Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:10 AM
wilsonbooks (328 posts)
Cancer of Corruption, Seeds of Destruction: The Monsanto GMO Whitewash By F. William Engdahl
Because of the power vested in the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, with command over a space encompassing 27 nations with more than 500 million citizens and the largest nominal world gross domestic product (GDP) of 18 trillion US dollars, it’s perhaps no surprise in this era of moral promiscuity that powerful private lobby groups such as the tobacco industry, the drug lobby, the agribusiness lobby and countless others spend enormous sums of money and other favors—legal and sometimes illegal—to influence policy decisions of the EU Commission.This revolving door of corrupt ties between powerful private industry lobby groups and the EU Commission was in full view recently with the ruling of the European Food Safety Administration (EFSA) trying to discredit serious scientific tests about the deadly effects of a variety of Monsanto GMO corn.
Seralini’s group based their experiment on the same protocol as the Monsanto study but, critically, were testing more parameters more frequently. And the rats were studied for much longer—their full two year average life-time instead of just 90 days in the Monsanto study. The long time span proved critical. The first tumors only appeared 4 to7 months into the study. In industry’s earlier 90-day study on the same GMO maize Monsanto NK603, signs of toxicity were seen but were dismissed as “not biologically meaningful” by industry and EFSA alike. It seems they were indeed very biologically meaningful.
What was more than alarming in the context of Seralini’s first long-term independent study of the effects of a GMO diet on rats was that it took place some twenty years after US President George H.W. Bush gave the commercial release of GMO seeds the green light and mandated no government safety tests before release. Bush did so following a closed-door meeting with top officials of Monsanto Corporation, the world’s largest GMO concern.
Were there any pretense of scientific responsibility in the clearly corrupt EFSA panel, or Professor Glover’s office, they would have immediately called for multiple, independent similar long-term rat studies to confirm or disprove the Seralini results. They and the Monsanto GMO lobby influencing them clearly had no desire to do anything but try to slander the Seralini group with vague accusations and hope the obedient international media would take the headline and close the embarrassing story. It was typical of the entire history of the spread of patented GMO seeds and paired toxic herbicides like Roundup.
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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:40 AM
djean111 (2,071 posts)
1. Yes, excellent point! I didn't hear of any call to duplicate the testing.
Only slurs and smears on the testers.
Personally, I am almost all on board with thinking today's wheat, corn, soy, and sugar (plus artificial chemical sweeteners) should be avoided as poison.
And should be avoided. No great sacrifice, really!
Austerity will be inflicted on the 99% by the 1% until it has sufficiently trickled UPWARDS......
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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:04 AM
wilsonbooks (328 posts)
2. The article is not clear about which varieties of
Monsanto corn is involved. Is it corn for human consumption or corn for cattle and hog feed? What percentage of the corn produced from Monsanto seeds is used for cattle feed? In either case the food supply is being poisoned either directly or indirectly (residue in the meat we consume) In our modern society it is very difficult to eat a diet that is free from the dangers of food additives and poisons.