Thank you to everyone that supported the petition. We delivered the petition to…

Thank you to everyone that supported the petition. We delivered the petition to J. Jaftha’s PA today – over 1400 signatures !!!!

Please remember to keep your eyes and ears peeled for further adverts from Monsanto, Dow etc in your local papers and magazines regarding GM crops and/or GM feed.

Thanks again team NO GMO SA – you guys and gals rock !!!

Goodies
Deadline is 10/03/14. Please send your objection to:
The Department of Agriculture, GMO Registrar, Ms NL Mkhonza
Email: NompumeleloM@daff.gov.za
cc Mr. Julian Jaftha, Director of Genetic Resources & Chair of GMO Executive Council
Email: julianj@daff.gov.za
Fax Number: 012 319 6329
Or you can copy, paste & email this sample:

OBJECTION TO COMMODITY CLEARANCES OF GMOS FOR IMPORT FOR FOOD, FEED AND PROCESSING IN S. AFRICA.

We write to you in response to the Public Notice in the Garden Route Sunday Times on 09 February 2014, headed “Application for Commodity Clearance of Genetically Modified Organisms” by DOW AgroSciences Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. The application is for Commodity Clearance for Food, Feed and Processing of DowAgroSciences’ GM Cotton DAS-24236-5 x DAS-21023-5, genetically engineered for Glufosinate-ammonium tolerance and Lepidoptera resistance.

Dow Agrosciences admit that the cotton plant produces toxicants gossypol and cyclopropenoid fatty acids under B7:
http://www.gmo-compass.org/pdf/regulation/cotton/281-24-236×3006-210-23_cotton_application_food_feed_efsa.pdf

Please see the 2008 Journal of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) SCIENTIFIC OPINION – “Gossypol as undesirable substance in animal feed”. In addition to known varying levels of toxicity in animals, the Opinion states the following on Pg 37: “the present regulation on gossypol in feed is not adequate with regard to public health. In some developing countries, live stock is to a large extent fed with cottonseed products with high levels of gossypol and its transfer to edible tissues might represent a hazard for human health.”

Please see Pg 38 headed “General toxicological effects” where the following negative health impacts are mentioned: anorexia, reduction in sperm motility, inhibited spermatogenesis, depressed sperm counts, suppressed spermatogenesis in humans is irreversible, disruption of the oestrus cycle, pregnancy and early embryo development, and gossypol can also affect the liver, heart and thyroid gland. It can also be lethal to dogs.
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/doc/908.pdf
EFSA emphasizes throughout the Report that more scientific investigation, research and analysis is needed.

Europe has already restricted the use of Glufosinate, and is set to ban it as a highly toxic product in 2017.
According to Genetic Rights Foundation: Toxicological studies show that Glufosinate causes neurological, respiratory, gastrointestinal damage and birth defects in mammals and humans.
http://www.fondazionedirittigenetici.org/fondazione/en/displaynews_en.php?id=20
Glufosinate Residues in this cotton may have negative effects on animals & humans.

As concerned citizens, we notice the total negligence of the GMO Authorities to educate the general public on the growing global controversies surrounding GMOs & agro-chemicals. No effort is made to stop the industries from misleading the public with false claims and advertizing, labelling regulations are weak and food industries are not even complying with them.

The gene modification technology has already proven to be defective. Weeds and insects have developed resistance to chemicals, resulting in the use of more, and more harmful chemical cocktails. How can the agriculture industry claim that there are NO negative impacts to this GM technology? What else are they blatantly lying about?
PLOS ONE has issued a peer-reviewed study: Dominant Inheritance of Field-Evolved Resistance to Bt Corn in Busseola fusca: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0069675
It is a matter of time before other insects do the same. How will this be controlled? More harmful chemicals? These chemicals end up in our environment and bodies.

Genetically modified seeds are products made by man in laboratories. They are experiments, they do not exist in nature, and no-one is monitoring their impacts, nor the impacts of pesticides on the environment. Consumers are skeptical that the responsible departments have the capacity to adequately measure and control pesticide residues in Food and Feed. As there are no segregated processing plants established in South Africa, very limited non-gmo alternatives are locally available. Under present regulations, will GM cottonseed oil even be labelled? Even if regulations were strictly enforced for ALL GMOs in the food & feed chain, consumers are deprived of their right to make informed choices.

Safety tests by industries, which profit from these GM crops, are biased, voluntary, inadequate, plagued by conflicts of interest and lack transparency. Concerned scientists and consumers everywhere are questioning the regulatory process of GMOs. New protocols are being designed for testing the safety of GMOs over longer periods. There are many historical cases of industry scientists manipulating data to establish safety, only to be proven fatally wrong eg. Thalidomide, PCBs etc. Statistics for cancers, tumors, immuno-deficiencies, obesity, diabetes, birth defects, neural, psychological, cognitive & developmental disorders and allergies etc. are increasing, especially in children, along with infertility and reproductive problems. When are the GMO Authorities in South Africa going to start investigating the possible causes? If the authorities were unbiased & objective, they would not rule out the possibility that GMOs and the increased use of agrichemicals is responsible, or at least a contributing factor. Please support independent research on the impact of GMOs and agrichemicals on Humans, Animals & Environment.

More and more countries are banning or restricting GMOs & their chemicals. We urge you to strictly apply the Precautionary Principle. Until stricter, independent studies prove the safety of GMOs and agrichemicals, we urge you to revoke all approvals and halt future approvals of GMO applications for commodity clearance & general release of GMOs. Please lodge and register our strong objection to the application of all GMOs for commodity clearance, including this one from Dow AgroSciences.

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