Anthony Samsel Food Safety Research
Research scientist, Anthony Samsel explains: " I have already identified problems with laboratory animal diets contaminated by glyphosate and written four peer-reviewed papers on the subject with my colleague Stephanie Seneff.
I’m not only looking at the contamination of laboratory animals and pet food diets, as people’s pets are family members and they are getting sick at alarming rates, but I'm also studying the contamination of the US food supply by herbicides and genetic engineeried plant proteins which affect all Americans.
These current field and laboratory experiments that we are raising money for are ongoing. I am continuing to quantify levels of Glyphosate contamination using the EPA approved method of High Performance Liquid Chromatography , (HPLC). Results are periodically published in peer-reviewed journals.
You can view data on pet food and laboratory rodent chows in our new peer-reviewed paper Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases IV: cancer and related pathologies at either of these links: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283490944_Glyphosate_pathways_to_modern_diseases_IV_cancer_and_related_pathologies
Photo: Some surfactants used in some herbicides and pesticides. We get a profile on these and know what to look for in secret formulations
HPLC analysis is the only analysis accepted as evidence by the US EPA. The analysis is expensive costing several hundred dollars per sample. Results are published as they are identified in peer-reviewed journals after social media announcements.
Some of my other on-going experiments are with testing for glyphosate in bees. This work is on-going and I have found glyphosate in sick and dead bees of hives suspected of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) as well as the honey and bee bread of these hives.
I’m also the only US researcher currently conducting independent studies and experiments with over 50 varieties of Genetically Engineered corn from Monsanto, DOW, Dupont and Syngenta. The purpose of these experiments is to determine potential differences between genetically engineered varieites and non-engineered varieties. Assessing possible differences in mineral, fatty acids, vitamin content or anything that may affect human health or the environment is a needed service for all. So far I have determined substantial differences between genetically engineered varieties and those that are not and results will be published at the conclusion of the work. The funds now being raised will analyze corn tissue now in storage in the freezer from the 2015 growing season for vitamin and fatty acid content of each variety for comparison.
Photo: Test plot of some of the 50 varieties of GM corn laid out and planted. This will supply tissue for lab analysis later this fall.
All 50 varieties are being growing in the same field, soils, moisture and environmental conditions along with Non-GM Heirloom varieties to study the differences in mineral, vitamin and fatty acid composition.
Changes in the isomers of fatty acids and vitamins and including mineral deficiencies or over expression may cause biological harm. These experiments will help us to understand these potentials.
2016 will be the third season of experiments. Half of each variety is grown without the use of herbicide application, while the other half is sprayed with herbicide.
All samples of each are analyzed by HPLC in the lab to determine what the differences are and quantify them as to their composition. This gives us a picture of how the genes function and influence biomolecule expression and composition. It also reveals the effects that herbicide application has on gene expression of these biomolecules. The resulting plant compositions can have effects on human and animal biology. Again, results of the experiments will be published when the study is complete.
Photo: GM corn for tissue analysis from last fall.
This research into agricultural chemicals in the food supply is ongoing. Here are some of my our most recent academic papers which are available free from the publishers. Several of the titles are:
Glyphosate's Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases
ARTICLE in ENTROPY 15:1416-1463 · APRIL 2013
Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance
ARTICLE in INTERDISCIPLINARY TOXICOLOGY 6(4):159-184 · NOVEMBER 2013
Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases III: Manganese, neurological diseases, and associated pathologies
ARTICLE in SURGICAL NEUROLOGY INTERNATIONAL 6(1):45 · MARCH 2015
Some of my other current public health projects for communities across the USA include:
I am the principle investigator for the Ouachita Riverkeeper on several current public health projects which include an investigation of a paper mill and phenolic resin mfg plant polluting air, water and soils.
The project is featured in the Crossett documentary ,
Facilities of Georgia Pacific Corporation, Crossett, Arkansas are owned by Koch industries. Sickened community is affected by continuous hydrogen sulfide gas exposure, contaminated public and private drinking water. Water contaminated by phenol, acetone, MIBK, MEK, MTBE, plasticizers, dioxin and other chemicals.
Photo: A variety of GM corn grown for tissue analysis with Syngenta and Monsanto traits of Glyphosate and Glufosinate resistance and Bt Corn borer and root worm insecticidal traits.
Investigation of 9 million ton mine waste site and tailings piles containing radioactive waste from a former UMETCO vanadium, uranium mine and mill operation. The site has affected residents of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Sick, dead and dying residents were also exposed to LWR, Light Water Reactor fuel reprocessing. During the investigation, I found radiological evidence in human teeth and animal bones utilizing an SEM (scanning electron microscope). This site also received materials from UMETCO's former mine operations in URAVAN, CO and from their laboratories at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee.
Investigation of a sickened community in Waycross, Georgia affected by hazardous chemical materials discharged by former Seven Out chemical waste processors, now an EPA Superfund site and contamination by the CSX railroad, rail yard and tank car washing operation.
(Nov. 5, 2015) Today, a new and thorough review of the health impacts of glyphosate use is available to regulatory officials who are reviewing its re-approval as the world's most widely used herbicide.
The paper is titled Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases IV: cancer and related pathologies.
It's published in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry which is now being mailed to subscribers.
It's a detailed analysis of scientific studies, including many of Monsanto's own research originally presented to the U.S. government to gain regulatory approval.
Authors are Anthony Samsel, research scientist at Deerfield, NH and Stephanie Seneff, researcher at the computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. These researchers have worked as a team on several previous studies. For this report, they also obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, an extensive body of lab studies submitted to EPA by Monsanto from the 1970s through the 1980s.
On October 6, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a paper on request from the European Commission titled “Review of results published by Mesnage et al. (2015) in PLoS ONE and the laboratory findings communicated by Dr. Samsel to Farm Wars,” which responded to the findings of Dr. Anthony Samsel that laboratory diets used exclusively by scientists around the world for toxicology testing are contaminated by Glyphosate. And the EFSA’s results are? Don’t worry, be happy, nothing to see here, we’ve determined that it’s okay, business as usual.
Since testing for Glyphosate contamination in laboratory chow used for toxicological testing purposes is not required, the following request was made, and summarily dismissed by the EFSA:
"It is time for the GLP and OECD protocols to be updated to include routine testing for Glyphosate contamination, and all testing done previously with the contaminated feed re-evaluated in light of this new information."
The EFSA’s dismissal:
"The information reported on the website is not supported by sufficient detail or a reference to permit a full scientific review. In conclusion, no new scientific elements were provided that would impact on the validity of regulatory feeding tests in the EU."
Did the EFSA even look at the actual lab data or any details?
According to Dr. Samsel, NO.
Just dismissed them as having no impact, and did not bother to make even one attempt to reach out to Drs. Samsel, Mesnage or Seralini. If you don’t look at the data or methodology used, how can you possibly make the following statement regarding that data?
There are several limitations with the methodological approach used by the authors, including insufficient information about the test material and methodology used, incomplete reporting of the data, and inappropriate interpretation of legislation and results.
This is not rocket science, folks. If you use rodents for toxicology testing that are already being fed a toxic substance such as Glyphosate, a patented metal chelator, herbicide and antibiotic during the trial, doesn’t it stand to reason that these tests would be inaccurate?
To not even consider the ramifications of this and to dismiss Dr. Samsel’s findings outright is outrageous.