Sunday, November 9, 2014

Safety Testing Will Fail PROOF! NO GMO MAUI for Eternity...

Exposed: Monsanto's fraudulent safety tests for GM Soy
The following documents show how the systematic corruption of governmental responsibility by GM developers and proponents underlies the release of GM crops to environment
They do not know what they are doing and they lie...

Scientists Expose Monsanto's Fraudulent Safety-Testing Data for GE Soybeans Monsanto GM soybean safety assessment flawed, Japan researcher says
(Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003 -- CropChoice news) --
Pacific Ecologist: Monsanto's safety assessment application to the Japanese health ministry for Roundup Ready soybeans was "inadequate and incomplete," according to assistant professor MASAHARU KAWATA, of Nagoya University, Japan.

Monsanto maintains there is no difference between GM soybeans and conventional strains. But according to the Japanese study, Monsanto's safety tests misrepresent data and included testing proteins not derived from the GM plant; insufficient feeding experiments; and intentional neglect of "inappropriate" data. Since the components of the GE soybean that people are eating are still unknown, governments who have approved the GE soybean should review their safety assessments.

Tested soybeans not exposed to herbicide
Commercial crops of Roundup Ready soybeans are usually sprayed with the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate). However, both the genetically modified soybean strain and the parent strain that Monsanto used for feed tests were NOT sprayed with Roundup herbicide during cultivation.

Monsanto produced a minimal amount of soybeans grown with applications of Roundup, but only enough to test for glyphosate residues. This testing checked for residual glyphosate, a toxin that kills plants by inhibiting a plant enzyme in the harvested forage, hay and seed. But testing was not done on the effects on other metabolic pathways which must also be taken into account when such artificial genes are inserted.
Several tons of soybeans used in the safety assessments were not produced with Roundup. No explanation is given for this in the documents. For consumers, the test results obtained by using a sample grown differently from the GE- marketed soybean are meaningless.

GE soybean amino acid sequence unknown
The protein Monsanto analysed was from E.coli, not from RoundUp ready soybeans! Testing assumed the protein expressed in the bio-engineered soybean has the same amino acid sequence as the soil bacterium E coliform from which the genetically engineered gene was extracted. This can only be verified when the soybean-produced protein is isolated and the amino acid sequence is determined. Exchanging genes between bacteria and a higher organism can sometimes result in partial change of amino acid and/or post-translational modification after expression. It was presumed Monsanto had determined the amino acid sequence of the GE soybean but it had not.

Monsanto sequenced only 15 amino acids from the protein that was expressed in E. coliform. The rest of the sequence was an assumption about the sequence of the bacterial DNA. They determined only 3.3% of the expected total of 455 amino acids and the protein is not from soybeans. The test described in the documents is the only method to verify antigenic equivalence of proteins. But antigenic similarity itself does not prove that the amino acid sequences are the same. The real sequence of the GE protein in the soybean that we are eating is still unknown.

Animal tests used wrong protein
Acute toxicity tests on rats were also carried out using the protein produced by E. coliform. Monsanto says in the application that extracting large amounts of the GE protein from soybean is difficult. This is an unacceptable excuse because there is a possibility that the inserted gene works differently in soybean than in the original bacterium. Moreover, according to the application document, 0.238mg of GE protein is detected in one gram of genetically modified soybean, which is enough to extract without difficulty.

This kind of problem could be resolved if all the amino acid sequence in GM soybeans had been sequenced and confirmed equal as the bacterium. The experiment appears to have been conducted on the presumption that the other GE soybean proteins are the same as the non-GM soybean as long as they are not toxic. If so, this is too easy an assumption and a one-sided approach. The core of this problem is whether or not the soybean gene is affected by insertion of a foreign gene. The series of experiments described are fundamentally invalid.

Minimal feeding tests
Animal feeding tests are important for safety assessment. Monsanto conducted these experiments on rats, cows, chickens, catfish and quail. However, the scale of the experiments was very inadequate. For example, in rat experiments, raw and toasted soybeans both genetically modified and non-modified were fed to only 10 rats in each group and the feeding period was only 28 days. Toxicity across generations or chronic toxicity will not be measured by such limited experiments.

Even with these far from satisfactory experiments, the data for body and organ weight of liver, kidney and testicles show obvious differences in the male rats between groups fed wild strain soybean and those fed bio-engin eered soybean.

Raw soybean-fed groups showed no difference. But male groups fed toasted GE soybean, weighed 6.7% less than the group fed the ordinary soybean and 13% less than the group fed the commercial feed-mix at the end of the tes t period of 28 days. Though this difference is described as statistically significant in the data sheet, the conclusion ignores these results and states that "no statistical significance is observed."

The experiments were far from satisfactory both in the samples and the statistical method used. The Nagoya University group transcribed all raw data and redid the statistical analysis. The result again showed the apparent growth obstacle for the body and kidney weight in the male rats group fed toasted GE soybean. There was no such difference in the female rats group, possibly due to the amount of the feed intake. Where males took 25-30g /day, female rats took only 18-20g (approx. 70% of male)/day. It is highly possible that female rats would also show significant growth difference if the experiment was conducted on a much larger scale, with a longer feed ing period.

Misinterpretation, false conclusions, ignored data
The Japanese researchers found clearly intentional misinterpretation in the Monsanto assessment. This was caused through ignoring the differences shown in the documents between the ordinary soybean and the GE hybrid. Obvious differences appeared after toasting at actual feed processing condition (108 degrees celsius, 30min). While the concentration of total protein and potassium was not changed, the concentration of trypsin-inhibitor, urease, and lectin were significantly higher in the toasted GM soybean, compared to that of the normal soybean. These physiologically active substances remained active even after heat treatment in the genetically modified soybean. However, those in the herbicide-sensitive normal bean were easily denatured and inactivated.

