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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #270 on: July 19, 2019, 08:10:15 PM »
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the White House has signed an Executive Order fast-tracking GMO foods into the food supply by deregulating them.

https://www.apnews.com/2895e0f0ef344d16bfcf6f457ed2e759



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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #271 on: July 19, 2019, 08:12:57 PM »
OK thanks to R.R. and  ilinda, I am catching up on this - Bt.  Ay yi yi,  :o I need to change to non GM foods. One long paragraph excerpt below. (You may have already read this article)
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Bt is a bacteria called Bacillus Thurengiensis. Has been used as a pesticide but now is used in GM corn and other foods. learned this from  R.R. Book.


   http://earthopensource.org/gmomythsandtruths/sample-page/3-health-hazards-gm-foods/3-8-myth-gm-bt-insecticidal-crops-harm-insects-harmless-animals-people/

Bt toxin protein may not be broken down harmlessly in the digestive tract
GMO proponents claim that the Bt toxin insecticidal protein in GM plants is broken down in the digestive tract and so cannot get into the blood or body tissues to cause toxic effects beyond the digestive system. But this claim has been shown to be false by several studies:

A study in cows found that Bt toxins from GM maize MON810 were not completely broken down in the digestive tract.40
A study simulating human digestion found that the Bt toxin protein was highly resistant to being broken down in realistic stomach acidity conditions and still produced an immune response.41
A survey conducted in Canada found Bt toxin protein circulating in the blood of pregnant and non-pregnant women and the blood supply to foetuses. 42,43 Whether the Bt toxin originated from GM crops or elsewhere is not known. But wherever it came from, it clearly did not break down fully in the digestive tract.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #272 on: July 19, 2019, 08:14:51 PM »
http://earthopensource.org/gmomythsandtruths/sample-page/3-health-hazards-gm-foods/3-8-myth-gm-bt-insecticidal-crops-harm-insects-harmless-animals-people/

Myth at a glance
Many GM crops are engineered to produce the insecticide Bt toxin. Regulators have approved GM Bt crops on the assumption that the insecticidal toxin they contain is the same as the natural form of Bt toxin, a substance produced by the soil-dwelling bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis.

Natural Bt is used as an insecticidal spray in chemically-based and organic farming, and is claimed to have a history of safe use and to only affect certain types of insect. Regulators assume that GM Bt crops must also be harmless to humans and other mammals.

But these assumptions are incorrect. Natural Bt toxin is different from the Bt toxins produced in GM crops and behaves differently in the environment. GM Bt plants express the pesticide in every cell throughout their life, so that the plants themselves become a pesticide. Even natural Bt has never intentionally been part of the human diet and cannot be claimed to have a history of safe use.

Animal feeding experiments with GM Bt crops have revealed toxic effects and a laboratory study showed toxic effects on human cells tested in vitro. Bt toxins and Bt crop pollen and debris have toxic effects on non-target and beneficial organisms.

Contrary to claims by the GM industry and regulators, Bt toxin does not reliably break down in the digestive tract. Bt toxin proteins have been found circulating in the blood of pregnant women and in the blood supply to their foetuses.

Regulatory approvals of GM Bt crops worldwide have been granted on the basis of poorly designed and interpreted experiments and false assumptions.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #273 on: July 19, 2019, 08:15:52 PM »
So R.R. - do you know how long the Bt has been used in genetically modified corn? I didn't find that info yet.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #274 on: July 20, 2019, 12:00:07 AM »
RE GM chicken, I randomly came across this NIH abstract written by Japanese scientists. At the time of this abstract, 2013 GM chicken was not allowed as food in Japan (I hope that is still true, probably is) This is about a method they discovered to detect genetic modification in raw chicken meat.   "... [GM chicken] such animals have not been approved as food sources in Japan."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23995657
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Method of detecting genetically modified chicken containing human erythropoietin gene.
Nakajima O1, Nakamura K, Kondo K, Akiyama H, Teshima R.
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Abstract  2013
Genetically modified (GM) chickens carrying the human erythropoietin (hEpo) gene have been developed to produce recombinant hEpo protein in eggs. However, such animals have not been approved as food sources in Japan. We developed a method for detecting the hEpo gene in chicken meat using a real-time polymerase chain reaction (real-time PCR). The hEpo gene was clearly detected in genomic DNA extracted from magnum and heart of a chimeric chicken containing the hEpo gene. A plasmid containing the hEpo gene was used as a standard reference molecule as well. The results clearly showed that our method was capable of detecting the hEpo gene contained in the plasmid in the presence of genomic DNA extracted from a raw chicken meat sample. We successfully used this method to test six samples of raw chicken meat and six samples of chicken meat in processed foods. This method will be useful for monitoring chicken meat that might have originated from GM chickens carrying the hEpo gene to assure food safety.

