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Islander
02-23-11, 11:28 AM
February 21, 2011
By Rady Ananda

A plant pathologist experienced in protecting against biological warfare recently warned the USDA of a new, self-replicating, micro-fungal virus-sized organism which may be causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, sudden death syndrome in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soy, and wilt in Monsanto’s RR corn.

Dr. Don M. Huber, who coordinates the Emergent Diseases and Pathogens committee of the American Phytopathological Society, as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System, warned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that this pathogen threatens the US food and feed supply and can lead to the collapse of the US corn and soy export markets. Likewise, deregulation of GE alfalfa “could be a calamity,” he noted in his letter (reproduced in full below).

On January 27, Vilsack gave blanket approval to all genetically modified alfalfa. Following orders from President Obama, he also removed buffer zone requirements (http://www.grist.org/article/2011-01-31-media-reports-white-house-pressure-stomped-on-vilsack-over-gmo-a). This is seen as a deliberate move to contaminate natural crops and destroy the organic meat and dairy industry which relies on GM-free alfalfa. Such genetic contamination will give the biotech industry complete control over the nation’s fourth largest crop. It will also ease the transition to using GE-alfalfa as a biofuel (http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/36401000/AlfalfaforBiomass.pdf).

“My letter to Secretary Vilsack was a request to allocate necessary resources to understand potential nutrient-disease interactions before making (in my opinion) an essentially irreversible decision on deregulation of RR alfalfa,” Huber told Food Freedom (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/roundup-new-pathogen/) in an email.
But, he cautions:
“Although the organism has been associated with infertility and spontaneous abortions in animals, associations are not always evidence of cause in all cases and do not indicate what the predisposing conditions might be. These need to be established through thorough investigation which requires a commitment of resources.

“I hope that the Secretary will make such a commitment because many growers/producers are experiencing severe increases in disease of both crops and animals that are threatening their economic viability.”

On Feb. 16, Paul Tukey of SafeLawn (http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2011/02/researcher-roundup-may-be-causing-miscarriages-in-cattle-humans/) telephoned Dr. Huber who told him, “I believe we’ve reached the tipping point toward a potential disaster with the safety of our food supply. The abuse, or call it over use if you will, of Roundup, is having profoundly bad consequences in the soil. We’ve seen that for years. The appearance of this new pathogen may be a signal that we’ve gone too far.”

Tukey also conveyed that while Huber admits that much further study is needed to definitively confirm the link between Round-Up and the pathogen, “In the meantime, he said, it’s grossly irresponsible of the government to allow Roundup Ready alfalfa, which would bring the widespread spraying of Roundup to millions of more acres and introduce far more Roundup into the food supply.”

Huber, who has been studying plant pathogens for over 50 years and glyphosate for over 20 years, has noticed an increase in pathogens associated with the herbicide. In an interview (http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/may10/consequenceso_widespread_glyphosate_use.php) with the Organic and Non-GMO Report last May, he discussed his team’s conclusions that glyphosate can, “significantly increase the severity of various plant diseases, impair plant defense to pathogens and diseases, and immobilize soil and plant nutrients rendering them unavailable for plant use.”

This is because “glyphosate stimulates the growth of fungi and enhances the virulence of pathogens.” In the last 15-18 years, the number of plant pathogens has increased, he told the Non-GMO Report. “There are more than 40 diseases reported with use of glyphosate, and that number keeps growing as people recognize the association (between glyphosate and disease).”

In his undated letter to the USDA, Huber highlighted “the escalating frequency of infertility and spontaneous abortions over the past few years in US cattle, dairy, swine, and horse operations.” He reported that spontaneous abortions occurred in nearly half the cattle where high concentrations of the pathogen were found in their feed. Huber notes that the wheat “likely had been under weed management using glyphosate.”

Other Research Supports Huber’s Warning
Last year, Argentine scientists found that Roundup causes birth defects in frogs and chickens. Publishing their paper, “Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx1001749?journalCode=crtoec),” in [I]Chemical Research in Toxicology, Alejandra Paganelli, et al. also produced a large set of reports for the public at GMWatch (http://www.gmwatch.eu/reports/12479-reports-reports):
“In Argentina and Paraguay, doctors and residents living in GM soy producing areas have reported serious health effects from glyphosate spraying, including high rates of birth defects as well as infertility, stillbirths, miscarriages, and cancers. Scientific studies collected in the new report confirm links between exposure to glyphosate and premature births, miscarriages, cancer, and damage to DNA and reproductive organ cells.”

One of the researchers, Andrés Carrasco, told GM Watch, “The findings in the lab are compatible with malformations observed in humans exposed to glyphosate during pregnancy.”

When trying to present these findings to the public in August of last year, Dr. Carrasco and the audience were attacked by 100 thugs who beat them and their cars with clubs, leaving one person paralyzed, Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR13/005/2010/en/303e9ee6-9138-405f-97fc-ed58965b76d0/amr130052010en.html) reported. Local police and a wealthy GM rice grower were implicated in that attack.

