Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘monsanto’

baysanto-infographics-01

Caius Rommen was the scientist who invented the GMO potato. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. The GMO potato has been modified to include insecticides and herbicides in them. This way when a bug bites into the potato plant, or worse yet, an underground bug bites into a budding potato, the insecticide inside the potato forces the bug’s stomach to grow until it explodes.

Likewise, a herbicide has been genetically implanted into GMO potatoes. This kills weeds to within three feet of each potato plant.

Quite naturally, you eat the herbicide and the insecticide when you eat the GMO potato. Somehow, at the time of its development, Caius Rommen thought the GMO potato was good for human consumption and health.

Rommens was director of research at Simplot Plant Sciences from 2000 to 2013 where he led development of the company’s genetically engineered Innate potato. But over time, Rommens started to have serious doubts about his work and worried about potential health risks from eating the GMO potatoes, which are now sold in 4,000 supermarkets in the United States.

Rommens wrote the book, Pandora’s Potatoes, which is about how his enthusiasm for genetic engineering turned into doubt and fear as he realized the hazards the technology can create.

In a recent interview with EcoWatch, Rommens told his story.

“I left my position as team leader at Monsanto,” he said, “to start an independent biotech effort at Simplot. During the 12 years I worked there, I designed a genetically modified potato that I believed was resistant to bruise and late blight, and that could be used to produce French fries that were less colored and less carcinogenic than normal fries.”

In his book, Rommens writes that he silenced genes called RNAi. In his interview, Rommens said, “Silencing is not gene-specific. Any gene with a similar structure to the silencing construct may be silenced as well. It is even possible that the silencing that takes place inside the GM potatoes affects the genes of animals eating these GM potatoes. I am most concerned about bees that don’t eat GM potatoes but may use GM potato pollen to feed their larvae. Based on my assessment of the literature, it appears that the silencing constructs are active in pollen.”

Rommens also wrote that silencing the PPO (polyphenol oxidase, a gene responsible for browning in potatoes) gene increases toxins that accumulate in the GMO potatoes. He admits these toxins are harmful to human health.

Rommens said, “Ex-colleagues of mine had shown that PPO-silencing increases the levels of alpha-aminoadipate by about six-fold. Alpha-aminoadipate is a neurotoxin, and it can also react with sugars to produce advanced glycoxidation products implicated in a variety of diseases.

(A Monsanto GM corn variety, LY038, was found to have high concentrations of alpha-aminoadipate, and an application for its approval in Europe in 2009 was withdrawn after regulators raised safety questions.)

He went on. “Similarly, ex-colleagues had shown that the damaged and bruised tissues of potatoes may accumulate high levels of tyramine, another toxin. Such damaged tissues are normally identified and trimmed, but they are concealed, or partially concealed, and much of it is not trimmed in GM potatoes. Therefore, it seems important that Simplot should determine the full spectrum of possible tyramine levels in their GM potatoes.

Another potential toxin is chaconine-malonyl. There is little known about this compound, but ex-colleagues had shown that it is increased by almost 200 percent upon PPO-silencing. This should probably be investigated.”

Rommens also says the potatoes create additional pathogens, infections and the range in levels of toxins such as alpha-aminoadipate and tyramine.

“It is my experience,” Rommens said, “that genetic engineers are biased and narrow-minded. They may not be able to critically assess their own creations.” Of course, when you are making a ton of money producing toxic garbage for human consumption, it is difficult to think of your product as toxic garbage.

When asked, “What is your perspective on genetic engineering now after your work with the GMO potato and misgivings about it?”

“My concern,” Rommens said, “about genetic engineering is that the absence of unintentional effects can never be guaranteed. It may take dozens of years before these effects reveal themselves, and we should be extremely cautious applying the technology.”

Because GMO food products are loaded with insecticides and herbicides, they reduce the labor necessary to grow the food, making them less expensive to produce, and providing the corporate producers with higher profit margins. And that is why they are on the market.