Monsanto took this result to mean "the modified soybeans are not toasted sufficiently in the experiment" and returned and asked for re-treatment of the sample to Texas A & M laboratory who processed the beans. Monsanto ordered the temperature of re-toast at 220 degrees Celsius for 25 min., which is considerably higher than normal processing of 100 degrees Celsius, 10 minutes. However re-toasting further widened the difference in the activity between the two strains. Another genetically modified soybean inserted with a bacterial gene, also showed high heat-resistant properties.

Scientists would usually conclude by these results that there is substantial difference between the two. But Monsanto dared to challenge this common practice and concluded the second toasting was still not enough. In the end, they toasted two more times and got the result they wanted, i.e. all proteins were denatured and inactivated. With this result, they concluded that genetically modified and non-modified soybeans have equivalent properties.

No protein can withstand repeated heat treatment and stay active. This is common knowledge of protein chemistry. Monsanto based their argument on their presumption that "they can't be different" and their need that "they shouldn't be different." Their translation of the experiment is based on "the conclusion is safe" attitude but it is not at all scientific.

Monsanto asks governments to lower safety standards
Adopting the Roundup tolerant soybean would increase the herbicide concentration in the soybean plants and seeds, because the herbicide is directly sprayed on the plant before harvest. Monsanto studied in detail the resu lts of changing factors like spraying times, concentration of the active ingredient glyphosate, duration of harvest after spraying and growing locations.

The data shows clearly that the concentration of glyphosate and AMPA (a degraded substance of glyphosate) in forage and hay was increased greatly by post-emergence application of the herbicide compared to that of conventi onal pre-emergence application, although the residual concentration in the plant differed from place to place. The largest value of the combined glyphosate and AMPA was 40.187 ppm in forage which is higher than the US saf ety standard of 15 ppm in forage and hay in 1994 when FDA and USDA accepted the application documents.

In the final conclusion, Monsanto says: "the maximum combined glyphosate and AMPA residue level of approximately 40 ppm in soybean forage resulting from these new uses, exceeds the currently established tolerance of 15 ppm. Therefore, an increase in the combined glyphosate and AMPA tolerance for residues in soybean forage will be requested."
The US tolerance standard of combined glyphosate and AMPA in soybean forage was increased to 100 ppm after they approved the GM soybean. The Japanese government also revised the safety standard of combined glyphosate and AMPA in soybean seed from 6ppm to 20ppm in April 2000 at the request of the US government. By legalising the increase, Japan could import soybeans from the US without violating the law.

Monsanto patch-worked the results of experiments with analyses that are full of holes, and manipulated the results. They even requested the revision and lowering of safety standards. The Nagoya University team discovered facts showing inadequate and incomplete safety assessment in the application document by Monsanto. The process of genetic recombination and the results of other animal experiments remained uninspected by the team.

In May 2000, Monsanto informed countries importing US soybeans that Roundup resistant soybeans had two extra gene fragments in the genome. They were there when the US FDA gave the initial approval to the GE soybeans in 1992. All the GE soybeans supplied worldwide contain these gene fragments. Monsanto asserts that these fragmented genes do not create unknown proteins.

But for such basic facts to come to light eight years after the approval is a clear indication of how incomplete is the state of knowledge about the genetic recombination of crops. It also demonstrates how dangerous it is for governments to rely on a commercial company's information for data and safety assessments. We question the wisdom of experts at the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare who concluded that the genetically engineered Roundup Ready soybean was safe, based on such an inadequate and incomplete application.

Postscript: In a note to the editor early August 2003, Professor Kawata said the research on the Monsanto soybean application was sent to Japan's Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry two years ago. However there has been no response from the authority about the flaws discovered in the application, and Professor Kawata still awaits a response from Monsanto-Japan.
- Masaharu Kawata, Assistant Professor, School of Science, Nagoya University, Japan This article was written in May 2001 and has been slightly adapted for publication in Pacific Ecologist.

More heros from Maui County...Elle Cochran, Ua Ritte, and Hemowai Warriors

"Now that I have had a moment to catch my breath, I will somehow try and put into words how grateful I am for all of your love, and support throughout this campaign season.

It was a tough run and a close race to the finish line, I could not have done it without each and every single one of your votes.

To everyone who sent me reassuring messages and motivational notes: thank you; They were very helpful pick-me-ups during difficult moments.

The results tell me that expensive smear campaigns and outside money can influence results, but that the voice of the people that live here is a stronger force to be reckoned with.

I hope to regain the confidence of the rest of the voters over the coarse of the next two years.

I am here to represent the voice of the PEOPLE, that means everyone. My door is always open, my staff does an excellent job making time for everyone that needs to meet with me.

Please call me to set up a meeting, and I will be more than happy to listen.

My office number is: 270-5504
My cell number is: 281-7709

I look forward to working with the community as a whole, for the betterment of everyone.

Together we can move mountains, indeed we already have."
Elle Cochran

"Right on Elle Cochran ! We three made it! CM Margaret D. Wille too! That would be a trifecta win - combined with the wonderful win you folks on Maui accomplished in passing the initiative - I would call it a blow-out All against over $8 million and the largest chemical companies in the world. Time to celebrate, then rest and then redouble our efforts to make good things happen in our community. Imua!"
Gary Hooser‎

"Congratulations to you both as well! It was a tough go for all of us, but the truth and the side of 'good' has prevailed. Now we work even more diligently! Lets do this."
Elle Cochran 

Maui, Betrayal, and Learning About Bio-tech Chemical Corporations

...Today, Hawai’i imports around 85 – 90% of its food.
How and why did this shift? How did Hawai’i, land of abundance, devolve from a miracle of self-sustaining agriculture to an industrial chemical intensive research lab that depends on petroleum and the outside world to feed itself?

There are many answers to this question- but a key shift occurred when certain empowered trustees and land managers opted to change the course of Hawaiian agriculture (thus altering the destiny of Hawai’i itself) from self-sustaining to an agricultural export economy based on imported low-income workers, imported artificial inputs (the first major imported fertilizer was seagull guano) and mono-crop methodology. Native farmers were displaced, water was diverted and polluted, and food began needing to be imported in order to feed the people of Hawai’i. Essentially, when we stopped viewing the ‘Āina as a source of life and sustenance and instead viewed it as a source of manmade riches, we began a centuries long WAR with the ‘āina.
And so, we acknowledge this long time war with the ‘āina. And now, a new chapter has emerged, and the people of Hawai’i are awakened.

