The Price We Pay for Fighting Pests With Chemicals and Genetic Engineering

The Price We Pay for Fighting Pests With Chemicals and Genetic Engineering

2nd August 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest writer for Wake Up World

As noted in a recent article by The Atlantic,[1] history is rife with pest control experiments gone terribly wrong. Today the stakes are higher than ever, as scientists are increasingly turning to genetic engineering to affect environmental change.

Earlier this year, the Zika virus, which is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, was declared a worldwide public health threat.[2],[3] Besides calling for increased use of chemical sprays against mosquitoes, focus quickly turned to the idea of releasing genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes to control populations.

The male transgenic mosquitoes, which are released to mate with females in the wild, carry a “suicide” or “self-destruct gene” that gets transferred to the offspring, killing them before they reach breeding maturity.[4] To achieve this, protein fragments from the herpes virus, E. coli bacteria, coral and cabbage looper moth were inserted into the insects. Biotech company Oxitec refers to their GE mosquitoes as a “non-chemical insecticide,” and these controversial creatures are now another step closer to being released on U.S. soil.

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The Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid – and Why

The Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid – and Why

31st July 2016

By Dr. Edward Group

Guest writer for Wake Up World

In the very short time since GMO foods were first introduced, they have tainted ecosystems, created financial strains for farmers, and introduced unnatural elements into the local, national, and global food supply.

GMOs pose a danger to all of us and the evidence is irrefutable. Environmentally, they have created superweeds that destroy farmland, and they have eliminated some organisms from ecosystems, leading to new superbugs to fill the void. Much talk also centers around the health considerations. Unfortunately, researchers who attempt to test the alleged safety of these GMOs – and have found them decidedly unsafe! – get shouted down by the rank-and-file industry yes men who are intent on protecting the empire. Despite this, the research has shown a dramatically higher risk of health problems from eating GMOs and research shown that toxic DNA from these plants may survive digestion. It’s even been found in the blood of pregnant women and their fetuses! [1]

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Setting the Record Straight on GMO Myths and Truths

Setting the Record Straight on GMO Myths and Truths

21st July 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Many of us are aware that genetically engineered (GE) foods and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are harmful to health and the environment. But how can you effectively respond to friends and family who have fallen for the oft-repeated fallacies and myths about GMO safety and efficacy?

Claire Robinson is the editor of GM Watch, which is based in the U.K.. Together with genetic engineers Drs John Fagan and Michael Antoniou, she also co-authored the book “GMO Myths and Truths,” which can be a very helpful resource.

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The DARK Act is Back — Americans Swindled (Again!) Over GMO Labeling Laws

The DARK Act is Back — Americans Swindled (Again!) Over GMO Labeling Laws

7th July 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“This is not a labeling bill; it is a non-labeling bill. We are appalled that our elected officials would support keeping Americans in the dark about what is in our food and even more appalled that they would do it on behalf of Big Chemical and food corporations.” ~ Center for Food Safety

In yet another attack on transparency and food safety, biotech giant Monsanto has won an unexpected bipartisan victory in Congress with a “test vote” on a bill dubbed Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK Act. On June 29th, ‘representatives’ in the U.S. Senate announced a deal had been reached regarding federal GMO labeling requirements. Introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), both Senators were paid handsomely by agribusiness to push the pro-GMO agenda in Congress — $2,808,111 and $1,565,978 respectively. Incredibly, it wasn’t just politicians that sold out the American public, a laundry list of organic brands owned by large corporations have embraced this latest version of the DARK Act as well, which will nullify state GMO labeling laws — including hard won legislation in Vermont.

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Why GMOs Are NOT the Future of Food

Why GMOs Are NOT the Future of Food

By Raluca Schachter

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Throughout our existence as humans, our genes have shown they are highly adaptable to the available food supply and a wide variety of diets. Over time, our genes gradually adapted to new ways of eating and we continued to thrive. But all these “new” foods were whole foods, unprocessed, unaltered, and found in nature.

So, how does this adaptation relate to the new era of genetically modified foods, made in the laboratory?

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Synthetic Forests: The Enormous Risks of Genetically Engineered Trees

Synthetic Forests: The Enormous Risks of Genetically Engineered Trees

By Dr Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

If the biotech industry has its way, 184 million acres of native forests around the world will be bulldozed down and replaced with plantations of genetically engineered (GE) trees.

On these proposed GE tree plantations, there are essentially no other plants, insects, birds, or wildlife — just rows upon rows of cloned Frankentrees growing at accelerated rates on a crust of dead, lifeless soil above dwindling groundwater reserves.

