Where do religions stand on genetically modified foods? Ethics and Religion Talk

This week’s Ethics and Religion Talk column probes the issue of genetically modified organisms, which are used in food and are a point of contention as to their perceived threats to public health.

By Rabbi David Krishef

“Dennis” writes: I’m wondering about what religions think about Genetically Modified Organisms, particularly for food, when the modification makes it “unnatural” but it also holds out some promise of helping alleviate hunger in the world.

Sandra Nikkel, Ministry Coordinator of the Grand Rapids East Classis and Pastor of the multicultural Ministry at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, responds:

“Even though there are a lot of benefits that have come to us from genetically modifying organisms, specifically food, I believe that there are great risks involved. No matter how much we have advanced, our knowledge is partial. We do not know all the ways in which this ‘new food’ will affect our bodies. We take something out and put something, we twist and tweak, the quicker the better, and it might take us years to discover how it’s affecting us. The other problem I see is that often it is not any kind of ethical code that rules this practice but the desire to make money—at any cost.”

Sister Mary Timothy Prokes, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, responds:

“Obviously, Sacred Scripture and Tradition do not address “genetically modified organisms” as such. They do, however, provide principles for evaluating them. Among these principles are justice, truthfulness, reverence for creation, and charity. The genetic modification of foods is complex and calls for the application of each of these principles.
In justice, human persons have the right to know that what is presented/sold as food is eatable and if dangers or risks accompany their consumption. In the US, there are no requirements to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Milk, bacon, beef, chicken, cereals, and many processed foods already contain genetically modified ingredients.

“Major seed companies (who hold patents on modifications developed and employed by them) need to be truthful concerning the impact their products have on farmers, consumers, the seeds of the world, and the environment. Sadly, a major portion of the world’s foods has already been penetrated by GMOs without determining their long term effects on humanity or the earth. Eliminating so-called ‘superweeds’ and ‘superbugs’ that result from the use of pesticides and herbicides containing GMOs requires an increased use of toxic poisons. Reverence for creation requires careful determination of the long term consequences of artificially-contrived seeds and foods, a responsibility that is often dismissed in the struggle for commercial dominance.

“Charitable concern for farmers who want to protect organically grown crops is lost when there is insufficient distance between their fields and GMO-penetrated land, causing cross-pollination. Although commercial firms seek fruits and vegetables of ideal size and color, the natural tastes and textures of GMO-produced foods are altered. In sum, the ethical issues surrounding GMO’s and food are immense.”

Aly Mageed, a physician and Shura member (roughly equivalent to an elder or a member of the Board of Trustees) of the Islamic Mosque and Religious Institute of Grand Rapids, responds:

“[Regarding] GMO’s, I believe that the field is very vast and very rapidly growing and therefore would be difficult to have a general statement. It is also growing faster than bioethicists can have a chance to study all its implications. Without systematically studying all the potential harms and benefits, an opinion will not be truly objective. I would like to see it regulated at least with demanding specific labeling so that the issue can begin to be appropriately studied.”

Fred Wooden, the senior pastor of Fountain Street Church, responds:

“Long before modern science we had genetically modified species. Corn and wheat and other natural plants were once inedible. They were slowly modified by cross breeding and selective fertilization to be the staples we now enjoy. Animals from the horses to the chickens have been bred by humans to suit our needs more than theirs. If we were to be perfectly natural, meaning not interfering with nature in any way, we would have to abandon vaccinations, most drugs, most manufacturing mining and even farming. Clearly, we all ok with modifying nature.

“As saying an absolute no is not possible, we should ask if there is a moral or ethical principle that can prevent us from making a terrible mistake? No, sadly, but there are several principles that can help. One is the principle of stewardship, articulated in Genesis as the responsibility to ’till the garden and keep it.’ Another would be compassion, making choices that avoid causing suffering or permitting it when we can alleviate it. Your question reveals how ethical rules can come into conflict as stewardship would say no to GMO and compassion would say yes.