They cannot accurately claim that they are safe- because no one has scientifically examined what they are doing. They are not regulated by the State- as Abercrombie famously said in a symposium on big Ag to the Hawai’i biotech execs: “You don’t have to lobby us! We’re here to lobby you!” They are not regulated by the Feds: Michael Taylor, former attorney of, then VP, of Monsanto, is head of Obama’s FDA, while Tom Vilsack, former governor of Iowa (GE corn central) and biotech “Governor of the Year” is head of the USDA. The fox is guarding the henhouse. “The regulators ain’t workin’ for you; they sold you out and you ain’t got a clue” (from my song “The Story of the GMO”). The biotech firms would have you believe that GMO is sound science. It is not. It is a science in its infancy. They would have you believe that they are feeding the world. It is true they are feeding the world- thanks to our compulsory federal subsidies. GE food is cheap because you’ve already paid for it with your taxes. But their claim that the world cannot feed itself without them is pure deceit: economists know that humans produce more food than they can consume- but we throw most of it away. It’s a distribution issue. But most factitious of all of the deception, the biotech firms have defaulted to the excuse that because they have been doing this for years, it is ok to continue.

When you are entrenched in a system that is destructive, there is no easy way out. We are rooted in a heritage of destructive land management practices. We are participants in a centuries long war with the ‘āina. We are partners in a marriage to an agricultural paradigm based on fossil fuels, industrial chemicals and waste byproducts. And you’re afraid of divorce. And they know it.

Divorce is ugly. I watched my parents go through it. It was brutal, destructive, miserable and sobering. But if they hadn’t done it they would’ve destroyed each other, and us.
Untie the knot. Of course it will be messy. Divorce the biotech firms. Call them out. Either way they will continue to fight. And so will we. This won’t end with this vote- it is only the beginning. War is messy, and this is a chance to move it one step closer to the end: end the reign of toxic export agriculture in Hawai’i. Call in the regulators. Wake up and protect Hawai’i. Vote Yes and divorce your complacency. Start healing now, so that the keiki of the future will inherit, not a broken island home, but one that will convey all of the benefits and joys that the Hawaiians of old experienced.

Recreate Hawai’i Now.

Feel free to share this, I wrote it. Aloha, Makana
Two and a half years ago, my friends and I released a film informing the public of Kamehameha Schools/ Bishop Estate (KS) undisclosed land leases to Monsanto for Genetic Engineering (GE) field trials and cultivation of GE seed crops. 9 days after the release of our film, KS altered their website from a sophisticated, greenwashing, “cultural co-optation” propaganda machine to highlight an admittance that they were indeed leasing acreage to Monsanto, and that Monsanto was a “good tenant who paid their bills”. Obviously their messaging was reflective of a limited understanding and the general zeitgeist of that time: basically, “what’s the big deal?”.
It turns out, the “big deal” is that- unbeknownst at that time to not only the world, but the people of Hawai’i- Hawai’i is the top GE seed producer and exporter on Earth.
Makana wrote much more and these excerpts were taken from here...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MONSANTO Dead in the Water on the Shores of Maui

Maui County says YES to getting GMOs and associated pesticides off our islands of Maui and Molokai!
  1. Rights Conferred By This Ordinance

    We, the people of Maui County hereby proclaim that the our residents, visitors, Public Trust Resources, and the Environment must be protected from the potentially hazardous health effects, contamination, loss of diversity, environmental and other potentially harmful impacts from the GE Operations and Practices that have not met the standards set forth in this Ordinance. Therefore, we are hereby exercising our right to utilize the County initiative process to impose a moratorium on the propagation, cultivation, raising, or growing of GE Organisms in Maui County in order to protect, our residents, visitors, and the environment, and to call for a detailed environmental impact study of the harms associated with GE Operations and Practices.

SECTION 4: Purpose

The purposes of this Article are:

  1. to protect Maui County’s Environment and Public Trust Resources from transgenic contamination by GE Operations and Practices;
  2. to defend and promote the economic integrity of organic and non GE markets that are harmed by transgenic contamination by GE Operations and Practices ;
  3. to protect Maui County from hazardous aspects of GE Operations and Practices , including but not limited to increased Pesticide use;
  4. to preserve the right of Maui County residents to reject GE Operations and Practices based on health-related, moral, or other concerns; and
  5. to preserve Maui County’s Environment and Public Trust Resources (with its unique and vulnerable ecosystems), while promoting the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of Maui and indigenous agricultural Operations and Practices.
This Article shall be liberally construed to fulfill those purposes.

Section 5: Temporary Moratorium.

  1. It is unlawful for any person or entity to knowingly propagate, cultivate, raise, grow or test Genetically Engineered Organisms within the County of Maui until such time that the terms of the (Section 6, below) have been met.
  2. Subsection (1) of this section does NOT apply to:
    1. the propagation, cultivation, raising, growing or testing of GE Organisms that are in mid-growth cycle when this chapter is enacted;
    2. GE Organisms that have been incorporated into any food or medicine in any manner already prepared for sale for human or animal consumption;
    3. any licensed health practitioner who provides diagnosis, care, or treatment to any human patient using products containing GE Organisms; and
    4. any fully accredited college or university that engages in non-commercial scientific research, medical research, or education using GE Organisms, provided that such activities are conducted under enclosed indoor laboratory conditions, with the utmost precautionary measures to prevent accidental release of GE Organisms into the outside environment. “Moratorium Amendment or Repeal”

It's been a huge fight here on Maui and on Molokai to rid Monsanto from our shores...
In 2009 no one even had heard of Monsanto or GMOs...most thought that pesticides were NOT harmful either...
We changed that...
The yes means no, and no means yes strategy didn't work for the pirates this time...
By 800 votes, and the main Honolulu paper was reporting at the end of the night there needed to be 50% plus 1 vote...I went to bed wondering myself....

