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"Propaganda in the United States is spread by both government and media entities. Propaganda is information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to influence opinions. It's used in advertising, radio, newspaper, posters, books, television, and other media."  -  Propaganda in the United States - Wikipedia

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says GMO Crops Are Yummy

 

A Corn Cosmology Explored

The Attack of The Genetically Mutated Organisms

The Children of The Corn: Four Ears Are Better Than Two

 

"Science Of Coercion Communication Research Psychological Warfare"

"Communication research is a small but intriguing field in the social sciences. This relatively new specialty crystallized into a distinct discipline within sociology — complete with colleges, curricula, the authority to grant doctorates, and so forth — between about 1950 and 1955. Today it underlies most college- and graduate-level training for print and broadcast journalists, public relations and advertising personnel, and the related craftspeople who might be called the "ideological workers" of contemporary U.S. society."

"Government psychological warfare programs helped shape mass communication research into a distinct scholarly field, strongly influencing the choice of leaders and determining which of the competing scientific paradigms of communication would be funded, elaborated, and encouraged to prosper. The state usually did not directly determine what scientists could or could not say, but it did significantly influence the selection of who would do the "authoritative" talking in the field. This book takes up three tasks. First, it outlines the history of U.S. psychological warfare between 1945 and 1960, discussing the basic theories, activities, and administrative structure of this type of com- munication enterprise. Second, it looks at the contributions made by prominent mass communication researchers and institutions to that en- terprise. Third, it examines the impact of psychological warfare pro- grams on widely held preconceptions about communication and science within the field of communication research itself."

Full text of "Science Of Coercion Communication Research ...

 

Food Evolves?

SIFF 2017: Food Evolution  source: SIFF News

"Published on Nov 25, 2015

"Neil deGrasse Tyson Narrates New Doc 'Food Evolution': A Blatant Case of Monsanto Corporate Propaganda"

"With its skewed presentation of science, the documentary is a flagrant example of propaganda for the agrichemical industry."

"Some industry messaging efforts are so heavy-handed they end up highlighting their own PR tactics more than the message they are trying to convey. That's the problem with "Food Evolution," a new documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson."

"The film, opening in theaters June 23, claims to offer an objective look at the debate over genetically engineered foods, but with its skewed presentation of science and data, it comes off looking more like a textbook case of corporate propaganda for the agrichemical industry and its GMO crops."

"IFT is partly funded by big food corporations, and the group's president at the time was Janet Collins, a former DuPont and Monsanto executive who now works for CropLife America, the pesticide trade association. IFT's president-elect Cindy Stewart works for DuPont.

IFT chose Kennedy to direct the film, but he and producer Trace Sheehan say they had complete control over the film they describe as a fully independent investigation into the topic of GMOs including all points of view. The film’s credibility suffers from their choice to embrace only the scientists who side with the chemical industry players who profit from GMOs and the chemicals used on them, while ignoring science and data that doesn’t fit that agenda."

http://www.alternet.org/environment/neil-degrasse-tyson-narrates-new-doc-food-evolution-blatant-case-monsanto-corporate

 

Bill Nye The Crazed Money Hungry Propaganda Guy

Bill Nye changes his mind. He says he did some scientific research after he claimed GMOs might be harmful. What research did he do in the first place? How trustworthy is this guy's opinion? Bill Nye endorses the use of glyphosate. This so-called "science" guy seems to change his mind a lot.

Why Did Bill Nye Change His Mind about GMOs?  source:  StarTalk Radio

In “Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation”, Bill Nye urged caution about GMOs. But recently, Bill Nye famously changed his mind about GMOs. Now, as Bill explains to Chuck Nice, by using GMOs we’ll be able to raise more food on less land and feed more people. In this video, Bill talks about the science behind his reversal. You’ll hear about glyphosate, Shikimic acid pathway, Round-Up Ready® soybeans, corn, cotton, pigweed, and of course, the “be-hated Monsanto.” "

StarTalk Radio

 

Science Guy Weed Killer Lover Says: Low Doses of Poison Are Good For You

 

Glyphosate

"There is a reasonable correlation between the amount ingested and the likelihood of serious systemic sequelae or death."

