Scientists Discover Bt Toxins Found In Monsanto Crops Damage Red Blood Cells


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Studies are showing that Bt toxins found in Monsanto crops are harmful to mammalian blood by damaging red blood cells and more. RBC’s are responsible for delivering oxygen to the body tissues through blood flow.

Bacillus thuringensis (Bt) is a bacterium commonly used as a biological pesticide. It is a microorganism that produces toxic chemicals. It occurs naturally in the environment, and is usually isolated from soil, insects and plant surfaces. Prior to this study, Bt was thought to be toxic only to insects,  but recent studies are proving otherwise.

Dr. Mezzomo and his team of Scientists from the Department of Genetics and Morphology and the Institute of Biological Sciences, at University of Brasilia recently published a study that involved Bacillus thuringensis (Bt toxin) and its effects on mammalian blood. According to the study, the “Cry” toxins that are found in Monsanto’s GMO crops like corn and soy, are much more toxic to mammals than previously thought. The study was published in the Journal of Hematology and Thromboembolic Diseases(1).

We do not support animal testing, and think it is unnecessary. It should really be a no brainer that GMO crops cause significant damage to human health. Studies that don’t require animal testing have already proven the dangers of GMO consumption. This study unfortunately required the use of Swiss Albino Mice if Bt was to be properly examined. At the same time, most of us know that the existence of GMOs is completely unnecessary.

Advances in genetic engineering promise the expression of multiple Cry toxins in Bt-plants, known as gene pyramidingTherefore, studies on non-target species are requirements of international protocols to verify the adverse effects of these toxins, ensuring human and environmental biosafety.

Due to its growing use in agricultural activities, Bt presence hasalready been detected in different environmental compartments such as soil and water. Consequently, the bioavailability of Cry proteins has increased, and for biosafety reasons their adverse effects might be studied, mainly for non-target organisms. Studies are therefore needed to evaluate Bt toxicity to non-target organisms;  the persistence of Bt toxin and its stability in aquatic environments; and the risks to humans and animals exposed to potentially toxic levels of Bt through their diet.(1)

Thus, we aimed to evaluate, in Swiss albino mice, the hematotoxicity and genotoxicity of four Bt spore-crystals…

Scientists tested levels ranging from 27 mg to 270 mg over a seven day period, it was remarkably evident that the Cry toxins were hemotoxic, even at the lowest doses administered. Hemotoxins destroy red blood cells, disrupt blood clotting and cause organ degeneration and tissue damage.

The number of RBC’s, (red blood cells) as well as their size, were significantly reduced, and so were the levels of hemoglobin for oxygen to attach to. Every factor regarding RBC’s indicated some level of damage for all levels of toxin administered and across all cry proteins. The tests clearly demonstrated that Cry proteins resulting from the Bt toxin were cytotoxic (quality of being toxic to cells) to bone marrow cells. Studies contiually show that these proteins kill blood cells bytargeting the cell membranes of RBC’s.

Cry1Ab (the protein produced in common Bt corn and soy) induced microcytic hypochromic anemia in mice, even at the lowest tested dose of 27 mg/Kg, and this toxin has been detected in blood of non-pregnant women, pregnant women and their fetuses in Canada, supposedly exposed through diet [34]. These data, as well as increased bioavailability of  these MCA in the environment, reinforce the need for more research, especially given that little is known about spore crystals’ adverse effects on non-target species (1)

Dr. Mezzomo and his team are not the only group of scientists to discover the harmful effects of Bt toxins. Professor Joe Cummins, Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Western Ontario has also studied it (2)(3)(4). He concluded that that there is sufficient evidence  that the Bt toxin will impact directly on human health through damaging the ileum, which is the final section of the small intestine that is responsible for the absorption of vitamin B12. He also points out that the Bt cry toxin gene has not been proven to be the same as the natural bacterial gene. As mentioned in the first paragraph, it occurs naturally in the environment, usually isolated from soil, insects and plant surfaces.

It seems that everyday brings forth new information regarding GMO’s. We have so much evidence that points to just how harmful these foods are, yet they continue to be mass produced and the corporations that develop them are constantly protected. The truth still remains, you still have a choice as to what you put into your body. I encourage everybody reading this to further their research, most ‘industries’ we have on the planet today really aren’t necessary, we are just made to believe that they are.

