Category Archives: Genetically Modified Organisms

My take on the E-Coli Outbreak and it’s relation to GMO

There is a Universal truth: What you resist, persists.

By now, everyone is aware of the new pathogen E-Coli 0-104. If not, a few articles for you to get up to speed with:

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/06/sequence-yields-clues-to-germany.html?ref=hp

http://www.naturalnews.com/032622_ecoli_bioengineering.html

I first want to address the small vegetable farmers who had to throw out their produce. Cucumbers were cleared of wrong doing yesterday. The EU farmers are very aware that their healthy produce is a threat to Big Agribusiness. In protest, they took all they had and dumped it (if you are going to attack me I simply won’t feed you anymore). Yet, one more reason to grow a garden this year: the food shortages are getting increasingly larger. And another reason to support small local farmers.

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The Future of Canadian Food rests in Parliament for one more day!

April: This is only important if you eat. If you don’t eat, it doesn’t matter.

Bill C-474 (“an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted”) protects farmers from losing their crops, their livelihoods and their farms (More links below). As GE seed/crop corporations like Monsanto sweep in and take over every food crop growing in Canada, you, the consumer, will lose ALL choices of what you buy and consume. Including all vegetables.

We as farmers will no longer be able to save seeds. Which means, if we buy them at the inflated costs, YOU will be paying double for your groceries.

However, if you don’t eat, it doesn’t matter.

Below, Tom Rudge is a farmer in the Yukon. I know Tom. He works hard to feed you and I. The Yukon is a GE Free Zone, thanks to many that brought it forward and passed it. That doesn’t mean Tom’s farm is safe. I have included Tom’s letter to Harper. Read it, as it applies to ALL farmers. In 24 hours, we will find out if we have a future or not.

Subject Heading: My future and Bill C-474: Your future too?

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Exposing Monsanto’s Minions

A few posts down I spoke of Monsanto’s GE alfalfa deregulation. It was a complicated issue, and has opened up the issues and awareness of GMO. Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumer’s Association lashed back. While there are two sides to every story, one side is not being told, and Ronnie wants that exposed. He makes a valid point: one that I found valid in the beginning as well, but did try to understand “why” the Organic groups bowed to the concession of co-existence. So my question now is “Why didn’t they demand that co-existence was not ever an option, but would allow deregulation with the option of coming back to the table to sue?” Below is Ronnie Cummin’s backlash:

Monsanto Nation           By Ronnie Cummins

My exposé last week, “The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?” has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto’s earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing rampage. Should we basically resign ourselves to the fact that the Biotech Bully of St. Louis controls the dynamics of the marketplace and public policy? Should we seek some kind of practical compromise or “coexistence” between organics and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Should we focus our efforts on crop pollution compensation and “controlled deregulation” of genetically engineered (GE) crops, rather than campaign for an outright ban, or mandatory labeling and safety-testing? Should we prepare ourselves for a future farm landscape where the U.S.’s 23 million acres of alfalfa, the nation’s fourth largest crop, (93% of which are currently not sprayed with toxic herbicides), including organic alfalfa, are sprayed with Roundup and/or genetically polluted with Monsanto’s mutant genes?

Or should we stand up and say Hell No to Monsanto and the Obama Administration? Should we stop all the talk about coexistence between organics and GMOs; unite Millions Against Monsanto <http://www.millionsagainstmonsanto.org> ,  mobilize like never before at the grassroots; put enormous pressure on the nation’s grocers to truthfully label the thousands of so-called conventional or “natural” foods containing or produced with GMOs; and then slowly but surely drive GMOs from the market?

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Feb 8 is the Day We Support All Farmers (Or Not)!

URGENT Action Alert: Please Distribute Widely –
SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR MP BY FEB. 8th VOICING YOUR SUPPORT FOR BILL C-474

Help Protect our Farmers
Support Bill C-474

A simple action today could stop genetically engineered (GE) seeds from causing chaos on Canadian farms – lost markets, lost crops and livelihoods, and permanent crop contamination.

Private Members Bill C-474 is currently scheduled for a vote at third reading in Parliament on February 9th. The Bill could effectively stop GE alfalfa and GE wheat from being commercialized in Canada. It would require “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted.”

