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      Date: Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 2:44 AM
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      They must think we were born yesterday

      Posted by admin On June - 22 - 2013



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      Just who the fuck do the government think they are trying to kid with this GMO food malarkey?
      The cunts wont eat it themselves that is for fucking sure.
      The cunt Cameron personally refused to say whether or not he would feed the shit to his kids. Course, by doing so he made it quite obvious that he wouldn’t.
      This caused a stir obviously, since even the dumbest fuck-wit knows that eating the shit will kill you.
      So, what does the cunt do to try and save face?
      He gets ‘sources close to him’ to leak to the press that he would feed his family the shit. The corporate controlled press then do their best to make it sound like the Cunt Cameron has personally made this admission.
      The following is from the Daily Mail:

      David Cameron has indicated he is ‘perfectly happy’ for him and his family to eat genetically modified foods that have been deemed safe by watchdogs.
      However, since it is only ‘sources’ that have made the claim, Cameron still hasn’t personally admitted that he would poison his children.
      The evil cunts really think we are as thick as they are… Wankers.

      GM food off the menu in Parliament’s restaurants despite ministers telling the public to drop their opposition

      • Genetically modified food banned from Houses of Parliament
      • Environment Secretary Owen Paterson launched pro-GM campaign
      PUBLISHED: 16:22, 21 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:25, 21 June 2013
      GM foods are banned from restaurants in the Houses of Parliament despite government claims it is ‘probably safer’ than other meals.
      Government ministers are demanding that ordinary families should abandon their reluctance to eat genetically modified food, however they are banned from MPs’ plates.
      This week the food and farming secretary, Owen Paterson, launched an extraordinary propaganda campaign to encourage the nation to accept GM crops and farming.
      Menu: Genetically modified food is banned in the Houses of Parliament, despite ministers insisting it is safeMenu: Genetically modified food is banned in the Houses of Parliament, despite ministers insisting it is safe
      He bolstered his campaign with claims that some seven million children in the Far East could have been saved from blindness or  death in the last 15 years if only people had opened the door to a new form of GM ‘Golden Rice’.
      However, his efforts were unravelling today amid evidence that GM food is banned from the dinner tables of MPs, while his claims for the GM rice proved to be bogus.
      The House of Commons Catering service today confirmed that the ban on GM ingredients which dates back to 1998 remains in place as a matter of ‘customer choice’.
      It said: ‘In line with its procurement policy, the House of Commons Catering Service avoids, wherever identifiable, the procurement of foods that contain genetically modified organisms. 
      Speech: Environment Secretary Owen Paterson this week urged Brits to eat GMSpeech: Environment Secretary Owen Paterson this week urged Brits to eat GM
      ‘To this end, as part of the tendering process, food suppliers are required to work to a strict GM organisms policy and give assurances that goods supplied be free from genetically modified materials.’
      It added: ‘The decision to avoid GMs is seen as largely a matter of customer choice.’
      Mr Paterson has set himself up as the chief cheerleader for so-called Frankenstein Foods, however it appears that he has been unable to convince fellow MPs to accept them in their restaurants.
      As a result, the minister and fellow MPs leave themselves open to accusations of hypocrisy and complaints that they are telling people to ‘do as I say, not as I do’.
      Speaking earlier this week, Mr Paterson said: ‘The use of more precise technology and greater regulatory scrutiny probably makes GM organisms even safer than conventional plants and food.
      ‘There is no substantiated case of any adverse impact on human health…An enormous amount of material has been eaten, not a single case has been brought to my attention.’
      Mr Paterson’s most powerful argument for accepting GM was the development of Golden Rice, which has been genetically modified to boost levels of beta carotene and Vitamin A, which can protect eyesight.
      In an extraordinary statement, he said: ‘Over the last 15 years, despite offering the seeds for free to those who would need them, every attempt to deploy this golden rice has been thwarted.
      ‘In that time seven million children have gone blind or died.’
      Restaurant: MPs, staff, officials and journalists can dine in several restaurants including in Portcullis House, across the road from the main Parliament buildingRestaurant: MPs, staff, officials and journalists can dine in several restaurants including in Portcullis House, across the road from the main Parliament building
      It emerged today that these seeds have not been offered free to communities in the Far East who might need them because they have not yet been through a safety checking and approval system.
      Neither have any tests been carried out to establish whether they contain sufficient nutrients to make any difference to the eyesight of children, let alone save millions of lives.
      Golden Rice has not been available to farmers and consumers for the past 15 years and is only now going through crop growing trials in the Philippines.
      If these prove successful, the rice will be sold for profit just like any other agricultural commodity and will not be given away free.
      The International Rice Research Institute has issued a statement which makes clear that Mr Paterson’s claims that Golden Rice could have prevented millions of youngsters from going blind or dying over the past 15 years are also bogus.
      This states that: ‘It has not yet been determined whether daily consumption of Golden Rice does improve the vitamin A status of people who are vitamin A deficient and could therefore reduce related conditions such as night blindness.’
      Al fresco: Food is also served in the pavilion buffet, a tented restaurant for MPs on the terrace at the House of CommonsAl fresco: Food is also served in the pavilion buffet, a tented restaurant for MPs on the terrace at the House of Commons
      It said tests will be needed to establish whether the rice would be useful, but this process could take another two years.
      The Channel 4 News FactCheck blog concluded: ‘Mr Paterson has been misleading on a number of counts.
      ‘There haven’t been attempts to give golden rice out for free. The leading exponent of it says it will cost ‘about the same’ as ordinary rice.
      ‘To then claim that seven million children have gone blind or died as a result of such attempts being thwarted doesn’t follow either. The numbers are a large and inaccurate extrapolation.’
      A spokesman for Mr Paterson’s department, DEFRA, said: ‘We have only just started the discussion on the potential benefits of using GM products here in the UK.
      ‘Other governments wouldn’t licence these technologies if they didn’t recognise the economic, environmental and public benefits.’
       

