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Jeffrey's Best (and Most Outrageous) Stories from 25 years of Non-GMO Activism (Part 2) - Episode 149

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In this episode we cover part 2 of Jeffrey as he sits down with the Real Truth About Health folks and discusses some of the most outrageous, frustrating and sometimes illuminating stories from his 25 years of non-GMO activism.  In this episode we hear about Arpad Pusztai, a renowned scientist who discovered in his research that GMOs were causing serious issues in the rats that were being fed GMO foods.  And of course, the biotech industry got politicians and his institute to both fire him and place a gag order on him so that he could not speak about his research.

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Speaker 1 (00:08):

Anyway, that's, that's a whole series of stories that I've compiled in Seeds of Deception, which are fun. But I had to decide which, what was gonna be the first chapter. Now, typically the first chapter lays out the science, but I figured I could turn people off like that if I just go into the science. So let me read you the first page of the book and I'll see, show you how I wrote the book and kind of why it became the world's best selling book and remained the Be Top selling book for years and years. So this is chapter one, and I'll fill you in on the rest of the story in a minute. It's called A Lesson from Overseas. When Susan answered the door, she was startled to see several reporters standing in front of her, more were running from their cars in her direction, and she could see other cars in tv, News vans, parking along her street.

(01:01)
But you all know that we can't speak about what happened. We would be sued, and it's okay. Now, the reporter from Channel four Television interrupted, waving a paper in front of her. They've released your husband, He can talk to us. Susan took the paper, our pod came here. She called to her husband, our pod poo tie. A distinguished looking man in his late sixties was already on his way. As his wife showed him the document. The reporters slipped past them into the house, but Apod didn't notice he was staring at the paper. His wife just handed him. He recognized the letterhead once the Route Institute Aberdeen, Scotland. It was one of the world's leading nutritional institutes and his employer for the previous 35 years until his sudden suspension seven months ago. And there it was clearly spelled out. They had released their gag order, He could speak.

(01:51)
The document was dated the same day, February 16th, 1999. In fact, less than 20 minutes earlier, 30 reporters had sat in the Route Institute, Press conference listening to its director. Professor Phillip James casually mentioned that the restrictions on Dr. Ties speaking to the press had been lifted before James had finished his sentence. The reporters leap for the door. They jumped into their cars and headed straight to the ties house on Ashley Park North. And Address most were familiar with having virtually camped out there seven months earlier. Now, those 30 reporters with TV cameras and tape recorders were piled into the Postie living room. So that was how I opened up <laugh> the book. There was a story about Rpod Postie and our podd. In order to write that chapter, and I'll explain what happened, I had to interview Apod for hours and hours. And unlike other writers and reporters, I always sent my reviews of science and situation to the source for fact checking, cuz we knew that Monsanto was gonna challenge it, and I didn't want to get anything wrong.

(03:04)
And so every single word in my books have been reviewed by at least three scientists if they have to do with science or stories related to that. So our pod was able to speak about what happened, and it created a frenzy Within a week. There were so many articles written about GMOs in the uk. One editor said it divided society into two warring blocks. There was some independent newspapers who were against GMOs, some who were four GMOs. There was articles every day in major papers. And within the first month of him being able to speak over 700 articles, In fact, it was such an onslaught that in one week, Nestle, Unilever and Nestle has decided to commit to no longer using GMOs in their European brands. And then that followed by everyone else in Europe, but not their US brands because this whole eruption was described by Project Censored, a US media watchdog group as one of the 10 most under-reported events of the year.

(04:24)
So no one knew what was going on in the United States since I was reading the European Press. This was going on while I was working at the GMO detection laboratory. I realized there's some interesting information, but it started seven months earlier. You see rpo POI was one of the greatest scientists in the world. He was the top in the world in his field field of protein research called lectins. He in fact, created that focus. He worked at the Route Institute and he was their big money magnet. He had done 350 or so different peer reviewed, published studies. He had done a tremendous amount of nutritional studies with rats, and it was very, very meticulous and very, very careful. Far more than almost any other laboratory in the world. And the UK government put out a request for quotes to figure out how to test for the safety of GMOs.

