GMO banana Scientific Research Study Design should be questioned

The GM Banana experiment at Iowa State University to be conducted in a smoke free environment in the U.S. is like analyzing the test and flavor of a dish cooked in this environment, to understand that one cooked in the real life environment in some African villages.

And then concluding that scientifically the food from the latter cooking pot should have the same flavor and taste as that from the former, as long as it is the same dish, and therefore no need to cook in the latter environment to find out.

GMO bananasThis experiment at Iowa State University exclusively targets non-smoker female students of 18-40 years of age, to find out the Vitamin efficacy in their bodies after eating beta-carotene enriched GM bananas, and then conclude that they would get the same efficacy results in their gender age group counter parts leaving in African environments under different conditions.

In addition, there is an assumption in the Study Design that different environmental factors don’t have any effect on Safety, therefore no need to have Safety Trials to address the beta-carotene paradox.

The paradoxical findings: beta-carotene supplementation do not support the observed beneficial associations or a role for supplemental b-carotene in lung cancer prevention; instead, they provide striking evidence for adverse effects (ie, excess lung cancer incidence and overall mortality) in smokers. Check out beta-carotene and lung cancer study

If the study is to go on, smokers should be included rather than being excluded and SAFETY Studies should be conducted, because of the following reasons:

kichen hut

Smoke rising from a kitchen

#1. It’s not cigarettes per se, it is “increased oxidative stress due to smoking (as well as asbestos),” suggesting that environmental factors such as atypically high exposure to urban or indoor pollution may also have a substantial effect on metabolite formation; please refer to the Study at bottom of pg 25.

#2. Contrary to assumption that it takes a VERY Large amounts of beta-carotene as supplements or pills to cause harm, a study trial concluded that an interaction between tobacco and beta-carotene may also occur at moderate levels of intake (equivalent to eating 2 to 3 carrots daily) and not only at pharmacological doses.”

#3. There are many reasons to believe that other air Pollutants such as indoor smoke from firewood would have the same or similar effects as cigarette smoke does in inducing vitamin A depletion. Women in developing and poor countries use firewood to cook. The cooking is done in a hut (or a small building) with no windows or ventilation.

To keep the fire burning, one kneels down and blows a high pressurized stream of air into the fireplace created by inhaling deeply and then exhaling fast through the mouth with a small space between the lips. This blowing is repeated many times and produces a lot of smoke and some ash to blow in the air, which often causes coughing and eyes turning red. As usual children are with their mothers getting exposed to the same smoke. A brand new Pot and Kitchen will accumulate a coat of soot within a few days of use.

Very Smoky Kitchen

So when women of child bearing age group and children have low Vitamin A, could it be that it is the result of vitamin A depletion from smoke, ash and soot pollutants inhaled constantly over a prolonged period in kitchens and huts with no ventilation just like in smokers?

The following video demonstratively provides with you a typical daily smoke exposure to African women and children such as those in Uganda:

How do these young girls with low Vitamin A grow to become adults who are still Vitamin A deficient, while their young brothers grow out of that deficiency when they become adults, (or why are men less vitamin A deficient than women) yet sharing the same food cooked by their sisters and mothers? The only reasonable explanation is the difference in oxidative stress Toxicity of Environmental Pollutants women and children experience as I’ve illustrated above.

Smoke-Free Cooking in the U.S.

#4. By Iowa State University Research conducting this Vitamin A study using women of childbearing age in the U.S. that live in sanitized school environment without considering real life environmental conditions and factors in which Ugandan women of the same age group live and work, such as as high exposure to smoke, ash and soot air pollution in NON-ventilated kitchen huts using firewood for cooking on a daily bases, it opens a door to many questions among which is Scientific Research Study Design.

Iowa University GMO Vitamin A Banana Study excludes smokers from the Study, therefore, the study designers should explain how the Slow Killer Smoke from the three stoned Traditional African Cooking Fire Place is any different from Cigarette Smoke in depleting Vitamin A.

Instead of the GMO Vitamin A Banana excluding smokers from the Study, it should have designed a Scientific Research Study that duplicates conditions that are as similar to those in which Ugandan Women of Childbearing age are. The reason being that environmental factors such as constant high exposure to smoke from firewood in enclosed hut kitchens with no ventilation in which Ugandan women of childbearing age work daily, may also have a substantial effect on metabolite formation similar to cigarette smoking.

