truth or more threatening to the future of this technology.”

Declaration of Philip J. Regal, Ph.D. - United States District Court for the District of Columbia - 1999

“Rather, it is my considered judgment that the evidence to date, in its entirety, indicates there are scientifically justified concerns about the safety of genetically engineered foods and that some of them could be quite dangerous. Further, in the absence of reliable toxicological tests, it is not possible to determine which of these new foods are dangerous and which are not.

7. It is also my observation that there is not general recognition of the safety of genetically engineered foods among those members of the scientific community qualified to make such a judgment. In fact, it has been my personal experience over numerous years that many of those experts who publicly subscribe to the position that these foods are as safe as their natural counterparts privately admit they have serious doubts. For instance, when I attended a conference on biotechnology in Annapolis, Maryland in 1988, at which many officials from federal regulatory agencies (including the FDA) were present, I was shocked to learn the extent of uncertainty. In informal discussions at meals and on walks, government scientist after scientist acknowledged there was no way to assure the safety of genetically engineered foods. Several expressed the idea that, in order to take this important step of progress, society was going to have to bear an unavoidable measure of risk.

8. Consequently, I am deeply troubled by the FDA's decision to permit the widespread marketing of untested genetically food products based on a stated presumption they are, in the general case, equivalent to, and thus are as safe as, their natural counterparts. As I have pointed out, there is no sound scientific basis for such a presumption and the weight of the evidence is against it. It is my considered opinion that such a presumption can only be made by systematically ignoring a large body of solid and relevant evidence.”

Seneff: “Sobering. This blog post is from last year. It's a well written personal story from someone who has suffered from colon cancer and has discovered in his own life that going organic keeps his gut healthy. He contacted me and shared this link, and I'm passing it on here.”

Eat Organic, or Die

Preharvest Staging Guide
Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America." Journal of Organic Systems 2014

GMO WTF - The Documentary!

It is now time to share my story with the world, in documentary format. This has been my #1 intention from the beginning, and I am extremely excited to start this journey! My friends, colleagues and I have quite a bit to say on the topics of:

-GMO (and industrial) agriculture
-Monsanto (and pals)
-the current state of our universities (like Cornell)
-academic freedom & scientific integrity
-the solution(s) to this sad, sad state of affairs

German GMO-free industry body says gene-edited foods are GMOs

Monsanto is attempting to put a 155 acre facility with open air test plots in Pima County, Arizona. Here's why Arizona wants to keep them out.

“We can’t afford Monsanto under any conditions.” “We’ve never been faced with a threat like this before.”

One on my interviews with media at the Pima County Administrators office.

Tell These Grocery Stores: No GMO Apples, Please!

New US EPA documents detail extensive use of neonic seed coatings

We can conclude that GM Bt insecticidal crops don’t cut insecticide use. They have merely driven insecticides underground – from being sprayed onto the growing crop, to being applied as seed treatments.

Since neonicotinoid seed treatments rose in parallel with the spread of GM insecticidal crops, no one can accurately claim that Bt crops have ever reduced chemical insecticide use. Any observed diminishment of insect damage in the early days of Bt crops, before pests evolved resistance, might have been due to the neonic seed treatments and not to the Bt toxin engineered into the crops.

There will be fewer monarch butterflies this year. 22 million fewer

Earthworm Numbers Dwindle, Threatening Soil Health

"If earthworms suffer, so too does our soil and thereby the basis for agriculture and food supply," said Birgit Wilhelm, a WWF expert in the farming sector. For Wilhelm, these worms are the least appreciated creatures on the planet.

Why scientists are worried about the GMO apple and potato

Questions about EPA-Monsanto collusion raised in cancer lawsuits

Glyphosate Free Honey

Heavenly Organics™, manufacturer of 100% Organic, Raw, Pesticide and Antibiotic Free Honey from wild beehives has met the BioChecked™ ZERO Tolerance Standard and is pleased to announce that its White, Neem and Acacia honey varietals are now Glyphosate Free Certified™. Heavenly Organics honey has been scientifically proven to be clean and contaminant free of pesticides. The company has met and agreed to submit to regular independent lab testing for its honey and is the first honey on the market to be Glyphosate Free Certified™.

Roundup: A new environmental risk factor for liver disease

What Grocery Stores Don’t Tell You about the Stickers on Produce

Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary Has ‘Bigly’ Ties to Big Ag and Big Food

Shocking assertions in letter made public in court filings regarding glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's best-selling weedkiller Roundup. In the letter, long-term EPA toxicologist Marion Copley accuses EPA official Jess Rowland of playing “political conniving games with the science” and making decisions based on his "bonus" in favoring pesticide makers (such as Monsanto). Dr. Copley goes on to allude that other EPA staff have conflicts of interest and may be taking bribes.


Watch Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print

For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers tell their stories and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer. Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print takes audiences on a road trip across the American South and to Southern India to understand what’s happening to farmers living under contract and what we can do to change our food system for the better.

Judge to FDA: Agency Must Pull Aside Curtain on GE Salmon

Last month, a U.S. District Court judge agreed, concluding that: "the government is wrong to assert that these types of materials … should be excluded" from the record. The FDA is now required to fully complete the record with all relevant documents no later than July 2017. In addition to working to ensure the timely completion of that process, we will thoroughly review the full basis for the agency's decisions.

Health benefits of organic food, farming outlined in new report

A report prepared for the European Parliament, co-authored by Harvard Chan School’s Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health, outlines the health benefits of eating organic food and practicing organic agriculture.


Natural Products Championed in Congress

The legislation, called the Health Savings Act of 2016, did this by expanding the term “medical care” to include vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and other natural health products, and would allow spending up to $1,000 each year. Similar legislation was introduced in 2011 and 2013.

