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Knowledge Exchange

"The future depends on what we do with the present." Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948

While the discovery of rDNA may hold one of the greatest promises in the history of biology, studies continue to expose the potential dangers associated to consuming foods which contain them.

The agrochemical industry is valued at over $42 billion and operates with impunity while over 355,000 people die from pesticide poisoning every year, and hundreds of thousands more are made ill. In addition, pesticide corporations have put livelihoods and jobs in jeopardy, including, farmers, beekeepers and lobstermen.

These postings explore the research, surveys and analyses that link industrial agriculture to adverse effects not only to our well being but that of the our planet. To read the study referenced above please go to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21338670

Brazil's National Cancer Institute Site Concerns Over Massive Use of Glyphosate

Brazil is the largest consumer of agrochemicals in the world. Agrochemical sales increased from USD 2 billion in 2001 to 8.5 billion in 2011. A report from Brazil’s National Cancer Institute José Alencar Gomes da Silva (INCA), part of the country’s Ministry of Health, says that national consumption of agrochemicals is equivalent to 5.2 litres of agrochemicals per year for each inhabitant.

Texas Scientists Find Antibiotic Resistance Blowing in Wind

Two Texas Tech University scientists may have made their biggest discovery yet: DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cattle feedlots is airborne.

The study focused on feedlots in Texas' Panhandle and South Plains, each holding tens of thousands of cattle, where animals spend the last few months of their lives gaining weight before slaughter. Feedlots were an ideal place to study antibiotic resistance because bacteria there are exposed to high levels of antibiotics.

Study Shows Roundup Herbicide Causes Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

This is the first study of its kind in the world. Research lead by a team from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand has found that commonly used herbicides, including the world’s most used herbicide Roundup, can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

The team at the University of Canterbury investigated what happens to species of disease-causing bacteria when they are exposed to common herbicides such as Roundup, Kamba and 2,4-D.

Glyphosate Accumulates in Roundup Ready GM Soy

Describes the nutrient and elemental composition, including residues of herbicides and pesticides, of 31 soybean batches from Iowa, USA.

Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814613019201

GM Maize and Roundup Cause Tumours, Multiple Organ Damage and Premature Death

In this controversal study, researchers led by Gilles-Eric Seralini from CRIIGEN have found that rats fed on a diet containing NK603 Roundup tolerant GM maize or given water containing Roundup, at levels permitted in drinking water and GM crops in the US, developed cancers faster and died earlier than rats fed on a standard diet. They suffered breast cancer and severe liver and kidney damage.

Source: http://www.criigen.org/?option=com_content&task=view&id=373&Itemid=131

Abstract

Roundup Causes Infertility in Rats

Study from Brazil shows that Roundup disrupts male reproductive function in rats at low doses.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23820267

Abstract

GMO Crop Weed Hybrids Destroys Genetic Diversity

Researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai, China show GM crop-weed hybrids could outcompete wild relatives.

Source: http://www.gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GMO-weeds.pdf

Summary:

Understanding evolutionary interactions among crops and weeds can facilitate effective weed management. For example, gene flow from crops to their wild or weedy relatives can lead to rapid evolution in recipient populations. In rice (Oryza sativa), transgenic herbicide resistance is expected to spread to conspecific weedy rice (Oryza sativa f.spontanea) via hybridization.

Bt Toxins Toxic to Blood of Mice

Study shows that BT toxins Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2A have toxic effects in the blood of mice.

Source: http://www.gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JHTD-1-104.pdf

Abstract

GM Salmon Can Breed with Wild Trout

Scientists warn genetically modified salmon can breed with wild trout to produce a new fast growing fish that can harm natural species.

Source: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1763/20131047

Abstract

Insect resistance to Bt crops: lessons from the first billion acres

As of 2010, five of 13 major pest species had become largely immune to the Bt poisons in GMO corn and cotton, compared to just one species in 2005.

Source: http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v31/n6/full/nbt.2597.html

Abstract: