The head of Monsanto is a member of the CFR. This is why they can get away with this action in agriculture.
France banned GM foods resulting in sanctions by the US. Imagine that! Our ally is still suffering sanctions by the US government in 2006. For what Monsanto did to Percy Schmeiser in Canada that resulted in Mr. Schmeiser having to sacrifice to take the case all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court (he won there thankfully), see my 15 edition. It's the feature story in my edition which is devoted to farmers all around the world and free on my site for people all over the world. I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Schmeiser in January 2004 when he came to speak in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada because I lived there at that time. We had to dig the snow out so I could get my car out to drive the short distance to the place where he spoke because I didn't want to risk another broken bone. I arrived late, so at the end of his talk, I spoke with him to ask him if he was familiar with the Trilateral Commission (TC) since that organization is the one that has caused the family farm to become a thing of the past. He told me that he was familiar with it. I told him that I had been planning to publish this for years because I knew from 1987 that the TC had betrayed the agriculture industry. Peace, Arlene Johnson Publisher/Author http://www.truedemocracy.net Click on the icon that says Magazine. Password for this year's editions: message -----Original Message----- >From: RoadsEnd <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >Sent: Sep 9, 2006 7:39 PM >To: Cia-drugs Cia-drugs <Ciaemail@example.com> >Cc: RoadsEnd <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >Subject: [cia-drugs] Fwd: Konformist: Monsanto Whistleblower Says Genetically >Engineered Crops May Cause Disease > > > >Begin forwarded message: > >> From: "Robert Sterling" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> >> Date: September 9, 2006 8:23:27 AM PDT >> To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] >> Subject: Konformist: Monsanto Whistleblower Says Genetically >> Engineered Crops May Cause Disease >> >> Please send as far and wide as possible. >> >> Thanks, >> Robert Sterling >> Editor, The Konformist >> http://www.konformist.com >> >> Spilling the Beans, August 2006 >> ResponsibleTechnology.org >> >> Monsanto Whistleblower Says Genetically Engineered Crops May Cause >> Disease >> By Jeffrey M. Smith >> >> Monsanto was quite happy to recruit young Kirk Azevedo to sell their >> genetically engineered cotton. Kirk had grown up on a California >> farm and had worked in several jobs monitoring and testing >> pesticides and herbicides. Kirk was bright, ambitious, handsome and >> idealistic?the perfect candidate to project the company's "Save the >> world through genetic engineering" image. >> >> It was that image, in fact, that convinced Kirk to take the job in >> 1996. "When I was contacted by the headhunter from Monsanto, I began >> to study the company, namely the work of their CEO, Robert Shapiro." >> Kirk was thoroughly impressed with Shapiro's promise of a golden >> future through genetically modified (GM) crops. "He described how we >> would reduce the in-process waste from manufacturing, turn our >> fields into factories and produce anything from lifesaving drugs to >> insect-resistant plants. It was fascinating to me." Kirk >> thought, "Here we go. I can do something to help the world and make >> it a better place." >> >> He left his job and accepted a position at Monsanto, rising quickly >> to become the facilitator for GM cotton sales in California and >> Arizona. He would often repeat Shapiro's vision to customers, >> researchers, even fellow employees. After about three months, he >> visited Monsanto's St. Louis headquarters for the first time for new >> employee training. There too, he took the opportunity to let his >> colleagues know how enthusiastic he was about Monsanto's technology >> that was going to reduce waste, decrease poverty and help the world. >> Soon after the meeting, however, his world was shaken. >> >> "A vice president pulled me aside," recalled Kirk. "He told me >> something like, `Wait a second. What Robert Shapiro says is one >> thing. But what we do is something else. We are here to make money. >> He is the front man who tells a story. We don't even understand what >> he is saying.'" >> >> Kirk felt let down. "I went in there with the idea of helping and >> healing and came out with `Oh, I guess it is just another profit- >> oriented company.'" He