Sources:

http://gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JHTD-1-104.pdf (1)

http://www.gefree.org.nz/assets/pdf/joecummins.pdf(4)

http://www.biotech-info.net/bt_cummins.html(2)

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Bt-toxin.php(3)

http://occupymonsanto360.org/2013/05/06/new-study-proves-bt-toxins-in-gmos-toxic-to-mammalian-blood/

http://www.nationofchange.org/new-study-proves-bt-toxins-gmos-toxic-mammalian-blood-1367936953


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  1. This makes me want to throw up in my mouth!!

    I have been saying that for 3 years. And guess who just got a get out of jail free card during the Boston explosion. Yup Monsanto!! They knew this was coming out and covered their asses!!

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    • #1 they used Bt endotoxin from the Bt bacteria – Bt bacteria are well known to have many Bts and also exotoxins (different from those in plants are hemolytic They should have used pure Bts from cloned genes made in a bacterium that doesn’t produce toxins.
      #2 The damage doesn’t increase with dose in many cases -if its a true toxic effect it wouldn’t go up and then down as you increase dose this shows the study is useless

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      • ihaveaclue

        LOL – ya right, who are you and why are you defending GMOs? Are you out of your mind or bought/purchased to make these comments? I ask seriously because let’s face it, you haven’t a clue.

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    • sorry study is wrong badly done – impure proteins etc. waste of space. Quality of science is pathetic

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  2. GoneGreen

    AS an aside from the horrors wrought by genetic tinkering for to create a Monsanto based world. :-/ BT has long been regarded as a safe, natural pest control (might even be on the Organic Schedules — I’d have to look) when applied to surfaces. I’d be interested to hear how that form and use is impacted by this study.

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    • Cyndi Sullivan

      It may well be on the organic schedules … in its organic form. However, it’s the inorganic fly that has landed in the ointment. We are allowing untested science (GMOs) to be declared safe based only on presumptions. Yet GMOs, like synthetic chemical substances, are completely different “animals” than their natural counterparts. (Ex: Synthetic drugs may have comparatively tiny therapeutic windows … and horrifying side effects. Research the differences in naturally-occurring lithium and today’s “Almighty Pharma” lithium. You will be astonished, or your money back.)

      Tragically, GMOs do not merely poison us: they unleash entirely new forms of life, some of which alter / control our DNA/RNA, as well as that of our entire food chain. Their safety cannot possibly be determined in advance and, worse yet, and there is no known antidote or “detox.” There is also no reining it back in once the [genetically modified] cows have left the pasture.

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      • Jane Mayer

        In 2009 I had microcytic anemia because I could not digest enough of my food to get any B12 to help my body make red blood cells. I finally went to a hemetologist who treated me with two rounds of packed reds and B12 injections. I was down to home bound strategies for exercise due to my fear that I would collapse while walking outdoors away from my alarm systems. I could never get enough oxygen. While this is what will happen to people and animals that eat BT toxins, I am mostly a meat eater rather than a plant eater but what do THEY eat? However, I never bought any organically grown fruits and vegetables, so I could have been poisoned by Monsanto foods. Now I’m going to grow my own and go completely organic and AVOID MONSANTO PRODUCTS.

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      • Try this series of articles:
        http://grist.org/series/panic-free-gmos/

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        • jasen

          you are rely sick and blind – you are (monsanto) pouring pesticide over crop (plants) and you are want say that is perfectly ok, YOU ARE WASHED BRAIN. WAKE UP AND MONKEY IN JUNGLE IS WAKE UP, IT DOSE NOT WANT EAT YOUR GMO

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          • jasen wrote:

            YOU ARE WASHED BRAIN. WAKE UP AND MONKEY IN JUNGLE IS WAKE UP, IT DOSE NOT WANT EAT YOUR GMO

            Wow! This is even better than being called a shill! That’s so sweet of you! Thank you!

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    • Spraying something on the surface of a leaf on the outside of a plant which will degrade, blow off or wash off is entirely different than creating an organism in which every single cell within the plant is a manufacture of this toxin. The are no guidance genes which normal work with the BT Toxin gene to regulate it’s usage, dosage and control over it’s potency. This is what Geneticist David Suzuki warned about in that scientists don’t know enough about all the information, function and purpose or the regulatory genes, most often called JUNK DNA by those obsessed with some stupid worldview debate with Fundies. Clearly that Junk is more important than first realized which justification for pimping worldview was concerned. How many other important discoveries have been ignored and wasted because of this ideological sparing between the idiots of both sides of these useless going nowhere issues ?

