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FDA Caught Hiding The Truth About GMO Salmon

FDA Caught Hiding The Truth About GMO Salmon

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) recently revealed a document that proves the U.S. Food and Drug Administration knowingly withheld vital information during recent hearings regarding the approval of GMO salmon.

The Biological Opinon, created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2003, provides conclusive evidence that genetically modified (GMO) salmon pose a serious threat to endangered Atlantic salmon if accidentally released into the wild.

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By failing to release this document prior to the September 19th public hearing on AquaBounty’s GMO salmon, the FDA continues an alarming trend that this agency and the U.S. government have engaged in since GMO foods first appeared in the 1990s (Food Democracy Now).

“This [document] adds further evidence that in fact GE salmon pose a serious threat to marine environments and is another compelling reason for the FDA not to approve the fish for commercial use,” said Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety. 

“While the FDA applauded the company’s choice of land-based containment as responsible, it never revealed that it is illegal in the U.S. to grow genetically engineered salmon in open-water net pens.”

At the public hearing in September, the FDA’s advisory committee was split in their recommendation to make a decision on GMO salmon, with several committee members criticizing the poor science submitted by AquaBounty and calling upon the FDA to demand more rigorous independent scientific review despite the agency’s previous decision weeks earlier that GMO salmon were “safe” for human consumption (Digital Journal).

“The recent developments only add to the increasing concerns raised by the public, members of Congress and the FDA’s own Advisory Committee,” said Jaydee Hanson, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Food Safety. 

“The documents received make clear that some data was even kept from FWS and NMFS scientists who would not sign the confidentiality agreements requested by the FDA. If the FDA won’t even share confidential company data with government scientists, what else is it keeping secret from the public?” added Hanson. 

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3:54PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

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The researchers wrote: “To our knowledge, this is the first report indicating that nucleotides, miRNAs, with complete functional structure are resistant to digestion in the GI tract and can be delivered intact to other tissues.

“In this sense, miRNAs may represent a novel class of universal modulators that play an important role in mediating animal-plant interactions at the molecular level.” The study appeared online in Cell Research, September 2011.

The question arises: Could miRNAs also make a critical contribution to destroying the body’s structure and function? In the case of genetically modified plants that have only been with us since the 1990s, the effects of the new miRNAs that could attach to our organs are unknown.

According to the study’s introduction, miRNAs have the ability “to modulate various critical biological processes, including differentiation, apoptosis, [cell destruction] proliferation, the immune response, and the maintenance of cell and tissue identity.” ...

In other words, not merely potentially triggering virtually any/every possibly disease/dysfunction, but altering and destroying our very systems from the cellular level up, including the genetic ability to 'breed true' - reproduce our original genetic heritage, or indeed any in a consistent fashion.

3:51PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

(Never mind, this IS the right one, both threads on GM salmon, lol... got distracted during a phone call - continued)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/health/you-are-what-you-eat-198130.html


GMO Foods May Alter Healthy Organ Function
By Louise McCoy
Epoch Times Staff Created: March 1, 2012 Last Updated: March 5, 2012



... Chinese cell researchers have found that plant microRNA from rice and other vegetables are directly absorbed into the bloodstream of mammals without being broken down by digestion. RNA, like DNA, carries genetic information. MicroRNA or miRNA is a short RNA molecule that can suppress gene activity.

Through a series of trials, it was found that a certain plant miRNA from rice arrives intact to the liver cells of mammals, where it inhibits the removal of LDL from the blood. LDL is the type of cholesterol that coats the arteries.

Those mice eating the rice diet had their blood LDL rise significantly within a few hours. After three days of the rice diet, LDL was raised but HDL and triglyceride levels were unchanged.

Healthy Chinese people were also part of the study. When their blood was analyzed, it also contained rice miRNA.

Ten plant miRNAs were found in the blood of Chinese subjects, mice, rats, horses, sheep, and calves. Rice miRNA was found not only in the liver, but the lungs, spleen, kidneys, stomach, and brain. However, the effects, if any, on these other organs was not addressed.

