OMG !!! Since our initial “Need to Know” article on the subject of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) there has been a MASSIVE shift to the general “approach” of GMO and whether this is just “conspiracy” or “fact”… (see original article here)
Now, we must add that since the beginning for many of us this has never really been a question at all. However this is, or better said WAS, not so much the case for the larger public.
This has now finally changed and the term GMO has flipped to OMG!
For over two years now, French researchers have secretly studied this subject and 200 rats were fed with transgenic maize and Roundup. Tumours, serious disorders and in general simply horrific results!!!
The results were shared publicly (just search the news for this and you will see) and at the same time completely exposed the GMO industry and in our opinion particularly Monsanto & Co.
Now, before we go into the “hard to swallow” results of the study, we feel the need to share some facts about Monsanto and its “roots”, for those that do not already know this…
The Monsanto Company is an American multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is a leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, which it markets under the Roundup brand. Monsanto is also a leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seeds.
Some have said, that it has been Monsanto’s aim to fully “own” all seeds across the globe and put it under a so called “copy right” agenda… making it illegal for a regular farmer to produce and harvest his own seeds for further re-production and forcing him to go through or via Monsanto or one of it’s manufacturers…
Monsanto’s history and roots. It’s actually rather disturbing to even allow such a company to be in partial control, let alone be involved in the production of food and nourishment.
However, here is a summary (as short as we could make it), all of this information is publicly available and acknowledged:
Monsanto was founded in 1901, by John Francis Queeny, a man who attended school for a full 6 years and is crowned a 30‑year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry…
One of the first products distributed by Monsanto was the artificial sweetener saccharin, which was sold to the Coca-Cola Company. Studies in laboratory rats during the early 1970s linked saccharin with the development of bladder cancer in rodents. As a consequence, all food containing saccharin were labelled with a warning. In 2000, this was then removed again, as new studies showed that rats are not all that alike to humans after all… oddly enough though; in the meantime it’s been made public that rats are the perfect test subjects, to compare and test the effects of a product on a human… but the labels have not been put back on…
In 1919 Monsanto expanded to Europe. Entering into partnerships with companies to produce vanillin and aspirin with its raw ingredient of salicylic acid and then later rubber processing chemicals.
Continuing on this nature friendly path, they ventured into basic industrial chemicals like sulphuric acid, PCBs and laundry detergent.
However, one of their really “great” achievements must be their involvement in the Manhattan Project, thedevelopment of the first nuclear weapons and, after 1947, the Atomic Energy Commission.
Monsanto also partnered with German chemical giant Bayer to form Mobay and market polyurethanes (flexible, high-resilience foam seating, wheels, tires, suspension, adhesives, synthetic fibres (e.g., Spandex), hard-plastic parts, hoses and skateboard wheels etc…).
Of course they did not stop there and started to produce insecticide (DDT) which was soon banned in the US due to its toxicity. The PCB’s (coolants and insulating fluids) that were being produced were also banned…
But to continue on a more “glories” path; Monsanto was also one of the most important producers of Agent Orange for United States Military operations in Vietnam. Agent Orange simply put was a herbicidal warfare program that killed or maimed an estimated 400,000 Vietnamese people and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use.
Moving on, an important advancement was made, by developing the compounds for L‑dopa, which is currently the main drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease, but to be honest, not sure of how much of an improvement we have seen in that field…
On the other hand, Monsanto did become the first company to start mass production LEDs, which are not such a bad thing, from what we have gathered so far… we all saw some wonderful if not hypnotising demonstration and display of that at the 2012 Olympics…
Now, just like that, Monsanto scientists became the first to genetically modify a plant cell in 1982 and five years later, Monsanto conducted the first field tests of genetically engineered crops.
In 1996 Monsanto purchased Agracetus, the biotechnology company that had generated the first transgenic varieties of cotton, soybeans, peanuts, and other crops.
Monsanto first entered the maize seed business when it purchased 40% of DEKALB in 1996; it purchased the remainder of the corporation in 1998.
In 1998 Monsanto also purchased Cargill’s seed business, which gave it access to sales and distribution facilities in 51 countries.
In 2005, it finalized the purchase of Seminis Inc, a leading global vegetable and fruit seed company. This made it the world’s largest conventional seed company at the time.
In 2007 Monsanto and BASF announced a long-term agreement to cooperate in the research, development, and marketing of new plant biotechnology products.
“Well DONE” Monsanto for all you achievements!
As an additional note to this, part of the current listed board of director’s members, in Monsanto listed on Wikipedia are: South Dakota State University, Connected Energy Networks at Cisco Systems, McDonald’s USA; Health Technology Networks, The Procter & Gamble Company.
Now to the Results of the French studies of GMO and Roundup:
- First of it must be mentioned that one of the initial challenges was to get hold of GMO corn from any manufacturers… as Monsanto imposes that the corn must NOT be used for TESTING…
- Also, the strain of GMO that was tested is that which is consumed mostly in the US but also the one that has been accepted for import into Europe.
- The effects only started showing after month 4 of testing, all previous test run by Monsanto, usually ran for 3 months…
- There were 6 times more deaths of the GMO rat groups compared to the controlled groups.
- 94% of the tumours found in the rats could be translated to 20cm and plus tumours in humans and typically found as breast cancer in a woman and kidney cancer in a man.
- The major finding though, is the fact that, contrary to expectations, it wasn’t even so much the pesticides that seemed to have these terrible effects. But by interfering with the plants genetics which the rats consumed it obviously affected the rats and kill them. This lifts the thought that eating GMO food directly affected the rat’s genetics, being the real cause of these horrible deaths!
We suggest you watch this video though to see for yourself! You can find additional detail to the video athttp://www.ogm-alerte-mondiale.net/?lang=en (also available in Portuguese and French).
Link to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njd0RugGjAg