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When scientist Arpad Pusztai reported that genetically modified (GM) foods caused serious health problems in rats, he was a hero at his prestigious UK institute — for two days. But after two phone calls (apparently) from the Prime Minister’s office, he was fired, gagged, and mercilessly attacked. When UC Berkely professor Ignacio Chapela discovered GM corn contamination in Mexico, he too faced a firestorm of distortion and denial that left him struggling to salvage his career. Find out how the biotech industry “engineers” the truth and what they are trying to hide from you. By Bertram Verhaag, with bonus film: Monster Salmon.

 

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“Why do we continue to throw precaution to the wind?” Dennis Kucinich

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“Today the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to genetically modified organisms, we as consumers have to wait until the damage is done and obvious before we can act to protect health and the environment, even if that damage could be irreversible.”

“Haven’t we learned from the catastrophe in the Gulf of the dangers of technological arrogance, of proceeding ahead with technologies without worrying about the consequences? Why do we continue to throw precaution to the wind?

“Tomorrow I will introduce three bills that will provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all Genetically Engineered (GE) plants, animals, bacteria, and other organisms. To ensure we can maximize benefits and minimize hazards, Congress must provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all GE products. Structured as a common-sense precaution to ensure GE foods do no harm, these bills will ensure that consumers are protected, food safety measures are strengthened, farmers’ rights are better protected and biotech companies are responsible for their products.”

– Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), on June 21, 2010, after the Supreme Court voted 7-1 to allow the experimental planting of genetically modified alfalfa seed before an environmental review is completed.

GM in the public eye in Asia

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Monsanto’s plans to push genetically modified (GM) food crops in Asia ran into a wall on February 9, 2010 when India’s Environment Minister put a moratorium on the introduction of a variety of GM brinjal (eggplant) containing Monsanto’s patented Bt gene. China too has been hesitant to approve GM food crops, notably GM rice. It appears that these Asian governments, both outspoken proponents of GM agriculture, are not only feeling the heat from their people’s strong resistance to GM food crops but are also being forced to think twice about turning their seed supplies over to Monsanto and the other foreign transnational corporations (TNCs) that control the global GM seed market. What they seem to be saying is, “Yes, we want GM seeds, but we want our public institutions to be involved in their development to safeguard the national interest.” It’s a pretty hollow argument, given how “public” research is in bed with corporate interests these days and how removed GM agriculture is from the needs of Asia’s farmers. For Asia’s small farmers is there really any difference between a national GM crop and a transnational one?

A fuzzy line between public and private in China

In his report imposing a moratorium on Bt brinjal, the Indian Environment Minister referred, amongst other things, specifically to India’s lack of a “large-scale publicly funded biotechnology effort in agriculture” that can serve as a countervailing power to Monsanto, and pointed to China’s publicly funded programme in GM, which he says is far ahead of India’s. 1 The moratorium is thus in part intended to give India time to catch up with the TNCs and its neighbour, and the long-term path still points to GMOs. This was not what the local protests against Bt brinjal across India were about. They were against GM crops per se, not simply Monsanto’s version. For the protesters, a strong national biotech programme is not going to shield Indian farmers from corporate profiteering and the other pitfalls of GMOs, as China’s example shows. More

Law would protect farmers by ensuring export markets are considered before GMO approval

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From: Sandra Finely/Canadian Correspondent

Canadians, who seem to do more than complain, just won the first round of the battle to stop the spread of GMO crops!  Go Canada!

Alex Atamanenko, MP
BC Southern Interior-NDP Agriculture critic     APRIL 15, 2010

HISTORIC NDP GMO Bill PASSES CRUCIAL VOTE 

OTTAWA – A private members bill to protect farmers by calling for an analysis of potential harm to export markets prior to approving new genetically engineered seeds has passed second reading in the House of Commons.  Bill C-474, proposed by New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko (BC-Southern Interior), will move to committee for further study.

“Despite intense lobbying efforts by the biotech industry and the Conservative government to nip this bill in the bud, the opposition parties voted instead to protect the economic interests of farmers,” said Atamanenko. “I couldn’t be happier that Parliament has made this historic decision.”

This is the first time a bill to change the rules on GMOs has passed second reading in the House.

Atamanenko believes that the government‘s science-only approach to how GMO’s are regulated is irresponsible because it completely ignores market considerations.

“It was the government’s lax regulatory process that allowed GE Triffid flax to shut out Canadian flax exports from its key markets and hurt farmers,” explained Atamanenko. “For the first time, Parliament has a chance to seriously consider a regulatory mechanism that will ensure farmers are never again faced with rejection in our export markets because we allow the introduction of GE technologies that they have not approved.”

