PDA

View Full Version : GMO - Monsanto - Genetically Modified/Engineered Food!



Pages : [1] 2

Captain Beyond
04-12-2007, 04:34 AM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/170/470265836_ee3bab9ffb.jpg?v=0

A variety of genetically modified corn that was approved for human consumption in 2006 caused signs of liver and kidney toxicity as well as hormonal changes in rats in a study performed by researchers from the independent Committee for Independent Research and Genetic Engineering at the University of Caen in France.

What you need to know - Conventional View
• The corn in question, MON863, is made by the Monsanto Company and approved for use in Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United States. It has had a gene inserted from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which causes the plant's cells to produce a pesticide.

• Researchers fed rats either unmodified corn or diets containing 11 or 30 percent MON863 for 90 days. The rats who ate modified corn were found to exhibit signs of liver and kidney toxicity, as well as signs of hormonal changes.

• Male rats lost an average of 3.3 percent of their body weight, and their excretion of phosphorus and sodium decreased. Female rats gained an average of 3.7 percent of their body weight, while their triglyceride levels increased by 24 to 40 percent.

• The mechanism that causes the toxicity is not yet known, but the researchers say there is evidence that the Bt toxin may cause the perforation of blood cells. They expressed concern that the methods used by Monsanto in initial tests of the corn were statistically flawed and called their own tests "the best mammalian toxicity tests available."

• Greenpeace responded to the study by calling for an immediate recall of all MON863 corn and the reassessment of all genetically modified foods currently approved for the market.

• Quote: "Our counter-evaluation shows that there are signs of toxicity, and nobody can say scientifically and seriously the consumption of the transgenic maize MON863 is safe and good for health." - Lead Author Gilles Eric Seralini

What you need to know - Alternative View
Statements and opinions by Mike Adams, author of Grocery Warning: How to identify and avoid dangerous food ingredients

• It seems that the more these GM foods are tested, the more frightening the implications seem to be for human health. When companies like Monsanto do their own in-house testing, results are mysteriously favorable in nearly all cases, but when independent labs run their own tests, the results are downright shocking.

• I find it interesting that the FDA believes U.S. consumers should not be allowed to know which foods are genetically modified and which aren't. The push for honest labeling of GM foods has been blockaded by corporate interests and corrupt federal regulators.

Resources you need to know
The Campaign for labeling of GM foods: http://www.thecampaign.org

Bottom line
• A variety of genetically modified corn was found to cause signs of hormonal changes and liver and kidney toxicity in rats.

crossfire
04-12-2007, 04:42 AM
I wonder if the contaminated wheat glutin was actually GM?

Captain Beyond
04-12-2007, 12:38 PM
I wonder if the contaminated wheat glutin was actually GM?

It could be, and frightfully, could be a test for something much more sinister to come! :1zhelp:

Alpha
04-12-2007, 12:55 PM
This is more than outrageous and frightening. I'm trying to find a master list of all GM/GE food/crops etc. If anyone gets to it before I do, please post it here.


GM or GE Foods

What is Genetic Engineering?

Genetic Engineering (GE) is a radical new technology that manipulates the genes and DNA - the building blocks of all living things. Unlike traditional breeding, genetic engineering creates new life forms that would never occur in nature, creating new and unpredictable health and environmental risks. To create GE crops, genes from bacteria, viruses, plants, animals and even humans have been inserted into plants like soybeans, corn, canola, and cotton. Multinational chemical companies like Monsanto have taken our staple crops and altered them in order to patent and profit from them by increasing their chemical and seed sales and gaining control over farmers and the food chain itself. The same companies that brought us DDT, PCBs and Agent Orange now expect us to trust them with our food supply.

GE Crops: Giving Pollution a Life of its Own

Because they are living organisms, GE crops can multiply, spread and reproduce indefinitely and at will. Once released, genetically engineered organisms can never be recalled, so their effects are irreversible. GE pollen and seeds can contaminate farms and wilderness, creating uncontrollable "super weeds" and threatening the veriatal purity of our crops. We have already seen this genetic contamination of corn in Mexico, the center of diversity for corn varieties.

The Genetic Experiment with our food

Chances are you have already eaten Genetically Engineered (GE) ingredients. Without warning or notice you have been included in a dangerous experiment on our food.

Thousands of products on the shelves of your local supermarket contain GE ingredients ö foods from crops that have not evolved in any natural environment, from crops that have never before been part of the human diet.

Look at the ingredient list on any of the packaged foods in the supermarket. You are almost certain to find ingredients made from corn, soy, canola or cottonseed oil. These ingredients commonly come from plants that have been genetically altered and are being grown on millions of acres in the United States. For example, soy ingredients like lecithin, soy oil, and soy protein are found in 60- to 70 percent of all processed foods.

Yet you won't find "genetically engineered" on the label of any products containing GE ingredients. The supermarkets don't want you to know that their products are an experiment unique in human history ö an experiment that doctors and scientists around the world are warning may not be safe.

Multiple Risks and Little Testing

Unlike traditional crop or animal breeding, genetic engineering enables scientists to cross genes from bacteria, viruses, and even humans into plants and animals. Never before have scientists been able to break the species barrier. Strawberries and flounder could never breed on their own, but with genetic engineering, fish genes have been spliced into strawberries. There have been no long-term studies on what impact these crops may have on the environment, but scientists are already finding signs of trouble:

Environmental Risks

Biological Pollution: Unlike chemicals that are released into the environment, genetically engineered organisms are living things that will reproduce and spread uncontrollably and at will, with little possibility of containment or clean-up.


Increased Pesticide Use: Most GE crops have been designed to withstand herbicides. Studies show that farmers who grow GE soybeans use 2-5 times more herbicides than farmers who grow natural soy varieties.

Superweeds: Other studies have shown that GE crops can cross-pollinate with related weeds, resulting in "superweeds" that become difficult to control. Canadian canola growers have found weeds in their fields resistant to Round-Up and Liberty herbicides, forcing the growers to use more potent toxic herbicides.


Threatening organic farming: GE insect resistant crops could create ãsuperbugsä who will build up a tolerance to a fundamental pest control tool used by organic farmers; the loss of this tool would be devastating to the safest, most environmentally friendly food production we have.

The Health Risks

The genetic engineering industry claims that no one has been harmed by eating GE foods. But without labeling of GE ingredients, there is no way to track any harm. Doctors and scientists warn that there is not enough evidence to insure that these foods are safe in the human diet. Medical experts, including over 2,000 doctors and health professionals in Germany and the British Medical Association, have questioned the safety of GE foods. In fact, there is ample evidence of risk:

Allergies: By inserting foreign DNA into common foods, without adequate safety testing, the biotech industry is introducing possible new food allergens.


Antibiotic Resistance: The rise of diseases that are resistant to treatment with common antibiotics is already a serious medical concern. Doctors warn that the current use of antibiotic resistance genes in GE crops may add to this risk.

In short, Genetic Engineering is an unpredictable technology that, for the sake of corporate profits, puts our environment and health at risk.

Alpha
04-12-2007, 01:18 PM
TAKE a LOOK at THIS!!

Below you'll find what I've found so far on all the food categories that contain GM or GE ingredients.....hold on to your seatbelts!

****************************************

Baby Food:

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


Nabisco
(Phillip Morris) Arrowroot Teething Biscuits

Infant formula Carnation Infant Formulas
(Nestle) AlSoy Good Start Follow-Up Follow-Up Soy

Enfamil Infant Formulas
(Mead Johnson) Enfamil with Iron Enfamil Low Iron Enfamil A.R. Enfamil Nutramigen Enfamil Lacto Free Enfamil 22 Enfamil Next step (soy and milk-based varieties) Enfamil Pro-Soybee

Isomil Infant Formulas
(Abbot Labs) Isomil Soy Isomil Soy for Diarrhea

Similac
(Abbot Labs) Similac Lactose Free Similac with Iron Similac Low Iron Similac Alimentum
----------------------------------

Baking:

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


baking mixes

Aunt Jemima
(Quaker) Complete Pancake & Waffle Mix Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix Cornbread Mix Easy Mix Coffee Cake

Betty Crocker
(General Mills) Pie Crust Mix Original Pancake Mix Complete Pancake Mix Buttermilk Complete Pancake Mix Muffin Mixes Banana Nut Lemon Poppy Seed Blueberry Wild Blueberry Chocolate Chip Apple Streusel Quick Bread Mixes

* Banana
* Cinnamon Streusel
* Lemon Poppy Seed
* Cranberry Orange
* Gingerbread

* Cookie Mixes
o Chocolate Chip
o Double Chocolate Chunk
o Sugar
o Peanut Butter


Bisquik
(Betty Crocker/General Mills)
* Original
* Reduced Fat
* Shake 'n Pour Pancake Mix
* Shake 'n Pour Buttermilk Pancake Mix
* Shake 'n Pour Blueberry Pancake Mix

Duncan Hines
(Aurora Foods)
* Muffin Mixes
* Kellogg's All-Bran Apple Cinnamon
* Kellogg's All-Bran Blueberry
* Blueberry
* Blueberry Crumb
* Chocolate Chip

Hungry Jack
(Pillsbury)
* Buttermilk Pancake Mix
* Extra Light & Fluffy Pancake Mix (all varieties)

Jiffy
* Corn Muffin Mix
* Blueberry Muffin Mix
* Raspberry Muffin Mix
* Pie Crust Mix

Mrs. Butterworths
(Aurora Foods)
* Complete Pancake Mix
* Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Pepperidge Farms
(Campbell's)
* Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Pillsbury
* Quick Bread & Muffin Mixes
* Blueberry
* Chocolate Chip
* Banana
* Cranberry
* Lemon Poppyseed
* Nut
* Hot Roll Mix
* Gingerbread

baking needs

Bakers
(Kraft/Phillip Morris)
* Unsweetened Chocolate
* Semi-Sweet Chocolate
* German Sweet Chocolate
* White Chocolate

Hershey's
* Semi-Sweet Baking Chips
* Milk Chocolate Chips
* Mini Kisses

Nestle
* Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
* Milk Chocolate Chips
* White Chocolate
* Butterscotch Chips
* Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bars

---------------------------------------

Bread:

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


Holsum
(Interstate Bakeries) Holsum Thin Sliced Roman Meal 12 Grain Round Top Home Pride Buttertop White Buttertop Wheat

Pepperidge Farms
(Campbell's) Cinnamon Swirl Light Oatmeal Light Wheat 100% Whole Wheat Hearty Slices 7 Grain 9 Grain Crunchy Oat Whole Wheat Light Side Oatmeal Wheat 7 Grain Soft Dinner Rolls Club Rolls Sandwich Buns Hoagie Rolls

Thomas'
(Bestfoods) English Muffins

* Original
* Cinnamon Raisin
* Honey Wheat
* Oat Bran
* Blueberry
* Maple French Toast

* Toast-r-Cakes Blueberry
* Toast-r-Cakes Corn Muffins

Wonder
(Interstate Bakeries)
* White Sandwich Bread
* Country Grain
* Buttermilk
* Thin Sandwich
* Light Wheat
* 100% Stoneground Wheat
* Fat Free Multigrain
* Premium Potato
* Beefsteak Rye
* Wonder Hamburger Buns

--------------------------------------

Cereal

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


General Mills Cheerios Wheaties Total Corn Chex Lucky Charms Trix Kix Golden Grahams Cinnamon Grahams Count Chocula Honey Nut Chex Frosted Cheerios Apple Cinnamon Cheerios Multi-Grain Cheerios Frosted Wheaties Brown Sugar & Oat Total Basic 4 Reeses Puffs French Toast Crunch

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Corn Flakes Special K Raisin Bran Rice Krispies Corn Pops Product 19 Smacks Froot Loops Marshmallow Blasted Fruit Loops Apple Jacks Crispix Smart Start All-Bran Complete Wheat Bran Complete Oat Bran Just Right Fruit & Nut Honey Crunch Corn Flakes Raisin Bran Crunch Cracklin' Oat Bran Country Inn Specialties
(all varieties)

Mothers Cereals
(Quaker) Toasted Oat Bran Peanut Butter Bumpers Groovy Grahams Harvest Oat Flakes Harvest Oat Flakes w/Apples & Almonds Honey Round Ups

Post
(Kraft-Phillip Morris) Raisin Bran Bran Flakes Grape Nut Flakes Grape Nut O's Fruit & Fibre date, raisin and walnut Fruit & Fibre peach, raisin and almond Honey Bunch of Oats Honey Nut Shredded Wheat Honey Comb Golden Crisp Waffle Crisp Cocoa Pebbles Cinna-Crunch Pebbles Fruity Pebbles Alpha-Bits Post Selects Cranberry Almond Post Selects Banana Nut Crunch Post Selects Blueberry Morning Post Selects Great Grains

Quaker Life Cinnamon Life 100% Natural Granola Toasted Oatmeal Toasted Oatmeal Honey Nut Oat Bran Cap'n Crunch Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch Cap'n Crunch Crunchling Berries

------------------------------------------

Chocolate:
OMG It's even in chocolate and my one of my favorites - Toblerone!!!!!!

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


candy

Cadbury
(Cadbury/Hershey's) Mounds Almond Joy York Peppermint Patty Dairy Milk Roast Almond Fruit & Nut

Hershey's Kit-Kat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Mr. Goodbar Special Dark Milk Chocolate Kisses Symphony

Kraft
(Kraft/Phillip Morris) Toblerone
(all varieties)

Mars M&M
(all varieties) Snickers Three Musketeers Milky Way Twix

Nestle Crunch Milk Chocolate Chunky Butterfinger 100 Grand

drink mixes and dessert toppings

Carnation
(Nestle) Hot Cocoa Mixes: Rich Chocolate Double Chocolate Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Mini Marshmallow No Sugar

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Special Dark Chocolate Syrup Strawberry Syrup

Nestle Nesquik Strawberry Nesquik

Swiss Miss
(ConAgra) Hot Cocoa Mixes: Chocolate Sensation Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Lovers Marshmallow Lovers Fat Free No Sugar Added

--------------------------

Condiments:

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS

Del Monte
(Nabisco/Phillip Morris) Ketchup

Heinz Ketchup
(regular & no salt) Chili Sauce Cocktail Sauce Heinz 57 Steak Sauce

Hellman's
(Bestfoods) Real Mayonnaise Light Mayonnaise Low-Fat Mayonnaise

Hunt's
(ConAgra) Ketchup
(regular & no salt)

KC Masterpiece
(Clorox) Original BBQ sauce Garlic & Herb Marinade Honey Teriyaki Marinade

Kraft
(Kraft/Phillip Morris) Miracle Whip
(all varieties) Kraft Mayonnaise
(all) Thick & Spicy BBQ sauces
(all varieties) Char Grill BBQ sauce Honey Hickory BBQ sauce

Nabisco
(Nabiso/Phillip Morris) A-1 Steak Sauce

Open Pit
(Vlasic/Campbells) BBQ sauces
(all)

salsa

Chi-Chi's
(Hormel) Fiesta Salsa
(all varieties)

Old El Paso
(Pillsbury) Thick & Chunky Salsa Garden Pepper Salsa Taco Sauce Picante Sauce

Ortega
(Nestle) Taco Sauce Salsa Prima Homestyle Salsa Prima Roasted Garlic Salsa Prima 3 Bell Pepper Thick & Chunky Salsa

Pace
(Campbells) Chunky Salsa Picante Sauce

Tostitos Salsa
(Frito-Lay/Pepsi) All Natural All Natural Thick & Chunky Roasted Garlic Restaurant Style

---------------------------------------------

Frozen Dinners:


GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


Banquet
(ConAgra) Pot Pies
(all varieties) Fried Chicken Salisbury Steak Chicken Nugget Meal Pepperoni Pizza Meal

Budget Gourmet
(Heinz) Roast Beef Supreme Beef Stroganoff Three Cheese Lasagne Chicken Oriental & Vegeatble Fettuccini Primavera

Green Giant
# (Pillsbury) Rice Pilaf with Chicken Flavored Sauce
# Rice Medley with Beef Flavored Sauce
# Primavera Pasta
# Pasta Accents Creamy Cheddar
Create-a-Meals

* Parmesan Herb Chicken
* Cheesy Pasta and Vegetable
* Beef Noodle
* Sweet & Sour
* Mushroom Wine Chicken



Healthy Choice
(ConAgra)

* Stuffed Pasta Shells
* Chicken Parmagiana
* Country Breaded Chicken
* Roast Chicken Breast
* Beef Pot Roast
* Chicken & Corn Bread
* Cheese & Chicken Tortellini
* Lemon Pepper Fish
* Shrimp & Vegetable
* Macaroni & Cheese

Kid Cuisine
(ConAgra)
* Chicken Nugget Meal
* Fried Chicken
* Taco Roll Up
* Corn Dog
* Cheese Pizza
* Fish Stix
* Macaroni & Cheese

Lean Cuisine
(Stouffer's/Nestle)

Skillet Sensations
o Chicken & Vegetable
o Broccoli & Beef
o Homestyle Beef
o Teriyaki Chicken
o Chicken Alfredo
o Garlic Chicken
o Roast Turkey
Hearty Portions
o Chicken Florentine
o Beef Stroganoff
o Cheese & Spinach Manicotti
o Salisbury Steak
CafŽ Classics
o Baked Fish
o Baked Chicken
o Chicken a L'Orange
o Chicken Parmesan
o Meatloaf with Whipped Potatoes
Everyday Favorites
o Chicken Fettuccini
o Chicken Pie
o Angel Hair Pasta
o Three Bean Chili with Rice
o Macaroni & Cheese


Marie Callenders
(ConAgra)
* Chicken Pot Pie
* Lasagna & Meat Sauce
* Turkey & Gravy
* Meat Loaf & Gravy
* Country Fried Chicken & Gravy
* Fettuccini with Broccoli & Cheddar
* Roast Beef with Mashed Potatoes
* Country Fried Pork Chop with Gravy
* Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ore-Ida Frozen Potatoes
(Heinz)
* Fast Fries
* Steak fries
* Zesties
* Shoestrings
* Hash Browns
* Tater Tots
* Potato Wedges
* Crispy Crunchies

Rosetto Frozen Pasta
(Heinz)
* Cheese Ravioli
* Beef Ravioli
* Italian Sausage Ravioli
* Eight Cheese Stuffed Shells
* Eight Cheese Broccoli Stuffed Shells

Stouffer's
(Nestle)

Family Style Favorites
o Macaroni & Cheese
o Stuffed Peppers
o Broccoli au Gratin
o Meat Loaf in Gravy
o Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole
Homestyle
o Meatloaf
o Salisbury Steak
o Chicken Breast in Gravy
Hearty Portions
o Salisbury Steak
o Chicken Fettucini
o Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes
o Chicken Pot Pie


Swanson
(Vlasic/Campbells)
* Meat Loaf
* Fish & Chips
* Salisbury Steak
* Chicken Nuggets
* Hungry Man
o Fried Chicken
o Roast Chicken
o Fisherman's Platter
o Pork Rib


Voila!
(Bird's Eye/Agri-Link Foods)
* Chicken Voila! Alfredo
* Chicken Voila! Garlic
* Chicken Voila! Pesto
* Chicken Voila! Three Cheese
* Steak Voila! Beef Sirloin
* Shrimp Voila! Garlic


Weight Watchers
(Heinz)

Smart Ones
o Fiesta Chicken
o Basil Chicken
o Ravioli Florentine
o Fajita Chicken
o Roasted Vegetable Primavera

-----------------------------------------

Meal & Sauce Mixes

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


Betty Crocker
# (General Mills) Garden Vegetable Pilaf
# Creamy Herb Risotto
# Garlic Alfredo Fettuccini
Bowl Appetit

* Cheddar Broccoli
* Macaroni & Cheese
* Pasta Alfredo



Knorr
(Bestfoods)

* Mushroom Risotto Italian Rice
* Broccoli au Gratin Risotto
* Vegetable Primavera Risotto
* Risotto Milanese
* Original Pilf
* Chicken Pilaf
* Rotini with 4 Cheese
* Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken & Vegetable
* Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato
* Fettuccini with Alfredo
* Classic Sauce Packets
o Hollandaise
o BŽarnaise
o White
o Brown
o Lemon Herb
o Mushroom Brown
o Onion
o Roasted Chicken
o Roasted Pork
o Roasted Turkey
* Pasta Sauce Packets
o Alfredo
o Four Cheese
o Carbonara
o Pesto
o Garlic Herb


Lipton
(Unilever)
* Rice & Sauce Packets
o Chicken Broccoli
o Cheddar Broccoli
o Beef Flavor
o Spanish
o Chicken Flavor
o Creamy Chicken
o Mushroom
* Sizzle & Stir Skillet Supers
o Lemon Garlic Chicken & Rice
o Spanish Chicken & Rice
o Herb Chicken & Bowties
o Cheddar Chicken & Shells


Near East
(Quaker)
* Spicy Tomato Pasta Mix
* Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Pasta Mix
* Falafel Mix
* Lentil Pilaf
* Couscous
* Tomato Lentil
* Parmesan
* Toasted Pinenut
* Herb Chicken
* Broccoli & Cheese
* Curry

Pasta Roni
(Quaker)
* Fettuccini Alfredo
* Garlic Alfredo
* Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs
* Angel Hair Pasta with Parmesan Cheese
* Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Parmesan
* Angel Hair Pasta Primavera
* Garlic & Olive Oil with Vermicelli

Rice-a-Roni
(Quaker)
* Rice Pilaf
* Beef
* Chicken
* Fried Rice
* Chicken & Broccoli
* Long Grain & Wild Rice
* Broccoli au Gratin

Uncle Ben's
(Mars)
* Long Grain & Wild Rice
(Original & with Garlic)
* Brown & Wild Rice Mushroom
* Country Inn Mexican Fiesta
* Country Inn Oriental Fried Rice
* Country Inn Chicken & Vegetable
* Country Inn Chicken & Broccoli
* Natural Select Chicken & Herb
* Natural Select Tomato & Basil
* Chef's Recipe Chicken & Vegetable Pilaf
* Chef's Recipe Beans & Rice
* Chef's Recipe Broccoli Rice

-------------------------------------------

Snack Foods:

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


Act II Microwave Popcorn
(ConAgra) Butter Extreme Butter Corn on the Cob

Frito-Lay*
(PepsiCo) Lays Potato Chips
(all varieties) Ruffles Potato Chips
(all) Doritos Corn Chips
(all) Tostitos Corn Chips
(all) Fritos Corn Chips
(all) Cheetos
(all) Rold Gold Pretzels
(all) Cracker Jack Popcorn

Healthy Choice Microwave Popcorn
(ConAgra) Organic Corn
(soy/canola oils)

Mothers Corn Cakes
(Quaker) Butter Pop

Orville Redenbacher Microwave Popcorn
(ConAgra) Original Homestyle Butter Smart Pop Pour Over

Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Cakes Chocolate Caramel

Orville Redenbacher Mini Popcorn Cakes Butter Peanut Caramel Chocolate Peanut

Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn
(Betty Crocker/General Mills) Natural Homestyle Jumbo Pop Extra Butter Light 94% Fat Free Butter

Pringles
(Procter & Gamble) Original Low Fat Pizza-licious Sour Cream & Onion Salt & Vinegar Cheezeums

Quaker Rice Cakes Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Cinnamon Streusel Mini Chocolate Ranch Sour Cream & Onion Apple Cinnamon Caramel Corn



Quaker Corn Cakes

* White Cheddar
* Caramel Corn
* Strawberry Crunch
* Caramel Chocolate Chip

*Frito has informed its corn and potato suppliers that the company wishes to avoid GE crops, but acknowledges that canola or other oils and ingredients in its products may be from GE sources

--------------------------------------

Soda and Juices:

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


sodas

Coca Cola Coca Cola Sprite Cherry Coke Barq's Root Beer Minute Maid Orange Minute Maid Grape Surge Ultra

PepsiCo Pepsi Slice Wild Cherry Pepsi Mug Root Beer Mountain Dew

Cadbury/Schweppes 7-Up Dr. Pepper A & W Root Beer Sunkist Orange Schweppes Ginger Ale

juice drinks

Capri Sun juices
(Kraft/Phillip Morris) Red Berry Surfer Cooler Splash Cooler Wild Cherry Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Punch Pacific Cooler Strawberry Orange Grape

Fruitopia
(Coca Cola) Grape Beyond Berry Lemonade Fruit Integration Kiwiberry Ruckus Strawberry Passion Tremendously Tangerine

Fruit Works
(PepsiCo) Strawberry Melon Peach Papaya Pink Lemonade Apple Raspberry

Gatorade
(Quaker) Lemon Lime Orange Fruitpunch Fierce Grape Frost Riptide Rush

Hawaiian Punch
(Procter & Gamble) Tropical Fruit Grape Geyser Fruit Juicy Red Strawberry Surfin

Hi-C
(Coca Cola) Pink Lemonade Watermelon Rapids Boppin' Berry Tropical Punch Smashin' Wildberry Blue Cooler Blue Moon Berry Orange Cherry

Kool Aid
(Kraft/Phillip Morris) Blastin' Berry Cherry Bluemoon Berry Kickin' Kiwi Lime Tropical Punch Wild Berry Tea

Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail Cranapple CranGrape CranRaspberry CranStrawberry CranMango

Squeeze It
(Betty Crocker/General Mills) Rockin' Red Puncher Chucklin' Cherry Mystery 2000

Sunny Delight
(Procter & Gamble) Sunny Delight Original Sunny Delight With Calcium Citrus Punch Sunny Delight California Style Citrus Punch

Tang juices
(Kraft/Phillip Morris) Orange Uproar Fruit Frenzy Berry Panic

Tropicana Twisters
(PepsiCo) Grape Berry Apple Raspberry Blackberry Cherry Berry Cranberry Raspberry Strawberry Pink Grapefruit Tropical Strawberry Orange Cranberry Orange Strawberry Banana

V-8
(Campbells) V8 Tomato Juices
(all varieties) Strawberry Kiwi Strawberry Banana Fruit Medley Berry Blend Citrus Blend Apple Medley Tropical Blend Island Blend

-------------------------------------

Soup:

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


Campbell's Tomato Chicken Noodle Cream of Chicken Cream of Mushroom Cream of Celery Cream of Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Green Pea Healthy Request

* Chicken Noodle
* Cream of Chicken
* Cream of Mushroom
* Cream of Celery

* Campbell's Select
o Roasted Chicken with Rice
o Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes
o Chicken Rice
o Vegetable Beef
* Chunky
o Beef with Rice
o Hearty Chicken & Vegetable
o Pepper Steak
o Baked Potato with Steak & Cheese
o New England Clam Chowder
* Soup to Go
o Chicken Noodle
o Chicken Rice
o Garden Vegetable
o Vegetable Beef & Rice
* Simply Home
o Chicken Noodle
o Chicken Rice
o Garden Vegetable
o Vegetable Beef with Pasta


Healthy Choice
(ConAgra)
* Country Vegetable
* Fiesta Chicken
* Bean & Pasta
* Chicken Noodle
* Chicken with Rice
* Minestrone

Pepperidge Farms
(Campbell's)
* Corn Chowder
* Lobster Bisque
* Chicken & Wild Rice
* New England Clam Chowder
* Crab Soup

Progresso
(Pillsbury)
* Tomato Basil
* Chicken Noodle
* Chicken & Wild Rice
* Chicken Barley
* Lentil
* New England Clam Chowder
* Zesty Herb Tomato
* Roasted Chicken with Rotini
* Fat Free Minestrone
* Fat Free Chicken Noodle
* Fat Free Lentil
* Fat Free Roast Chicken

-------------------------------------------------

Tomato Sauces:


GENETICALLY ENGINEERED INGREDIENTS


Del Monte
(Nabisco/Phillip Morris) Tomato Sauce

Five Brothers Pasta Sauces
(Lipton/Unilever) Summer Vegetable Five Cheese Roasted Garlic & Onion Tomato & Basil

Healthy Choice Pasta Sauces
(ConAgra) Traditional Garlic & Herb Sun-Dried Tomato & Herb

Hunts
(ConAgra) Traditional Spaghetti Sauce Four Cheese Spaghetti Sauce Tomato Sauce Tomato Paste

Prego Pasta Sauces
(Campbells) Tomato, Basil & Garlic Fresh Mushroom Ricotta Parmesan Meat Flavored Roasted Garlic & Herb Three Cheese Mini-Meatball Chicken with Parmesan

Ragu Sauces (Lipton/Unilever) Old World Traditional Old World with Meat Old World Marinara Old World with Mushrooms Ragu Robusto Parmesan & Romano Ragu Robusto Roasted Garlic Ragu Robusto Sweet Italian Sausage Ragu Robusto Six Cheese Ragu Robusto Tomato, Olive Oil & Garlic Ragu Robusto Classic Italian Meat Chunky Garden Style Super Garlic Chunky Garden Style Garden Combo Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Garlic & Onion Chunky Garden Style Tomato, Basil & Italian Cheese Pizza Quick Traditional

----------------------------------------

For a more complete list go HERE (http://www.truefoodnow.org/shoppersguide/guide_printable.html)

snowbird
04-12-2007, 02:20 PM
Is there a web site with the original report that I could see. I would love to print it out and give it to a farmer close by who plants corn.

snowbird
04-12-2007, 02:25 PM
AW-W-W-W ALPHA...........SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!!
:screama: :angryfire :3_eyes:





TAKE a LOOK at THIS!!

Below you'll find what I've found so far on all the food categories that contain GM or GE ingredients.....hold on to your seatbelts!

For a more complete list go HERE (http://www.truefoodnow.org/shoppersguide/guide_printable.html)

Alpha
04-12-2007, 03:17 PM
AW-W-W-W ALPHA...........SAY IT AIN'T SO!!!!
:screama: :angryfire :3_eyes:

I wish it wasn't snowbird.

The only thing I didn't like about that site is that it doesn't say what type of GE/GM ingredients are in these products.

Lets do some more digging and then :rocketwho :rocketwho

lastconundrum
04-12-2007, 09:36 PM
I wish it wasn't snowbird.

The only thing I didn't like about that site is that it doesn't say what type of GE/GM ingredients are in these products.

Lets do some more digging and then :rocketwho :rocketwho

A link to some very bad effects from GM soy is at http://www.foodconsumer.org/cgi-bin/777/exec/view.cgi/6/1828 :1zhelp:

Topper
04-13-2007, 04:28 AM
Holly Deyo took the time to collect some recipes ... Thank the powers of spirit for that. I even sent her a few pages of unusual recipes back in 1997.

Alpha
04-23-2007, 03:17 PM
A link to some very bad effects from GM soy [U]is at http://www.foodconsumer.org/cgi-bin/777/exec/view.cgi/6/1828 :1zhelp:

Thank you last....very frightening indeed.

Hope you don't mind, however I'm going to cut and paste this article before it disappears, so we don't lose it...links seem to do that :eek:

Please feel free to post articles here; our bandwidth is o.k. for now ;)

******************************************

Most offspring died when mother rats ate GM soy diet
By Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception
Nov 1, 2005, 09:58

The Russian scientist planned a simple experiment to see if eating genetically modified (GM) soy might influence offspring. What she got, however, was an astounding result that may threaten a multi-billion dollar industry.

Irina Ermakova, a leading scientist at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), added GM soy flour (5-7 grams) to the diet of female rats. Other females were fed non-GM soy or no soy at all. The experimental diet began two weeks before the rats conceived and continued through pregnancy and nursing.

Ermakova's first surprise came when her pregnant rats started giving birth. Some pups from GM-fed mothers were quite a bit smaller. After 2 weeks, 36% of them weighed less than 20 grams compared to about 6% from the other groups (see photo below).

Photo of two rats from the Russian study, showing stunted growth - the larger rat, 19 days old, is from the control group; the smaller rat, 20 days old, is from the "GM soy" group.
But the real shock came when the rats started dying. Within three weeks, 25 of the 45 (55.6%) rats from the GM soy group died compared to only 3 of 33 (9%) from the non-GM soy group and 3 of 44 (6.8%) from the non-soy controls.

Ermakova preserved several major organs from the mother rats and offspring, drew up designs for a detailed organ analysis, created plans to repeat and expand the feeding trial, and promptly ran out of research money. The $70,000 needed was not expected to arrive for a year. Therefore, when she was invited to present her research at a symposium organized by the National Association for Genetic Security, Ermakova wrote 'PRELIMINARY STUDIES' on the top of her paper. She presented it on October 10, 2005 at a session devoted to the risks of GM food.

Her findings are hardly welcome by an industry already steeped in controversy.


GM Soy's Divisive Past

The soy she was testing was Monsanto's Roundup Ready variety. Its DNA has bacterial genes added that allow the soy plant to survive applications of Monsanto's 'Roundup' brand herbicide. About 85% of the soy gown in the US is Roundup Ready. Since soy derivatives, including oil, flour and lecithin, are found in the majority of processed foods sold in the US, many Americans eat ingredients derived from Roundup Ready soy everyday.

The FDA does not require any safety tests on genetically modified foods. If Monsanto or other biotech companies declare their foods safe, the agency has no further questions. The rationale for this hands-off position is a sentence in the FDA's 1992 policy that states, "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."[1] The statement, it turns out, was deceptive. Documents made public from a lawsuit years later revealed that the FDA's own experts agreed that GM foods are different and might lead to hard-to-detect allergens, toxins, new diseases or nutritional problems. They had urged their superiors to require long-term safety studies, but were ignored. The person in charge of FDA policy was, conveniently, Monsanto's former attorney (and later their vice president). One FDA microbiologist described the GM food policy as "just a political document" without scientific basis, and warned that industry would "not do the tests that they would normally do" since the FDA didn't require any.[2] He was correct.

There have been less than 20 published, peer-reviewed animal feeding safety studies and no human clinical trials' in spite of the fact that millions of people eat GM soy, corn, cotton, or canola daily. There are no adequate tests on "biochemistry, immunology, tissue pathology, gut function, liver function and kidney function,"[3] and animal feeding studies are too short to adequately test for cancer, reproductive problems, or effects in the next generation. This makes Ermakova's research particularly significant. It's the first of its kind.

Past Studies Show Significant Effects

Other studies on Roundup Ready soy also raise serious questions. Research on the liver, the body's major de-toxifier, showed that rats fed GM soy developed misshapen nuclei and other cellular anomalies.[4] This indicates increased metabolic activity, probably resulting from a major insult to that organ. Rats also showed changes in the pancreas, including a huge drop in the production of a major enzyme (alpha-amylase),[5] which could inhibit digestion. Cooked GM soy contains about twice the amount of soy lectin, which can also block nutrient assimilation.[6] And one study showed that GM soy has 12-14% less isoflavones, which are touted as cancer fighting.[7]

An animal feeding study published by Monsanto showed no apparent problems with GM soy,[8] but their research has been severely criticized as rigged to avoid finding problems.[9] Monsanto used mature animals instead of young, more sensitive ones, diluted their GM soy up to 12-fold, used too much protein, never weighed the organs, and had huge variations in starting weights. The study's nutrient comparison between GM and non-GM soy revealed significant differences in the ash, fat, and carbohydrate content, lower levels of protein, a fatty acid, and phenylalanine. Monsanto researchers had actually omitted the most incriminating nutritional differences, which were later discovered and made public. For example, the published paper showed a 27% increase in a known allergen, trypsin inhibitor, while the recovered data raised that to a 3-fold or 7-fold increase, after the soy was cooked. This might explain why soy allergies in the UK skyrocketed by 50% soon after GM soy was introduced.

The gene that is inserted into GM soy produces a protein with two sections that are identical to known allergens. This might also account for the increased allergy rate. Furthermore, the only human feeding trial ever conducted confirmed that this inserted gene transfers into the DNA of bacteria inside the intestines. This means that long after you decide to stop eating GM soy, your own gut bacteria may still be producing this potentially allergenic protein inside your digestive tract.

The migration of genes might influence offspring. German scientists found fragments of the DNA fed to pregnant mice in the brains of their newborn.[10] Fragments of genetically modified DNA were also found in the blood, spleen, liver and kidneys of piglets that were fed GM corn.[11] It was not clear if the GM genes actually entered the DNA of the animal, but scientists speculate that if it were to integrate into the sex organ cells, it might impact offspring.

The health of newborns might also be affected by toxins, allergens, or anti-nutrients in the mother's diet. These may be created in GM crops, due to unpredictable alterations in their DNA. The process of gene insertion can delete one or more of the DNA's own natural genes, scramble them, turn them off, or permanently turn them on. It can also change the expression levels of hundreds of genes. And growing the transformed cell into a GM plant through a process called tissue culture can create hundreds or thousands of additional mutations throughout the DNA.

Most of these possibilities have not been properly evaluated in Roundup Ready soy. We don't know how many mutations or altered gene expressions are found in its DNA. Years after it was marketed, however, scientists did discover a section of natural soy DNA that was scrambled[12] and two additional fragments of the foreign gene that had escaped Monsanto's detection.

Those familiar with the body of GM safety studies are often astounded by their superficiality. Moreover, several scientists who discovered incriminating evidence or even expressed concerns about the technology have been fired, threatened, stripped of responsibilities, or censured.[13] And when problems do arise, they are not followed up. For example, animals fed GM crops developed potentially precancerous cell growth, smaller brains, livers and testicles, damaged immune systems, bigger livers, partial atrophy of the liver, lesions in the livers, stomachs, and kidneys, inflammation of the kidneys, problems with their blood cells, higher blood sugar levels, and unexplained increases in the death rate. (See Spilling the Beans, August 2004.) None have been adequately followed-up or accounted for.

Ermakova's research, however, will likely change that. That's because her study is easy to repeat and its results are so extreme. A 55.6% mortality rate is enormous and very worrisome. Repeating the study is the only reasonable option.

American Academy of Environmental Medicine Urges NIH to Follow Up Study

I presented Dr. Ermakova's findings, with her permission, at the annual conference of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) in Tucson on October 27, 2005. In response, the AAEM board passed a resolution asking the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to sponsor an immediate, independent follow-up of the study. Dr. Jim Willoughby, the Academy's president, said, "Genetically modified soy, corn, canola, and cottonseed oil are being consumed daily by a significant proportion of our population. We need rigorous, independent and long-term studies to evaluate if these foods put the population at risk."

Unfortunately, there is a feature about GM crops that makes even follow-up studies a problem. In 2003, a French laboratory analyzed the inserted genes in five GM varieties, including Roundup Ready soybeans.[14] In each case, the genetic sequence was different than that which had been described by the biotech companies years earlier. Had all the companies made a mistake? That's unlikely. Rather, the inserted genes probably rearranged over time. A Brussels lab confirmed that the genetic sequences were different than what was originally listed. But the sequences discovered in Brussels didn't all match those found by the French.[15] This suggests that the inserted genes are unstable and can change in different ways. It also means that they are creating new proteins' ones that were never intended or tested. The Roundup Ready soybeans used in the Russian test may therefore be quite different from the Roundup Ready soybeans used in follow-up studies.

Unstable genes make accurate safety testing impossible. It also may explain some of the many problems reported about GM foods. For example, nearly 25 farmers in the US and Canada say that certain GM corn varieties caused their pigs to become sterile, have false pregnancies, or give birth to bags of water. A farmer in Germany claims that a certain variety of GM corn killed 12 of his cows and caused others to fall sick. And Filipinos living next to a GM cornfield developed skin, respiratory, and intestinal symptoms and fever, while the corn was pollinating. The mysterious symptoms returned the following year, also during pollination, and blood tests on 39 of the Filipinos showed an immune response to the Bt toxin created by the GM corn.

These problems may be due to particular GM varieties, or they may result from a GM crop that has 'gone bad' due to genetic rearrangements. Even GM plants with identical gene sequences, however, might act differently. The amount of Bt toxin in the Philippine corn study described above, for example, varied considerably from kernel to kernel, even in the same plant.[16]

With billions of dollars invested in GM foods, no adverse finding has yet been sufficient to reverse the industry's growth in the US. It may take some dramatic, indisputable, and life-threatening discovery. That is why Ermakova's findings are so important. If the study holds up, it may topple the GM food industry.

I urge the NIH to agree to the AAEM's request, and fund an immediate, independent follow-up study. If NIH funding is not forthcoming, our Institute for Responsible Technology will try to raise the money. This is not the time to wait. There is too much at stake.

****************************************

For other links/pics provided in this article, please go to the URL lastconundrum posted in the original post!

Alpha
04-23-2007, 03:21 PM
Monsanto Whistleblower Says Genetically Engineered Crops May Cause Disease

by Jeffrey M. Smith

Global Research, November 19, 2006

Monsanto was quite happy to recruit young Kirk Azevedo to sell their genetically engineered cotton. Kirk had grown up on a California farm and had worked in several jobs monitoring and testing pesticides and herbicides. Kirk was bright, ambitious, handsome and idealistic—the perfect candidate to project the company’s “Save the world through genetic engineering” image.

It was that image, in fact, that convinced Kirk to take the job in 1996. “When I was contacted by the headhunter from Monsanto, I began to study the company, namely the work of their CEO, Robert Shapiro.” Kirk was thoroughly impressed with Shapiro’s promise of a golden future through genetically modified (GM) crops. “He described how we would reduce the in-process waste from manufacturing, turn our fields into factories and produce anything from lifesaving drugs to insect-resistant plants. It was fascinating to me.” Kirk thought, “Here we go. I can do something to help the world and make it a better place.”

He left his job and accepted a position at Monsanto, rising quickly to become the facilitator for GM cotton sales in California and Arizona. He would often repeat Shapiro’s vision to customers, researchers, even fellow employees. After about three months, he visited Monsanto’s St. Louis headquarters for the first time for new employee training. There too, he took the opportunity to let his colleagues know how enthusiastic he was about Monsanto’s technology that was going to reduce waste, decrease poverty and help the world. Soon after the meeting, however, his world was shaken.

“A vice president pulled me aside,” recalled Kirk. “He told me something like, ‘Wait a second. What Robert Shapiro says is one thing. But what we do is something else. We are here to make money. He is the front man who tells a story. We don’t even understand what he is saying.’”

Kirk felt let down. “I went in there with the idea of helping and healing and came out with ‘Oh, I guess it is just another profit-oriented company.’” He returned to California, still holding out hopes that the new technology could make a difference.

Possible Toxins in GM Plants

Kirk was developing the market in the West for two types of GM cotton. Bt cotton was engineered with a gene from a soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis. Organic farmers use the natural form of the bacterium as an insecticide, spraying it occasionally during times of high pest infestation. Monsanto engineers, however, isolated and then altered the gene that produces the Bt-toxin, and inserted it into the DNA of the cotton plant. Now every cell of their Bt cotton produces a toxic protein. The other variety was Roundup Ready® cotton. It contains another bacterial gene that enables the plant to survive an otherwise toxic dose of Monsanto’s Roundup® herbicide. Since the patent on Roundup’s main active ingredient, glyphosate, was due to expire in 2000, the company was planning to sell Roundup Ready seeds that were bundled with their Roundup herbicide, effectively extending their brand’s dominance in the herbicide market.

In the summer of 1997, Kirk spoke with a Monsanto scientist who was doing some tests on Roundup Ready cotton. Using a “Western blot” analysis, the scientist was able to identify different proteins by their molecular weight. He told Kirk that the GM cotton not only contained the intended protein produced by the Roundup Ready gene, but also extra proteins that were not normally produced in the plant. These unknown proteins had been created during the gene insertion process.

Gene insertion was done using a gene gun (particle bombardment). Kirk, who has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, understood this to be “a kind of barbaric and messy method of genetic engineering, where you use a gun-like apparatus to bombard the plant tissue with genes that are wrapped around tiny gold particles.” He knew that particle bombardment can cause unpredictable changes and mutations in the DNA, which might result in new types of proteins.

The scientist dismissed these newly created proteins in the cotton plant as unimportant background noise, but Kirk wasn’t convinced. Proteins can have allergenic or toxic properties, but no one at Monsanto had done a safety assessment on them. “I was afraid at that time that some of these proteins may be toxic.” He was particularly concerned that the rogue proteins “might possibly lead to mad cow or some other prion-type diseases.”

Kirk had just been studying mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and its human counterpart, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). These fatal diseases had been tracked to a class of proteins called prions. Short for “proteinaceous infectious particles,” prions are improperly folded proteins, which cause other healthy proteins to also become misfolded. Over time, they cause holes in the brain, severe dysfunction and death. Prions survive cooking and are believed to be transmittable to humans who eat meat from infected “mad” cows. The disease may incubate undetected for about 2 to 8 years in cows and up to 30 years in humans.

When Kirk tried to share his concerns with the scientist, he realized, “He had no idea what I was talking about; he had not even heard of prions. And this was at a time when Europe had a great concern about mad cow disease and it was just before the Nobel prize was won by Stanley Prusiner for his discovery of prion proteins.” Kirk said “These Monsanto scientists are very knowledge about traditional products, like chemicals, herbicides and pesticides, but they don’t understand the possible harmful outcomes of genetic engineering, such as pathophysiology or prion proteins. So I am explaining to him about the potential untoward effects of these foreign proteins, but he just did not understand.”

Endangering the Food Supply

At this time, Roundup Ready cotton varieties were just being introduced into other regions but were still being field-tested in California. California varieties had not yet been commercialized. But Kirk came to find out that Monsanto was feeding the cotton plants used in its test plots to cattle.

“I had great issue with this,” he said. “I had worked for Abbot Laboratories doing research, doing test plots using Bt sprays from bacteria. We would never take a test plot and put into the food supply, even with somewhat benign chemistries. We would always destroy the test plot material and not let anything into the food supply. Now we entered into a new era of genetic engineering. The standard was not the same as with pesticides. It was much lower, even though it probably should have been much higher.”

Kirk complained to the Ph.D. in charge of the test plot about feeding the experimental plants to cows. He explained that unknown proteins, including prions, might even effect humans who consume the cow’s milk and meat. The scientist replied, “Well that’s what we’re doing everywhere else and that’s what we’re doing here.” He refused to destroy the plants.

Kirk got a bit frantic. He started talking to others in the company. “I approached pretty much everyone on my team in Monsanto.” He was unable to get anyone interested. In fact, he said, “Once they understood my perspective, I was somewhat ostracized. It seemed as if once I started questioning things, people wanted to keep their distance from me. I lost the cooperation with other team members. Anything that interfered with advancing the commercialization of this technology was going to be pushed aside.”

He then approached California Agriculture Commissioners. “These local Ag commissioners are traditionally responsible for test plots and to make sure test plot designs protect people and the environment.” But Kirk got nowhere. “Once again, even at the Ag commissioner level, they were dealing with a new technology that was beyond their comprehension. They did not really grasp what untoward effects might be created by the genetic engineering process itself.”

Kirk continued to try to blow the whistle on what he thought could be devastating to the health of consumers. “I spoke to many Ag commissioners. I spoke to people at the University of California. I found no one who would even get it, or even get the connection that proteins might be pathogenic, or that there might be untoward effects associated with these foreign proteins that we knew we were producing. They didn’t even want to talk about it really. You’d kind of see a blank stare when speaking to them on this level. That led me to say I am not going to be part of this company anymore. I’m not going to be part of this disaster, from a moral perspective.”

Kirk gave his two-week notice. In early January 1998, he finished his last day of work in the morning and in the afternoon started his first day at chiropractic college. He was still determined to make a positive difference for the world, but with a radically changed approach.

While in school, he continued to research prion disease and its possible connection with GM crops. What he read then and what is known now about prions has not alleviated his concerns. He says, “The protein that manifests as mad cow disease takes about five years. With humans, however, that time line is anywhere from 10-30 years. We were talking about 1997 and today is 2006. We still don’t know if there is anything going to happen to us from our being used as test subjects.”

Update

It turns out that the damage done to DNA due to the process of creating a genetically modified organism is far more extensive than previously thought.[1] GM crops routinely create unintended proteins, alter existing protein levels or even change the components and shape of the protein that is created by the inserted gene. Kirk’s concerns about a GM crop producing a harmful misfolded protein remain well-founded, and have been echoed by scientists as one of the many possible dangers that are not being evaluated by the biotech industry’s superficial safety assessments.

GM cotton has provided ample reports of unpredicted side-effects. In April 2006, more than 70 Indian shepherds reported that 25% of their herds died within 5-7 days of continuous grazing on Bt cotton plants.[2] Hundreds of Indian agricultural laborers reported allergic reactions from Bt cotton. Some cotton harvesters have been hospitalized and many laborers in cotton gin factories take antihistamines each day before work.[3]

The cotton’s agronomic performance is also erratic. When Monsanto’s GM cotton varieties were first introduced in the US, tens of thousands of acres suffered deformed roots and other unexpected problems. Monsanto paid out millions in settlements.[4] When Bt cotton was tested in Indonesia, widespread pest infestation and drought damage forced withdrawal of the crop, despite the fact that Monsanto had been bribing at least 140 individuals for years, trying to gain approval.[5] In India, inconsistent performance has resulted in more than $80 million dollars in losses in each of two states.[6] Thousands of indebted Bt cotton farmers have committed suicide. In Vidarbha, in north east Maharashtra, from June through August 2006, farmers committed suicide at a rate of about one every eight hours.[7] (The list of adverse reactions reported from other GM crops, in lab animals, livestock and humans, is considerably longer.)

