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GMOs Decoded

Ralph talks to professor Sheldon Krimsky about the controversy surrounding GMOs and the conflict of interest inherent in corporate-funded scientific studies. Plus he talks to Paul Hudson of Flyers Rights about how the FAA dropped the ball and whether the Boeing Max 8 should ever fly again.

Sheldon Krimsky is a Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tufts University, and also an adjunct professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the university’s School of Medicine. Professor Krimsky is the author of 16 books, including GMOs Decoded and Conflicts of Interest in Science.

“Even in the most definitive report that has come out on GMOs by the National Academy of Sciences, they say there is no overall productivity benefit across the board for GMOs.” Professor Sheldon Krimsky, author of “GMOs Decoded: A Skeptics View of Genetically Modified Foods”

Paul Hudson has been a groundbreaking public interest advocate for over thirty years: In the 1970s in energy and utility policy, in the 1980s for crime victim rights, in the 1990s to 2012 for air travelers and terrorist victims. He led the Pan Am 103/Lockerbie bombing victim family organization and the Aviation Consumer Action Project. Today, he is the president of Flyers Rights, which is keeping on top of the Boeing Max 8 story.

“It’s not looking good for the 737 Max… Personally, I don’t know the whole story, but it would by my guess that we won’t see this plane back in the air any time soon.” Paul Hudson, Executive Director of Flyers Rights


  1. bruce k says:

    Since way back in May 3, 2015 when you had a program on GMO products with Steven Druker and his book “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth” this GMO issue has been unresolved and it continues moving forward without true scientific review.

    Given that scientists are finding more different ways they misunderstand or do not understand DNA, how can they be allowed to tamper with the fundamental basis of life and our food supply?

    Druker also noted that there was no significant or even measurable benefit using GMOs, and in fact long term problems with super-bug and herbicide resistant weeds.

    Then there is the whole business reason to gain control over the whole agricultural industry by the likes of Monsanto and the chemical companies. This industry is anti-consumer and treats us like cattle too.

    I am fine with research into genetic engineering, and at some point we may understand these issues enough to intelligently manage the technology, but right now I am unhappy that it is being forced onto the public, and then hidden from our view when we try to make consumer decisions about what foods to buy.

    This industry is an outrage. Thanks for covering this issue.

  2. David Faubion says:

    Re the 737 MAX story: Why not sue the FAA, the DOT and the NSRB. The FAA looks complicit in this crime, this case of multiple manslaughter.

    By the way, Boeing’s accident rate is hundreds of times higher than that of Airbuss.

    FYI, no I don’t fly anymore except in dreams and then always with my chute strapped tight. I eat no restaurant food for similar reason.

  3. Ann B says:

    Since many if not all GMO crops are engineered to be tolerant of pesticides, do we know how much MORE toxic pesticides are used than would be on crops not designed to be so tolerant?

    In other words, how much more are we being poisoned from these crops as a result of the fact that they are designed to tolerate toxins?

  4. Bill F says:

    Ann B,

    You make a very good point. The major type of GMO is designed to be resistant to weedkillers (aka herbicides), one form of pesticide. Herbicide use has skyrocketed since Monsanto’s glyphosate-resistant crops were introduced in the mid-1990s. This is mostly from dramatically increased use of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup and other brand name formulations), see https://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/usage/maps/show_map.php?year=2016&map=GLYPHOSATE&hilo=L&disp=Glyphosate. All this glyphosate use generated resistant weeds, so Monsanto then introduced crops resistant to a second toxic herbicide, dicamba, and it’s use is now going up dramatically.


  5. Google “USDA pesticide maps” and follow the top link to Pesticide Maps and Graphs which show e.g. for 2016: >88 pounds per sq mi for Glyphosate, and >64 lb/sq mi for Atrazine ( https://water.usgs.gov/nawqa/pnsp/usage/maps/show_map.php?year=2016&map=ATRAZINE&hilo=L&disp=Atrazine )

    I am compiling information on contaminants in the massive flooding in the upper Midwest, coming down the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers among others. That supply public drinking water for millions of people. Including pesticides, fertilizers, coal ash waste, Superfund sites, and runoff from untreated raw sewage from thousands of hog waste and other confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the Midwest.
    I am preparing a summary report that will hopefully go out this weekend. To receive a copy of the report, please contact me at greensoul42@aol.com or sign up at https://www.showmesolar.org -> Contact

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