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Jeffrey Smith shares plenty of good news from 2020 related to stopping GMOs and promoting organic.
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Speaker 1: (00:01)
Hello, everyone, Jeffrey Smith and happy new year coming up soon. And I wanted to give you some good news that you probably are happy to hear various good news. Good news from 2020, with respect to GMOs and organic, you know, next year, starting in January, we've been by 25th year as an activist, uh, in the area of GMOs. And I got to tell you a lot of the good news this year is a big, I told you so to the industry, things that we have been saying for years and doing for years and now successful, we're demonstrating. And we have mainstream understanding about plenty of the things that we've talked about, even though the biotech industry never admits it. And one of the things that is, I think, among the greatest achievements for 2020 is a result of a poll of global consumers, huge poll. And it showed among other things that 48% of consumers around the world do not try, do think that GMOs would be most likely bad for their health over the next 20 years.
Speaker 1: (01:19)
So most so 48%, about half of the world's population believes that GMO foods are unsafe for their health. Now, this is in huge contrast to what it was like 25 years ago. When I started, no one knew what is what a GMO was. And when I started the Institute for responsible technology in 2003, there were no other non-profits who were talking about the health dangers beyond three or four sentences. Don't ask me to repeat those sentences. I'd seen them for years and they were very ineffectual. So we focused on the health dangers, the book seeds of deception, my tours in 45 countries and that, and other people picking up the behavior change messaging that we helped pioneer has now convinced 48% of the world's population. And 51% specifically in the United States that GMOs are unsafe. This is huge news. This is outstanding. Now, um, among the GMOs that we've talked about, that I've written about, et cetera, GMO salmon turned out to be a potential catastrophe.
Speaker 1: (02:33)
I reported years ago on a fast growing salmon, that was similar to the one that, um, is being introduced or really being planned to be introduced to the human food supply in the United States. It already has in Canada by AquaBounty that it, that the outdoor release of this salmon could result in a crash or extension of salmon from the ocean and the FDA review of the salmon, which was designed to be a fast track, was so poor and so ridiculous that a court viewed it as illegal, that they did not take into advantage, take into account the environmental consequences of a salmon release. And so that has been blocked. Thank you to our dear friends at center for food safety. Ooh. So salmon is not going to be on our plates and United States very soon. Um, and another industry, uh, myth that we have been challenging in the olden days back when I was starting out the biotech industry claim that any release of GMOs into the environment would be quickly erased because the GMOs would have a survival disadvantage.
Speaker 1: (03:51)
And then over time we had ended up restoring a pristine gene pool. So they were pretending that they were in favor of keeping the nature of nature, but they didn't have any data to back up their claims that a GMO in the wild would die off. Well, research came out this year, showing the opposite that once released into the wild GMOs can be more likely to proliferate. The crops could have more seeds or more tendency to survive. And also the generation after it's released, it could alter in ways that are completely unpredictable making any safety assessment completely irrelevant because the genome can change spontaneously. So all of their, their protestations about our concerns about the environmental impact turned out to be based on, uh, disinformation. Now, um, the trials and the settlements for the Roundup cases are moving forward. The appeals court for Lee Johnson.
Speaker 1: (04:59)
You remember Lee was the first trial against GMOs for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was in Benicia school district as a groundskeeper. He had a terminal diagnosis for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. So they rushed his case to trial before others. And he was awarded $295 million by the jury. The judge has reduced it since, but like the other two trials, Monsanto bear continues to attack it in court, attacking at each next level. And the next level, which is the appeals court upheld the decision by the local court, uh, blocking yet again, Monsanto bears appeal. Um, now in that trial, a lot of documents came out and verifying that the tests that were done in the United States for glyphosate and Roundup were fraudulent. I had completely, uh, ridiculous. I mean, I don't want to go into it, but totally fraudulent do information came out this year, showing that research done in Germany, in German labs on glyphosate, the chief poison and Roundup was also fraudulent now because of the increased attention on the cancer causing characteristics of glyphosate, a lot of rejection has occurred.
Speaker 1: (06:25)
Communities have rejected glyphosate. Mexico says they're going to phase it out. And it's its future looks is not local bright. Uh, and in fact, I was able to, to publish a talk aimed at the fair shareholders meeting, although it was during the pandemic and I wasn't able to attend in person as planned. I actually released a video and testified on a a hundred alternative live stream. And I warned the bear. I warned that the, um, that if they don't step up and either remove glyphosate completely and or completely open up their documents to show what Monsanto was hiding, that future juries would give them punitive damages that were very, very severe and that they would face bankruptcy. Cause there's other diseases associated with Roundup and glyphosate. And that the amount of people which was over 125,000, that are part of the plaintiff group charging, that they got their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma from Roundup.
