GM Food – Poisoning Our People?

Glenn Ashton
allAfrica.com
June 8, 2011

One of the most massive unregulated experiments on humans ever is being carried out right here in South Africa. South Africans are the first people in the world to consume a genetically modified (GM) food as a staple. According to industry sources more than 75% of our white maize is now GM. This means that the pap and samp consumed daily in the majority of South African households is now mainly comprised of genetically modified maize.

The industry claim that nobody has become ill from GM foods is scientifically dishonest. It is based on the principle of “don’t look – don’t find.” Because GM foods are not clearly identified through clear labelling, it is impossible to know what sicknesses are related to the consumption of the product.

We are repeatedly told these are the most widely tested foods ever. However, GM producers claim their products to be ‘substantially equivalent’ – identical to their natural counterparts. As such they do not require testing. Where testing has been done it has fallen prey to the same pitfalls that have dogged chemical and toxicological testing for decades. This is unsurprising as the GM companies have without exception evolved from agricultural chemical companies, infamous in their abuse of statistical and experimental protocols.

Most food tests have been undertaken and submitted by the very companies seeking approval. The design of these tests has been opaque and misleading. Research has shown results to have been routinely manipulated and skewed to the extent that epidemiologist Judy Carman said, “Their whole approach to the analysis would fail a basic statistics class.”

The earliest analysis of all feeding studies found exactly three experiments. Even these indicated worrying trends. More recent meta-analyses have reinforced these concerns. A consistent finding has been damage to the liver and kidneys. It is notable that liver and kidney disease has increased since GM crops were introduced in the US.

What is remarkable is that when researchers employed or connected to the developers of GM foods did studies, no problems were reported. On the other hand, studies undertaken by independent scientists consistently raised concerns. A recently published analysis highlighted this trend. This relationship is common in analyses of other chemicals and foodstuff.

Of even more concern is the fact that feeding studies were extremely short term, with most lasting three months. Crucially, none of them used more than one-third of GM product in the diet. In South Africa we eat unidentified GM white maize as a staple food at levels that may in many cases reach 100% of the diet. The question is: If statistically worrying damage is shown to kidney, liver and other organs when animals are fed one third of their diet as GM products, in studies lasting three months, then what on earth will happen to those of us who eat a diet that is predominantly based on GM maize, every day for years on end?

This is nothing less than a massive, unregulated experiment. To make matters worse this experiment is not being undertaken on a healthy population but one that is doubly compromised: First through most people not eating a sufficient or varied enough diet and secondly because we have the highest burden of HIV, AIDS and TB infections in the world.

There are numerous other studies that have indicated problems from consuming GM crops, even at reduced levels of a third of the total diet. Studies have shown reduced sperm count and even sterility. Researchers have consistently called for further work to be done. All the GM industry does is consistently try to spin itself out of trouble.

This outrageous situation is assisted by our poor regulation of GM food that will only need to be labelled later this year. In other words we have been eating the world’s first GM staple food in total ignorance of the fact. So far not one independent, multi-generational dietary test has been undertaken locally by independent scientists. This amounts to little less than criminal negligence by our government, which has consistently ignored all of these concerns, instead taking the side of an industry with a seriously blemished track record.

Of course this industry insists that the EU and others have produced reports clearing GM crops of any health risk. The fact remains that EU regulators have relied upon exactly the same compromised tests consistently produced by the industry itself. Secondly, the influence of industry within the regulatory regime is significant. This industry has not only routinely misinformed regulators, through supplying tests with skewed statistical data, but it has consistently interfered in the regulatory regime itself.

For instance, the regulations governing GM crops in the US were drafted by the ex-Monsanto head of regulatory affairs, Michael Taylor, who left Monsanto to work in government in order to draft industry friendly legislation. He then returned to Monsanto. He has since returned to government, in what is known as ‘the revolving door’. This is not by any means an isolated case and a similar situation exists in South Africa.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are repeated documented cases of this industry restricting and prohibiting independent testing of its products. This is possible because these products are patented and owned by the companies and permission must be granted for access to various crucial aspects of information in scientific testing, which is consistently refused.