The researchers wrote: “To our knowl

3:46PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Sorry, had two GMO comment pages up, started chatting on the phone, and just realized that I'd posted all this on the wrong one, lol!

My apologies!

3:43PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

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In any event, we have no way of knowing which conventionally grown fruit and vegetables may be GM/GM contaminated.

GMO apples are already being produced in BC, something that will ultimately destroy first conventional, then organic production of apples, as GM contamination inevitably spreads.

In Winnipeg, I found that beginning rather suddenly, a couple of years ago, we generally seemed to get only one very odd tomato type that I prefer not to eat - no more beefsteaks or anything with normal-looking seed structure or without a white, pithy substance inside, to some degree or another.

The health food store doesn't seem to have organic tomatoes in whenever I am, and the hydroponics are generally the 'Red Hat' variety only, if I'm remembering the correct name which I could have mixed up, as I rarely buy tomatoes - which I loved - any more, and often eat little or none of what I wind up with, on the assumption that this is most likely connected with GM and/or toxic fertilizer use disrupting genetics.



Klaus P., (assuming you're still here, as your post is from Nov.) humans ARE being GMO'd - the essential bacteria in our guts is being replaced by GMO bacteria and microRNA from gM foods are being found in the blood and organs of mammals, including, of course, humans.


http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/health/you-are-what-you-eat-198130.html


GMO Foods May Alter Healthy Organ Function
By Louise McCoy
Epoch Times Staff Created: March 1, 2

3:41PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

(continued)


In any event, we have no way of knowing which conventionally grown fruit and vegetables may be GM/GM contaminated.

GMO apples are already being produced in BC, something that will ultimately destroy first conventional, then organic production of apples, as GM contamination inevitably spreads.

In Winnipeg, I found that beginning rather suddenly, a couple of years ago, we generally seemed to get only one very odd tomato type that I prefer not to eat - no more beefsteaks or anything with normal-looking seed structure or without a white, pithy substance inside, to some degree or another.

The health food store doesn't seem to have organic tomatoes in whenever I am, and the hydroponics are generally the 'Red Hat' variety only, if I'm remembering the correct name which I could have mixed up, as I rarely buy tomatoes - which I loved - any more, and often eat little or none of what I wind up with, on the assumption that this is most likely connected with GM and/or toxic fertilizer use disrupting genetics.



Klaus P., (assuming you're still here, as your post is from Nov.) humans ARE being GMO'd - the essential bacteria in our guts is being replaced by GMO bacteria and microRNA from gM foods are being found in the blood and organs of mammals, including, of course, humans.


http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/health/you-are-what-you-eat-198130.html


GMO Foods May Alter Healthy Organ Function
By Louise McCoy
Epoch Times Staff Created: March 1, 2

3:39PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

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Both Johnny’s and Territorial have received strikingly similar missives with nearly the same wording, demanding that the firms reveal their Seminis’ varieties “so I can avoid them at all costs. Otherwise I’ll toss your catalog.” Seed catalogs may see more of this, as Monsanto is a large target amongst those concerned with globalization.

While voting with ones dollars can be an effective tool of change, it is also important to recognize that these are also seed catalogs that have recognized the needs of smaller organic producers, offering strong lists of regional varieties and expanding their certified organic selections. None of these companies was overjoyed with news of the acquisition, and they all seemed to be in different phases of analyzing its impact. It’s not an easy task. Seminis’ varieties account for 11 percent of Fedco Seed’s gross sales, and the numbers are much higher in categories like melons and squash. While Fedco founder C.R. Lawn expressed his personal inclination to have nothing to do with Monsanto, the volume of sales demands careful consideration. Fedco is surveying its staff to decide how to respond, with options ranging from phasing out all Monsanto-Seminis varieties to putting a “tax” on these varieties and using this money to fund regional grassroots seed development. ...


