A sham is defined as: a thing that is not what it is purported to be. GMO foods and the so-called scientific studies and “experts” who allege that GM foods are safe, are a complete and utter sham.
Jeff Kirkpatrick – Ban GMOs Now
In my opinion, and I am hardly alone1 on this, the propaganda and propagation of GMOs is the greatest fraud in the history of science.
It is a 20 year failure of promises that were not kept: a failure to produce a higher yield; a failure to reduce herbicide and pesticides (an increase, instead); a failure to solve global hunger; a failure of the promise of a higher nutritional content (“Golden Rice is 3500% less efficient than available alternatives. The promoters of Golden rice admit that it produces only 35 micrograms of Vitamin A per 100 mg of rice,” Vandana Shiva, “Golden Rice: Myth, not Miracle,” by Vandana Shiva, GMWatch; January 12, 2014).
The endless empty promises about providing more nutritious food are even more absurd when studies demonstrate that organic is more nutritious and that some GM crops have already been shown to be less sustainable than their non-GMO counterparts.
The twenty year unwanted and unneeded production and promotion of GMO foods is also a failure because of the harm to the environment – the destruction of the soil, the population decrease of pollinators such as the Monarch butterfly and bees; it is a failure because of the ubiquitous presence of glyphosate in streams and other water supplies, and more;
GMOs are a failure because of the suppression of scientists, and attacks on them and attempts to destroy lives and careers of those who provide evidence contrary to the industry spin; it is a failure because of a lack of proper government regulations – and the influence of corruption; this corruption has resulted in the decades-long battle to label GMOs with millions of dollars having been spent (through lobbying, false advertising, etc) to deny American citizens the right to know what is in their food;
GMOs are a failure because of the U.S. government’s refusal to employ the Precautionary Principle and in its place, use the policy of the impotent and useless so-called substantial equivalency, which is nothing more than a free ticket to the biotech industry; it is also a failure due to an absence of legitimate independent safety studies prior to FDA approval; and the USDA’s APHIS loophole (“Genetically engineered traits can be classified under the generic category ‘novel protein,’ which in effect allows companies to withhold all information about the properties, and even the general nature, of these proteins, including potential toxicity to humans or wildlife,” by Brian Tokar); and much more than this —
In summation, GMOs and the biotech industry that have forced their products on the world are a failure in all ways — except one:
They promised their shareholders they would make them rich, and they have.
A sham is defined as: a thing that is not what it is purported to be. Yes, I’d say that GMO foods and the so-called scientific studies and “experts” who allege that GM foods are safe, are a complete and utter sham.
1 “The Genetic Engineering of Food and the Failure of Science – Part 1: The Development of a Flawed Enterprise,” by Don Lotter, International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Vol. 16, No. 1; December 19, 2008 (19 pages)
“The Genetic Engineering of Food and the Failure of Science – Part 2: Academic Capitalism and the Loss of Scientific Integrity,” by Don Lotter, International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Vol. 16, No. 1; Dec. 23, 2008 (19 pages)
“Genetically Engineered Food – Failed promises and hazardous outcomes,” by George Kimbrell, Pesticides and You, Vol. 31, No. 2, Pesticide Action Network; Summer 2011 (5 pages)
“Biotechnology – A Failed Promise,” by Margaret Mellon, Blog – The Equation, Union of Concerned Scientists; August 25, 2011
“The GMO Emperor has no Clothes: A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs – False Promises, Failed Technologies,”edited by Vandana Shiva, Debbie Barker & Caroline Lockhart, Navdanya; Nov. 2009 (251 pages)
“Twenty Years of Failure – Why GM Crops Have Failed to Deliver on Their Promises,” Edited by Janet Cotter, Marco Contiero, Dirk Zimmermann and Justine Maillot; Greenpeace. November 2015 (40 pages)
“Failure to Yield – Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops,” by Doug Gurian-Sherman, Union of Concerned Scientists; April 2009 (51 pages)
“Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public,” by Steven Druker, Clear River Press; 1 edition; March 20, 2015 (528 pages)
For further reference and reading:
“Golden Rice: Myth, not Miracle,” by Vandana Shiva, GMWatch; January 12, 2014
“Golden Lies: No Credibility for Golden Rice Campaign,” by Christoph Then, published by: Testbiotech; January 15, 2014 (18 Pages)
“Golden Rice Myths,” by Michael Hansen (Consumers Union), Permaculture Institute; March 27, 2014
“Non-GM soy more sustainable than GM – study,” by Claire Robinson; GMWatch; July 2, 2015
“Why Genetically Modified Crops Pose a Threat to Peasants, Food Sovereignty, Health, and Biodiversity on the Planet – A Summary of Scientific Arguments,” by the ETC Group; August 14, 2014 (25 pages)
“Brazil’s National Cancer Institute names GM crops as cause of massive pesticide use,” by Claire Robinson, GMWatch, April 9, 2015
“Are GM Crops Better for the Environment?” published by: the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); May 2015. (43 pages) Report 2
“Are GM Foods better for Consumers?” published by: the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); September 2015 (50 pages) Report 3
“Are GM Crops Better for Farmers? – Report 4,” published by: the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); November 2015 (43 pages)
“Do we need GM crops to feed the world?” Published by: Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); December 2015 (24 pages) Report 6
“GMOs are not necessary to feed the World,” by Jeff Kirkpatrick, Ban GMOs Now; January 6, 2016
“Who Benefits from GM Crops? – Feeding the Biotech Giants, not the World’s Poor,” by Juan Lopez Villar, Bill Freese, Helen Holder, Kirtana Chandrasekaran and Lorena Rodriguez; published by: Friends of the Earth International, February 2009 (48 pages)
“Who Benefits from GM Crops? The Rise in Pesticide Use,” by Juan Lopez and Bill Freese, published by Friends of the Earth International; January, 2008 (45 pages)
“Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America,” by Nancy L. Swanson, Andre Leu, Jon Abrahamson and Bradley Wallet; published in the Journal of Organic Systems, 9(2), 2014 (32 pages)
“Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. — the first sixteen years,” by Charles Benbrook, Environmental Sciences Europe; December 2012, 24:24
“Genetically Modified Organisms: A Summary of Potential Adverse Effects Relevant to Sustainable Development – Biosafety Report,” by Georgina Catacora-Vargas and Anne I. Myhr, GenØk – Centre for Biosafety; February 2011 (86 pages)
“Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops,” by Ramon J. Seidler, PhD, Office of Research and Development, Western Ecology Division in Corvallis OR; September 2014 (12 pages)
“Genetically Modified Living Organisms and the Precautionary Principle,” by Professor Dr. Ludwig Krämer, Testbiotech; September 2013. (72 pages)
“The Precautionary Principle Requires to be Interpreted Critically and Pre-emptively for its Proper Application to the Unique Risks of GM crops,” By Aruna Rodrigues, Third World Network. March – April, 2015 (59 pages) [Lead Petitioner (Public Interest Writ (PIL) in India’s Supreme Court)]
“Monarchs in Peril: Herbicide-Resistant Crops and the Decline of Monarch Butterflies in North America,” by Bill Freese and Martha Crouch, PhD, Center for Food Safety; February, 2015 (88 pages)
“Unknown Benefits, Hidden Costs,” by Ben Lilliston & Jim Kleinschmit, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy; August 4, 2015
“The Bees’ Burden – An Analysis of Pesticide Residues in Comb Pollen and Trapped Pollen from Honey Bees in 12 European Countries,” by Paul Johnston, Christiane Huxdorff, Gergely Simon & David Santillo, Greenpeace Research Laboratories; April 2014 (55 pages)
“Dripping Poison – An Analysis of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in the Guttation Fluid of Growing Maize Plants,” by Gergely Simon, Christiane Huxdorff, David Santillo & Paul Johnston, Greenpeace International; December, 2013 (15 pages)
“Heavy Costs: Weighing the Value of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Agriculture,” by Sarah Stevens & Peter Jenkins; Center for Food Safety 2014 (24 pages)
“Glyphosate Effects on Plant Mineral Nutrition, Crop Rhizosphere Microbiota, and Plant Disease in Glyphosate-Resistant Crops,” by Stephen O. Duke et al, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry; 2013 December 11; 61(51): 12745
“Scientist finding many negative impacts of Roundup Ready GM crops,” by Ken Roseboro, published by: The Organic & Non-GMO Report; January/December 2010
“Glyphosate Herbicide Found in Many Midwestern Streams, Antibiotics Not Common,” by USGS (U.S. Geological Survey); August 4, 2015
“Scientists Reveal Glyphosate Poisons Crops and Soil,” by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Institute of Science in Society; May 19, 2010
“U.S. researchers find Roundup chemical in water, air,” by Carey Gillam, Reuters; August 31, 2011
“The Environmental Impacts of Glyphosate,” published by: Friends of the Earth Europe; June, 2013 (20 pages)
“Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in USA,” by Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji, Institute of Science in Society; October 8, 2014
“A Valuable Reputation Suppression and Attacks on Tyrone Hayes,” by Rachel Aviv, published by: The New Yorker; February 10, 2014
“Anniversary of a Whistleblowing Hero,” by Jeffrey Smith (Institute for Responsible Technology), published by: The Huffington Post; May 25, 2011
“Biotech Propaganda Cooks Dangers out of GM Potatoes,”by Jeffrey Smith (Institute for Responsible Technology), published by: The Huffington Post; May 25, 2011
“Journal editor admits involvement in Ermakova ‘set-up’” by GM-Free Cymru
“Transgenic pollen harms monarch larvae,” john Losey, Linda Rayor & Maureen Carter, Nature 399, 214. May 20, 1999.
“Yet again — Monsanto seeks to suppress ‘inconvenient’ GMO research,” by GMO-Free Cymru
“Please Stop Dangerous Attacks on ALL Independent GMO Researchers,” by Jeffrey M. Smith, published by: GMO Judy Carman; June 3, 2013
“The Silencing of Hector Valenzuela,” by PR Watch; April 2015
“CORRUPT: The Government’s Revolving Door with Monsanto,” by Sara, Sally Homemaker
“Rubber-Stamped Regulation: The Inadequate Oversight of Genetically Engineered Plants and Animals in the United States,” By Genna Reed, Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Volume 14, Issue 3; 2014 (12 pages)
“Is Anyone Regulating? The Curious State of GMO Governance in the United States,” by Rebecca Bratspies, Vermont Law Review [Vol. 37:923] Rev. 923 (2013); (School of Law at CUNY Academic Works) (35 pages)
“Right to Know: A Diet of the Future Presently upon Us,” by Jamie Jorg Spence, Valparaiso University Law Review, Vo. 39, No. 4; 2005 (64 pages)
“GM Food Nightmare Unfolding in the Regulatory Sham,” by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Joe Cummins and Peter Saunders, Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, 1-12; May 14, 2007 (13 pages)
“Big Food Companies Spend Millions to Defeat GMO Labeling,” by Libby Foley, Environmental Working Group (EWG); August 4, 2015
“Shining Light on the DARK Act,” by Carol Grieve’, Food Integrity Now; November 4, 2015
“The Genetic Engineering of Food and the Failure of Science – Part 1: The Development of a Flawed Enterprise,” by Don Lotter, International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 31-49; December 19, 2008 (19 Pages)
“Regulating Transgenic Crops – Is Government Up to the Task?” by Bill Freese, FDLI – Biotechnology. January/February 2007. (4 pages)
“Deficiencies in Federal Regulatory Oversight of Genetically Engineered Crops,” by Brian Tokar, Institute for Social Ecology Biotechnology Project; June 2006
“‘Big 6’ Pesticide and GMO Corporations,” by SourceWatch (undated)
“Safety Testing and Regulation of Genetically Engineered Foods,” by William Freese and David Schubert, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews – Vol. 21, November 2004 (27 pages)
“Seedy Business: What Big Food is hiding with its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs,” by Gary Ruskin, published by: USRTK (U.S. Right to Know); January, 2015 (63 pages)
“Meet the Scientific ‘Experts’ Claiming GMO Foods are Safe,” by Michele Simon, Eat Drink Politics; September 12th, 2012
“GMO Myths and Truths – 2.3 Myth: The Nicolia review compiles 1700+ studies showing that GMOs are safe,” an excerpt from “GMO Myths and Truths 2nd Edition,” by John Fagan PhD, Michael Antoniou PhD, and Claire Robinson MPhil; published by: Earth Open Source (2014).
“The Absurdity of Claiming that ‘All GMOs are Safe,’” by Dr. Belinda Martineau, Biotech Salon; June 16, 2015
सत्यमेव जयते – Satyameva Jayate
(Truth Ultimately Triumphs)
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