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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
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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

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chemicalfreelife:

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FOOD—ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS DOCUMENTARY:

“David vs. Monsanto”

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David Versus Monsanto Documentary: (VIDEO)

Imagine that a storm blows across your garden – and that now, without your knowledge and without your consent, foreign and genetically-manipulated seeds are in your vegetable patch which you have nourished and maintained for many years. A few days later, representatives of a multinational corporate group pay you a visit at home, demand that you surrender your vegetables and file a criminal complaint against you requesting a fine a $20,000 USD against you – for the illegal use of patented and genetically-manipulated seeds.

What’s more: The court finds for the corporate group!
Yet, you fight back….

This short story is no utopia – rather, around the world, the bitter truth. It is also the true experience of the family of Percy and Louise Schmeiser in Canada, also winners of the Alternative Nobel Prize, who meanwhile have been fighting the chemicals and seed manufacturer Monsanto since 1996. Nowadays, nearly three-fourths of genetically-manipulated plants harvested worldwide originate from Monsanto’s labs. Monsanto is a U.S. based corporate group which calls the dismal inventions such as DDT, PCB and Agent Orange its own. In its efforts to gain absolute hegemony over plants – from the field all the way to the consumer’s plate – Monsanto knows no qualms. The farmers Tony Rush, David Runyon and Marc Loiselle also learned the hard way what it means to be confronted with Monsanto’s methods of doing business, as did thousands of other farmers worldwide…

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Study: Roundup and other pesticides directly linked to Parkinson’s, neurodegenerative disorders

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‘The dangers associated with pesticide exposure are much more far-reaching than previously thought, as illustrated by a shocking study recently published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology. It turns out that chronic exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup formula, the active ingredient of which is glyphosate, as well as too many other common pesticides and herbicides is one of the primary environmental factors responsible for causing neurodegenerative disorders in humans.

As originally reported by Sayer Ji over at GreenMedInfo.com, the study brings to light the intricacies of how pesticide and herbicide chemicals induce cell death, which can eventually cascade into a host of chronic neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Even at levels significantly lower than the government-established safety thresholds, these persistent chemicals, which are routinely sprayed on conventional food crops and produce throughout the U.S., can cause permanent brain damage.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Parkinson’s disease alone is the 14th leading cause of death in America. Figures from 2010, which are the latest available, illustrate a 4.6 percent increase in the number of deaths from Parkinson’s compared to the year prior. And a 2007 report put out by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) estimates that by 2030, the number of people worldwide with Parkinson’s will more than double

In this latest study, Monsanto’s Roundup was determined to be a primary factor in causing neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, which is particularly interesting in light of another recent study which found that, even when diluted by a factor of 99.8 percent, Roundup chemicals are still fully capable of destroying both human cells and DNA. Together, these findings speak volumes in regards to rising disease rates, and lend solid credence to the notion that crop chemicals are a primary cause of chronic disease in today’s world.

“A previously healthy 44-year-old woman presented with rigidity, slowness and resting tremor in all four limbs with no impairment of short-term memory, after sustaining long term chemical exposure to glyphosate for three years as a worker in a chemical factory,” cites a 2011 case study published in the journal Parkinsonism Related Disorders about glyphosate’s toxicity.

“The chemical plant produced a range of herbicides including: glyphosate, gibberellins, and dimethyl hydrogen phosphite; however, the patient worked exclusively in the glyphosate production division. She only wore basic protection such as gloves or a face mask for 50 hours each week in the plant where glyphosate vapor was generated.”’

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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

Mike Barrett
NaturalSociety
April 23, 2012

darkguy 220x137 Woman Receives Anonymous Threats after Opposing MonsantoAfter losing a 3-day old daughter to kidney failure, a woman named Sofia Gatica from Argentina made a decision to spearhead an anti-Monsanto movement with other mothers of sick children. Monsanto is a biotechnology, agrochemical company which has been polluting the environment and human health with herbicides, pesticides, genetically modified foods, and other substances for decades. Numerous cases have been brought against Monsanto for biological damage and even death — such is the recent case in which farmers say the biotech giant’s creations spawned ‘devastating birth defects‘.

Near where Gatica lives, there are soybean fields covering the land where farmers spray loads of chemicals on the crops. The primary weed killer used on the fields is the one and only Roundup, the most popular herbicide used by farmers which contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Gatica didn’t initially connect the chemical exposure to her baby’s death until she noticed that many of her friends and neighbors were also experiencing health problems.

“I started seeing children with mouth covers, mothers with scarves wrapped around their heads to cover their baldness, due to chemotherapy…There are soybeans to the north, to the south, and to the east, and when they spray, they spray over the people because there’s no distance,” Gatica said to a Grist reporter.

In fact,  researchers found that people in her area had three to four agricultural chemicals in their blood, including one chemical, endosulfan, which is banned in over 80 countries. The researchers also found that 33 percent of the residents were struck with cancer. In other previous German findings, Monsanto’s Roundup was present in all urine samples tested at an amount of 5 to 20-fold the established limit for drinking water, showing how prevalent these chemicals really are.

In retaliation to Monsanto and their highly used chemical creations, Gatica worked to create an international movement against Monsanto with other activists. A few years ago, after co-founding a group called Mothers of Ituzaingó, she and her group initiated the first epidemiological study of the area which found high rates of neurological and respiratory disease, birth defects, infant mortality, and cancer rates more than 40 times the national average. She then continued to find researchers to study the links between pesticides, herbicides, and health problems, while engaging in protests voicing concerns over the issues.

 “We blockaded the spraying machines. We would get into the fields to block them. We carried out protests at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Health Ministry. We took sick people to the ministry,” she said.

Over the course of a few years, mandatory buffer zones between aerial spraying and neighborhoods has been put in place thanks to the activist movement. In addition, Argentina’s Supreme Court decided that agrochemicals could not be sprayed near living areas.

However, while Gatica and other activists successfully created change, the process wasn’t necessarily easy. In fact, there were even direct threats.

“Somebody came inside my house with a weapon. I was told not to ‘screw around with the soybeans.’ I would get phone calls where I’d be told that I would only have two children the next day,” she said. “I had the police investigate this, but I was told that the file was secret,” she added after being questioned as to whether she ever found out who made the personal attacks.

Interestingly enough, previous research found that Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup exhibits direct toxicity to human cells, effectively killing them off even at low doses. The toxicity and negative impact on young children is even greater, and is most detrimental to infants or unborn babies. Although Gatica started alone and was even directly threatened, she rose above these complications and effectively ignited change – she will not be the last.

http://www.occupymonsanto360.org