“What makes us uneasy is not deliberate evil, but unwitting evil. What if some of these changes bring about unknowable horrors in the future? Robert Oppenheimer thought that exact thought when watching the first atomic bomb. And I expect that GMO could be like that – a tremendous blessing and a terrible risk.”

Click to http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/01/where_do_religions_stand_on_ge.html

Argentina suspends construction of Monsanto’s unconstitutional GMO seed plant

(NaturalNews) It’s not a total ban, but it’s at least a victorious battle against the evil empire of Monsanto and the sociopathic biotech industry. After many months of grassroots demonstrating, blocking bulldozers and construction of a Monsanto seed factory in Argentina, a three-person court ruled two to one that construction of a Monsanto GMO seed plant must be halted until an environmental impact study is completed.

Of course, Monsanto is taking this decision to a higher court with claims that they did their own environmental study and the paperwork for construction on that site was approved by Argentine construction bureaucracies. They played the typicalcorporate rights card, which tends to appeal to individual rights philosophies even among libertarians, unfortunately.

The pesticide human health issue

The motivating force behind expanding anti-Monsanto demonstrations, including life-threatening demonstrations on the seed plant construction site, was the growing health problems near soy fields sprayed with Roundup. Farmers who sign up for Roundup Ready seeds are forced into using Roundup as part of Monsanto’s contract.

Monsanto’s end product is Roundup. It is primarily a chemical company. The birth deformities and spontaneous abortions that many farmers in the USA have reported in their GMO soy- and corn-fed livestock have plagued Argentine humans living near GMO soy fields.

The fields were often sprayed from the air. And mysterious illnesses were occurring among adults and children near those fields during the 12 years that Argentina had bought into GMO soy production to boost its economy.

Even an Associated Press investigation pointed to a clear link between the use of pesticides sold byMonsanto and worsening health problems in Argentina, as those pesticides both were airborne and polluted water sources.

While Monsanto claims that glyphosate is safe, and many international environmental, health and agricultural agencies concur, there is a sneaky little detail that’s omitted from their studies.

That detail is simply that glyphosate is not the only ingredient in their “proprietary” formula that is considered a trade secret, allowing Monsanto to play the corporate rights card stopping most from looking behind the curtain. Glyphosate is studied alone, not as part of formulas that use glyphosate with other ingredients.

Seralini’s French research team discovered that Roundup’s extreme toxicity comes from combining glyphosate with chemical adjuvants to ensure rapid plant absorption of glyphosate.

Glyphosate is considered the “active ingredient,” so that’s what is tested. The adjuvants are considered “inert,” pretty much like vaccines and their toxic adjuvants, and are thus ignored, especially when protected by “trade secret” rights.

By the way, don’t let the mainstream attacks on Seralini’s work fool you. He and his team used the same type and number of rats that Monsanto used for only 90 days.

The difference was that Seralini’s study was performed for a full two years to examine long-term toxicity effects of Roundup’s glyphosate formula. Monsanto gained EU approval for using GMO corn as part of animal feeds with their 90-day study.

The rats’ premature deaths and cancerous tumors began appearing at the nine-month point of Seralini’s study. Seralini actually managed with high-tech scientific analysis to isolate those adjuvants protected by Monsanto’s proprietary trade secret “rights”(http://gmoseralini.org).

Seralini has been attacked for his long-term toxicity (not carcinogenesis) study, while Monsanto got an EU pass to use Roundup Ready GMO corn in livestock feed after submitting their own 90-day study. But several hundred international scientists and thousands of others have defended him and his study (http://www.naturalnews.com).

It’s no wonder that Seralini’s study papers were officially removed from the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, especially soon after former Monsanto scientist Richard E. Goodman was inserted into their editorial staff (http://www.fooddemocracynow.org).

Seralini did more than demonstrate Monsanto’s GMO Roundup Ready pesticide’s long-term toxicity even when used within EPA’s safe use guidelines. He broke the code of their secret formula. Here’s that analysis (http://gmoseralini.org).

