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The month of November 2022 has come and is almost gone –it is the month during which the Courts of Justice upheld the injunction to prohibit the importation of GMOs into Kenya, essentially reinstating the ban on GMOs…this action was preceded by the unilateral lifting of the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by Cabinet… without people’s participation as is required by the Constitution.

Genetically modified maize, a staple food for most African countries, is associated with safety concerns. The negative effects, arising out of GMO toxicity, are not only from increased use of synthetic pesticides, but also from the effects of mRNA vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, vaccines.

This month’s blog article highlights the twin toxicity from GMOs and mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) …evidence seems to point to serious disruption of reproductive functions with decline of fertility, in cohorts of otherwise healthy populations, arising from this Convergence of Toxicity.

  • These reproductive side effects seem to be compounded by cardiovascular dysfunctions which include an unusual range of heart diseases with blood clotting disorders in previously healthy young people.
  • These multiple toxicity related side effects post-vaccination seem to be as a result of releasing these mRNA vaccines for human use without adequate clinical trials to assess safety. Safety assessment is standard protocol before a new pharmaceutical or medical product is approved for human use.
  • These negative effects were apparently known by a few people in the inner circles of the vaccine industry but were ignored for reasons that apparently go against public good interest.
  • Do we have evidence of a sharp rise in human disease when GMOs were introduced in the USA?
  • Yes we do: A study by Swanson et al demonstrated a significant correlation between the introduction of GMOs and increased pesticide use, especially use of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the Roundup Herbicide in combination with GMOs, resulting in a sharp rise in non-communicable diseases, including heart diseases, diabetes and cancers. https://www.organic-systems.org/journal/92/abstracts/Swanson-et-al.html
  • The referenced study by Swanson et al is confirms a significant association between introduction of GMOs into the food chain, in the USA, with a sharp rise in non-communicable diseases, including diabetes and cancers.
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  • Epidemiological evidence, from CDC and other public health data collection centers, across the world, seem to point to increased vulnerability to various diseases, arising from reduced immune robustness caused by the mRNA vaccine injections. Dr. Malone speaks to this in his book ‘The Lies My Government Told Me’.

What is the way forward in mitigating the convergence of toxicity from GMOs and mRNA vaccines?

  • Firstly, the citizenry should insist that government puts in place strict policies and regulations to ensure that farmers and consumers have an environment in which they can make informed choices on whether or not to grow or consume GMOs. This right is Constitutional and a human right.
  • Secondly, Ministries and Departments of government, including food safety regulatory agencies, should be capacitated to ensure the safety of food. Without food safety, there cannot be food security.
  • Thirdly, there is need to mainstream and encourage safer and more sustainable food production and consumption approaches and systems, which include regenerative agroecological organic food systems. These incorporate approaches which embrace indigenous seeds and farming practices which use natural re-cycling systems and discourage the use of petro-chemical based synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, commonly used in the current conventional food system.
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  • Fourthly, as way forward, do we have evidence that these alternative safer approaches work and can sustainably feed the world?
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  • Yes we do. Here is a good place to start; An Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa(AFSA) Book titled “My Food is African” which the author of this article, Dr. Peter Mokaya co-authored. https://afsafrica.org/my-food-is-african-healthy-soil-safe-foods-and-diverse-diets/

The month of October 2022 has come and is almost gone – it will be a significant month, the month which heralded genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Kenya. It will remain deeply edged in our collective memory – a most painful memory for those of us who are aware of the monumental consequences of this "rushed" policy decision. The ecosystem health and socio-economic impacts of the “blanket approval” are yet to be internalized by the vast majority of Kenyans. In our view and that of many others, the decision was ill-advised and reckless. It deliberately ignored a government commissioned Scientific Task Force Report and its recommendations (can be accessed on limited basis) which provided well researched scientific evidence and recommended a “Precautionary Principle Approach” to the introduction of GMOs.

This October is therefore significant as the month that Kenya officially become “GMO Country”!!

In alignment with the aforementioned, this month’s article focuses on what to expect, with the introduction of GMOs, based on a case study of the USA, the “home of GMOs” . Additionally, the article shares the science to prove that GMOs, despite being consumed by humans, are not backed by any human epidemiological or clinical studies to demonstrate their safety. None.

