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How one GMO nearly took down the planet - Episode 116

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The biotech industry's claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe is shattered in this groundbreaking lecture. Safety assessments on GM crops are not competent to identify the health problems, and industry research is rigged to avoid finding problems.

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Speaker 1: (00:08)
In the nineties, there was a genetically engineered bacteria engineered to turn plant matter into alcohol and some very well meaning scientists had a great idea. Let's send this bacteria to farmers when farmers finish their harvest, they often burn the crop rubble, and instead they can mix it in huge barrels with the bacteria. And to turn it into alcohol, turn a spigot on the, on the barrel, get the alcohol and run their tractor. Then all of the nutrient rich sludge at the bottom of the barrel could be spread on the field as fertilizer. The EPA said, great, go ahead. Do it. You you've already done. You've tried to test it this way and this way, and this way we have no further tests go for it. A graduate student needed some research for his PhD, talked to his advisor, Dr. Elaine Ingram. They approved research on this particular bacteria, CLE CLO plant Tela.

Speaker 1: (01:25)
And he did something that was not required. He tested that sludge as a fertilizer. So he put soil that was growing wheat seeds over here, soil that was growing wheat seeds with regular clip CLO plant Tela. And then the GMO version, the sea mix the sludge with the, with the soil and grew the wheat seeds over there two weeks before they were going to release this bacteria to see how far it spread on its own. That was their first experiment. Let's put it outdoors, release it and monitor how far it goes. Two weeks before that Saturday morning shows up at his laboratory gets into his workplace and he is, oh my God, I must have done something wrong. All of the little sprouts of wheat on the GMO side were just this green slime. It was all turned to mush. He figured he did something wrong, but when he looked closer, he realized that the GMO bacteria had turned the plants to alcohol.

Speaker 1: (02:38)
Elaine Ingram. His supervisor told me later on someone from the EPA, told her about his secret study, that the EPA will not acknowledge. They released a different GMO bacteria to see how far it would spread in the first season, 11 miles. And after they stopped funding it, one person continued to test it in wider and wider regions sometimes on her own dime. And eventually they found it everywhere on earth. So when you put that study from the EPA together with this, I asked Dr. Ingram what would happen if they did release it? If it was deployed, she said it could end terrestrial plant life.

Speaker 1: (03:34)
All the crops grown in soil have this back to, if you introduce a GMO bacteria that out populates and out survives its natural parent, then it could be replaced by bacteria that would convert all the plant roots to alcohol. So it could have been a cataly. So you had headlines like a biological apocalypse averted. This was in the nineties, but it wasn't the first time we had a biological, a apocalypse convert, uh, averted in the late eighties, scientists wanted to protect the value of strawberries in a field. In when there was a frost, they knew that there was bacteria on that, on that bacteria, on the, uh, crop that turned the water into frost at higher temperatures than would otherwise be created. So they genetically engineer the pseudomona Sarge to not have the magical powers that it did to allow water, to freeze at higher temperatures. And they were going to spread it out throughout the industry.

Speaker 1: (04:58)
But it turns out that arguments made that there were weeds that could also be, that are also were killed because of frost would become super weeds. And so they, they incinerated where they had done the test plots and they never released it. But now we know that this magical bacterium is responsible. It's airborne. It's all over the planet. It's all over the atmosphere. It's responsible for creating water vapor droplets for clouds. It's it builds snow frost it's used in snow making machines. So what would've happened if this genetically engineered variety out, survived the natural variety, it may have changed the weather patterns throughout the planet. Now these are just two types of bacteria. What do we know about bacteria? A lot more than we knew 10 years ago, the biggest thing in medicine right now, one of them is the gut microbiome. You take a fecal transplant fecal matter from a sick animal, put it into healthy animal. The animal can, the healthy animal can get sick. You take healthy feces, put it into a sick animal. And the sick animal can get better. Fat to skinny, skinny to fat humans. Similar changes. Dr. David promo told me about an autistic boy. They did a fecal transplant. Two weeks later, he was speaking in full sentences. Wow. There's some kind of crosstalk programming that happens in the bacterial world.

Speaker 1: (06:39)
I talked to Dietrich, Klinghardt sci, uh, a doctor. He said the microbiome of the brain they've tested it. It's what gives us intelligence. If you reduce it, you get dumber. The bacteria changes in the breast of a one with the breast cancer. Why? Cuz it's there to help there's new organisms in the brain for Alzheimer's there to help. They're like the mini Jedi army inside of us and around us, we genetically engineer bacteria. What happens if it ends up in our gut, in our bodies? What happens if it swaps gene as bacteria does? And now we have genes that don't do what they're supposed to because they, we have now a gene that was created in a laboratory or the soil. We know almost nothing about soil microbiome. We know just a tiny portion and yet we're playing with it with bacteria that has very little testing and unpredicted side effects. And this year, this genetically engineered bacteria is being sold as a fertilizer for the first time. And soon these pre probiotics genetically engineered will be sold as well. Thank you for listening to live healthy. Be well. Please subscribe to the podcast. Using whatever app you listen to podcasts with, or go to live healthy, be to subscribe. This podcast will inform you about health dangers, corporate and government corruption and ways we can protect our, our families in our planet. I interview scientists, experts, authors, whistle blowers, and many people who have not shared their information with the world until now, please share the podcast with your friends. It will enlighten and may even save lives, safe, eating


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