returned to California, still holding out >> hopes that the new technology could make a difference. >> >> Possible Toxins in GM Plants >> >> Kirk was developing the market in the West for two types of GM >> cotton. Bt cotton was engineered with a gene from a soil bacterium, >> Bacillus thuringiensis. Organic farmers use the natural form of the >> bacterium as an insecticide, spraying it occasionally during times >> of high pest infestation. Monsanto engineers, however, isolated and >> then altered the gene that produces the Bt-toxin, and inserted it >> into the DNA of the cotton plant. Now every cell of their Bt cotton >> produces a toxic protein. The other variety was Roundup Readyï¿½ >> cotton. It contains another bacterial gene that enables the plant to >> survive an otherwise toxic dose of Monsanto's Roundupï¿½ herbicide. >> Since the patent on Roundup's main active ingredient, glyphosate, >> was due to expire in 2000, the company was planning to sell Roundup >> Ready seeds that were bundled with their Roundup herbicide, >> effectively extending their brand's dominance in the herbicide >> market. >> >> In the summer of 1997, Kirk spoke with a Monsanto scientist who was >> doing some tests on Roundup Ready cotton. Using a "Western blot" >> analysis, the scientist was able to identify different proteins by >> their molecular weight. He told Kirk that the GM cotton not only >> contained the intended protein produced by the Roundup Ready gene, >> but also extra proteins that were not normally produced in the >> plant. These unknown proteins had been created during the gene >> insertion process. >> >> Gene insertion was done using a gene gun (particle bombardment). >> Kirk, who has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, understood >> this to be "a kind of barbaric and messy method of genetic >> engineering, where you use a gun-like apparatus to bombard the plant >> tissue with genes that are wrapped around tiny gold particles." He >> knew that particle bombardment can cause unpredictable changes and >> mutations in the DNA, which might result in new types of proteins. >> >> The scientist dismissed these newly created proteins in the cotton >> plant as unimportant background noise, but Kirk wasn't convinced. >> Proteins can have allergenic or toxic properties, but no one at >> Monsanto had done a safety assessment on them. "I was afraid at that >> time that some of these proteins may be toxic." He was particularly >> concerned that the rogue proteins "might possibly lead to mad cow or >> some other prion-type diseases." >> >> Kirk had just been studying mad cow disease (bovine spongiform >> encephalopathy) and its human counterpart, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease >> (CJD). These fatal diseases had been tracked to a class of proteins >> called prions. Short for "proteinaceous infectious particles," >> prions are improperly folded proteins, which cause other healthy >> proteins to also become misfolded. Over time, they cause holes in >> the brain, severe dysfunction and death. Prions survive cooking and >> are believed to be transmittable to humans who eat meat from >> infected "mad" cows. The disease may incubate undetected for about 2 >> to 8 years in cows and up to 30 years in humans. >> >> When Kirk tried to share his concerns with the scientist, he >> realized, "He had no idea what I was talking about; he had not even >> heard of prions. And this was at a time when Europe had a great >> concern about mad cow disease and it was just before the noble prize >> was won by Stanley Prusiner for his discovery of prion proteins." >> Kirk said "These Monsanto scientists are very knowledge about >> traditional products, like chemicals, herbicides and pesticides, but >> they don't understand the possible harmful outcomes of genetic >> engineering, such as pathophysiology or prion proteins. So I am >> explaining to him about the potential untoward effects of these >> foreign proteins, but he just did not understand." >> >> Endangering the Food Supply >> >> At this time, Roundup Ready cotton varieties were just being >> introduced into other regions but were still being field-tested in >> California. California varieties had not yet been commercialized. >> But Kirk came to find out that Monsanto was feeding the cotton >> plants used in its test plots to cattle. >> >> "I had great issue with this," he said. "I had worked for Abbot >> Laboratories doing research, doing test plots using Bt sprays from >> bacteria. We would never take a test plot and put into the food >> supply, even with somewhat benign chemistries. We