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Yes, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe to consume. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Medical Association, World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, EU researchers all agree that GMOs are safe to eat. From the American Medical Association: Bioengineered foods have been consumed for close to 20 ...


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Upon closer inspection, it seems that this story can be traced to a single, very creative conspiracy theorist writing in 2010. As of 2020, the "World Vision Portal Forum" on which it was posted is no longer online, but an archived version can be found on the Wayback Machine. The surprisingly well-written blog post "GULF BLUE PLAGUE: It's Not ...


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Based on the information from the RationalWiki article that Konrad found, the study in question seems to be one performed by Irina Ermakova and only published in the conference proceedings of the "Epigenetics, Transgenic Plants & Risk Assessment" conference in 2005 in Germany, partly sponsored by Greenpeace (Conference proceedings, the study in question ...


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(I'm not convinced this is a complete answer, but I am not sure what else to add.) Nitzan Paldi is a (random) researcher at Monsanto, who was formerly part of Beeologics. Paldi is one of the inventors on a US Patent 8,097,712, which is assigned to "Beelogics". (Note the misspelling on the name, which is why I took the detour to show it is the same company, ...


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According to the Beelogics website, Monsanto bought Beelogics in 2011 Beelogics holds various patents and patent applications related to bees. For example US patent 8,097,712 covers claims for: Compositions and methods for reducing susceptibility to infectious disease in bees using RNA interference technology, and more particularly, prevention and ...


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According to this Cornell University toxicology report, no. Chronic Toxicity Subchronic and chronic tests with glyphosate have been conducted with rats, dogs, mice, and rabbits in studies lasting from 21 days to two years. With few exceptions there were no treatment-related gross (easily observable) or cellular changes (5). In a chronic feeding study with ...


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"Federal Programs Preschool" appears to refer to the Health and Human Services Head Start program. I can confirm this is policy is in place for at least some preschools. Here's an example of a policy at one Head Start preschool that forbids outside lunch: All children in Head Start are served breakfast and lunch, and a snack in the extended day programs....


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Using the EPO patent search, it is relatively easy to reject that such a patent has been granted. EPO has not granted any patents directly to Montsano containing the word "broccoli" (search term: "Brocolli ia=Monsanto"). The patent you are linking to in your comment EP 1 597 965 B1 is the only patent granted by the EPO containing the word "broccoli". The ...


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The report this is based on is "Can Genetically Engineered Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity?" published by the Institute for responsible technology. As far as I can tell this is not a peer-reviewed scientific paper. On reading through it, the report makes a lot of small individual claims about the effect of GMOs, or the specific proteins inserted into GMOs ...


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Your question is a bit complex: "Does the use of Roundup accumulate in mammals and cause illness?" I'm going to focus on a slightly simplified version of the question, for sanity sake: Does glyphosate cause illness? The answer to this much simpler question is clearly "Yes." But that alone does not mean that glyphosate is pure evil; many ...


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Out of curiosity, I contacted Catherine Digilio Grimes, Director, Office of School Nutrition Programs, Virginia Department of Education and Michael Welch, Director, Division of WIC & Community Nutrition Services, Virginia Department of Health. Director Welch also inquired with his USDA contact. They said there are no federal or state (that is VA) ...


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The Global Research article has a confusing date line: Global Research, January 22, 2013 Global Research, 29 July 2009 In 2009, Monsanto did heavily restrict independent science. An October 2009 news feature by Emily Waltz in Nature Biotechnology talks about a complaint by 26 scientists to the EPA about seed company's restrictions. "No truly ...


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To see what exactly the FDA does when evaluating a new genetically engineered crop I looked at the report about a new herbicide-tolerant soybean. The specific example is pretty much random, I simply chose to first one in the list. They do check the sequence of the inserted gene: Syngenta and BCS characterized the insert in SYHT0H2 soybean using ...


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No, those weren't mere farmers - they were militants made up of farmers. According to the International Rice Research Institute: The Philippines, through the Department of Agriculture, is among IRRI's top 10 donors and Filipino rice farmers some of the fastest adopters of new varieties and technologies. One could ask the question, if local farmers ...


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Yes. This meta-analysis read 147 original scientific papers about GMO crops. On average those papers found a 22% increase in crop yields and a 37% decrease in pesticide use for GMO vs non-GMO crops. The meta analysis has been quite highly cited and the citing papers I looked at, (1 2), repeat the conclusions of the meta-analysis uncritically. The meta-...


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Most likely not. There are reports of flesh eating bacteria contracted at beaches, and these cases are uniformly from Vibrio infections. It appears that Vibrio likes to breed around oil spills, if that is the case then the association with Synthia was perhaps inevitable. Nov. 5, 2013: [Doctor Cova Arias, professor of aquatic microbiology at Auburn ...


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The origin of this claim is a 25 January 2012 Tumblr article The Buzz Behind the Monsanto/Beelogic Acquisition by journalist and film-maker Maryam Henein. In the original article it is clear that the number "2457842149" is just a joking/hypothetical patent number, associated with the author's prediction that eventually a genetically modified bee will be ...


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2. The new seeds, specifically Monsanto Bt Cotton, routinely does not perform as promised According to Bt Cotton and Farmer Suicides in India - Reviewing the Evidence (referenced in Sancho's answer): Second, we find that Bt cotton technology has been very effective overall in India. However, the context in which Bt cotton was introduced has generated ...


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Federal Programs Preschool is actually just the (uninspired and confusing) name of a set of Head Start facilities. From the Parent Handbook of one facility in Henrico, Virginia: Federal Programs Preschool provides a high quality, active learning environment for at-risk four-year-old children in twenty-three (23) locations. You can prove this letter was ...


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1. Using the new seeds has increased production cost, thus increasing debt That seems to be true. Bt Cotton and Farmer Suicides in India says, Table 9 and Figure 10 show the average effects of Bt cotton, weighted and unweighted, based on the number of plots for these two groups of studies. We find that the differences across average estimates do ...


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3. These factors increase farmer suicide That may be some truth to that; but it's not entirely fair to blame it on "GMO" crops, because: The evidence is that Bt cotton generally (i.e. on average) performs better than non-Bt cotton When and where Bt cotton crops failed, that was not the fault of the Bt trait (it was more caused by inexperience with using it,...


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The question needs to be answered on a case-by-case basis. Certainly, not all GMO food is toxic, and the process of GMO does not inherently lead to toxicity. On the other hand, there is no guarantee that novel gene combinations can never lead to increased toxicity for individual organisms. Below I have collected some sources, either neutral ones, or ...


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According to an assessment by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the herbicide glyphosate (ingredient in Roundup), is probably carcinogenic to humans: Kathryn Guyton, a senior toxicologist in the monographs programme at the IARC and one of the authors of the study, says, “In the case of glyphosate, because the evidence in experimental ...


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I am just going to describe what the Monsanto quotation means in terms of molecular genetics. Basically every "segment" of DNA (DNA segments can have varying lengths until the stop codon) codes for a protein. GMO is all about inserting new base pairs into the DNA, so that the protein coded for is somehow altered. The quotation says "So long as the ...


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