(05:31)
And there were 28 different applicants. And RPOs team won, won the grant of about 3 million. And his purpose was to create the protocols that would eventually be adopted by the European Union to require the safety assessments for the submittal of the GMO products. So he worked with three different institutes and a big team, maybe 20 people to create those protocols. And they decided as part of their evaluation to use those protocols in terms of a rat feeding study on a genetically engineered potato that was slated to be released, the potato was engineered to produce a toxin to kill. The potato beetle toxin was called BT Toxin. No, excuse me. It was called GMP toxin. And this toxin was something that Rpod knew about. He had studied it for six years. He had given very large doses to mammals and to rats. It had no effect or very little effect.

(06:45)
It was not toxic to humans or other mammals. And so when this snow drop lectin protein, which was supposed to be produced in the potato, when he was suggested that we feed it to rats, he didn't think there'd be any problem. He didn't even think that the rat feeding study would be necessary. But his wife, who was his boss, Susan insisted. So they fed a group of rats, the potato engineered to produce the lectin. They fed another group of rats, the normal potatoes that were not genetically engineered. They fed a third group of rats, the lectin without the potatoes, which was a key ingredient. So they had the GMO potatoes producing lectins, just the lectins escorted into the diet and regular potatoes. It turns out only the group that had the genetically engineered potatoes got sick. They had potentially precancerous cell growth in their digestive tract.

(07:54)
Smaller brains, livers and testicles, partial atrophy of the liver and damaged immune systems in 10 days. Now, the group that ate the lectin with the same balanced diet did not have these problems. So it was not the lectin that was the cause of the problems. It was some other aspect of genetic engineering. And genetic engineering causes serious health issues that are not predictable. And this was one of the first indications that was true. And so our pod was very concerned and he was ready to put the stuff together for publishing his research. He got a call from the World In Action TV show asking him to be interviewed. He called Professor Phillip James, his director, who gave him permission and they agreed not to release any specific data because it hadn't been published, just to speak generally. And he went on, they interviewed him for half an hour, knocked it down to two and a half minutes, and they quoted him as saying that he would not eat the potatoes that he'd sta tested, that there were problems, and that it's not a wise idea to use the public as Guinea pigs.

(09:21)
So that exploded in the news in August, 1998. Here was the top scientist in his field and one of the most qualified humans on earth to talk about the safety of GMOs because he had been studying for three years how to test her, the safety saying that they weren't safe, which contradicted all of these other governments, including the UK government. So this was on a Sunday night and Monday it exploded at his lab all these reporters were calling from. And all of a sudden he didn't get any calls and he just figured, okay, it blew over. The director had forwarded all of his calls and emails to him to his own office. He thought this was gonna get a lot of money for the institute. And he started talking up the research and saying how great it was and even put out a press release that turned out to be wrong, technically wrong.

(10:18)
So when our pod Pui learned about that, he met with the director the next day, pointed it out that it was wrong, and the director said, Oh my God, this is the worst day of my life. He had to issue a correction. But then two phone calls from the UK Prime Minister's office were forwarded through the receptionist to the director. Now, at the time, Bill Clinton was the president of the United States. There's an understanding of some that there was a call from Monsanto to Clinton, from Clinton to the Prime minister of the uk, Tony Blair, and then his office called Professor Phillip James twice in the afternoon. Now our pod and his wife were expecting the release of the new press release. Instead, he was called before a very stern looking committee the next morning and informed that his contract was not gonna be renewed, that he was not going, his team was gonna be disbanded, the data was withdrawn.

(11:20)
And because they couldn't fire him, they just said basically he has to sit in his office until this contract. In other words, they fired him but continued to pay him until the contract expired. They also threatened him there and in later documents that if he said anything to the press, he could be sued for an indeterminate amount of money. So there was a gag order on him. And then the professor, Phillip James and the biotech industry set upon our poi as their prey. They put out information that he had made, mistakes that he must have gotten things wrong. They lied about what the test revealed. They lied about the structure of the test in order to protect the reputation of the biotech industry. He was unable to speak. The people in where he was having lunch in his facility wouldn't sit with him. So he and his wife just had lunch in his own office.

(12:24)
He was ostracized. He had a heart attack. He was absolutely frustrated cuz he could not speak. Then seven months later, the parliament, the Lord House of Lords invited him to testify and that meant that he could get his data back. A lot of his data was stolen by a burglar in the house that came in the house stole all of his papers. So they really cleaned him out, but they were forced to give back the data and he was able to speak. And then he published his research in the Lancet and additional releases. And it remains the most in depth animal feeding study ever conducted up to the Sini study. And he also saw a similar fate by the hands of the btic industry. So I knew that there was details in this report that wasn't being handled by the press in the uk. There was such details in the details I just gave you.

