With GM crops come herbicides, which breed resistant weeds.
This has happened in about a decade for the worse mutants.
We can reverse the problem by reversing the spraying,
using plowing, cultivation, and crop rotation instead.
Alarming new research published in the journal
Neurotoxicology and Teratology
supports the emerging connection between glyphosate, the
active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and neurodegenerative
conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonian disorders.
They found that glyphosate inhibited the viability of differentiated
test cells (PC12, adrenal medula derived), in both dose-and-time
dependent manners. The researchers also found that “glyphosate
induced cell death via authophagy pathways in addition to activating
Roundup herbicide is now a ubiquitous contaminant in our air, rain,
groundwater, and food, making complete avoidance near impossible. A
growing body of experimental evidence now indicates that it in
addition to its neurotoxicity it also has the following.
Natural Society has awarded Monsanto the Worst Company of 2011 award
for its ongoing work to threaten human health and the environment.
Currently responsible for 90 percent of all genetically-modified (GM)
seed in the US, the biotechnology giant is also the leader in developing
genetically-modified (GM) seeds and the resulting crops worldwide.
But Monsanto is perhaps best known for its herbicide Roundup, which
many experts link to soil damage and herbicide-resistant superweeds,
not to mention potential health problems.
“We were very much surprised by our findings. Until now, it
has been thought almost impossible for Bt proteins to be toxic to
human cells. Now further investigations have to be conducted to find
out how these toxins impact the cells and if combinatorial effects
with other compounds in the food and feed chain have to be taken
into account,” says Gilles-Eric Séralini from the University
of Caen, who supervised the experiments. “In conclusion, these
experiments show that the risks of Bt toxins and of Roundup have
The toxicity of the corn itself may have been a surprise,
but not that of Roundup:
These findings are in accordance with several other investigations
highlighting unexpected health risks associated with glyphosate
including ones by Dr. Séralini,
already showed exposure to glysophate (the active ingredient in Roundup)
to be “a risk factor for developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma”,
and to be toxic to human umbilical, placental, and placental cells with a
“is far below agricultural recommendations and corresponds to low levels
of residues in food or feed.”
Prof. Andrés Carrasco has demonstrated birth defects in amphibians
and there is increasing evidence of human birth defects.
Many if not most pesticides are sprayed on crops genetically modified
to resist them. Ban GM crops and reduce spraying. Two states in Mexico
prove it can be done. Mexico, the country where corn was originally
domesticated could lead the way back to healthy agriculture.
The Mexican States of Tlaxcala and Michoacán each passed legislation
banning the planting of genetically modified corn to protect natural
plants from further contamination of transgenes. Together, both states
produce about a third of all of Mexico’s corn. Below this story is a
detailed timeline of genetic contamination and legislation in Mexico.
The timeline is a long saga including intimidation of scientists
attempting to research the problem.
The Mexican federal government caved in to big agro,
but two Mexican states are fighting back anyway.
…consuming genetically modified (GM) corn or soybeans leads to significant
organ disruptions in rats and mice, particularly in livers and kidneys.
…9% of the measured parameters, including
blood and urine biochemistry, organ weights, and microscopic analyses
(histopathology), were significantly disrupted in the GM-fed animals. The
kidneys of males fared the worst, with 43.5% of all the changes. The liver
of females followed, with 30.8%. The report, published in Environmental
Sciences Europe on March 1, 2011, confirms that “several convergent
data appear to indicate liver and kidney problems as end points of GMO
diet effects.” The authors point out that livers and kidneys “are
the major reactive organs” in cases of chronic food toxicity.
And these were the corn and soybeans that people eat.
“To human cells glyphosate is already toxic in a very low dose.
A farmer uses a much higher dose on the field.
Roundup is even more toxic than glysophate,
for that is only one of the ingredients in Roundup.”
Roundup says none of this applies to humans and Roundup is safe.
Forbes made Monsanto the company of the year last year in The Planet
Versus Monsanto. I know because I wrote the article. Since then
everything that could have gone wrong for the genetically engineered
seed company….has gone wrong. Super-weeds that are resistant to its
RoundUp weed killer are emerging, even as weed killer sales are being
hit by cheap Chinese generics. An expensive new bioengineered corn seed
with eight new genes does not look impressive in its first harvest. And
the Justice Department is invesigating over antitrust issues. All this
has led to massive share declines. Other publications are making fun of
our cover story.
Maybe Forbes should improve its “invesigating” [sic] skills.
The first economic analysis of growing genetically modified crops on a wide scale has found that the biggest winners were the farmers who decided not to grow them.
The study, which looked at maize yields in the corn belt of the United States, found that farmers who continued to grow conventional crops actually earned more money over a 14-year period than those who cultivated GM varieties.
The article then tries to say they nonetheless benefited from genetic modification:
All farmers benefited from the significantly lower level of pests that came about after the introduction of GM maize to the US in 1996, but the conventional farmers who continued to cultivate non-GM varieties also benefited financially from not having to pay the extra costs of purchasing GM seeds.
Um, what about not having to pay for the pesticides that go with the GM seeds?
The study’s author admits they didn’t study that sort of thing:
benefits from corn borer suppression are likely occurring, such as less insecticide use, but these benefits have yet to be documented,” Dr Hutchinson said.
The Telegraph spelled his name wrong. This appears to be the actual report: