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GMO threat summary vs. USDA quick putsch to let GMO corps/crops do without ANY regulation!

Main GM crops are SOY, CORN, COTTONSEED, and CANOLA. DESPITE recent Austrian Government Study Confirming Genetically Modified (GM) Crops As a Threat to Human Fertility and Health Safety, Bush regime pressures a quick putsch in its waning days for COMPLETELY unregulated Frankencrops/GMOs that produce drugs and other pesticides/herbicides in your food without your consumer knowledge, without labels, etc. This is despite huge documented heath problems.

A book by author Jeffrey M. Smith, Genetic Roulette, distributed to members of congress last year, documents 65 serious health risks of GM products, including similar fertility problems with GM soy and GM corn: Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce. Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells. .... US farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn.

India has documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births, other serious health issues, including deaths, in buffaloes fed GM cottonseed.

Mr. Smith, Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology says, "GM foods are likely responsible for several negative health trends in the US. The government must impose an immediate ban on these dangerous crops." He says, "Consumers don't need to wait for governmental action. They can download a free Non-GMO Shopping Guide at www.HealthierEating.org." ------- GMO applications should be destroyed to secure patrimony of earth for future, instead of it being taken over and poisoned for all time by short-term profits and monopoly desires of corporations like Monsanto. GMO is a living pollution. Film to watch about Monsanto below. ----- USDA has created a huge loophole allowing companies to assess their own crops [!!!] to determine whether USDA should regulate them. ------ Rules could also allow companies to grow untested GE crops with no oversight.
GMOs: the Bush inheritance that will keep on killing
GMOs: the Bush inheritance that will keep on killing
The Center for Food Safety is a good 'head's up system' via email for those interested in keeping appraised of ongoing policy changes regarding food and GMOs in the USA: Subscribe at link below.


Dear XXXXXXX,

In the waning months of the Bush administration, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) has joined the ranks of federal
agencies rushing through new regulations that weaken protections
for human health and the environment. USDA has released a
proposed rule that would significantly weaken oversight of all
genetically engineered crops, and which continue to allow
companies to grow food crops engineered to produce drugs and
industrial chemicals.

The USDA began this process over four years ago by promising
stricter oversight. Unfortunately, improvements considered early
on have been dismissed, and the proposed rule now has the same
gaping holes as the policy it is replacing, and creates a few
new ones, as well. For instance:

* USDA has created a huge loophole allowing biotech companies to
assess their own crops to determine whether USDA should regulate
them. And the criteria are open-ended, very subjective, and will
certainly reduce USDA's oversight of GE crops.

* The proposed rules could also allow companies to grow untested
GE crops with no oversight whatsoever: "Over time, the range of
GE organisms subject to oversight is expected to decrease...," a
move which USDA itself admits will make contamination of
conventional/organic crops with untested GE material more
likely.

* To add insult to injury, USDA has proposed to write into law
its "Low Level Presence" policy, which excuses it from taking
any action to remove untested GE crops from conventional or
organic food, feed and seed. This contamination often occurs
through cross-pollination or seed dispersal, and has cost
farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales and
lowered profits.

* USDA rejected options that would have banned outdoor
cultivation of pharmaceutical-producing GE (food) crops, the
only way to ensure that untested drugs don't end up in our food,
despite strong support from citizens and the food industry.

* USDA has refused to propose any controls on
pesticide-promoting GE crops, despite increasing pesticide use
and an epidemic of resistant weeds that have been fostered by
these crops.

* Finally, USDA snuck in a last-minute "correction" that bars
state or local regulation of GE crops more protective than its
own weak rule. CFS strongly opposes such preemptive language
that would bar local or state authorities from putting
meaningful regulations or restrictions on GE crops in place that
best suit their communities. This last-minute change should be
cause to extend the public comment period.

The USDA is treading dangerous new ground here. The structure of
the new proposal opens loopholes that can be exploited by
biotech companies and expose consumers to more untested and
unlabeled genetically engineered foods.

After denying requests for an extension to the short comment
period given for the proposed rules, USDA's comment period
closes on Monday. Sign our petition to the USDA today and demand
stronger--not weaker--regulations for genetically engineered
crops!

Sign this petition via the web at:
 http://ga3.org/campaign/GMOregs

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.
 http://ga3.org/campaign/GMOregs/forward/

We encourage you to take action by November 25, 2008

USDA Rushing Through Dangerous New Rules on GE and
Pharmaceutical Crops

INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
If you have access to a web browser, you can take action on this
alert by going to the following URL:

 http://ga3.org/campaign/GMOregs/

Petition:
Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023
Regulatory Analysis and Development
PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Re: Docket No. APHIS-2008-0023, Importation, Interstate
Movement, and Release into the Environment of Certain
Genetically Engineered Organisms.

