The Food and Drug Administration isn’t ready to embrace mandatory labeling regulations for foods made with genetically engineered ingredients, despite an aggressive push from lawmakers and advocates who cite health concerns.
Testifying before a House panel, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told lawmakers this week that the agency remains comfortable with a 1992 policy decision concluding that food made with genetically modified organisms — or GMOs — is not materially different from other products.
“We have not seen evidence of safety risks associated with genetically modified foods,” Hamburg said during a House Appropriations Committee hearing to assess the FDA’s 2015 budget request.
She said the FDA is working on fresh guidance backing a voluntary system for GMO labeling, an approach critics regard as insufficient.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) criticized the FDA’s unwillingness to impose mandatory labeling requirements, saying the action is the least the government can do to give consumers more information about the food on their dinner table.
“It’s beyond me that we can’t have accurate labeling,” Lowey told Hamburg at the hearing. “The labeling can’t hurt anybody but it’s possible that the lack of adequate labeling could, of course.”
Food and biotechnology industry groups say they would be harmed by mandatory labeling requirements, which could be costly to impose and cast GMOs, present in as much as 80 percent of the nation’s food, in a negative light.
The business groups, and some in Congress, bristle at suggestions that GMOs could pose long-term health risks, saying that the technology has been in use for decades.
“There’s no scientific basis for concern,” said Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), a member of the committee. …
Food and feed quality are crucial to human and animal health. Quality can be defined as sufficiency of appropriate minerals, vitamins and fats, etc. but it also includes the absence of toxins, whether man-made or from other sources. Surprisingly, almost no data exist in the scientific literature on herbicide residues in herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) plants, even after nearly 20 years on the market.
In research recently published by our laboratory (Bøhn et al. 2014) we collected soybean samples grown under three typical agricultural conditions: organic, GM, and conventional (but non-GM). The GM soybeans were resistant to the herbicide Roundup, whose active ingredient is glyphosate.
We tested these samples for nutrients and other compounds as well as relevant pesticides, including glyphosate and its principal breakdown product, Aminomethylphosponic acid (AMPA). All of the individual samples of GM-soy contained residues of both glyphosate and AMPA, on average 9.0 mg/kg. This amount is greater than is typical for many vitamins. In contrast, no sample from the conventional or the organic soybeans showed residues of these chemicals (Fig. 1).
Crop spraying, South Africa, Thomas Bøhn
This demonstrates that Roundup Ready GM-soybeans sprayed during the growing season take up and accumulate glyphosate and AMPA. Further, what has been considered a working hypothesis for herbicide tolerant crops, i.e. that, as resistant weeds have spread:
“there is a theoretical possibility that also the level of residues of the herbicide and its metabolites may have increased” (Kleter et al. 2011)
is now shown to be actually happening.
Monsanto (manufacturer of glyphosate) has claimed that residues of glyphosate in GM soy are lower than in conventional soybeans, where glyphosate residues have been measured up to 16-17 mg/kg (Monsanto 1999). These residues, found in non-GM plants, likely must have been due to the practice of spraying before harvest (for desiccation). Another claim of Monsanto’s has been that residue levels of up to 5.6 mg/kg in GM-soy represent
“…extreme levels, and far higher than those typically found” (Monsanto 1999).
Figure 1. Residues of glyphosate and AMPA in individual soybean samples (n=31). For organic and conventional soybeans, glyphosate residues were below the detection limit.
Seven out of the 10 GM-soy samples we tested, however, surpassed this “extreme level” (of glyphosate + AMPA), indicating a trend towards higher residue levels. The increasing use of glyphosate on US Roundup Ready soybeans has been documented (Benbrook 2012). The explanation for this increase is the appearance of glyphosate-tolerant weeds (Shaner et al. 2012) to which farmers are responding with increased doses and more applications….
Late last week, a conversation between high-ranking Turkish officials was leaked online purporting to expose a plan that had been devised to use a staged attack on a Turkish target in Aleppo as a pretext to start a war with Syria. Many questions about the recording and where it came from, why it was released now, and what it means for the future of the NATO agenda in Syria, Ukraine, and for the Turkish government.
Join us this week on The EyeOpener as we peel back the layers of the onion to find out what’s really behind the false flag leak.
Russian Retaliation #1: Russia Largest Bank Halts Foreign Currency Loans
It didn’t take long for Russia to launch the first retaliatory salvo against the unexpected JPMorgan “act of aggression.” Moments ago Bloomberg just reported that Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia and all of Eastern Europe, just halted the issuance of consumer loans in foreign currency. Bloomberg adds that “Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender, holds 43.3% of nation’s consumer deposits, 32.7% of consumer loans and 32.1% of corporate loans.”
Why is this important? Well, it is possible that the biggest Russian bank is running low on foreign reserves with which to issue non-ruble loans, which is rather unlikely for a bank which is defacto part of the Russian financial system. Still, it would be problematic if Russia is indeed telegraphing its commodity-export driven economy is suddenly low on Dollars and/or Europe’s artificial, life-supported currency.
