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      The Institute of Science in Society Science Society
      Sustainability http://www.i-sis.org.uk

      General Enquiries sam@... Website/Mailing List
      press-release@... ISIS Director m.w.ho@...

      Announcing Science in Society #21
      Spring 2004

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      From the Editor

      Cows ate GM maize and died – Public enquiry needed Could
      this be the "three mile island" or the "thalidomide" of GM:
      the clinching evidence that there is something seriously
      wrong with most if not all GM food and feed? Twelve dairy
      cows died in Hesse, Germany after being fed Syngenta’s Bt176
      GM maize; and other cows had to be slaughtered due to
      mysterious illnesses. Protestors in front of the Robert Koch
      Institute suspect a cover-up. But is there a news blackout
      as well?

      There has been no coverage in the mainstream media; not even
      after ISIS circulated a detail report, showing how Bt176 has
      the worst of features common to practically all commercially
      approved GM crops. Not only is Bt176 unstable like all GM
      varieties analysed so far, it is also non-uniform, so that
      different samples of the variety gave different results.
      Either of those features would make the GM variety illegal
      under European law.

      The dead cows in Hesse are not an isolated case. In 1999,
      Pusztai and colleagues reported that GM potato engineered
      with the snowdrop lectin adversely affected every organ
      system of young rats, in particular, it made their stomach
      lining twice as thick. Scientists in Egypt found similar
      effects in mice fed a Bt potato. Several years earlier, the
      US Food and Drug Administration already had data showing
      that rats fed a GM tomato with an antisense gene to delay
      ripening developed holes in their stomach. Add to that the
      report from Aventis (now Bayer) which showed that
      glufosinate-tolerant T25 GM maize (about to be approved for
      growing by the Blair government) killed twice as many
      broiler chickens compared to non-GM maize, and a host of
      anecdotal evidence that livestock, wildlife and lab animals
      avoid GM feed when given the choice, and failed to thrive or
      died when forced to eat it.

      There must now be a public enquiry, not only into the safety
      of GM food and feed, but especially on why this and other
      evidence have been systematically misrepresented,
      suppressed, ignored and denied in the rush to commercialise
      GM crops and GM food and feed. It amounts to a serious abuse
      of science and scientific evidence, and our governments’
      scientific advisors must be called into proper account.

      Britain’s pro-GM scientific establishment appears to have
      entered into an elicit relationship, willingly or otherwise,
      with a gang of biotech corporate warriors – remarkably
      metamorphosed from their previous Marxist tendencies - who
      promote their agenda by infiltrating the establishment and
      using smear tactics borrowed from America’s far-right to
      discredit critics.

      Read the evidence and judge for yourselves. There’s plenty
      more: US Department of Agriculture’s own data showing that
      GM crops increased pesticide and herbicide use by more than
      50 million pounds between 1996 and 2003; Roundup Ready
      herbicide linked to sudden death of GM soya and fusarium
      head blight in wheat; and the regulatory sham surrounding Bt
      crops that’s allowing synthetic, altered toxins of both
      known and unknown toxicities to enter our ecosystems and
      food web.

      Send a copy of this issue to your government representatives
      demanding a public enquiry. (Contact sam@... for
      bulk purchase at cost.)

      Nanotech & nanotox Another area where science and technology
      have gone way ahead of safety considerations is
      nanotechnology, in particular, nanoparticles and nanotubes.

      The science is fascinating, and the possibilities enormous,
      but that’s precisely why it raises a host of new safety
      concerns. It seems that all kinds of substances acquire
      entirely new properties when shrunk to the nanoscale (about
      a billionth of a metre). They become super-efficient
      catalysts, they concentrate light energy enormously, acquire
      new electrical properties, and so on.

      But the first evidence of the hazards has already emerged.
      Nanotubes could be worse than asbestos, and both nanotube
      and other nanoparticles can accumulate in organs and

      Fortunately, at least some scientists involved in developing
      the technology are much more willing to consider and discuss
      the safety concerns openly and engage in real dialogue with
      the public; in contrast to those scientists involved in
      exploiting GM.

      Biology’s theory of everything and the obesity epidemic When
      the "Living energies" series was circulated, we received an
      unprecedented number of positive responses from people who
      know too well that the secret of life is not to be found in
      genomes and genes or other molecular nuts and bolts.

      I think it may well be in how organisms capture, store and
      transform energy.

      Indeed, a universal metabolism appears to lie at the basis
      of all life, which can explain its patterns of biodiversity
      and many other biological phenomena. This brings together
      diverse fields that have hitherto developed independently,
      such as bioenergetics, ecology, physiology and yes, even the
      new field of food quality research, where it is found that
      animals do tend to prefer organically produced food!

      And, it could also enable us to better understand a range of
      fundamental problems from sustainable systems to the obesity
      epidemic, and what to do about it.

      Biology is groping its way towards a theory of everything.
      Thank goodness not all biology has been swallowed up by
      genomics and related research.

      There are signs that the National Institutes of Health in
      the United States, at least, have read the writing on the
      wall with regard to genomics; and are actively inviting
      generous grant applications from scientists (US citizens
      only) that can "change the current paradigms of medical

      All other governments should take heed.


      From the Editor

      GM Food Safe? Cows Ate GM Maize & Died Bt Toxin Binds to
      Mouse Intestine Liver of Mice Fed GM Soya Works Overtime
      Syngenta’s Spanish GM Trojan Horse Animals Avoid GM Food,
      for Good Reasons Transgenic DNA & Bt Toxin Survive Digestion

      Good Food Food Quality? What’s That? Do Animals Like Good
      Food? Assessing Food Quality by Its After-Glow

      Rethinking Health The Obesity Epidemic How Carbohydrates
      Make Fats How to Survive 40 Days Starvation

      ISP News Approving GM Crops is Abusing Science

      Biosafety GM Crops Increase Pesticide Use Unstable
      Transgenic Lines Illegal Roundup Ready Sudden Death Syndrome
      New GM Toxin Looms over Our Food Transgenic Fish Coming
      Keeping Europe GM-Free Regulatory Sham on Bt Crops

      Corrupt Science Rotten to the Corp Biotech Critic Denied

      Pollution Watch Mercury A Growing Scourge Methyl Bromide Ban

      Nanotech & Nanotox Nanotox Metal Nanoshells, Cure or Curse?
      Nanotubes Highly Toxic

      Rethinking Agriculture GM Crops Threaten Cultural &
      Ecological Integrity Organic Outperforms Conventional in
      Climate Extremes "The Answer Lies in the Soil"

      Living Energies No System in Systems Biology Biology’s
      Theory of Everything? Energy, Productivity & Biodiversity
      Why Are Organisms So Complex?
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