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FDA considers approval of genetically modified babies

gm baby FDA considers approval of genetically modified babies

As mainstream society inches increasingly further away from the natural order of things, some scientists are busy hatching new methods of human reproduction that employ the same gene-altering techniques used by biotechnology companies like Monsanto. And according to new reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is fully on board with this brave new agenda, having recently met to discuss the future of what the mainstream media is now referring to as genetically modified (GM) human beings.
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A chilling report by The New York Times (NYT) explains that a special FDA advisory committee recently met to discuss the approval of “radical biological procedures” that involve splicing and dicing the genetic blueprint of the human form. Referred to by the FDA as “mitochondrial manipulation technologies,” this disturbing concept, which is already being pushed as a viable fertility option, involves reprogramming the natural process of fetal development to supposedly create healthier babies with lower disease risk.

“The procedures involve removing the nuclear material either from the egg or embryo of a woman with inheritable mitochondrial disease and inserting it into a healthy egg or embryo of a donor whose own nuclear material has been discarded,” writes Marcy Darnovsky in a recent NYT editorial. “Any offspring would carry genetic material from three people — the nuclear DNA of the mother and father, and the mitochondrial DNA of the donor.”

Long-term viability of GM babies completely unknown

The script is essentially the same as it is for GM crops — natural organisms are inherently flawed, and in desperate need of tinkering by Frankenscientists with God complexes who think they have the capacity to improve upon nature. In this case, the goal is to mix and match the “best” eggs with hand-selected nuclear DNA to achieve the most desirable human beings.

But like GM crops and other GM organisms, nobody truly knows the long-term adverse effects of such tampering. As real science continues to peel back the layers of GMO deception, particularly at the crop level, exposing a wake of disease and death caused by human pride and arrogance, faux science continues to push forward with this massive global experiment in reshaping life at the genetic level.

“[T]hese procedures are deeply problematic in terms of their medical risks and societal implications,” adds Darnovsky. “Will the child be born healthy, or will the cellular disruptions created by this eggs-as-Lego-pieces approach lead to problems later on? What about subsequent generations? And how far will we go in our efforts to engineer humans?”

‘High-tech eugenics’ behind push to create ‘perfect’ human race

Despite how little is actually known about the immediate and long-term consequences of re-mapping the human genome, genetic scientists are busily working to achieve what maniacal dictators like Adolph Hitler only dreamed of accomplishing in their ethnic cleansing endeavors. Except, today, this agenda is disguised as “science” for the betterment of humanity.

“If we go down the road of deciding which genes are appropriate and which aren’t, that will never end,” writes one USA Today commenter about the issue. “One day, somebody who supposedly knows better than you will decide that a gene which tends toward a belief in the supernatural [for instance] is inappropriate.”

“In the hands of those who believe they know what is best for the world, they will use this as a way to eradicate such ‘dangerous’ beliefs.”

You can view an FDA announcement about the meeting, which includes contact information for those involved with the decision-making process on this issue, by visiting:
http://www.fda.gov.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nytimes.com

http://www.fda.gov

http://www.huffingtonpost.com

http://www.usatoday.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

FDA RULES THREATEN ORGANIC FARMERS

Organic Produce 1024x834 FDA RULES THREATEN ORGANIC FARMERSThe Food and Drug Administration was given permission by Congress in 2010 to regulate practices on farms across the nation. Now small farms, many of whom use organic farming techniques, are finding that the methods they have been using for years, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling their farmland with grazing animals, and irrigating with water from open creeks, are coming under assault. 
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The 2010 act, titled the Food Safety Modernization Act, was a response to data that showed 3,000 people die every year in the U.S. from tainted food, while tens of millions are made ill from eating food that is tainted. Concerns about bioterrorism also played a role.

In 2011, 33 people died across the nation from eating tainted cantaloupes, which triggered the FDA to be more aggressive in pursuing its supervision of farms.

Dave Runsten, policy director for Community Alliance with Family Farmers in Davis, Calif., said, “They are going to drive farms out of business. The consumer groups behind this don’t understand farming. They talk out of both sides of their mouth. They demand these one-size-fits-all regulations, then say, ‘I don’t want to hurt those cute little farmers at the farmers market. I shop at the farmers market.’ It is frustrating.”