 

Supermarkets’ Bloody Vaccination Campaign Advances Health Care Reform by Lethal Injections

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NEWS  RELEASE            ;                                            Release: No. 201-H1N1-21
Date Mailed: Sept. 26, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Potter 949-444-8837; RobPotter57@gmail.com

Supermarkets’ Bloody Vaccination Campaign Advances Health Care Reform by Lethal Injections 

By Dr. Leonard Horowitz and Sherri Kane

Wondering why food stores and pharmacies have replaced doctors offices and clinics as vaccinationstations? Ask Steve Burd, the wizard behind Obama’s Health Care Reform plan. 

Burd, the Chairman of Safeway Supermarkets (VONS, Pavilions, and more) is also the founder of the Coalition to Advance Healthcare Reform (CAHR) in the US., and Burd has his fingers in more pies than healthcare. His partners genocidal operations are evidenced in shocking documents delivered by these authors to the FBI last week proving Safeway’s vaccinations and health care promotions are dangerously impure and unsafe.   More

HR 2749 and shades of Hitler

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by the Writers Collective and Friends of Farmers

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Cherry growers face ten years in prison and/or $7.5 million in penalties for citing scientific studies.

Why?

Because cherries beat the pants off non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for controlling pain and lowering inflammation.  There would go billions in selling aspirin, tylenol, aleve, and the other NSAIDs, that coincidentally kill well over 16,500 people a year.  

The pharmaceutical companies (along with Monsanto and biotech and agribusiness) are behind HR 2749.  

Cherries, incidentally, don’t kill anyone.

Ending free speech around nutrition occurred during the WWII as well, when Hitler made any passing of nutritional information punishable by death.  Interestingly, some of the very same German pharmaceutical companies that backed Hitler (and produced gas for the gas chambers and killed prisoners with vaccines) and may have benefited from his “punishable by death” ruling against nutritional information, are involved in these bills.  Those companies – Bayer, BASF and Hoescht (Aventis) designed Codex which is hidden inside HR 2749 (there is a lot hidden in that bill) – a massive plan to declare all nutrients toxins and remove them from access, as well as to mandate pesticides (even banned ones), irradiation of all food, GMO approval, and make passing nutritional information, even to friends and family, a crime.  

Meanwhile, in protecting NSAIDs and keeping people from knowledge of cherries, the FDA protects the drug companies so they can keep making money, while routinely killing thousands a year. More

USDA Poised to Approve Widespread, Risky Field Trial of GE Trees

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On Wed, 7/1/09, Center for Food Safety

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The biotechnology firm ArborGen has asked the USDA for permission to conduct 29 field trials of genetically engineered “cold tolerant” eucalyptus trees in the U.S. For the first time in history, this massive experiment, which is on the verge of being green-lighted, will literally be using nature as the laboratory to test more than 260,000 genetically engineered trees. Scientists across the U.S. are voicing concerns over this proposal.

As it did with GE alfalfa, USDA failed to conduct and prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to comprehensively address all the relevant issues related to the proposed eucalyptus field trials. Scientists at Duke University in North Carolina have created pollen models that show tree pollen traveling from a forest in North Carolina for over 1,000 kilometers northward into eastern Canada. A study published in the New Physiologist found pine pollen 600 kilometers from the nearest pines. Scientists researching sterility in trees have admitted that 100 percent guaranteed sterility in GE trees is impossible. This evidence implies that if GE trees are released into the environment, widespread and irreversible contamination of native forests cannot be prevented.

Contamination of natural trees by GE eucalyptus could pose a severe environmental threat. Eucalyptus grow well in warm climates, so engineering them to tolerate cold temperatures removes the only barrier to their unrestricted spread. In some places where eucalyptus have been introduced, they are well known for escaping and colonizing native ecosystems. For example, eucalyptus is listed as an invasive species and a costly plant pest in California. The spread of these plants into the wild through seeds and plant matter is highly likely, and the impacts on native ecosystems from this invader are largely unknown. Additionally, one of the experimental GE tree varieties is a known host for cryptococcus gatti, a fatal fungal pathogen whose spores cause meningitis in people and animals. More

Dr. Margaret Hamburg will head the FDA…..

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We have it on good authority that Ms. Hamburg is not ethically required to abstain from management decisions on the Virginia farm as it is not used for business.  This farm is privately owned for pleasure purposes.  Marti O. 

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Just another brick in the wall.  Although Hamburg and her hubby have had to divest themselves of drug company stocks and even though Ms. Hamburg worked for a medical supply company including the sale of vaccines, they will get to keep the partial ownership of Rockland Farm in Middleburg, Virginia but will abstain from any veterinary medicine or animal health issues and management decisions.  Well, of course they will!