Bayer owns Monsanto, and along with Syngenta, BSAF, Dupont, and Dow Chemical, these corporations are the big six of the GMO poisons. They are so called because they dominate the agricultural input market, that is, they own the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »


GMO-Free USA reports, “Over 60 Rodent feeding studies find harm after feeding Roundup Ready and Bt toxin insecticide-producing varieties of genetically modified foods that are in our food today. Harmful effects included: Stomach barrier damage, increased risk of intestinal infections, high cholesterol, high blood sugar; reproductive issues including lower birth weight and increased mortality of offspring; organ disturbances in the pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, ovaries and testes; other disturbances including disturbances to the immune system, blood biochemistry and functioning of the digestive system. No wonder there is no consensus on the safety of GMO foods. Feel like a lab rat?”

Your government continues to allow US food corporations to sell that stuff to you as being safe. Your government and the politicians that rule it is completely bought off by big business. Always increasing profits are more important than people.

You can find GMO ingredients in mustard, corn, potatoes, milk, beef, chicken, ketchup, processed foods, cereals, just about anything with corn, canola or soy in them. Unless labeled “organic” or “non-GMO” assume you are eating GMO foods.

GMO products are more cheaply produced than non-GMO products because insecticides and herbicides are placed directly into crop seeds. So, for example, corn producing plants have the Ht herbicide in them which kills any other plants within three feet of them; those plants also have the Bt toxin. When a bug bites a corn plant with the Bt toxin, their bellies begin to swell until they explode. When you consume the corn that is genetically modified to have the Bt and Ht toxins in them, you are also consuming those toxins.

And yet, in 1995, the US Food and Drug Administration under President Bill Clinton, one of the most corrupt presidents in the history of the United States, allowed the product into the US food chain. Reportedly, the USDA accepted the studies done by the GMO corporations, such as Monsanto, which reportedly only provided the results of GMO tests on rats up to three months, but not a second more than that. The corporate researchers and CEOs most likely knew what their product did to rats after three months.

For a complete list of studies of GMO’s on rats (other than the corporate GMO studies, and we all know how corrupt those studies were) click on the following link. Then click on “see more.” https://www.facebook.com/GMOFreeUSA/photos/a.468695639837571.108816.402058139834655/1958564994183954/?type=3&theater&ifg=1

Read Full Post »

One of the main components of Nazi Germany was the collusion between industry and government against the interests of the German public. Historians have long noted that the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany could not have occurred without the consent of Germany’s rich folks and powerful corporations.

The rise of Ronald Reagan to the US presidency marked the most important inroad into political power by the rich in the USA since the 1920s. By the 1990s, the rich controlled both major political parties. Since then, we’ve had nothing but bubbles fueling US economic expansions. So in this corruption and collusion, we clearly have a fascist government of the rich, with spokespeople whose jobs are to divide us along a large number of lines, including race, ethnicity, guns, abortion, transgender bathrooms, etc….

One of the best examples of the power of this corruption is with Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs). They have been linked to tumors, asthma, obesity, liver damage, allergies, cancer, and other health issues since they entered the US food chain during President Bill Clinton’s reign of error; Clinton, many Republicans, and Democrats such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, obviously considered corporate profits more important than the health of the US people.

Our health is a product to be redistributed to major corporations, such as Monsanto (now owned by Bayer),  and morphed into corporate profits, higher share prices and surging dividends.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved placing GMO foods into the US food chain despite limited testing, and the only testing that was accepted by the FDA was provided by the GMO corporations, like Monsanto. Needless to say, the CEO and rich shareholders at Monsanto had wonderful incentives to limit testing and any scientists whose research showed the harm of GMOs would be smeared with GMO corporate lies.

A recent posting on GMO Free USA (Facebook) recounts one of the victims of corporate smears and lies.

“1998: The year Biotech launched its war on science. Arpad Pusztai, an impeccably qualified scientist, received a grant to develop standard animal feeding trial testing methods to assess possible toxicological effects arising from the GMO plant transformation process. The rats fed the GMO potatoes in his feeding study developed organ damage, immune defects, and other health problems. Dr. Pusztai’s response to the study finding was to say… “If I had the choice, I would certainly not eat it. I find it’s very unfair to use our fellow citizens as guinea pigs.”

