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Opposition to GMO’s Growing Around the World

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In a piece in bulatlat.com, Rhennie Cantiga cites toxicologist Dr. Romy Quijano:

“There are numerous studies on the harmful effects of GMOs but pro-GMO scientists refuse to see this. Their blindness is not caused by GMO but by the money offered by big companies.”

Cantiga goes on to further report:

Citing hazards to health, environment and livelihood of genetically-modified organisms, scientists and farmers reiterated their opposition to the field testing of Bacillus thuringiensis eggplant or Bt Talong.

Proponents of the BT talong recently filed motions for consideration to the decision of the Court of Appeals to stop the field testing of BT Talong.

BT Talong is a genetically modified crop wherein a microorganism is inserted into the eggplant to produce a toxin against pests. This technology was originally from India but was resisted because of the harmful effects to health and the environment found during numerous scientific studies.

Dr. Romy Quijano, a toxicologist and petitioner for the Pesticide Action Network (PAN-Philippines) against the Bt talong said scientific studies have proven the harmful effects of Bt toxins to mammals. He said that several of the mice tested developed cancer and their red blood cells and immune system were damaged.

According to Quijano:

“… Monsanto, an agro-industrial business involved in the production of genetically-modified crops, allegedly tampered and hid the results of scientific testing of Bt crops to present it is a perfectly safe food source, despite the harmful effects that were discovered in the same study.”

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

2 thoughts on “Opposition to GMO’s Growing Around the World

  1. This is interesting. But there’s some inaccuracy here. Bt crops don’t have a microorganism inside them: they have a gene from a microorganism. Also, the science which was supposed to show GM crops causing cancer has been debunked http://www.aei.org/article/energy-and-the-environment/anti-gm-corn-study-reconsidered-seralini-finally-responds-to-torrent-of-criticism/ As you know, I’m keeping an open mind about GM crops but that can be difficult when both sides (pro and anti) lose their focus on scientific evidence. I don’t mean to attack you or anything like that.

  2. I really appreciate your comments and welcome your input. It encourages me to explore these issues and further educate myself on the topic. I read the article you mentioned, have posted it on my site and have suggested why I believe it is so difficult to produce independent studies on these seeds. Please feel free to reply to anything I’ve posted. I do not take it as a personal attack, but as an informed discussion.

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