Thursday, October 18, 2012

RUSSIA, FRANCE SUSPEND US GRAIN IMPORTS



FIGURES DON’T LIE BUT LIARS CAN FIGURE

Temecula, CA – Coming just a scant five days after the story, Why Monsanto Does Not Allow Outside Testing of GMOs, Russia [joined France] in suspending corn imports from US farmers, showing in ‘real life’ who it is that really hurts farmers. After the jump please read the story report from Natasha Lennard dated September 26, 2012. Skip the high-priced slick ‘no on 37’ by grant-induced scientists and tenure seeking professors. Do the internet legwork and Vote YES on 37 because…

 ‘Russia has suspended imports of Monsanto’s genetically-modified corn in light of a French study which linked the crops to cancer.

Agence France-Presse reports:

    “Russia’s consumer-rights regulator Rospotrebnadzor asked scientists at the country’s Institute of Nutrition to review the study. The watchdog has also contacted to European Commission’s Directorate General for Health & Consumers to explain the EU’s position on GM corn.”

As Salon [and Temecula Calendar] noted last week, the study found that rats fed Monsanto’s GMO corn, or exposed to its popular herbicide, Roundup, developed tumors and organ damage, often dying younger than control group rats.
[Tests done by Monsanto were performed on mature rats who were later killed; tests were performed for 90 days BUT the French study showed tumor growth occurring after 120 days – “Figures don’t lie but liars can figure” – Jim Clark]
Some [industry] experts and commentators have viewed the findings skeptically, noting that the lead researcher has long been an outspoken critic of the biotech giant. Steven Salzberg wrote at Forbes that “the study was designed to fail” and was flawed from methodology through analysis. Interestingly and perhaps ironically, Mr. Salzberg admits the truth in an offhand blasé fashion when he states, after making fun of the author’s grammar structure, that rats fed only non-sprayed GMO corn died at a higher rate.
    “Interestingly, in the groups of animals fed with the NK603 [Roundup Ready corn] without R[oundup] application, similar effects with respect to enhanced tumor incidence and mortality rates were observed.” – French study

This tortured English is their way of admitting that rats did worse (“similar effects”) when fed GM corn that was grown without Roundup.  They don’t want to admit that this result contradicts their central hypothesis. Hey Fruit Loops, that’s the point of the study. Plus no one ever said that GMO kills you outright. GMOs poison the food chain over time exactly like the way overall results from DDT weren’t seen for years.

However, as Russia’s move illustrates, the study has fueled long-held concerns over GMO crops. A spokesperson from Monsanto announced that business would not be greatly hurt by the Russian suspension, as the country imports only a small amount of grain from the U.S. However, the multinational corporation might feel a sting if more nations follow in Russia’s wake. France has announced it will uphold a ban on GMO crops, while activists and farmers in California and elsewhere in the U.S. are pushing for GMO foods to be labeled in stores and for the government to further investigate the health impact of Monsanto’s products.
(The original article appears in full here; all emphasis – Ed)

Paige Brady with Whole Foods Markets blogged “As American consumers, we have a right to know what we are eating. One of the important choices anyone can make is whether or not to eat foods containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms, also called genetically engineered ingredients). Because GMOs are pervasive in our food supply, many familiar foods we sell may contain them. And because food manufacturers are not required to label them, many Americans are not even aware that GMOs are in many of their favorite foods.

As America’s leading retailer of natural and organic foods, Whole Foods Market® is proud to support GMO choice and transparency, such as supporting labeling efforts like Proposition 37 in California and also by providing our customers with the most Non-GMO and organic products available anywhere. And we are really excited to announce that all Whole Foods Market® stores in the US and Canada will have hundreds of Non-GMO Project Verified products on sale this weekend, from Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21.

We’ve supported mandatory product labeling measures over the years, most recently California’s Proposition 37 and Washington State’s Initiative Measure 522, with the hope that these state efforts will lead to one federal standard. We also work one-on-one with hundreds of our supplier partners to encourage them to get their ingredients from Non-GMO sources.

Meanwhile foodie voters have a long memory.

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