By Aaron Kesel
After a myriad of talks blaming Russia for hacking the election without any proof that has since switched into influencing the election through social media, MSM has gone off the deep end blaming Russia for an anti-GMO campaign influencing Americans’ opinions according to Iowa State University research, Desmoines Register reported.
Russia is funding articles shared online which question the safety of GMOs in an effort to hurt U.S. agriculture interests and bolster its position as the “ecologically clean alternative” to genetically engineered food, Shawn Dorius, an ISU assistant sociology professor, claims.
“Stirring the anti-GMO pot would serve a great many of Russia’s political, economic and military objectives,” he said.
So what is the team’s unquestionable research that determined this incredible outcome; is it a leaked Russian memo or double agent leaking this incredible information?
No, none of the above; this Scooby-Doo investigation team used simple statistics from RT and Sputnik news sites funded by the Russian government to come to this ridiculous conclusion.
Like Zoinks! Instead, the report stated that more articles from RT and Sputnik contained the word “GMO” than five other news organizations combined — those being Huffington Post, Fox News, CNN, Breitbart News and MSNBC.
Further, these wondrous cyber sleuths found that RT accounted for 34 percent of GMO-related articles among the seven sites, and Sputnik articles made up 19 percent.
So that’s it — they determined that Russia, a country that bans GMOs along with three dozen other countries, is trying to influence America’s opinion on GMOs by publishing news articles against GMOs … which is a right for journalists at RT and Sputnik under the First Amendment, the right to a free press, as well as a right for citizens to receive information.
It is utter insanity and nonsense to state that Americans can’t think for themselves and determine that GMOs are dangerous for consumption without the help of Russia.
Monsanto sued regulators of the Plant Board in Arkansas last year for prohibiting the use of the chemical from April 16th through Oct. 31, 2018, Natural Blaze reported.
Glyphosate was also listed as a carcinogen on California EPA’s Prop 65 list in July of 2017, while a study published earlier in the year in January of 2017 proved chronic consumption of low levels of Roundup (which contains glyphosate) caused fatty liver disease in animals.
The chemical which was also deemed a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in March 2015, has been recently found in five different brands of orange juice including top brands like Tropicana, Natural Blaze reported.
Dicamba is considered more toxic than glyphosate, but less toxic than 2,4-D, the third most common broadleaf herbicide. (Monsanto is working on crops that are resistant to 2,4-D, as well.)
Yet Monsanto claims that when the chemical is properly used, Dicamba is considered only mildly toxic to people, pollinators, wildlife, and aquatic organisms. However, according to Monsanto, there is no scientific consensus on whether it has cancer-causing properties, though the EPA says “Dicamba is not likely to be a human carcinogen.”
Then, more recently, a product called NemaStrike was pulled after reports indicated that it caused strange rashes on people who came into contact with the chemical. NemaStrike was designed to be applied to crop seeds to protect them from worms and other bugs.
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A study published in 2014, in the Journal of Organic Systems examined U.S. government databases, searching for GE (Genetically Engineered) crop data, glyphosate application data, and disease epidemiological data while performing a “correlation analysis” on a total of 22 different diseases. Those researchers reached an alarming conclusion:
These data show very strong and highly significant correlations between the increasing use of glyphosate, GE crop growth and the increase in a multitude of diseases. Many of the graphs show sudden increases in the rates of diseases in the mid-1990s that coincide with the commercial production of GE crops.
The probabilities in the graphs and tables show that it is highly unlikely that the correlations are a coincidence. The strength of the correlations shows that there is a very strong probability that they are linked somehow.
So with all this information cited above, it is any wonder that Americans are rightfully skeptical about the safety of GMOs that are sprayed with these pesticides? Especially since the story doesn’t end there; Monsanto is on record having paid Prof. Sir Richard Doll, one of Britain’s finest post-war scientists, for covering up harmful effects of Agent Orange. Doll wrote to an Australian commission investigating Agent Orange’s effects on humans and argued that there was no evidence that Agent Orange caused cancer, The Guardian reported.
Monsanto’s product was withdrawn in 1971 because it caused birth defects in laboratory animals. Agent Orange is known to have affected an entire generation of Vietnamese children who suffered skin cancers and other deformities.
Doll was paid from 1970 to 1990, up to £1,000 a day as a consultant by Monsanto, which was previously a chemical company. Just like before, Monsanto recently got caught last year manufacturing scientific studies and then using those studies to influence the EPA and other regulators for its star line product Roundup, paying scientists to publish them, according to court documents, Huffington Post reported.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last year it had reached a deal with Monsanto along with BASF and DuPont, which also make dicamba herbicides, for new voluntary restrictions for the weed killer’s use. Under the deal, dicamba products will be labeled as “restricted use” beginning with the 2018 growing season, requiring additional training and certifications for workers applying the product to crops.
It is worth noting that there are Americans and groups such as Dr. Oz, the Center for Food Safety, Right to Know and Organic Consumers Association who openly express discontent for GMOs, calling for mandatory labeling or banning of GMO products.
Additionally, who can forget that Monsanto was involved with Blackwater in infiltrating activist groups who are opposed to the biotech giant, which Activist Post reported in 2012.
In other unrelated news and more senselessness out of the new blame Russia McCarthyism era, the Kremlin is also being blamed for a campaign to keep the American people armed.
As if Moscow would want to help keep Americans armed instead of disarming us and rush the coastline like the shores of Normandy if there was a malicious intent.
“There’s just one problem: the data that CNN cites do not support their claim,” Forbes wrote.
Anyone with a brain who wasn’t born yesterday and isn’t brainwashed can clearly see that Russia is being used as a scapegoat quite desperately like we have never seen before in all of history.
In a Twilight Zone without nukes and weapons, propaganda wouldn’t be so bad, but consistent propaganda against a superpower by think tanks and government officials is a dangerous scenario in the current political climate, and the only ones who will pay the price are American and Russian citizens. Meanwhile, the elite and military industrial complex of both nations profit from weapon contract deals like those “defensive weapons” that were sent to Ukraine as a Christmas present gifted by U.S. President Donald Trump.
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