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I'm curious to get your take on something that wonka meme made me think of: what do you think about the anti-gmo movement? I fully support the anti-monsanto movement, but I feel like the anti-gmo movement conflates fear and ignorance of science around bioengineering with the evil of monsanto and that bioengineering isn't the bad guy we should be focusing on. whatta y'all think?

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theswansays

While bioengineering as an inquiry might be benign or beneficial, the commercialization of GMO commodities has been detrimental at best with benefit largely accruing to food conglomerates.  For example, some heritage strains of corn in Mexico might have been lost, and a broad range of corn strains were threatened with extinction.  In California, it has been impossible so far to label GMO foods being sold, and that can’t be an indication of their wholesome qualities.  Just the opposite, there appears to be something to hide.

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Lemond

Please join us for a tweetstorm TONIGHT between 9:00-10:00 pm EST (6:00-7:00 PST) to help us raise awareness for the October 12th March Against Monsanto! 

This tweetstorm is an attempt to create a new, trending hashtag on Twitter to raise awareness to our cause. Follow @MarchAgainstM and watch our facebook page for the announcement of which hashtag we will be using, and also for a list of tweets to copy and paste to your followers. Everyone is more than welcome to make their own tweets as well! 

It is easier to achieve a worldwide Twitter trend if many people start using a new hashtag suddenly all together. There is no need to use the #MAM#MarchAgainstMonsanto, or #O12 hashtags unless they fit in the tweet along side the new one.

Please help us spread this message, contact any twitter accounts you would like to (media, activist, celebrity) to get them on board too. See you Saturday night!

satanic-capitalist:

Taxpayer dollars used by U.S. government to promote GMOs in other countries
Sunday, June 02, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) Not content to allow Monsanto to poison Americans, the U.S. government is using your tax dollars to promote the bio-ag giant’s genetically modified food crops overseas as well, according to a new report.Reuters says tax dollars are going to pay for overseas lobbying which promotes use of controversial biotech crops that have been developed by Monsanto and other seed manufacturers:A review of 926 diplomatic cables of correspondence to and from the U.S. State Department and embassies in more than 100 countries found that State Department officials actively promoted the commercialization of specific biotech seeds, according to the report issued by Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer protection group.
U.S. diplomats as surrogates for Monsanto
Officials sought to quash or downplay public criticism of key firms and negotiations between the seed companies and foreign governments “over issues like patents and intellectual property,” Reuters said, citing the report.As if marketing to U.S. consumers wasn’t enough, now Monsanto wants to bring GM foods to the rest of the planet - and make you pay for the effort.According to cables, U.S. diplomats were acting as surrogates for Monsanto, which is the world’s leading seed maker, in foreign companies - this after the agri-business giant paid a $1.5 million fine for allegedly bribing an Indonesian official, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Business Practices Act of 2005.A cable from 2009 indicates that the U.S. embassy in Spain sought “high-level U.S. government intervention” at the “urgent request” of Monsanto to battle bio-seed opponents in that country, the Food & Water Watch report found.The report was based primarily on cables sent between 2005-2009 released by Wikileaks in 2010.
Justifying the unjustifiable
As expected, Monsanto justified its actions - including having you foot the bill for what can only be described as “official marketing” of its GM products by the U.S. government.“We remain committed to sharing information so that individuals can better understand our business and our commitments to support farmers throughout the world as they work to meet the agriculture demands of our world’s growing population,” company spokesman Tom Helscher told Reuters.What’s to “understand?” Monsanto wants to infect more customers with its genetically modified crops.Also par for the course, no one at the State Department wanted to comment on the report’s findings.
Proven harm
Food & Water Watch went on to note that the cables the group examined detailed just how far the State Department will go to promote and support the biotech agriculture industry, which has understandably had difficulty resonating with people in other countries - many of whom see the GM food craze for the dangerous Frankenstein’s monster that it is.What the U.S. government is doing “really goes beyond promoting the U.S.’s biotech industry and agriculture,” Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, told the newswire. “It really gets down to twisting the arms of countries and working to undermine local democratic movements that may be opposed to biotech crops, and pressuring foreign governments to also reduce the oversight of biotech crops.”Not so, says Monsanto and other biotech giants. They say that biogenetically engineered crops are needed to feed the world’s growing population. And of course they say their crops are safe and that they make farming much more environmentally friendly and sustainable.But the truth is, study after study has found that Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds and crops are harmful to human consumption - a conclusion most recently substantiated in this study, which found that glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup inhibits natural detoxification in human cells.It’s bad enough that this biotech giant has America as a market. It’s worse that our own diplomats are using American tax dollars to pollute the rest of the world with dangerous seed.Sources for this article include:http://www.gmwatch.orghttp://www.reuters.comhttp://www.naturalnews.comLearn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040603_GMO_taxpayer_dollars_Monsanto.html#ixzz2VG1HaR6Y
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040603_GMO_taxpayer_dollars_Monsanto.html#ixzz2VG17e5mj

