Syngenta Claims Multi-Genome Monopoly

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ETC Group News Release
Monday, January 10, 2005
http://www.etcgroup.org


ETC Group's first Communique of 2005 focuses on Syngenta, the global gene giant that ranks first in agrochemicals and third in seeds. Syngenta has a patent pending in 115 countries that, if approved, would give it a multi-genome monopoly over at least 40 plant species.

Calling Syngenta's patent claims "an unprecedented bid for multi-genome monopoly," ETC Group (pronounced "et cetera") has written to the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) demanding that the patents be rejected. Simultaneously, ETC Group has written to the Director-General of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and to the Chair of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) asking them to oppose Syngenta's applications, "on the grounds that they represent a direct threat to world food security and an attack on public agricultural research," said ETC Group's Research Director, Hope Shand.

In a Communique released today, ETC Group reveals how Syngenta's public image as the "nice" multinational belies its actual activities. "No more 'Mr. Nice Guy,'" Kathy Jo Wetter at ETC's US office insists, "Syngenta is muscling its way toward control of dozens of plant species even as it appears to make nice with FAO and CGIAR as the good guy Gene Giant. If Syngenta is granted this patent, it will make Monsanto look like Santa Claus."

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Some thoughts from GRAIN on GM crops in 2004:


It's time for some straight talk on contamination and co-existence. The co-existence of genetically modified (GM) crops and non-GM crops is not possible and policy makers need to stop pretending that it is. Genetic contamination is an inevitable consequence of GM agriculture and a debliberate ploy by the industry to make the global acceptance of GM crops a fait accompli. Forget co-existence, we must say no to GM crops altogether.

People all over the world are looking to Europe, where the hard-fought moratorium on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is about to be lifted and where the struggle is now on to determine what will take its place. Genetic contamination is at the centre of the debate and much is being said about thresholds, co-existence and preserving "consumer choice". But there's a lot that's not being said, particularly when it comes to how Europe's decisions will affect the rest of the world. The larger issues at stake are in danger of disappearing in the minutiae of official negotiations.

Genetic contamination should be seen for what it is: an inevitable consequence of genetically modified (GM) agriculture and the cornerstone of the biotech industry's efforts to make the global acceptance of GM crops a fait accompli. The biotech industry wants its opponents to believe that the only option left is to 'manage' the co-existence of GM and non-GM agriculture. They want us to abandon the fight to stop genetic engineering and to turn our efforts to salvaging remnants of non-GM agriculture, in much the same way that they've tried to co-opt the struggle for biodiversity into a non-threatening campaign to protect global 'hot spots'. But such co-existence will inevitably lead to a two-stream system of global food and agriculture - a GM free niche market for the very rich and a GM polluted supply for the rest of us - with the same small number of corporations controlling both streams, from seed to supermarket.

Here are five reasons why the issue of contamination must lead to a complete rejection of GMOs:

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AN EPIDEMIC OF GENOCIDE
by Dr. Rebecca Carley, M.D.
Court Qualified Expert in VIDS and Legal Abuse Syndrome
 
“One basic truth can be used as a foundation for a mountain of lies, and if we dig down deep enough in the mountain of lies, and bring out that truth, to set it on top of the mountain of lies; the entire mountain of lies will crumble under the weight of that one truth. And there is nothing more devastating to a structure of lies than the revelation of the truth upon which the structure of lies was built, because the shock waves of the revelation of the truth reverberate, and continue to reverberate throughout the Earth for generations to follow, awakening even those people who had no desire to be awakened to the truth.” (by Delamar Duvaris as written in the preface of “Behold the Pale Horse” by William Cooper).

The basic truth that served as the foundation for the mountain of lies known as vaccinations was the observation that mammals who recover from infection with microorganisms acquire natural immunity from further infections. Whenever T cells (the little packman cells which kill viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells, thus conferring cellular immunity) and B cells (antibody producing cells which confer humoral immunity) are activated by various substances foreign to the body called antigens, some of the T and B cells become memory cells. Thus, the next time the individual meets up with that same antigen, the immune system can be quickly triggered to demolish it. This is the process known as immunity.

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Mon Dec 20, 2004 04:37 PM GMT

MUNICH/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Radio waves from mobile phones harm body cells and damage DNA in laboratory conditions, according to a new study majority-funded by the European Union, researchers said on Monday.

The so-called Reflex study, conducted by 12 research groups in seven European countries, did not prove that mobile phones are a risk to health but concluded that more research is needed to see if effects can also be found outside a lab.

The $100 billion a year mobile phone industry asserts that there is no conclusive evidence of harmful effects as a result of electromagnetic radiation.

About 650 million mobile phones are expected to be sold to consumers this year, and over 1.5 billion people around the world use one.

The research project, which took four years and which was coordinated by the German research group Verum, studied the effect of radiation on human and animal cells in a laboratory.

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Rocket fuel found in drinking water

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By Benjamin Spillman
The Desert Sun
January 11th, 2005


Perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel, has been detected in drinking water throughout the United States.