Kirk’s concern about GM crop test plots also continues to remain valid. The industry has been consistently inept at controlling the spread of unapproved varieties. On August 18, 2006, for example, the USDA announced that unapproved GM long grain rice, which was last field tested by Bayer CropScience in 2001, had contaminated the US rice crop[8] (probably for the past 5 years). Japan responded by suspending long grain rice imports and the EU will now only accept shipments that are tested and certified GM-free. Similarly, in March 2005, the US government admitted that an unapproved corn variety had escaped from Syngenta’s field trials four years earlier and had contaminated US corn.[9] By year’s end, Japan had rejected at least 14 shipments containing the illegal corn. Other field trialed crops have been mixed with commercial varieties, consumed by farmers, stolen, even given away by government agencies and universities who had accidentally mixed seed varieties.

Some contamination from field trials may last for centuries. That may be the fate of a variety of unapproved Roundup Ready grass which, according to reports made public in August 2006, had escaped into the wild from an Oregon test plot years earlier. Pollen had crossed with other varieties and wind had dispersed seeds. Scientists believe that the variety will cross pollinate with other grass varieties and may contaminate the commercial grass seed supply—70 percent of which is grown in Oregon.

Even GM crops with known poisons are being grown outdoors without adequate safeguards for health and the environment. A corn engineered to produce pharmaceutical medicines, for example, contaminated corn and soybean fields in Iowa and Nebraska in 2002.[10] On August 10, 2006, a federal judge ruled that the drug-producing GM crops grown in Hawaii violated both the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.[11]

A December 29, 2005 report by the USDA office of Inspector General, blasted the agriculture department for its abysmal oversight of GM field trials, particularly for the high risk drug producing crops.[12] And a January 2004 report by the National Research Council also called upon the government to strengthen its oversight, but acknowledged that there is no way to guarantee that field trialed crops will not pollute the environment.[13]

With the US government failing to prevent GM contamination, and with state governments and agriculture commissioners unwilling to challenge the dictates of the biotech industry, some California counties decided to enact regulations of their own. California’s diverse agriculture is particularly vulnerable and thousands of field trials on not-yet-approved GM crops have already taken place there. If contamination were discovered, it could easily devastate an industry. Four counties have enacted moratoria or bans on the planting of GM crops, including both approved and unapproved varieties. This follows the actions of more than 4500 jurisdictions in Europe and dozens of nations, states and regions on all continents, which have sought to restrict planting of GM crops to protect their health, environment and agriculture.

Ironically, California’s assembly, which has done nothing to protect the state from possible losses due to GM crop contamination, passed a bill on August 24, 2006 that prohibits other counties and cities from creating GM free zones. The senate is expected to vote on the issue by the end of their session on August 31st (see http://www.calgefree.org/preemption.shtml). It is yet another example of how the biotech industry has been able to push their agenda onto US consumers, without regard to health and environmental safeguards. No doubt that their lobbyists, anxious to have this bill pass, told legislators that GM crops are needed to stop poverty and feed a hungry world.

[Update 9/1/06: The California Senate session ended without senators voting on the bill to prevent local jurisdictions from creating GM-Free zones. For the time being at least, California counties and cities may still enact GM-Free zones. Click here to read the full press release.]

Jeffrey Smith’s forthcoming book, Genetic Roulette, documents more than 60 health risks of GM foods in easy-to-read two-page spreads, and demonstrates how current safety assessments are not competent to protect consumers from the dangers. His previous book, Seeds of Deception (www.seedsofdeception.com), is the world’s best-selling book on the subject. He is available for media at info@seedsofdeception.com. Dr. Kirk Azevedo has a chiropractic office in Cambria, California. Press may reach him at (805) 927-1055 or at drkirk@charter.net.

[1] JR Latham et al., “The Mutational Consequences of Plant Transformation,” The Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Vol 2006 Article ID 25376 Pages 1-7, DOI 10.1155/JBB/2006/25376; for a more in-depth discussion, see also Allison Wilson et al., “Genome Scrambling -Myth or Reality? Transformation-Induced Mutations in Transgenic Crop Plants, Technical Report - October 2004, www.econexus.info.

[2] Mortality in Sheep Flocks after Grazing on Bt Cotton Fields – Warangal District, Andhra Pradesh. Report of the Preliminary Assessment April 2006, http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=6494

[3]Ashish Gupta, et. al., Impact of Bt Cotton on Farmers’ Health (in Barwani and Dhar District of Madhya Pradesh), Investigation Report, Oct - Dec 2005

[4] See for example, Monsanto Cited In Crop Losses New York Times, June 16, 1998 , http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A04EED6153DF935A25755C0A96E9582 60; and Greenpeace http://archive.greenpeace.org/geneng/reports/gmo/intrgmo5.htm

[5] Antje Lorch, Monsanto Bribes in Indonesia, Monsanto Fined For Bribing Indonesian Officials to Avoid Environmental Studies for Bt Cotton, ifrik 1sep2005, http://www.mindfully.org/GE/2005/Monsanto-Bribes-Indonesia1sep05.htm

[6] Bt Cotton - No Respite for Andhra Pradesh Farmers More than 400 crores' worth losses for Bt Cotton farmers in Kharif 2005 Centre for Sustainable Agriculture: Press Release, March 29, 2006 http://www.gmwatch.org/archive2.asp?arcid=6393; see also November 14, 2005 article in www.NewKerala.comregarding Madhya Pradesh.

[7] Jaideep Hardikar, One suicide every 8 hours, Daily News & Analysis (India), August 26, 2006 http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1049554

[8] Rick Weiss, U.S. Rice Supply Contaminated, Genetically Altered Variety Is Found in Long-Grain Rice, Washington Post, August 19, 2006

[9]Jeffrey Smith, US Government and Biotech Firm Deceive Public on GM Corn Mix-up, Spilling the Beans, April 2005

[10] See for example, Christopher Doering, ProdiGene to spend millions on bio-corn tainting, Reuters News Service, USA: December 9, 2002
[11] See www.centerforfoodsafety.org

[12]Office of Inspector General, USDA, Audit Report Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Controls Over Issuance of Genetically Engineered Organism Release Permits, December 2005 http://www.thecampaign.org/USDA_IG_1205.pdf

[1 3] Justin Gillis, Genetically Modified Organisms Not Easily Contained; National Research Council Panel Urges More Work to Protect Against Contamination of Food Supply, Washington Post, Jan 21, 2004

Global Research Articles by Jeffrey M. Smith

Alpha
04-23-2007, 04:23 PM
Folks, also see related threads:

What Shall We Eat? (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7374)

The What and Why of Bees? (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7168&highlight=bees)

Alpha
05-06-2007, 11:00 AM
This is a must watch...do take the time!!!

-------------------------------------

The Future of Food - Video

There is a cabal of power-hungry corporations that are systematically destroying humanity’s future. These companies have taken over the food supply, injected pesticides, viruses and invading genes into staple crops, engineered “terminator” genes that make crop seeds unviable, destroyed the livelihood of farmers and used every tactic they could think of — legal threats, intimidation, bribery, monopolistic market practices and many more — to gain monopolistic control over the global food supply.

One documentary brings you this astonishing story. Through the testimony of family farmers, ecological scientists, agricultural experts and numerous public documents, The Future of Food tells a horrifying, heart-stopping story of how Big Agriculture has sold out the future of human civilization for the almighty dollar.

The Future of Food is a compelling, eye-opening documentary that I consider a “must-see documentary” by anyone who eats food (which probably includes you). Even if you think you know everything worth knowing about your food, there’s still a dark secret the biotech companies believe U.S. consumers should not be allowed to know: That many foods are genetically engineered with dangerous pesticides and foreign DNA, and there is currently no U.S. law requiring their labeling as such.

Do whatever it takes to see this documentary. Buy it, rent it, or view it online by clicking here to watch it on Google Video. Just make sure you watch this film.

Duration: 1 Hour 29 minutes

849146694200968214&q=future+food

Alternate video link:
http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi2420179737/

It starts off looking a bit boring. But stick with it. The film picks up steam after the first ten minutes, and then it takes you on an outrageous ride that will have you gripping the edge of your seat, shaking your head in disbelief. Watch this entire film from start to finish, and then, when you’re done watching it, send the link to your friends. This is an extremely important documentary for our time. Don’t make another trip to the grocery store without seeing this film!

More at:

http://whyorganic.wordpress.com/200...re-of-food-omg/

lastconundrum
05-06-2007, 01:55 PM
A recent email from the Natural Solutions Foundation:
=====
Internet Politics at its best: That's YOU!

And Now the Same Process is

Taking Place in Codex!

The same thing is happening on the International level, in Codex Alimentarius. There is a roaring tide of empowered voices saying "We decide how we want our freedom served, thank you!"

When the US once again tried to kill further consideration of mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods and ingredients (GMOs) at the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) here in Ottawa, Canada, they got a rude surprise. Instead of letting the US/Canada/Australia/New Zealand/Argentina/Mexico/Brazil bloc of GMO grain exporters have their way and kill any international requirement for such labeling, which would be consistent with the US refusal to allow suceh labeling in the US, and very, very good for its friend, the Biotech industry, the story played out rather differently.

False and Misleading Truth

Continuing to work on the premise that the truth about GMO food would be false and misleading, the US has been trying to extend its own domestic policy of prohibiting GMO labeling to the rest of the world.

The issue of labeling has been on CCFL's docket for 14 years. For that entire time, the hugely powerful US has prevented any forward progress toward required mandatory labeling of GMO foods in international trade.



Mad as Hell and Not Taking It Anymore!


Last year, at the CCFL, the US proposed discontinuing any effort to reach an agreement on the labeling of GMO foods since no consensus had been reached (thanks in large part, of course, to the US). That would have meant that there were no international standards to which any biotech-importing country's products could be held and developing countries, without laboratory capacity to check food, would have no way of knowing what their people were getting.

Norway, which has a strict non GMO policy, was not happy with that idea and proposed a Working Group to meet in Oslo early in 2007. The Natural Solutions Foundation attended that meeting (so did a representative of Monsanto and the Biotech industry group -- AS A MEMBER OF THE US DELEGATION) at which the desire of many countries not to allow the flawed US policy to determine its food safety in this area crystallized.


In the US, as you know, GMO foods undergo NO mandatory government (or 3rd party) safety testing -- NONE -- and are permitted -- unlabeled and therefore untraceable -- in the food supply by the FDA and USDA. Their industry-friendly rationale was explained at that meeting. GMO foods are presumed to be safe according to FDA's Dr. Barbara Schneeman although their safety has not been tested. FDA and independent research, she said, consistently shows that consumers would not buy GMO foods if they knew they were genetically altered. Therefore, she explained, to keep consumers from making the "wrong decision" and rejecting GMO food, the FDA prevents labeling GMO foods to protect the consumer from "false and misleading information". This US policy was accurateley characterized by the EU delegate as "weird"


(I kid you not! The Supreme Court of the United States, by the way, has ruled that the FDA cannot do that when it was considering a similar case. Undeterred, it does so anyway.)

A Different Menu at

Chez Codex This Year!


This year, however, possibly because of the Working Group's strong report, things did not turn out the way the US was expecting. Instead of dropping the whole issue, the developing countries used their massive collective strength just the way we did in controlling the FDA's attack on our health freedom.


Since they rightly regard knowing whether their food is genetically modified or not, the developing countries rose up en mass to protect their rights and health. Barbados, Benin, Gabon, C'ote D'Ivoire, Mali, Switzerland, Sweden, Vanuatu, Sudan, Nepal, India, Guyana, Ghana, Thailand, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, the European Union as a whole, on and on and on went to roll call of developing countries that said they wanted an international policy on this issue to protect their people. The consumer rights group (like Consumers International) supported the right to know and, over the objections -- the strenuous objections -- of the US and its GMO buddies, the collective voices of the developing world and (its allies on this issue at least) prevailed.

There WILL be a working group on this issue next January in Ghana. The Natural Solutions Foundation WILL be there! And, in the meantime, we will be providing scientific and legal input to the health friendly nations to assist them in their public policy development and their laboratory capacity (a critical issue).

My Food Is Killing Me!


Our food is globalizing so the higher the standards for that globalized food supply, the safer every forkful of food becomes. And the cleaner and more nutritious that food supply is the more people are spared the human tragedy of preventable non communicable diseases of under nutrition here and abroad. What you eat helps determine if you will suffer and die of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, etc., according to the World Health Organization. What's killing most of us in the developed world? Once you take out properly used prescription drugs (the leading killer of people in the developed world*), food related diseases are killing us. Add to that the diseases of immune suppression which develop when nutritional levels are
inadequate and you have a perfect recipe for global disaster. Codex has, in our opinion, been cooking up exactly just such a disaster since its inception in 1952 by the former head of the German industrial war machine, IG Farben and its first committee meetings in 1963.


The recipe for disaster is definitely being spoiled by the health friendly chefs who raised their voices collectively at Codex in precisely the same thrust that voters did in the US over this last month.

Alpha
09-28-2007, 11:02 AM
There's likely a lot more to it than just "poor standards" for seed producers and retailers :swordfight:

Why up to 99 per cent of seeds won't make your garden grow

Last updated at 21:38pm on 27th September 2007

From:dailymail.uk

As a nation of gardeners, millions of us spend hours tending the seeds we've sown.



http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/09_04/seeds2709_228x188.jpgThe Which? survey discovered that as many as 99 per cent of packet flower seeds are dead





But in some cases, there is little chance of actually growing anything, a survey reveals.



It found as many as 99 per cent of packet flower seeds are dead, with the figure around 40 per cent for vegetables.



The consumer group Which? tested three types of flower seed - delphinium, sweet pea and mimulus - and three types of vegetable seed - lettuce, parsnip and spring onion.








Just one of the 15 seed supply companies met acceptable standards, according to Gardening Which? magazine, published today.




The figures will anger some gardeners who may have blamed themselves for the failure of their seeds to germinate.



Which? found 99 per cent of the delphinium seeds provided in packs from Edwin Tucker & Sons were dead, while the remaining 1 per cent were unhealthy. Just 15 per cent of its lettuce seeds produced normal seedlings.



The popular brand Unwins also fared badly. Just 2 per cent of its delphiniums produced healthy plants, while 94 per cent of its Pacific Giant variety seeds were dead and 4 per cent were unhealthy.



Very few companies matched industry-standards for the germination of packet seeds.



Others brands which produced particularly poor results included Suffolk Herbs, DT Brown, Mr Fothergill's and Dobies.



Thompson & Morgan proved to be the best all-round supplier. Some 83 per cent of its seeds produced healthy plants.



According to the Horticultural Trades Association, sales of edible plant seeds and herbs reached a record £40.3million last year.

Ceri Thomas, editor of Gardening Which?, said: "Gardeners naturally blame themselves when seeds don't develop into plants, but our tests show many seeds are dead in the packets before they're even sown.


"How disheartening for any gardener to put time, effort and love into growing plants from seed, for only a handful to make it."


But David Gilchrist, technical adviser to the Horticultural Trades Association, said: "Amateur gardeners are very experienced and on the ball.

"If the failure rate was really at this level, they would be up in arms."

Grim Jim
09-28-2007, 12:16 PM
Environmental Risks

* Biological Pollution: Unlike chemicals that are released into the environment, genetically engineered organisms are living things that will reproduce and spread uncontrollably and at will, with little possibility of containment or clean-up.

That is the scariest part of this story. Once the genie is out of the bottle it can't be recorked.

Let's just hope that Norway and other non-GMO countries have a large genetic bank with many strains of non-modified crops stored away. The sad thing is that a small population of natural crops in a bank means a decreased amount of genetic diversity in the gene pool to overcome any kind of naturally occurring diseases or insect predation.

We hardly understand all of the implications of gene translation into proteins.

The central dogma of biology is this:
DNA (with its encoded genes) is transcribed into RNA (a working copy of a section of the code).
RNA translates (assembles) the 20 amino acids into the proteins that make up our organs, tissues, enzymes and various bodily systems.

Its not like we have a complete map that tells us what all of the genes in the human genome do. Once we screw up our master blueprint (DNA) we're screwed. Yet that doesn't stop us from monkeying around and finger painting on the Mona Lisa. Our flawed DNA gets passed on to future generations without a roadmap to get back.

I can't believe how deep the greed goes in this world. To forever destroy the food that sustains us to make a friggin buck is a sign of how far gone our society is.

Human nature will doom us all... (if it hasn't already)

Divinorumus
09-28-2007, 01:39 PM
Isn't it disgusting, what took nature billions of years to create, icky humanity has managed to wreck and destroy in a hundred years. I for one think it's high time we do something about it and exterminate humanity from the face of Earth. In fact, lets begin next month. If we do this right, this planet could be human free by next spring. What a wonderful thought, huh? I will consult with Mr. Voodoo tonight and cast a perfect "humans be gone" spell this weekend. That will fix everything.

Grim Jim
09-28-2007, 03:18 PM
:slaphappy I think if there were just a few less of us it would do the trick. Just think about it, we could all drive the worst polluting car in the world and it wouldn't hurt a thing if there were only about 100,000 to a million of us.

I think we are way beyond the carrying capacity of the Earth, well at least if we want some sort of quality of life anyway. Save for some global disaster to bump most of us off, I think we are on course to deplete the planet's resources and pollute it with our wastes beyond repair. Al Gore can preach all he wants about CO2 levels and such but even if we all lived 24/7 in a 3x4 foot cage, eating soylent green and plankton, there would still be too many of us to prevent global catastrophe. The projections for 2050 are for a world with 8-10 billion people (9-36 billion by 2300 depending if you are optimistic or not). See page 13 here. (http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/longrange2/WorldPop2300final.pdf)

I think they are trying so hard to keep the growing number of mouths fed in order to keep the peace (which stabilizes the market) that GMOs are too tempting to pass up and their greed is blinding them to the dangers.

IMO modifying our food is putting a band-aid on the real problem of overpopulation. We are trying to meddle with forces we don't fully understand to add a few more consumers to the world. Unfortunately the runaway population train in Asia and many third-world countries is going to necessitate more power plants, more cars, more farmland converted to housing/urban sprawl, more waste treatment plants etc. That just adds to an already screwed up situation.

I think that the reason most governments won't go for population control (except China who is already far in the lead) is because they worry that if their neighbor outnumbers them it puts them at risk for invasion. Most Western nations have leveled off their population growth but India and the third world just keep on trucking. Gotta love human nature.

Okay time to change the subject, too depressing to think about...

Alpha
09-28-2007, 04:05 PM
Isn't it disgusting, what took nature billions of years to create, icky humanity has managed to wreck and destroy in a hundred years. I for one think it's high time we do something about it and exterminate humanity from the face of Earth. In fact, lets begin next month. If we do this right, this planet could be human free by next spring. What a wonderful thought, huh? I will consult with Mr. Voodoo tonight and cast a perfect "humans be gone" spell this weekend. That will fix everything.

I have often felt that way myself Div...can't tell you how many times...still do.

However I hope someone sends an "ark" for some of the "good humans" on this planet...I still believe there are many....

Topper
09-29-2007, 01:34 PM
I've learned to collect my own seeds out of my garden for sharing with others.

Alpha
03-07-2008, 02:18 PM
It just gets better and better with these "evil doers"

I'm going to do some digging to find out exactly who heads this group...if anyone knows, please post it.

From: alternet


'Frankenfoods' Giant Monsanto Plays Bully Over Consumer Labeling

By Scott Thill, AlterNet
Posted on March 6, 2008, Printed on March 7, 2008
http://www.alternet.org/story/78660/



"There are some corporations that clearly are operating at a level that are disastrous for the general public … And in fact I suppose one could argue that in many respects a corporation of that sort is the prototypical psychopath, at the corporate level instead of the individual level." --Dr. Robert Hare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hare_%28psychologist%29), The Corporation (http://www.thecorporation.com/)Since 1901, Monsanto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto) has brought us Agent Orange, PCBs, Terminator seeds and recombined milk, among other infamous products. But it's currently obsessed with the milk, or, more importantly, the milk labels, particularly those that read "rBST-free" or "rBGH-free."



It's not the "BST" or "BGH" that bothers them so much; after all, bovine somatrophin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_somatotropin), also known as bovine growth hormone, isn't exactly what the company is known for. Which is to say, it's naturally occurring. No, the problem is the "r" denoting "recombined." There's nothing natural about it. In fact, the science is increasingly pointing to the possibility that recombined milk is -- surprise! -- not as good for you as the real thing.


"Consumption of dairy products from cows treated with rbGH raise a number of health issues," explained Michael Hansen, a senior scientist for Consumers Union (http://www.consumersunion.org/). "That includes increased antibiotic resistance, due to use of antibiotics to treat mastitis and other health problems, as well as increased levels of IGF-1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IGF1), which has been linked to a range of cancers."


For its part, Monsanto is leaning on the crutch of terminology to derail the mounting threat to its bottom line: The consumer-driven revolution against recombined food. And so the St. Louis-based agri-chem giant has launched a war of words in the form of a full-court press to suppress the "rBGH-free" label at the state level. And it's sticking to its guns by obfuscating and indulging in cheap semantics.
"RBST is a supplement that helps the cow produce more milk," Monsanto spokesperson Lori Hoag explained to me via email. "It is injected into the cow, not into the milk. There is no way to test because the milk is absolutely the same.


Neither the public nor a scientist can tell the difference in the milk because there is not a difference. Consumers absolutely have a right to know if there is a difference in foods they are buying. In this case, there simply is not a difference."


"Monsanto has an unfortunate habit of mixing some things together that confuse the issue," counters Rick North, director of Campaign for Safe Food from Physicians for Social Responsibility's Oregon chapter. "It's true that all cows have natural bovine growth hormone. But only cows injected with recombinant, genetically engineered bovine growth hormone have rBGH. And this isn't a 'supplement.' This is a drug that revs up cow metabolism so high that they're typically burned out after two lactation cycles and slaughtered. Non-rBGH cows typically live four, seven, ten or more years."


The threat of rBGH to cows and humans alike encouraged Canada, Australia and parts of the European Union to ban Monsanto's recombined milk outright.



As for the corporation's native United States, it has predictably signed off on another unproven growth opportunity with possibly lethal environmental side effects.


They're in it for the money. And so the battle lines on the threat have been drawn, as North takes pains to point out, between "the FDA and those who follow them," and those who don't. "These proposed state bans or restrictions on rBGH-free type of labeling have nothing to do with protecting consumers," he asserts. "They have everything to do with protecting Monsanto's profits."


But that battle over labels and profits hasn't stopped Monsanto from creating its own press at home in the United States, where it infamously got two Fox News journos fired (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Akre) in 1997 for refusing to bend the truth about rBGH on the air.


Yet, over the long term, the multinational's attention to press relations hasn't paid off so well. Medical authorities like Samuel Epstein (http://www.preventcancer.com/about/epstein.htm#bio) and Robert Hare, quoted above, have targeted them from both the physical and psychological health perspective. Meanwhile, farmers and consumers across the world have demanded labels that differentiate the recombined milk from its naturally occurring counterparts on the store shelves. And they don't think it's too much to ask, given the facts.


Hoag is "accurate" when she argued "that there is no commercial test for this drug," North concedes. "But that's entirely different than saying there is no difference. Monsanto and its front groups have tried to equate the lack of a verifying lab test with the label being false or misleading. This is a non sequitur. There are all kinds of legitimate labels that aren't verified by lab tests, such as state or country of origin labeling, fair trade labeling, bottled water that is labeled as originating from a spring, and so on."


Monsanto, meanwhile, is bedeviling the details to distort the big picture. "Sure, the label can make a claim one way or the other," Hoag admitted, "but there is no way to verify that the claim is true. This is precisely why the labels are misleading. They make consumers believe there is a difference, when in fact there is none."


That sounds simple enough, but consumers don't seem to need or want Monsanto's mothering. In 2007, its efforts at an outright ban on rBGH-free labels in Pennsylvania were almost cleared for takeoff, until the state invited its citizens to publicly comment, which eventually doomed the move (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08018/850269-85.stm).


That scenario has replayed itself across the United States in accelerated fashion with success.


"The issue looks pretty dead in Indiana and Ohio, and there are solid victories in Pennsylvania and New Jersey," explains Recipe for America (http://www.recipeforamerica.org/)'s Jill Richardson, author of the forthcoming book Vegetables of Mass Destruction. "Utah and Kansas are probably going to revise their bills after their hearings, because of opposition."


This opposition comes in spite of Monsanto's funding of so-called grass-roots farming coalitions like the American Farmers for Advancement and Conservation of Technology -- also known as, cleverly enough, AFACT. Monsanto's public relations firm Osborn & Barr built a site for AFACT pro bono, knitting the two organizations together in a way that may not sit well in states currently pondering their own label bans. AFACT's attacks have (http://www.lancasterfarming.com/node/1122) virally (http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_8398823) replicated (http://www.recipeforamerica.org/page.php?id=34) across the nation, as farmers on Monsanto's payroll have taken to harassing their state legislatures in concert with the multinational's usual tactics at the federal level, such as forcing skeptical scientists off advisory panels, intimidating critics (http://www.gene-watch.org/genewatch/articles/18-3Smith.html) and so on.


But the assault has only met equally powerful resistance, as environmental awareness has driven the market into a recombinant-free zone. In the end, this might be Monsanto's last gasp in the fight.


"Monsanto has seen the writing on the wall in terms of consumer rejection of artificial growth hormones," claims National Family Farm Coalition (http://www.nffc.net/) policy analyst Irene Lin.


"Consumers are becoming more aware and educated about what goes into their bodies and what their kids are drinking. And this is Monsanto's last-ditch, desperate attempt to maintain its profit. And they are hiding behind dairy farmers to do it."


But for every farmer who toes Monsanto's line, there are as many if not more, and not just in the United States, who are amassing in opposition to the multinational's attempt to change, and then patent, how America grows (and describes) its food. And behind them, in ever larger numbers, are consumers and stores themselves, who are demanding more, not less, information from those who produce the food.


"In the last year or so, some really big names have announced that they will only buy rBGH-free milk," explains Food and Water Watch (http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/)'s assistant director Patty Lovera, "including Chipotle, Starbucks, Tillamook and lots of supermarket house brands, like Kroger, Meiers and Publix. Even Kraft is going to do an rBGH-free line of cheese."


In the end, Monsanto's quibbling over labels has added up -- ironically enough, given all the text it has generated -- to censorship, pure and simple. And, as with past debacles like the aforementioned Agent Orange, PCBs and Terminator seed, they've established a pattern of stopping at nothing to increase not your health but their profits. At your expense.


"Absolutely nothing good could come from a ban on rBGH-free labeling," concludes Hansen. "More information is a good thing, and all these state actions are anti-consumer, restrict free speech and interfere with the smooth functioning of free markets."


Learn more (http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/food/food-alerts/rbgh-dairy-labeling) about the ban on rBGH-free labeling and take action (http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/food/food-alerts/rbgh-dairy-labeling).

Divinorumus
03-07-2008, 04:47 PM
Odd isn't it that nobody seems very worried about GM frankenhumans, what with all this DNA research and DNA splicing and other gene tinkering going on too. In fact, some humans seem to think THAT is just GREAT and are having the eggs of their prospective babies genetically frankenized. Go fugue, huh? Well, I guess I should take comfort in knowing the end of all this unnaturalness is not far off. I just hope all these meddling frankenfools are the first to frankenfry so the rest of us can watch. :11:

Alpha
03-07-2008, 06:16 PM
I have no doubt that we've been "frankenized" over a very, very long span.....now as well, both biologically and mentally ;)

Alpha
03-11-2008, 08:46 AM
Good for them...I hope we see more of this!!

From: terradaily


Brazilian protesters destroy GM crops: group

http://www.terradaily.com/images/corn-vegetable-bg.jpg
by Staff Writers
Sao Paulo (AFP) March 7, 2008

Around 300 women rural residents in Brazil burst into a property owned by the US company Monsanto and destroyed a plant nursery and crops containing genetically modified corn, their organization said. The women were protesting what they saw as environmental damage by the crops.


They trashed the plants within 30 minutes and left before police arrived at the site in the southern state of Sao Paulo, a member of the Landless Workers' Movement, Igor Foride, told AFP.


The Brazilian government had "caved in to pressure from agrobusinesses" by recently allowing tinkered crops to be grown in the country, he said.
In Brasilia, a protest by another 400 women from an umbrella group, Via Campesina (the Rural Way), was held in front of the Swiss embassy against Syngenta, a Swiss company that is selling genetically modified seeds in Brazil.


The demonstrators called attention to an October 2007 incident in which private guards working for Syngenta killed a protester taking part in an occupation of land owned by the company.


Via Campesina said in a statement that "no scientific studies exist that guarantee that genetically modified crops won't have negative effects on human health and on nature."


It added that on Tuesday, another 900 of its members had entered a property owned by the Swedish-Finnish paper giant Stora Enso and ripped out non-modified eucalyptus saplings they claimed were illegally planted.

Divinorumus
03-11-2008, 09:39 AM
Good for them...I hope we see more of this!!

Don't expect to see that ever happening here in the United Sheeple of America.

And besides, to incite hate, even against the GM corn, GM scientists, and GM farmers, would probably get you into big trouble with the be as we want you to be mind control nazis.

Just take satisfaction in the fact that those so deserving are eating this frankenfeed. :saevil: May they sprout ingrown tails and horns.

teresius
03-14-2008, 03:05 AM
Don't expect to see that ever happening here in the United Sheeple of America.

And besides, to incite hate, even against the GM corn, GM scientists, and GM farmers, would probably get you into big trouble with the be as we want you to be mind control nazis.

Just take satisfaction in the fact that those so deserving are eating this frankenfeed. :saevil: May they sprout ingrown tails and horns.

i would agree, div, except that there's no way of telling which foods have been genetically modified. there's nothing that requires the companies to label it as such. and, as if that wasn't enough, if you're buying your food from a local farmers' market or co-op, there's no way of telling if the farmers involved plant gm seeds, or if they feed their livestock with gm food, and so on.
btw- an ingrown tail or horns would really have to hurt. ingrown fingernails make me curse like a sailor, and they're tiny little things.

Divinorumus
03-14-2008, 09:32 AM
i would agree, div, except that there's no way of telling which foods have been genetically modified.

Depends where you live and whether you can identify the species/variant of the plant (most have some telltale signs, although I don't know enough to tell). Here in Minnesota you can buy produce direct from some farmers. Where I use to live up until Jan. I was within 5 miles of fresh organic corn, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and peas/beans. And I knew these farmers for over 20 years. Of course it was all local seasonal stuff, which means I have to shop elsewhere and pay more in the winter. But it is the best, especially the tomatoes and corn ~ you can actually taste the difference. Now I'm about 12 miles away from them.

Alpha
04-06-2008, 01:39 PM
On March 11 a new documentary was aired on French television (ARTE – French-German cultural tv channel) by French journalist and film ... all » (javascript:void(0)) maker Marie-Monique Robin, The World According to Monsanto - A documentary that Americans won't ever see. The gigantic biotech corporation Monsanto is threatening to destroy the agricultural biodiversity which has served mankind for thousands of years.

Well worth he watch IMO...

Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes

6262083407501596844

Alpha
04-12-2008, 06:25 AM
From: citizens.org


TAKE ACTION: Stop Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets

April, 2008 - Leading U.S. sugar providers whose sugar is sourced from genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets begin sending their "Franken-sugar" to stores this year. In 2001, Hershey's, M&M Mars, and American Crystal Sugar told consumers they would not use GE sugar; but now that sugar beets are close to being planted commercially, they have yet to renew those assurances.


Let these companies know you expect them to live up to their pledge to consumers - click on the company names below to make your voice heard! (A sample letter is attached at the end of this story for your convenience.)

American Crystal Sugar Company (http://www.crystalsugar.com/talk/index.asp)

Hershey's (http://www.hersheys.com/contactus/)

M&M/Mars Inc. (http://www.mars.com/global/Contact+Us/Contact+Us.htm)

Since half of the granulated sugar in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, the infiltration of GE sugar beets represents a significant alteration of our food supply. These sugars, as well as genetically engineered corn and soy, are found in hundreds of everyday food products. This means consumers will be exposed to genetically engineered ingredients in virtually every non-organic food product.


Unlike traditional breeding, genetic engineering creates new life forms that would never occur in nature, creating new and unpredictable health and environmental risks. Genes from bacteria, viruses, plants, animals - even humans - have already been inserted into common food crops, like corn, soy, and canola, to create "Frankencrops". Now companies like Monsanto have set their sights on our sugar.


In fact, a new option available this year, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beet, was genetically engineered to survive direct application of their own controversial broad-spectrum herbicide, Roundup. Studies indicate farmers planting the "Roundup Ready" versions of corn and soy spray large amounts of the herbicide, contaminating both soil and water. Farmers planting GE sugar beets are told they may be able to apply the herbicide up to five times per year. Sugar beets are grown on 1.4 million acres by 12,000 farmers in the U.S. from Oregon to Minnesota.


Now, at the request of Monsanto, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency increased the allowable amount of glyphosate residues on sugar beetroots by an unbelievable 5000%. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup). Sugar is extracted from the beet’s root, and the result is more glyphosate pesticide in our sugar. This is not good news for those who want to use sugar, or products containing sugar, without the threat of ingesting toxic weed killer.


Mother's Day is fast approaching - tell Hershey’s, Mars, and American Crystal that you love your mother and will not buy her any sweets unless they are GE-Free! (Click on the company names to make your voice heard. A sample letter is attached below for your convenience.)

American Crystal Sugar (http://www.crystalsugar.com/talk/index.asp)

Hershey's (http://www.hersheys.com/contactus/)

M&M/Mars Inc. (http://www.mars.com/global/Contact+Us/Contact+Us.htm)

Judee
05-15-2008, 01:47 AM
Originally published May 14 2008

Genetically Modified Organisms – A Dangerous Experiment
by Barbara H. Peterson (see all articles by this author)


(NaturalNews) The problems with Genetically Modified (GM) foods are as many as they are varied. Respected scientists have risked everything to step forward and warn consumers that this new fast-track "solution to world hunger" is bad for their health and the environment, but to little avail. Giant agri-business companies such as Monsanto forge ahead to flood the world's food chain with experimental technologies that are proving to be harmful to life. The worst part is, the longer this reckless experiment is allowed to go on, the closer we get to a complete planetary takeover by Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

The GMO Cover-up

Dr. Arpad Pusztai, PhD, FRSE, "one of the few genuinely independent scientists specializing in plant genetics and animal feeding studies" (OCA, 2005), worked for the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1998. During his employment, he was commissioned to study potatoes "fitted" or genetically modified (GM) with a lectin gene from Galanthus Nivalis, a European plant. He inserted the gene into the potatoes himself, then fed the GM potatoes to lab rats in order to document the effects. What he found was that these potatoes had damaged the organs of the rats and depressed their immune systems. On August 10, 1998, Dr. Pusztai appeared on a British documentary and issued a warning to the public about the inadequate testing of GM foods, and revealed his test results. For his candor, Dr. Pusztai was accused of incompetence, and forced to retire.

A scandal ensued after Dr. Pusztai raised questions about the safety of GM potatoes. Accusations that Monsanto used its influence to ram the technology through with bribery and coercion were made, as chronicled by the Doric Column (1999):

* 12 February 1999: Twenty scientists from 14 countries who have examined Pusztai's report accuse Rowett of bowing to political pressure. The group calls for a moratorium on GM crops.

* 13 February 1999: The British government "rejects calls for a moratorium amid allegations that it is in the pocket of the biotech industry."

* 14 February 1999: Rowett is reported to have received £140,000 from Monsanto before the blow-up.

Dr. Pusztai was later "asked by the German authorities in the autumn of 2004 to examine Monsanto's own 1,139-page report on the feeding of MON863 to laboratory rats over a 90-day period" (OCA, 2005). He was forced to sign a "declaration of secrecy," or gag order before Monsanto would allow him to see the report.

This would not be so bad if it were not for the fact that Dr. Pusztai's evaluation was highly critical of both the methods and the findings of the study, indicating that MON863 maize by no means has a "clean bill of health." Subsequent leaks from France, Germany and Belgium suggest that the maize variety may indeed be unsafe for animal or human consumption, and that a major cover-up is under way, designed to protect the corporate giant Monsanto and the regulatory authorities that have prematurely advised that MON863 is perfectly safe. (GM-Free Ireland, 2005).

His concerns regarding the dangers of MON863 maize after seeing the report were the same as several German and other European scientists, "but the German Government refused to publish their findings, and insisted that Dr. Pusztai should respect his "gagging order"" (OCA, 2005).

Not to be held back in its rush to give the okay to GMO foods and the questionable technology behind them, The European Safety Authority commissioned its own set of experts to conclude that:

MON863 was perfectly safe and wholesome. More seriously, in the EFSA Statement, and in subsequent Monsanto press releases, Dr. Pusztai was named and criticized in spite of the fact that it was known by all concerned that he was effectively "gagged" and could not defend himself. (OCA, 2005)

Independent Research Confirms - GMO Food is Dangerous

On October 10, 2005 during the symposium over genetic modification, which was organized by the National Association for Genetic Security (NAGS), Doctor of Biology Irina Ermakova made public the results of the research led by her at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). This is the first research that determined clear dependence between eating genetically modified soy and the posterity of living creatures (Regnum, 2005).

Over half of the rats born to mothers who ate GM-soy (55-56%) were dead in three weeks, as opposed to a 9% mortality rate in rats whose mothers ate normal soy. "The morphology and biochemical structures of rats are very similar to those of humans, and this makes the results we obtained very disturbing," said Irina Ermakova to NAGS press office. (Regnum, 2005)

Another glaring example of the dangers of GMO food is that of Syngenta and the German farmer, Gottfried Glockner of North Hessen. As William Engdahl explains in Seeds of Destruction:

This farmer found evidence that planting Syngenta Bt-176 genetically engineered corn to feed his cattle in 1997 had been responsible for killing off his cattle, destroying his milk production, and poisoning his farmland. Syngenta's Bt-176 corn had been engineered to produce a toxin of Bacillus thuringiensis, which they claimed was deadly to a damaging insect, the European Corn Borer (pg. 230).

GMO Technology Threatens the World's Food Supply

Not only is GMO food harmful to the animals that eat it, but it also has the potential to overcome the crops around it. Insects, birds, and wind carry seeds into neighboring fields and beyond. This is cross-pollination, and cannot be controlled in an outdoor environment. Genetically engineered plants are no exception to this. The pollen from GM plants can cross-pollinate with normal plants and contaminate entire fields. With the proliferation of GM crops, this is a real danger.

In 1996, there were approximately 6,563 square miles of farmland in the world devoted to GMO crops. In 2006, there were 393,828 square miles devoted to GMO crops (GMO Compass, 2007). This is a 5900% increase in land devoted to GMO crops in a 10-year period! At this rate, the amount of GM crops will double in the next ten years, not including cross-pollination factors.

Is "Organic" Really Organic?

Even foods labeled "organic" are allowed a percentage of GMO contamination.

"EU Agricultural Ministers have decided to allow organic food accidentally contaminated with genetically modified organisms to be classified as organic as long as the GMO presence is less than 0.9%" (Shield, 2007).

In the United States, "the U.S. National Organic Program (NOP) rules prohibit GMOs in organics but don't require methods to prohibit GMO contamination or establish thresholds for adventitious GM presence" (Roseboro, 2007).

Many organic companies simply do not want to undergo the expense and effort necessary to test their fields for GMO contamination, but some say that it is essential in order to maintain integrity.

Jack Olson is an organic farmer in Litchville, North Dakota, who grows organic soybeans, wheat, and other crops. "It's hard for one organic farmer to fight Monsanto," he says. Still, Olson puts up with the inconveniences because he is committed to organic agriculture. "At least we're clean, that's why we grow organic. It's God's way," he says. (Roseboro, 2007)

Fighting the Giant

It is difficult to fight the giant like Jack Olson is doing, but essential for health and the survival of our food supply. Scientists that are not afraid to speak out, and organic farmers that are not afraid to compete with companies such as Monsanto and offer customers GMO-free organic foods, stand between the agri-business giants intent on profiting from an improperly tested technology and the people who need the information and resources to make sure that what they are eating is healthy and nutritious. Without these people, the Monsantos of the world will soon have us eating nothing but their genetically engineered foods, with no thought for the consequences of their actions.

© 2008, Barbara H. Peterson

References:

Doric Column. (1999). Transgenic Potatoes Á La Carte. (http://www.mbbnet.umn.edu/doric/potato.html)

Engdahl, F.W. (2007). Seeds of Destruction. Global Research.

GM Free Ireland. (2005). Monsanto GM Maize Conspiracy Revealed. ((http://www.gmfreeireland.org/resources/...)

GMO Compass. (2007). Transgenic Crops by Trait. GM Trait Statistics. Retrieved from
((http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/agri_bio...)

Organic Consumers Association (OCA). (2005). Monsanto's GE Corn Experiments on Rats Continue to Generate Global Controversy ((http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsant...)

Regnum. (2005). Genetically modified soy affects posterity: Results of Russian scientists' studies. Retrieved from (http://www.regnum.ru/english/526651.html)

Roseboro, K. (2007). How Organic is Organic? New Calls for Testing Organic Foods for GMOs. Environmental News Network. (http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/23152)

Shield, P. (2007). GMOs Threaten Organic Standards. Organic Consumers Association (OCA). ((http://www.organicconsumers.org/article...)

http://www.naturalnews.com/023238.html

Alpha
07-07-2008, 08:48 AM
Seems to me that this is the new marketing ploy and propaganda to get GM foods not only accepted but desired. Just imagine eating foods that can produce their own insecticides, as just one example.....:zx11pisse

From: timesonline



Scientists reopen debate over GM food


Scientists have genetically engineered fruit and vegetables capable of providing most of a day’s nutrients in a single meal.


Heading towards the market are potatoes with 33% more protein content, modified tomatoes that could be capable of protecting against cancer and peanuts without the chemicals that cause deadly nut allergies.


Cassava has been packed with new genes that help the plant accumulate extra iron and zinc from the soil, and synthesise vitamins E and A.


Such foods, the first genetic modifications offering nutritional benefits to consumers, would be in marked contrast to the GM crops marketed to date. These were simply designed to boost the profits made by farmers and seed firms by raising yields or cutting costs.



Their attempted introduction to Europe in the late 1990s provoked a backlash from consumers suspicious at being asked to consume plants whose DNA had been “contaminated” but which offered them no benefit.


Plant scientists hope the new plants will reverse such fears.


“It is time to reopen the debate over GM crops,” said Chris Leaver, professor of plant science at Oxford University and a long-term supporter of GM. “Earth’s population will reach 9 billion by 2040. We need crops that offer better nutritional quality, can withstand drought, use fertiliser more efficiently and resist diseases and pests. GM can contribute to achieving that.”


Such claims will infuriate Britain’s green lobby, which sees the promotion of the new “nutritionally enhanced” crops as a cynical marketing exercise.
Among scientists, however, there is growing impatience with such views.


They say the BioCassava Plus project is funded with £6m from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation rather than a profit-hungry corporation and that it could help ease food shortages in Africa.


At Rothamsted Research, in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, Professor Johnathan Napier has modified rapeseed plants to produce fish oils, said to be good for the heart and nervous system.


“The global market for fish oil has grown very fast and is adding to the pressure on depleted fish stocks,” he said. “Fish oil is also at risk of contamination from marine pollutants.”


Professor Ian Crute, director of Rothamsted, is overseeing other research using plant breeding and genetics to create grains that would allow bakers to make white bread with as much fibre as wholemeal. “Europe is going to become ever more important for global food production so GM will get increasingly appealing,” he said.


Such a change would need a political rethink. Europe has held out firmly against GM crops since their introduction in 1996 even though they have been widely adopted in North and South America, Asia and Australia. About 280m acres were planted globally last year.


The main crops are soy beans, maize, cotton and rapeseed, all of which are available with modifications making them tolerant of specific herbicides, usually glyphosate. Such crops can be sprayed repeatedly to stop weeds.


Cotton and maize are also available with genes taken from bacteria that enable them to produce their own insecticide, so reducing the need for pesticides. However, such plants already seem primitive compared with those in the pipeline, many of which have been given several new traits.


One idea is to remove allergens such as those found in peanuts and many other foods. Peanut allergy affects about 440,000 Britons and can kill the most sensitive. At Georgia University in America Peggy Ozias-Akins, professor of plant biology, is researching how to erase such genes as well as adding separate genes for disease resistance.


Graham Brookes of PG Economics, an agricultural consultancy, will next week publish a research paper, suggesting that rejecting GM crops has cost Europe’s farmers dearly. “GM cuts costs and improves yields while consumers are missing the environmental benefits of reduced insecticide use. Since 1996 British farmers have missed out on an estimated £500m-£600m of additional income,” he said.


Others disagree. Claire Hope Cummings, a former lawyer with the US Department of Agriculture and author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds, published in March, said: “People do not need miracle crops offering enhanced nutrients. What they need is a good varied diet. Who wants to eat a giant bowl of cassava or golden rice each day?


These ideas are just a new way of marketing GM.”


CUTTING-EDGE VEG

CASSAVA
Genetic modifications could add vital nutrients to this starchy root vegetable as well as remove toxins. A single GM portion could provide many of the nutrients needed in a day


TOMATO
Could be made far richer in folate and lycopene, nutrients thought to increase protection against diseases like cancer. Folate is especially important to pregnant women and babies


POTATO
Researchers in India have added genes that increase protein content by a third, naming the new vegetable the “protato”. It could offer a cheap source of protein

Judee
07-07-2008, 09:01 AM
GM foods will take GM people, insects, animals, etc. to eat and thrive with them. Perhaps that's what this is all about...? 'Tis a slippery slope we are daring to slide down... Of course, 'we the people' have no say in this, do we?

DorieTesla'sMom
07-07-2008, 09:13 AM
I also think the outbreaks of contaminated produce will lead to all of it being irradiated. "They" say it's safe, but I can't handle the idea of radioactive cantaloupe!

Our garden is the biggest it's ever been. In a couple weeks, I'll be canning tomatoes and chopping things for salsa every single day. Lucky for me I live in an area where there still is a lot of farming. What I can't grow, I can find this time of year at the farm market or the veggie stand down the road.
I keep telling people, grow anything you can. Even if you're in an apartment, put two tomato plants in a window box or something.

I think canned food is safer than the fresh produce at the store these days. I'd take a can of green beans over the mystery spinach the way things have been going!

Alpha
10-25-2008, 01:14 PM
This is more than disgusting....these monsters need to be stopped!

From: celsias.com


In a classic example of putting profits before people, Indian farmers are lured by colourful and convincing marketing programs to forget their low-carbon, natural and closed traditional systems of agriculture, and to instead buy into 'modern' systems that make the farmer dependent on outside inputs at every step. And, what do they lure them with?: Dreams of owning big red tractors and other environmentally unfriendly and unsustainable high-tech equipment, that even if they were to own would make them even more dependent on corporations. Many, however, are committing suicide before getting anywhere near this unsustainable energy-intensive 'ultimate goal'.Av6dx9yNiCA

Alpha
11-15-2008, 11:14 AM
Guess this is another insidious way to control the planet's population other than starving us to death! ;) ...while laughing all the way to the bank :angryfire

From: responsibletechnology.org




Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified (GM) Crops
Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety



Advocates Call for Immediate Ban of All GM Foods and GM Crops
IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 13, 2008)


(Los Angeles, CA.) - A long-term feeding study (http://www.seedsofdeception.com/utility/showDocumentFile?objectID=190) commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.


Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.


In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group.



The corn is genetically modified with genes that produce a pesticidal toxin, as well as genes that allow it to survive applications of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.


A book by author Jeffrey M. Smith, Genetic Roulette, distributed to members of congress last year, documents 65 serious health risks of GM products, including similar fertility problems with GM soy and GM corn: Offspring of rats fed GM soy showed a five-fold increase in mortality, lower birth weights, and the inability to reproduce. Male mice fed GM soy had damaged young sperm cells. The embryo offspring of GM soy-fed mice had altered DNA functioning. Several US farmers reported sterility or fertility problems among pigs and cows fed on GM corn varieties. Additionally, over the last two months, investigators in India have documented fertility problems, abortions, premature births, and other serious health issues, including deaths, among buffaloes fed GM cottonseed products.


