France has imposed a temporary moratorium on the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified MON810 corn. All prior plantings of MON810, trade name YieldGard, become illegal on March 20. The French government says MON810 corn is an environmental hazard.
France’s Agriculture Minister Bruno Le Maire said their request is based on the latest scientific studies which show that the use of GMO crops poses a significant risk to the environment.
In a press release last Friday, Minister Le Maire, along with Francois Fillon, Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Development said, “Due to the proximity of the planting season, they have decided to take a precautionary measure to temporarily prohibit the cultivation of maize MON810 on the national territory to protect the environment.”
Additionally, scientists speculate that a new type of bacteria may be linked to a mysterious methane-packed foam that is growing on manure pits, and spreading across the Midwest causing entire hog farms to explode. Even when the foam is cleared away it reappears.
Last year, plant pathologist Don Huber claims he and his research associates found a link between genetically modified crops (the use of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) and crop diseases and infertility in livestock.
Huber says the link is associated with an “unknown organism” in Midwestern fields suffering from a plant disease known as “sudden death syndrome” — an event characterized by the death of healthy fields suddenly littered with yellowed leaves and dying plants. “This organism appears NEW to science!” Huber wrote.
Writing for Food Freedom, Rady Ananda notes MON810, modified with a Bt protein to kill insects, is losing its efficacy in the US. The Western rootworm beetle — one of the most serious threats to corn — has developed resistance to the bacterial toxin in eleven states.
Ananda adds that in early March, a group of pro-biotech corn entomologists sent a letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency warning that insect resistance to genetically modified corn can be halted by planting non-GMO seed.
The warning was ignored as the USDA announced plans to speed up the process of GMO approval by 18 months.
55 Members of Congress Demand GMO Labeling
A letter signed by 55 Members of Congress was sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesitng the agency to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.
“The bipartisan letter led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) was written in support of a legal petition filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) on behalf of the Just Label It campaign and its nearly 400 partner organizations and businesses; many health, consumer, environmental, and farming organizations, as well as food companies, are also signatories.”
Since CFS filed the labeling petition in October 2011, the public has submitted over 850,000 comments in support of labeling.
Ananda notes that in California, a statewide petition drive is underway to put the labeling initiative on the ballot this November.
“With six weeks remaining to collect one million registered voter signatures, the Label GMOs group got a welcome boost when Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds designed a special seed packet to be used for the campaign.”
Food Freedom’s Rady Ananda asks readers to consider just some of the evidence against GMO’s:
Bt Toxin Kills Human Kidney Cells
March 2012 The Bt protein, Cry1Ab, used to genetically modify corn, kills human kidney cells at low doses as does Roundup herbicide.
Pro-biotech bug docs tell EPA US should not plant GM crops
March 2012 Because the rootworm has developed resistance to genetically modified corn, the best way to stop or slow increasing numbers of resistant insects is to stop planting GM crops, say 22 entomologists.
Glyphosate Kills Rat Testicular Cells
Dec. 2011 At low doses, glyphosate-based herbicides, used on genetically modified crops, reduces testosterone by 35% in mature rats; at high doses, it destroys testicles. A glyphosate-based herbicide induces necrosis and apoptosis in mature rat testicular cells in vitro, and testosterone decrease at lower levels.
GM Feed Toxic, New Meta-Analysis Confirms
Sept. 2011: A meta-analysis on 19 studies confirms kidney and liver toxicity in rats and mice fed on GM soybean and maize, representing more than 80 percent of all commercially available GM food; it also exposes gross inadequacies of current risk assessment.
Transgenic Genes From GM Corn Found in Pregnant Women
May 2011 The Bt protein, CryAb1, used to genetically modify corn to kill pests who eat the plant, was found in the blood of pregnant women, their fetuses and in non-pregnant women in Canada. The pesticides glyphosate and gluphosinate were also found in the women’s blood. See Aris A, Leblanc S. Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.
Scientists Link Dangerous New Pathogen with Monsanto’s Roundup
Feb. 2011 A new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn has been linked to the use of Roundup.
Monsanto’s Roundup Linked to Human Birth Defects
Now a new international scientific team headed by Prof. Andres Carrasco and including researchers from the UK, Brazil, USA, and Argentina have demonstrated that Glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying and well below maximum residue levels in products presently approved in the European Union.
The Carrasco group was led to research the embryonic effects of glyphosate by reports of high rates of birth defects in rural areas of Argentina where Monsanto’s genetically modified “Roundup Ready” (RR) soybeans are grown in large monocultures sprayed from airplanes regularly. RR soy is engineered to tolerate Roundup, allowing farmers to spray the herbicide liberally to kill weeds while the crop is growing.
Sept. 2010 Engdahl cites Paganelli, A., et al. (2010). Glyphosate-based herbicides produce teratogenic effects on vertebrates by impairing retinoic acid signaling. Chem. Res. Toxicol.
Three Approved GMOs Linked to Organ Damage
A study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, which looked at the effects of GMO Foods (genetically modified foods), researchers found that 3 varieties of GMO corn, specifically Mon 86, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup® herbicide-absorbing NK 603 is linked to organ damage in rats.
Bt Brinjal Unfit for Human Consumption
Release of Bt brinjal into the environment for food, feed and cultivation may present a serious risk for human and animal health; the GM aubergine is unfit for consumption. That’s the verdict of French scientist Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini of the Committee for Independent Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN), who carried out the first ever independent assessment of Monsanto-Mahyco’s dossier on toxicity tests submitted to the Indian regulatory authorities.
GM Eggplant Contains Bt Toxin Linked to Hundreds of Allergy Cases and Thousands of Sheep Deaths
July 2006 The GM brinjal contains the same Cry1Ac toxin from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis as the widely cultivated GM cotton that has been implicated recently in major health controversies in India. Hundreds of farm workers and cotton handlers developed allergic reactions.
Mass Deaths in Sheep Grazing on Bt Cotton
May 2006 At least 1820 sheep were reported dead after grazing on post-harvest Bt cotton crops; the symptoms and post-mortem findings strongly suggest they died from severe toxicity.