GMO News /gmo GMO News and Information Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:49:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mad scientists to fall back on “CRISPR off switch” in case human gene editing goes horribly wrong /gmo/2017-01-25-scientists-plan-to-rely-on-crispr-off-switch-in-case-human-gene-editing-goes-wrong /gmo/2017-01-25-scientists-plan-to-rely-on-crispr-off-switch-in-case-human-gene-editing-goes-wrong#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The gene editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 has been a subject of controversy ever since it was developed. CRISPR -Cas9 gives scientists the ability to conduct genome editing with a quickness and ease never seen before. Regardless of the inherent concerns that come along with gene editing, this technology has undoubtedly changed the world of basic and applied biology indefinitely.

Perhaps one of the most concerning aspects about CRISPR-Cas9 was the inability for scientists to turn off the gene altering sequence. The potential for wrong genes to be snipped away and the consequential introduction of rogue genetic changes in human or animal DNA into the gene pool was (and still is) rather terrifying. Now, however, scientists claim that they have found a way to hopefully mitigate this tremendous risk. In a new study, researchers say that they have found a tiny protein that can actually turn off Cas9 and prevent it from creating unwanted gene alterations. They say that the protein works on human cells — at least if they are in a petri dish. (RELATED: Read more news about modern science at

Understanding CRISPR-Cas9 Technology

CRISPR-Cas9 technology is actually comprised of two parts. CRISPR stands for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.”  You see, DNA is made up of short blocks of repeating base pairs that are set apart by “spacer DNA.” Through the action of bacteria copying and inserting the viral DNA sequence into the CRISPR region, two strands of RNA can be produced.

After that, the RNA then associates with an enzyme known as Cas9, which is described as acting like a “pair of guided scissors.” Cas9 hones in on the targeted viral DNA and cuts it away. Then, the DNA is repaired by the cell and the deleted piece of DNA is replaced with a substitute portion of DNA, which is supplied by the scientists.

The CRISPR/Cas9 technology is often explained as a “find and replace” function for genetics. Essentially, CRISPR finds the targeted piece of DNA, and Cas9 snips it out of the DNA sequence. (RELATED: Also see more news about genetically modified organisms at

The “off switch”

The concerns about unintended DNA alterations primarily lie at the feet of the Cas9 portion of the technology. Sometimes, it cuts the wrong portion of the DNA. It also has a tendency to remain present and active for too long, resulting in the potential for it to make more, unintended cuts to the DNA. It takes just about 24 hours for just half of the Cas9 enzyme to be degraded by cell, which means it has plenty of time to make off-target alterations.

Study author Joseph Bondy-Denomy, a microbiologist from the University of California at San Francisco, claims that an “off switch” would make the Cas9 tech quite a bit safer.

Based on the logic that in order to replicate, viruses often insert their own DNA into the bacteria’s genome, commandeering the cell’s genetic equipment to copy viral DNA, it would seem that viruses must also possess a way to reverse the process and deactivate CRISPR/Cas9. Otherwise, it is possible that the bacteria might identify the viral DNA in its own genome, which would invariably lead to self-destruction.

Bondy-Denomy told Live Science, “Cas9 should make an RNA that will then cleave the virus that happens to be in its own genome — it’s not smart enough to know it’s in its own genome. ” The research group posited that if the bacterial cell is stable and it’s not self-destructing, “then perhaps this virus is making an inhibitor protein.”

Although the team was able to identify four potential “anti-CRISPR” proteins, only two seem to have worked in initial petri dish testing. And while these proteins seem to deactivate the CRISPR-Cas9 process, the scientists have not yet actually proved that this new find will prevent off-target gene editing.

The research team has no idea if the proteins will actually prevent unintended DNA snipping and editing, nor do they know how long the proteins will linger in the cells or what kind of effects they may also produce.


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The Health Ranger’s 10-point plan to help Make America Great Again (VIDEO) /gmo/2017-01-23-health-rangers-10-point-plan-to-help-make-america-great-again-video /gmo/2017-01-23-health-rangers-10-point-plan-to-help-make-america-great-again-video#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Putting President Trump into the White House isn’t enough all by itself: The American people need to step up and help Make America Great Again in their own patriotic way. (Plus, we need to overcome all the anti-American haters and destroyers like George Soros, Madonna and the unhinged radical left.)