 

Glyphosate Poisoning

"Accidental ingestion of glyphosate formulations is generally associated with only mild, transient, gastrointestinal features. Most reported cases have followed the deliberate ingestion of the concentrated formulation of Roundup (The use of trade names is for product identification purposes only and does not imply endorsement.) (41% glyphosate as the IPA salt and 15% POEA). There is a reasonable correlation between the amount ingested and the likelihood of serious systemic sequelae or death. Advancing age is also associated with a less favourable prognosis. Ingestion of >85 mL of the concentrated formulation is likely to cause significant toxicity in adults. Gastrointestinal corrosive effects, with mouth, throat and epigastric pain and dysphagia are common. Renal and hepatic impairment are also frequent and usually reflect reduced organ perfusion. Respiratory distress, impaired consciousness, pulmonary oedema, infiltration on chest x-ray, shock, arrythmias, renal failure requiring haemodialysis, metabolic acidosis and hyperkalaemia may supervene in severe cases. Bradycardia and ventricular arrhythmias are often present pre-terminally. Dermal exposure to ready-to-use glyphosate formulations can cause irritation and photo-contact dermatitis has been reported occasionally; these effects are probably due to the preservative Proxel (benzisothiazolin-3-one). Severe skin burns are very rare. Inhalation is a minor route of exposure but spray mist may cause oral or nasal discomfort, an unpleasant taste in the mouth, tingling and throat irritation. Eye exposure may lead to mild conjunctivitis, and superficial corneal injury is possible if irrigation is delayed or inadequate. Management is symptomatic and supportive, and skin decontamination with soap and water after removal of contaminated clothing should be undertaken in cases of dermal exposure."

Glyphosate poisoning. - NCBI - NIH

Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells - Scientific ...

 

Biological Pesticides

"There’s a whole range of what we call biological pesticides, or “biopesticides,” that are made of naturally occurring substances derived from animals, plants, bacteria, fungi and minerals – like citronella, garlic oil and acetic acid. The great news about biopesticides is that they are virtually non-toxic to people and the environment. They usually target specific pests, reducing risks to beneficial insects, birds and mammals. Even better, they’re becoming more common – and that means that safer alternatives to control pests are becoming more widely available."

https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2015/02/farmers-shift-towards-virtually-non-toxic-alternatives-for-pest-control/

 

I'd prefer the less poisonous option, thank you very much; but why is there no poison-free option?

Why not build vast green houses with extremely controlled environments? Why not use technology and industry to eliminate the need for pesticides in a way that really looks like a promised utopian future instead of poisoning everyone and everything indiscriminately?

How about focusing on real problems like this instead of trying to go to places like Mars?

Farmers Shift Towards Virtually Non-Toxic Alternatives for Pest Control ...

Non-Toxic Insecticide Alternatives - Articles - Networx

Tackle weeds with these 5 less toxic alternatives to Roundup -

 

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS: Which Studies Should We Trust?

Should we trust multimedia personalities like Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, should we trust a single study, multiple studies or should we reserve absolute judgement in favor of attempting to learn as much about the subject as we possibly can? Does context matter? Should we assume something is true simply because it is in the form of televised propaganda or peer reviewed study? Does it make sense to ingest poison?

 

"Cell damage and even cell death can occur at the residual levels found on Roundup-treated food crops, as well as lawns and gardens where Roundup is applied for weed control"

 

True Toxicity

"The true toxicity of glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup—is becoming increasingly clear as study after study is published demonstrating its devastating effects. In June, groundbreaking research was published detailing a newfound mechanism of harm for Roundup." 

"This was immediately followed by tests showing that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies, while yet another study revealed that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drives breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range."

"This finding might help explain why rats fed Monsanto’s maize developed massive breast tumors in the first-ever lifetime feeding study published last year. Other recently published studies demonstrate glyphosate’s toxicity to cell lines, aquatic life, food animals, and humans."

