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    Monsanto’s reluctance to test their GM products is on par with that of the German pharmaceutical company Grünenthal who didn’t bother to test thalidomide sufficiently in the 1950s. The shocking result was multiple birth defects and deformities in more than 10,000 babies in 46 countries whose mothers, when pregnant, had taken the drug for morning sickness.

    The reason given for such a widespread epidemic of deformities in the babies was ‘lack of testing’ and this is exactly the position we’re in today with genetically-modified foods. There has been little to no adequate testing on whether GM foods are safe for our health and already, birth deformities are beginning to occur in countries which are heavily dependent on GM crops.


    In fact, Monsanto are brazenly cavalier about their lack of testing. They insist that it’s not necessary to test GM foods.That’s why very little scientific information exists about the risk of GM food to human health.

    However, what does exist is damning, alarming and shocking.

    A major report by Dr. Arpad Pusztai, explains how GM foods could trigger new allergies and contain toxins that may be harmful. And another by Lin Zhang et al shows how the micro-RNA spliced into genetically modified foods is changing our organs. In other words, RNA and DNA carry information which ‘talks to’ our cells and our organs. This new information going into our bodies from the RNA of another species not naturally connected with that food is containing instructions which will change us to such an extent that we will become no longer human .. or what we consider to be human.

    In the 1950s, scientists didn’t believe that any drug taken by a pregnant woman could pass across the placental barrier and harm the developing fetus. They were wrong and 10,000-plus babies were born deformed, without limbs, because of that mistake. Scientists today don’t believe that we are what we eat. They are wrong and the harm to the reproductive processes of humans is already being noted by those in a position to see it.

    The award-winning midwife known as “Mother Robin” is seeing a huge increase in umbilical cord deformities that she believes may be caused by the prevalence of GM soya in Bali. She put two and two together after reading a study about genetically modified corn that showed that when fed to pregnant mice, all the offspring had alterations to their cells and to their organs.

    “Can you see why I am worried about our precious placentas? I did not make this connection until I began to see an increase in abnormalities and pathology due to placenta and cord troubles. The fact that so many Indonesian women depend upon genetically modified soy products (tempe and tofu) for their day-to-day protein — and the early introduction of GMO soy here…”

    Reproductive health has declined over the last several decades in the United States, where more than four-fifths of the soybean, corn and cotton acreage was under genetically engineered crops last year, according to a 2010 National Academies of Sciences study.

    This chart shows that in the US, over the past few decades…

    • Reported infertility and impaired fertility are up among both men and women, regardless of age.
    • There are more premature births and more infants with low birth weight.
    • There are more birth defects and disabilities.






    You could say that this is just coincidence … that it is nothing to do with GMs, and that it could be put down to other factors. However, numerous scientific studies link GMOs to infertility in animals. As Dr. Gregory Damato writes in NaturalNews.

    “Scientists in Austria recently conducted the first ever long-term multi-generational feeding study of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn (NK 603 x MON 810) in mice. The study consisted of two groups: an experimental group, which was fed a 33% GM corn (maize) feed, and a control group, which was fed an equivalent non-GM corn feed.

    “The mice were allowed to live a natural life and were monitored for four generations. Scientists recorded organ weight, gene expression, body mass, metabolism, life span and number of offspring of both groups of mice. The scientists found that mice fed GM corn had significantly fewer pups per litter than the control group on the third and fourth generation. Furthermore, pups whose parents were fed GM-feed weighed less at birth and at weaning and experienced significantly higher mortality rates than those fed non-GM corn.

    “Lead author of the study Professor Zentek reported that there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet and mice fed non-GM corn reproduced more efficiently.”

    There is, in fact, a deliberate and deceitful sleight of hand going on here by Monsanto and by the US vested interests who are relying on high-tech agriculture to buoy up the US economy. The reason given for the less than adequate testing of GM foods is that they are food and not medicine. That’s why the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) separate out the two in their title ~ out of a determined denial that food is food and has no intrinsic health benefits other than to provide energy.

    Obviously, this is utter nonsense and there are thousands of bone fide scientific studies which show how certain vitamins build bones and others are good for the skin. A simple example would be vitamin B (or thiamine). We know what happens when people don’t have enough of vitamin B ~ they are liable to develop beri-beri, the characteristics of which is a distended belly and very weak limbs.

    Instead, the GM lobby try to hide behind patently untrue myths:

    “We’re not doing anything different to what selective plant breeders have been doing for thousands of years,” they say. This is untrue. Selective plant breeders cross-breed within the SAME SPECIES. Genetic modifers cross-bred between DIFFERENT SPECIES.

    L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger, a professor of biology at the University of Nebraska who was on the National Academies study team, finds a distinct difference between old-fashioned breeding and genetic modification. She says:

    “What is happening recently is that we are mixing genes of plants and animals that in normal evolution or nature don’t mix.”

    Or as Margaret Mellon, director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, puts it: ‘You can’t breed a cow with a starfish.’

    Monsanto would though.

    Another myth is:

    “Well, how else are going to feed the ever-expanding world population which is well on its way to 9 billion.” Again, not true. World population figures are flat-lining and in Europe, numbers are on the downward slope. Even by the World Health Organisation’s conservative estimates, population figures will be declining by 2050.

    It will decline a lot further, of course, if Monsanto and their like are allowed to continue this rampage, unchecked, across the globe with their toxic products.