I hope that a closer look at the video in the following article and detailed information within, demonstratively drives the point home of indoor pollution; – “Smoke and its impact on people’s lives.

“In addition, the studies by Wang and colleagues have demonstrated that increased oxidative stress due to smoking made it more likely for eccentric cleavage products to be formed, suggesting that environmental factors – such as atypically high exposure to urban or indoor pollution  may also have a substantial effect on metabolite formation.

It is therefore necessary to identify the most significant dietary and environmental conditions that will make a person more or less prone to experience either positive or adverse outcomes from GMO Vitamin A Banana as it is suggested for carotenoid supplementation.” – please refer to the Study at the bottom of pg 25.

A concern is that if you engineer these crops to have unusually high levels of beta-carotene, they might also have high levels of these compounds,” Harrison said

Increasing Provitamin A in these women and children who are highly exposed to firewood smoke by eating GMO Vitamin A Bananas, could prove to be as disastrous as smokers taking beta-carotene supplements. The only way to know, is by conducting safety research studies consistent with real life situation of African women of the childbearing age group. It is always prudent to err on side of caution in such matters pertaining to the safety of human lives. Doing otherwise is reckless.


Cooking pot on Fireplace in African Village

-AFSA open letter opposing human feeding trials involving GM banana

-US Human Trials of GM Banana for Africa Widely Condemned

-Why is Bill Gates backing GMO red banana ‘biopiracy’?

This beta-carotene enriched GM Banana experiment at Iowa State University exclusively targets females of 18-40 years of age, the optimum adult childbearing age group.

(A) Is this an efficacy or safety study of GMO banana effects on female fertility?

(B) If it is a Vitamin A efficacy study, why are males excluded from participating?

The paradoxical findings: beta-carotene supplementation do not support the observed beneficial associations or a role for supplemental b-carotene in lung cancer prevention; instead, they provide striking evidence for adverse effects (ie, excess lung cancer incidence and overall mortality) in smokers. beta-carotene and lung cancer: a case study –

( c). Why are there no studies on increased risk to smokers that eat those beta carotene enriched GMO bananas daily and also take multivitamin supplements that contain vitamin A?

Sam Nzabandora, Ames

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Study of GMO Banana Effects On Female Fertility Disguised?

GM_BananaThis β-carotene enriched GM Banana experiment at Iowa State University exclusively targets females of 18-40 years of age, the optimum childbearing age range, why don’t they call it – “Study of GMO Banana effects on Female Fertility?”

Is this experiment surely to discover that eating foods rich in beta-crotene increases Vitamin A level in a human body? If that is the case, why are males excluded from participating?

Since some of ISU researchers, like Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, claim that the reason for not doing Safety Trials on those GMO Bananas is based on the GRAS general knowledge of GMO Food Safety, then why not extend that type of deductive reasoning to the β-carotene enriched GM Banana and deduce that there is no need to test for Vitamin A presence since it is well proven beyond doubt that once you eat foods rich in beta carotene it gets converted into vitamin A in your body?

In this case of targeting only females of optimum child bearing age, I tend to agree with the explanation given by our Ugandan Biotechnologist expert with NARO, who is at the forefront of GMO Bananas in Uganda, his answer to my question of why only women in ISU GM Banana trials, the following was his answer (emailed on Saturday, January 17, 2015 4:19 AM):

female-reproductive-system“Dear Sam,

Thanks for the email. There may be a technicality leading to preference for the female subjects. Such as conversion efficiency and probably taking the predictions further to child bearing factors. I am just guessing here but if one asked the study leaders I am sure they will have a convincing reason.


(Note: Where I differ with Dr. Andrew is that he thinks experimenting on only women is taking predictions further to child bearing factors, while I believe that the experiment is not about anything else but child bearing factors since it excludes everyone else except the females of child bearing age group.)

I do hereby therefore, kindly request the Dean of Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, to provide convincing reasons to the following questions:

(a). Why were males excluded from the Study?

(b). Will ISU researchers please expand on the proposal of our Ugandan Biotechnology Senior Scientist, that those GMO bananas are probably taking the predictions further to child bearing factors?

( c). If his suggestion is correct, that the study was about taking the predictions further to child bearing factors, is there proof that there is no need to take it further and extend it to effects on pituitary hormones which are responsible for maintaining the sperm production process?

