Genetically Modified Food

Argentina's Roundup Human Tragedy

We thank the Institute of Science in Society Sustainability http://www.i-sis.org.uk  for permission to publish

Ten years of GM soy and glyphosate poisoning have escalated the rates of cancer and birth defects. Claire Robins

GM soy a death sentence for humans and the environment

Argentina has become a giant experiment in farming genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready (RR) soy, engineered to be tolerant to Roundup, Monsanto’s formulation of the herbicide glyphosate. The Argentine government, eager to pull the country out of a deep economic recession in the 1990s, restructured its economy around GM soy grown for export, most of which goes to feed livestock in Europe. In 2009, GM soy was planted on 19 million hectares - over half of Argentina’s cultivated land - and sprayed with 200 million litres of glyphosate herbicide [1]. Spraying is often carried out from the air, causing problems of drift.

Western Australia to Grow GM Crops

In November 2009 we published a letter from a UK scientific organisation to Mr Colin Barnett. The letter expressed concern for academic freedom over GM foods in WA (click here)  The letter stated

In 2005, the Government of Western Australia awarded a research grant worth $92,000 to researchers at the Institute of Health and Environmental Research, now based in Adelaide, Southern Australia. In announcing it, the then Agriculture Minister, Kim Chance, said that "the WA Government will fund an independent long-term animal feeding trial to gain data on the safety or otherwise of GM food crops

Scientists Concerned For Academic Freedom over GM foods

Scientists Concerned For Academic Freedom,  Open Letter to Premier of Western Australia

This invitation to sign a letter to Colin Barnett, Premier of WA,  appeared in an Institute of Science in Society letter on 20.11.09. For your information Judy Carman is a scientist based in South Australia and I support her work - secretary.

To join the 70 scientists who have already signed send an e-mail message to m.w.ho@i-sis.org.uk

Background

Dr. Judy Carman, senior scientist working in the field of epidemiology in Australia and awarded a government grant to study the safety of GM feed, has been subjected to a sustained campaign of vilification by individuals associated with the biotech industry, with the clear intention of preventing her from carrying out the research. Political pressure is now being brought to bear on her research by the current Agriculture and Food Minister of Western Australia.

US Opposition to GMOs Gathers Momentum

Scientists and physicians in the heartland of genetic modification are alerting policy-makers and the public to the dangers of GM crops. Prof Peter Saunders

We thank the Institute of Science in Society http://www.i-sis.org.uk  for Permission to reproduce this ISIS Report by Professor Peter Saunders
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/US_Opposition_to_GMOs.php  

This is a good news article.The Obama administration is listening whereas the Bush administration would not-Editor   

Europe's Uprising Against GMOs and Patents on Life

The unstoppable groundswell of opposition to GMOs in Europe by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/EuropesUprisingAgainstGMOs.php
We thank the Institute of Science in Society for Permission to reproduce this ISIS Report 25/05/09

 

The recent call for a moratorium on GMOs in Europe [1] (see Europe Holds the Key to a GM-Free World, 5th Conference of GM-Free Regions, Food & Democracy, SiS 43) reflects an unstoppable groundswell of opposition to GMOs from both European citizens and governments.

Symposium on Genetically-Modified Crops and Foods. Facts, Fallacies and Policies.

This symposium was held at the Staff Club, University of Western Australia, Thursday 15 May 2008.

Report by Bill Castleden,

The WA State Committee of DEA organized this Symposium in the expectations that many members and others in the medical profession might be confused about the topic because of the polarization of the issue, or simply not conversant with the main issues and the potential health impacts. We advertised with the question “What would you advise a member of your family or a patient if they asked for your opinion about genetically-modified crops or foods?” We invited members of DEA to register their partners or spouses as well if they were interested in the topic, and provided excellent finger food and wine before and after the Symposium itself, all for a registration fee of $55 per head.

Claim and Counter-claim on GM foods

In recent days the Premier of SA has announced that the moratorium on genetically modified crops will continue. Moratoriums have been lifted in other states and in Victoria Sir Gustav Nossal a member of DEA’s Scientific Advisory Committee has supported their production. Clearly there are differing scientific opinions about the environmental health and safety of Gm food crops. One of the difficulties in making assessments is the lack of independent evidence because much of the scientific data comes from the companies producing Gm species. Recently there have been examples of possible suppression and misrepresentation of scientific information. One such example is listed by ISIS at   http://www.i-sis.org.uk/politiciansDenounceGMOTricks.php  This was an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, UK, 28 November 2007 introduced by a UK ex-environment minister, the Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher.

“That this House regrets the continuing attempts to silence or misrepresent scientists whose research indicates possible human health problems from GM crops, as in the case of Dr Irina Ermakova who was misled by the editor of Nature Biotechnology into submitting an article to the journal to be published under her name, with the article in fact published under the editor's name with criticisms by four well-known GM supporters not seen by Dr Ermakova prior to publication; deplores the continuing efforts by an employee of the Canadian Government, Shane Morris, to close down websites in the UK and Republic of Ireland which have, along with Dr Richard Jennings of Cambridge University, said that research which claimed that consumers prefer GM sweetcorn published by this employee and others and given an Award for Excellence, is a flagrant fraud; and calls on the Government Chief Scientist to protect the integrity and objectivity of science by reasserting the right of scientists to have their views published by journals without underhand interference by journal editors, and for the Chief Scientist to encourage journal editors to withdraw papers they have published which subsequently turn out to be grossly misleading or even fraudulent”.

UN Convention Recognises GM Tree Threat

This article can be found on the I-SIS website at http://www.i- sis.org.uk/UNCRGETT.php

UN Convention Recognises GM Tree Threat
Why there should be a moratorium on GM trees.
Sam Burcher

ISIS Press Release 30/05/06

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) passed a formal declaration at its Eighth Conference of the Parties (COP-8) in Curitiba, Brazil on 31 March 2006 to recognize the threats posed by genetically modified (GM) (same as genetically engineered (GE)) trees, and urging all countries to approach the technology with caution [1].

Transgenic Pea that Made Mice ill

ISIS Press Release 28/11/05
Immune Reactions to Transgenic Protein Serious.
Independent Scientists Demand A Ban on GM Food & Feed while All GM Crops Are Tested.
The following memo and report were sent to international and national regulators on behalf of the Independent Science Panel.

From: Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, member of Independent Science Panel (www.indsp.org), Director, Institute of Science in Society (www.i-sis.org.uk)

Immunological assessments carried out for the first time on a transgenic protein revealed that post-translational processing subsequent to gene transfer into an alien species introduced new antigenicities that turned a previously harmless protein into a strong immunogen. In addition, the transgenic protein promoted immune reactions against multiple other proteins in the diet. The detailed findings are reviewed in the report below.

An Incredible Story about GM Foods

From the Independent(UK) 22 May 2005

One blustery day six years ago - at the start of The Independent on Sunday's successful GM campaign - I travelled to Aberdeen to meet a man who had been sent to Coventry.

Dr Arpad Pusztai was then the bogeyman of the British scientific establishment. No less a figure than Lord May - then the Government's chief scientific adviser, now president of the Royal Society - had accused him of violating "every canon of scientific rectitude", and ministers and top scientists had queued up to denounce him.

His crime had been to find disturbing evidence that the GM potatoes he was studying damaged the immune systems, brains, livers and kidneys of rats -and to mention it briefly in a television programme before his research was completed and published.

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