      I WOULD feed my family GM food, says Cameron as he tries to win over public on the issue

      • Government pushing to end effective ban on GM products in supermarkets
      • A source said Mr Cameron would ‘happily eat GM products’
      PUBLISHED: 01:17, 22 June 2013 | UPDATED: 01:17, 22 June 2013
      Family: Prime Minister
 David Cameron with his youngest child FlorenceFamily: Prime Minister David Cameron with his youngest child Florence
      David Cameron has indicated he is ‘perfectly happy’ for him and his family to eat genetically modified foods that have been deemed safe by watchdogs.
      Sources close to the Prime Minister said he took the same view as Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who said this week that he had eaten GM foods and would happily feed his children a genetically modified tomato.
      As the Government launched a push to end an effective ban on GM products in British supermarkets, Downing Street repeatedly declined to say whether Mr Cameron would eat them or give them to his family.
      But yesterday a source close to the Prime Minister told the Mail: ‘Of course he would happily eat GM products that have been through proper procedures.
      ‘Anyone who has ever eaten a meal in the United States has almost certainly eaten GM, since almost all the soya produced there has been genetically modified for many years.
      ‘The point is we can’t carry on damning an entire technology as “Frankenstein foods”. Surely the sensible thing is to judge each product on its merits or demerits.’ 
      Mr Paterson prompted a row with critics of GM foods this week when he insisted that they are safer than those produced using conventional farming methods.
       
      He blamed European resistance to the technology for depriving the Third World of products such as ‘golden rice’, which is engineered to contain high levels of vitamin A to help prevent blindness.
      Conservative leader David Cameron eats a pie at Borough Market, LondonGrub’s up: David Cameron, pictured eating a pie at Borough Market, seems not to be worried about GM produce
      Environment
 secretary Owen Paterson viewing a genetically modified crop trial in HertfordshireControversy: Environment secretary Owen Paterson viewing a genetically modified crop trial in Hertfordshire
      Ministers claim British farmers and scientists are being forced to work with ‘one hand tied behind their backs’ because of an effective moratorium on GM products, which has been in place since they became the focus of controversy in the 1990s.
      Mr Paterson insisted there was ‘no scientific evidence associating GMOs [genetically modified organisms] with higher risks’ for the environment or human health.
      He said studies showed that the use of ‘more precise technology and the greater regulatory scrutiny probably makes GMOs even safer than conventional plants and food’.
      Greenpeace UK’s chief scientist, Dr Doug Parr, said it was ‘hard to take lessons on science’ from Mr Paterson and added that biotechnology not using genetic modification was already making a ‘real difference’.
       

      EATING GMO FOODS COULD GIVE YOU CANCER SAYS SCIENTIST.

      By Rob Edwards
      Environment Editor
      Sunday Herald
      12-9-2
       
      Eating genetically modified (GM) food could give you cancer. That is the stark warning today from one of Scotland’s leading experts in tissue diseases.
       
