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Suppressed Report Shows Cancer Link to GM Potatoes


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Pete
- 4441 days ago - news.independent.co.uk
Campaigners against genetically modified crops in Britain last are calling for trials of GM potatoes this spring to be halted after releasing more evidence of links with cancers in laboratory rats.



   

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Pete m (67)
Saturday February 17, 2007, 9:38 am
By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
Published: 17 February 2007
Campaigners against genetically modified crops in Britain last are calling for trials of GM potatoes this spring to be halted after releasing more evidence of links with cancers in laboratory rats.

UK Greenpeace activists said the findings, obtained from Russian trials after an eight-year court battle with the biotech industry, vindicated research by Dr Arpad Pusztai, whose work was criticised by the Royal Society and the Netherlands State Institute for Quality Control.

The disclosure last night of the Russian study on the GM Watch website led to calls for David Miliband, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to withdraw permission for new trials on GM potatoes to go ahead at secret sites in the UK this spring. Alan Simpson, a Labour MP and green campaigner, said: "These trials should be stopped. The research backs up the work of Arpad Pusztai and it shows that he was the victim of a smear campaign by the biotech industry. There has been a cover-up over these findings and the Government should not be a party to that."

Mr Simpson said the findings, which showed that lab rats developed tumours, were released by anti-GM campaigners in Wales. Dr Pusztai and a colleague used potatoes that had been genetically modified to produce a protein, lectin. They found cell damage in the rats' stomachs, and in parts of their intestines.

The research is likely to spark a fresh row about GM crops in Britain. Graham Thompson, a Greenpeace campaigner, said: "It is important because it backs up the research by Pusztai, which was smeared at the time by the industry."

Brian John of GM Free Cymru, who released the findings, said the research was conducted in 1998 by the Institute of Nutrition of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and has been suppressed for eight years.

It showed that the potatoes did considerable damage to the rats' organs. Those in the "control groups" that were fed non-GM potatoes suffered ill-effects, but those fed GM potatoes suffered more serious organ and tissue damage.

The potatoes contained an antibiotic resistance marker gene. The institute that carried out the studies refused to release all the information. However, Greenpeace and other consumer groups mounted a protracted legal battle campaign to obtain the report. In May 2004 the Nikulinski District Court in Russia ruled that information relating to the safety of GM food should be open to the public.

The institute, however, refused to release the report. Greenpeace and Russian activist groups again took the institute to court, and won a ruling that the report must be released.

Irina Ermakova, a consultant for Greenpeace, said she had conducted her own animal feeding experiments with GM materials. "The GM potatoes were the most dangerous of the feeds used in the trials ... and on the basis of this evidence they cannot be used in the nourishment of people."

Greenpeace said the Russian trials were also badly flawed. Half of the rats in the trial died, and results were taken from those that survived, in breach of normal scientific practice.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 17, 2007, 10:19 am
Mother Nature is no one to trifle with. Thanks, Pete. Here's another hopefully helpful link for ya :

http://archives.cbc.ca/IDD-1-75-1597/science_technology/genetically_modified_food/
 

Victoria B (15)
Saturday February 17, 2007, 3:59 pm
And how many other health and environmental links will be found to Frankenfoods 5,10 or 20 years down the road? Stupid humans,bad,bad!
 

Carol L (190)
Sunday February 18, 2007, 2:57 pm
I wonder if there is any link between genetically modified food and the, as yet, undiagnosed disease which is causing the honeybee die off?
 

Shane Hennessy (18)
Monday February 19, 2007, 6:40 am
in the infinite wisdom of the words of my friend Skippy, " People are dumb." People have everything they need but are to concerned with what they might/could get, therefore forgetting and ultimately destroying that which they have. People have been blessed with hundreds of varieties of a cornacopia of foods, but dumb as people are this simply is not enough. More control must be had. Perfection; human perfection that is, which to me is an oxy-moron since perfection can only be found where people have not yet made things perfect. Indeed, People Are Dumb...mostly because they allow themselves to be part of an experiment with such little opposition that one wonders if people are dumb, or truly mentally ill, or perhaps so very programmed that their very lives can be manipulated in such a way that they don't even realize it. They think they are free when in fact they have given freedom up for the illusion of control and comfort. Oh, to have lived a few hundred years ago.....to have truly LIVED.....
 

nurith k (93)
Monday February 19, 2007, 7:47 am
the european parliament is just disgussing about gm food, they want to bring it here everywhere. we have a gm mafia here who try all the tricks to get into business here and it is unbelievable how ignorant politicians are and how corrupt, it's disgusting. of course the bees die of that stuff, if you offer naturally grown corn and gm corn, they will eat the natural stuff, just when they are about to starve, they eat gm food, and i suppose, a lot of deseases in humans are also because of this gm food. and if the bees don't find natural grown plants anymore, they'll die. beware of the scientists and their bosses from the chemical industrie, they really don't know any borders of inhumanity and cruelness against animals, they do not!!!
 

nurith k (93)
Monday February 19, 2007, 7:51 am
oh, i nearly forgot. and please do not follow the illusion, that they have any scrupel to do with you and the generations to come, what they do now with the animals. just wait a few decades, you'll see!!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 19, 2007, 8:30 am
This does not suprise me. When you mess with mother nature, she will turn and bite you on the butt. We need to leave her alone, she knows what she is doing, we don't.
 

Pete m (67)
Monday February 19, 2007, 8:49 am
Thanks everyone for your comments and for getting this to the front page. GM foods are a prime example of corporate abuse. Countries that try to ban it get taken to court for breaching trade regs cos there's 'no evidence that it's harmful'! It's the GM companies who should have to prove it's safe for f**ks sake! Us consumers have been sold out yet again by our gutless, corrupt leaders. Tell them loudly it is not acceptable!!
 

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Jennifer H (41)
Tuesday February 20, 2007, 5:17 am
A big problem is that you don't know whether the food you buy is GM, Icleland say they don't use GM food but what about fresh veg? We should not be forced to eat food we don't want. I certainly don't trust that is safe. I feel the big companies rule the world, not politicians.
 

glenn m (26)
Tuesday February 20, 2007, 5:17 am
wtf!?
 

glenn m (26)
Tuesday February 20, 2007, 5:17 am
typical, my ex used to live near a potato farmer. she asked him one day about why he had a small plot of potatoes next to the house, didn't he just need to take potatoes from the big fields!?
his reply... "they are for my family, i wouldn't feed them those ones (from the main fields) i know what goes on them."
the stupid thing is we are changing the things that have worked naturally for thousand of years to run an un-natural system. we need to seriously put this planet and it's health before all else otherwise we will/are killing ourselves as well.
 

Sandra Barringer (119)
Tuesday February 20, 2007, 11:01 am
Carol L asked:
"I wonder if there is any link between genetically modified food and the, as yet, undiagnosed disease which is causing the honeybee die off?" --- Excellent question. I've read that honeybees die after consuming GM pollen.
& Glenn Miller wrote:
"the stupid thing is we are changing the things that have worked naturally for thousand of years to run an un-natural system. we need to seriously put this planet and it's health before all else otherwise we will/are killing ourselves as well."
Yeah, Glenn, like cloning. Sex doesn't work any more? Nobody told me. If sex, in it's natural form doesn't work, why do we have such a population problem?
I'm not a religious type, but I do know that part of reason that "God" (Mother Nature?) brought on the flood and destroyed the offending race of man, was because humans were building what we'd now recognize as genetic monstrosities. Now, we're doing that same thing again.
Plus, I also think that this is part of the neo-con/globalists plan to reduce the population. They think there are too many of us humans around, and want to get rid of several millions of us. The thing is, that Mother Nature herself is a better judge of how much is too many, and has the natural mechanims to bring about a reduction of the surplus population without causing severe, probably eternal, repercutions. It doesn't need to be engineered by mad-scientists who are having a field day using us as guinea pigs. This is all for the advancement of science, of course. (No sarcasm here!) The trend I've notice, like many others here, is that we're getting stupier, and dumber, and idiotic, and senseless, etc.
What cracks me up is that there are artifacts that prove there have been very advanced, more than ours, civilizations on the earth in the past. Of course, this generation of egg-heads think that they're the most advanced of all the people ever born on the earth. They say: "Nobody ever before has been as smart as we are!"
What hubris and stupidity!
Mother Nature will step in, as She usually does, and will put a stop to these atrocities, and they are atrocities. Man, once again, must be put in his place. He wants to be Lord of the Earth, and probably Outer Space too, as evidenced by all the attempts at empire building (The New World Order) and all the attempts in the past to rule the whole world. My question is: Why would anyone want to rule the whole world? Why? Every bureaucracy I've ever seen fails as it gets bigger and bigger and too unwieldly to handle by anyone. And a one world empire/goverment will fail for that very reason. JMHO.
 

Chris F (0)
Tuesday February 20, 2007, 1:30 pm
why has everyone stopped talking about our food being irradiated to prolong shelf life??? our potatoes - see any sprouts? our flour, our milk, our meat etc - causes cancer, leukemia, etc - we can't even get it labeled so those of us who are concerned can shop - i dread the supermarket and am trying to grow what i can - why should our supermarkets be scary? obesity, cancer, autism, alzheimers - gross!!
 

Trish R (5)
Wednesday February 21, 2007, 11:46 am
Comments between allies only goes so far. Does anyone have info on a way to get involved?
 

Pete m (67)
Wednesday February 21, 2007, 6:07 pm
Good question Trish. I guess you could write to your representative voicing your opposition to GM, food retailers demanding they label GM food clearly as such, join organisations like the Soil Association (UK) which opposes GM trials and promotes organic produce, boycott GM companies and retailers who sell their products (don't forget to write to them!). Consumers have done a good job already in letting the GM companies know that their products are not wanted, hence their reluctance to clearly label foods containing GM ingredients. Keep the pressure on!
 

Angela W (27)
Monday March 19, 2007, 8:58 pm
BOYCOTT GM food. Eat as much ORGANIC food as possible and we and Mother Earth will be healthier!!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 9:57 am
Not a great surprise--damn the GMOS.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 18, 2015, 11:40 pm
The great news is that the new Innate Potatoes have significantly less acrylamide than traditional potatoes and thus are much less carcinogenic.
 
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