Tomorrow's Kitchen

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Food geneticists are changing your DNA . . .

In holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower




It's just common knowledge, right, for the world's food supply to follow strict protocols when growing the vast percentage of what we eat. In accordance with these standards, I'd imagine your first thoughts would be towards SAFETY - the best-laid plans of any venture to get, for instance, grains and vegetables to our supermarket aisles. Social responsibility falls, after all, on the arable side of business to deliver a blight-free product. The one single problem farmers have with "perishables" is that traditional practices can't reverse the fruit-softening enzyme of the common tomato. Science, thank God, is here to help. Wholesalers wanting to extend the shelf life of their produce are turning to geneticists who're solving other long-standing issues such as bruising and the senescence of cut flowers. But even people who claim to be well-acquainted with recombinant DNA technology, haven't grasped the greater implications of engineered foods. A widely held theory is that the world actually needs biotechnology. And far from being the apotheosis of our era, the science falls at many successive hurdles when its sole aim is a wide profit margin - at the expense, I hasten to add . . . of all lifeforms on the planet.


Things changed with the Reagan administration. It was around this time when molecular biologists first had it in mind to "boost" crop yields - from whence was coined agribusiness based entirely on the use of intensive methods to increase PROFITS.


The intercontinental ballistic missile (arms race) had been won by the Soviet Union. This irked Reagan. Corporate sovereignty would belong, he vowed, to an aggressive US-led Transgenic Plant Variety Protection Act. America would storm ahead with its own patents and intellectual property rights. The inception into the fold of recombinant crop production was seen as a political nest egg for an actor-president who refused to slap the wrists of life scientists. So what did this bio-economic storm surge mean for the old ways of land management? Agribiz is about getting its hands on all of the national cake. So your local farmer who was apprenticed to his patronymic finds himself bullied into selling up or accepting early retirement.


This is also the time of the monoculture - when food additives are more important than wholesomeness and quality. Soy and maize are used as BULKING AGENTS in animal feed and readymade foods. Biodiversity is being threatened by the monoculture trend. But in no way do we fare any better from the commercial growing of other plants or crops - because they're all engineered - propagating dangerous toxins into the surrounding ecology. The genes inserted by scientists are not found in natural seedlings bred from parent counterparts. Furthermore, long-term studies showed that monkeys fed GM foods all died from haemorrhaging and deep vein thrombosis. If the trial data is so measurable, why is the technology allowed to continue? Same old story. Even the legal system is topped by multinationals running the show. Quashing the judiciary came increasingly into focus with the Monsanto Protection Act - corporate immunity flexing its muscles and "stripping judges of their constitutional mandates to protect consumer rights and the environment."


Bioengineers see everything as a non-issue if it doesn't fall in with their agenda to re-arrange DNA. Ecologists, on the other hand, see beyond the tomfoolery of gene-splicing; apprehending the dangers of DNA alterations to the environment. Your conscientious ecologist knows that genomes inserted with rogue genes behave very differently in the sterilized non-competitive atmosphere of a lab setting . . . but when released - will incorporate their foreign genetic material. Organisms in the environment receive the full onslaught of engineered proteins. And it's very much a scenario of do or die. The professorate in league with agribiz is only concerned with consolidating its status among its own house of peers. The professional jostling is serious business. Let me give you a sense of the Hungry-Hippo-mentality courtesy of one molecular biologist ". . . the way to outshine the next guy, to get an offer from another company, the way to get a raise, is to do something sensational. There's a competition to do sensational things. Nobody has time to think deeply about safety or really how much good will come from this."


A stark reminder of the agenda to cross species barriers are the engineered plants with "venom-producing genes of scorpions." It was public interest attorney Steven M. Druker who exposed the field trials of cross-species manipulation - with respect to "people allergic to insect venom" and the commercialization of food-yielding plants modified to bite hapless birds and caterpillars. The agro-industrial complex exists in direct contravention of all other developments in the outside world: thus the field trials were evidentiary of the megalomania among bioengineers and FDA decision-makers who were "very pro-industry." The sole judgement came from the Division of Food Chemistry and Technology - with an open forum denouncing the science-based mischief of Mother Nature's lawbreakers: "Those plants filled with neurotoxin are lab-constructed and are not found anywhere else on this planet." The public-address system amplified the worst to come ". . . DNA insertion of foreign proteins alters the expression of many genes. This can lead to increased levels of naturally occurring toxins . . . as well as the introduction of novel toxicants not previously identified." Protein chemist, David Schubert, takes the business of risk analysis very seriously at the Salk Institute. As a scientist, he's surprisingly . . . people-centered. For Schubert, the institutionalization of personnel within the industry has absolutely suffused itself with its own myth-making and creation of singular environments - that the energy transformations inside GMOs are, he stresses ". . . highly aggressive!"