   

May 20, 2009
Margaret Hamburg is new FDA commissioner

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The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, will be the second woman to ever lead FDA. She comes from a background in public health and bioterrorism, and she appears to have the backing of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Despite Hamburg’s lack of experience at the FDA,  the Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination on 18 May. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) endorsed the nomination, and lobbied for a quick confirmation.

This is why everyone is so keen to see her appointed … More

Privatisation and commercialisation of seed–There is a global effort — some call it a master plan

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by Devinder Sharma

Let there be no doubt. There is a global effort — some call it a master plan — (involving not only seed corporations, but also governments, CGIAR and the FAO) to control the entire seed heritage. Privatisation and commercialisation of seed, which means through it controlling the entire food chain, began several decades ago. With governments, CGIAR/World Bank/FAO facilitating the process, the private seed companies are slowly and steadily ensuring that farmers all over the world fall in line. They are left with no choice but to buy seed every cropping season from the agribusiness companies.

The new seeds are not only being genetically modified but are also being genetically programmed. We will talk about the genetic programming of these seeds sometimes later, but first let us look at the ways of the seed mafia.

The WTO provides the legal instruments to make it possible. Strengthening of intellectual proprietary control over seed comes through UPOV and WIPO, both being the public face of the seed industry. These IPRs are being further tightened through the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), bilateral and regional agreements. All these agreements seek IPR-Plus treatments, and developing country governmets are being made to swallow the bitter pill.

The governments are more than willing to facilitate the process. India is a classic example, where the Agriculture Ministry appears to be on a fast track mode to increase the seed relacement ratio. In the next 15-20 years, it wants to replace 50 per cent of the farmers seed with so called ‘improved seeds’ being produced and marketed by the private companies. No wonder, more than 500 seed companies are operating India now. All looking forward to the farmers pocket, keen to take out the last penny from his soiled kurta.

As the article below (excerpted from the book Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey Smith) tells us briefly, an alert civil society and some farming groups worldwide have slowed down the process of takeover of the seed supply — as per the master plan. For the full article, scroll down to the end of this post.

On May 23, 2003, President Bush proposed an Initiative to End Hunger in Africa [1] using genetically modified (GM) foods. He also blamed Europe’s “unfounded, unscientific fears” of these foods for thwarting recovery efforts. Bush was convinced that GM foods held the key to greater yields, expanded U.S. exports, and a better world. His rhetoric was not new. It had been passed down from president to president, and delivered to the American people through regular news reports and industry advertisements.

The message was part of a master plan that had been crafted by corporations determined to control the world’s food supply. This was made clear at a biotech industry conference in January 1999, where a representative from Arthur Anderson Consulting Group explained how his company had helped Monsanto create that plan.

First, they asked Monsanto what their ideal future looked like in fifteen to twenty years. Monsanto executives described a world with 100 percent of all commercial seeds genetically modified and patented. Anderson Consulting then worked backwards from that goal, and developed the strategy and tactics to achieve it. They presented Monsanto with the steps and procedures needed to obtain a place of industry dominance in a world in which natural seeds were virtually extinct.

Integral to the plan was Monsanto’s influence in government, whose role was to promote the technology worldwide and to help get the foods into the marketplace quickly, before resistance could get in the way. A biotech consultant later said, “The hope of the industry is that over time, the market is so flooded that there’s nothing you can do about it. You just sort of surrender.” [2]

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The anticipated pace of conquest was revealed by a conference speaker from another biotech company. He showed graphs projecting the year-by-year decrease of natural seeds, estimating that in five years, about 95 percent of all seeds would be genetically modified.

While some audience members were appalled at what they judged to be an arrogant and dangerous disrespect for nature, to the industry this was good business. Their attitude was illustrated in an excerpt from one of Monsanto’s advertisements: “So you see, there really isn’t much difference between foods made by Mother Nature and those made by man. What’s artificial is the line drawn between them.” [3]

To implement their strategy, the biotech companies needed to control the seeds-so they went on a buying spree, taking possession of about 23 percent of the world’s seed companies. Monsanto did achieve the dominant position, capturing 91 percent of the GM food market. [4] But the industry has not met their projections of converting the natural seed supply. Citizens around the world, who do not share the industry’s conviction that these foods are safe or better, have not “just sort of surrendered.”

Widespread resistance to GM food has resulted in a global showdown. U.S. exports of genetically modified corn and soy are down, and hungry African nations won’t even accept the crops as food aid. Monsanto is faltering financially and is desperate to open new markets. The U.S. government is convinced that EU resistance is the primary obstacle and is determined to change that. On May 13, 2003, the U.S. filed a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization (WTO), charging that the European Union’s restrictive policy on GM food violates international agreements.

