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    Genetically Modified Mutant Mosquitoes To Be Released Near Florida

    January 31st, 2015



    Odds are you have already heard of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), especially in relation to food crops such as corn, wheat and potatoes, and how individuals and countries are electing to avoid them. But now, British biotechnology company, Oxitec, is seeking Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval to “field test” its genetically modified mosquito in the Florida Keys. Citing an increase in tropical diseases from climate change and globalization, companies like Oxitec seek to control disease-spreading mosquito populations.

    Certainly mosquitoes are an issue in the Florida Keys, where despite spraying insecticides continuously, the local mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, continue to flourish and have even adapted to become resistant to four out of the six pesticides used. Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, can spread Dengue Fever and Chikungunya, two highly painful diseases for which there are no vaccines yet.

    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are only about 28 cases of Chikungunya per year in the United States, usually from individuals who had been traveling in the Caribbean or in Asia. On its website, the CDC states the last real outbreak of Dengue in the continental U.S. was in 2005, in Texas.

    Oxitec aims to reduce the mosquito population by introducing its genetically modified specimens. The company has developed a way of inserting fragments of genetic material from other organisms, such as coral and E. coli bacteria, into the male mosquitoes. The males are then released to mate with the females in the wild, and this genetic material passes from the males and essentially kills the larvae resulting from these couplings.




    Oxitec claims this same genetic material poses no threat to other organisms and will not interfere with humans at all, as only the male mosquitoes will be released and it is only the females who bite. Even if bitten, none of the genetically modified material would enter a human’s bloodstream, they claim. But others say the company has not done enough to prove these claims.

    “Why are we being used as the experiment, the guinea pigs, just to see what happens?” Marilyn Smith, a Key West resident wondered at a public meeting following a presentation by Oxitec, according to an Associated Press report.

    Oxitec released 3.3 million of these modified mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands over six months in 2012. Residents say there was an issue of informed consent, as no one was informed stray females from the lab could also escape into the wild population.

    “To say that there’s no genetically modified DNA that might get into a human, that’s kind of a gray matter,” Phil Lounibos, of the Florida Entomology Laboratory, told the AP.

    Oxitec is hoping to release its mosquitoes from its lab in Key West this spring. To date, it has released 70 million modified mosquitoes in countries around the world. A petition on Change.org has already garnered over 140 thousand signatures pleading for government agencies to refuse Oxitec’s plans for Florida. Theresa Eisenman, spokeswoman for the FDA, told the AP the FDA would not give Oxitec the go-ahead until the FDA has “thoroughly reviewed all the necessary information.”


    http://anonhq.com/mutant-mosquitoes-...d-near-florida


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    As if GMO food and GMO deadly pesticides on the food was not enough, now there are 70 million GMO mosquitoes flying around in several countries. Is this how they are spreading disease in the developing countries?! It is common practice for western countries to use developing nations as their test labs.
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    Monsanto's Toxic Chemical Glyphosate Found in Honey

    Glyphosate, an active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, has been found in honey.

    September 25, 2016

    For decades, neither the FDA nor the USDA have done studies to inspect how much glyphosate is in our food. Yet, the toxic chemical has been found in pregnant women, snacks, breakfast foods, urine, blood, breast milk, tampons, beer, vaccines, and even in stillborn piglets. In 2015, the World Health Organization's IARC declared that glyphosate is even a "probable human carcinogen" that can alter DNA in a very damaging way.

    It seems obvious to think that our food should be tested for this dangerous chemical. Recently, researchers declared that they found glyphosate residues in honey, soy sauce, and other foods and condiments.

    Normally, the FDA and USDA make an effort to help multinational corporations like Monsanto, but because of public pressure, the agencies decided to test certain foods.

    The FDA has found evidence that residues of the weed killer can even be found in food that is not produced with its use. All of the samples of honey tested by the FDA contained glyphosate residues, while some samples even showed residue levels that were double the limit allowed in the European Union. Sadly, there has yet to be a legal limit set for glyphosate in honey in the United States. Even organic honey can contain this toxic residue and the levels are worrisome and there is no way for beekeepers to control whether or not the chemical gets into the honey because they are not using it. It's farmers that use Roundup who are to blame.

    Hopefully soon the FDA will be pressured by scientists and health specialists to test for glyphosate regularly and put a limit to its use.



    http://www.realfarmacy.com/glyphosate-honey/



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    FDA Approves New GMO Pineapple WITHOUT Independent Safety Testing




    While more and more people are becoming educated about the true history of Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, most still don’t realize one extremely important piece of information: the FDA’s surprising lack of safety testing.