Dr. Pusztai was humiliated, discredited, fired and legally silenced. Biotech’s anti-science campaign continues to this day. Feel like eating one of those Simplot GMO potatoes? Or how about some GMO Arctic apple slices?”

READ: http://www.psrast.org/pusztai.htm
READ: http://www.theguardian.com/…/academicexperts.highereducatio…
READ: http://gmofreeusa.org/research/gmo-science-research/

Read Full Post »

Monsanto has released evidence of corporate corruption on a massive scale.

Newly released internal Monsanto documents are creating tremendous controversy outside the United States (cause it isn’t being reported here), providing fresh fuel for a heated global debate over whether or not the agricultural chemical giant suppressed information about the potential dangers of its Roundup herbicide and relied on U.S. regulators for help.

More than seventy-five documents, including discussions about payments to scientists, were posted for public viewing early Tuesday morning by attorneys who are suing Monsanto on behalf of people alleging Roundup caused them or their family members to become ill with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. The attorneys posted the documents, which total more than 700 pages, on the website for the law firm Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, one of many firms representing thousands of plaintiffs who are pursuing claims against Monsanto.

When reached for comment, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers said, “This trove marks a turning point in Monsanto’s corporate life. They show Monsanto executives colluding with corrupted EPA officials to manipulate and bury scientific data to kill studies when preliminary data threatened Monsanto’s commercial ambitions, bribing scientists and ghostwriting their publications, and purchasing peer review to conceal information about Roundup’s carcinogenicity, its toxicity, its rapid absorption by the human body, and its horrendous risks to public health and the environment.”

Click here or more on this Monsanto scandal from Ecowatch.

Read Full Post »

The corporate media consistently lies to us on behalf of the billionaires and has seemingly forever. A good example is Genetically modified crops (GMO’s). They were supposed to be safe and have higher yields than traditionally planted or organic crops.

Last year, a study by the United States National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine showed that GMO crop yields were less than many traditionally planted crops, such as rapeseed and sugar beets. Some GMO crop yields were about the same as traditionally planted crops, such as corn.

The corporate news media also claimed using GMOs would reduce the use of herbicides and insecticides, which is ridiculous since the GMO herbicides and insecticides are genetically placed into the GMO plants, and not sprayed outside the plant, and then you eat those bug and plant killers when you consume the plant. The folks of the corporate news media also don’t want you to know the information in the previous sentence.

When a bug bites into a GMO plant, the Bt toxin genetically placed into the plant kills the bug by swelling up its intestines until it explodes. The Ht toxin or herbicide placed into plants prevents weeds from growing near crops by killing them. You eat the Bt and the Ht toxins when you consume the crop.

In many cases, insects have adapted to the GMO Bt and Ht toxins and forced GMO farmers to use greater and stronger amounts of insecticides and herbicides. This is why herbicide use has grown in the USA, while insecticide use has stayed the same. Now if you count the pesticide genetically placed into GMO crops, it’s likely US insecticide use has grown. By way of contrast, in France, where GMO’s are not allowed to be planted, insecticide use has declined.

Herbicide use in the USA is the upper line, the lower line is herbicide use in Europe

“Safe” was the biggest corporate news media lie when it comes to GMOs. To this day they continue to express this lie to us, as do politicians of both major political parties. The Monsanto Corporation applied to get its GMO’s entered into the US food chain to the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) a couple of decades ago, which granted its request on the basis of Monsanto’s own unbiased (I mean that sarcastically) tests of its product on rats. It turns out the tests supposedly lasted all of three months, and the USDA failed to do any of its own testings. The USDA approved the GMO poison for the US food chain.

