Whistle blowers

The Cate Jenkins & Bill Sanjour cases
Two EPA scientists take the risk to blow the whistle against Monsanto, and open the debate about the The whistlebowers enhancement Act.

Scientists under pressure, the Pusztai affaire and the poisoned GM potatoes.
“As a scientist looking at it, actively working in the field, I find that it’s very, very unfair to use our fellow citizens as guinea pigs."
These few words about GMOs broadcast on ITV’s World In Action destroyed the career of Arpad Pusztai, a world-renowned biochemist who had worked for 30 years (from 1968 to 1998) at the Rowlett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Whistle Blowers and the Affair of the Contamination of Mexican Maize by GM Plants
A scientific study, by D Quist and I Chapela, revealed that the traditional criollo maize of the State of Oaxaca was contaminated with the Round Up Ready and Bt genes. A counter attack was organised by Monsanto via the pro-GMO internet site, AgBioWorld, to discredit the scientists.

What controls should there be for GMOs?
An interview from the newspaper Ouest France with Pr. Gilles-Eric Seralini, professor in molecular biology, and Guy Riba (Scientific Programmes Director of the INRA, the French National Institute for Scientific Research) 10 September 2008.

An Analysis by Walter Pengue, Argentine Agronomist, of the expansion of transgenic crops in South America
A highly pertinent analysis of Monsanto’s methods and intentions Continued in The World According to Monsanto, author Marie Monique Robin, La Découverte/Arte 2008

Monsanto’s Roundup Residues in GM Food Cause Cell Damage.
For the first time, the toxicity mechanisms of four different Roundup formulations were studied in human cells. The various components of these major herbicides were tested because they are among the most common in the world. Their residues are among the major pollutants, and moreover they are authorized as residues contaminating GM foods and feed at the tested levels.

GM soybean: Latin America’s new colonizer by Miguel Altieri and Walter Pengue
In Latin America, the frontiers to soybean production are being pushed back aggressively in all directions at a breathtaking rate. Driven by export pressures and supported by government incentives, soybean fields are taking over forests and savannah in an unprecedented manner. The implications of the monoculture model and its supporting machinery for the environment, farmers and communities are discussed in this article.

Crop Scientists Say Biotechnology Seed Companies Are Thwarting Research
Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the industry’s genetically modified crops, according to an unusual complaint issued by a group of those scientists.

Christian Vélot, the french whistle blower.
The affair has involved two years of administrative hardship and stormy relations with the University hierarchy, 50,000 signatures of support, the support of several hundred people at the Orsay University itself and at the Ministry of Education and Research, and finally, a victory. In fact, for Christian Vélot and the Citizen Science Foundation, the Presidency’s commitments display a real awareness of his situation.

According to a mathematician, the reliability of statistics from studies on the health effects of GMOs is very poor.
We should bin the lot. There is nothing – or really very little – that should be retained from any definitive assertions about the toxicity or safety of GMOs. This in essence is the opinion of Marc Lavielle, the only mathematician on the French biotech council, the Haut Conseil des Biotechnologies (HCB), which was set up to bring expert opinion to bear on issues such as GMOs.

STEPS Centre: "Transgenic cotton: a ‘pro-poor’ success?"
GM crop technology is certainly not a ‘silver bullet’ against hunger and poverty. By themselves, transgenic seeds cannot guarantee a good harvest or create a sustainable and productive farm livelihood.

Scientific American condemns restrictions on GM research
Although we appreciate the need to protect the intellectual property rights that have spurred the investments into research and development that have led to agritech’s successes, we also believe food safety and environmental protection depend on making plant products available to regular scientific scrutiny. Agricultural technology companies should therefore immediately remove the restriction on research from their end-user agreements. Going forward, the EPA should also require, as a condition of approving the sale of new seeds, that independent researchers have unfettered access to all products currently on the market.

Monsanto? Sustainable? Water bully, I’d say …
The maligned GM-crops agricultural giant may try to portray a green image, but its ’water-efficient maize’ simply doesn’t wash in Molokai A maize field, but who is using all the water?

Illegal GM Flax Contaminates Canadian Exports
Contamination of European food threatens Canadian export markets Thursday September 10 Ottawa - The European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed has confirmed the contamination of Canadian flax exports with a genetically modified (GM) flax, devastating Canadian flax sales to Europe.

Research findings indicate human, amphibian impacts from glyphosate
Glyphosate’s ability to trigger resistance in weeds is only one issue being addressed in the public forum. Use of glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides is being confronted on several fronts by citizens and scientists.

Humans are guinea pigs for the "second generation" of genetically modifies (GM) crops
CRIIGEN denounces the scandalous approval of a new GM maize variety in Europe named59122xNK603.

Global alert against ‘Monsantosizing’ our food, UN General Assembly to discuss patents on seeds and right to food
21 October 2009. Today a global alert is being filed by farmers and development and environmental organisations warning about a new class of patents covering plants and animals and endangering innovation and food security.

Critical reactions to Royal Society report
A new report entitled "Reaping the benefits: Towards a sustainable intensification of global agriculture" suggested that GM crop could be grown in the UK and could ensure global food security". Here are critical reactions to this report from various NGOs

Response to Monsanto’s omega-3 GM soybean
Response to the announcement that omega-3 oil made from genetically-modified soybean are GRAS Generally Recognized as safe by Dr Helen Wallace, Director of GeneWatch UK

Million Belay: Ethiopia doesn’t need or want Bill Gates
Ecological campaigner Million Belay talks about why protecting Ethiopia’s biodiversity is so important and why he opposes the intervention of philanthropists like Bill Gates

Small is beautiful for food security
Governments at the world summit on food security at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome last week took few of the required steps to respond to rising hunger

New Report: GMOs Causing Massive Pesticide Pollution
There is one fact about genetically engineered foods that there is no debate about: no one wakes up in the morning eager to buy gene-altered food.

New evidence shows huge price rises for GM seed – a stark warning to UK farmers
Against a background of continuing calls from the GM lobby for the Government to back the growing of GM crops in the UK, a new report published today (3 Dec) shows that GM seed prices in America have increased dramatically

Three Major GMOs Approved for Food and Feed Found Unsafe
CRIIGEN press release

Study Proves Three Monsanto Corn Varieties’ Noxiousness to the Organism
GMO cornfields in Canada. A new European study "clearly reveals ... new side effects linked with GM maize consumption" affected the liver and kidneys, but also other organs for three Monsanto GMO corn varieties.

Professor Robert Kramer discusses the impacts of the Roundup Ready system
Professor Robert Kramer discusses the impacts of the Roundup Ready system via The Organic and Non-GMO Report

Russia says genetically modified foods are harmful

"Genetically modified crops are not the answer" say Dr. Hans Herren and Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
The Senate is considering a bill that would overhaul the way Americans deliver foreign aid. With more people going hungry than ever before, the bill’s attention to global hunger could not come at a better time

Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality
"This study was just routine," said Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov, in what could end up as the understatement of this century.

Scientist warns of dire consequences with widespread use of glyphosate
The December/January 2010 issue of The Organic & Non-GMO Report featured an interview with Robert Kremer, an adjunct professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri,

Support to Gilles-Eric Séralini and his co-authors
We invite you to sign the support letter for Professor Séralini and his colleagues - Joël Spiroux de Vendômois, Dominique Cellier - who have become the target of a discrediting campaign from certain sectors of the scientific community that threatens not only their livelihood as scientists

"Don’t shoot scientific messengers" Early warning French Professor under severe attack by agro-biotechnology lobby
The French Fondation Sciences Citoyennes (FSC) and the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) launch a public support letter for Prof. Dr. Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen (France) and his co-workers who came under severe attacks by representatives of the agro-biotechnology industry and aligned scientists.

Argentina: Threats deny community access to research
On 7 August, violence and threats in the remote northern Argentinian town of La Leonesa stopped community activists hearing a talk by a renowned scientist about his findings of the health impact of chemicals sprayed on rice and soya crops.

Support to Gilles-Eric Séralini and his co-authors

GM Soy Sustainable? Responsible?
Awareness is growing that many modern agricultural practices are unsustainable and that alternative ways of ensuring food security must be found

These scientists see a need to be worried
One wishes Scientists Under Attack was ... well ... science fiction. Doubtless, there will be detractors who will attempt to dismiss the findings of German director Bertram Verhaag in this chilling documentary as the stuff of fiction.

War Over Genetically Modified Crops Gets Ugly: Birth Defects, Superweeds and the Science of Intimidation
A delegation of politicians and community activists gathered on August 7 in La Leonesa, a small farm town in Argentina, to hear Dr. Andres Carrasco speak about a study linking a popular herbicide to birth defects in Argentina’s agricultural areas.

Revealed: the glyphosate research the GM soy lobby doesn’t want you to read
Andres Carrasco’s research linking a controversial herbicide with birth defects highlighted the potential health dangers posed by GM crop-spraying in Argentina – and led to violence and intimidation for those behind the study

Seralini vs Fellous: a GMO libel case over independent expertise and science
On 23rd November there was an action to support Gilles-Eric Seralini’s court case, against Marc Fellous of the Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales (AFBV) for libel.

Bt brinjal can damage liver, hit immunity: Study
The consumption of genetically modified brinjal can make you sick. If eaten regularly, it can adversely hit the immune response of the body, cause liver damage and lead to reproductive disorders.

GMOs - The AFBV convicted of defamation against G.-E. Séralini
On Tuesday 18 January, the Paris court handed down its deliberations in the trial that pitted Gilles-Eric Séralini, a researcher in molecular biology at the University of Caen and Chairman of the Scientific Council CRIIGEN [1], against the French Association for Plant Biotechnology (AFBV), chaired by Marc Fellous. The court sentenced the AFBV to a fine on probation of 1000 euros, one euro in damages (which had been requested by the plaintiff) and 4000 euros in court costs.

Scientist warns on safety of Monsanto’s Roundup

Monsanto Roundup weedkiller and GM maize implicated in ‘shocking’ new cancer study
The world’s best-selling weedkiller, and a genetically modified maize resistant to it, can cause tumours, multiple organ damage and lead to premature death, new research published today reveals.