Reduction of Abeta amyloid pathology in APPPS1 transgenic mice in the absence of gut microbiota

Farmers in 10 States Sue Monsanto Over Dicamba Devastation

Farmers across 10 states are suing Monsanto, alleging that the agrochemical company sold dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean crops knowing that illegal spraying of the highly volatile and drift-prone herbicide would be inevitable.


(Infographic) Is Your Lunch Full of Antibiotics? A Fast Food Report Card

New Research: GMO Insect Resistance Failing; Corn Crop in Jeopardy

The study, authored by a trio of independent researchers, documents resistance in a major crop pest called corn earworm, and adds to warnings that the popular GMO insect-resistant technology known as Bt, after the soil-dwelling bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis, has lost its luster. It is noteworthy as the first long-term, in-field assessment of transgenic Bt corn’s effectiveness against one of the most damaging pests of sweet corn, field corn, cotton and many other high-value crops. Before publishing their findings, which cover 20 years of observations, the researchers presented them to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as to the corporations that developed and market the traits, said Galen Dively, a University of Maryland entomologist and lead researcher on the study.

Genetically modified cotton is risky

Many GMO Studies Have Financial Conflicts of Interest – New Research

“We found that ties between researchers and the GM crop industry were common, with 40 percent of the articles considered displaying conflicts of interest,” said the study.

Jeffrey Smith and Dr. Josh Axe cover GMO side effects and what to do about them

Britain is partnering with Denmark to get more organic food on the shelf in the UK. The Danes are the worlds biggest consumers of organic food and drink.

“We need to increase availability of organic products, and that means convincing retailers that organic should be a key part of their sales strategy,” he said. “That’s where our partnership with Denmark will be crucial as we share the insights and strategy they have pursued to get more organic on shelf in the UK.”

Conventional farmers need to see this. Organic Farming is More Profitable for farmers and Healthier for people!

Monsanto, EPA Seek to Keep Talks Secret on Glyphosate Cancer Review By Carey Gillam, U.S. Right to Know

Monsanto has so far turned over six million pages of documents through the court-ordered discovery process, but has designated roughly 85 percent of the information as "confidential," meaning plaintiffs' attorneys must black out information from those documents in any court filings that could be accessed by reporters or other members of the public. That designation is improper for many of the documents, especially ones dealing with the company's interactions with, and influence attempts over, EPA officials, plaintiffs' lawyers argue.

The lawyers say that the documents obtained through discovery show that "Monsanto has been confident all along that EPA would continue to support glyphosate, whatever happened and no matter who held otherwise." According to the court filings by plaintiffs' attorneys, the documents show "it is clear that Monsanto enjoyed considerable influence within the EPA's OPP, and was close with Mr. Rowland... The documentary evidence strongly suggests that Mr. Rowland's primary goal was to serve the interests of Monsanto."

The 14 Fake Olive Oil Companies Are Revealed Now – Avoid These Brands

Supposedly, even 70% of olive oil in the USA markets is fake, cut with cheap bad oils like sunflower and canola. This item is supposed to be healthy, but this is now corrupted. It was found that even 7 of the biggest olive oil makers in USA, mix their items with cheap oils to get more profits.

University of California Report

While there are many excellent imported and domestic extra virgin olive oils available in California, our findings
indicate that the quality level of the largest imported brand names is inconsistent at best, and that most of the top selling olive oils we examined regularly failed to meet international standards for extra virgin olive oil.

Meat, GMOs, Disgusting Feed and the History of Feedlots

Some factory farm feedlot managers mix 3% candy with other forms of cattle feed. Even at only 3 percent, the additional profits are significant. As disturbing as candy may seem, it is not the most disgusting feed for confined animals.

Governments ban some animal byproducts as feed for the industrialized meat industry, but not all. Factory farmers can feed other byproducts & blood from dead cattle back to feedlot cattle. In other words, feedlots turn unsuspecting animals into cannibals!

Here is a list of prohibited and accepted dead animal parts allowed in Washington State:

Monsanto’s Roundup Must Carry Cancer Warning Label, Judge Decrees

Another win for Monsanto: US raises allowable levels of company’s pesticide in crops - 2013

Through the EPA’s new standards, the amount of allowable glyphosate in oilseed crops such as flax, soybeans and canola will be increased from 20 parts per million (ppm) to 40 ppm, which GM Watch acknowledged is over 100,000 times the amount needed to induce breast cancer cells. Additionally, the EPA is increasing limits on allowable glyphosate in food crops from 200 ppm to 6,000 ppm.

Just last month, The Cornucopia Institute concluded a study by finding glyphosate “exerted proliferative effects in human hormone-dependent breast cancer.” A similar study released in April concluded that “glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins.”

“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body,” independent scientist Anthony Samsel and MIT’s Stephanie Seneff concluded in the April study. “Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.”

Dr. Don M. Huber, emeritus professor of plant pathology at Purdue University, found in yet another examination that “Glyphosate draws out the vital nutrients of living things,” in turn removing most nutritional value from GMO foods.


USDA Grants Final Approval for Monsanto/Scotts' Genetically Engineered Grass

Colorado court rejects appeal; rancher who waged war on mosquitoes to protect spouse faces jail

Punitive damages allowed in farmer lawsuit against Syngenta

In an order unsealed Tuesday, Hennepin County District Judge Thomas Sipkins wrote that there’s evidence Syngenta knew the risks of commercializing Viptera and Duracade corn containing a trait that China had not approved for imports, and intentionally disregarded the high probability of losing the Chinese market for U.S. corn farmers.

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