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Genetic Engineering - Maize

China's Transgenic Phytase Maize neither Necessary nor Safe
China's transgenic maize with high phytase to make phosphate available has had its bio-safety certificate renewed without requisite molecular characterization and supporting safety data; it is a poor strategy for overcoming phosphorus scarcity, and has the potential to cause serious harm to health and the environment
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 17th June 2015

Syngenta Sued for $1 Billion Damages over China's Rejection of GM Corn as China Halts Its GM Rice and Corn Programmes
85 % US export market to China destroyed as domestic prices for corn dropped 11 cents per bushel
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 13th October 2014

Comment on: Availability of Petition for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Monsanto MON 87411 Corn Rootworm Protected and Glyphosate-Tolerant Maize
Submission to APHIS, US Department of Agriculture, Docket ID: APHIS-2014-0007
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 6th May 2014

New GMO Studies Demonstrate 'Substantial Non-Equivalence'
Studies document substantial differences of GM maize and GM soybean from their conventional non-GM counterparts, exposing a permissive regulatory regime that has failed miserably in protecting public health and biodiversity
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 19th February 2014

"Stunning" Difference of GM from non-GM Corn
A comparison of US Midwest non-GM with GM corn shows shockingly high levels of glyphosate as well as formaldehyde, and severely depleted of mineral nutrients in the GM corn
Dr Mae-Wan Ho 22nd April 2013

GM Cancer Warning Can No Longer Be Ignored
The latest findings of cancers and deaths from GM maize and Roundup herbicide are the result of the most in-depth long-term toxicology study ever done on GM food; we ignore them at our peril
Prof Peter Saunders and Dr Mae-Wan Ho 24th October 2012

Syngenta Charged for Covering up Livestock Deaths from GM Corn
Corporation faces criminal charges for concealing own study in which cows died after eating its genetically modified corn
Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji 13th June 2012

New GM Crops Tolerant To Old Toxic Herbicides a Step Backwards
Dow Agroscience petitions for deregulating new GM maize tolerant to 2,4-D and Quizalofop
Prof. Joe Cummins 9th February 2012

Scientist Defends Claim of New Pathogen Linked to GM Crops
Senior scientist stands up for his claims amid storm of attacks; he deserves all our support
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 21st April 2011

Emergency! Pathogen New to Science Found in Roundup Ready GM Crops?
USDA senior scientist sends “emergency” warning to US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on a new plant pathogen in Roundup Ready GM soybean and corn that may be responsible for high rates of infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 21st February 2011

SmartStax Maize a Medley of Transgenes with Problems
No case for releasing a poorly characterized GM crop with a medley of transgenes for which detrimental effects have been indicated in the limited cases where feeding trials have been carried out
Prof. Joe Cummins 12th April 2010

GM Maize Disturbs Immune System of Young and Old Mice
New research add to the weight of damning evidence against the safety of GM food
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 20th November 2008

GM Maize Reduces Fertility & Deregulates Genes in Mice
Comprehensive long term studies commissioned by the Austrian government reveal that mice fed GM maize produced fewer and smaller litters with many genes affected compared to controls.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 19th November 2008

MON810 Genome Rearranged Again
Stability of All Transgenic Lines in Doubt
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 11th March 2008

Bt Crops Threaten Aquatic Ecosystems
Scientists find wastes from transgenic Bt corn impair growth of common aquatic insect and call on future risk assessment to include aquatic ecosystems previously overlooked.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 30th October 2007

GM Maize MON 863 Toxic
French scientists find signs of toxicity to liver and kidney in Monsanto’s study on its controversial GM maize
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 3rd May 2007

GM Maize 59122 Not Safe
Dismissing differences detected between GM and non-GM feed in safety tests appears to be common practice, and is condoned by regulatory authorities.
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 19th April 2007

Transgenic Maize with Monoclonal Antibodies Grown in France
This amounts to an illegal massive clinical trial of monoclonal antibodies known to cause severe side effects including death
Prof. Joe Cummins, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Peter Saunders 27th July 2006

Why Not Transgenic High Lysine Maize
Monsanto Corporation has created a transgenic maize line that produces high levels of the essential amino-acid lysine and is seeking non-regulated status for it in the United States
Prof. Joe Cummins 23rd November 2005

Scientists Confirm Failures of Bt-Crops
Ineffective against insect pests, harmful to health and biodiversity, yield drag, pest resistance
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 26th September 2005

Hybrid Seed
Hybrid seed was the first step whereby agribusiness corporations wrested control of seed away from farmers
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 2nd September 2005