It is not only the inherent dangers associated with GM crops themselves. The most widely grown GM crop in the world, herbicide resistant soy, has been linked to sharply increased levels of the herbicide Roundup, made by Monsanto, which also owns the patents on over 90% of all GM crops grown globally. Monsanto is also rapidly introducing herbicide resistant maize, now being grown in South Africa. Despite claims that GM crops reduce chemical use, we have seen exactly the opposite occurring around the world.

For instance, in Argentina, herbicide use has increased 180 fold in 13 years. In the USA, 174 000 tonnes more are used per year. In Brazil it is up by 95%. Responsibility for the downstream health impacts is not the farmers’ concern but is simply passed onto consumers who are none the wiser. And the risks of these chemicals are increasingly been proven to be as worrying, if not more so, than the concerns about the GM crops themselves.

When the first GM crops were introduced the amount of herbicide residue on food was permitted to be increased by 200 times in the case of the European Union, with similar increases elsewhere. Roundup is linked to serious human health impacts, including damage to embryo and fetus growth (tetragenic impacts) as well as cellular damage, amongst many other impacts on mammals. There are literally dozens of published studies indicating concerns about this chemical. It also affects amphibians, insects, earthworms and soil bacteria that liberate plant nutrients.

Besides these serious concerns, there is a final, glaring inconsistency in the argument that GM crops are required to feed the world. This is the fact that the most widely grown GM crop in the world, GM soy, has consistently been shown to yield less than conventional, natural soy. Despite years of promises of more nutritional or drought resistant GM crops, these promises remain unmet.

Oxfam recently released a report stating that food prices will more than double, from already high levels, over the next two decades. How do we address this problem? We are constantly informed by supporters of GM crops that we must adopt their technology to feed the world. The reality is that conventional plant breeding programmes have achieved far more, at far lower cost, enhancing yield, viral resistance, nutritional improvement and drought resistance.

Fifteen years of growing GM crops in South Africa has demonstrated that the rapid uptake of GM crops has had no impact at all on the amount of food reaching the mouths of the most needy. The only conclusion can be that GM crops are not the solution. More importantly we are playing a dangerous game of genetic roulette with the health of our people.

The four year International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), in its report entitled “Agriculture at a Crossroads” indicated that GM crops would at best play a limited role in tackling global hunger. The focus on high-input industrial farming and GMOs has marginalised far more effective agricultural practices. The IAASTD study was funded by the World Bank and several leading UN organisations, and involved over 400 agricultural experts from around the world.

The perverse focus on GM crops over the past two decades has been instrumental in retarding development of urgently needed research. Instead of focussing on the proven, climate resilient and community based food production systems we require to encourage true food security and independence, the political-corporate focus on GM crops has steered us towards reliance on the dependency model epitomised by industrial agriculture, while simultaneously eroding our already tenuous health status.

Every way you look at it, GM crops epitomise the problem, not the solution.

AIDS: The Greatest Mass Synthetic Weapon

Funded by Congress in 1969 Through House Bill 15090, the AIDS Virus was Created After 1974

By Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
November 5, 2007

Proof that the AIDS virus is man-made and not naturally born, pile on as more information turns public and access to more and moreAIDS documents that reach more and more people become available. The account that the AIDS virus was originally found in a monkey, and that from it, the virus somehow jumped to humans has been debunked; to use a popular term.

The most eye-opening piece of evidence is government documents; more specifically the House of Representatives H.R 15090 from 1969 which details how and when the second branch of government held hearings and funded a project in which the Department of Defense would utilize $10 million to research and create a synthetic virus that would then be tested in humans in the form of an injection.

After ten years of investigation, the virus was created sometime after 1974 and was experimented with by injecting humans as early as 1977. Although in the US the Department of Defense requested the financing and promoted the creation of the virus, entities like the World Health Organization and the United Nations had previously called for a bio weapon of the sort. The World Health Organization (WHO), started to inject AIDS -laced smallpox vaccine into Africans in 1977, while the Center for Disease Control (CDC) injected some 2000 white males with laced Hepatitis B vaccine in 1978.

According to the Strecker Memorandum of 1983, AIDS is a man-made disease, which is not specific of homosexuals, not venereal and which can be carried by mosquitoes. In addition, it is clear that although condoms would help reduce the chances of infection, they would not prevent the at least six types of AIDS viruses available. Dr. Theodore Strecker writes: “The US National Cancer Institute in collaboration with the World Health Organization manufactured AIDS in a laboratory at Fort Detrich, Maryland.” The AIDS virus is a combination of two retroviruses. One is the Bovine Leukemia Virus, and the second the Visna Virus which were injected into human tissue in its early stages in order to see the results.

Dr. Strecker states that the AIDS virus could not be naturally born and that were virologists who worked in the creation of an organism that could exert selective influence in the way the human body fights infection. The possibility was looked into that the virus impaired the immune system so that it could not respond once it made its way into the human body. According to the Strecker memo, the AIDS epidemic was triggered by the mass vaccination campaign that intended to end Smallpox.

The following is an exact transcription of the narrative in the Subcommittee of Appropriations held in July 1, 1969, which involved discussions about Synthetic Biological Agents.

There are two things about the biological agent field I would like to mention. One is the possibility of technological surprise. Molecular biology is a field that is advancing very rapidly and many eminent biologists believe that within a period of 5 – 10 years it would be possible to produce a synthetic biological agent, an agent that does not naturally exist and for which no natural immunity could have been acquired.”

Mr. Sikes: Are we doing any work in that field?

Dr. MacArthur: We are not.

Mr. Sikes: Why not? Lack of money or lack of interest?

Dr. MacArthur: Certainly not lack of interest.

Mr. Sikes: Would you provide for our record information on what would be required, what the advantages of such a program would be, the time and the cost involved?

Dr. MacArthur: We will be very happy to. The dramatic progress being made in the field of molecular biology led us to investigate the relevance of this field of science to biological warfare. A small group of experts considered this matter and provided the following observations:

1. All biological agents up to the present time are representatives of naturally occurring disease, and are thus known by scientists throughout the world. They are easily available to qualified scientists for research, either for offensive or defensive purposes.

2. Within the next 5 – 10 years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organisms. Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious disease.

3. A research program to explore the feasibility to this could be completed in approximately 5 years at a cost of $10 million.

As it has been documented, the World Health Organization used the Smallpox vaccine to spread the virus in Africa, Haiti, Brazil and Japan. After looking for documents to support the statement, it is clear that the spread of the virus coincides with how this plan was originally laid out. As an addendum, a confidential source in the WHO has revealed that there is “a strong correlation between the proportion of people in different central African countries who consented to the smallpox vaccine program and the proportion of those now infected with AIDS.

In the last fifteen years, the AIDS virus has killed 11 million Africans, which accounts for a total of 80 percent of the total world deaths due to the virus. According to numbers provided by the United Nations, at least 5000 funerals are held daily in Africa for people who die as a consequence of contracting the AIDS virus. Outdated numbers from 2001 show that in Latin America there were some 1.4 million people infected with AIDS, while South and South East Asia combined accounted for 5.8 million people. These numbers are rounded up in the Caribbean, where at least 700,000 people had been infected as of 2000.

Scientists like Dr. Strecker, suggest that the fact that most of AIDS’s victims reside in Africa and Latin America is not a coincidence, as only 2 percent of the affected population resides in Europe. Apparently, the goal of creating a bioweapon such as the AIDS virus was to eliminate a great part of the Africans in an effort to reduce global population to just about 500 hundred million, down from some 7 billion. An example that helps reinforce this thesis is the Tuskegee Experiment. Conducted between 1932 and 1972, the Tuskegee Experiment, recruited some 400 black Americans in an effort to test the effects of syphilis in Macon County, Alabama. The United States Health Services never gave the subjects any clear information of what exactly would be put into their bodies, ans instead were drawn to the testing centers with promises that the injection would help them treat or cure problems like Anemia, or “bad blood”.

More recently, pharmaceutical companies like Merck have been found liable for the death of thousands of people as a consequence of taking drugs such as VIOX. In the latest battle of the people versus the pharmaceutical industry, groups of people around the world, but more specifically in Texas rose to denounce Merck’s intent to make a new vaccine -Gardasil- available to young women between the ages of 8 and 11 years old in order to -according to Merck- help prevent the Human Papiloma Virus or HPV. Parent groups denounced the measure taken by Texas governor Rick Perry who signed a document saying it was the law to take the vaccine. It would later be leaked to the public that Gardasil contains a live cancer virus something produced in a laboratory, which caused several dozen girls to bleed uncontrollably during the term the injections were taken and even after completing the multiple doses. Mothers of the girls appeared in national radio talk shows to testify of their experience and that of their daughters’.

According to Boyd E. Graves, who has studied the origins of the HIV virus for years, the history of the disease goes back at least 100 years. “The United States began a significant effort to investigate “causes” of epidemic diseases. In 1887, the effort was enhanced with the mandate of the U.S. “LABORATORY OF HYGIENE”. This lab was run by Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun, a deep rooted-racist, who served the eugenics movement with dedication. In 1893, we strengthened the Federal Quarantine Act and suddenly there was an explosion of polio.” On his website, Graves continues with a chronological account of the way how an grand eugenics program grew from scratch. ” In 1945, we witnessed the greatest influx of foreign scientists in history into the U.S. biological program. Operation Paperclip will live in infamy as one of the darkest programs of a twisted parallel government fixated on genocide. In 1946, the United States Navy hired Dr. Earl Traub, a notorious racist biologist. A May appropriations hearing confirms the existence of a “secret” biological weapon. In 1948, we know that the United States confirmed the endorsement of “devising a scheme” in which to address the issue of overpopulation in certain racial groups. State Department’s George McKennan’s memo will forever illuminate the eugenics mendacity necessary for genocide of millions of innocent people.” Programs like the one orchestrated to exterminate much or all of the black population are true for other diseases such as Cancer, Polio, Influenza, and more recently Bird Flu.

Another piece of evidence that reinforces the fact that HIV AIDS as well as other diseases are man-made and not naturally born is the 1971 special virus flow chart, obtained by Graves in 1999. The chart was sent to him on May 15th, 2000 by Dr. Victoria Cargill of the National Institutes of Health. The chart shows how scientists proceeded when experimenting with new viruses. As I have seen it, it is a step by step guide to be followed and the way decisions are made according to the results obtained in every stage of the experiments. The chart indicates how to go through the process of selecting a candidate, how to proceed in order to determine whether a subject has experienced any immunological response to the virus (HIV), to confirming the effectiveness of controlled methods for introductions in critical trails.

It is estimated that if the HIV virus is not stopped within the next three decades, it will indeed achieve the objective it was meant for; it will completely eradicate the black population in Africa and other regions of the world. What is more incredible is that African governments consented in 1974 in Bucarest Romania to the use of the HIV virus on the population. According to Dr. Graves, there are at least 15,000 progress reports filed regarding the experiments with the HIV virus and the US government along with other European counterparts have spent $550 million dollars in the creation and spread of the HIV AIDS virus.

Consulted Materials include:

1. House of Numbers. Brent W. Leung

1. End Game: Blueprint for Global Enslavement. Alex E. Jones

2. “The Strecker Memorandum.” Distributed by The Strecker Group, Eagle Rock, CA., 1983.

3. “AIDS: United States Germs Warfare at its Best with Documents and Proof”. Jack Felder. 1989

4. “Who Murdered Africa.” William Campbell Douglas. M.D. 

5. “AIDS is Biological Warfare.” Tom Bearden.

6. “Smallpox vaccine triggered AIDS virus.”

7. “AIDS and the Doctors of Death: An Inquiry Into the Origin of the AIDS Epidemic.” Alan Cantwell.

8. “HIV infections up in Caribbean. The Plain Dealer.” 2000