would always >> destroy the test plot material and not let anything into the food >> supply. Now we entered into a new era of genetic engineering. The >> standard was not the same as with pesticides. It was much lower, >> even though it probably should have been much higher." >> >> Kirk complained to the Ph.D. in charge of the test plot about >> feeding the experimental plants to cows. He explained that unknown >> proteins, including prions, might even effect humans who consume the >> cow's milk and meat. The scientist replied, "Well that's what we're >> doing everywhere else and that's what we're doing here." He refused >> to destroy the plants. >> >> Kirk got a bit frantic. He started talking to others in the >> company. "I approached pretty much everyone on my team in Monsanto." >> He was unable to get anyone interested. In fact, he said, "Once they >> understood my perspective, I was somewhat ostracized. It seemed as >> if once I started questioning things, people wanted to keep their >> distance from me. I lost the cooperation with other team members. >> Anything that interfered with advancing the commercialization of >> this technology was going to be pushed aside." >> >> He then approached California Agriculture Commissioners. "These >> local Ag commissioners are traditionally responsible for test plots >> and to make sure test plot designs protect people and the >> environment." But Kirk got nowhere. "Once again, even at the Ag >> commissioner level, they were dealing with a new technology that was >> beyond their comprehension. They did not really grasp what untoward >> effects might be created by the genetic engineering process itself." >> >> Kirk continued to try to blow the whistle on what he thought could >> be devastating to the health of consumers. "I spoke to many Ag >> commissioners. I spoke to people at the University of California. I >> found no one who would even get it, or even get the connection that >> proteins might be pathogenic, or that there might be untoward >> effects associated with these foreign proteins that we knew we were >> producing. They didn't even want to talk about it really. You'd kind >> of see a blank stare when speaking to them on this level. That led >> me to say I am not going to be part of this company anymore. I'm not >> going to be part of this disaster, from a moral perspective." >> >> Kirk gave his two-week notice. In early January 1998, he finished >> his last day of work in the morning and in the afternoon started his >> first day at chiropractic college. He was still determined to make a >> positive difference for the world, but with a radically changed >> approach. >> >> While in school, he continued to research prion disease and its >> possible connection with GM crops. What he read then and what is >> known now about prions has not alleviated his concerns. He >> says, "The protein that manifests as mad cow disease takes about >> five years. With humans, however, that time line is anywhere from 10- >> 30 years. We were talking about 1997 and today is 2006. We still >> don't know if there is anything going to happen to us from our being >> used as test subjects." >> >> Update >> >> It turns out that the damage done to DNA due to the process of >> creating a genetically modified organism is far more extensive than >> previously thought. GM crops routinely create unintended >> proteins, alter existing protein levels or even change the >> components and shape of the protein that is created by the inserted >> gene. Kirk's concerns about a GM crop producing a harmful misfolded >> protein remain well-founded, and have been echoed by scientists as >> one of the many possible dangers that are not being evaluated by the >> biotech industry's superficial safety assessments. >> >> GM cotton has provided ample reports of unpredicted side-effects. In >> April 2006, more than 70 Indian shepherds reported that 25% of their >> herds died within 5-7 days of continuous grazing on Bt cotton plants. >>  Hundreds of Indian agricultural laborers reported allergic >> reactions from Bt cotton. Some cotton harvesters have been >> hospitalized and many laborers in cotton gin factories take >> antihistamines each day before work. >> >> The cotton's agronomic performance is also erratic. When Monsanto's >> GM cotton varieties were first introduced in the US, tens of >> thousands of acres suffered deformed roots and other unexpected >> problems. Monsanto paid out millions in settlements. When Bt >> cotton was tested in Indonesia, widespread pest infestation and >> drought damage forced withdrawal of the crop, despite