In a 2009 study, researchers linked organ damage with consumption of Monsanto’s GM maize, based on Monsanto’s trial data. As we reported (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/three-approved-gmos-linked-to-organ-damage/) last year, Gilles-Eric Séralini, et al., concluded that the raw data from all three GMO studies reveal that novel pesticide residues will be present in food and feed and may pose grave health risks to those consuming them.
In a 2005 paper (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info:doi/10.1289/ehp.7728) published in Environmental Health Perspectives, Sophie Richard, et al. compared the toxicity of Roundup with that of just glyphosate, its active ingredient. They found Roundup to be more toxic, owing to its adjuvants. They also found that endocrine disruption increased over time so that one-tenth the amount prescribed for agriculture caused cell deformation. Citing other research, they also reported that Roundup adjuvants bond with DNA.

Such negative findings probably explain why Monsanto and other biotech firms so vociferously block independent research (http://www.regulations.gov/#%21documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0836-0043).

Tom Laskawy at Grist (http://www.grist.org/article/usda-downplays-own-scientists-research-on-danger-of-roundup) estimated that in 2008, nearly 200 million pounds of glyphosate were poured onto US soils. But, he notes that “exact figures are a closely guarded secret thanks to the USDA’s refusal to update its pesticide use database (http://www.pestmanagement.info/nass/) after 2007.” This figure more than doubles what the EPA estimates (http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/pestsales/01pestsales/usage2001_2.htm) was used in 2000.
Below is Dr. Huber’s full letter, graciously provided to me by Paul Tukey:

Dear Secretary Vilsack:
A team of senior plant and animal scientists have recently brought to my attention the discovery of an electron microscopic pathogen that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings. Based on a review of the data, it is widespread, very serious, and is in much higher concentrations in Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans and corn—suggesting a link with the RR gene or more likely the presence of Roundup. This organism appears NEW to science!

This is highly sensitive information that could result in a collapse of US soy and corn export markets and significant disruption of domestic food and feed supplies. On the other hand, this new organism may already be responsible for significant harm (see below). My colleagues and I are therefore moving our investigation forward with speed and discretion, and seek assistance from the USDA and other entities to identify the pathogen’s source, prevalence, implications, and remedies.

We are informing the USDA of our findings at this early stage, specifically due to your pending decision regarding approval of RR alfalfa. Naturally, if either the RR gene or Roundup itself is a promoter or co-factor of this pathogen, then such approval could be a calamity. Based on the current evidence, the only reasonable action at this time would be to delay deregulation at least until sufficient data has exonerated the RR system, if it does.
For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency.

A diverse set of researchers working on this problem have contributed various pieces of the puzzle, which together presents the following disturbing scenario:

Unique Physical Properties
This previously unknown organism is only visible under an electron microscope (36,000X), with an approximate size range equal to a medium size virus. It is able to reproduce and appears to be a micro-fungal-like organism. If so, it would be the first such micro-fungus ever identified. There is strong evidence that this infectious agent promotes diseases of both plants and mammals, which is very rare.

Pathogen Location and Concentration
It is found in high concentrations in Roundup Ready soybean meal and corn, distillers meal, fermentation feed products, pig stomach contents, and pig and cattle placentas.

Linked with Outbreaks of Plant Disease
The organism is prolific in plants infected with two pervasive diseases that are driving down yields and farmer income—sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soy, and Goss’ wilt in corn. The pathogen is also found in the fungal causative agent of SDS (Fusarium solani fsp glycines).

Implicated in Animal Reproductive Failure
Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of this organism in a wide variety of livestock that have experienced spontaneous abortions and infertility. Preliminary results from ongoing research have also been able to reproduce abortions in a clinical setting.
The pathogen may explain the escalating frequency of infertility and spontaneous abortions over the past few years in US cattle, dairy, swine, and horse operations. These include recent reports of infertility rates in dairy heifers of over 20%, and spontaneous abortions in cattle as high as 45%.

For example, 450 of 1,000 pregnant heifers fed wheatlage experienced spontaneous abortions. Over the same period, another 1,000 heifers from the same herd that were raised on hay had no abortions. High concentrations of the pathogen were confirmed on the wheatlage, which likely had been under weed management using glyphosate.

Recommendations
In summary, because of the high titer of this new animal pathogen in Round Ready crops,[sic] and its association with plant and animal diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions, we request USDA’s participation in a multi-agency investigation, and an immediate moratorium on the deregulation of RR crops until the causal/predisposing relationship with glyphosate and/or RR plants can be ruled out as a threat to crop and animal production and human health.

It is urgent to examine whether the side-effects of glyphosate use may have facilitated the growth of this pathogen, or allowed it to cause greater harm to weakened plant and animal hosts. It is well-documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases; it dismantles plant defenses by chelating vital nutrients; and it reduces the bioavailability of nutrients in feed, which in turn can cause animal disorders. To properly evaluate these factors, we request access to the relevant USDA data.

I have studied plant pathogens for more than 50 years. We are now seeing an unprecedented trend of increasing plant and animal diseases and disorders. This pathogen may be instrumental to understanding and solving this problem. It deserves immediate attention with significant resources to avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.