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Swine flu vaccine causes girl to fall asleep 30 times a day; vaccine pushers still claim ‘zero side effects’

(NaturalNews) The family of a 15-year-old Australian girl is seeking answers after their daughter developed a severe sleeping disorder following vaccination with Pandemrix, the infamous “swine flu” shot pushed during the 2009 “pandemic.” Australia’sNews.com.au reports that Chloe Glasson now falls asleep suddenly and without warning as many as 30 times a day, regardless of what she is doing, the result of a narcoleptic condition that emerged almost immediately after she was jabbed.

One of at least 100 people to develop narcolepsy following vaccination with Pandemrix, young Chloe recently disappeared for several hours while on a short walk to her grandmother’s house. She reportedly went into a state of “dreamlike autopilot,” during which time she wandered around aimlessly before eventually arriving home safely. But this was not before her frightened parents contacted authorities about their missing child.

“[Our daughter’s life] has been devastated after we followed government advice to have her immunized against the threat of swine flu,” explained Chloe’s mother, Rebecca, to News.com.au. “She has gone from being a bright, outgoing girl to one who cannot go out on her own. She doesn’t doze for more than a couple of hours at a time, but she can have disturbing dreams.”

Chloe also has trouble focusing and staying awake in school. Her parents say she often fades off right in the middle of class, a frequent occurrence that is stunting her ability to learn and keep up with her peers. Chloe’s best hope, her parents say, is treatment with a drug known as sodium oxybate, which costs $23,000 per year.

“I am putting a lot of faith in the treatment,” stated Chloe to the U.K.’s Daily Mail. “While the tablets won’t cure me, they may offer the chance of a more normal life.”

Chloe is currently receiving treatment at the U.K.’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Her parents are also hoping to receive the maximum compensation from the U.K. government for damages caused by Pandemrix, which was manufactured by U.K.-based GlaxoSmithKline. This amount would be the U.S. equivalent of $220,000.

“We believe that more than 100 people have developed narcolepsy because of the swine flu vaccine,” stated Matt O’Neill from Narcolepsy U.K., a British charity.

Thousands of children likely damaged by swine flu vaccine fraud

Data released by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) not long after the widespread distribution of Pandemrix, however, reveals the number of affected children to be far higher. As we reported earlier this year, an EMA report found that at least 800 children developed narcolepsy following vaccination with Pandemrix.

Similarly, data compiled by the Helsinki Sleep Clinic in Finland revealed that Pandemrix was associated with an astounding 1,700 percent increase in narcolepsy among children and teenagers under the age of 17. At 5.3 children per 100,000 affected by the vaccine, based on the figures, potentially thousands of children across Europe now have sleeping disorders as a result of being jabbed with Pandemrix.

“The increased risk of narcolepsy after vaccination with ASO3 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 vaccine indicates a causal association, consistent with findings from Finland,” reads the conclusion of a study on Pandemrix and sleep disorders that was published in the British Medical Journal earlier this year.

As for Chloe and the hundreds of other children damaged by Pandemrix, the fact that narcolepsy is a nerve damage-related disease further illustrates the neurotoxic effects of vaccines — effects that, despite being denied by health authorities as even existing, are very real to those who end up suffering from them.

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Gardasil continues to devastate lives around the world, Obama administration responds by pumping another $1.2 million into HPV vaccine push

(NaturalNews) “After receiving her second dose of Gardasil … she could crawl but … needed to use crutches or a wheel chair … She experienced problems breathing and had ‘super migraines’ that never went away … She had swelling in her face, jaw and wrists. The patient was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, myelin sheath degeneration and peripheral neuropathy. Patient was hospitalized twice … patient has not recovered from symptoms,” states a press release by Judicial Watch regarding documents obtained from the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Regrettably, this is only one of more than 6,000 registered adverse reactions connected with the vaccine, including over 100 deaths.

