Funny how the science that doesn’t promote GMOs disappears into the ethers or is condemned by politically accepted institutional science as not even scientific. It doesn’t matter if it asks good questions, which most claim is part of the scientific process.
If it endangers prominently powerful commercial interests, like vaccines and GMOs, those who dare posit contrary considerations are cast out of view or worse.
Such is the fate of 74 year old Mae-Wan Ho PhD, co-founder and director of the Institute of Science in Society in London. This title is burdened with the unfortunate acronym ISIS, but it was founded in 1999 so she could isolate her and other like-minded scientists from the conformity of university academia, well before the CIA helped form the popular terror puppet group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham).
Ho and her ISIS support the efficacy of homeopathy and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). They value the esoteric essences of life forms to the point of being criticized for taking a vitalistic viewpoint on science.
Vitalistic is defined as “The theory or doctrine that life processes arise from or contain a nonmaterial vital principle and cannot be explained entirely as physical and chemical phenomena,” according to thefreedictionary.com.
It’s not a popular viewpoint among the traditional science for the commercial monopoly crowds and the subject of scorn and ridicule from the Quackbuster types as well. But I say well done, carry on with vitalism to probe the essence of life forms.
Most importantly for this article, she and ISIS are against agricultural genetic engineering. Mae-Wan Ho is one of the very few who cite the dangers of the main transfer gene in GMOs, the 35S CaMV promoter taken from the cauliflower mosaic virus.
Ho indicates that this promoter is active across many organisms, including humans, and that it has a “recombination hot spot” where it tends to break and join up with other DNA, resulting in potentially disastrous recombinations with life threatening consequences for many living forms.
In California, an associate professor at UC Davis introduced his testimony to 35S CaMV promoter with the caveat that this was probably going to cost him his future professorial tenure, but it had to get out.
Agro Ecologist Don Lotter, PhD, explained that the biotech industry “assumed” the 35S CaMV promoter gene would be degraded in the gut. But it was discovered later and kept secret that this wasn’t the case.
Lotter explained how the biotech industry took the early genetic explanation of one gene for one protein and ran with it. But that theory was eventually proven wrong. Too late. They were off and running with a flawed premise. Dr. Ho has a similar explanation in the video at the bottom of this article.
You can read Ken Roseboro’s interesting 2009 interview of Don Lotter here.
Speaking of Ken Roseboro, here’s Ken speaking.
The two papers Lotter had published in 2008 are available as pdfs in the sources section below. You won’t see them reviewed or mentioned by mainstream media or much online either, unfortunately. Interestingly, Roseboro’s interview of Lotter ended with:
KR: What type of agricultural approaches do you think will solve the world’s food production challenges?
DL: The IAASTD (International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development) report said that we can produce food using agro-ecological methods and successful green revolution methods. The report didn’t include transgenics. The report was signed by 60 countries, but the US didn’t sign it.
In this first edition, I’ll simply include the list of actual animal evidence of GMO and related herbicide and pesticide toxicity that Mae-Wan Ho has in her paper. Only one of them, the Seralini study in France, made it into mainstream media. Due to space restrictions, I’m leaving out her numeric references. But you’ll find everything in the pdf linked within this abstract.
(1) A paper just published in 2013 reports significantly higher rates of severe stomach inflammation in pigs fed a mixed GM corn and soybean diet for 22.7 weeks compared with pigs fed an equivalent non-GM control diet: 32% compared to 12%. Female pigs on the GM diet also had uterus heavier by 25% on average.
(2) A 2-year lab feeding trial reported in 2012 found rats of both sexes exposed to Roundup and/or Roundup-tolerant maize not sprayed with herbicide were 2 to 3 times as likely to die as controls and to develop large tumours, of mammary glands in females and of kidney and skin in males. In other words, the GMO without the herbicide was also harmful in every respect. Pituitary disease was up more than 2 fold in females and liver and kidney diseases up 1.5 to 2 fold in males on GM maize alone that was not sprayed with herbicide. These effects appeared after the 90 days period legally required for safety tests on GMOs, thereby exposing the inadequacy of the regulatory regime. (Note: This was the Seralini GMO trial that created an uproar.)
(3) A Danish farmer found excessive illnesses and deaths in his pigs fed GM soy meal including
chronic diarrhoea, birth defects, reproductive problems, bloating, stomach ulcers, weak and
smaller piglets, and reduced litter size. These were entirely reversed when he put them on a
(4) A meta-analysis pooling all available data on 19 feeding trials carried out for 90 days on GM
soybean and maize, both glyphosate tolerant and Bt crops representing 83% of commercialized
GMOs—a period inadequate for detecting the most serious health impacts—nevertheless found
significant disruption of liver and kidney functions.
(5) Professor emeritus Don Huber at Purdue University warned of “pathogen new to science”
associated with glyphosate tolerant GM crops and livestock fed on them, causing unprecedented
deaths and infertility.
(6) Between 2005 and 2006, senior scientist Irina Ermakova at the Russian Academy of Sciences
reported that female rats fed glyphosate-tolerant GM soybeans produced excessive numbers of
severely stunted pups and more than half of the litter dying within three weeks, while the
surviving pups were completely sterile. (Note: This study corroborated Dr. Arpad
Pusztai’s findings a few years earlier in Scotland, for which he was fired, read here.)
The second edition of this report will include more of Mae-Wan Ho’s research with added commentary from this author. Here’s a video of Dr. Ho’s live lecture regarding GMOs and ending with the real solution to feeding the world.
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