satanic-capitalist:

Taxpayer dollars used by U.S. government to promote GMOs in other countries

Sunday, June 02, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Not content to allow Monsanto to poison Americans, the U.S. government is using your tax dollars to promote the bio-ag giant’s genetically modified food crops overseas as well, according to a new report.

Reuters says tax dollars are going to pay for overseas lobbying which promotes use of controversial biotech crops that have been developed by Monsanto and other seed manufacturers:

A review of 926 diplomatic cables of correspondence to and from the U.S. State Department and embassies in more than 100 countries found that State Department officials actively promoted the commercialization of specific biotech seeds, according to the report issued by Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer protection group.

U.S. diplomats as surrogates for Monsanto

Officials sought to quash or downplay public criticism of key firms and negotiations between the seed companies and foreign governments “over issues like patents and intellectual property,” Reuters said, citing the report.

As if marketing to U.S. consumers wasn’t enough, now Monsanto wants to bring GM foods to the rest of the planet - and make you pay for the effort.

According to cables, U.S. diplomats were acting as surrogates for Monsanto, which is the world’s leading seed maker, in foreign companies - this after the agri-business giant paid a $1.5 million fine for allegedly bribing an Indonesian official, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Business Practices Act of 2005.

A cable from 2009 indicates that the U.S. embassy in Spain sought “high-level U.S. government intervention” at the “urgent request” of Monsanto to battle bio-seed opponents in that country, the Food & Water Watch report found.

The report was based primarily on cables sent between 2005-2009 released by Wikileaks in 2010.

Justifying the unjustifiable

As expected, Monsanto justified its actions - including having you foot the bill for what can only be described as “official marketing” of its GM products by the U.S. government.

“We remain committed to sharing information so that individuals can better understand our business and our commitments to support farmers throughout the world as they work to meet the agriculture demands of our world’s growing population,” company spokesman Tom Helscher told Reuters.

What’s to “understand?” Monsanto wants to infect more customers with its genetically modified crops.

Also par for the course, no one at the State Department wanted to comment on the report’s findings.

Proven harm

Food & Water Watch went on to note that the cables the group examined detailed just how far the State Department will go to promote and support the biotech agriculture industry, which has understandably had difficulty resonating with people in other countries - many of whom see the GM food craze for the dangerous Frankenstein’s monster that it is.

What the U.S. government is doing “really goes beyond promoting the U.S.’s biotech industry and agriculture,” Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, told the newswire. “It really gets down to twisting the arms of countries and working to undermine local democratic movements that may be opposed to biotech crops, and pressuring foreign governments to also reduce the oversight of biotech crops.”

Not so, says Monsanto and other biotech giants. They say that biogenetically engineered crops are needed to feed the world’s growing population. And of course they say their crops are safe and that they make farming much more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

But the truth is, study after study has found that Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds and crops are harmful to human consumption - a conclusion most recently substantiated in this study, which found that glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup inhibits natural detoxification in human cells.

