Monsanto’s Fading Grasp – Group Calls on South Africa to Ban GMO Corn

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Monday 1 October 2012
“Nations around the world are currently passing or requesting bans on Monsanto’s crops following the study, which is one of hundreds of studies to identify the dangers of both Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and GMOs.”
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Following in the footsteps of nations like France and Russia, South Africa may soon be the latest nation to enact a ban on Monsanto’s GMO corn that was recently linked to tumor development and organ damage in rats. South Africa’s African Centre for Biosafety (ACB), a watchdog organization that was created to protect consumers from various biotechnology dangers, is now calling on South African authorities to enact a ban on Monsanto’s tumor-linked maize crop known as NK603.

This is particularly important when it comes to South Africa as white corn is a large staple food, making up for 80% of the harvest just last year. In the event that the maize were to be banned, it would be a major hit for Monsanto and an even larger victory for the 50,586,757 people who live in South Africa. If authorities take the advice of ACB, then it would not only ban the cultivation of the GMO corn, but the import and export as well. In a letter to the South African minister of agriculture, the ACB said:

“We urge the South African government to take the necessary steps to protect its citizens.”

Nations around the world are currently passing or requesting bans on Monsanto’s crops following the study, which is one of hundreds of studies to identify the dangers of both Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and GMOs. Coinciding with previous pieces of research that have linked Roundup with conditions such as cancer and infertility, the French GMO study found that around 50% of the males and 70% of the females fed 100% GMO corn died prematurely.

It was also dubbed the most thorough research on the prolonged effects of GMOs and Roundup on rats.

As expected, Monsanto has not taken this news lightly. Previously being busted for paying United States diplomats to extend its campaign for global seed domination and killing over 500,000 innocents with its ‘safe’ Agent Orange weapon, Monsanto’s corruption has been repeatedly exposed by whistleblowers and alternative news media. Each time, however, Monsanto continues to assert that its creations are perfectly safe. Just as it did with Agent Orange, Monsanto is now on the defensive of GMOs despite having only been tested for 90 days before unleashed on the public.

More nations around the globe will continue to call for and enact GMO crop bans around the globe until Monsanto is either banned or labeled (via California’s GMO labeling bill Prop 37) out of existence. It is important that we support and highlight the countries who are making efforts on this front such as South Africa’s ACB.



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Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

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8 comments on "Monsanto’s Fading Grasp – Group Calls on South Africa to Ban GMO Corn"

Lightning Joe

October 07, 2012 1:57pm

I'd be willing to bet (if I gambled) that Monsanto flaks are even now wining and dining South African officials to let their GMO run through the South African system unimpeded.

South Africa is FULL of corrupt politicians, and the ONLY thing that might now save them, is if Monsanto is slow on the draw, compared to public outrage.

Given the lies Monsanto is fond of, I've no doubt they think they can win this one, given that they can succeed in camophaging the issue with the public.

And make no mistake: Monsanto really, REALLY wants to win this one.

kevinfolta
Gainesville, FL
October 02, 2012 9:05am

Hi Murray! I'm glad that Gucciardi and you believe Seralini's article definitively links transgenic crops to cancer. I do guffaw. You guys are lying, or don't know better, either way that's not good.

My technique is overcomplicating. Here, I'll keep it simple. Biosides? You simply do not understand the mechanism of bt action. Do you think they should label organic produce that uses Bt? The EPSPS transgene or Bt protein cannot affect you. If you think they do, please illuminate this thread with your description of the molecular/biochemical mechanism. You can't, because there is none, at least that is currently described or even plausible.

Again, I'd be glad to discuss the strengths and limitations of any article with anyone in the Google Hangout format. We'll have fun. Sorry for getting bristly Murray. I am here to help teach about a complex subject, and you are cranky. Be nice. Thank me for taking the time to provide facts and evidence.

tbcrawford

October 07, 2012 5:13pm

You sound like some of the anti food labeling shills here in California...Dr. Murray et al at Hoover. You're not the only one to "interpret" scientific studies and I don't recommend those in the US with their Michael Taylor inspired 3-month limits!

Bottom line is we have a Right to Know what we are being sold as "food"...or at least the last time I looked the US was still claiming it is a "democracy".

Lightning Joe

October 07, 2012 2:09pm

"My technique is overcomplicating. Here, I'll keep it simple. ... The EPSPS transgene or Bt protein cannot affect you. "

Oops.

TOO "simple," Kevin. What do you think that gene DOES? For one thing, it kills insects, but ONLY if they have not yet built up an immunity to the Bt. For another, it SCRAMBLES gene-expression in the genome so that the plant cannot reproduce itself accurately. THAT is the reason Monsanto is forced to make them Terminator Seeds.

And your whole premise completely dismisses the real results of the rat-cancer study, which IS valid, despite its small sample size. Every (tumor-prone (REQUIRED)) rat NOT fed GMO corn got exactly ONE tumor over its life span, while EVERY rat fed EITHER just the GMO or GMO-with-Roundup got MULTIPLE tumors in many parts of their bodies.

What do you not understand about that? Unless you are ready to allege fraud, the results could not be more clear.

YOU, on the other hand, are obviously buying the industry (Monsanto) spin on the study, which does not bode well for your vaunted "objectivity."

BTW, why is it, that when the SIMPLE story is the RIGHT story, Reichians like you retreat to the comfort of "complexity," but when the non-intuitive, COMPLEX story is right (see Global Warming), suddenly "common sense" is your guide?

(I'd say you are giving too much credit to the wrong people...)

DarkForces

October 01, 2012 1:01pm

And while in prison, a diet of 100% genetically engineered phude. Shorter life = less maintenance expense.

DarkForces

October 01, 2012 1:01pm

And while in prison, a diet of 100% genetically engineered phude. Shorter life = less maintenance expense.

mlane78212

October 01, 2012 11:17am

I cannot even begin to describe the anger I feel toward Monsanto. I think they should be totally put out of business and their CEO's, publicists, etc., should be in prison. And this should extend as far back as the first casualty of Agent Orange. Lift every rock to find every last creepy, evil one of them and put them in prison for crimes against humanity. Their greed has no limits.

murray_1337

October 01, 2012 3:57pm

Don't worry. Kevin Folta will be trolling this article telling you that you need to be more scientifically more sophisticated and that you should just trust 'real scientists' who guffaw at the thought of GMOs causing cancer.

Ignore him. He's using a technique that most of us can see coming a mile away. He's overcomplicating a very simple concept. The choice to eat Monsanto's biocides should be mine. Label the foods. Done.