(d). The study also excludes Smokers. Knowing that there are many banana eaters that smoke too, why would you not be interested in knowing how their bodies would react to these beta carotene enriched bananas?

(e). The paradoxical findings: β-carotene supplementation do not support the observed beneficial associations or a role for supplemental β-carotene in lung cancer prevention; instead, they provide striking evidence for adverse effects (ie, excess lung cancer incidence and overall mortality) in smokers.

β-Carotene and lung cancer: a case study.

Are there any studies on increased risk to a smoker that eats daily those enriched beta carotene enriched GMO bananas and also takes multivitamin supplements that contain vitamin A?

(f). Is this an Efficacy Study trying to find out how β-carotene enriched GM Bananas increase fertility or decreases it?

(g). Or is it a Safety Study about finding out whether or not female fertility is harmed by those GMO bananas?

(h). Why target optimum child bearing female age group only, if this is not a Study of β-carotene enriched GM Banana effects on Female Fertility?

I would like to assure the researchers at ISU that Ugandan males and females outside the age range of 18-40 years do eat bananas equally much.

It is ironic that that this project is funded by the same people who feel that high fertility in Africa is a problem that they must solve!

What does changing complex systems look like in practice?



GM-free means good sales for NZ:

“In the 16 years since genetically modified crops started growing in the United States, New Zealand has remained a GM-free food producer. Not because of red tape, nor because New Zealanders are anti-science.

Quite simply it is because GM foods continue to be shunned in New Zealand’s high-value export markets.”- STEPHANIE HOWARD

New Zealand farmers have demonstrated some of the best commercial yields in the world, ranging between 60 to 80 tonnes per hectare, some reporting yields of 88 tonnes potatoes per hectare.


GE corn & neonicotinoid seed treatments go hand-in-hand

Over the last 15 years, U.S. corn cultivation has gone from a crop requiring little-to-no insecticides and negligible amounts of fungicides, to a crop where the average acre is grown from seeds treated or genetically engineered to express three different insecticides (as well as a fungicide or two) before being sprayed prophylactically with RoundUp (an herbicide) and a new class of fungicides that farmers didn’t know they “needed” before the mid-2000s.

(Q). Are there bananas resistant to BXW?

(A). No. Cultivated bananas are not yet available however the National Banana Research Program is currently conducting research into the development of bananas with such traits. So the best way to prevent BXW is by following recommended practices such as removing the male buds, removing infected plants, flaming prunning tools and others. You can read more about his on other pages on this website.

UK ‘aid’ is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

LandIt is vital Europe takes urgent action to measure and reduce its use of the world’s limited land:


KAMPALA/BRUSSELS/LONDON , 19 February 2015– Farmers in Uganda evicted by oil palm plantations are today filing a lawsuit against a joint venture co-owned by oil palm giant Wilmar International

The Microbiota Crisis – Thanks to GMOs for poop business:

The Microbiota Crisis: How the Herbicide Glyphosate is Killing Microbiomes.

How Your Microbiome Controls Your Health.

Microbiome therapy gains market traction (US$500 million in research; Yet with a few exceptions, such as the use of faecal transplants for treating life threatening gut infections).

Which explains why Poop business is booming

Why DIY fecal transplants are a thing (and the FDA is only part of the reason)

Monsanto could be destroying your micro biome.

Developing World might be left holding the bag of Growing GMO Crops and many other things too.

Farmers told GM crops are ‘too dangerous to insure’; Gates refuses Liability for GMOs

Why does Bill Gates refuse to accept Liability for GMOs, yet supporting GMO food research you may ask. That answer seems to be a guarded secret that he may never share publicly.

But his smile and his answer when asked weather or not he supports Genetically modified food make a good combination, summed up as if to say – “I’m just a funder, when it comes to GMO safety- Africa you are on your own I have nothing to do with that.”

Assertions before safety trials that GMOs are hundred percent safe and that no report world over to the effect that GMOs can harm people, especially coming from the ones supposed to carry out those very tests is very unsettling to say the least.

Those individuals should explain to the public and members of the parliament why Farmers were told GM crops are ‘too dangerous to insure

Insurers refused to cover GM farmers – Leading companies liken risk to thalidomide and terrorism

deformed pigDeformities, sickness & livestock deaths – “the new normal?.” Children of Thalidomide, C 13 H 10 N 2 O 4,-  in 46 different countries around the world including Africa.Freddie

Feb. 20th, 2015: “GMO-derived seeds will provide far better productivity, better drought tolerance, salinity tolerance, and if the safety is proven, then the African countries will be among the biggest beneficiaries,” Bill Gates told The Verge on Friday.

