Twelve diary cows died after being fed GM maize and silage. This happened on a farm in Woelfersheim in the state of Hesse, Germany.
According to the report by Greenpeace Germany, "common errors in feeding and infections had by and large been ruled out as the cause of death", and the farmer involved, Gottfried Glöckner, a supporter of GM crops, now suspects that Syngenta’s GM maize Bt 176 is to be blamed.
Bt 176 contains multiple complex traits, including insect resistance – conferred by a toxin from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis – and tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate. It was produced initially by the company Ciba-Giegy in 1994, and acquired subsequently by biotech giant Syngenta.
There has been a concerted national effort by citizens to have the US government label GMOs. Opposing it are governments intent not only to keep them unlabeled in the US but efforts at the international level by the US government to remove all labeling of GMOs through Codex Alimentarius. The problem is that Codex applies to food, and GMOs don’t qualify.
William Engdahl wrote in March of 2010 about a USDA funded project to create a GM corn that sterilizes people.GMO, glyphosate and population reduction
One long-standing project of the US Government has been to perfect a genetically-modified variety of corn, the diet staple in Mexico and many other Latin American countries. The corn has been field tested in tests financed by the US Department of Agriculture along with a small California bio-tech company named Epicyte. Announcing his success at a 2001 press conference, the president of Epicyte, Mitch Hein, pointing to his GMO corn plants, announced, “We have a hothouse filled with corn plants that make anti-sperm antibodies.” 14
Dr. Mercola's Comments
I strongly believe that one of the most obvious clues about the danger of GMO foods are that just about EVERY species of animal that is offered a GMO food versus a non-GMO food will avoid the GMO one. Many times they will do this to the point of starvation, as they have an intuitive sense of the danger of this food.
The World Health Organization has a Task Force on the Regulation of Male Fertility. In 1990 a paper was published in Lancet, a well-regarded British medical journal detailing the use of testosterone injections to render men sterile. The abstract of the article noted “Hormonal regimens that induce azoospermia [lack of fertile sperm] can provide highly effective, sustained, and reversible male contraception with minimum side-effects.”
Minimum, that is, if the increase in testosterone does not promote tumors (including cancer) in the brain, prostate and elsewhere as it is well documented to do.
The Natural Solutions Foundation believes that the genetic engineering of food will inevitably lead to serious damage to animals, plants and the environment which have not been taken into account through the US policy of declaring GM foods equivalent to non GM ones.
Originally posted by babybunnies
What's most convincing to me is that outside of the USA, where Monsanto has massive lobbying in place (replace "lobbying" with "officially condoned bribery"), they are widely banned from doing business.
Most of the EU won't allow them to operate, as well as places like China, Russia, African nations, and most of South America.
It's only in the USA, where they've been allowed to pay off officials to look the other way, that this despicable company is really allowed to do a lot of business.
I'm sure history will NOT look kindly on this corporation.
Originally posted by dogstar23
reply to post by Nspekta
Just a couple of thoughts in response to the OP. First, I am firmly against GMOs, though I think they should be allowed to exist and be sold, as long as it is made clear to consumers what they are buying, and as long as the companies who make and/or grow GM crops are 100% responsible for any contamination and cleanup plus hefty fines, should their plants contaminate other crops.
As far as Rand Paul, the problem with his and Ron's brand of libertarianism is that they apply it to corporations as well, feeling as though the same freedoms granted to American citizens should also apply to corporations, even if 90% of the stock in those corporations is owned by foreign interests.
Even if Monsanto gets away with avoiding labeling, it won't stop non-GMOs from labeling themselves as non-GMO