(UR) The main ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide, glyphosate, has already been named the most-used herbicide in history — and the company hopes you will continue to focus on the nefarious ramifications of a two-decades-long spraying spree with this carcinogenic chemical concoction while its patents on ‘RoundUp Ready’ seeds expire.
While you and I are obsessed with glyphosate, Monsanto is turning to other genetically-modified atrocities — like RNA pesticides.
This is the next chemical attack the company will likely wield just as it has before, by using crony capitalism, skewing scientific facts, suing non-compliant organic farmers, and trying to monopolize food crops by buying up land and forcing ubiquitous trade deals that only well-appointed lobbyists in government capitals support.
Monsanto calls RNA Interference a ‘natural process’ in plants in the same manner they have vowed that glyphosate is ‘safe,’ while industry-discredited scientists have shown that glyphosate exposure, even in infinitesimal amounts, causes cancerous tumor growth. The company explains the process:
“RNA interference (RNAi) is a natural process cells use to turn down, or suppress the activity of specific genes. This is done through the cell’s natural ability to review RNA instructions inside the cell and then “decide” whether to process the instructions or not. As a result, the process can turn down or stop production of a specific protein, much like a dimmer on a light switch. This cellular process was discovered in the 1990’s and additional research in the area led to Drs. Fire and Mello winning a Nobel Prize for their work in 2006. Their award-winning work, and that of countless other scientists, has opened many new areas of research in human, animal and plant health.”
Notice that nowhere in this explanation does Monsanto describe what this technology really does, which is silence genes. Of course this technology is meant to silence genes in bugs that eat crops, but there is no proof RNA pesticides won’t silence the genes of unintended recipients, like wildlife, and human beings.
In fact, University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann released results from genetic research he conducted on Monsanto’s GM wheat, which showed with “no doubt” molecules created in the wheat, that are intended to silence genes to change its carbohydrate content, may match human genes and potentially silence them.
According to Heinemann’s analysis, dsRNA-mediated silencing is becoming the basis of novel traits in GM plants, including bio-pesticides. These RNA pesticides are altering nutritional characteristics, and they can lead to significant changes in the way glucose and carbohydrates are stored in the human body, causing potentially lethal outcomes.
So after Monsanto developed PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, and Roundup (glyphosate), it now wants to silence our genes with RNA pesticides to help grow its $47 billion empire. Is there no end to Monsanto’s ravenous appetite for destruction?
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How European Politicians Are Literally Pissing Monsanto off of Their Continent
(UR) European Union — You can call it a political move, or one of the most clinically solid ways to prove there is far too much of Monsanto’s RoundUp in the world, but this week 150 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will have their urine tested for traces of glyphosate in an effort to decommission one of the most widely-used herbicides in history.
While the agricultural commission in the U.S. does a square dance around regulations which might remove a carcinogenic weedkiller from store shelves, MEPs are taking a more direct approach to prove glyphosate’s 15-year lease should not be renewed once it ends this June.
Members of parliament have already postponed a vote that would allow glyphosate to continue to be sold in the E.U., with France, Sweden, Italy, and the Netherlands leading a very public rebellion over the relicensing. The vote won’t be held now until at least May, and the expected results of the urine test will likely be the last proof the MEPs need to halt the sale of Monsanto’s flagship product, RoundUp, for good.
In a YouGov poll, two-thirds of Europeans have already denounced glyphosate. A ban on the herbicidal ingredient was backed by three-quarters of Italians, 70 percent of Germans, 60 percent of French, and 56 percent of Britons, in a survey of more than 7,000 people across the E.U.’s five largest states.
David Zaruk, a Brussels-based environmental health risk research analyst who runs the blog, The Risk-Monger, questioned in a post if the MEPs are testing their urine as a clever political stunt and asked if tax dollars were paying for the urine tests.
MEP Bart Staes offered a dignified response, adding that the glyphosate testing would be paid for by the MEPs themselves:
“As a MEP I am for the last 17 years very active to fight for another kind of agriculture. For me and the Greens, glyphosate is the very incarnation of “modern agriculture,” a model that is not sustainable at all:
- It stands for reckless monoculture: a non-selective herbicide—a broad band killer which kills all plants, algae, bacteria and fungi—is used to deal with a few pests, thereby creating massive effects on non-target organisms and biodiversity,
- It is strongly linked to GMOs (56% of global use is for glyphosate resistant crops)—killing everything but the genetically engineered crop,
- It stands for economic gains at all costs:
- it has replaced traditional agricultural practices such as tilling because spraying glyphosate is cheaper (“chemical plough”)
- it is used not only to kill unwanted weed, but also the crop itself prior to harvest to accelerate ripening and facilitate harvest (“desiccation”).
So what I do is far from a political gimmick.”
A 2013 Friends of the Earth Europe study found that people in 18 European countries have traces of glyphosate in their urine. In the United States, results from testing are similar, with traces of the herbicide found in fetal tissue, blood, breast milk, and urine.