Latter-Day Luther Nails Troubling Thesis to GM Farm and Food Citadels

| 4/1/2011 9:06:01 AM

Tags: GM, GE, genetically modified, genetically engineered, glyphosate, Roundup, Huber, controversy, pathogen, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, disease, livestock, Steven McFadden,

A-photo-of-Steven-McFaddenAfter trucking across the high plains for five hours, and casting my eyes over perhaps 100,000 acres or more of winter’s still deathly gray industrial farmland, I came face to face with the newly famous Dr. Don M. Huber in the cave-dark meeting room of the Black Horse Inn just outside the American Heartland village of Creighton, Nebraska. 

On the morning of March 24, along with about 80 farmers and Extension agents, I listened as Huber discoursed with erudition and eloquence upon industrial farming practices that may be impacting nearly every morsel of food produced on the planet, and that subsequently may also be having staggeringly serious health consequences for plants, animals, and human beings.

 Dr. Don M. Huber 
Don M. Huber, Ph.D. 

Huber is emeritus soil scientist of Purdue University, and a retired U.S. Army Colonel who served as an intelligence analyst, for 41 years, active and reserves. In Nebraska, he stood ramrod straight for three hours with no notes and spoke with an astonishing depth and range of knowledge on crucial, controversial matters of soil science, genetic engineering, and the profound impact of the widely used herbicide glyphosate upon soil and plants, and ultimately upon the health of animals and human beings. 

Dressed in a conservative dark suit and tie, Huber set the stage for his presentation by observing that he has been married for 52 years, and has 11 children, 36 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild on the way. He then began his formal talk framed by a PowerPoint slide bearing a Biblical quote: “All flesh is grass.” – Isaiah 4:6. With this he emphasized the foundational reality that the biotech grains we eat, as well as the biotech grains eaten by cows, hogs, and chickens, are grown in vast herbicide-treated fields. 

For the domineering giants of industrial agriculture — multinational corporations, universities, and governments — Huber’s assertions about the impact of glyphosate, and the mounting scientific questions about GMO crops, may be as significant and disrupting as Martin Luther’s “heretical” act in 1517. That’s when Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany to challenge the systemic problems in the almighty institutions of his era. 

Martin Luther nails his theses to the church door. 
Martin Luther nails his theses to the church door. 

Luther disputed the claim that spiritual forgiveness from sins could be legitimately sold for money. Huber and other researchers say they are accumulating evidence that — along with the 2010 report of the U.S. President’s Cancer panel which bluntly blames chemicals for the staggering prevalence of cancers — raises profoundly challenging questions about the chemical and genetic-engineering practices of industrial agriculture. The challenge, if it holds up, has implications not just for agricultural institutions, but also for the primary food chain serving the Earth’s population. 

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steven mcfadden_1
5/2/2011 6:00:17 PM

You are welcome, Shannon. I'm glad you found the story informative. There's lots more to come on this theme as Huber's theories and data get put to the test. If he is right, it is a huge issue for industrial ag and it will have ramifications throughout the food chain.

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5/2/2011 8:29:53 AM

Wow, this was such a great, informative and comprehensive post. Thanks so much for sharing it.

steven mcfadden_1
4/2/2011 10:35:36 AM

Hi Dave - This is a huge issue, and may be impacting the entire food chain. But Huber needs to come forward with his research. Today, in a published report, he told the Idaho Stateman he will complete his research and publish it in another month or so. It could be huge...

nebraska dave
4/2/2011 10:29:32 AM

Stephen, thanks again for being a diligent watch dog over the agriculture issues especially here in Nebraska. I totally agree that the chemical soup mix we grow our food with has indeed consequences. For me it's just a duh moment that shouldn't really have to be researched or proven beyond a shadow of doubt to be true. Any time we fool with nature's way of doing things there will be consequences. It's just a law of nature. Dont' you think? I'm glad there are those like Dr. Huber that will continue the good fight against big bucks business to protect the general public. Unfortunely I suspect that even the local roadside vegetables may even have been grown chemically to look so perfect. The public has in some degree promoted this by wanting absolutely blemish free produce. In the mean time the only thing I personally can do it to grow as much of my own food as I can. Keep up the informative posting.

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