Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon speaks out against trade deals that favor multinational corporations like Monsanto

IRT applauds Congressman DeFazio’s action as a champion of the people vs. Big Food.deFazio

“Call it the smoking gun,” said DeFazio. “Proof that fast track and massive free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are written by and for multinational corporations such as agriculture giant Monsanto. Instead of using trade deals as an opportunity to protect and strengthen consumer rights by joining the countries which require genetically engineered food to be labeled, this administration wants to benefit wealthy corporations at the expense of the public.”

The provision, included in Section 2, Trade Negotiating Objectives, requires that U.S. negotiators fight for rules in trade agreements that eliminate so-called “barriers” to markets such as the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Currently 64 countries require genetically engineered food to be labeled including some of our largest trading partners like Japan, China, Brazil, and the countries of the European Union.

Several consumer groups joined DeFazio in criticizing the fast track bill:

“Consumers coast-to-coast are fighting for the right to know what is in the food they are feeding their families, but fast track would make it even harder to get commonsense food labels,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “This approach to trade could eliminate country of origin labeling and GMO labeling and weaken imported food inspection to satisfy the corporate interests who are writing these trade deals.”

“At a time when Americans overwhelmingly want a right to know what they are buying and feeding their families, it is appalling that Congress would encourage stripping other countries of their right to label genetically engineered foods,” said Colin O’Neil, Director of Government Affairs at Center for Food Safety. “Each country has justifiably required the labeling of GE foods; the only thing that cannot be justified is why consumers in the US don’t have the same right to know as consumers in 64 other countries around the world.”


Replacing Nature: GE Trees and Monoculture Crops


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This 30 minute free film is a MUST SEE:

The new documentary, Synthetic Forests, from director Ed Schehl (A Silent Forest, 2010) illuminates the issue of genetic engineering versus nature as never before. Along with the expansion of industrial agriculture, tree factories are yet but one more example of the conversion of natural resources to corporatized assets. Includes appearances by Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Ronnie Cummins, and a host of scientists, environmentalists, and citizen stakeholders.

Produced by Earth Links, Inc., the film is showing free online at with an appeal for donations to fund translation into Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, and other languages.

 “Corporations in the USA and Brazil have requested government authorization to release hundreds of millions of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees to be turned into fuel.

The Genetically Engineered ARCTIC APPLE has just been approved and it was recently learned that a GE LOPLOLLY PINE tree was approved for release without public comment in 2012!

Many other species of trees such as pear and chestnuts are planted in hundreds of test plots around the world and will soon be ready for release as  food if they are not stopped by informed public action.

Because trees could be  genetically engineered to grow faster, have increased density, resist toxic chemicals or kill insects, they are expected to greatly expand the number of industrial tree plantations and bring about the loss of millions of acres of native forests worldwide.  Rich Biologically Diversity would be replaced by plantations of cloned trees, growing at accelerated rates,diminishing groundwater and leaving a forest devoid of  wildlife and understory plants.” [read more at]


Brazilian Research Provides Clue to Jump in Leukemia Rates at Huazhong Agricultural University in Central China?

Is genetically modified rice linked to a sudden rise in the leukemia incidence rate among students at Huazhong Agricultural University (HUA) in central China, in one of the country’s three top rice-producing regions?

spraying rice in China“When we entered the University, the school required all students to promote genetic modification (GM), upon entering the University, our teacher told us that the rice used by our canteen is GM rice from the university’s experimental base,” students stated(Chen I-wan, 2014). The leukemia incidence rate of the students at the Huazhong University is now estimated to be about three times the normal incidence rate.

Last year, a Brazilian study, “Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as spore-crystal strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac, or Cry2Aa in Swiss albino mice” (Mezzomo, 2013), published in the Journal of Hematology & Thromboembolic Diseases, showed that Bt toxins are toxic to the blood of mice and cause red blood cells to rupture, as well as a significant reduction in bone marrow cell proliferation. Some think there may be a connection.

While it is not clear that health problems among the HUA students or others who may have been eating the insect resistant genetically modified rice (IRGM) were actually a consideration, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified rice and corn. The certificates expired August 17th. Wang Jing, a Greenpeace official based in Beijing, wrote in an email to ScienceInsider, “We believe that loopholes in assessing and monitoring [GM] research, as well as the public concern around safety issues are the most important reasons that the certifications have not been renewed” (Normile, 2014).


About IRT. The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is a non-profit organization that researches and reports news and information about the health risks of genetically engineered food. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are present in processed foods and many food products.IRT-Web-Logo-Short-150



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writing-laptop-rgbIf you take a look at, you’ll find a long article by Jeffrey Smith and others, a summary article written in a more popular style, and links to resources, films, a research paper, etc. This information is critical for those who treat or suffer from gluten sensitivity in order to understand how consumption of GMOs and Roundup may initiate or exacerbate the condition.

The scientific evidence now exists to link these culprits to numerous other conditions. Furthermore, we have reports from many individuals and healthcare professionals that these conditions improve or disappear soon after a non-GMO diet begins.
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