Huber’s issue is not with genetic engineering per se, but with the huge amounts of glyphosate (185 million pounds in 2007) in herbicide now used on America’s farms. Use of glyphosate has soared thanks to widespread use of Monsanto’s soy and corn seeds, which are genetically modified to survive its effects.
The problem with glyphosate, Huber says, is that it effectively “gives a plant AIDS,” weakening its defenses and making it more susceptible to pathogens, such as the one his team discovered. The scientists have taken to calling the bug “the electron microscope (EM) organism,” since it can only be seen with an electron microscope.
A big part of the problem, Huber says, lies with the way glyphosate prevents plants from absorbing vital nutrients, particularly the mineral manganese. In the Food Democracy interview, Huber says some studies have shown that Roundup Ready soybeans and corn have up to 50% less manganese than conventional varieties. Huber claims that the double whammy of weakened defenses and the new EM organism have contributed to “unexplained epidemics” of disease on farms — sudden death syndrome of soybean crops and Goss’ wilt on corn. Read entire article here>>>; Mystery Science: More Details on the Strange Organism That Could Destroy Monsanto
Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of this organism in a wide variety of livestock that have experienced spontaneous abortions and infertility. 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%. The Complete Letter to the USDA can be read here>>> Wood Prairie Farm
I. . .I. . .I'm frighted for my livestock and my family. Now I need to walk about and ask all the alfalfa farms about their crops. I grow my own corn, and don't have much to do with soy.
I have a lot more to say on this, but one thing is for certain is that I wish this was being taking more seriously by the USDA and I hope that other scientist do their own studies so we can get this out there. If it can get into cattle, what about us? We were so concerned about the terminator seeds, but looks like we already created a similar problem.
Ok I just got it. Now I understand what they mean when the say that GMO's will solve the worlds hunger problems.