Artificial Versus Natural Genetic Modification & Perils of GMOs

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The precision, complexity, and all-pervasiveness of natural genetic modification leave organisms and ecosystems particularly vulnerable to artificial genetic modification. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho Invited lecture at 1st Forum of Development and Environmental Safety, under the theme “Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture 2014”, 25 – 26 July 2014, Beijing, China. A fully referenced version of this… Read more »

Another Silent Spring?

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Neonicotinoids appear to have devastating effects across the natural world: we need a global moratorium. Here’s our choice. We wait and see whether a class of powerful pesticides, made by Bayer and Syngenta, is indeed pushing entire ecosystems to oblivion, or we suspend their use while proper trials are conducted. The natural world versus two… Read more »

British Journal of Nutrition Analysis of 343 Peer-Reviewed Publications Proves Superiority of Organic Foods

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Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. Abstract: Demand for organic foods is partially driven by consumer perceptions that they are more nutritious. However, scientific opinion is divided on whether there are significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic foods,… Read more »

Scandal of Glyphosate Re-assessment in Europe

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EU rapporteur state Germany recommends re-approval with daily intake increased by 67 %; its re-assessment was carried out by Monsanto and a consortium of chemical companies in Europe based almost entirely on studies from industry; it should be rejected outright. by Dr Nancy Swanson and Dr Mae Wan Ho Preposterous verdict of “acceptable” risks for… Read more »

Organic Europe – Growing or Wilting?

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Europe’s status as one of the most rigidly regulated and GM-controlled agricultural zones in the world (1) is being severely tested in a number of ways: regulations allowing member states to choose whether or not to support genetic modification (2) (3), corporations suing the European Parliament for banning dangerous pesticides (4), and the mysterious TTIP… Read more »

Beware the New ‘Breakthrough’ Transgenic Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes engineered with a jumping gene vector to express a DNA-cutting enzyme produce >95 % male offspring; unfortunately both enzyme and vector target genomes of diverse species from slime moulds to humans. by Dr Mae Wan Ho This commentary has been sent to the editors of the journal Nature Communications, inviting them and the researchers… Read more »

The Real Truth About Health Conference (Free Access)

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12 Leading Experts, 17 Invigorating Talks 12 world renown authorities, including several best selling authors, led by Dr. Brian Clement, Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Devra Davis, Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann, Hans Diehl, Steve Meyerowitz – “Sproutman”, Joseph Keon, Elizabeth Grossman and Dr. Anna Marie Clement spoke at this 3 day… Read more »

Contamination Matters – Why GM Crops Can’t Be Managed at a National Level

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by GM Freeze The European Union is considering a hugely significant change to the way genetically modified (GM) crops are authorised. Proposals for “national opt-outs” appear to allow individual countries to make their own decisions about whether or not to grow GM, but past experience shows that the risk of cross-border contamination is likely to… Read more »

GM Crops: Farmer to Farmer (video)

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Michael Hart, a conventional livestock family farmer, has been farming in Cornwall for nearly thirty years and has actively campaigned on behalf of family farmers for over fifteen years, travelling extensively in Europe, India, Canada and the USA. In this short documentary he investigates the reality of farming genetically modified crops in the USA ten… Read more »

Nucleic Acid Invaders from Food Confirmed

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New research confirms that DNA fragments derived from meals, large enough to carry complete genes, can escape degradation and enter the human circulatory system, and so can RNA, raising serious concerns over new nucleic acids introduced into the human food chain via genetically modified organisms. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho A fully referenced version of this… Read more »

Vandana Shiva Keynote Speech – Food Otherwise Conference (Netherlands, February 2014)

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World famous author and activist Vandana Shiva gave an inspiring speech at the Food Otherwise conference in Wageningen, Netherlands, on 21 February 2014. "Monopolies, centralization and monocultures go hand and hand and they are the instruments of power. We have to create instruments of democracy, diversity, resilience." If you prefer, you can read the transcript… Read more »