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Title: GMO Speaker Training Webinar


1
GMO Speaker Training Webinar
  • With Jeffrey Smith
  • 4 parts, 2 hours each
  • Jan 4, 11, 17 (Martin Luther King Day)
  • March 2
  • 130 EST
  • (Please have pen and paper available)

2
Welcome to the GMO Speaker Training Webinar
  • Goals
  • To speak confidently, accurately, and with
    compelling facts about the risks of genetically
    modified foods, particularly in the area of human
    health, using short, medium and long formats, and
    to inspire the audience to take effective action.

3
Participants will also
  • Learn about tools and tips to publicize your
    lectures
  • Learn to build a local Non-GMO Action Group
  • Be invited to join and support a national
    movement

4
National structure
  • Local groups, with a variety of targets
  • National Working Groups, focused on single
    targets
  • Healthcare practitioners, patient advocacy and
    support groups, parents, schools, campuses,
    youth, health-conscious consumers and natural
    products industry, media and messaging, chefs and
    food service, green groups, spiritual and
    religious

5
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Speaker
  • Local and Traveling
  • General and specialized audiences
  • Volunteer advocate
  • Local or National Working Groups
  • Member or Leader Team
  • IRT volunteer
  • Staff or Project basis

6
Questions?
7
Workshop concept
  • A fully scripted PowerPoint is available to you
    online (3 versions)
  • You dont require anything else
  • The workshop will provide
  • Depth
  • Confidence
  • Practice
  • additional information
  • strategies, and
  • Q A.

8
General Points for Speakers
  • Homework and practice is recommended
  • Find practice buddies
  • This is not a certification. You will not be
    authorized to speak on behalf of the Institute
    for Responsible Technology (IRT)
  • IRT provides a support community and referrals

9
5 Sections
  • 5 components of a presentation how to structure
    a brief talk
  • Health risks of GMOs using third party support
  • Undermining the credibility of GMO proponents
    exposing spin
  • Large scope of problem action steps
  • How to facilitate an activist circle and
    mobilize your audience

10
Lesson 1Components of a GMO talk
  • Identifying the key components
  • Why theyre important
  • What other information can be used
  • How to give a short (2-3 minute presentation)

11
Exercise
  • Write down the main points you believe are
    important in a short 2 minute talk on GMOs. (Just
    short notes) 90 seconds
  • If you are with someone else, you can instead
    give a 45 second presentation on GMOs

12
Minimalist Presentation
  1. FDA scientists warned that GMOs might create
    allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional
    problems. But the person in charge of policy at
    the FDA, Monsantos former attorney and later
    their VP, ignored the scientists and allowed GMOs
    onto the market without a single required safety
    study.

13
Minimalist Presentation
  • 2. Now years later, the FDA scientists have been
    vindicated. The American Academy of Environmental
    Medicine says that animal studies show that GM
    food is linked to infertility, immune problems,
    accelerated aging, organ damage, and
    gastrointestinal problems. They urge all doctors
    to prescribe non-GMO diets to everyone.

14
Minimalist Presentation
  • 3. GMOs are genetically modified organisms,
    where genes are taken from one species, like
    bacteria or viruses, and forced into the DNA of
    other species, like soybeans and corn plants.
    Irrespective of what particular gene you insert,
    the very process of creating a GMO results in
    massive collateral damage in the plant, which can
    increase toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and
    anti-nutrients.

15
Minimalist Presentation
  1. Option to insert more health material,
    e.g.Furthermore, the only human feeding study
    shows that GM genes can remain inside us, in our
    intestinal bacteria and continue to function,
    long after we stop eating GMOs.

16
Minimalist Presentation
  • 5. There are very few safety studies, mostly
    funded by the biotech companies and widely
    criticized as rigged to avoid finding problems.
    When independent studies do discover problems
    with GMOs, the scientists are typically silenced,
    threatened, and fired, and no follow-up studies
    are done. Thus, we dont have enough data to say
    that a particular disease is caused by a
    particular GM food. But many experts believe that
    they GM foods are a significant contributor to
    many of the serious health problems that have
    been on the rise since GMOs were introduced in
    1996.