the fact that >> Monsanto had been bribing at least 140 individuals for years, trying >> to gain approval. In India, inconsistent performance has resulted >> in more than $80 million dollars in losses in each of two states. >> Thousands of indebted Bt cotton farmers have committed suicide. In >> Vidarbha, in north east Maharashtra, from June through August 2006, >> farmers committed suicide at a rate of about one every eight hours. >>  (The list of adverse reactions reported from other GM crops, in >> lab animals, livestock and humans, is considerably longer.) >> >> Kirk's concern about GM crop test plots also continues to remain >> valid. The industry has been consistently inept at controlling the >> spread of unapproved varieties. On August 18, 2006, for example, the >> USDA announced that unapproved GM long grain rice, which was last >> field tested by Bayer CropScience in 2001, had contaminated the US >> rice crop (probably for the past 5 years). Japan responded by >> suspending long grain rice imports and the EU will now only accept >> shipments that are tested and certified GM-free. Similarly, in March >> 2005, the US government admitted that an unapproved corn variety had >> escaped from Syngenta's field trials four years earlier and had >> contaminated US corn. By year's end, Japan had rejected at least >> 14 shipments containing the illegal corn. Other field trialed crops >> have been mixed with commercial varieties, consumed by farmers, >> stolen, even given away by government agencies and universities who >> had accidentally mixed seed varieties. >> >> Some contamination from field trials may last for centuries. That >> may be the fate of a variety of unapproved Roundup Ready grass >> which, according to reports made public in August 2006, had escaped >> into the wild from an Oregon test plot years earlier. Pollen had >> crossed with other varieties and wind had dispersed seeds. >> Scientists believe that the variety will cross pollinate with other >> grass varieties and may contaminate the commercial grass seed supply? >> 70 percent of which is grown in Oregon. >> >> Even GM crops with known poisons are being grown outdoors without >> adequate safeguards for health and the environment. A corn >> engineered to produce pharmaceutical medicines, for example, >> contaminated corn and soybean fields in Iowa and Nebraska in 2002. >>  On August 10, 2006, a federal judge ruled that the drug- >> producing GM crops grown in Hawaii violated both the Endangered >> Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. >> >> A December 29, 2005 report by the USDA office of Inspector General, >> blasted the agriculture department for its abysmal oversight of GM >> field trials, particularly for the high risk drug producing crops. >>  And a January 2004 report by the National Research Council also >> called upon the government to strengthen its oversight, but >> acknowledged that there is no way to guarantee that field trialed >> crops will not pollute the environment. >> >> With the US government failing to prevent GM contamination, and with >> state governments and agriculture commissioners unwilling to >> challenge the dictates of the biotech industry, some California >> counties decided to enact regulations of their own. California's >> diverse agriculture is particularly vulnerable and thousands of >> field trials on not-yet-approved GM crops have already taken place >> there. If contamination were discovered, it could easily devastate >> an industry. Four counties have enacted moratoria or bans on the >> planting of GM crops, including both approved and unapproved >> varieties. This follows the actions of more than 4500 jurisdictions >> in Europe and dozens of nations, states and regions on all >> continents, which have sought to restrict planting of GM crops to >> protect their health, environment and agriculture. >> >> Ironically, California's assembly, which has done nothing to protect >> the state from possible losses due to GM crop contamination, passed >> a bill on August 24, 2006 that prohibits other counties and cities >> from creating GM free zones. The senate is expected to vote on the >> issue by the end of their session on August 31st (see >> http://www.calgefree.org/preemption.shtml). It is yet another >> example of how the biotech industry has been able to push their >> agenda onto US consumers, without regard to health and environmental >> safeguards. No doubt that their lobbyists, anxious to have this bill >> pass, told legislators that GM crops are needed to stop poverty and >> feed a hungry world. >> >> [Update 9/1/06: The California Senate session ended without >> senators voting on the bill to prevent local jurisdictions from >> creating GM-Free zones. For the time being at least, California >> counties and cities may still enact GM-Free zones.] >> >> Jeffrey Smith's forthcoming book, Genetic Roulette, documents more >> than 60 health risks of GM foods in easy-to-read two-page spreads, >> and demonstrates how current safety assessments are not competent to >> protect consumers from the dangers. His previous book, Seeds of >> Deception (www.seedsofdeception.com), is the world's best-selling >> book on the subject. He is available for media at >> [EMAIL PROTECTED] Dr. Kirk Azevedo has a chiropractic >> office in Cambria, California. Press may reach him at (805) 927-1055 >> or at drkirk(at)charter.net. >> --------------------------------------------------------------------- >> ----------- >> Spilling the Beans is a monthly column available at >> www.responsibletechnology.org. >> >> Permission is granted to publishers and webmasters to reproduce >> issues of Spilling the Beans in whole or in part. Just email us at >> [EMAIL PROTECTED] to let us know who you are and what your >> circulation is, so we can keep track. >> >> The Institute for Responsible Technology is working to end the >> genetic engineering of our food supply and the outdoor release of GM >> crops. We warmly welcome your donations and support. >> >> Membership to the Institute for Responsible Technology costs $25 per >> year. New members receive The GMO Trilogy, a three-disc set produced >> by Jeffrey Smith (see www.GMOTrilogy.com). >> --------------------------------------------------------------------- >> ----------- >>  JR Latham et al., "The Mutational Consequences of Plant >> Transformation," The Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Vol >> 2006 Article ID 25376 Pages 1-7, DOI 10.1155/JBB/2006/25376; for a >> more in-depth discussion, see also Allison Wilson et al., "Genome >> Scrambling -Myth or Reality? Transformation-Induced Mutations in >> Transgenic Crop Plants, Technical Report - October 2004, >> www.econexus.info. >>  Mortality in Sheep Flocks after Grazing on Bt Cotton Fields ? >> Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh. Report of the Preliminary >> Assessment April 2006, http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=6494 >> Ashish Gupta, et. al., Impact of Bt Cotton on Farmers' Health (in >> Barwani and Dhar District of Madhya Pradesh), Investigation Report, >> Oct - Dec 2005 >>  See for example, Monsanto Cited In Crop Losses New York Times, >> June 16, 1998 , http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html? >> res=9A04EED6153DF935A25755C0A96E958260; and Greenpeace >> http://archive.greenpeace.org/geneng/reports/gmo/intrgmo5.htm >>  Antje Lorch, Monsanto Bribes in Indonesia, Monsanto Fined For >> Bribing Indonesian Officials to Avoid Environmental Studies for Bt >> Cotton, ifrik 1sep2005, http://www.mindfully.org/GE/2005/Monsanto- >> Bribes-Indonesia1sep05.htm >>  Bt Cotton - No Respite for Andhra Pradesh Farmers More than 400 >> crores' worth losses for Bt Cotton farmers in Kharif 2005 Centre for >> Sustainable Agriculture: Press Release, March 29, 2006 >> http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=6393; see also November >> 14, 2005 article in www.NewKerala.comregarding Madhya Pradesh. >>  Jaideep Hardikar, One suicide every 8 hours, Daily News & >> Analysis (India), August 26, 2006 http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp? >> NewsID=1049554 >>  Rick Weiss, U.S. Rice Supply Contaminated, Genetically Altered >> Variety Is Found in Long-Grain Rice, Washington Post, August 19, 2006 >> Jeffrey Smith, US Government and Biotech Firm Deceive Public on >> GM Corn Mix-up, Spilling the Beans, April 2005 >>  See for example, Christopher Doering, ProdiGene to spend >> millions on bio-corn tainting, Reuters News Service, USA: December >> 9, 2002 >>  See www.centerforfoodsafety.org >> Office of Inspector General, USDA, Audit Report Animal and Plant >> Health Inspection Service Controls Over Issuance of Genetically >> Engineered Organism Release Permits, December 2005 >> http://www.thecampaign.org/USDA_IG_1205.pdf >>  Justin Gillis, Genetically Modified Organisms Not Easily >> Contained; National Research Council Panel Urges More Work to >> Protect Against Contamination of Food Supply, Washington Post, Jan >> 21, 2004 >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> The Konformist must make a request for donations via Paypal, at >> Paypal.com. 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