Myron (Mike) Stagman, PhD
Concerned Citizens Information Network
www.ccin.info (environmental website)
GMO DISEASE EPIDEMICS:
(10) GM (Bt)-cotton Fiber Disease
I. The Face of Frankenstein's Monster
Genetic Engineering Biotechnology (GE, GM, GMOs) evades Evolution's safeguards by injecting genes of one species into a totally unrelated species, something impossible in Nature.
GM evades Evolution's safeguards, and may therefore give rise to PATHOGENS that can -- and HAVE, many times -- caused crippling and deadly DISEASE EPIDEMICS -- documented but unpublicised.
Genetic Engineering is also ideal for developing horrific biological and other military weapons --- sufficient cause to OUTLAW GM.
The Greatest Racket in History (Listen to this !): ---
GM contamination is virulent, spread by wind, bird, insect, animals and travelling human beings. Co-Existence with GM is completely impossible, only fools or liars would say differently.
GM has contaminated crops in areas of North America which dwarf the UK and even Western Europe. Planetary contamination is inevitable, if We don't stop it.
The Biotechnology corporations know oh-so-well how contamination spreads and spreads and spreads.
Now get this: Through their political influence, these Corporations have been able to acquire the obscene, sacrilegious, and indeed revolutionary PATENTS on LIFE-FORMS.
Before these revolutionary Patents on Life, a farmer could have sued -- successfully without any doubt -- the Biotechnology corporation for having contaminated, poisoned his crops.
However, given these Patents on Life (here, on the seeds), the Corporation can -- and DOES, successfully -- sue the victimised farmer for (Hold your nose) "infringement of patent".
[Our tainted, corrupted political systems allow this monstrosity.]
Thus the formula the reader might keep in mind:
GM Contamination + Patents on Life-Forms equals Corporate Ownership Rights in the crops of victimised farmers.
This formula spells the serfdom and ruin of all small family farmers on this planet. (They are the majority of the population in Asia, Africa, and Latin America).
The Chemical-Drug-Biotechnology syndicate and its Enforcers (corrupted governments in the West and Third World, corporation-dominated organisations like the WTO, World Bank, IMF) have started a WORLDWIDE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION.
They want to destroy small family farming, and have only gigantic Corporate GM Plantations with farmers working as serfs.
[This process is underway, especially in South America where the U.S. Military has begun to intervene on behalf of GM Plantations to crush farmer opposition.]
Already, according to the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE) in New Delhi, 40,000 farmers in India have committed suicide primarily as a result of the Corporate Enforcers' so-called "free trade" policies --- dumping heavily-subsidised Western farm produce onto glutted Indian markets, pushing GM crops, insisting that Patents on Life-Forms be accepted so farmers must sign contracts with GM Corporations and can no longer save seeds, etc.
The Greatest Racket in History --- GM Contamination + Patents on Life-Forms equals Corporate Proprietary Rights in the crops of victimised farmers, and spells the serdom and ruin of small family farmers everywhere on this planet.
We MUST OUTLAW GM and PATENTS on LIFE-FORMS -- or else !!
(e.g. No more organic, healthy food --- you and your children will only be able to eat unsafe GM)
See the Action Plan in Part III designed to OUTLAW GM and PATENTS on LIFE-FORMS.
But beforehand, read the next in our series of "GMO Disease Epidemics".
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II. Genetically-Engineered (Bt) cotton Fiber Disease
Genetically-engineered Bt cotton killed 30% of the bees in the fields when field-tested in Thailand.
[Institute for Science in Society, London]
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Mass Deaths by Sheep Grazing on Bt [GM] Cotton"
(Institute of Science in Society, London)
At least 1,800 sheep were reported dead from severe toxicity after grazing on Bt cotton fields in just four villages in Andhra Pradesh, India.
( Bt, bacillus thuringiensis, is a poison genetically engineered into cotton and maize plants to kill an insect which feeds on the pollen. This poison, which seems to acquire much added 'oomph' from the genetic engineering process, permeates the crop which human beings and animals feed upon.)
If you were an Indian shepherd caring for your animals, look at the face of Frankenstein as it appeared in Andhra Pradesh: --- The major symptoms of the disaster as reported by shepherds were:
1. Sheep became dull/depressed 2 to 3 days after grazing
2. Cough with nasal discharge
3. Reddish and erosive lesions in the mouth
5. Blackish diarrhoea
6. Sometimes red urine
7. Death within 5 to 7 days of grazing on the GM cotton fields
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GM (Bt-toxin) cotton and maize: death of worms & soil degradation / lacewing & ladybirddeaths /textiles
Mark that the GM cotton plant leaches its Bt-toxin into the soil.This causes worms to die (according to a a study published in Nature), and almost assuredly results in soil degradation.
The processed cotton fiber also contains this poison. When youwear GM-cotton underwear, shirts or pants or sox or whatever, will itleach over time into the orifices and pores ofyour body? What sense is there in wearing such things?
Another study shows that the mortality among lacewings, beneficial insects that feed upon caterpillars and aphids, increased afterfeeding onGM (bt-toxin) maize.
