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Pathogen New to Science Found in Roundup Ready GM Crops?
USDA senior scientist sends “emergency” warning to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on a new plant pathogen in Roundup Ready GM soybean and corn that may be responsible for high rates of infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock. Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
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An open letter appeared on the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance founded and run by Judith McGeary to save family farms in the US [1, 2]. The letter, written by Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University, to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, warns of a pathogen “new to science” discovered by “a team of senior plant and animal scientists”. Huber says it should be treated as an “emergency’’, as it could result in “a collapse of US soy and corn export markets and significant disruption of domestic food and feed supplies.”[U1] --The letter appeared to have been written before Vilsack announced his decision to authorize unrestricted commercial planting of GM alfalfa on 1 February, in the hope of convincing the Secretary of Agriculture to impose a moratorium instead on deregulation of Roundup Ready (RR) crops. --The new pathogen appears associated with serious pervasive diseases in plants - sudden death syndrome in soybean and Goss' wilt in corn – but its suspected effects on livestock is alarming. Huber refers to “recent reports of infertility rates in dairy heifers of over 20%, and spontaneous abortions in cattle as high as 45%.”----This could be the worst nightmare of genetic engineering that some scientists including me have been warning for years  (see Genetic Engineering Dream or Nightmare, ISIS publication): the unintended creation of new pathogens through assisted horizontal gene transfer and recombination. Huber writes in closing: “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.”--The complete letter is reproduced below.
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
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[U2] .
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
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.[U3] 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[U4] .--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.[U5] 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%-[U6] For example, 450 of 1,000 pregnant heifers fed wheatlege 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 wheatlege, which likely had been under weed management using glyphosate.
In summary, because of the high titer of this new animal pathogen in Roundup Ready crops, 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.
COL (Ret.) Don M. Huber
Emeritus Professor, Purdue University
APS Coordinator, USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS)
1. “Researcher: Glyphosate (Roundup) or Roundup
Ready Crops May Cause Animal Miscarriages”, Jill Richardson, La Vida Locavore,
18 February 2011
2. “Researcher: Glyphosate (Roundup) or Roundup Ready Crops May Cause Animal Miscarriages”, 18 February 2011, http://farmandranchfreedom.org/gmo-miscarriages
3. Ho MW. Genetic Engineering Dream of Nightmare? The Brave New World of Bad Science and Big Business, Third World Network, Gateway Books, MacMillan, Continuum, Penang, Malaysia, Bath, UK, Dublin, Ireland, New York, USA, 1998, 1999, 2007 (reprint with extended Introduction). http://www.i-sis.org.uk/genet.php
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[U1]This is all designed to create a famine or food shortage to hike food prices and cause duress to developing countries and force everyone in a situation to follow globalism--no food then you starve or go to war--and in these days wars are not an easy thing to win or lose in---you are forever perpetuating battles--the USA has not seen peace since WW 2 and all the other super powered countries are engaged in some kind of " battle " as well--the foods have all been sabotaged by the Genetic based Companies and as a result they have caused the food damage to india's wheat harvest and to so many other countries with geo engineering--stifling any advancing and developing of these countries and to create autonomy
[U2] BINGO –FOOD COST go up and those who cannot buy food or are on fixed levels of money or have nothing are either going to become a criminal element—or wind up dead through starvation—if the USA loses it’s ability to produce food and cannot export due to this pathogen this will cause global famine since the USA feeds and exports to the globe—stimulating cost and higher expenses
[U4]Might want to stay away fro all the internal organs of any animal this is where these things may bind and as a result cause internal break down in the human body as well
[U5]Sterilizing Livestock will introduce CLONES!!!! This is all being done on purpose