Corrupt to the Core

Dr. Shiv Chopra is one of three Health Canada scientists whose testimony before a Senate Committee in 1998 triggered headlines around the world. The scientists testified that Health Canada managers had pressured them to release suspect veterinary drugs into the food chain without the evidence of safety required by the Food and Drugs Act.

In telling the story of his career, Chopra provides a detailed account of intrigue, manipulation and deception as Health Canada managers scramble to please drug companies – at the behest of their own political masters – by approving inadequately tested drugs. He accuses management of:

  • Ignoring, sidelining and attacking scientists who would not bow to management pressure to approve drugs without the legally-required evidence of safety
  • Arbitrarily approving by fiat veterinary drugs containing known carcinogens and hormones with known serious health impacts
  • Refusing to revisit previous drug approvals when subsequent evidence emerged that these drugs were not safe
  • Promoting people who showed themselves willing to comply with these deceptive practices, while sidelining scientists who adhered to the law
  • Distorting, manipulating or ignoring scientists’ reports on the risks of certain drugs
  • Muzzling scientists whose findings were inconvenient to the department, by forbidding them to speak to anyone about their work.

After a promising start, Chopra’s career with Health Canada went nowhere as he repeatedly clashed with management over certain drug approvals. The end came for Chopra and his colleagues a few years after their Senate appearance, when all three were fired simultaneously.

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Why Aren’t GMO Foods Labeled?

You can avoid sugar, aspartame, trans-fats, or MSG if you’re a savvy reader of labels. But if you want to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), it’s not so easy. They’re not listed on labels. You could buy organic foods, which by law can’t contain more than 5 percent GMO’s — but now that might not work either.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved three new kinds of genetically engineered foods — alfalfa, a type of corn, and sugar beets. And the FDA will likely soon approve GM salmon, which would become the first genetically modified animal to be sold in the U.S., but probably not the last. And the FDA and USDA will not require any of these products, or foods containing them, to be labeled as genetically engineered.

This despite the fact that over 95 percent of people polled say they think GM foods should require a label.

According to an editorial in the New York Times: “ the unwillingness to label these products as such — even the G.E. salmon will be sold without distinction — that is demeaning and undemocratic, and the real reason is clear: producers and producer-friendly agencies correctly suspect that consumers will steer clear of G.E. products if they can identify them. Which may make them unprofitable. Where is the free market when we need it?”

To read more: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/why-arent-g-m-o-foods-labeled/?hp

 

 

USA Tried to Bully Europe to Grow GMO Crops

In his website, Dr. Mercola wrote:

Monsanto has a long and sordid history of manipulation and questionable business practices, so this latest development doesn’t really surprise me. It’s quite clear that the US government has been aiding and abetting Monsanto’s quest to control the world’s food crops, and as Jeffrey Smith says in the Democracy Now interview above, these leaked documents “lays bare the mechanics of that effort.”

According to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, the Bush administration conspired to find ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified (GM) seeds, mainly by engaging in aggressive trade wars against reluctant nations.

Democracy Now on 23 December 2010 carried this report:

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal U.S. Sought to Retaliate Against Europe over Monsanto GM Crops

The Guardian, UK on 3 January 2011 carried this report: The US embassy in Paris wanted to penalise the EU after France moved to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety.

The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.

In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, Craig Stapleton, a friend and business partner of former US president George Bush, asked Washington to penalise the EU and particularly countries which did not support the use of GM crops.


GM Mosquitoes — Do You Hear That?

Dr Lim Thuang Seng, an immunologist appeals to the government to seriously reconsider their intention to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Pahang and Malacca. According to him, GM mosquitoes will fail, and incur heavy costs.

Let me highlight two comments from readers who read this report.