The 5 SHAKA members who put the moratorium forward are the heroes.

Helped a small way by creating a blog back in 2009 to fight my pesticide poisoning, and to prove that is what disabled me...I knew it was true, but no docs would even investigate...

I proved it...

Why would anyone think it's OK to poison Paradise is beyond belief!
Monsanto now heads to Mexico...
Monsanto has launched a new global center in Mexico focused on developing hybrid strains of corn.

Monsanto plans to invest $90 million over the next five years to centralize its development of corn seed research at the new center, which is based in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Reuters reports.

"The aim is to create new varieties tolerant to diseases and the stresses that affect maize cultivation all over the world due to growing negative conditions caused by global climate change," Monsanto said in a statement.

The center is part of Monsanto's effort to boost its output of corn, which is the planet's most widely produced grain, according to Reuters.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Local Farmers and Our Salvation Maui GMO Moratorium

On Maui we have a Moratorium to vote on this Nov. for GMO .
Kaua'i has DuPont, BASF, Syngenta, Pioneer, and DOW (King of Dioxin pollution and destruction of communities, just like Monsato... the 2 who sprayed Agent Orange and other chemicals over the people, and land of Vietnam... Monsanto alone sprayed 21 million gallons...)
On Maui and Molokai (same county) we have Mycogen and Monsanto...
It is really bizarre because Monsanto front groups have been saying it is a farming ban, and people won't be able to grow tomatoes in their backyards, and all our farmers will go out of business. 24/7 ads with complete lies all over everywhere here!
Our politicians are mostly Monsanto a** lickers too...
Yesterday the lead group of the county fair PARADE was the "it's a farm ban" group...
Although our fair rules say not political activities...
The Person in charge of the fair, is a Monsanto huge frontman who came from Illinois, and claims he is a farm boy...He made an executive decision to allow that...

So the real people, in 60 minutes, got all the YES bling for the moratorium float going since it was now allowed...
With very little money compared to the amount Monsanto paid...We did better...
And we have a booth at the fair that is giving away 15,000 brochures and "Seeds of Deception" videos....DVDs LOL
The Monsanto workers were paid $200 each to march in the parade...
 Calling the Maui County Fair The Yes Fest!
If they had let it alone we could not have done that...
The more they punch us; the stronger, and the more informed people are...

They took us to court...saying the language was too vague after SHAKA got 19,000 signatures to put it on the ballot!

Especially annoying are their internet trolls ...The lies are just amazing...
Go look at the Say No to the Maui County Farm Ban page and see what I mean...

Seeds of Love - Grow Your Own::
"Monsanto employees are brainwashed into zombies by a chemical company pretending to be farmers, and, this chemical corporation has transformed our politicians into corrupt and greedy zombies in exchange for "campaign contributions". Aunty is a far better representative for the community, than ALL the Monsanto employees world wide and our existing Maui County politicians, excluding Elle Cochran. Aunty speaks the truth and cares about the community, and she cares about the example we set for future generations, which is far more than you can say about Monsanto or the current mayor and county counsel. VOTE yes. Make 'em Test."

Greg Tanihara::
"Monsanto workers or really mislead people who don't understand its not a farming ban and believe what they see on TV ads by Monsanto. They don't understand the initiative. It halts GMO testing and chemical spraying practices till Monsanto can prove with enviromental impact reports its not damaging people or the island. Don't believe this misleading groups name. Its not a blanket farming ban on Maui that's stupid and uninformed people believe this without researching the facts. Its sad who could stoop this low? Monsanto. Vote YES for Natural farming and pure food for our island. No more Mutant GMO crops drowned in Round Up weedkiller we all have to eat. Vote with your brain. No Monsanto GMO and poisons on Maui. Vote YES for a pure and clean uncontaminated Maui."

And on Kaua'i::
KEEP FIGHTING: Community groups are appealing a court decision that struck down a popular law protecting people from dangerous pesticide exposure on the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i.

The law, which requires greater disclosure of pesticide use as well as buffer zones near sensitive areas like schools, hospitals, and parks received widespread public support. But Kaua`i was sued by huge multinational chemical companies like DuPont and Dow Chemical, and the judge unfortunately sided with the companies rather than the people.

Earthjustice attorneys are now working with local groups to appeal the bad decision and restore this important law.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Auto-Immune Antiphospholipid Cause and Other GMO Illnesses

Round-Up resistant crops are made by inserting a portion of DNA into the food, and that DNA comes from a type of bacteria that is resistant to Round-Up. While this genetic modification is successful in its primary goal of making food that is resistant to Round-Up, we do have a big problem if the mechanism of resistance involves an expression of any of the negatively charged proteins or lipids from the bacteria, on the outside of the plant cell.

For more than a year I did extensive study on the antimicrobial peptide mimic, CSA-13; it is a synthetic biomimetic compound that is active in the body much like ll-37.

CSA-13 has a strongly cationic (positively charged) head-group and a hydrophobic tail, but to make a long-story short: it is electrically attracted to the anionic (negatively charged) expression of pathogen membranes, whether that is the LTA, LPS, or the lipid bilayer of the membrane itself.

Once CSA-13 is attached, the hydrophobic tail inserts itself into the cell causing blebbing, apoptosis and cell death. MRSA, drug-resistant pseudomonas, and even multiple myeloma cells are utterly destroyed by this compound. It was my responsibility to understand, research, and characterize the membrane depolarization mechanisms of the compound.

Those negatively charged outer portions of the pathogens are what trigger the human immune response. The immune system is necessary in that can help us 'get better,' but it is not exactly 'healthy' to have this immune response triggered.

When the immune response is triggered, it is stressful to nearly every organ of the body. If the resistance to Round-Up is as previously described, then there is the possibility that these specific GM foods are subtle triggers of the human immune system; causing inflammation and potentially worse,unforeseen consequences...
(0:28) This article is 100% biased in favor of Monsanto's GMOs. So please, allow me a rapid fire counter-point:

(0:36) There may be no short-term negative health effects of GMOs, and if they'd been brought before the FDA anytime other than the deregulate-happy early 90's they'd have had to prove a bit more.