PMID: 23995657

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #275 on: July 20, 2019, 01:17:53 AM »
Doesn't it seem like any kind of human DNA should NOT be in our food supply?
i wonder how much of it there is.
Never knew about "the human erythropoietin gene"  - the hEpo gene - being spliced into chicken. Until I read the article, abstract, my previous post.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23995657
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Method of detecting genetically modified chicken containing human erythropoietin gene.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #276 on: July 20, 2019, 06:49:07 AM »
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So R.R. - do you know how long the Bt has been used in genetically modified corn? I didn't find that info yet.

Barb, Thanks for your notes above on Bt in agriculture.

Am adding this Wiki article titled "List of genetically modified crops" which lists 1995 as the date when corn (maize) crops were first GM'd in the US:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_genetically_modified_crops

But that date was when corn was altered to tolerate the Roundup herbicide, not the date that Bt was inserted into that crop's genome as an insecticide.

This chart suggests a date of about 1996 for the introduction of Bt to maize crops in the U.S.:

https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/charts/58020/biotechcrops.png?v=7149

Here's an article linked in the footnotes of the Wiki article, detailing the history of agricultural use of Bt:

http://www.bt.ucsd.edu/bt_history.html

It contains what I believe to be a misleading statement unsupported with documentation, in naming only one class of the animal kingdom as being affected, without testing having  thoroughly been done for broader effects on the environment and food supply:

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Bt is organic and it affects specific insects and does not persist in the environment.
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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #277 on: July 20, 2019, 03:15:02 PM »
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So R.R. - do you know how long the Bt has been used in genetically modified corn? I didn't find that info yet.

Barb, Thanks for your notes above on Bt in agriculture.

Am adding this Wiki article titled "List of genetically modified crops" lists 1995 as the date when corn (maize) crops were first GM'd in the US:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_genetically_modified_crops

But that date was when corn was altered to tolerate the Roundup herbicide, not the date that Bt was inserted into that crop's genome as an insecticide.

This chart suggests a date of about 1996 for the introduction of Bt to maize crops in the U.S.:

https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/charts/58020/biotechcrops.png?v=7149

Here's an article linked in the footnotes of the Wiki article, detailing the history of agricultural use of Bt:

http://www.bt.ucsd.edu/bt_history.html

It contains what I believe to be a misleading statement unsupported with documentation, in naming only one class of the animal kingdom as being affected, without testing having  thoroughly been done for broader effects on the environment and food supply:

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Bt is organic and it affects specific insects and does not persist in the environment.
Bt crops, especially corn here in the U.S., are notorious for harming the Monarch butterfly, because the corn pollen drifts onto nearby Milkwood and Butterfly Weed, the wildflowers whose leaves are used by Monarch larvae for food.  Of course Monsanto denies any problem and claims that those Monarchs died by coincidence.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #278 on: July 20, 2019, 06:31:08 PM »
I didn't know that Ilinda - that's very sad.

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #279 on: August 07, 2019, 11:10:24 PM »
Yowbarb Note:
Countries such as Japan and Kuwait have developed technology to detect GM in foods coming into the country. Much of the GM they do not allow.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.4161/gmcr.21364?fbclid=IwAR2xsGETHDKFSpwC04FA56ihCwWeK-EyEM0FAVPWNpJwUksHOqw3rc96t6Q

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #280 on: August 07, 2019, 11:27:22 PM »
Yowbarb Note: Folks, this is not good news. The US government since last year has been pressuring Europe to drop its  regulations on  GM. The recent US model of almost total deregulation of genetically modified food could be exported around the world.  Definition: ECJ = ecj european court of justice
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July 24th 2019

https://corporateeurope.org/en/2019/07/us-pressure-eu-de-regulate-new-gm

One year after a landmark ECJ judgment that the EU’s GMO rules should apply to new genetic engineering techniques, industry groups and the US Government are keeping up pressure on the European Union to deregulate, with implications for food and bio-safety, as well as consumer choice.

