Food Nutters Aotearoa, Ctd


Following on from the post outlining the fawning over anti GMO activists by Green Taliban MP Steffan Browning, I thought I would have a look at the other ?guest? speakers.

Key note speaker at the Food Matters Aotearoa conference and speaking tour is discredited International Scientist of the Year 2011 activist researcher Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini.

Another key note speaker is Professor Don Huber. Another international anti-GMO activist, he travels the world warning about a mysterious organism, so scary and disease causing that he?s refusing to share it with the scientific community? even after eight years of no publications or any signs of progress.

The Green Taliban will no doubt call for an urgent Ministerial Inquiry after listening to Huber. But before doing that, they may like to look at the following.

Here?s a hat-tip to a site that has Seven Warning Signes of Bogus Science.? These are;

  1. The discoverer pitches the claim directly to the media
  2. The discoverer says that a powerful establishment is trying to suppress his or her work
  3. The scientific effect involved is nearly impossible to detect
  4. Evidence for a discovery is anecdotal
  5. The discoverer says a belief is credible because it has? endured for centuries
  6. The discoverer has worked in isolation and in secrecy
  7. The discoverer must propose new laws of nature to explain an observation.

Now with that in mind, in 2011 Huber wrote an extrodarinary letter to the US Secretary of Agriculture claiming that he has found a never-before-seen organism.

?A team of senior plant and animal scientists have recently brought to my attention the discovery of an electron microscopic pathogen that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings. Based on a review of the data, it is widespread, very serious, and is in much higher concentrations in Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans and corn?suggesting a link with the RR gene or more likely the presence of Roundup. This organism appears NEW to science!

Quite extraordinary. In response the Biology Fortified blog asked a few questions.

?Extraordinary Claim #1. Dr. Huber is claiming that a single pathogen can ?significantly impact? the health of corn, soy, and animals. Not impossible, but extraordinary evidence is required to back up the claim because known pathogens are generally very host specific, whether they are bacteria, virus, fungus, or parasite. A corn pathogen will not infect soy. A human pathogen will not infect cows. In cases where a single pathogen will affect multiple species, it affects groups of very similar species, not corn and cows.What evidence does Dr. Huber provide for this extraordinary claim?

None, actually. Just more extraordinary claims that seem to get more and more extraordinary with each paragraph.

Extraordinary Claim #2 is that the ?organism is only visible under an electron microscope (36,000X), with an approximate size range equal to a medium size virus. It is able to reproduce and appears to be a micro-fungal-like organism. If so, it would be the first such micro-fungus ever identified.? He leaves us with far more questions than answers.

What characteristics, exactly, cause him to compare this claimed pathogen to a fungus? How could it be possible to have a fungus so small? Where are the pictures? How big is the claimed organism and what does it look like? What is the evidence that it is reproducing? What other tests have been done to confirm its existence?

Now remember Huber was asked to share this with the scientific community but has consistently refused to do so. Why?

Maybe Steffan Browning could get to the bottom of this mystery.

He could ask Huber to answer these questions.? After all these international speakers are being hosted and wined by the New Zealand taxpayer.

Make no mistake, this conference is full of anti-establishment nutters all seeking a cause to make themselves feel important.