I am very concerned about the risks genetically engineered
crops--especially those engineered to produce drugs and
industrial chemicals--pose to human health, family farmers,
wildlife, and the environment. I urge USDA to close the gaping
loopholes in its proposed rules, and put stronger--not
weaker--regulations in place. In particular:

1)Please follow the advice of the National Academy of Sciences
and make genetic engineering the trigger for USDA oversight so
that ALL experimental GE crops are properly regulated. This
approach is scientifically sound, administratively efficient,
and more protective of public health, the environment, and the
interests of farmers. Eliminate loopholes that exempt any GE
crop that has not undergone a determination of non-regulated
status from USDA regulatory oversight.

2)Please do NOT incorporate the "Low Level Presence"
policy in the final rule. Instead, make zero presence of
experimental GE crops in food and feed your management goal, and
gear your implementing regulations to achieve it as fully as
possible. In particular, make all field trials of experimental
GE crops subject to strict gene containment standards at least
as stringent as those now applied to pharmaceutical-producing GE
crops.

3)Please reconsider your "business as usual" pharma crop policy,
and instead adopt one of two alternatives you proposed in the
Draft Environmental Impact Statement - a simple ban on outdoor
cultivation of all pharmaceutical-producing crops, or at least
pharmaceutical-producing food crops - to best protect public
health and the environment.

4)Please regulate as necessary pesticide-promoting,
herbicide-tolerant GE crops in order to address the rise in
pesticide use these crops have fostered, and to mitigate the
growing threat posed by herbicide-resistant weeds to farmers and
the interests of American agriculture.

5)Remove any preemption clause that bars state and local
authorities from enacting laws or regulations to control GE
crops as they best see fit.

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Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety


Advocates Call for Immediate Ban of All GM Foods and GM Crops

IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 13, 2008)

(Los Angeles, CA.) - A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.

Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.

In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group.

The corn is genetically modified with genes that produce a pesticidal toxin, as well as genes that allow it to survive applications of Monsanto's herbicide Roundup.

A book by author Jeffrey M. Smith, Genetic Roulette, distributed to members of congress last year, documents 65 serious health risks of GM products, including similar fertility problems with GM soy and GM corn: Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce. Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells. The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning. Several US farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties. Additionally, over the last two months, investigators in India have documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births, and other serious health issues, including deaths, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products.

The principle GM crops are soy, corn, cottonseed and canola. GM sugar from sugar beets will also be introduced before year's end.

Mr. Smith, who is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology says, "GM foods are likely responsible for several negative health trends in the US. The government must impose an immediate ban on these dangerous crops." He says, "Consumers don't need to wait for governmental action. They can download a free Non-GMO Shopping Guide at www.HealthierEating.org."

Monsanto press offices in the UK and USA were unable to provide a comment on the findings for journalists yesterday.

The Institute for Responsible Technology's Campaign for Healthier Eating in America mobilizes citizens, organizations, businesses, and the media, to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of genetically modified foods.

The Institute educates people about the documented health risks of GMOs and provides them with healthier non-GMO product choices.

The Institute also informs policy makers and the public around the world about the impacts of GMOs on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, and the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.

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Institute For Responsible Technology
Media Contact: NJ Jaeger
Expert Contact: Jeffrey M. Smith
Email:  njmail@cox.net
Phone: +1-310-377-0915

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11 comments

Science is a passion.
sometimes blindedScience is a passion.


Birth control?

Perhaps this is a new program of birth control -- for the poor and the 3rd world.

The wealthy do not need to worry; they have their choice of foods. If there isn't follow-up to the study, it'll be forgotten. Population may start dropping and those in favor of lower numbers will have their wish big time.

Far fetched? Modification does not have to lead to end-of-the-world scenarios. But the ability to resist destructive environmental agents and withstand environmental trauma does suggest the ability to resist stomache acids as well . . .

by sometimes blinded (1 articles, 42 quicklinks, 5 diaries, 208 comments) on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 8:18:08 AM



Kent State, Graduate work in philosophy of logic, of science, Ph.D. SIU neuroscientist, forensic neuropsychologist, PostDoc Medical College of Ohio, Preferred activities: Restoring British motorcycles, cars, Matchless, Austin Healey, Triumph, Jaguar, building an engine, programming a computer. Other stuff: SDS 1968, antiwar,911 truth advocate, anticorporatist, anti-classist, anti-neocon, pissed off. Best thing: Father. Blessed.
richardKent State, Graduate work in philosophy of logic, of science, Ph.D. SIU neuroscientist, forensic neuropsychologist, PostDoc Medical College of Ohio, Preferred activities: Restoring British motorcycles, cars, Matchless, Austin Healey, Triumph, Jaguar, building an engine, programming a computer. Other stuff: SDS 1968, antiwar,911 truth advocate, anticorporatist, anti-classist, anti-neocon, pissed off. Best thing: Father. Blessed.