Read X wrote: Firstly, how much does an immunologist know about mosquitoes. That is best left to the entomologists. Although it is quite rightly pointed out that this is likely going to be a short term measure, it may be important to halt the epidemic scourge at this moment. Therefore it is of paramount importance to stress on basic cleanliness of our environment, in tandem with this exercise. Only in this way can we ensure longer term success with dengue. Dr Lim, as an immunologists, what are your solutions? It is easy to say what will fail, but what we need is for bright brains like yourself to tell the nation about what measures that might work.

My comment: You cannot solve human problems with Ph.D. certificates. Only commonsense and wisdom which comes from experience devoid of hidden “greed” can help. First, let us understand what this whole thing about Genetically Modified Organism is all about.

Reader Y wrote: The writer had pointed out GM mosquitoes are not feasible. Not only that, it is also potentially dangerous and harmful. So why should we go ahead with something that will not produce results and pose a danger at the same time. To do so is completely stupid! Like Anon said earlier, money must have changed hands and cannot tarik balik!

How to Avoid Genetically Modified Foods

1. Become familiar with the most common products (and their derivatives) that are most likely to be genetically modified. Products grown and processed in the United States and Canada are suspects. Avoid these whenever you can.

o  Soybeans
o  Corn
o  Rapeseed/Canola
o  Sugar beets
o  Rice
o  Cotton. The seeds are pressed into cottonseed oil, which is a common ingredient in vegetable oil and margarine.
o  Dairy – Cows injected with GE hormone rBGH/rBST; possibly fed GM grains and hay.
o  Aspartame/AminoSweet – Addictive and dangerous artificial sweetener commonly found in chewing gum and “diet” beverages.
o  Papayas
o  Farm Raised Salmon

2. Buy food labeled 100% organic. However, you may find that organic food is more expensive and different in appearance from conventional products. Also, just because something says “organic” on it does not mean that it does not contain GMs. In fact, it can still contain up to 30% GMs, so be sure the labels say 100% organic.. This applies to eggs, as well. Eggs labeled “free-range”, “natural”, or “cage-free” are not necessarily GE-free; look for eggs to be 100% organic.. ]

3. Purchase beef that is 100% grass-fed. Most cattle in the U.S. are grass-fed, but spend the last portion of their lives in feedlots where they may be given GM corn, the purpose of which is to increase intramuscular fat and marbling. If you’re looking to stay away from GMOs, make sure the cattle were 100% grass-fed or pasture-fed (sometimes referred to as grass-finished or pasture-finished). The same applies to meat from other herbivores such as sheep. There is also the slight possibility that the animals were fed GM alfalfa, although this is less likely if you buy meat locally. With non-ruminants like pigs and poultry that cannot be 100% grass-fed, it’s better to look for meat that is 100% organic..

4. Seek products that are specifically labeled as non-GM or GMO-free. However, it is rare to find products labeled as such. You can also research websites that list companies and foods that do not use genetically modified foods,  but be aware that information is often incomplete and conflicting interests may not be declared.

5.  Shop locally. More than half of all GM foods are produced in the US, most of it comes from large, industrial farms. By shopping at farmers’ markets, more and more small farms are offering grains and meat directly to customers, in addition to the usual fare (vegetables, fruit, herbs). Shopping locally may also give you the opportunity to speak to the farmer and find out how he or she feels about GMOs and whether or not they use them in their own operation.

6. Buy whole foods. Favor foods that you can cook and prepare yourself, rather than foods that are processed or prepared (e.g. anything that comes in a box or a bag, including fast food).

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Be on the Safe Side: Avoid Food Products from North America

“History has many records of crimes against humanity, which were also justified by dominant commercial interests and governments of the day. Despite protests from citizens, social justice for the common good was eroded in favour of private profits. Today, patenting of life forms and the genetic engineering which it stimulates, is being justified on the grounds that it will benefit society, especially the poor, by providing better and more food and medicine. But in fact, by monopolising the ‘raw’ biological materials, the development of other options is deliberately blocked. Farmers therefore, become totally dependent on the corporations for seeds ~ Professor Wangari Mathai.

