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TED Organizers Ban Any Discussions Criticizing GMOs

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Under the guise of combating a rise in "pseudoscience" the producers of the TED series of lectures have laid down bold new rules that inhibit any discussion on a number of controversial subjects that are anything but pseudoscience. They have even gone so far as to suggest "food as medicine" is quackery.

While some of the claims in their guidelines make sense, such as the non-pandering to the intertwining of spirituality and science, the notion that Genetically-modified foods and the skepticism over their long-term value being considered "psuedo-science" appears to be pandering to select, powerful corporate interests, and has caused a backlash among those in the educational/intellectual community.

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Russia Bans GM Corn After Study Shows Cancer Risk

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Russia is temporarily banning the import of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn after results of a new study published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology showed rats fed GM corn developed tumors and organ damage, with a high rate of premature death, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Study Shows GM Corn Linked To Organ Failure

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In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats. It is suggested that almost all corn in America is Genetically-modified, and almost all processed food products may contain GM corn.

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Evidence Mounts On Danger of Glyphosate Pesticides

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A recent report put together by various professors, scholars and researchers affiliated with Earth Open Source, a collaboration group devoted to food issues, cites in great detail the multitude of peer-reviewed scientific studies which show that Monsanto's Roundup herbicide (glyphosate), which is applied to many genetically-modified (GM) crops, is responsible for causing birth defects, endocrine disruption, DNA damage, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and cancer -- and yet government agencies around the world continue to ignore this crucial information, and withhold it from the public, as they push for its approval or expanded use.

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French Court Rounds Up Monsanto Lies

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France's highest court has ruled that US agrochemical giant Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup.

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GM Corn Linked To Organ Failure In Studies

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In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto's GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.

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GM Soybeans Now Responsible For "Super Weeds" And More Pesticide

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In 1996, Genetically-modified soybeans were put in use in Argentina. While other areas of the world have been more cautious in dealing with GM crops, little discussion was made and now the end result appears to be a new breed of "super weeds" and the use of even more pesticide and potential damage to the soil, air and water sources.

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Monsanto Wins Case To Stop Hormone-Free Milk Labels

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A federal court in Ohio has ruled that dairies cannot legally label their milk "hormone free" "rBST-free" or otherwise clearly tell consumers that they aren't pumping up their cows with synthetic hormones.

It's a blow to truth-in-labeling advocates, a blow to consumers and a blow to organic farmers. It's a win for Monsanto, the agrichemical giant that prompted the lawsuit, and a win for Eli Lilly, which bought Monsanto's synthetic recombinant bovine growth hormones (known as rBST or rBGH) business a couple months ago. The use of these hormones is banned throughout most other first world nations. The labeling issue is moot in the 27-nation European Union, along with Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, since they don't allow the use of synthetic hormones in the first place.

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Many Vegetables Americans Eat May Be Toxic

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Much of Europe has banned genetically-modified foods, but not in the USA. This may have proven to be beneficial for Europeans and costly for Americans.

A simple experiment by a Russian scientist to see if eating GM soya influenced the offspring of mice, could threaten the multi-billion dollar GM industry.

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The World According To Monsanto

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On March 11 a new documentary was aired on French television (ARTE – French-German cultural tv channel) by French journalist and filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, The World According to Monsanto - A documentary that Americans won't ever see on their TVs. The gigantic biotech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years.

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Utah Republican Fighting Against Steroid-Free Milk Labels

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Most Utah consumers want to know what's in their food and how it is produced. Some prefer vegetables and fruit that are grown without pesticides, and milk and meat that are produced with no growth hormones.

Enter Republican representative Kerry Gibson from Utah, who is actively fighting against producers being able to identify whether the mild you drink is from steroid-free cows.

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Ben & Jerry's Fights To Promote The Safety Of Their Ice Cream

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Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., one of the first companies to label its ice cream as free of a synthetic hormone, is protesting a move by some states to restrict such labeling.

The ice cream maker has joined a national campaign to block what critics say is an effort driven by Monsanto Co., which markets recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST, also known as recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rBGH. Many people want to know if products contain this substance and Monsanto would rather you not, and they are trying to stop companies from advertising that they DON'T HAVE Monsanto's chemical additives!

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Monsanto Loses Bid To Outlaw Labelling Of Potentially Safer Milk

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Pennsylvania resisted a lobbying push by Monsanto that sought to outlaw the labeling of milk that is free of artificial hormones.

Monsanto had argued that there is no discernible difference between milk from cows that have or have not been injected with its recombinant bovine growth hormones, known as alternately as rbST, bST, BGH or rBGH. It is banned in Europe and Canada.

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Monsanto Rotten To The C.O.R.E.

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U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto recently announced it was raising its earnings expectations. "Monsanto's genetically engineered seed sales are booming - a 20 per cent increase last quarter - and the company expects the growth to continue as it expands outside the U.S.. One reason may be Monsanto's extensive use of PR.

GM Watch's Jonathan Matthews looks at the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), a U.S.-based civil rights group that has all but sold out, with ties to Monsanto that has become an outspoken advocate of GE foods. Matthews reports on CORE's claims that the global environmental movement's opposition to biotech is "lethal eco-imperialism" and "devastates families and communities and kills millions every year." At CORE's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. dinner this year, they honored Karl Rove with a "Public Service Award." Monsanto's CEO Hugh Grant chaired the dinner with Option One Mortgage's president and CEO Bob Dubrish.

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