The principle GM crops are soy, corn, cottonseed and canola. GM sugar from sugar beets will also be introduced before year’s end.


Mr. Smith, who is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Responsible Technology says, “GM foods are likely responsible for several negative health trends in the US. The government must impose an immediate ban on these dangerous crops.” He says, “Consumers don’t need to wait for governmental action. They can download a free Non-GMO Shopping Guide at www.HealthierEating.org (http://www.healthiereating.org/).”


Monsanto press offices in the UK and USA were unable to provide a comment on the findings for journalists yesterday.


The Institute for Responsible Technology’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America mobilizes citizens, organizations, businesses, and the media, to achieve the tipping point of consumer rejection of genetically modified foods.


The Institute educates people about the documented health risks of GMOs and provides them with healthier non-GMO product choices.


The Institute also informs policy makers and the public around the world about the impacts of GMOs on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, and the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.

Divinorumus
11-15-2008, 11:42 AM
They already have a solution to all these GM food health issues: GM humans!

They are getting closer and closer to being able to resequence almost anything wrong with their slaves, including disobedience. Be careful males of the world, soon we all will become dispensable. Once they figure out how to create the perfect slave sperm and egg, all they will need are your females as breeders. Presto, within 20 years they'll have created homo sheeple and then they can even get rid of the old school homo sapien breeders too. "Simon says get back to work." The borgification of humanity. Frankenhumans. How nice. Everyone the same in appearance, size, shape, color, aptitude, temperament, obedience, etc. The perfect model humanoids. Won't your god be pleased then. :08:

VOguy
11-15-2008, 12:01 PM
This is one of the subjects covered in that text that I read a while back, and said that GM food was going to be the reason that we have changes after 2012. It sites medical problems with humans and animals as the changes.

Divinorumus
04-03-2009, 11:40 AM
:yikes:


Monsanto Company profits up 25% for first half (http://www.commodityonline.com/commodity-stocks/Monsanto-Company-profits-up-25-for-first-half-2009-04-03-16627-3-1.html)
2009-04-03 15:30:00

MUMBAI: Global agri-technology and seed giant, Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) had posted a robust 25% growth in the gross profits for the first half of the company’s financial year 2009.

According to company release, the company delivered a record second-quarter and first-half sales. Company’s gross profit was up by 14% for the second quarter of the company, while there was an increase of 25% for the first half ending in March 2009.

Company’s chief executive officer Hugh Grant had mentioned that the company was able to perform as per the prescribed targets. Company’s ongoing earnings have rose by 41%.

Grant said, “By working to destroy all of the worlds natural seeds, and the bees that pollinate those pesky free plants, we have created a world wide dependency for our patented seeds .. which we offer for sale. We are thus on track for more than 2000 percent growth in earnings for the full fiscal year and an endless stream of easy cash generation forever."

.... continued

okay, I modified that last paragraph, because I'm sure that is what he meant to say. :suspect:

Judee
04-03-2009, 01:15 PM
:yikes:



okay, I modified that last paragraph, because I'm sure that is what he meant to say. :suspect:

Or at least that's what he should have said if he were to tell the truth! :disgust:

Alpha
04-24-2009, 01:43 AM
:yikes:



okay, I modified that last paragraph, because I'm sure that is what he meant to say. :suspect:

I don't think they'll ever come out and say it, however I am sure that's what the intent and plan is :rocketwho

Alpha
04-24-2009, 02:49 AM
More information on this travesty.....


Monsanto and Roundup Ready Crops

Note: In addition to the issues raised on this page, there are a host of other concerns with genetic modification. Furthermore, the issues and statistics in the fast-paced biotech world are ever in flux. The reader is encouraged to visit the other websites at the bottom of the main article Monsanto (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Monsanto) for more and up-to-date info.)

Monsanto is considered the Mother of agricultural biotechnology (1). Their "Roundup Ready" crops have been genetically engineered to permit direct, "over the top" application of the Monsanto herbicide glyphosate allowing farmers to drench both their crops and crop land with the herbicide so as to be able to kill nearby weeds (and any other green thing the herbicide touches) without killing the crops (2). "RR soybeans are heavily herbicide dependent" [1] (http://www.mindfully.org/GE/RRS-Yield-Drag.htm) [2] (http://www.mindfully.org/GE/GE2/RRS-Troubled-Benbrook.htm) says Charles M. Benbrook, an expert in the field [3] (http://www.organic-center.org/about.staff.php?action=detail&bios_id=43).



This is because the "Roundup Ready System" is primarily a "no-till" system. Rather than the traditional tilling of the ground to control weeds the RR system relies on its herbicide to control them, "No-till cropping systems are the most demanding with regards to weed control. The crop is seeded directly into untilled soil with no follow-up cultivation. Weed control depends entirely on herbicides" [4] (http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/pub75/1use.htm#conservation).



In fact, the Roundup Ready System was specifically designed to require the exclusive use of Monsanto's herbicide, Roundup, primarily, some say, to increase profits for Monsanto - and at almost 250 million GM acres worldwide which all require Roundup that's a lot of profit [5] (http://www.purefood.org/mothjones.html). Says David Ehrenfield, Professor of Biology at Rutgers University, "Genetic Engineering is often justified as a human technology, one that feeds more people with better food.



Nothing could be further from the truth. With very few exceptions, the whole point of genetic engineering is to increase sales of chemicals and bio-engineered products to dependent farmers" [6] (http://www.mercola.com/2002/nov/2/biotechnology3.htm). "In the United States, the widespread adoption of Roundup Ready crops combined with the emergence of glyphosate-resistant weeds has driven a more than 15-fold increase in the use of glyphosate on major field crops from 1994 to 2005" [7 (http://www.foei.org/en/publications/pdfs/gmcrops2008full.pdf)


[/URL][URL="http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Monsanto_and_the_Roundup_Ready_Con troversy"]Full Article (http://www.foei.org/en/publications/pdfs/gmcrops2008full.pdf)
(http://www.foei.org/en/publications/pdfs/gmcrops2008full.pdf)

Divinorumus
04-24-2009, 04:17 AM
Fyi ...


‘superweed’ explosion threatens monsanto heartlands (http://www.france24.com/en/20090418-superweed-explosion-threatens-monsanto-heartlands-genetically-modified-us-crops)
sunday 19 april 2009

“superweeds” are plaguing high-tech monsanto crops in southern us states, driving farmers to use more herbicides, return to conventional crops or even abandon their farms.

the gospel of high-tech genetically modified (gm) crops is not sounding quite so sweet in the land of the converted. A new pest, the evil pigweed, is hitting headlines and chomping its way across sun belt states, threatening to transform cotton and soybean plots into weed battlefields.

In late 2004, “superweeds” that resisted monsanto’s iconic “roundup” herbicide, popped up in gm crops in the county of macon, georgia. Monsanto, the us multinational biotech corporation, is the world’s leading producer of roundup, as well as genetically engineered seeds. Company figures show that nine out of 10 us farmers produce roundup ready seeds for their soybean crops.

Superweeds have since alarmingly appeared in other parts of georgia, as well as south carolina, north carolina, arkansas, tennessee, kentucky and missouri, according to media reports. Roundup contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which is the most used herbicide in the usa.

How has this happened? Farmers over-relied on monsanto’s revolutionary and controversial combination of a single “round up” herbicide and a high-tech seed with a built-in resistance to glyphosate, scientists say.

Today, 100,000 acres in georgia are severely infested with pigweed and 29 counties have now confirmed resistance to glyphosate, according to weed specialist stanley culpepper from the university of georgia.

“farmers are taking this threat very seriously. It took us two years to make them understand how serious it was. But once they understood, they started taking a very aggressive approach to the weed,” culpepper told france 24.

“just to illustrate how aggressive we are, last year we hand-weeded 45% of our severely infested fields,” said culpepper, adding that the fight involved “spending a lot of money.”

in 2007, 10,000 acres of land were abandoned in macon country, the epicentre of the superweed explosion, north carolina state university’s alan york told local media.

the perfect weed

had monsanto wanted to design a deadlier weed, they probably could not have done better. Resistant pigweed is the most feared superweed, alongside horseweed, ragweed and waterhemp.

“palmer pigweed is the one pest you don’t want, it is so dominating,” says culpepper. Pigweed can produce 10,000 seeds at a time, is drought-resistant, and has very diverse genetics. It can grow to three metres high and easily smother young cotton plants.

Today, farmers are struggling to find an effective herbicide they can safely use over cotton plants.

controversial solutions

in an interview with france 24, monsanto’s technical development manager, rick cole, said he believed superweeds were manageable. “the problem of weeds that have developed a resistance to roundup crops is real and monsanto doesn’t deny that, however the problem is manageable,” he said.

Cole encourages farmers to alternate crops and use different makes of herbicides.

Indeed, according to monsanto press releases, company sales representatives are encouraging farmers to mix glyphosate and older herbicides such as 2,4-d, a herbicide which was banned in sweden, denmark and norway over its links to cancer, reproductive harm and mental impairment. 2,4-d is also well-known for being a component of agent orange, a toxic herbicide which was used in chemical warfare in vietnam in the 1960s.

Questioned on the environmental impact and toxicity of such mixtures, monsanto’s public affairs director, janice person, said that “they didn’t recommend any mixtures that were not approved by the epa,” she said, referring to the us federal environmental protection agency.

According to the uk-based soil association, which campaigns for and certifies organic food, monsanto was well aware of the risk of superweeds as early as 2001 and took out a patent on mixtures of glyphosate and herbicide targeting glyphosate-resistant weeds.

“the patent will enable the company to profit from a problem that its products had created in the first place,” says a 2002 soil association report.

returning to conventional crops

in the face of the weed explosion in cotton and soybean crops, some farmers are even considering moving back to non-gm seeds. “it’s good for us to go back, people have overdone the roundup seeds,” alan rowland, a soybean seed producer based in dudley, missouri, told france 24. He used to sell 80% monsanto “roundup ready” soybeans and now has gone back to traditional crops, in a market overwhelmingly dominated by monsanto.

According to a number of agricultural specialists, farmers are considering moving back to conventional crops. But it’s all down to economics, they say. Gm crops are becoming expensive, growers say.

While farmers and specialists are reluctant to blame monsanto, rowland says he’s started to “see people rebelling against the higher costs.”


Spread the pigweed! :paranoid: :D

Divinorumus
04-24-2009, 07:23 AM
Public opinion:


Monsanto CEO Voted Country’s Biggest ‘Biofool’ (http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/04/23-20)
April 23, 2009

WASHINGTON - April 23 - Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant has been named the country’s biggest “biofool” after online voting in an April Fools Day competition sponsored by Friends of the Earth and the Rainforest Action Network came to a close yesterday.

“It was a landslide. Nearly one third of all voters chose Grant,” said Kate McMahon of Friends of the Earth. “This result stresses the need for Monsanto to stop promoting biofuels in the face of overwhelming evidence that biofuels are bad for the environment and bad for people.”

.... continued

German opinion:


Monsanto seeks injunction against German ban (http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/04/22/ap6321612.html)
04.22.09, 09:47 AM EDT

Monsanto Co., the world's leading seed seller, is seeking a court injunction and suing the German government for banning its genetically engineered MON810 corn.

Braunschweig administrative court spokesman Torsten Baumgarten said in a statement Wednesday that the Agriculture Ministry was named as defendant in both cases.

Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner last week banned the sale and planting of the genetically altered seeds saying they present a danger for the environment.

.... continued


Natures opinion:


Man vs Nature (http://caps.fool.com/blogs/viewpost.aspx?bpid=184648&t=01007615714290218050)
April 22, 2009

In 1975 Monsanto began its Cell biology research program. Twelve years later they field tested their first genetically modified plants. In 1996, twenty one years after they started cell biology research they introduce their first "biotechnology products" round-up ready soybean, and bollguard insect protected cotton. One year later they created their first "stacked" product, round-up ready cotton combined with the bollguard protection trait.

Beginning in 1996 and in only eight years, Mother Nature, using only all natural, traditional breeding techniques introduced roundup-ready pigweed, first noticed in 2004. Four years later it plagues cotton fields of the American South and is spreading... like a weed. :D

Some farmers have resorted to pulling it up by hand.

Unintended Consequences, and all that.

Who will win? My money is on nature!

Judee
04-24-2009, 02:28 PM
Nature will win, humans will loose... BTW, I would have named Hugh Grant the country's biggest 'Bioghoul'!

Divinorumus
06-08-2009, 01:01 PM
JL1pKlnhvg0

Divinorumus
06-08-2009, 02:30 PM
What the #$%@ is wrong with our government? Why are THEY not protecting our best interests? Man, people, grab your guns ... and meet me out in the streets, will ya? Dang it, come on ... it's the only way this GM madness is going to stop is if WE stop it!


Court denies Monsanto injunction on German ban (http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/05/28/ap6478242.html)
Associated Press, 05.28.09, 06:48 PM EDT

A German court on Thursday rejected a bid by Monsanto Co. to have a government ban of its genetically engineered MON810 corn suspended.

Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner banned the sale and planting of the corn last month, citing studies that she said show it poses a danger to the environment.

... continued

earthist
06-08-2009, 02:40 PM
Now that one deserves a hearty WOW!!!

Solid evidence rather than whining and moaning. The reporters here ALMOST renew my faith in humanity. Wow, again!

Great find, Div, and thanks for posting. I hope everyone here watches it.

Judee, you're excused. You already "know" about bigpharma and such, though this also tells the story about why stuff doesn't get into the news which is new and refreshing; not to mention absolutely damning to the big news producers. On second thought, you might want to watch it even if it takes an hour or so to download.

One more time: WOW!

Divinorumus
06-08-2009, 03:03 PM
It just never stops, does it. But you know what? A crashed economy sure will toss a monkey wrench into all of this corruption .. and bring the evil empire to its knees! Do your part to crash the economy and bankrupt the federal government, and you'll be saving the Earth, yourselves, the your descendants future! Act otherwise, and you'll have forced me to buy extra ammo, and I'd rather not, if you know what I mean, ha. :scared1: ;)


Deal will damage academic integrity (http://www.argusleader.com/article/20090517/VOICES05/905170327/1052/OPINION01)

James Abourezk • and William Du Bois • May 17, 2009

We were shocked awake on a recent Sunday morning by the Argus Leader's headline: "SDSU'S cozy deal questioned." The article referred to the president of one of our finest universities - South Dakota State University - being paid almost $400,000 a year by Monsanto Chemical Co. for sitting on its board of directors. This is in addition to the $300,000 the people of South Dakota are paying him for being SDSU's president. According to the article, the South Dakota Board of Regents approved of the arrangement.

There comes a time when "enough is enough," and this, we believe, is the time. If the state Board of Regents cannot see the damage that will be done to academic freedom and to the integrity of the faculty and students at SDSU, then it is past time for the state Legislature to step up and to do something dramatic to restore trust and integrity to our public officials.

With Monsanto pouring money into the university, what is to be said about the integrity of the research that is produced by the faculty who undertake research about Monsanto's money-making products?
Advertisement

Monsanto does not pour money into grants and paychecks just for the blackness of the eyes of those on the receiving end. The corporation wants something for its money, and, if enough money is spread around, it most likely will get what it wants.

... continued

Judee
06-08-2009, 04:31 PM
Now that one deserves a hearty WOW!!!

Solid evidence rather than whining and moaning. The reporters here ALMOST renew my faith in humanity. Wow, again!

Great find, Div, and thanks for posting. I hope everyone here watches it.

Judee, you're excused. You already "know" about bigpharma and such, though this also tells the story about why stuff doesn't get into the news which is new and refreshing; not to mention absolutely damning to the big news producers. On second thought, you might want to watch it even if it takes an hour or so to download.

One more time: WOW!

earthist, my dial-up speed is 26.4 kbps! It would probably take all day and night to download that! :yell: But anyway, I have a terrible feeling that Monsanto et al will win in the end. Nature is going to get really rough with us very soon. The 'change' has already begun, and there is no stopping it. Food will become a critical issue, and the likes of Monsanto will step in with their poison seeds and the promise to feed the world. The starving masses will be desperate, and will gratefully accept that promise. The entire earth and all its creatures will be affected in a very negative way. Man should never try to play God...

earthist
06-08-2009, 11:10 PM
earthist, my dial-up speed is 26.4 kbps! It would probably take all day and night to download that! :yell: But anyway, I have a terrible feeling that Monsanto et al will win in the end. Nature is going to get really rough with us very soon. The 'change' has already begun, and there is no stopping it. Food will become a critical issue, and the likes of Monsanto will step in with their poison seeds and the promise to feed the world. The starving masses will be desperate, and will gratefully accept that promise. The entire earth and all its creatures will be affected in a very negative way. Man should never try to play God...
OK. With that speed restriction, I'm just glad you're here posting in the first place.

Regarding the other, Monsanto, et al, I can't see how they'll be able to dominate in a world sent back into a virtual stone age. You could be right of course, I just don't see it. I like you, and value you as one of the "good guys," and I am greatly saddened to think you seem to feel so defeated.

I think we're going to need your wisdom, and that of many others on this forum, whether great Earth changes happen or not. I would hope that everyone here, especially the wise elders, would be writing to record that wisdom for future generations, and to help our successors to do a better job than those past.

Despite our fears and our sadness, this is NOT the time to "give up."

JMO.

Judee
06-09-2009, 12:13 AM
OK. With that speed restriction, I'm just glad you're here posting in the first place.

Regarding the other, Monsanto, et al, I can't see how they'll be able to dominate in a world sent back into a virtual stone age. You could be right of course, I just don't see it. I like you, and value you as one of the "good guys," and I am greatly saddened to think you seem to feel so defeated.

I think we're going to need your wisdom, and that of many others on this forum, whether great Earth changes happen or not. I would hope that everyone here, especially the wise elders, would be writing to record that wisdom for future generations, and to help our successors to do a better job than those past.

Despite our fears and our sadness, this is NOT the time to "give up."

JMO.

earthist, don't misunderstand me. I'm in no way feeling 'defeated', honestly. That's one of the reasons I'm here, speaking up and speaking out. One can never be defeated when one is 'free' inside themselves...

RomanKorvinus
06-11-2009, 05:19 PM
hmm, I have an idea, it relates to the food and our existance. This is something i wrote for my left and right hand DNA picture on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sacred_geometry/3557692874/

Essentially 90%+ of all beings are stardust, therefore we all share the same source. Aside from lead we all share metallic compounds according to region, people share metallic compounds in our hair and various other parts of the body. Like the fear that the Middle Eastern Nation’s have over the consumption of pork, and yes everyone on earth has a little pig in their DNA, they believe that this food can cause the DNA of an individual to go through a metamorphosis based on the food source of the animal, the metals in other food sources found in the environment can and most likely does cause a metamorphosis of a peoples DNA.

Most will realize that our physical traits are not only subjected to Ape like features, but other animals as well. Our Junk DNA, which makes up over 95% of our DNA, which may determine our past more so than mtDNA or mDNA. Simply because some people have horse features, some iguana, rabbit and mouse ect. These other species like the rabbit or mouse have less dominant characteristic, but more important we are failing to realize that all animals have a foundation of DNA which we all share. So if in fact if there is a multiple source of spawn, which is more likely the truth, what might be seen as a dominant and diverse accumulation of single DNA pointing to the Ape, since indeed the Ape shares more traits on a human genetic level, where there is only one genome difference then say a mouse, the research thus far might be nothing more than a blending of scientific data that just happens to lead toward the ape simply because we don’t know enough about the Junk DNA to separate the various forms of species found in our own DNA. You might realize the importance of this if say you were to consider how many of the genomes of a mouse had to be sliced as opposed to the ape inorder to create a human. If this is done we might find that the consumption of certain extinct animals made its way into the Junk DNA or what some call the Akashic Record thus causing a better dating to our DNA. It should be obvious to everyone that not being able to fully map the DNA thus inturn saying bringing for speculations is very inadequate to say the least.

Judee
07-28-2009, 01:54 AM
Monsanto GM Corn a Disaster in South Africa
by David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Farmers in South Africa have reported an inexplicable failure to seed in three different varieties of corn genetically modified (GM) by the Monsanto Corporation.

"One can't see from the outside whether a plant is unseeded," said Kobus van Coller of Free State province. "One must open up the cob leaves to establish the problem."

The problems occurred only in corn engineered by Monsanto for increased yields or for resistance to the company's trademark herbicide, Roundup (glyphosate). Failure to seed has been documented in the provinces of Free State, Mpumalanga and North West.

According to Monsanto, the crop failure occurred due to "underfertilization processes in the laboratory," and has only been a problem in "less than 25 percent" of the seed from the three corn varieties.

Marian Mayet of the Africa Center for Biosecurity disputed the company's claims, however. According to her sources, some farms have experienced crop failures as high as 80 percent. She also expressed doubt over Monsanto's explanation for the problem, laying the blame instead on the GM technologies used to produce the seed.

"Monsanto says they just made a mistake in the laboratory, however we say that biotechnology is a failure," Mayet said. "You cannot make a 'mistake' with three different varieties of corn. We have been warning against GM-technology for years, we have been warning Monsanto that there will be problems."

Mayet called on the government to launch an investigation into the crop failures and to institute an immediate ban on the cultivation of all GM crops in South Africa.

South Africa was one of the first countries after the United States to adopt GM corn. Like the United States but unlike many European countries, South Africa does not require that GM ingredients be labeled as such on food packaging.

The South African grocery chain Woolworths imposed a ban on carrying any GM foods in 2000.

Sources for this story include: www.digitaljournal.com.

http://www.naturalnews.com/026705_Monsanto_corn_GM_corn.html

Alpha
07-28-2009, 07:26 PM
Monsanto and those who back them are a global disaster and they need to be stopped.

Too much "Frankensteining" of everything that will destroy this planet...it is more than sad and tragic....

Genetically Modified/Engineered Food! - Monsanto (http://www.imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7317&highlight=Monsanto)

Other links (http://www.imaginativeworlds.com/forum/search.php?searchid=222018)

Alpha
08-04-2009, 01:18 PM
hmm, I have an idea, it relates to the food and our existance. This is something i wrote for my left and right hand DNA picture on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sacred_geometry/3557692874/

Essentially 90%+ of all beings are stardust, therefore we all share the same source. Aside from lead we all share metallic compounds according to region, people share metallic compounds in our hair and various other parts of the body. Like the fear that the Middle Eastern Nation’s have over the consumption of pork, and yes everyone on earth has a little pig in their DNA, they believe that this food can cause the DNA of an individual to go through a metamorphosis based on the food source of the animal, the metals in other food sources found in the environment can and most likely does cause a metamorphosis of a peoples DNA.



Most will realize that our physical traits are not only subjected to Ape like features, but other animals as well. Our Junk DNA, which makes up over 95% of our DNA, which may determine our past more so than mtDNA or mDNA. Simply because some people have horse features, some iguana, rabbit and mouse ect. These other species like the rabbit or mouse have less dominant characteristic, but more important we are failing to realize that all animals have a foundation of DNA which we all share. So if in fact if there is a multiple source of spawn, which is more likely the truth, what might be seen as a dominant and diverse accumulation of single DNA pointing to the Ape, since indeed the Ape shares more traits on a human genetic level, where there is only one genome difference then say a mouse, the research thus far might be nothing more than a blending of scientific data that just happens to lead toward the ape simply because we don’t know enough about the Junk DNA to separate the various forms of species found in our own DNA. You might realize the importance of this if say you were to consider how many of the genomes of a mouse had to be sliced as opposed to the ape inorder to create a human. If this is done we might find that the consumption of certain extinct animals made its way into the Junk DNA or what some call the Akashic Record thus causing a better dating to our DNA. It should be obvious to everyone that not being able to fully map the DNA thus inturn saying bringing for speculations is very inadequate to say the least.

Interesting hypothesis Roman :notworthy.......much to ponder :33:

It certainly stands to reason that if we have been genetically modified, manipulated, enhanced, tweaked etc that we have components of all life within the DNA of a "human" ....guess one could theorize how dominant and recessive traits would work in this expanded spectrum.....

Alpha
08-04-2009, 01:22 PM
No surprise here :aargh4::swordfight:



GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans

Scientific Tests Must Be Approved by Industry First

One of the great mysteries surrounding the spread of GMO plants around the world since the first commercial crops were released in the early 1990’s in the USA and Argentina has been the absence of independent scientific studies of possible long-term effects of a diet of GMO plants on humans or even rats. Now it has come to light the real reason. The GMO agribusiness companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and others prohibit independent research.

An editorial in the respected American scientific monthly magazine, Scientific American, August 2009 reveals the shocking and alarming reality behind the proliferation of GMO products throughout the food chain of the planet since 1994. There are no independent scientific studies published in any reputed scientific journal in the world for one simple reason. It is impossible to independently verify that GMO crops such as Monsanto Roundup Ready Soybeans or MON8110 GMO maize perform as the company claims, or that, as the company also claims, that they have no harmful side effects because the GMO companies forbid such tests!

That’s right. As a precondition to buy seeds, either to plant for crops or to use in research study, Monsanto and the gene giant companies must first sign an End User Agreement with the company. For the past decade, the period when the greatest proliferation of GMO seeds in agriculture has taken place, Monsanto, Pioneer (DuPont) and Syngenta require anyone buying their GMO seeds to sign an agreement that explicitly forbids that the seeds be used for any independent research. Scientists are prohibited from testing a seed to explore under what conditions it flourishes or even fails. They cannot compare any characteristics of the GMO seed with any other GMO or non-GMO seeds from another company. Most alarming, they are prohibited from examining whether the genetically modified crops lead to unintended side-effects either in the environment or in animals or humans.

The only research which is permitted to be published in reputable scientific peer-reviewed journals are studies which have been pre-approved by Monsanto and the other industry GMO firms.


Article continues (http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=ENG20090729&articleId=14570)

Judee
08-04-2009, 03:03 PM
The extent of the evil being perpetrated by the GM companies will not be known for generations. By then, it will be too late to stop the harm that has been done, both to humans and to nature and her plant species.

Topper
10-25-2009, 12:49 AM
Oh man this makes me question the hidden government agenda behind genetic patients on biologicals.

http://blogs.healthfreedomalliance.org/blog/2009/10/20/monsanto-files-patent-for-new-invention-the-pig/

Divinorumus
10-25-2009, 10:57 AM
I wonder why they are bothering with that, it won't be long before humons can start eating Smeat, the real meat substitute grown in a petri dish. Imagine, guilt free Smeat patties. Ya think it will satisfy the vampires lust for the taste of death, flesh, and blood?

Fake meat: burgers grown in beakers (http://www.wired.co.uk/wired-magazine/archive/2009/08/features/fake-meat-burgers-grown-in-beakers.aspx)

Anyhow, your link appears broken, at least from my end I could not resolve the URL. And, check this out on the Monsanto site itself: Pigs and Patents (http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/pig_patent.asp). Apparently they are no longer in the pig business (they probably sold it off once they realized they accidentally created h1n1 within their new pigs too, lol, tinker tinker .. oooops).

Judee
10-25-2009, 11:49 AM
I wonder why they are bothering with that, it won't be long before humons can start eating Smeat, the real meat substitute grown in a petri dish. Imagine, guilt free Smeat patties. Ya think it will satisfy the vampires lust for the taste of death, flesh, and blood?

Fake meat: burgers grown in beakers (http://www.wired.co.uk/wired-magazine/archive/2009/08/features/fake-meat-burgers-grown-in-beakers.aspx)

Anyhow, your link appears broken, at least from my end I could not resolve the URL. And, check this out on the Monsanto site itself: Pigs and Patents (http://www.monsanto.com/monsanto_today/for_the_record/pig_patent.asp). Apparently they are no longer in the pig business (they probably sold it off once they realized they accidentally creates h1n1 within their new pigs too, lol, tinker tinker .. oooops).

'Smeat' eh? Nothing would surprise me anymore Div! The likes of Monsanto, et al, will surely kill off of humanity someday. But, maybe that's the idea! As for H1N1, it definitely was 'created'! No doubt in my mind about that. It's interesting too, how the virus seems to be quite 'selective' in its targets!

Divinorumus
10-25-2009, 12:01 PM
It's interesting too, how the virus seems to be quite 'selective' in its targets!

Yes, interesting, isn't it. I suppose there are a multitude of possible reasons for that. It could have been designed to be like that, yet viruses do mutate on their own, so whatever anyone would create wouldn't last long, it would eventually evolve/mutate into something else. Another possibility is KARMA. That's the one I've subscribed too. Mother natures revenge. The pigs fighting back with the help of biological weapons by their design. Whatever the reason(s) for it, it's not the only thing to worry about. Interesting though, as the humons become worse and trash the planet more and more and use/abuse the other life forms upon Earth, the threats against them humons increase and become more and more numerous and deadly. I wonder if there is any correlation there. Could also just all be a coincidence too (lol, yeah, sure ...).

Topper
10-25-2009, 01:44 PM
That's good to read ... because that link came via an email. So I was right about half of my email is being sling shot thru friends just to see what my reaction will be. Besides I remember reading about the pig patent a while ago.

heres a cut and paste from the body of the email with the bad link

Monsanto

It is pretty unbelievable, but eerily true, that Monsanto is actually applying for a patent on the Pig. Christoph Then, a Greenpeace researcher, discovered this fact through his monitoring of patent applications published at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Monsanto's patent application for the methods of breeding pigs, breeding herds of pigs, and the pig offspring was published in February of 2005.

It is clear that Monsanto has a devastatingly tight grip on the overall agriculture industry with things such as terminator seeds, Roundup Ready seeds, and virtually all things GE, but now a potential patent on the pig takes the monopoly to a whole new level of absurdity. The patent mentions over 160 countries and territories where this would apply. Some of the guidelines in the patent application include:



* "A pig offspring produced by a method..."
* "A pig herd having an increased frequency of a specific gene..."
* "A pig population produced by the method..."
* "A swine herd produced by a method..."



Basically, the patent translates to: the pigs, their offspring, and the use of the genetic information for breeding will be entirely owned by Monsanto, Inc. They are slowly gaining a monopoly over the entire food and agriculture production methods, and all the while long crushing small, organic farms, and leaving health and environmental concerns by the wayside. The path is being set for global monopoly of the food chain, leaving the world at their mercy.

"He who controls the food supply, controls the people." - Henry Kissinger
Click here for more information >>>
http://blogs.healthfreedomalliance.org/monsanto-files-patent-for-new-invention-the-pig/

Alpha
11-14-2009, 11:36 AM
joweZ6uM5iY


How safe is the so-called "Green Genetic Engineering" really? Monsanto, the world's largest genetic engineering corporation, insists it is safe. Numerous studies claim genetically modified plants can cause allergies and cancers. However, commercial and political interests are determined to make genetic engineering the norm.qHobGDHtq4E

6SBH88lvlos

Alpha
11-21-2009, 04:31 PM
No doubt this is only one small tip of the iceberg!!

Good for France for trying to stops these monsters....or at minimum to do something!!


France Finds Monsanto Guilty of Lying

France's highest court has ruled that U.S. agrochemical giant Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup. The court confirmed an earlier judgment that Monsanto had falsely advertised its herbicide as "biodegradable" and claimed it "left the soil clean." Roundup is the world's best-selling herbicide. ..............

Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics, including ruthless legal battles against small farmers, is its decades-long history of toxic contamination.

Full Article (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/21/France-Finds-Monsanto-Guilty-of-Lying.aspx)

VOguy
11-21-2009, 05:18 PM
No doubt this is only one small tip of the iceberg!!

Good for France for trying to stops these monsters....or at minimum to do something!!

It would be nice of more in N.A. looked for the fallacy of the claims made, and then prosecute those who lied. Personally, for lying in this respect, and allowing their products to contaminate the world for decades, I think a life sentence is appropriate.

Alpha
11-21-2009, 06:15 PM
It would be nice of more in N.A. looked for the fallacy of the claims made, and then prosecute those who lied. Personally, for lying in this respect, and allowing their products to contaminate the world for decades, I think a life sentence is appropriate.

Amen VO...I couldn't agree with you more!! :notworthy

Why the hell are we in NA letting these bastards get away with what they are doing?.....unless of course all of our alleged governments are in collusion and partners with Monsanto with co-operative agenda?

VOguy
11-21-2009, 06:49 PM
Why the hell are we in NA letting these bastards get away with what they are doing?

One word, darling. Apathy

VOguy
11-29-2009, 09:35 AM
Monsanto’s dominance draws antitrust inquiry
Patented seeds are go-to for farmers, who decry their fast-growing price
By Peter Whoriskey - The Washington Post Newspaper - 29 November 2009

For plants designed in a lab a little more than a decade ago, they've come a long way: Today, the vast majority of the nation's two primary crops grow from seeds genetically altered according to Monsanto company patents.

Ninety-three percent of soybeans. Eighty percent of corn.

The seeds represent "probably the most revolutionary event in grain crops over the last 30 years," said Geno Lowe, a Salisbury, Md., soybean farmer.

But for farmers such as Lowe, prices of the Monsanto-patented seeds have steadily increased, roughly doubling during the past decade, to about $50 for a 50-pound bag of soybean seed, according to seed dealers.

The revolution, and Monsanto's dominant role in the nation's agriculture, has not unfolded without complaint. Farmers have decried the price increases, and competitors say the company has ruthlessly stifled competition.

Drawing scrutiny

Now Monsanto -- like IBM and Google -- has drawn scrutiny from U.S. antitrust investigators, who under the Obama administration have looked more skeptically at the actions of dominant firms.

During the Bush administration, the Justice Department did not file a single case under antimonopoly laws regulating a dominant firm. But that stretch seems unlikely to continue.

This year, the Obama Justice Department tossed out the antitrust guidelines of its predecessor because they advocated "extreme hesitancy in the face of potential abuses by monopoly firms."

"We must change course," Christine Varney, the Obama administration's chief antitrust enforcer, said at the time.

High stakes

Of all the new scrutiny by Justice, the Monsanto investigation might have the highest stakes, dealing as it does with the food supply and one of the nation's largest agricultural firms. It could also force the Obama administration, already under fire for the government's expanded role in the economy, to explain how it distinguishes between normal rough-and-tumble competition and abusive monopolistic business practices.

Monsanto says it has done nothing wrong.

"Farmers choose these products because of the value they deliver on farm," Monsanto said in a statement. "Given the phenomenally broad adoption of these technologies by farmers, such questions are normal and to be expected."

Even with the growing cost, farmers have embraced the genetic modifications because they save work and enable them to cultivate more land. The modified plants can stand up to the powerful herbicide glyphosate, best known commercially as Roundup, allowing them to use the weedkiller not just before planting but also after the crops have come up.

"Everybody wants it, and Monsanto is seeing what the market will bear," said Lowe, 39. "People say that's capitalism. The question is, where does capitalism meet corruption?"

Before it jumped into biotechnology, Monsanto was already one of the nation's largest chemical companies and had patented glyphosate, bringing it to market as Roundup in the '70s.

The product kills just about all weeds, and for farmers it served as a wonderfully effective herbicide. Instead of tilling the earth, they could simply blanket it with Roundup. Because the chemicals in Roundup break down quickly in the sun and rain, seeds could be planted shortly afterward.

It became one of the best-selling herbicides ever, and the seed patents at the center of the antitrust allegations were built upon that chemical's appeal.

If there was a practical drawback with Roundup, it was that it couldn't be used after planting: Applying Roundup at that point would kill the crops, too.

Scientists wondered: Could they develop plants that could withstand Roundup?

The answer emerged, partly by accident, out of Louisiana muck.

Monsanto was producing Roundup at a plant in Luling, La., and the water and sludge in the waste ponds around the plant were exposed to the chemical. It was the perfect place to find organisms that could withstand the chemical's lethal effects.

After bacteria discovered in the pond sludge proved resistant to the chemical, scientists isolated the gene that gave the bacteria Roundup tolerance and placed that gene, known as CPS4, into soybeans, then corn.

The resulting plants, called "Roundup Ready," represented a billion-dollar breakthrough and, as Monsanto sees it, a just reward for its $1.5 billion investment in biotech research.

"During the same period, our competitors, largely ignored biotech," the company said in a statement. "Monsanto took risks our competition chose not to take."

Farmers, seed companies ‘afraid’

Although farmers have grumbled about Monsanto's regular price increases for Roundup Ready technology for seeds, it is DuPont, a Monsanto rival, that has pressed the antitrust case.

Farmers and seed companies "are afraid to speak in public, worried that they will become victims of retaliation," Thomas L. Sager, DuPont senior vice president and general counsel, said in a statement. "That's why it's so important that antitrust investigators move quickly -- to learn the truth before even more harm is done to America's farmers."

In court papers, DuPont argues that Monsanto has used the dominance of the Roundup Ready brand to prevent competitors from bringing innovations to market.

In its view, Roundup Ready is so popular that any new biotech innovations must be designed to work with Monsanto's technology. But Monsanto effectively freezes out the competition, it says, by making it difficult for other companies to win a license to add their traits to Monsanto-patented seeds.

"Monsanto has abused its unlawfully-acquired monopoly power to block competition, thwart innovation and extract from farmers unjustified price increases of over 100 percent in recent years," DuPont argues in court documents.

A recent paper by Diana Moss of the American Antitrust Institute broadened the antitrust case against Monsanto and called for legal enforcement, citing "an almost intractable situation for competition." The institute has taken donations from DuPont but does not cater to its donors' viewpoints, officials said.

Monsanto says that the allegations of stifling competition are "without merit" and that it broadly licenses its technology.

We license Roundup Ready technology to hundreds of independent seed companies and our major competitors," Lee Quarles, a company spokesman said. The company won't license Roundup Ready without restriction, however, because it wants to ensure that any other traits that are stacked onto the Roundup Ready seeds actually function as promised, a precaution that protects their brand and their customers, Monsanto officials say.

Out in the fields, meanwhile, there remains resentment and wonder about the Monsanto-patented seed.

According to Moss, the price of seed from 2000 to 2008 outpaced the growth of crop yields by 2 to 4 percent a year.

Several farmers said the cost of Roundup Ready seeds seemed to rise faster than their own margins. But that doesn't mean, at least just yet, that they'll stop using them.

"Everybody likes Roundup Ready," said William Layton, a grain farmer on the Eastern Shore. "Maybe it costs a little more than we like. But everybody's going to keep using it."

Divinorumus
11-29-2009, 09:53 AM
Thing is, while those frankenseeds do cost more each year, using those unnatural seeds increases field yields, which in turn reduces the cost of growing frankenfood for the frankencreeps, making it cheaper than it would otherwise be to feed their monstrous faces. And, so ... this too can be blamed upon those that have come to expect not only cheap tennis shoes from china and cheap crap-fill GM factory meat-farm meat in their bloody burgers, now they want cheap Cuckoo Puff in their tummy tum tum too. Damn them all, damn all them that are wrecking the planet with their little greedy needy needs and wanty wants all the damn time, gawd humons .. :Flush:

Alpha
11-29-2009, 11:29 AM
......Out in the fields, meanwhile, there remains resentment and wonder about the Monsanto-patented seed.

According to Moss, the price of seed from 2000 to 2008 outpaced the growth of crop yields by 2 to 4 percent a year.

Several farmers said the cost of Roundup Ready seeds seemed to rise faster than their own margins. But that doesn't mean, at least just yet, that they'll stop using them.

"Everybody likes Roundup Ready," said William Layton, a grain farmer on the Eastern Shore. "Maybe it costs a little more than we like. But everybody's going to keep using it."There's a lot more to it IMO than the above.

Monsanto is trying to monopolize global farming regardless of what havoc it unleashes upon the environment, nature, the bees, future plants with the ablity to procreate etc.

This Article is 4 years old, however sums it up quite succinctly....



Monsanto versus Farmers


The world’s biggest genetically engineered seed owner destroys time-honoured traditions of seed saving and drives American farmers to destitution and bankruptcy.

Odds stacked against farmers

Feudalism has returned to farming in the US and Canada, according to the US Center for Food Safety’s report detailing the domination over American staple crops by the corporations and their ruthless prosecution of farmers.


Once the ink is dried on the "technology agreements" signed by the farmers buying genetically modified (GM) seed, they enter into contracts that effectively relinquish to Monsanto their right to plant, harvest and sell the GM seed. From that moment on, they are also vulnerable to harassment such as having their property investigated, litigations and out of court settlements that are part and parcel of licensing a Monsanto patented product.


No grower is safe from this onslaught as third generation Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser discovered when he lost to Monsanto in court for failing to pay royalties on GM canola seed that had contaminated his non-GM canola crop. "The corporations are becoming the barons and lords, which are what my grandparents thought they had escaped." Schmeiser said.


To-date, Monsanto has filed 90 lawsuits against American farmers; and 147 farmers and 39 small businesses or farm companies have had to fight for their lives to avoid paying additional court costs, attorneys’ fees, and in some cases, costs incurred by Monsanto while investigating them


The Center for Food Safety estimates that Monsanto has been awarded over $15 million for judgments granted in their favour. The largest recorded single payment received from one farmer was US$3 052 800 (Farmer Anderson, Case no. 4:01: CV-01 749).
Monsanto controls US staple crops by license

For the first time in history, one company has unprecedented control of the sale and use of crop seed. They have accomplished this in three main ways: control of germplasm through ownership of seed companies; domination of genetic technology and seeds through patent acquisitions; and breaking age-old farming tradition by forcing farmers to buy new seed each year rather than saving and re-planting seed. ...................

Farmers intimidated by Monsanto

Here’s what typically happens to US farmers who fall under suspicion of planting saved seed. Private investigators from the Pinkerton agency hired by Monsanto arrive on the farm without warning, sometimes accompanied by local police. They then proceed to take samples and photographs over the course of a few hours to a few weeks, without the farmer being present...........................


Contamination of conventional seed stock

Researchers at the University of Manitoba, Canada tested 33 samples of certified canola (oilseed rape) seed stock and 32 were contaminated with GM. The Union of Concerned Scientists tested traditional US seed stocks of corn, soy and canola and found 50% corn, 50% soy and 83% canola contaminated by GM.


One hundred percent purity is no longer achievable, and even if non-contaminated seed could be purchased, some contamination can take place in the field either by transfer of seed by wind, animals or via farm equipment......................


What Monsanto did next

Monsanto has another way of controlling patented genes. So called "terminator technology" are seeds that become infertile after one life cycle.



The international moratorium on terminator ended when New Zealand and Australia announced it would support the technology’s introduction on a case-by-case basis at a 2005 meeting in Canada. The US Administration in Iraq has already enforced the non-replanting of seeds by farmers, under Order 81. Both GURTS (Genetic Use Restriction Technologies) and "technology agreements," used as weapons against farmers when they purchase GM seed, have not been legally challenged.



It’s high time that patent laws on living organisms that are encouraged by legislators, regulators and the courts alike, come under public scrutiny.
Amending the Patent Act so that sexually reproducing plants are not patentable and amending the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) to exclude such plants from protection under the PVPA are two policy options suggested by the Center for Food Safety to defend farmers from Monsanto.



This would minimise the damage done to farmers and agriculture in the long term. Drastic policy changes are needed at state and federal levels to address the hounding of farmers, their families and small agricultural companies by the aggressive tactics of a big corporation determined to destroy traditional farming practices and rights that go back thousands of years.


Full Article (http://www.i-sis.org.uk/MonsantovsFarmers.php)

Alpha
12-13-2009, 11:09 AM
The "Frankensteination" happening on this planet, is much more dangerous than anything occurring either naturally or biologically IMO. When are we going to stop allowing the messing with Mother Nature?!?!?!?:aargh4:



Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control


Bayer has admitted it has been unable to control the spread of its genetically-engineered organisms despite 'the best practices [to stop contamination]'(1). It shows that all outdoors field trials or commercial growing of GE crops must be stopped before our crops are irreversibly contaminated.
---
---
$2 million US dollar verdict against Bayer confirms company's liability for an uncontrollable technology

Greenpeace welcomes the United States federal jury ruling on 4 December 2009 that Bayer CropScience LP must pay $2 million US dollars to two Missouri farmers after their rice crop was contaminated with an experimental variety of rice that the company was testing in 2006.

This verdict confirms that the responsibility for the consequences of GE (genetic engineering) contamination rests with the company that releases GE crops.

Bayer has admitted it has been unable to control the spread of its genetically-engineered organisms despite 'the best practices [to stop contamination]'(1). It shows that all outdoors field trials or commercial growing of GE crops must be stopped before our crops are irreversibly contaminated.

Full Article (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_19777.cfm)

VOguy
12-13-2009, 11:13 AM
As long as there is money in it, and no reproductions to those personally making the profit from the problems, it WILL continue.

Alpha
01-11-2010, 09:25 AM
I haven't had a chance to watch this yet, however I thought I'd put it up before I loose track of it.


Everything you HAVE TO KNOW
about Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods

Expert Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the #1 GMO bestseller Seeds of Deception, and Genetic Roulette, entertains a wildly appreciative audience with shocking facts about how genetically modified organisms (GMOs) entered our lives.

Smith links GMO to toxins, allergies, infertility, infant mortality, immune dysfunction, stunted growth, and death. Whistleblowers were fired, threatened, and gagged, and warnings by FDA scientists were ignored. Start today to protect yourself by joining the Campaign for Healthier Eating in America— a plan that gives the consumer the power to end the genetic engineering of our food supply.

Video HERE (http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/MediaCenter/Videos/index.cfm)

Alpha
01-13-2010, 10:37 AM
O.K.....this has me frothing :yup: :aargh4:



January 6, 2010

Monsanto named 'company of the year' by Forbes magazine (http://foodworldorder.blogspot.com/2010/01/monsanto-named-company-of-year-by.html)

St. Louis-based Monsanto has been named "2009 Company of the Year (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0118/americas-best-company-10-gmos-dupont-planet-versus-monsanto_print.html)" by Forbes Magazine.

The publication cites Monsanto (http://www.knowmore.org/wiki/index.php?title=Monsanto_Company)'s on-going work in the field of bio-engineering to improve crop yields and feed an ever-growing world population.

Spokesman Darren Wallis says while chief executive Hugh Grant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Grant_%28manager%29) and everybody else at Monsanto are pleased with the honor, they remain focused on keeping their customers satisfied. "Mr. Grant has a great saying that we earn farmers' business every spring at the kitchen table (http://www.bloggingstocks.com/2010/01/05/monsanto-earnings-preview-low-expectations-for-the-company-of-t/)," Wallis tells KMOX News.

Forbes noted that Monsanto has been able to avoid the brunt of the Recession, earning more than $2 billion on revenue of $11.7 billion in fiscal '09, with sales increasing at an annualized 18% clip over the last five years... read the full article on Forbes' choice of Monsanto as the "2009 Company of the Year (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2010/0118/americas-best-company-10-gmos-dupont-planet-versus-monsanto.html)"

Full Article (http://foodworldorder.blogspot.com/2010/01/monsanto-named-company-of-year-by.html)

SquidInk
01-13-2010, 11:08 AM
From the International Journal of Biological Sciences - it's a little dry, but it's very detailed, foot noted, methodical, and informative.


A Comparison of the Effects of Three GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health

Our analysis clearly reveals for the 3 GMOs new side effects linked with GM maize consumption, which were sex- and often dose-dependent. Effects were mostly associated with the kidney and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, although different between the 3 GMOs. Other effects were also noticed in the heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system. We conclude that these data highlight signs of hepatorenal toxicity, possibly due to the new pesticides specific to each GM corn. In addition, unintended direct or indirect metabolic consequences of the genetic modification cannot be excluded. - source (http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm)

"MON 810" and "MON 863", two varieties of synthetic corn product peddled by Monsanto, were at the heart of this study.

In the end they will control the world's food supply, and those of us who decide to keep it real will end up living like Ewoks, shunned by the fully integrated, high tech world of ecomonicus. We should prepare for that day, in as many ways as possible.

maryals
01-13-2010, 04:05 PM
:aargh4: This and everything is driving me to the point of just "shutting down". Hmmmmm maybe THAT'S part of The Plan!?

Mary and Bessie :wall:

maryals
01-13-2010, 04:07 PM
From the International Journal of Biological Sciences - it's a little dry, but it's very detailed, foot noted, methodical, and informative.



"MON 810" and "MON 863", two varieties of synthetic corn product peddled by Monsanto, were at the heart of this study.

In the end they will control the world's food supply, and those of us who decide to keep it real will end up living like Ewoks, shunned by the fully integrated, high tech world of ecomonicus. We should prepare for that day, in as many ways as possible.