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      • Cyndi Sullivan

        Of note: we are no longer simply spraying the outsides of leaves. Substances are now being sprayed on crops to make them “spongier,” and therefore better able to absorb subsequent spraying of both nutrients and pesticides. Are we absorbing these as well as the food and pesticides, influencing our own susceptibility?

        The issue will only go nowhere, as you claim, until enough people have the courage to put a stop to genocide by greed, arrogance, and shortsightedness. Remember, we once thought thalidomide was safe enough to administer to pregnant women. At least we were able to contain that disaster.

        http://scienceinsociety.northwestern.edu/sites/default/files/image-1_2.jpeg?1249317186

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      • Wash off……..and where does it go then?? These corporations are beyond criminal:

        “Also to note about Syngenta, this report continues, is that in 2012 it was criminally charged in Germany for concealing the fact that its genetically modified corn killed cattle, and settled a class-action lawsuit in the US for $105 million after it was discovered they had contaminated the drinking supply of some 52 million Americans in more than 2,000 water districts with its “gender-bending” herbicide Atrazine.”

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        • Interestingly, no one wants to talk about the debate of Industrial Plastics and other scientific innovations which are “gender bending” as you put it and causing the extinction of countless fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and animals. Why ? , Because it’s doing the same thing to humans, but as Theo Colborn of “Our Stolen future” said, it’s an ideologically driven hot potato subject no one wants to discuss. Given the recent gay movement [for which I have no opinion] , the subject will go nowhere fast.

          Just sayin

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      • alba292896

        Well said!!

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    • Judy

      The thing with the topical variety is you could wash it off, it was not systemic. Stayed on the surface. This is in every bite! yum, right? And I’ve read that this is a slightly different form, anyway, probably a unique and new form of Bt.

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    • Jessy

      Thanks GoneGreen, a voice of reason in this hysteria.

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      • Bt used on organic gardens is only allowed as a tool of last resort, AND (most importantly) it is sprayed on the surface of the veggie where it can be washed off, not engineered INTO the veggie itself. That being said, ALL forms of Bt need to be evaluated.

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        • «Bt used on organic gardens is only allowed as a tool of last resort, AND (most importantly) it is sprayed on the surface of the veggie where it can be washed off, not engineered INTO the veggie itself.»

          Sorry but ajkmsteph has it right. By testing whole spore preparations instead of the purified proteins what their testing is closer to what is used in organic farming (and, by the way, I don’t know who gets to decide if it is being used as a “tool of last resort” or not –I suspect there’s nothing in any organic certification rules about that). Of course, the dose used clearly is too high to even have relevance for that. All this study is telling us is that they mice might be reacting to high doses of this bacterium (something they could have ruled out, if they had wished to do so, by using a control not expressing a Cry toxin –or simply doing the test with purified proteins).

          Also, your assumption regarding the BT washing off is not necessarily correct. BT has been used in the control of squash vine borer by injecting directly into vines. I don’t see how you’d be able to wash that off.

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          • Even if this is washed off, wouldn’t it get into the soil? Thus into the plants via root system, therefore being introduced internally to the plant?

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        • Bt that is sprayed on the SURFACE of plants degrades rapidly from exposure to the elements. Apparently that spliced into the DNA structure CANNOT degrade in the same manner.

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  3. abinico warez

    Yet more evidence that GMO is really, really bad, but will Americans know if it is their food – NO! Monsanto owns the US govt – the corruption is deep and complete.

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    • Billy

      “Evidence” ? It’s an article put out by a biased website, in which the only references are to other biased websites. There is no peer review of these claims. Until then, please don’t propagate misinformation. You’ll only look silly once it turns out, as it usually does, that the author of this is a tin foil hat conspiracy theorist kook.

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      • Who in their right mind could defend GMO’s or the other death that these mega corporations peddle, are you insane?? How about the mass die offs of bee populations directly linked to these corporations neonicotinoids?? You do realise what happens if we lose the bees DONT YOU??

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      • Nik

        Looks like Billy is a sock puppet. Go earn a living in another way you disgraceful cancer selling twit.

