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Knowledge Exchange

"The future depends on what we do with the present." Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948

While the discovery of rDNA may hold one of the greatest promises in the history of biology, studies continue to expose the potential dangers associated to consuming foods which contain them.

The agrochemical industry is valued at over $42 billion and operates with impunity while over 355,000 people die from pesticide poisoning every year, and hundreds of thousands more are made ill. In addition, pesticide corporations have put livelihoods and jobs in jeopardy, including, farmers, beekeepers and lobstermen.

These postings explore the research, surveys and analyses that link industrial agriculture to adverse effects not only to our well being but that of the our planet. To read the study referenced above please go to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21338670

Neurotoxicity Induced by Glyphosate-Based Herbicide

New Brazilian study reveals mechanism behind how glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide harms rat brains. The results demonstrated that Roundup might lead to excessive extracellular glutamate levels and consequently to glutamate excitotoxicity and oxidative stress in rat hippocampus.



Insecticidal Bt toxins

Insecticidal Bt toxins such as those produced in genetically engineered plants can be detrimental to human cells. This is a result of recent research led by researchers at the University of Caen (France). Their experiments showed that toxins produced in, for example, the genetically engineered maize MON810, can significantly impact the viability of human cells.


Essay: Children of the Seed Gods

1 See Essay Black Swan

2 Lipps G (editor). (2008). Plasmids: Current Research and Future Trends. Caister Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-904455-35-6.

3 http://earthopensource.org/index.php/5-gm-crops-impacts-on-the-farm-and-...

4 http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2013/07/02/gmo-crops-mean-more-h...

5 http://www.epa.gov/oppbppd1/biopesticides/pips/smartstax-factsheet.pdf
6 http://web.utk.edu/~jurat/Btresearchtable.html


Essay: Death by Nutrition

1 http://presse.inra.fr/en/Resources/Press-releases/Bees-disoriented-by-lo...

1 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130626153922.htm

2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17456850

3 American Diabetes Association. 2002. Evidence-based nutrition principles and recommendations for the treatment and prevention of diabetes and related complications. Diabetes Care, 25(1), pp202-212.

4 http://nusi.org/

5 http://www.cancer.ucla.edu/Index.aspx?page=644&recordid=385&returnURL=%2...

Essay: Black Swan

1 http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/

2 Virginia Nonpoint Source Pollution Watershed Assessment Report, 1993

3 USGS Circular 1316, “Synthesis of USGS Science for the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and Implications for Environmental Management”

4 http://www.usgs.gov/US Geological Survey

5 http://www.greenmedinfo.com/toxic-article/roundup-exposure-may-adversely...

6 http://www.globalresearch.ca/another-win-for-monsanto-us-raises-allowabl...

Essay: Sultans of Seed

1 content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1858691_1858690_1858685,00.html

2 Davidson, Osha Gray, 1996, Broken Heartland: The Rise of America’s Rural Ghetto; University of Iowa Press, Iowa City.

3 http://www.slate.com/id/2183658

4 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/opinion/25Rattner.html?_r=4

5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqaaB6NE1TI

6 http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/amr130410.html

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