(0:45) There is one bacteria that's resistant to Round-Up, so they put its gene in our food. The problem is that the anionic outer membrane lipids are the gatekeepers, likely what we modified with bacterial DNA.

(0:56) And bacterial teichoic acids, and lipopolysaccharides, are what signal the human immune response and make us present 'sick symptoms' as we fight the bacteria. So now we get multiple daily doses of immune stress ingredients, which stresses out our whole body over our entire lives.

(1:12) Worst of all, these anionic immune stimulators are hidden in the zwitterionic membrane environment of our food; leaving the total membrane net neutral and effectively invisible to our cationic peptides and everything else that would fix the problem.

For those in the field, what happens when ll-37 is over-expressed in the bloodstream? What happens when they can't find a pathogen? Do they not lyse erythrocytes? Do they not destroy red blood cells? I know this because CSA-13 can do the same thing, although not nearly as much as ll-37, which makes it a good compound for study against pathogens.

I'll assume the professionals have made the mental leap already, so, let me spell it out for everyone else: not only are Round-Up resistant crops potential stressors for the body in small amounts, bit by bit over time, but when they trigger the immune response, it causes our peptides to go on the offensive; looking to kill.

The problem is that food cells express zwitterionic membranes (positive-negative-positive-negative) and as a whole, appear electrically neutral. This means that our peptides won't be able to find them, they won't have any 'bad' cells to attack, so, what is left? Red blood cells.

From there, you get into cytotoxic elements of the cell interiors that are perfectly fine inside the cell, but bad news if allowed to float freely in the bloodstream.

Round-Up resistant crops passed regulation on what is basically a "substantial equivalent" basis from the FDA. This was during Reagan's deregulation push, and the process is laughably less rigorous than EVERY standard through which drugs and devices are now forced to pass.

This is an unacceptable risk given the subject matter: food. It is also a legitimate concern given basic microbiology. This letter does not definitively prove anything, but it is imperative that further studies are conducted.

This author recommends a gene array analyses to ascertain all the subtle effects of the resistant expression of those foods, there are number of laboratories that can easily perform one; it may be as simple as that.

- Ben Davidson, JD

Where can you learn more about the information discussed in this article?

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Garimella et al. 'Conformation of the phosphate D-alanine zwitterion in bacterial teichoic acid from nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.' Biochemistry, October 2009.

Glukhov et al. 'Basis for Selectivity of Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides for Bacterial Versus Mammalian Membranes.' J Biol Chem, October 2005.

Kim J. (July 1991) 'Binding of peptides with basic residues to membranes containing acidic phospholipids.' Biophys J. 60 (1): 135-48.

Matsuzaki et al. 'Molecular Basis for Membrane Selectivity of an Antimicrobial Peptide, magainin 2.' Biochemistry, March 1995.

Nan et al. 'Prokaryotic selectivity and LPS-netralizing activity of short antimicrobial peptides designed from the human antimicrobial peptide LL-37.' Peptides. June 2012.

Vance, DE. 'Biochemistry of Lipids, Lipoproteins and Membranes.' Elsevier. pp. 80-81. ISBN 0-444-89321-0.

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Fractals. It means that basic patterns repeat all throughout nature. It can be seen in branching veins in the human body, tributaries and streams of a river, and in this case, trees and human placentas. Essentially, the idea is that things will tend to branch out into new things as they continue on with natural processes.

Fractal nature...This is why messing with the tree of life is so wrong...DNA and RNA manipulation is the tree in the Bible and, a warning from the past...
The message just got mixed up...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

GMO YEAST OMG! And Also Made Into "ORGANIC" Fertilizer? Now We Know In EVERYTHING!!!

Non-Food Commercial Uses of GM Baker's Yeast

Genetically modified Baker's yeast, also known by its scientific name Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is used in numerous commercial applications (and this New York Times article suggests that many new developments in the flavor and fragrance arena are underway). Drug companies use GM Baker's yeast to make the peptide hormone insulin and other drugs.
For decades, human insulin for diabetic medication has been produced in genetically modified Baker's yeast by Novo Nordisk, a GMO pharmaceutical company which is a sister company to Novozymes, a producer of genetically engineered food enzymes.

Accidental Environmental Release

Despite efforts to avoid environmental release of GMO yeast, Novo Nordisk has reported accidental spills over the years. Further, air emissions from the fermentation and recovery plants also contain GMOs, according to the company.
"The discharge to the air is below the limit value of 100,000 GMOs/m3 air as specified in the gene technology approvals... GMOs are also discharged into the waste water. The discharge is below the limit value of 10,000 GMOs/ml waste water as specified in the gene technology approvals." 
What happens if/when these GE yeast enter the environment? Novo Nordisk, which performs its own environmental disaster management and assessment, says its experience is that there is nothing to worry about:
"Very few accidental releases have actually occurred. We conduct investigations for GMOs in the environment around the factories on a regular basis, and we have never found any GMOs. Based on many years of experience it is our assessment that our genetically modified cells do not survive in nature. The cells are very weak and not fit to survive in the environment with scarce nutrients and competition from naturally occurring microorganisms." - Molecular microbiologist Niels Bagge, PhD employed by Novo Nordisk
It gives new meaning to Novozymes's tagline: Rethink Tomorrow.

Oversight and Regulation

Of course, since there is no third party verification, one cannot be certain if these GE yeast cells and their spores have not become established in the environment or the food chain.
Why are drug companies using Baker's yeast for GE pharmaceutical product manufacturing?
It's because the genetics of Baker's yeast have been worked out by geneticists, and its genome is easy to manipulate, adding new genes with ease. Just ferment the yeast, and it synthesizes whatever you designed it to produce.
More specifically then, why are corporations permitted to use Baker's yeast for non-food commercial purposes when it is precisely the same yeast used in our food supply?
It's because no one said they couldn't.

GE Yeast in Human Intestines for Medical Science?