Troubled history

According to SaneVax, Gardarsil has a higher rate of side effects than any other CDC-recommended vaccine for children between the ages of seven and 18, as noted in this chart. Linked with cervical cancer, seizures, autoimmune disorders, blindness, paralysis and short-term memory loss, it’s astounding to learn that the vaccine was fast-tracked for approval by the FDA. Judicial Watch has compiled a special report on the approval process, side effects, safety concerns and marketing practices of Gardasil, which can be found here.

Following the U.S. government’s lead, Japanese officials also pushed the vaccine nationwide for “urgent HPV vaccination programs,” resulting in the allocation of 15 billion yen ($187.5 million) for the agenda. Junior high schools were targeted, and letters were sent to homes of girls within the vaccination age range. However, health officials began to notice a disturbing trend among the vaccinated girls, with 1,968 documented adverse events. Parents sent videos to the country’s health minister showing their daughters suffering from walking disturbances, seizures and body tics. Other cases reported that girls given the vaccine often fell to the floor, resulting in head injuries, some even fracturing their jaws and teeth. In response, Japan’s Vaccine Adverse Reactions Review Committee withdrew the recommendation for Gardasil and sent formal notifications to local governments, advising discontinuation of the vaccine until safety concerns were addressed.

In contrast, American health officials continue to promote Gardasil. Judicial Watch discovered that just “weeks after Japan took action, the Obama administration dedicated $1.2 million to ‘increase HPV vaccine uptake in low income ethnic minority populations’ in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Armenian and Korean.”

As aptly observed by Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, “The FDA is supposed to be a guardian of public health, and yet the agency continues to turn a blind eye to what seems to be an extremely serious public health problem. The public relations push for Gardasil by Merck, politicians and public health officials needs to pause so that these adverse reactions can be further studied.” He further asserts that “[t]he already serious problems associated with Gardasil seem to be getting worse. No one should require this vaccine for young children.”

Sources:

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After sickening US Navy sailors in 2011, radioactive steam continues to billow from Fukushima reactor

(NaturalNews) It was recently unveiled that U.S. Navy sailors aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan during the time of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster suffered severe radiation poisoning after being left out to sea for months without aid. And new reports indicate that the cause of this nightmarish situation for these unfortunate sailors — radioactive steam from the melted reactor cores at Fukushima — is still billowing from the stricken plant some three years later.

Navy sailor Lindsay Cooper, 24, recently shared the horrific events of that time with the New York Post(NYPost), which just before Christmas broke the story publicly. It was a brisk day in March, just days after Fukushima was stricken by a tsunami that resulted in three of its six reactor cores literally melting into the earth, when Cooper and her colleagues got their first taste of what happens as a result of radiation exposure.

“I was standing on the flight deck, and we felt this warm gust of air, and, suddenly, it was snowing,” recalled Cooper to the NYPost, explaining how at the time nobody knew what to make of the situation. “We joked about it: ‘Hey, it’s radioactive snow!’ I took pictures and video.”

But the jokes quickly stopped after Navy crew members quickly began to fall ill. As it turns out, the ship had been drifting in radioactive water for several days prior to being engulfed in what would later be identified as a cloud of radioactive steam from Fukushima. According to reports, the ship’s desalinization system had been quietly dispensing radioactive water through the faucets and showers, exposing everyone on board to what would soon become a type of hell on Earth.

“People were s–tting themselves in the hallways,” recalled Cooper, noting that many of the crew members on the ship had been suffering from extreme diarrhea. “Two weeks after that, my lymph nodes in my neck were swollen. By July, my thyroid shut down.”

The worst part about the situation is that the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan had been specifically sent to theFukushima region to provide aid. But before it could even arrive, it inadvertently traveled directly into the eye of the radioactive storm, leading to at least 70 cases of radiation poisoning and some 35 cases of cancer.

“We’re seeing leukemia, testicular cancer and unremitting gynecological bleeding requiring transfusions and other intervention,” stated Paul Garner, a lawyer representing Cooper and 50 other crew members who are suing the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). “Then you have thyroid polyps and other thyroid diseases.”

