By Hwaa Irfan
The reduction in the global food supply, has yet not been matched to the reduction in investment in agriculture over the decades. But the reduction in the global bee population has been matched by the gluttony of coporations that have increased their profits through the invention and production of seeds and crops engineered by the limitations of man’s mind that has in turn poisoned and contaminated land, waters, and life through genetic modification. As these corporations stand in the frontline of a global eugenics program that has been around since WWI, human, animal and all terrestial life stand as a huge field experiment in the advancement of the wealth and power behind these corporations. Much has been said about Monsanto in this regard, but there are others like Syngenta.
Syngenta has just faced a defeat in this regard, for intentionally covering up the fact that GM Bt corn kills livestock. The irony is that the cover up was done legally, as far back as 2007, demonstrating that the law means in the interest of coporations vs. life! Mirroring the case of the Canadian, Percy Schmeiser vs. Monsanto, exposing Syngenta was the battle of one man, Gottfried Gloeckner, a German farmer whose livestock died after the Bt toxin. Gloeckner raised his own cows from 1997 to 2002, but it was not until 2000, that he began to feed his cows exclusively with Syngenta’s Bt 176
Using the tactics of big corporations that deceive the consumers like Monsanto, Syngenta tried to silence Gloeckner with €40,000, but like Schmeiser, Gloeckner persued justice through the courts with a civil lawsuit – at the time, 2 cows had died and others fell prey to some mysterious illness. Of course Syngenta denied all responsibility, and the case was dismissed.
Left with thousands in debt, and more cows dying, Gloeckner stopped feeding his cows with Syngenta’s Bt 176 corn. Gloeckner pursued investigatio through the Robert Koch Institute, the data of which remains unavailable. In 2009, Gloeckner got involved with the German action group, Bündnis Aktion Gen-Klage, to bring the case to criminal court. This time, additional evidence was made available from another farmer whose cows also mysteriously died from the consumption of Syngenta’s Bt 176 corn, bringing the deaths to a total of 65. Additionally, Hans-Theo Jahmann, the German head of Syngenta was charged for withholding evidence.
This comes at a time, when the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared there is no ‘scientific’ evidence that Monsanto’s GM crops pose a risk to human, animal and environmental health, while a German farmer has proven otherwise! This declaration led to the E.U. overstepping French sovereignty, and the rights of the French people who protested on mass against Monsanto in March 2012, and a temporary moratorium on the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, MON810 in France.
Despite leading journal Current Microbiology publication of evidence that glyphosate used in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, is changing and destroying micro-organisms in the soil, cronyism turns a blind eye in favor of profits over population health, and the land from which natural food grows.
Syngenta’s Bt 176
Bacillus thuringiensis Cry toxins are used worldwide as an insecticide injected into GM/ transgenic plants or as a spray in agriculture. Bt genes are extracted from bacteria and is called Bacillus thuringiensis. Bt Cry toxins work on receptors in the insect gut, forming pores that lead to cell and insect death. Blind intent has led to the global reduction of the bee population, the bounties of which are acknowledged in the Qur’an. Bees play a major role in fertilization of plants, and therefore natural global food supply. Bees on route are exposed to Bt Cry toxins becuase bee larvae consume large quantities of pollen sometimes sourced from maize plants (Sabugosa-Madeira et al. 2007). Ramirez-Romero et al 2008 found that the learning processes of honey bees fed on the active form of purified Cry1Ab protein are affected. For example, the foraging behaviour of bees are affected. Then add to the combination Cry1Ab toxin which was found in Monsanto’s GM corn MON 810. Cry1Ab toxin was found to be consistantly higher in leaves than grain and pollen in a 2009 study carried out by Andra´s and team of the Department of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry, Plant Protection Institute, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
In 2012, Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and team of the University of Caen found that Cry1Ab toxin kills human cells. In Canada, at the Sherbrooke Hospital in Quebec Cry1Ab toxin was found in the blood stream of 55 out of 69 pregnant and non-pregnant women who were tested, and 80% of fetal blood also contained Cry1Ab toxin, which kills human cells. None of the participants or their partners had been near any sight where Cry1Ab toxin can be found, and/or pesticides used. However, GM soybean, GM corn, and GM potatoes form a part of the local diet. Trace amounts of Cry1Ab toxin was found in the gastrointestinal tract of livestock fed with GM corn, putting consumers at risk on the consumption of meat. Unless one is on a death-wish, consumers need to be more diligent about the foods we eat.
GM biotechnology is a product of petroleum-based large scale farming, the kind of farming that South Africa is seeking to introduce into the country in the misguided belief that it will actually guarantee food security, and even if it could at what cost to human health, and environmental health. Swiss-based Syngenta is the world’s Syngenta, the world’s largest agrochemicals company. Syngenta market their seeds as:
“Elite genetics is the heart of every productive crop. How the crop stands. How it matures. How it resists pests. How it uses nutrients and moisture and how it yields. These strengths are built into the genes of the crop through decades of plant breeding and development. Nobody has better genetic resources and plant breeding expertise than Syngenta.”
In other words eugenics!
With growing resistance from farmers in the West, the next place to sow their profits, is Africa where they expect to “invest” U.S$500mn in Africa through their seeds.
“Africa has become one of our strategic growth regions and our aspiration is to contribute to the transformation of African agriculture,” Chief Executive Mike Mack told Reuters.
One such initiative is the BecA Hub, a bioscience platform based in Kenya as well as the PRECAD project in Mali. Syngenta also sponsors the Global Crop Security Trust, and has partnered with the Norwegian government the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, and the Rockefeller Foundation through CGIAR to collect, store and research on seeds around the world at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault built into a hill on a remote island in Norway.
Bee learning behaviour affected by consumption of Bt Cry1Ab toxin. The Bioscience Resource Project News Service, 21 October 2008 http://www.bioscienceresource.org/news/article.php?id=35
Guuciardi, A. “Busted: Biotech Leader ‘Syngenta’ Charged Over Covering Up Animal Deaths from GM Corn.” http://naturalsociety.com/syngenta-charged-over-covering-up-animal-deaths-gm-corn/#ixzz1xtLzgiuE
Sherrod, A. “Are Bt Toxins Safe to Eat?” http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/are-bt-toxins-safe-eat