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GMO Myths and Truths An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops by Michael Antoniou Claire Robinson

by John Fagan © Earth Open Source www.earthopensource.org

Genetically modified (GM) crops are promoted on the basis of a range of far-reaching claims from the GM crop industry and its supporters.However, a large and growing body of scientific and other authoritative evidence shows that these claims are not true. On the contrary, evidence presented in this report indicates that GM crops: Are laboratory-made, using technology that is totally different from natural breeding methods, and pose different risks from non-GM crops Can be toxic, allergenic or less nutritious than their natural counterparts

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Source : Earth Open Source and Séralini, G. E., E. Clair, et al. (2012). Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize. Food and Chemical Toxicology.
2 Monsanto comments: Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize. September. http://www.monsanto.com/products/Documents/ProductSafety/seralini-sept- 2012-monsanto-comments.pdf 3 Antoniou, M., M. Habib, et al. (2011). Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?, Earth Open Source. http://bit.ly/IP2FWH

“Monsanto could care less that their GMO products cause cancer in rats after 18 month feeding study. The fact is rather than provide real safety data testing based on these results Monsanto’s is attempting to “disappear” tumours by using historical control data is invalid

From the point of view of rigorous scientific principles, however, the only valid controls that must be used to assess Seralini’s results are the concurrent controls. These clearly show statistically significant increased tumour rates in treated animals. The responsibility now lies with Monsanto to pay for a full 2-year carcinogenicity study on its NK603 maize and the associated pesticide, Roundup. Such a study would, however, have to be carried out not by industry or its contracted labs but by independent scientists commissioned by a publicly funded body consisting of a wide range of stakeholders representing the public interest. In the meantime, NK603 must be immediately withdrawn from the market and all GMOs must be subjected to long-term testing(more…)

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In a study published in “Food and Chemical Toxicology”, researchers led by Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini from CRIIGEN have found that rats fed on a diet containing NK603Roundup tolerant GM maize or given water containing Roundup, at levels permitted in drinking water and GM crops in the US, developed cancers faster and died earlier than rats fed on a standard diet. They suffered breast cancer and severe liver and kidney damage.

CRIIGEN  is the Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering. CRIIGEN is an independent non-profit organization of scientific counter-expertise to study GMOs, pesticides and impacts of pollutants on health and environment, and to develop non polluting alternatives offering expertise and advice at different levels) (more…)

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At home read the MSDS Sheets before any chemical is permitted to be sprayed inside or outside your home. Practice the Precautionary Principle and protect all our children and grandchildren (more…)

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Stop pesticide exposure in urban situations to children

This is crucially important with the publication of this peer reviewed 2012 research entitled Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products we need the Precautionary approach characterized by minimizing or eliminating potential hazards at the onset of an activity rather than accepting a level of harm.

Source : http://healthreport.saferchemicals.org (more…)

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Leading physicians today said the scientific evidence that unregulated chemicals contribute to chronic diseases in America has grown substantially in recent years.  The evidence is summarized in a new report called Chemicals and Our Health from where this article is published http://healthreport.saferchemicals.org

This report is the result of a col- laborative effort of the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, a campaign dedicated to protecting American families from toxic chemicals. The report incorporates a significant body of peer-reviewed science on chemicals and health. In addition, this report builds upon a previous report titled The Health Case for Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act published in 2009. For more information on the campaign, please visit the website at http://www.saferchemicals.org.

The report highlights significant peer-reviewed research on the role chemicals play in the rising incidence of certain types of cancer, reproductive harm, infertility, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, learning disabilities, and asthma.It is crucially important with the publication of this peer reviewed 2012 research entitled Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products we need the Precautionary approach characterized by minimizing or eliminating potential hazards at the onset of an activity rather than accepting a level of harm.

Stop urban situations pesticide exposure to children and reduce disease. Studies of pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in homes provide some information about sources, exposure pathways, and exposure reduction options However, for many common commercial chemicals, limited information is available about how specific consumer products contribute to exposure. In particular, little information is available about exposures from personal care and cleaning products.

Many of these products may be sources of chemicals that have a diverse spectrum of health effects, including endocrine disruption and associations with asthma. Endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) are chemicals that can alter hormonal signaling and have potential effects on developing reproductive and nervous systems, metabolism, and cancer (more…)

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Fifty years ago today, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring about the deleterious impacts that widespread and uncontrolled pesticide use in the U.S. was having on the environment. The publishing of the book was one of the pivotal moments in the development  of the U.S. environmental movement and facilitated the U.S. ban of the pesticide DDT and further research into the disruptive effects of pesticides in the human body. Here is a children’s book about Carson’s work: http://bit.ly/OWSp2E

Fifty years later, the need to teach about threats to the environment is even greater. Here are lessons and other classroom resources:http://bit.ly/PHQXOM

Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder zinnedproject.org

Book By Thomas Locker and Joseph Bruchac. 2004. The life of environmental activist Rachel Carson for upper elementary.

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