Category Archives: GE crops

new study – pigs fed GE grain have severe stomach inflammation

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/pigs-fed-gm-grain-have-more-stomach-inflammation-study-finds/article12479860/

Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation than pigs who dined on conventional feed, according to a study by a team of Australian scientists and U.S. researchers.

The study adds to an intensifying public debate over the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops, which are widely used by U.S. and Latin American farmers and in many other countries around the world. Continue reading

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Activists in Hawaii work to ban GE crops

SOURCE:  Hawaii Tribune Herald, USA

AUTHOR:  Tom Callis

URL:     http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/news/local-news/gmo-critics-fight-ban.html

DATE:    15.05.2013

SUMMARY: “Genetic engineering opponents turned out in force Tuesday before the Hawaii County Council to support a bill that could determine the future of agriculture on the Big Island. The bill would prevent farmers from planting any genetically modified crops not already grown on the island, and has gained enthusiastic support from critics of the biotech industry. […] More than 100 people from across the island signed up to speak before the council’s Committee on Public Safety and Mass Transit. A large majority spoke in favor of the bill, which will be discussed again at the committee‚s May 29 meeting.”

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Hear Thierry Vrain on 22nd May and June 5th

Dr.Thierry Vrain of Innisfreefarm , Courtenay , BC will be interviewed by Andrew Rezmer of Conscious Living Radio on May 22, 2013 from 6PM to 7PM. You may listen to the interview live or online .

http://www.consciouslivingradio.org/

Sponsored by Raoul Bedi,  Local Food Activist and Conscious Media Consultant

Thierry is a great speaker – former geneticist and now an organic farmer who knows everything you need to know about what is wrong with GE crops.

Thierry will be at a community forum on GE crops on the 5th June. Go to the link below for more details

http://www.richmondfoodsecurity.org/ai1ec_event/community-forum-on-genetically-modified-food/?instance_id=

New York Times: there may be a link between GE crops and bee colony collapse

Bee colony collapse is taking on new proportions with up to half of bees now dying. Our current dysfunctional agricultural system is destroying itself from within by monoculture, massive use of pesticides and herbicides, and an unsustainable industrial agricultural model. Read the New York Times piece here, and below a quote, one of the first mainstream media stories that accept there may be a link between colony collapse and GE crops.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/science/earth/soaring-bee-deaths-in-2012-sound-alarm-on-malady.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0&hp

Neonicotinoids are hardly the beekeepers’ only concern. Herbicide use has grown as farmers have adopted crop varieties, from corn to sunflowers, that are genetically modified to survive spraying with weedkillers.

 

New study says glysophate should be banned

A new study cites significant health and environmental risks with glysophate, the main ingredient used in Round Up, the most commonly used herbicide with genetically engineered crops. A summary of the study can be found at:

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Why_Glyphosate_Should_be_Banned.php

New study shows GE crops toxic to wildlife

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Bt_Toxicity_Confirmed_Flawed_Study_Exposed.php

A new study confirms that the Cry1Ab Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin present in genetically modified (GM) crops kills the larvae of the two-spotted ladybird (Adalia bipunctata L.), a species that GM supporters claim to be unaffected by the toxin.

The study raises questions regarding the integrity of previous work published by GM proponents, whose experimental protocols were re-tested and shown to lack the scientific rigour required to pick up signs of toxicity even in target insects that the pesticide is designed to kill.

Bt toxins are present in many GM crops including cotton and maize. Monsanto’s Mon 810 Bt maize is currently approved for cultivation in Europe, although it has been banned by individual nations including Hungary, France, Austria, Germany, Greece and Luxembourg due to health and environmental concerns. Many previous studies have found effects on health and the environment

It’s official – GE crops don’t work and are bad for us

http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_Truths_press-final_EU.pdf

This is a really important study so we are posting the summary in full. This is probably the most definitive report to date to show us we don’t need GE foods.

Why genetically engineered food is dangerous: New report by genetic engineers Earth Open Source 17 June 2012

The report called “GMO Myths and Truths, An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops”, by Michael Antoniou, PhD, Claire Robinson, and John Fagan, PhD is published by Earth Open Source. The report is 123 pages long and contains over 600 citations, many of them from the peer-reviewed scientific literature and the rest from reports by scientists, physicians, government bodies, industry, and the media. The report is available here:http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/58 A shorter summary version will be released in the coming weeks. Below are some key points from the report. Continue reading