  • In addition, evidence of gut inflammatory changes and other organs of pigs, which were fed on Bt. Maize and Soya, in the Judy Carman studies, pro-GMO scientists claim that introducing Bt. Maize GMOs will reduce farmers use of pesticides. This is misinformation and at best, only half-truths. Why?
  • Because what these scientists don’t tell the farmers is that the genetically modified maize(Bt. Maize)produces a transgenic bacillus thuriengiesis toxin which converts the maize seed and entire maize plant into a “pesticide factory”. The unnatural laboratory genetic modification converts the normal maize into unnatural GMO Maize becomes a “poison” to kill the stem borer larvae(the pest): What is more, the scientist don’t tell the farmers,  that this “toxin” also kills other useful insects, including pollinators.
  • Furthermore, from a Burkina Faso experiential learning visit,  the article author and other researchers were given evidence that the Bt. toxin also kills domestic animals when consumed as fodder. A higher cost of Bt. cotton production with low returns and other negative outcomes forced the government to revert to traditional non-GMO cotton farming. Is this a scenario likely to obtain in Kenya? Time will tell.
  • The truth of the matter is that, the introduction of GMOs will not only INCREASE the use of harmful pesticides but will also result in an increase of non-communicable diseases in Kenya. A major public health concern. What evidence do we have to support this conclusion? Here  below:
  • The evidence that GMOs introduction will result in overall increase in pesticide use is well documented and published in peer reviewed journals: Here is one such publication by Charles Benbrooke: 

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257885039ImpactsofgeneticallyengineeredcropsonpesticideuseintheUS-thefirstsixteenyears

  • Do we have evidence of a sharp rise in human disease when GMOs were introduced in the USA? Yes we do: A study by Swanson et al demonstrated a significant correlation between the introduction of GMOs and increased pesticide use, especially use of glyphosate,the main ingredient in the Roundup Herbicide in combination with GMOs,  resulting in a sharp rise in non-communicable diseases, including heart diseases, diabetes and cancers. https://www.organic-systems.org/journal/92/abstracts/Swanson-et-al.html

Now that we know what to expect as “GMO Country” what are some of the mitigation measures?

  • First of all the citizenry must insist that government puts in place strict policies and regulations to ensure that farmers and consumers have an environment in which they can make informed choices on whether or not to grow or consume GMOs. This right is Constitutional and a human right. It is enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution. The Constitution can be accessed online.
  • Secondly, further research on safety is critical, especially with the participation of the Kenya Medical Research Institute(KEMRI) in partnership with other medical research institutions: The Bt. Maize trait safety studies should include both clinical and epidemiological studies- both short term and long term. It is instructive that the GMO Task Force Findings Report, recommended the same.
  • Respective Ministries and Departments of government, including safety regulatory agencies, should be capacitated to ensure the safety of the food, both imported foods and those locally produced. Without food safety, there cannot be food security. This is the stated UN-FAO definition of Food Security.
  • Thirdly, there is need to mainstream and encourage safer and more sustainable food production and consumption approaches and systems, which include regenerative agroecological organic food systems. These incorporate approaches which embrace indigenous seeds and farming practices which use natural re-cycling systems and discourage the use of petro-chemical based synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, commonly used in the current conventional food system.
  • Fourthly, as way forward, do we have evidence these alternative safer approaches work and can sustainably feed the world? Yes we do. Here is a good place to start; An Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa(AFSA) Book titled “My Food is African” which the author of this article, Dr. Peter Mokaya co-authored. https://afsafrica.org/my-food-is-african-healthy-soil-safe-foods-and-diverse-diets/
  • Finally, we need to create awareness among farmers and consumers about the risks and challenges of GMOs so they can make informed choices. Clearly, there is no “consensus” on the safety of GMO foods and hence why the global debate rages on with a divide right down the middle. Most of the European countries which Kenya trades with, including Germany and UK,  have banned GMOs!
  • Have a listen to views of the author in two recent interviews, on TV and Radio.
  • TV interview:

The month of August 2022, a “dark month” is about gone:  I cannot wait for it to ebb away into the abyss of history...it was a month riddled with many unfortunate events, including deaths: Two particular events pierced through my heart and inform this month’s article...mental illness took away three innocent souls...death at the hands of a mentally sick sibling...and another in a far away land...a young soul...in his own hands...suicide. How can diet be part of the solution?

  • These unfortunate occurrences inform the crux of this month’s article re: Is there a connection between unhealthy diets, unhealthy gut bacteria and increasing mental illnesses? Is there a solution?
  • Many factors contribute to increasing mental illnesses, including the COVID-19 pandemic associated risk factors of loneliness and isolation. These risk factors are coupled with stress from financial challenges, inadequate social support systems and ensuing uncertainties.
  • However, the role of unhealthy diets, especially from toxic chemical residues from agro-chemical sprays, leading to poor gut health and its connection to increasing mental illnesses, has hardly registered on the radar of public health policy...not even WHO has highlighted this connection...the gut-brain axis and its role in mental illness.
  • Do we have published scientific evidence on the connection between unhealthy guts aka gut bacterial dysfunction and increased mental diseases, including autism and suicide? Yes, there is plenty of evidence: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41380-022-01479-w
  • In summary - Gut Health- is determined by the delicate balance of trillions of bacteria, both “good” and “bad bacteria”....when the natural balance is affected, especially from consuming food with toxic pesticide residues or misuse of broad spectrum antibiotics, the “bad bacteria” proliferate(increase in numbers) and cause toxic biochemical changes: These metabolic changes include reduction in the production of three essential amino-acids, namely tryrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine, collectively referred to as aromatic amino acids....these are key precursors for the production of neurotransmitters e.g serotonin and L-DOPA, which in turn keep anxiety and depression at bay...low levels of these neurotransmitters leads to increased levels of anxiety, depression and other manifestations of mental illnesses..

What is the dietary solution to the increasing mental illnesses which result in tragic pre-mature deaths, including homicides and suicides?

  • Sustainable solutions are not from swallowing “pills” from Big Pharma which provide only short term relieve but from a deliberate and policy supported shift towards adoption of healthy diets and consumption of foods that promote the proliferation of healthy bacteria -probiotics and pre-biotics.
  • These foods are locally available, accessible and affordable...they include homegrown leafy traditional veggies, grown without the use of toxic chemical pesticides: These are the foods our mothers and grandmothers used to grow, cook and consume....the said foods are described in detail in an upcoming book, “Our Food is African” which the article writer co-authored. Coming soon...links to be shared in upcoming
  • Lastly, the author of this article, in an interview conducted in 2016, discusses “the why, what and how” of eating healthy...have a listen:

The month of September is here and with it the short rains in some parts of Kenya, however, drought persists in the northern region and some parts of the Horn of Africa.

Famine and hunger are increasingly becoming a national security threat not only in Kenya but also in many African countries – however - did you know that a commonly used week killer called Roundup Weed Killer is a silent killer that poses a monumental public health concern?

  • Accordingly, in this month’s article we deviate from the normal approach where we share the scientific evidence to support whatever issue we highlight by identifying the problem and making recommendations for healthier, safer and more environmentally sustainable ways of growing safer and healthier foods, to letting you listen to an interview/discussion of two young people who are passionate about growing healthy foods organically and letting you, the listener, make an informed decision as to whether glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is a silent killer or not.
  • Here is the podcast as presented by “The Organic Guy”, an organic student of the editor of this blog. Brian Omoke, the interviewer, has grown to become a global advocate and passionate promoter of organic foods and related food systems: Have a listen here:
  • Having listened to the podcast, it is hoped that you are now aware that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, packaged as a “harmless” Weed Killer is in reality a harmful and toxic product which is a slow killer; it kills useful soil micro-organisms and damages your gut micro-organisms resulting in multiple systemic dysfunctions which manifest in a broad range of chronic conditions, including cancers, obesity, diabetes and autism....the list of ill effects is almost endless. Unfortunately, most farmers and consumers are not aware that their favorite weed killer is a silent killer!
  • As next steps, the author of this article challenges you, in an interview conducted by “The Organic Guy” , to take control of your health and view it as your business

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