On the day the WTO suit was filed, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick declared, “Overwhelming scientific research shows that biotech foods are safe and healthy.” [5] This has been industry’s chant from the start. It is the key assumption at the basis of their master plan, the WTO challenge, and the president’s campaign to end hunger. It is also, however, untrue.
The following chapters reveal that it was industry influence, not sound science, which allowed these foods onto the market. Moreover, if overwhelming scientific research suggests anything, it is that the foods should never have been approved.

References:

[1] See the White House press release on this available here. The comments mentioned are about two-thirds of the way down the web page.
[2] Stuart Laidlaw, “StarLink Fallout Could Cost Billions,” The Toronto Star, Jan. 9, 2001. Article can be purchased in the Toronto Star archives available here, or find a free copy by clicking here.
[3] Robert Cohen, Milk, The Deadly Poison, Argus Publishing, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1998, p. 133
[4] See www.foodfirst.org/media/news/2003/butterfliesvsusda.html
[5] See www.ustrade-wto.gov/03052102.html

(See the full article at: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Seeds-of-Deception-10-pg-by-Rady-Ananda-090322-919.html)


Posted By Devinder Sharma to Ground Reality at 3/24/2009 08:34:00 AM

Vilsack will continue the assalt on independent farms and ranches

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The high standards of food production and quality are coming to end in the U.S..  The last eight years have seen the multi-national corporations overtaking small and independent producers, eradicating small farms and ranches.  The USDA and FDA have been willing accomplices in this contamination of our food production and supply and both now routinely forcibly break onto privately owned properties and seize personal possession without warrant or authority in an effort to frighten small producers out of business.    

Congress turns a blind eye and a deaf ear to the plight of small producers who cannot donate millions of dollars in campaign funds and panders to the corrupt corporations whose goals include the complete overrun of food production and processing.

“Any hopes I may have had for Obama saving the day began to fade when Tom   Vilsak, the former governor of Iowa and known Monsanto yes-man and promoter was named to the position of Secretary of Agriculture.  Any hope farmers and ranchers may have had that the new administration would end the nightmare of Frankenfood corporations contaminating the food supply with their toxic creations ended there.  Vilsak will at no time work to protect independent producers.  His record on this is clear.

Iowans also remember the rides on Monsanto’s corporate jet that Vilsack – the Biotech “Governor of the Year” – enjoyed during his time in office. He repayed Monsanto by working with the Republican floor manager in the House, promising to do everything he could to get a seed bill to pass. This bill took away county power to regulate GMOs within county borders.” http://www.opednews.com/articles/Ag-Secretary-Announced-To-by-Jill-Hamilton-and-081216-596.html

73% of all grains now grown in the U.S. are genetically modified and not fit for human consumption.  Although massive efforts have been expended to squelch any scientific reports linking gmo to organ damage or diseases such as Morgellen’s, word is getting out.  The effects of transgenic organisms, genetically altered seeds which require chemical applications to grow, the contaminating of ground water and lands from pesticides, herbicides and unnatural crops will become more apparent as time goes on.

Many of us are concerned about what we are eating and what’s in it.  Is it natural; where did it come from? 

With the reduction in food processing and production standards located in CAFTA and NAFTA agreements, food products are entering our food supply from countries who maintain only minimal standards as laid out in these agreements.  Rather than establishing high standards for food safety, NAFTA/CAFTA reduced the standards to more easily accommodate multi-national corporations and to remove any legal obstacles such as state, local and federal laws.

In self defense we must return to growing our own produce, free from chemicals and pesticides and other deadly poisons used to grow commercial crops which are so detrimental to our health.  We need to act quickly, as Monsanto is already mounting attacks on seed cleaners or those who save seeds from one year’s crop to use for the next.  Heirloom and heritage seeds will soon become outlawed as Monsanto and others attempt to totally control our access to food. 

Of course the Artic Seed Vault….containing only organic and natural seeds from hundreds of thousands of varieties of plants will be maintained at all costs.  This just begs the questions that if gmo is substantially no different than natural seed, and if it is in fact far better…..why would the Bill Gates of the world be maintaining the seed vault with nothing but natural seed in it?

I am beginning to compile a list of seed exchanges and savers.  Below are just a few of the services offered across the country.  I would advise getting your seeds now before they are outlawed.  These sights many times offer advice on how to clean and store your own seeds for future crops, how to grow without chemicals and pesticides and how to harvest and store your produce. 

Gardening is not only enjoyable and satisfying, it may also be the thing that saves your life.

Marti

 

Heirloom Seeds for non-hybrid vegetable, flower and herb seeds
P.O. Box 245
W. Elizabeth, PA 15088-0245
Phone: 412-384-0852
www.heirloomseeds.com

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization of gardeners who save and share heirloom seed. Learn more about us and our mission – visit www.seedsavers.org  for more info.

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Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

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