(13:23)
No one knew about it. No one knew about the fact that his research implicated the process of genetic engineering. And here was the interesting point that also no one reported. I always asked everyone that I interviewed for the book and since what was the most shocking moment, cuz I figured I'd open the book with it and I didn't. So what I read to you was not the most shocking moment. It wasn't having the gag O lifted. It wasn't being fired from his job. It wasn't discovering the damage with the rats. It was something that I had never anticipated. It was months before. You see there was gonna be a vote in Brussels by the ministers in Europe and the UK Minister of Agriculture, What it's gonna do, a vote on GMOs. And asked Professor Phillip James, the director of the Route Institute, to give him some suggestions.

(14:24)
Now, he called Arpo and his wife and put on their desk six or 700 pages of the submissions of about six or seven products from the biotech industry to the uk. The reason why James had those submissions, which were secret, was because he was one of the 12 members of the committee to approve GMOs. And Arpo realized that James was a committee man. He wasn't a working scientist, nor were any of the other 11 members of the committee. They were political appointees, they were policy people, but no one probably had ever read these submissions ever. And so he was told that the UK Prime Minister wanted to get an opinion on these and could he look it over with his wife? And our pod said, How much time do we have? And he said, two and a half hours <laugh>. So they went directly to the design and the results, just those cuz they didn't have much time.

(15:24)
And our pod said to me, that was the most shocking moment, learning how absolutely poor that research was. He said, bad science, and this was bad science. They were doing as little as possible to get their foods on the market as quickly as possible. There was nothing of substance in there. So we called the minister and said, I wasn't give you a strong recommendation after two and a half hours, but there's certainly not enough information here to approve GMOs for human consumption. And the minister said, I don't know why you're telling me this. Those foods are already approved. They've been on the market for two years. That was a shock because people in the UK did not know they were eating GMOs. He just needed a scientific opinion to share in the meeting. So a few months later, when Rpod saw these damage to the rats in every single system that he tested, their development, their immune system, et cetera, he realized that the shoddy superficial research conducted by the industry would never find these problems.

(16:36)
They weren't looking for them. They didn't weigh the organs to see that certain ones were less. They cold looked at, they eyeballed it, et cetera, et cetera. And he realized that the process that they used to create the GMOs on the market was the same process used to create the potatoes that caused that significant damage. And so those problems could be accumulating in the human beings eating the GMOs. And that meant that he had to get it out to the world. So that was his most shocking moment. And I'm sad to say our papu, I passed away in December last year, and he was a dear, dear friend, and I'm sorry that he passed. He was actually unable to speak in the last few years of his life after a stroke. But he was a very, very important man in this world because when he went public, it erupted in Europe and caused the food industry to commit to stop using GMOs, which completely derailed the schedule that the Baltic industry was going by.

(17:50)
One of my earlier colleagues had gone to a biotech conference, I think it was in January of 1998, and heard one of the, I think it was the Anderson Consulting that we're consulting with Monsanto and the way they wanted to consult with these top executives. It says, Okay, describe your ideal future in 15 to 20 years. And the executives of Monsanto described a world in which 100% of all commercial seeds in the world were genetically engineered and patented. And then Anderson worked backwards from that goal to create the strategy and tactics to achieve it. My friend said that was the most arrogant statement he'd ever heard in his life until the afternoon when another consulting organization predicted that in as little as five years. By 2003, no, actually it was, there was a 1999 conference. By 2004, within five years, up to 95% of commercial seeds would be replaced with genetically engineered seeds.

(18:52)
So they were planning to replace seeds on the planet. And then a month later in February, our pod was able to speak. An eruption happened in Europe. Europe closed its doors so that we of great, great debt of gratitude to our pod pui. And also it taught me that I needed to focus on the health dangers and get that information out. And so I traveled the world for years and I'll tell you, some of the stories of my world travels and focused on getting the health dangers out. In fact, in the book I said that my next book's gonna be about how there's positive alternatives to farming that don't need GMOs. I never got to that because I needed to. There was so much more information about the health dangers. There was so much pushback by the biotech industry that needed to be corrected. So I became the health danger guy and also the corruption guy cuz you can't tell people that these are dangerous if the FDA and Monsanto say they're safe. 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 well.com to subscribe. This podcast will inform you about health, dangers, corporate and government corruption, and ways we can protect ourselves, our families, and our planet. I interview scientists, experts, authors, whistleblowers, 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 evening.

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