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Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America

Posted November 21, 2014
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United
States (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.  Read more.

GMO Corn Contamination of Organic Corn May End by 2015

Posted November 21, 2014
Thanks to companies like Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta, nearly 90% of all corn is genetically-manipulated and designed to produce its own toxic herbicide. Since 1996, we have seen a 100 fold increase in the acreage used for GM crops and, in 2012, there were 138 reported incidents of non-GM crops becoming contaminated with GM crops. However, by 2015, some farmers are planning to finish developing a strain of non-GMO corn that is resistant to contamination by GMOs.  Read more.

Will This New GMO Potato Take Off? McDonald’s Has Spoken

Posted November 18, 2014
Would you be excited to pluck a bag of precut, gleaming-white potato slices from supermarket produce bin—fresh not frozen, and ready to throw in the pan or theFryDaddy?  Your answer may decide the fate of the “Innate” potato, which has been genetically engineered to resist browning and to contain less of the amino acid that turns into acrylamide—a probably human carcinogen—when potatoes are fried at high temperatures.  Read more. 

New Study: Monsanto’s #1 Herbicide Directly Linked to Chronic Disease Spike

Posted November 18, 2014
new correlation study published in the Journal of Organic Systems has linked glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, Roundup, to an enormous increase in chronic diseases across the United States.  Supporting countless studies before it, this new report is a detailed analysis proving an undeniable link between glyphosate-based herbicides and the rates of chronic disease all over the country.  Read more. 

Lack of Evidence to Prove GMO Safety — New Peer-Reviewed Study

Posted November 18, 2014
A group of researchers set out to see how much evidence there is for the safety of crops containing the most common GM genes – for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance – for animals that eat them. They focused on histopathological investigations of the digestive tract in rats, since this would be the main target organ of any new toxic proteins produced by the GM process.  The researchers found that of 47 crop varieties approved by government regulators for animal or human consumption, there were peer-reviewed published studies for only 9.  Read more.

Life or Death Over Seeds — a Worldwide Seed War is now Raging

Posted November 18, 2014
Last week hundreds of food lovers, food growers, food justice campaigners, artists, researchers gathered to participate in events and activities organised throughout the UK as part of the Food Sovereignty month. The focus this year was on the source that feeds us all: the seedRead more.

2 Developers Sue Hawaii County to Halt GMO Law

Posted November 17, 2014
Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.  The lawsuit filed by Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit in federal court in Honolulu asks a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect. It also seeks to invalidate the new law, which voters narrowly adopted during last week’s election after an intense campaign featuring $8 million in spending by the seed companies against the initiative.  Read more. 

Election Bang: Maui Bans GMO Crops

Posted November 17, 2014
They got into Monsanto’s face. They accused Monsanto/Dow of spreading poison.  They didn’t say, “You have a right to know what’s in your food and we’re all nice people, and reasonable people have a right to disagree.”  They hit it hard.  The Maui SHAKA Movement and voteyesmaui.org and other activists won by a very narrow margin—and instituted a temporary ban on new Monsanto/Dow GMO crops in Maui CountyRead more.

Roundup Damages Sperm — New Study

Posted November 17, 2014
A new study in rats found that Roundup altered testicular function after only 8 days of exposure at a concentration of only 0.5%, similar to levels found in water after agricultural spraying, writes Claire Robinson.  The study found no difference in sperm concentration, viability and mobility, but there was an increase in abnormal sperm formation measured 2, 3, and 4 months after this short exposure.  Read more.

Voters Narrowly Reject GMO Labeling in Oregon

Posted November 10, 2014
Oregonians and Coloradans have both voted down measures that would have required companies to label genetically engineered food products.  Proposition 105 was overwhelmingly defeated in Colorado, but Measure 92 came about as close as it could get: According to the Oregonian, it was rejected by a 1.2 percent margin, with fewer than 51 percent of voters saying ‘no.’  Read more.

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