What could happen if the GE Baker's yeast that produces insulin gets into the intestines of humans and starts producing insulin in the gut?
It could cause hyperinsulinemia, as excessive amounts of insulin are absorbed. The symptoms of hyperinsulinemia, by the way, include obesity and type 2 diabetes, as the excessive insulin causes cells to produce fat and absorb water.
Could this be a cause of the worldwide epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes? How much genetically modified yeast is needed in the intestines to cause a problem? The research into these questions is not being done.
When Novo Nordisk is finished using its yeast to ferment human insulin, the yeast is heat inactivated and fed to pigs. It is not mentioned in their procedure whether they test for yeast spores, which are heat stable. The pigs are noted to get fat on the slurry, which would happen with hyperinsulinemia.

Is Genetically Modified Baker's Yeast Spreading Obesity and Diabetes?
The fact that GE yeast can enter the intestines and produce physiological effects is being exploited by medical science. GE yeast is already under study as a way to deliver drugs and vaccines when taken orally. The yeast gets through the stomach and into the intestines where it can impact the body by releasing the products it was modified to produce. See, for example:
The current concern about inflammatory consequences of gluten-containing food consumption may actually be related to GE yeast contamination of these foods. Gluten exposure in sensitive individuals causes brain fatigue, neurological problems, joint aches, headaches, mood swings, and digestive problems, all of which can be explained by hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) resulting from having too much insulin. Hyperinsulinemia caused by GE yeast in gluten food products may be an alternative explanation for these symptoms.

GE Yeast Also Used to Make in Human Growth Hormone

In addition to producing human insulin, genetically engineered yeast has been created to produce human growth hormone. If these yeast enter human intestines, excessive growth hormone might be absorbed into our bloodstream, and over time this can lead to excessive body growth, arthritis,carpel tunnel syndrome, excessive snoring from enlarged throat, impaired vision, headaches, fatigue, menstrual disorders, high blood pressure, and – diabetes!
In addition to Baker's yeast, some companies, such as Eli Lilly, produce these human hormones in the bacteria E. coli, which is a common bacterium of the intestinal tract. Eli Lilly has also admitted to numerous accidental releases of their GMOs. When these microorganisms enter the digestive tract, they are eliminated in the feces. They can easily get onto peoples' hands and be spread through contact, such as handshaking and food preparation. This could make diabetes potentially contagious conditions!
People who are experiencing health issues that could be attributed to excessive insulin or growth hormone might try eliminating yeast from their diets.

BioAg Alliance Means More GMO Product Development

In the meantime, get ready for more GMO's. Since 2013, Novozymes has entered into a partnership with Monsanto, called the BioAg Alliance, to develop new GMO products. Novozymes will be responsible for production and supply of the microbial solutions to Monsanto, while Monsanto will lead field testing, registration and commercialization of all alliance products.
Novozymes has been in the farming business for some time. Yeast slurry from GE yeast production facilities at Novozymes are heat inactivated, treated with lime, and sold as the organic fertilizer, NovoGro.
"Started in the production plant in Kalundborg, Denmark, in the 1970s, Novozymes' NovoGro® organic fertilizer has successfully made its way to the US, China, and Brazil. Novozymes has worked closely together with farmers across the globe for more than 20 years supplying them with free biomass to fertilize their fields."
So, GMOs are transformed into organic fertilizer that is spread in the soil throughout the world.
This leads to concerns that antibiotic-resistant genes in the GE yeast, once applied to the soil, could spread to other microorganisms, causing antibiotic resistance, a problem in modern farming. Some studies suggest this possibility. (See Antibiotic resistance gene spread due to manure application on agricultural fields. Curr Opin Microbiol. 2011 Jun;14(3):236-43.)
However, Novozymes has conducted its own research into this possibility, and assures everyone that this is not happening. Using inactivated microbial biomass as fertilizer: the fate of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment. Res Microbiol. 2001 Nov;152(9):823-33.
But if it does happen, rest assured that there will be a new product developed to treat the problem.
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New Study Finds Antibiotic Resistance from GMOs in Microbes in Rivers
COMMENT by UC Berkeley microbiologist Dr Ignacio Chapela:
1. A novel method was used to select and isolate those bacteria from the river water which contained DNA suspected to derive from GMOs. These were then carefully studied to demonstrate that the DNA could not have come from other sources (e.g. mutation/natural selection).

2. Although the numbers varied, and absolute amounts of the transformed bacteria could not be measured, every river sampled was shown to contain these organisms.

3. The exact origin of the transgenic DNA incorporated into native bacterial populations was not determined. It could come from intentional releases (such as agricultural fields) or from unintentional escapes from contained situations (labs, industrial facilities).

4. These bacteria all have in common the fact that they acquired antibiotic resistance markers from transgenic origin (the markers were used to select the bacteria in the first place). Antibiotic resistance in free-living bacteria is not a good thing for those who may one day want to use antibiotics to fend-off infections (e.g. patients in hospitals).

5. Nevertheless, the antibiotic resistance is not at all the most important point of this paper (even when the authors themselves seem to think it is). Looking for antibiotic resistance was the easiest feasible way to do this work and it also has the obvious medical implications, but this is only a fraction of the many other sequences of transgenic DNA which must be expected out there in the environment, from all kinds of origins, with all kinds of possible functions. This paper is the equivalent of the proverbial sighting of the iceberg’s tip. A polaroid photo of a small part of what must be a very large and relevant phenomenon.

6. The question which beggars belief is: why is it that nobody in the “West” has been able to follow up on such leads, or even suggest doing this kind of work? One thinks of the work begun at NYU on soils, which attracted so much negative campaigning, and nary a recognition
Environ Sci Technol. 2012 Dec 18;46(24):13448-54. doi: 10.1021/es302760s. Epub 2012 Dec 6.

New & Not Improved Monsanto...Maui News, Ebola, RNAi Spraying Bird Sanctuary on Maui by Monsanto Corporation by Helicopter

My take is that the Ebola surgence is caused by the experimental RNAi vaccine I blogged about on July 15th 2014...The human trails took place at the same place and time as the 1st cases were reported in Africa. I mean in the same hospital and at the same time it started...