Caught this on the ATS site...

After all, 5,500,000,000 must go .... if you read Georgia's 'Stonehenge' inscription......

GM crops are simply one more of the many paths apparently utilized to the same end...... sayeth the 'conspirator' ....

Is there a purpose or is it simply 'greed' and 'stupidity' ....

;-)

by richard (0 articles, 5 quicklinks, 2 diaries, 861 comments) on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 10:49:54 AM



a concerned citizen and supporter of a new Coalition 3rd Party; as well as the Open Source Energy Movement!
Steve Windisch (jibbguy)a concerned citizen and supporter of a new Coalition 3rd Party; as well as the Open Source Energy Movement!


How to control population??

There are essentially only 2 known and proven ways to control population growth:

> Through increased mortality levels.

> Lowering birth rates through education and increased prosperity (as has been successfully proven many times in different countries).

The latter is not a desired method if the continuance of ignorance and poverty are required to maintain the current levels of control over a society.

Which method do you think the members of Monsanto's Board of Directors believe in? Here's a hint: All corn sent as "foreign aid" by this government is now GE.

by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) (13 articles, 0 quicklinks, 4 diaries, 216 comments) on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 11:48:11 AM



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Jim Eldonorganic vegetable farmer


not a surprise

Mr. Smith, who is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology says, "GM foods are likely responsible for several negative health trends in the US."

Unfortunately this likelihood cannot be proven. Since the bureaucracy of federal testing and approval has always been grossly biased in favor of rapid commercialization, the resulting current ubiquitous presence of GM products in the food supply makes epidemiological studies impossible. Unfortunately, GE proponents make use of this fact to argue for the safety of such products. In doing so, they are obviously not constrained by standards of scientific integrity, which should prevent them from drawing positive conclusions in the complete absence of research and data.

by Jim Eldon (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 131 comments) on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 11:23:53 AM



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John HanksHater of Nazis above all. Hobbies include activism, military model building, military history, exciting and vital conversation with retired crooks. Retired


Long term effects are ignored in the U.S.

Mad cow may take awhile, but the Koreans don't want any of it. GM crops are probably the same.

by John Hanks (1 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 1370 comments) on Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 7:41:49 PM



This quote summarizes the nature of my concerns and the content of personal experiences which stir my activism:

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement on human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves". --Paul Revere, House of Commons
Kathryn SmithThis quote summarizes the nature of my concerns and the content of personal experiences which stir my activism:

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement on human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves". --Paul Revere, House of Commons


I would want to know....

I want to thank whoever submitted this article. It's very important. That the research is happening in Europe is significant for the following reason:

As a certified herbalist, I study the Pubmed website (government medical database) with some frequency. I have seen, repeatedly, that the AMerican studies are biased to a certain outcome particularly where pharmaceuticals and profits are concerned, whereas the European studies are typically and as an on-going pattern, much more full-disclosure. One radioactive iodine I looked up on Pubmed, for example, was noted by American studies to have only an occasional side-effect of leukemia (very serious!) and to be really safe considering how rare that effect *Supposedly* is. EVERY European study countered vociferously: DON"T USE THIS MEDICATION EXCEPT AS A VERY LAST RESORT, WHEN ALL OTHER RESOURCES HAVE BEEN EXHAUSTED! IT"S VERY DANGEROUS AND THE CASES OF LEUKEMIA ARE WIDELY UNDER-REPORTED!!

Europe is on the pioneering frontier where herbal and nutritional studies are concerned, too. America has followed suit more recently. Chemical constituents of herbs and foods alike are identified and tested in clinical double blind studies, etc (yes this is true for herbs now too. It's no longer all about old wive's tales. Interestingly enough though, *most* even if not all of the "old wives tales" are being verified by the tests and scientific studies!)

So....this raises a question for me.

Is it estrogens which are being raised by the genetically modified organisms? If so this means, folks, drumroll....increased cancer rates as well as reproductive harm.

Let's not forget that hormones are inter-dependent: If one is whacked out, the others will follow in a chain reaction too.

LEt's please not forget PMS and depression as related to the female hormone cycle. What's likely to follow from imbalanced reproductive hormones, psychologically and in health areas not limited to reproduction, but far above and beyond (ie, cancer)?

My concern is that the mainstream health industry is likely to strike this down: Rightfully, they will say that one study alone is never enough proof of anything. That's true. Because studies can be biased. And that's why it's important to rely on a vast body of studies, each as "checks and balances" on the other, so to speak.

Further, I read the study linked above (I do speak German) and there is a qualifying statement at the end of it, in which the point is made that while the way laboratory mice are affected by this study is now known, what is not known and where there needs to be further proof is how other animals might be affected.

