How Are We Like the Bugs Around Us? Lets Impose the Precautionary Principle

By on April 23, 2012
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How Are We Like the Bugs Around Us?

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While the battle rages about the dangers of gmo crops,  it’s important to understand the means that the crops are “protected” by spraying the ground with Roundup, or soon – Agent Orange –  before even planting.  The theory is that the insects won’t have a chance and that the crops can grow up healthy.  But read what one scientist in a discussion on  Grist, who uses the nom de plume, “Warrior Woman” reports.  Thanks Warrior Woman.  We all need to get this.

“These crops are dangerous when we’re told that they are “good” for us and are “food” crops. That’s so far from the truth.  What happens is that a pesticide is inserted into the DNA of the gmo seed, it is marked with an anti-biotic resistant marker (a whole nother topic). It can then be sprayed by the given pesticide, which is a glyphosate today, a dioxin in the near future if approved by the FDA, and not die from the application. Glyphosate is meant to be eaten by the insect which then has its digestive tract essentially immobilized. By not being able to absorb nutrients, it then dies. Interestingly, this study points to lack of absorption of nutrients as a possible link.  More than a few scientists have gone on record to state that human digestive systems have commonalities with the insect world. They are not of course, the same. But, the purpose of the pesticide may have a similar threat to humans, harm.

This is just one study with a link of damage caused by corn. What is distressing to many of these studies is that they dance around the fact that the subject is genetically modified but point to real damage caused by the crop. The reason this is not pointed out is that they will be sued. Many scientists have gone on record to say that they are being prevented from studying the crops. It’s not much different than histories of tobacco, asbestos or many other harmful chemicals. In fact, when purchasers buy the GMO seed, there is an agreement that they won’t be used in studies.

But, to comment on peer review, we need more studies to do exactly what is needed, support evidence of harm from the chemical or technological alterations of these genes from these companies. I go on record to make the jump to GMO crops simply from a mathematical perspective, if over 90% of the crop is GMO, it goes to say that the vast majority of subjects in these studies have been fed GMO.

Princeton proved a link from corn to obesity in lab animals. They did not go on record to say, however, that they were GMO. I corresponded with the doctor of the study asking him to add a cohort of organic high fructose corn syrup to determine if there was a difference between the GMO and the organic. The study, however, was already complete. This is the link:http://www.princeton.edu/main/…   If there is a proposed link or causation, whatever the semantics may be, in any physical regard, then, there is a need for the Precautionary Principle to be applied and I say this in a general sense applied to these crops because of so many different citations of damage from various studies, not simply autism. This article cites some of the issues for peer review: Christian Krupke and other Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research http://www.ag.purdue.edu/entm/…  “Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the industry’s genetically modified crops, according to an unusual complaint issued by a group of those scientists.”This is a list from the scientific community demonstrating why we need apply the “Precautionary Principle” and study them additionally: Historical Perspective- Biotechnology Food: From the Lab to a Debaclehttp://www.nytimes.com/… January 25, 2001 By KURT EICHENWALD, GINA KOLATA and MELODY PETERSEN Genetically Modified Foods position paper by the Am Academy of Environmental Medicine http://www.aaemonline.org/gmop…  Union of Concerned Scientists: Impacts of Genetic Engineeringhttp://www.ucsusa.org/food_and…  GM CROPS – JUST THE SCIENCE, research documenting the limitations, risks, and alternatives http://www.nongmoproject.org/w…    The Future of Food free documentary http://www.thefutureoffood.com… Healthcare without Harm position statement on Genetically Engineered Foodhttp://www.noharm.org/lib/down… National Academies of Science: Regulation of Transgenic Plants Should Be Reinforced;Field Monitoring for Environmental Effects Is Needed  Date: Feb. 21, 2002http://www8.nationalacademies….  European Food Safety Authority: Position of EFSA on Antibiotic Resistance Markershttp://www.gmo-compass…. In the EU, GM plants with certain antibiotic resistance markers have been given only limited authorisation for release into the environment.  Researcher: Roundup or Roundup-Ready Crops May Be Causing Animal Miscarriages and Infertility 1-16-11http://farmandranchfreedom.org…  National Academy of Science: Regulation of Transgenic Plants Should Be Reinforced;Field Monitoring for Environmental Effects Is Needed  Date: Feb. 21, 2002http://www8.nationalacademies…. The Lancet: Antibiotic resistance markers in genetically modified plants: a risk to human health?Original TextPhilippe B Gay a, Professor Stephen HGillespiehttp://www.thelancet…. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 5, Issue 10, Pages 637 – 646, October 2005The report Environmental Effects of Transgenic Plants: The Scope and Adequacy of Regulation is available on the Internet at http://www.nap.edu.  http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php…  Executive Summary athttp://books.nap.edu/openbook….  Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada,  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu…   GMO Development in Europe Takes a Hit, Focus on U.S. Markets To Intensify http://www.beyondpesticides.or…  Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Findshttp://www.huffingtonpost…  Horizontal Gene Transfer from GMOs Does Happen http://www.i-sis.org.uk/horizo… Recent evidence confirms that transgenic DNA does jump species to bacteria and even plant and animals, as some of us had predicted Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health Joël Spiroux de Vendômois1, François Roullier1, Dominique Cellier1,2, Gilles-Eric Séralini1,3http://www.biolsci.org/v05p070…    Rats on junk food pass cancer down the generationshttp://www.newscience.com..

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Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”

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