Barbara H. Peterson
For years we have been told that genetically engineered crops (GMOs) are “substantially equivalent” to their non-engineered counterparts. But what does that mean? Read the rest of this entry »
Dr Mae-Wan Ho
Plume of airborne radioactive iodine arrival in the US correlates with increased rates of congenital hypothyroidism among the new born.
A new study finds congenital hypothyroidism in the US rising 28 % in the two and a half months after the arrival of the Fukushima fallout of radioactive iodine (I-131) . Researchers and authors Joe Mangano and Janette Sherman from the Radiation and Public Health Project  have done a thorough job based on data from the US government.
Congenital hypothyroidism & prenatal exposure to radioactive iodine
The new born in developed countries have been routinely screened for congenital hypothyroidism (CH) since the 1960s in a simple blood spot test. CH results in stunted growth, lowered intelligence, deafness, and neurological defects, but can be effectively treated if detected early. Increased incidence of CH has been found over the past decades in US, Australia, Italy, UK and Greece. In the US, the rate increased 75.3 % from 1987 to 2002 . One potential risk factor is prenatal exposure to radioactive iodine isotopes, which home in on the susceptible foetal thyroid gland and kill the cells. The thyroid is the first gland to develop in the human embryo and begins concentrating iodine to produce thyroid hormones by the 70th day of gestation. In the mid-1950s during the period of atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, I-131 produced by fission was detected in the adult human thyroid. But I-131 concentrations were about 10 times as high in the human foetal thyroid as in the human adult or pig thyroid, and maximum increases in foetal thyroids were detected approximately one month after nuclear explosions . The main exposure path is via dairy products from radioactive fallout deposition on forage. Read the rest of this entry »
In a recent court case OSGATA v. Monsanto, in which Monsanto was preemptively sued to keep the company from suing farmers due to genetic contamination of their crops by Monsanto’s genetically engineered varieties, the following decision was reached:
We conclude that Monsanto has disclaimed any intent to sue inadvertent users or sellers of seeds that are inadvertently contaminated with up to one percent of seeds carrying Monsanto’s patented traits.
There is one glaring problem with this, among many. And that is, GMO transgenic contamination is so widespread that even most seed suppliers cannot guarantee that the seeds they sell to farmers are not contaminated up to at least 2%.
The amount of GMO contamination that might be present in conventional alfalfa is not known. But a December 2011 report by Stephanie Greene, a geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, ARS, said that after Roundup Ready alfalfa was first deregulated in 2005 industry testing of conventional seed lots found levels of contamination as high as 2 percent.
In fact, there is no guarantee whatsoever that levels even higher have not contaminated our seed supply.
The default standard for certification as GMO free has been taken to be zero in many cases, although experience shows that meeting such a standard will be difficult. There have been proposals for setting maximum allowable levels in the range of 1 to 3%, and it is likely that some tolerance level above zero will be accepted in the future.
So, tell me again about how I should feel grateful that Monsanto tells us that it will not sue if the contamination levels of its GMO seeds in our crops are under 1% when the seed we purchase is most likely contaminated with levels of 1-3%, with an average of at least 2%?
Can you smell a set up? I sure can. The fix is definitely in. Buy seeds, plant, and if the seeds you buy are contaminated with over 1% of Monsanto’s transgenic varieties, which is highly likely, expect a knock on the door by the Monsanto Mafia.
P.S. If you get lucky and the seeds you bought have under 1% contamination by our seeds, we won’t sue you….. MM
©2014 Barbara H. Peterson
It is a well-known fact in biology that pressures of an existential nature on a species result in two possible outcomes. The first outcome is that the species evolves. It adapts by way of biological evolution to the new conditions and survives. The second is that the species does not evolve and thus perishes. This also is the case if it evolves but the time frame is too short to complete the process. Humanity and the web of life are currently facing existential threats in very many ways. Almost all of them are manmade.
Mass extinction is already going on. Extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we are now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day. Though new species are also discovered the mass extinction of species is undeniable as we must assume that the most of the newly discovered species were already present but not yet known. It is thus a matter of time when a collapse of the entire web of life will occur and with it the collapse of the human species. Life will probably continue but it is highly unlikely that the species of the human being will survive this collapse.
Some of the most serious threats are:
• Radiation of the northern hemisphere resulting from the Fukushima disaster
• Poisoning of the oceans resulting from Fukushima, the Gulf Oil spill (Deepwater Horizon), the use of toxic chemicals in agriculture etc.
• Poisoning of the soil by chemicals and pesticides used in corporate agriculture and the ingredients of chemtrails
• Poisoning of the air by industrial emissions, the ingredients of chemtrails, use of depleted Uranium weapons etc.
• Poisoning of the environment with Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMF)
• The mayhem created in the weather patterns and natural climatic cycles by environmental modification techniques (chemtrails, stratospheric geoengineering, solar radiation management) and environmental warfare
• The danger of a war involving nuclear and biological weapons Read the rest of this entry »
Golden Rice is not a realistic solution to the problem of malnutrition and could well create further serious problems for the people who grow and eat it.
Golden Rice (GR) is genetically engineered to contain increased levels of beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A (also known as provitamin A). The rice is claimed to help cure blindness and other illnesses caused by vitamin A deficiency in the Third World. It is also claimed that opposition to GR by environmentalists and anti-GMO activists has caused millions to die or go blind in the developing world.
However, the claims made for and about GR are factually incorrect and unscientific. Read the rest of this entry »