Fukushima still spewing the same types of radiation that harmed Navy crew members

The U.S. government, meanwhile, did nothing to try to help all those desperately ill Navy crew members, who were helplessly stranded at sea for months with no ports willing to accept them. While their ship was eventually allowed to dock in Thailand, the damage had already been done.

“The most advanced military in the world and they were just left stranded? Who would do such a thing to their own people?” asks one angry commenter over at ENENews.com.

“Fire each and every Navy officer who had anything to do with perpetuating this monstrosity for two-and-a-half months,” adds another obviously incensed commenter.

As far as the current state of Fukushima, reports issued just days after the Navy story first broke headlines revealed that “mysterious” steam is still flowing from Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor. An English translation of a TEPCO press release confirms that likely-radioactive steam is continuing to billow from the shuttered reactor, potentially spewing massive volumes of deadly particles into the atmosphere.

Sources for this article include:

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Click to http://www.naturalnews.com/043446_US_Navy_Fukushima_reactor_radioactive_steam.html

Nuclear expert admits Fukushima reactors melted into the ground, contaminating hundreds of tons of groundwater daily

(NaturalNews) Fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from two and a half years ago continues to silently impact health and safety around the world. After explosions in four of the six reactors, three melted down into the ground, and there is no way to simply plug the dam.

The effects of this unprecedented disaster continue to play out in slow motion. But of course, what isn’t seen remains little talked about in the media or among the public.

Recent accounts reveal that Japanese officials continue to refuse to publicly acknowledge the extent of the problem and are actively covering up the truth to hold together the appearance that everything is normal, and that all is well.

According to Takashi Hirose, author of Fukushima Meltdown: The World’s First Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster, there are reports of widespread contamination levels in food, including fish and vegetables, that is being distributed to Tokyo and other areas of Japan. Hirose asserts that there are credible claims that food originating in the Fukushima prefecture is shipped to other locales, then reshipped out with labels stating that it originated from other prefectures – masking its origins and hiding the threat of bioaccumulated radiation in the food web.

Meanwhile, a nuclear expert spotlighted the volume of radioactive materials – on the order of 300 tons of water per day – that continues to flow out from the melted down reactor cores at the power plant into the Pacific Ocean day in and day out, with no hope of slowing down, continually increasing global exposure since 2011.

The president and co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Gordon Edwards, discussed the extent of the continued contamination during a radio interview with The Green Majorityon 89.5 FM in Toronto on December 6, 2013. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and has served as a nuclear consultant and testified as a nuclear expert in Canadian courts.

Shockingly, Edwards stated, “There are about 300 tons of contaminated water every day going into the Pacific Ocean underground. That’s because the cores of the reactors have melted into the ground, and now the groundwater is flowing underneath the reactors and it’s washing that radioactive material out into the Pacific Ocean at the rate of 300 tons per day.”

The water pumped in to cool the melted reactor cores then becomes contaminated, pumped out again and washed out into the ocean in volume.

“They have been pumping 400 tons of water from the surface down into the reactor cores and then pumping the contaminated water back up again,” Edwards added.

Back in October, officials from TEPCO, the primarily government-owned Tokyo Electric Power Company, were mocked as “silly” for claiming that the irradiated groundwater flowing into the Pacific Ocean remained within a 0.12 square mile radius (0.3 square kilometers), asserting that the contamination was easily contained within a bay immediately in front of the reactor site. Nevertheless, that statement was supported by the Japanese government, according to Bloomberg News.

“These statements like a 0.3 square-kilometer zone are silly. It’s not true to the science,” said Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who began his career studying how radioactive nucleotides from Chernobyl dispersed through the Black Sea.

“The credibility problem is as great as the engineering solution. There’s a lack of trust that they keep reinforcing by saying things like ‘beyond this 0.3 kilometers zone there’s no release,'” Buesseler added, drawing from data that his own team took off the coast of Fukushima.

While measurements for radioactivity are being taken near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors for cesium levels, very little testing is being done for tritium or strontium-90, which Buesseler indicated could be troublesome, as strontium mimics calcium and stores for long periods in bones, creating exposure routes in food sources including fish.