The medical establishment can easily refute this, unfortunately. But given what I have seen reading the Pubmed.gov website, I am much more inclined to trust the much less-biased and more full-disclosure European studies than I am the biased AMerican ones, which often are in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industries.

by Kathryn Smith (96 articles, 2 quicklinks, 41 diaries, 406 comments) on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 12:39:15 AM



This quote summarizes the nature of my concerns and the content of personal experiences which stir my activism:

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement on human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves". --Paul Revere, House of Commons
Kathryn SmithThis quote summarizes the nature of my concerns and the content of personal experiences which stir my activism:

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement on human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves". --Paul Revere, House of Commons


PS It sounds like...

it's probably progesterone and not estrogen which is being raised to an out-of-balance level with the GMO's, juding by the description of this study. And it's the high estrogen levels which would mean increased cancer risk, not progesterone. However, that said, I still wonder and would want to know more details about what the findings were with the hormone levels. And I still have to assert that the concerns here concern much more than just reproductive harm alone. What happens to the depression levels as the female hormone cycle is disrupted? What happens to the suicide rate? What happens to secondary sex characteristics? Hmmmm.....seems to me that sometimes with our scientific and "Educated" work on the planet, at times (such as when goofing with genetics in our food or elsewhere) it is our wisdom which becomes our folly.

by Kathryn Smith (96 articles, 2 quicklinks, 41 diaries, 406 comments) on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7:38:08 AM



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Monsanto

This company's mission is an affront to humanity and it should be terminated as soon as possible with absolutely no debate. I would be remiss not to point out that this is a perfect example of capitalism gone mad. Under the guise of creating shareholder value, this company seeks to create a monopoly over life and sustenance. By ruining the seeds of life, they threaten the very existence of mankind while providing a strong ROI. GO WALL STREET

by kato krause (2 articles, 0 quicklinks, 2 diaries, 165 comments) on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 12:43:56 PM



Rolland (Ron) Miller is a free enterprise socialist leaning financier in his mid 60's currently working as a Realtor at Re/Max in Powell River, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada. I moved here for quality of life in 2004 from Vancouver where I was born and carried on my financing and consulting business of large Residential and Commercial Real Estate projects across Canada, USA, and China since 1974 after excelling in the corporate world as a lender. I believe balance is the key word.
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Study Confirms Genetically Modified Crops Threaten Humans

Monsanto and their ilk, clearly threaten our very survival.

How dare our Health and Food agencies approve the untested use of GM Foods.

They should be banned outright until they are proven safe based on numerous long term studies carried out by impartial scientists.

by Rolland Miller (1 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 87 comments) on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 10:59:21 PM



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Argentinean women infertility?

As I emailed Mr. Smith, but didn't get a response from him yet (Argentina was and is the NWO's test ground for massive GMO food production since the late 1980s and early 1990s):

Hi Jeff,

I always had an intuitive feeling that there was something very wrong with the 'petite' statue of many Argentinean women (a recent phenomenal) and thought that the GMO foods here had something to do with it. They just do not look 'right'.

Your press release of yesterday seem to confirm my suspicion:  http://www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/MediaCenter/ReleaseAustrianGovernmentStudy/index.cfm

I also suspect that a lot of Argentinean woman and man are highly infertile, but without scientific studies this would be impossible to determine. Except maybe to look at birth rates which would have a delay effect of many years to show up.

Maybe there should be a study performed on the fertility rates of these 'petite' women versus regular-size Argentinean women to confirm that eating GMO foods causes in humans what this animal study confirms for mice.

Take care,

David

by David C (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 7 comments) on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 5:31:46 PM



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GMO education

I was not familiar with GMO foods until I happened to hear GMO expert Jeff Smith interviewed on the Alex Jones show. I subsequently purchased his books, videos and audio. GMO foods are an unimaginable horror. In Europe they are rightly called Frankenfoods. GMO is NOT your grandfather breeding two types of soybeans to produce a better variety. It is taking DNA from say a pig, and injecting it into a watermelon in order to produce porkmelon. It is totally unnatural and the idiots doing it are like children playing with loaded guns. I've posted free MP3 downloads about GMO at  http://drop.io/Summerbird One is titled jeffreysmith and is the aforementioned interview with Alex Jones. The other is titled You're Eating What? and is Jeff Smith in front of an audience. They are way at the bottom of the page as I uploaded them first. Also the interview with F. William Engdahl briefly touches on GMO Please download and listen and learn.

by Edward Safranski (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 1 comments) on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 6:09:01 PM

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Watch the 2007 film

"The World According to Monsanto" (90 minutes) to get informed

 link to video.google.com

On March 11 a new documentary was aired on French television - a documentary that Americans won't ever see. The gigantic bio-tech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years.