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      • Groene Mama's

        http://repositorio.unb.br/bitstream/10482/8516/1/2010_BelinPolettoMezzomo.pdf
        This article is based on a genuine study report that unfortunately is kept out of mainstream media. You better brush up your Portuguese, have a good read and then make a comment worth mentioning…

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        • I am so very thankful that other countries are standing up to Monsanto. As a concerned American woman and mother, I feel helpless. I buy the vast majority of my food at a local food co-op where I am able to get a large percentage of our foods in organics. But, I’m like everyone else, I struggle with cooking daily. I suffer from chronic fatigue as well as chronic pain. So, even though we shouldn’t, we do eat out a day or 2 a week. Not “fast food” but still dining out. And, even though we go to good quality restaurants, unless they are using certified Organic there is no way to know if it’s GMO or not. I just try to make sure the majority of our foods are organic. For now, until we get mandatory labeling, that’s the best we can do.

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      • Peer review is only required for climate change, not for GMO testing. General hatred of Monsanto allows to bypass scientific rigor, you should be ashamed to ask for validation of studies

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      • Jeanne

        Billy, you must work for these wicked companies, you are only making a joke of these solid claims of these scientist vs a Monsanto Scientist that want to keep their Job…This is one of the most solid evidence to date that these Frankenfoods are a Nitemare for not only a hidden agenda to de-populate the world but, to destroy all life on the Planet eventually as well.

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        • The One

          Billy works for Monsanto… A”Paid Troll” and nothing more. You can always tell by how they just cry “conspiracy theorist” and never use facts or site peer reviewed papers to support their arguments.

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        • nin

          No Billy is not silly but he may be one of Mr Gates nice guys defending Monsanto lets remember this wonderful human being ?? actually has 500;000 shares in Monsanto and refuses to talk about it even on a so called open email debate has to make one think or not in Billys case..x

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        • Jessy

          Not everyone who supports GMO’s are ‘working for these wicked companies’. I support them, and have yet to find anyone who can intelligently defend against them without using buzz words to scare people like ‘Frankenfoods’.

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          • AdRock

            Fast forward 20 years when all of the various modified plant genetics have found their way into most of our food crops (flax / wheat / what’s next ?)…Since your a supporter of rolling out untested technology why don’t you go ahead and explain to all of us what the GMO ROLLBACK PLAN is if, hypothetically speaking, we find out that GMO is causing a major problem ? Be it ecological, health, trade etc…How exactly would you go about eradicating selected modified genetic traits from a globally cultivated food crop ? Let me help you get started. THERE IS NO WAY TO GO BACK. Put all of your eggs in your one little basket of blind faith in science and take a hike, maybe you’ll get a clue along the way.

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            • qb

              We are mostly preaching to the choir here – lets start something new, talking to our neighbors even if we don’t know them or like them. Not with hard sell politics unless you can declare both parties as being in cahoots and our common enemy. Most people will listen if you don’t take a side. Focus on the health care responsibilities from a prevention viewpoint and point to why this is not a priority to any of the political institution. Make this a dinner table subject and then watch the seeds grow. This is the best garden we can plant that’s not too late!

          • Heather

            You’re getting a whole lot of hate, but I’m with you man. I’m a biochemist and I’d just like to state the obvious: not all GMOs are modified to kill other species; the goats producing spider’s silk in their milk is one example, and the possibilities are endless. I’m pretty sure most people agree that Monsanto is evil and I definitely would not like to ingest their products because they are manufactured to kill other things without, apparently, knowing for sure what it will do to things higher up on the food chain; that being said, if my apples are genetically modified to have three times the sugar, I will be eating a whole lot more apples. GMOs don’t have to be bad, but companies like Monsanto come along and do all the wrong things, like making seeds infertile and making plants kill the insects that have fed on them for thousands of years. If only we could all work towards things like ending hunger, rather than making more and more money, GMOs may not have such a bad rep.

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          • jan

            Ohh, Jessy, please give me a break… how much they paid you to talk like this. I am a farm boy and can tell you that there is nothing better than a GMO-free food. GMOs were maybe ok a long time ago, but these corporations just like the one your work for have found a new purpose in their GMO’s – controlling people (via food supply) and of course greed for money… How the hell can you patent a seed… If I could I would take this planet back to the stone age – no GMOs.
            Wish you long lasting life, hope you enjoying nice food in your office, I am sure its GMO free, cos you only give this shit to poor people in Africa.
            God bless you.