"Research shows glyphosate is toxic to water fleas at extraordinarily low levels, well within the levels expected to be found in the environment. These findings throw serious doubt on glyphosate’s safety

Previous research has shown that Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications

“Inactive” ingredients such as solvents, preservatives, and surfactants contribute to toxicity in a synergistic manner, and ethoxylated adjuvants in glyphosate-based herbicides have been found to be “active principles of human cell toxicity”

Cell damage and even cell death can occur at the residual levels found on Roundup-treated food crops, as well as lawns and gardens where Roundup is applied for weed control

Liver, embryonic and placental cell lines are adversely affected by glyphosate at doses as low as 1 ppm. GM corn can contain as much as 13 ppm of glyphosate, and Americans eat an average of 193 lbs of GM foods annually."

 

Roundup and Glyphosate Toxicity Underestimated, Study Says

 

Herbicides & You

"Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. It was discovered to be an herbicide by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz in 1970.[3]Monsanto brought it to market in 1974 under the trade name Roundup, and Monsanto's last commercially relevant United States patent expired in 2000.

Farmers quickly adopted glyphosate, especially after Monsanto introduced glyphosate-resistant Roundup Ready crops, enabling farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops. In 2007, glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States' agricultural sector and the second-most used in home and garden (2,4-D being the most used), government and industry, and commerce.[4] By 2016 there was a 100-fold increase from the late 1970s in the frequency of applications and volumes of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) applied, with further increases expected in the future, partly in response to the global emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds."

Glyphosate - Wikipedia

 

Is it really a good idea to ingest even low doses of poison on a continuous and lifetime kind of basis?

 

Transgenic Organisms: Artificial Selection or Science Fiction Fantasy Made Real?

 

What are GMOs really?

How much of this is science fiction style marketing hype and how much is real demonstrable science?

How much is commerce motivated advertisng and how much is reality?

Is this a form of chemically induced environmental adaptation rather than some kind of true genetic splicing?

"A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques (i.e., a genetically engineered organism). GMOs are used to produce many medications and genetically modified foods and are widely used in scientific research and the production of other goods. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, 'living modified organism', defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs (specifically, "any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology").

A more specifically defined type of GMO is a "transgenic organism." This is an organism whose genetic makeup has been altered by the addition of genetic material from an unrelated organism. This should not be confused with the more general way in which "GMO" is used to classify genetically altered organisms, as typically GMOs are organisms whose genetic makeup has been altered without the addition of genetic material from an unrelated organism.

The first genetically modified mouse was created in 1974, and the first plant was produced in 1983."

"Humans have domesticated plants and animals since around 12,000 BCE, using selective breeding or artificial selection (as contrasted with natural selection).[7]:25 The process of selective breeding, in which organisms with desired traits(and thus with the desired genes) are used to breed the next generation and organisms lacking the trait are not bred, is a precursor to the modern concept of genetic modification.[8]:1[9]:1 Various advancements in genetics allowed humans to directly alter the DNA and therefore genes of organisms. In 1972 Paul Berg created the first recombinant DNA molecule when he combined DNA from a monkey virus with that of the lambda virus."

"Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen made the first genetically modified organism (GMO) in 1973. They took a gene from a bacterium that provided resistance to the antibiotic kanamycin, inserted it into a plasmid and then induced another bacteria to uptake the plasmid. The bacteria was then able to survive in the presence of kanamycin.[12] Boyer and Cohen expressed other genes in bacteria. This included genes from the toad Xenopus laevis in 1974, creating the first GMO expressing a gene from an organism from different kingdom"

"GMOs are used in biological and medical research, production of pharmaceutical drugs, experimental medicine (e.g. gene therapy and vaccines against the Ebola virus, and agriculture (e.g. golden rice, resistance to herbicides), with developing uses in conservation. The term "genetically modified organism" does not always imply, but can include, targeted insertions of genes from one species into another."

"For example, a gene from a jellyfish, encoding a fluorescent protein called GFP, or green fluorescent protein, can be physically linked and thus co-expressed with mammalian genes to identify the location of the protein encoded by the GFP-tagged gene in the mammalian cell. Such methods are useful tools for biologists in many areas of research, including those who study the mechanisms of human and other diseases or fundamental biological processes in eukaryotic or prokaryotic cells."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism