There are 3 main GMO types for seed:
The gene of a soil bacteria (that is toxic to some insects) is inserted or engineered into the seed
The seeds are engineered to withstand herbicides. When applied, the herbicide kills the weeds but not the crop.
These seeds include pest resistant and herbicide tolerant genes. There can be between 2 and 8 extra genes engineered into the seed to provide these "stacked" characteristics
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There is some official and unofficial testing going on and these are some of the results that are emerging :
Health Problems with GMO Types
Animal tests have shown worrying health impacts including :
** You will not find articles like these in mainstream media such as BBC, CNN, etc. because common mainstream media is influenced and sanitised by Governments and big companies.
*** You can view / download the actual report here and for a quick visual reference, the photos of the damaged pig stomachs appear on page 8.
Nutritional changes with GMO Types
There is no doubt that products like glyphosate/Roundup causes birth defects in experimental animals. The industry’s own studies, conducted in the 1980s and 1990s show this. These experimental animals are mammals, that have babies just like humans.
As of 2012, Europe is not allowed to grow any of these GMO types for human food, although, Europe is allowed to import GMO foods to feed livestock for human consumption. The US GMO seed manufacturers are exerting enormous pressure via US diplomatic channels to force the EU to accept GM foods into their agricultural food farms.
Why? Crop yield results clearly show that conventional seeds in Europe do not produce any less than their Bt/Roundup ready equivalents with substantially less glyphosate (and Bt) toxicity.
Glyphosate is allowed to be used in EU since 2002 for weed control. The German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, BVL, denies that glyphosate causes birth defects. (Independent scientific studies by Argentine scientists show that this is not true)
The question is, why is the public in Europe not being told about this conflicting information?
According to Occupy Monsanto 360, these are the facts :
Even with these facts, in Europe, Roundup is still used by home gardeners and local authorities on roadsides, in school grounds and in other public areas, as well as in farmers’ fields.
Why do European officials allow this when there appears to be overwhelming evidence for nations to resolve their conflicting studies? Glyphosate either does or does not cause animal defects - surely these intelligent people in important positions can figure this out.
What we do know is that the public loses trust in these institutions and their Government when conflicting information like this starts to appear on the internet. The public are tired of being lied to and the internet gives us the opportunity to listen to both the German and Argentinian studies and make up our own minds.
Conspiracy theorists talk about GMO Foods being the new eugenics. If you have the time and interest, research Eugenics and the Nazis during the 1930's. Also look to see who financed these Eugenic projects (and why) and then look to see who has substantial financial interests (with Government directives) in present day GMO Food technology. Some governments will and are known to do anything to maintain their global advantage.
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GMO types using herbicides are creating superweeds and some GMO companies are now producing seeds that can tolerate even higher doses of herbicide to combat these superweeds.
A common chemical in herbicides is glyphosate - a known cancer causing chemical and environmental toxin. (Opens a new tab in the same site with document references)
Farmers are forced to use more herbicide to fight these superweeds. If they don't, the superweeds are now so strong, they will choke the crop. Statistics show that farmers in the USA used 10 times more glyphosate herbicide in 2007 that they did in 1993.
Unfortunately, as the effectiveness of glyphosate decreases farmers are going back to the older and deadlier 2,4-D.
Image credit (above) : Food and Water Watch
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(Roundup weedkiller is the number one herbicide sold in Europe and the rest of the world)
Glyphosate is a chelator. Chelation by glyphosate is the process of inhibiting the plant's ability to take in specific nutrients from the soil. Without these nutrients, the plant is unable to manufacture enzymes to protect itself from pathogenic plant disease. This disease then kills the weed.
Chelation affects the crop too. This is called "flashing" and is observed as a yellowing of the plant. Widespread and increased use of glyphosate increases its chelation ability. This lowers the nutrient uptake of the crop even further. This process is one of the many reasons GMO food opponents are saying that GMO foods contain less nutrition than conventional foods.
While healthy adults may be able to tolerate less nutritious food, it is out of the question for children. Because of their growing metabolism, children will not develop properly if they consume non-nutritious food. Products like Pepsi, Pringles and Quakers simply have insufficient nutrition to produce any kind of healthy child.
For the farmer, continued use of glyphosate results in reduced crop production efficiency, increased plant disease and higher costs.
Dr. Bott, U. of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
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Southwest-Germany - Winter wheat farming in 2008 & 2009 point to potential negative side-effects of long-term glyphosate use.
