“I have no ideological grounds against Monsanto. For me it’s the scientific argument. They have not done a proper job of testing, and they are just using their political and economic muscle to foist it on us.”(Professor Arpad Putsztai, quoted in The Guardian, 2008) “Censorship of research into the risks of a technology so intertwined…

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Politics and the perversion of science: In 2003, a congressional committee report, documented political interference and manipulation of scientific research at federal agencies charged with developing science-based public health policies. “The Administration’s political interference with science has led to misleading statements by the President, inaccurate responses to Congress, altered web sites, suppressed agency reports, erroneous…

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How much herbicide is safe for human consumption? How much is safe for young children? How much will Americans wind up consuming? Since the 1990s, when a National Research Council (NRC) panel warned lawmakers that exposing fetuses and young kids to these compounds can cause lifelong damage at doses that wouldn’t hurt their parent, federal law has…

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Proponents of genetically engineered / modified (GE/GM, GMO) food often characterize the debate as one of science versus superstition. The implication is that those opposed to GE/GMOs are irrational anti-science cranks or they are misguided by religious ideas. In fact, most of the opposition to the use of GE in agriculture is based on scientists’…

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“Monsanto [is] a company so widely detested that a week rarely passes without at least one protest against its power and its products occurring somewhere in the world.” (Vandana Shiva) When asked about the points of criticism of his company’s aggressive marketing of toxic pesticides/ herbicides (Roundup) and genetically engineered/modified (GE, GM,GMO) seeds (Roundup Ready),…

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Genetic engineering – the experimental process of manipulating an organism’s genetic core (DNA) – including insertion of genes from one species into another – is one of the most polarizing issues in medicine and in food production. Genetically engineered (GE) a.k.a. genetically modified/manipulated (GM) food crops are hailed by its proponents as the solution for…

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A profit-enhancing policy trumps public safety & scientific integrity In the mid-1980s, the U.S. executive branch was persuaded that the biotechnology industry would boost the U.S. economy out of its doldrums. To accommodate this newly developing industry, the executive branch gave the industry “regulatory relief” in 1992. The US government public health safety policy shifted…

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Why milk with added bovine growth hormone (BGH) was rejected in Canada, but approved by the US FDA   Dr. Richard Wolfson describes why Health Canada rejected its approval of BGH milk. “When we inject a hormone into an animal or a human, it affects other hormones and it can have a whole cascade of…

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Burkina Faso’s Bt cotton reversal Cotton is the second major source of revenue for the impoverished West African country. Gold is its primary revenue source. Whereas for many years publicity about Bt cotton growers in Burkina Faso claimed outstanding benefits, in January 2016, the truth suddenly surfaced: “Burkina Faso phasing out GMO cotton, citing poor quality.”   Cotton companies are…

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Few Americans are aware that in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO)  declared glyphosate a “probable human carcinogen.” The Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Panel was scheduled to meet on October 18-21 to assess the safety hazards of glyphosate, which is the primary chemical ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide,…

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Fifty-four years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s clarion call, against a Silent Spring,  the pesticide sector of the agricultural industry is vastly energized by genetically engineered (GE) food crops. Behemoth monopolies are being forged by biotech corporate rogues who have deluged the farming industry; eradicating crop diversity with genetically engineered mono crops that are infested with…

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