Seed engineers wanted their names out there on the corporate land tenures of sunny Texas. And with the uniformed ownership of farming lands, the industry also brought with it some of the enfeebled bacteria locked up behind laboratory walls - pathogens itching to break their stasis and join the groundswell of recombinant approval. Not a lot of selective communication was need in those days to win the front cover of Science. The wall of optimism was felt by financiers of seed commerce - this was an enterprise of inter-firm alliances baying for more economic globalization . . . replacing areas of outstanding natural beauty with GMOs.


A staple of many cultures is the potato. Keen to commercialize it with added protection, agribiz developed a pesticidal-producing variant. The Monsanto patent "contained an insecticidal protein [. . .] derived from a soil bacterium instead of a plant." It was loosed on the guinea-pig-citizenry of America. It must also be noted that concentrations of the herbicide dicamba had under-penetrated the subsoil; contaminating the water table. Even dilutions 800 times lower than the recommended application reversed sexual development across the spectrum of animal testing. Aromatase activity in mice, for instance, produced hormones characterizing the opposite sex. Not only did the potatoes test positive for the uptake of dicamba - the chucks of foreign code wedged into them were found in the hair analysis of preschoolers across the United States.


Pro-bioengineering bias wasn't due to strong science-based research. Instead it came about because of fierce marketing and branding. Frankenfoods were well-tested; just not in the lab where they ought to've been. Unleashed on nonconsensual America were gene-altered cereals, pulses, flour-based foods and vegatables - all genetically reconfigured via pinpoint instrumentation. And King's College London School of Medicine offers this warning: "Just micro deletions, rearrangements of plant DNA, and insertions of superfluous DNA disrupts genome physiology. Gene expression in human cells, by comparison, is significantly affected by insertion of a single copy of a human gene."


This essay does include the use of animals. And while I fully support better animal husbandry, I happen to believe we face a bigger problem than the mechanical processing of commercial livestock. I don't need to be told about the meatpacking industry portrayed, as it happens, by the Union Stock Yards of Chicago. This post isn't about the ins and outs of the animal-industrial complex. Although you might argue that transferring synthetic genes built with bits of chicken and moth DNA . . . somehow is - that the spud in question ended up with skin as tough as alligator hide. The contemporary world being the way it is, would, no doubt, raise bioethical objections. And most certainly with pigs used to grow heart valves for humans. Xenotransplantation and biomedical research is certainly up for debate. But what if goats modified to produce spider silk via their mammary glands were given preferential treatment. The stress biology of these animals has to be kept low - bad ecology and welfare yields low-grade silk. So great care is taken to stimulate the fundamental pleasures of the neuroanatomy: the goats are played Enya, fed crispy seaweed rich in iodine and given intravenous shots of the detoxifying compound glutathione - a powerful inhibitor of free radicals. Apparently the goats don't age and have perfect white teeth with sweet-smelling breath. Down the corridor, some tech boffins are offering up a vaccine-producing banana for people terrified of needles. Do we pull the funding on sows artificially made with a human gene that codes for an expensive growth hormone marketed as Serostrim; also prescribed to prevent extreme weight loss in folks with AIDS? And for that perfect Hollywood smile, there's a tabacco plant engineered to produce jaw calcium for dental implants. Auxiliary sectors are, you'd be right in thinking, spreading their far-reaching tentacles.


When PROGRESS and INNOVATION clash with reactionary policy . . . there's always fireworks. Officials of agribiz had to smooth things out with public interest groups and media-based critique of "things purpose-designed in subterranean labs." Physics and chemistry had always enjoyed a sort of prestige. And molecular biologists were furious that their science had undergone a character assassination - one opposed to an economy opening up to experiment. The science press eventually relaxed its coverage of GMOs. President Reagan - avid proponent of recombinant DNA technology - was adamant seed culture would be the sole birthright of US soils. The global village would have to toe the party line. A keen scholar of Sun Tzu's The Art of War - Reagan endeavoured to apply the wheels of Tzu's treatise . . . and by proxy of Monsanto's brutish reputation towards, say, homesteaders who fought to remain kosher - loyal to the soil-preserving methods of their ancestors.