In the website: Disabled World, Mavis Butcher wrote:  It’s virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified food (GM food) in the United States because there aren’t any laws for genetically modified crops! Some estimates say as many as 30,000 different products on grocery store shelves are “modified.”

List of genetically modified foods – watch out and try to avoid them:

1. Soy products – half of North America’s soy crop is genetically engineered! Such foods including, soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, lecithin. Other products may include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil products and special purpose foods.

2. Rapeseed in Canada, the crop was renamed “canola” (Canadian oil). Avoid Canola oil! And canola oil may be found in edible oil products, fried foods, and baked products, snack foods.

3. Honey can be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes from bees collecting nectar from GM canola plants.

4. Cotton. It is also considered a food because the oil can be consumed. Products may include blended vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil products, and smallgoods casings.

5. Rice – Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Rice containing human genes is to be grown in the US.

6.  Sugar cane. A large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets. Genetically modified sugar cane is regarded so badly by consumers at the present time that it could not be marketed successfully.

7. Tomatoes.

8. Corn and corn products like corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. May include snack foods, baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods, and soft drinks.

9. Sweet corn. Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that  thousands of tonnes of genetically engineered sweetcorn have made their way into the human food supply chain, even though the produce has been approved only for use in animal feed. Recently Monsanto, a biotechnology food producer, said that about half of the USA’s sweetcorn acreage has been planted with genetically modified seed this year.

10. Potatoes, and may include snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods containing potatoes.

11. Flax – More and more food products contain flax oil and seed because of their excellent nutritional properties. No genetically modified flax is currently grown. An herbicide-resistant GM flax was introduced in 2001, but was soon taken off the market because European importers refused to buy it.

12. Papaya – The first virus resistant papayas were commercially grown in Hawaii in 1999. Transgenic papayas now cover about one thousand hectares, or three quarters of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto, donated technology to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for developing a papaya resistant to the ringspot virus in India.

13. Squash – (yellow crookneck) – Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are also GM but they are not popular with farmers.

14. Red-hearted chicory – (radicchio) – Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum) is popular in some regions as a salad green., Today there is no genetically modified chicory on the market.

15. Tobacco -The company Vector has a GMO tobacco being sold under the brand of Quest® cigarettes in the U.S.

16. Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM feed.

17. Peas.

18. Vegetable Oil – Most generic vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants and in processed foods in North America are made from soy, corn, canola, or cottonseed. Unless these oils specifically say “Non-GMO” or “Organic,” it is probably genetically modified.

19. Sugarbeets – May include any processed foods containing sugar.

20. Dairy Products – about 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).

21. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn, vitamin E is usually made from soy. Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMOs as well as vitamin D and vitamin K may have “carriers” derived from GM corn sources, such as starch, glucose, and maltodextrin.

How can the public make informed decisions about genetically modified (GM) foods when there is so little information about its safety?

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Be Healthy, Say NO to GMOs – genetically modified food

Árpád Pusztai, Ph.D., a Hungarian born scientist, has spent many years working for the Rowett Research Institute (RRI) in Aberdeen, Scotland, researching the nutritive values of plant lectins and genetically modified (GM) foods.

Dr. Pusztai lost his job with RRI for expressing his opinions on the safety of genetically modified foods in a TV interview in 1998. Read more about this honest man.

Over his years of extensive research, Pusztai finds that many GM crops have already been approved to be released on the market that may increase the toxicity of allergens in the crop, or contain unpredictable toxins themselves Such carcinogenic and/or mutagenic toxins may be created in GM crops. Many crops have not been properly tested to determine if they are safe for human or animal consumption .

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According to Dr. Arpad Pusztai, genetically modified (GM) crops and food are being grown and consumed by the public, even though:

•  there is little scientific study about their health risks
•  safety test technology is inadequate to assess potential harm
•  they can carry unpredictable toxins
•  they may increase the risk of allergenic reactions

Click here to read: Genetically Modified Foods: Are They a Risk to Human/Animal Health?