Yup, prepare!
Mary and Bessie :wall:

VOguy
01-13-2010, 05:34 PM
In the end they will control the world's food supply, and those of us who decide to keep it real will end up living like Ewoks, shunned by the fully integrated, high tech world of ecomonicus.

Or they could wind up like Jabba the Hutt.

SquidInk
01-13-2010, 08:35 PM
Or they could wind up like Jabba the Hutt.

You make an excellent point! Either way, in the very very end I guess the Empire was defeated.

VOguy
01-13-2010, 09:19 PM
You can't talk about Karma and not believe it. :)

I choose to believe that at some point the masses will wake up, and like the movie, good will prevail over evil. I have faith. French Revolution, American Revolution.... it all goes in circles.

Sadhu
01-13-2010, 10:16 PM
You can't talk about Karma and not believe it. :)

I choose to believe that at some point the masses will wake up, and like the movie, good will prevail over evil. I have faith. French Revolution, American Revolution.... it all goes in circles.


To start a revolution you need courage

Rich, selfish people sometimes suppress the poorer sections of society by binding them with illogical ideas in order to accumulate greater wealth or enjoy more luxury. The privileged classes invariably think of their own comforts. They infuse the poorer sections of society with inferiority complexes in order to exploit them, and then force them to become their obedient servants. But eventually the poor people revolt against such exploitation, even if it takes one, two, three or more generations. People will always revolt against those things that go against human psychology. When oppression crosses the limits of human tolerance and endurance, revolution is inevitable. All dogma must be rooted out. You should start a revolution against dogma. But to start a revolution you need courage. So gather that courage and start a revolution against dogma.

P R Sarkar
Founder of PROUT (http://PROUT.shows.it/)

VOguy
01-14-2010, 06:33 PM
Ahhh.... courage. Many a man has said they have the courage, but they have lacked the will. Sticking to principles is hard since most of the time you can say one thing, but do something else.

Alpha
03-14-2010, 11:57 AM
Other compelling reasons to stop the production and distribution of GM seeds, food :zx11pisse



Scientists reveal negative impact of Roundup Ready GM crops


Five studies published in the October 2009 issue of The European Journal of Agronomy reveal the negative impacts of using Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, a formula developed specifically for the company's line of genetically modified (GM) "Roundup Ready" crops. The papers, which were not released in the United States, offer a solid indictment against GM crops and the plight of using the Roundup herbicide.

Robert Kremer, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, co-authored one of the five papers and offered insight into their premise during an interview with The Organic & Non-GMO Report, a monthly newsletter that offers recourse in addressing the challenges of fighting GM foods.

Kremer and his colleagues began studying the effects of Roundup on soil back in 1997. They found that the herbicide was causing an increase in parasitic colonization at the roots of Roundup Ready soybeans and corn. They also observed an increase in fungal growth that leads to sudden death syndrome (SDS) in the plants.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is systemically changing the soil composition in the fields where it is used, leeching from plant roots into the ground. It is also disrupting the normal microorganism balance on plants and in soil, spurring the growth of harmful bacterial colonies that are destroying the beneficial ones.

According to Kremer, the most apparent disruption by glyphosate is observed in rhizobia, a type of bacterium that fixes nitrogen in the soil. Glyphosate's toxicity inhibits rhizobia from enriching soil with nitrogen, preventing plants from receiving this necessary element.

Despite claims to the contrary, Roundup can deeply penetrate soil and threaten groundwater supplies with contamination. Depending on a particular soil's composition, glyphosate can leech rather quickly into soil and potentially run off into nearby streams and rivers.

The Roundup system has also caused a significant increase in aggressive "super" weeds that are resistant to glyphosate. These weeds have been popping up in fields all over the country where GM Roundup Ready crops are grown, growing increasingly more virulent every year. Genetic engineers continue to develop stronger herbicides to combat them but the weeds keep getting stronger and more resistant.

Genetic modification of food crops is not only unsustainable but it threatens to unhinge the entire agricultural system. Roundup and other herbicides are altering and destroying soil nutrients, beneficial microbes, and other delicate components necessary to grow food. ...............

Full Article (http://www.naturalnews.com/028347_GM_crops_Roundup.html)

Sadhu
03-14-2010, 07:55 PM
It's important that people start turning their yards into food gardens, cooperating with others in the neighborhood by each home of small yards to specialize in some food then share with each other. Capeetalism, as we know it today, will most certainly fall, by the flip of switch, by war(s) or by natural disasters, including redistribution of water -- for whatever reason. Some of the future wars will be fought due to water needs. In the future China is going to invade India for its food production capabilities. [Indians are not part of China's "Middle Kingdom", so they can do anything they want to them, but of course]. We may have similar problems between states in US, though probably on a more mature adult level than in other countries [we hope].

maryals
03-15-2010, 02:55 PM
Well, I got my "Survival Garden" Heritage Non-Hybrid Open Pollinated Seeds :dance:
Some of those crops don't do well NuNorth, such as the corn and melons. I have ideas for giving them a try, but, meantime, I may offer to trade them for seeds from people in hot climates where things like cabbage don't do as well as they do here in cold climate.
Maybe I'll start a seperate thread!

Mary and Bessie :wall:

VOguy
03-15-2010, 05:44 PM
Try putting some straw over the roots, on top of the soil, and planting on the south side of a building with light colored paint. Theory being, keep the roots warm, and then reflect as much natural light back to the plant to warm it.

Alpha
03-15-2010, 06:51 PM
Try putting some straw over the roots, on top of the soil, and planting on the south side of a building with light colored paint. Theory being, keep the roots warm, and then reflect as much natural light back to the plant to warm it.

Good tips VO, however that doesn't work for folks in northern climates where our temps go way below freezing for much of the winter months.

Some seeds are viable with freezing though....actually many are...natures way.

The horrific part with GM Monsanto seeds is that you can have natural heirloom seeds, yet if anyone in your area has the GM ones and the pollinators come, they will render them sterile.

These monsters will end up making this wonderful planet look like Mars or worse if they keep this up and get away with it!!!! :banghead: :yell:

We can stock up on seeds all we want...rumour has it that they have save tons of good heirloom seeds in the Antarctic and other places unknown... for what purpose?...their own perhaps :dunno: ....yet how can we stop this insanity?!?!?!?

"They" are ruining the entire eco system of Mother Earth.....I am disgusted, angry, more than sad beyond belief and have no answers....again how do we stop this?....can we??

VOguy
03-15-2010, 07:31 PM
It's not a fix, but it does help a bit. Sometimes you can enclose them in a tent of clear plastic sheet, and feed some of the hot air from the clothes dryer into a bed of river rock. The rocks heat and will stay radient for a while. Again, not a fix, but helps out if you're borderline.

BTW, Alpha, do you ever listen to the radio program called Renovations Across Canada. Not sure who has it up there where you're at, but it's on 800 CKLW in Windsor. (I think they do the show at CFRA in Ottawa).

One week the fellow was talking about greenhouses, and a water reclamation system using what comes off your roof, and then a series of inexpensive plastic hose to trickle feed plants.

One fellow called up and uses the same roof water, but pressurizes it, and feeds it through a mist system in the roof that "supposedly" is good for ferns and tropical style plants.

maryals
03-15-2010, 11:13 PM
Try putting some straw over the roots, on top of the soil, and planting on the south side of a building with light colored paint. Theory being, keep the roots warm, and then reflect as much natural light back to the plant to warm it.

Thanks! I have no choice where to plant tho :(

Mary and Bessie :dance:

Judee
03-15-2010, 11:36 PM
The horrific part with GM Monsanto seeds is that you can have natural heirloom seeds, yet if anyone in your area has the GM ones and the pollinators come, they will render them sterile.

These monsters will end up making this wonderful planet look like Mars or worse if they keep this up and get away with it!!!! :banghead: :yell:

We can stock up on seeds all we want...rumour has it that they have save tons of good heirloom seeds in the Antarctic and other places unknown... for what purpose?...their own perhaps :dunno: ....yet how can we stop this insanity?!?!?!?

"They" are ruining the entire eco system of Mother Earth.....I am disgusted, angry, more than sad beyond belief and have no answers....again how do we stop this?....can we??

I cannot agree more with you Alpha. GM seeds are the worst horror to befall the earth! What is being sold to the public and corporate growers as being 'good for you'; is in fact the ultimate weapon of control ever conceived.

Alpha
03-26-2010, 12:49 PM
Here's LMH's Report on GM Seeds (http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1686&category=Environment) that she covered last night, March 25, 2010 on C2C.

Here's an excerpt:


Are Genetically Engineered
Crops Hurting Earth Life?



Dr. Benbrook, what if it turns out that genetically engineered crops hurt Earth life from honey bees and bats to people?


The part of this puzzle that doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves are the new seed treatments that are necessary to protect the GE corn, soybeans and cotton plants. Actually, they are kind of weak when they first germinate. They are highly vulnerable to plant disease and insect attacks. Those plants are just not as vigorous and healthy as conventional seeds.



So, the biotech industry has come up with a new generation of seed treatments that are actually like the time release pills that are coated so that the medicine is delivered gradually over a period of time. Well, they have done the same thing now with seed treatments by embedding the pesticides used in the seed treatment inside of polymers that break down and release the seed treatment over a period of weeks instead of only a day or two.


I believe that several of the pesticides that are being used as seed treatments, they are called systemic pesticides. The way that they work is they actually move right up through the roots and into the growing tissues of the plant.



So, any insect or animal feeding on these young plants is going to be exposed to a relatively high level of them. A soybean or corn plant when it first germinates in first weeks of growth is quite small. And yet, that chemical in that seed treatment is coming up through it and I believe there is new evidence of bees being exposed to these systemic seed treatments in the early part of the growing season that is weakening the bees’ immune system, disrupting their neurological systems so they can’t navigate their way back to the hive, which is a signature characteristic of Colony Collapse Disorder (empty colonies).



I think the seed treatment residues could be impacting many other non-target organisms from bats to frogs to insects.


I think we have so profoundly changed how we grow soybeans, corn and cotton in this country that we’ve really turned them into kind of toxic crops!



The corn and cotton are actually engineered to manufacture insecticides inside all the plant cells and we are coating the seeds with these systemic pesticides that move into the plants and we have made them so you can spray herbicides over the tops of them in multiple herbicides, which increases the risk of herbicide residues getting into aquatic ecosystems, the food chain and perhaps into the human diet.


We have to step back and ask ourselves, ‘Why have we had to step up this chemical warfare on soybean, cotton and corn farms so dramatically since 1996?


I think fundamentally the answer is: a technology came along – genetic engineering – where the private sector realized there were some ways to create patent-protected profits in major crops that were associated with these pesticide management kind of traits turning the crops into little mini-insecticide factories creating herbicide-tolerant crops.


This set us down a path that has thrown at Mother Nature in all of these fields this increasing diversity and mix of toxic chemicals and toxic plants.


As a result, Nature is responding and farmers are responding in kind by ramping up the applications, by putting in more genes, and trying to become even more toxic.”................


Full Report (http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1686&category=Environment)



Also, Dark Skies put up a great link in the TO last night about this History of Monsanto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto) ...thanks Dark Skies!! :notworthy

Take a read at the above if you're interested and see how insidious and dirty their hands are!!! :angryfire

maryals
03-26-2010, 03:02 PM
Thanks for bumping this up...it's very important.
Folks, if you have even a tiny area of ground, get your non-hybrid seeds and grow your own food.
If you live in an apartment see if your town/city has Community Gardens. Make friends with someone who does have space for a veggie garden.
Take a look at this Topic Seed Exchange (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17231)

Thanks again Alpha

Mary and Bessie :spacecraft:

Judee
04-03-2010, 09:33 PM
Engineered Poison Lurking in Your Everyday Food?

The FDA and EPA don’t want you to know the details behind this poisonous perversion of your food supply. Why? Because it’s engineered into many foods you and your family eat from baby formula to fruits and vegetables. Here’s what to avoid…

Link:
http://rda.mercola.com/redirect/view.aspx?Email=parrotpeak@peak.org&ReturnURL=http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/03/jeffrey-smith-interview.aspx

Alpha
04-14-2010, 08:18 AM
Engineered Poison Lurking in Your Everyday Food?

The FDA and EPA don’t want you to know the details behind this poisonous perversion of your food supply. Why? Because it’s engineered into many foods you and your family eat from baby formula to fruits and vegetables. Here’s what to avoid…

Link:
http://rda.mercola.com/redirect/view.aspx?Email=parrotpeak@peak.org&ReturnURL=http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/03/jeffrey-smith-interview.aspx

Excellent link Judee...thanks!! :notworthy

Guess this pick illustrates the point more than nicely :sad:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4520026549_14fabe43b5_o.jpg

Judee
05-05-2010, 02:30 AM
May 4 2010

GMO alert: U.S. attempting global censorship of GMO food labeling
by Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) I received an urgent alert from Jeffrey Smith today about a dangerous situation taking place right now at the international CODEX conference. The U.S. is attempting to push its agenda to censor all GMO labeling of foods everywhere around the world. This would result in a global GMO cover-up as consumers are left in the dark about whether their foods and grocery products are genetically modified or not.

Your help is urgently needed to send a message to the Secretaries of State (Clinton), Agriculture (Vilsack), and Health and Human Services (Sebelius) to urge them to halt the USA's nefarious attempts to install a global GMO deception.

Take part in this online petition, go here:
http://www.seedsofdeception.com/GMF...

Please understand that the U.S. is attempting to outlaw non-GMO labeling of foods, thereby making it illegal for a non-GMO food product to even claim "non-GMO" on the label. If the U.S. succeeds in this global GMO cover-up, the FDA could seize any products in the USA that make "non-GMO" claims. Additionally, the USA could file lawsuits through the World Trade Organization against any country that allows non-GMO labeling or claims on its products.

Why is the U.S. pursuing such a devious and sinister course of action? Because, as you well know, virtually the entire federal government caters to the financial interests of powerful corporations -- and these include the "Big Ag" giants like Monsanto that want to patent all seeds while destroying the no-GMOs movement. They want to turn non-GMO foods into violations of the law and thereby strip all such products from store shelves.

They want to keep American consumers left in the dark, ignorant of the real dangers posed by GMOs. And of course, they want to dominate the entire U.S. food supply with their toxic GMO crops.

These powerful, dangerous corporations are willing to do anything to achieve their global agenda, including forcing GMO censorship on the entire world.


Full Story:
http://www.naturalnews.com/z028716_GMOs_food_labels.html

Topper
05-05-2010, 01:48 PM
Over the last 5 years one of the TV stations in Austin, Texas would air a segment on not using chemical laden products on the lawn as the concentrates never break down in the water shed or the Colorado river advocating Jerry Baker's method of gardening. I believe it was KXAN

VOguy
05-06-2010, 07:08 PM
I always get a kick out of Baker and is "tonic", which does work. Also his thoughts for getting rid of ants, which can have your neighbors talking. :D

Alpha
05-29-2010, 04:09 AM
Good for the Haitians and damn Monsanto!!



Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beverly-bell/haitian-farmers-commit-to_b_578807.html)

A new earthquake" is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto's seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation's presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day.

In an open letter sent of May 14, Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, the Executive Director of MPP and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP), called the entry of Monsanto seeds into Haiti "a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds..., and on what is left our environment in Haiti."[1] Haitian social movements have been vocal in their opposition to agribusiness imports of seeds and food, which undermines local production with local seed stocks. They have expressed special concern about the import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

For now, without a law regulating the use of GMOs in Haiti, the Ministry of Agriculture rejected Monsanto's offer of Roundup Ready GMO seeds. In an email exchange, a Monsanto representative assured the Ministry of Agriculture that the seeds being donated are not GMO......

Full Article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beverly-bell/haitian-farmers-commit-to_b_578807.html)

Alpha
06-22-2010, 11:05 AM
:cussing:



US Supreme Court lifts ban on sale of GM crop


WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) – The Supreme Court lifted Monday a four-year ban on the sale in the United States of genetically modified alfalfa, which farmers fear contaminates others crops.......

Full Article (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100621/pl_afp/uscourtcompanymonsantofarmbiotech_20100621150216)

Judee
07-08-2010, 07:14 PM
Dupont Dame Follows Monsanto Men Into Obama Administration

Starting with his choice for USDA Secretary, the pro-biotech former governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsack, President Obama has let Monsanto, Dupont and the other pesticide and genetic engineering companies know they'll have plenty of friends and supporters within his administration.

President Obama has taken his team of food and farming leaders directly from the biotech companies and their lobbying, research, and philanthropic arms.

Michael Taylor, former Monsanto Vice President, is now the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods.

Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto-funded Danforth Plant Science Center, is now the director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Islam Siddiqui, Vice President of the Monsanto and Dupont-funded pesticide-promoting lobbying group, CropLife, is now the Agriculture Negotiator for the US Trade Representative.

Rajiv Shah, former Gates Foundation agricultural-development director served as Obama's USDA Under Secretary for Research Education and Economics and Chief Scientist and is now head of USAID.

Now, Ramona Romero, corporate counsel to Dupont, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=zO080%2F9%2BJo1IuDso%2BZmCtz76v05sbz8q

Alpha
07-09-2010, 11:22 AM
Dupont Dame Follows Monsanto Men Into Obama Administration

Starting with his choice for USDA Secretary, the pro-biotech former governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsack, President Obama has let Monsanto, Dupont and the other pesticide and genetic engineering companies know they'll have plenty of friends and supporters within his administration.

President Obama has taken his team of food and farming leaders directly from the biotech companies and their lobbying, research, and philanthropic arms.

Michael Taylor, former Monsanto Vice President, is now the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods.

Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto-funded Danforth Plant Science Center, is now the director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Islam Siddiqui, Vice President of the Monsanto and Dupont-funded pesticide-promoting lobbying group, CropLife, is now the Agriculture Negotiator for the US Trade Representative.

Rajiv Shah, former Gates Foundation agricultural-development director served as Obama's USDA Under Secretary for Research Education and Economics and Chief Scientist and is now head of USAID.

Now, Ramona Romero, corporate counsel to Dupont, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=zO080%2F9%2BJo1IuDso%2BZmCtz76v05sbz8q

:17: :17: :yell:

pyrite
07-09-2010, 01:06 PM
Two cars in every garage and three eyes on every fish 68746875

Alpha
07-15-2010, 12:11 PM
Highly recommend taking about 30 miinutes to listen to This Program (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?18282-July-14-15-2010-GMO-Salmon-amp-Food-Jeffrey-Smith-Disaster-Survival-Lawrence-E.-Joseph&p=328792#post328792) :aargh4: :17:

Alpha
07-30-2010, 10:48 AM
The Monsanto criminals are some of the worst on the planet, in addition to the corporations and politicians that are in their pocket and aid a abet them....:rocketwho:rocketwho



Monsanto: The evil corporation in your refrigerator

When we consider the rogue's gallery of devilish, over-sized, greedy and disproportionately powerful corporations, we generally come up with outfits like Microsoft, Bechtel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolivian_Water_Wars_of_2000), AIG, Halliburton, Goldman-Sachs, Exxon-Mobil and the United States Senate. Yet somehow, Monsanto, arguably the most devilish, over-sized, greedy and disproportionately powerful corporation in the world has been able to more or less skulk between the raindrops -- only a household name in households where documentaries like Food Inc. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027BOL4G?ie=UTF8&tag=bobcescom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0027BOL4G) are regarded as light Friday evening entertainment. My house, for example. But for the most part, if you were to ask an average American for their list of sinister corporations, Monsanto probably wouldn't make the cut.

It should.

Founded by Missouri pharmacist John Francis Queeny in 1901, Monsanto is literally everywhere. Just about every non-organic food product available to consumers has some sort of connection with Monsanto.

Anyone who can read a label knows that corn, soy and cotton can be found in just about every American food product. Upwards of 90% of all corn, soybeans and cotton are grown from genetically engineered seeds, also known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These genetically enhanced products appear in around 70% of all American processed food products. And Monsanto controls 90% of all genetically engineered seeds. In other words, Monsanto controls -- and owns patents on -- most of the American food supply.

When you consider, as Walletpop originally reported (http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/09/22/use-food-labels-to-know-what-youre-eating-theres-a-1-in-4-cha/), that one-in-four food labels is inaccurate, that the F.D.A.'s testing is weak at best, then how can we trust one corporation to have so much control over our produce? The answer is, we can't.


Recently, a study by the International Journal of Biological Sciences (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/monsantos-gmo-corn-linked_n_420365.html) revealed that Monsanto's Mon 863, Mon 810, and Roundup herbicide-absorbing NK 603 in corn caused kidney and liver damage in laboratory rats. Scientists also discovered damage to the heart, spleen, adrenal glands and even the blood of rats that consumed the mutant corn. A "state of hepatorenal toxicity" the study concluded.


This hasn't slowed down Monsanto's profit machine. In 2008, Monsanto cleared over $2 billion in net profits on $11 billion in revenues. And its 2009 is looking equally as excellent.................


Because Monsanto claims that its GMOs create higher yields and therefore comparatively higher revenues per acre for struggling American farmers, they're certainly a tempting option. On the surface, that is. Monsanto controls its seeds with an iron fist, so even if you happen to own a farm next to another farm upon which Monsanto seeds are used, and if those seeds migrate onto your land, Monsanto can sue you for royalties (http://www.mindfully.org/GE/2005/Monsanto-Sues-Farmers30jan05.htm).

Additionally, if you use seeds from crops grown from Monsanto seeds, a process known as "seed cleaning," you also have to pay royalties to Monsanto or it will sue you. All told, Monsanto has recovered $15 million in royalties by suing farmers, with individual settlements ranging from five figures to millions of dollars each...................


Meanwhile, let's endeavor to make Monsanto a household name. But not in a good way.

On January 15, the Obama Justice Department launched an anti-trust investigation (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/28/AR2009112802471.html) against the corporate behemoth over its next generation of genetically modified "Roundup Ready" soybean seeds. The very next day, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/story/D51C88B13F9B58AF862576AD00057CC8?OpenDocument), which challenges the safety of genetically modified agricultural products -- the centerpiece of the Monsanto empire. If the investigation fails, farmers will have to switch over to the next generation of Roundup Ready seeds in 2014. And the cycle of corporate abuse and monopolization will continue.



Full Article (http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/02/04/monsanto-the-evil-corporation-in-your-refrigerator/?ncid=webmaildl3)

Alpha
07-31-2010, 11:19 AM
I started a new thread for this topic as I think it is most important, however I'm double posting it here so that it won't be missed.

A must watch video.....Alex does an excellent job with this.

Send the video to everyone you care about!!

Alex is right.....the genetic code of the planet is being butchered!! :17:



Food: The Ultimate Secret Exposed (http://www.infowars.com/food-the-ultimate-secret-exposed/)


The grocery store, along with your kitchen sink, are two of the most dangerous places in the world.
In a special video, Alex Jones addresses one of the darkest modes of power the globalists have used to control the population– food. The adulteration of the planet’s staple crops, genetically-altered species and intentionally-altered water, food and air all amount to a Eugenics operation to weaken the masses and achieve full spectrum domination.


MSpkLk0vYmk


People the world over, but especially in the United States are under chemical attack. Deadly and dangerous toxins ranging from Aspartame to Fluoride, GMO, Mercury-tainting, pesticides, cross-species chimeras, plastic compounds in chicken, high fructose corn syrup, cloned meat, rBGH and new aggressive GM species of salmon have all entered into our diets and environments– whether we want it or not.


-B9MeO3SRxU


Many of these substances knowingly cause or are linked with sterility, low birth weight, miscarriages, smaller or deformed offspring, as well as organ failure, cancer, brain tumors and Death itself, what you DON’T know about on your grocery shelves can hurt you. Further, Alex demonstrates that a pattern of buried studies, fraudulent statistics and a will reduce global population all point to the deliberate criminal poisoning of the food and water supply.



Suffer no fools if those you show refuse to believe what is going on. Instead, research these important areas for yourself, and warn those you love about need to stop their food from being used as a Depopulation-weapon against us all. Please share this important video with everyone, so the truth about these substances can be known.



LINK (http://www.infowars.com/food-the-ultimate-secret-exposed/)

For more also see

Fluoride in your Tap Water (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?12535-Fluoride-in-your-Tap-Water&highlight=fluoride)

Aspartame - Bio-weapon of Mass Destruction (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?11247-Aspartame-Bioweapon-of-Mass-Destruction&highlight=aspertame)

Judee
08-09-2010, 04:46 PM
The cat is out of the bag Alpha...


August 6, 2010

Genetically Modified Crop on the Loose and Evolving in U.S. Midwest
GM canola plant refugees from farms in North Dakota bear multiple transgenic traits
By David Biello

Outside a grocery store in Langdon, N.D., two ecologists spotted a yellow canola plant growing on the margins of a parking lot this summer. They plucked it, ground it up and, using a chemical stick similar to those in home pregnancy kits, identified proteins that were made by artificially introduced genes. The plant was GM—genetically modified.

That's not too surprising, given that North Dakota grows tens of thousands of hectares of conventional and genetically modified canola—a weedy plant, known scientifically as Brassica napus var oleifera, bred by Canadians to yield vegetable oil from its thousands of tiny seeds. What was more surprising was that nearly everywhere the two ecologists and their colleagues stopped during a trip across the state, they found GM canola growing in the wild. "We found transgenic plants growing in the middle of nowhere, far from fields," says ecologist Cindy Sagers of the University of Arkansas (U.A.) in Fayetteville, who presented the findings August 6 at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Pittsburgh. Most intriguingly, two of the 288 tested plants showed man-made genes for resistance to multiple pesticides—so-called "stacked traits," and a type of seed that biotechnology companies like Monsanto have long sought to develop and market. As it seems, Mother Nature beat biotech to it. "One of the ones with multiple traits was [in the middle of] nowhere, and believe me, there's a lot of nowhere in North Dakota—nowhere near a canola field," she adds.

That likely means that transgenic canola plants are cross-pollinating in the wild—and swapping introduced genes. Although GM canola in the wild has been identified everywhere from Canada to Japan in previous research, this marks the first time such plants have been shown to be evolving in this way. "They had novel combinations of transgenic traits," Sagers says. "The most parsimonious explanation is these traits are stable outside of cultivation and they are evolving."

Escaped populations of such transgenic plants have generally died out quickly without continual replenishment from stray farm seeds in places such as Canada, but canola is capable of hybridizing with at least two—and possibly as many as eight—wild weed species in North America, including field mustard (Brassica rapa), which is a known agricultural pest. "Not only is it going to jump out of cultivation; there are sexually compatible weeds all over North America," Sagers says. Adds ecologist-in-training Meredith Schafer of U.A., who led the research, "It becomes a weed [farmers] can't control."

There has been no evidence to show that the herbicide resistance genes will either increase or decrease fitness to date. The finding provides, however, a warning for future genetic modifications that might increase fitness in all kinds of plants; it will be difficult to keep those traits on the farm and out of the wild. "The big concern is traits that would increase invasiveness or weediness, traits such as drought tolerance, salt tolerance, heat or cold tolerance" says weed scientist Carol Mallory-Smith of Oregon State University—all the traits that Monsanto and others are currently developing to help crops adapt to climate change. "These traits would have the possibility of expanding a species' range." In the case of canola, consider it done—at least in North Dakota.

This is not the first transgenic crop to escape into the wild in the U.S.; herbicide-resistant turf grass being tested in Oregon spread as well in 2006. And GM canola is not a regulated plant, "therefore no protocols are required by the regulatory agencies to reduce or prevent escape," notes ecologist Allison Snow of The Ohio State University. "The next question is: 'So what?' What difference does it make if the feral canola or any species that hybridize with it have two transgenes for herbicide resistance?"

Full Story:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=genetically-modified-crop&sc=DD_20100809

Alpha
08-18-2010, 10:40 AM
Another example of how corporations and banks own our governments, politicians and judicial systems. :angryfire

These monsters are ruining our planet and everything on it....how the hell do we stop them?!?!?!?


Sugar Beets- Monsanto Wins Again

Last Friday a federal judge imposed a nationwide ban (http://www.gmwatch.eu/latest-listing/1-news-items/12417-judges-ruling-uproots-use-of-gm-beets) on GMO sugar beets and it was overturned the next business day. Sugar beets comprise 50% of the sugar used in US food, and 95% of the sugar beets grown in the US are GMO. It is the jurisdiction of the US Department of Agriculture to determine whether plants are environmentally safe; this case is about whether the plants can cross pollinate (by wind, insects, etc) and contaminate other plants. This could have cost Monsanto billions of dollars.
Less than 2 weeks ago, wild growing canola (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129010499) in North Dakota was discovered to be 86% GMO. Because GMO crops are crossed with herbicide resistant plants (usually weeds), they grow like weeds and contaminate natural plants. Alarmingly, two of the canola samples collected by scientists showed that multiple genes from different species of GMO canola plants cross pollinated without cultivation, and probably for several generations. The implication of this is that GMO seeds can readily contaminate natural seeds and become out of control.


The GMO alfalfa ban lawsuit about contamination was the first GMO case ever heard by the Supreme Court, despite countless lawsuits from farmers whose fields have been polluted by GMOs. The sugar beet ban was overturned, based on a Supreme Court decision (7-1), which lifted the nationwide ban on GMO alfalfa in June.................


Many of the organizations that represent farmers whose farms appear to be compromised. For instance, Andrew Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety has another tax-exempt organization that is pursuing the removal of natural colloidal silver from public use and has accepted $1.75 million from the John Merck Fund, which has ties to the Rockefellers, who have been major financiers of biotechnology and food control for decades.


The Sierra Club's own website (http://www.sierraclub.org/population/UNFPA/) supports the United Nations Population Fund which has its roots in eugenics (http://www.albatrus.org/english/lien_of_oz/one%20world%20government/eugenics_racism_population_control.htm).


Earthjustice is another example of a tax-exempt organization that uses the Agenda 21 Sustainable Development model for "helping" people and the environment (http://www.earthjustice.org/about/clients_coalitions), when really the overall objective is to reduce the population. Earthjustice has a $30 million budget and they support the Sierra Club's mission (http://www.earthjustice.org/about/clients_coalitions/sierra-club-of-canada) against the "overriding threat of spiraling population growth and over consumption."


Monsanto's GMOs, which no one would want if they fully understood the health and contamination dangers, have thoroughly infiltrated America's farms and food supply by way of government regulations, which is how monopolies are created. The Rockefellers have practiced food control for generations and fund biotechnology. The US government has worked in opposition to farmers and public health in granting Monsanto patents on seeds, thus enabling Monsanto's licensing agreements with farmers that keep the farmers paying royalties even after they stop growing Monsanto products. The United Nations has been complicit in spreading GMO seeds across the world through WTO regulations and other means. Many environmental NGOs are accredited through the UN, "non-profit" organizations (tax-exempt is a better description because many of these 501(c)3 organizations reap plenty of profits) and tax-exempt foundations all work together to pursue the Agenda 21 Sustainable Development goals of depopulation and total control, using the environment as the excuse. For the full analysis of Food & Depopulation, please click on these links:


The Rockefeller Family- Part One (http://www.morphcity.com/home/65-food-and-depopulation-part-1-of-4)
Monsanto's Monopoly- Part Two (http://www.morphcity.com/home/71-food-and-depopulation-part-2-of-4)
Internaional Takeover by the UN- Part Three (http://www.morphcity.com/home/73-food-and-depopulation-part-3-of-4)
Scams & Solutions- Part Four (http://www.morphcity.com/home/75-food-and-depopulation-part-4-of-4)

(http://www.morphcity.com/home/75-food-and-depopulation-part-4-of-4)
The Supreme Court decision that lifted the nationwide GMO alfalfa ban because it was "too broad", means that if GMOs are to be banned, it is up to the States and local governments, so please send this article to your State and local government represtentatives.


Full Article (http://www.morphcity.com/home/82-sugar-beets-monsanto-wins-again-)

maryals
08-18-2010, 05:05 PM
I read the posts...am at a loss for words.

Mary and Bessie

Judee
08-18-2010, 05:37 PM
Another example of how corporations and banks own our governments, politicians and judicial systems. :angryfire

These monsters are ruining our planet and everything on it....how the hell do we stop them?!?!?!?

I don't think we can stop it Alpha, because we'd never get all the people off their duffs to protest. One small thing we can do, is try to buy as much local food as we can from small farmers, and others who grow a little extra to sell at farmers markets and roadside stands. I'm happy to report that I am seeing many more small private roadside stands selling whatever they can. Of course, this has as much to do with the depression here in the US as anything, but it's nice to see anyway and I hope it continues. And all we can do is bring it to the attention of as many people as we can in places like IW, and hope that just one person in a hundred takes the time to send a letter or make a phone call to their representatives in Washington, D.C. If enough people demand to know about their food and how it was grown and where, and stop buying GM crap, someone eventually will have to listen by virtue of revenue loss. Every time we go into a supermarket, we should demand -- yes demand to know what foods there are GM. If the manager doesn't have an answer, we should demand one plain and simple!!! We can all do little things to help, and in the end, all of those little things will add up to one huge protest and demand for change! One person can't do anything. It will take each of us doing any small thing we can when we can, and keeping it up.

Judee
08-21-2010, 04:37 PM
Genetically Manipulated Crops: The GMO Catastrophe in the USA. A Lesson for the World


By F. William Engdahl

URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20675

Global Research, August 18, 2010




Recently the unelected potentates of the EU Commission in Brussels have sought to override what has repeatedly been shown to be the overwhelming opposition of the European Union population to the spread of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in EU agriculture. EU Commission President now has a Maltese accountant as health and enviromnent Commissioner to rubber stamp the adoption of GMO. The former EU Environment Commissioner from Greece was a ferocious GMO opponent. As well, the Chinese government has indicated it may approve a variety of GMO rice. Before things get too far along, they would do well to take a closer look at the world GMO test lab, the USA. There GMO crops are anything but beneficial. Just the opposite.



What is carefully kept out of the Monsanto and other agribusiness propaganda in promoting genetically manipulated crops as an alternative to conventional is the fact that in the entire world until the present, all GMO crops have been manipulated and patented for only two things—to be resistant or “tolerant” to the patented highly toxic herbicide glyphosate chemicals that Monsanto and the others force farmers to buy as condition for buying their patented GMO seeds. The second trait is GMO seeds that have been engineered genetically to resist specific insects. Contrary to public relations myths promoted by the agribusiness giants in their own self-interest, there exists not oné single GMO seed that provides a greater harvest yield than conventional, nor one that requires less toxic chemical herbicides. That is for the simple reason there is no profit to be made in such.



Giant super-weeds plague


As prominent GMO opponent and biologist, Dr Mae-Wan Ho of the Institute of Science in London has noted, companies such as Monsanto build into their seeds herbicide-tolerance (HT) due to glyphosate-insensitive form of the gene coding for the enzyme targeted by the herbicide. The enzyme is derived from soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Insect-resistance is due to one or more toxin genes derived from the soil bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). The United States began large scale commercial planting of GMO plants, mainly soybeans and corn and cotton around 1997. By now, GM crops have taken over between 85 percent to 91 percent of the areas planted with the three major crops, soybean, corn and cotton in the US, on nearly 171 million acres.


The ecological time-bomb that came with the GMO according to Ho, is about to explode. Over several years of constant application of patented glyphosate herbicides such as Monsanto’s famous and highly Roundup, new herbicide-resistant “super-weeds” have evolved, nature’s response to man-made attempts to violate it. The super-weeds require significantly more not less herbicide to control.



ABC Television, a major US national network, made a recent documentary about the super-weeds under the rubric, “super weeds that can’t be killed.”[1]


They interviewed farmers and scientists across Arkansas who described fields overrun with giant pigweed plants that can withstand as much glyphosate as farmers are able to spray. They interviewed one farmer who spent almost 400000 euro in only three months in a failed attempt to kill the new super-weeds.


The new super-weeds are so robust that harvester combines are unable to harvest the fields and hand tools break trying to cut them down. At least 400000 hectares of soybean and cotton in Arkansas alone have become invested with this new mutant biological plague. Detailed data on other agricultural regions is not available but believed similar. The pro-GMO and pro-agribusiness US Department of Agriculture has been reported lying about the true state of US crop harvest partly to hide the grim reality and to prevent an explosive revolt against GMO in the world’s largest GMO market.



Superweed

One variety of super-weed, palmer pigweed can grow up to 2.4 meters high, withstands severe heat and prolonged droughts, and produces thousands of seeds with a root system that drains nutrients away from crops. If left unchecked, it takes over an entire field in a year. Some farmers have been forced to abandon their land. To date palmer pigweed infestation in GMO crop regions has been identified in addition to Arkansas, also in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Mexico, Mississippi and most recently, Alabama and Missouri.


Weed scientists at the University of Georgia estimate that just two palmer pigweed plants in every 6 meter length of cotton row can reduce yield by at least 23 percent. A single weed plant can produce 450 000 seeds. [2]


Roundup toxic danger being covered-up


Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the US and the world at large. Patented and sold by Monsanto since the 1970s under the trade name Roundup, it is a mandatory component of buying GMO seeds from Monsanto. Just go to your local garden store and ask for it and read the label carefully.




As I detail in my book, Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, GMO crops and patented seeds were developed in the 1970’s with significant financial support from the pro-eugenics Rockefeller Foundation, by what were essentially chemical companies—Monsanto Chemicals, DuPont and Dow Chemicals. All three were involved in the scandal of the highly toxic Agent Orange used in Vietnam, as well as Dioxin in the 1970’s, and lied to cover up the true damage to its own employees as well as to civilian and military populations exposed.


Their patented GMO seeds were seen as a clever way to force increased purchase of their agricultural chemicals such as Roundup. Farmers must sign a legal contract with Monsanto in which it stipulates that only Monsanto Roundup pesticide may be used. Farmers are thus trapped both in buying new seeds from Monsanto each harvest and buying the toxic glyphosate.

France’s University of Caen, in a team led by molecular biologist, Gilles-Eric Seralini, did a study that showed Roundup contained one specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA. Seralini’s team demonstrated that POEA in Roundup was more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells than even the glyphosate itself. Monsanto refuses to release details of the contents of its Roundup other than glyphosate, calling it “proprietary.” [3]

The Seralini study found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells—even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns! The French team studied multiple concentrations of Roundup, from the typical agricultural or lawn dose down to concentrations 100,000 times more dilute than the products sold on shelves. The researchers saw cell damage at all concentrations.

Glyphosate and Roundup are advertised as “less toxic to us than table salt” in a pamphlet from the Biotechnology Institute promoting GMO crops as ‘Weed Warrior.’ Thirteen years of GMO crops in the USA has increased overall pesticide use by 318 million pounds, not decreased as promised by the Four Horsemen of the GMO Apocalypse. The extra disease burden on the nation from that alone is considerable.



Nonetheless after introduction of Monsanto GMO seeds commercially in the USA, use of glyphosate has risen more than 1500% between 1994 and 2005. In the USA some 100 million pounds of glyphosate are used on lawns and farms every year, and over the last 13 years, it has been applied to more than a billion acres. When questioned, Monsanto’s technical development manager, Rick Cole, reportedly said the problems were “manageable.” He advised farmers to alternate crops and use different makes of herbicides produced by Monsanto. Monsanto is encouraging farmers to mix glyphosate with its older herbicides such as 2,4-D, banned in Sweden, Denmark and Norway for links to cancer and reproductive and neurological damage. 2,4-D is a component of Agent Orange, produced by Monsanto for use in Vietnam in the 1960s.


US Farmers turn to organics


Farmers across the United States are reported to be going back to conventional non-GMO crops instead. According to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture, retail sales of organic food went up to $21.1 billion in 2008 from $3.6 billion in 1997.[4] The market is so active that organic farms have struggled at times to produce sufficient supply to keep up with the rapid growth in consumer demand, leading to periodic shortages of organic products.


The new UK Conservative-Liberal coalition government is strongly backing lifting a de facto ban on GMO in that country. UK Chief Scientific Adviser, Prof. John Beddington, recently wrote an article in which he misleadingly claimed “The next decade will see the development of combinations of desirable traits and the introduction of new traits such as drought tolerance. By mid-century much more radical options involving highly polygenic traits may be feasible.” He went on to promise “cloned animals with engineered innate immunity to diseases” and more. I think we can pass that one up, thank you.


A recent study by Iowa State University and the US Department of Agriculture assessing the performance of farms during the three-year transition it takes to switch from conventional to certified organic production showed notable advantages of organic farming over GMO or even conventional non-GMO crops. In an experiment lasting four years—three years transition and first year organic—the study showed that although yields dropped initially, they equalized in the third year, and by the fourth year, the organic yields were ahead of the conventional for both soybean and corn.


As well, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) has recently been published, the result of three-year deliberation by 400 participating scientists and non-government representatives from 110 countries around the world. It came to the conclusion that small scale organic agriculture is the way ahead for coping with hunger, social inequities and environmental disasters. [5] As Dr Ho argues, a fundamental shift in farming practice is needed urgently, before the agricultural catastrophe spreads further across Germany and the EU to the rest of the world.[6]





Endnotes:



[1] Super weed can’t be killed, abc news, 6 October 2009. See also,Jeff Hampton, N.C. farmers battle herbicide-resistant weeds, The Virginian-Pilot, 19 July 2009, http://hamptonroads.com/2009/07/nc-farmers-battle-herbicideresistant-weeds



[2] Clea Caulcutt, ‘Superweed’ explosion threatens Monsanto heartlands, Clea Caulcutt, 19 April 2009, http://www.france24.com/en/20090418-superweed-explosion-threatens-monsanto-heartlands-genetically-modified-US-crops



[3] N. Benachour and G-E. Seralini, Glyphosate Formulations Induce Apoptosis and Necrosis in Human Umbilical, Embryonic, and Placental Cells, Chem. Res. Toxicol., Article DOI: 10.1021/tx800218n

Publication Date (Web): December 23, 2008.



[4] Carolyn Dimitri and Lydia Oberholtzer, Marketing U.S. organic foods: recent trends from farms to consumers, USDA Economic Research Service, September 2009, http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB58/

[5] International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, IAASTD, 2008, http://www.agassessment.org/index.cfm?Page=Press_Materials&ItemID=11

[6] Ho MW.UK Food Standards Agency study proves organic food is better. Science in Society 44, 32-33, 2009.

Judee
08-21-2010, 04:37 PM
Genetically Manipulated Crops: The GMO Catastrophe in the USA. A Lesson for the World


By F. William Engdahl

URL of this article: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20675

Global Research, August 18, 2010




Recently the unelected potentates of the EU Commission in Brussels have sought to override what has repeatedly been shown to be the overwhelming opposition of the European Union population to the spread of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in EU agriculture. EU Commission President now has a Maltese accountant as health and enviromnent Commissioner to rubber stamp the adoption of GMO. The former EU Environment Commissioner from Greece was a ferocious GMO opponent. As well, the Chinese government has indicated it may approve a variety of GMO rice. Before things get too far along, they would do well to take a closer look at the world GMO test lab, the USA. There GMO crops are anything but beneficial. Just the opposite.



What is carefully kept out of the Monsanto and other agribusiness propaganda in promoting genetically manipulated crops as an alternative to conventional is the fact that in the entire world until the present, all GMO crops have been manipulated and patented for only two things—to be resistant or “tolerant” to the patented highly toxic herbicide glyphosate chemicals that Monsanto and the others force farmers to buy as condition for buying their patented GMO seeds. The second trait is GMO seeds that have been engineered genetically to resist specific insects. Contrary to public relations myths promoted by the agribusiness giants in their own self-interest, there exists not oné single GMO seed that provides a greater harvest yield than conventional, nor one that requires less toxic chemical herbicides. That is for the simple reason there is no profit to be made in such.



Giant super-weeds plague


As prominent GMO opponent and biologist, Dr Mae-Wan Ho of the Institute of Science in London has noted, companies such as Monsanto build into their seeds herbicide-tolerance (HT) due to glyphosate-insensitive form of the gene coding for the enzyme targeted by the herbicide. The enzyme is derived from soil bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Insect-resistance is due to one or more toxin genes derived from the soil bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis). The United States began large scale commercial planting of GMO plants, mainly soybeans and corn and cotton around 1997. By now, GM crops have taken over between 85 percent to 91 percent of the areas planted with the three major crops, soybean, corn and cotton in the US, on nearly 171 million acres.


The ecological time-bomb that came with the GMO according to Ho, is about to explode. Over several years of constant application of patented glyphosate herbicides such as Monsanto’s famous and highly Roundup, new herbicide-resistant “super-weeds” have evolved, nature’s response to man-made attempts to violate it. The super-weeds require significantly more not less herbicide to control.



ABC Television, a major US national network, made a recent documentary about the super-weeds under the rubric, “super weeds that can’t be killed.”[1]


They interviewed farmers and scientists across Arkansas who described fields overrun with giant pigweed plants that can withstand as much glyphosate as farmers are able to spray. They interviewed one farmer who spent almost 400000 euro in only three months in a failed attempt to kill the new super-weeds.


The new super-weeds are so robust that harvester combines are unable to harvest the fields and hand tools break trying to cut them down. At least 400000 hectares of soybean and cotton in Arkansas alone have become invested with this new mutant biological plague. Detailed data on other agricultural regions is not available but believed similar. The pro-GMO and pro-agribusiness US Department of Agriculture has been reported lying about the true state of US crop harvest partly to hide the grim reality and to prevent an explosive revolt against GMO in the world’s largest GMO market.



Superweed

One variety of super-weed, palmer pigweed can grow up to 2.4 meters high, withstands severe heat and prolonged droughts, and produces thousands of seeds with a root system that drains nutrients away from crops. If left unchecked, it takes over an entire field in a year. Some farmers have been forced to abandon their land. To date palmer pigweed infestation in GMO crop regions has been identified in addition to Arkansas, also in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Mexico, Mississippi and most recently, Alabama and Missouri.


Weed scientists at the University of Georgia estimate that just two palmer pigweed plants in every 6 meter length of cotton row can reduce yield by at least 23 percent. A single weed plant can produce 450 000 seeds. [2]


Roundup toxic danger being covered-up


Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the US and the world at large. Patented and sold by Monsanto since the 1970s under the trade name Roundup, it is a mandatory component of buying GMO seeds from Monsanto. Just go to your local garden store and ask for it and read the label carefully.




As I detail in my book, Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, GMO crops and patented seeds were developed in the 1970’s with significant financial support from the pro-eugenics Rockefeller Foundation, by what were essentially chemical companies—Monsanto Chemicals, DuPont and Dow Chemicals. All three were involved in the scandal of the highly toxic Agent Orange used in Vietnam, as well as Dioxin in the 1970’s, and lied to cover up the true damage to its own employees as well as to civilian and military populations exposed.


Their patented GMO seeds were seen as a clever way to force increased purchase of their agricultural chemicals such as Roundup. Farmers must sign a legal contract with Monsanto in which it stipulates that only Monsanto Roundup pesticide may be used. Farmers are thus trapped both in buying new seeds from Monsanto each harvest and buying the toxic glyphosate.

France’s University of Caen, in a team led by molecular biologist, Gilles-Eric Seralini, did a study that showed Roundup contained one specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA. Seralini’s team demonstrated that POEA in Roundup was more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells than even the glyphosate itself. Monsanto refuses to release details of the contents of its Roundup other than glyphosate, calling it “proprietary.” [3]

The Seralini study found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells—even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns! The French team studied multiple concentrations of Roundup, from the typical agricultural or lawn dose down to concentrations 100,000 times more dilute than the products sold on shelves. The researchers saw cell damage at all concentrations.

Glyphosate and Roundup are advertised as “less toxic to us than table salt” in a pamphlet from the Biotechnology Institute promoting GMO crops as ‘Weed Warrior.’ Thirteen years of GMO crops in the USA has increased overall pesticide use by 318 million pounds, not decreased as promised by the Four Horsemen of the GMO Apocalypse. The extra disease burden on the nation from that alone is considerable.



Nonetheless after introduction of Monsanto GMO seeds commercially in the USA, use of glyphosate has risen more than 1500% between 1994 and 2005. In the USA some 100 million pounds of glyphosate are used on lawns and farms every year, and over the last 13 years, it has been applied to more than a billion acres. When questioned, Monsanto’s technical development manager, Rick Cole, reportedly said the problems were “manageable.” He advised farmers to alternate crops and use different makes of herbicides produced by Monsanto. Monsanto is encouraging farmers to mix glyphosate with its older herbicides such as 2,4-D, banned in Sweden, Denmark and Norway for links to cancer and reproductive and neurological damage. 2,4-D is a component of Agent Orange, produced by Monsanto for use in Vietnam in the 1960s.


