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GMO and Food Safety international Forum 2013 in Beijing

24 July 2013

assessment of 20 years of GMO development: Failed Promise and Flawed technology

GMO and Food Safety International Forum 2013 was held in Chinese capital Beijing in the mid-July, hosted by the Chinese Strategy and Management Research Centre (中国战略与管理研究会), the Social and Economic Behaviour Study Centre from Yunnan University of Finance (云南财经大学社会与经济行为研究中心)and the Food Safety Workshop of Economics and International Chinese Culture Study Centre (国际东学研究会全民食品安全工作委员会). The world's top experts in the field from US, France, UK, India and New Zealand attended the conference and gave keynote speeches, reported The Chinese Farmers (天农网), a China's leading agriculture information website.

The background of the forum is China's massive import of nearly a million tons of GM corns from the US which is the largest purchase since 2011. The news was broken out by the US Agriculture Ministry. Chinese Agriculture Ministry under both the administrations of Wen Jiabao and Li Keqiang has never bothered to inform Chinese public what they are expected to consume in their food.

US farmers with seeds manufactured in Monsanto's laboratories are expected to bump up record corns this autumn due to a recent weeks-long of near ideal weather condition, yet the calls for a Europe-wide ban on GM corns in wake of French study linking the Monsanto products to cancer are mounting and, in fact, EU has just decided to ban three GM corn varieties for use in food and feed - two are for corns containing multiple or "stacked" gene traits and the third covers the pollen of Monsanto's insect-resistant MON810 corn - while Italy has moved to kick out Monsanto’s GMO corn completely.

All these factors put together pose a real challenge to US farmers working with Monsanto after the corns are harvested. Once gain, it is China who comes to Monsanto's rescue, since the previous and current Chinese administrations do care. Yet they couldn't care less what health risks that Chinese public may expose to. Ordinary people in China do not have access to special GM-free food provision that is reserved exclusively for the high ranking government officials and their families (such arrangement, that can be considered not just anti-public but anti-humanity, echoes with Monsanto practice - it is reported that the bio giant banned or may be still banning the GM food in its own staff canteen.)

News from China's French study linking the Monsanto corn to cancer.

As Chinese State Council has become the China branch of the US State Department and Chinese Agriculture Ministry the sales department of Monsanto, the very survival of China as a nation is at stake, which highlights the significance of this year's international GMO and Food Safety Forum held in Beijing.

Dr. Don Huber, an expert in GM toxicity, soil-borne diseases, microbial ecology and host-parasite relationships and taught as staff Professor at Purdue University for 35 years, gave a keynote speech at the Forum:

GM crops are breaking the agricultural system as food quality is related to soil quality. It's the microorganisms in the soil that allow the plants to utilize specific nutrients that are essential for the growth of healthy plants, while herbicides and pesticides in GM crops kill microorganisms and immobilize those nutrients. Toxic botulism is now becoming a more common cause of death in dairy cows whereas such deaths used to be extremely rare, the reason it didn't occur before was because beneficial organisms served as natural controls to keep the Clostridium botulinum in check. Without them, the Clostridium botulinum is allowed to proliferate in the animal's intestines and produce lethal amounts of toxins.

The agricultural system, as well as our own ecology, is really a balance. It's a system, not just a bunch of silver bullets that are stacked in a chamber of a revolver. It's how that ecological system is modified and changed that brings us a new level of diseases and problems with sustainability of our agriculture, our own health, and well-being.

When future historians come to write about our era they are not going to write about the tons of chemicals we did or didn't apply. When it comes to glyphosate they are going to write about our willingness to sacrifice our children and to jeopardize our very existence by risking the sustainability of our agriculture; all based upon failed promises and flawed science.

(Also see The Hidden Epidemic Destroying Your Gut Flora, a video interview of Dr. Huber by Dr. Mercola.)


Some facts on gMO in USA

  • 86 percent of all corn are GMO
  • 93 percent of canola are GMO
  • 93 percent of cottonseed oil are GMO
  • 93 percent of soybeans are GMO

It means virtually every processed food in US supermarkets is likely to contain at least one GM component, unless they bear the "100% USDA Organic" label.

Earlier this year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) also deregulated genetically engineered alfalfa, which is a perennial crop commonly used in cattle feed, while beef and diary products feature prominently in American people's daily diet.

Thus it is no surprise that Americans are the fattest and one of the least healthy people on the planet.

Therefore any responsible government in the world shall steer clear of the crops and food products from the US market, since to import US food is equivalent to import disease and premature death and, very likely, worse.

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