Natural breeding started with the cradle of civilization. Sexual reproduction of crops was a Mesopotamian initiative. The first agronomists discovered that the prized characteristics of one strain could endow the goods looks of another. This was achieved by placing donor pollen on the pollen receptor of the recipient - a test of endurance but well worth the man-hours. Traditional practices aren't anything like the trans-species venture of today. Genetic engineering cleaves then splices DNA; thus enabling a strand of a different species to be inserted. Some archaelogists cite the Neolithic Revolution. But this baseline, I contend, is so rudimentary to our present-day understanding, it's impossible to relate our societal-monetized system. We have been adapted from the "temple landlordism" set in place by early food development and commerce.


Ancient Greece embraced what Mesopotamia also demonstrated with irrigation canals, tree grafting, intercropping, transhumance of cattle and agroforestry. And the first king of Rome, Romulus, extended the early tenets of agriculture to include his love for bovine colostrum and casein; the latter solidified into a confectionery with the help of pectin - this was the serendipity, albeit birth of food chemistry. The Roman Empire had profound respect for its nurseries and olive groves. Locked away were its seed banks - those of acacia flowers and the clear honey they produced. For thousands of years, there were no agroecological breaches of natural barriers. Only artificial conditions make it possible to transfer foreign genes of one's choosing - requiring surgical precision: restriction enzymes to do the cutting and ligase (what cells use to repair breaks in their own DNA) to secure a stable bond. These are the scalpels-and-glue biotechnicians use to bring about otherwise impossible intracellular unions. Some words on nature staying within ancient boundaries - Steven Druker again ". . . within nature's system, not only is it impossible to interbreed unrelated organisms, many species cannot be crossed with their cousins."


The food standards agency promotes Frankenfoods currently on the market. The consumer guide does this by misrepresenting GM farming, saying that ". . . foods developed by new techniques are just extensions at the molecular level of traditional methods." Could it be the corporate world of food technology clings to wrong science and generalizations carrying no risk. The pseudo-foods it deems worthy of consumption are all fashioned from genes not ordinarily found in the recipient species. They are also chemical-dependent - spruced up for neatness. For any product to go full-term, it needs glucose. Vast amounts of energy are expended and required for commercial success . . . so an electrolyte balance of ASPARTAME and MERCURY SALTS keeps engineered vegetables plump and the store manager happy. It's all about shop-floor-presentation rather than biocompatibility with human beings. Mercury salts, by the way, are commonly used to leach gold from ore (. . . along with sodium cyanide). The parts per million, though small, come with a dose-response linking "tumour promoters" in the brain and the destruction of bone marrow.


Soy is a disiccant crop; leaching nutrients and moisture. An independent study by the Wageningen University in the Netherlands revealed that for every kilogram of commercial soil "there was 40 per cent less earthworms." And what do unscrupulous farmers do in the US to keep their quarterlies from climbing? They import rusty water from scrapyard sumps contaminated with battery acid and hydraulic fluid. Imagine this: the Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition skips over dangers concerning recombinant foods and potential harm to millions of innocent consumers ". . . we should set aside questions for the moment that cannot be answered." Can you believe this came from the FDA Acting Director.


Herder was a philosopher who recognized the Concrete Revolution of Prussia's obelisks and iron eagles. And the great man aligned all this misplaced energy with something unforeseen. National glory, in his eyes, was "a great seducer." All the Prussian pathos for Greco-Roman architecture and bronze statues was saying something about a feral Germany to come. The sense of immediate blood-sweat-and-toil was served up by Krupp the steel magnate - arms manufacturer for the king of Prussia and German Emperor respectively. Agribiz is on par with the same fervour. Whole presidencies have been SEDUCED! And what are they, you ask yourself, when stripped to the bone? I can tell you they're country clubs for undeclared economic activity. White House preference for US poll position became a blinding ambition in itself. And Capitol Hill had no reason to doubt scientific consensus . . . even though conditions outside were worlds apart; seldom congruent with theoretical reasoning. A sort of missionary zeal became the engine. It is perhaps only in the establishment's way of racing ahead with so much fervour that we see signs of ignoring food safety. The reality today is that 70 per cent of food approved by Canada "hasn't been subjected to actual lab or animal toxicity testing" - says Professor Jean Antoine. In Recombinant Holocaust, the author establishes that ". . . biotech foods are not generally recognized as safe."