The Environmental Protection Agency has suggested limiting the acceptable level of perchlorate in drinking water to 1 part-per-billion. California health officials have proposed a 6 parts-per-billion health goal.

However, studies have suggested that humans can tolerate more than 100 parts per billion without adverse health impacts.

The maximum concentration level in the United States is 200 parts per billion in Duval County, Fla. The chemical was detected at 67 parts-per-billion in San Bernardino County.

It has been detected in at least two wells in the Coachella Valley. One well in Palm Springs had a concentration of 6 parts-per-billion. A well in La Quinta tested at 5.5 parts-per-billion. The La Quinta well has been shut down.
Source: Desert Water Agency/Coachella Valley Water District/State of California/National Academy of Sciences.

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Prozac Maker Knew of Problems in 1988

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By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Dec. 30 (HealthDayNews) -- Confidential company documents obtained by a leading medical journal suggest that drug giant Eli Lilly & Co. was aware that its antidepressant Prozac was linked to troubling side effects as far back as 1988, the same year the drug was introduced to the U.S. market.

The discovery is reported in the Jan. 1 issue of the British Medical Journal, and adds to the growing body of bad news for pharmaceutical companies. The papers have been turned over to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Amid the pile of internal reviews and memos, according to the journal, is a document dated November 1988 that reports Prozac (fluoxetine) had caused behavioral problems, including agitation and panic attacks, in clinical trials.

The issue of disclosure is a loaded one. The FDA announced in October that antidepressants such as Prozac would now have to carry a "black box" warning that health-care providers should be on the lookout for, among other things, increased agitation, panic attacks, and aggression among users of the drugs.

This latest report also fuels the ongoing debate over which clinical studies should come to the attention of federal regulators and which should never the see the light of day.

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By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
03 January 2005

Ministers were accused of hypocrisy yesterday over an EU directive which could force health shops to stop selling a number of remedies and food supplements used by cancer sufferers and obese people.

The row is over attempts by the EU to ban food supplements and vitamin-based products which could be harmful in large doses, and for which the makers have made exaggerated health claims. But campaigners including Carole Caplin, the self-styled health and lifestyle guru, and the actress Jenny Seagrove say hundreds of remedies will be included in the ban.

Ms Caplin told MPs at a protest meeting that the directive will ban the sale of supplements containing calcium, magnesium and boron used for strengthening brittle bones and by patients with hip replacements; nutrient supplements and antioxidants for cancer sufferers; food supplements to reduce obesity; and folic acid supplements for women to reduce neural tube defects such as spina bifida in babies.

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Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

The United States Health Care system, called "Western Medicine," is broken beyond repair. It is so deadly, expensive, corrupt, inefficient, and riddled with "special interest" that there is, absolutely no starting point to use to begin to set it right.

The government agencies WE THINK we put in place to monitor our health system have been completely corrupted by those "special interests."

The system needs to be completely shut down. Americans would be far better off without it. For, we don't own it anymore.

Everybody knows that the United States' MEDICARE System will go belly-up in the year 2011. It's going to be, at that point, so costly that the United States simply won't be able to afford it anymore. American corporations, right this moment, are cutting back their health care offerings. No one can afford the skyrocketing costs. Health Insurance companies are desperately trying to reduce provider expenditure - and because of that, Americans are being offered a poorer, and poorer, quality of health care. Everything NEW is being banned. And, what's left is worthless.

Can America (and the world) take back its health care system?

No. We need to tear down the existing system and build a new one. And here's why.

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Lilly Warns Doctors on Strattera Use

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Business - AP
Fri Dec 17, 5:40 PM ET
By Ken Kusmer, AP Business Writer

INDIANAPOLIS - Drug maker Eli Lilly & Co. warned doctors Friday to stop using the attention deficit disorder drug Strattera in patients with jaundice or who show signs of liver problems.
Lilly placed a boldface warning on the label and in prescribing information for the drug to alert doctors after at least two patients on the medication developed liver problems. Both patients recovered normal liver function after stopping the medication, the Indianapolis-based company said.

It said more than 2 million patients have taken the Strattera since it reached the market last year. "They were two cases that the FDA (news - web sites) felt were drug-related and that we felt were drug-related as well," Lilly spokeswoman Jennifer Bunselmeyer said.

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Zoloft can cause People to become Violent

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Attorney hopes to use document in Pittman double murder case
December 21, 2004
By Jason Cato The Herald

One patient who was prescribed Zoloft during a company sponsored clinical trial in the 1980s was taken off the antidepressant after developing thoughts of killing himself and others, according to a drug company document made public last week.

The document will be available to attorneys for Christopher Pittman, the 15-year-old who is charged with the November 2001 murders of his grandparents in Chester County. Pittman's defense will center on a claim that an adverse reaction to Zoloft caused him to become violent and homicidal. The document, called a drug experience report, was given to The Herald by one of Pittman's attorneys after a California judge declared that the document is no longer protected by secrecy laws.

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