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Cooking with Non-Stick Pans? You May Want to Read This

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Pans with a non-stick coating are convenient but new research suggests that the chemical used for the coating is extremely toxic and exposure on any level could prove dangerous to brain health, the reproductive system, and immune system.

The Dangers of Non-Stick Coating

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Monsanto lovin’ “Conservation” Cowboys push to kill wild horses

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Debbie Coffey

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“If Callie is so worried about conservation, why didn’t she bust a gut talking about the “degraded resources for all” caused by Monsanto and the other sponsors of the NACD annual meeting?

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When representatives of Conservation Districts with ties to Monsanto attended the last Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting, they not only pushed for the roundup of wild horses & burros, they pushed to have the wild horses & burros sold for slaughter.

Wait a minute, these organizations have the word “conservation” in their titles, don’t they?  So what’s going on? 

Right before the last Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting in Reno, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) had their big annual meeting in Las Vegas.  The NACD meeting was sponsored by Monsanto, Bayer Crop Science, DuPont, Sygenta and Pioneer, the biggest producers of the genetically engineered crops on the planet.

At NACD’s meeting, Monsanto sponsored a radio broadcast on Agritalk and NACD President Gene Schmidt and First Vice President Earl Garber were interviewed.  (So was Rick Cole, Director of Weed Resistance for Monsanto.)

For NACD’s live auction, Monsanto donated four 30-gallon containers of Roundup Power Max.

At the NACD meeting, Callie Hendrickson, appointed by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to represent the general public (is Monsanto the general public?) on the National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board, gave a presentation.  She made unsubstantiated claims regarding wild horses & burros, including the statement that wild horses “degraded resources for all.”

If Callie is so worried about conservation, why didn’t she bust a gut talking about the “degraded resources for all” caused by Monsanto and the other sponsors of the NACD annual meeting?

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In 1995, Monsanto ranked fifth among U.S. corporations in EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory, having discharged 37 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air, land, water and underground.  More

Could Genetically Modified Crops be causing E-Coli Contamination?

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By Barbara H. Peterson

 

Farm Wars

There is long list of  dangers inherent in genetically modifying our food supply, which includes:

  • Cross-species viruses
  • New bacteria
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Reactivation of dormant viruses
  • New, never before seen genes
  • Destruction of the environment

The question is, can we add e-coli contamination to this list?

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Somebody save us! The USDA is partnering with DuPont!

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If the idea of DuPont and the USDA teaming up doesn’t send chills down your spine, I guess not much will.  But here in a nutshell, the global threat to the food supply…..in other words….the industrialization of food production…..is somehow now at risk from new and resistent strains of e-Coli.  Damn! wonder how that happened?  This is where the groundwork for more invasive and pointless regulations will begin.  First you create a crisis…..
 Marti

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DuPont and USDA team up to tackle emerging food safety threat

By Rory Harrington, 04-Aug-2010

A new joint project between DuPont Qualicon and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) aims to develop testing to detect hard-to-identify strains of E.coli that are not regulated and have been causing increasing instances of food contamination.

The US-based company said tests have already been developed for E. coli O157:H7, the type of shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) most frequently associated with global food contamination outbreaks. But the company will partner the USDA after identifying a gap that currently exists in assays to detect other strains. DuPont characterised the non-0157 types as an “emerging threat to the food supply”. More

Introducing Aggie – The Traveling Agrobacterium™

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Aggie is a product of genetic engineering. She is used to insert foreign genes into normal plant cells, which grow into genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for companies such as Monsanto.

This process endangers our food supply and health when these GMOs are allowed to grow in the open field.

This site is dedicated to providing educational material regarding these risks in a simple, easy to understand format. You don’t have to be a molecular biologist to understand the process.

VIEW THE AGGIE TRAILER HERE:

The Adventures of Aggie the Traveling Agrobacterium Trailer

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GMO Aggie

 

Patenting life: crossing the threshold?

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 by: S.D. Fields (c)copyright 2010 All rights reserved

 

“The trucker knew he was a target. Operating on the Interstate to perform a delivery was a risky move because he had no licensing agreement for authority. The dirt roads weren’t efficient enough and  sooner or later he had to surface to cross a major river to access state lines. Always looking in the mirror was tiresome, so maybe driving at night would provide some cover. Who should worry? What he was doing was not against the law, but thousands of snitches were willing to call a hot line to turn him in. He hated driving through St. Louis anyway, it was the home of the Gateway Mafia.

Bureaucrats in Washington had allowed a firm named M-satan Movers to paint the center line with their patented paint. Congress never approved it, but a judge with former employment credentials of M-satan Movers ruled it was legal. This center line provided certain features that M-satan Movers claimed was revolutionary.

The trucking firm only had one rig. M-satan Movers had 50,000.  Since MM had the patent on this new paint they were allowed to pick & choose who got to drive on the hi-way system. Competitors dropped like flies in freezing weather. The injustice of the issue is the fact that all trucking firms were made to help maintain the hi-way infrastructure with their taxes; but many now couldn’t access it without permission from a major competitor. Very expensive licensing agreements were required; exposing all customer records. Fuel tickets & log books also were demanded. Those who chose to sell their soul to M-satan, soon found themselves in trouble because it was impossible to cross the financial threshold & constant demands of MM. When these firms couldn’t make ends meet, M-satan Movers consumed them in a leveraged takeover.

Although this is an analogy, the same level of redundant behavior is occurring in the seed industry.  Monsanto’s Round-up Ready is nothing more than a chemical event piggybacked onto the public’s genetic infrastructure.  The seed is used as a vehicle for delivery.  Since only so much infrastructure, exists, controlling a massive segment gives a fantastic amount of leverage to a single company.”

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How could this happen? There is catastrophic ignorance from our legal system when applying patent law to life. Assuming genetics are stable enough to continue indefinitely is equivalent to assuming a farmer is going to get the same amount of rainfall every year, exactly when they need it.

These genetics are a parallel to our hi-way system.  Layers of publicly funded research and development have expanded the various corridors for the public to access and spur economic growth.  The same taxation without benefit is occurring also.  Public universities are patenting publicly funded research and allowing single seed companies to claim it as their own. More

DOJ Gets Serious About Antitrust, Targeting Dean Foods and Monsanto

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ORIGINAL POST AT BNET  link here.

By Katherine Glover | Jan 27, 2010

Katherine Glover is a Minneapolis-based print, radio and online journalist. She’s written for Salon.com, Sierra Magazine and many others, and she does a weekly blog on immigration issues for MinnPost.

The Department of Justice has formalized its investigation of Monsanto and filed a lawsuit against Dean Foods, confirming rumors that the DOJ would be more vigilant on antitrust issues under the Obama Administration.

The Justice Department seeks to undo Dean’s acquisition of two Wisconsin dairy companies, alleging that the deal was a way to reduce competition and raise prices. This legal action is “highly unusual” according to one dairy analyst; “this is the first bark we’ve heard from the antitrust division on food issues in a very long time.” The Bush Administration did not file a single major anti-monopoly case, according to the Washington Post.

The latest Monsanto investigation is about whether Monsanto will continue to produce its current Roundup Ready soybean seeds after the patent expires in 2014, or whether it will simply swap in a new, upgraded product under a new patent so it can maintain its high prices.

This is not the first time Monsanto has been accused of monopolist tendencies; the company controls an estimated 96 percent of the U.S. soybean crop and 80 percent of its corn crop, and some have compared Monsanto to the Microsoft of earlier decades. READ MORE

 Katherine Glover

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