      Dr Stanley Ewen, a consultant histopathologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, says that a cauliflower virus used in GM foods could increase the risk of stomach and colon cancers.
       
      He is calling for the health of people who live near the farm-scale GM crop trials in Aberdeenshire, Ross-shire and Fife to be monitored. Their food and water will be contaminated by GM material, he said, which could hasten the growth of malignant tumours.
       
      ‘I don’t want to be scare-mongering, I want to be understated,’ Ewen told the Sunday Herald. ‘But I’m very concerned that people who rely on local produce might be endangering themselves.’
       
      The government, backed by its scientific advisors, has always insisted the GM trials pose no risk to human health or the environment. Never theless, the trials have provoked widespread opposition, with dozens of protesters arrested for damaging GM crops.
       
      Ewen’s warning, which has been delivered to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Community Care Committee, is bound to be seized on by critics . The committee is just completing an investigation into the safety of GM food and is hoping to report its findings this week.
       
      Ewen, who has 29 years’ experience as a histopathologist, is currently leading a pilot project in Grampian to screen people for colon cancer. In 1999, along with Dr Arpad Pusztai, a former researcher at Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute, he published a study suggesting that GM potatoes harm rats.
       
      In his submission to the health committee, Ewen expressed ‘great concern’ about the use of the cauliflower mosaic virus as a ‘promoter’ in GM foods. The virus is used like a tiny engine to drive implanted genes to express themselves.
       
      But Ewen pointed out that the virus is infectious, and could act as a ‘growth factor’ in the stomach or colon, encouraging the growth of polyps. The faster and bigger polyps grow, the more likely they are to be malignant, he added.
       
      There are also risks in feeding GM products like maize to cattle, he cautioned.
       
      ‘It is possible cows’ milk will contain GM derivatives that can be directly ingested by humans as milk or cheese. Even a lightly cooked, thick fillet steak could contain active GM material.’
       
      GM material can be destroyed by cooking or boiling for 10 minutes, and it can be broken down by the acids and enzymes in the stomach. But Ewen is worried that genes in uncooked GM fruit and vegetables could survive common stomach infections.
       
      ‘It is possible GM DNA could affect stomach and colonic lining by causing a growth factor effect with the unproven possibility of hastening cancer formation in those organs,’ he stated.
       
      Ewen stressed that he is not opposed to all GM technology, which he believes could have real benefits, particularly in medicine. But he is sufficiently alarmed by the current use of the technology to urge the health committee to call for a ban on GM crop trials while their safety is tested on animals.
       
      Doctors from the British Medical Association have also suggested a GM ban to the committee because of the unknown effects on health. The committee’s investigation was prompted by a petition of 6000 signatures gathered by protesters who maintained a vigil at a GM trial site at Munlochy in Ross-shire.
       
      ‘What is most worrying about Dr Ewen’s evidence is that while his concerns are disease-specific, the risks extend to a wide range of GM food crops,’ said Jo Hunt, director of the lobby group Highlands and Islands GM Concern.
       
      ‘The effects are caused not by just one ‘bad’ DNA fragment, but are a result of the reaction of plant cells to genetic engineering itself. All the major GM food plants currently produced could have the same effect when eaten.’
       
      Hunt argued that long-term research was needed to establish whether GM food was safe. ‘But instead of looking at the impact of GM food on people’s health, the Scottish Executive has spent over £5 million on farm-scale trials to see how growing GM crops on Scottish farms will affect butterflies and weeds. The Executive has already released GM at 11 sites and is considering allowing GM to be released anywhere in the country from 2004, before it knows whether GM food is safe to eat.’
       
      The Executive also came under fire from the Scottish National Party’s shadow environment minister, Bruce Crawford, who demanded a freeze on GM crops trials. ‘We cannot allow GM material to enter the food chain until there are absolute guarantees that there are no risks,’ he said.
       
      He pointed out that, in a recent letter, the environment minister, Ross Finnie, had admitted to him that plants around GM crops could become contaminated . Finnie added, however, that the government’s advice was ‘unanimous in its conclusion that GM crops that have approval do not pose a safety threat.’
       
      Ewen’s evidence to the health committee is backed up by a separate submission from Arpad Pusztai, who now works as an independent consultant. He warned that GM contamination could jeopardise human health and cause irreversible environmental damage.
       
      ‘We need to rethink the whole strategy of genetic engineering,’ Pusztai said. ‘Because of its potential importance for, and effect on, mankind, it should not be left to the decision of a few multinational companies.’




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