Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans
Tests Must Be Approved by Industry First
F. William Engdahl
of the great mysteries surrounding the spread of GMO plants around the
world since the first commercial crops were released in the early 1990´s
in the USA and Argentina has been the absence of independent scientific
studies of possible long-term effects of a diet of GMO plants on humans
or even rats. Now it has come to light the real reason. The GMO agribusiness
companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and others prohibit
in the respected American scientific monthly magazine, Scientific American,
August 2009 reveals the shocking and alarming reality behind the proliferation
of GMO products throughout the food chain of the planet since 1994.
There are no independent scientific studies published in any reputed
scientific journal in the world for one simple reason. It is impossible
to independently verify that GMO crops such as Monsanto Roundup Ready
Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims, or that,
as the company also claims, that they have no harmful side effects because
the GMO companies forbid such tests!
right. As a precondition to buy seeds, either to plant for crops or
to use in research study, Monsanto and the gene giant companies must
first sign an End User Agreement with the company. For the past decade,
the period when the greatest proliferation of GMO seeds in agriculture
has taken place, Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta require anyone
buying their GMO seeds to sign an agreement that explicitly forbids
that the seeds be used for any independent research. Scientists are
prohibited from testing a seed to explore under what conditions it flourishes
or even fails. They cannot compare any characteristics of the GMO seed
with any other GMO or non- GMO seeds from another company. Most alarming,
they are prohibited from examining whether the genetically modified
crops lead to unintended side-effects either in the environment or in
animals or humans.
research which is permitted to be published in reputable scientific
peer-reviewed journals are studies which have been pre-approved by Monsanto
and the other
industry GMO firms.
entire process by which GMO seeds have been approved in the United States,
beginning with the proclamation by then President George H.W. Bush in
1992, on request of Monsanto, that no special Government tests of safety
for GMO seeds would be conducted because they were deemed by the President
to be "substantially equivalent" to non-GMO seeds, has been
riddled with special interest corruption. Former attorneys for Monsanto
were appointed responsible in EPA and FDA for rules governing GMO seeds
as but one example and no Government tests of GMO seed safety to date
have been carried out. All tests are provided to the US Government on
GMO safety or performance by the companies themselves such as Monsanto.
Little wonder that GMO sounds to positive and that Monsanto and others
can falsely claim
GMO is the "solution to world hunger."
the United States a group of twenty four leading university corn insect
scientists have written to the US Government Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) demanding the EPA force a change to the company censorship
practice. It is as if Chevrolet or Tata Motors or Fiat tried to censor
comparative crash tests of their cars in Consumer Reports or a comparable
consumer publication because they did not like the test results.
this deals with the human and animal food chain. The scientists rightly
argue to EPA that food safety and environment protection "depend
on making plant products available to regular scientific scrutiny."
We should think twice before we eat that next box of American breakfast
cereal if the corn used is GMO .
William Engdahl is author of Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy
in the New World Order.
may be contacted via his website at www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net.
Research, July 29, 2009