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Mar 7 6 tweets 2 min read
Risks of new #GMOs: French food safety agency @Anses_fr recommends case-by-case assessment. Warns of dangers of unexpected toxins and allergens, nutritional problems.… Expert opinion on the risks of #NewGMO plants from the French food safety agency (ANSES) has finally been published after delays led to repeated accusations of censorship. Its devastating findings threaten to derail the attempts to weaken the regulations around new #GMO plants.
Mar 1 4 tweets 1 min read
How a common — and contentious — pesticide is impacting Canada’s forests. The ecological and health impacts of #glyphosate on woodlands and people who hunt and harvest wild foods are little understood and are overlooked by federal regulators.… Canada's regulatory regime does not account for the potential chronic impact of low-level #glyphosate exposure and does not examine forests. But researchers have found low-level exposure can impact the health of animals’ gut microbiomes, potentially causing health issues.
Jan 13 5 tweets 1 min read
‼️Next generation AI bots are engaging in genetic engineering. Just as you can now type text into an AI to autogenerate pics or essays, tech firms like Gingko Bioworks are working on "text-to-organism" generation of proteins & lifeforms through generative AI & synthetic biology‼️ For instance, NVIDIA (leading producer of AI chips) "took all the DNA data" available (biopiracy or what?)—both DNA & RNA, for virus & bacteria—"about a hundred and ten million such genomes. We learnt a language model over that and then we can now ask it to generate new genomes."
Dec 4, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
In chilling terms, the letter—seen by POLITICO— presented Wiener, who was leading parliamentary negotiations on a landmark law aimed at weaning farmers off toxic pesticides, with 3 options: resign and return to Austria; be committed to a mental institution; or face being murdered Cherry-picking data from industry-funded studies, the lobbying blitzkrieg claimed pesticide cuts would undermine food production & put wine & fruit growers out of business. Similar PR tactics were used to weaken other new EU rules aimed at restoring degraded natural habitats etc.
Nov 7, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
They don't just own the #seeds & the chemicals but also the folk who should be keeping us safe! Our latest Lobbywatch Review contains striking examples of the corporate capture of lawmakers, regulators, scientific bodies & science reporting—from 🇺🇸🇨🇦🇪🇺🇬🇧🇮🇳…
Image 🇺🇸Federal legislators aim to gut state and local health protections, block lawsuits against #glyphosate and other #pesticides. Lobbying disclosure records show @Bayer, which has spent big on campaign donations to members of Congress, has made passage of the legislation a priority
Nov 5, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
Bayer accused of greenwashing over 'regenerative agriculture'. Long-standing pioneers of regenerative ag in Europe—Spain's Asociación de Agricultura Regenerativa—initiate grassroots defence of regenerative ag. Say it shouldn't include #GMOs or #glyphosate!…
Image "Regen Ag in Spain is not needing to be led by the agro-industry.. Regen Ag works in favour of the life & health of all beings, starting with those in the soil, and thus does not include the use of toxic inputs & bio-cides, such as #glyphosate, which is also damaging to humans." Image
Oct 27, 2023 4 tweets 1 min read
92 unknown compounds found in “synbio milk” — genetically engineered animal-free “dairy” product. Scientist says the products should either have a risk warning on their packaging or be taken off the market… The 92 unknown compounds were discovered via full spectrum molecular analysis. None of the 92 novel yeast/fungal compounds are GRAS or have undergone any FDA testing. So there are 92 compounds identified in synbio “milk” that nobody has looked at for safety, nutrition or quality.
Oct 17, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
EPA fast-tracking of gene-altering pesticide sparks concerns. “We are considering releasing a material into the environment that will genetically engineer organisms in real time.” Doing that for the first time is no time to cut corners! #GMO… Calantha is the first pesticide spray using RNA interference (RNAi) to kill a pest, by turning off genes it needs to survive. This gene-silencing mechanism can be triggered whenever a matching or similar genetic sequence is encountered — potentially in thousands of other species. Image
Sep 27, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
Nearly 700 pages of emails reveal how CropLife #pesticides lobbyists, representing firms such as @Bayer, steered controversial regulatory changes to #GMOs in Canada… Documents obtained by Radio-Canada show how #GMO/#pesticides lobbyists worked hand-in-hand with Canadian civil servants—behind closed doors—to shape regulatory changes industry wanted, and communication strategies, ahead of the public consultation where concerns would be ignored.
Sep 19, 2023 9 tweets 3 min read
Report raises ‘red flag’ to regenerative greenwashing. New 🇬🇧Act gives green light to pesticide firms to develop & release gene-edited (new #GMO) microbes, such as bacteria, viruses & fungi under the guise of ‘regenerative greenwashing’, warns @ofgorganic… “We’re all now well versed in the damage caused by traditional #pesticides and fertilisers that were marketed as ‘completely safe’. The same level of corporate involvement in promoting these so called ‘precision-bred organisms’ [UK govt code for new #GMOs] is frankly terrifying.” Image
Aug 30, 2023 8 tweets 2 min read
New study lays out problems of developing gene-edited crops. The paper—titled “Multiple challenges in the development of commercial crops using #CRISPR/Cas technology”—explains how numerous “technical constraints” are delaying new #GMOs coming to market…
Image While we’re constantly told by lobbyists that only regulations are holding back gene editing from fulfilling its promise, the authors explain that scientists are actually having difficulty engineering desirable traits into plants and bringing marketable lines of plants to market.
