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Goodbye to Golden Rice? GM Trait Leads to Drastic Yield Loss and “Metabolic Meltdown”

GMO Golden Rice is promoted as a potent tool to alleviate vitamin A deficiency. However, Indian researchers now report that the genes needed to produce it have unintended effects. When they introduced the engineered DNA, their high-yielding and agronomically superior Indian rice variety became pale and stunted, flowering was delayed and the roots grew abnormally. Yields were so reduced that it was unsuitable for cultivation (Bollinedi et al. 2017).

Source: Goodbye to Golden Rice? GM Trait Leads to Drastic Yield Loss and “Metabolic Meltdown”

GMOs &Roundup linked to Cancer by Jeffrey Smith


How are GMOs and Roundup linked to cancer?

That was the subject of my talk this past weekend in Orlando at the exciting The Truth About Cancer conference.  Below are the 10 main points from my presentation. Oct 12,17.

GMOs and Cancer

1.      The very process of creating a GMO creates side effects that can promote cancer. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn, for example, has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine. These are not only linked to cancer and allergies, they produce the foul smell of rotting dead bodies.

2.      Bt-toxin, which is manufactured by the altered DNA in every cell of genetically modified varieties of corn, cotton, and South American soy, pokes holes in cell walls. It may create “leaky gut,” which is linked to cancer and numerous other diseases.

3.      Most GMOs are “Roundup Ready”—designed to be sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. These include Soy, Corn, Cotton, Canola, Sugar Beets (for sugar), and Alfalfa. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is classified as a class 2A carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization). They said it probably causes cancer in humans, does cause cancer in animals, does cause mutations in DNA that can lead to cancer, and where it is heavily sprayed, cancer rates are higher.

4.      Roundup is also sprayed on numerous non-GMO crops just before harvest as a desiccant, to dry down the crop as it is killed by the herbicide. Some of these other crops include: Wheat, Oats, Flax, Peas, Lentils, Dry Beans, Sugar Cane, Rye, Triticale, Buckwheat, Millet, Potatoes and Sunflowers. Canola, Corn and Soybeans labeled non-GMO may also be sprayed with Roundup.

5.      To avoid Roundup, eating non-GMO is not sufficient. It is better to choose organic, which does not allow the use of GMOs, Roundup, or other synthetic poisons. (Products labeled both Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified are even better, because the latter requires tests for possible inadvertent GMO contamination.) Since Roundup is sprayed on most US cotton, residues are found in cotton products including tampons. 


6.      Several cancer rates in the US are rising in parallel with increased use of glyphosate on GMO soy and corn fields. These include leukemia and cancers of the liver, kidney, bladder, thyroid, and breast.

7.      In Argentina, the rate of cancer in communities living near Roundup Ready soybean fields has also skyrocketed, as have birth defects, thyroid conditions, lupus, and respiratory problems.

8.      The following are just some of the health effects of glyphosate, all of which are known to increase cancer risk. Glyphosate:

a.      Damages the DNA

b.      Is an antibiotic

c.       Promotes leaky gut

d.      Chelates minerals, making them unavailable

e.      Is toxic to the mitochondria

f.        Interferes with key metabolic pathways

g.      Causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

h.      Degrades into Sarcosine and formaldehyde

9.      The full Roundup formulation is up to 125 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. It also has a greater endocrine disruptive effect.

10.    Thousands of people how were exposed to Roundup and are now suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are suing Monsanto. The lawsuit forced Monsanto to make public secret documents, emails, and texts. These are smoking guns, providing clear evidence that Monsanto colludes with government regulators, bullies scientists, ghostwrites articles, pays off journal editors and scientists, and publicly denies evidence of harm that it privately admits to.

(Watch the speech for some pretty shocking revelations.)

Jeffrey Smith is the founder and CEO of Institute for Responsible Technology.

GM Salmon imported from Panama, sold in Quebec

La Presse broke the story today (in French) that the first GM salmon sale was imported to Quebec

Unlabelled genetically modified salmon discovered sold into Quebec, Canada

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Montreal: Investigations by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ecology Action Centre and the Quebec network Vigilance OGM reveal that the world’s first sale of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) salmon could have gone exclusively into the Quebec market.

“Quebeckers could have unknowingly eaten the GM salmon anywhere in restaurants, or through food service at hospitals or universities, or in processed food products sold in stores,” said Thibault Rehn of Vigilance OGM. 

Government statistics on Canadian imports show a shipment of salmon from Panama to Quebec that closely matches the amount of GM Atlantic salmon that the company AquaBounty says it sold in Canada, in the timeframe the company says it made the sale.(1) The company is currently only producing GM salmon in Panama. Canada imported more salmon from Panama this year than in previous years. 

In the company’s August 4th financial report, GM fish company AquaBounty revealed it had sold approximately 4.5 metric tonnes of GM salmon into Canada sometime between April and June 30 2017. This was the world’s first sale of a genetically modified food animal and Canada is currently the only market where this GM product can be sold. 

AquaBounty did not disclose where it sold the GM salmon or into what type of food market. However, most major retailers say that they are not selling the GM fish as fresh fillets at their seafood counters: Quebec stores Metro, IGA (owned by Sobeys) and Provigo (owned by Loblaw) say they do not sell GM salmon, and major retail chains across Canada – Costco, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Loblaw, Longo’s, Overwaitea Food Groups, and Walmart – say they are not selling it and have no plans to sell it.(2) 

“We need transparency and clear GM food labelling so Canadians can make an informed choice,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. There is no mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods in Canada. 

Environmental groups are concerned that GM Atlantic salmon production could result in escapes that would threaten wild Atlantic salmon.



Status of GM Salmon on PEI

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and groups in Prince Edward
Island (PEI) Canada are monitoring AquaBounty’s plans to produce 
genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmoncpt122340691_high3 The company is constructing a
GM fish factory in PEI and, in August, we found out that the company had
already sold the first-ever GM salmon into the Canadian consumer market
(produced in Panama). Please read and share our International Bulletin –
GM Salmon: Update on the status of GM salmon production in Prince Edward
Island, Canada. Please find the bulletin attached and at
Oct 2, 2017.