17
Minimalist Presentation
  • 6. Somehow, animals are clued into the
    problems. Eyewitness reports from around the
    world show that when given a choice, many species
    of livestock and wild animals avoid GMOs. For us
    humans, we need help. Go to www.NonGMOShoppingGuid
    e.com to learn how to avoid the 8 GMO food crops
    and their derivatives.

18
Minimalist Presentation
  • Since GMOs offer no consumer benefit, if even a
    small percentage of shoppers avoid GMO brands, we
    can create a tipping point of consumer rejection,
    to force them out of the market. This happened
    very quickly in Europe, and we believe it is
    going to happen soon here too. In fact, there is
    a campaign to achieve this in the near future.
  • Go to www.HealthierEating.org to find out more.

19
Analyzing and Refining the Presentation
  1. What is your overall reaction to the
    presentation?
  2. What points were important to you?
  3. Convincing? Not convincing? Problematic?
  4. What questions did it raise?
  5. Are there any main points that are missing? Check
    your own lists.

20
5 main components
  1. Undermine the credibility of those who promote
    GMOs
  2. Describe the risks (health risks)
  3. Cite third party support
  4. Convey the large scope of the problem
  5. Call to action

21
Undermine the credibility of those who promote
GMOs
  • Creates receptivity and handles the objection
    But if its so bad, why
  • Tip Try to bring out health risks with each
    example, so it does double duty
  • Examples of undermining credibility
  • FDA corrupted
  • Show quotes from FDA
  • Independent scientists are thwarted/attacked
  • Refer to first chapter of Seeds of Deception for
    Arpad Pusztai story
  • Refer to Urban Garden magazine, November 2009
    Carasco, Pusztai, Ermakova, Traavik, Seralini
  • http//www.seedsofdeception.com/utility/showArtic
    le/?objectID4302
  • Industry research is rigged
  • rbGH
  • Soil protein
  • Rigged control group
  • Ignoring gender differences
  • Short term studies
  • Refer to Genetic Roulette part 3

22
Undermine the credibility of those who promote
GMOs
  1. FDA scientists warned that GMOs might create
    allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional
    problems. But the person in charge of policy at
    the FDA, Monsantos former attorney and later
    their VP, ignored the scientists and allowed GMOs
    onto the market without a single required safety
    study.

23
Third party endorsements The risks
  • Gives us credibility, and the audience
    permission to reject GMOs
  • AAEM (Doctors prescribe non-GMO diets)
  • Read their statement http//www.aaemonline.org/gmo
    post.html
  • Excellent quotes Not a casual relationship
  • lists specific disorders
  • Read my write up of their position
  • http//www.responsibletechnology.org/utility/showA
    rticle/?objectID2989

24
Third party endorsements The risks
  • 2. Now years later, the concerned FDA scientists
    have been vindicated. The American Academy of
    Environmental Medicine says that animal studies
    show that GM food is linked to infertility,
    immune problems, accelerated aging, organ damage,
    and gastrointestinal problems. They urge all
    doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets to everyone.

25
Health Risks (Process itself)
  • Process is unsafe, causing massive unpredictable
    side effects
  • This answers the question about golden rice, etc.
  • It also answers questions about GM oils, and
    other products without DNA or proteins
  • E.g. The endocrine disruptor changed in GM corn
    is expected to remain in corn syrup (see pg 37
    Genetic Roulette)
  • Use Stomach Lining slide from Pusztais potato
    study (see PPT slides)

26
Health Risks, continued(adding definition and
process itelf)
  • 3. GMOs are genetically modified organisms,
    where genes are taken from one species, like
    bacteria or viruses, and forced into the DNA of
    other species, like soybeans and corn plants.
    Irrespective of what particular gene you insert,
    the very process of creating a GMO results in
    massive collateral damage in the plant, which can
    increase toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and
    anti-nutrients.

27
Health Risks continued
  1. Option to insert more health material, e.g.
    Furthermore, the only human feeding study shows
    that GM genes can remain inside us, in our
    intestinal bacteria and continue to function,
    long after we stop eating GMOs.