MON88017 Another MON863?
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho catch Monsanto trying to get a different version of an already controversial GM maize variety deregulated
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 25th August 2005

Bt10 Detection Method Unacceptable
The detection method for Syngenta's illegal GM maize is flawed; there must now be a full disclosure of information and access to reference material for retrospective risk assessment and risk management
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Prof. Joe Cummins 18th May 2005

Syngenta's GM Maize Scandals
A trail of unstable GM maize varieties, dead cows, cross-contamination and misinformation
Prof. Joe Cummins and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 30th March 2005

Europe Still Resisting GMOs
The authorisation of Bt 11 sweet maize for food use in May this year marked the end of Europe's de facto moratorium on GM approvals. However, there is by no means consensus on GMOs in Europe.
Lim Li Ching 1st November 2004

Approval of Bt11 Maize Endangers Humans and Livestock
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho explains why the European Commissions decision to approve Syngentas GM maize is illegal and criminal based on existing scientific evidence.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 24th May 2004

Comment on Assessment ReportC/GB/02/M3/03 (herbicide tolerant and insect resistant hybrid maize, NK603xMon810)
No credible evidence that NK603xMon810 is safe for animal and human health
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho & Prof. Joe Cummins 9th April 2004

Exposed: More Shoddy Science in GM Maize Approval
The Food Standards Agency appears to be selectively promoting and suppressing research results in projects it funds
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 13th March 2004

Bogus Comparison in GM Maize Trial
The research paper claiming that GM maize is better for the environment than non-GM even if atrazine is not used is highly misleading
Prof. Peter Saunders and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 12th March 2004

Independent Science Panel Challenges Approval of GM Maize
Dr. Brian John of GM-Free Cymru and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Director of the Institute of Science in Society, both members of the Independent Science Panel on GM launched 10 May 2003, have written a strongly worded letter to Margaret Beckett to challenge the approval of Chardon LL GM maize for Britain
Dr. Brian John and Mae-Wan Ho 6th March 2004

Syngenta's Spanish GM Trojan Horse
Spanish-grown Bt maize ends up in animal feed and Syngenta is arguing for co-existence of GM and non-GM crops
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 18th January 2004

Cows Ate GM Maize & Died
This latest incident in a German farm raises tough questions for our government's scientific advisors who have persisted in ignoring scientific evidence that GM food is far from safe.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Sam Burcher 13th January 2004

"Cynical & Dishonest Science" in GM Maize Trials
The maize trials in the UK's farm scale evaluations (FSEs) have come under fire for being "misleading", "worthless" and "a complete waste of time". Robert Vint and Lim Li Ching investigate.
Robert Vint and Lim Li Ching 10th November 2003

'Worst ever' Contamination of Mexican Landraces
Senior Mexican Government official adds fuel to maize war by announcing results of investigations by its own scientists. but denial and obfuscation continue.
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 29th April 2002

GM Maize Approved on Bad Science
A four-hour public hearing on Aventis’ T25 GM maize left no doubt that its market approval was a scientific sham from beginning to end
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 25th February 2002

Mice Prefer Non GM
A Dutch farmer left two piles of maize in a barn infested with mice, one pile GM, the other non GM. The GM pile was untouched, while the non GM pile was completely eaten up. Young undergraduate Hinze Hogendoorn devised his own laboratory tests and confirmed the finding
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 24th December 2001

Transgenic Pollution by Horizontal Gene Transfer?
Landraces of indigenous maize growing in remote regions in Mexico have been found contaminated with transgenic DNA. Molecular analysis suggests horizontal gene transfer mediated by CaMV 35S promoter. Dr. MaeWan Ho reports
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 4th December 2001

Open Letter to Scientific Steering Committee on Farmscale Field Trials
We are writing to express our concern that the UK farmscale field trials of Aventis Chardon LL GM maize and other GM crops should not continue. Any new technology must be tested, but there are important scientific issues that must be addressed
I-SIS 15th May 2001

Chardon LL Public Hearing Ocober 26 2000 on behalf of Burnham Group
I am giving evidence on behalf of the Burham Group, to object to the proposed decision to add Chardon LL Aventis –T25 Maize to the National List
Dr. Mae-Wan Ho 26th October 2000

Re- The proposed decision to add Chardon LL Aventis -T25 Maize to the National List
Written representations pursuant to and expressive of a desire to be heard for the purpose of Regulation 21 of the Seeds (National List of Varieties), Regulations 1982
I-SIS 20th April 2000

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