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Retraction By Corruption - Seralini Study
New peer-reviewed study shows how Seralini's study was retracted due to industry pressure!
With the publication of the Monsanto Papers in August 2017, new light was shed on the much-publicised retraction of a 2012 study by a primarily French team led by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini.
In comparing Monsanto’s study with Séralini’s, Dr Novotny argues that Monsanto’s study design falls short. For example, the base diet used by Monsanto, including that of the control rats, was almost certain to have included a large proportion of other GMOs. Seralini’s team, on the other hand, grew their feed especially and tested their base diet for GMOs – finding none.
Yet despite these factors, all criticism fell upon Séralini’s study, which found harm from the GM maize and Roundup, and no criticism was raised against Monsanto’s study, which declared the GM maize to be safe and nutritious.
Monsanto orchestrated retraction
Dr Novotny recounts that the manner in which the retraction of the Séralini paper was brought about became clear when Monsanto’s internal emails, memos and other documents were released for publication by the judge in a legal case charging Monsanto with causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma in people using Roundup. The disclosure was made after Monsanto failed to take the necessary measures to protect this material. Emails reveal how Monsanto was careful to remain undercover while urging pro-GM scientists to write to the journal to denounce the Séralini study. The journal’s editor-in-chief, who held a paid consultancy agreement with Monsanto, appears to have actively colluded with Monsanto and even encouraged Monsanto to recruit scientists to write critical letters to the journal about the study. He must have known they would fiercely attack any research casting doubt on the safety of their lucrative products. Who the actual peer reviewers were has not been revealed.
Dr Novotny’s account of the events surrounding the Séralini study reveals the depths of deception and malpractice to which some scientists and corporations will resort in order to protect their products, even when they know or suspect that those products are harming the public. The journal that retracted the study, Food and Chemical Toxicology, no longer has Goodman and Hayes in place on its editorial board, but its publisher Elsevier should publish an apology to the Seralini team for its journal’s role in the affair and the resulting damage to the reputations of the scientists involved.
Monsanto’s Roundup on Trial: Day 2 in Court by RFK, Jr.
Those studies linked Monsanto’s herbicide to genotoxicity, a potential precursor to cancer. Contemporary emails between Martens and Dr. Donna Farmer, product protection lead, discuss the need to “combat” the damning studies. The emails show Monsanto hired Dr. James Parry, an esteemed independent genotoxicologist, to evaluate the 90s animal studies. Unhappy with his conclusions that also suggested that Roundup might cause cancer, the two Monsanto scientists schemed to persuade Dr. Parry to alter his conclusions.
The email said:
“It would take quite some time and money/studies to get him there. We simply aren’t going to do the studies Parry suggests… We should seriously start looking for one or more other individuals. We have not made much progress [in ginning up studies to prove RoundUp non-genotoxic] and are currently very vulnerable in this area.”
In the end, Monsanto considered converting Parry too costly.
Subsequent emails revealed during the afternoon video testimony of Monsanto’s Dr. William Heydens show that Monsanto ultimately rejected the strategy of bribing legitimate scientists (“We could be pushing $250K or maybe even more”) and concluded that:
“a less expensive/more palatable approach might be to involve experts only for the areas of contention, epidemiology and possibly MOA [Mechanism of Action] (depending on what comes out of the IARC meeting), and we ghost-write the Exposure Tox & Genotox sections. An option would be to add [apparently independent tame Monsanto scientists] Greim and Kier or Kirkland to have their names on the publication, but we would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit and sign their names so to speak. Recall that is how we handled Williams Kroes & Monroe.”
T. Fogarty: “Thanks to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, many more in the trenches of medicine are learning the massive harms of glyphosate incorporating into bovine and human proteins. Low Glutathione is associated with most cancers - 1/3 of GSH is glycine and it’s just a matter of time before we have the science to show the broad spectrum negative impact of glyphosate on plant and mammalian biology.”
Robert Kennedy Jr. launches first lawsuit of thousands against Monsanto alleging herbicide Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
An independent research scientist by the name of Anthony Samsel procured some 15,000 pages worth of documents from Monsanto covering the full gamut of research on Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, and the information contained in those pages isn’t pretty. In essence, Monsanto has known full well for nearly 40 years that Roundup and glyphosate are linked to organ damage and cancer, and yet this information was withheld from public purview as “proprietary trade secrets.”
“Monsanto misrepresented the data,” the scientist said, adding that Monsanto “deliberately covered up data to bring the product [glyphosate] to market.”
Specifically, Samsel was able to demonstrate that the agri-chemical behemoth manipulated and corrupted animal studies by using animals that were already sick with cancer and in organ failure as controls. By virtue of that misrepresentation, other animals exposed to the chemical did not appear to be any more afflicted than control animals because all of them wound up getting sick.
During his presentation to jurors, Wisner, Johnson’s attorney, said that studies on mice and rats found higher occurrences of tumors and that an expert employed by Monsanto even found evidence of such a link. He also pointed to the 2015 WHO study classifying glyphosate as a potential carcinogen.
