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Update: 22 October 2017
Biotechnology is a very new field and much about the interaction of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) with earth's ecosystems is unknown. Concerns about biotechnology include its potential adverse effects on biological diversity and risks to human health. LMOs are commonly known as GMOs. LMOs form the basis of a range of new products and agricultural commodities. Products containing dead modified organisms (non-living GMO components) include vaccines, pharmaceutical drugs, food additives, and many processed, canned, and preserved foods. LMOs also exist in corn and soybean derivatives used in many foods and nonfoods, cornstarch used for cardboard and adhesives, fuel ethanol for gasoline, vitamins and yeast-based foods such as beer and bread.
Glyphosate is actually patented as an antibiotic. You may recognize it's commercial name, RoundUp®. Because of its widespread adaptation in modern industrial agriculture, it has become a significant source of chronic antibiotic exposure in our food supply. It also is implicated as a significant cause of newly emergent antibiotic resistant bacteria. And Dow AgroSciences herbicide Enlist Duo® combines glyphosate and 2-4D (Agent Orange), which will increase the toxicity of our environment and increase emergent antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Another notable source of chronic antibiotic exposure is our water supply. The agricultural runoff of glyphosate, 2-4D, medical antibioics in the manure spread on fields (as much as 97% unmetabolized), and the unmetabolized antibiotics from human excretion, untimately end up back in the water supply. Water treatment facilities are not equiped to remove these types of synthetic chemical compounds. The EPA standards for glyphosate in water in America is .7ppm. European research demonstrated organ damage to animals at .1ppb (.0001ppm) of glyphosate in water. U.S. water levels allow glyphosate at levels 7,000 times higher than what has been shown to be toxic in animals.
Correlation between children with autism and glyphosate applications. Increases in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been so great in recent years that most experts now agree that they are real and must be environmentally induced (Weintraub, 2011). This report found data for autism from the U.S. Department of Education, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (USDE:IDEA) (Gallup, 2002; Snyder, 2012). These data are for autistic children 6-21 years old served under IDEA. In the plot in this graphic, the numbers for the year correspond to the beginning of the school year in the fall. Source: GMO crops, Glyphosate, and the deterioration of health in the US
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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has created an interactive map that shows the amounts of glyphosate sprayed in each U.S. county, and tallies the 3,247 elementary schools that are located within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field and the 487 schools that are within 200 feet. You can click any county on the map to see how much GMO corn and soy acreage has increased there as well as the number of nearby elementary schools.
The 15 states outlined on the map across the center of the country are the ones where the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of Dow AgroSciences' Enlist Duo. Monsanto's Enlist Duo is a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D (2,4-D was previously banned in the U.S.). Enlist Duo is used on GMO corn and soybeans that have been engineered to tolerate the highly toxic combination cocktail. Source: Alternet
The time has come to revisit the United States' reluctance to label GM foods. Labeling is essential for tracking the emergence of new food allergies, and for assessing health effects of the chemical herbicides that are applied to GM crops. A growing number of consumers insist they have a right to know what foods they are buying and how they were produced. The conventional argument that there is nothing new about genetic rearrangement misses the point that GM crops are now the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides, and two of these herbicides (glyphosate and 2,4-D) pose risks of cancer. We hope the FDA will reconsider the labeling of GM foods. GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health, P. Landrigan, M.D., C. Benbrook, Ph.D.
Conventional agriculture relies heavily on GMO crops engineered to withstand heavy use of glyphosate. GMO crops are commonly referred to as RoundUp® Ready. The cultivation of the these mainstream GMO crops requires more chemicals, not less. GMO crops have significantly less nutrition than non-GMO crops because glyphosate ties up soil nutrients and kills the beneficial microorganisms that make nutrients available to plants.
The USDA has been tracking the nutrient density of 43 crops for 60 years. USDA data shows a progressive, and alarming, rate of decline in nutrition since the "green revolution" began in the 1940's.
Glyphosate (Roundup®) is not just an herbicide. It was originally patented as a mineral chelator. It immobilizes nutrients, making them unavailable for your body. It's also patented as a potent antibiotic that can devastate human gut bacteria. The EPA recently doubled the amount of glyphosate allowed in food. Soybean oil is now allowed to contain a whopping 4,000 times the limit at which it can impact your health. Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology, Perdue University
Dr. Huber has created an excellent presentation citing thousands of studies showing the dangerous health effects of the use of GMOs and glyphosate. As shown in the graphs below, GMO use has been positively correlated to the sudden rise in various diseases such as diabetes, autism, celiac disease, Alzheimer's, kidney disease, acute allergies, liver disease, as well as reproductive failures, miscarriages and birth defects.
