Previously, I’ve written about Dr. Don M. Huber who once sent a warning letter to the USDA about a new pathogen discovered in genetically modified crops, affecting cattle.
David Murphy of Food Democracy Now interviews Dr. Don M. Huber Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology, Purdue University. In this segment, he talks about the components of Roundup and its effect on soil microbiota and nutrients.
From Democracy Now!, on Dr. Huber:
For 50 years, he’s been a scientist studying plant diseases in the U.S. and around the world and spent 35 years at Purdue University as Professor Emeritus of plant pathology.
He has a 41-year military career as a retired Colonel, evaluating natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks.
He coordinates the “Emergent Diseases and Pathogens Committee” as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System under Homeland Security.
There are people (who lack the background of Huber, and in some cases have a vested interest in biotech/chemical companies) who like to ridicule Huber and people who publish what he says – especially in regards to the alleged new pathogen. They demand he release his findings to the whole of the scientific community. I do not know how open and available his findings are, but you can read his letter HERE.
It isn’t too out of bounds to have concerns about companies who produced chemicals like Agent Orange. Nor is the idea of an undiscovered pathogen outrageous when one considers the Epicyte gene that both Monsanto and DuPont (supposed competitors) patented for corn that is actually a living contraceptive – an infertility gene.
Many scientists are concerned that when humans and animals eat GM food, the ARM [Antibiotic Resistant Marker] genes will transfer into the bacteria found inside the digestive system. This process, whereby genes travel from one species to another, is called “horizontal gene transfer.” If the ARM gene moves between species it could result in new and dangerous antibiotic resistant diseases. The British Medical Association mentioned this serious risk as one of the reasons why they called for an immediate moratorium on genetically engineered foods.
I wrote about a similar gene transfer among plants. The weeds for which the GM plant was designed to withstand herbicide spraying against, actually absorbed genetic material from the GM plants and thereby became resistant to the herbicide. Usually, it is thought that this happens to “super weeds” through “survival of the fittest” whereby not all the weeds getting sprayed die and then become resistant to the spray, but in this example, it was proven that the weeds had obtained the genetic material of the GM crop.
There’s a big difference there.
Source: Natural Blaze