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With the recent decision to temporarily hold off on GM Salmon production, I thought it might be time again to visit the GM Minutia from around the globe.

Attention Monsanto : You may save the fraction of several hundred thousand dollars paid to Blackwater, now known as Xe, that might be wasted by “monitoring activities”  here at The PPJ Gazette’s. One understands that the corporation is attempting to find the keywords, taglines and tricky phrases used to identify those of us who find the production of GMO’s offensive to nature and mankind – there – saved you a few bucks.

For readers who are curious, apparently Monsanto is concerned enough about “those type of people” (wink, wink) that they have now made counter- ops part of their “generous protection budget””

‘Black also noted that Monsanto was concerned about animal rights activists and that they discussed how Blackwater ‘could have our person(s) actually join [activist] group(s) legally.’ Black wrote that initial payments to Total Intelligence would be paid out of Monsanto’s ‘generous protection budget’ but would eventually become a line item in the company’s annual budget. He estimated the potential payments to Total Intelligence at between $100,000 and $500,000. According to documents, Monsanto paid Total Intelligence $127,000 in 2008 and $105,000 in 2009.”

Our friends over at now report that GM Flax has now been detected in over 35 countries. Whether the contamination was from the 20,000 bushels of FP967 that were supposed to be destroyed or the sample seed packs distributed to farmers in 2000, the world community will never know. Alas – once released to cross contaminate crops, a “recall” is ineffective.

In March the discussion of BASF’s introduction of Amflora (GM Potato) brought controversy to the fore which was quickly forgotten as the efficient European Union bullied backers of “more research before cultivation”:

Manufactured by the German chemical firm BASF, a potato named Amflora became the first GM crop to be authorised for cultivation by the EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, in 12 years Mar. 2.

It is unlikely that the same length of time will elapse before the next such approval is granted by Brussels officials. Files relating to 17 other GM crops – including varieties of maize, oilseed rape and more potatoes – are on those officials’ desk and awaiting a formal rubber-stamp.

One wonders what the ever efficient European Commission will release to the press now that it has come to light BASF “oopsied” and used an  unauthorized GM potato without appropriate testing in Sweden.

Now a new controversy has broken out in the form of an illegal GM potato, which has taken the wind out of the commission’s sails. Early last month, an illegal and untested GM potato was found to have contaminated fields in Sweden. This follows an almost identical case  a few months ago, in which unauthorised GM maize grown on thousands of hectares was destroyed after being grown illegally across Germany.According to the EU Greenpeace, the GM potato was being grown illegally in Sweden for months. Plant Science Sweden, the daughter company of German chemical giant BASF, appears to have mixed up seeds and contaminated fields of the approved GM potato, Amflora, with an unapproved experimental variety, Amadea, which has not been fully tested for environmental and health impacts. The Swedish authorities have since demanded that the fields, planted on June 11, be cleared of Amadea, but are allowing the Amflora plants to remain despite the contamination. They have ordered BASF to account for similar events in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Do we really want egomaniac mega farmers who cannot tell the difference between AMADEA and AMFLORA running these freakish experiments?

Do livestock owners want to carry the onus of possibly passing on the unknown results of Amflora to their end product consumers at market?

Addressed to the EU Commission earlier in 2010 were specific concerns of the possible effect on TB treatments, the highlighted portion below shows the “deep concern” of the new commissioner:

While the potato’s starch is intended for industrial use – such as in glue manufacturing – biotech firms admit that its by-products are likely to be used for animal feed and could therefore enter the human food chain. Policy- makers on public health have warned that planting antibiotic resistant crops could undermine the effectiveness of several medicines deemed vital in treating diseases that affect humans.

The stakes could be particularly high in the case of Amflora, as it is designed to be resistant to neomycine and kanamycine, two drugs used to treat tuberculosis. Across the world 2 billion people are infected with TB, which takes 2 million lives per year. Yet John Dalli, the EU’s new commissioner for public health has defended his authorisation of Amflora. He told the TV channel Euronews that that the likelihood of the potato harming efforts to cut TB deaths is “so remote that the assessment is there is no danger at all to human life.”

Once again –  “recall” is ineffective.

Recent scare tactics by the USDA utilize creative math in their recent article on the detriment of not allowing GM Sugar Beets to “save our sugar” economy:

U.S. sugar production will be cut by about 20% if farmers are banned from planting genetically modified beets next year, according to data prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a court case over whether to continue allowing the practice.

Genetically modified beets have come to account for 95% of the U.S. sugar-beet crop in the five years since they were approved by the Agriculture Department. But in August, a judge threw out the USDA’s initial approval for the use of genetically modified seeds, saying it hadn’t done enough research into the environmental impact. The department says the studies the judge required will take about two years.

Gasp – hey – wait a minute. Didn’t FLOTUS intiate a program to combat Obesity which apparently is a “National Security Threat”? Overconsumption of refined sugar – GMO or otherwise – has been known to contribute to obesity.

However if knowledge is power, well here is a Quartet of  Massachusetts Girl Scouts who are going to rock your world. They’ve created a website to increase awareness of the lack of GMO labeling in the United States and which companies most likely contain GMO products. Nature Valley – sounds so pure and well….”Natural” doesn’t it?

True, there’s a “App for that” over at, but hey – support the concept where ever one finds it.