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GMO Scientist Blows Whistle on Monsanto’s “Misleading Studies” Used to Cover Up Product Risks

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A former GMO scientist has revealed how the risk assessment of genetically modified crops is a corrupt process using sham science. This lack of genuine research from Monsanto and other biotech companies has brought significant threats to our health, our food system, and the natural environment.

The inside knowledge provided by Dr. Jonathan Latham adds to the evidence stacking up that GMOs are not as safe as claimed, and their introduction into the market was accomplished through deceit.

While company lobbyists grease the skids in Washington, “researchers” are busy producing the desired results back at the lab.

When a biotech company such as Monsanto wants to get a GM product on the market, it produces its own risk assessment of potential health and environmental effects.

Through purposely flawed, outdated procedures they can always claim that their product is “safe.”

Amazingly, these self-assessments are the only documents on which government regulators rely, as patents prevent anyone else from studying the proposed GMO product.

“Though these documents are quite long and quite complex, their length is misleading in that they primarily ask (and answer) trivial questions. Furthermore, the experiments described within them are often very inadequate and sloppily executed. Scientific controls are often missing, procedures and reagents are badly described, and the results are often ambiguous or uninterpretable. I do not believe that this ambiguity and apparent incompetence is accidental. It is common, for example, for multinational corporations, whose labs have the latest equipment, to use outdated methodologies. When the results show what the applicants want, nothing is said. But when the results are inconvenient, and raise red flags, they blame the limitations of the antiquated method. This bulletproof logic, in which applicants claim safety no matter what the data shows, or how badly the experiment was performed, is routine in formal GMO risk assessment.”

Dr. Latham began his career as a biologist making genetically modified plants, inserting DNA from viruses and bacteria into the plants as part of his Ph.D. research. He never imagined that GMOs would one day be grown commercially and eaten.

It gradually became clear to him and some colleagues that “commercial interests were running far ahead of scientific knowledge.” His experience in researching GMO risk assessment applications solidified his perspective.

“To any honest observer, reading these applications is bound to raise profound and disturbing questions: about the trustworthiness of the applicants and equally of the regulators. They are impossible to reconcile with a functional regulatory system capable of protecting the public.”

This abomination of the scientific and regulatory process (at the behest of biotech corporations that control vast portions of global agriculture) has grave consequences.  Crops are unleashed that can wreak havoc on ecological communities, permanently infect the genetics of traditional crops, and pose risks to human health.

Dr. Latham explains that Bt crops, which kill pests by emitting a bacterial toxin, were sold as “insect-specific and safe” but may actually harm human cells.

Herbicide-resistant GM crops were developed in the 1990’s and have resulted in the increased use of herbicides, causing more exposure to humans and the environment. Monsanto said its glyphosate (RoundUp) was perfectly safe, and regulators agreed.

Now, however, the World Health Organization has stated that glyphosate is likely carcinogenic, and California will become the first state to label it as such.

Bayer’s herbicide, glufosinate, does not degrade when applied to the GM crop and can still be present months later when eaten by humans.

In another example of overlooked hazards, for 20 years, safety agencies had the wrong assumption about an important viral sequence in GMOs, then tried to cover up the finding that they were wrong.

Dr. Latham goes on to say what we already know to be true—Monsanto and others in the biotech industry exist to serve themselves, not to provide answers to agricultural needs.

“The commercial purpose of GMOs is not to feed the world or improve farming. Rather, they exist to gain intellectual property (i.e. patent rights) over seeds and plant breeding and to drive agriculture in directions that benefit agribusiness. This drive is occurring at the expense of farmers, consumers and the natural world. US Farmers, for example, have seen seed costs nearly quadruple and seed choices greatly narrow since the introduction of GMOs. The fight over GMOs is not of narrow importance. It affects us all.”

  • monsanto is corporate poisoner its about time whistleblowers in the ranks of monsanto show the world what and how they do things

  • monsanto is corporate poisoner its about time whistleblowers in the ranks of monsanto show the world what and how they do things

  • Scary when you need a suit like the one pictured just to hold corn

    • A couple of older folks in my hometown of Anniston, Alabama had resorted to planting their vegetables in buckets of soil on top of the ground because they knew their land had been polluted by Monsanto. The EPA had to tell them not to eat their produce, because the ground was so full of PCB’s that it was leaching through the buckets.

  • Scary when you need a suit like the one pictured just to hold corn

    • A couple of older folks in my hometown of Anniston, Alabama had resorted to planting their vegetables in buckets of soil on top of the ground because they knew their land had been polluted by Monsanto. The EPA had to tell them not to eat their produce, because the ground was so full of PCB’s that it was leaching through the buckets.

  • scary when presidential front runner for president Hillary Clinton is an advocate for Monsanto and accepted money from them for her campaign.

  • scary when presidential front runner for president Hillary Clinton is an advocate for Monsanto and accepted money from them for her campaign.

  • the tide is beginning to turn, both Russia and now France have rejected GMO,

    • its growing too, scotland, ireland, germany, latvia, greece, and i think another are all opting out, and i think hungary already burned all their gmo crops, so yea the tide is definately turning, but here in the us theres a media blackout so people stay unaware so they dont start asking questions until monsanto has somehow legally weaseled their way out of any accountability, then its up the people to take care of them

  • the tide is beginning to turn, both Russia and now France have rejected GMO,

    • its growing too, scotland, ireland, germany, latvia, greece, and i think another are all opting out, and i think hungary already burned all their gmo crops, so yea the tide is definately turning, but here in the us theres a media blackout so people stay unaware so they dont start asking questions until monsanto has somehow legally weaseled their way out of any accountability, then its up the people to take care of them

  • Monsanto poisoned my hometown of Anniston, Alabama to the point that 60 Minutes labeled it “one of the most polluted towns in America.” I would never believe any report they based in reference to themselves.

    • I seen that up here in British Columbia, Canada! I don’t understand how this isn’t a major upset and is so easily brushed aside? !

  • Monsanto poisoned my hometown of Anniston, Alabama to the point that 60 Minutes labeled it “one of the most polluted towns in America.” I would never believe any report they based in reference to themselves.

    • I seen that up here in British Columbia, Canada! I don’t understand how this isn’t a major upset and is so easily brushed aside? !

  • This is why our government thinks it’s okay for Iran to do their own sampling & reporting

  • This is why our government thinks it’s okay for Iran to do their own sampling & reporting

  • The problem is driven by corporate greed and enabled by government. There is no science here. Just greed.

  • The problem is driven by corporate greed and enabled by government. There is no science here. Just greed.

  • Toot toot

  • Toot toot

  • I’m amazed that people think this Monster food is safe….based on gov’t studies. HA !!!!

  • I’m amazed that people think this Monster food is safe….based on gov’t studies. HA !!!!

  • What I don’t get is If monsanto’s GMO crops Kills off all the Bees with Nicinoid Poison Won’t Their crops fail also ? By that point they will have made a Assload of money and will spend it on warehouse gardens using Heritage Seeds !! PEACE

  • What I don’t get is If monsanto’s GMO crops Kills off all the Bees with Nicinoid Poison Won’t Their crops fail also ? By that point they will have made a Assload of money and will spend it on warehouse gardens using Heritage Seeds !! PEACE

  • Funny they have to wear protective gear to handle the crops we eat

  • Funny they have to wear protective gear to handle the crops we eat

  • Many people don’t realize the great scope of this corporate evil. It’s got to be stopped before it’s too late.

  • Many people don’t realize the great scope of this corporate evil. It’s got to be stopped before it’s too late.

  • Finally