A article by the scientist who created GMO potatoes for Monsanto and Simplot. Now after he’s retired, collecting his pension or patent checks, he’s living a clean life on the farm and sorry he did this. He wants you to buy his book. Glad that he’s speaking out, but pissed off at the same time. McDonald’s will be serving these potatoes. Sysco will be delivering these potatoes to your child’s/grandchild’s school.
Seneff: “This article is short but very instructive about the dangers of GMOs. One man's journey into the GMO world and back out again. He understands perhaps more than anybody why GMO engineering is a bad idea.”
Hidden Health Dangers: A Former Agbiotech Insider Wants His GMO Crops Pulled By Caius Rommens
Genetic engineering isn’t everyone’s childhood dream. Even I didn’t care for it when I started studying biology at the University of Amsterdam, but my professor explained it was an acquired taste and the best option for a good job. So, I suppressed my doubts and learned to extract DNA from plants, recombine the DNA in test tubes, reinsert the fusions into plant cells, and use hormones to regenerate new plants.
People say that love is blind, but I started loving what I did blindly. Or, perhaps, what started as an acquired taste soon became a dangerous addiction. Genetic engineering became part of me.
After I received my PhD, I went to the University of California in Berkeley to help develop a new branch of genetic engineering. I isolated several disease resistance genes from wild plants, and demonstrated, for the first time, that these genes could confer resistance to domesticated plants. Monsanto liked my work and invited me to lead its new disease control program in St. Louis in 1995.
I should not have accepted the invitation. I knew, even then, that pathogens cannot be controlled by single genes. They evolve too quickly around any barrier to infection. It takes about two to three decades for insects and plants to overcome a resistance gene, but it takes only a few years, at most, for pathogens to do the same.
I did accept the invitation, though, and the next six years became a true boot camp in genetic engineering. I learned to apply many tricks about how to change the character of plants and I learned to stop worrying about the consequences of such changes.
In 2000, I left Monsanto and started an independent biotech program at J.R. Simplot Company in Boise, Idaho. Simplot is one of the largest potato processors in the world. It was my goal to develop GMO potatoes that would be admired by farmers, processors, and consumers. Genetic engineering had become an obsession by then, and I created at least 5,000 different GMO versions each year—more than any other genetic engineer. All these potential varieties were propagated, grown in greenhouses or the field, and evaluated for agronomic, biochemical, and molecular characteristics.
The almost daily experience I suppressed was that none of my modifications improved potato’s vigor or yield potential. In contrast, most GMO varieties were stunted, chlorotic, mutated, or sterile, and many of them died quickly, like prematurely-born babies.
Despite all my quiet disappointments, I eventually combined three new traits into potatoes: disease resistance (for farmers), no tuber discoloration (for processors), and reduced food-carcinogenicity (for consumers).
It was as hard for me to consider that my GMO varieties might be corrupted as it is for parents to doubt the perfection of their children. Our assumption was that GMOs are safe. But my pro-biotech filter eventually wore thin and finally shattered entirely.
I identified some minor mistakes and had my first doubts about the products of my work. I wanted to re-evaluate our program and slow it down, but it was too little too late. Business leaders were involved now. They saw dollar signs. They wanted to expand and speed-up the program, not slow it down.
I decided to quit in 2013. It was painful to leave behind the major part of my adult life.
The true scope of my errors became obvious to me only after I had relocated to a small farm in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. By this time Simplot had announced the regulatory approval of my GMO varieties. As the company began to plan for quiet introductions in American and Asian markets, I was breeding plants and animals independently, using conventional methods. And since I still felt uncomfortable about my corporate past, I also re-evaluated the about two hundred patents and articles that I had published in the past, as well as the various petitions for deregulation.
Not so much biased anymore, I easily identified major mistakes.
“With the mistake your life goes in reverse.
Now you can see exactly what you did
Wrong yesterday and wrong the day before
And each mistake leads back to something worse.”
For instance, we had silenced three of potato’s most conserved genes, assuming that the three genetic changes would each have one effect only. It was a ludicrous assumption because all gene functions are interconnected. Each change had indeed caused a ripple effect. It should have been clear to me that silencing the ‘melanin gene’ PPO would have numerous effects, including an impairment of potatoes’ natural stress-tolerance response. Similarly, asparagine and glucose are among the most basic compounds of a plant, so why did I believe I could silence the ASN and INV genes involved in the formation of these compounds? And why did nobody question me?
Another strange assumption was that I had felt able to predict the absence of unintentional long-term effects on the basis of short-term experiments. It was the same assumption that chemists had used when they commercialized DDT, Agent Orange, PCBs, rGBH, and so on.
The GMO varieties I created are currently released under innocuous names, such as Innate, Hibernate, and White Russet. They are described as better and easier-to-use than normal potatoes and to contain fewer bruises, but the reality is different. The GMO potatoes are likely to accumulate at least two toxins that are absent in normal potatoes, and newer versions (Innate 2.0) additionally lost their sensory qualities when fried. Furthermore, the GMO potatoes contain at least as many bruises as normal potatoes, but these undesirable bruises are now concealed.
There are many more issues, and some of them could have been identified earlier if they had not been covered-up by misleading statistics in the petitions for deregulation. How could I have missed the issues? How could I have trusted the statisticians? How could the USDA have trusted them? My re-evaluation of the data clearly shows that the GMO varieties are seriously compromised in their yield potential and in their ability to produce normal tubers.
Unfortunately, most GMO potatoes end-up as unlabeled foods that are indistinguishable from normal foods. Consumer groups would have to carry out PCR tests to determine if certain products, including fries and chips, contain or lack the GMO material.
Given the nature of the potato industry, the most common potato varieties, such as Russet Burbank and Ranger Russet, will soon be contaminated with GMO stock.
I have now summarized the new conclusions of this past work (without disclosing company secrets—I am bound by confidentiality agreements) in a book, entitled ‘Pandora’s Potatoes.’ This book, which is now available on Amazon, explains why I renounce my work at Simplot and why the GMO varieties should be withdrawn from the market. It is a warning and a call for action: a hope that others will step forward with additional evidence, so that the public, with its limited financial means, has a chance to counter the narrow-mindedness of the biotech industry.
My book describes the many hidden issues of GMO potatoes, but GMO potatoes are not the exception. They are the rule. I could just as well have written (and may write) about the experimental GMO varieties we developed at Monsanto, which contains an antifungal protein that I now recognize as allergenic, about the disease resistance that caused insect sensitivity, or about anything else in genetic engineering.
On May 3rd 2018 the columnist Michael Gerson wrote in the Washington Post: “Anti-GMO is anti-science.” His statement was echoed by Mitch Daniels, his colleague, who added, “[It] isn’t just anti-science. It’s immoral.” But these two columnists are not scientists. They don’t understand the level of bias and self-deception that exists among genetic engineers. Indeed, anyone who is pro-science should understand that science is meant to study nature, not to modify it—and certainly not to predict, in the face of strong evidence, the absence of unintended effects.
The real anti-science movement is not on the streets. It is, as I discovered, in the laboratories of corporate America.https://www.independentsciencenews.org/h...ider-gmo-crops/
Seneff: “Anthony Samsel has updated his GoFundMe page. He provides some information here on the latest research he's doing testing various tissue samples and enzymes for glyphosate contamination. He's finding glyphosate in spinal discs and baby teeth, for example. We're working on a new paper where some of these results will be included. These tests are expensive and I'm sure he'd appreciate some help with the funding, if you're so inclined.”
GLYPHOSATE RESEARCH BY SAMSEL ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
We have updated our page and expanded our research program and in need of donations for additional lab equipment and supplies. Initially, $15,000 is needed to continue the glyphosate enzyme inhibition and protein work. An LC/MS (liquid chromatography mass spec) AB Sciex API Triple Quad 4599 with Schimadzu Prominence XR costs approximately $125,000.00 used. Science is not cheap and for independent work this will take a village to attain, hence a request for donations. This equipment will be used for our continued independent research into Glyphosate and other pesticide contamination of human proteins and those of other animals. Samsel Environmental and Public Health Services is continuing this original research which has now expanded to the testing and identification of glyphosate in human proteins.
Research scientist, Anthony Samsel explains: "Glyphosate the active ingredient in Roundup herbicides used in agriculture, is a synthetic amino acid that participates in biology. It becomes part of our proteins directly affecting our health. Glyphosate is a causal agent in many, many diseases including cancer. Glyphosate is one of the most ubiquitous toxins on the planet. Most food sold in the US and Canada is contaminated with glyphosate and contamination is increasing steadily in other parts of the world where it is used in food production. Glyphosate may in fact be a major cause in the rise of all modern diseases."
Several years ago, it was Samsel who first discovered in the lab that glyphosate inhibits the enzymes of humans and other animals as well as bioaccumulates in humans, by passing up the food chain through contaminated diet. Samsel also found that this could affect the quality of experimental results of scientific research studies which use animals fed glyphosate contaminated diets. He followed glyphosate from contaminated diets into the proteins of pigs, cattle, horses and laboratory animals and was the first to identify and publish results of glyphosate contamination of pet foods and lab chows using HPLC MSMS lab analysis. "People’s pets are like family members and they are getting sick at alarming rates particularly from pesticides in foods used to make pet food products." said Samsel. Some of those results were published in 2015 in the paper Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases IV: cancer and related pathologies and can be found at this link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication...ted_pathologies
His work has found that Glyphosate becomes part of the proteins of humans and other animals corrupting the protein structure and function as well as inhibiting vitally important human digestive enzymes like lipase and compromising function. It was Samsel that first alerted US agencies that Glyphosate affects the microbiota which make up to 70% of the immune system. These symbiotic microbes provide nutrients and manufacture essential B vitamins necessary for health. Such interference by glyphosate leads to malabsorption and inflammation which in turn leads to numerous diseases including cancer. Samsel's find that glyphosate inhibits the human digestive enzyme lipase is of great importance, because lipase is essential to our ability to properly digest and use fats from the diet. Its impairment leads to numerous diseases, often with fatal consequences.
This current work with proteins including enzymes by laboratory experiments and analysis is very costly and the reason we are raising money to continue the research which is ongoing and ever expanding. We quantify levels of Glyphosate contamination from human and animal tissues using ELISA and EPA approved methods of GC and High Performance Liquid Chromatography , (HPLC MSMS). Results are periodically published in peer-reviewed journals under the Samsel and Seneff glyphosate papers series. Samsel was first to identify Glyphosate as part of the proteins of animals and humans and even quantified glyphosate in the teeth of children and most recently in the spinal disc of a 40 year old patient diagnosed with age related spinal degeneration as well as the keratins of many other human subjects. We hope that this research may now lead to answers for the cause of degenerative bone diseases which often require hip and knee replacement surgery. Previously, Samsel found that glyphosate becomes part of and including the collagens and keratins of the structural proteins of pigs, cattle and horses. Samsel was the first to find glyphosate bioaccumulated in the structural proteins of humans.
Samsel was the first to identify glyphosate in:
> Human spinal discs
> Human teeth
> Human keratin
> Digestive enzyme inhibition of Lipase by glyphosate
> Digestive enzyme contamination of pepsin and trypsin
> Bile contamination and conjugation by glyphosate
> Glyphosate in numerous vaccines including MMR II, MMR V, DTaP, Hepatitis B, Pneumonococcal, Varicella, Zostavax, Influenza
> Glyphosate in children's gummy vitamins including Disney and Flintstone's brands
> Glyphosate in Oragel for children
> Glyphosate in Jello desserts
> Glyphosate in protein powder supplements including PowerMax protein powders
> Glyphosate in honey and bee bread
> Glyphosate in honey bees both live and dead from hives suspected of CCD
> Glyphosate in Tobacco
> Glyphosate in Alcohol
> and has also found glyphosate in numerous food samples including fruits, vegetables, wheat, breads, cereals, eggs, meats, milk, coffee, tea
In 2015, Samsel was the first to test using HPLC MSMS and find glyphosate in the bodies of honey bees both live sick and dead from hives suspected of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) as well as the honey and bee bread from the hives. This was reported in Glyphosate VI of the Samsel and Seneff series and can be found at this link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication...ogical_diseases
Samsel also found and extracted the damning cancer evidence against Monsanto from their trade secret studies for attorney's suing Monsanto in California. The trial first of its kind found for the plaintiff awarding a judgement of $289 million dollars. However, the case is currently under appeal the affected victim may never live long enough to realize his payment award. The same evidence was provided to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (CA OEHHA), as well as information concerning Glyphosate's carcinogenic contaminants that can cause cancer. The extracted evidence from Monsanto documents shows that Glyphosate only caused Lymphoma in the Glyphosate treated animals of the company's 2-year animal studies.https://oehha.ca.gov/media/dockets/8594/...nes_pdf_002.pdf
Samsel is also conducting independent agricultural field studies and test experiments with over 50 varieties of Genetically Engineered corn from Monsanto, DOW, Dupont and Syngenta. The purpose of these experiments is to determine potential differences between genetically engineered varieites and non-engineered varieties. Assessing possible differences in mineral, fatty acids, vitamin content or anything that may affect human health or the environment. So far, substantial differences between genetically engineered varieties and those that are not genetically engineered have been found and especially differences in mineral uptake, fatty acid content and vitamin isomers. These results will be published at the conclusion of the work at a later date.
Having the same field, soils, moisture and environmental conditions comparing GM with Non-GM Heirloom varieties can show the differences in mineral, vitamin and fatty acid composition between genetic variants.
Changes in the isomers of fatty acids and vitamins and including mineral deficiencies or over expression may cause biological harm. These experiments will help us to understand these potentials.
All samples of each are analyzed by HPLC MSMS in the lab to determine what the differences are and quantify their composition.
Other relevant academic papers which we have written about Glyphosate are available at these links:https://www.gofundme.com/xrp4h9g