Consolidating the global-corporate-empire has come with some retaliation. China has never forgiven its exclusion from the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiated by George W. Bush. Marginalizing a superpower like China has implicated the other diplomatic alliances of the TTP. Any bravado Stateside, or for that matter, any anger-stoking situation would mean butting heads with Russia and the Taliban. Afghanistan sits on a super mineral deposit of rare earths essential for low-carbon technologies. The future is in metamaterials and flexible electronics. The Afghan wellspring of lanthanide elements has an estimated value of 4-trillion dollars. And allies of the Taliban are jostling. Both Russia and China are its new business pals: they will provide the infrastructures, mining hardware and logistics. All the Taliban want is arms, ammunition and gold bullion - Bedouin cultures have always seen the devaluation latent in Western currencies.


America's sense of home-grown nationalism is very much with its patent-mongering. Food weighs in and defines body types across all fifty-two states. Texas lives to eat. Tailor-made menswear, for example, measures in hands instead of standard inches. The Lone Star State has steakhouses catering for those Desperate Dans who love a challenge: finish a 72oz T-bone and it's free if you're a foodie who can beat the specified time of sixty minutes. More than likely you'll have to polish off a side order of fries and milkshake. Economic-driven dynamics seldom come with their own fact-finding panels who value a nation's RDA. Investors see geoponics as a study, all right, but only in terms of reducing expenditure and what they net "clear of reductions". Public health wouldn't even make it on to a psychometric questionnaire in any corporate setting scouting for fresh meat. Vetting procedures have more to do with the esprit de corps, say, of Syngenta Group. And how new personnel serve that decree plays a big part in the life-purpose of any competitive transnational. Upholding the image of agribiz is something Syngenta is proud of; especially when it comes to selling wholesale agrochemicals. Shrewd, choosing its words wisely - that's because the chemical structures Syngenta experiments with all have a high soil-to-dairy-milk transfer. So listing weedkillers and insecticides as "sustainability-enabling products" sounds a lot friendlier. The company's signature saline ingredient is paraquat - you could, it's safe to say, turn cities into salt with this stuff.


Pay attention, please, to the way human food groups and the consumer-resource system of all lifeforms have been altered by genetic engineering. Manufactured proteins enter dairy cattle via recombinant bovine growth hormone. Remember the free milkshake you won at the greasy steakhouse . . . it also contained the bovid steroid! Moreover, any Friesian breeder knows about yellow bulge - when the colour of the eyes relates to the liver and kidneys because "these are the reactive organs in cases of chronic toxicity." The cows are fed suet, chicken and pig manure as a supplement to winter silage. And Ferro-Lac also contains feather meal, blood meal from processed greyhounds, coir and plasticizers. Furthermore, commercial milk is pasteurized at such high temperatures, the manufacturer has to add titanium dioxide - turning the milk back to marble white . . . which explains the blue-grey stuff from ultra-heating. And sucralose is a chlorinated sweetener added to milk - sourced from the bleached dregs of sugar cane harvesting. Any type of sugar-yielding crop is genetically infused with neonicotinoids so less direct spraying is needed. The seeds are ever-active with these chemicals. The tissues, pollen and nectar become more aggressive as the plant grows. Beneficial insects aren't spared either: neonicotinoids are responsible for colony collapse and bee die-off. Gaucho is a brand name for the synthetic imidacloprid - it also contains neonicotinoids. The two combined are sold as a coating agent for seeds. Big problem - Gaucho paralyses honeybees. some do make it back to the hive. The end product, though, is hardly a yummy gift from the goddess Bounty.


We can observe how nature retaliates when there are violent disruptions to the environment. All it takes is one single survivor to grow into a superweed - highly-resistant to the chemicals it was sprayed with. Consider post-Chernobyl and the 30-mile exclusion zone. Even the topsoil had to be bulldozed and encased in concrete. Despite all the hairy business with Reactor-4, the ionizing radiation didn't wipe out everything. On the walls of the exposed core were signs of radiosynthesis: blanket melanin feeding on gamma rays! The fungi was discovered in accordance with the Chernobyl Shelter Implementation Plan; towards the completion of its New Safety Confinement. A cooling pond nearby also demonstrated how water can be a protective medium for screening radioactive particles. Aquatic life actually thrived in the high-radiation environment. There are parallels here with the rhizosphere and resilience of unwanted taproots. And instead of radiation, primary producers have evolved in an agrochemical environment.