"Another interesting fact is that U.S. Centers for Disease Control owns a patent on a particular strain of Ebola known as “EboBun.” It’s patent No. CA2741523A1 and it was awarded in 2010. A patent is a form of intellectual property that allows the patent holder to control the use of a product or method of doing something. That control includes the ability to charge royalties for its use. According to Canadian patent lawyer David Schwartz, “‘You can’t patent a disease condition per se, such as cancer or influenza. But if you’re talking about patenting a life form like a bacteria or virus, if altered by man, the answer there is yes.”

If you take David Schwartz at his word, that means that the virus has to be altered or modified from it’s original chemical composition in order to be patented. That means that the strain of the virus that is currently patented was essentially created or man-made. Who better to aid in the creation of a Frankenstein vaccine for the created Ebola virus than Monsanto?"

Maui News August 8, 2014...

Photo: 64 established scientists, researchers and professionals submitted an open letter to the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council (NRC), strongly criticizing the council's proposal of a panel of experts tasked with completing a new NRC study, "Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects." More here: #GMOs #food #science #openletter
64 established scientists, researchers and professionals submitted an open letter to the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council (NRC), strongly criticizing the council's proposal of a panel of experts tasked with completing a new NRC study, "Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects." 
More here: 

Monsanto's Experimental GMO Pesticides Are NOT HARMLESS to Migratory Birds, here is Monsanto spraying chemicals directly over Kealia National Wildlife Refuge on Maui! 
Monsanto Maui Aerial Spraying GMO Chemicals Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge
"Published on Aug 7, 2014
Kealia National Wildlife Refuge Threatened By Aerial Chemical Spraying Using Helicopters on Maui!
Monsanto Using Helicopters to Spray Herbicide on Corn/ Sugar Cane Field, cross spraying and dripping chemical into Kealia National Wildlife Refuge Ponds on Maui , Home of Rare Hawaiian Stilts.
According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service:
"About the Refuge
The seasonal conditions that occur at Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge make it a notable place for people to observe Hawai‘i's endangered wetland birds, along with a diversity of feathered visitors from as far away as Alaska and Canada, and occasionally from Asia.

Established in 1992, Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge encompasses approximately 700 acres and is one of the few natural wetlands remaining in the Hawaiian Islands. Located along the south-central coast of the island of Maui, between the towns of Kīhei and Mā‘alaea, it is a natural basin for a 56-square mile watershed from the West Maui Mountains.

The Keālia Coastal Boardwalk is a beautiful tranquil walkway and bird sanctuary, beside Maalaea Bay on the south edge of Maui's central valley. A walk on the boardwalk takes you through ancient wetlands where you can watch two of Hawaii's native and endangered waterbirds - the Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt. Across the highway you can see Keālia Pond where waterfowl from Asia and North America come for rest and warmer climate, including northern shoveler and northern pintail. The Pacific golden plover migrates from Alaska, and other birds that come for the winter are the wandering tattler and ruddy turnstone."
According Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge located on Maui's south shore was established in 1992 and is part of the Maui NWR Complex. The refuge is home to endangered native water birds, and hosts migratory ducks and shorebirds in fall, winter, and spring. This refuge provides 700 acres of some of the last remaining natural wetland habitat in the State of Hawai`i. Kealia Pond is nearly 250 acres when full. The refuge is adjacent to Kealia Beach, which is a nesting ground for the endangered Hawksbill Turtle. During 2003 and 2004 a $2.6 million, 2,200 foot long boardwalk was constructed along the ocean at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Sanctuary and allows visitors to enjoy the wetland with minimal impact to the unique habitat. The completed boardwalk has an entry area, bridge over the Kealia Pond outlet and three kiosks with interpretive displays about ecology, the biology of wetlands, endangered birds found in the refuge, turtles and humpback whales. The boardwalk overlooks Ma'alaea Bay and gives people another vantage point to see humpback whales. The bad news for those who want to try it out is that, due to snags with permits for the construction of its parking lot and a delay in completion of interpretive panels being made on the Mainland, the boardwalk is not expected to open until summer 2005.

Located at the Southern end of the central Maui isthmus and accessed from North Kihei Road between Kihei and the Wailuku - Lahaina Road. Refuge kiosk open out of nesting season, follow on site signs.

The Main Pond is located on the opposite side of the road from Ma'alea Flats, a little further along if approached from the North end. Many Hawaiian Coots and Hawaiian Stilts reside at the pond and it has one of the largest populations in the State of the latter.

The pond has an extensive list of migrants and vagrants to its name and during the winter months it usually has sizable numbers of Northern Pintail and Northern Shoveler as well as smaller numbers of Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck (right) and American Wigeon. Scarcer species often include Eurasian Wigeon, Garganey, Greater Scaup, Canvasback, Bufflehead and Tufted Duck. There is always the chance of something rarer, such as Redhead or Common Merganser which have occurred in the past. Geese recorded from here include White-fronted, Canada, Snow and Brant.

Ospreys are seen here almost annually and it is probably the best location in Hawai'i to see this species. Peregrine are recorded most years and Marsh Hawk has been observed on rare occasions."

Monday, August 4, 2014

RoundUp Devastates Bees RNAi Monsanto Devastates to Extinction

A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology titled, "Effects of field-realistic doses of glyphosate on honeybee appetitive behavior," establishes a link between the world's most popular herbicide – aka Roundup – and the dramatic decline in honeybee (Apis mellifera) populations in North American and Europe that lead to the coining of the term 'colony collapse disorder' (CCD) in late 2006 to describe the phenomena.[1]
The researchers found that concentrations of glyphosate (GLY) consistent with the type of exposures associated with standard spraying practices in GM agricultural- and neighboring eco- systems reduced the honeybee's sensitivity to nectar reward and impaired their learning abilities – two behavioral consequences likely to adversely affect their survival abilities. Moreover, while sub-lethal doses were not found to overtly affect their foraging behavior, they hypothesized that because of their resilience, "..forager bees could become a source of constant inflow of nectar with GLY traces that could then be distributed among nest mates, stored in the hive and have long- term negative consequences on colony performance."