Moreover, GE trees are being genetically engineered with unnatural characteristics, such as the ability to kill insects, tolerate colder temperatures, resist toxic chemicals, and grow faster — but these “advantages” come at an unacceptable price.

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Fruits and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion

Fruits and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion

By Marco Torres

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

What if our food has been getting less and less nutritious? What if modern intensive farming methods — many of which solved malnutrition problems when they were first introduced — have affected the mineral and vitamin content of what we eat? Could having a constant supply of varied produce and introducing genetically modified foods be compromising nature’s goodness?

Whether it be vegan, low carb, paleo, or any other diet, the quest for the healthiest method of eating shows no sign of abating, yet all have considerable controversy. We know more than ever about what food does to the body and the importance of antioxidants, healthy fats and a low glycaemic index.

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Monsanto Charged With Crimes Against Nature and Humanity, Set to Stand Trial in 2016

Monsanto Charged With Crimes Against Nature and Humanity, Set to Stand Trial in 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

People are fed-up. And angry. We simply no longer accept that corporations have the right to ride roughshod over the environment or destroy the health of its inhabitants. We refuse to remain silent when faced with companies who contribute to poisoned rivers, people and wildlife — where the only concern is for the mighty dollar. No longer will we stand by and watch as beauty and the balance of nature is laid to waste.

Monsanto, in particular, is known as one of the most destructive corporations of all times. In response to the ongoing damage caused by the company, a coalition of food, farming and environmental justice groups — including the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), Navdanya, Regeneration International (RI) and Millions Against Monsanto, among others — have taken matters into their own hands. During the COP21 event in Paris, the alliance announced that Monsanto will be put on trial in The Hague, Netherlands for “crimes against nature and humanity” come autumn 2016.

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Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes and Moths Ready to Spread Like Wildfire

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes and Moths Ready to Spread Like Wildfire

21st December 2015

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

While countries around the globe are still assessing the risks – and experiencing the environmental backlash – of genetically engineered (GE) plants, biotech companies are moving on to their next targets – insects.

The latest science project, courtesy of researchers from the University of California, is mosquitoes genetically engineered to stop the spread of malaria. In theory, the idea sounds promising, at least on the surface…

‘We Could Unleash Monsters’

The researchers injected Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes with a segment of DNA code that makes them resistant to the parasite that causes malaria. Further, a controversial “gene drive” technique was used that allows the “frankenbugs” to pass their resistant genes onto their offspring.

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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon – Here’s What You Need To Know

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Salmon – Here’s What You Need To Know

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first genetically modified food animal [1] — an Atlantic salmon that grows twice as fast as natural salmon, thanks to the insertion of genes from Chinook salmon and eelpout (an eel-like fish).

As a result, they carry three copies of each chromosome instead of two. But that’s not the only change. Their sex hormones will also undergo complicated manipulation to ensure they’re all female. They’re also said to be sterile, as an added precaution should they manage to escape, but the sterilization process has been criticized as flawed, and not 100 percent guaranteed. [2]

Adding insult to recklessness, the FDA will not require any additional labeling identifying the genetically aberrant nature of this salmon. The news of the approval was shocking to many, considering the strong opposition to it, and undoubtedly resulted in more than a few exasperated facepalms.

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How GMO Foods Turn Your Intestines Into an Insecticide Factory

How GMO Foods Turn Your Intestines Into an Insecticide Factory

By Marie Be

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The rise of GMOs in our food supplies raises a variety of issues, from environmental degradation to nutrient depletion, dependency on toxic agro-chemicals and government corruption — many topics with lots of well sourced information. Often falling into the cracks is the effect of GM foods on intestinal health. Why does it matter? Because intestinal health is directly linked to genetics, immunity and our overall health and well-being.

The History of GMOs

The GMO revolution was fueled by oil subsidies, government corruption and university funding (1). GMOs were engineered after WW2, based on a surplus military product. There was extra bomb making material that was found to work as fertilizer, so the synthetic fertilizer industry was created. There was excess nerve gas that could be used as an insecticide, and the insecticidal industry was created.

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The GMO Cookie is Crumbling (The Time to Act Is NOW!)

The GMO Cookie is Crumbling (The Time to Act Is NOW!)

27th November 2015

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), determined glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, to be a “probable carcinogen” (Class 2A).

This determination was based on evidence showing the popular weed killer can cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and lung cancer in humans, along with “convincing evidence” it can also cause cancer in animals.

Monsanto has maintained that the classification as a carcinogen is wrong and continues to tout glyphosate (and Roundup) as one of the safest pesticides on the planet.However, they’ve now been slapped with a growing number of lawsuits alleging they’ve long known that Roundup’s glyphosate could harm human health.

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