The superweeds now having to be treated with both dicamba- and atrazine-based herbicides are completely immune to glyphosate. You could say this is the recurring decimal agribiz has to live with. It's a bellyache for the white coats. Solution? More soil degradation, more polluting inputs leading to cultural eutrophication. This rapid acceleration of recombinant waste happens when rainwater from intensively-farmed cropland "ferments", spreading over water catchments. The chemicalized bloom means death for diatoms and macroinvertebrates. Any stable soil with trace elements and mesofauna essential for nutrient cycling, ends up being denatured by agrochemicals.


Seed engineers interpret success priced by the metric tonne or kilo: a full warehouse means each strain has been manipulated to produce either multiple husks of wheat or maize kernels the size of thumbnails! Crop warfare, you understand, is about staying ahead of the Mexican locust and Colorado beetle; and this engenders cutting corners. An investigation report by the Committe on Publication Ethics unearthed "substantial doctoring" by Bayer scientists. The paper underwent full retraction after it was published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The ombudsman for the case was somewhat puzzled, explaining that "multi-generational effects on mice never actually happened." Bayer had conducted the trials with cordyceps fungi - a carbon-nano variant with a starfish gene resistant to tumours and chemical-driven liver damage. This led Friends of the Earth to pursue a much tougher approach to industry-independent testing and access to Freedom of Information requests. The activity uncovered by the investigation suggested other forays Bayer is heading in: cordyceps combined with nanotech is, in my opinion . . . a bioweapon! In the earliest of days, Germany led the world in chemical science. And I think it was inevitable that a pharmaceutical/life science corporation would eventually go on to secure business models in precision farming. Bayer is a monopolist, controlling 60 per cent of the world's seed production. This change came about due to a Bayer-Monsanto merger. The entrenched market power extends to ChemChina merging with Syngenta Group. If that's not enough, agro-chem mergers are now employing the smart technologies of digital farming: platinized beads less than 10-micron width are added to fertilizers. The tiny microprocessors in the soil interface with private data-centres - providing crop growth progress with enhanced satellite imaging.


Food speculators keep the world in a state of flux. Headlines justifying recombinant stockpiles are the bedrock of global consensus. How mant times have you seen the words THE WORLD WILL CONSUME MORE THAN IT PRODUCES or FOOD SHORTAGES UNDERMINNED EARLIER CIVILIZATIONS . . . words to that effect have been the baseline for unregulated GMOs - particularly in the context of feeding the Third World. Trade-Talk Authority acts more like a Blackwater conduit - with the US stooping so low as to "threaten Europe with an economic hit list if it didn't accept recombinant imports." Further to this, the US Ambassador chortled ". . . we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU, but also focuses in part on the worst culprits." So the European Commission is strong-armed; threatend with economic warfare. This is the central idea of feudalism laid down by transatlantic mergers elevating their status on the Global 500. Look closer and you see a corporate web connecting agribiz with the likes of Pfizer Inc. More untapped revenue, I suppose, for the company whose mass-marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical graphene-nanomaterials raises a few eyebrows with regards to . . . doing the right thing. Now consider scientist Michael Antoniou and his criticism of "the industry's legal definition of what may have consequences for human health." The claims of the sci-establishment are, he adds ". . . based on their own purported authority." In other words, these billion-dollar sectors come to their own conclusions. You can join up the dots - the reason why so much "diversification" owns substantial equity in the manufacturing of food. Commodity trading company, Glencore, deals primarily in energy and mining - but also controls a quarter of the global market for barley and seeds for cooking oil. Canola is a Glencore acquisition. Canola is derived from the brassica family - with the same level of trypsin inhibitors found in soybeans. And this from The New Yorker sums up the number one monoculture only really fit for bio-diesel, resins and plastics ". . . if soybeans are in storage along with cereals rats will always eat the soybeans last."


