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GLOBAL PETITION CALLING FOR THE BANNING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOOD AND CROPS PDF Print E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow
Friday, 15 June 2018 10:40

Finally counrtries are moving to ban genetically engineered food and crops, and refusing to enter into trade agreements with countries that produce GE food and crops. I have been circulating this petition for years

by Joan Russow Global Compliance Research Projecr, Ecological Rights Association *

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Genetically engineered food and crops have contaminated the Global food system and undermined food security and must be banned.
 
The institutional Collusion, in relation to genetically engineered food and crops, among corporations, governments, universities and regulatory agencies has been endemic; this collusion has sadly spread to certain scientific publications.  For the sake of food security for present and future generations: (i) this collusion must end; (ii) the precautionary principle must be invoked, (iv) genetically engineered food and crops, banned; (v) the charters of Monsanto et al, revoked; and (vi) charges of gross/criminal negligence against these corporations, levied.
We are living in a wake of corporate/government/university/ negligence from previous harmful substances that were once deemed safe for human health and the environment. Given the unattended consequences of genetically engineered foods and crops, and the global commitment to the precautionary principle, it becomes imperative to institute a complete ban on genetically engineered foods and crops. There is sufficient emerging scientific evidence to justify the banning to prohibit all further production and export of genetically engineered foods and crops.  
 
In1999, Vandana Shiva organized the BIodevastation II Conference in Delhi Where the following Global Declaration was endorsed by all but one of the participants;
Biodevastastion II Global Ban Declaration
 
(i)  A global ban on genetically engineered foods and crops;
(ii) A global ban on the patenting of life forms;
(iii) An end to the exploitation of the knowledge of farmers, peasants and indigenous peoples;
(iv) A global support program for promoting organic agriculture and other forms of ecological farming, and for instituting a fair and just transition program for affected farmers and communities.
 
The following signatories support the Biodevastation II Global Ban Declaration
And urge the UN General |Assembly to invoke article 22 and set up an international Tribunal to investigate allegations made against Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Pioneer  HiBred,  Calgene, Ciba-Geigy, Asgrow, Zeneca,  Aquabounty, symbio * and to revoke  their charters
 
 
Background

* canola (Calgene);Bacillus thuringirnsis (Bt) corn/maize (Ciba-Geigy); cotton resistant to the herbicide bromoxynil (Calgene); Flavr Savr™ tomato (Calgene); BtCotton (Monsanto), soybeans resistant to the herbicide gltphosate (Monsanto); virus-resistant squash (Asgrow); additional delayed ripening tomatoes (DNAP, Zeneca and Monsanto); Alfalfa (Monsanto); transgenic Salmon ([Aquabounty); GE vanilla (Symbio)  ,  sunflower oil, rape seed oil suger beet ,PMI  usedin  maize, rice, cassava, wheat, barley, sugar beet, watermelon, tomato, squash, cabbage, sunflower and oilseed rape.neonicotinoid, (Syngenta); the world’s largest seed companycorn [affectedmonarch butterfies] (Pioneer HiBred)Seminis – sweet corn (Monsanto); Bovine Growth Hormone  (Monsanto, American Cyanamid, Eli Lilly UpJohn).

 

YEARS OF CONCERN EXPRESSED BY SCIENTISTS (list in progress)

 

Arpad Pusztai and the Risks of Genetic Engineering

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18101.cfm

 

Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments

http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/openlet-cn.htm

 

YEARS OF CONCERN EXPRESSED BY SCIENTISTS (list in progress)

 

Arpad Pusztai and the Risks of Genetic Engineering

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_18101.cfm

 

Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments

http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/openlet-cn.htm

 

800 Scientists Demand Global GMO “Experiment” End

http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9180:800-scientists-demand-global-gmo-experiment-end&catid=86:i-earth-news&Itemid=210

 

Why Glyphosate Should Be Banned

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Why_Glyphosate_Should_be_Banned.php  2012

 

New Study Proves Bt Toxins in GMOs toxic to Mammalian Blood

http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9137:new-study-proves-bt-toxins-in-gmos-toxic-to-mammalian-blood&catid=86:i-earth-news&Itemid=210

 

Longest-Running GMO Safety Study Finds Tumors in Rats

 http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/gmo-safety-

 

Rise of Super weeds.

http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/rise-of-superweeds.pdf

 

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE OF HARM TO HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM THE ISIS REPORT ENTITLED `BAN GM0S NOW``
 

 Dr Mae-Wan Ho  Dr Eva Sironthsinghji now published Order your copy now http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Ban_GMOs_Now_-

 

NOTE: Dr  Ho Mae-Wan Ho wins 2014 Prigogine Medal for her pioneering work in the physics of

organisms and sustainable system
 

Mae-Wan Ho, Director and co-founder of the Institute of Science in Society
(ISIS), well recognized for her efforts to reclaim science for the public good
and to promote social responsibility and ecological sustainability in science,
is to receive the prestigious 2014 Prigogine Medal in recognition for scientific
work in the physics of organisms and sustainable systems she pioneered more than
20 years ago.