GE Seeds and ‘Market Harm’
With greater scrutiny of GE crops in Europe, Canadian flax and alfalfa farmers stand to lose their traditional export markets if these crops are commercialized in Canada. Late last year, Canadian flax exports were found contaminated with a GE variety not approved for our export markets. Canadian flax farmers are paying a heavy price, with some facing the prospect of no markets at all for their crops.

They recognized the potential threat, and in 2001 farmers even took steps to remove GE flax from the market. But despite their best efforts, contamination occurred, creating market uncertainty and depressed prices. Farmers are now paying to test and clean up their seed supplies. They may yet need to abandon their farm-saved flax seed and buy certified seed – all unnecessary and preventable costs.

Allowing for the commercialization of GE alfalfa and GE wheat could also lead to similar problems. Please protect Canada’s farmers and support Bill C-474.

ACTION

Write a letter to your MP instantly. Our friends at CBAN have made it simple. Take action by February 8!
Find out more about this issue and share it with your friends and families by visiting cban.ca or Parliament of Canada.
Learn about the importance of crop diversity and food sovereignty at www.usc-canada.org and at www.seedmap.org.

For more action options and information visit cban.ca or contact:

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network by Email (coordinator@cban.ca) .

Your actions make a difference!

Thanks for your support of this important issue!

Can GE and Organics live harmoniously?

I have watched the latest news as the USDA gave the Organic’s industry 2 choices: full deregulation or partial. There is much to consider, so I have written it as I see it. But one thing I feel: we are at the tipping point of our food sovereignty. This could be it folks: whether we get to live in a GE world or not. Hope the experiment doesn’t fail, just in case WE do…

There are several players here: Whole Foods, Stoneyfield and many other grocers that I will be referring to. Their problems run deep and are not as transparent as they seem, so I will attempt to cut through the crap and bring very real, very pressing issues to the forefront.

Here are the problems Stoneyfield, Whole Foods (WF) and all the other organic “grocers/producers” face with this alfalfa deregulation. This is where I would be putting my money and efforts into:

1. We all KNOW the real issue here is not GE alfalfa, but that this ruling is a precursor for ALL GE crops/plants/trees to be released, unregulated. Or at least “moderately”, and anyone that grows for a living understands there is no “moderation” in cross-contamination. This was the open door Monsanto and “friends” needed to push the rest of their agenda. Why? Because they can monitor the pulse of the consumer and public: will they fight it? Will organic organizations fight it? How, exactly, can Monsanto be stopped? Because at this juncture, “stop” is the critical point: the tipping point to losing our food sovereignty, control and choices. That is what this is all about.

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New Democrats call on Harper to stand up for Canadian Farmers!!

US decision to allow unconfined release of GE alfalfa a disaster for Canada’s organic industry

OTTAWA – New Democrat Agriculture Critic, Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior), is calling on Prime Minister Harper to urge the US Government to immediately reverse yesterday’s decision to authorize the unrestricted cultivation of Monsanto’s hotly contested genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa in the US.

“It is certain that any GE alfalfa grown in the US will inevitably lead to contamination of alfalfa in Canada,” said Atamanenko. “If Harper doesn’t take a stand to protect Canadian farmers and their organic markets from this looming nightmare then there can be no doubt that Monsanto not only rules the roost in the US but in Canada as well.”

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Canada: B.C. fruit growers troubled by apple modification

April: Many of you know me as a GMO Activist. This apple is of special concern to me, as it has the potential to alter every apple on this planet. Once again, we are being thrown into an experiment we have no say in. This apple does not go brown when sliced, and therefore can sit on a shelf or in a McDonald’s restaurant for days. It’s not the genes or health issues that are paramount to me. What always concerns me most are the environmental implications. Pollinators don’t need passports. Read on:

A small Summerland company is making big news across North America with the development of an apple that doesn’t turn brown after it is cut. Okanagan Specialty Fruits is a privately owned biotech company which has been using “advanced molecular biology tools” to switch off the gene that controls the enzyme that turns the white flesh of apples brown after being exposed to the air.

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