New video on Prof Séralini’s GMO paper retraction
In September 2012, Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini published a paper showing the adverse health effects on rats of Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide and Roundup Ready corn. The findings went against all the ‘positive’ research showing both to be safe, and it wasn’t long before the biotech industry waded in and started attacking the study. In November 2013, in what was clearly a political rather than a scientific move, the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology retracted the study. Genetic Fallacy: How Monsanto Silences Scientific Dissent is a new movie by James Corbett/Boiling Frogs Video that gives a very clear explanation of just why the retraction of Prof Séralini’s GMO rat feeding article was a complete travesty of science.
UK laws give carte blanche to more bullying by trolls
In an attempt to “help people understand when claims should be brought and discourage the wasting of court time,” a new UK law, the Defamation Act 2013 was brought into force at the end of December 2013 and introduces a new “serious harm threshold”. Given that skeptics are already hounding people online to the point of causing related suicides, it seems this law could genuinely benefit some, but leave the door wide open to increased cyber bullying in the guise of expressing ‘an opinion’.
USDA draft statement approves genetically engineered ‘Agent Orange’ (‘Enlist’) corn and soybeans
A press release from the Pesticide Action Network/Food and Water Watch reports that farm, food safety, health and environmental advocates have denounced a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The EIS “essentially gives the agency’s green light to the marketing, sale and planting of new varieties of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean designed to be resistant to the hazardous herbicide, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)”. 2,4-D was an ingredient in the infamous herbicide Agent Orange, which was used by the US governement in the Vietnam war and devastated the lives of million of Vietnamese.
The statement comes despite “intense opposition over the past two years from farmers and over 400,000 other individuals and more than 150 farm, fishery, public health, consumer and environmental groups and private businesses”.
The USDA’s issue of the EIS on the 3rd January 2104 begins a 45-day comment period, and we urge as many people as possible to respond to this.
New Zealand fathers win school Wi-Fi battle
Thanks to petitioning by two concerned fathers, Damon Wyman and David Bird, a New Zealand school board has decided to remove wireless internet from primary school classrooms and replace it with a wired network. The fathers believe that wireless Internet is a danger to children — a view we share, and which is now corroborated by a wealth of evidence. David Wyman began campaigning after his son died of a brain tumour, which he now believes could have been due to sleeping with his Wi-Fi-enabled iPod under his pillow at night. The two fathers are continuing their fight for complete Wi-Fi removal from the rest of the school.
Two renowned anti-GM activists speak at the Weston A Price Foundation conference
As well as having contributed to the Weston A Price Foundation’s (WAPF’s) quarterly journal, Jeffrey Smith and Stephanie Seneff are due to speak at the WAPF UK conference on 8/9th February on the topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Fall (autumn) edition of the Weston Price journal, alongside these presentations, aims to move GMOs and the wealth of new science demonstrating the health risks to the forefront of government agendas.
Scientists to deploy ‘sticky balls’ to stop cancer from spreading
A study entitled “TRAIL-Coated Leukocytes that Kill Cancer Cells in the Circulation” that was carried out at Cornell University has been newly published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research suggests that cancer-killing ‘sticky balls’ can destroy tumour cells in the blood and may be an effective method for eliminating metastasizing cancer cells. The TRAIL (Tumor Necrosis Factor Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand) proteins attach themselves to white blood cells, and tests in both mice and human bloodstreams have proved that they are impossible for the cancer cells to avoid.