Archive for February, 2014

Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans 
Food and food quality is crucial. Given its significance for human and animal health, we investigate whether plant products from a defined geographical region, produced under different agricultural practices are substantially equivalent or not, in terms of quality indicators like nutritional content, elemental characteristics and herbicide/pesticide residues.

By comparing herbicide tolerant (“Roundup Ready”) GM soybeans directly from farmers’ fields, with extended references to both conventional, i.e., non-GM soybeans cultivated under a conventional “chemical” cultivation regime (pre-plant herbicides and pesticides used), and organic, i.e., non-GM soybeans cultivated under a “no chemical” cultivation regime (no herbicides or pesticides used), a test of real-life samples ‘ready-to-market’ can be performed. 

Our data demonstrate that different agricultural practices lead to markedly different end products, i.e., rejecting the null hypothesis (H0) of substantial equivalence between the three management systems of herbicide tolerant GM, conventional and organic agriculture.

T. Bøhn M. Cuhra T. Traavik M. Sanden J. Fagand R. Primiceriob


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The Case for A GM-Free Sustainable World

Sustainable agricultural practices have proven beneficial in all aspects relevant to health and the environment. In addition, they bring food security and social and cultural well-being to local communities everywhere. There is an urgent need for a comprehensive global shift to all forms of sustainable agriculture.

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/TheCaseforAGM-FreeSustainableWorld.php (more…)

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Please check out our most comprehensive report on the science behind ‪#‎GMOs‬ – Ban GMOs Now!
We summarise the accumulating scientific research, farmer reports and witness accounts on detrimental health and environmental impacts of GM crops.

GM agriculture is failing on all counts while hazards to health and the environment are coming to light. Opposition to GMOs is gaining momentum worldwide but the expansionist GM corporate agenda continues undiminished. GM agriculture is a recipe for disaster as this report will make clear. It is also standing in the way of the shift to sustainable agriculture already taking place in local communities all over the world that can truly enable people to feed themselves in times of climate change. Take action now to ban environmental releases of GMOs, locally in communities, villages, towns, municipalities, regions, as well as nationally and globally. We the people need to reclaim our food and seed sovereignty from the corporate empire before they destroy our food and farming irreversibly.



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Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency.
Industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for this rise in prevalence.
To control the pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity, we propose a global prevention strategy. Untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity.
The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, Pages 330 – 338, March 2014
Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

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Claims that there is a consensus among scientific and governmental bodies that GM foods are safe, or that they are no more risky than non-GM foods are false. There is No scientific consensus on GMO safety.  As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a “scientific consensus” on GMO safety and that the debate on this topic is “over”.

European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility released on October 2013. Since then, 297 scientists and experts have signed it.

We feel compelled to issue this statement because the claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist. The claim that it does exist is misleading and misrepresents the currently available scientific evidence and the broad diversity of opinion among scientists on this issue. Moreover, the claim encourages a climate of complacency that could lead to a lack of regulatory and scientific rigour and appropriate caution, potentially endangering the health of humans, animals, and the environment. (more…)

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Clinical and laboratory investigation of allergy to genetically modified foods.

 Abstract –  Technology has improved the food supply since the first cultivation of crops.
Genetic engineering facilitates the transfer of genes among organisms.
Generally, only minute amounts of a specific protein need to be expressed to obtain the desired trait.
Food allergy affects only individuals with an abnormal immunologic response to food–6% of children and 1.5-2% of adults in the United States.
Not all diseases caused by food allergy are mediated by IgE. A number of expert committees have advised the U.S. government and international organizations on risk assessment for allergenicity of food proteins. These committees have created decision trees largely based on assessment of IgE-mediated food allergenicity. Difficulties include the limited availability of allergen-specific IgE antisera from allergic persons as validated source material, the utility of specific IgE assays, limited characterization of food proteins, cross-reactivity between food and other allergens, and modifications of food proteins by processing. StarLink was a corn variety modified to produce a (Italic)Bacillus thuringiensis(/Italic) (Bt) endotoxin, Cry9C. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated 51 reports of possible adverse reactions to corn that occurred after the announcement that StarLink, allowed for animal feed, was found in the human food supply. Allergic reactions were not confirmed, but tools for postmarket assessment were limited. Workers in agricultural and food preparation facilities have potential inhalation exposure to plant dusts and flours. In 1999, researchers found that migrant health workers can become sensitized to certain Bt spore extracts after exposure to Bt spraying.
This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.

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