    In regards to GMOs, the FDA’s declaration of “substantial equivalence” means that there is no long-term, independent safety testing of new foods and crops that have been genetically engineered.



    When it comes to the forthcoming GMO pineapple, that is once again the case: the FDA has said that Del Monte’s proposed creation is “safe” based solely on information submitted by the company itself. There is a distinct lack of information on long-term potential health effects, however.


    The new GMO pineapple has been given a rubber stump, and it could be headed to store shelves. Here’s what you need to know about it.
    New “Pink” Pineapple To Be Grown in Costa Rica


    Costa Rica is one of the most diverse and natural paradises in the world, but now the country is expected to be the site of the latest GMO experiment: an “extra sweet pink flesh” pineapple.


    Here’s how the new pineapple was created according to the FDA:


    “Del Monte’s new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”


    According to the company’s information the product is “safe,” but the process itself has many questioning it, wondering if perhaps any unintended consequences will come from “playing God” with such a widely consumed food.



    While genetic engineering can be explained simply in a surface way, it also can create unseen changes at a cellular level that the everyday person is not aware of, critics say. When GMOs were originally approved, the FDA ignored its own scientists’ warnings about potential allergens and long-term health concerns.


    The FDA and GMO companies disagree with critics on the need for long-term independent safety testing, however.


    “(Del Monte) submitted information to the agency to demonstrate that the pink flesh pineapple is as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterparts,” the FDA said according to this report from NBC News.


    According to the NBC report, the pineapple will simply be labeled “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple,” suggesting that no special labels showing that it is genetically engineered will be required.


    For more on the pineapple, check out the full NBC News report by clicking here.


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    Brazil About to Refuse ALL Imports of U.S.- Grown Genetically-Modified Crops


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    Brazil — The list of countries refusing Monsanto’s genetically-modified crops continues to grow. Highlighting the world divide on the issue, Brazil recently refused all U.S.-grown GM crops. While we are continually force-fed genetically modified foods — since they are in approximately 80 percent of all packaged, conventional foods in grocery stores in America — other countries are refusing to import them, grow them, or sell them within their borders.


    As more nations pass laws that impose trade regulations on genetically modified goods, despite World Trade Organization back room deals, Monsanto and their cut-outs opt for ever-more devious strategies to insinuate their wares onto the world.


    Despite this, as a Bloomberg article points out, “In recent years, some of the largest commodity trading companies have refused to take certain GMO crops from farmers because the seeds used hadn’t received a full array of global approvals, something that can lead to holdups at ports or even the rejection of entire cargoes.”

    For example, Brazil.


    In this instance, it is Brazil’s chicken farmers who won’t feed their birds GM corn; but there are other countries opting out of GM crops, too.
    Ironically, Brazil is the the second largest producer of GM crops in the world after the U.S., and grows 29 varieties of GM corn, so they are likely pulling rank for trade rather than hoping to save their population’s health — but at least the chicken farmers see the detriment from using GM corn.

    This doesn’t mean that a resistance in Brazil isn’t growing as well. Female Members of the Landless Worker’s Movement (MST) broke into a São Paulo State lab and destroyed millions of samples of GM prototypes not long ago that contained a carcinogenic pesticide.


    There is a good reason for banning GM crops, even if they are only meant for livestock to consume. A new Seralini study says that the very first GM crop, introduced way back in 1996, was highly toxic to farm animals over the long-term.


    Seralini highlights problems such as partial paralysis (paresis) accompanied by great fatigue, and problems in the kidneys and mucosal membranes in the animals, followed by death in 10% of cases,”all from feeding the animals GM crops like corn, soy, and alfalfa. Not surprisingly, he finds that GM maize (like Monsanto’s highly touted Bt variety) are the most toxic of all.


    You can imagine what we’ve done to these animals’ health since the 1990s — and to ourselves in the years that have followed.

    Fortunately, Brazil’s farmers join a growing, international resistance against cultivating GM seed. Russia recently banned all U.S. corn and soy imports due to possible GM contamination. Nineteen additional countries in the E.U. also banned all GM crops, and dozens more have banned GM crops for import or growth in their country.

    http://www.healthy-holistic-living.c...ps.html?t=JERF


 

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