Today I’ve posted a lengthy video discussing my own 10-point plan to help MAGA. My plan differs from Trump’s plan in that I’m going to be working to reduce pesticides and herbicides in food and the environment while demanding honest GMO labeling. Sadly, the Republican establishment is still mostly illiterate on the science surrounding pesticides and GMOs, so they need to be educated. There’s no one better to do that than a patriotic Trump supporter who also understands the science!

Watch my video at this link to hear my full 10-point plan, or see the full video below.

  1. Push for banning mercury in vaccines and ending the war on children.
  2. Use good science to keep exposing the toxic chemicals and heavy metals in the food supply.
  3. Keep exposing media lies, fake news and fake science.
  4. Defend the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights.
  5. Teach more preparedness and self-reliance so more people can survive the global debt collapse that’s coming.
  6. Keep delivering clean, green, lab-verified solutions for healthy living and breakthrough nutrition via the Health Ranger Store.
  7. Demand a more tolerant society and an end to systemic racism in academia and government, where racism against Asians and Whites is now endemic. Stop college professors from teaching “hate courses” that only strengthen the cycle of violence and racial divide.
  8. Fight against subversives and communists who are trying to overthrow America (see videos by Yuri Bezmenov and the 4 stages of subversion).
  9. Keep fighting against poisonous, chemical agriculture and GMOs while advocating honest food labeling.
  10. Keep sharing ideas for how to prevent disease, lower health care costs and save our nation billions of dollars. Promote nutrition that halts and prevents disease.

Watch the full video here:


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GMOs are not only dangerous but unnecessary-just look at India’s organic rice revolution /gmo/2017-01-22-gmos-are-not-only-dangerous-but-unnecessary-just-look-at-indias-organic-rice-revolution /gmo/2017-01-22-gmos-are-not-only-dangerous-but-unnecessary-just-look-at-indias-organic-rice-revolution#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Things are finally turning around for the better in India after more than a decade of progressive crop failures, bankruptcies, and even suicides resulting from the country’s unfortunate adoption of biotechnology. Going against the grain of mainstream thought, many Indian farmers are deciding to ditch the GMOs and chemicals and go completely organic — and the results thus far have not only been astounding, but entirely contradictory to industry claims that GMOs are somehow necessary to feed the world.

Some news outlets are calling it India’s “rice revolution” — a unique method of growing this long-prized grain that involves using variant planting methods and less water. Farmers like Sumant Kumar, who was recently featured in a piece published by the The Guardian, have been utilizing this novel technique to grow rice in relatively small land plots without pesticides, herbicides, or other synthetic additives — and you wouldn’t believe how much they’re producing.

Kumar, who cultivates rice in India’s poorest state, Bihar, is reportedly able to produce an astonishing 22.4 tons of rice per season on just one hectare (about 2.5 acres) of land, using only manure that he gathers from his farmyard. This exceptionally high volume is a world record, topping even the most “advanced” growing methods touted by international international humanitarian organizations as producing the highest yields. (RELATED: Learn more about how to grow your own food at home naturally.)

“It beat not just the 19.4 tonnes achieved by the ‘father of rice,’ the Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, but the World Bank-funded scientists at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, and anything achieved by the biggest European and American seed and GM companies,” wrote John Vidal for The Guardian.

Growing crops naturally is the best way to produce the highest yields of healthy food

Fortunately for India, Kumar isn’t alone in his endeavors. Many of his friends, neighbors, and even rivals in nearby states are adopting the natural growing methods that he uses after observing their success, which is unmatched by anything else in modern agriculture. Numerous other farmers have reported yields topping 17 tons of rice per hectare, which in some cases is more than double what they were producing using other methods such as biotechnology.

Kumar’s successes have been so great that he’s on occasion been accused of “cheating.” Even the state’s head of agriculture, a rice farmer himself, had his doubts — he actually came out to Kumar’s village to personally verify that he had, indeed, produced the 22.4 tons of rice on one hectare that he’d claimed.

The process Kumar and his friends are using to grow rice with this high level of success is known as the System of Rice (or root) Intensification, or SRI. It is being used to grow not only rice, but also wheat, potatoes, sugar cane, yams, tomatoes, garlic, aubergine, and a host of other crops at yields far higher than anything biotechnology or so-called “Golden Rice” has to offer.