For the world, glyphosate takes time to break down naturally and is bioaccumulative meaning that its concentration builds up over a period of time, throughout the environment - water, air and land.
GMO types using pest resistant seeds are creating secondary pests. Secondary pests are pests that become more common when their predators are killed by the pesticide in the seed.
All these individuals are opponents of GM foods making very public statements. They raise genuine points and concerns that are falling outside of mainstream media.
Yet, when GMO companies make public statements, they often attract front page locations - especially when it comes to money and profits.
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When we dig deeper and further back into GMO opposition, we find academic sites that have been advocating their opposition to GMO's for more than 10 years and have been addressing the issue to the very organisations that are tasked to take action on national and global levels.
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Yet, in the last 10 years, the only people that seem to be heard and acknowledged are the highly paid lobbyists working for the biotech companies that are successfully pushing through controversial laws and patents to the detriment of ordinary human beings.
Only through the internet are we starting to find out that concern and opposition has been going on for years already but falling on deaf ears.
Much of the world is already struggling through poverty and recession to pay bills and debts. But we still have to take time out to go into the streets to demonstrate against low quality and toxic foods being produced by big business.
What are the regulatory authorities and civil servants that are tasked to do this job actually doing?
This story appears in the Seeds of Death video - Dr Pusztai was tasked by the EU to lay down regulatory framework for the use of GMO types in the European Union. He was fired and his scientific team disbanded after he started releasing his test results, showing how dangerous these GMO types are, to the very civil servants and regulatory authorities that paid him to do the research.
At least we know what some of them are capable of doing. We hear various reports that Monsanto called Bill Clinton to say that Dr Pusztai is harming the GMO business by publicizing his research on British television. Bill Clinton then called Tony Blair and he called Dr Pusztai's boss. Dr Pusztai was told to be quiet and shut down the project ... and if he opened his mouth, he would lose his pension.
Whether this chain of events is actually true or not, does not really matter. Globally, governments are caught time and time again misleading the public, hiding information and corrupting the system. The fact that it is possible, is good enough reason for the public to stay guarded. Remember, these are the same leaders that told us that they had proof of WMD's in Iraq.
Steve is (was) an organic farmer from Western Australia. In 2010, the state government of Western Australia lifted the ban on GMO canola, allowing for the commercial cultivation of this GMO crop for the first time. As a result many farmers, including Marsh’s next door neighbour, began growing GMO canola.
From natural environmental factors, Steve found GMO canola plants spread over much of his farm. 70% of Steve’s farm was contaminated and he lost his organic certification.
If your neighbour contaminates your house in any way, should he not be responsible to fix the problem and pay damages if you have financially lost too?
In the GMO business, this is not how it works. In short, GMO farmers have a Government endorsed licence to contaminate their neighbours with no responsibility/
There are frightening stories on the internet that GMO company, Monsanto, actually hired the Blackwater security company to infiltrate anti-GMO groups.
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On the face of it, the GMO food business appears to be a disgrace in business ethics and moral judgement in almost every way.
While the scientists that actually work in these companies may not associate with these business ethics, by association, it seems hard to accept the fact that there may be really good people in the GMO system that are trying to make a positive contribution to humanity.
If these people really do exist ... much of mankind has their faith and future health in you.
It's an hour and twenty minutes. If you have the time, watch it.
What we found evident is the persistent stubbornness by Governments and regulatory authorities that GMO food products are as safe as 5 year olds making mud pies in the garden ... and the biotech companies marketing them as such ... and the world believing that they are.
You have a right to know which companies are using GMO Food products. You have a right to make a choice to support them or not. Here is a list that you can keep with you.
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This is 11 year old Birke (He's probably around 14 now as the video is dated 2010). He illustrates the lies and misrepresentation of the GMO Food industry pretty well.
He also highlights the predatory nature of these companies to focus on young impressionable minds. He mentions how "natural food" is discredited as "lunatic farming".
If the kids of the world shared Birke's point of view and grew up to be global leaders, we would probably have a less toxic world with healthier people.
If you are trying to understand more about GMO foods, GMO types, how they are made and grown, where they appear and what they may look like, have a look at these images and videos. We found them super useful and worth sharing and hope you will do the same.
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This is an animated video and works great for our younger generation to expand their awareness of the effects of GMO in our world today.
You probably know a bit more about GMO types now, than you did a few minutes ago. Have your say or get out there, make the most of your life and enjoy every minute of it - toxin free.
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