In an attempt to control what many have dubbed the greatest nuclear disaster in history, TEPCO has built over a thousand tanks, and growing, to house the contaminated water. According to Gordon Edwards, these holding tanks, already leaking, are larger disasters waiting to happen – should a new storm or other weather event happen, for instance.

“All that contaminated water is just sitting there,” Edwards said. “They found a pool of water beside the tank that was leaking, that pool of water – they measured the radiation levels – if a person stood beside that pool of water for 1 hour, they would die of radiation poisoning. So that’s how contaminated this water is.”

A fresh report from RT highlighted many of the makeshift solutions being used in vain to try to contain the vast amounts of contaminated water. It quoted fallout researcher Christina Consolo, of RadChick Radiation Research & Mitigation, who said, “The site has been propped up with duct tape and a kick-stand for over two years. Many of their ‘fixes’ are only temporary.”

At least 71 U.S. sailors who responded to Fukushima aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan have reportedly developed leukemia, thyroid cancer and brain tumors, and are in the process of filing a lawsuit against TEPCO for allegedly downplaying the dangers of nuclear radiation near the Daiichi plant.

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First North American death from bird flu

North America’s first fatal case of bird flu has been announced but Canada’s health minister says risk of the disease spreading is very low

The first fatal case of bird flu in North America has been reported in Canada.

Officials in Canada said the victim, who was from Alberta, had just returned from Beijing.

The unnamed victim, who was not identified, died on January 3, having been admitted to hospital on Jan 1.

Four days earlier the victim, whose sex was not disclosed, had complained of a headache and fever.

Rona Ambrose, the Canadian health minister, insisted this was an isolated case, although officials are trying to contact others on the flight.

“The risk of H5N1 to Canadians is very low,” she said. “There is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission.”

Two people who travelled with the victim are being kept under observation for 10 days – double the time the disease takes to manifest itself as a precaution.

Officials said the H5N1 virus was identified by the federal microbiology laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The virus is contracted directly from birds, mainly poultry. In 60 per cent of human cases the disease is fatal.

Click to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/10560108/First-North-American-death-from-bird-flu.html

Thyroid cancer rates on the rise in Japanese children, experts warn residents to evacuate

(NaturalNews) When Japanese Professor Toshihide Tsuda of Okayama University sat down with leaders from the Japanese Ministry of the Environment, talk about citywide evacuation near the Fukushima nuclear breakdown site began. Deeply concerned about rising thyroid cancer rates in Japanese children, these leaders believe that it’s time to evacuate the city of Koriyama.

When the two spoke to Japanese government officials, their concerns were downplayed.
The Japanese government remains reluctant to evacuate the city, not wanting to scare citizens, but Professor Tsuda has begun urging residents to evacuate Koriyama anyway.

The epidemiology professor reports, “An incident rate of thyroid cancer on children in Fukushima are from several times to dozens times higher than usual. This is a rash of disease. There is a possibility [it will] increase more in [the] future and we need a countermeasure.”

A Japanese judiciary, the Sendai High Court, agrees and “acknowledges a danger of low-level radiation exposure,” and it concludes that the only solution is to evacuate or relocate children from the area. They report that changing schools in the area won’t prevent radiation exposure over 1 mSv/y. While they believe that there is “no immediate risk on health,” it’s clear that they understand the long-term risks of exposing children to radioactive particles in the area.

More minors coming down with thyroid cancer

When the March 2011 nuclear disaster went down, no one understood the impact that the radioactive breakdown could have on the surrounding cities and the people, especially minors. Six minors in the area of the disaster have recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, with another ten young ones reportedly now developing the life-threatening cancer. These rates continue to climb, up from 28 affected children last June to 44 going into 2014.

As thyroid cancer begins to show up, the damage has already been done, as the deadly radioactive substances have already pervaded the cells of the young ones, ravaging their smaller, developing bodies faster.

