GMO Wheat Could Cause Major Health Threats For Consumers

Monsanto Food  Is Ours To Own

Australian researchers have revealed serious issues over a new kind of genetically engineered wheat that could induce major health threats for people that consume it.

University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann anounced the outcomes of his genetic study into the wheat, a kind engineered by Australia’sCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), at a conference last month.

Recently additional claims came from researchers in Australia to have developed a form of salt-tolerant wheat that would allow farmers to grow crops in soil with high salinity.

Heinemann discovered that the molecules developed in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes and can match human genes. With consumption, these molecules can enter the human body and potentially silence our genes, he explained. “The findings are absolutely assured. There is no doubt that these matches exist.”

Flinders University Professor Judy Carman and Safe Food Foundation(SFF) Director Scott Kinnear accepted Heinemann’s analysis.

Just last year, scientists from Rothamsted Research, based in Hertfordshire, used biotechnological tools to genetically engineer a wheat plant that produced high levels of an aphid repelling odour.

#Say No2GMOThat strain of wheat would not require treatment with insecticide because it would repel colonisation by the aphid pests and also attract natural predators. Critics charged that there are natural symbioses that take place between aphids and crops which are essential to their survival and the initiative to repel colonisation is another direct attack on much larger ecosystems. “These scientists are very short-sighted and they aren’t looking at the whole picture and consequences of introducing GM wheat. There are many bacterial symbioses that take place between aphids and other micro-organisms that will affect their entire ecosystem should an intolerant species be introduced into the food chain,” said microbiologist Joseph Sagarese.

“If this silences the same gene in us that it silences in the wheat — well, children who are born with this enzyme not working tend to die by the age of about five,” stated Professor Carman.

Based on the research, long-term testing must be performed before the wheat is offered to grocery retailers.

“We firmly believe that long-term chronic toxicological feeding studies are required in addition to the detailed requests made by Heinemann for the DNA sequences used,” Kinnear stated.

“The industry routinely does feeding studies anyway, so it should not be too much more difficult to do long-term (lifetime) studies and include inhalation studies,” Heinemann added. “These should be tuned to the way people would be exposed to the product.”

The researchers also cautioned consumers against eating the wheat if it is approved prematurely. “I would advise citizens to request that these tests be done and the evidence meet with their standards of scientific rigour if in the end it is approved for use,” said Heinemann.

If the concerns surrounding CSIRO’s GM wheat are not resolved, the issue could end up in court, according to Kinnear: “If CSIRO was to consider moving towards human feeding trials without conducting these studies, we would be looking at what legal avenues are available to stop them.”

Approximately 700 million tons of wheat are now cultivated worldwide making it the second most-produced grain after maize. It is grown on more land area than any other commerical crop and is considered a staple food for humans.

In July 2009, Monsanto announced new research into GM wheat and industry groups kicked their promotion of GM wheat into high gear. “Widespread farmer and consumer resistance defeated GM wheat in 2004 and this global rejection remains strong, as demonstrated by today’s statement,” said Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

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Rise and Rise of Monsanto

Cigarettes can kill and so could our food!

Cigarettes can kill and so could our food!

Having been busy for the last few months training new people that may one day become chefs, hopefully! I thought l would change tac with a post on this company, so relevant in the news for many reasons!

The company Monsanto was founded in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1901, by John Francis Queeny, a 30‑year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. He funded the start-up with his own money and capital from a soft drink distributor and gave the company his wife’s maiden name. His father-in-law was Emmanuel Mendes de Monsanto, a wealthy financier of a sugar company active in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and based in St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies. The company’s first product was the artificial sweetener saccharin, which was sold to the Coca-Cola Company.

Monsanto expanded to Europe in 1919 by entering a partnership with Graesser’s Chemical Works at Cefn Mawr, near Ruabon Wales, to produce vanillinaspirin and its raw ingredient salicylic acid, and later rubber processing chemicals. This site was later sold and closed in 2010. In the 1920s Monsanto expanded into basic industrial chemicals like sulfuric acid and PCBs, and Queeny’s sonEdgar Monsanto Queeny took over the company in 1928.

