Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In Memory... Dr. Andres Carrasco

Dr. Andres Carrasco, an Argentine neuroscientist who challenged pesticide regulators to re-examine one of the world's most widely used weed killers, has died. He was 67.

~When those with a vested interest attempt to sow unreasonable doubt around inconvenient results, or when governments exploit political opportunities by picking and choosing from scientific evidence, they jeopardize public confidence in scientific methods and institutions, and also put their own citizenry at risk. Safety testing, science-based regulation, and the scientific process itself, depend crucially on widespread trust in a body of scientists devoted to the public interest and professional integrity. If instead, the starting point of a scientific product assessment is an approval process rigged in favour of the applicant, backed up by systematic suppression of independent scientists working in the public interest, then there can never be an honest, rational or scientific debate....

Bayer chemical corporation said, “Dear “Friends of the Earth” team,
To be honest, we are a little bit astonished. You have just released a new paper on the topic of bee health, but instead of looking to get in a dialogue with us, you call upon your followers to spam our sites with one and the same text piece over and over again. We doubt that this is an effective way to start a meaningful dialogue. Nevertheless, we remain open for constructive discussion and invite you to get in touch with us and our experts from the Bayer Bee Care team at"
You can go to their site if you want... There is a big public relations event going on in the USA with them and Monsanto, along with Syngenta...

Kimberly says, "Total Quality Management was the brainchild of Kurt Lewin who went to M.I.T. when Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. He conducted research involving group dynamics that laid the foundation for Total Quality Management; which can be summarized as a method of belief and behavior modification using dialectic-reasoning skills in a group setting.
It utilizes the inherent fear an individual person has of being alienated from the group. By use of a change agent, or “facilitator,” individuals are herded toward “consensus” by compromising their position for the sake of “social harmony.”
According to Lewin, “A successful change includes three aspects: UNFREEZING the present level, MOVING to the new level, and FREEZING group life on the new level.”
1. A Diverse Group (“Diversity” needed for conflict)
2. Dialoging to Consensus (Dialectic process unshackled from the constraints of truth)
3. Over a Social Issue (Problem / Crisis)
4. In a Facilitated Meeting (Using a facilitator or change agent)
5. Herding Group Views Toward a Predetermined Consensus
(Paradigm shift: problem, reaction, solution)

A prime example of Total Quality Management is “community policing”.

Dr. Trojanowicz, formerly the director of the National Center for Community Policing at the University of Michigan, considered the father of Community Oriented Policing, ponders the dilemma of the current state of affairs in his paper Community Policing and the Challenge of Diversity.

He states: “The community of interest generated by crime, disorder and fear of crime becomes the goal to allow the community policing officer to enter into the geographic community.”

Let me repeat that. Trojanowicz says: Social chaos is the GOAL and that the crisis of crime and disorder is the door for the police officer (as facilitator/change agent) to enter the community."

A new video of Andres Carrasco talking about his research showing birth defects cause by glyphosate, present in Roundup Ready Soy.
Andres Carrasco, MD, is head of the Molecular Embryology Laboratory at University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and chief scientist at the National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET), Argentina.
The Carrasco laboratory investigates glyphosate/Roundup herbicide and birth defects
Carrasco's findings gave scientific credibility to reports of people in Argentina who claimed escalating rates of birth defects and cancers after the introduction of genetically modified soy, which is engineered to tolerate being sprayed with huge amounts of glyphosate.
In June 2011, Earth Open Source published a report by a group of international scientists, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" which examined the original approval documents for glyphosate and found that industry's own studies from as long ago as the 1980s-1990s (including some commissioned by Monsanto) showed that glyphosate causes birth defects in laboratory animals, specifically rabbits and rats.

Results of a Case Study of Glyphosate/Roundup 

A Great Warrior For Mother Earth

"This is the challenge facing Carrasco, Seralini, and others who use science to hold the biotech industry accountable for its push for control over the future of agriculture. Their stories show that taking on powerful financial interests of massive global corporations can be a difficult - and even dangerous - task: a war of information between those in search of profit and those in search of truth."