28
Large scope of problem
  • Creates sense of urgency and leads to commitments
    for action
  • Statistics on rising health issues in the US,
    e.g. multiple chronic illness, food allergy,
    autism, diabetes
  • Industry plans to replace all food
  • Self-propagating pollution is irreversible

29
Undermining Credibility Large scope
  • 5. The very few safety studies are mostly funded
    by the biotech companies themselves and widely
    criticized as rigged to avoid finding problems.
    When independent studies do discover problems
    with GMOs, the scientists are typically silenced,
    threatened, and fired, and no follow-up studies
    are done. Thus, we dont have enough data to say
    that a particular disease is caused by a
    particular GM food. But many experts believe that
    they GM foods are a significant contributor to
    many of the serious health problems that have
    been on the rise since GMOs were introduced in
    1996.

30
Third party endorsements
  • Animals avoidance is VERY compelling
  • Cows, pigs, geese, squirrels, elk, deer,
    raccoons, mice, rats, chickens, buffalo, dogs,
    and chickens
  • Reference Seeds of Deception or page in Genetic
    Roulette

31
Action (avoid)
  • Avoid
  • See www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com
  • iPhone App, ShopNoGMO
  • Pocket Guide
  • Downloadable pages
  • 4 tips
  • Non-GMO Project verified
  • New standard
  • New criteria for Guide (enrolled products only)

32
Third party endorsements Action (avoid)
  • 6. Somehow, animals are clued into the
    problems. Eyewitness reports from around the
    world show that when given a choice, many species
    of livestock and wild animals avoid GMOs. For us
    humans, we need help. Go to www.NonGMOShoppingGuid
    e.com to learn how to avoid the 8 GMO food crops
    and their derivatives.

33
Action (vision and activism)
  • Tipping point
  • rbGH Europe are examples
  • How to help
  • IRT site
  • learn more
  • tell parents, show videos
  • pass on CDs, podcasts
  • Email and FaceBook network
  • Other healthcare practitioners
  • religious organizations
  • Natural food store
  • Etc.

34
Action (vision and activism)
  • Since GMOs offer no consumer benefit, if even a
    small percentage of shoppers avoid GMO brands, we
    can create a tipping point of consumer rejection
    to force them out of the market. This happened
    very quickly in Europe, and we believe it is
    going to happen soon here too. In fact, there is
    a campaign to achieve this in the near future.
  • Go to www.HealthierEating.org to find out more.

35
Health Risks
  • Choices for presenting health dangers
  • Easy summary (AAEM)
  • 5 categories of what can go wrong (See my keynote
    presentations)
  • Focus on the two varieties soy and Bt
    corn/cotton, plus the dangers of the process
    itself (see medium length PowerPoint on IRT
    site).
  • List problems by disease category (See health
    risk brochure).
  • Allergies, toxins, antibiotic resistant diseases,
    reproductive disorders, digestive issues,
    nutritional problems.

36
Health Risk Summary
  • Lab animals fed GM crops showed damaged organs,
    higher infant mortality, smaller babies, organ
    lesions, signs of toxicity, potentially
    precancerous cell growth, and sterility.
    Investigations link GM feed with livestock
    sickness and death. And thousands of farm workers
    that handle a specific variety of GM plant are
    reporting rashes, itching, and allergic
    reactions.

37
5 main components
  1. Undermine the credibility of those who promote
    GMOs
  2. Describe the risks (health risks)
  3. Cite third party support
  4. Convey the large scope of the problem
  5. Call to action

38
Starting the Presentation
  • Connect immediately
  • Joke
  • Show of hands
  • Praise someone in the room
  • Envision a warm, appreciative audience

39
Style points
  • Model optimism
  • No need to emphasize negative emotions. The facts
    are potent enough.
  • Can be humorous in the face of gloomy details

40
Notes are found on PPT
  • You can use Notes Page under View
  • Or click and drag the bottom of the slide up to
    reveal the notes
  • Presenter View
  • Allows you to view the notes on your computer
    while showing the slideshow version to the
    audience
  • Enable under SLIDE SHOW tab, under SET UP SLIDE
    SHOW

