Scientists suspect health threat from GM maize

Scientists investigating a spate of illnesses among people living close to GM maize fields in the Philippines believe that the crop may have triggered fevers, respiratory illnesses and skin reactions.

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“With such evidence of possible human health impacts of foods already on the market, we believed that waiting to report our findings through publication would not be in the public’s interest.”

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Monsanto said it was “extremely unlikely” that the limited production of the GM crop in the Philippines would have produced such results.

John Vidal, environment editor, Friday February 27, 2004, The Guardian:  Scientists suspect health threat from GM maize 

 

This should be the end for GM

The GM industry must have been scratching its head on Thursday morning following news that yet another of its key claims had been spectacularly demolished. Far from benefiting the environment, as Monsanto spent millions of pounds telling us it would, we now know that genetically modified crops are bad for diversity. That at least is the conclusion of the Government’s long-awaited field trials.

 This should be the end for GM 

 

Flaws in Monsanto’s Safety Assessment of Roundup Ready Soybeans

Third World Network Biosafety Information Service, 28 July 2003.

Monsanto has maintained that there is no difference between GM soybeans and its conventional strains. But according to a Japanese scientist, whose report is attached below, safety tests conducted by Monsanto are riddled with flaws that include: testing of proteins not derived from the GM plant; soybeans used for tests were not produced with Roundup, therefore the data obtained with such samples may not be valid to guarantee the safety of soybean that human and animals consume in real life; insufficient feeding experiments; and intentional neglect of “inappropriate” data which have a bearing on the final conclusions.

Bron:  OCA: Flaws in Monsanto’s Safety Assessment of Roundup Ready Soybeans

A GM-Free London?

UK Environment Minister Michael Meacher addressed an historic gathering at which dozens of prominent scientists launched themselves as an Independent Science Panel (ISP) to counteract what they see to be a concerted campaign by the government and the scientific establishment to promote genetic modification (GM) under the guise of ‘sound’ science.
Zie I-SIS: Michael Meacher At Launch of Independent Science Panel

Noel Lynch, a Green Party member of the London Assembly, brought some good news to the conference. He reported that the Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has included the following statement in London’s Biodiversity Strategy: “The mayor will oppose commercial or experimental release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into the environment in London”. The Greens in the Assembly are now lobbying determinedly for the Mayor to declare London a GM-free zone.

Recent Evidence Confirms Risks of Horizontal Gene Transfer

Recent Evidence Confirms Risks of Horizontal Gene Transfer 

I-SIS Contribution to ACNFP/Food Standards Agency Open Meeting 13 November 2002

Citaat:
Horizontal gene transfer is one of the most serious, if not the most serious hazard of transgenic technology. I have been drawing our regulators’ attention to it at least since 1996 [1], when there was already sufficient evidence to suggest that transgenic DNA in GM crops and products can spread by being taken up directly by viruses and bacteria as well as plant and animals cells.

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Institute of Science in Society, PO Box 32097, London NW1 0XR