A new study in a European environmental journal links glysophate, one of the products in Roundup Ready (TM) to kidney disease.
Read the article and download for free at http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/2/2125
Here is the summary:
The current chronic kidney disease epidemic, the major health issue in the rice paddy farming areas in Sri Lanka has been the subject of many scientific and political debates over the last decade. Although there is no agreement among scientists about the etiology of the disease, a majority of them has concluded that this is a toxic nephropathy. None of the hypotheses put forward so far could explain coherently the totality of clinical, biochemical, histopathological findings, and the unique geographical distribution of the disease and its appearance in the mid-1990s. A strong association between the consumption of hard water and the occurrence of this special kidney disease has been observed, but the relationship has not been explained consistently. Here, we have hypothesized the association of using glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the disease endemic area and its unique metal chelating properties. The possible role played by glyphosate-metal complexes in this epidemic has not been given any serious consideration by investigators for the last two decades. Furthermore, it may explain similar kidney disease epidemics observed in Andra Pradesh (India) and Central America. Although glyphosate alone does not cause an epidemic of chronic kidney disease, it seems to have acquired the ability to destroy the renal tissues of thousands of farmers when it forms complexes with a localized geo environmental factor (hardness) and nephrotoxic metals.
February 26, 2014, Ottawa. Major grocery chains in Canada were reminded again today of consumer concern over genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) food, and GM sweet corn in particular.
“We don’t want GM sweet corn in our grocery stores. This insect-killing corn is not appetizing,” said André Nault of the Quebec network Vigilance OGM, “GM sweet corn is the first GM whole food grown in Canada and consumers don’t want to eat sweet corn that’s genetically modified to kill insects.”
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So why would they let anyone grow a GE apple tree in the Province?
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Expert panel brings threats to farmland protection into focus.
Vancouver – Our local food supply is not secure – in fact, the total farm area in British Columbia decreased 7.9% in just a five-year period between 2006 and 2011, according to Stats Canada.
Michael Lyons, owner of Graze Restaurant (3980 Fraser St.), a farm-to-table vegetarian restaurant, is so concerned, he’s hosting a forum on the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) on March 2nd at 6pm. The forum is also a fundraiser for FarmWatch, a grassroots neighbourhood group working to protect local farmland. The Lower Mainland has some of the most fertile class 1 soil in the world, and it is under threat. Continue reading
On March 4th at 6.30 pm the Campbell River City Council will hear a delegation asking the Council to pass a GE free resolution.
If you are nearby please go to the Council meeting and lend your support.
In BC 14 municipalities have passed GE Free resolutions and in September 2013 the Union of BC Municipalities (all municipalities in BC) voted in favour of asking the BC government to stop GE crops in the Province.
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