The monoculture industry uses the classification of "manufacturing aids" to circumvent the labelling of product ingredients. This is particularly so in the United States. The GM additives in the national diet breach most of the food safety laws. Recombinant DNA technology sees to it that more potent strains and antinutrients are marketed. The Food and Drug Administration is in a powerful position to PROMOTE, not just to REGULATE. It oscillates between its "real job" and gratuities it receives for . . . corporate bias. Its database for poisonous plants lists "soy" with at least 256 references. And the bean has over 300 code derivatives, when, that is, industrial-era additives are the sine qua non of health food labelling. But paying more actually puts your health at greater risk. The information theory is on how major sellers of soy products scam their client base of loyal vegans.


There was a time of prudence and cultural heritage - bringing with it the fail-proof methods documented by Sino-Japanese scholars. This was when "alchemy" removed the poisons in soybeans. It took shoyu experts 600 years to develop the juices left over from miso fermentation. Asian manufacturers added enzymes, cultures, spores and moulds to cedar vats containing soybeans . . . subjecting them to lengthly periods of incubation and soaking. This time-consuming practice "deactivated" harmful goitrogens, endocrine disruptors and phytates leading to mineral malabsorption of iron and calcium. I'm speaking of an age when samurai warriors sat with villagers and enjoyed the cottage industry of local cusine. The Monumenta Nipponica cites tofu masters in some of the earliest examples of Japonic shorthand. Bacteria and other microorganisms went to work - predigesting genistein able to cross the blood-brain barrier. The whole process of treating commercial soy is so indicative of broadening Americanization. Intense heat treatment is used to neutralize the unpalatable "beaniness" and gas-producing saccharides. but extreme temperatures fuse proteins and sugars and a volatile bonding occurs. The "browning reaction", as it's called, inhibits the body's uptake of life-sustaining minerals. And the lectins in soybeans shorten the villi receptors of the small intestine; impeding micronutient absorption. Lectins love carbohydrates - are sugar-binding in the extreme - agglutinating blood, causing thrombosis and even . . . cerebral infarction. The soy market couldn't've blossomed without the help of aggressive genetics. Releasing nitrogen is perhaps the crop's only saving grace, in that its own death contributes to fertilizers made from factory-fed animals. None of this lends any real benefit, because what we're ultimately left with is more horizontal gene transfer.


The industry uses the term "substantial equivalence" to blur toxicology levels and nutritional value. The environment farmed by agribiz is a far cry from crops grown in the wild. But the position held ignores biological adaptation with risk-laiden consequences. The profession is more on par with "biohacking" and the attitudes of bioweaponeers working in the field of pharmaceutically-engineered proteins or GMO vaccines. Moderna's CEO knows all about "proteins" - and a multi-billionaire with this stone-cold confession ". . . pandemics are so good for business."


Some of the more overly-invasive strategies employed have undergone closer inspection by eminent biologist Philip Regal: "Recombinant DNA technology alters parts of the genome that traditional breeding can't touch." Regal delineates nature's own chimeric choices limited in most cases to abnormal pigmentation. And makes it clear no perturbation extends to the "source code" leading to unintended mutations ". . . only a fraction of the DNA molecule is rearranged by traditional breeding - the fraction that varies within a population - yet much of the DNA molecule does not vary among individuals in a population." Substantial equivalence only exists to circumvent watchdogging by independent lobbying. The big scientist-promoters of Frankenfoods are excessively self-interested. Even one of the most comprehensive MRI programmes is hear to prove that consuming tofu, for instance, has left a national percentage of soy eaters with brain atrophy. The 50,000 individual results come in biannually - linking men and women to reduced DNA synthesis, cell death and accelerated brain ageing. But the potentiating factor here is that all soy derivatives are sourced from one generation or engineered monoculture. The US National Research Council based the neurodegenerative scans on just two portions of tofu a week. Despite the evidential landslide, the soy industry still harkens to the fag-end of extrapolation as a promotional enterprise. Contrary to popular belief, Asian populations consume a fraction of the purported high-end hippie food. Kaayla Daniel, PhD in Nutritional Sciences, spells it out for Western spin doctors: "Soy accounts for 1.3 per cent of calories in the Chinese diet compared with pork consumption." Furthermore, the Net Protein Ratio puts soy . . . last! Barnyard or "raw" dairy proteins excel in health benefits. Daniel's findings also tally up soy formula as having "130,000 more isoflavones than human breast milk." Studies on soy-fed infants evidenced ". . . activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis." Precocious puberty triggered menstrual cycles in girls as young as SIX! Demasculinization was observed in infant males with low thyroid function. Pregnant mothers on soy-rich diets were responsible for the prenatal embryonal programming of their unborn children. Births have led to genito-urinary tract abnormalities - the most common being hypospadias. And a whole generation of estrogenized boys whose physical maturation has been stunted (could've been avoided). The uneducated mothers mentioned here have also given the world "genotypic males with female genitalia." There are to be fair many other environmental estrogens implicated in congenital markers. Genistein, however, is the chief mutagen found in all baby formulas. Promoters of soy often flag what they believe to be major differences . . . but plant estrogens are "potent mimickers" of natural hormones.


