Genetic Roulette: The Gamble Of Our Lives

“Eating genetically modified food is gambling with every bite.”

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“Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.”

How Monsanto Gained Power Over All 3 Branches Of Government

Monsanto has successfully made themselves invincible in each different branch of government.

*As always, foul language warning with Lee Camp’s Moment of Clarity*

After you’ve watched the video, learn more about Monsanto at these links:

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Monsanto Madness

Monstrous Monsanto

MonsantoWorld

If you haven’t already watched it, here’s  “The World According To Monsanto” – it is WELL worth the watch time for anyone wanting to know more about Monsanto and their dangerous influence on our world…

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Surprised? Monsanto Openly Wrote Own Monsanto Protection Act (princevega.com)
New Legislation Would Push Genetically Modified Foods Onto Our Plates (aworldchaos.wordpress.com)

Farmer’s Supreme Court Challenge Puts Monsanto Patents at Risk

Monsanto had filed more than 140 patent infringement lawsuits involving 410 farmers and 56 small farm businesses, and had so far received $23.67 million in recorded judgments.

Vernon Hugh Bowman, an Indiana farmer, is challenging Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, over genetically modified crops.

NYTimes Excerpt –  “With his mere 300 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat, Vernon Hugh Bowman said, “I’m not even big enough to be called a farmer.”

Yet the 75-year-old farmer from southwestern Indiana will face off Tuesday against the world’s largest seed company, Monsanto, in a Supreme Court case that could have a huge impact on the future of genetically modified crops, and also affect other fields from medical research to software.

At stake in Mr. Bowman’s case is whether patents on seeds — or other things that can self-replicate — extend beyond the first generation of the products.

It is one of two cases before the Supreme Court related to the patenting of living organisms, a practice that has helped give rise to the biotechnology industry but which critics have long considered immoral. The other case, involving a breast cancer risk test from Myriad Genetics, will determine whether human genes can be patented. It is scheduled to be heard April 15.

Monsanto says that a victory for Mr. Bowman would allow farmers to essentially save seeds from one year’s crop to plant the next year, eviscerating patent protection. In Mr. Bowman’s part of Indiana, it says, a single acre of soybeans can produce enough seeds to plant 26 acres the next year.

Such a ruling would “devastate innovation in biotechnology,” the company wrote in its brief. “Investors are unlikely to make such investments if they cannot prevent purchasers of living organisms containing their invention from using them to produce unlimited copies.” NYTimes

GMO Food Labeling; The Battle Continues

“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the F.D.A.’s job”

- Philip Angell, Monsanto’s director of corporate communications. “Playing God in the Garden” New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.

Excerpts, Common Dreams – “The fight to label genetically modified (gmo) foods is now on in Hawaii and Connecticut signaling that, despite big agriculture’s defeat of California’s Proposition 37 in November, proponents of seed and food sovereignty refuse to back down. 

On Thursday, the group GMO Free CT held a press conference at the state’s legislative office to launch a new anti-GMO initiative calling on the Connecticut Legislature to support and pass a bill to label genetically engineered food in the state, the New Haven Register reports.

Calling the use of GMOs in food “a very large, uncontrolled experiment with human health,” William Duesing, Executive Director of the Connecticut branch of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), spoke before the group. “The vast amount of GMO crops are designed as sales tools for specific herbicides. The majority of those sales tools are for Roundup (which) kills most green plants that haven’t been engineered to resist it,” he said. 

Food activists in Hawaii won a partial victory this week when the House Committee on Agriculture passed a measure to require labeling on genetically modified food.

Originally, House Bill 174 required any food product that is produced or sold in Hawaii to have a label saying it contains or was made using genetically engineered materials, but Thursday’s committee hearing amended the requirements so it only applies to produce imported from outside Hawaii, Associated Press reports.

Despite this provision, Hawaii is a ripe battleground for new legislation. According to the anti-GMO organization Hawai’i Seed, “Hawai‘i is the genetic engineering experimental capital of the world,” with thousands of acres of arable farmland being used to test seed crops for agriculture giants, including Monsanto.” Full Article on Common Dreams

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Political Contributions

via SourceWatch- Monsanto gave $658,207 to federal candidates in the 2010 election cycle through its political action committee (PAC) – 48% to Democrats, 52% to Republicans.