A Deeper Look at the New Study: Roundup Interferes with Bee Appetite and Learning

Roundup herbicide is a ubiquitous toxicant, with an accumulating body of research now showing it is a common contaminant in our airwater, rain, soil and food, and in physiologically relevant concentrations (even the part-per-trillion concentration range demonstrates endocrine disruptive and potentially carcinogenic properties) to microbial, insect, animal and human life.
When Roundup herbicide was first evaluated for toxicity to the honeybee, the focus was on acute toxicity of the 'active ingredient' and not sub-lethal and prolonged exposure effects; and certainly not the amplified toxicological synergies present in glyphosate formulations like Roundup, which when the so-called 'inert' adjuvant ingredients (e.g. surfactants) are taken into account, have been found to be at least 125 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. By only taking into account acute toxicity – as measured by the so-called LD50 (lethal dose, 50%) – on the 'active' ingredient, government regulators approved glyphosate as relatively harmless to honeybees prematurely.
The researchers expanded on the topic:
"Glyphosate [GLY] toxicity tests on Apis mellifera for product approval did not consider sub-lethal nor prolonged exposure effects. Studies were only focused on obtaining LD50 (lethal dose, 50%) as a measure of the effect of an acute exposure, but nevertheless, they were carried out on the basis that honeybees might in fact be exposed to GLY in their natural environment, either through the consumption of contaminated resources or through a direct exposure as a result of inadvertent spraying (Giesy et al., 2000). Even though LD50 results seem to indicate that GLY is not harmful for honeybees, the fact that honeybees are potentially exposed to GLY motivated us to pursue further analysis and to address the lack of chronic studies."
The authors of the new study set out to test whether doses of glyphosate bees would realistically encounter in the field (field-realistic doses) could affect their feeding behavior (appetitive behavior) in a deleterious manner.
They exposed honeybees to field-realistic doses of glyphosate chronically and acutely, and observed: "a reduced sensitivity to sucrose and learning performance for the groups chronically exposed to GLY concentrations within the range of recommended doses," as well as significant decrease in elemental learning, non-elemental associative learning, and short-term memory retention, when exposed to acute GLY doses.

Roundup Already Identified As Likely Cause of Colony Collapse Disorder

This latest study is not the first to link glyphosate to the vanishing honeybee.
Extensive research on the topic performed by Dr. Don D. Huber and summarized in an article published last year titled, "Is glyphosate a contributing cause of bee colony collapse disorder (CCD)?," lead him to conclude that the 880 million pounds of glyphosate released into the environment worldwide has been contributing to the collapse of the honeybee. The paper revealed the following six ways that glyphosate could contribute to CCD:

  • Glyphosate chelates minerals, lowers nutrients in plants: In CCD, Malnutrition is universally present.
  • Glyphosate acts like an antibiotic to beneficial bacteria: In CCD, loss of Lactobacillus and other critical beneficial bacteria for digestion is commonly observed.
  • Glyphosate is a neurotoxin: In CCD, honeybees experience neurological changes associated with disorientation.
  • Gyphosate causes endocrine hormone & immune disruption: In CCD, immunity and other hormonal variables are altered or suppressed.
  • Glyphosate stimulates fungal overgrowth: In CCD, the fungal pathogen Nosema increases.
  • Glyphosate persists and accumulates: High environmental exposure, including glyphosate residues present in honey, nectar and other plant products, make honeybees susceptible to continual toxic challenge -- which is believed to be a primary underlying cause of CCD.
  • Other Factors Contributing to Colony Collapse

  • While it is now increasingly acknowledged that many agrochemicals pesticides -- especially neonicotinoids -- are toxic to honeybees, there are other factors that likely play a role as well:
    It should be pointed out that the last factor listed – infectious organisms – are likely more a symptom than a cause of honeybee morbidity and mortality. In other words, following electromagnetic, agrochemical and dietary assault, the immune system of the honeybee – and the collective immunity of the hive – weakens, leading to greater susceptibility to opportunistic infections.
    One USDA study published in 2013 discussed the role of fungicidal contaminants in pollen leading to increased probability of Nosema fungal infection in bees who consumed pollen with a higher fungicide load.[3]
    This linkage between chemical exposure > immune suppression, > opportunistic infection, is especially poignant when it comes to Roundup herbicide, which profoundly alters the makeup of the beneficial flora in exposed organisms, leading to the overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. A 2012 PloS study found that lactic acid bacteria living in the crop (the part of the bee's alimentary canal that stores food prior to digestion) of bees are vitally important for the health of honeybees, with some strains suggesting a history of association with bees stretching over 80,000,000 years ago. Various chemical are capable of damaging this vitally important locus for the honeybee's immunity and digestion, and are likely exerting their adverse effects through sublethal, hard to detect mechanisms.
  • Why Does Monsanto Own Beelogics, 'The Guardian of Bee Health Worldwide'?

    On Sept. 28th, 2011, Monsanto announced that it was acquiring the company Beeologics, whose explicit goal is to become "the guardian of the bee health wordwide," including finding ways to address CCD.
    Here is their mission statement:

    "Beeologics LLC is an international firm dedicated to restoring bee health and protecting the future of honey bee pollination. Beeologics' mission is to become the guardian of bee health worldwide. Through continuous research, scientific innovation, and a focus on applicable solutions, Beeologics is developing a line of RNAi-based products to specifically address the long-term well being of honey bees, including the control of parasites and how they're involved in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)."
    A classical problem-solution approach, Monsanto creates a problem – a systemic herbicide intended to 'save the world' from hunger as part of its GMO Roundup-ready proprietary production system that actually destroys the pollinators required to maintain our global food supply – and then capitalizes on a GM solution on the backend, with patented RNA interference 'solutions' intended to, again, 'save the world' from hunger.

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