About Monsanto's sick debaucle that they see no way out of except, through denial and bribery (lobbyists and contributions, and the future well paid jobs (positions);)...This is from Truthout and tells the story of Dr. Carrasco and his associates, one of whom is paralyzed from the waist down from the attack the day they publicly reported this in their country. They were attacked by Monsanto workers, while the police stood by.
Also talks about what is happening now. 2010/11/11 with Monsanto.

“When one is dealing with a subject of limited public interest, one can keep the study secret until all the last details have been resolved. But when one uncovers facts that are important for public health, one has an obligation to make an effort to publish the results urgently and with maximum publicity.”
Even so, he was clearly taken aback by the strength of the reaction.
“It was a violent, disproportionate, dirty reaction”, he said. “I hadn’t even discovered anything new, only confirmed conclusions that others had reached. One has to remember, too, that the study originated in contacts with communities that have suffered the impact of agro-chemicals. They are the undeniable proof of the impact.” He is not intimidated: “If I know something, I will not shut my mouth.”
~ Andres Carrasco, Professor of Molecular Embryology at the University of Buenos Aires, whose research (Paganelli et al. 2010) identified health risks from glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup ~

"Groundbreaking study shows Roundup link to birth defects. International scientists confirm dangers of Roundup at GMO-Free Regions Conference in Brussels
Brussels 16 September 2010
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world's best-selling weedkiller Roundup, causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying and well below maximum residue levels in products presently approved in the European Union. This is reported in research (1) published by a group around Professor Andrés Carrasco, director of the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology at the University of Buenos Aires Medical School and member of Argentina's National Council of Scientific and Technical Research.
Carrasco was led to research the embryonic effects of glyphosate by reports of high rates of birth defects in rural areas of Argentina where Monsanto's genetically modified "Roundup Ready" (RR) soybeans are grown in large monocultures sprayed from airplanes regularly. RR soy is engineered to tolerate Roundup, allowing farmers to spray the herbicide liberally to kill weeds while the crop is growing.
The authors concluded that the results raise "concerns about the clinical findings from human offspring in populations exposed to Roundup in agricultural fields." Carrasco added, "I suspect the toxicity classification of glyphosate is too low. In some cases this can be a powerful poison."
The maximum residue level (MRL) allowed for glyphosate in soy in the EU is 20 mg/kg. The level was increased 200-fold from 0.1 mg/kg to 20 mg/kg in 1997 after GM RR soy was commercialized in Europe. Carrasco found malformations in embryos injected with 2.03 mg/kg glyphosate. Soybeans can contain glyphosate residues of up to 17mg/kg.
In August 2010 Amnesty International reported that an organized mob violently attacked people who gathered to hear Carrasco talk about his research in the town of La Leonesa, Chaco province. Witnesses implicated local agro-industry figures in the attack.
Carrasco is also the co-author of a report, "GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible?" released on September 16 by a group of international scientists. The report documents a bulk of evidence in scientific studies on the harmful health and environmental impacts of GM RR soy and Roundup."
(1) Paganelli, A., Gnazzo, V., Acosta, H., López, S.L., Carrasco, A.E. 2010. Glyphosate-based herbicides produce teratogenic effects on vertebrates by impairing retinoic acid signalling. Chem. Res. Toxicol., August 9.
(2) "GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible?" is released on September 16 by Andrés Carrasco and eight other international scientists:
"Last June the Argentinian newspaper Página 12 carried a report (see article in Spanish, below) regarding a publication prepared by a commission opened by the Chaco State Government (in the north of the country) analyzing health statistics in intensive agrochemical use zones. In one decade, the rates of childhood cancer tripled and babies with birth defects increased fourfold.
Download Chaco State Government report
on the effects of agrochemical
spraying on GM soy and rice
on human health in English or Spanish.

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