    Another way that Monsanto products are affecting reproductive health is through its weed killer Roundup, which contains so much glyphosate that when it was introduced into Europe, the legislation had to be changed to increase 200-fold its allowable levels in agriculture.

    Once again, this was putting business before people. Glyphosate throws off the delicate hormonal balance that governs the whole reproductive cycle. It plays havoc with aromatase, which produces estrogen, and it’s also highly toxic to the placenta in pregnant women.

    This 2009 French study found that glyphosate destroys the cells in the outer layer of the human placenta, which in turn can kill the placenta. What was shocking was that only a miniscule amount of glyphosate was needed to kill these placental cells ~ just 1/500th the amount needed to kill the weeds. This is what’s known as ‘residual levels’ … and residual levels remain in the crop long after it has been harvested, and then enter our bodies as food.

    On August 30, 2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation purchased 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock. Bill Gates is a well known proponent of ‘population control’ ~ a euphemism for ‘far fewer people on the planet’. I rest my case.
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    There is, in fact, a deliberate and deceitful sleight of hand going on here by Monsanto and by the US vested interests who are relying on high-tech agriculture to buoy up the US economy. The reason given for the less than adequate testing of GM foods is that they are food and not medicine. That’s why the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) separate out the two in their title ~ out of a determined denial that food is food and has no intrinsic health benefits other than to provide energy.
    What Monsanto has apparently done is convinced the FDA that their crops are to be regulated under United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines which do not entail clinical trials prior to approval and distribution. Once they drop into that bucket, it is simple to produce new products and get them rubber stamped by the FDA who, by the way, is already overworked and underfunded.

    Regardless of the above, there are food safety standards to be met and we can only hope that more scientists will begin the process of testing GMO foods for allergens, Monsanto's Achilles Heel. Anyone working in a lab will tell you that gene splicing isn't necessarily an exact science. While attempting to splice out 100 base pairs it is common to get some left over material, say an additional few base pairs. No sweat, still does the same thing. However, here's the problem:



    When material is introduced into the human cell, it can be allergenic. In other words, just being in the bloodstream can be a problem since it can promote a toxic response from the immunological system. If some of the researchers quoted are correct, that messenger RNA is getting into the cell body, that mRNA will promote an immunological response if the result is even a slight change in cell wall. In other words, a foreign mRNA can elicit an immunological response similar to that seen in an auto-immune disease where the body attacks itself. This could be resulting in lower fecundity, don't know. However, don't you think it would be nice to be throwing some serious research money at the problem to find out? With Monsanto's billions they could do this except for the fact that it would impact their bottom line. Profits over life ... not a good thing.

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    Toxins implanted into GM food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of women and unborn babies, alarming research has revealed.

    A landmark study found 93 per cent of blood samples taken from pregnant women and 80 per cent from umbilical cords tested positive for traces of the chemicals.

    Millions of acres in North and South America are planted with GM corn containing the toxins, which is fed in vast quantities to farm livestock around the world – including Britain.

    However, it is now clear the toxins designed to kill crop pests are reaching humans and babies in the womb – apparently through food.

    It is not known what, if any, harm this causes but there is speculation it could lead to allergies, miscarriage, abnormalities or even cancer.

    To date the industry has always argued that if these toxins were eaten by animals or humans they would be destroyed in the gut and pass out of the body, thus causing no harm.

    Food safety authorities in Britain and Europe have accepted these assurances on the basis that GM crops are effectively no different to those produced using conventional methods.

    But the latest study appears to blow a hole in these claims and has triggered calls for a ban on imports and a total overhaul of the safety regime for GM crops and food.

    Most of the global research which has been used to demonstrate the safety of GM crops has been funded by the industry itself.

    The new study was carried out by independent doctors at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at the University of Sherbrooke Hospital Centre in Quebec, Canada.

    They took blood samples from 30 pregnant women and 39 other women who were not having a baby.

    They were looking for residues of the pesticides associated with the cultivation of GM food.

    These include so-called Bt toxins, which are implanted using GM techniques into corn and some other crops.






    Traces of Bt toxin were found in the blood of 93 per cent of the pregnant mothers – 28 out of 30. It was also found in 80 per cent of the umbilical cords – 24 out of 30.

    In the non-pregnant group, traces were found in the blood of 69 per cent – 27 out of 39. It is thought the toxin is getting into the human body as a result of eating meat, milk and eggs from farm livestock fed GM corn.

    The Canadian team told the scientific journal Reproductive Toxicology: ‘This is the first study to highlight the presence of pesticides associated with genetically modified foods in maternal, foetal and non-pregnant women’s blood.’

    They said the Bt toxin was ‘clearly detectable and appears to cross the placenta to the foetus’.

    Calling for action, the team said: ‘Given the potential toxicity of these environmental pollutants and the fragility of the foetus, more studies are needed.’

    The director of GM Freeze, an umbrella group for community, consumer and environmental organisations opposed to GM farming, described the research as ‘very significant’.

    Pete Riley said: ‘This research is a major surprise as it shows that the Bt proteins have survived the human digestive system and passed into the blood supply – something that regulators said could not happen.

    ‘Regulators need to urgently reassess their opinions, and the EU should use the safeguard clauses in the regulations to prevent any further GM Bt crops being cultivated or imported for animal feed or food until the potential health implications have been fully evaluated.’

    Read more at the Daily Mail.



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