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New on ISN: How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

Published on Tuesday March 25th on Independent Science News: “How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm” by Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra.

Article Synopsis: Many GMO crops are resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup (active ingredient: glyphosate). This resistance allows farmers to spray the herbicide over the crop to control weeds. As weeds in the US and elsewhere have increasingly gained resistance to Roundup, farmers have been spraying more herbicide more often. Yet the effects of increased use on the levels of Roundup found in food and animal feed have rarely been measured, despite increasing concern about the health impacts of both Roundup and glyphosate. A recent scientific study by Bøhn et al. (2014) found that levels of glyphosate, specifically in GMO soybeans, have increased to levels higher than some vitamins.

Read the full article “How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm.” The authors are at: GenØk – Centre for Biosafety, Tromsø, Norway.

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ISN publishes Edward Snowden’s Testimony to the European Parliament on NSA Spying and its Consequences

Independent Science News has decided to reprint in full the March 7th testimony of Edward Snowden to the European Parliament. Snowden’s testimony is vitally important Read More »

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ISN Server Has Been Experiencing Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Attacks

The Independent Science News (ISN) website has been offline periodically over the past few days. Here is a message from our internet service provider: “The server ISN resides on Read More »

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Researchers Uncover Multiple Sources of Bias in GMO Risk Assessments

The GMO risk assessment process claimed to protect the public acts instead to protect industry. Scientists Hartmut Meyer and Angelika Hilbeck reviewed Monsanto’s rat toxicology studies on GM maize NK603 and identified flawed methods that bias results in industries’ favor. One such method is the use of multiple unrelated ‘pseudo-controls’ that make aberrant results look normal. Pseudo-controls have become a common component of other GMO risk studies, not only feeding trials. Meyer and Hilbeck also found that GMO studies routinely fail to use Read More »

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BSR and the Cornell FACT Club Host Forks Over Knives Event

The Bioscience Resource Project and Cornell’s Student FACT (Food, Agriculture and Critical Thinking) club are hosting a movie screening of Forks Over Knives on the Cornell Campus on Thursday 6 February 2014. The event will be held in Kaufmann Auditorium (G64 Goldwin Smith Hall) at 7pm. The movie will be immediately followed by a Question and Answer session with Dr. T. Colin Campbell.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the Public Read More »

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The Health Care Doctors Forgot: Why Ordinary Food Will Be the Future of Medicine

Published today (February 3rd 2014) in Independent Science News: “The Health Care Doctors Forgot: Why Ordinary Food Will be the New Medicine” by T Colin Campbell.

Can diet cure disease, and not just prevent it? Scientific evidence is accumulating that diets which emphasize consumption of plants and which avoid meat and dairy products can rapidly reverse common and life-threatening chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. For these and other common diseases research is showing that a diet-based cure is much more effective than current medical treatments which are largely ineffectual, expensive, and plagued by side effects. These important facts about the power of nutrition are not widely known, however. That is because they simultaneously challenge the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the medical profession. The latter Read More »

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Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Scientific Journalism

Published today in Independent Science News: “Fakethrough! GMOs and the Capitulation of Science Journalism“, by Jonathan Latham, PhD, Executive Director of The Bioscience Resource Project.

The media is absolutely essential to the functioning of a democracy. It’s not our job to cozy up to power. We’re supposed to be the check and balance on government.” — Amy Goodman

Goodman, like many others, believes the role of a democratic press is that of public interest watchdog.

For the the science media it appears to be the role not taken. This failure is perhaps most evident in its coverage of the Ag-Biotech industry, where the gap between what the data supports and the press reports appears ever-widening. Especially telling are the articles describing ‘humanitarian’ GMO breakthroughs in which biotech crops are proposed, Read More »

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New on ISN: Can the Scientific Reputation of Pamela Ronald, Public Face of GMOs, Be Salvaged?

Published today in Independent Science News: “Can the Scientific Reputation of Pamela Ronald, Public Face of GMOs, Be Salvaged?
Written by Jonathan Latham, PhD
Read the full article at Url: http://www.independentsciencenews.org/news/can-the-scientific-reputation-of-pamela-ronald-public-face-of-gmos-be-salvaged/

Synopsis:  When a quotable university expert is needed to speak on behalf of crop biotechnology, Pamela Ronald is the U.S. media’s professor of choice. Her credibility as a scientific pro-GMO expert derives from her long term research into diseases of rice at the University of California, Davis. But Pamela Ronald’s research career is coming to resemble a liability. In the past year Ronald has publicly retracted two original scientific papers based on research carried out in the laboratory she heads. These publications (including one from Science) formed the core of her plant disease research program. At the same time, German researchers have publicly raised substantive questions about a third Ronald publication.

Presumably because her scientific reputation is highly valuable to the biotech industry, a coordinated media campaign is underway to rescue it. Pamela Ronald and the campaign blame now-departed lab members from Thailand and Korea for the lab’s errors and Ronald is praised for initiating the retractions. The truth, however, is not so simple, and raises still further questions about the scientific validity of Pamela Ronald’s research.

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Published Today on ISN: The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture

Independent Science News today published “The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture” by Colin Tudge, writer and co-founder of The Campaign for Real Farming and the College for Enlightened Agriculture.

Article synopsis: Industrial agriculture “is a far bigger threat to humanity than North Korea or “terrorism”, or the collapse of banks or dwindling oil”. Responsible for, among other things, climate change, water pollution, ill health, and the destruction of soils, small-scale farming, and rural communities, it has been sold to the public on a series of mythological propositions. Principal among these myths are monoculture agriculture’s “high yields and efficiency”, smallholder farming’s “inadequacy”, and the “food productivity crisis”. Journalists, politicians, and especially academics, propagate these myths — apparently Read More »

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New on ISN: Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics

African economies feature huge discrepancies and alarming gaps in statistical knowledge. These exist with respect to productivity, income distribution, and population. Some of these statistical problems represent simple inadequacy of data collection, but many are the result of politics. Data are subject to manipulation by political leaders to ensure favorable Read More »

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