It doesn’t help the FDA’s case when they sound out-of-touch; just recently Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) chastised Michael Taylor, a deputy commissioner with the FDA, noting that one draft set of rules from the FDA wrote that kale is “never consumed raw.” She responded, “I was going to offer to make a kale salad for you. It causes you to wonder if those who are writing these rules have ever set foot on a farm.”

But Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washingtonhad a different view, saying, “We don’t believe large facilities are the only place where outbreaks are happening.” She noted that farm-to-fork growers need to see that E. coli and other bacteria are a danger to their produce just as much as they are to the produce of giant processing plants. She added, “At the end of the day, consumers will be paying a little bit more for this. But a few cents here may help avoid a severe illness.”

Meanwhile, examples abound of farms losing business as a result of the FDA’s rules; Don Bessemer, the owner of the last working farm in Akron, Ohio, which had fed locals for 117 years, gave up, and 30 workers lost their jobs. Bessemer commented to the Akron Beacon Journal that he would fight pests and even drought, but not bureaucrats.

Taylor pointed out that the FDA is softening its stance; and added that thousands of the smallest farms would be exempt from new inspections.

Source: Breitbart.com

FDA did not act after deeming animal feed antibiotics ‘high risk’ to humans – report

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Based on the US Food and Drug Administration’s own safety analyses, 30 antibiotic feed additives formerly approved for “non-therapeutic use” on food animals would not meet current agency health standards if submitted for approval today, a new report shows.

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Previously undisclosed FDA documents reveal that 30 penicillin and tetracycline antibiotic feed additives reviewed by the agency from 2001 to 2010 would likely fail to meet modern safety requirements for non-therapeutic livestock use if they were proposed as new products, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Non-therapeutic use of antibiotics means they are not used to treat diseases, but are rather used for growth promotion in animals or to counteract disease amid crowded or unsanitary conditions for livestock and poultry in industrial farming.

The FDA documents – obtained by the NRDC through a public information request and litigation – show that 18 of the 30 additives were found to be “high risk” for “exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food supply,” NRDC writes. The other 12 were not supported with enough evidence from the drugs’ manufacturers for the FDA to definitively determine their safety. In fact, 26 of the products did not even meet the FDA’s own safety standards from 1973.

Further, the FDA has not revoked any of the antibiotic additive approvals or required any drug manufacturer to resubmit a product for a new safety assessment following the agency’s reviews, though two were voluntarily withdrawn by their makers.

The NRDC said it is difficult to determine how widespread the use of these antibiotic additives has been, given that the FDA does not offer sales data on specific products.

However, the NRDC found that at least nine of the 30 additives are being marketed today and all of the products – outside of the two already withdrawn – remain FDA-approved despite the agency’s own damning reviews.

The NRDC noted that the reach of the findings goes beyond the 30 antibiotic feed additives surveyed. According to FDA data, the same antibiotics – tetracyclines and penicillins - “together make up nearly half of all the antibiotics used in animal agriculture.”

“Other feed additives with these same antibiotics, including generics, that are approved for similar uses would likely pose a similar risk of promoting antibiotic resistance,” according to the report.

“This risk was recognized by FDA in 1977 when it proposed to withdraw approvals for animal feed additives containing penicillin and most tetracyclines.”

Yet the use of the two antibiotics continues because the FDA never followed through with its own assessment.

Last December, the FDA announced a plan to phase out some antibiotics that promote weight gain, Food Safety News reported. That proposal was criticized because the agency planned on making them“voluntary” – not mandatory.

NRDC microbiologist and co-author of the report, Carmen Cordova, said the FDA’s inaction in regard to the additives’ continued use is “a breach of their responsibility and the public trust.” The NRDC called on the FDA to withdraw the non-therapeutic uses of the two additives.

In response to the report, the FDA issued a statement saying that “based on its review of this and other information, the Agency chose to employ a strategy that would more broadly address the concerns about the production use of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals.”

The FDA “is confident that its current strategy to protect the effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials, including penicillins and tetracyclines, is the most efficient and effective way to change the use of these products in animal agriculture,” the statement added, according to Food Safety News.

Source: RT