 

 

A.Glyphosate& glyphosate tolerant crops

 

 Glyphosate use has gone up sharply worldwide since the introduction of glyphosate-tolerant GM crops. Herbicide use per acre has doubled in the US within the past five years compared with the first five years of commercial GM crops cultivation, the increase almost entirely due to glyphosate herbicides. Glyphosate has contaminated land, water, air, and our food supply. Damning evidence of its serious harm to health and the environment has been piling up, but the maximum permitted levels are set to rise by 100-150 times in the European Union with further hikes of already unacceptably high levels in the US if Monsanto gets its way.

 

1.   Scientific evidence accumulated over three decades documents miscarriages, birth defects, carcinogenesis, endocrine disruption, DNA damage, general toxicity to cells, neurotoxicity, and toxicity to liver and kidney at glyphosate levels well below recommended agricultural use.

 

2.   The major adjuvant POEA in glyphosate Roundup formulations is by far the most cytotoxic for human cells, ahead of glyphosate and its metabolite. It also amplifies the toxic effects of glyphosate.

 

3.   A recent review blames glyphosate for practically all modern diseases as its general chelating action affects numerous biological functions that require metal cofactors. It is the most pervasive environmental chemical pollutant that also inhibits enzymes involved in detoxification of xenobiotics, thereby increasing their toxicity. In addition, it kills beneficial gut bacteria that prevent pathogens from colonizing the gut and promotes the growth of the pathogenic bacteria, leading to autism and other diseases.

 

4.   Rats fed Roundup contaminated and Roundup tolerant maize beyond the required 90 days showed a startling range of health impacts. Females were 2 to 3 times as likely to die as controls and much more likely to develop mammary tumours. In males, liver congestions and necrosis were 2.5 to 5.5 times as frequent as controls, while kidney diseases were 1.3-2.3 times controls. Males also develop kidney or skin tumours 4 times as often as the controls and up to 600 days earlier. The harmful effects were found in animals fed the GM maize that was not sprayed with Roundup, as well as those that were, indicating that the GM maize has its own toxicities apart from the herbicide.

 

5.   Livestock illnesses from glyphosate tolerant GM feed including reproductive problems, diarrhoea, bloating, spontaneous abortions, reduced live births, inflamed digestive systems and nutrient deficiencies. Evidence has also emerged of chronic botulism in cattle and farmers as the result of glyphosate use.

 

6.   Glyphosate is lethal to frogs and Roundup is worse; it increases toxic blooms, and accelerates the deterioration of water quality. It use also coincides with the demise of monarch butterflies.

 

7.   Glyphosate poisons crops and soils by killing beneficial microorganisms and encouraging pathogens to flourish. Forty crop diseases are now linked to glyphosate use and the number is increasing.

 

8.   Glyphosate-resistant weeds cover 120 million ha globally (61.8 m acres in the US) and continue to spread; it is a major factor accounting for the enormous increase in pesticide use since herbicide tolerant GM crops were introduced.

 

9.   Contamination of ground water supplies, rain, and air has been documented in Spain and the US. Berlin city residents were found to have glyphosate concentrations above permitted EU drinking water levels.

 

B    BT CROPS

 

Bt crops were sold on the premise that they would increase yields and reduce pesticide use; instead they have resulted in too many crop failures, and the introduction of Bt cotton is now acknowledged to be responsible for the escalation in farm suicides in India.

 

1.   Bt crops’ claim to reduce pesticide use is based on excluding the Bt produced in the crops in total ‘pesticides applied’; but the Bt toxins leach from the plants and persist in soil and water, with negative impacts on health and the ecosystem comparable to conventional pesticides.

 

2.   Fungicide use and insecticide treatment of corn and soybean have gone up dramatically since the introduction of Bt crops.

 

3.   The breakdown of Bt traits due to target pest resistance and secondary pests has resulted in increasing use of conventional pesticides; and pesticide companies are reporting 5 to 50% increase in sales for 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.

 

4.   Contrary to industry’s claim that Bt is harmless to non-target species, independent studies showed that Bt toxins elicit immune response in mammals in some cases comparable to that due to cholera toxin. This is consistent with farm workers’ reports of allergic symptoms affecting the eyes, skin and respiratory tract.

 

5.   A new study found Bt proteins toxic to developing red blood cells as well as bone marrow cells in mice.

 

6.   Toxicity to human kidney cells has been observed in vitro, consistent with in vivo experiments in lab animals showing toxicity to heart, kidney and liver.

 

7.   Bt crops fail to control target pests due to insufficient expression of Bt toxins, thereby promoting the evolution of resistance.

 

8.   Bt crops promote the emergence of secondary pests when target pests are killed. Primary and secondary pests are already huge problems in the US, India and China, and are now hitting multiple crops in Brazil since Bt maize was introduced.

 

9.   Stacked varieties containing multiple Bt toxins are predicted to hasten the evolution of multiple toxin resistance, as resistance to one toxin appears to accelerate the acquisition of resistance to further toxins.

 

10.               Bt toxins harm non-target species including water fleas, lacewings, monarch butterflies, peacock butterflies and bees, which are showing worrying signs of population decline across the world.

 

11.               Bt toxins leach into the soil via the root of Bt crops where they can persist for 180 days; this has been linked to the emergence of new plant diseases and reduced crop yields.

 

12.               Bt toxins also persist in aquatic environments, contaminating streams and water columns and harming important aquatic organisms such as the caddis fly.

 

C NEW GENETICS & HAZARDS OF GENETIC MODIFICATION NEw

 

The rationale and impetus for genetic engineering and genetic modification was the ‘central dogma’ of molecular biology that assumed DNA carries all the instructions for making an organism. This is contrary to the reality of the fluid and responsive genome that already has come to light since the early 1980s. Instead of linear causal chains leading from DNA to RNA to protein and downstream biological functions, complex feed-forward and feed-back cycles interconnect organism and environment at all levels, marking and changing RNA and DNA down the generations. In order to survive, the organism needs to engage in natural genetic modification in real time, an exquisitely precise molecular dance of life with RNA and DNA responding to and participating fully in ‘downstream’ biological functions.  That is why organisms and ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to the crude, artificial genetically modified RNA and DNA created by human genetic engineers. It is also why genetic modification can probably never be safe.

 

1. Genetic modification done by human genetic engineers is anything but precise; it is uncontrollable and unpredictable, introducing many collateral damage to the host genome as well as new transcripts, proteins and metabolites that could be harmful.

 

2. GM feed with very different transgenes have been shown to be harmful to a wide range of species, by farmers in the field and independent scientists working in the lab, indicating that genetic modification itself is unsafe.

 

3. Genetic modification done by human genetic engineers is different from natural genetic modification done by organisms themselves for the following reasons: it relies on making unnatural GM constructs designed to cross species barriers and jump into genomes; it combines and transfers genes between species that would never have exchanged genes in nature; GM constructs tend to be unstable and hence more prone to further horizontal gene transfer after it has integrated into the genome.

 
PLEASE NOTE
Recently the publication   succumbed to corporate pressure and retracted a definitive case study about the impact of Round-up ready pesticide
 
 

Open Letter on Retraction and Pledge to Boycott Elsevier

The background to this open letter is described in Retracting Seralini Study Violates Science & Ethics (ISIS report). 

This letter has been signed by 485 scientists and 854 non-scientists from 61 different countries

 
 

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 Joan Russow is the coordinator of the Global Compliance Research Project (GCRP), a project of the Ecological Rights Association, which was co-founded in 1991 by Joan Russow and David White.

http://pejnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9485:era-ecological-rights-association-global-compliance-research-project-&catid=86:i-earth-news&Itemid=210.  

The GCRP was founded in 1995 by Joan Russow, who wrote the "Charter of Obligations” - a 350 page compilation of strong statements reflecting obligations incurred through the Charter of the United Nations, expectations created through General Assembly Resolutions, and Declarations, and commitments made through Conference Action Plans.    These Obligation, Expectations, and Commitments were related to; 

 

 • to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses

• to create a global structure that respects the rule of law and the International Court of Justice;

• to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and ensure the right to development and social justice;

•  to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights,  civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing, right to safe drinking water and sewage,  right to education  and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system ,

•  to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, the reduction of the ecological footprint e move away from the current model of unsustainable and overconsumptive 

 

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