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Government-Funded Institutions Have Been Hiding GMO Facts for Years, But Who is Lying To Who?

Christina Sarich
NationofChange / News Analysis
Published: Friday 23 August 2013
Until government agencies require true testing on GM crops it will be difficult to tell which studies are altered and which are representing truth.
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While Monsanto and other Big Ag and Big Pharma giants have been telling us GMO food is safe, quoting countless industry-backed studies on the efficacy of their food production via biotech science model, the lies they have been telling us are reaching epic proportions. In the meantime, they continue to accuse anti-GM activists of doing the same.

Take for example, the allegations of Piero Morandini of the University of Milan, who, way back in 2005, found that GM maize contained 100 times less fumonisin per kilogram than in conventional crops, supposedly far less than its makers were telling government agencies. In his findings, GM maize contained less of this fungal toxin notorious for causing Spina Bifida. These field trials would have been a favorable review of GM crops. Were they suppressed?

Fumonisins (FB) are mycotxoins which already infect corn and other grains in the world, but which are used by biotech companies to try to make crops impervious to pests. The food and agricultural industries already lose millions due to mycotoxins annually, but they have now been bred into our food supply with Bt crops – and Round Up Ready Chemicals.

“Because FB may have acute and chronic effects, we hypothesize that even in the absence of debilitating acutely toxic amounts of FB in the swine diet, sustained exposure to small concentrations may negatively affect herd health and production efficiency.” (JournalofAnimalScience.org)

The institute which was supposed to conduct unbiased studies on the GM maize crop was none other than the government-funded National Institute for Research on Food, a part of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization. This same organization is responsible for an anti-GMO report published at EarthOpenSource.org that very clearly explains numerous problems with GM food.

One author of the report, Dr. John Fagan is a former genetic engineer who returned more than half a million in grant money to the National Institute for Health in 1994 due to concerns about the safety and ethics of GM technology. He stated:

“Crop genetic engineering as practiced today is a crude, imprecise, and outmoded technology. It can create unexpected toxins or allergens in foods and affect their nutritional value. Recent advances point to better ways of using our knowledge of genomics to improve food crops, that do not involve GM.”

The problem is that government agencies like the FDA and EPA have been ignoring epidemiological studies suggesting a link between herbicide use and birth defects and cancer for more than a decade. Even the American Medical Association has called for more strenuous testing of GM crops. FDA officials will not even comment if they ‘support mandatory testing,’ and Phil Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications has said “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food." Is there a reason these two – a private corporation and a public government organization are dancing around the GMO topic? Might it be that our government agencies have been bought outright by Biotech companies like Monsanto? The two congressmen receiving the most donations from Monsanto during the last election were Larry Combest (Chairman of the House Agricultural Committee) and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Even the editors of the respected magazine Scientific American have taken a stance against GMO-labeling – shocking considering they have published articles like “Return of the Natives: How Wild Bees Will Save Our Agricultural System.” Maybe the editors haven’t read the multiple studies linking GMO pesticides to bee deaths and colony collapse disorder, like this one from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this government study they admitted to testing 35 different pesticides in pollen: ranging from oxadiazines, neonicotinoids, carbamates, cyclodienes, formamidines, organophosphates, and pyrethroids. These have all been tied to colony collapse disorder.

In a recent article the author of this article wrote for another sight, quoting the 800 world scientists who were against GMO, multiple industry shills commented that ‘the authors of this study are not even real scientists.’ So what gives? Who are we to believe when the studies which are conducted are funded with Ag industry money and regulated by the Monsanto monopoly. If any ‘real’ science is to be done, it needs to be truly transparent, including the money trail behind it. Until government agencies require true testing on GM crops it will be difficult to tell which studies are altered and which are representing truth. I have a hunch that non-GMO-funded science is already pointing out some glaring problems with GMO food crops.



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