It’s bad enough that this biotech giant has America as a market. It’s worse that our own diplomats are using American tax dollars to pollute the rest of the world with dangerous seed.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.gmwatch.org

http://www.reuters.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040603_GMO_taxpayer_dollars_Monsanto.html#ixzz2VG1HaR6Y



Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/040603_GMO_taxpayer_dollars_Monsanto.html#ixzz2VG17e5mj

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Warlike Parakeet

satanic-capitalist:


New ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Gives Monsanto Power Over US Government
By Anthony Gucciardi

There truly is no rest for the wicked and Monsanto is at war once again against health conscious consumers with the latest ‘Monsanto Protection Act,‘ managing to sneak wording into the latest Senate legislation that would give them blanket immunity from any USDA action regarding the potential dangers of their genetically modified creations while under review. The USDA would be unable to act against any and all new GMO crops that were suspected to be wreaking havoc on either human health or the environment.
It’s a legislative weapon that could be passed as early as next week if we don’t gather enough support to force our senators to eliminate the section.
It all started in the late hours of Monday night, when lobbyists working for the Monsanto-fronted biotechnology industry managed to slide a ‘rider’ (through the deceptively worded Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill that is currently on the table of the Senate.
A massive petition to stop what has been labeled as the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ has been launched by Food Democracy Now, detailing what could come if the legislation is signed into law within the coming days or weeks:

If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.

Monsanto Protection Act Trumps U.S. Government
Federal courts would be powerless to regulate the sale and even cultivation of illegal and dangerous GMO crops, succumbing instead to the power of the biotech industry and Monsanto. The same threat we faced last summer during the initial emergence of this act. During that time, we saw major groups assemble against the act, from national farm institutions to food safety titans. The Center for Food Safety, the National Family Farm Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists all came together to speak out against the incognito bombshell slipped into the 2012 Farm Bill and the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.
And now Monsanto is back at it.
Thus, it is imperative that we peacefully kick Monsanto out of the Senate and back into the alleyways of Washington D.C., and let it be known that any politician who sides with Big Biotech will not be staying in the Senate for much longer.
View the Petition Now
This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/new-monsanto-protection-act-gives-monsanto-power-over-us-government-1363360056. All rights are reserved.

satanic-capitalist:

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New ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Gives Monsanto Power Over US Government

By Anthony Gucciardi

There truly is no rest for the wicked and Monsanto is at war once again against health conscious consumers with the latest ‘Monsanto Protection Act,‘ managing to sneak wording into the latest Senate legislation that would give them blanket immunity from any USDA action regarding the potential dangers of their genetically modified creations while under review. The USDA would be unable to act against any and all new GMO crops that were suspected to be wreaking havoc on either human health or the environment.

It’s a legislative weapon that could be passed as early as next week if we don’t gather enough support to force our senators to eliminate the section.

It all started in the late hours of Monday night, when lobbyists working for the Monsanto-fronted biotechnology industry managed to slide a ‘rider’ (through the deceptively worded Farmer Assurance Provision, Sec. 735) into the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill that is currently on the table of the Senate.

massive petition to stop what has been labeled as the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ has been launched by Food Democracy Now, detailing what could come if the legislation is signed into law within the coming days or weeks:

If approved, the Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment.

Monsanto Protection Act Trumps U.S. Government

Federal courts would be powerless to regulate the sale and even cultivation of illegal and dangerous GMO crops, succumbing instead to the power of the biotech industry and Monsanto. The same threat we faced last summer during the initial emergence of this act. During that time, we saw major groups assemble against the act, from national farm institutions to food safety titans. The Center for Food Safety, the National Family Farm Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists all came together to speak out against the incognito bombshell slipped into the 2012 Farm Bill and the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

And now Monsanto is back at it.

Thus, it is imperative that we peacefully kick Monsanto out of the Senate and back into the alleyways of Washington D.C., and let it be known that any politician who sides with Big Biotech will not be staying in the Senate for much longer.

View the Petition Now

This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/new-monsanto-protection-act-gives-monsanto-power-over-us-government-1363360056. All rights are reserved.

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Warlike Parakeet

chemicalfreelife:

GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD: 

The Politics of GMOs (and their Missing Labels)

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Is America’s Food Policy Completely for Sale?

There are a few things that we know for sure when it comes to food policy in our country.