On 25 July 2018 a key ruling was published by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which left no space for interpretation: existing GMO regulations must be applied to all products produced from new techniques of genetic engineering like CRISPR-Cas. Such techniques - often referred to by developers as ‘gene-editing’ or ‘new breeding techniques’ - have emerged since Europe’s GMO law was introduced in 2001, and are currently being applied by developers to food crops, trees, farm animals and insects. Dozens of patents have already been filed in this field by the big agrochemical corporations like Bayer, BASF, Dow Agrosciences and Monsanto.

Industry lobby groups have waged a lobby campaign for over a decade to avoid these regulations for their new generation of GM technology. Infuriated by the ECJ ruling, they called upon the new Commission to re-open the EU GMO regulations. Their aim – to get products from these new techniques exempted from EU rules – would mean that new GMO products would not be tested, monitored or labelled. The US Government, too, jumped on the bandwagon to push the EU to follow the US approach, which would mean nearly complete deregulation of new GM products.

Trade pressure

Immediately after the ruling the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue called it a “setback” that was “unjustifiably stigmatizing new technologies”. He described the EU’s rules on GMO “regressive and outdated”, and advised Europe to seek input from its trading partners on how to implement the ruling. Perdue added, “USDA [US Department of Agriculture] will re-double its efforts to work with partners globally towards science- and risk-based regulatory approaches.” However, in the US most GMOs do not undergo any evaluation to speak of.

Indeed, on 5 September 2018 EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis met with US Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Policy Affairs, Ted McKinney. McKinney expressed the US’ “frustration” with the ECJ ruling which according to him “hammered the US and other third countries as trading partners”.

According to the minutes of this meeting, obtained by Corporate Europe Observatory, McKinney said that the EU “is now expected to better reflect on the impact of the ruling and realise that EU legislation needs to change”. He also offered the EU help from the US in that direction.

McKinney also claimed that the US Government had reassured two European biotech companies that allegedly had plans to relocate to the US, by saying they were confident that the EU would “realise” that it would have to change its GMO rules.

There's more [ https://corporateeurope.org/en/2019/07/us-pressure-eu-de-regulate-new-gm  ]

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #281 on: August 07, 2019, 11:30:29 PM »
https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB956875837624092771

McDonald's, Other Fast-Food Chains Pull Monsanto's Bio-Engineered Potato
By Scott KilmanStaff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal
Updated April 28, 2000 12:01 am ET
Monsanto Co.'s genetically modified potato is falling victim to the consumer backlash over crop biotechnology.

Fast-food chains such as McDonald's Corp. are quietly telling their french-fry suppliers to stop using the potato from Monsanto, the only biotechnology concern to commercialize a genetically modified spud

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #282 on: August 07, 2019, 11:33:05 PM »
Does Mcdonald's use GMOs?
The food we serve in GCC markets is at least 90% non-GMO. We are working hard on achieving 100% non-GMO status across all Gulf markets, and have already accomplished that in Saudi Arabia. Our few ingredients that do contain GMOs are just like many found in grocery stores, restaurants and home kitchens.

https://www.mcdonalds.com/ae/en-ae/your-right-to-know.1132.do-you-use-gmo-ingredients-in-preparing-meals-what-is-mcdonalds-policy-about-gmo.html

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #283 on: September 10, 2019, 11:29:21 AM »
A video interview with Zach Bush, M.D., definitely worth the 10 or so minutes of watch time.

Watch Out For This New GMO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CmhRTii1oY

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Re: Genetically Modified Food Products in the World
« Reply #284 on: September 10, 2019, 12:59:20 PM »
One wonders if there could be a darker agenda behind this newest GMO, especially considering that it blocks bioavailability of glutamine.

Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid found in the blood, which means it's the most immediate source of protein substrates that we have.  And in an approaching time of anticipated calorie restriction, being able to synthesize protein from some of the building blocks endogenously becomes critical.


It's also necessary for synthesis of ammonium by the kidneys in order to regulate pH, and offers a back-up source of energy when glucose is depleted.  The body uses it for wound healing and recovery from illness and it's essential to the growth of babies.

Here might be a hidden target though: If glutamine is not present to restrict what passes through the intestines, which is one of its jobs, then anything that we swallow (or inhale from the air and then swallow) can pass through the shallow capillaries from the gut into the bloodstream and unleash havoc in the body (enhanced nanoparticles/bots?)...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutamine

BTW, did you catch that comment around 7:10 that legislation is in the works to prevent local jurisdiction over the use of glyphosate?  So is Bayer/Monsanto now a supranational body?  >:(
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