What ultimately enters the marketplace can be traced back to meta-analysis: a fringe benefit offered to researchers by industry sponsors - by that I mean . . . when clinical trials or feeding tests meet the standards only hush money can buy. Protein Technology International is a company of meta-analysts who'll skew the truth for the right price. Qualms regarding red tape or possible litigation - sorted! A lot of leeway is given to sponsors who guarantee the best grants and tenures within institutions. But sometimes human integrity refuses to play ball. In the case of food safety expert, Arpad Pusztai, it was more to do with his stringent testing of a soon-to-be marketed potato by Monsanto. Arpad was too thorough - a professional just doing his job. When the results came back, they didn't exactly fit the meta-analysis made clear by US top brass. Right-o, so Bill Clinton rings Tony Blair: the food-exporting interests of biotechnology can't be foiled by just one man! The treatment Arpad Pusztai received was tantamount to being . . . disappeared. His "overriding" concern for the general public eating potatoes inserted with a snowdrop gene wasn't seen as a problem . . . only taking a phone conversation between two world leaders to iron things out. The fact the vegetable could've been an anaphylactic nightmare for millions of sufferers never occurred to political interference. A ton of stuff has been written with the intention of erasing Arpad Pusztai from history. He worked with faculty members - close friends - for 23 years at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen Scotland. In the end, they all shunned him to protect their own careers. There were accusations: Pusztai was deemed "meddlesome" with an unwarranted interview on World In Action. The 1998 witch hunt had drawn a line in the sand - one against "internal opposition" towards US crops. There are judicious men in all fields of scientific endeavour. Unfortunately their remit for public safety always hangs in the air of weightier profiteers.


The well-publicized "world hunger" we read so much about is, we're told, going to be solved by the biotechnicians of the soy industry. And for an instant it's easy to warm to this humanitarian solution lauded by US plenipotentiary status. But then a genuine capacity for fair play, you ask yourself, isn't something you associate with the Western hemisphere. So when we think of food aid for starving Ethiopians - especially a mass-engineered cultigen from the USA - there has to be exploitation involved. There is. To the environment: outsourcing of US soy production has deforested an area larger then New Jersey. South America has levelled 10,000 square miles of rainforest with a blanket monoculture more difficult to control than Japanese knotweed. And anyway, treating the impoverished with a diet of meat or dairy analogues loaded with soyatoxins and aluminum . . . is a funny way of solving malnutrition!!!


Corporate farming of the planet has many other joint ventures. Agribiz has a number of billion-dollar trustees with interests exceeding vegetable oil refineries and soy processing plants. Some industry-sponsored studies, funny enough, dovetail Fullerene-magnetene-nanogears with the Codex Alimentarius. The real aim of the Codex is to make vitamin and mineral supplements only available through prescription at pharmacies. It goes further: Big Pharma is pushing for nutraceuticals such as curcumin and piperine - two bioactive compounds found in turmeric and black pepper. When combined, the two pack a punch - with medicinal powers able to reverse senile dementia. Every few years the United States applies for corporate ownership of the popular spices. And perhaps there'll come a time when supermarkets won't be in a legal position to sell them.


There is something suspect and disturbing about the s-s-s-stammering baffoons of bioengineering. These guys, believe it or not, have a fall-through-rating of 80 per cent!!! In other words . . . money to burn on damp squibs. A back catalogue of near-term completions all hit the proverbial wall - the Flavr Savr debacle was just one of them. A prestigious discipline full of success and achievement, oh, I beg to differ. One hell-bent on zero conscience investment and capital accumulation - not bad! If, however, agribiz is geared towards compromising what we eat with foreign and clonned material . . . then our concerns should also include the risk of irreversible environmental ruin!

Submitted: November 23, 2021

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