October 25, 2016

GMOs and human guinea pigs

Árpád Pusztai is the pioneering biochemist who first alerted the public to the health risks of consuming genetically modified food. After immediate and widespread praise for his findings, he was summarily dismissed from his post at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health—his career in tatters. Who was behind this silencing of public-interest science?

With most research into biochemistry today being financed by the private multinational biotech industry, how independent is the science, and whose interests does it really serve?

Bertram Verhaag’s documentary “Scientist’s Under Attack” (2011) hears from those directly involved in the search for the truth behind the continued push for GM foods (trailer below).

Edward Goldsmith’s interview with Percy Schmeiser, the Canadian farmer who stood up to the corporate might of Monsanto Inc—owners of GM oilseed rape—further reveals the depths to which these corporations will stoop to ensure their imperial expansion into the farming sector. Find out, also, how Monsanto attempted to quash an entire issue of The Ecologist that was critical of the firm, and how they failed.

On the march

Meanwhile, battles are being won against the invasion of the GM giant Monsanto into India, where Rajastani universities have thrown out the so-called Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Monsanto, imposed on them by the Indian state under pressure from Washington. These MoUs represent a first line of attack made by the GM giants in their attempt to takeover a nation’s crops.

This is following on from a Global Citizens Report on the state of GMOs, “The GMO Emperor has no Clothes”, which has amassed together much of the increasing evidence demonstrating GM crops to be a failure in all respects – all respects besides the monopolising of food supplies and the maximising of corporate profits.

Despite the intense propaganda from the GM giants and their highly paid activists, the costs to everyone else so far include:

  • loss of food security
  • loss of biodiversity
  • lower crop yields and crop-failures
  • loss of land fertility resulting from destruction of soils
  • increased risks of drought and flood
  • increasing dependence on expensive off-farm inputs, fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides
  • cross-contamination with non-GM crops via inter-pollination
  • direct GM-gene transfer to other species via viral infection
  • superweeds & superpests
  • small (and larger) farmers pushed out of business, and not least,
  • accumulating evidence of direct impacts on human and animal health

The full report can be downloaded directly here (pdf) and the summary report here (pdf).

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