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the US over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally. The herbicide glyphosate was introduced in 1974 and its use is accelerating with the advent of herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (GE) crops. Evidence is mounting that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals and glyphosate residues have been detected in both. Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer.
Some of the graphs in this report show a significant linear rise that began prior to 1990. Others show a peak in the 1980s, then a decline followed by another rise in the 1990s. Clearly, there are multiple factors involved. Though the data for glyphosate are only available beginning in 1990, glyphosate was first introduced in the marketplace in 1974. Other known endocrine disruptors are: BPA (bisphenol-A) and phthalates (both in plastics), dioxins (by-product of smelting, paper bleaching, manufacture of herbicides and pesticides), hexane (cooking oil extraction), atrazine, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs - used in electrical equipment, coatings, inks, adhesives, flame-retardants, and paints) (Kavlock, 1996).
The population of the US is bombarded with a veritable cocktail of chemicals daily in addition to GE food and glyphosate (Reuben, 2010). These include food preservatives (BHA & BHT), water contaminants (chlorine & fluoride), heavy metals, food additives (aspartame, monosodium glutamate, carrageenan) and food colouring, to name a few. The US President's Cancer Panel reported that a study by the CDC found many toxic chemicals in the blood and urine of most Americans that they tested, and the Environmental Working Group found up to 232 xenobiotic chemicals in the placental cord blood of newborns in the US (Reuben, 2010). The people have been exposed to an increasing background level of chemicals and other toxins for over 70 years, yet few, if any, have increased at the rate of glyphosate and GE crops.
A study led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen, examined the long-term (lifetime) effects of eating genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Unfortunately, no such studies were ever conducted before GMO corn was approved for widespread use by the USDA and FDA. In this regard, these agencies do not practice the simple "First Do No Harm" principle of mineral balancing.
The animals on the GMO diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group. Gilles-Eric Seralini
Images show tumors in mice caused by eating genetically modified (GM) corn.
Jose Bove, vice-chairman of the European Parliament's commission for agriculture and a fierce opponent of GMOs, called for an immediate suspension of all EU cultivation and import authorizations of GM crops.
‘This study finally shows we are right and that it is urgent to quickly review all GMO evaluation processes,’ he said in a statement. ‘National and European food security agencies must carry out new studies financed by public funding to guarantee healthy food for European consumers.’
All Americans can do is to try to avoid eating any GM foods, educate their friends and family, encourage lawmakers to develop and enforce legislation to protect health rather than ensure greater corporate profits. The food industry also needs to provide consumer's with complete information and accurate labeling.
Thierry Vrain, PhD, Nutritional Implications of GMOs, presentation at the American College of Nutrition's 55th annual conference.
New report demonstrates significant difference between the nutritional value of GMO corn and non-GMO corn. Not totally surprising because Glyphosate draws out the vital nutrients of living things and GMO corn is covered with it. The important thing to note in these deficiencies is that these are exactly the deficiencies in a human being that lead to susceptibility to sickness, disorders and cancer. People who have osteoporosis are low in calcium and magnesium, people who have cancer are low in manganese. The list goes on and on.
Note levels of Formaldehyde and Glyphosate in corn in the table above. The EPA standards for Glyphosate in water in America is .7ppm. European research demonstrated organ damage to animals at .1ppb (.0001ppm) of Glyphosate in water. U.S. water levels allow glyphosate 7,000X higher than what has been shown to be toxic in animals. As show above, corn has 13 ppm, this is 130,000 times higher than what is considered toxic to human health when found in water!
Since 2012, the agrichemical and food industries have mounted a complex, multifaceted public relations, advertising, lobbying and political campaign in the United States, costing more than $100 million, to defend genetically engineered food and crops and the pesticides that accompany them. The purpose of this campaign is to deceive the public, to deflect efforts to win the right to know what is in our food via labeling that is already required in 64 countries, and ultimately, to extend their profit stream for as long as possible.
A report on the strategic campaign to defend GMOs. [Download PDF]
What's at Stake. First independent FDA-registered laboratory testing results for glyphosate found in food finds alarming harmful levels of contamination. Report also reveals inadequacy of U.S. food safety regulations for allowable pesticide residues. GLYPHOSATE: Unsafe on Any Plate
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