Bad Seed -- GMO Resource Library: Articles and Papers
The USDA claims that the artificial sweetener Neotame (N-[N-(3,3-dimethylbutyl)-L-a-aspartyl]-L-phenylalanine 1-methyl ester) is not permitted in certified organic food products as widely reported.
Members of the Independent Science Panel (ISP) on GM have had the opportunity to review extensive scientific and other evidence on genetic engineering over the past decades. Many are among the more than 600 scientists from 72 countries who have signed an `Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments' , initiated in 1999, which called for a moratorium on the environmental release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a ban on patents on living processes, organisms, seeds, cell lines and genes, and a comprehensive public enquiry into the future of agriculture and food security. Scientific and other developments since 1999 have confirmed our concerns over the safety of genetic engineering, genetically modified (GM) crops and food security. At the same time, the successes and benefits of the different forms of sustainable agriculture are undeniable. The evidence, now assembled, makes a strong case for a worldwide ban on all environmental release of GM crops to make way for a comprehensive shift to agroecology, sustainable agriculture and organic farming. The evidence on why GM crops are not a viable option for a sustainable future is presented in Parts 1 and 2, while Part 3 presents evidence on the successes and benefits of sustainable agricultural practices.
In September, 2005, the respected South African investigative magazine Noseweek ran a five-page interview with me that was described by a GMO campaigner as "the hardest knock" that the country's biotech industry had ever taken from the media. Hans Lombard, a public relations consultant for the biotech industry, wrote a rebuttal to Noseweek that was pure industry spin. Fortunately, Jeffrey Smith was given the opportunity to respond.
The peas, developed by Australian scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), created a dangerous immune response in mice which, if found in humans, might be life threatening.
Bad Seed GMO Article/Research: Sowing Secrecy: The Biotech Industry, USDA, and America's Secret Pharm Belt
After taking a one-year hiatus in the aftermath of the Prodigene incident, the biotechnology industry engaged in the genetic engineering of plants to produce pharmaceuticals, industrial compounds, and other novel proteins ("biopharming" or "pharma crops") has stealthly returned to the business of planting crops and producing commercial products. While the biopharm industry pushes forward toward commercialization, USDA has kept the public and interested stakeholders in the dark about this reemergence.
The Bacillus species causing anthrax and food poisoning are extensively exploited as biopesticides in genetically engineered Bt crops. Anthrax is an acute fatal disease among mammals and the Bacillus bacteria B. anthracis became widely known as a biological weapon soon after September 11, 2001.
Bayer produces some of the world's most toxic pesticides and have contributed to the poisoning of Peruvian children, a chemical explosion in Madagascar, and the genetically engineered StarLink corn disaster.
Dow Chemical is responsible for producing some of the most infamous chemicals, from Agent Orange and napalm for use in the Vietnam War, to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and the widely used insecticide Dursban. Dow has a history of unethical behavior, including testing its chemicals on humans and withholding information from the U.S.
DuPont has a long history of promoting the use of dangerous pesticides in developing countries, harming the environment, and violating the law. It is a clear example of a company that fails to comply with World Bank guidelines for private sector partnerships.
Monsanto gained notoriety for suing a Canadian farmer who unintentionally grew genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready canola after pollen from GE seeds drifted into his fields and contaminated his crop.
Leaflet created by the Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR) on why genetically modified crops are bad for people and bad for the environment.
Bad Seed GMO Article/Research: USDA, Inc: How Agribusiness Has Hijacked Regulatory Policy at the US Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been deliberately transformed from a servant of the public interest into a vehicle for promoting the narrow interests of large producers and major food processing and input corporations, i.e. Big Agribusiness.
Bad Seed GMO Article/Research: Transcripts of the New Zealand Royal Commission of Inquiry on Genetic Modification held in January - March of 2001
A Royal Commission of inquiry on Genetic Modification by the New Zealand government began in June 2000. The Report by the Royal Commission was released 12 months later.
This is based on the results of nutritional, toxicological and immunological studies with rats fed on diets containing two different samples of GM potatoes expressing the gene of the snowdrop bulb (Galanthus nivalis) lectin, GNA.
Soul and conscience witness statement