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MUST SEE Monsanto GMO FOOD Alarm from inside scientists SCIENTIST CONSTRAINED


Published on May 3, 2013

Monsanto GMO FOOD Alarm from inside scientists SCIENTIST CONSTRAINED

See also: Professor Don Huber: Messing with Nature, The Perverse Effects of GMO’s

Don Huber, Agricultural Scientist and Expert in Microbial Ecology

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Arpad Pusztai – Blowing the Whistle, He Knew the Truth About GMO’s Years Ago
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Arpad Pusztai, Ph.D., received his degree in Chemistry in Budapest, Hungary and his B.Sc. in Physiology and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of London in England.

Health risks of genetically modified foods
Stanley WB Ewen a, Arpad Pusztai b


Health risks of genetically modified foods
Stanley WB Ewen a, Arpad Pusztai b
Sir—Your May 29 editorial1 about the health risks of genetically modified (GM) food was apposite and addresses some of the important medical issues vigorously. It beggars belief that “badly designed, poorly carried out, inaccurately interpreted experiments” could have perpetuated such profound public debate for almost a year.

Regrettably, among the correspondents who responded to the editorial, Peter Lachman (July 3, p 69)2 accused you of factual inaccuracy, and it seems pertinent to remind him of the actual sequence of events. The Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI) did not initiate a study into GM potatoes. The research proposal for this “entirely sensible study” was, in fact, initiated by Susan Bardocz and Arpad Pusztai, written and submitted from the Rowett with the help of SCRI and Durham University scientists and coordinated by Pusztai.

Your editorial correctly notes that not all the facts were in the possession of the Royal Society. Thus, it is difficult to understand how they could deduce that the GM-potato experiments were “badly designed and poorly carried out” from an internal report by Pusztai that contained no such details. The Royal Society had never considered, or even asked for, a copy of the original research proposal of 1995. This omission was further compounded by the Royal Society’s unwillingness to take up Pusztai’s offer of full cooperation. Moreover, as crucial details of the histological findings were never divulged to them, it is more than perplexing that the Royal Society’s unnamed experts were so emphatic in their condemnation of the GM-potato experiments.

The unsolicited report of the Royal Society, produced by clandestine “peer review”, is deprecable, because many influential committees are redolent with advisers linked to biotechnology companies. The commercial prevarication that impedes scientific debate is well illustrated by the experience of Eric Brunner and Erik Millstone3 and we strongly commend their support for openness in the regulatory process for new foods.

After the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) and various biotechnology companies’ exhaustive safety studies, only one publication on feeding GM soya to animals has been published up to the beginning of 1999.4 Lachmann claims that “there is no experimental evidence or any plausible mechanism by which the process of genetic modification can make plants hazardous to human beings”, although it now seems that the FDA has overriden its own safety experts. It would be helpful if such authoritative opinions were supported by published results of biological, nutritional, and immunological testing with mammals before introduction into the human diet.

Scant attention has been given to people with abnormal digestion as a result of chronic gastrointestinal disease. The widespread mucosal accessibility to food viral DNA, a hot spot of DNA recombination, could allow unexpected enhancement of intercurrent viral infection. Similarly, in countries where HIV-1 infection is endemic, the assumption that a viral component of GM food is harmless maybe misplaced.

Few would question the well meaning sentiments of your correspondents but other equally valid opinions do not agree with the view that the GM route is the only salvation for mankind. We hope that your correspondents are correct about the health prospects of the millions of Americans and Chinese who have been consuming untested but assuredly “safe” GM food for years. In the UK, nobody can be completely certain whether or not they have consumed GM foods and overseas consumers cannot be declared unaffected until chronic symptoms are identified, collated, and published.

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Seeds of Death Unveiling The Lies of GMO’s

We Wont Get Fooled Again

Published on May 26, 2013

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Genetic engineering is a process where scientists take genes from one species and force it into the DNA of other species. Every single independent study conducted on the impact of of genetically engineered food damage organs, it caues infertility, it causes immune system failure, it causes holes in the GI tract, it causes multiple organ system failure….Monsanto’s the company that told us that PCBs were safe…they told us that Agent Orange was safe, they told us that DDT was safe. And now they’re in charge of telling us that their own genetically engineered food is safe, because the FDA doesn’t require a single safety study; they leave it to Monsanto.

The leaders of Big Agriculture–Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta–are determined that world’s populations remain ignorant about the serious health and environmental risks of genetically modified crops and industrial agriculture. Deep layers of deception and corruption underlie both the science favoring GMOs and the corporations and governments supporting them.
This award-winning documentary, Seeds of Death, exposes the lies about GMOs and pulls back the curtains to witness our planet’s future if Big Agriculture’s new green revolution becomes our dominant food supply.

A Question and Answer fact sheet deconstructing Monsanto’s GM claims and Big Agriculture’s propaganda to accompany the film is available online:


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GMO OMG – Official Trailer


Published on Feb 10, 2013

Documentary by Jeremy Seifert, 2013, USA, 90′
Today in the United States, by the simple acts of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Each of us unknowingly consumes genetically engineered food on a daily basis. The risks and effects to our health and the environment are largely unknown. Yet more and more studies are being conducted around the world, which only provide even more reason for concern. We are the oblivious guinea pigs for wide-scale experimentation of modern biotechnology.
GMO OMG tells the story of a father’s discovery of GMOs in relationship to his three young children and the world around him.
We still have time to heal the planet, feed the world, and live sustainably. But we have to start now!

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The Top Censored Stories of 2014 | Interview with Mickey Huff


The African Historical Graphics Archive

The African Historical Graphics Archive is designed to record, conserve and present historical maps and graphic images of Africa and its peoples for advanced scholarship, public exhibition and curriculum development on African history throughout the world.

T.C. Weiskel, Research Director

Presentation to the Africana Librarians at Boston University

navigating-intern-page[Slides & Illustrations from presentation]

For background material on problems of meta-description in the electronic cataloging of digital material see:



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as well as selected related topics in the digital humanities:

Lecture – Dr. Judith Carney – Boston, African Studies Association event at Afriterra, 22 November 2019

afriterra-mapSee also a selection of African cartographic collections linked together for research and teaching through “The Africa Map Circle” including the Bodleian Library in Oxford and numerous important university and private map collections in the United States:Oxford-Bodleian

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Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 | Alfred Crosby

People of European descent form the bulk of the population in most of the temperate zones of the world – North America, Australia and New Zealand. The military successes of European imperialism are easy to explain; in many cases they were a matter of firearms against spears. But as Alfred Crosby explains in his highly original and fascinating book, the Europeans’ displacement and replacement of the native peoples in the temperate zones was more a matter of biology than of military conquest.

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WATCH: Jon Stewart Makes ‘Robber Baron’ Koch Industries Regret Advertising on His Show

Stewart adds a little truthiness to a Koch brothers ad.

Photo Credit: Via Comedy Central | October 30, 2014 |

When Jon Stewart discovered that Koch Industries was advertising on his show, he decided to do a little investigating. What is this Koch Industries?

He discovered it is a little behemoth run by two brothers. “Two brothers working together, I like that,” Stewart said. “Unless it is the Menendez brothers.”

It’s worse, of course. As Stewart points out, the Koch brothers are pouring $290 million into elections all over the country through a cleverly masked, intricate web of dark money organizations “to bend the democratic process to their will.”

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Africa Land Grab Conference Held in Joohannesburg

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Published on Oct 29, 2014

A conference in Johannesburg this week heard that more land had been grabbed in Africa in the last 14 years than in the rest of the world combined. Land grabs are defined as large-scale land acquisitions which displaced vulnerable communities and disregarded human rights and social and environmental impacts. Angelo Coppola reports

More land ‘grabbed’ in Africa than rest of the world combined

Sapa | 29 October, 2014 12:09

Cabbage field  Image by: Artur Synenko / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Over 55 million hectares of land in Africa have been “grabbed” since 2000, according to research presented at a conference.

More land had been “grabbed” in Africa between 2000 and 2012 than in the rest of the world combined, Dr Blessing Karumbidza, senior research associate at the Durban University of Technology, told the Africa land Grab conference in Midrand.

He made a presentation on behalf of Prof Robert Home from Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom.

Land grabs were broadly defined as large-scale land acquisitions which displaced vulnerable communities and farmers, with disregard for the rights of these people and social and environmental impacts.

They took place without free prior and informed consent, within the context of poor institutional governance structures.

Large multinational companies, with the consent of the state, and the state itself, were implicated in land grabs.

A contributing factor to land grabs was the legacy of the colonial land ownership system which, following decolonisation, left the question of who owned what land unresolved.

“Even in countries like South Africa, where they have the resources… the knowledge of who owns what specific land is not yet clear,” Karumbidza said.

“The whole governance framework is not yet resolved within South Africa and across the continent. What is the best land system that would suit Africa?” he asked.

…(read more).

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Is Your Judge for Sale?

Thanks to Karl Rove and Citizens United, judicial elections have been overtaken by secretive interest groups, nasty ads, and the constant hustle for campaign cash.

—By Andy Kroll  | Tue Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
Illustration by Mark Hammermeister

The 30-second TV spot is stark and brutal. First it shows the bespectacled face of candidate Louis Butler, then a grainy mug shot of an ex-con. “Louis Butler worked to put criminals on the street,” the narrator warns, “like Reuben Lee Mitchell, who raped an 11-year-old girl with learning disabilities.” After Mitchell’s release from prison, the narrator continues, he raped again. “Can Wisconsin families feel safe with Louis Butler?”

This attack ad wasn’t from a bitterly fought congressional race. It was from a 2008 campaign for state Supreme Court justice—a position that until recently was considered above the fray of partisan politics. Butler, the first African American Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin history, was defending his seat against a trial court judge whose campaign tactic recalled the GOP’s infamous Willie Horton hit job on Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential campaign. Long before ascending to his state’s highest court, Butler had been assigned as Reuben Lee Mitchell’s public defender—he wasn’t the judge in the case, as the nasty ad implied.

Butler’s opponent, Michael Gableman, had been showered with campaign donations from business leaders, who were keenly aware of Butler’s role in two decisions. One was a 4-3 ruling to strike down a $350,000 limit on so-called pain-and-suffering damages in malpractice suits. The other held that if an individual harmed by lead paint exposure couldn’t identify the producer, then multiple paint companies could be held liable under a legal theory known as “risk contribution.”

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Nature Outlook : Rice

A simple grain with global impact, rice has helped to build empires and fed revolutions. Now, scientists are starting a rice revolution of their own to feed a hungry world. By decoding genetics, improving breeding and, perhaps, reshaping the plant’s biology, researchers are working to take the world’s most vital crop into the future.

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