June 29, 2012

GMOs & Cellphones - Stealth Plagues Of Our Time

Cellphones Weaken Blood-Brain Barrier and Contribute to Neurological Disorders

Most people have never heard of the Fluoroscope - yet this device, which uses radiation to measure foot size for fitting was widely used in shoe stores on adults and children alike for well over 30 years! After being phased out in the 1950s in the US, the UK kept on for 20 years more insisting it was safe. Cigarette smoking remained a popular pastime for almost a century, long after studies proved a clear link between tobacco and lung cancer - while industry insiders and corrupt officials assured its safety. More recently, the truth is now emerging about the dangers of adding a known neurotoxin - fluoride, to the public water supply and the insane practice of repairing our teeth with heavy metal - mercury. In each case major resistance is forthcoming from scientists hired by those who stand to lose profits!

But our quest for convenience and a 'certain' food supply has led to two of the greatest dangers ever! Once again, the 'big guns' have unleashed their full arsenal of bought-and-paid-for scientific research, legal maneuverings and co-opting officials to suppress the hazards and prevent labeling of GM foods. The result is that the widespread adoption of the latest wireless technology and the ubiquitous spread of foods whose genetic structure has been modified may lead to untold damage to the human species!

Will future generations look back at us as insane for allowing ourselves to be treated as guinea pigs? Must we wait the 20+ years required for cancers to incubate before awakening to cellphone hazards? How much permanent damage will our DNA sustain while eating genetically modified frankenfoods?

Your guess is as good as mine - that's the real problem - playing Russian Roulette with our gene pool!

GMO foods alter organ function and pose a real threat to humans

Nature evades the best efforts of GMOs

Thursday, June 28, 2012 by: Willa Anderson

(NaturalNews) While many of the plants are modified to increase crop yield, it is hardly the main change that has been made to the genetic structures of the plants over the practice's thirty year history. Often industry leaders try to present genetic modification as being in the line of defense against "global food shortages," but their primary use is in increasing the profitability of agricultural giants, such as Monsanto.

A brief wine menu of GMO practices

One of the more well-publicized "edits" that biotechnology companies have proliferated is herbicide-resistant plants. Instead of competing for nutrients and space, large fields, which cannot realistically be weeded, could survive being sprayed with herbicides. The unprotected weeds between the crops would succumb to the toxins. Monsanto started producing herbicide resistant variations of corn, soybeans, cotton and other mass food staples.

The other widely applied change was the integration of toxins into the body of the plant, to protect them against insect infestation.

In the 1990s, Hawaiian and Florida papaya crops were stricken with a ring spot virus. By 1998, the entire industry had been decimated, and a GMO papaya, with genetic matter from the virus, much like a vaccine, was released into the market.

Natural selection by unnatural means

But, as with any biological spectrum, there is variation in the pathogenic organism that gives some individual organisms a competitive edge over others. Organisms that receive a less than lethal dose can, and very often will, produce progeny that demonstrate acclimation to the toxins.

And according to research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which actually received funding from Monsanto and several major players in the cotton industry, the developing resistance of pink bollworms to the toxins is progressing much faster than anticipated, and in ways that are worrying to the GMO industry.

Like trying to put out an oil fire with water

The transgenetic cotton has been saddled with a bacteria toxin from Bacillus thuringiensis, giving it its name "Bt cotton." After the Bt cotton was introduced with great success in India, the pink bollworm became resistant to the crop in just nine years. In Arizona, the population of moth larva is still susceptible after 15 years, but the genetic adaptations are demonstrating how easily the odds could topple in favor of the pests. The research is giving a first glance into just how these organisms are becoming toxin-resistant.

Individual genes are made up of a recessive and non-recessive gene, called alleles. If one is damaged, the other supplies a spare set of blueprints. Researchers were surprised to find that, in specimens that were selected from the GMO crop fields, pink bollworms could achieve Bt resistance with only a single allele mutation.

Not only have the insects survived, but at least three genetically stable variations have been documented to date. The beginnings of resistance has been seen in several different allele pairs. From the samples they've studied, the researchers estimate that between 59 and 94 percent of bollworms with any resistance had at least one non-recessive gene that was adapted for Bt resistance.

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