(NaturalNews) Genetically modified mosquitoes that have been released in Brazil, and may soon be released in Florida to combat the Zika virus, have the potential to directly inject modified DNA into any humans they bite.The lab-bred GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, according to Oxitec... [...]
That kind of staggering schism between scientific consensus and public opinion — mixed in with a deep mistrust of Monsanto, the company most publicly associated with the push to grow GMO food crops — makes it seem at times impossible to have a level ... [...]
GELFAND'S WORLD--UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (the IOES) hosted a panel this week on GMOS: Global Solution or Global Risk? The GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. You might have expected a resurfacing of the ... [...]
Oregon lawmakers pre-empted most local GMO regulations in 2013 but Josephine County voters approved a ballot initiative banning such crops the following year. Landowners Robert and Shelley Ann White filed a lawsuit challenging the GMO ordinance ... [...]
Officers found a total of 7,000 "mother plants" of marijuana that had been genetically modified and cloned. (Image license.) / Brett Levin / Flickr via MGN. Slideshow. Photo: 1 of 2. More slideshows ». MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Federal authorities in Mexico ... [...]
PARIS (Reuters) - A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto(MON.N) guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.
In the first such case heard in court in France, grain grower Paul Francois says he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto's [...]
A long-term study claiming to show toxic effects on rats of the herbicide Roundup and genetically modified (GM) Roundup-tolerant maize (corn) was originally published in 2012 (Seralini et al. 2012). It roused significant controversy. The journal retracted the article — although it had been peer-reviewed and elicited no “red flags” during the review process. The authors stood by their findings. In 2014, this study was re-published in a different journal (Seralini et al. 2014).
While some of the results of this study are striking, especially the report of toxic effects of small amounts of the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) in the rats’ drinking water, we also believe that the interpretation of the findings is difficult especially because of the small number of rats used in the study (10 rats per test group). (Other studies on feeding toxicity share some of this study’s shortcomings; see Meyer and Hilbeck 2013; and http://natureinstitute.org/nontarget/reports/gm_safety_001.php.) Nonetheless we feel that in the interest of open communication, and because the study was carried out by qualified scientists and was peer-reviewed, we should include it among the studies on the unintended effects of genetic manipulation. [...]
The rodent feed used for control groups in laboratory studies — including studies on the safety of genetically organisms (GMOs) and pesticides — is widely contaminated with those same GMOs and pesticides as well as toxic metals and PCBs, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Caen in France and slated to be published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The researchers analyzed 13 separate dried rodent chows produced on five continents, testing for traces of 4 heavy metals, 17 dioxins and furans, 18 PCBs, 22 GMOs and 262 pesticides. They found that every feed tested contained numerous toxins at levels high enough to cause disease by disrupting the endocrine (hormonal) and nervous systems. If consumed over the long term, all of these diets could be expected to pose a high risk to health. [...]
Unapproved GM Mosquitoes Being Shipped to US for Release NOW
2014/12/16 1 Comment 1,124 Views
Are you aware that genetically modified mosquitoes are being set for release worldwide? Right after GM mosquitoes were let loose in Brazil, dengue fever cases spiked. Now, the Florida Keys are in danger of facing a similar fate. The mosquitoes haven’t even been officially approved, but Oxitec, the British company who created the mosquitoes, has already shipped them to Florida. The only hope is a very vocal grassroots effort to tell the Governor of Florida that these mosquitoes will ruin tourism and possibly turn the natural ecosystem there on its head.
The GM mosquitoes could be released in the Keys as early January or February of next year. Though the approval process is still underway, Oxitec is so sure they will have its way that it shipped the mosquitoes in anticipation.
So far, there are no reported cases of dengue fever in Florida this year, so why do they need GM mosquitoes meant to prevent the spread of such diseases? When they were used in Brazil, they increased dengue fever while upsetting the ecological balance of the area. They did not ‘pave the way for dengue fever protection’ as Oxitec propagandized. A state of emergency actually had to be declared in the town where the GM mosquitoes were released.
Why on earth would Floridians want to be subject [...]