Myles and James are joined once again by Kevin Folta to talk about the outcome from the FOIA requests. Kevin is being accused of being in the pocket of Big Agro for having a fund allowing him to engage the public about what the science actually says.
In May 2015 anti-GMO lobbyist and ignorance profiters were handed down some glorious news. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had just declared the Glyphosate was probably carcinogenic. Finally validation that GMO’s are evil and monsanto is trying to rape mother earth for every last cent. I read this with some surprise as I was under the impression that there had been numerous safety reports etc… showing the glyphosate (the key ingredient in roundup) was relatively safe. A body within the WHO called the International agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was the devision responsible for this new claim. Aside from sounding like something James Bond would be sent to destroy or otherwise compromise IARC stated aim is ‘to promote international collaboration in cancer research.’ I feel I should state that I actually have a lot of respect for the WHO. I am an avid supporter of their vaccination work and principles of education in helping improve human health, it is with this in mind that I write this. What I am about to say I do not do lightly, the level of scholarship depicted in the IARC report is on par with Andrew Wakefiled of MMR/Autism fame.
In 2015 they released a short communication of their upcoming full monograph’s on the likely cancer causing properties of 4 separate pesticides. Tetrachlorvinphos, Parathion, Malathion, Diazinon, and Glyphosate (1). In this short press release communication the authors laid out several damming conclusions regarding the safety of Glyphosate. They stated that there was sufficient evidence in animals that it was carcinogenic and limited but potentially positive evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. Reportedly linked to Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). I first read this shortly after it came out and was immediately annoyed by the lack of citations for almost all of the claims. A total of 6 citations were given for numerous claims over the two paragraphs. 3 of these citations were for a single claim. This set my researcher senses tingling… why didn’t they cite the primary literature? One key citation they had included was a 2006 report conducted early by the WHO in 2006 (2). This was easy enough to track down and within moments I had my jaw on the floor! However instead of writing this then, I held back. I had to wait until the full monograph was released otherwise I could jump the gun and find the reported did contain some evidence that was released after this earlier report. But now the full monograph (3) is out in the public and I am still shocked.
James is back from his trip to the States. He was lucky enough to get to meet up with Vance Crowe for a trip to southern New Mexico to meet people growing and selling GMO cotton.
Myles and James are joined by Fred Perlak from Monsanto co. Fred was part of the original team that developed and later launched Bt cotton. Fred went on to be VP of Monsanto co in Hawaii and became a distinguished science fellow. We were lucky enough to get an hour of Fred’s time to ask him what ever we liked.
Myles and James are joined by Mary Mangan to talk through the research paper showing the sweet potatoes have been genetically modified naturally!
- The genome of cultivated sweet potato contains Agrobacterium T-DNAs with expressed genes: An example of a naturally transgenic food crop
- Mary’s twitter
The science #14 have had their personal emails requested via FOIA in an attempt to show that bigAGRO and these scientist are in cahoots in order to mislead the public and government about the safety of GMOs.
- Website where independent scientist answer public questions
- Group behind the Foia
- Video of google hangout with right to know and mom’s for America
- Kevin’s blog and twitter
Myles and James talk about one of the fantastic inventions of the modern era, the GMO Golden rice. This is a rice that produces vitamin A (actually make the precursor that the body turns into vitamin A). A recent Greenpeace video explains how they are ok with children going blind and over 600000 dying. Golden rice could be part of the solution to this complex issue of malnutrition in the developing world. AntiGmo groups however see its utility as a slippery slope into further uses of GMO products. At best this is cutting off your nose to spite your face at worst it is the wilful endangerment of people less fortunate. Millions of people are left blind due to vitamin A deficiency and over 600000 die each year. It is easy to be antiGMO when your bellies are full and your kids aren’t blind.
Myles and James are joined by Vance from Monsanto. We have searched through our old videos and other comments we have had regarding Monsanto and asked them directly to Vance. Vance is the director of millennial engagement for Monsanto. You can find him on twitter @VanceCrowe
Myles and James are joined by Stephen to talk about arguably the greatest human who has ever lived Norman Borlaug. Borlaug and his methods of farming lead to the Green revolution which has helped save 1 billion people from starvation.