The pollutants that cause these harmful algal blooms are generally referred to as “nutrients”—mainly nitrogen and phosphorus—which are natural substances and essential to plant growth. However, the irresponsible disposal of animal and human waste, as well as the overapplication of fertilizer, can cause dangerously high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways —acting as a “super-food” for algae.
Harmful algal blooms are a worldwide issue and are expected to worsen with warming waters caused by climate change. In the United States, many Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates are working to stop the release of pollutants that cause these blooms. In urban areas, the pollutants often come from outdated sewage treatment systems and inadequate control of stormwater. In more rural areas, the biggest source of nutrient pollution is industrialized agriculture—especially from the waste created by concentrated animal feeding operations—but faulty septic tanks and irresponsible fertilizer application can also cause nutrient pollution in waterways.
Seneff: “Fascinating and frightening! "Within the first 20 minutes of when the study was released, the three publicly traded CRISPR companies lost more than $300 million in value."”
Potential DNA damage from CRISPR has been ‘seriously underestimated,’ study finds
From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes — snipping DNA — creates an unholy mess: Cellular repairmen frantically try to fix the cuts by throwing random chunks of DNA into the breach and deleting other random bits. Research published on Monday suggests that’s only the tip of a Titanic-sized iceberg: CRISPR-Cas9 can cause significantly greater genetic havoc than experts thought, the study concludes, perhaps enough to threaten the health of patients who would one day receive CRISPR-based therapy.
Roundup litigation discovery documents: implications for public health and journal ethics. 2018
Abstract: This paper reviews the court-released discovery documents obtained from litigation against Monsanto over its herbicide Roundup and through Freedom of Information Act requests (requests to regulatory agencies and public universities in the United States). We sought evidence of corporate malfeasance and undisclosed conflicts of interest with respect to issues of scientific integrity. The findings include evidence of ghostwriting, interference in journal publication, and undue influence of a federal regulatory agency.
Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or Their Families Sick
Some farmers transition to organic production to earn premium prices paid for organic crops. Others switch to make their farms more sustainable. But for some farmers transitioning to organic is a necessity to save their health—and even their lives.
Seneff: “Sustainable Pulse has a new article out about Judy Carman's newest research exposing rats to triple-stacked GMO corn (two Bt genes to poison insects and a GMO Roundup-Ready gene). The corn probably also had glyphosate contamination.”
New Australian Study Shows GM Crops Cause Leaky Stomachs in Rats
Making the Connection: How Herbicide Use Correlates to Modern Disease
Listen to what Dr. Seneff says about Flint, Michigan’s water at 16:00
Dr. Seneff discusses the dangers and what parents, expectant parents, and everyone concerned about their health should know. In light of the current litigation on Monsanto products including Roundup--a court will determine whether the product does in fact cause these modern diseases--including, cancer, non hodgkin's lymphoma & many others. This is one show you won't want to miss!
The testing revealed that pulses that are imported to India from Canada and Australia are highly toxic. “It took almost five years to make the Canada government test food items and agri products imported from outside for glyphosate.”
Seneff: “40% of the corn grown in America today is used to make biofuel (gasoline). One has to wonder about the possibility of releasing glyphosate into the air from the Roundup-Ready corn in your car as you drive.”
The Midwest’s Food System is Failing. Here’s Why.
Regardless of whether corn or soy reigns supreme, the fact is that most of it isn’t destined for our plates. Today, much of the corn goes into our gas tanks. The chart below shows how total US corn production tracked the commodity’s use for ethanol from 1986 to 2016:
The two dominant Midwest crops also feed livestock to produce meat in industrial feedlots, and they become ingredients for heavily processed foods. A 2013 Scientific American essay summarized the problem with corn:
Although U.S. corn is a highly productive crop, with typical yields between 140 and 160 bushels per acre, the resulting delivery of food by the corn system is far lower. Today’s corn crop is mainly used for biofuels (roughly 40 percent of U.S. corn is used for ethanol) and as animal feed (roughly 36 percent of U.S. corn, plus distillers grains left over from ethanol production, is fed to cattle, pigs and chickens). Much of the rest is exported. Only a tiny fraction of the national corn crop is directly used for food for Americans, much of that for high-fructose corn syrup.
Latham: “Utterly grim: "Between 2001 and June 2018, 15,186 farmers in Vidarbha have killed themselves–an average of 868 suicides every year and 72 every month–according to the state’s revenue department.””
As A Genetic Revolution Collapses, Vidarbha’s Cotton Farmers Dread Coming Season
“The widespread damage to crops and even hearty trees like the catalpa and Bradford pear confirms this drift-prone poison can’t be safely used and shouldn’t get approved by the EPA again,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “You’d have better luck herding kittens than getting dicamba to stay put. The EPA’s new leadership needs to end the use of this dangerous pesticide.”
This article, shared by Ms. K.M., is pure gold, in terms of its summary of the problems that GMOs pose to farmers who simply do not want the stuff, and are trying to sell their products to countries with strict GMO controls, for their crops are being contaminated, in this case, by a special genetically engineered grass - common grass - that is Roundup resistant. The grass was designed to be sold to golf courses, but, predictably, got out of its test fields and is now creeping and crawling its way throughout western Idaho and eastern Oregon, and there's no stopping it. Here's the article: