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GMO Myths and Lies

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    GMO Myths and Lies

 

The claims that GM crops are needed to feed the world are a big fat pack of lies.  They are, in fact, a huge threat.  We need to be going the other way, working with nature!

Also, for those who think that if this stuff were really toxic, we would have seen the effects by now…good grief, look around you!  How many people do you know with health problems.  Food Allergies, Asthma, Immune diseases, Digestive issues, Infertility, all are increasing!  This type of thing makes you sick, not necessarily dead.  Also, the effects are likely to be most evident in children, and in future generations.

This is a long report, but very good:

 http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Environment/documents/2011/10/19/GMOEMPEROR.pdf

I’ve copied some paragraphs:

The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes, a Global Citizen’s report on the state of GMOs.
 
We have been repeatedly told that genetically 
engineered (GE) crops will save the world by 
increasing yields and producing more food. They 
will save the world by controlling pests and 
weeds. They will save the world by reducing 
chemical use in agriculture. They will save the 
world with GE drought tolerant seeds and other 
seed traits that will provide resilience in times of 
climate change.
However, the GE emperor (Monsanto) has no 
clothes. All of these claims have been established 
as false over years of experience all across 
the world. The Global Citizens Report “The 
Emperor Has No Clothes” brings together 
evidence from the ground of Monsanto’s 
and the industry’s false promises and failed 
technology. 
Failure to Yield
Contrary to the claim of feeding the world, 
genetic engineering has not increased the yield 
of a single crop. Navdanya’s research in India 
has shown that contrary to Monsanto’s claim of 
Bt cotton yield of 1500 kg per acre, the reality 
is that the yield is an average of 400-500 kg per 
acre. 
Failure to Yield, a report by the Union of 
Concerned Scientists in the U.S., has established 
that genetic engineering has not contributed to 
yield increases in any crop. According to this 
report, increases in crop yields in the U.S. are 
due to yield characteristics of conventional crops, 
not genetic engineering. 
Australian research shows that conventional crops 
outperform GE crops.
 
Failed Technology: GE crops do not control pests and weeds, 
they create super pests and super weeds
Herbicide tolerant (Roundup Ready) crops were 
supposed to control weeds and Bt crops were 
intended to control pests. Instead of controlling 
weeds and pests, GE crops have led to the 
emergence of super weeds and super pests. In 
the U.S., Round Up Ready crops have produced 
weeds resistant to Round Up. Approximately 
15 million acres are now overtaken by Roundup 
resistant “superweeds”, and, in an attempt to 
stop the spread of these weeds, Monsanto has 
started offering farmers a “rebate” of up to $6 per 
acre for purchasing and using other, more lethal 
herbicides. These rebates offset approximately 
25 to 35 percent of cost of purchasing the other 
herbicides.
Agronomists around the world are alarmed by the 
growing epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds, 
also known as superweeds, that have evolved 
resistance to glyphosate as a result of the intensive 
use of this herbicide.
 From November 2007 to January 2011, the number of reports of confirmed 
glyphosate-resistant weeds in the U.S. nearly 
doubled from 34 to 66. Infested acreage more 
than quintupled, from 2.4 to 12.6 million acres. 
 
 
Effects on soil health:  A survey was conducted by Navdanya under Bt 
cotton growing areas of Vidharbha (India). Twenty-five 
fields were selected where Bt cotton was grown 
for three years, which was compared with the 
adjoining fields where either other varieties of 
cotton were growing or other crops were growing 
during that period. The areas covered between 
Nagpur, Amravati, Wardha and adjoining areas. 
The result showed significant reduction in acid 
phosphatase (26.6 percent), nitrogenase (22.6 
percent) and dehydrogenase (10.3 percent) 
activities under Bt cotton growing fields.  
The results clearly demonstrated that Bt cotton 
cultivation definitely affect soil biological 
health especially beneficial microorganisms 
(actinomycetes, bacteria) and enzymes (acid 
phosphatase, nitrogenase and dehydrogenase). 
(Effect on Soil Biological Activities due to 
Cultivation of Bt cotton, Navdanya, 2008).
 
GMOs contaminate non-GE crops. 
Contamination is inevitable, since crosspollination is inevitable, within the same species 
or with close relatives.
The most dramatic case of contamination and 
genetic pollution is the case of Percy Schmeiser, 
a Canadian Canola seed grower, whose crop 
was contaminated by Monsanto’s Round-Up 
Ready Canola. Instead of paying Percy for the 
damage of contamination in accordance with the 
“Polluter Pays” principle, Monsanto sued Percy 
for “Intellectual Property theft.”
The contamination of canola in Canada is so 
severe that 90 percent of certified non GE 
Canola seed samples contain GE material (www.
lynnmaclaren.org.au/media-release-major-graintraders-reject-gm-canola).
As Arnold Taylor, Chair of the Organic 
Agriculture Protection Fund said:
“There is no organic canola in Canada any more, 
virtually none, because the seed stock is basically 
contaminated… we’ve lost that crop” (GM Canola 
‘contaminated’, Canadian Farms, The Age.com.
au, July 5, 2011).
 
In 2001, D. Quist and I. Chapela of the 
University of Mexico published a study in 
Nature magazine “Transgenic DNA introgressed 
into traditional maize land races in Oaxaca, 
Mexico (nature, 414, 6863, November 29, 2001 
p. 541-543). Their study showed that native 
maize had been contaminated by GE corn. This 
was in spite of the fact that it is illegal to grow 
GE maize in Mexico.
Mexico is the center of diversity of corn. This 
is where corn was domesticated and where the 
highest diversity of corn exists. According to the 
government, the contamination took place when 
farmers planted corn imported from the US, not 
knowing it was genetically modified.
In April 2002, the Mexican government 
confirmed contamination of native corn by 
GE corn. As Jorge Soberon, Secretary of 
Mexico’s Biodiversity Commission, stated 
“This is the world’s worst case of contamination 
by genetically modified material because it 
happened in the place of origin of a major crop. 
It is confirmed. There is no doubt about it” (C. 
Clover, “Worst ever GM crop Invasion, The 
Daily Telegraph, London, April 19, 2002, P. 
Brown, Mexico’s Vital Gene Reservoir Polluted 
by Modified Maize, Guardian, London, April 19, 
2002).
 
The Way Forward—Agroecological Farming
Many reports discuss alternative farming practices 
that protect the environment, sustain livelihoods 
and rural communities, and provide food security. 
In Indonesia, when restrictions were introduced 
on the use of 57 pesticides used in growing rice 
and subsidies for pesticides were eliminated, the 
volume of pesticides used on rice fell by more 
than 50 percent and yields increased by about 
15 percent. Farmers’ net incomes increased by 
$18 per farmer per season. The government 
saved $120 million per year by ending pesticide 
subsidies. 
In Bangladesh the “No Pest” program led to 
pesticide reduction of 76 percent and yield 
increases of 11 percent. Returns increased by an 
average of 106 percent in the dry season and 26 
percent in the wet season.