First, according to the Food & Water Watch, $572 million was spent on lobbying by the biotech and chemical industries from 1999-2010.

Two, when considering approving genetically-modified crops (GMOs) in the 1990s, scientists at the FDA were very, very concerned about the problems that GMOs would cause to human health – allergies, GI issues, etc. – and wanted longer-term research completed before granting approval.

These worries were quickly dismissed by Michael Taylor, the person at the FDA who recklessly approved GMOs 16 years ago and also happened to be a former lawyer for Monsanto.

By the way, guess who President Obama recently appointed as the Food Safety Czar at the FDA and has made it his priority to crack down on small organic farmers selling raw milk? Yes, you got it – Michael Taylor.

What is glaringly different about the two examples above and Proposition 37, the GMO-labeling initiative in California, is that Big Ag and the chemical companies can no longer influence policy behind closed doors. They must “buy” their policy in the public domain.

In today’s New York Times, I strongly suggest that you read Mark Bittman’s excellent column “Buying the Vote on GMOs” where he talks about this very issue in more depth.

Please read more here:

Everything You Wanted (and Needed) to Know About the Politics of GMOs/Labeling:

“Buying the Vote on GMOs”

New York Times

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(via anti-propaganda)

anti-propaganda:

GMO, Global Alert (by François Le Bayon)

‘French researchers secretly studied, for two years, 200 rats fed with transgenic maize. Tumors, serious disorders… full-fledged slaughter. And a bomb for the GMO industry.
More information http://www.gmo-global-alert.net

New GMO ‘Agent Orange Soy’ Silently Backed by USDA

Vietnamese child suffering from agent orange birth defect.


Millions of pounds of herbicides are applied to crops around the nation each year. In one single year, 2006, 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on soybeans alone; this is a 20-fold increase from the 4.9 million pounds in 1994, the year before Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds were introduced. Well now, biotechnology giant and creator pesticides and herbicides, Dow AgroSciences is bringing forth brand new GMO soybeans and GMO corn to the market that will ultimately cause more herbicides than ever to be sprayed across the nation. What’s more, the USDA is all over the idea.

2,4-D Herbicide and Super GMO Crops

And perhaps even more startling than the drastic increase in herbicide usage is the fact that Dow AgroSciences’ new genetically modified soy is actually specifically designed to resist an especially toxic herbicide known as 2,4-D, a toxic compound used in the well-known Vitetnam War defoliant Agent Orange. Known to kill or maim at least 400,000 and cause an additional 500,000 birth defects according to conservative Viatnamese estimates, Agent Orange is one of the deadliest concoctions on record.

As of now, biotech giant Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the corn and soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy and 70 percent of corn engineered to drown in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup. However, it seems that their control over this market may soon dwindle at rapid speeds, as Roundup is creating a whole new category of superweeds that are resistant to Roundup and the active ingredient in Roundup - glyphosate. These resistant weeds were expected by experts to coverat least 120 million hectares worldwide by 2010.

The solution up until now has been to simply spray more Roundup, but now Dow AgroSciences has come up with a new ‘solution’. Dow is creating new corn and soybean super-corps that are not only resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup, but will also be able to withstand large amounts of the company’s aforementioned ‘agent orange’ herbicide, 2,4-D. This way, farmers will be able to apply both herbicides to their fields, with the super toxic 2,4-D killing what Roundup cannot.

That’s right, instead of turning to sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming practices to combat super ‘mutant’ bugs and mega-weeds, the biotech industry is making even stronger and more dangerous super herbicides and toxic recipes.

What Dow is very happy about (while disregarding public health) is that the USDA has shown interest in deregulating both products, with the most recent signaled approval being in early July for the GE soybeans. In fact, the USDA put out a key a document in the regulatory process for GMOs known as the Plant Pest Risk Assessment. Not surprisingly, the USDA’s assessment of Dow’s soy ended with “highly unlikely to pose a plant pest risk.”