Sincerely,
COL (Ret.) Don M. Huber
Emeritus Professor, Purdue University
APS Coordinator, USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS)

http://tinyurl.com/6zxlrry

mellowsong
02-23-11, 03:23 PM
Like you said in an earlier post...this is the end of the planet....something like that. I guarantee that this information will be buried and covered up. I truly don't think anything short of a miracle is going to stop Monsanto now much as I hate to say it. The alfalfa and sugar beet rulings prove that the people's voice and science do not matter when money is involved.

Islander
02-23-11, 03:52 PM
Right. Even our own a$$hole governor wants to (among other disasters) repeal our law banning BPA. Why? Partially because he doesn't get it (he says the worst that can happen is women will grow little beards — doesn't even understand that estrogen will give him man boobs — but mostly because he took campaign money from the chemical industry and now it's payback time.

I maintain that collusion and corruption in America have now reached 3rd World levels. You saw it here first, folks.

Reesacat
02-23-11, 05:50 PM
Agree.

Stoneharbor
04-02-11, 08:08 AM
Looks like Don Huber's words are getting out to the little guys at least:

http://www.grazeonline.com/articles/problemroundup.html

As I was commenting on Dr. Mercola's article today regarding GMO's, I think Monsanto has made a big mistake in terms of aiming for world dominance in the seed and chemical business. It just may play out that their "wonder" plants turn out to be the weak link in their "system". Possibly organic farmers and ranchers will win finally, even if alfalfa fields that aren't GMO alfalfa get infiltrated with the GMO genetics. Possibly the GMO plants will die and not continue the propagation. But those farmers and ranchers that plant GMO, and then use roundup are dooming their soil. Not only will the plants not be very nutritious that are grown on it, but they will fail to match the bountiful harvest of the organic growers to such a degree that Monsanto will lose business that they thought they had captured. I'm hoping.

Stoneharbor
06-11-11, 10:31 AM
... I guarantee that this information will be buried and covered up. I truly don't think anything short of a miracle is going to stop Monsanto now much as I hate to say it. The alfalfa and sugar beet rulings prove that the people's voice and science do not matter when money is involved.

This article, "Scientists warn...." is the only place I can find mention of the group "GM Watch" on HH, so I'm placing this info. here! Islander's original post mentioned 'One of the researchers, Andrés Carrasco, told GM Watch, “The findings in the lab are compatible with malformations observed in humans exposed to glyphosate during pregnancy.” '

Apparently, a couple of years ago GM Watch's website was repeatedly hacked and partly destroyed, and blocked to viewers, and also modified, to the point where GM Watch had to take the site off the server and find another server. During the whole time, their site was the only one of 100+ sites on that server that was getting hacked. As their web host made specific changes to give just their site more and more security, their site still remained the only one being hacked. This shows directed hacking, not just random destruction for fun or profit.

GM Watch seems to be operational again http://www.gmwatch.org/ but the details of how they were effectively taken down over their Monsanto information is here:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_16382.cfm

This is not new information, just something additional on how dirty the game is played, and how, if you show too much power over the public, you may get Rounded Up. Seems to be happening to Sayer Ji on Facebook now. I'm glad HH is not too big and powerful yet.

Islander
06-11-11, 02:22 PM
This is not new information, just something additional on how dirty the game is played, and how, if you show too much power over the public, you may get Rounded Up. Seems to be happening to Sayer Ji on Facebook now. I'm glad HH is not too big and powerful yet.
Some of us post to Facebook, and I post to Twitter occasionally, primarily to recruit. We have a joyfully active group of regulars but I hope that does not give us the appearance of a private club, and I'm always delighted to draw new blood and fresh ideas, even a little controversy, into the conversation. I never want to see Hawkes' get so big that it has a target painted on its back.

Reesacat
06-11-11, 03:34 PM
I wonder if the thing with FB and SayerJi is because he is prominent on JM's website and has even had one of his teaching videos posted by JM himself. I know the Feds watch the JM site and so do the drug goons.............

Islander
06-11-11, 03:52 PM
Reesacat, when was the Sayer Ji video posted? How did I miss that? Do you have a date?

Reesacat
06-11-11, 03:57 PM
I read about it in SJ's newsletter on glutens in rice, etc. All he said was that
JM featured the video in his Integrity Feedback Academy on Health blog (? might be Inner Crown deal subscription service?).

Go to last newsletter at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/beyond-gluten-free-critical-role-chitin-binding-lectins-human-disease

3/4 way down the page.

Islander
06-11-11, 05:46 PM
OK, got it. I have the newsletter but hadn't read it yet.
The Integrity Biofeedback Academy is Sayer Ji's baby. The video appears in the Health Blog, i.e. it has not yet made it to the newsletter or what you call VV. So now I understand a little better how Sayer can fund his very expensive website. As I recall, it's over $300/month.

Pattypans
06-11-11, 08:00 PM
Reesacat, I think he discontinued the inner crown thing. Or inner circle, actually, I think it was.