“Instead of planting three-week-old rice seedlings in clumps of three or four in waterlogged fields, as rice farmers around the world traditionally do, the Darveshpura farmers carefully nurture only half as many seeds, and then transplant the young plants into fields, one by one, when much younger,” The Guardian explains about how it works.

“Additionally, they space them at 25cm intervals in a grid pattern, keep the soil much drier and carefully weed around the plants to allow air to their roots. The premise that ‘less is more’ was taught by Rajiv Kumar, a young Bihar state government extension worker who had been trained in turn by Anil Verma of a small Indian NGO called Pran (Preservation and Proliferation of Rural Resources and Nature), which has introduced the SRI method to hundreds of villages in the past three years.”


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Why the truth is vilified (and lies are celebrated) everywhere across our twisted society /gmo/2017-01-19-why-the-truth-is-vilified-and-lies-are-celebrated /gmo/2017-01-19-why-the-truth-is-vilified-and-lies-are-celebrated#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Have you noticed how people who tell the truth are vilified by pop culture and the media while those who lie and deceive are routinely celebrated?

Almost without exception, those individuals who are celebrated by mainstream media and pop culture are the most deceptive, destructive and dishonest people in society. At the same time, anyone who makes it a point to tell the truth and contribute to human knowledge and awakening is attacked, slandered, vilified and blacklisted. It’s totally twisted!

“If you’re a journalist and you report the truth, you will be fired… you will be censored.”

Today I’ve released a new mini-documentary that explains all this in more detail. It’s a 15-minute video that explores this disturbing phenomenon across our twisted society.

“Voices of truth that cannot be silenced will be destroyed by the status quo…”

Watch it at this link or view it below: (share with everyone!)

Also, check out the following new websites we’re launching to turn the tables on the liars and deceivers in our society, exposing truth in every sector: – Brings you independent news on the Trump presidency, without all the hatred and fakery of the “fakestream media” like CNN. – Real-time aggregation of headlines from across the most heavily censored independent news sites on the ‘net. – The privacy-protected search engine that indexes thousands of independent media websites. – Breaking news podcasts, video and audio on current events, featuring independent, courageous voices. – Exposes the news fakery of the mainstream media and covers the rise of the new media. (launching soon) – Exposes all the fake science of the vaccine industry, Big Pharma, global warming temperature fraud and more.

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FDA approves GMO pink pineapple, despite lack of independent studies /gmo/2017-01-19-fda-approves-gmo-pink-pineapple-despite-lack-of-independent-studies-2 /gmo/2017-01-19-fda-approves-gmo-pink-pineapple-despite-lack-of-independent-studies-2#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 While more and more people are becoming educated about the true history of Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, most still don’t realize one extremely important piece of information: the FDA’s surprising lack of safety testing.

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In regards to GMOs, the FDA’s declaration of “substantial equivalence” means that there is no long-term, independent safety testing of new foods and crops that have been genetically engineered.

When it comes to the forthcoming GMO pineapple, that is once again the case: the FDA has said that Del Monte’s proposed creation is “safe” based solely on information submitted by the company itself. There is a distinct lack of information on long-term potential health effects, however.

The new GMO pineapple has been given a rubber stump, and it could be headed to store shelves. Here’s what you need to know about it.

New “Pink” Pineapple To Be Grown in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most diverse and natural paradises in the world, but now the country is expected to be the site of the latest GMO experiment: an “extra sweet pink flesh” pineapple.

Here’s how the new pineapple was created according to the FDA:

“Del Monte’s new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”

According to the company’s information the product is “safe,” but the process itself has many questioning it, wondering if perhaps any unintended consequences will come from “playing God” with such a widely consumed food.

While genetic engineering can be explained simply in a surface way, it also can create unseen changes at a cellular level that the everyday person is not aware of, critics say. When GMOs were originally approved, the FDA ignored its own scientists’ warnings about potential allergens and long-term health concerns.

The FDA and GMO companies disagree with critics on the need for long-term independent safety testing, however.

“(Del Monte) submitted information to the agency to demonstrate that the pink flesh pineapple is as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterparts,” the FDA said according to this report from NBC News.

According to the NBC report, the pineapple will simply be labeled “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple,” suggesting that no special labels showing that it is genetically engineered will be required.