So what will be the outcome of all of this? Millions of farmland acreage to be drenched in more herbicides by the millions of pounds. Unfortunately, the claim to safety for the new GE products don’t mean much, as both herbicides and GMOs are consistently shown to cause some form of damage, whether that damage be to the environment, human and animal health, or the biosphere as a whole. Dow’s 2,4-D herbicide, like glyphosate found in Monsanto’s Roundup, is already present in drinking water supplies, so individuals everywhere are already consuming the chemical. But now, exposure to this herbicide is more than likely to exponentially increase, only to cause more complications.

Additional Sources:

Environmental Health Perspectives

MotherJones

thepeoplesrecord:

In a marriage between two of the world’s most destructive companies: Walmart to happily sell dangerous Monsanto corn
August 04, 2012
Few companies in this country are more controversial at the moment than Monsanto, but one that could certainly compare is big box behemoth Walmart – so it’s no wonder really that the two have joined forces. A study in contradictions, on the one hand Walmart takes a keen interest in sustainable initiatives like renewable energy, recycling and cutting down on packaging waste, and sourcing local produce. On the other hand, the business has just confirmed with the Chicago Tribune that it is totally down to offer Monsanto’s latest strain of herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn, a move that has put it philosophically at odds with a growing sector of the foodservice industry.
The Tribune reports that everyone from retailers like Whole Foods to food product manufacturers like General Mills (and Jack-of-All-Trades like Trader Joe’s) have released statements that they will not be using the GMO corn in their products or carrying it on their shelves. Not only have consumers voiced concern about the product, but new studies have raised questions over the long-term effect that Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn could have on the human body. Meanwhile, Monsanto has pulled out of entire countries due to negative public response. But Walmart has dismissed these concerns:

“After closely looking at both sides of the debate and collaborating with a number of respected food safety experts, we see no scientifically validated safety reasons to implement restrictions on this product,” the company confirmed to the Tribune.

Should businesses always bow to everything they hear? Of course not – it’s vital to take a stance on issues, one way or another, and the loudest majority isn’t always right. But in the case of Monsanto’s GMO corn, the worst case scenarios pointed to by current science are just a little too much to ignore without further study – especially when one considers that customers may not know what they’re getting themselves into, since genetically engineered products don’t currently have to be labeled in the United States.
Walmart does point out that, if you do want to shop there and go GMO-free, you can do so by choosing their organic options.
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#walmart #monsanto #GMO #General Mills #organ failure #food #capitalism

thepeoplesrecord:

In a marriage between two of the world’s most destructive companies: Walmart to happily sell dangerous Monsanto corn

August 04, 2012

Few companies in this country are more controversial at the moment than Monsanto, but one that could certainly compare is big box behemoth Walmart – so it’s no wonder really that the two have joined forces. A study in contradictions, on the one hand Walmart takes a keen interest in sustainable initiatives like renewable energy, recycling and cutting down on packaging waste, and sourcing local produce. On the other hand, the business has just confirmed with the Chicago Tribune that it is totally down to offer Monsanto’s latest strain of herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn, a move that has put it philosophically at odds with a growing sector of the foodservice industry.

The Tribune reports that everyone from retailers like Whole Foods to food product manufacturers like General Mills (and Jack-of-All-Trades like Trader Joe’s) have released statements that they will not be using the GMO corn in their products or carrying it on their shelves. Not only have consumers voiced concern about the product, but new studies have raised questions over the long-term effect that Monsanto’s genetically engineered corn could have on the human body. Meanwhile, Monsanto has pulled out of entire countries due to negative public response. But Walmart has dismissed these concerns:

“After closely looking at both sides of the debate and collaborating with a number of respected food safety experts, we see no scientifically validated safety reasons to implement restrictions on this product,” the company confirmed to the Tribune.

Should businesses always bow to everything they hear? Of course not – it’s vital to take a stance on issues, one way or another, and the loudest majority isn’t always right. But in the case of Monsanto’s GMO corn, the worst case scenarios pointed to by current science are just a little too much to ignore without further study – especially when one considers that customers may not know what they’re getting themselves into, since genetically engineered products don’t currently have to be labeled in the United States.

Walmart does point out that, if you do want to shop there and go GMO-free, you can do so by choosing their organic options.

Source

(via thepeoplesrecord)