41
The Health Risks of Genetically Modified Foods
42
US GM crops
Soy 93 Corn 86 Cotton 93 Canola
85 (Canada)
43
Hawaiian papaya virus resistant Zucchini crooknec
k squash virus resistant Sugar Beet
Minor Food Crops
44
How do we avoid GMOs?
  • Buy organic
  • Buy products that are labeled non-GMO
  • Buy products listed on a
  • Non-GMO Shopping Guide
  • Avoid at-risk ingredients

See
www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com
for shopping guides and tips
45
Rate yourself
1-100, How vigilant were you to avoid GM food
when eating out? 1-100, How vigilant were you
this week to avoid bringing GM food home?
46
Rate yourself
1-100, How active you have been in educating
people on this issue?
47
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How does Genetic Engineering work?
  • Isolate a gene with a
  • desired trait
  • Change the gene so it will
  • work in plants
  • Prepare plant cells or tissue
  • Transform plant cells using a gene gun
  • or bacteria infection method
  • 5. Re-grow cells to plants via tissue culture
    (cloning)

Steps that contain scientific
uncertainties and risk potential
49
Gene construct
often CaMV (virus)
Promoter on switch
e.g. Bt toxin gene from soil bacterium
Gene sequence
e.g. from pea
Stop signal
50
  • Identify cells with incorporated genes

Test for markers Add antibiotic
Only transformed cells survive
51
Grow transformed GM cells via cloning (tissue
culture)
52
Antibiotic Resistant Genes
  • IT WOULD BE A SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARD TO INTRODUCE
    A GENE THAT CODES FOR ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE INTO
    THE NORMAL FLORA OF THE GENERAL POPULATION.
  • Director, Division of Anti-infective Drug Products

53
FDA Quotes and Michael Taylor
  • Expose the lack of credibility of GMO proponents

54
Allergens
Toxins
New diseases Nutritional
problems
Agency scientists warned of
55
  • GM plants could contain unexpected high
    concentrations of plant toxicants.
  • The possibility of unexpected, accidental
    changes in genetically engineered plants
    justifies a limited traditional toxicological
    study.
  • FDA Toxicology Group

56
  • 1. Increased levels of known naturally
    occurring toxins,
  • 2. Appearance of new, not previously
    identified toxins,
  • 3. Increased tendency to gather toxic
    substances from the environment such as
    pesticides or heavy metals, and
  • 4. Undesirable alterations in the levels of
    nutrients.

They recommended testing every GM food before
it enters the marketplace.
Division of Food Chemistry and Technology
57
  • Residues of plant constituents or toxicants in
    meat and milk products may pose human food safety
    concerns.

Gerald Guest, Director, FDAsCenter for
Veterinary Medicine (CVM)
58
FDA declares GMOs no different
  • The agency is not aware of any information
    showing that foods derived by these new methods
    differ from other foods in any meaningful or
    uniform way.

Statement of Policy May 29, 1992
Food and Drug Administration
59
Secret FDA documents confirmed that the facts
contradicted the statement
60
What was said within FDA
  • The processes of genetic engineering and
    traditional breeding are different, and according
    to the technical experts in the agency, they lead
    to different risks.
  • Linda Kahl, FDA compliance
    officer

61
  • By trying to force an ultimate conclusion that
    there is no difference between foods modified by
    genetic engineering and foods modified by
    traditional breeding practices, the agency was
    trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
  • Linda Kahl, FDA compliance officer

62
  • Animal feeds derived from genetically modified
    plants present unique animal and food safety
    concerns.
  • I would urge you to eliminate statements that
    suggest that the lack of information can be used
    as evidence for no regulatory concern.
  • Gerald Guest, Director, FDAsCenter for
    Veterinary Medicine (CVM)

63
  • There is a profound difference between the types
    of unexpected effects from traditional breeding
    and genetic engineering,
  • There is no certainty that breeders will be
    able to pick up effects that might not be
    obvious.
  • This is the industrys pet idea, namely that
    there are no unintended effects that will raise
    the FDAs level of concern. But time and time
    again, there is no data to back up their
    contention.
  • FDA microbiologist Louis Pribyl

64
  • What has happened to the scientific elements of
    this document? Without a sound scientific base to
    rest on, this becomes a broad, general, What do
    I have to do to avoid trouble-type document. . .
    . It will look like and probably be just a
    political document. . . . It reads very
    pro-industry, especially in the area of
    unintended effects.
  • FDA microbiologist Louis Pribyl

65
Who overruled the scientists?
  • Michael Taylor
  • In charge of FDA policy
  • Former Monsanto attorney
  • Later Monsanto vice president
  • Now US Food Safety Czar

66
  • Based on the safety and nutritional assessment
    you have conducted, it is our understanding that
    Monsanto has concluded that corn products derived
    from this new variety are not materially
    different in composition, safety, and other
    relevant parameters from corn currently on the
    market, and that the genetically modified corn
    does not raise issues that would require
    premarket review or approval by FDA. . . . as you
    are aware, it is Monsantos responsibility to
    ensure that foods marketed by the firm are
    safe...
  • FDA Letter to Monsanto, 1996

67
For a Short Presentation
  • Three slides on FDA

68
FDA declares GMOs no different
  • The agency is not aware of any information
    showing that foods derived by these new methods
    differ from other foods in any meaningful or
    uniform way.

Statement of Policy May 29, 1992
Food and Drug Administration
69
Allergens
Toxins
New diseases Nutritional
problems
In reality, agency scientists warned of
70
  • Person in charge of FDAs GMO policy ignored
    scientists warnings
  • Michael Taylor
  • Former Monsanto attorney
  • Later Monsanto vice president
  • Now back at FDA as US Food Safety Czar

71
Monsantos own former employees
  • Kirk Azevedo
  • Scientist relating rbGH story and rigged research
    story

72
Monsantos Past
  • PCBs
  • Fined 700 million
  • Knew that residents were endangered
  • Agent Orange
  • DDT

73
Rigged Research
  • rbGH
  • Soil protein
  • Journal of Nutrition case study

74
Stifled Scientists
  • Ecologists cant access seeds
  • Turkish scientist transferred
  • GM Nation Debate Threats and block voting
  • Carasco on birth defects
  • G.E. Seralini
  • Mae-Wan Ho
  • Richard Burroughs

75
Health Risks
  • Choices for presenting health dangers
  • Easy summary (AAEM)
  • 5 categories of what can go wrong (See my keynote
    presentations)
  • Focus on the two varieties soy and Bt
    corn/cotton, plus the dangers of the process
    itself (see medium length PowerPoint on IRT
    site).
  • List problems by disease category (See health
    risk brochure).
  • Allergies, toxins, antibiotic resistant diseases,
    reproductive disorders, digestive issues,
    nutritional problems.

76
Summary Health Effects
  • Lab animals fed GM crops showed damaged organs,
    higher infant mortality, smaller babies, organ
    lesions, signs of toxicity, potentially
    precancerous cell growth, and sterility.
    Investigations link GM feed with livestock
    sickness and death. And thousands of farm workers
    that handle a specific variety of GM plant are
    reporting rashes, itching, and allergic
    reactions.

77
Softening words of Science
  • No proof
  • Suggests, implies, indicates
  • Preliminary evidence
  • Converging lines of evidence indicate
  • Fed, not led

78
Legal ways to implicate
  • Allegedly
  • Seems to
  • Appears to
  • My opinion

79
Relative priority of evidence
  • Not all the points are of equal import
  • Bt is particularly strong
  • Anecdotal evidence is important for the public,
    but not well received in certain scientific
    circles
  • Increasing US disease rates dont imply
    causality, so we need to demonstrate we know
    that. But it is important to raise the question.

80
First GM Crop
  • FlavrSavr

Tomato
81
Rats refused to eat the tomato
Yuk!
82
Many animals avoided GM feed when given a choice
83
Mice avoided GM corn
84
After 28 days
  • 7 of 20 rats developed stomach lesions
  • Another 7 of 40 died within 2 weeks

Industry study
85
Homework (Most Important)
  • Give a 1-3 minute presentation to a practice
    buddy
  • Have a person ask you the following questions
  • How can it be so bad if the FDA has approved
    GMOs?
  • Im sure the companies do lots of studies.
  • Are you saying that these corporations would
    allow dangerous foods onto the market?
  • Watch and listen to PPT presentation

86
Homework Exercise
  • Other homework assignments and resourses are
    found at www.responsibletechnology.org/homework

87
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