In 2012, Monsanto spent $4.2 million financing “No On 37″, a group supported by other GMO food manufacturers like DuPontDow, and Bayer. “No On 37″ opposed California proposition 37, which would require labels on most genetically modified food products. 

Public Relations & Lobbying

2012 Monsanto Lobbying Data:

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The GMO Seed Cartel

According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, the average per-acre cost of soybean and corn seed increased 325% and 259%, respectively, between 1995 and 2011. This is roughly the time period when acreage of GM corn and soy grew from less than 20% to more than 80-90%

Excerpt, The Organic & Non-GMO Report -“The introduction of genetically modified crops has corresponded with increasing monopolization of seed by biotechnology companies and higher seed costs that have led to tragedies in some countries, while pushing out conventional, non-GMO seeds, and reducing farmer seed choices. These impacts are being seen in the United States, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and South Africa, and even Europe.

Seed monopoly

According to Philip Howard, a researcher at Michigan State University, economists say that when four firms control 40% of a market, it is no longer competitive. According to AgWeb, the “big four” biotech seed companies—Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta, and Dow AgroSciences—own 80% of the US corn market and 70% of the soybean business.

Monsanto has become the world’s largest seed company in less than 10 years by capturing markets for corn, soybean, cotton, and vegetable seeds, according to a report by the Farmer to Farmer Campaign. In addition to selling seeds, Monsanto licenses its genetically modified traits to other seed companies. As a result, more than 80% of US corn and more than 90% of soybeans planted each year contain Monsanto’s patented GM traits.

Other factors that have led to industry domination by a few players include purchase of smaller seed companies by larger companies, weak antitrust law enforcement, and Supreme Court decisions that allowed GM crops and other plant materials to be patented, while prohibiting seed saving by farmers…” Full Article Here

Activist Investor to Challenge Monsanto CEO

CREVE COEUR, MO – On Thursday, January 31, 2013, the Monsanto Company officers and shareholders will vote on a shareholder proposal to create a study of “material financial risks or operational impacts” associated with its chemical products and patented genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Activists in favor of the measure will demonstrate outside the meeting to raise awareness that the public does not currently have the right to witness what will be the only democratic vote of accountability on Monsanto’s leadership because the company bans cameras inside their Annual Shareholder Meeting.

WHO: Anti-GMO Food Activists, Adam Eidinger, Monsanto Shareholder

WHAT: Protest at Monsanto Annual Shareholder Meeting

WHERE: Monsanto Global Headquarters, Creve Coeur, MO, East Campus Entrance on Olive Blvd.

WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2013, Noon to 3:30PM

“Monsanto pledges transparency, but provides very little,” says Adam Eidinger, an organic food activist and Monsanto shareholder who organized a march from NY to Washington, DC on behalf of honest food labeling in 2011. For the second year in a row, Eidinger will present a shareholder resolution on behalf of Napa, California-based Harrington Investments (HII) with help from the Pesticide Action Network of North America (PANNA).

“Companies like Starbucks, Walmart, The Washington Post, Oracle, Apple and Coca-Cola among many others provide the public and media access to their shareholder meetings in one form or another, but Monsanto, a company who’s patented genetically engineered products are in most people’s food, meets in secret,” says Eidinger.

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Unnatural Selection

What the biotech industry doesn’t want you to know – how industry manipulation and political collusion, not sound science, allow dangerous genetically engineered food into your daily diet. Company research is rigged, alarming evidence of health dangers is covered up, and intense political pressure applied…

 

 

Scientists were offered bribes or threatened. Evidence was stolen. Data was omitted or distorted.

 

Government employees who complained were harassed, stripped of responsibilities, or fired.

 

 Laboratory rats fed a GM crop developed stomach lesions and seven of the forty died within two weeks.

 

The crop was approved without further tests.

 

The only independent in-depth feeding study ever conducted showed evidence of alarming health dangers.