In any event, we have no way of knowing which conventionally grown fruit and vegetables may be GM/GM cont

3:34PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

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The brand-name companies under Seminis (such as Petoseed) have developed, released, produced and distributed varieties common to the market farmer and even home gardener. These include Big Beef, Sweet Baby Girl and Early Girl Tomatoes; Simpsons Elite and Red Sails Lettuces; Red Knight and King Arthur Peppers; Gold Rush and Blackjack Zucchinis; Stars & Stripes Melon; and Bush Delicata and Early Butternut squashes (see sidebar for other popular varieties).

Many of the Seminis varieties are derived from their in-house breeding programs, as well as industry alliances with DuPont, and university partnerships with the likes of Cornell, Texas A & M and the University of California. The company’s F1 hybrid genetics are considered excellent in many areas, including overwintering brassicas, disease resistance in cucurbits, packing qualities in green beans, and flavor in tomatoes. “Organic farmers love our product,” Koppenjan told me, “We have the disease resistance, and this is more important in organics than conventional, where farmers have more disease-control options.”

The implications of Monsanto – often associated with the antithesis of the organic movement – purchasing a company that serves the organic community are complex. This has certainly been the catalyst for the emails that some catalog companies are receiving. Both Johnny’s and Territorial have received strikingly similar missives with nearly the same wo

3:33PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

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It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuce on U.S. supermarket shelves, 75 percent of the tomatoes, and 85 percent of the peppers, with strong holdings in beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, broccoli, cabbage, spinach and peas. The company’s biggest revenue source comes from tomato and peppers seeds, followed by cucumbers and beans.

In large part, these numbers reflect usage of Seminis varieties within large industrial production geared towards supermarkets, but Seminis seeds are also widely used by regional conventional and organic farmers as well as market and home gardeners. Johnny’s, Territorial, Fedco, Nichol’s, Rupp, Osborne, Snow, and Stokes are among the dozens of commercial and garden seed catalogs that carry the more than 3,500 varieties that comprise Seminis’ offerings. This includes dozens of All-American Selections and an increasing number of varieties licensed to third parties for certified organic seed production.

The brand-name companies under Seminis (such as Petoseed) have developed, released, produced and distributed varieties common to the market farmer and even home gardener. These include Big Beef, Sweet Baby Girl and Early Girl Tomatoes; Simpsons Elite and Red Sails Lettuces; Red Knight and King Arthur Peppers; Gold Rush and Blackjack Zucchinis; Stars & Stripes Melon; and Bush De

3:03PM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Tamara E., under Harper, we also have Monsanto in governance and unlabelled GM/GM contaminated food and seed sold.

Unless using certified organic heritage seed or offspring of these, buying local may mean buying food grown with unlabelled GM seed, as the Monsanto and others now own.

One old example:

http://www.seedalliance.org/seed_news/seminismonsanto/

"And We Have the Seeds"
Monsanto Purchases World’s Largest Vegetable Seed Company

“Monsanto Company to Acquire Seminis, Inc., a Leading Vegetable and Fruit Seed Company

Acquisition Expected to Add Near-term Income Growth and Diversity to Monsanto's Seed Portfolio

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 24, 2005) - Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) announced today that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Seminis, Inc., for $1.4 billion in cash and assumed debt… “

(From Monsanto Press Release)


Monsanto Goes Healthy?

The news of Monsanto’s agreement to purchase Seminis has received little attention from the media other than the financial pages and a few seed industry and anti-globalization web sites. But then again, why should it? How many consumers – of food or seed – have even heard of Seminis? And yet, as Seminis spinmeister Gary Koppenjan said, “If you've had a salad, you've had a Seminis product."

It is estimated that Seminis controls 40 percent of the U.S. vegetable seed market and 20 percent of the world market—supplying the genetics for 55 percent of the lettuc

8:26PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

This is so scary. Soon nothing will be safe.

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