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Monsanto and Obama Admin

Monsanto and Obama Admin

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2 articles about Monsanto… This is not AGW and this crap CAN bePROVEN to cause harm to organisms/beings, including humans.Corporate ownership of foods, seeds and the like is NOT “FOR thePEOPLE”
Monsanto GM Corn Causing Organ FailureIn Rats Study: Everything You Need ToKnow 
| Katherine GoldsteinFirst Posted: 01-19-10 11:08 AM | Updated: 01-19- 
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 Everything You Need To Know About Monsanto Corn,Food Politics,Monsanto, Monsanto Corn,Monsanto-Corn-Organ-Damage,Green News  Three types of Monsanto genetically modified corn are under scrutinyin the wake of a new study published by theInternational Journal Of Biological Scienceswhich found that rats ingesting thecorn were subject to statistically significant amounts of organ toxicity. These three types -- Mon863, insecticide-producing Mon 810, and Roundup® herbicide-absorbing NK 603 -- have beenapproved for consumption in the US and several countries in Europe.The finding that corn produced by one of the world's agricultural giants could cause organ failurehas been met with obvious concern by food activists and consumers alike. It's not the first boutof negative publicity for Monsanto, which has been vilified for everything from producingAgentOrange,intimidating farmers, usingaggressive tactics to squeeze out competition,pressuring farmers to be dependent on their products,and strongly promoting the use of geneticallymodified seeds here and abroad. It has been negatively portrayed in films such as"Food, Inc." and"The World According To Monsanto".While some groups likeChange.org, see this study as a rallying cry for regulatory action andboycott, others on both sides of the GMO issue think the study results itself are not clear andshouldn't be accepted wholeheartedly. The IJBS is not a peer-reviewed journal, and the work wasnot an independent analysis of the effects of the GM corn on rats. Rather, it was a full
interpretation of all of the samples of rats in the 90-day study that Monsanto itself sponsored.After analyzing the data, theEuropean researchers came to the conclusion:"Effects were mostly concentrated in kidney and liver function, the two major diet detoxificationorgans, but in detail differed with each GM type. In addition, some effects on heart, adrenal,spleen and blood cells were also frequently noted. As there normally exists sex differences inliver and kidney metabolism, the highly statistically significant disturbances in the function of these organs, seen between male and female rats, cannot be dismissed as biologicallyinsignificant as has been proposed by others. We therefore conclude that our data stronglysuggests that these GM maize varieties induce a state of hepatorenal toxicity.[...] Thesesubstances have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet and thereforetheir health consequences for those who consume them, especially over long time periods arecurrently unknown."
notes that Greenpeace, an activist environmental group sponsored the scientists'research -- they had to sue to obtain the raw data in the first place, and that the IJBS is relativelyobscure. Leading nutrition professor Dr. Marion Nestle wrote onher blog about the study, "Ifound the paper extremely difficult to read, in part because it is written in exceptionally denseand opaque language, and in part because it presents the data in especially complicated tablesand figures."Monsanto claimsthat the study employed "non-traditional statistical methods toreassess toxicology data from studies conducted with MON 863, MON 810 and NK603 cornvarieties" and that the IJBS paper reaches "unsubstantiated conclusions."The IJBS study itself strenuously suggests more testing over two years rather than 90 days toevaluate the long-term health impacts, and by independent researchers rather than Monsantoitself. The study also points out that Monsanto conducted the study only once rather thanmultiple times, and only tested one species -- rats -- and emphasizes that testing on moremammals of this GM maize is needed to reach any kind of conclusion on safety. This maize isused as both animal feed and for human consumption.According to the FDA's website, the agency concludes that genetic engineering that occurred inthe maize varieties,MON 810,NK603,MON 863was not different enough from past approved products and did not need a pre-market review. The FDAessentially takes Monsanto's wordthatthe company had done adequate testing to ensure its safety, as shown clearly inthis letter.Several countries in Europe, such as Germany and France,have recently banned GM crops,specifically MON 810 after it had been approved for consumption in the European Union.Furthermore, there are no laws requiring companies to label if their products contain GMOs.Even food labeled "Organic" that is processed with multiple ingredients must only be 95%organic, leaving loopholes for obscure ingredients that are genetically modified to be included.HuffPost Blogger and Eco Etiquette columnist Jennifer Grayson has written acomprehensivearticledetailing the ways to avoid genetically modified foods in light of the fact that there are nolabeling requirements in the US.
So the facts are as follows: We eat corn and corn derivatives that have been geneticallymodified, which has been banned forbeing unsafe in other countries-- the FDA has not
done independent testing on the health effects of at least three types of corn that we areeating, and have instead taken Monsanto's word for the fact that they are safe. Monsantoresisted releasing their data to independent researchers -- environmental groups had to sueto get it. Once it was released and analyzed by one group of scientists, they wrote a densestudy in a non-peer reviewed journal and found statistically significant amounts of organfailure in the rats in Monsanto's own study. Consumers often have no way of knowingclearly if they are eating genetically modified food.
 The FDA did not return calls for comment.
Michael R. Taylor, J.D., was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Foods. This was announcedon the FDA’s website the day after the earthquake in Haiti. Michael Taylor is a former topexecutive, lawyer and lobbyist with biotech giant Monsanto Co. He has rotated in and out of lawfirms, Monsanto, the USDA and FDA.During his former stint in the FDA during the Clinton administration he helped write the rules toallow rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormone) into the American food system and our children’s milk.Which is perhaps why the FDA staffer who wrote
Taylor’s bio
seems to have all-but-forgottenhis decade-plus of Monsanto work. Michael Taylor and Monsanto are responsible for subjectingthis country and many others to the increased risk of breast cancer (7 times greater risk), prostatecancer and colon cancer because of what they did to milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream with rBGHas well as to all the foods that rely on milk solids and other parts of milk.As a bi-product of the rBGH fight Michael Taylor then led the ban on labeling of GM productsall together. This was labeled “the principal of substantial equivalence” which prohibits any

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