US Farmers turn to organics


Farmers across the United States are reported to be going back to conventional non-GMO crops instead. According to a new report from the US Department of Agriculture, retail sales of organic food went up to $21.1 billion in 2008 from $3.6 billion in 1997.[4] The market is so active that organic farms have struggled at times to produce sufficient supply to keep up with the rapid growth in consumer demand, leading to periodic shortages of organic products.


The new UK Conservative-Liberal coalition government is strongly backing lifting a de facto ban on GMO in that country. UK Chief Scientific Adviser, Prof. John Beddington, recently wrote an article in which he misleadingly claimed “The next decade will see the development of combinations of desirable traits and the introduction of new traits such as drought tolerance. By mid-century much more radical options involving highly polygenic traits may be feasible.” He went on to promise “cloned animals with engineered innate immunity to diseases” and more. I think we can pass that one up, thank you.


A recent study by Iowa State University and the US Department of Agriculture assessing the performance of farms during the three-year transition it takes to switch from conventional to certified organic production showed notable advantages of organic farming over GMO or even conventional non-GMO crops. In an experiment lasting four years—three years transition and first year organic—the study showed that although yields dropped initially, they equalized in the third year, and by the fourth year, the organic yields were ahead of the conventional for both soybean and corn.


As well, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) has recently been published, the result of three-year deliberation by 400 participating scientists and non-government representatives from 110 countries around the world. It came to the conclusion that small scale organic agriculture is the way ahead for coping with hunger, social inequities and environmental disasters. [5] As Dr Ho argues, a fundamental shift in farming practice is needed urgently, before the agricultural catastrophe spreads further across Germany and the EU to the rest of the world.[6]





Endnotes:



[1] Super weed can’t be killed, abc news, 6 October 2009. See also,Jeff Hampton, N.C. farmers battle herbicide-resistant weeds, The Virginian-Pilot, 19 July 2009, http://hamptonroads.com/2009/07/nc-farmers-battle-herbicideresistant-weeds



[2] Clea Caulcutt, ‘Superweed’ explosion threatens Monsanto heartlands, Clea Caulcutt, 19 April 2009, http://www.france24.com/en/20090418-superweed-explosion-threatens-monsanto-heartlands-genetically-modified-US-crops



[3] N. Benachour and G-E. Seralini, Glyphosate Formulations Induce Apoptosis and Necrosis in Human Umbilical, Embryonic, and Placental Cells, Chem. Res. Toxicol., Article DOI: 10.1021/tx800218n

Publication Date (Web): December 23, 2008.



[4] Carolyn Dimitri and Lydia Oberholtzer, Marketing U.S. organic foods: recent trends from farms to consumers, USDA Economic Research Service, September 2009, http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/EIB58/

[5] International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, IAASTD, 2008, http://www.agassessment.org/index.cfm?Page=Press_Materials&ItemID=11

[6] Ho MW.UK Food Standards Agency study proves organic food is better. Science in Society 44, 32-33, 2009.

Alpha
08-30-2010, 11:25 AM
Isn't this more than rich!!! :rocketwho



Gates Foundation Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is


Posted by Jill Richardson (http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/author/jillrichardson/) on @ 3:33 pm
Article printed from speakeasy: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy
URL to article: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/08/26/gates-foundation-puts-its-money-where-its-mouth-is/



Well, well, well. It’s about time. Kind of like when Fox News gave $1 million in campaign contributions to Republicans (http://mediamatters.org/blog/201008160046). It wasn’t exactly a secret before, but now it’s official. The Gates Foundation just bought a whopping 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock.


Now, there’s nothing wrong with buying stock. My parents hold lots of BP stock, and they are hardly guilty of dumping the 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. But this is one more step in a long line of actions by the Gates Foundation in which it is advocating policies and agricultural technologies that will directly benefit and profit Monsanto while screwing over the most vulnerable people on earth: hungry subsistence farmers in developing countries......


Full Article (http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/08/26/gates-foundation-puts-its-money-where-its-mouth-is/)

Alpha
09-08-2010, 09:54 AM
Highly recommend taking about 30 miinutes to listen to This Program (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?18282-July-14-15-2010-GMO-Salmon-amp-Food-Jeffrey-Smith-Disaster-Survival-Lawrence-E.-Joseph&p=328792#post328792) :aargh4: :17:

This is criminal!!

"Frankensalmon" ruled safe to eat: Fast Growing Fish approved by scientists (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1309316/Frankensalmon-ruled-safe-eat-Fast-growing-GM-fish-approved-scientists.html)

This just fortifies my belief that much of what we are presented as science is bought and paid for by the PTB and that it can not be trusted!!!

Sadhu
09-17-2010, 05:57 PM
Moral Warrior for Farmers' Rights Battles Monsanto and Wins!

Percy Schmizer Interviewed at the Right Livelihood Awards [An Alternative Nobel Prize]

Monsanto's patented seeds "invade" his property, he gets sued and Monsanto wins. Ha! Who'd've thunk it? Percy kicks back and wins.

http://play.rbn.com/?url=demnow/demnow/demand/2010/sept/video/dnB20100917a.rm

His story and inverview begins around 11 minutes into the video, though the first 11 minutes are also very rewarding to hear and view.

Alpha
09-22-2010, 09:56 AM
Damn them!!!




Heading for your dinner tables.. the 'GM salmon




'Frankenfish' that grows twice as fast set to be approved for public consumption in U.S today

A genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal fish is destined for the dinner table.


The so-called 'Frankenfish' is expected to be approved for human consumption by American authorities today, threatening a backlash from consumer groups who say there is not enough evidence to prove it is safe. ......


Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Centre for Food Safety, said: 'The FDA's (expected) decision to go ahead with this approval process is misguided and dangerous.'


Scientific panels advising the FDA have said that the GM fish is essentially the same as salmon produced naturally.



They concluded: 'Food from AquAdvantage Salmon is as safe to eat as food from other Atlantic salmon.'



They added 'there is a reasonable certainty of no harm from consumption of food' from the salmon......


Full Article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1313705/Is-Frankensalmon-leap-American-dinner-tables.html)



Read m







There are also fears it could devastate the UK salmon farming industry.


Read more

Alpha
09-22-2010, 10:40 AM
The FDA..... for protecting the populace...hell no...it's all about protecting Monsanto and Big Pharmas interests...and that just for starters!!!! :rocketwho :yell:



FDA Barring Food Makers from Advertising Products as GMO-Free


The FDA meanwhile appears to be enforcing a policy of barring food producers from trumpeting that their products don’t contain genetically modified ingredients. According to the Washington Post, the FDA has sent a "flurry of enforcement letters" to companies that have advertised GMO-free products on their labels.


The warnings come on top of existing policy not to require food makers to disclose if their products do contain GMOs.



Congress member Dennis Kucinich said, "This, to me, raises questions about whose interest the FDA is protecting. They are clearly protecting industry, and not the public."

See all headlines for this show (http://www.democracynow.org/2010/9/20/headlines)

[iurl=http://www.democracynow.org/2010/9/20/headlines/fda_barring_food_makers_from_advertising_products_ as_gmo_free]LINK[/url]

Judee
09-23-2010, 02:13 AM
The FDA..... for protecting the populace...hell no...it's all about protecting Monsanto and Big Pharmas interests...and that just for starters!!!! :rocketwho :yell:

Sadly, all too true Alpha! It angers me greatly. What can we do...? We can buy as much as possible from small local farmers and support them rather than the big corporations. It's a start at least. And then, we can call, and write our useless representatives in Washington D.C... another start.

maryals
09-23-2010, 04:08 AM
I guarantee you the Frankenfish Salmon is gonna taste like crap. Here's something I recently learned: Atlantic Salmon is all farmed! All Salmon from Alaska is wild and you really can taste the difference.
About the labeling....whatever happened to "Truth In Labeling"? I remember the whole bruhaha over demands that food manufacturers put complete lists of ingredients on the labels. Because of consumer demands produce is labeled with country of origin. So, what is the "excuse" for not labeling foods as genetically enhanced or not?????? :banghead:

Mary and Bessie http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e322/patisblog/nicedoggy.gif

Judee
09-28-2010, 12:35 AM
Insecticides from genetically modified corn present in adjacent streams

In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cary Institute aquatic ecologist Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall and colleagues report that streams throughout the Midwestern Corn Belt are receiving insecticidal proteins that originate from adjacent genetically modified crops. The protein enters streams through runoff and when corn leaves, stalks, and plant parts are washed into stream channels.

http://www.physorg.com/news204819190.html

maryals
09-28-2010, 10:00 PM
Stock up NOW because the famine IS around the corner.

Mary and Bessie :wall:

Judee
09-29-2010, 12:58 AM
Stock up NOW because the famine IS around the corner.

Mary and Bessie :wall:

I hate to agree Mary, but I'm afraid I have to. GM products, climate change, earth changes (quakes, storms, etc.), dwindling fresh water, disease... It's all coming to fruition sadly.

Judee
10-06-2010, 11:28 PM
Transgenic Corn Trickles Into Mexico Despite Fears
Date: 07-Oct-10
Country: MEXICO
Author: Mica Rosenberg
Genetically modified corn is trickling into Mexico after overcoming years of legal barriers, but where some farmers see the promise of reduced imports others see a threat to their heritage.

Full Story:
http://planetark.org/wen/59772

Delphine
10-06-2010, 11:36 PM
Are they feeling a bit out of control? Seems to happen when you are in a one-world....shopping mall?

pyrite
10-14-2010, 03:27 PM
http://blacklistednews.com/Machines-of-War%3A-Blackwater%2C-Monsanto%2C-and-Bill-Gates/11026/0/3/3/Y/M.html

Judee
11-09-2010, 11:17 PM
Beware of GMOs: Genes Remain a Mystery to Scientists
08 Nov 2010

(NaturalNews) – As scientists are busy manipulating the genes of edibles including corn, soybeans, canola, papaya, zucchini, and now rice and salmon, an interesting fact comes into light about what exactly scientists know and don’t know about human genes. According to geneticist Steven Salzberg of the University of Maryland, “Not only do we not know what all the genes are – we don’t even know how many there are.”

Genetically manipulated foods have been found to change the genetic structure of our healthy bacteria – and this makes one wonder if GMO foods might be altering our own genetic make-up as well. But if they are, how would we know? By a geneticist’s own words, scientists can’t even find all of our genes – let alone know what they all do or how they’ll act if they are changed. In addition, one gene often controls several different things – and with scientists not even knowing all of the genes we have, it makes it pretty difficult to know where to look when things start going wrong – and next to impossible to fix.

In all seriousness, isn’t this a little like letting a kindergartner have free reign over a delicate, extraordinary, and extremely complicated project that affects the health and, quite literally, the survival of our entire species? How smart would that be?

Some of the foods that scientists are genetically manipulating – and dumping into grocery stores – make it impossible for plants to reproduce naturally. These plants have what are called terminator genes inserted into them and terminator genes are literally designed to end the reproductive ability of the plant. According to GMO manufacturers, these genes have no other purpose but to protect the profits of the manufacturers by discouraging seed saving.

But what happens if these terminator genes permeate our own genetic make-up – the same way the genes of GMO soy incorporate themselves into the genes of our healthy bacteria? There’s been little to no testing of this, but perhaps it’s one of the reasons that animals consuming genetically manipulated foods often become sterile and have reproductive problems. Perhaps it’s one of the reasons that human infertility rates have been sky-rocketing too.

Despite the extraordinary risks and deplorable consequences, the FDA stands firm that no testing is required for these new, genetically different foods that scientists are making up in laboratories. The agency is also staunchly against labeling these new genetic creations so that informed people who actually want to have children can easily avoid them.

Here’s what we know: the genes of these new genetic creations can and do leak into other living organisms. We also know that these scientifically derived foods have genes specifically designed to put an end to reproductive ability and produce pesticides continuously. With GMO foods lining grocery store shelves, this combination unfortunately takes the term buyer beware to a whole new level.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wordpress/Bcwy/~3/pPZDuVnyTuQ/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

More:
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/gen…
http://www.nd.edu/~chem191/f2.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffr…

Study – GMO soy changes our healthy bacteria:
http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v…

Seeds of Deception, Jeffrey Smith

DarkoMarco
11-09-2010, 11:34 PM
I do my best to stay away from GMO's,,,,you really can't eat corn unless you shop and buy organic. Corn is almost all GMO now

Judee
11-14-2010, 04:03 PM
An Open Letter to All Employees of Monsanto

November 12, 2010

By Len Aldis at Food Freedom
Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society

Dear Friends,

In addressing you today, I wish to draw your attention to the background of Monsanto, a company whose name and products are held in contempt not only within the United States, but also in every country where it has offices, its products sold and used. The reason for the contempt goes back to the United States War on Vietnam, in particular August 10th 1961 when the first use of the herbicide Agent Orange began.

President Roosevelt speaking of the attack on Pearl Harbour December 7th 1941 stated, “It will be a day that will live in infamy”.

So, too, friends, will August 10th 1961, for on that day began the spraying of 80 million litres of Agent Orange – manufactured by your company along with others. The spraying was to continue for ten years. I ask you to imagine every day for ten years a Vietnamese Pearl Harbour. The loss of life on that day in 1941 was indeed tragic, but consider the loss of life over ten-years, and the millions born years after the war ended in 1975 crippled in mind and body due to Agent Orange.

Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images. A U.S. Air Force plane spraying a delta area 20 miles from Saigon with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

Today in Vietnam there are over three million victims suffering from the effects of Agent Orange, and the company you work for Monsanto, is one of those responsible.

Hugh Grant who holds the positions of President, Chairman, and Chief Executive of your company was just three years of age when the spraying began and 13 years old when it stopped. So we cannot blame him then. But, on reaching the age of 23 in 1981 – six-years after the Vietnam War ended, Hugh Grant joined Monsanto, and would have known the history of the company and its products including Agent Orange, its use on Vietnam and the effect on the people and land.

When he became President, Chairman and CEO, if he did not know of Agent Orange and its use, then he is unfit to remain with the company. Shamefully, Monsanto’s public relation office to this very day continues to deny any responsibility for the illnesses and deformities that Agent Orange has caused to the people of Vietnam. Nor have they made any financial compensation to the victims. Yet the evidence is plain to see if Hugh Grant or the people who write these denials were to visit the victims in the hospitals, clinics, or in their homes as I have done many times indeed. The offices of Monsanto and Dow Chemicals – another company responsible for Agent Orange – are just a ten-minute car ride away from the Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Full Story and photos:
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/11/12/an-open-letter-to-all-employees-of-monsanto/

Alpha
12-11-2010, 10:01 AM
These monsters need to be stopped!!! :AR15firin



GMO oranges, China, and the loss of another piece of America’s agricultural base (http://farmwars.info/?p=4789)


America’s oranges are now in the crosshairs of a genetic modification juggernaut that is sweeping this country and leaving in its wake a swath of destruction so wide and so utterly decimating that recovery seems a distant dream.
The genetic modification of corn and soy has succeeded in infiltrating nearly every processed food in America, with wheat and alfalfa soon to be next. Now it’s oranges. But why?

The orange is the second most profitable fruit crop in America after the grape. Valued at 1.5 billion in 2009, it accounts for 1/6 of all fruit and nut cash receipts. Because it requires a tropical or subtropical climate to flourish, commercial orange production is limited to just four states: Florida, California, Texas and Arizona.
While California does produce the majority of the fresh fruit, Florida dominates the orange juice market. And since orange juice is far more popular than fresh oranges, the Sunshine State rules the orange industry. At last count, more than seventy percent of the oranges grown in America are Florida oranges.
Florida orange juice is the single most profitable and distinctive fruit product in the state. The industry is responsible for over eighty percent of the US supply. As a result, America rarely imports orange juice. (Halegroves.com (http://www.halegroves.com/General/Citrus-Florida-Oranges-and-the-US-Citrus-Industry---Hale-Groves-463.cfm))
It only makes sense for the biotech industry to go after the largest and most profitable crops. The bigger the crop the better. Why waste time on smaller crops when the larger ones produce more income, and provide more control over production and distribution?
The excuse that is being used for this genetic takeover of the orange industry is a disease called “greening.” ....................

Full Article (http://farmwars.info/?p=4789)

Judee
12-11-2010, 04:04 PM
There is no end to this evil Alpha. America has slowly been 'outsourcing' more and more of its agriculture. The end result is that we will be totally at the mercy of GMO products soon.

maryals
12-11-2010, 09:54 PM
And there's this from the article Alpha shared:

Since there is no known cure, the best defense is to control the psyllid populations. There are several natural ways to control these pests such as:
Topical applications of insecticidal soaps and neem oils
Natural predators such as lady beetles, lacewings, spiders, and parasitic wasps
Environmental controls such as removing infected branches or trees, creating new hybrids, and planting guava trees among the citrus trees. Infestations seem to be eliminated when the guava trees are used. (Insect Library)
But the USDA is not interested in these natural alternatives.
Of course the USDA is not interested :rant:

Mary and Baby

Alpha
12-20-2010, 07:00 PM
We all have to stop talking and try to do something....from Jeffrey Smith...



Please join a Non-GMO Action Group TODAY (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/471)


This is the most important newsletter article I have written in 7 years. It’s time to mobilize local and national Non-GMO Groups and you’re warmly invited…

Local Non-GMO Action Groups

When I was in Boulder, Colorado this past November, we advertised a meeting for those interested in helping to get the word out on GMOs. Nearly 70 people showed up! During the two hour session, people shared resources and ideas, set a regular meeting time each month, and divided into sub-groups based on areas of interest. Those outreach groups focused on healthcare professionals, restaurants, schools, local and national government, media, and others.


A month earlier, I helped form similar groups in California—in San Diego, Santa Cruz, San Rafael, and El Cerrito. In fact, anytime I give a public lecture, there are ample numbers of passionate people who want to contribute in some way to help end GMOs. And now we have trained nearly 200 non-GMO speakers.


It is time for us to get organized.


National Non-GMO Groups for Targeted Outreach

Many of the same outreach sub-groups that emerged in Boulder were also formed in California. Parents, healthcare practitioners, university students, etc., naturally want to bring the non-GMO message to their own networks. To make their efforts most effective, we are linking like-minded folks all over the country into National Non-GMO Action Groups. Thus, people reaching out to public schools or doctors in Boulder, for example, will benefit from the skills and experience of others doing the same.


Each national group will have their own listserve, forum, and teleconferences.

They will develop the strategy and materials that work best for their targeted area, and volunteer experts can assist them with the creation of brochures, videos, letters, etc.


Please tell us if you would like to join a local group in your area, and if you have interest in doing outreach to a particular group.



Whether you want to spend just a few minutes a week posting non-GMO information on your FaceBook page, or you want to lead a local or national group, now is the time to sign up.


It’s time to mobilize the national non-GMO movement, have fun, and change the world. Join us for this completely new program.


Click here to sign up now. (http://action.responsibletechnology.org/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=2925)

Judee
01-11-2011, 11:26 PM
Say What?? Well, we sure know where 'our' USDA's allegiance lies don't we? :rant: Well, we already knew that though didn't we? Good way to represent 'the people' guys! :11:


USDA's Vilsack Seeks Compromise On Biotech Crops

12-Jan-11


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the largest U.S. farm group on Monday that farmers could see less government interference if they find a way for traditional and genetically modified crops to co-exist.

Farm groups and the biotechnology industry are skeptical of Vilsack's "co-existence" proposal. He launched it last month at the same time the Agriculture Department said planting restrictions might accompany deregulation of biotech alfalfa.

Vilsack says the biotech alfalfa, developed by Monsanto Co, is safe. An even-handed compromise among growers would better than repeat litigation over rules for biotech crops, he said. The alfalfa dispute went to the Supreme Court and a U.S. appeals court is hearing a case on biotech sugar seeds.

Most U.S. farmers oppose government intrusion on their property.

"Every farmer ought to be able to do what he or she wants to do on their land, so we are going to continue to have that conversation," Vilsack said at the annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). USDA held an alfalfa "stakeholder" session in December.

Seven major farm groups, including AFBF, wrote to the White House last week to object to USDA's path on alfalfa. They said USDA's environmental impact statement showed there was no danger from biotech alfalfa so it is wrong "to use motives other than science to impose conditions on this crop."

USDA is considering two options -- total deregulation or partial deregulation that could include isolation standards from other crops, set geographic restrictions on where the crop is grown, spell out harvest periods and regulate equipment use.

Foes of Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" alfalfa say it could contaminate neighboring fields and cause losses for organic crop and dairy farmers. They say USDA does not give enough thought to preventing adverse consequences, such as development of herbicide resistant "super weeds."

Spurred by near-record prices for grains, cotton and soybeans, U.S. farmers will expand plantings by 3.5 percent this year, said the chairman of a USDA forecasting board. That would mean an increase of nearly 9 million acres from this year and put planting on par with 2008, when futures prices set records.

"We think the price outlook is pretty good for all commodities," said Gerry Bange, chairman of USDA's World Agricultural Outlook Board. "There is very strong demand out there. It is beginning to push on supply, no doubt about it."

High prices create incentives for larger corn and cotton plantings in particular, said Bange, while soybeans plantings probably will be up a little bit. He did not forecast plantings for each crop.

AFBF economist Bob Young said an increase of 5 million-6 million acres was possible, which would alleviate shrinking U.S. stockpiles. He said the increase planting would include double-cropping in some regions. Bange said idle land also would be brought into production.

Growers planted 88.2 million acres of corn, 77.7 million acres of soybeans, 53.6 million acres of wheat and 11 million acres of cotton last year.

Farmers said they focus on crop prices and farm supply costs in deciding what to plant, rather than forecasts of high food prices. While commodity prices are high, production costs are keeping pace.

"I pay a lot more attention to fuel than I do food," said Billy Donnell, a Tennessee corn, cotton and soybean farmer. "Food prices in the grocery store, no, but what I receive for products, yes," he said.

http://planetark.org/wen/60839

Judee
01-14-2011, 02:30 PM
Genetically Modified Organisms for Dummies
January 14th, 2011

What are GMO’s?

Genetics are the software that determine how living things grow. It is the blueprint for our existence and, as such, it is almost as complicated as we are.

We have two strands of DNA. These strands come together in the middle like rungs of a ladder to create a sequence of what are called base pairs. There are about 3 billion base pairs in the human body. A group of these base pairs is a gene – some contain a few dozen base pairs, some a few hundred. There are about 60,000 genes in the human body – some are turned on and some off and nobody has the faintest idea what most of them actually do.

We do know that each gene within a living organism has a specific function. So, when a scientist discovers which gene in a glow worm is responsible for making it glow, they can then “splice” (or merge) this gene into that of a goldfish. The result – a goldfish that glows in the dark. If you think I’m joking, feel free to buy one right now at www.glofish.com.

So, what’s the problem?

Genes (like everything in life) are interconnected. As soon as you manipulate one gene, research has shown that other genes around it start to switch themselves on or off in attempt to compensate. Nobody knows what effect this new combination will have and, as far as Monsanto and other GM food companies go, they don’t seem to care. I’ll go into this in more detail later, but a documentary called The World According to Monsanto aired on French TV and very quickly gave the country’s citizens a wake up call. You can watch it here: http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=The+World+According+to+Monsanto&emb=0&aq=-1&oq=#.

Genetic modification is a bit like putting blinkers on a horse that’s spent its whole life with his eyes wide open. Suddenly the blinkers go on and the horse goes nuts as it tries to come to terms with what’s going on. It may run faster on the track from time to time, but the animal is never the same again.

Now, if you eat a horse with blinkers on, it’s not that different to eating one without blinkers. However, if you eat foods that have been genetically modified, research indicates that the abnormalities within those genes start becoming part of YOUR genetic makeup. In other words, if you eat GM wheat spliced with a gene that creates a natural pesticide, your own stomach could start producing that pesticide because it’s now part of your genetic blueprint. GM foods given to rats also showed a sudden change in behaviour which greatly reduced their social interaction with other rats. The fact that GM foods can affect the brain like this shows just how connected and susceptible we really are to slight changes in our DNA.

Based on my research, there is so much negative research on GMO that only a corporation with a most vicious of agenda could be responsible for unleashing it on the human public. To me, it’s pretty logical – we are all connected at a quantum level so a small change to our starting point (ie. our genetic blueprint) MUST result in a significant change to us as human beings somewhere down the line, even if this change takes years to manifest. However, my evidence is not conclusive and ironically that’s exactly the whole argument against GM foods. There is simply no way this kind of food should be let loose on the world without proper, independent testing. We cannot rely on the research conducted by the very companies that supply the stuff! Have we learned nothing from the tobacco industry who lied to us all those years ago to tell us that smoking was safe? Or thousands of other products for that matter?

Why would we let this happen?

For one, few people know about them. Also, GM foods have been dubbed the solution to world poverty. They grow better, their yields are higher and they are more resistant to disease than any other kind of farming methods, except proper organic farming. When applied correctly there is no higher yielding, higher nutrient content, healthier or stronger plant in the world than home grown organic food. This is why I am so passionate about this cause.

However, we are not growing our own food. Therefore, there is pressure on our centralised decision making powers to alleviate world poverty by using GM foods that grow well using conventional farming methods. Actually, growing our own food is the solution to world poverty, but there is not much money in it.

There are a couple of commercial reasons for GM foods to be used. Firstly, Monsanto (one of the main GM players) produces the most widely sold pesticide in the world called “Round Up”. It just so happens that they also produce special GM seeds which ONLY ROUND UP WILL WORK ON! In fact, Round Up will kill just about every living thing that comes into contact with it EXCEPT for the specific plant that has been genetically engineered to resist it. Monsanto therefore controls both the seed and the pesticide which only that seed is immune to. Now that’s marketing baby!

Seeds with an expiry date

It gets worse. You see, GM companies have learned to limit the number of times a seed can germinate. So when you buy the seed, that plant can only reproduce a limited number of times. After that, you are forced to go back to the company that supplied the seed (ie. Monsanto and the like) to buy more. This is a bit worrying considering that the most thing beautiful thing about nature is its ability to reproduce indefinitely. We mess with that and we mess with the perpetual survival of not only that species, but potentially any species that feeds on it.

It still gets worse. You see, GM seeds are patented by these companies, so their intellectual property is protected and enforced by the courts. Anyone found in possession of GM seeds without paying for them is therefore “stealing” and anyone caught selling the plant that was grown from these seeds is infringing their copyright. You laughing yet? Try not to because there have already been hundreds of cases where farmers have been successfully sued by Monsanto and others so badly that their farms, often many generations old, have been lost. Serves the farmers though for stealing patented seeds, right?? Well, wrong actually, because in many cases seeds were carried in from next-door farms by winds that blew them accidentally onto their land.

GM companies have serious legal teams in place to fight anyone that stands in their way. How is any little guy to survive an onslaught like this from the giants that seek to control the global food chain through genetic manipulation? The good news is that there are some who are fighting them and a basic understanding of commercial law can easily keep them at bay.

Can GM foods be contained?

Most of the world’s grown food are used to feed animals, not humans. We then eat the meat. Already there are countless cases of farmers who conducted their own research on pigs and cows to see first hand the effect that GM foods have on their livestock. When they eat GM corn, the animals reduced in fertility. Once they go back to their original diet they eventually recover, but then there still is debate on whether they really DO recover now that their genetic makeup has been tampered with. Let’s not forget that the vast majority of these pigs and cows that are fed GM foods have been bred specifically for human consumption.

Once the genetic change has occurred, how do we know this won’t be passed to offspring? I personally think this is pretty unlikely, but still… is it worth the risk? Surely we should not be subjected to GM foods without even being told about it, or being asked to evaluate the research ourselves? Once they are let loose on the population (which still gains momentum despite massive opposition), the genetic screw up could explode across our population like a virus and it could be years before we even know about it! This has actually happened before.

Counter argument: But we’ve been eating GM for years!


Full Story:
http://dprogram.net/2011/01/14/genetically-modified-organisms-for-dummies-scottyc/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wordpress%2FBcwy+%28Deprogram %29

Further reading:

http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html (American Academy of Environmental Medicine)

http://www.saynotogmos.org/

http://www.safeage.org/ (South African)

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=The+World+According+to+Monsanto&emb=0&aq=-1&oq=# (French documentary on the subject, in English)

Judee
01-30-2011, 07:57 PM
The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?

* By Ronnie Cummins
Organic Consumers Association, Jan 27, 2011
Straight to the Source

"The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must." - Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011

In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto's Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation's 25,000 organic farms and ranches, America's organic consumers and producers are facing betrayal. A self-appointed cabal of the Organic Elite, spearheaded by Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, and Stonyfield Farm, has decided it's time to surrender to Monsanto. Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto's controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for "coexistence" with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.

In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and "seed purity," gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to approve the "conditional deregulation" of Monsanto's genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa. Beyond the regulatory euphemism of "conditional deregulation," this means that WFM and their colleagues are willing to go along with the massive planting of a chemical and energy-intensive GE perennial crop, alfalfa; guaranteed to spread its mutant genes and seeds across the nation; guaranteed to contaminate the alfalfa fed to organic animals; guaranteed to lead to massive poisoning of farm workers and destruction of the essential soil food web by the toxic herbicide, Roundup; and guaranteed to produce Roundup-resistant superweeds that will require even more deadly herbicides such as 2,4 D to be sprayed on millions of acres of alfalfa across the U.S.

In exchange for allowing Monsanto's premeditated pollution of the alfalfa gene pool, WFM wants "compensation." In exchange for a new assault on farmworkers and rural communities (a recent large-scale Swedish study found that spraying Roundup doubles farm workers' and rural residents' risk of getting cancer), WFM expects the pro-biotech USDA to begin to regulate rather than cheerlead for Monsanto. In payment for a new broad spectrum attack on the soil's crucial ability to provide nutrition for food crops and to sequester dangerous greenhouse gases (recent studies show that Roundup devastates essential soil microorganisms that provide plant nutrition and sequester climate-destabilizing greenhouse gases), WFM wants the Biotech Bully of St. Louis to agree to pay "compensation" (i.e. hush money) to farmers "for any losses related to the contamination of his crop."

In its email of Jan. 21, 2011 WFM calls for "public oversight by the USDA rather than reliance on the biotechnology industry," even though WFM knows full well that federal regulations on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) do not require pre-market safety testing, nor labeling; and that even federal judges have repeatedly ruled that so-called government "oversight" of Frankencrops such as Monsanto's sugar beets and alfalfa is basically a farce. At the end of its email, WFM admits that its surrender to Monsanto is permanent: "The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well True coexistence is a must."

Why Is Organic Inc. Surrendering?

According to informed sources, the CEOs of WFM and Stonyfield are personal friends of former Iowa governor, now USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, and in fact made financial contributions to Vilsack's previous electoral campaigns. Vilsack was hailed as "Governor of the Year" in 2001 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and traveled in a Monsanto corporate jet on the campaign trail. Perhaps even more fundamental to Organic Inc.'s abject surrender is the fact that the organic elite has become more and more isolated from the concerns and passions of organic consumers and locavores. The Organic Inc. CEOs are tired of activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions. Several of them have told me this to my face. They apparently believe that the battle against GMOs has been lost, and that it's time to reach for the consolation prize. The consolation prize they seek is a so-called "coexistence" between the biotech Behemoth and the organic community that will lull the public to sleep and greenwash the unpleasant fact that Monsanto's unlabeled and unregulated genetically engineered crops are now spreading their toxic genes on 1/3 of U.S. (and 1/10 of global) crop land.

WFM and most of the largest organic companies have deliberately separated themselves from anti-GMO efforts and cut off all funding to campaigns working to label or ban GMOs. The so-called Non-GMO Project, funded by Whole Foods and giant wholesaler United Natural Foods (UNFI) is basically a greenwashing effort (although the 100% organic companies involved in this project seem to be operating in good faith) to show that certified organic foods are basically free from GMOs (we already know this since GMOs are banned in organic production), while failing to focus on so-called "natural" foods, which constitute most of WFM and UNFI's sales and are routinely contaminated with GMOs.

From their "business as usual" perspective, successful lawsuits against GMOs filed by public interest groups such as the Center for Food Safety; or noisy attacks on Monsanto by groups like the Organic Consumers Association, create bad publicity, rattle their big customers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, Costco, Supervalu, Publix and Safeway; and remind consumers that organic crops and foods such as corn, soybeans, and canola are slowly but surely becoming contaminated by Monsanto's GMOs.

Whole Food's Dirty Little Secret: Most of the So-Called "Natural" Processed Foods and Animal Products They Sell Are Contaminated with GMOs

The main reason, however, why Whole Foods is pleading for coexistence with Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, BASF and the rest of the biotech bullies, is that they desperately want the controversy surrounding genetically engineered foods and crops to go away. Why? Because they know, just as we do, that 2/3 of WFM's $9 billion annual sales is derived from so-called "natural" processed foods and animal products that are contaminated with GMOs. We and our allies have tested their so-called "natural" products (no doubt WFM's lab has too) containing non-organic corn and soy, and guess what: they're all contaminated with GMOs, in contrast to their certified organic products, which are basically free of GMOs, or else contain barely detectable trace amounts.

Approximately 2/3 of the products sold by Whole Foods Market and their main distributor, United Natural Foods (UNFI) are not certified organic, but rather are conventional (chemical-intensive and GMO-tainted) foods and products disguised as "natural."

Unprecedented wholesale and retail control of the organic marketplace by UNFI and Whole Foods, employing a business model of selling twice as much so-called "natural" food as certified organic food, coupled with the takeover of many organic companies by multinational food corporations such as Dean Foods, threatens the growth of the organic movement.

Covering Up GMO Contamination: Perpetrating "Natural" Fraud

Full Story:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm

DarkoMarco
01-30-2011, 09:47 PM
Full Story:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/arti...icle_22449.cfm (http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm) by Judee


You know,,,,,,,,,,I'm just shaking my head right now,,,,I don't know wether to thank you Judee,,,,are put my fingers in my ears and sing "i can't hear you" as loud as I can while I walk the other way. :no::no: :sad:

pyrite
01-31-2011, 05:20 PM
the first GM food crop containing human genes to be grown in Kansas


http://narmer.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/the-first-gm-food-crop-containing-human-genes-is-set-to-be-approved-for-commercial-production/

Alpha
02-01-2011, 03:23 PM
the first GM food crop containing human genes to be grown in Kansas


http://narmer.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/the-first-gm-food-crop-containing-human-genes-is-set-to-be-approved-for-commercial-production/

I am totally sick.....what are these monsters doing to this planet and all life upon it?!?!?! :angryfire


The first GM food crop containing human genes is set to be approved for commercial production.

The laboratory-created rice produces some of the human proteins found in breast milk and saliva.

Its U.S. developers say they could be used to treat children with diarrhoea, a major killer in the Third World.

The rice is a major step in so-called Frankenstein Foods, the first mingling of human-origin genes and those from plants. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has already signalled it plans to allow commercial cultivation.

The rice’s producers, California-based Ventria Bioscience, have been given preliminary approval to grow it on more than 3,000 acres in Kansas. The company plans to harvest the proteins and use them in drinks, desserts, yoghurts and muesli bars....................

Looks like it's just about over folks.

No wonder time travelers may be coming from the future to fix what we broke in the here and now :banghead:

Didn't they learn anything about feeding one's own species it's own proteins from Creutzfeldt-Jakob (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?63-Apocalypse-Cow-The-Mad-Cow-Story&highlight=Creutzfeldt-Jakob)?!?!?!?

maryals
02-01-2011, 04:12 PM
"It's a Mad House....a Maaaaad House!!!"

Mary and Baby :wall:

DarkoMarco
02-01-2011, 04:21 PM
This is just a music video,,,I started singing it after reading Mary's last post.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR91Rj1ZN1M

maryals
02-01-2011, 04:31 PM
Thanks DM :)
I take the quote from "Planet of the Apes"... Charlton Heston is shouting it from within his cage as the Apes turn the water hoses on him.

I'm beginning to really understand why the apes would take Earth from humans, with the help of dolphins and whales I think :no:

Where is the line that defines cannibalism? is it using human genes/DNA in plants?
Are you SURE this isn't really a report from The Onion?


Mary and Baby :wall:

Judee
02-01-2011, 09:40 PM
I have postulated for many years that earth is just a giant laboratory for some species unknown, and we are the lab rats. The more time that goes by, and the more things I see happening, the more convinced that I wasn't crazy to think such a thing to begin with.

maryals
02-02-2011, 05:08 PM
I have postulated for many years that earth is just a giant laboratory for some species unknown, and we are the lab rats. The more time that goes by, and the more things I see happening, the more convinced that I wasn't crazy to think such a thing to begin with.

You know, I think you may have something there. Have you noticed how closely many Ape Faces resemble Human Faces?
A Lab is as good as a Prison...Prison Planet Laboratory :no:
And "Hell", tho it stems from Religions, doesn't necessarily have to have a Religious context. In other words, Rats, Guinea Pigs and Humans can find themselves in a "Hell" that has nothing to do with "punishment for some Sin".

Mary and Baby :wall:

Judee
02-18-2011, 08:12 PM
Fear, death follow Monsanto’s march to control world food supply
By Carol Forsloff.
Prince Charles was deeply moved when he learned of the plight of Indian farmers killing themselves following their use of genetically modified (GM) seeds, but it has now been found the problem is far worse than anyone thought.
Genetically modified foods, touted as the salvation of food supply, have instead destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of people across the world, many in under-developed countries, media reports have found. These people live in fear and poverty each day. Unable to care for their families, some simply kill themselves because there is no future, no hope for another day.
The Daily Mail describes the anguish of these farmers. It tells of a prosperous and respected farmer who killed himself because he and his family could no longer survive in a system where there was no way to earn a living. The article describes how Shankara Mandaukar , as his family and neighbors stood around, drank a cup of chemical pesticide, then died in agony on the ground.
The description of this event tells us poignantly, in deeply moving detail:

“As neighbours gathered to pray outside the family home, Nirmala Mandaukar, 50, told how she rushed back from the fields to find her husband dead. 'He was a loving and caring man,' she said, weeping quietly.
'But he couldn't take any more. The mental anguish was too much. We have lost everything.'
Shankara's crop had failed - twice. Of course, famine and pestilence are part of India's ancient story.
But the death of this respected farmer has been blamed on something far more modern and sinister: genetically modified crops.”

Prince Charles, touched by the plight of families in India like those of Shankura, set up Bhumi Vardaan Foundation, as a charitable group to help these “suicide” farmers. 125,000 farmers have killed themselves became of GM seeds and the practices of the companies that make them.
Shankura had been promised prosperity if he used GM seeds, but when his harvest failed the money he had borrowed to buy the seeds was gone; and he was left with debts. His family is now left without a father and with a future compromised by poverty and grief.
It is reported more than 1,000 farmers commit suicide each month, most in the painful death Shankura suffered, by swallowing an insecticide the GM folks had told them they would not need when they were manipulated into growing GM crops.
Monsanto has been highlighted as one of the worst offenders in the GM industry. Its website extols the benefits of genetically modified seeds. These seeds are said to rescue farmers and provide them prosperity, on a website showing pictures, videos and telling success stories of enticement to sell the idea of how these seeds are the answer to farmers’ successes.
In the United States, Monsanto has what they call America’s Farmers Grow communities.

Full Story:
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/303772#ixzz1EMWdtV57

Judee
02-23-2011, 10:30 PM
Monsanto Shifts ALL Liability to Farmers
By Cassandra Anderson

Farmers like genetically modified (GM) crops because they can plant them, spray them with herbicide and then there is very little maintenance until harvest. Farmers who plant Monsanto’s GM crops probably don’t realize what they bargain for when they sign the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement contract. One farmer reportedly ‘went crazy’ when he discovered the scope of the contract because it transfers ALL liability to the farmer or grower.

Here is the paragraph that defines Monsanto’s limit of liability that shifts it to the farmer:

“GROWER’S EXCLUSIVE LIMITED REMEDY: THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE GROWER AND THE LIMIT OF THE LIABILITY OF MONSANTO OR ANY SELLER FOR ANY AND ALL LOSSES, INJURY OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OR HANDLING OF SEED (INCLUDING CLAIMS BASED IN CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY, TORT, OR OTHERWISE) SHALL BE THE PRICE PAID BY THE GROWER FOR THE QUANTITY OF THE SEED INVOLVED OR, AT THE ELECTION OF MONSANTO OR THE SEED SELLER, THE REPLACEMENT OF THE SEED. IN NO EVENT SHALL MONSANTO OR ANY SELLER BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES.”

G. Edward Griffin, author of ‘The Creature From Jekyll Island’, and numerous other books and documentary films, and Anthony Patchett, retired assistant Head Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County Environmental Crimes/ OSHA Division explain the consequences of the Monsanto contract in the video below.

Monsanto’s Technology Stewardship Agreement shifts responsibility to growers for any and all losses, injury or damages resulting from the use of Monsanto seeds. There is no expiration date on the contract. The grower may terminate the contract, but: “Grower’s responsibilities and the other terms herein shall survive…”

This includes contamination of other farms. Growers are purchasing seed for Spring planting right now. Alfalfa, America’s 4th largest crop, is a particular problem because it is a perennial plant and the seeds may lie dormant in the ground for 10-20 years, and WILL contaminate non-GM plants. Contaminated alfalfa cannot be recalled from the environment. The liability burden can follow the grower for decades. Farmers must be made aware of the danger of being sued before they plant GM crops (especially alfalfa because it is used for cattle feed and will affect dairy farmers).

Currently, Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh, who lost his organic certification due to contamination, is suing his GM crop-growing neighbor for the GM contamination.


Full Story & Video:
http://farmwars.info/?p=5396&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FarmWars+%28Farm+Wars%29

Judee
03-02-2011, 02:12 PM
Side effects result from the consumption of canola products
by Shona Botes


(NaturalNews) Canola oil and canola-based products have been at the centre of controversy for quite a few years. While some say that it helps to lower cholesterol levels, it actually has a few nasty side-effects as well (note: Only animal studies have been done regarding the toxic effects that it has on living organisms). Despite no human studies being done, this product was placed on the GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) list. It is in fact a by-product of a highly toxic insecticide product.

The real name for Canola oil is LEAR, or Low Erucic Acid Rape, as it has been extracted from Rapeseed oil. This oil is in fact an industrial oil product which has no place whatsoever in our bodies. In light industry, it is also referred to as penetrating oil. Rapeseed oil is also the source for Mustard Gas, which was used as a chemical warfare agent, and was banned after Word War 1 for causing severe blistering of the lungs and skin.

Canola is in fact a Genetically Modified food which has been classified as a bio pesticide by the EPA. Like mercury and fluoride, Canola is also not eliminated from the body. It is found in almost all fast foods, convenience foods, chocolate, candies, bread, potato chips, baby foods and formulas, most peanut butters and cookies, frozen French fries, rye breads, chocolate syrups, mayonnaise, granola bars, some vegetarian convenience foods, lunch meats, margarines, movie house snacks, tortillas and most other bakery foods.

Studies done on rats and other lab animals showed that after consuming canola oil, there were fatty deposits that accumulated on their hearts, thyroids, adrenal glands and kidneys. When they stopped consuming this oil, the fatty deposits disappeared, but unfortunately scar tissue remained on the affected organs.

Because it is high in glycosides, canola oil has been shown to inhibit enzyme function. Its effects are known to be accumulative, resulting in side-effects taking years to show up. It is also able to inhibit the metabolism of foods. Being a trans-fatty acid, it is also possible that this man-made oil has a direct link to causing cancer (even from just breathing in the toxic fumes created when frying foods in it).

Rapeseed oil is an acetyl cholinesterase inhibitor. This compound is crucial when it comes to transmitting signals from the nerves to the muscles. This is possibly why there has been a dramatic increase in cases of multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy over the past few years. Other side-effects which have been reported include respiratory illnesses, loss of vision, constipation, anemia, heart disease, irritability and low birth weight in infants. It is known to severely deplete Vitamin E levels in the body, as well as cause severe clotting of red blood cells, which can pose a serious health risk.
The best way to avoid consuming this toxic industrial by-product is to prepare meals yourself from scratch, and especially avoid fast foods at all costs.

[Editor`s Note: NaturalNews is strongly against the use of all forms of animal testing. We fully support implementation of humane medical experimentation that promotes the health and wellbeing of all living creatures.]

Sources:
http://www.naturalnews.com/031550_canola_oil_side_effects.html

http://www.ehow.com/list_7427295_ha...
http://www.rense.com/politics5/dare.htm
http://organicyogamama.com/canola-oil/
http://www.ehow.co.uk/about_5414785...
http://www.cantola.com/Tricky_Foods...

maryals
03-03-2011, 01:02 AM
According to Snopes Link (http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp) those dire and fear based allegations about Canola are false.
Snopes is protected from "Copy and Paste" and with my arthritis I can't manually re-type the entire article.

So...anyway....there you have it, another side to argument about Canola oil.

Mary and Baby http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv310/samb1049/smileys/dancingleprechauns.gif

Judee
03-03-2011, 01:05 AM
According to Snopes Link (http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/canola.asp) those dire and fear based allegations about Canola are false.
Snopes is protected from "Copy and Paste" and with my arthritis I can't manually re-type the entire article.

So...anyway....there you have it, another side to argument about Canola oil.

Mary and Baby http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv310/samb1049/smileys/dancingleprechauns.gif

I studied Canola when I got into the feed business. Based on my studies, I can't agree with Snopes Mary.

maryals
03-03-2011, 01:16 AM
I studied Canola when I got into the feed business. Based on my studies, I can't agree with Snopes Mary.

Fair enough. I just thought I'd look it up too.

Mary and Baby http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv310/samb1049/smileys/dancingleprechauns.gif

Judee
03-03-2011, 03:12 PM
Fair enough. I just thought I'd look it up too.

Mary and Baby http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv310/samb1049/smileys/dancingleprechauns.gif

Mary, I'm very glad that you posted that piece. It's always good to have more than one view of things! :yup:

Alpha
03-23-2011, 11:25 AM
It just keeps getting more outrageous.

When will this insanity stop?!?!? :rant:



Mouse-Pig & Super-Fish Seek Approval for Human Consumption

I’m not very mighty, I don’t fly (yet), but my DNA has been spliced with mouse DNA which means that my poop now has less environment-harming phosphorous. This allows me and my cohorts to continue being stacked in barns to the brim – no dietary changes necessary! Soon my mutated flesh will be a tender morsel on your plate but you won’t even know it’s me.”

Enter Enviropig! And his trusty side-kick Super Fish!

Genetically mutated plants and animals always start out as some sort of trial – “Oh we would never allow this on the dinner plate,” is always the beginning line.

Blink and you’ll miss the critters crawling onto the grocers’ shelves. Most of us are unaware of our consumption of GM vegetation. The push and final release of GM salmon will be the precedent that allows Enviropig on the market.

The supposed intention behind Enviropig is the environment, but that’s a giant load of steaming hog manure, otherwise the pigs themselves would be given better treatment and diets to lower phosphorous waste.Some speculate that the Corn Refiners Association is the influence behind the pigs’ mostly corn-fed diet that attributes to the highly phosphorous poo. Instead of different food and free range, the answer is to create labs, hire scientists, and mix them with mice?........

This week, media reports revealed that scientists in the department of fisheries and oceans raised doubts about approving genetically modified fish over concerns the fish could escape from fish farms and mate with natural Canadian fish stock.


AquaBounty, a firm with Canadian and U.S. operations, made the application.


AquaBounty’s website claims the company is also working on developing hybrid salmon, trout and tilapia, which will also grow faster than traditional fish.


The application for a genetically modified pig comes from the University of Guelph. Called Enviropig, researchers spliced DNA from mice into Yorkshire pigs to reduce the amount of phosphorous in swine’s manure.

The researchers hope the reduced phosphorous will mean less pollution in rivers and streams near large-scale pig farms.


Under current regulations, there would be no requirement to tell the public the animals they are eating are anything other than a regular fish or pigs.

“Consumers have a right to know what they are eating,” said MP Alex Atamanenko, the NDP agriculture and food security critic.


Atamanenko called on the government to put a moratorium on all genetically modified foods, calling them a health hazard.


“I think it would be a travesty if the government would allow this to happen without letting consumers know what they are eating.......


Full Article (http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/03/21/mouse-pig-super-fish-seek-approval-for-human-consumption/)

Judee
03-23-2011, 04:48 PM
I feel sick!! This is like something out of a horror movie!

Alpha
04-07-2011, 09:50 AM
More Monsanto horror!! :angryfire





Canada Okays GMO Wheat (http://farmwars.info/?p=5734)


Canada is giving the go ahead to GMO wheat. Although it is not ready for production yet, the plans are set:


The National Research Council plans to develop genetically modified wheat in Canada — a measure long resisted by the country’s wheat farmers.


The NRC says Canadian wheat farmers are becoming less productive and need to adapt, especially in the face of climate change. It suggests GM wheat as a solution.


In the past week, senior NRC management has been unveiling its long-term strategy to its researchers and other staff. The goal, says a leaked copy of the plan, is to become a “market-driven organization whose primary goal is to develop and deploy technology.”
And it says building better wheat is one of the top goals....................


Even if wheat farmers in Canada and the U.S. don’t want their wheat genetically modified, and yields have not proven to be greater, but in fact less in controlled experiments, it doesn’t matter. Whatever underhanded manipulations these compromised governments have to do to appease their genetically modified partners in crime, they will do, and we are simply cannon fodder. Is there anything that will stop these criminals?


It seems that we are being rolled over by a juggernaut that is so big that any resistance is crushed. So, what do we do? Dig in and plant like your life depends on it because it does. It is up to us as individuals to make the difference. Boycott all GMO foods, and grow, grow, grow your own food. Grow enough for your neighbors. Grow as much as you can, and save the seeds. We are in the fight of our lives.


Full Article (http://farmwars.info/?p=5734)

Judee
04-21-2011, 03:06 PM
A Government of Monsanto, by Monsanto, and for Monsanto

By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

With help from the FDA and USDA, the biotech industry is set to completely take over our food supply with genetically modified ingredients, irregardless of the wishes of “we the people.” Through collusion, subterfuge, and a bit of back-door manipulation, Monsanto can write it’s own ticket with the U.S. Federal Government’s stamp of approval. If the rules get in the way, then change the rules, or at least their interpretation, to fit the situation.

Monsanto is now ready to grow soybeans that are genetically modified to produce omega-3 fatty acids. The fact that the company is doing this comes as no surprise, but the important thing to note is the process that the FDA goes through to approve these types of substances as Generally Recognized as Safe, or GRAS, is to simply rubber-stamp the Monsanto application, no questions asked.

The biotechnology firm Monsanto stands just one FDA approval away from growing soybeans that have been genetically modified to produce those omega-3 fatty acids that doctors are always recommending. (Forbes)

Here is a quote from the FDA GRAS approval letter recently sent to Monsanto for its new soy invention:

Based on the information provided by Monsanto, the agency has no questions at this time regarding Monsanto’s conclusion that SDA soybean oil is GRAS under the intended conditions of use. The agency has not, however, made its own determination regarding the GRAS status of the subject use of SDA soybean oil. As always, it is the continuing responsibility of Monsanto to ensure that food ingredients that the firm markets are safe, and are otherwise in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements. (FDA)

According to the FDA site, this is how the FDA’s GRAS Notification Program works:

The GRAS notification program provides a voluntary mechanism whereby a person may inform FDA of a determination that the use of a substance is GRAS, rather than petition FDA to affirm that the use of a substance is GRAS. (FDA)

Monsanto does its own tests, determines its products are GRAS, and the FDA rubber stamps the results, no questions asked.

Here is a list of products that this new soy product will be put in:

Full Story:
http://farmwars.info/?p=5860&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FarmWars+%28Farm+Wars%29

Alpha
04-28-2011, 10:59 AM
Lab rats :yup: :zx11pisse



19 Studies Link GMO Foods to Organ Disruption

A new paper demonstrates that consuming genetically modified (GM) food leads to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice. Researchers reviewed data from 19 studies and found that parameters including blood and urine biochemistry and organ weights were significantly disrupted in the GM-fed animals. The kidneys of males were the most affected, experiencing 43.5 percent of all the changes. The livers of females followed at more than 30 percent. Other organs may have been affected too, including the heart and spleen, and blood cells.
According to the Institute for Responsible Technology:
"The GM soybean and corn varieties used in the feeding trials 'constitute 83 percent of the commercialized GMOs' that are currently consumed by billions of people. While the findings may have serious ramifications for the human population, the authors demonstrate how a multitude of GMO-related health problems could easily pass undetected through the superficial and largely incompetent safety assessments that are used around the world."
Further, the biotechnology firm Monsanto is only an FDA approval away from its latest monstrosity -- soybeans that have been genetically modified to produce omega-3 fats. That FDA approval is expected this year.
Monsanto plans to include GM soybean oil in every product it can -- baked goods, baking mixes, breakfast cereals, cheeses, frozen dairy desserts, pasta, gravies and sauces, fruit juices, snack foods, candy, soups, and more.
According to Forbes:
"Monsanto is so despised by environmentalists that Google's first suggested search term for the St. Louis company is 'Monsanto evil.' Readers ... voted Monsanto the world's most evil corporation in a January poll, giving the corporation a whopping 51 percent of the vote."
Scientists have also introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows in a process that they say will cause the cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk. They believe that this could provide an alternative to formula milk for babies.
Critics of GM technology questioned the safety of milk from genetically modified animals, and also its potential effect on the cattle's health......


Full Article (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/27/19-studies-link-gmo-foods-to-organ-disruption.aspx)

DarkoMarco
04-28-2011, 06:13 PM
Fear, death follow Monsanto’s march to control world food supply
By Carol Forsloff.
Prince Charles was deeply moved when he learned of the plight of Indian farmers killing themselves following their use of genetically modified (GM) seeds, but it has now been found the problem is far worse than anyone thought.
Genetically modified foods, touted as the salvation of food supply, have instead destroyed the livelihoods of thousands of people across the world, many in under-developed countries, media reports have found. These people live in fear and poverty each day. Unable to care for their families, some simply kill themselves because there is no future, no hope for another day.
The Daily Mail describes the anguish of these farmers. It tells of a prosperous and respected farmer who killed himself because he and his family could no longer survive in a system where there was no way to earn a living. The article describes how Shankara Mandaukar , as his family and neighbors stood around, drank a cup of chemical pesticide, then died in agony on the ground.
The description of this event tells us poignantly, in deeply moving detail:

“As neighbours gathered to pray outside the family home, Nirmala Mandaukar, 50, told how she rushed back from the fields to find her husband dead. 'He was a loving and caring man,' she said, weeping quietly.
'But he couldn't take any more. The mental anguish was too much. We have lost everything.'
Shankara's crop had failed - twice. Of course, famine and pestilence are part of India's ancient story.
But the death of this respected farmer has been blamed on something far more modern and sinister: genetically modified crops.”

Prince Charles, touched by the plight of families in India like those of Shankura, set up Bhumi Vardaan Foundation, as a charitable group to help these “suicide” farmers. 125,000 farmers have killed themselves became of GM seeds and the practices of the companies that make them.
Shankura had been promised prosperity if he used GM seeds, but when his harvest failed the money he had borrowed to buy the seeds was gone; and he was left with debts. His family is now left without a father and with a future compromised by poverty and grief.
It is reported more than 1,000 farmers commit suicide each month, most in the painful death Shankura suffered, by swallowing an insecticide the GM folks had told them they would not need when they were manipulated into growing GM crops.
Monsanto has been highlighted as one of the worst offenders in the GM industry. Its website extols the benefits of genetically modified seeds. These seeds are said to rescue farmers and provide them prosperity, on a website showing pictures, videos and telling success stories of enticement to sell the idea of how these seeds are the answer to farmers’ successes.
In the United States, Monsanto has what they call America’s Farmers Grow communities.

Full Story:
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/303772#ixzz1EMWdtV57

Wow,,,that is horrible. Monsanto is starting to make even the millitary industrial complex look good by comparison.

Alpha
05-03-2011, 12:03 PM
Another piece of insanity :rant:



USDA to allow Monsanto to perform its own GMO studies (http://www.infowars.com/usda-to-allow-monsanto-to-perform-its-own-gmo-studies/)

NaturalNews
May 2, 2011

Last August, a federal judge admonished the USDA for approving genetically modified seeds without first doing the required environmental impact study. Now, the USDA has a solution–allow the biotech industry to conduct the studies itself. This means that Monsanto and other biotech companies will decide whether to approve their own products.


In the case brought last August by environmentalists and the Center for Food Safety, Federal Judge Jeffrey White ruled that the USDA violated the National Environmental Policy Act in deregulating Monsanto’s Roundup Ready (http://www.naturalnews.com/Roundup_Ready.html) sugar beet seeds in 2005 and banned planting of the crop until the environmental impact (http://www.naturalnews.com/environmental_impact.html)USDA (http://www.naturalnews.com/USDA.html) ignored the ban, according to Popular Science (http://bit.ly/kc8H9M), and ignored White’s subsequent order to destroy the crops (http://www.naturalnews.com/crops.html) once they had been planted.
study was complete. The

The USDA ignored the directives because, according to a recent Grist article (http://www.naturalnews.com/article.html)http://bit.ly/fniqCr) it worried a GMO sugar (http://www.naturalnews.com/sugar.html) beet ban would cause sweetener (http://www.naturalnews.com/sweetener.html)the USDA (http://www.naturalnews.com/the_USDA.html) places the food industry’s right to cheap sweetener for its junk food (http://www.naturalnews.com/food.html) over the dictates of a federal court” Grist says.
( prices to rise. “Thus

Roundup Ready sugar beets (http://www.naturalnews.com/sugar_beets.html) would likely not stand up to an independent environmental (http://www.naturalnews.com/environmental.html) impact assessment, the Grist article noted. Sugar beets (http://www.naturalnews.com/beets.html) are largely grown in an area of Oregon the produces crops closely related to sugar beets, such as chard. The GM beets could damage the organic and non-GMO crops through cross-pollination.



http://rotate.infowars.com/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=49&cb=1b46a92e30976dd93dca43294a0d4b4d&n=59f05f (http://rotate.infowars.com/www/delivery/ck.php?n=59f05f&cb=1b46a92e30976dd93dca43294a0d4b4d)

Also, problems with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (http://www.naturalnews.com/herbicide.html) would likely come to light. Heavy applications of Monsanto’s Roundup (http://www.naturalnews.com/Roundup.html) herbicide on its other herbicide-resistant GM crops (http://www.naturalnews.com/GM_crops.html), such as corn and soy, have created the increasing problem of herbicide-resistant “superweeds.” According to another Grist article (http://bit.ly/9unbhp), farmers had to abandon thousands of acres in the South due to new strains of giant pigweed. The article also showed a major ingredient in Roundup to be much more harmful to the environment (http://www.naturalnews.com/the_environment.html) than previously proclaimed.


Part of the reasoning for the USDA to allow the biotech industry (http://www.naturalnews.com/industry.html) to do its own studies is that a draft environmental assessment can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $1 million, Grist says. Letting companies (http://www.naturalnews.com/companies.html) do the studies would save money and fast-track the process.


Critics of GM crops argue the set-up is likely to result in biased and inaccurate information, according to agriculture (http://www.naturalnews.com/agriculture.html) journal Capital Press. By allowing biotech (http://www.naturalnews.com/biotech.html)science (http://www.naturalnews.com/science.html) policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety.
developers to conduct their own environmental assessments, the process becomes subject to conflicts of interest, said Bill Freese,

“It’s like asking BP to write an assessment of an offshore drilling operation,” he said. “The pilot program basically treats the environmental review process as a ‘rubber stamp’ for getting biotech crops to market more quickly.”


Sources for this article include:

Grist: USDA moves to let Monsanto (http://www.naturalnews.com/Monsanto.html) perform its own environmental impact studies (http://www.naturalnews.com/studies.html)http://www.grist.org/industrial-agr… (http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-04-19-usda-to-let-monsanto-do-own-environmental-impact-studies-on-gmos)

Grist: USDA downplays own scientist’s research (http://www.naturalnews.com/research.html) on ill effects of Monsanto herbicide — http://www.grist.org/article/usda-d… (http://www.grist.org/article/usda-downplays-own-scientists-research-on-danger-of-roundup)

Capital Press: USDA plans to outsource biotech studies — http://www.capitalpress.com/mobile/… (http://www.capitalpress.com/mobile/mp-biotech-process-041511)

Popular Science: Gov on GMOs — ernment Says Biotech Companies Can Be Their Own Safety Testers, Letting the fox guard the henhouse? — http://www.popsci.com/technology/ar… (http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-04/government-oks-biotech-companies-performing-their-own-environmental-tests)


Full Article (http://www.infowars.com/usda-to-allow-monsanto-to-perform-its-own-gmo-studies/)

Judee
05-03-2011, 02:48 PM
Another piece of insanity :rant:

That's because the USDA IS Monsanto!! It has been thoroughly infiltrated.

Project
05-03-2011, 03:21 PM
That's because the USDA IS Monsanto!! It has been thoroughly infiltrated.

absolutely, and so is the patent office and quite a few others.

Alpha
05-17-2011, 10:11 AM
Another thing that is now officially "safe" when we/they know damn well is NOT :angryfire



Toxin from GM crops found in human blood: Study


Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/bt-brinjal-can-damage-liver-&-hit-immunity-of-a-human-being./1/126821.html), used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time.


Genetically modified crops include genes extracted from bacteria to make them resistant to pest attacks.


These genes make crops toxic to pests but are claimed to pose no danger to the environment and human health. Genetically modified (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/GM+food+can+damage+liver+and+kidneys/1/80590.html) brinjal, whose commercial release was stopped a year ago, has a toxin derived from a soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis ( Bt).


Till now, scientists and multinational corporations promoting GM crops have maintained that Bt toxin poses no danger to human health as the protein breaks down in the human gut. But the presence of this toxin in human blood shows that this does not happen.


Scientists from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada, have detected the insecticidal protein, Cry1Ab, circulating in the blood of pregnant as well as non-pregnant women.


They have also detected the toxin in fetal blood, implying it could pass on to the next generation. The research paper has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Reproductive Toxicology. The study covered 30 pregnant women and 39 women who had come for tubectomy at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) in Quebec.


None of them had worked or lived with a spouse working in contact with pesticides.


They were all consuming typical Canadian diet that included GM foods such as soybeans, corn and potatoes. Blood samples were taken before delivery for pregnant women and at tubal ligation for non-pregnant women. Umbilical cord blood sampling was done after birth.


Cry1Ab toxin was detected in 93 per cent and 80 per cent of maternal and fetal blood samples, respectively and in 69 per cent of tested blood samples from non-pregnant women. Earlier studies had found trace amounts of the Cry1Ab toxin in gastrointestinal contents of livestock fed on GM corn. This gave rise to fears that the toxins may not be effectively eliminated in humans and there may be a high risk of exposure through consumption of contaminated meat.


"Generated data will help regulatory agencies responsible for the protection of human health to make better decisions", noted researchers Aziz Aris and Samuel Leblanc.


Given the potential toxicity of these environmental pollutants and the fragility of the foetus, more studies are needed, particularly those using the placental transfer approach, they added Experts have warned of serious implications for India. Cottonseed oil is made from seeds of genetically modified cotton and thus Bt toxin may have already entered the food chain in India.


"Indian regulators should be immediately called for detailed toxicological studies to know the extent of contamination of the human blood with Bt toxins coming from cottonseed oil, and also ascertain its long term health impacts," Sharma said.

Full Article (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/story/toxin-from-gm-crops-found-in-human-blood/1/137728.html)

Alpha
05-27-2011, 04:20 PM
http://vimeo.com/23976975



Dangerous Toxins From Genetically Modified Plants Found in Women and Fetuses (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/1412)

When U.S. regulators approved Monsanto’s genetically modified “Bt” corn, they knew it would add a deadly poison into our food supply. That’s what it was designed to do. The corn’s DNA is equipped with a gene from soil bacteria called Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) that produces the Bt-toxin. It’s a pesticide; it breaks open the stomach of certain insects and kills them.


But Monsanto and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) swore up and down that it was only insects that would be hurt. The Bt-toxin, they claimed, would be completely destroyed in the human digestive system and not have any impact on all of us trusting corn-eating consumers.


Oops. A study just proved them wrong.


Doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec found the corn’s Bt-toxin in the blood of pregnant women and their babies, as well as in non-pregnant women.i (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/1412#sdendnote1sym) (Specifically, the toxin was identified in 93% of 30 pregnant women, 80% of umbilical blood in their babies, and 67% of 39 non-pregnant women.) The study has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal Reproductive Toxicology.


According to the UK Daily Mail, this study, which “appears to blow a hole in” safety claims, “has triggered calls for a ban on imports and a total overhaul of the safety regime for genetically modified (GM) crops and food.” Organizations from England to New Zealand are now calling for investigations and for GM crops to be halted due to the serious implications of this finding.


Links to allergies, auto-immune disease, and other disorders

There’s already plenty of evidence that the Bt-toxin produced in GM corn and cotton plants is toxic to humans and mammals and triggers immune system responses. The fact that it flows through our blood supply, and that is passes through the placenta into fetuses, may help explain the rise in many disorders in the US since Bt crop varieties were first introduced in 1996.


In government-sponsored research in Italyii (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/1412#sdendnote2sym), mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn showed a wide range of immune responses. Their elevated IgE and IgG antibodies, for example, are typically associated with allergies and infections. The mice had an increase in cytokines, which are associated with “allergic and inflammatory responses.” The specific cytokines (interleukins) that were elevated are also higher in humans who suffer from a wide range of disorders, from arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, to MS and cancer (see chart)......


Full Article (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/1412)

Topper
05-27-2011, 06:37 PM
Well that's were its heading ... first kill off all the heirloom seeds, next propagate genetically modified seeds before bioengineering animals and humans ... then you have total control over all the species. The perfect ant farm - Earth

Judee
05-28-2011, 12:56 AM
When I read articles like this, I feel like I've died and gone to man's version of hell. Thank goodness I know that when I do die, I'll be going to a far better realm than here on this poor earth that is being poisoned and left to die a lingering death. Pandora must be smiling, for her box has been opened for all to suffer the consequences.

Alpha
06-07-2011, 09:58 AM
This is pretty scary stuff and likely part of the plan :angryfire ....another way to use food as a bioweapon...


Genetically Engineered Food Alters Our Digestive Systems!

GE organisms actually become part of the bacteria in our digestive tracts and reproduce continuously inside us. But the USDA now wants to to remove all controls from GE corn and cotton! A new Action Alert. (http://www.anh-usa.org/genetically-engineered-food-alters-our-digestive-systems/#Action%20Alert)


There are no human clinical trials of genetically engineered foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that genetic material inserted into GE soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function (http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v22/n2/full/nbt934.html). Even after we stop eating GE foods, we may still have the GE proteins produced continuously inside us.



As the Institute for Responsible Technology has noted, the genetic engineering process creates massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant’s DNA (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/health-risks). Natural genes can be deleted or permanently turned on or off, and hundreds may change their behavior. Even the inserted gene can be damaged or rearranged, and may create proteins that can trigger allergies or promote disease.



The idea of having genetically engineered genes permanently living inside our guts has staggering implications:



If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create antibiotic-resistant diseases (http://www.anh-usa.org/superbugs-will-millions-die-needlessly-before-we-act/).
Bt toxins (Bacillus thuringiensis) inserted into GM food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of 93% of women and 80% of unborn babies (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1388888/GM-food-toxins-blood-93-unborn-babies.html) because of the consumption of meat, milk, and eggs from livestock fed GE corn. This could turn bacteria in our intestines into pesticide factories.
Animal studies show that DNA in food can travel into organs throughout the body, even into the fetus.


And we’ve seen cross-species transfer of DNA happen before. A significant percentage of human DNA is actually viral DNA (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/01/bornavirus-in-human-dna/) that became part of us over 40 million years ago. There is concern that virally transmitted DNA may cause mutations and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100107103621.htm). GE organisms may exacerbate this phenomenon.



Genetically engineered food genes transferring to our own genes could lead to problems like leaky gut syndrome (http://www.leakygut.co.uk/About%20Leaky%20Gut.htm):



Our small intestine, which is responsible for about 70% of our immune system, behaves like a selective sieve: it lets only nutrients and well-digested fats, proteins, and starches enter the bloodstream and keeps out large molecules, microbes, and toxins.
Leaky gut syndrome happens when the intestinal lining becomes inflamed, and the microvilli (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microvillus) on the lining become damaged; this prevents the microvilli from absorbing nutrients and producing necessary enzymes and secretions for healthy digestion and absorption.
In between cells are desmosomes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmosome), which keep the cells together, forming a strong structure preventing large molecules from passing through. When an area becomes inflamed, the structure is weakened, allowing larger molecules to escape. The makes the immune system produce antibodies and cytokines to fight off molecules because they are perceived as antigens.


Allergies have already skyrocketed in the US, and with the introduction of GE soy in the UK, soy related allergies rose to 50% (http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/health-risks/articles-about-risks-by-jeffrey-smith/Doctors-Warn-Avoid-Genetically-Modified-Food-May-2009). Yet federal agencies turn a blind eye to the dangers of genetic engineering.

In 1989 there was a tragic outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS), an incredibly painful disease. The outbreak was traced to consumption of l-tryptophan supplements produced by a Japanese company using genetically engineered bacteria (http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/L-tryptophan/PrefacebyJeffreySmith/index.cfm). The bacteria are used to increase yields, but they increase impurities during the fermentation process—possibly leading to a level of contaminants that caused the EMS.

To this day, the government has refused to address the issue of purity standards for GE-manufactured products. Instead, federal agencies and biotech companies claimed that contaminants linked to the EMS tragedy were caused by changes in the company’s manufacturing process—despite the fact that the company was precisely following the purity standards enforced by government rules.

The EMS was rare and had a fast enough onset that the case histories of the patients could be linked to this supplement, and it was also acute enough that doctors took notice. There is a very clear causal link between EMS and these genetically engineered organisms.



The effects of other genetically modified products may not be as obvious so quickly, but can be even more devastating; as we have reported previously (http://www.anh-usa.org/comparing-apples-and-oranges/), GMOs are causing terrible genetic changes in mammal offspring. Scientists are seeing birth defects, high infant mortality rates, and sterility in hamsters, rats, and livestock fed GMO soy and corn, and some hamster pups even begin growing hair inside their mouths.



The late George Wald, Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology in 1967 and Higgins Professor of Biology at Harvard University, was one of the first scientists to speak out about the potential dangers of genetic engineering:

Recombinant DNA technology [genetic engineering] faces our society with problems unprecedented, not only in the history of science, but of life on the Earth….Now whole new proteins will be transposed overnight into wholly new associations, with consequences no one can foretell, either for the host organism or their neighbors….For going ahead in this direction may not only be unwise but dangerous. Potentially, it could breed new animal and plant diseases, new sources of cancer, novel epidemics.[1]

The USDA has released two Environmental Assessment reports, one for Monsanto’s corn genetically engineered to be drought-tolerant (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/05/ea_corn.shtml), and the other for Syngenta Biotechnology’s cotton genetically engineered to be pest-resistant (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/05/ea_cotton.shtml). USDA believes the cotton is “unlikely to pose a plant pest risk”; for the corn, the agency is considering either keeping the corn under regulation, or assigning it nonregulated status (banning it altogether is off the table). The comment period for both EAs is open until July 11.

Please take action today! Tell the USDA that the corn and cotton must not be deregulated—that without strict controls, GE crops will encroach on non-GE crops, contaminating them, including organic crops—which will, of course, render them non-organic.

The GE corn is especially dangerous because it is for human consumption. As noted above, GE genes from foods can affect the bacteria from our digestive system, and can lead to allergies, disease and even sterility.

GMOs are causing terrible genetic changes in mammal offspring. Scientists are seeing birth defects, high infant mortality rates, and sterility in hamsters, rats, and livestock fed GMO soy and corn, and some hamster pups even begin growing hair inside their mouths.


Full Article (http://www.anh-usa.org/genetically-engineered-food-alters-our-digestive-systems/)

Judee
06-07-2011, 04:23 PM
The very real implications sited in that article should send chills down the spine of every human being on the planet. This is not science fiction -- this is science fact!! I personally have a good friend who gets totally debilitated if he accidentally ingests anything with even trace amounts of GM products in it. It's getting to where he is having a difficult time finding anything to eat! So many 'ailments' that people run to their friendly doctor for, could very well be GM based, and of course are 'treated' with nothing but a handful of pills thrown at the problem. And IMO, diseases like fibromyalgia could very well be nothing more than a bodies reaction to GM products -- products that are in virtually everything that is found in a supermarket.

This world has gone insane! Forget war or catastrophic earth changes! We may very well exterminate ourselves through the ingestion of genetically modified foods! :mad:

Topper
06-08-2011, 11:33 PM
Just found this article on how much the Chinese are using genetically altered foods.

Chinese GM Cows Make Human Breast Milk

*
*
* 36 Comments

3:49pm UK, Monday June 06, 2011

Holly Williams, Beijing correspondent
Chinese scientists have genetically modified dairy cows to produce human breast milk, and hope to be selling it in supermarkets within three years.

The milk produced by the transgenic cows is identical to the human variety and has the same immune-boosting and antibacterial qualities as breast milk, scientists at China's Agricultural University in Beijing say.

The transgenic herd of 300 was bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows.

The technology was similar to that used to produce Dolly the sheep.

The milk is still undergoing safety tests but with government permission it will be sold to consumers as a more nutritious dairy drink than cow's milk.

Workers at the university's dairy farm have already tasted the milk, and say it is sweeter and stronger than the usual bovine variety.

There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don't get enough to eat. It's our duty to develop science and technology, not to hold it back. We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions.

Professor Li Ning, director of the research project

"It's good," said worker Jiang Yao. "It's better for you because it's genetically modified."

The scientists have also produced animals that are resistant to mad cow disease, as well as beef cattle that are genetically modified to produce more nutritious meat.

The director of the research project, Professor Li Ning, says Western concerns about the ethics of genetic modification are misplaced.

"There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don't get enough to eat," he said. "It's our duty to develop science and technology, not to hold it back.

"We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions."

In contrast to Europe, China has eagerly embraced genetically modified food.

GM cooking oil, papayas, tomatoes and potatoes are already widely available.

Insect-resistant rice and corn modified to help pigs absorb more nutrients were both recently approved by the government.

Judee
06-09-2011, 03:54 AM
What can one say about China? They are even more asleep to the grim reaper than we are.

Judee
06-17-2011, 04:56 PM
Wildlife Refuges to be Planted with GMOs

By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find animals that haven’t been force-fed GMO grain. To top it all off, even Alfalfa, which is a staple cattle feed in America, will be genetically engineered thanks to Land O’ Lakes, Forage Genetics and Monsanto. But that isn’t enough for this administration. Now they are going after wildlife too.

Washington, DC — The Obama administration has endorsed genetically engineered agriculture on more than 50 National Wildlife Refuges, with more GE-refuge approvals in the works, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. (PEER)

It is clear that we need to wean ourselves off mass-produced food and start getting serious about growing our own veggies and fruit, and raising our own animals. We are literally being surrounded with weapons of mass destruction in the form of DNA-altering GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that cause infertility, severe health problems, and premature death.

The proposal for the Midwestern Refuges would allow more than 20,000 acres to be cultivated with no limits on how many acres could be GE crops. The public comment deadline for that plan is today [Feb. 14, 2011]. In its comments, PEER argues that the GE operations risk harm to wildlife, refuge plants and soil, while contending that there is no refuge purpose for which GE crops are essential, as required by FWS policy.

“These plans are based on the curious notion that wildlife benefit from having the small slivers of habitat set aside for them covered by genetically engineered soybeans,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting the Midwest refuges are already surrounded by row crops, most of which are now GE. “To boost U.S. exports, the Obama administration is forcing wildlife refuges into political prostitution.” (PEER)

So, say goodbye to GMO-free wild game, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood mass murderers in charge of our government. Too strong of a statement? I don’t think so. Look up the Georgia Guidestones, then think again…

http://farmwars.info/?p=6266&utm_source ... rm+Wars%29

Alpha
06-20-2011, 11:03 AM
Wildlife Refuges to be Planted with GMOs

By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find animals that haven’t been force-fed GMO grain. To top it all off, even Alfalfa, which is a staple cattle feed in America, will be genetically engineered thanks to Land O’ Lakes, Forage Genetics and Monsanto. But that isn’t enough for this administration. Now they are going after wildlife too.

Washington, DC — The Obama administration has endorsed genetically engineered agriculture on more than 50 National Wildlife Refuges, with more GE-refuge approvals in the works, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. (PEER)

It is clear that we need to wean ourselves off mass-produced food and start getting serious about growing our own veggies and fruit, and raising our own animals. We are literally being surrounded with weapons of mass destruction in the form of DNA-altering GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that cause infertility, severe health problems, and premature death.

The proposal for the Midwestern Refuges would allow more than 20,000 acres to be cultivated with no limits on how many acres could be GE crops. The public comment deadline for that plan is today [Feb. 14, 2011]. In its comments, PEER argues that the GE operations risk harm to wildlife, refuge plants and soil, while contending that there is no refuge purpose for which GE crops are essential, as required by FWS policy.

“These plans are based on the curious notion that wildlife benefit from having the small slivers of habitat set aside for them covered by genetically engineered soybeans,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting the Midwest refuges are already surrounded by row crops, most of which are now GE. “To boost U.S. exports, the Obama administration is forcing wildlife refuges into political prostitution.” (PEER)

So, say goodbye to GMO-free wild game, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood mass murderers in charge of our government. Too strong of a statement? I don’t think so. Look up the Georgia Guidestones, then think again…

http://farmwars.info/?p=6266&utm_source ... rm+Wars%29

I was just reading this article and was going to post it, however I see you're on top of it Judee :biggthump

Now they are after wildlife and all natural ecosystems on this planet. I am more than sick and outraged. Someone has to stops these monsters :angryfire :rocketwho

Topper
06-28-2011, 01:05 PM
Finally Bolivia is making a stand against GM Seeds ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13923732

Project
06-28-2011, 01:51 PM
Wildlife Refuges to be Planted with GMOs

By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find animals that haven’t been force-fed GMO grain. To top it all off, even Alfalfa, which is a staple cattle feed in America, will be genetically engineered thanks to Land O’ Lakes, Forage Genetics and Monsanto. But that isn’t enough for this administration. Now they are going after wildlife too.

Washington, DC — The Obama administration has endorsed genetically engineered agriculture on more than 50 National Wildlife Refuges, with more GE-refuge approvals in the works, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. (PEER)

It is clear that we need to wean ourselves off mass-produced food and start getting serious about growing our own veggies and fruit, and raising our own animals. We are literally being surrounded with weapons of mass destruction in the form of DNA-altering GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that cause infertility, severe health problems, and premature death.

The proposal for the Midwestern Refuges would allow more than 20,000 acres to be cultivated with no limits on how many acres could be GE crops. The public comment deadline for that plan is today [Feb. 14, 2011]. In its comments, PEER argues that the GE operations risk harm to wildlife, refuge plants and soil, while contending that there is no refuge purpose for which GE crops are essential, as required by FWS policy.

“These plans are based on the curious notion that wildlife benefit from having the small slivers of habitat set aside for them covered by genetically engineered soybeans,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting the Midwest refuges are already surrounded by row crops, most of which are now GE. “To boost U.S. exports, the Obama administration is forcing wildlife refuges into political prostitution.” (PEER)

So, say goodbye to GMO-free wild game, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood mass murderers in charge of our government. Too strong of a statement? I don’t think so. Look up the Georgia Guidestones, then think again…

http://farmwars.info/?p=6266&utm_source ... rm+Wars%29


that is insanity

Alpha
06-29-2011, 12:14 PM
Finally Bolivia is making a stand against GM Seeds ...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13923732

Good for them...they are probably one of a handful of countries who have non GMO corn and of course Monsanto won't have any part of that, now will they?!?!? :angryfire


....
Bolivia is home to thousands of native varieties of crops, including potato and corn.



The Morales government wants to improve genetic stock through natural selection.



It rejects what it describes as an invasion of genetically-modified seeds, fearing they will contaminate indigenous species, and prove to be too expensive for small farmers to buy....

Topper
07-02-2011, 05:54 PM
Bayer pays 750 million dollar settlement over GM Rice to US Farmers
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-01/bayer-to-pay-750-million-to-end-lawsuits-over-genetically-modified-rice.html

Alpha
07-14-2011, 09:53 AM
This is sick.....total corruption everywhere.

I guess this means that organic may not be anything of the kind :rant:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCK0MTS4mvI&feature=youtu.be

Why The Organic Trade Association and Corporate Organic Food Brands do NOT want Labeling of Genetically Engineered and Genetically Modified Foods

This Video provides financial evidence that the President of the Board of Directors at the Organic Trade Association, Julia Sabin, individually profits off of Genetically engineered foods as a VP and General Manager at Smuckers.

Judee
07-15-2011, 09:52 PM
Anti-GM Attacks Destroy German Test Plots

BERLIN—Vandals in Germany have destroyed two experimental sites growing genetically modified (GM) wheat and potatoes. On the night of 9 July, half a dozen masked attackers overpowered the security guard...

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/07/anti-gm-attacks-destroy-german-t.html?etoc


Vandals Attack Transgenic Wheat Test Plot
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—Just after midnight on 14 July, three female activists clad in white Hazmat suits and wielding motorized grass trimmers broke into an agricultural test plot near the capital, Canberra,...

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/07/vandals-attack-transgenic-wheat-.html?etoc

Alpha
07-18-2011, 09:40 AM
Now those monsters are after tomatoes!!!!!!!! :rocketwho
I would suggest you all try to invest in some heirloom seeds before they ruin and Frankenstein everything on this planet :rant: :angryfire



Fortified Superfoods Aim to Convince Public of GM Food "Benefits"? (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/07/fortified-superfoods-aim-to-convince.html)


Worldwide resistance to GM foods continues to build as ample evidence (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/06/5-reasons-not-to-eat-gmo-foods.html) has shown negative health effects, crop contamination, and species degeneration that suggests we should tread lightly while attempting to alter the design of nature. Likewise, consumers are making it known that if GM food does enter the food chain that it must be clearly labeled (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/03/after-20-years-nearly-everyone-still.html).

The GMO industry has suffered negative press, but scientists and proponents of GMO appear undeterred. They have been steadily building a case for the benefits of GM food that go beyond simply what they can defend against, and aim to convince consumers of outright health benefits and even disease prevention.

Tomatoes were the very first target of genetic modification and came to the market in 1994. But after just four years they disappeared when it was discovered that the removal of the enzyme that leads to ripening was not the flavor enhancer (Flavr Savr) it was intended to be. Worse, after the FDA approval for human consumption, evidence was presented (http://www.ghorganics.com/failure%20of%20the%20first%20GM%20foods.htm) that showed an increase in stomach lesions as well as the possibility that altered genetic sequencing could lead to new forms of virulent viruses.



Despite a monumental failure from the beginning, genetically modified tomatoes once again have taken center stage. This time it is not merely the promise of better flavor, or more durability in transport between farm and shelf; now GM tomatoes can apparently be "fortified" to reduce the risk of cancer and protect against other diseases.

These claims have been building since at least 2008, when British scientists bred a purple "super tomato" (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1080695/Purple-super-tomato-fight-cancer.html) that modified the concentration of antioxidants the same as those found in blackberries and cranberries.

Now scientists have gone a step beyond and have isolated the natural antioxidant Lycopene within the tomato itself and have genetically modified it to be three and half times more plentiful. This discovery led professor Avtar Handa of Purdue University's horticulture department to say (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-124891/GM-super-tomatoes-boost-cancer-battle.html): 'This is one of the first examples of increasing the nutritional value of food through biotechnology. In fact, it may be the first example of using biotechnology to increase the nutritional value of a fruit.' This discovery built upon a similar one by Spanish scientists which doubled the amount of Lycopene and led to the creation of the Moruno tomato (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1249207/The-SUPER-TOMATO-reduce-risk-prostate-cancer.html), which was then successfully introduced to the UK marketplace.

Now that the precedent has been set, Marks & Spencer just announced that it will be selling tomatoes that are genetically fortified with the mineral selenium (http://uwillreadnews.blogspot.com/2011/07/super-tomatoes-fortified-with-minerals.html), because UK scientists have determined that it is lacking in the UK diet. Marks & Spencer equates this "benefit" to their customers' health as no different than vitamin-D enriched milk, or other products that address deficiencies.

Will the appeal to consumer health be the silver bullet that finally legitimizes GMO? Can we actually trust these genetic engineers to now care for our health? Or could this be no more than a backdoor to soften the GM market as a whole?

Full Article (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/07/fortified-superfoods-aim-to-convince.html)

Alpha
07-20-2011, 12:44 PM
GMO Experiments gone wild :aargh4: :AR15firin



The USDA “Invasive Species” Sham

July 19, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the center of one of government’s biggest shams.

As a member of the National Invasive Species Council, the USDA has a mandate to “not authorize, fund, or carry out actions that it believes are likely to cause or promote the introduction or spread of invasive species in the United States or elsewhere.”

Your tax payer dollars are paying for the eradication of invasive specieslike stink bugs and salt cedar.



Meanwhile, more of your tax dollars are funding the vast promotion of the ultimate invasive species: genetically engineered plants and cloned animals. This includes USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) which was formerly CSREES, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Economic Research Service (ERS), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).


Invasive species are any species not native to an ecosystem, and with an intentional or unintentional release, are likely to cause, or does cause, economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health.


Consider this when you see what the USDA has allowed to be field tested in the U.S.:


Human genes in barley, corn, tobacco, rice, and sugarcane
Mouse genes in corn, along with human genes
Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) and Hepatitis B genes in corn
Rat genes in soybeans
Fruit fly genes in potatoes
Pig genes in corn
Cow genes in tobacco
Jellyfish genes in corn and rice

What else?


In May, 2007 (Greenpeace): “WASHINGTON approved the open field trial cultivation of a genetically engineered (GE) rice that contains human proteins, defying the US rice industry’s opposition to the trial and ignoring the economic impacts that would be caused by contamination of GE-free rice…

The ‘cannibal rice’ is intended to produce drugs for alleviation of diarrhea and if contamination to rice food crops occurs, the effects could be disastrous.
Crossing human genes into rice is bad enough, but to engineer drugs into a food crop and then release it into the environment, is completely insane,” said Jeremy Tager, Agriculture Campaigner with Greenpeace International.”


Common sense should dictate that drug-producing plants should be kept in locked laboratories and not released into our environment.


In 2007, U.C. Davis and Cornell University received permits to field test experimental GE grapes inserted with Trichoderma harzianum, a fungus found in soil, anywhere in California. Other grapes were genetically altered with “CBI” or Confidential Business Information. What genes did they use that made them feel the need to hide the information from the public? And what steps did they take so the grapes weren’t eaten by birds, wildlife or people passing by? What prevented the dispersal of seed and pollen?



In 2000, GE StarLink corn, which was supposed to be used as animal feed or for industrial use (biofuel), was found in the human food supply. John Wichtrich, a top Aventis CropScience executive said that the food supply will never be rid of the new strain of corn that their company genetically engineered, and called for a change in federal regulations to allow some level of StarLink corn in human food.


In 2010, the USDA gave ArborGen permits to plant over 200,000 GE eucalyptus trees on 28 secret sites in 7 southern states.


Eucalyptus trees are wildly invasive, spread into native ecosystems and displace wildlife. Additionally, the oil in these eucalyptus trees is extremely flammable. California spends millions each year to eradicate invasive eucalyptus because of the threat of wildfires.


In 2011, the USDA was sued for not doing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of GE sugar beets. The USDA then implemented a “partial deregulation” of GE sugar beets, so they could be planted until the USDA completed the EIS for the court.


Full Article (http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/invasive-species-sham/)

Full Article (http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/invasive-species-sham/)

Alpha
08-03-2011, 10:06 AM
Excellent special with Mike Adams and Alex...


Infowars Special Report With Mike Adams: The Huge Secret GMO Cloning Program (http://www.infowars.com/infowars-special-report-with-mike-adams-the-huge-secret-gmo-cloning-program/)

Aug 3, 2011

Alex talks to Health Ranger Mike Adams about the recent announcement of a huge secret cloning program, attempts to take over the food supply via GMO, and the increasing number of SWAT raids on family farms and producers of natural foods.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D-HMQEp6X4&feature=player_embedded



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-NPfVmuCEY&feature=player_embedded



http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Tfwf-nf08C4



http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yjAn7rNBfTg

Alpha
08-05-2011, 01:08 PM
And we think we are the smartest beings on this planet...I think not. Most so called animals can detect and won't eat GMO food if given a choice...they can sense it. It's only we humans that can't tell, don't care and shove anything into our mouths for the most part without thinking or sensing :rant:


http://vimeo.com/22416828

Non GMO Shopping Guide (http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/)

Alpha
08-11-2011, 11:24 AM
It's all beyond corrupt....banks, corporations, Big Pharma, The Medical Cartel and the Frankensteiners control the world :rant:

Hijacked Regulatory Agencies Do the Bidding Of Big Ag in the War on Natural Food (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/08/hijacked-regulatory-agencies-do-bidding.html)


Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/08/hijacked-regulatory-agencies-do-bidding.html)

With recent headlines regarding SWAT team attacks on wholesome dairies and raw milk producers, it might be of some relevance to discuss the level of corruption that exists amongst our own hijacked government regulatory agencies and the international food corporations they are tasked with policing. Indeed, when one is aware of the revolving door that exists between agencies like the FDA and large corporations like Monsanto, it is easier to see how such fascist food raids can be launched and subsequently justified.

A clear and relatively recent example of the influence and pressure that is often exerted on regulatory agencies can be seen in the debate over rBGH. Believe it or not, there was once a time when consumers were aware that dangerous genetically modified growth hormones in their milk was something that was potentially harmful to their health. These consumers, unlike those in current times, began to engage in a practice that, in 2011, might be considered revolutionary or, in the eyes of the mainstream media and DHS, possibly even domestic terrorism -- they simply refused to buy the adulterated product.

This consumer boycott resulted in, at the very least, a potential for the loss of large sums of money for Monsanto. Thus their spin machine, as well as the infiltration agents they employed within the various regulatory agencies, kicked their efforts into high gear.



As a result, Monsanto did its best to convince regulatory agencies such as the FDA and the FTC to make it illegal for any dairy to make the claim that its products were rBGH-free.[1]

While these agencies did not fully bend to Monsanto’s request, the FDA did devise a policy by which all claims of rBGH-free milk were deemed misleading and, if made, were to be accompanied by a disclaimer that reads “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non rBST-treated cows.”[2]

Almost immediately after the FDA released the document stating its new policy, Monsanto filed suit against two dairy farms that had labeled their milk as “rBGH-free.” The FDA rushed to the aid of companies like Monsanto and sent warning letters to several other dairies telling them that they were in violation of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act for misbranding.

Monsanto continued to lobby the FDA and FTC arguing that allowing the appearance of any rBGH related labeling on milk was unfairly damaging its business. [3]
.................

Full Article (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/08/hijacked-regulatory-agencies-do-bidding.html#more)

Judee
08-13-2011, 03:24 PM
2 GMO Soys Set to Invade the EU

Posted: 12 Aug 2011

Dupont/ Pioneer made the plants tolerant to herbicides (glyphosate and ALS-inhibitor) Monsanto inserted a gene for producing insecticides. Despite the actual findings, in July 2011, both applications received favourable opinions from the EFSA. This means that products derived from these plants might soon be imported for usage in food and feed if Member States or the EU Commission do not intervene.

Full Story:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FarmWars/~3/6THHeVTRgOc/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

Divinorumus
08-13-2011, 11:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exBEFCiWyW0

Judee
08-31-2011, 11:33 PM
U.S. Researchers Find Roundup Chemical In Water, Air
Date: 01-Sep-11
Country: USA
Author: Carey Gillam
Significant levels of the world's most-used herbicide have been detected in air and water samples from two U.S. farm states, government scientists said on Wednesday, in groundbreaking research on the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup.

http://planetark.org/wen/63127

Alpha
09-29-2011, 03:40 AM
Good for them :biggthump

India files biopiracy lawsuit against Monsanto, says biotech giant is stealing nature for corporate gain


(NaturalNews) Representing one of the most agriculturally bio-diverse nations in the world, India has become a primary target for biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Cargill to spread their genetically-modified (GM) crops into new markets. However, a recent France 24 report explains that the Indian government has decided to take an offensive approach against this attempted agricultural takeover by suing Monsanto for "biopiracy," accusing the company of stealing India's indigenous plants in order to re-engineer them into patented varieties.

Brinjal, also known in Western nations as eggplant, is a native Indian crop for which there are roughly 2,500 different unique varieties. Millions of Indian farmers grow brinjal, which is used in a variety of Indian food dishes, and the country grows more than a quarter of the world's overall supply of the vegetable.

And in an attempt to capitalize on this popular crop, Monsanto has repeatedly tried to commercially market its own GM variety of brinjal called Bt brinjal. But massive public outcry against planned commercial approval of Monsanto's "frankencrop" variety in 2010 led to the government banning it for an indefinite period of time.

But Monsanto is still stealing native crops, including brinjal, and quietly working on GM varieties of them in test fields, which is a clear violation of India's Biological Diversity Act (BDA). So at the prompting of various farmers and activists in India, the Indian government, representing the first time in history a nation that has taken such action, has decided to sue Monsanto.

"This can send a different message to the big companies for violating the laws of the nation," said K.S. Sugara, Member Secretary of the Karnataka Biodiversity Board, to France 24 concerning the lawsuit. "It is not acceptable ... that the farmers in our communities are robbed of the advantage they should get from the indigenous varieties."

You can watch the full France 24 video report of India's lawsuit against Monsanto here:
http://www.france24.com/en/20110921... (http://www.france24.com/en/20110921-india-monsanto-gmo-brinjal-bio-piracy-biopiracy-steal-seeds-terminator-cotton-onion-melon-debt-suicide)

Farmers and active members of the public in India have been some of the world's most outspoken opponents of Monsanto's attempted GM takeover of agriculture. Besides successfully overturning the attempted approval of Bt brinjal, these freedom fighters have also successfully destroyed several attempted Monsanto GM test fields.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/033714_biopiracy_Monsanto.html#ixzz1ZKDD4MqT

Judee
10-05-2011, 02:25 PM
New Primer on GE Foods from Food & Water Watch
by Dan Flynn | Oct 03, 2011

A new 25-page background paper from the environmental group Food & Water Watch is long on information supporting its views on the science and politics surrounding genetically engineered food.

But the extensively footnoted paper devotes just three paragraphs under a "Safe to eat?" section. The Food & Water Watch writers say GE foods, like non-GE foods, can pose risks to consumers from potential allergens and toxins.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with regulating GE, according to Food & Water Watch, but allows the industry to self-regulate.

"In seeking approval, a company participates in a voluntary consultation process with the FDA, and the agency classifies the GE substance either as "generally recognized as safe (GRAS) or a a food additive."

FDA has not approved any transgenic animals, but a GE-salmon and a GE-pig are currently being considered.

Food & Water Watch says GE crops are beginning to dominate in several areas, and questions about the safety of eating them persist. The paper reports on studies that concluded rats have suffered from liver and kidney problems after being put on a diet of GE corn.

Most of the report is spent making Food & Water Watch's case against the rapid growth of GE crops, which were first introduced in 1996. It argues that most GE crops merely kill weeds or resist insects, but have not been "high-yielding" or "drought resistant" as promised.

"The next wave of the "Green Revolution" promises increased technology to ensure food security and mitigate the effects of climate change, but it has not delivered," the report says. "The only people who are experiencing security are the few, massive corporations that are controlling the food system at every step and seeing large profit margins."

The U.S. is the world leader in GE crop production with 88 percent of its corn and 94 percent of its soybeans now biotech, according to F&WW. It says the U.S. has 165 of the world's 365 million acres of GE crops.

The report includes summaries for "notable GE crops," including alfalfa, corn, papaya, potatoes, rice, safflower, sugar beets, tomatoes and wheat. It predicts that genetically engineered animals will be "the next frontier."

Lest anyone think F&WW is losing any of its fire by addressing "the biotechnology industry," the report also contains a section "Debunking Monsanto's Myths." It even takes exception to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partnering with biotech industry to develop more nutritious crops for people in the Third World.

Several policy changes are called for in the paper, including a moratorium on U.S. approvals of GE animals, labeling of GE foods, and changing the regulatory structure for GE foods.

F&WW said the report is intended as a scientific and political backgrounder on GE food. Wenonah Hauter, F&WW executive director, said the report is in response to "glitzy advertising campaigns" from biotechnology industry.

"Before consumers accept genetically engineered food, they need to consider the risks and potential consequences involved with radically manipulating the genetic makeup of plants and animals," Hauter said.

One other political factoid in the report: Lobbying and campaign spending by the biotech industry during the past decade totaled $547 million.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/10/a-new-25-page-background-paper/

Judee
10-28-2011, 12:56 AM
Food Companies Petitioned To Ban New Monsanto GMO Corn

Date: 28-Oct-11

Opponents of Monsanto's new genetically modified sweet corn are petitioning national food retailers and processors to ban the biotech corn, which is not labeled as being genetically altered from conventional corn.

A coalition of health, food safety and environmental organizations said they have collected more than 264,000 petition signatures from consumers who do not want to buy the corn.

The coalition includes the Center for Environmental Health, the Center for Food Safety, and Food & Water Watch. It said it is pressing 10 of the top national retail grocery stores to ban the corn, including Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway. It is also asking top canned and frozen corn processors including Bird's Eye and Del Monte to ban the modified corn.

The coalition said General Mills and Trader Joe's have already indicated that they will not be using the Monsanto biotech sweet corn in their products.

The coalition said the biotech corn would be used in canned and frozen foods as well as sold fresh, but will be indistinguishable to consumers from conventional corn because the U.S. government does not require genetically altered food products to be labeled.

"Consumers deserve to know what's in their food, especially when there is a pesticide in every bite," said Charles Margulis of the Center for Environmental Health. "This whole, unprocessed corn has been spliced with genes that produce a risky, untested insecticide. Parents should be informed when food on supermarket shelves has been genetically altered."

Monsanto, the world's largest seed company and a developer of genetically altered corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops, said in August it was preparing to launch a genetically altered sweet corn that marks Monsanto's first commercial combination of its biotechnology with a consumer-oriented vegetable product.

The sweet corn seed has been genetically altered to tolerate treatment of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, and to fight off insects that might attack the plants.

Monsanto officials said they were surprised their new product was generating so much controversy, as a rival seed company has already been marketing a biotech sweet corn for more than a decade.

"The safety and benefits of biotech sweet corn products -- as well as other biotech crops -- is well established," said Monsanto spokeswoman Danielle Stuart.

Stuart said the new sweet corn is a fresh-market product that will be sold on the ear, with or without husk, in the produce section of grocery stores.

Sweet corn makes up about 1 percent of total corn acreage in the United States.

Critics say they are worried that genetically altered crops, including the new sweet corn, pose environmental and health risks that include food allergies and unknown long-term health effects. They also say the herbicide-resistant crops are fueling a rise in "super weeds" that are hard to control because they are resistant to herbicide, and in many areas of the country the weeds are so prevalent they are limiting crop production.

http://planetark.org/wen/63718

Topper
11-03-2011, 05:02 PM
my questions is this;
if those genetically modified seeds don't reproduce seeds then were do the seeds come from?

Judee
11-08-2011, 06:44 PM
Another Fishy Bailout and GMO Produce in Our Future—New Action Alert!
November 8, 2011


AP_GE_SalmonYou may have heard that the USDA awarded a hefty research grant to AquaBounty, the “Frankenfish” creator. But there is more to the story….

What you may not have heard is that the award came just as the company was facing major financial troubles. This was a bailout. And there are more GMO threats in our future coming to the produce area of our supermarket aisles.

In September, the US Department of Agriculture awarded $494,000 to AquaBounty to study technologies that would make their genetically engineered Atlantic salmon sterile, so it couldn’t mate with non-GMO salmon. AquaBounty’s current sterilization technology hasn’t proved 100% effective. On its face, the USDA grant was intended to remove one of environmentalists’ biggest objections to the GE salmon, marketed under the name AquAdvantage, although inter-species breeding is not the only known problem. The GE fish may also be significantly more allergenic than natural salmon among other issues.

It’s bad enough that government is in bed with industry and cannot possibly be objective in the review and approval process. But it is also noteworthy that the infusion of nearly half a million taxpayer dollars came just as AquaBounty was facing grave financial troubles. The company’s interim report shows a loss of $2.8 million in the first half of 2011 alone, and stated it was “considering options for raising further working capital.” Just a few months later, the USDA obliged by giving the company a nice, fat grant.

USDA’s sister agency, FDA, is still in its review process for the GE salmon. In its appropriations bill, the House voted to stop funding of the fish, but the Senate has not included the same language in its own appropriations bill. It seems a foregone conclusion that FDA will approve the salmon if USDA is funding it.

Representatives Don Young (AK) and Peter DeFazio (OR) sent a letter to the USDA asking them to rescind the grant. “The USDA should not be in the business of picking winners and losers,” said Young. “Propping up a company who has already researched and developed their technologies should not be the business of the federal government. This company is not losing money due to a lack of research; they are losing money because Americans prefer wild salmon over Frankenfish.”

Consumers also face a threat of unidentified genetically engineered foods in their produce aisle. Monsanto plans to dominate the $3 billion global produce market by making their GE seeds the primary source of the nation’s vegetables and fruits. According to Monsanto’s chief executive, “This isn’t a hobby….We’re serious about it.” As the Los Angeles Times put it,

Grocery customers in California and elsewhere are chopping its onions that produce fewer tears, stir-frying its broccoli that decreases cholesterol, and biting into tiny orange tomatoes that last longer on the shelf. Soon, people will be thumping melons bred to be a single serving and shucking sweet corn genetically modified to enable farmers to spray the fields with the company’s weed killer, Roundup. To do this, it’s marrying conventional breeding methods with its vast technological resources to bring about changes in fruits and vegetables in months or years, rather than in decades.

Currently, vegetable seeds represent only 8% of Monsanto’s revenue. However, the company has already acquired four vegetable seed companies, 57 research centers, and hired many researchers and scientists.

Citizens nationwide are demanding that genetically engineered foods and foods containing genetically modified organisms be clearly labeled as such. Send your message to the USDA, FDA, and Congress, and tell them how concerned you are about Monsanto’s push into our nation’s produce. Take action today!

http://www.anh-usa.org/another-fishy-bailout/

Alpha
12-11-2011, 10:10 AM
The Hidden Epidemic Destroying Your Gut Flora



http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X4swW9OFmf8

Story at-a-glance



Dr. Don Huber, an agricultural scientist and expert in microbial ecology, has issued stern warnings about shockingly devastating effects of genetically engineered food crops after discovering a brand new organism in GE animal feed—an organism that has since been clearly linked to infertility and miscarriage in cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, and poultry
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, and this new-to-science microbe are now linked to a new phenomenon referred to as “Sudden Death Syndrome” (SDS)
Herbicides and pesticides are metal chelators, which means they immobilize specific nutrients, rendering them unavailable to the plant and any animal or human who consumes that plant
The nutritional efficiency of genetically engineered (GE) plants is profoundly compromised. Micronutrients such as iron, manganese and zinc can be reduced by as much as 80-90 percent in GE plants

Full Detailed Article (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/10/dr-don-huber-interview-part-1.aspx)

Alpha
12-18-2011, 03:19 AM
More great Monsanto news!!!! :AR15firin

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Crops Leading to Mental Illness, Obesity (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/12/monsantos-roundup-ready-crops-leading.html)





Mike Barrett
Activist Post (http://www.activistpost.com/2011/12/monsantos-roundup-ready-crops-leading.html)

It seems that the good bacteria found in your gut may actually be destroyed with every bite of certain food that you eat.

While antibiotics typically hold first prize in depleting the body’s gut flora (http://naturalsociety.com/antibiotics-could-be-to-blame-for-skyrocketing-mental-illness-rates/) levels, there may be a new culprit looking to take the spotlight which you may know as genetically modified (http://naturalsociety.com/genetically-modified-foods/) food.

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Crops Leading to Decreased Gut Flora

A formula seems to have been made to not only ruin the agricultural system, but also compromise the health of millions of people worldwide.

With the advent of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, resistant superweeds (http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-superweeds-consuming-4-million-hectares/) are taking over farmland and public health is being attacked. These genetically engineered crops are created to withstand large amounts of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide, Roundup. As it turns out, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is actually leaving behind its residue on Roundup Ready crops, causing further potential concern for public health.

According to Dr. Don Huber, an expert in certain science fields relating to genetically modified foods, the amount of good bacteria in the gut decreases (http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/how-gmo-foods-are-destroying-your-gut-flora/) with the consumption of GMO (http://naturalsociety.com/genetically-modified-foods/) foods. But this outcome is actually due to the residual glyphosate in animal feed and food.


Dr. Huber states that glyphosate residues in genetically engineered plants are responsible for a significant reduction in mineral content, causing people to be highly susceptible to pathogens.

Although studies have previously found that the beneficial bacteria in animals is destroyed thanks to glyphosate, a stronger connection will need to be made regarding human health for this kind of information to stick.

Poor Gut Flora Means Poor Health

As awareness grows, more and more people are realizing that poor gut flora often means poor health. Without the proper ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria, overall health suffers and you could be left feeling depressed. In fact, poor gut health has been directly tied to mental illness (http://naturalsociety.com/antibiotics-could-be-to-blame-for-skyrocketing-mental-illness-rates/), which may explain the influx of people being diagnosed with a mental illness. Not only that, but obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome (http://naturalsociety.com/antibiotics-promote-obesity-diabetes-metabolic-syndrome/) have all been tied to poor gut health.[B]

Judee
12-18-2011, 02:08 PM
Monsanto's Roundup... Prophetic name if you think about it. Sort of like 'round up the cattle'. Anyway, Roundup is truly Pandora's Box opened. If anyone watched the interview above with Dr. Huber, or read the text version, it is more than clear that terrible things are already happening to living creatures (including humans). It is my belief that many of the 'ailments' that people go to doctors for (fibromyalgia, new forms of arthritis, general malaise, chronic pain, etc.) have Roundup/GM crops at their roots. Doctors only answers for these ailments is drugs and more drugs. We haven't seen the tip of the iceberg yet IMO. The Genie can't be put back into the box, and this Genie is not a good guy!

Alpha
12-20-2011, 07:26 PM
Speaking of "anti-Christs"...I think there are many of them and Monsanto et all, is right at the top of the list :AR15firin

Banned in 27 Countries, Monsanto’s rBGH Inhabits Many U.S. Dairy Products (http://naturalsociety.com/banned-in-27-countries-monsanto-rbgh-dairy-milk-products/)



Anthony Gucciardi (http://naturalsociety.com/)
NaturalSociety
December 19, 2011

Are you consuming Monsanto’s genetically engineered growth hormone known as rBGH? The synthetic hormone is created using molecules and DNA sequences that are a result of molecular cloning, which has been linked to breast and gastrointestinal cancer. Unfortunately, it is estimated that around 1/3 of cows in the United States are injected with this synthetic hormone, which means that you have most likely been highly exposed to rBGH if you live in the U.S. or have eaten U.S. dairy products.


RBGH is actually a synthetic version of natural bovine somatotropin (BST), a hormone produced in cows’ pituitary glands. Monsanto was the first to create the recombinant version from genetically eningeered E. coli bacteria, releasing the result under the brand name “Posilac.” Since then, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, Elanco Animal Health, have acquired the Posilac brand. It is important to remember that Eli Lilly and Company are the makers of suicide-linked Prozac (http://naturalsociety.com/more-suicidal-thoughts-with-antidepressant-report/), who were able to cover up the 1980s research (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-01-05-prozac-usat_x.htm) which found antidepressants to breed even more depression and suicidal thoughts.




Despite public outcry and the warnings of international health professionals, rBGH is the largest selling dairy animal drug in America. In fact, the U.S. is the only developed nation to allow for humans to consume milk from cows given artificial growth hormone.

Are U.S. government officials truly convinced that rBGH is safe for human consumption, or does it have more to do with the fact that key political figures who were instrumental in the approval of rBGH were actually affiliated with Monsanto?



Margaret Miller was in charge of preparing the report on rBGH following its approval at Monsanto, she was later the official in charge of reviewing her own report as Deputy Director of Human Safety and Consultative Services.



Michael R Taylor was a partner at the law firm that represented Monsanto on a variety of issues. Afterwards, Taylor became the FDA’s deputy commissioner for policy, where he wrote the FDA’s rBGH labelling guidelines. In these guidelines, it was claimed that there is no difference between rBGH and regular milk. This stance is part of the reason why rBGH is still legal in the United States. Taylor then spent a few years working directly for Monsanto, and has been brought back by Barack Obama as the Food Safety Czar.

If the process in which rBGH was approved is not suspect enough, peer-reviewed research (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8932606) has identified rBGH as a risk factor for both breast and gastrointestinal cancer. It is evident that Monsanto and Eli Lilly and Company are two companies that put profits before public health.


Explore More:


GMO Crops Continually Banned Around the World in Display of Health Freedom (http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-crops-continually-banned-around-world-health-freedom/)
95% of Soy Products May be Damaging Your Health (http://naturalsociety.com/95-of-soy-products-may-be-damaging-your-health/)
Report Finds ‘Natural’ Cereal Products Loaded with GMOs, Pesticides (http://naturalsociety.com/report-finds-natural-cereal-products-loaded-with-gmos-pesticides/)
Flame Retardant Chemical Banned in Europe and Japan Used in U.S. Soda for Decades (http://naturalsociety.com/flame-retardant-chemical-banned-in-europe-japan-used-in-u-s-soda-for-decades/)
Should Cellphones be Banned in Schools for Health Reasons? (http://naturalsociety.com/should-cellphones-be-banned-in-schools-for-health-reasons/)
Sugar-Free Products Lead to Obesity, Tooth Damage, and Cancer (http://naturalsociety.com/sugar-free-obesity-tooth-damage-cancer-aspartame-sucralose/)

Judee
12-20-2011, 09:05 PM
When it comes to Monsanto, the fox is always guarding the hen house... :cussing:

Topper
01-01-2012, 11:35 PM
Seems that Monsanto has a problem with there Bt corn ... its no longer bug tolerant to the rootworm
http://news.yahoo.com/bugs-may-resistant-genetically-modified-corn-213322828.html

Alpha
01-02-2012, 06:15 PM
my questions is this;
if those genetically modified seeds don't reproduce seeds then were do the seeds come from?

From a/the lab?....good question :notworthy ...anyone know specifically how Monsanto produces their GMO seeds?

Judee
01-11-2012, 11:23 PM
:yikes:

Leaked: US to Start ‘Trade Wars’ with Nations Opposed to Monsanto, GMO Crops

Anthony Gucciardi
NaturalSociety
January 3, 2012

moneypaper 210x131 Leaked: US to Start Trade Wars with Nations Opposed to Monsanto, GMO CropsThe United States is threatening nations who oppose Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) crops with military-style trade wars, according to information obtained and released by the organization WikiLeaks. Nations like France, which have moved to ban one of Monsanto’s GM corn varieties, were requested to be ‘penalized’ by the United States for opposing Monsanto and genetically modified foods. The information reveals just how deep Monsanto’s roots have penetrated key positions within the United States government, with the cables reporting that many U.S. diplomats work directly for Monsanto.

The WikiLeaks cable reveals that in late 2007, the United States ambassador to France and business partner to George W. Bush, Craig Stapleton, requested that the European Union along with particular nations that did not support GMO crops be penalized. Stapleton, who co-owned the Dallas/Fort Worth-based Texas Rangers baseball team with Bush in the 1990s, stated:

“Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits. The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term, since we should not expect an early victory. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices.”

The Leaked Political Agenda Behind Monsanto’s GMO Crops

The ambassador plainly calls for ‘target retaliation’ against nations who are against using Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, admittedly linked to organ damage and environmental devastation. Amazingly, this is not an isolated case. In similar newly released cables, United States diplomats are found to have pushed GMO crops as a strategic government and commercial imperative. Furthermore, the U.S. specifically targeted advisers to the pope, due to the fact that many Catholic bishops and figureheads have openly denounced GMO crops. In fact, the Vatican has openly declared Monsanto’s GMO crops as a ‘new form of slavery’.

“A Martino deputy told us recently that the cardinal had co-operated with embassy Vatican on biotech over the past two years in part to compensate for his vocal disapproval of the Iraq war and its aftermath – to keep relations with the USG [US government] smooth. According to our source, Martino no longer feels the need to take this approach,” says the cable.

Perhaps the most shocking piece of information exposed by the cables is the fact that these U.S. diplomats are actually working directly for biotech corporations like Monsanto. The cables also highlight the relationship between the U.S. and Spain in their conquest to persuade other nations to allow for the expansion of GMO crops. Not only did the Spanish government secretly correspond with the U.S. government on the subject, but the U.S. government actually knew beforehand how Spain would vote before the Spanish biotech commission reported their decision regarding GMO crops. The cable states:

“In response to recent urgent requests by [Spanish rural affairs ministry] state secretary Josep Puxeu and Monsanto, post requests renewed US government support of Spain’s science-based agricultural biotechnology position through high-level US government intervention.”

Monsanto has undoubtedly infiltrated the United States government in order to push their health-endangering agenda, and this has been known long before the release of these WikiLeaks cables. The U.S. is the only place where Monsanto’s synthetic hormone Posilac is still used in roughly 1/3 of all cows, with 27 nations banning the substance over legitimate health concerns. Despite Monsanto’s best attempts at incognito political corruption, nothing can stop the grassroots anti-Monsanto movement that is taking over cities and nations alike.

http://naturalsociety.com/us-start-trade-wars-with-nations-opposed-to-monsanto-gmo-crops/

Topper
01-12-2012, 01:20 AM
Wait until you read this ... http://farmwars.info/?p=7718
USDA Scientist reveals all Glyphosate hazards to crops, soils, animals and consumers.... yikes

Alpha
01-12-2012, 01:02 PM
Isn't this rich?!?!? :cussing:

Monsanto Now Owns Blackwater (Xe)


A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater’s Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State “security services,” that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.


Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training – for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto, Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center. These officers and directors share Blackwater.


One of them, Cofer Black, known for his brutality as one of the directors of the CIA, was the one who made contact with Monsanto in 2008 as director of Total Intelligence, entering into the contract with the company to spy on and infiltrate organizations of animal rights activists, anti-GM and other dirty activities of the biotech giant.


Contacted by Scahill, the Monsanto executive Kevin Wilson declined to comment, but later confirmed to The Nation that they had hired Total Intelligence in 2008 and 2009, according to Monsanto only to
keep track of “public disclosure” of its opponents. He also said that Total Intelligence was a “totally separate entity from Blackwater.”


However, Scahill has copies of emails from Cofer Black after the meeting with Wilson for Monsanto, where he explains to other former CIA agents, using their Blackwater e-mails, that the discussion with Wilson was that Total Intelligence had become “Monsanto’s intelligence arm,” spying on activists and other actions, including “our people to legally integrate these groups.” Total Intelligence Monsanto paid $ 127,000 in 2008 and $ 105,000 in 2009.


No wonder that a company engaged in the “science of death” as Monsanto, which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with another company of thugs.


Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of “philanthropy.” Another association that is not surprising.


It is a marriage between the two most brutal monopolies in the history of industrialism: Bill Gates controls more than 90 percent of the market share of proprietary computing and Monsanto about 90 percent of the global transgenic seed market and most global commercial seed. There does not exist in any other industrial sector monopolies so vast, whose very existence is a negation of the vaunted principle of “market competition” of capitalism. Both Gates and Monsanto are very aggressive in defending their ill-gotten monopolies.

Although Bill Gates might try to say that the Foundation is not linked to his business, all it proves is the opposite: most of their donations end up favoring the commercial investments of the tycoon, not really “donating” anything, but instead of paying taxes to the state coffers, he invests his profits in where it is favorable to him economically, including propaganda from their supposed good intentions. On the contrary, their “donations” finance projects as destructive as geoengineering or replacement of natural community medicines for high-tech patented medicines in the poorest areas of the world. What a coincidence, former Secretary of Health Julio Frenk and Ernesto Zedillo are advisers of the Foundation.


Like Monsanto, Gates is also engaged in trying to destroy rural farming worldwide, mainly through the “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa” (AGRA). It works as a Trojan horse to deprive poor African farmers of their traditional seeds, replacing them with the seeds of their companies first, finally by genetically modified (GM). To this end, the Foundation hired Robert Horsch in 2006, the director of Monsanto. Now Gates, airing major profits, went straight to the source.


Blackwater, Monsanto and Gates are three sides of the same figure: the war machine on the planet and most people who inhabit it, are peasants, indigenous communities, people who want to share information and knowledge or any other who does not want to be in the aegis of profit and the destructiveness of capitalism.

Article (http://www.darkgovernment.com/news/monsanto-now-owns-blackwater-xe/)

Judee
01-12-2012, 01:19 PM
Do you guys ever feel like a lab rat? :sad:

Alpha
01-26-2012, 11:44 AM
Unbelievable!!! ...or is it? :mad:

Whistleblower: Monsanto Wants to Kill The Bees To Make Way For Its Super-Bee (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?23490-Whistleblower-Monsanto-Wants-to-Kill-The-Bees-To-Make-Way-For-Its-Super-Bee)

Alpha
02-01-2012, 09:21 AM
First the bees, now pigs too...well all I can say is :AR15firin

Monsanto Files Patent For New Invention: The Pig

Greenpeace researcher uncovers chilling patent plans


It's official. Monsanto Corporation is out to own the world's food supply, the dangers of genetic engineering and reduced biodiversity notwithstanding, as they pig-headedly set about hog-tying farmers with their monopoly plans. We've discovered chilling new evidence of this in recent patents that seek to establish ownership rights over pigs and their offspring.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/ReSizes/Small/Global/international/planet-2/image/2005/8/the-earth-is-flat-pigs-were-i.jpgzoom (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/planet-2/image/2005/8/the-earth-is-flat-pigs-were-i.jpg)

The Earth is flat, pigs were invented by Monsanto, and genetically modified organisms are safe. Right.


In the crop department, Monsanto is well on their way to dictating what consumers will eat, what farmers will grow, and how much Monsanto will get paid for seeds. In some cases those seeds are designed not to reproduce sowable offspring (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/suicide-seeds/). In others, a flock of lawyers stand ready to swoop down on farmers who illegally, or even unknowingly, end up with Monsanto's private property growing in their fields (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/monsanto-wins-right-to-pollute/).

One way or another, Monsanto wants to make sure no food is grown that they don't own -- and the record shows they don't care if it's safe for the environment or not. Monsanto has aggressively set out to bulldoze environmental concerns about its genetically engineered (GE) seeds at every regulatory level.

So why stop in the field? Not content to own the pesticide and the herbicide and the crop, they've made a move on the barnyard by filing two patents which would make the corporate giant the sole owner of that famous Monsanto invention: the pig.

The Monsanto Pig (Patent pending)

The patent applications were published in February 2005 at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva. A Greenpeace researcher who monitors patent applications, Christoph Then, uncovered the fact that Monsanto is seeking patents not only on methods of breeding, but on actual breeding herds of pigs as well as the offspring that result.

"If these patents are granted, Monsanto can legally prevent breeders and farmers from breeding pigs whose characteristics are described in the patent claims, or force them to pay royalties,"says Then. "It's a first step toward the same kind of corporate control of an animal line that Monsanto is aggressively pursuing with various grain and vegetable lines."

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/ReSizes/OriginalWatermarked/PageFiles/25653/monsanto-no-food.jpg (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/ReSizes/OriginalWatermarked/PageFiles/25653/monsanto-no-food.jpg)

Clickhere to send this image as an E-card (http://act.greenpeace.org/ecs/s2?i=1835&sk=std&la=en)

There are more than 160 countries and territories mentioned where the patent is sought including Europe, the Russian Federation, Asia (India, China, Philippines) America (USA,Brazil, Mexico), Australia and New Zealand. WIPO itself can only receive applications, not grant patents. The applications are forwarded to regional patent offices.

The patents are based on simple procedures, but are incredibly broad in their claims.

In one application ( WO 2005/015989 (http://www.wipo.int/cgi-pct/guest/ifetch5?ENG+PCT-ALL.vdb+14+1147748-SCORE+256+4+20872+BASICHTML-ENG+1+1+1+25+SEP-0/HITNUM,B,,SCORE+2005015989) to be precise) Monsanto is describing very general methods of crossbreeding and selection, using artificial insemination and other breeding methods which are already in use. The main "invention" is nothing more than a particular combination of these elements designed to speed up the breeding cycle for selected traits, in order to make the animals more commercially profitable.(Monsanto chirps gleefully about lower fat content and higher nutritional value. But we've looked and we couldn't find any"Philanthropic altruism" line item in their annual reports, despite the fact that it's an omnipresent factor in their advertising.)

According to Then, "I couldn't believe this. I've been reviewing patents for 10years and I had to read this three times. Monsanto isn't just seeking a patent for the method,they are seeking a patent on the actual pigs which are bred from this method. It's an astoundingly broad and dangerous claim."

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/ReSizes/Teaser/PageFiles/25653/monsanto-shouldn-t-be-able-to.jpg (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/ReSizes/Teaser/PageFiles/25653/monsanto-shouldn-t-be-able-to.jpg)Good breeding always shows

Take patent application WO 2005/017204 (http://www.wipo.int/cgi-pct/guest/ifetch5?ENG+PCT-ALL.vdb+14+1147879-SCORE+256+4+90506+BASICHTML-ENG+2+2+1+25+SEP-0/HITNUM,B,,SCORE+2005017204). This refers to pigs in which a certain gene sequence related to faster growth is detected. This is avariation on a natural occurring sequence -- Monsanto didn't invent it.

It was first identified in mice and humans. Monsanto wants to use the detection of this gene sequence to screen pig populations, in order to find which animals are likely to produce more pork per pound of feed.(And that will be Monsanto Brand genetically engineered feed grown from Monsanto Brand genetically engineered seed raised in fields sprayed with Monsanto Brand Roundup Ready herbicide and doused with Monsanto Brand pesticides, of course).

But again, Monsanto wants to own not just the selection and breeding method, not just the information about the genetic indicators, but, if you pardon the expression, the whole hog.


Claim 16 asks for a patent on: "A pig offspring produced by a method ..."
Claim 17 asks for a patent on: "A pig herd having an increased frequency of a specific ...gene..."
Claim 23 asks for a patent on: "A pig population produced by the method..."
Claim 30asks for a patent on: "A swine herd produced by a method..."

This means the pigs, their offspring, and the use of the genetic information for breeding will be entirely owned by Monsanto, Inc. and any replication or infringement of their patent by man or beast will mean royalties or jail for the offending swine.
Not pig fodder
When it comes to profits, pigs are big. Monsanto notes that "The economic impact of the industry in rural America is immense. Annual farm sales typically exceed US$ 11 billion, while the retail value of pork sold to consumers reaches US$ 38 billion each year."

At almost every level of food production, Monsanto is seeking a monopoly position.

The company once earned its money almost exclusively through agrochemicals.But in the last ten years they've spent about US$ 10 billion buying up seed producers and companies in other sectors of the agricultural business. Their last big acquisition was Seminis, the biggest producer of vegetable seeds in the world.

Monsanto holds extremely broad patents on seeds, most, but not all of them, related to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Monsanto has also claimed patent rights on such non-Monsanto inventions as traditionally bred wheat from India and soy plants from China. Many of these patents apply not only to the use of seeds but all uses of the plants and harvest that result.

Orwellian: "The Earth is flat, pigs were invented by Monsanto, and GMOs are safe."

The big picture is chilling to anyone who mistrusts Monsanto's record disinterest for environmental safety.

And if you're not worried, you should be: central control of food supply has been a standard ingredient for social and political control throughout history. By creating a monopoly position, Monsanto can force dangerous experiments like the release of GMOs into the environment on an unwilling public. They can ensure that GMOs will be sold and consumed wherever they say they will.

By claiming global monopoly patent rights throughout the entire food chain, Monsanto seeks to make farmers and food producers, and ultimately consumers, entirely dependent and reliant on one single corporate entity for a basic human need. It's the same dependence that Russian peasants had on the Soviet Government following the Russian revolution. The same dependence that French peasants had on Feudal kings during the middle ages. But control of a significant proportion of the global food supply by a single corporation would be unprecedented in human history.

Source: www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/monsanto-pig-patent-111/ (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/features/monsanto-pig-patent-111/)

LINK (http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1695/417/Monsanto_Files_Patent_For_New_Invention:_The_Pig.h tml)

Alpha
02-02-2012, 12:23 PM
Help stop former Monsanto VP from attaining top position at the FDA - sign the petition (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?23559-Help-stop-former-Monsanto-VP-from-attaining-top-position-at-the-FDA-sign-the-petition)

Judee
02-02-2012, 01:44 PM
It just gets more and more criminal doesn't it?

Alpha
02-03-2012, 11:01 AM
There is still hope.

Monsanto Forced Out of UK by Activists (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?23567-Monsanto-Forced-Out-of-UK-by-Activists)

Judee
02-03-2012, 02:22 PM
There is still hope.

Monsanto Forced Out of UK by Activists (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?23567-Monsanto-Forced-Out-of-UK-by-Activists)

Unfortunately, this appears to have been an erroneous report... Here's the correction:


We have a depressing correction to make this morning. Our "victory against GMOs" story about the UK turns out to be old news rather than good news. We had ran a search for "Monsanto" on the Daily Mail website, and it turned up our source story, dated February 3, 2012. But as it turns out, that was some sort of date glitch on the Daily Mail website, and that article was actually published in 2003!

We have a captured screen shot from the Daily Mail's own search engine, showing the incorrect date on the article. View it here:
http://www.naturalnews.com/images/GMO-Site-Screen-2012.jpg

(For those of you in the USA looking at this photo, remember that in the UK, the day and month are reversed, so 03/02 means February 3rd, not March 2nd.)

Monsanto contacted us this morning and insisted they had not retreated from the UK at all, and in fact they had made great strides in the UK and across Europe. We have also since confirmed with Daily Mail that this story is from 2003, not 2012.

So, my friends, I regret to inform you that things are far worse than we had hoped. GMOs have not been defeated in Europe, and our optimism was mistaken. This is a lesson in misplaced optimism, it seems...

I truly regret the confusion this has caused, but of course it was not intentional on our part. We thought we were quoting an article from today, February 3rd, 2012.

Alpha
02-06-2012, 04:27 AM
Controlling Our Food | A Documentary On Genetically Modified Foods GMO's (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?23580-Controlling-Our-Food-A-Documentary-On-Genetically-Modified-Foods-GMO-s)

Alpha
02-06-2012, 12:05 PM
Unfortunately, this appears to have been an erroneous report... Here's the correction:

Damn :rant:

Let's hope this one is correct:


Germany Decides Genetically-Modified Foods Are Not Welcome

(http://www.care2.com/greenliving/germany-decides-genetically-modified-foods-are-not-welcome.html)

Judee
02-06-2012, 04:11 PM
Damn :rant:

Let's hope this one is correct:


Germany Decides Genetically-Modified Foods Are Not Welcome

(http://www.care2.com/greenliving/germany-decides-genetically-modified-foods-are-not-welcome.html)

Wonderful news!! Good for Germany!! Let's hope other countries follow suit!

Judee
02-07-2012, 03:31 PM
Monsanto scraps GM maize in France

By Nathan Gray, 01-Feb-2012



Agriculture and biotechnology giant Monsanto has announced it will scrap plans to sell genetically modified maize in France this year, or anytime in the future.

The US based biotech giant said it does not plan to sell its genetically modified maize (MON810) in France despite recently overturning a 3-year ban on its sale.

In November, France’s highest court overturned a 2008 ban on growing Monsanto’s MON108 insect-resistant strain of maize – which is grown in several other European countries. The initial ban had been put in place in 2008 after the French government ruled that the GM maize was a “serious risk to the environment.”

However, the French high court – the Council of State – ruled last November that the Government had not produced enough evidence to back its claims that the crop posed a risk to health or the environment.

Unfavourable conditions

In a recent statement Monsanto said it "considers that favourable conditions for the sale of the MON810 in France in 2012 and beyond are not in place."

"This position was expressed several times and confirmed with the French authorities," it added.

The statement follows action by anti-GM activists in one of its plants in the south-western Aude region of France. The activists claimed that the company was about to begin selling its MON810 seeds to farmers in the coming weeks ahead of sowing season, whilst Monsanto said the seeds stored at the plant were for export use.


Full Article:
http://www.foodnavigator.com/Product-Categories/Food-safety-and-labelling/Monsanto-scraps-GM-maize-in-France?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

Judee
02-07-2012, 11:47 PM
Monsanto Caught Illegally Planting GM Corn in India.
http://wakeup-world.com/2012/02/08/monsanto-caught-illegally-planting-gm-corn-in-india/

Alpha
02-10-2012, 04:15 AM
January, 2012 update on GMOs from Jeffrey Smith, interviewed by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, from NaturalNews.com.


Jeffrey Smith GMO update January, 2012 - Monsanto, Roundup, Bayer, DuPont and more

Topics covered include:

* Genetically modified mosquitoes
* The failure of GE crops that claim to be "drought-resistant"
* The regulatory demise of GMOs across Europe
* Monsanto caught lying in GMO marketing fraud & false advertising
* News on the collapse of honeybee pollinators
* Outrageous lies of Bayer scientists exposed
* How Roundup reduces soil nutrition and leads to deficiencies in crops
* News about Dow, 2,4-D chemicals, Agent Orange, Monsanto, DuPont and more


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=055zPQud8SA

Alpha
02-16-2012, 12:51 PM
Sell Monsanto! List of top mutual funds to ditch because they own Monsanto shares (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?23699-Sell-Monsanto%21-List-of-top-mutual-funds-to-ditch-because-they-own-Monsanto-shares)

Judee
02-20-2012, 07:16 PM
New Research: GMO Food Far Worse Than We Think
Sunday, February 19th 2012

Disturbing new research published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology indicates that genetically modified (GM) crops with "stacked traits" --that is, with multiple traits such as glyphosate-herbicide resistance and Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) insecticidal toxins engineered together into the same plant, are likely far more dangerous to human health than previously believed, due to their synergistic toxicity.

Resistance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, has been engineered into many GM plants, so that fields can be sprayed indiscriminately with herbicide without destroying the crops. While the GM glyphosate-resistant plants survive, they subsequently contain residues of glyphosate and its various metabolites (e.g. aminomethylphosphonic acid) that present a significant health threat to the public.

In this latest study the glyphosate-containing herbicide Roundup was tested on human embryonic kidney cells at concentrations between 1 to 20,000 parts per million (ppm). It was found that concentrations as low as 50 ppm per million, which the authors noted were "far below agricultural dilutions," induced cell death, with the 50% of the cells dying at 57.5 ppm.

The researchers also found that the insecticidal toxin produced by GM plants known as Cry1Ab was capable of causing cell death at 100 ppm concentrations.

Taken together the authors concluded:

"In these results, we argue that modified Bt toxins are not inert on nontarget human cells, and that they can present combined side-effects with other residues of pesticides specific to GM plants."

These disturbing findings follow on the heels of recent revelations that Roundup is several orders of magnitude more toxic than previously believed. Only 5 days ago (Feb. 14) the journal Archives of Toxicology reported that Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications. This effect is likely due to the presence of the surfactant polyoxyethyleneamine within the Roundup formulation which may dramatically enhance the absorption of glyphosate into exposed human cells and tissue.

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/new-research-gmo-food-far-worse-we-think?utm_source=www.GreenMedInfo.com&utm_campaign=bbea2f09f0-Greenmedinfo&utm_medium=email

Judee
03-03-2012, 11:23 PM
Un-Earthed: Is Monsanto's Glyphosate Destroying The Soil?
Saturday, March 3rd 2012



“The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.” --- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In light of this quote, had Monsanto been around during Roosevelt’s time, he would not have taken too kindly to their business strategy. After all, in 2007, 176 million lbs of an extremely toxic herbicide known as glyphosate,1 first created by Monsanto, was sprayed onto the soil (and everything standing between it) in this country, with untold environmental and human health fallout.

Untold, that is, until now...
Roundup (Glyphosate): The Science Vs. Marketing

2011 was a watershed year, as far as scientific revelations into the nature and extent of the damage associated with glyphosate-based herbicide usage and exposure is concerned. An accumulating body of peer-reviewed and published research now indicates glyphosate may be contributing to several dozen adverse health effects in exposed populations. And as we shall see, human exposure is as universal as is the contamination of our food, air, rain and groundwater with this now ubiquitous chemical.

Ever since Monsanto developed, marketed and patented the glyphosate molecule -- Roundup (®) herbicide’s active ingredient -- beginning in the early 70’s, a substantial and ever-growing portion of the earth’s arable surface has been transformed into an environmental and human health experiment, of unprecedented scale. Non-industry funded human research on glyphosate exposure is only now being performed, and the preliminary picture being painted isn't very pretty. Recent experimental research found that exceedingly small concentrations of glyphosate (450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications) induce DNA damage in human cells. Given these findings, it is likely that the widespread adoption of GM agriculture has and will continue to result in massive collateral health damage; the fall-out of which we are only beginning to understand, and yet which we are all no doubt are already experiencing, mostly subclinically.

Roundup Ready (®) (glyphosate resistant) genetically modified (GM) plants (also created by Monsanto) now constitute 70% of all genetically modified food plants on the market today.2 This has required the use of increasingly larger quantities of glyphosate-based herbicides in the regions where these plants are cultivated, making human exposures inevitable, and now simply a question of to what degree. Despite manufacturers' claims, pest resistance to GM crops and commonly used herbicides, are becoming a serious problem, and companies like Dow Agrosciences are seizing the opportunity with newly created GM crops that are 'three herbicide" resistant, requiring the future use of even more toxic combinations and greater quantities of herbicides in America's farmlands, including 2,4 D, a chemical once used in Agent Orange.

Glyphosate is now contaminating vast subterranean stretches of groundwater in areas directly and indirectly exposed to the application of this agrichemical; a finding that runs contrary to manufacturer’s claims that glyphosate is readily "biodegradable" and even “makes the soil cleaner," which it does not. Moreover, one 2011 study found glyphosate in 60-100% of all US air and rain samples tested, indicating that glyphosate pollution and exposure is now omnipresent in the regions within which it is applied.

It is one thing to know that when you consume GM food, you are ingesting glyphosate residues (and secondary chemical metabolites) -- at least, as a consumer you always have a choice (economics permitting) of buying explicitly labeled non-GMO, certified organic food. It is another thing to know that simply engaging in necessary biological functions, such as breathing or consuming water, will result in exposure to albeit minute, and yet nonetheless toxicologically relevant and measurable concentrations of this chemical. Where, then, do we draw the line? Is this a form of chemical assault, or simply collateral damage in the agricultural war against pests?

One thing is for sure: Roundup-ready plants are, through their inherent design, destroying the biodiversity upon which our existence depends. Monoculturing itself, as the name implies, involves selecting one plant, or a few chosen “ones,” out of the tens of thousands that once occupied a pre-agricultural habitat, and renaming all other non-target plants as “other” or “weeds,” requiring their destruction. Monoculturing and genetic engineering have transformed what were once unimaginably biodiverse and vast habitats, into agrichemical-saturated wastelands, with half-living, chemically-assaulated GM plants just holding on for dear life by a human-held string, until harvest time.

And yet, the more fundamental and unrecoverable problem may be what has happened to the soil itself during this process of GM farming. It takes approximately 1,000 years for the earth to produce (on its own) a 2.5 inch thick layer of fertile soil. And yet, it may take only a single application of Roundup to irreversibly alter the microbial populations within the soil -- much in the same way that a single round of antibiotics may seriously and irreversibly alter your gut flora for the rest of your life.
New Research: Roundup Destroying Beneficial Soil & Food Organisms

New research published in the journal Current Microbiology indicates that Roundup herbicide (®) is having a negative impact on the microbiodiversity of the soil, including microorganisms of food interest, and specifically those found in raw and fermented foods.

Microbiodiversity is essential for the global health of our planet. The metabolic activity of microorganisms participate quite literally “at the root” of the nitrogen, phosphate, oxygen and carbon cycles, and are therefore indispensable for the health of the entire biosphere. They are also the most numerous inhabitants in the web of life. There are an estimated 6000000000000000000000000000000 (6 x 10 to the 30th power) bacterial cells on the planet, and soil microrganisms represent about 50% of the the total biodiversity in terms of numbers of species. Soil organisms include fungi, and the mycellium which is technically the largest organism in the world, and have a special importance to the health of this planet. According to mycologist Paul Stamets, the mycellium may in fact be the "Earth's natural internet," a means through which species unrelated in genetic and geographic time and space may communicate with one another, effectively acting like a neural network within the biosphere. These microorganisms (and especially fungi, to which we are more closely related than bacteria) also contain information buried deep within their DNA on the evolution of the tree of life; if destroyed, undiscovered parts of ourselves will no doubt also perish.

This new study found that adverse changes in selected food microorganisms, including death and growth inhibition, were observed at lower concentrations of Roundup exposure than those recommended in agriculture. Researchers also confirmed previous findings that adjuvants or so-called “inactive” ingredients in Roundup formulations were, in some cases, more toxic than the active ingredient itself, namely, glyphosate.

These findings may explain why certain species of Lactobacillus bulgaricus, used in milk production, such as the subspecies Lactobacillus cremoris, have been difficult to isolate from the dairy environment in some geographic areas.

It is likely that the use of pesticides, herbicides and biodiversity reduction (plant varieties in pasture) has contributed to the loss and endangerment of a key species used as a food-starter. When microbial biodiversity in the soil is reduced or altered, so too will that of the plants, all the way up the food chain to the grazing animals, and ultimately the human perched precariously atop the food chain, whose body contains 100 trillion bacteria that come directly or indirectly from the soil.

Glyphosate has been shown in a wide range of other ecotoxicological studies to negatively impact the complex interactions of microbial groups, their biochemical activity and root growth, and subsequently having detrimental effects on plant growth and productivity. Glyphosate also alters microbial populations through changing the pH of the soil, and directly inhibits and/or kills certain soil organisms, while also encouraging the growth of other, potentially less beneficial organisms -- again, not unlike the effect antibiotics have on the human gut flora microecology.

It is instructive to listen to those who have reflected deeply on the nature and significance of soil, in order to understand how the biotech/chemical corporation co-option of our global food production system has comprised the health and wellbeing of all future human and non-human generations:

"Essentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together." ~ Charles E. Kellogg, USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1939



"...the Latin name for man, homo, derived from humus, the stuff of life in the soil." ~ Dr. Daniel Hillel



"We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot." ~ Leonardo DaVinci, circa 1500s



"Probably more harm has been done to the science by the almost universal attempts to look upon the soil merely as a producer of crops than as a natural body worth in and for itself of all the study that can be devoted to it, than most men realize." ~ C.F. Marbut, 1920

Please Don't Sit Idle; Act Now!

Given how the fate of the soil, is our own fate, we can no longer stand by as distant observers as the modern, biotech and chemical company-driven food system grinds onward towards inevitable ecological collapse. It is time we occupy our food system with our forks and pocketbooks. NOT buying GMO food is a first and necessary step. Get involved! Contact your congressmen and women. Join Food Activism and Awareness groups. Support your local growers, or become one yourself! Spread information like this educate, enlighten and empower!

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/un-earthed-monsantos-glyphosate-destroying-soil?utm_source=www.GreenMedInfo.com&utm_campaign=4f9335f73a-Greenmedinfo&utm_medium=email

Alpha
03-07-2012, 11:27 AM
HERE IS A SIMPLIFIED LIST OF MONSANTO OWNED COMPANIES TO AVOID. Only 1 page to print and carry while shopping.




https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/419122_3216653051473_1120754432_33239534_211846786 3_n.jpg

Source (http://indianinthemachine.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/here-is-a-simplified-list-of-monsanto-owned-companies-to-avoid-only-1-page-to-print-and-carry-while-shopping/)

Judee
03-07-2012, 02:04 PM
Excellent list Alpha! :fing02: Doesn't leave much left in stores that's safe to buy does it?

Project
03-07-2012, 02:13 PM
Excellent list Alpha! :fing02: Doesn't leave much left in stores that's safe to buy does it?

It sure does! Don't buy processed foods is all that list screams to me. Buy veggies and meat and make it yourself... of course those veggies and meat can be monsantoed, so buy them from people you trust.

I even make my own ketchup, mayo, whatever.

Judee
03-07-2012, 02:20 PM
It sure does! Don't buy processed foods is all that list screams to me. Buy veggies and meat and make it yourself... of course those veggies and meat can be monsantoed, so buy them from people you trust.

I even make my own ketchup, mayo, whatever.

I am seeing more and more small local farms selling organic goods sprouting up around here, and that makes me very happy! I will always buy from them first. If we support local and organic, more small farms will follow suit if there's money to be made.

Project
03-07-2012, 02:25 PM
I am seeing more and more small local farms selling organic goods sprouting up around here, and that makes me very happy! I will always buy from them first. If we support local and organic, more small farms will follow suit if there's money to be made.

Yup it is great. An organic winery just opened a few kms from me, and their products are AWESOME. From others we get raw honey, real local milk, it is encouraging. The local farmer market is where I met many of the producers, this is a good way to get into these products.

Alpha
03-11-2012, 02:24 PM
Some good news on this front for a change....way to go Peru!! :biggthump

Peru Passes Monumental Ten-Year Ban on Genetically Modified Foods (http://naturalsociety.com/peru-passes-monumental-ten-year-ban-on-genetically-modified-foods/)In an act of defiance against bloated biotech companies like Monsanto (http://naturalsociety.com/blind-health-forbes-magazine-declares-monsanto-company-of-the-year/), Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified (http://naturalsociety.com/genetically-modified-foods/) ingredients within the nation for a period of 10 years. Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization. Anibal Huerta, President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the ban was needed to prevent the ”danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.”While the ban will stop the flow of GM foods within the nation’s borders, a recent test conducted by the Peruvian Association of Consumers and Users (ASPEC) found that 77 percent of supermarket products tested contained GM contaminants. Genetically modified ingredients are so widespread among nations that it will be extremely difficult for Peru and other countries to eliminate products containing GMOs.


“There is an increasing consensus among consumers that they want safe, local, organic fresh food and that they want the environment and wildlife to be protected,” wrote Walter Pengue from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, in a recent statement concerning GMOs in South America. “South American countries must proceed with a broade

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/peru-passes-monumental-ten-year-ban-on-genetically-modified-foods/#ixzz1opleAukP

Judee
03-11-2012, 04:03 PM
Common sense prevails in Peru!! :veryhappy Wish more countries would join in.

Alpha
03-15-2012, 10:45 AM
Infowars Special Report: Jeffrey M. Smith: The GMO Threat
Smith documents how consumption of genetically modified foods has been directly linked with reproductive problems, immune system deficiencies, accelerated ageing, organ damage and gastrointestinal problems. The immune system problem has been seen consistently in mice and rats who are fed GMO food, explains Smith, and now since humans have started consuming genetically modified foods, auto-immune diseases and allergies have increased.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6mhhisQGYI

Alpha
03-22-2012, 11:04 AM
So now they are into mind control too?!?!? :rant: :cussing:

Monsanto ‘Biotechnology Book for Kids’ Caught Brainwashing Children (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-%E2%80%98biotechnology-book-for-kids%E2%80%99-caught-brainwashing-children/)


Anthony Gucciardi
Infowars.com
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Facing direct opposition from the public, biotechnology giants like Monsanto and Dow are now making a disturbing attempt to brainwash developing minds into accepting their genetically modified (http://naturalsociety.com/genetically-modified-foods/) foods using blatant lies and propaganda. In a last ditch effort to potentially sway public opinion, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) has launched the “Biotechnology Basics Activity Book” for kids. With the intent to be used by ‘agriculture and science teachers’, the activity book spreads absurd lies about GMO crops — even going as far as to say that they ‘improve our health’ and ‘help the environment’.


http://www.indianagrain.com/media/images/blog_entries/2233.jpg


The book can be seen (http://www.whybiotech.com/resources/Kids-Biotech-Basics-Activity-Book.pdf) on the organization’s website, and makes it extremely apparent that it is full of misinformation and propaganda that completely ignores scientific research surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In fact, let’s examine some claims made by this book that serves as an ‘educational’ tool to be used by teachers. The first claim by the activity book is that genetically modified seeds actually grow more food than traditional seeds, and is followed by even more ridiculous statements. The activity book reads:


“Hi Kids! Welcome to the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book. This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic…. You will see that biotechnology is being used to figure out how to: 1) grow more food; 2) help the environment; and 3) grow more nutritious food that improves our health. As you work through the puzzles in this book, you will learn more about biotechnology and all of the wonderful ways it can help people live better lives in a healthier world. Have fun!”


Disproving Monsanto’s Propaganda



According to 900 scientists, GMO crops actually do not grow more food than traditional farming practices. In fact, they are simply not an effective tool to fight starvation in any capacity, thanks to their excessive costs and immense failure to yield crops. Funded by the World Bank and United Nations, an organization was created known as the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). Made up of 900 scientists and researchers, the group — whose mission was to examine the issue of world hunger — found that genetically modified crops were not a meaningful solution to the problem.

Instead, the group found that the genetically modified seeds were outperformed by traditional “agro-ecological” farming practices. Therefore, to say that biotech seeds and crops produce more food than traditional agriculture is not only scientifically incorrect according to these 900 scientists, but it is an outright lie.


Do GMOs ‘Improve Our Health’?



But what about the claim that GMOs improve our health? It turns out nothing could be farther from the truth. A prominent review of 19 studies (http://www.enveurope.com/content/23/1/10) examining the safety of GMO crops found that consumption of GMO corn or soybeans can lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice – particularly in the liver and kidneys. Of course the negative effects do not end there. Monsanto’s modified biopesticide, known as Bt, has been found to be killing human kidney cells (http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-biopesticide-is-killing-human-kidney-cells/) in conjunction with Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup (http://naturalsociety.com/roundup/). That’s right, it exhibits direct toxicity to human cells.

Further adding to the long list of negative health consequences that go against the claim that the biotech inventions ‘improve our health’ , Monsanto’s Roundup ready crops have also been linked to mental illness (http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-roundup-ready-crops-decreased-gut-flora/), obesity, infertility (http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-best-selling-herbicide-roundup-linked-to-infertility/), and DNA damage. Peer-reviewed research shows that Monsanto’s products are far from healthy, and to say that they actually improve our health is truly concerning when you consider the fact that children are reading this information as fact. The biotechnology organization also failed to mention how Monsanto has been caught running slave labor rings (http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-abusing-illegal-workers-in-slave-like-conditions/), forcing ‘employees’ into illegal working conditions in which they were forced to work 14 hours or more per day on the field. What’s more, the laborers were unable to leave the premises if they expected to ever receive their pay.


‘Helping the Environment’



The next claim that needs addressing is perhaps the most ludicrous of them all. Do Monsanto’s products really help the environment as the book claims? Remember, this is given to teachers as scientific information, not just presented as an opinion. Research has shown that Monsanto’s modified Bt pesticide is actually mutating the very genetic coding of insect life on the planet, creating super resistant (http://naturalsociety.com/gmo-crops-require-more-pesticides-create-resistant-insects/) ‘mutant’ bugs that are wreaking havoc on farms using Monsanto’s harmful concoctions across the globe. At least 8 populations of insects have developed some form of resistance, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and at least 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole.


Perhaps most concerning is the mounting rootworm resistance as a result of Monsanto’s GMO corn usage. A group of 22 academic corn experts recently petitioned the EPA over the extreme danger presented by the crops, urging the EPA to take long awaited action. The experts sent a letter (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/09/us-monsanto-corn-idUSBRE82815Z20120309) on March 5th to the agency explaining their worries regarding long-term corn production prospects in light of GMO crops failures. If nothing is done, experts worry that the future of agricultural stability is threatened. Experts are also concerned about the mass amount of ‘superweeds’ currently springing up around the globe as a result of Monsanto’s Roundup. These resistant weeds (http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-superweeds-consuming-4-million-hectares/) currently cover over 4.5 million hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010. The onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.


The public is not buying the lies regarding Monsanto’s GMO crops (http://naturalsociety.com/how-biotech-corporations-and-gmo-crops-are-threatening-the-environment-and-humankind-alike/), and as a result biotech giants are scrambling to preserve their dwindling role in our society. There is a serious war on for the minds of developing children right now, and it is being waged by government-approved mega corporations who care not for the health of these children but for profits. The claims made within this book are not only scientifically unfounded, but they are seriously dangerous to the health of children and adults alike. This phony book is far from an ‘educational’ resource.


This article first appeared at Natural Society (http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-biotechnology-book-for-kids-caught-brainwashing-children/)

Judee
03-22-2012, 05:31 PM
This doesn't surprise me Alpha. It was bound to happen. And it will work, because most parents don't understand the implications of GM crops (or don't even know what GM crops are), and will believe the propaganda.

Alpha
03-23-2012, 03:47 PM
This doesn't surprise me Alpha. It was bound to happen. And it will work, because most parents don't understand the implications of GM crops (or don't even know what GM crops are), and will believe the propaganda.

Sad and tragic isn't it. I bet you many parents can name and quote statistics about the players on their favorite sports team or know exactly what's on the tube every night. I have to wonder if today, they even know what their children are learning in school :17:

Alpha
04-04-2012, 09:50 AM
Another tragic outcome via the Monsanto monsters that no-one is talking about :angryfire

Monsanto’s GMO Seeds Contributing to Farmer Suicides Every 30 Minutes (http://www.infowars.com/monsantos-gmo-seeds-contributing-to-farmer-suicides-every-30-minutes/)


Anthony GucciardiInfowars.comTuesday, April 3, 2012

In what has been called the single largest wave of recorded suicides in human history, Indian farmers are now killing themselves in record numbers. It has been extensively reported, even in mainstream news, but nothing has been done about the issue. The cause? Monsanto’s cost-inflated and ineffective seeds have been driving farmers to suicide, and is considered to be one of the largest — if not the largest — cause of the quarter of a million farmer suicides over the past 16 years.


According to the most recent figures (http://www.chrgj.org/publications/docs/every30min.pdf) (provided by the New York University School of Law), 17,638 Indian farmers committed suicide in 2009 — about one death every 30 minutes. In 2008, the Daily Mail labeled (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html) the continual and disturbing suicide spree as ‘The GM (genetically modified (http://naturalsociety.com/genetically-modified-foods/)) Genocide’. Due to failing harvests and inflated prices that bankrupt the poor farmers, struggling Indian farmers began to kill themselves. Oftentimes, they would commit the act by drinking the very same insecticide that Monsanto supplied them with — a gruesome testament to the extent in which Monsanto has wrecked the lives of independent and traditional farmers.


To further add backing to the tragedy, the rate of Indian farmer suicides massively increased (http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_farmer-suicides-maharastra-continues-to-be-worst-affected-10th-year-in-a-row_1492455) since the introduction of Monsanto’s Bt cotton in 2002. It is no wonder that a large percentage of farmers who take their own lives are cotton farmers, the demographic that is thought to be among the most impacted. Dr. Mercola, an osteopathic doctor that has been educating the world about natural health for many years, recently saw (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/03/gmo-crops-affect-farmers.aspx) the destruction of traditional Indian farmers first hand. Dr. Mercola found out about the notorious ‘suicide belt’ of India, where 4,238 farmer suicides took place in 2007 alone.


Many families are now ruined thanks to the mass suicides, and are left to economic ruin and must struggle to fight off starvation:


‘We are ruined now,’ said one dead man’s 38-year-old wife. ‘We bought 100 grams of BT Cotton. Our crop failed twice. My husband had become depressed. He went out to his field, lay down in the cotton and swallowed insecticide.’


In India, around 60 percent of the population (currently standing at 1.1 billion) are directly or indirectly reliant on agriculture. Monsanto’s intrusion into India’s traditional and sustainable farming community is not only concerning for health and wellness reasons, but it is now clear that the issue is much more serious.


This post first appeared at Natural Society (http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-gmo-seeds-farmer-suicides-every-30-minutes/)

Similar/Related Articles



Monsantopoly – A game pitting farmer against farmer that only Monsanto can win (http://www.infowars.com/monsantopoly-%E2%80%93-a-game-pitting-farmer-against-farmer-that-only-monsanto-can-win/)
Monsanto Investor Bill Gates Says GMO Crops Needed to Fight Starvation (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-investor-bill-gates-says-gmo-crops-needed-to-fight-starvation/)
Monsanto to fight potential lawsuit by organic farmer whose land ruined by GMOs (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-to-fight-potential-lawsuit-by-organic-farmer-whose-land-ruined-by-gmos/)
Monsanto trying to take over world seed supply, nation by nation (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-trying-to-take-over-world-seed-supply-nation-by-nation/)
Indian Government Sues Monsanto over GM Eggplant (http://www.infowars.com/indian-government-sues-monsanto-over-gm-eggplant/)
Attack of the Monsanto Super-insects (http://www.infowars.com/attack-of-the-monsanto-super-insects/)
Monsanto accuse US farmers of ‘evading EPA rules’ for its freak-tech corn (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-accuse-us-farmers-of-evading-epa-rules-for-its-freak-tech-corn/)
Monsanto Attacks Farmers for Not Planting Non-GMO Corn (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-attacks-farmers-for-not-planting-non-gmo-corn/)
UN Ambush: India vs. Monsanto (http://www.infowars.com/un-ambush-india-vs-monsanto/)
Monsanto Forced Out of UK by Activists (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-forced-out-of-uk-by-activists/)
Twins Die Minutes after Measles Vaccination (http://www.infowars.com/twins-die-minutes-after-measles-vaccination/)
US army top brass blamed for rise in troop suicides (http://www.infowars.com/us-army-top-brass-blamed-for-rise-in-troop-suicides/)

Judee
04-04-2012, 02:27 PM
I remember when that first came up quite a few years ago. It was unbelievable to me at that time. And Monsanto just continues business as usual, poisoning out planet and making life hell for people.

Alpha
04-12-2012, 11:11 AM
:AR15firin

Monsanto ‘Poisoned Workers’ Causing Devastating Birth Defects (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-poisoned-workers-causing-devastating-birth-defects/)
Thursday, April 12, 2012

In a developing news piece just unleashed by a courthouse news wire, Monsanto is being brought to court by dozens of Argentinean tobacco farmers who say that the biotech giant knowingly poisoned them with herbicides and pesticides and subsequently caused “devastating birth defects” in their children.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x6D1BIgqdwY


Similar/Related Articles



Explosive: Monsanto ‘Knowingly Poisoned Workers’ Causing Devastating Birth Defects (http://www.infowars.com/explosive-monsanto-knowingly-poisoned-workers-causing-devastating-birth-defects-2/)
Explosive: Monsanto ‘Knowingly Poisoned Workers’ Causing Devastating Birth Defects (http://www.infowars.com/explosive-monsanto-knowingly-poisoned-workers-causing-devastating-birth-defects/)
Persistent Organic Pollutants Could Lead to Birth Defects in Half of All Newborns (http://www.infowars.com/persistent-organic-pollutants-could-lead-to-birth-defects-in-half-of-all-newborns/)
Parents of Fallujah children with birth defects say Britain knew of US chemical weapons use (http://www.infowars.com/parents-of-fallujah-children-with-birth-defects-say-britain-knew-of-us-chemical-weapons-use/)
Monsanto’s GMO Corn Causing Weight Gain, Disrupting Organs (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto%e2%80%99s-gmo-corn-causing-weight-gain-disrupt-organs/)
Monsanto-spawned superweeds growing 3″ daily, destroying farm equipment (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-spawned-superweeds-growing-three-inches-daily-destroying-farm-equipment-2/)
War contamination could be causing deformities in Iraq (http://www.infowars.com/war-contamination-could-be-causing-deformities-in-iraq/)
Outrageous: Agent Orange Maker Monsanto Seeks Return to Vietnam for GMO Crops (http://www.infowars.com/outrageous-agent-orange-maker-monsanto-seeks-return-to-vietnam-for-gmo-crops-2/)
Monsanto GM Corn in Peril: Beetle develops Bt-resistance (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-gm-corn-in-peril-beetle-develops-bt-resistance/)
Monsanto-spawned superweeds growing three inches daily, destroying farm equipment (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-spawned-superweeds-growing-three-inches-daily-destroying-farm-equipment/)
Outrageous: Agent Orange Maker Monsanto Seeks R (http://www.infowars.com/outrageous-agent-orange-maker-monsanto-seeks-return-to-vietnam-for-gmo-crops/)

Alpha
04-15-2012, 10:12 AM
Perhaps they are doing this with intent...to damage human DNA, of course along with everything else on this planet.

Claim: Monsanto’s 'Roundup' herbicide damages human DNA


by Terrence Aym (http://www.helium.com/users/529618/show_articles)


April 03, 2012

http://c688485.r85.cf2.rackcdn.com/c/9/3/b/a/1/347b_DNA_methylation_m.jpg
(http://www.helium.com/items/item_image/2311041)
This may be one of the most important articles you've ever read. If you, your family members—or any friends or neighbors—use Roundup to control weeds to manage lawns and gardens, do them a favor: urge them to stop using the product immediately.

You might save their life.

Toxins, organ failure and kidney damage

A faction of health experts have been eyeing agricultural giant Monsanto for years. Some have accused the company of egregious actions with a range of their genetically modified foods and grains derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).




One study published by the International Journal of Biological Sciences (http://www.biolsci.org/), discovered that Monsanto's GMO corn led to mammalian organ failure (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/12/monsantos-gmo-corn-linked_n_420365.html).

Another disturbing study from the Institute of Science in Society released the middle of March 2012 describes how the insidious toxins in all versions of Roundup destroy human kidney cells (http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Bt_Toxin_Kills_Human_Kidney_Cells.php?printing=yes ).

Health organizations have also claimed that some of Monsanto's products have been shown to mutate DNA in animals—including humans—exposed to herbicides, particularly Monsanto's brand name product, Roundup.

Exposure to herbicides is known to cause various types of adverse health effects in humans. Direct contact with herbicide chemicals can cause burns, even poisoning. Breathing the toxic vapors can cause long term ailments and continued exposure may lead to agonizing death.

Despite a wide range of potential health threats, herbicides and pesticides are in wide use around the world as the best, most cost effective way to manage farm crops and limit the incursion of weeds and damage from insects.

Significant DNA damage is discovered

The newest study has found incontrovertible evidence that horrifying DNA and cellular damage to mouth and throat tissue is linked to glyphosate exposure. Glyphosate is the main active ingredient in the Monsanto's herbicide marketed as Roundup Ultra Max.

According to a damning new report from the Institute of Science in Society (http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Glyphosate_Toxic_to_Mouth_Cells.php) the corporation's, "…formulated version of glyphosate called Roundup Ultra Max caused cellular damage and DNA damage including chromosomal abnormalities and ultimately killed the cells at higher concentrations. Importantly, DNA damage occurred at concentrations below those required to induce cell damage, suggesting that the DNA damage was caused directly by glyphosate instead of being an indirect result of cell toxicity."

Experts warn that simply inhaling the product's fumes is sufficient to begin damaging the DNA which can cascade over time and lead to permanent mutation of cells.

Natural Society (http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-is-causing-dna-damage/#ixzz1r14QMQ9a) has raised an additional alarm over the possibility that millions are being unknowingly exposed to toxic glyphosate that don't even use Roundup: "Although harm caused by glyphosate and Roundup is thought to be experienced only by those spraying the herbicide, Roundup may actually causing harm to millions of people. Roundup is not only sprayed on the food we eat, but it is also used by countless households as a consumer herbicide product."

For those consumers who wait for the government to do something, that wait may spell the difference between a healthy life or one filled with chronic sickness, even early death.

In the end, each person is responsible for his and her life. Educating oneself on environmental dangers is the only sure way to protect oneself from avoidable harm.

If you use this product, consider finding something less deadly to replace it. If you know of others who use it do them a favor: send them a link to this article and they can pass it on to others.

You could help save many, many lives.

Article (http://www.helium.com/items/2311041-monsantos-roundup-herbicide-damages-human-dna)

Judee
04-15-2012, 01:47 PM
You know Alpha, I've lived long enough to understand that people just won't get too excited until something kills 'instantly'; or until the bodies pile up and the evidence becomes overwhelming; or until something negatively impacts someone directly. That's why it's difficult to get people worked up about this, and yet it's probably the single greatest threat to humanity ever. :sad:

Alpha
04-15-2012, 04:03 PM
The Monsanto Monopoly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLknvmEhU8s

Share This Video!!

Companies affiliated with Monsanto:
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread814361/pg1

Watch "The World According To Monsanto" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0uls507hvM


Get more updates like this everyday at Press For Truth TV:
http://pressfortruth.tv/register/

Help keep Press For Truth alive and support alternative independent media by joining Press For Truth TV! http://pressfortruth.tv/register/
We receive no sponsorships or funding from anyone and rely on you the viewer to help us continue to do this work. With your help I can continue to make videos and documentary films for youtube that are raising awareness all over the world. Please support independent media by joining Press For Truth TV!

As a Press For Truth TV subscriber you'll have full access to the site's features and content including Daily Video Blogs on current news from the PFT perspective and High Quality Downloads of all Press For Truth Films, Music and Special Reports! Subscribe to Press For Truth TV: http://pressfortruth.tv/register/

For more information visit:
http://pressfortruth.tv/

I will continue to work tirelessly at exposing the global elite and their plans for a new world order.
Thank you for your support. Dan Dicks - Founder of Press For Truth

http://www.facebook.com/PressForTruth
http://www.youtube.com/weavingspider
http://twitter.com/#!/DanDicksPFT (http://twitter.com/#%21/DanDicksPFT)

http://pressfortruth.ca/

Judee
04-18-2012, 12:46 AM
Special Investigative Report: Will GMOs Really Feed the World?
April 17, 2012


GMO protestThat’s what genetic engineering advocates claim. But science (and a shocking number of developing-world suicides) debunk this myth.

BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, says that a genetically engineered crop improves insect resistance, enhances herbicide tolerance, and facilitates the use of more environmentally sustainable farming practices by generating higher crop yields with fewer inputs. They say it lowers the amount of agricultural chemicals required by crops; creates crops with enhanced nutrition profiles that solve vitamin and nutrient deficiencies; produces foods free of allergens and toxins such as mycotoxin; and improves food and crop oil content to help improve cardiovascular health.

Sounds good?

Monsanto even ran an advertising campaign warning of an exploding world population and claiming that its “advanced seeds can help farmers meet the world’s demand for food, clothing and fuel—while also helping to reduce the need for water, land, pesticides, and fossil fuels.”

The problem is, these claims are false, or at least are not supported by factual evidence. GE crop yields are not consistently higher than non-GE crops, and genetic engineering can have devastating environmental, economic, and health consequences.

A stunning report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released in 2009, “Failure to Yield,” is the first to evaluate in detail the aggregate yield effect of GMOs after more than twenty years research and thirteen years of commercialization in the US. Some of the report’s conclusions:

GE soybeans do not produce increased yields at all, and GE corn has only marginally increased yield.
Overall, corn and soybean yields have risen over the past fifteen years, but this is mainly because of traditional breeding or improvement in agricultural practices. More crop rotations, longer rotations, and a larger variety of crops are more eco-friendly and tend to reduce crop losses from pests and diseases, which in turn increases yields.
Since 1987 there have been thousands of field trials for GE—and all this time, only Bt corn (corn that has been genetically altered to express the bacterial Bt toxin, which is poisonous to certain insect pests) has been shown to increase yield, but has only done so marginally.

The report distinguishes two different types of yield: intrinsic (which describes the best possible crop yield under ideal conditions) and operational (the actual crop yield achieved in actual field conditions):

No GE crop has been found to enhance the intrinsic yield. This of course undermines the claim that GE “will feed the world.” All increases to date have been due to achievements in traditional breeding.
The potential for GE to increase intrinsic yield in the future is unclear. Biotech companies are testing various experimental yield-enhancing genes called transgenes, which generally result in more complex genetic effects, some of which might even be too detrimental for commercialization. And if commercialized, the risk to humans and the environment is unknown, but based on what we know, is likely to be high.
GE has generated only minimal gains in operational yield. Data show that GE herbicide-tolerant soybean and corn have demonstrated no increased operational yield, while Bt corn provides operational yield increase when those specific pest infestations are high, but no advantage when pest infestations are low. Since 1996, when Bt corn was first commercialized, it’s about a 0.2 to 0.3% increase per year. Bt, by the way, is a natural pesticide with low known toxicity, not a chemical pesticide. The danger of using Bt in this way is that resistant organisms may be created.

In 2003, the World Bank and the UN initiated a global consultative process with sixty countries and some 400 scientists around the world about agriculture and its role in poverty alleviation. The 590-page report, also published in 2009, concluded that GE crops have no role to play in relieving poverty. Fifty-eight countries approved the report following its release, while only three—the USA, Canada, and Australia, all strongly supportive of GE crops—did not fully approve it because it failed to tout GE crops as the savior to the world food shortage problem. The report stressed that even if GMO crops were able to increase overall yield, the limited number of GMO crop varieties would not reduce food scarcity: crops have to be adapted to local conditions, be supported by local infrastructure, and be within the capacity of the local farmers to implement them. Moreover, the emphasis of some traits through genetic engineering could threaten biodiversity by limiting farmers’ options, forcing them to select from too few varieties.

What developing countries need most is increased food production—yet according to the UCS report, several recent studies show that organic and low-external-input farming methods (i.e., using reduced amounts of fertilizer and pesticides) can improve yield by over 100% in those countries, along with greater health benefits. Farming of this sort is based on farmers’ knowledge of their environment as well as locally adapted crops. It helps poorer farmers especially, assuming they are not forced to be dependent on buying expensive, patented seeds from a handful of biotech companies.

The cost of GE seeds in the context of the poverty of the developing world is a major consideration. Over 17,000 farmers in India committed suicide in 2009 alone—approximately one every 30 minutes—and those suicides have been blamed on Monsanto and GE seeds. Farmers went into debt to buy GE seeds, hoping for increased yield, and when those crops failed due to pest infestation, they were left more impoverished with no prospects for the future. Farmers were not told that the crops would require twice the amount of water, and the crops do not produce viable seeds—which means the farmers would have to keep purchasing new seeds. Many of the farmers made their suicides a symbolic act by drinking Monsanto’s pesticide.

The rate of Indian farmer suicides began increasing after the introduction of Monsanto’s Bt cotton in 2002, and two-thirds of farmer suicides occur in five Indian states, which has come to be known as India’s “Suicide Belt.” Dr. Joseph Mercola witnessed the destruction of traditional Indian farmers firsthand.

Besides its high price, GMO could put other farming systems—organic agriculture, seeds from international suppliers, etc.—in serious jeopardy through the poor segregation of crops and significant threat of cross-contamination, endangering the livelihood of those farmers as well. Furthermore, GMOs create global dependence, concentrating economic power in the hands of a few—those who own the patents on the seeds—stripping small farmers of their independence.

In short, GE crops can be far more detrimental to developing countries than helpful.

An important new (and as yet untitled) documentary film is in the process of being made. Its main aim is to raise awareness among Americans as to the problems caused by GE crops. It starts by focusing on the symbolic burning of seeds by poor Haitian farmers in defiance of Monsanto’s gift of 475 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. The filmmakers’ journey to Haiti to learn why hungry farmers would burn seeds leads to a trip across the US and other countries in search of answers—and an awakening of what has happened to our food in the US, what we are feeding our families, and what is at stake for the global food supply. As you might expect, the filmmakers discovered that GMOs are not labeled as such in the USA, and very little safety testing has been done on humans—or even animals.

The funding for the film so far has come from the filmmakers’ own credit cards. To get it finished, the film needs more financial backing from people like you. We’ve set up a special donation page exclusively for the GMO film and every penny will go to the filmmakers. A generous donor has promised to match any pledges you might wish to make, so please be generous!

The film, if released in time, could be instrumental in helping trigger much higher levels of awareness over California’s GMO labeling ballot initiative. If voted into law, it would make the labeling of GMOs mandatory, which in turn will likely create a domino effect in other states, and perhaps GMO labeling for the rest of the country. Very few companies will create two different labels for the same product.

Wherever you stand on the health or environmental effects of genetically engineered foods, the right to know what we’re eating is paramount. You may remember the devastating quote from an employee of a Monsanto subsidiary back in ’94: “If you put a label on genetically engineered food, you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it.”

Two of the GMO camp’s stock replies in support of their patented technology are “We support GE crops because they’re cheaper than conventional crops,” and “Why don’t you want to support starving people in developing countries?” We have already explained that both claims are false, but here are a few more points:

The question of labeling is completely unrelated to the question of whether GMO will feed the world.
The right to know what goes into your body is a fundamental freedom and one we, in the US, have clearly let slip.
GE crops, along with their patented transgenes, have in just 16 years contaminated the world. GE crops are forcing up the cost of their conventional counterparts, especially where their GM-free status needs to be guaranteed. Testing, and keeping supply lines uncontaminated, both cost money. In effect, we have allowed the polluter to avoid responsibility for contaminating farmlands, the natural environment, and a large part of the human and animal food chain. Isn’t it time the tables were turned? Mandatory GMO labeling is a good start.
Developing countries will soon outstrip developed ones with more acreage cultivated to GE crops. Part of the reason for this is increasing resistance to their cultivation in developed countries. The biotech industry is desperate to use the poverty alleviation argument to remove barriers in developing countries, but the independent science suggests GE crops don’t hold the answer.
GE crops demonstrably do not help starving people anywhere. In fact, the evidence indicates quite the opposite: they make their lives far, far worse.
If mandatory labeling comes to the US, not only do we get to choose what we put in our bodies, but food producers would likely remove GMOs from the human food supply chain (as in Europe and most of the 50 countries that already have compulsory labeling). As a result, we—as consumers—would no longer have to bear the cost of keeping our food GMO-free.

Bottom line: quite apart from the health risks of eating GMO, don’t believe the economic claims made on behalf of GMO seeds and food. These claims do not stand up to scrutiny. They are, in fact, false. Making false claims knowingly is fraud. The Federal Trade Commission is of course supposed to police and prevent commercial fraud. But the FTC, like the rest of the federal government, is strongly behind GMO.

http://www.anh-usa.org/will-gmos-really-feed-the-world/

Judee
04-26-2012, 04:20 PM
Monsanto's Foxes Guarding the Hen House

In 2009, President Obama appointed the infamous Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lawyer-lobbyist, as Food Safety Czar in the FDA (Food & Drug Administration), and Tom Vilsack, Iowa's former Biotech Governor of the Year (an award from the industry organization representing Monsanto and the other genetic engineering companies), as Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture.

What are some of the consequences of having Monsanto's foxes guarding our food safety hen house? The following alerts are a couple of examples of Taylor & Vilsack's worst crimes, followed by an action link to put pressure on President Obama to drop these guys before the 2012 election.

No Labels or Safety-Testing of Frankenfoods

May 26 will mark 20 years since the FDA decided, at the behest of the biotech industry and corporate agribusiness, and under the leadership of Michael Taylor, to keep Americans in the dark about whether our food has been genetically engineered or not. Thanks to Michael Taylor, genetically engineered foods don't have to be safety tested or labeled, and the Food & Drug Administration conducts no premarket review or approval, as long as Monsanto and their fellow chemical pushers (Dow, Dupont, Syngenta, BASF) conclude that the genetically engineered food is not "materially different" from normal food.

Twenty years later, Michael Taylor's FDA has rubber-stamped Dow's conclusion that their Agent Orange Corn (genetically engineered to resistant massive doses of the herbicide 2,4-D used in Agent Orange) is comparable to normal corn.

Tom Vilsack's USDA is ready to give Agent Orange Corn final approval. Soon, we'll be eating unlabeled corn engineered with genes from a soil bacterium that isn't killed by 2,4-D herbicide - something we've never eaten before, and that's never been safety tested.

2,4-D is currently the 7th largest source of dioxin pollution in the US and is toxic to the eye, thyroid, kidney, adrenals, ovaries/testes, and neurological system. Agent Orange Corn is projected to increase 2,4-D use 50 times over.

Pink Slime

The filler found in 70% of (non-organic) hamburger meat, dubbed "pink slime," a "high-risk product" and an "economic fraud" by USDA scientists, is a mixture of leftover dog-food-grade beef scraps and ammonia. Pink slime beef is regularly served up in U.S. school cafeterias and restaurants, and promoted as "lean finely textured beef" in U.S. supermarkets.

Fatty beef trimmings, which are especially susceptible to E. coli and salmonella contamination, were thought to be made safer when doused with ammonia, but those pathogens have been found in "pink slime."

Three quarters of Americans are concerned about pink slime and more than half have changed their eating habits as a result, but Taylor's FDA and Vilsack's USDA are doing everything they can to keep pink slime in the food supply unlabeled.

Force-Feeding Hormones and Antibiotics to Animals: A Biological Time Bomb

As a Monsanto lawyer, Michael Taylor wrote a memo outlining the strategy Monsanto would use to sue farmers who wanted to advertise the fact that they didn't use Monsanto's genetically engineered growth hormone by labeling their milk as "rBGH-free." Later, as an FDA regulator, he pushed Monsanto's rBGH through an approval process he created and crafted a policy that requires hormone-free dairy farmers to put a disclaimer on their product noting that, according to the FDA, there's no difference between natural milk and milk produced with the use of rBGH.

One of the many problems caused by the use of rBGH is that when cows are artificially forced to over-produce milk, their udders swell and become infected with mastitis, requiring farmers to employ a wide variety of antibiotics (many of which are rarely tested for in milk) in an attempt to control the infections. The General Accounting office warned the FDA in 1993 not to approve rBGH for this very reason - fearing increased antibiotic residues in rBGH-derived milk and dairy products.

A far larger problem than antibiotic residues in milk however is the routine lacing of antibiotics (80% of all antibiotics in the U.S. are given to animals to make them grow faster, not to humans to make them recover from infections or disease) in animal feed on America's factory farms. This force-feeding of antibiotics in industrial agriculture (banned on organic farms and all farms in the EU), combined with doctors' over-prescribing antibiotics to their human patients, has turned into a major public health issue, with animal and human pathogens steadily developing resistance to antibiotics.

Since 1993, when rBGH was approved, and more importantly when the feeding of antibiotics to animals on factory farms skyrocketed, the number of people dying from infections acquired in hospitals in the United States jumped from 13,000 to 100,000 per year. Faced with this massive, but reversible, public health crisis, the FDA has done absolutely nothing.

Vilsack and Taylor Must Go!
When it’s laid out, the case against Michael Taylor and Tom Vilsack is overwhelming. These minions of Monsanto should not be in charge of our food supply!

http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/utr/1/ADANRQMVBU/EDDXRQMZJW/8211338451

http://www.organicconsumers.org/

Judee
05-10-2012, 06:04 PM
Nice to see some good news! :veryhappy

Beekeepers Win Ban on Monsanto's GMOs in Poland

Monsanto's Mon810 corn, genetically engineered to produce a mutant version of the insecticide Bt, has been banned in Poland following protests by beekeepers who showed the corn was killing honeybees.

Poland is the first country to formally acknowledge the link between Monsanto's genetically engineered corn and the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that's been devastating bees around the world. Many analysts believe that Monsanto has known the danger their GMOs posed to bees all along. The biotech giant recently purchased a CCD research firm, Beeologics, that government agencies, including the US Department of Agriculture, have been relying on for help unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of the bees.

Now that it's owned by Monsanto, it's very unlikely that Beeologics will investigate the links, but genetically engineered crops have been implicated in CCD for years now.

Full Story:
http://www.poland.pl/news/article,GMM_and_GMO_in_Poland,id,470898.htm

Alpha
05-30-2012, 09:33 AM
Nice to see some good news! :veryhappy

Beekeepers Win Ban on Monsanto's GMOs in Poland

Monsanto's Mon810 corn, genetically engineered to produce a mutant version of the insecticide Bt, has been banned in Poland following protests by beekeepers who showed the corn was killing honeybees.

Poland is the first country to formally acknowledge the link between Monsanto's genetically engineered corn and the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that's been devastating bees around the world. Many analysts believe that Monsanto has known the danger their GMOs posed to bees all along. The biotech giant recently purchased a CCD research firm, Beeologics, that government agencies, including the US Department of Agriculture, have been relying on for help unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of the bees.

Now that it's owned by Monsanto, it's very unlikely that Beeologics will investigate the links, but genetically engineered crops have been implicated in CCD for years now.

Full Story:
http://www.poland.pl/news/article,GMM_and_GMO_in_Poland,id,470898.htm

Sure is :dance:

We need to see more of this and the sooner the better.

BTW, I can't get your link to load.

Here's another story on the same from Natural News:

Poland beekeepers kick Monsanto out of the hive, successfully ban bee-killing GM corn (http://www.infowars.com/poland-beekeepers-kick-monsanto-out-of-the-hive-successfully-ban-bee-killing-gm-corn/)

Judee
05-30-2012, 02:37 PM
BTW, I can't get your link to load.

Here's another story on the same from Natural News:

Poland beekeepers kick Monsanto out of the hive, successfully ban bee-killing GM corn (http://www.infowars.com/poland-beekeepers-kick-monsanto-out-of-the-hive-successfully-ban-bee-killing-gm-corn/)

Sorry about that Alpha. I don't know what happened. :dunno:

Alpha
06-05-2012, 09:52 AM
5 Million Farmers Sue Monsanto for $7.7 Billion (http://www.infowars.com/5-million-farmers-sue-monsanto-for-7-7-billion/)
















Anthony Gucciardi
Infowars.com
Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes (http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-gmo-seeds-farmer-suicides-every-30-minutes/), 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars). The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the ‘suicide belt’, Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from “renewal” seed harvests, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year’s harvest.


http://www.vanityfair.com/dam/politics/2008/05/poar03_monsanto0805.jpg


The practice of using renewal seeds dates back to ancient times, but Monsanto seeks to collect massive royalties and put an end to the practice. Why? Because Monsanto owns the very patent to the genetically modified seed, and is charging the farmers not only for the original crops, but the later harvests as well. Eventually, the royalties compound and many farmers begin to struggle with even keeping their farm afloat. It is for this reason that India slammed Monsanto with groundbreaking ‘biopiracy’ charges (http://naturalsociety.com/india-slams-monsanto-with-unprecedented-biopiracy-charges/) in an effort to stop Monsanto from ‘patenting life’.


Jane Berwanger, a lawyer for the farmers who went on record regarding the case, told the (http://www.rt.com/news/monsanto-brazil-seed-soy-908/) Associted Press:


“Monsanto gets paid when it sell the seeds. The law gives producers the right to multiply the seeds they buy and nowhere in the world is there a requirement to pay (again). Producers are in effect paying a private tax on production.”



The findings echo what thousands of farmers have experienced in particularly poor nations, where many of the farmers are unable to stand up to Monsanto. Back in 2008, the Daily Mail covered (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1082559/The-GM-genocide-Thousands-Indian-farmers-committing-suicide-using-genetically-modified-crops.html) what is known as the ‘GM Genocide’, which is responsible for taking the lives of over 17,683 Indian farmers in 2009 alone. After finding that their harvests were failing and they began to enter economic turmoil, the farmers began ending their own lives — oftentimes drinking the very same insecticide that Monsanto provided them with.


As the information continues to surface on Monsanto’s crimes, further lawsuits will begin to take effect. After it was ousted in January that Monsanto was running illegal ‘slave-like’ (http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-abusing-illegal-workers-in-slave-like-conditions/) working rings, more individuals became aware of just how seriously Monsanto seems to disregard their workers — so why would they care for the health of their consumers? In April, another group of farmers (http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-knowingly-poisoned-workers-devastating-birth-defects/) sued Monsanto for ‘knowingly poisoning’ workers and causing ‘devastating birth defects’.

Will endless lawsuits from millions of seriously affected individuals will be the end of Monsanto?


This post first appeared at Natural Society

(http://naturalsociety.com/5-million-farmers-sue-monsanto-for-7-billion/)

Similar/Related Articles



Judge Sides With Monsanto and Ridicules Small Farmers’ Right to Grow (http://www.infowars.com/judge-sides-with-monsanto-and-ridicules-small-farmers%e2%80%99-right-to-grow/)
Will Organic Farmers See Their Day in Court Against Monsanto? (http://www.infowars.com/will-organic-farmers-see-their-day-in-court-against-monsanto/)
Monsanto accuse US farmers of ‘evading EPA rules’ for its freak-tech corn (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-accuse-us-farmers-of-evading-epa-rules-for-its-freak-tech-corn/)
Farmers defend their right to grow food against Monsanto (http://www.infowars.com/farmers-defend-their-right-to-grow-food-against-monsanto/)
Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Maize Fields (http://www.infowars.com/hungary-destroys-all-monsanto-gmo-maize-fields/)
Monsanto Attacks Farmers for Not Planting Non-GMO Corn (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-attacks-farmers-for-not-planting-non-gmo-corn/)
Farmers and Seed Producers Launch Preemptive Strike against Monsanto (http://www.infowars.com/farmers-and-seed-producers-launch-preemptive-strike-against-monsanto/)
Monsanto to Sell Biotech Sweet Corn for U.S. Consumers (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-to-sell-biotech-sweet-corn-for-u-s-consumers/)
Attack of the Monsanto Super-insects (http://www.infowars.com/attack-of-the-monsanto-super-insects/)
Argentinian Farmers take on Monsanto and Philip Morris over epidemic of birth defects (http://www.infowars.com/argentinian-farmers-take-on-monsanto-and-philip-morris-over-epidemic-of-birth-defects/)
Monsanto wants to start testing GM wheat (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-wants-to-start-testing-gm-wheat/)
Monsanto Investor Bill Gates Says GMO Crops Needed to Fight Starvation (http://www.infowars.com/monsanto-investor-bill-gates-says-gmo-crops-needed-to-fight-starvation/)

Alpha
07-07-2012, 09:52 AM
Updates by Jeffrey Smith:Jeffrey Smith GMO update January, 2012 Monsanto, Roundup, Bayer, DuPont and more


Uploaded by TheHealthRanger on Feb 9, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=055zPQud8SA&feature=channel
January, 2012 update on GMOs from Jeffrey Smith, interviewed by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, from NaturalNews.com.

Topics covered include:

* Genetically modified mosquitoes
* The failure of GE crops that claim to be "drought-resistant"
* The regulatory demise of GMOs across Europe
* Monsanto caught lying in GMO marketing fraud & false advertising
* News on the collapse of honeybee pollinators
* Outrageous lies of Bayer scientists exposed
* How Roundup reduces soil nutrition and leads to deficiencies in crops
* News about Dow, 2,4-D chemicals, Agent Orange, Monsanto, DuPont and more


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBw61_-WEi4

Jeffrey Smith´s GMO update July 2012 covers latest research GMO labeling and more




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcVXThfsSBk

Judee
07-17-2012, 09:32 PM
July 17, 2012 by Moyers and Company
Vandana Shiva on the Problem with Genetically-Modified Seeds
Vandana Shiva describes the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth.

Bill talks to scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva, who’s become a rock star in the global battle over genetically modified seeds. These seeds — considered “intellectual property” by the big companies who own the patents — are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents challenge the safety of genetically modified seeds, claiming they also harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as dependent on suppliers. Shiva, who founded a movement in India to promote native seeds, links genetic tinkering to problems in our ecology, economy, and humanity, and sees this as the latest battleground in the war on Planet Earth.


http://vimeo.com/45691238

http://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/07/17-0

Judee
07-29-2012, 09:42 PM
Top 10 GMO Foods to Avoid

Elizabeth Renter
NaturalSociety
July 28, 2012

Genetically modified foods have been shown to cause harm to humans, animals, and the environment, and despite growing opposition, more and more foods continue to be genetically altered. It’s important to note that steering clear of these foods completely may be difficult, and you should merely try to find other sources than your big chain grocer. If produce is certified USDA-organic, it’s non-GMO (or supposed to be!) Also, seek out local farmers and booths at farmer’s markets where you can be ensured that the crops aren’t GMO. Even better, if you are so inclined: Start organic gardening and grow them yourself. Until then, here are the top 10 worst GMO foods for your “do not eat” GMO foods list.
Top 10 Worst GMO Foods for Your GMO Foods List

1. Corn: This is a no-brainer. If you’ve watched any food documentary, you know corn is highly modified. “As many as half of all U.S. farms growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn,” and much of it is intended for human consumption. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to numerous health issues, including weight gain and organ disruption.

2. Soy: Found in tofu, vegetarian products, soybean oil, soy flour, and numerous other products, soy is also modified to resist herbicides. As of now, biotech giant Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy being genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In one single year, 2006, there was 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate sprayed on soybeans alone.

3. Sugar: According to NaturalNews, genetically-modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. market in 2009. Like others, they’ve been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides. Monsanto has even had USDA and court-related issues with the planting of it’s sugarbeets, being ordered to remove seeds from the soil due to illegal approval.

4. Aspartame: Aspartame is a toxic additive used in numerous food products, and should be avoided for numerous reasons, including the fact that it is created with genetically modified bacteria.

5. Papayas: This one may come as a surprise to all of you tropical-fruit lovers. GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.

6. Canola: One of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, canola oil is obtained from rapeseed through a series of chemical actions.

7. Cotton: Found in cotton oil, cotton originating in India and China in particular has serious risks.

8. Dairy: Your dairy products may contain growth hormones, since as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in America are pumped with these hormones. In fact, Monasnto’s health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic.

9. and 10. Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Closely related, these two squash varieties are modified to resist viruses.

The dangers of some of these foods are well-known. The Bt toxin being used in GMO corn, for example, was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies. But perhaps more frightening are the risks that are still unknown.

With little regulation and safety tests performed by the companies doing the genetic modifications themselves, we have no way of knowing for certain what risks these lab-created foods pose to us outside of what we already know.

The best advice: steer clear of them altogether.

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/top-10-worst-gmo-foods-list/#ixzz224948VBK

Judee
08-02-2012, 02:25 PM
Why a Major Food Organization Is Teaming Up With Monsanto and Friends to Block Your Right to Know What's in Your Food

The powerful Washington D.C.-based Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA), a multi-billion dollar trade association representing America’s $1.2 trillion “Big Food” industry, has contributed $375,000 so far to defeat Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. Its members are pitching in, too, led by food conglomerates like ConAgra Foods, J.M. Smucker, Hormel Foods, Kellogg Co., Coca-Cola North America, PepsiCo. and others.

How many more thousands – or millions - of dollars will the GMA spend in its desperate attempt to keep Californians from knowing what’s in their food? And the bigger question: Why?

Read the article here

http://capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/utr/1/DMYLSAADBX/KLKGSAADFN/8583308136


Fighting GMO Labeling in California is Food Lobby's "Highest Priority"
by Michele Simon | Aug 02, 2012

In case you had any doubt that California's Prop 37 -- which would require labeling of food containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) -- is a significant threat to industry, a top food lobby has now made it perfectly clear.

In a recent speech to the American Soybean Association (most soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified), Grocery Manufacturers Association President Pamela Bailey said that defeating the initiative "is the single-highest priority for GMA this year."

You may not know the Grocery Manufacturers Association, but its members represent the nation's largest food makers -- those with the most at stake in the battle over GMO labeling; for example, soft drink and snack giant PepsiCo, cereal makers Kellogg and General Mills, and of course, biotech behemoth Monsanto.

According to state filing reports, so far GMA has spent $375,000 on its efforts to oppose the labeling measure, with its members adding additional out-of-state lobbying power in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Never mind polling demonstrating that a whopping 90 percent of voters think they deserve the right to know what they are eating. GMA also won't bother to mention the more than 40 other nations (including the European Union, Brazil, and China) that already require food makers to disclose GMOs.

Big Food Lobbying to Undermine Health

This is hardly the first time the nation's most powerful trade association of food manufacturers has marshaled its resources to oppose common sense food and nutrition policy--at both the national and state levels.

As I documented in my book, Appetite for Profit, for years GMA flexed its lobbying muscle in state legislatures all over the country fighting bills that were simply trying to remove junk food and soda from school vending machines.

Big Food lobbyists have also banded together to vociferously fight any attempt to restrict out of control junk food marketing to children on TV and other media.

For example, in 2005, GMA was a founding member of the Alliance for American Advertising, whose stated purpose was to defend the food industry's alleged First Amendment right to advertise to children and to promote voluntary self-regulation as an alternative to government action.

More recently, the Grocery Manufacturers Association was among leading trade groups and corporations opposing the federal government's attempt to improve industry's own voluntary guidelines for food marketing to children. As this Reuters special report from April explains, GMA's chief lobbyist visited the White House last July along with several top food industry representatives (including from Nestle, Kellogg, and General Mills) to scuttle an effort by four federal agencies that would have protected children from predatory junk food marketing.

But Food Makers Love Labels Don't They?

It seems rather ironic that the same food makers taking advantage of every inch of food packaging space to convince shoppers to purchase its products would object so strongly to labeling for something they claim is not harmful.

Indeed in recent years, the federal government , in recognizing that food companies' so-called "front of package" labeling is so out of control that it commissioned not one but two Institute of Medicine reports to make recommendations to fix the problem and un-confuse consumers.

Unwilling to tolerate government intervention designed to help Americans, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has been aggressively promoting its own new nutrition labeling scheme it calls "Facts Up Front." But as Food Politics author Marion Nestle has explained, this is an obvious end-run around the feds. Here is how the food industry describes its own voluntary program:

"Facts Up Front is a nutrient-based labeling system that summarizes important information from the Nutrition Facts Panel in a simple and easy-to-use format on the front of food and beverage packages."

Translation: We are repeating information already required on the back of the package, now placing it in a format we like better on the front.

See how that works? The food industry is always in charge. That's why the nation's largest packaged food lobby and its members are shaking in its boots over 90 percent of Californians wanting to see GMO labeling on food.

And no wonder, because as GMA President Bailey correctly warned her audience: "If California wins, you need to be worried the campaign will come to your state."

Very worried.

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/08/fighting-gmo-labeling-in-california-is-food-lobbys-highest-priority/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120802

Alpha
08-08-2012, 07:30 AM
Related:
Proposition 37 - The Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?25132-Proposition-37-The-Right-to-Know-Genetically-Engineered-Food-Act)

Judee
08-11-2012, 02:44 PM
August 4, 2012
Outcry as Walmart OK's Monsanto GM Corn


Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, has confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that despite protests from environment and food-safety advocates, it will not restrict sales of genetically modified corn in its stores.

The corn will not be labelled and consumers will not be notified that the sweet corn they are buying are engineered by agro-giant Monsanto and genetically-altered (GMO stands for genetically modified organism) to resist the toxic impact of being sprayed with chemical pesticides and herbicides.

“A lot of people who were their customers explicitly said we don’t want you to carry this product, and I think it’s unfortunate that they chose not listen to that feedback,” said Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food & Water Watch. The consumer group had submitted a petition to Wal-Mart with 463,000 signatures, she said.

Consumer advocates argue that too little research has been done on to be certain of the effects such products can have on those who eat or them, but say certain troubling health trends correspond to the rise of GMO foods in the marketplace. At the least, they argue, such products should be labeled so consumers are aware of what they're purchasing.

“How would you ever know if there are adverse health effects?” said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports. “There has been a doubling of food allergies in this country since 1996. Is it connected to genetically engineered foods? Who knows, when you have no labeling? That is a problem.”

Earlier this year, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and General Mills said they would not carry or use the genetically modified sweet corn.

In California this year, a state referendum is up for a vote that would require all GMO products to be labelled so that consumers are aware if modified ingredients are contained in the products they buy. The chemical pesticide companies and companies like Monsanto are fighting hard against the measure, fearing that if California, the country's most populous state, passes such a sweeping consumer protection laws other states will likely follow.

The initiative, Proposition 37, will be voted on in November.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/04-0

Alpha
08-20-2012, 11:50 AM
Natural brands betray consumers over GMO labeling: NaturalNews issues boycott of Kashi, Silk, Larabar and more (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?25132-Proposition-37-The-Right-to-Know-Genetically-Engineered-Food-Act&p=434756#post434756)

Judee
08-20-2012, 06:12 PM
Natural brands betray consumers over GMO labeling: NaturalNews issues boycott of Kashi, Silk, Larabar and more (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?25132-Proposition-37-The-Right-to-Know-Genetically-Engineered-Food-Act&p=434756#post434756)

Of course, because look who owns them. This isn't the first time I have heard/read something negative about Kashi.

Alpha
08-22-2012, 09:55 AM
New presentation by Jeffrey Smith:

GMO's are WMDs (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?25252-GMO-s-are-WMDs)

Alpha
09-01-2012, 03:56 PM
What you should know about Monsanto, GMO's and RoundUp


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=334343186658753

Alpha
09-10-2012, 02:33 AM
Please read this and sign the petition...send to all you know:

Help stop former Monsanto VP from attaining top position at the FDA – sign the petition (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?25403-Help-stop-former-Monsanto-VP-from-attaining-top-position-at-the-FDA-%E2%80%93-sign-the-petition)

Alpha
09-13-2012, 04:20 AM
GMO red alert: GM wheat may cause liver failure, warn scientists (http://imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?25429-GMO-red-alert-GM-wheat-may-cause-liver-failure-warn-scientists)

Alpha
09-25-2012, 12:33 PM
Shocking French Study Shows GM Foods May Shorten Lifespan! (http://www.infowars.com/shocking-french-study-shows-gm-foods-may-shorten-lifespan/)
Infowars.com
Sept 25, 2012


Mike welcomes NaturalSociety.com editor and Infowars.com contributing writer Anthony Gucciardi to discuss the results of the recent French GMO study.

zhHk4erSAEs

Mike welcomes NaturalSociety.com editor and Infowars.com contributing writer Anthony Gucciardi to discuss the results of the recent French GMO study. Mike will also cover other major news items and take your calls.
http://naturalsociety.com/