Thursday, February 14, 2013

Monsanto Again, & Again; Antibiotic-Resistant Virus in all Rivers of China due to GMOs, Salmon W/ISA VIRUS Approved, Supreme Court GMO Seeds Next Week

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.

Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis (IHN) - Diseases of Farmed Fish ...

"Infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN) is an infectious viral disease of salmon and trout. It was first recognised in the 1950s in sockeye and chinook salmon. The disease has most economic significance for freshwater farms, however Pacific and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) in both fresh and sea water have been severely affected."

For the very first time humans will be eating fish infected with ISA virus...since no other country in the world allows human consumption with infection of this... particular disease one has to wonder why the Canadian government would force this upon us as these fish won't be labelled!...turns out you don't have to worry...although there's been NO HUMAN STUDIES done, the CFIA is confident that the virus only survives the colder body temperature of the salmon, where our body temperature is too warm for this virus to survive...which really means they're feeding us infected fish based on an assumption!...are you starting to feel like someones science experiment yet?
I have a necrosis disease Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)


As Challenge over Seed Rights Approaches Supreme Court, New Report Exposes Devastating Impact of Monsanto Practices on U.S. Farmers

Among the report’s discoveries are several alarming statistics:

•As of January 2013, Monsanto, alleging seed patent infringement, had filed 144 lawsuits involving 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses in at least 27 different states.
•Today, three corporations control 53 percent of the global commercial seed market.
•Seed consolidation has led to market control resulting in dramatic increases in the price of seeds. From 1995-2011, the average cost to plant one acre of soybeans has risen 325 percent; for cotton prices spiked 516 percent and corn seed prices are up by 259 percent.

In December of 2012, the Center for Food Safety, and Save Our Seeds submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Mr. Bowman, which supports the right of farmers to re-plant saved seed. Arguments in the case are scheduled for February 19th.
For the full report:
More information on the CFS and SOS can be found at:
Pink is the number of Farms, and Blue is Agriculture Acres

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