Speaker 1: (07:43)
That that number is tiny compared to the number of people who suffer from other diseases that are created by Roundup. So I laid all this out saying they have to come clean. They have to do the research, et cetera, that the independent scientists had told them to do two years ago. And if it shows that it's linked to these diseases, they need to pull it off the Mark. In fact, I said, they should take it off right away, but as a last ditch effort that should at least do the research in case they're resistant. Anyway, we now have more evidence, more evidence came out, linking Roundup as an endocrine disruptor, endocrine disruptors operate at tiny tiny amounts. So you could have parts per trillion. And we know parts per trillion of glyphosate causes. non-Hodgkin's no causes, not alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats. And maybe the reason why 30 or 35% of us citizens have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Speaker 1: (08:40)
Now back in 2005, several lady who's been doing more research on GMOs and Roundup than anyone found that glyphosate and Roundup had endocrine disrupting properties. And that one of it, one of the things that he could do was aroma taste, which creates the balance between estrogen and testosterone. So could affect reproductive health. Well, the environmental protection agency ignore that evidence. They ignore all low dose effects. And this year a review paper out of Argentina showed that Roundup was in fact, endocrine disruptor. It fulfilled eight out of the 10 requirements. And they said, flatly, it disrupts eloquence, which means it messes up our hormones. So we've been talking about this. Now we have much greater evidence and also several studies that came out this summer verified the reproductive problems of Roundup and glyphosate in a variety of animals in it showed that there were problems in the ovaries and the uterus, and it drew the attention.
Speaker 1: (09:45)
And to begin to the aromatase, which we knew about 15 years ago because of Sara Leni. Now I'm the other class of GMO crops are the BT crops, not the ones that's probably Roundup the ones that produce their own toxic insecticide called D T, which stands for bacillus thuringiensis. Now BT toxin is used it's it's from soil bacteria. It's used by organic farmers. You can spray it on crops and it will kill certain insects by breaking holes in their guts and killing them. And then it'll wash off and degraded with sudden, but genetic engineers placed the genes from that bacteria into corn and cotton and soybeans, and they produce it. The DT toxin, it thousands of times the level that is found in the spray, it doesn't wash off because it's encapsulated in the cells. It doesn't biodegrade, it's eaten. So it, we think it's extremely dangerous.
Speaker 1: (10:47)
But also by putting out this insecticide, it's, it's somebody, millions of acres. We had been predicting that the insects without smartly, let's say with those toxins and develop resistance, and it has been such, we have been so true, so accurate in that if the EPA now proposes to phase out, nearly all DT Corps had come because there's the BT quarter caucus, the United States, the soybeans were in South America. So they want to phase out maybe 40 varieties of BT corn, because it's failing in the fields. Speaking of failing in the fields. Um, I remember talking to a former Monsanto scientist who said we need GMOs because we need them for the developing countries like India, where all I've reported in the past that the BT cotton was a disaster with, uh, maybe a quarter of a million BT cotton farmers committing suicide. When after borrowing money from the secondary market, from loan sharks and it out, it was an absolute disaster because they weren't getting the yield.
Speaker 1: (11:56)
Sometimes it was a complete failure economically. Well now a, a panel at the national pedal scientists at August evaluated the 18 years of BT cotton in India and showed that it has completely failed. So all of the rhetoric that had been put out by the industry, that it was such a success, it turns out to be disinformation. And in addition, the industry is still bagging. The drum that GMO's increase yields trolls online, still stay well. Now we know that GMO's increase yields. It turns out they're still failing to increase yields. And that is, that is completely clear, based on peer reviewed, published studies and case studies, et cetera, all over the world. Uh, fortunately Mexico is seeing the light and the said no to GMO corn and their people during the pandemic are now saying yes to organic realizing that what they eat is so important to, for their health and immune system, but demand for organic has been through the roof.
Speaker 1: (13:06)
And we also found out that when you switched to organic, your glyphosate levels in your urine can drop by 70% in just three days. So please eat organic and stay organic. Now it was also discovered this year, that organic farming of soy corn and wheat is more profitable than GMOs. And that the according to the [inaudible] commodity outlook, the number of certified organic operations in the U S will reach 90 19,888, a 4% increase this year. Organic cord livestock feed is projecting increased 6% organic soy bean crush is projected to increase 13% soybean planted areas expanded 19% and cored 8%. Now we've talked about now, let's talk about GMOs 2.0, kind of our protect nature. Now campaign, we've been talking about the dangers of gene editing and the study came out this year, showing that gene edited embryos can create CRO the Sobel mayhem, huge changes that are unpredicted could occur in the human genome.
Speaker 1: (14:19)
When you use gene editing. Now the same type of changes can occur in animals and also similarly in plants, but the FDA, when they came out surprisingly this year saying, we need to have strong regulation for gene edited animals. It didn't mention the plants because of probably the lobbyists about tick industry and the USDA. What also, what's also interesting is that the scientist who did gene edit actual Cuban embryos, and there's now twins born with, um, gene edited genome. He was sentenced to three years in jail, but people that genetically engineered corn or soy or microbes people turn a blind eye. And if you think about microbes as we have, they're actually more dangerous to the planet and to humans that editing the genes of higher organisms. So go to protect nature now.com and watch the two minute trailer for a film we're releasing next year, highlighting the dangers of GMO microbes. So that's some good news looking backwards on the changes relating to GMO foods and the plans we have going next year are about locking down GMO microbes to start. Okay, everyone stay feeding and happy new year.