With approximately 360,000 children aged 18 or younger affected by the nuclear disaster in 2011, the Japanese government has begun giving annual checkups and will continue doing so throughout the children’s lives.

Japanese government downplaying the rising thyroid cancer rates in children

As radioactive substances accumulate in the tissues and glands of the young children, the government in Japan continues to remain quiet. Japanese officials are now saying that the recent cases of thyroidcancer couldn’t have come from the disaster at the Daiichi power plant in March 2011, stating that thyroid cancer from radiation takes several years to develop.

But what the government fails to understand is that these smaller, developing bodies might not be able to handle the load of radioactive isotopes in the same way as an adult body. The smaller, younger generation could be the first to show signs of cancer. Adult thyroid cancer rates may begin spiking in a few years.

After the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, thyroid cancer cases started rising as early as four years after the explosion. Maybe the release from Fukushima is twice as dangerous as Chernobyl, since rising thyroid cancer cases are already pouring in just two or three years after the meltdown.

Or possibly, the new 44 cases of childhood cancer come from children who were already predisposed. This is what the government believes.

Fukushima prefecture government officials report, “It is likely (the 44 children) developed tumors or lumps before the nuclear accident.”

Regardless of reason, a shift of rising incidence in thyroid cancer has begun.

According to Christopher Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Risks, “the 2005 Japanese national incidence rate for thyroid cancer in the age bracket 0-18 is given in a recent peer reviewed report as 0.0 per 100,000.”

He states that this scientific model could be used to predict that “some 200,000 extra cancers in roughly 10 million of the population in the 200km radius of the site” could come up in the next 10 years, with “400,000 new cases in over 50 years.”

While the International Commission of Radiological Protection of the Japanese government predicts that “no detectable cancers will be seen as a result of the ‘very low doses’ received by the population,” radiation expert Christopher Busby calls the government’s radiological assessment “nonsense.”

Many local residents are now questioning the prefecture government’s downplaying of radiation exposure risks, the accuracy of its thyroid testing and the means by which information is disclosed.

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Ex-DARPA Head Wants You to Swallow ID Microchips – Google executive also pushes e-tattoo that reads your mind

Former DARPA director and now Google executive Regina Dugan is pushing an edible “authentication microchip” along with an electronic tattoo that can read your mind. No this isn’t a movie script about a futuristic scientific dictatorship, it’s trendy and cool!

Dugan, who is Head of Advanced Technology at (Google-owned) Motorola, told an audience at the All Things D11 Conference that the company was working on a microchip inside a pill that users would swallow daily in order obtain the “superpower” of having their entire body act as a biological authentication system for cellphones, cars, doors and other devices.

“This pill has a small chip inside of it with a switch,” said Dugan. “It also has what amounts to an inside out potato battery. When you swallow it, the acids in your stomach serve as the electrolyte and that powers it up. And the switch goes on and off and creates an 18 bit ECG wide signal in your body and essentially your entire body becomes your authentication token.”

Dugan added that the chip had already been FDA approved and could be taken 30 times a day for someone’s entire life without effecting their health, a seemingly dubious claim.

Would you swallow a Google microchip every day simply to access your cellphone?

Privacy advocates will wince at the thought, especially given Dugan’s former role as head of DARPA, the Pentagon agency that many see as being at the top of the pyramid when it comes to the Big Brother technocracy.

Indeed, when host Walt Mossberg asked Dugan, “Does Google now know everything I do and everywhere I go because let’s face it….you’re from Google,” she responded by laughing and saying Mossberg should just swallow the pill.

In addition to the edible microchip, Motorola is also working on a wearable e-tattoo that could also read a user’s mind by detecting the unvocalized words in their throat.

“It has been known for decades that when you speak to yourself in your inner voice, your brain still sends neural spike volleys to your vocal apparatus, in a similar fashion to when you actually speak aloud,” explains Extreme Tech’s John Hewitt, noting that the device could allow covert voice activation as well as being used to detect stress and emotion (because Big Brother cares about your feelings).

During the D11 conference, Dugan predicted that if the e-tattoo was made to look cool with different artistic designs, young people would want to have it fused to their skin, “if only to piss off their parents.”

The edible microchip and the wearable e-tattoo are prime examples of how transhumanism is being made “trendy” in an effort to convince the next generation to completely sacrifice whatever privacy they have left in the name of faux rebellion (which is actually cultural conformism) and convenience.

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McDonald’s poised to embrace new GMO potato farming in 2014 and beyond

(NaturalNews) A new variety of genetically modified potato could show up in Idaho as early as 2015.

Nearly 13 years ago, customers revolted against Monsanto’s transgenic NewLeaf potato, which contained synthetic bacteria to kill insect pests. Now, a new company, J.R. Simplot Co., aims to bring back genetically modified potatoes to the state and elsewhere.

The Idaho Potato Commission, representing Idaho’s $3 billion potato industry, is in support of the new GMO potato variety but is wary of customer opposition. “Unless your customers are prepared to embrace this product, it’s not going to be successful,” said Frank Muir, president of the Commission.

McDonald’s on the other hand has a financial interest in the new GMO potato business.

McDonald’s vast influence could spur widespread new GMO potato farming

With a global daily production of 9 million pounds of fries a day, McDonald’s is looking for better ways to lower the cost of processing potatoes for fry production. This business move may encourage and embrace new GMO potato agriculture, spearheaded by their very own potato
distributor, none other than Simplot.

Simplot has come up with a new “Innate” brand of potatoes that don’t use synthetic bacteria. Instead, their variety effectively silences potato DNA to stop the potatoes’ natural bruising process. This would reduce black spots in potatoes, thus increasing crop yields. McDonald’s wouldn’t have to throw away bad potatoes. They could increase revenues with the new enzyme-stripped “Innate” potato by reducing waste.

Haven Baker, Simplot’s Harvard- and Yale-trained vice-president of plant sciences, said his scientists journeyed inside the vegetable’s genome to “silence” unwanted attributes, while making sure that it remained 100 percent potato. “You’ll never get as much beneficial effect from traditional plant breeding,” he says. “And it’ll take twice as long.”

Enzyme-stripped, DNA-silenced food could have many unintended consequences

Center for Food Safety science analyst Bill Freese is concerned about the unintended consequences that may arise when four gene codes for potato enzymes are turned off.

RNA interference technology silences genes, throwing off the natural life processes of the potatoes. How might this interfere with people and contribute to rising incidences of food allergies? Altering the natural enzymes of a food could change how the body processes that food.

Still, Muir believes that “[t]hey’re taking all the appropriate steps,” praising McDonald’s potato distributor for reaching out to consumers who may eventually buy Innate potatoes and unbruised McDonald’s golden fries.

Federal Government is on board

If the government gets behind the new science, then by 2015, the new GMO McDonald’s golden fry could become a reality. The National Potato Commission in Washington, D.C., representing 45,000 U.S. growers is already on board. Chief Executive Officer John Keeling said he “supports scientific advancements to improve potatoes.” The Innate brand of potato awaits USDA approval, which was filed in May 2013.

McDonald’s trying to stay under the radar

McDonald’s isn’t being very open about the issue, but a McDonald’s spokeswoman told The Guardianthat their corporate decision ultimately boils down to the advice of “food, industry and regulatory experts.” Since McDonald’s already uses GMO ingredients in other foods, and since current scientific consensus in the US believes that genetically engineered crops are safe to eat, it’s obvious that McDonald’s is leaning toward utilizing new GMO potatoes.

Simplot’s main rival, ConAgra, has already stated that their potatoes are not genetically modified, so there are still natural options for McDonald’s and fry producers to choose from.

So what direction will McDonald’s head in 2014? Are they planning to embrace the enzyme-stripped, DNA-silenced potato? Will they spur mass production of the new “Innate” brand in the years ahead?

Sources for this article include

http://news.yahoo.com

http://www.gmo-compass.org

http://www.theguardian.com

http://gmoinside.org

http://www.aboutmcdonalds.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

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