GM bug 'could end all life'
Source: New Zealand Herald
All life on Earth could be destroyed by genetically modified bacteria, a scientist has told the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification.
Four scientists gave evidence for the Green Party at the hearing this week via video link from the United States.
Soil ecologist Elaine Ingham spoke about a plant-killing GM bacteria that her Oregon State University research team prevented from being released into the environment.
GM bug 'could end all life'
by Christian Gelleri, Jaqui Dunne, Bernard Lietaer
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US shields fast-food firms from obesity cases
Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Friday March 12, 2004
America's fast-food industry savoured a victory over consumer activists yesterday after Congress approved a "cheeseburger bill" to shield restaurant franchises and food firms from blame for making customers "dangerously fat".
By 276 to 139 votes Congress on Wednesday night moved to ban lawsuits against the industry that enjoys a grip on America's eating habits and has grown into the country's second largest employer.
Scientists Say Administration Distorts Facts
By JAMES GLANZ
New York Times - February 19, 2004
More than 60 influential scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, issued a statement yesterday asserting that the Bush administration had systematically distorted scientific fact in the service of policy goals on the environment, health, biomedical research and nuclear weaponry at home and abroad.
The sweeping accusations were later discussed in a conference call organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists, an independent organization that focuses on technical issues and has often taken stands at odds with administration policy. On Wednesday, the organization also issued a 38-page report detailing its accusations.
The Great GM Revolt
Daily Mail's Anti-GM Campaign
An army of 3,000 men and women from all walks of life have vowed to rip up genetically-modified crops if they are ever planted commercially in Britain.
The campaigners have signed the Green Gloves Pledge which commits them to fight each new crop 'field by field'.
The rebels include Zac Goldsmith, who owns and edits 'The Ecologist' magazine and Camilla Parker Bowles's son, Tom.
News of their campaign came as Britain's first commercially-grown GM crop - a type of maize to be fed to dairy cattle - awaits Government approval.
Soaring cancer rates blamed on chemicals
Source: Pentiction Herald
By The Canadian Press OTTAWA -- Man-made chemicals in air, water, food and the workplace are largely to blame for a devastating cancer epidemic which will strike 41 per cent of Canadian males and 38 per cent of females, says a study released Wednesday
Genetics and lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet can't explain the soaring cancer rates of recent decades, says the report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
From 1970 to 1998, the incidence of the dreaded disease increased by 35 per cent for men and 27 per cent for women after the effects of population aging have been discounted, say authors Lissa Donner and Robert Chernomas
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'Our Polio Test Was Conclusive' - DR Haruna Kaita
March 6, 2004
Posted to the web March 8, 2004
(Original located here)
Dr. Haruna Kaita is the JNI scientist who conducted the test on the polio vaccines in India, and he is also the Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He spoke to Musa Umar Kazaure of our Kano Bureau on the outcome of their test shortly after he defended the result before the federal government experts in Kaduna. Excerpts.
Starved of the truth
Biotech firms are out to corner the market, so they have to persuade us something else is at stake
Tuesday March 9, 2004
The question is as simple as this: do you want a few corporations to monopolise the global food supply? If the answer is yes, you should welcome the announcement that the government is expected to make today that the commercial planting of a genetically modified (GM) crop in Britain can go ahead. If the answer is no, you should regret it. The principal promotional effort of the genetic engineering industry is to distract us from this question.
Nil by mouth
For thousands of Britons battling the debilitating effects of cancer, depression, even eczema, diet is crucial. They view the vitamins and minerals they take as vital in their fight against sickness. So why does the EU want to cut off their supply? Rose Shepherd makes the case for rescuing remedies
Sunday February 29, 2004
In the 21st century we live under siege. There are concerns about pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, GM, mobile phones, microwaves, amalgam fillings, falling sperm counts, mad cows, MMR - even milk. Farmed salmon is a Trojan horse for carcinogens. Obesity and diabetes are on the march. There is a mass of documentation on all this. So what is the European Commission's big idea? 'Let's clamp down on vitamins and minerals.'