GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health — NEJM

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not high on most physicians’ worry lists. If we think at all about biotechnology, most of us probably focus on direct threats to human health, such as prospects for converting pathogens to biologic weapons or the implications of new technologies for editing the human germline. But while those debates simmer, the application of biotechnology to agriculture has been rapid and aggressive. The vast majority of the corn and soybeans grown in the United States are now genetically engineered. Foods produced from GM crops have become ubiquitous. And unlike regulatory bodies in 64 other countries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require labeling of GM foods.

Two recent developments are dramatically changing the GMO landscape. First, there have been sharp increases in the amounts and numbers of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops, and still further increases — the largest in a generation — are scheduled to occur in the next few years. Second, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate, the herbicide most widely used on GM crops, as a “probable human carcinogen”1 and classified a second herbicide, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), as a “possible human carcinogen.

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Jim Ford | Student | Disclosure: None

August 20, 2015

Effects on microbiome unknown

It’s becoming apparent that the microbiome of the human gut is intimately connected to our health and well-being and recent changes in diet and lifestyle are already being recognized as having negative effects on this intimate relationship. The fact that we share basically the same flora as chimps suggests we have been evolving with these organisms for millennia. We know that when a woman gets pregnant her flora shifts to more calorie-conserving species and shifts in phyla have been shown to predispose to obesity and immune system dysregulation, for starters. Herbicides, insecticides and GMO’s have not been investigated for their effects on our microbiome and until they have can hardly be presumed to be safe for mass consumption- clearly much more needs to be done. We are in the midst of a vast experiment that has the potential for disastrous results, an experiment that more and more people are choosing to opt out of by buying and consuming organically produced products. At the very least, labeling seems very reasonable but those efforts have been met with considerable resistance from the giant agribusinesses that appear only too willing to put their profits before our health.

EDUARDO SIGUEL, MD/PHD | Physician – CHEMICAL PATHOLOGY | Disclosure: None
GAITHERSBURG MD

August 20, 2015

GMO DNA changes via technology are quite different from evolution

Landrigan and Benbrook state excellent reasons to label GM foods, post-marketing surveillance and evaluate the ecology of GMO, pesticide use, unanticipated allergens or toxins. There are many reasons why DNA changes via evolution cannot be compared with DNA changes via technology. Parts of DNA essential to survival of the species may be difficult to change (e.g., require more energy, are more protected by the cell). Multiple, complex DNA changes are highly unlikely in nature. DNA changes are tested over thousands of years, where the least desirable die (survival of the species). In contrast, technology can change almost any DNA, energy barriers are almost irrelevant. Many DNA changes can be made concurrently without concern for long term survival (profitable GMOs are protected by its creators, not G_ _). Changes in part of a DNA molecule affect its overall shape, ability to make RNA, and the function of other parts. The concentration or shape of enzymes may change. The GMO could have different concentration of substances, with different conformation properties (e.g., prion-like disorders, not detectable for years). We measure a few of the thousands of chemicals in a GMO.

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  1. Angel 4 Light Reply

    Reblogged this on Angel 4 Light and commented:
    Like I have been spouting for years, grow your own food and you will be healthier. I suggest Aquaphanics since the Chemtrails have made our soils toxic. Many crops are failing, not due to bugs, as most are dead.by now, but due to the heavy metals that have been dropping out of the sky pretty much 24/7. We have the. UN to thank for that. It is their Agenda 21, and the great kulling (90% to be expected by them).

    Look into Aquaphanics for real, the investment will pay off quickly. You can negate going to big chain supermarkets for their poison in a can. BTW did you know that they have been spraying BPA inside of cans now. And you wonder why Cancer is so invasive today.

    Stop using plastic containers. All sodas are toxic plus are packaged in aluminum cans, by design. They use to come in Glass.

    You have a voice, it is your purse. Stop supporting the Beasts. Go to your local ma and pa markets. Demand wholesome foods. Don’t buy into the Soy myth. It is like Corn. GMO and worse look up Soy, it is a toxin.

    Do research about everything. Stop eating at the fast food places. Instead go to a Mom and Pops restaurant that serves wholesome food.

    They put GMO corn into everything that is called processed food. Look on the package, it may say HFCS or similar. If you can’t pronounce it, leave it alone.

    Preserves should have only the basic ingredients. Beans only need salt.

    If you grow your own, then can your own. We do and even can just about everything.

    Get back to basics. Your life, your health and your families lives depend.on it.

    If you don’t have room for a garden or Aquaphanics system, get together with like minded souls in your neighborhood. Form a Co-Op. One oerson with 300 feet of Aquaphanics system can produce enough food to feed the neighborhood. Pitch in to help or support their efforts.

    BTW FYI : most Cancer Research such as the Cancer societies ect are just taking your money and have no plans on finding cures, it is a Billion Dollar Skeem. Who stands to gain? Follow the money.

    There are over 300 Natural Cures for Cancer (Fungus).

    Be blessed

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