Note conditional phrase: “if the safety is proven.” Yet we have those charged with proving GMO food safety already adamantly assuring the public and law makers that GMOs are hundred percent safe even before safety tests are conducted! Go figure.

Professor David Suzuki speaks out against GMO’s

US farmers are facing a growing challenge from weeds resistant to chemical sprays, and enduring millions of dollars in losses as a result.

GMO badMr. Verhoef is in farming to make money, GMO companies are in it to make money too, but when Mr. Verhoef says that he has been there and done that, and now tells you that he has no plans to go back to genetically engineered varieties; let the wise take heed.

This Farmer Massively Outperforms GMOs Organically

Pressure group sues ‘lawless’ Ghana authorities over genetically modified foods

GMO GHANAAuthorities planning to commercially release crops which could be ‘dangerous’ to locals, suit says.

A GHANAIAN civil society group, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), has moved to court in Accra seeking to have the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the agriculture ministry prevented from releasing and commercialising genetically modified cowpeas and rice.

The group in its suit at the high court argues that the authorities have not complied with the provisions of the main Biosafety Act. (Check out this)

Howard Flight echoes Keith Joseph’s 1974 warning that ‘our human stock is threatened

Sir Keith Joseph, seated next to Margaret Thatcher

Sir Keith Joseph, seated next to Margaret Thatcher

This is what Joseph said in his famous speech on Birmingham on 19 October 1974:

The balance of our population, our human stock is threatened. A recent article in Poverty, published by the Child Poverty Action Group, showed that a high and rising proportion of children are being born to mothers least fitted to bring children into the world and bring them up.

Is Bill Gates behind remote birth-control microchip?


Originally devised and tested to emit osteoporosis medication into elderly women, this technology was rerouted by MIT’s Dr. Robert Langer to target birth control – after his discussion with billionaire Bill Gates.

With many already wary of what they consider to be the Gates Foundation’s global population-control agenda spreading across Africa, this latest innovation was preceded by Melinda Gate’s statement in June that the foundation “has decided not to fund abortion” in its endeavors. However, according to multiple studies, the hormone emitted by the microchip (and morning-after pills) – levonorgestrel – strongly deters newly conceived embryos from becoming implanted in a uterus.- by Michael F. Haverluck

Q. Are fears around overpopulation an impediment in your day-to-day work? -EK.

bill-gatesA. “The world’s population will peak. Now, we do have huge population growth in places where we don’t want it, like Yemen and Pakistan and parts of Africa, where we don’t have the resources to really help those people.” –Bill Gates


Honest Accounts? The Real Causes of Global Poverty

The Hidden Billions Behind Economic Inequality in Africa

For example, at least 57 clients of the Swiss HSBC bank associated with Uganda were reported to be worth at least 159 million dollars. The World Bank has estimated that Uganda loses more than 174.5 million dollars in corruption annually.- By Jeffrey Moyo

1. The Gates Foundation fights hunger in the South by giving money to the North.


Graph 1 and Table 1 give the overall picture. Roughly half of the foundation’s grants for agriculture went to four big groupings: the CGIAR’s global agriculture research network, international organisations (World Bank, UN agencies, etc.), AGRA (set up by Gates itself) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

The other half ended up with hundreds of different research, development and policy organisations across the world. Of this last group, over 80% of the grants were given to organisations in the US and Europe, 10% went to groups in Africa, and the remainder elsewhere.

Putting your money where your mouth is:


In 2007, the Los Angeles Times revealed that hundreds of Gates Foundation investments – totalling at least $8.7 billion, or 41% of its assets – were in companies that ran counter to the foundation’s charitable goals or social philosophy.

The Gates Foundation maintains that “access to diverse, nutritious foods is fundamental to good health” but its food related investments go almost exclusively to the fast food industry. A stunning $3.1 billion went to companies like Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Pepsico, Burger King, and KFC in 2012.

The Foundation has $1 billion tied up in the world’s largest supermarket chain, Walmart, which is a major force driving out small farms in favour of large suppliers.14 The Gates Foundation has also bought $23 million in shares of the world’s leading producer of genetically engineered crops, Monsanto.- by

The second coming of the African beer market.

From an economic and demographic perspective Africa must be viewed as “the land of opportunity” for beer producers. Considering that seven out the world’s ten fastest growing economies are in Africa and that over 60% of the continent’s population is below the age of 25 years old, it is evident that Africa holds unprecedented opportunities for beer producers – existing and new. – By Frank Sjoberg.

The world’s second-largest beer company gets its highest 2013 +%profit change from Africa.


The world’s second-largest beer company eyes the alcoholism capital of Africa:

Gov’t to promote cassava as an alternative to barley, promotes the world’s second-largest beer company Aimed at Beating African Homebrews

CassavaBrewsSABMiller, the world’s second-largest beer company, has strategically ventured into Cassava Beer Aimed at Beating African Homebrews in a territory that has unmatched unquenchable thirst for alcohol. SABMiller wants to cash in on Uganda’s oil boom, and knows very well that many oil deals will be done over a beer.

When you are in brewery, there is no better place to go than “The Drunkest Place on Earth“, especially when government is to promote the growing of raw materials for your industry.

As I read – ” Government is to promote the growing of cassava to help substitute barley in manufacturing industries”, I think of a few reasons for such a statement; the first one is money from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in exchange for Developing Genetically Modified Cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Waragi BrewingThe other one is to promote cassava brewery industry for taxation revenue in addition to getting Ugandans drunk cheaply as we get closer to elections.

Either way, this recipe of a philanthropist, a brewer, the government and cassava fermented in “The Drunkest County of the world”, will sooner rather than later cost poor citizens in more ways than one.

Ugandans—at 19.47 liters per year—out-drink all other nations.

“There’s a huge problem with drinking in Uganda and most African countries,” says University of North Dakota neuroscience professor Sharon Wilsnack, who studies alcohol-related behavior. “The sad thing is that they have so many other problems that drinking doesn’t get much attention, yet they’re all connected. If you’re drunk all the time, you can’t get job training and climb out of poverty.” – by Anneli Rufus

The Top 5 Countries with the Most Alcohol Consumption Per Capita

Barley’s Health Benefits outstrip those of Cassava’s, yet it is being sidestepped.

-Uganda promotes cassava over barley and WHO lauds her over nutrition drive!

From poverty to cyanogen intoxication

pntd.0001051.g001Konzo: From Poverty, Cassava, and Cyanogen Intake to Toxico-Nutritional Neurological Disease.

Konzo is a distinct neurological entity with selective upper motor neuron damage, characterized by an abrupt onset of an irreversible, non-progressive, and symmetrical spastic para/tetraparesis. Despite its severity, konzo remains a neglected disease.


Dark cloud over good works of Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is investing in companies that could be causing ailments in the very people it helps to treat in the developing world, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

Bill Gates Drinks Poop Water, Poor Africans Eager To Share

Senegalese can’t wait to take Gates on his offer of drinking his poop water, after all, what an honour it must be for poor Africans to share a drink with the richest man on planet! By the end of this year, this dream is going to turn into a reality for those city dwellers of CAPE VERDE PENINSULA.

“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin. They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water.”

Yup, you got it right: Bill Gates drank feces water.   —said Susan Scutti

_59747529_aquifiers_africa_464mapThis is a typical example of someone who has too much money trying to solve poor people’s problems the wrong way and no African leader is saying hell NO, we can do better!

Case in point: This project is headed for Dakar Senegal this year to solve water shortage.

Note: 1. Dakar’s geographical location – a PENINSULA.
2: Entire Senegal has the highest Aquifier productivity of more than 20 liters per sec.

The only prototype is located just north of Seattle, but there are plans for a pilot project in Dakar, Senegal, later in 2015. From there, they hope to expand, the reporter said.

I wonder how many Ugandans would prefer Bill Gates poop water to our boiled fresh lhell-noake waters!

“If you ask the average American whether they would drink water from cow manure, they’d say no.”

Why Won’t the #WhiteSaviourComplex Go Away?


A Dead Syrian Child Washed Up On A Beach

For How Long?

For How Long?


Then and Now!

Aug. 24th.2013 March on DC @ 50
March on DC @50
Pros and cons of foreign direct investment

Why Uganda Parliament Should wait to pass a GMO Bill
Ugandan Priest Suspended for Suggesting Catholic Priests to Marry
Investment or Land Grab Disguised?
Policy Considerations

-GM debate forum records


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