 

When the scientist tried to alert the public, he lost his job and was silenced with threats of a lawsuit.

 

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Do these GM foods impact the behavior of our children? You decide…

 

 

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Watch Full Length GMO Trilogy Documentary Here

 

 

 

You Are What You Eat

HT to Artists Against Monsanto

 

Poland Bans Cultivation of GM Crops

I hope that one of these days Americans will eventually be able to oust the lobbyists and politicians owned by corporations so that we can once again have control over our food supply.

Yeah, I know…I’m an eternally optimistic dreamer..!

Poland on Wednesday imposed new bans on the cultivation of certain genetically modified strains of maize and potatoes, a day after an EU required green light for GM crops took effect.

The centre-right government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk imposed farming bans on German BASF’s Amflora strain of potato and US firm Monsanto’s MON 810 maize or corn, according to a government statement Wednesday. The ban on specific strains essentially uses a legal loophole to circumvent the EU’s acceptance of such products.


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Stop The Monsanto Protection Act

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A so-called “Monsanto rider,” quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill, would require – not just allow, but require - the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed.

All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask, and the questionable crops could be released into the environment where they could potentially contaminate conventional or organic crops and, ultimately, the nation’s food supply. Unless the Senate or a citizen’s army of farmers and consumers can stop them, the House of Representatives is likely to ram this dangerous rider through any day now.
September 30 marked the expiration of the 2007 Farm Bill, and the 2012 replacement is now sitting in the House of Representatives. Congress decided they will vote on the bill until after the elections, so food-safety advocates  have ramped up their outreach efforts around this issue in advance of any decision.
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As we close out on two full weeks of the lame duck session of Congress and head into the final three-week December marathon, there has been lots and lots of talk about farm bill options but little-to-no action.  By contrast, there has been some action on the appropriations bills to fund the government, including USDA, for the rest of Fiscal Year 2013, though final action on an “omnibus” spending bill in December seems at best a very slim possibility.

Farm Bill

Regular readers are by now well aware of “What’s At Stake?” should Congress fail to enact a new farm bill (or fail to enact a farm bill extension with renewed funding for expiring programs).  We have just published the eighth in a series of ten posts in our “What’s At Stake?” series.

So, what are the options for getting a farm bill and what are the odds?  Here they are in a nutshell:

1.  Finish the 5-year farm bill re-authorization through regular congressional order, with the House Committee-passed bill going to the House floor for amendment and passage, then on to conference with the measure the Senate passed six months ago, and then back to each body for a vote on the final measure.  The odds on this option, given the limited time remaining, are close to nil.

2. Finish the 5-year farm bill re-authorization without ever giving the House of Representatives a chance to consider it or amend it, by reaching a House-Senate deal among the Agriculture Committee leadership and, with the blessings of House and Senate leadership, attaching the product to whatever legislation ultimately moves to deal with the larger tax and spending issues most often referred to as the “fiscal cliff” issues.  The odds on this option are better, but not high. Story Continues Here

The Squeeze On Olive Farmers

“Contrary to popular belief, farm subsides do not protect small American farmers. They do drive down the profit on crops. In the US, 10 percent of farms receive 75 percent of subsidies, and all these farms are run by agribusiness giants like Monsanto. Exporting GM crops is hampered by the fact that many countries refuse to buy genetically modified crops, including Australia, the EU (except Spain), and Japan. Product recalls, involving the use of GM crops in food products sold to countries where GM food is forbidden, is not only costly but represents an ongoing bone of contention on the world market which hampers international trade relations.” Source

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 While there is an abundance of olive oil on the market, Spanish olive farmers are going bust and small farmers are being squeezed (or pushed or shoved) out of business.

Is this what we get to look forward to as more and more global giants take over & strangle our food supply? Monsanto (and their ilk) are allowed to rake in profits by way of  EU farm subsidies while smaller, legitimate farmers go broke…makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

This story focuses on the farmers in Spain but please realize how very similar this is to what is going on in America…and around the world right now as we battle for the right to keep growing and buying locally grown foods.

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62 percent of farmers in United States did not collect subsidy payments – according to USDA.

