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US & UK: rising use of GM herbicides, prostate cancer, Parkinson’s, dementia, autism etc

Is it a coincidence, that – as the use of glyphosate rises – so does the incidence of Parkinson’s disease, senile dementia, childhood autism, prostate cancer and many other conditions?

Glyphosate was first marketed in 1976 and its use has greatly increased since 1995, when it was first used with genetically engineered crops. GE crops absorb glyphosate through direct application, and from the soil. It cannot be washed off, is found in rivers, streams, air, rain and food (according to the US National Center for Biotechnology Information).

Note that most recording and research comes from American sources

glyph soy parkinsons graph

Graphs of death rates for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and senile dementia have been plotted against glyphosate applications to U.S. corn and soy crops. Dr Swanson notes that the correlations are quite strong. American deaths due to Alzheimer’s have been rising since 1980, but there was a sharp spike in 1999.

glyph soy senile demetia graphDr Swanson points out that correlation does not necessarily imply causation and there are now a host of other chemicals in our food and our environment.

glyph soy autism graphAutism data: U.S. Department of Education, Crop data: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Britain: an increasing number of cancers and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease and MS – and glyphosate in rivers and drinking water

In a new review paper written by Dr. Rosemary Mason (MB, ChB, FRCA) – medical doctor and naturalist – and submitted to the Scottish Parliament, glyphosate is shown to destroy both human health and biodiversity. She has compiled information from a global network of independent scientists, toxicologists, beekeepers, Industry, environmentalists, governments and regulators, noting that:

“UK has an increasing number of cancers and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease and MS. We have just had our drinking water analysed in Germany and we have glyphosate in it and in our rivers! Wales, like Scotland has epidemics of type 2 diabetes, obesity and autism”.

This water testing was a private initiative – in Scotland the water is not tested – see a FOI response to Graham White.

Dr Mason says: “We asked the Environment Agency why the most used herbicide and the most used insecticide isn’t being measured in groundwater and they said it wasn’t necessary”.

Though the presence of glyphosate in other British waters is also not tested for/recorded, Monsanto has commissioned a report on removal methods by Swindon-based Water Research Centre: WRc Ref: UC7374/14690-0 July 2007: WRC General Report – Roundup.

Her paper can be downloaded here: Glyphosate – Destructor of Human Health and Biodiversity

Dr Mason notes that agrochemical corporations wield tremendous control over the British and American governments and influence the formulation of pesticide regulations – effectively controlling human health and biodiversity.  She presents a Cancer Research UK graph recording the incidence of prostate cancer in Britain; to the untutored eye the trajectory looks chillingly similar to the American graphs.

glyph soy prostate cancer graph

Lucrative symbiosis: agrochemicals damage, then Big Pharma treats

Rosemary Mason looks at one example of investment in the medical sector and political funding:

“Syngenta is one of several chemicals companies which market biotech seeds and pesticides; AstraZeneca, its parent company, manufactures six different anti-cancer drugs mainly aimed at breast and prostate cancer.

“AstraZeneca’s Oncology Website predicts: “Cancer claims over 7 million lives every year and the number continues to rise. Deaths are estimated to reach 12 million by 2030.”

“Michael Pragnell MA MBA, founder of Syngenta, was appointed a Trustee of Cancer Research UK (CRUK) in March 2010 and Chairman in November 2010. CRUK is donating £450 million/year to the Government’s Strategy for UK Life Sciences – see the relevant government website, page 9. #

Dr. Nancy Swanson received her Ph.D. in physics from The Florida State University and then worked as a staff scientist for the United States Navy. She  taught physics at Western Washington University and holds five U.S. patents. She is the author of over 30 scientific publications and two books on women in science. More detail here.

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Media manipulation – 20: has the BBC joined the renewed corporate-political drive to impose GM crops?

Extracts from the complaint to the BBC about the Countryfile Report on GM Crops by Tom Heap, 15/07/2012, by Dr Rosemary Mason, MB, ChB, FRCA

The BBC (which is undoubtedly very influential with the public) has demonstrated support for GM technology. Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta are already hammering at Europe’s door. The EC and the EFSA have joined with them to force their crops into Europe (and on to a previously GM-suspicious UK).

Investigation was inaccurate, lacked impartiality and failed to declare conflicts of interest

Under the BBC’s charter, it is committed to achieving accuracy of reporting, impartiality and to declare conflicts of interest. The investigation of GM crops on 15th July 2012 was inaccurate, lacked impartiality and failed to declare conflicts of interest of some of the people interviewed. The whole presentation was an outrageous travesty of the truth, presumably fed to your journalist by the government and the agrochemical industry.

Meant to impress the public 

The journalist, Tom Heap, presented a so-called ‘in depth’ investigation of GM crops. He asked three questions. Will it be welcomed? Could it deliver us a healthy diet? Could it feed the world? He then went on to say that it had “gained the support of one of the world’s richest and most influential men”.

None of these statements were challenged by Heap . . . 

A superficial and biased series of sound-bites followed. First, Tom Heap marvelled over a purple tomato, cut into two by a glamorous-looking research scientist working at the John Innes Centre. She declared that they had incorporated two pigment genes that could prevent a whole gamut of age-related diseases; cancer, obesity, diabetes. She also said that they were going to develop a type of barley, with added zinc, that boosted the immune system.

Implication that anti-GM protesters are an irresponsible minority holding up real science  .  .  .

The only person the BBC allowed to speak against GM crops was Peter Melchett, Director of the Soil Association. He gave an account of why GM crops were not needed any more; there are better, newer technologies; conventional breeding techniques have advanced so much. However, it cannot have been by accident that the interview was preceded by archive footage of Melchett as a young man pulling out a GM maize crop . . .

The ‘independent’ expert Dr Charlie Clutterbuck had previously served on the Advisory Committee on Pesticides

Tom Heap said that 60% of the public in the UK were worried about GM ingredients in food and 71% thought it was important that retailers had policies not allowing GM ingredients. Dr Charlie Clutterbuck, an ‘independent’ food industry expert, emerged from a high street produce market. He looked disappointed. He said that traders were still saying they didn’t want GM. However, in a stage whisper, he said:

“Privately, they are saying one thing to government, but in public…they don’t want to be seen to be the first ones to go down this road.” Then he added, rather petulantly: “people are already eating GMO in the form of GM food supplied to cattle and pigs”.

Ed: See Clutterbuck: “Resistance is going to be a big issue  . . . Clearly there is a role for Genetically Modified crops (GM) here . . . There is a case that the government should spend much more on Integrated Pest Management and GM.”

Attempting to further influence the British public by misrepresenting the popular mood

Dr Mason noted that ten days later, on 25th July, the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme announced a new poll had shown that “Most Britons are in favour of GM crops.” It was on the front page of The Independent, with a report, from Andrew Grice, the Political Editor: “Dramatic change as two-thirds now support GM crop testing”.

With thanks to Ian Panton of GM Free Cymru who sent this information