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Why can’t we test GMOs for health impacts? — The end-user licence agreement prohibits such tests

Jokes abound about software end user licence agreements, which, by and large, nobody reads, although to install the product, you do usually have to click on the box that says you have read it and agree to its terms. Well it seems Monsanto has learned a thing or two from the software industry, and while they’re not requiring you to give up your firstborn child to use their products, they apparently ARE requiring that you not do scientific tests to assess possible health risks to humans. Global Research has the scoop:

“One of the great mysteries surrounding the spread of GMO plants around the world since the first commercial crops were released in the early 1990’s in the USA and Argentina has been the absence of independent scientific studies of possible long-term effects of a diet of GMO plants on humans or even rats. Now it has come to light the real reason. The GMO agribusiness companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and others prohibit independent research.

“An editorial in the respected American scientific monthly magazine, Scientific American, August 2009 reveals the shocking and alarming reality behind the proliferation of GMO products throughout the food chain of the planet since 1994. There are no independent scientific studies published in any reputed scientific journal in the world for one simple reason. It is impossible to independently verify that GMO crops such as Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims, or that, as the company also claims, that they have no harmful side effects because the GMO companies forbid such tests! Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies and Medical Science

David H. Freedman, writing in The Atlantic:

Meta-researcher John Ionnidis. IMAGE CREDIT: ROBYN TWOMEY/REDUX via The Atlantic

“Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science. Continue reading

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“Both sides now” — Food in America

The author of the “Food in America” blog presents an attempt at a balance view of the raw milk controversy:

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“Ever since I’ve started writing about raw milk, I’ve been trying to find opportunities to speak – on and off the record – with folks on both sides of the issue. Despite my having a pretty broad circle of “foodie” acquaintances, the reality of living in the city and dealing with policy instead of production is that these opportunities have been vastly weighted toward the anti-raw milk camp. What’s more, the raw milk drinkers I encounter in real life tend to be (like myself) food enthusiasts rather than real “experts” or policy-makers. So you can imagine how excited I was at a recent event when I found myself speaking with a group of self-professed raw milk advocates whose backgrounds included extensive work with groups like Slow Food USA and The American Grassfed Association. These were people who have really “walked the walk” when it comes to developing and supporting local and sustainable food systems, and people who have been actively involved in pushing for more relaxed raw milk regulations at both the federal and local levels. Continue reading

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