In 1926 the company founded and incorporated a town called Monsanto in Illinois (now known as Sauget). It was formed to provide a liberal regulatory environment and low taxes for the Monsanto chemical plants at a time when local jurisdictions had most of the responsibility for environmental rules. It was renamed in honour of Leo Sauget, its first village president.

In 1936 Monsanto acquired Thomas & Hochwalt Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio in order to acquire the expertise of Charles Allen Thomas and Dr. Carroll A. (“Ted”) Hochwalt and made it into Monsanto’s Central Research Department.[18]:340-341 Thomas spent the rest of his career at Monsanto until his retirement in 1970, during which time he served as President (1951–60) and Chairman of the Board (1960–65). In 1943, Thomas was called to a meeting in Washington DC with Brig. Gen. Leslie Groves, commander of the Manhattan Project, and with James Conant, president of Harvard University and chairman of the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC).[20] They urged Thomas to become co-director of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos with Robert Oppenheimer, but Thomas was reluctant to leave Dayton and Monsanto. Thomas joined the NDRC, and Monsanto’s Central Research Department began to conduct research for the Manhattan Project under contract from the US government To that end, Monsanto operated the Dayton Project, and later Mound Laboratories, and assisted in the development of the first nuclear weapons

In 1946, it developed “All” laundry detergent and began to market it; they sold the product line to Lever Brothers in 1957.[22] In 1947, one of its factories was destroyed in the Texas City Disaster.[23]Monsanto acquired American Viscose from England’s Courtauld family in 1949. In 1954 Monsanto partnered with German chemical giant Bayer to form Mobay and market polyurethanes in the United States.

Monsanto began manufacturing DDT in 1944, along with some 15 other companies. This insecticide was much welcomed in the fight against malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Due to DDT’s toxicity, its use in the United States was banned in 1972. In 1977 Monsanto stopped producing PCBs; the United States Congress banned domestic PCB production two years later. In the 1960s and 1970s, Monsanto was also one of the most important producers of Agent Orange for United States Armed Forces operations in Vietnam.

In the mid‑1960s, William Standish Knowles and his team invented a way to selectively synthesize enantiomers via asymmetric hydrogenation. This was an important advancement because it was the first method for the catalytic production of pure chiral compounds. Using this method, Knowles’ team designed the “first industrial process to chirally synthesize an important compound” —L‑dopa, which is currently the main drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease. In 2001 Knowles and Ryōji Noyori won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In the mid-1960s chemists at Monsanto developed the Monsanto process for making acetic acid, which until 2000 was the method most widely used to make this important industrial chemical. In 1965 Monsanto chemists inventedAstroTurf, which the company then commercialized.

Monsanto scientists became the first to genetically modify a plant cell in 1982. Five years later, Monsanto conducted the first field tests of genetically engineered crops.

In 1985, Monsanto acquired G. D. Searle & Company, a life sciences company focusing on pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and animal health. In 1993, Monsanto’s Searle division filed a patent application for Celebrex, which in 1998 became the first selective COX‑2 inhibitor to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Celebrex became a blockbuster drug and was often mentioned as a key reason for Pfizer‘s acquisition of Monsanto’s pharmaceutical business in 2002.

My conclusions: 

These are of course extracts from places like Wikipedia and others, but they lead me to one really important conclusion, looking at the type of company that drifts into pharmaceuticals and back into food using the old adage ,that to feed this burgeoning population we need to use scientific technology, really does not wash with a 30 year plus chef! I have had to cater for 300 or 3000 the numbers are just the same it is just portioning food, well as a country eating far too much, that is not good for us and with green belt land in the UK at least, still widely available ,l suggest going back to an agricultural based farming system! I have no problems with subsidising farmers, that will use organic methods widely, neither do l have a problem with growing certain foods, rather than convince us via so many celebrity chefs, about the benefits of fruits and veg from abroad! Of course supermarkets have climbed on the gravy train of popular foods, importing them rather than use local produce, also increasing the carbon footprint!

The real problem l have is, if we let so-called corporations like this huge growing conglomerate to take over mass production of food from seed, to table, one day very soon we will be picking up pieces of an increasing number of people with diseases never heard of, and no hope of a cure, as we do not know the cause!

I was told many a year ago “We are what we eat” and l have found that you can with time wean people off medication, potions and powders as long as they get a simple healthy diet of good nutritious food!

So say #No2GMO and support people who want food from the dirt under their fingers, and sweat of their brow! As we come from the ground and one day we will return to the ground, and we do not want to find that our bodies will not feed the worms, but poison them as well!

Thanks for taking time to read l will add a poll to this asking for people to vote for, against and not sure about GMO and this company called simple MONSANTO!

Regards, Chef CJ   

GM Foods: Don’t Believe The Hype

Roundup (herbicide)

Roundup (herbicide) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on f...

English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on food crops. Français : Remplissage d’un épandeur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This post was extracted from one of the 1000’s of emails l receive everyday into our news room and thought it would say how l feel about GM and how we are being slowly convinced to switch allegiance to people like Monsanto!

It’s not easy being green. And it’s especially hard if you’re not even green to begin with.
An editorial in 
New Scientist tries to make the case that genetically modified (GM) crops provide hidden environmental benefits.
Right – you know… The way fizzy drinks have hidden health benefits. And skydiving has hidden anti-gravity benefits.
Seriously. This might be the worst sales pitch I’ve ever heard.

Down on the green farm

According to New Scientist, “GM has the potential to do enormous good, if used in the right way.”

Enormous good? Okay, New Scientist. Bring on the enormity.

Here are the two examples the article offers…

1) GM reduces the need for tilling (ploughing using a tractor). That enables farmers to cut greenhouse emissions. 

And how much does tilling add to total greenhouse emissions? I’m going to guess it’s around 1/10th of one per cent. I have no idea if that’s correct, but I’m pretty sure I’m on the high side.

2) GM scientists are devising drought-resistant crops that will thrive in warmer climates.

Unfortunately, insects that thrive in warm weather might devour those crops. But these aren’t just any insects.

Monsanto — the largest US manufacturer of GM foods and pesticides — created a GM corn that contains an insecticide called Bt. Every cell of the plant — from roots to kernels — contains Bt.
Guess what happened?
A Bt-resistant root-worm has evolved. This past summer, farmers discovered that this lowly pest seems to do its worst damage when temperatures are scorching.

One scientist summed up the disaster… “Instead of making things easier, we’ve just made corn root-worm management harder and a heck of a lot more expensive.”

Meanwhile, GM has created another kind of environmental nightmare. Super-weeds. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready (weed killer) crops have produced Roundup-resistant weeds so sturdy and fast growing that many farmers can’t control them. Some farmers actually abandon their fields to these crop-killers.More than 20 weed species have developed resistance to Roundup. 

There’s only one part of the GM plan that’s working out beautifully. Monsanto and other agribusiness giants are getting very rich off GM “innovations.”

Maybe that’s the “green” New Scientist is talking about? Fortunately, in the UK and Europe (EU) legislation about the production of GM foods is much more stringent.

Currently, a type of maize called MON 810 is the only GM food cultivated commercially in the EU.However, it is banned in six EU states: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg. 

Only the other day, French researchers insisted that the EU reviews the long-term risks of GM foods. A controversial study, at the University of Caen, showed that rats that were fed Monsanto’s NK603 GM maize and exposed to the company’s top-selling Roundup weed killer were at higher risk of suffering tumour’s,multiple organ damage and premature death.

Despite widespread opposition to GM crops in the EU, GM food production in Europe is growing. The difference in Europe, compared to many other parts of the world, including the US, is that there is compulsory labeling for GM foods (at least those that contain more than 0.9% GM).

However, labeling GM foods does not help much because European consumers do not study labels that carefully, according to a recent study involving five EU countries. In addition, products such as meat, milk and eggs from animals fed GM animal feed do not require any labelling in the EU.

This just about sums up my feelings on GM and l say to everyone        ” Say NO to GMO ” and any ingredients in my kitchen get short shift if they are ordered by my staff!

If we allow this to get a hold then sooner rather than later we will develop foods that not just harm our bodies, but harm our future generations bodies. We all know how many drugs produced are no longer effective on certain diseases, well we could spur a new range of diseases and then not have a clue how to stop them spreading!

So share this article on every site you can and leave any comments l will reply, l promise!

Thanks for caring and of course carry on the sharing.

Regards CJ