Dr. Thierry Vrain, Former Pro-GMO Scientist, Speaks Up
Dr. Thierry Vrain, former genetic engineer and soil biologist with Agriculture Canada, spoke with us today about his concerns with genetically engineered crops (GMOs) and more importantly, the use of Glyphosate (RoundUp). Dr. Vrain’s background in the field of genetic engineering (for 30 years), makes him an expert on this gene technology. He explained how a cell is genetically engineered and what happens after this random insertion process through a gene gun and how it can have unknown effects.
Since leaving Agriculture Canada 12 years ago, he has learned much more about the process of genetic engineering and the BT process (insect resistant) and the HT (herbicide resistant) crops that make up about 500 million acres. His primary concern at this time is the widespread use of Glyphosate which is a powerful herbicide, mineral chelator and a patented antibiotic. Dr. Vrain stated when speaking about Glyphosate:
“It’s almost as if the entire population of North American is on a low-grade antibiotic diet day in day out from birth, everyday, so this is the reality.”
Dr. Vrain’s message is to alarm the public about the dangers of GMOs and Glyphosate to both the environment and to human health.
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An excellent recording from Dr. Vrain
I linked to this on ‘Science on the Land’ http://argylesock.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/a-scientist-against-gm-crops/
Very interesting, especially with regard to the effects of Round-up in the human body. I personally do not believe that genetically engineered organisms are safe either. I’ve heard that the safety studies are very poorly done, even to the extent of being criminally negligent. In my opinion both must go and these companies should be sued out of existence for the damage they have done and the genetic pollution they have caused.
Super- True…..very dangerous— Thanksfor Post!
This is an excellent talk by Dr. Vrain. I’m copying it to Bluetooth so I can repeatedly listen to it while traveling and learn the information better. Thank you.
There is a recent article from Dr. Vrain in the Ecologist,entitled “GMOs and Roundup –Junking Down Our Food Supply” at: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2516342/gmos_and_roundup_junking_down_our_food_supply.html
There is an important study from Norway entitled : Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814613019201. This compared the seeds from Iowa, USA,of transgenic, conventional, and organic and shows that there is a significant difference between the GMO seeds and the conventional, as well as the organic seeds. To use the words of Monsanto, there is “an EXTREME” level of glyphosate in the GMO seeds.
Actually, according to Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans, which I cited above, Big Brother is cited as saying “…[R]esidue levels of up to 5.6 mg/kg in GM-soy represent ‘…extreme levels, and far higher than those typically found’ ” (Monsanto 1999).
The scientists of the Compositional differences study “rejects that GM soy is “substantially equivalent” to non-GM soybeans” and it goes into detail as to how soybeans from different agricultural practices differ in nutritional quality. Those with the most nutritional value are organically grown. “Organic soybeans showed a more healthy nutritional profile than other soybeans. Organic soy contained more sugars, protein and zinc, but less fibre and omega-6.”
Perhaps, this is the reason, Big Brother is working hard and putting major dollars into campaigns to keep the public controlled and ignorant about which foods contain GMOs and at the same time is putting organic seed companies, and farmers out of business. Organic soy and corn are becoming increasingly difficult to find and the seeds are no longer available for many organic livestock farmers who had depended upon them in the USA and in Europe.
While I don’t dispute Dr. Vrain’s observations about glyphosate, I do believe that banning GMOs is a good focus. I suspect similar observations could be made about BT, the genetically produced pesticide, or 2,4-D (remember Agent Orange?) for which resistant plants are now being developed. The chemical companies that hold most of the patents on GMOs are steeped in “kill the enemy” thinking which threatens to unravel the web of life upon which we depend.
In Benton County, Oregon we find banning GMOs is just sensible business. Our local economy is based in an agricultural sector made up of lots of small farms producing and exporting seeds around the world. If these crops get contaminated with GMOs, there goes the market! Much of the world refuses to import GMOs. Please support YES on 2-89! http://www.bentonfoodfreedom.org/
This is an older post, I’ve just learned about this however.
Thank you for this interview! The “Dr. Oz GMO labeling” storm is underway with Monsanto running multi-prong PR attack including ads on Pandora saying GMO helps humanity (etc). How and why the plant cell is modified/engineered with bacterial genes is important. Ironically it’s called a “successful event.” Ha!