And then there is another possibility: as we explained yesterday, “what JPM may have just done is launch a preemptive strike which would have the equivalent culmination of a SWIFT blockade of Russia, the same way Iran was neutralized from the Petrodollar and was promptly forced to begin transacting in Rubles, Yuan and, of course, gold in exchange for goods and services either imported or exported.” And this: “One wonders: is JPM truly that intent in preserving its “pristine” reputation of not transacting with “evil Russians”, that it will gladly light the fuse that takes away Russia’s choice whether or not to depart the petrodollar voluntarily, and makes it a compulsory outcome, which incidentally will merely accelerate the formalization of the Eurasian axis of China, Russia and India.” …
IRAN, RUSSIA SAID TO SEAL $20B OIL-FOR-GOODS DEAL: REUTERS
If you said the complete absence of US Dollars anywhere in the funds flow you are correct. Which is precisely what we have been warning would happen the more the West and/or JPMorgan pushed Russia into a USD-free corner.
Once again, from our yesterday comment on the JPM Russian blockade: “what JPM may have just done is launch a preemptive strike which would have the equivalent culmination of a SWIFT blockade of Russia, the same way Iran was neutralized from the Petrodollar and was promptly forced to begin transacting in Rubles, Yuan and, of course, gold in exchange for goods and services either imported or exported. One wonders: is JPM truly that intent in preserving its “pristine” reputation of not transacting with “evil Russians”, that it will gladly light the fuse that takes away Russia’s choice whether or not to depart the petrodollar voluntarily, and makes it a compulsory outcome, which incidentally will merely accelerate the formalization of the Eurasian axis of China, Russia and India?” …
JPM long ago reallocated their assets and now they’ve gotten tired of waiting for the rest of the world to give up on the dollar. The name of the game is profit per unit time.
It’s not hard to see where this is going. The hollowed out base which remains of the US government and military, now abandoned by the satanist elite, will go to war to try to maintain domestic control and enforce the dollar regime. It’s a systems thing, and the system is full of little hitlers and lenins whose collective action will lead to catastrophe if it doesn’t develop some collective self awareness and recognize who sold them out. The enemy isn’t russia or china, it’s wall street and the city of london, the same bankster power that the colonists revolted against in 1776.
A still-classified Senate Intelligence Committee report contains damning information on both the extent of US torture methods and the lies of top CIA officials about these programs, according to information in a Washington Post article on Monday.
The government torture methods revealed by the Post, based on information from anonymous administration officials, include sadistic forms of inflicting pain that are associated with the most brutal police state and fascistic regimes.
According to the Post, the Senate report “concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years—concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.”
The terms utilized by the Washington Post in its article—“brutal” torture methods, “excruciating” pain, “sprawling” black sites—gives an indication of the chilling and deeply criminal character of a torture operation directed by the highest levels of the CIA as a matter of official state policy. The original crimes and their subsequent coverup, by both the Bush and Obama administrations, are all impeachable and prosecutable offenses….
Keep in mind that they know torture produces unreliable information. Obviously what’s really going on is they’re sending a message to the population that when their looting of the economy finally implodes the house of cards, this is what awaits anyone naive enough to take to the streets. The torture is aimed at YOU and YOUR CHILDREN.
American medicine has created armies of traumatized sadists and sociopaths by brutally amputating male babies “wings” (foreskins) at birth. A social control experiment of unprecedented scope and depravity.
… Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to Milton [Friedman] and Anna [Schwartz]: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.
Just a big misunderstanding that happened to vastly enrich the fed’s shareholders. And now they’ve done it again but via a different approach: GHW Bush arranged for housing lenders to be immune from the consequences of bad mortage loans by forcing fannie mae and freddy mac to buy sub-prime mortages from the banks (Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992). A sub-prime mortgage doesn’t magically become prime because the president wants poor people to have homes. The laws of arithmetic get in the way. Meanwhile Moody’s and S&P issued entirely fraudulent credit ratings on mortage derivatives, which lured all kinds of traditionally conservative investment funds such as pensions to buy the crap. GWBush actively prevented the states from investigating predatory lending practices ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021302783.html ), delaying the day of reckoning to maximum effect, but the pin that pricked the bubble was the BIS new “mark to market” accounting rule ( see http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/tag/the-bank-for-international-settlements and http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-tower-of-basel-secretive-plans-for-the-issuing-of-a-global-currency/13239 )
But the biggest factor of all was greenspan’s historically unprecedented bubble which lured poor people into the trap of buying homes they couldn’t afford and existing homeowners to take out second and third mortgages, all while housing prices skyrocketed. When the bubble burst, the bastards actually blamed evicted homeowners when of course it was the lenders’ job to determine borrowers’ creditworthiness and they no doubt would have if the two bush’s hadn’t relieved them of financial liability and shielded them from prosecution. Given that college educated adults were in charge, the implication is that the regulatory stage was specifically designed for collapse. A financial false flag.
Greenspan is supposed to be an economist. His megabubble was not sane economic policy for the country, but it was a great strategy for the fed’s owners, who positioned their investments to take advantage of the upswing they knew was coming, and are now flush with QE cash to gobble up assets for pennies on the dollar when desperate people sell everything to survive, as they did in the great ripoff of the ’30s.
So all in all it was quite a well-coordinated attack utilizing both democrat and republican assets in the white house and congress, and the bleeding has only just begun. This is the kind of power you can buy when you can create money out of nothing. There’s hardly a more convincing case for the immediate nationalization of all central banks. See www.monetary.org for an elegant and effective solution to our predicament.
Did it really take a nobel-prize winning economist to figure out that the fed’s policies matter?