Aug 29, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
Why Genetically Engineered Soil Microbes Are Concerning. The modifications released inside #GMO microbes could move across species and geographic boundaries with unforeseen and potentially irreparable consequences—and on a far larger less-containable scale… The entry of massive agrichemical firms into the field of #GMO microbes also raises red flags. They have a long record of disregarding environmental & human health impacts of their products, disenfranchising family-scale farmers, obfuscating the truth, and obstructing regulations
Aug 23, 2023 5 tweets 1 min read
Environmentalists Owe an Enormous Debt to Julian Assange. A slew of cables Assange published revealed US officials applying financial, diplomatic, and frequently military pressure on behalf of #Monsanto and other biotech corporations. via @NatCounterPunch… In a cable marked “confidential,” Craig Stapleton, then US Ambassador to France, advised the US to prepare for economic war with countries unwilling to introduce #Monsanto’s #GMO corn seeds. He called for retaliation, to “make clear that the [EU's] current path has real costs.”
Jul 12, 2023 10 tweets 4 min read
EU Commission proposal on new #GMOs is “scientifically unacceptable” and trashes the precautionary principle. The European Network of Scientists for Social & Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) dissects the Commission's #GMO deregulation plan—key points!…
Image ENSSER says there's wide scope for interpretation of the Commission’s “20 genetic modifications” that don't require regulation. This could “result in a very complex & deeply altered organism” yet under the Commission’s proposal still be called “equivalent” to a conventional plant Image
Jul 3, 2023 9 tweets 3 min read
New study warning of unwanted and potentially dangerous consequences of gene editing in human embryos has relevance for agricultural #GMOs…
What molecular geneticist Dr Michael Antoniou, who uses gene editing in his research, told us suggests the new findings will likely kill attempts to carry out human germline editing in humans using #CRISPR/Cas—and also have relevance to gene editing of animals and possibly plants
Jun 25, 2023 7 tweets 3 min read
.@BugLundgren began studying #regenerativeagriculture when beekeepers asked for help because pesticides were killing their bees. But now @Bayer—one of the worst bee-killers☠️on the planet—is exploiting the looseness of the term "regenerative" in order to market their☠️products☣️ @BugLundgren @Bayer On June 20 @Bayer held their 1st Innovation Summit and their theme for the entire event was shaping #regenerativeagriculture. They view the looseness of the term "regenerative" as an opportunity that they can use to "clearly define" it so their ☠️products☣️ are associated with it
Jun 20, 2023 5 tweets 3 min read
Gene scissors found to cause chaos in genome of tomatoes. And as the effects can be easily overlooked without exact genomic analyses, it's not unlikely that they also occurred in plants obtained from gene editing that were already deregulated in the US… Image Chromothripsis-like effects occurred after the application of #CRISPR/Cas. In chromothripsis often several hundred genetic changes occur simultaneously in a 'catastrophic' event. Many sections of the genetic material can be swapped, twisted, recombined or even lost if this occurs
Jun 20, 2023 4 tweets 3 min read
A new generation of genetic RNAi insecticides may be as dangerous to pollinators as the chemical pesticides they replace because of the extent of their fatal "off-target" effects on non-pest pollinators, according to a new analysis by @AssoPollinis… @AssoPollinis The genetic sequences targeted by the action of RNAi pesticides are found in several species. An analysis of the 26 genetic pesticides (in development or being marketed), found 14 could cause fatal effects in up to 136 non-pest pollinators! Report (French)… Image
Jun 16, 2023 11 tweets 16 min read
Leaked proposal to deregulate new #GMOs — European Commission plan gives in to #GMO seed corporations and means more risks and more market domination… Image "If this proposal goes through, it will mean these #GMOs will no longer be subject to risk assessment for health and environment, or traceability or labelling. This will increase biosafety risks and abolish consumer choice. And patents will erode farmers’ rights." — @nina_holland Image
Jun 16, 2023 6 tweets 5 min read
The Fumigated Peoples of Argentina and comrades from other fumigated towns in the "United Republic of Soybeans" in Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia are meeting and marching this week in Rosario🇦🇷 for food sovereignty and freedom from fumigation! #GMOs… They're mobilising against the concentration, expulsion, poisoning, disease and death agribusiness brings with its #GMO soy and #pesticides. There have also been talks and workshops organized by the Institute of Socio-Environmental Health of the National University of Rosario. Image
Jun 15, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
More things in Heaven and Earth: Mycorrhizal fungi, ploughing, no-till and glyphosate. #Glyphosate reduces levels of beneficial mycorrhizae. Organic farming leads to healthier mycorrhizal communities. And there's more than fungi to the soil microbiome!… A Dutch study found that arable fields under organic management had more arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi species than conventionally managed ones, with the difference becoming increasingly significant as time passed, following conversion to organic methods…