Posted 7 years ago on June 26, 2013, 10:30 p.m. EST by gnomunny
from St Louis, MO
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This post was prompted in part by a recent forum visitor asking for hard evidence of the dangers of GM crops, claiming he had looked and could find none (apparently he didn't look too hard). Said visitor, a surgeon, wanted references that DIDN'T quote the Seralini or Pusztai studies, both of which he claimed had been refuted and had not been duplicated since. So I figured the forum could use this post to link to when the question arises in the future. Many of these links have been posted previously by others. Criticisms and counter-arguments encouraged. Additional links, pro or con, strongly encouraged.
In 1992, following a closed-door meeting with top officials of Monsanto Corporation, George H.W. Bush gave the commercial release of GMO seeds the green light and mandated no government safety tests before release. He decreed that GMO seeds were to be permitted in the United States with not one single independent precautionary government test to determine if they were safe for human or animal consumption. It became known as the Doctrine of Substantial Equivalence.
To say that Monsanto & Co. have controlled the dialog for the past two decades is an understatement. Farmers, by law, are prevented from testing or have tested product they purchase from the companies. Internal studies, that claim no discernible risks, are off limits to outside review. Careers have been ruined for scientists (Dr. Pusztai) that dare speak of potential dangers before their words have been properly vetted for public, ah, consumption. From falsifying test results to fast-tracking ex-Monsanto employees onto the editorial boards of major publications to spending millions concocting phony trade journals and pro-GMO blogs. It's no stretch to extrapolate the comment made in 2007 by biotechnologist Dr. Elvira Dommisse (who worked on the early stages of Crop and Food's GM experiments in New Zealand) to the entire industry:
"New Zealand (BigAg) has invested quite heavily in it. As a scientist (consortium of biotech corporations), once you narrow down into (incorporate into your business model) GE your skills (profits) are very much in that area, you can't just say, 'I don't like this area any more, I'll zip over to plant breeding (anything less profitable) instead'.
"You have to try to push it - 'we have got this GE stuff, what are we going to do with it now? We have to keep getting our salaries (profits) for the next 10 years (forever), get funding (market share) that will keep this project going'. If you can get a 10-year bloc of funding (food monopoly), you are home and hosed."
The Information Problem:
American Physiological Society: The Ups and Downs of Peer Review (not GMO, but an interesting read nonetheless)
LEO Weekly: Food Fight
HuffPo: GMO Debate Heats Up
TruthOut: The Goodman Affair
Independent Science News: How the Science Media Failed the IAASTD -- The IAASTD was a study involving 400 scientists from 61 countries. It's interesting to note that out of the 61 countries involved in this study, only three disapproved of the report's summary (Australia, Canada and the US) and that only two corporations, Monsanto and Syngenta, resigned in protest.
Food and Water Watch: Corporate Funding of Ag Research
Counterpunch: Monsanto University
HuffPo: Science for Sale Although this piece focuses on the medical profession, it's pretty much a given, in my opinion, that the same thing occurs in biotech as well. Why wouldn't it?
Health effects: (Cytotoxic = toxic to cells. Genotoxic = toxic to genes. Hemotoxic = toxic to red blood cells, organs and/or tissues)
The adverse health effects of glyphosate have been known since at least 1995: Glyphosate's Toxicology by Caroline Cox
Global research: Cancer of Corruption - Seeds of Destruction
GMWatch: GMO Myths and Truths (Highly recommended)
Independent Science News: Hidden Viral Gene Found in GM Crops(includes link to the Seralini paper)
Digital Journal: Monsanto's Bt Corn -- breeding superbugs & harming human health
ISIS.org: Bt Crop Hazards and Failures
ISIS.org: Bt toxin kills human kidney cells
SafeLawns.org: New Study: Genetically Modified Corn Toxic to Humans
Scientific American: Weed Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
Beyond Pesticides: Daily News Blog (Glyphosate archives)
PubMed.org: Glyphosate induces breast cancer cell growth
ScienceNordic: Growing Fatter on a GM diet
ListVerse: 10 Problems GM Foods Are Already Causing
DailyMail: The GM genocide (the Indian farmer suicides)
Political Blind Spot: Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France
Mercola: Dr. Don Huber talks about GE foods
GM - Free Cymru: Bee Losses Paper -- lost but now found
ScienceNews.org: Bees face unprecedented pesticide exposures
Food Democracy Now!: Birds, Bees, and Aquatic Life Threatened by Roundup
ESA Online: New effects of Roundup on amphibians
Grist: Look Who's Squealing Now (Australian pig inflammation study)
Independent Science News: New Report Links Food, Climate and Agriculture
Independent Science News: US Crop Yield Increases Owe Little to Biotech (with link to pdf 'Failure to Yield')
Independent Science news: How Millions of Farmers are Advancing Agriculture for Themselves