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          • Jessy, you must be a horticulturalist living in Delaware!

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          • Seralynn

            So tell me, Jessy…why do the Europeans have a ban on GMO foods? Do they know something we don’t? Our media is biased, for one thing…so we may not be getting all of the information we need to make a good decision. I lived in Germany for a year and a half…and do you know what I saw? One or two wheelchairs…that’s right … very few wheelchairs. The elderly walk everywhere and they are not as sick as the U.S. population. Why is that, Jessy? You seem to be very knowledgeable on these topics…perhaps you could educate the rest of us. Sorry. I have to agree with the majority of people on this site. GMO is just plain bad for you. Between Monsanto and the Pharmaceutical companies…the American people do not have a chance, UNLESS everyone stands up and voices what they know is right. I’m older, Jessy…but when I was a kid, there wasn’t ADHD, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia or a host of other “diseases” we have today. You didn’t worry about too much sugar in the koolaid or soda (hi-fructose corn syrup…another government sponsored product) because you didn’t drink 65 oz of the stuff at one sitting. It’s disgusting what these companies and the government will do for the almighty “buck”. But then the public has to be held accountable as well…because they invest in the titans who provide these products and many, like you, back them.

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          • Judy

            So, Jessy, why do you support the insecticide Bt in every bite of our food? Just curious. It seems a very bad idea. Did you bother to read the original study? It is “intelligent.” I’m sure you’ll declare me an idiot, but I don’t like ingesting toxins. Call me tin-foil hat crazy, but I’d rather NOT eat things that kill other life forms. Recent studies from all around the world, by REAL scientists, are finding lots of red flags about these basically untested chemicals and unique genetics never seen before on the planet. The antibiotic bacteria, for instance, that is used to make the modifications work. How does THAT work in our bodies? Do YOU know? The Roundup that is required on all these crops (that “weeds” have now developed resistance to) is turning out to cause harm in humans, but not in ways that Monsanto could figure out. It harms the bacteria in our guts, the good bacteria that helps us digest! There are so many processes in our bodies, and genes are so complex, that I’ve read geneticists that say genetic modification is using 30 year old science. Genes are simply more complex and have more and changing functions, depending upon various chemical signals, and there was no way to predict exactly what these genes are really up to. If you looked into this more, you might find there are serious, scientifically verified, concerns about all of this. And on the corporate side, these things are engineered almost exclusively to sell a particular brand of chemical, surprise! also manufactured by the SAME company that makes the genetically modified seed! What a COINCIDENCE! That’ll save the world, for sure!

            Monsanto is now trying to get congress to make state’s rights ILLEGAL. Since states are passing laws to simply LABEL GMOs, Monsanto now wants to make it federally ILLEGAL for states to make that decision! What do you think of THAT? Should your state be allowed to make its own laws? It may not soon, as Monsanto has bought most of the government. Try reading this: “During the June 2012 Farm Bill debate, 73 U.S. Senators voted against the right of states to pass mandatory GE food labeling laws. Emboldened by these votes, and now the House Ag Committee’s vote on the King Amendment, Monsanto has every reason to believe Congress would support a potential nullification of states’ rights to label.” Should YOUR favorite corporation be allowed to basically rewrite the US Constitution? http://www.alternet.org/food/how-monsanto-using-cronies-congress-take-away-states-rights-label-genetically-modified-foods#.UZWIslnEEHc.facebook

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          • Groene Mama's

            I am very interested to hear how you promote the growth of GM foods and more so how you incorporate these wonderfoods into your daily diet…your kids must love GM Kellogs for breakfast…

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      • tlo9966

        http://www.esciencecentral.org/journals/haematology-thromboembolic-diseases.php Did you even look up from your video game to read the article?

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        • sCircle

          I checked out this link and the website briefly. Has the journal only been around for 4 months? This looks like a quickie Peer-review site, in my undergraduate opinion

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          • tlo9966

            At the EDITORS link here is an editorial board assembled of professors at reputable institutions including University of Texas and Stanford. Their phone numbers are provided if you want to discuss the journal with them.

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  4. Outsider

    GMO is but one aspect of the global policy of the New World Order (NWO). GMO is part of the depopulation agenda by the reptilian ruling elite and this is why they have stored massive amounts of supplies including food, water and also created the seed bank in Svalbard in Norway’s territory that only stores organic seeds. The links below give further detail into why the ruling elite need the population reduced and to remove those who are deemed to be non productive to society (their words).

    http://rense.com/general94/nwoplans.htm
    http://wemustknow.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/susan-reeds-the-body-snatchers/
    http://www.aliendigest.com/2012/08/05/denver-airport-and-the-rands-vhst-transit/
    http://intellihub.com/2013/05/06/deep-underground-military-base-intelligence-briefing/

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    • Dellaroccokc

      Remember this guy is on your side

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  5. Outsider

    I’m not sure how the pingback’s were automatically generated but I did NOT put them there and have no connection with them!

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  6. GMOs, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
    Impeach Obama.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:
    http://www.amazon.com/America-Deceived-II-Possession-interrogation/dp/1450257437

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  7. awareness2010
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    • there is also an amazing space saving way to do aero hydroponics….the TowerGarden! grows enough food for several people, quite quickly. Using heirloom seed, and an automatic irrigation system…go to mrhunt4juiceplus.com…click on Tower Garden! wholefood, wholesome food, quick and easy!!!

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    • tlo9966

      Awareness2010, yes that’s part of it, but I have to tell you that it isn’t enough. Everyone must educate themselves that Monsanto is going to own seeds and the right to grow seeds unless we stop them. Yes, grow your own food, but also save your seeds. Their seeds are contaminating soils worldwide and thriving preventing others to grow into plants that bear more seeds. Monsanto is worse than the Tobacco industry of 50 years ago – tobacco had control on governments, but not on scientists. Monsanto has a hold on government, science and investor’s (fund managers’). This is going to be a tough battle, but we have no choice but to stand up. Think about how you are implicated, and part of the monster that is Monsanto.

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  8. Jessy

    WHY is this article still up? This study was found to be inaccurate. You GMO haters gonna hate, but at least use information that’s TRUE, not this fear mongering crap.

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    • john

      Ok, Jessy you got my attention now….!!
      List here 10 (if you can get that many) reasons why GMOs are good and also please back it up with an argument. Then I might spend a minute or two even thinking about GMOs in a good way… so here we go…. list me 10 reasons please…

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      • Heather

        1. GMO does not imply toxic. We have genetically modified goats to produce spider’s silk in their milk. This harms neither the goats, nor humans, and since spider’s silk has a tensile strength that is greater than steel, gives us a very useful product that would otherwise be next to impossible to harvest in any great amount.
        2. GMOs can be used to greatly enhance the taste or yield of a product. The problem that most people have is with Monsanto: they modify their food so that it is a pesticide in itself, something which seems wrong just from common sense. I am not disagreeing that this is a bad thing – not only does it mess up the food cycle in those areas, it introduces a toxic substance into the environment which was previously only present in small amounts. As an aside, the Bt toxin was up until recently believed to be entirely innocuous to anything other than insects – I have a textbook printed 5 years ago describing Bt toxin, and what a breakthrough it was to find something so wonderful that destroyed pests and left humans untouched. We used to think DDT wasn’t harmful either, but look where we are now – science is constantly developing, and side effects may take years and years to make themselves known, which is why Monsanto should not be just throwing toxins into our food without first testing the long-term effects on mammals.
        3. If we use GMOs for good, we can end hunger. If we made seeds that are hardier than those found in nature, that return every year (as opposed to what Monsanto has done, which is to make their seeds infertile so that farmers must rebuy them every year – something which to me just seems anti-human), or that grow in harsh or dry climates that were previously impossible to cultivate, we will see not only a reduction in the millions of starving of the world, but also in the prices of some foods.
        4. We can genetically modify something so that it is immune to disease, without making it toxic to eat. If we know of a common disease affecting a certain crop for example, we might study the action of the virus on the plant’s cells, alter it so that the virus is consumed upon entry into the cell, remove its entry point into the cell, or even ‘infect’ the crop with a virus of our own that uses a similar point of entry, but has no adverse effects on the plant (once a cell is infected with a virus, it is immune to infection by viruses from the same class – this is how vaccination started, when people infected with cowpox, which is asymptomatic in humans, proved to also be immune to smallpox). It goes without saying that less disease in crops = greater yield.

        This isn’t 10 reasons, but I think they are pretty strong points. We can all agree that Monsanto is evil and that they are a greedy corporation that values their own net worth above human, not to mention plant and animal, life. GMOs are not inherently evil; there are so, so many good applications that have not even been thought of, and the problem there is that Monsanto has the money, so they’re the ones choosing to make GMOs that are harmful and to be ignorant of consequences, because that’s where the money is. Anything that we modify should be studied extensively, especially if it is set to be consumed by humans. Everyone should have the right to say no to genetically modified food, because to a lot of people, it just feels wrong. But that does not mean that GMOs are bad. Jewish people don’t eat pork, but does that make bacon evil? I sure hope not.
        I hope that you’ll read this with an open mind. GMOs do not have to be bad; we just have to take an ethical, humanist approach to their creation, which is hard to do when the research money is coming from organizations like Monsanto, whose only purpose is to turn a profit. I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this.

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        • Wabash

          Heather, just a point by point reply to your points…

          1. “GMO does not imply toxic.” We can likely agree that the vast majority of GMOs on the market today are in fact toxic. If not, you’ll agree that a good many are toxic. In any case, the goats and spider silk concept…I propose that we do not know whether the goats are harmed and that those using this technology have no interest in the health and well-being of the goats. In other words, you’re making an assumption. I suggest we also do not know whether the silk is of the same quality as naturally harvested silk. As well, there are other options than GM in this case.

          2. “GMOs can be used to greatly enhance the taste or yield of a product.” I have not seen this taste improvement. Have you? Is it possible that any taste improvement could be accomplished in other ways without introducing risks? I had biodynamic parsley once and have never tasted its like. It was vibrant green even after dried and so full of flavor. No energy-intensive, risky technology required.

          3. If we use GMOs for good, we can end hunger. Humans have for tens of thousands of years used plant breeding to make hardier plants that grow in a wider variety of climates. This is not disputed except by the ignorant. There has been NO example of GM technology producing comparable results. Even if it did, GM introduces unknown risks that have not and will not be seen in traditional breeding methods. And on the contrary, GM crops supposedly made drought resistant have failed to live up to marketing claims, which has both stymied natural breeding methods and bankrupted farmers duped by marketers. Those farmers would have gotten some yield off their old varieties actually bred to resist drought, but they believed GM could do it better.

          4. “We can genetically modify something so that it is immune to disease, without making it toxic to eat.” Again, there is no evidence this can be done without incurring unknown risks. We’re talking about messing with genetic code. Tinkering, basically. On the other hand, breeding for disease resistance is a tried and true method stretching back tens of thousands of years in human hands. Nature essentially does the same thing, breeds for disease resistance, by a little mechanism called natural selection.

          As for the cowpox/smallpox vaccination, that is bogus. These are entirely different viruses, one infectious and the other not, with entirely different symptoms and vectors. Edward Jenner was a quack, and the British Parliament looked at his idea as a way to make money. Jenner did not use the scientific method, and he was not a physician or scientist, having purchased his “degree” for 15 pounds without taking a single course. Instead, he injected cowpox into a boy (read experiment victim) and immediately declared him immunized for life. His smallpox con went on to maim and kill millions of people the world over.

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    • If Mother Nature didn’t create it… then it is not what humans should consume…We lived for thousands of years on Natural food source and now Monsanto wants us to eat their Toxic Frankenfood and thinks it will save the world, what a joke… Jessy Quit defending that Evil Company Monsanto.

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    • Groene Mama's

      Can you please post the article where this study was deemed inaccurate and state the reasons why?

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    • Nicole

      Use your brain….we are changing the DNA of plants that are compatible with our body, BUT that my friend, does not mean that GMOed crops are! We have no idea the complications that we will see over time.

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  9. Poe

    So everyone’s going to wait for peer review’s and carry on eating GMOs in the meantime? Ask yourself who funds these studies and what the likelihood of the “file drawer effect” is on such studies too. The reasoning to avoid GMOs is simple: We’re bound to natural food sources through evolution. If it existed prior to the industrial revolution then we’ve probably evolved to cope with it. If you want to eat heavily processed or GMO food well then good luck with that, but no-one has the right to make that choice for me.

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