The truly fearful danger is of the genetic engineering process giving rise to pathogens, and -- even worse -- combining with the Bt toxin to produce who-knows-what.
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the mysterious Fiber Disease epidemic
Here is another new, mystery disease erupting in the Genetic Engineering era.
Although primarily incident in the United States (where genetically-engineered cotton is almost unavoidable), it too is becoming international , like GM products (in this case, Bt cotton).
There are reports of incidence from 15 other nations including Canada, the UK and The Netherlands.
Where on this entire planet has Fiber Disease been most prevalent? First, California. Second, Texas. Third, Florida. Three big cotton-growing regions.
Certain cotton products are carrying something that gives rise to virtual science fiction symptoms among users of these products.
The afflicted havestrange fiber-like material (or tiny pieces of thread) sticking out of sores or wounds that erupt.
Painful with intense itching, it has been described as "an ever present sensation as if something is crawling under the skin".
Signicantly (as per our "GMO Disease Epidemics: Chronic Fatigue"), disabling FATIGUEis a common symptom of Fiber Disease, reported by 95% of patients.
Commonly reported also is the full Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (which features both chronic fatigue and chronic myalgia).
Cognitive (memory and thought-processing) difficulties, and, naturally, certain behavioural problems are also associated with Fiber Disease.(Genetic engineering seems to have a penchant for attacking the central nervous system.)
Fiber Disease certainly appears to be another genetically-engineered disease, this one evidently brought to us by GM (Bt) cotton textiles and other Bt cotton products.
Note: Pets, especially dogs but also cats (and even horses) are beginning to suffer from this bizarre Fiber Disease. What seems to link all of them? I would say it was exposure to genetically-engineered Bt cotton.
[Advance NewsMagazines for Nurse Practicioners, article by Ginger Savely NP and Mary Leitau, vol. 13, issue 5, p.16, www.nurse-practicioners.com;
["Morgellons Fiber Disease", Ed Kasper LAc, reviewed by a Medical Advisory Board/Morgellons Research Foundation, www.happyherbalist.com/morgellons.htm;
[and see "The Fiber Disease", www.biology-online.org/biology-forum; and
["Fiber Disease Alert: Cotton: A Clear and Present Danger" by Cliff Mickelson, www.chemtrailcentral.com]
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III. Conclusion and What To Do
Human beings and Nature, as we have known them, cannot survive in a GMO-Frankenstein world.
The nightmare technology of Genetic Engineering Biotechnology, and its incestuous Patents on Life-Forms, must be OUTLAWED.
How To Do It?
There is only one way to overcome this extremely powerful, ruthless Corporation-Government-corporate Mass Media axis.
It is to conduct grassroots Public Education Campaigns to educate and politically activate the General Public, university / college students in particular.
The General Public !! Stop forever talking to the Converted. To get around the corporate media's suppression and distortion of truth, one must talk to people and go door-to-door with leaflets and vocal messages.
And major efforts must be made to inform and activate university students.
(1) Concentrate on university students.
And senior citizens.
I speak to you now, elder citizens like myself. Put moral purpose into your lives and help rescue this planet and your grandchildren.
(2) AVOID NGOs and all established organisations, especially large ones. They are not what they seem.
Their hierarchies and decision-making are corporation-influenced if not outright purchased.
Never ever join them. Never ever give them Money.
[see George Monbiot's very important article in The Guardian, 4 September 2001, "Sleeping with the Enemy: Consumer and Environmental Groups are Getting into Bed with Big Corporations]
[Note: In developing countries there are some exceptions, but very very very few in the West. If by a miracle one of them ever conducts a genuine and sensible public education campaign, then you can help out. But NEVER join or give money to them.]
The environmental field especially is riddled with wealthy, prestigious, deceptive organisations adept at dilutng and derailing environmental causes, GM in particular.
[I am thinking at this moment of one such organisation I have observed over a long period of time, in my view a very slick and dangerous FOE of environmentalism, originally created by polluting Corporations to deal with the growing environmental movement.
Don't go anywhere near this one.]
When they talk about being 'practical' and seeking 'Coexistence' with GM, let a red flag go up.
Nothing short of OUTLAWING GENETIC ENGINEERING and PATENTS ON LIFE-FORMS will save us and our planet.
Do your educational work as individuals or in small groups of people you know.
In a little of your SPARETIME (perhaps 3 or 4 hours a week, but regularly, as part of an ethical life-style):
Educate and activate the Public by writing and telephoning and just talking to your family members, friends and acquantances;
Write letters and make telephone calls to local, regional and national media;
Write, call and especially visit your legislative representatives and other government personnel, and
Take appropriate Direct Action.
Good Luck to You.
P.S. For a detailed Action Plan on conducting education/activation campaigns (e.g. composing A4 leaflets for distribution, lobbying your legislative representative) see "Creating a Grassroots Democracy While Outlawing Genetic Engineering"currently on the Indymedia Biotech website. Or email me and request it.
For extensive information on the casualties and unprecedented dangers of Genetic Engineering, see "Genetic Engineering Fact-Sheet" on the website of the Concerned Citizens Information Network, www.ccin.info