For more on the pineapple, check out the full NBC News report by clicking here.

Read more at:

Stay informed about genetically modified foods at

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Survival food calorie scams exposed by the Health Ranger: Are you buying genetically modified “filler” calories labeled as a “One Year Supply” of total junk? /gmo/2017-01-18-survival-food-calorie-scams-exposed-by-the-health-ranger-are-you-buying-genetically-modified-filler-calories-one-year-supply-junk /gmo/2017-01-18-survival-food-calorie-scams-exposed-by-the-health-ranger-are-you-buying-genetically-modified-filler-calories-one-year-supply-junk#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Today I’m issuing a consumer warning over deceptive survival food marketing and formulation practices witnessed across the preparedness food industry.

I want you to be informed and critical so that you can read the ingredients labels and do the math on calorie counts to know what you’re really getting.

It turns out that many so-called “One Year Supply” survival food offers on the internet are fraudulent marketing. They’re basing the “one year” claim on ridiculously low daily calorie intake, even going lower than 1,000 calories a day in some cases. This is obviously a starvation diet, not a survival diet.

Even worse — and this is true across nearly all the popular brands of survival food — most of the marketing of these garbage food products is nothing more than a race to pack buckets full of empty calories derived from genetically modified grains and pesticide-sprayed low-cost ingredients.

That’s why you find so much soy protein and corn derivatives in the popular brands of survival food. Nearly all the corn products are GMO, and almost everything is sprayed with toxic pesticides and herbicides that promote cancer, Alzheimer’s and immune suppression.

To make their foods taste better, popular survival food brands lace their formulas with hidden sources of MSG, a known neurotoxin. The result is a toxic stew of GMOs, MSG, cheap corn derivatives (like maltodextrin) and artificial colors.

It shouldn’t even be called “survival food.” It’s more like SUICIDE FOOD.

Check out this chart of which ingredients are found in popular brands of so-called “survival food.”

Stop eating SUICIDE food and start eating healthy, organic food for survival

Listen to my full podcast below that explains all this in more detail. When you want genuine, certified organic, laboratory verified survival food that can help keep you healthy and alive during hard times, here are the two honest survival food products we offer:

Numanna Organic Family Pack (co-formulated and lab verified by the Health Ranger): A combination of instant organic meals. Just boil with water to get organic, high-nutrient density chili, mac ‘n cheese, pasta dishes and more. Contains NO hidden MSG, no GMOs, nothing grown with pesticides, no junk corn derivatives, etc.

Organic Ranger Bucket Survival Food: Certified organic “bulk” ingredients at a great value, including freeze-dried organic corn, peas, lentils, beans, millet, cashews, almonds and much more.

Click here to listen to my full podcast on survival food at the Health Ranger Report website.

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Taiwan has banned GMOs in school lunches; when will America protect its children and do the same? /gmo/2017-01-17-taiwan-banned-gmos-in-school-lunches-when-will-america /gmo/2017-01-17-taiwan-banned-gmos-in-school-lunches-when-will-america#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 A recent move by the Taiwanese government serves to illustrate just how far behind the rest of the world we are when it comes to the issues of food safety and GMOs.

In December, lawmakers in Taiwan passed an amendment to the School Health Act that effectively prohibits both raw GM ingredients and processed foods that contain GMOs. It will apply to the food stands and cafeterias in every type of school throughout the country, from elementary schools all the way up through high school. (RELATED: Read more news about GMOs at

The ban on GMOs will begin as early as next semester, and it will cost just 15 cents (USD) per meal more than the current offerings – a small price to pay for the health of a child.

In the Taiwanese diet, soy is a major ingredient, and it is widely featured in school lunches there. In fact, Agri-View reports that the country consumes in excess of 8 million bushels of soybeans, 7.2 million of which are GMO soybeans coming from the United States.

The Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party advocated for the bill’s passage. The group’s Lin Shu-fen pointed out that due to their toxic pesticide residue, these crops are unsuitable for feeding young children because it will negatively impact their psychological and physical health.

The country’s minister of education, Wu Se-hwa, takes this sentiment one step further, encouraging schools to place an emphasis on using produce and ingredients that are grown locally.

Taiwan takes a dim view of GMOs

Taiwan has long been proactive in protecting its population from the dangers of GMOs. Two years ago, they passed the Food Act Amendments that control the sale of bioengineered food products. This requires that all foods with more than 3 percent GMOs bear a label warning of their GMO content. Meanwhile, foods without GMOs can don a GMO-free label. Those that have already begun promoting their GMO-free status have noted skyrocketing sales. Non-GMO soybean imports in the country grew by 300 percent in 2015 alone.

In addition, GMO ingredients must be registered with the Taiwanese government, and food companies that use such foods must set up a tracking system to trace their origins. Strict fines were put in place for violating the food safety provisions; the fine is roughly equal to $1.5 million, making it a true deterrent rather than mere lip service.

U.S. legal limits much more relaxed than other developed nations

In the U.S., the maximum level of glyphosate residue that is legally allowed is 30 ppm. This is 300 times higher than Taiwan’s limit. In fact, it’s higher than many developed countries. Japan and the EU have set a limit of 20 ppm, Canada’s limit is 15 ppm and Australia only allows 0.1 ppm. Why is our nation willing to look the other way as these companies continue to poison our population? The industry’s influence on regulatory agencies is a huge factor in this lax approach. Unfortunately, the FDA is also unwilling to take action against artificial additives and heavy metals. Many of the preservatives permitted in our food have been banned by the EU. Our children and our entire nation deserve better than this.

When will the U.S. get on board and join other nations in cracking down on GMOs? Our track record until now is pretty shameful. Monsanto’s influence on the government is far-reaching, and hardly any politicians have been willing to go on the record and state that GMOs are putting people’s health in danger.

When Donald Trump takes office we could be closer than ever to making real progress on this front as he is unlikely to be bought off by Monsanto. He has already announced plans to take on Big Pharma and take aim at vaccines, and one can only hope that GMOs are also on his to-do list.

Until then, parents must continue to be vigilant when it comes to the sources and contents of the lunches that schools are serving their children. For many, this means packing their own lunches, which is the best way to ensure kids are eating food that is not only GMO-free but also healthy and nutritious.

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Another species of bee added to the endangered list, almost wiped out by Monsanto /gmo/2017-01-17-bees-are-officially-on-the-endangered-list-almost-wiped-out-from-monsanto /gmo/2017-01-17-bees-are-officially-on-the-endangered-list-almost-wiped-out-from-monsanto#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In case you thought that reporting on the rapidly diminishing number of bee colonies around the country was being over-hyped, this should tell you that prior warnings were spot-on, and indeed, prophetic.

For the first time ever, a rare bee species is being placed on the endangered species list, giving them special legal protections enshrined in U.S. code that, hopefully, will save them from extinction and billions of people from starvation.

As reported by Agence France Presse (AFP), U.S. officials with the Fish and Wildlife Service said in recent days that the decision was made following major declines in the rusty patched bumblebee population.

Monsanto, as we’ve reported in the past, has a hand in this. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say that the precipitous decline in the bee population is due to pesticides, disease and “climate change” (okay, so two of the three causes are real). The primary ingredient in Monsanto’s widely used Roundup herbicide, glyphosate, was tied to declining bee populations more than three years ago. (RELATED: How is glyphosate affecting the environment? Keep current on the issue at

The federal agency says that the once-common bumblebees are now “balancing precariously on the brink of extinction,” according to a statement released by the department and cited by AFP.

“Abundance of the rusty patched bumble bee has plummeted by 87 percent, leaving small, scattered populations in 13 states and one province,” said the statement. This is down from 28 states in the 1990s, the Fish and Wildlife Service noted.

AFP reported that the final rule listing the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered was published in the January 11 edition of the Federal Register. The designation becomes official on February 10.

The news agency noted further:

“Experts say the bees are important because they pollinate economically important crops such as tomatoes, cranberries and peppers across the central and northern United States, as well as parts of Canada.”

The decline of the population, officials say, is likely tied to a number of factors, including loss of habitat, disease, parasites, use of pesticides and extremely small population size.

The designation as endangered means that the remaining bees “are in danger of becoming extinct throughout all or a portion of their range,” FWS said in their statement. The agency added that its number one priority is to “act quickly” to prevent total loss of the species, according to FWS Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius.

“Listing the bee as endangered will help us mobilize partners and focus resources on finding ways right now to stop the decline,” he added.

Late in 2016, seven species of bees found in Hawaii were the first to be placed on the U.S. list of endangered and threatened species. The yellow faced or yellow masked bees are now endangered thanks to a host of factors in that state, including loss of habitat, according to wildlife experts.

The pervasive use of pesticides is most likely one of the top causes, if not the top cause, as we have reported. A study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Biology demonstrated for the first time both chronic and acute effects in honeybees that had been exposed to Roundup.

A joint laboratory and field analysis that was conducted by researchers from the University of Buenos Aries in Argentina discovered that Roundup exhibited harm at sub-lethal levels – meaning that the exposure did not kill bees necessarily, but otherwise still affected them.

In August, we reported further that 57 different herbicides were linked to rapidly declining bee populations, and were responsible for poisoning European honeybees.

What are the implications of the extinction of entire species of bees? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, every third bite of food you take was pollinated by bees or other pollinators. Research indicates that at least 30 percent of food crops are pollinated by bees, as are 90 percent of wild plants.

“Without bees to spread seeds, many plants—including food crops—would die off,” the organization said in a fact sheet on bees.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for Natural News and News Target, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.


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Court allows seeds to continue to be sprayed with bee-toxic pesticides /gmo/2017-01-14-court-allows-continuation-of-seeds-sprayed-with-bee-toxic-pesticides-neonicotinoids /gmo/2017-01-14-court-allows-continuation-of-seeds-sprayed-with-bee-toxic-pesticides-neonicotinoids#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 At the end of November, a judge from the Northern District of California delivered a crushing blow to our nation’s beekeepers, and effectively approved of the EPA policies that will allow seeds to be coated with bee-toxic pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. These pesticides, which can persist in soil and water with ease, are associated with killing bees indiscriminately, leading to a dramatic drop in pollinator populations and massive environmental damage. (RELATED: Stay informed on environmental news at

The judge ruled against the beekeepers and public interest advocates in their lawsuit — which was seeking to protect bees, and the rest of the environment, from unregulated damages that may be caused by the Environmental Protection Agency’s rather sloppy policies regarding seeds that are coated with certain insecticides that are known to kill bees in large numbers.

Andrew Kimbrell, Director of the Center for Food Safety, said, “It is astounding that a judge, EPA or anyone with any common sense would not regulate this type of toxic pesticide use, especially when the seed-coatings are so broadly applied and there is so much at risk. Study after study has shown that seeds coated with these chemicals are a major culprit in catastrophic bee-kills. Now more than ever our country’s beekeepers, environment and food system deserve protection from agrichemical interests, and it is EPA’s job to deliver it.”

Kimbrell’s lamenting of the ruling is easily understandable; we know neonics are harmful pesticides and yet, our bureaucratic government is doing nothing to stop the damage.

Neonics have been linked to record all-time highs of colony deaths, water pollution, and are known to pose risks to other valuable species, like birds.

Earlier this year, the federal government itself released a report admitting that neonics are harmful and have been causing catastrophic bee deaths across the country. The findings were part of the first scientific risk assessment to conducted on this type of insecticide and their affect on bee populations. (Read more news about avoiding exposure to pesticides and other chemicals at

Indeed, the government’s own report confirmed what many activists and beekeepers have been saying for years: neonics weaken, disorient and kill honeybees.

The analysis particularly highlighted the harmful nature of imidacloprid, showing that it clearly caused damage to beehives and honey production. The EPA itself confirmed that when bees are exposed to imidacloprid at concentrations of at least 25 parts per billion — a pretty standard amount on crops — they suffer grieviously.

“These effects include decreases in pollinators as well as less honey produced,” the EPA’s press release states.

The report on imidacloprid is very concerning — but what is perhaps even more concerning is the fact that this report focused on just one, singular neonictonoid, when there are in fact several used nation-wide. It is not just one form of this insecticide that has been indicated as harmful — it is the entire class of neonics that many have found to be problematic.

What is most concerning about seed coatings containing neonics is that they are not exactly regulated  well. The group of beekeepers who filed suit against the EPA did so for this exact reason. Seed coating is the most prolific form of neonic use — and yet the EPA has never conducted safety testing on this use.  Toxic dust floats in the air every spring after corn is planted, thanks to neonic seed coatings, and it is this dust that is what is often most problematic.

Beekeeper Brett Adee lost more than 6,000 hives last spring during corn planting. A state investigation concluded that his bees were poisoned by a neonic that was used on the seeds his neighbors had planted. Mr. Adee is not the first beekeeper to lose his bees to insecticides, and he surely won’t be the last — given that the EPA has exempted seed coating from regulation.

When dismissing the case filed by beekeepers and advocates, the judge proclaimed, “The Court is most sympathetic to the plight of our bee population and beekeepers. Perhaps the EPA should have done more to protect them, but such policy decisions are for the agency to make.”

What kind of country are we living in? (Related: See more examples of stupid government policies at


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Rats’ intestines destroyed just 90 days after being fed Monsanto GMO corn /gmo/2017-01-12-rats-intestines-destroyed-just-90-days-after-being-fed-monsanto-gmo-corn /gmo/2017-01-12-rats-intestines-destroyed-just-90-days-after-being-fed-monsanto-gmo-corn#respond Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Ever since agribusiness giant Monsanto began pushing its GM crops on the public, the company has maintained that the technology is safe, and that consumption of Frankenfood products, such as genetically-modified corn, causes no ill effects in either animals or humans.

Monsanto propaganda holds that GMOs have been proven safe, but the truth is that few real safety studies have ever been conducted, while much of the existing scientific literature on the subject is bogus industry-backed drivel. However, despite Monsanto’s efforts to control the narrative, independent researchers have been finding evidence that contradicts the company’s claims.

GM Watch recently published the results of one such study, conducted by two researchers at the Faculty of Medicine at Tanta University, Egypt.

The researchers fed Monsanto GM corn – a genetically-altered version of a local Egyptian corn variety – to laboratory rats over a 90-day period, with a control group being fed a non-GM variety of local corn. (RELATED: Stay informed about all the news on GMOs at

Researchers find ‘alarming signs’

The rats which were fed the GM corn (MON810: Ajeeb YG) developed “serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum (part of the small intestine).”

From GM Watch:

“In the GM-fed rats, some areas of the villi – finger-like structures in the intestine that absorb nutrients from food – were damaged. They were distorted and flattened, with some cells joined together. The damage can clearly be seen in the images included in the study. The crypts (mucosal glands) were disrupted and blood vessels were congested. Signs of inflammation – white blood cell infiltration – were seen around areas of damage. In addition, the cells of the intestinal lining were abnormal in structure.

“Other signs of damage included increased shedding of mucosal cells, increased numbers of mucous-secreting goblet cells, and higher rates of division of cells lining the crypts.”

The researchers concluded that despite Monsanto’s assurances, the consumption of GM corn “profoundly altered the histological structure of the jejunal mucosa at many levels and revealed several alarming signs.”

Two earlier Egyptian studies involving rats that consumed the same Monsanto GM variety corn revealed other types of damage. One of the studies found “differences in organ and body weights and in blood biochemistry” between rats that consumed MON810: Ajeeb YG and those which ate a non-GM version of the same variety, suggesting that the GM corn might produce “potential adverse health/toxic effects.”

The second study, conducted by the same research team, found “toxic effects” in several organs of lab rats caused by the same GM variety – including damage to the liver, kidneys, intestines and testes.

The publication of the study comes as the European Commission pushes plans to begin growing MON810 corn in 2017. A vote is scheduled for January 17.

Monsanto GM corn strain poses genetic contamination risk

Interestingly, there appears to be another problem with MON810. Independent nonprofit research institute Test Biotech has reported that MON810 poses a risk of GM transgenes spreading to other plant species, and is calling for a withdrawal of Monsanto’s application to the EU for approval of its cultivation.

It’s become increasingly evident that GM technology has turned out to be – as many predicted – a dangerous experiment gone completely awry. GM crops have failed to produce the promised yields, while more and more studies are uncovering health risks associated with the technology.

Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup – an herbicide essential to the whole Monsanto biotech equation – is a highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical. Glyphosate has now become the most widely used herbicide in history, and roughly 19 percent of all glyphosate produced since it was first introduced in 1974 has been dumped on the United States alone. (Related: We also cover glyphosate “RoundUp” news at

It’s time for a complete global ban on GM agriculture and the use of glyphosate.

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