Tag Archives: GMO

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!

Transgenic crop genes can transfer to organics and heritage/heirlooms: new study

April: In the future we will have to be vigilant in watching and testing for GM contamination of our heritage and heirloom seeds and plants. A new study (below) shows how easy it is: although, for those of us in the battle against GM crops, we have always known this exists.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2010) — A new data-driven statistical model that incorporates the surrounding landscape in unprecedented detail describes the transfer of an inserted bacterial gene via pollen and seed dispersal in cotton plants more accurately than previously available methods.

Shannon Heuberger, a graduate student at the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and her co-workers will publish their findings in PLoS ONE on Nov. 30.

The transfer of genes from genetically modified crop plants is a hotly debated issue. Many consumers are concerned about the possibility of genetic material from transgenic plants mixing with non-transgenic plants on nearby fields. Producers, on the other side, have a strong interest in knowing whether the varieties they are growing are free from unwanted genetic traits.

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The USA Is Going Mad: Post 1: Raise A Chicken – Go To Jail

Who would ever in their right mind have thought that growing food or raising livestock could be considered a crime, but senate bill 510—the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (an amended bill to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) does just that; making the growing of your own food or saving your own seeds or raising your own chickens a criminal act punishable by law. And once again you can thank one of the usual suspects in Congress—Dick Durbin [Democrud from Illinois]— for this piece of draconian legislature. But Dicky-boy is not alone in this bit of police state legislation, he has lots of co-sponsors on the bill, friendly folks like:
Lamar Alexander [R-TN], Jeff Bingaman [D-NM], Richard Burr [R-NC], Roland Burris [D-IL], Saxby Chambliss [R-GA], Christopher Dodd [D-CT], Michael Enzi [R-WY], Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY], Judd Gregg [R-NH], Thomas Harkin [D-IA], Orrin Hatch [R-UT], John Isakson [R-GA], Edward Kennedy [D-MA], Amy Klobuchar [D-MN], Ben Nelson [D-NE], Tom Udall [D-NM], and David Vitter [R-LA]. The last entry in this rogues gallery is of special interest to me. He’s my very own senator. I’ll have to fire off a quick fax and let the “Honorable” Senator Vitter know how he needs to proceed with this bill if he wants to stay in office. My rule this fall for voting: vote all the incumbents out. Even Ron Paul.

Now you’re probably wondering what’s so bad about this bill to warrant such a sensationalist headline. Here it is:

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Could Biotech crops be altering our DNA? What could this mean for humans?

I posted this on the blog GE Free BC: http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/important-dna-fragments-from-gmo-plants-in-animals/ It’s an article regarding how Genetically Engineered plant DNA is beginning to show up in animals, which you can read as “YOU”. In fact, some of the Genetically Engineered DNA was found to be “enhanced” in children that drank goat’s milk; those goats fed GE soy and other crops.

It’s becoming increasingly obvious to many: any food that’s not created by Mother Nature simply cannot sustain life or be expected to “feed the world” without creating a new nightmare of potential disease, environmental disasters and complete corporate monopolization.

The company that tested the above (Testbiotech) also tested wheat and found the plant became unstable and disease prone when under changing environmental conditions. GE Wheat has not been approved yet for production in North America, but it is being considered as a crop soon.

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April Reeves speaks on Terminator Seeds and GMO – Van Dusen September 9 2010

New study: Organics are healthier, tastier and better for our environment!

April: I am Pro Organics for many reasons:

1. Organic food is picked closer to ripening than other foods, creating a more nutritious and better tasting product.

2. Organics are grown with the purpose of aligning with those practices of natural standards and tradition. While we are now discovering that, as soon as Big Corporations get involved with Organics, the standards “change” according to profit margins, we are closer to healthier foods than conventional Big Factory Farming creates.

It’s up to independent researchers to enact studies, but when they do, we often get clear and honest information. The following happens to be one that makes me smile: it’s from GRIST, a website that challenges conventional thinking and can create some pretty colorful dialogue. Remember, my comments are in red.

New study weighs in on organic vs. conventional debate

Does growing food organically really matter? Supporters of conventional agriculture say that organic farming is little more than a fad — and that organic produce lightens consumers’ wallets for no tangible benefits. And unfortunately, since agro-ecosystems are so complex, scientists have had a hard time cutting through the haze of claims and counter-claims. (It costs more because when you don’t use chemicals you get higher percentage of waste, and therefore lower yields. Also there is a higher percentage of spoilage in travel).

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