Ten percent collected 74 percent of all subsidies.

Amounting to $165.9 billion over 16 years.

Top 10%: $30,751 average per year between 1995 and 2010.

 Bottom 80%: $587 average per year between 1995 and 2010.

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Excerpts from The Independent:

“Benalua de las Villas, Spain – Already faced with a glut of olives equivalent to 95 million litres of olive oil, this exceptionally dry winter means the industry is braced for its second bumper crop in a row, which could see a further 285 million litres flood an already saturated market.

Factor in a 70 per cent increase in production costs, the stagnation of prices paid to olive oil farmers in the past 15 years, (olive oil retails at over 10 times as much in supermarkets) and a Spanish economy on the rocks, and the result is clear: after years of overproduction, large sectors of the olive oil industry are going to the wall…

…The olive oil sector is already shrinking fast. In the Andalucian province of Seville alone, where it is reported that 83 of its 105 villages are dependent on it, 6,500 farmers have abandoned the business in the past decade. In Granada, with the country’s third highest olive oil output, trade unions estimated last week that since 2000, 75 per cent of the province’s farms have drained their savings accounts to zero.That money they had was the only guarantee that they could go the bank, ask for a loan and be able to continue,” according to an official, Nicolas Chica. Without the EU grants, soon to be reviewed, he claims over 70 per cent of Granada’s farmers now face ruin…

…Salvation may be at hand, but it will be extremely painful. Mr Ortega believes that although the olive oil industry is on the point of losing its traditional smallholding sector, mass production could save its future…”

I’m sure that whatever may have caused so many small farms to fail, it couldn’t possibly be related to Spain’s agriculture being under the control of EU’s Common Agricultural Policy which is one of the most complex farm policies ever written? Nah, of course not!

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Reuters – While biotech crops remain highly controversial in Europe, six European Union countries — Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Romania — planted 114,490 hectares of biotech corn in 2011, up from 23,297 hectares in 2010.

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Before You Buy

List Of GMO Products & Companies Who Use GMO Ingredients

A million thanks to Truth Teller for bringing this list to my attention!

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Nabisco 
(Phillip Morris) Arrowroot Teething Biscuits

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Baking mixes

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

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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

Cookie Mixes

 Banana
Cinnamon Streusel
Lemon Poppy Seed
Cranberry Orange
Gingerbread

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Just Say No…To Monsanto Corn

From Monsanto Boycott – Monsanto’s new genetically engineered sweet corn could be planted this spring, but it hasn’t been proven safe and won’t be labeled. Walmart can refuse to accept it, protecting consumers from this untested and unlabeled product.

We’ll be delivering these petitions signatures to Walmart, demanding they reject genetically engineered sweet corn by April 1st, before it’s widely planted in the U.S.

Please add your name to the petition to help make sure genetically engineered sweet corn doesn’t reach your plate.

Petition to Walmart:

As a consumer, I refuse to purchase Monsanto’s new genetically engineered sweet corn and urge you to protect your customers by committing to not sell Monsanto’s GE sweet corn by April 1, 2012.

Why should you ask Walmart to reject Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) Sweet Corn?

  1. Whether you shop at Walmart or not, they are the largest U.S. food retailer, and if they won’t sell genetically engineered sweet corn, it’s likely that farmers won’t plant it.
  2. Genetically engineered sweet corn will not be labeled, so you won’t know what you’re buying.
  3. Monsanto’s GE sweet corn hasn’t been tested for human safety, and it contains three different genetically engineered traits that have never been used in food eaten directly by people.

Click here to sign petition.

Learn More About Monstrous Monsanto Here

Monsanto Puppets In Washington Declare War On Anti-GMO Countries

 Monsanto puppets in DC are being exposed for their role in declaring war on countries that still have enough common sense to realize the potential dangers that GMO foods pose for their citizens. It seems that there is no level of underhanded tactics and bullying that Monsanto puppets won’t stoop to in order to push their FrankenFood agenda on the entire world. 

From Natural Society

US to Start ‘Trade Wars’ with Nations Opposed to Monsanto, GMO Crops

The 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.”

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