When an independent French study showed GMOs caused tumors in rats after eating GMOs for more than three months, the US corporate media establishment attacked the study, following the lead of the GMO corporations. Not once did a major US news outlet investigate to see if maybe Monsanto’s testers had a reason to study rats and GMO consumption for more than three months. Odds are the Monsanto researchers knew their product caused tumors in rats, but only after three months of feeding them the GMO poison. So they only supplied the data for the first three months of rats being fed GMOs. See Scientist Who Discovered GMOs Cause Tumors in Rats Wins Landmark Defamation Lawsuit in Paris–Healthnut.com

GMO crops are less labor intensive than traditionally planted crops, and therefore cheaper to grow and more profitable. There lies the reality behind all the liOddes. The corporate news media doesn’t want to offend food advertisers, such as Safeway, Walmart, Albertson’s, Krogers, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, General Mills and many more because they all use GMO’s to increase their profit margins, and keep their share prices higher than they would otherwise be.

In addition, of course, keeping us misinformed helps giant GMO manufacturers like Bayer, which is currently the owner of Monsanto, as well as the powerful Wall Street investment banks, such as Goldman Sachs, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase.

All of these corporations keep the pressure on the corporate news media to keep us uninformed and misinformed about many issues, such as GMOs, which have been linked to tumors, autism, obesity, allergies and many more health issues in humans. Keeping us misinformed and uninformed on behalf of billionaires, hedge funds, both major political parties, major investment banks and food manufacturers is, in fact, their job.

 

Read Full Post »

Monsanto and US Government Corruption


How completely corrupt is the US government? It’s been corrupted by big money for decades, and this corruption has put our lives at risk.

According to Ecowatch,

“Monsanto and officials within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsanto’s level of influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the company’s Roundup herbicide, new federal court filings show.

The revelations are contained in a series of filings made within the last few days in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as part of litigation brought by more than 50 people who are suing Monsanto. The plaintiffs claim they or their loved ones developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after exposure to Roundup herbicide, and that Monsanto has spent decades covering up the chemical’s cancer risks.”

Numerous other diseases have been linked to Monsanto’s Roundup, as well as their GMO products.

Read Full Post »

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a corporate power grab, a 5,544-page document that was negotiated in secret by big corporations while Congress, the public, and unions were locked out.

Multinationals like Google, Exxon, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, UPS, FedEx, Apple, and Walmart are lobbying hard for it. Virtually every union in the U.S. opposes it. So do major environmental, senior, health, and consumer organizations.

This agreement has virtually nothing to do with trade since tariffs between the twelve nations of the TPP are at historic low. This agreement is really about exporting jobs, raising prices and more bonuses for the 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent.

The TPP will mean fewer jobs and lower wages, higher prices for prescription drugs, the loss of regulations that protect our drinking water and food supply, and the loss of Internet freedom. It encourages privatization, undermines democracy, and will forbid many of the policies we need to combat climate change.

The worst part is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision, which allows a multinational corporation to sue to override any U.S. law, policy, or practice that it claims could limit its future profits. Secret panels of corporate lawyers and corporate lobbyists will decide these cases. Their judgments cannot be appealed, not even to the Supreme Court.

This provision will override your votes on the state and local levels. In other words, President Obama and Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden intend to suppress your voting rights, along with most of the Republican Party led by Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch.

Though the Obama administration touts the pact’s labor and environmental protections, the official Labor Advisory Committee on the TPP strongly opposes it, arguing that these protections are largely unenforceable window dressing.

On behalf of Wall Street and rich investors throughout the United States, President Obama is planning to call for a vote on the TPP in the US senate and the US House after the elections in November. Obama signed the TPP, a despicable income and political power redistribution scam, months ago. Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden will likely introduce the TPP in the senate. Wyden is Obama’s and Wall Street’s attack dog in the US senate in their war against the middle class. He has voted to redistribute trillions of dollars from the 99 to the 1 percent over the course of the his career in congress.

To learn more about the TPP, check out Citizen’s Trade Campaign, and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, Public Citizen. For labor-specific resources, try CWA, http://stopthetpp.org/, and the AFL-CIO, http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Trade.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: