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June 20, 2014

GMO news Summary, June 20th 2014

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*Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh will appeal the biased, fraudulent ruling against him in his GMO contamination lawsuit. The court refused to deal with the case as a simple trespassing and property destruction case, but instead chose to turn its decision into a long op-ed piece on how organic certification rules are too strict. In other words, the court engaged in judicial activist corporatism in asserting that GMO aggression is normative while organic and non-GM agriculture have no right to exist at all.
 
*The latest study on Roundup confirms its nature as a severe endocrine disruptor and finds that it causes abnormal sperm development at concentrations commonly found in agriculture.
 
*Soybean cultivation is becoming ever more difficult in Latin America as herbicide resistant superweeds overwhelm fields populated by Roundup Ready soybeans. The author of the piece, a former DuPont agronomist, admits that this is the direct result of a system totally dependent on massive applications of glyphosate.
 
What’s more, as we’re hearing more and more often, there are no new herbicides in the industry pipeline, no new modes of action. The poisoner side of the herbicide/weed arms race looks set to stall out soon, and there will be nothing left but ever more massive and frequent dousing of glyphosate, glufosinate, 2,4-D, dicamba, and a few other extremely toxic poisons to get even the most modest result. The weeds look set to totally rout industrial ag wherever GMOs predominated within the next decade.
 
Herbicide tolerance is a failed product genre and should be discontinued immediately. Everyone who’s even minimally informed about agriculture knows this, and no one still supports HT GMOs on any basis other than the sociopathic ones of profit and control at all costs.
 
*Reports out of Kyrgyzstan say it has become the first country to ban all cultivation and importation of GMOs. This is an important move for one of the world’s most important centers of agricultural genetic origin. Previously Bhutan announced a similar move toward preserving a 100% “organic” agriculture, a superfluous term in the case of a farming country so far never ravaged by poison-based agriculture. (“Organic” as we know it in the West is first of all a reform term and concept, though it could be transformed into an assertive revolutionary program.)
 
The pieces I read didn’t say whether these countries plan to attempt agricultural quasi-autarchy on a traditional/agroecological basis, or whether they plan to participate in global agriculture on a strictly organic basis. Some combination plan, the latter as part of working toward the former, could work for many regions.
 
*Should the boycott of the corporate organic brands of GMA members include Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s? After contributing money to the GMA war chest in California in 2012, Unilever sat out of 2013’s Washington battle. But it’s still a GMA member. Meanwhile Ben & Jerry’s, unlike many other corporate “organic” brands, has been very active in labeling campaigns in Vermont, Washington, and Connecticut. I think that last point is most important. Actions are always the most important thing. Meanwhile the brands who do nothing to help the people but then whine that they’re being treated unfairly are really being treated exactly as their actions, or lack thereof, warrant.
 
*The GMO cartel’s Biotechnology Industry Organization along with some of its Hawaiian contractors is suing the county of Hawaii (the big island) over the GMO cultivation ban it passed in 2013. (The ban exempts GM papaya and would have little immediate practical effect.) This joins the lawsuit the poisoners filed in Kauai against the modest spraying reforms that island passed, also in 2013.
 
This comes a few days after the people of Maui gathered enough signatures to put a GMO cultivation moratorium on the ballot for 2014.
 
*Communities are starting to fight back against the standard tactic of corporations and central governments of filing SLAPP suits against community rights ordinances and other democracy measures the people enshrine at lower levels of government. The residents of Lafayette Colorado are filing their own class action suit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the state itself for its pre-emption law. The CELDF provides strategic advice and legal representation in these cases.
 
If only Hawaii, Vermont, and other states had the backbone to legally counterattack in this way.
 
The CELDF doesn’t expect this war ultimately to be won in the courts. The goal is for the actions of passing the ordinances, fighting the court fights, and spreading the ideas underlying them to galvanize people into building a true community sovereignty movement. The goal is for this movement to build the strength and will to assert itself politically and economically on whatever extralegal basis is necessary, and in that way eventually force “the law” to move to where the people demand it be.
 
In the end, this is the only way any freedom or democracy movement has ever won any enduring victory, and it will be the only way every freedom and democracy movement of today, including GMO abolitionism, shall win. The strategy of the community rights movement is just one version of this.

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20 Comments

  1. Looks like you figured out society, Russ. Industrial crop production will be replaced by dubious agro-ecology practices. Energy production and distribution will be handled by windmills, geothermal and solar heating (but not power!), even though they have the lowest ROIs and energy efficiency rates in the industry, and don’t look like viable alternatives for industrial society in the future. Capitalism will be replaced by socialist co-operatives and time-banks–even though the latter misunderstands at a basic level the nature of mutual obligations and the function of money. Lastly of course, no GMOs! Everyone will simply request “favors” from timebanks, cook their natural “agro-eco”-sourced meals on solar-heated pans, and read anarchist zines. This is your future society, Russ. And it’s so pitiful.

    You keep rambling on about how the FDA doesn’t perform testing of GMOs, even though a sub-agency of the FDA does that, and often times testing is actually contracted to third parties. The FDA itself has no mandate to perform testing of GMOs.

    Your conspiracy theories have been refuted so many times! There’s no master plan by capitalists to condition us for transition to a neo-feudal society. You’re just cherry-picking unrelated and unsubstantiated facts to fit your anti-West, anti-GMO narrative.

    Your asinine comments that GMOs are illegitimate because they were introduced through a “policy decision”. Buddy, the internet is also the result of a policy decision. Should you therefore stop using the Internet, even though you love hogging bandwith so you can keep posting frivolous comments to your asinine blog?

    Public opposition to GMOs means nothing. The public is often misinformed and ignorant; why on Earth would you base policy decisions on public opinion?

    You keep spewing disproven factoids about suicidal Indian farmers, non-existent GMO toxins, and who knows what else. You’re not doing anyone a favor by scare-mongering around GMOs.

    Do us all a favor and take down your pathetic blog. Go outside, breathe some fresh air.

    Comment by Laf — June 21, 2014 @ 1:48 am

    • Thanks for the endorsement of the site. Sometimes I do indeed wonder if it’s worth it, but when you trolls feel the need to come around with your lies, it gives me a renewed sense of purpose.

      As always, you can do nothing but repeat the same endlessly disproven lies. It’s emblematic of your desperation and bankruptcy that you’re reduced to direct bald-faced lies like the one about the FDA having anything to do with any testing. No safety tests have ever taken place at all, EVER, under ANY government requirement or supervision. Not one. You’re simply making up lies out of thin air. The FDA set the pace for this complete government embargo on safety tests, and you know the reason why – because the US government and Monsanto both live in fear of what full-length safety studies would find. The Seralini study and the handful of other legitimate independent studies are just the tip of the iceberg.

      If GMOs and their companion poisons are likely to be safe for human health, why don’t Monsanto and the FDA want them tested? Why doesn’t Monsanto spend the relative pennies it would cost them to redo the Seralini and Pusztai studies? And why do you feel such a desperate need to lie?

      Public opposition to GMOs means nothing.

      I do appreciate your honesty in openly acknowledging your contempt for democracy. Why do you think Monsanto and most of your troll colleagues feel the need to tell the opposite lie, that GMOs and poison-based agriculture are good for people? Why aren’t they as honest as you on this point, that GMOs do not and cannot benefit anyone but a handful of gangsters, and were never intended to benefit anyone but these big corporations?

      Go outside, breathe some fresh air.

      Unless you admit to being a paid troll, someone whose paycheck is linked to corporate ag, I’ll have to say that I think you especially should take that advice. After all, Monsanto’s been winning across the board, is the toast of world capitalism, the darling of government and media, and has billions to spend on propagating its lies. It certainly doesn’t need amateur help.

      Given that fact, I can’t imagine what would be more pathetic than an unpaid troll. If you were doing it “idealistically”, you’d be a disgrace to your own capitalism. But if you’re not being paid, I think it’s more likely you’d like to be and are simply such a loser that you can’t even get that kind of work. It’s pretty sad, since when we look at the extremely low quality of paid liars like Lynas or Ronald, it’s clear what a low bar there is for becoming such a professional hack. Anyone who tries to become that and fails must really be at the bottom of the barrel.

      Comment by Russ — June 21, 2014 @ 3:24 am

      • I wouldn’t be surprised if you were paid by the organic industry to defend their vested interests in their own capitalistic pursuits. Every single one of your major talking points on GMOs has been debunked–I, and other scientifically-minded skeptics like myself, simply won’t stand for it.

        But I suppose if someone posts facts contrary to your world view, it counts as trolling. I only spent about five minutes writing that post. I certainly wouldn’t dedicate my time to hanging around this pseudo-scientific excuse of a blog. Oh, and of course, instead of addressing the substance of my argument, you level several personal attacks.

        Whatever. Suit yourself.

        This is the last post you’ll see from me here.

        Good bye.

        Comment by Laf — June 22, 2014 @ 10:15 am

      • In case you already forgot, you didn’t even try to argue anything, let alone “debunk” anything. You merely came, spewed some general nonsense, and told one bald-faced lie. Yes, I can see why you can’t get work doing this. You’re the most half-assed troll I’ve had so far, which is saying alot.

        BTW, this site is one of the very few pro-science sites on the internet.

        Good riddance, liar.

        Comment by Russ — June 22, 2014 @ 10:21 am

      • I, and other anti-scientifically-minded skeptics [of what, one wonders] like myself, simply won’t stand for it.

        The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.

        Comment by Russ — June 22, 2014 @ 10:24 am

      • I didn’t debunk anything?

        “You keep rambling on about how the FDA doesn’t perform testing of GMOs, even though a sub-agency of the FDA does that, and often times testing is actually contracted to third parties. The FDA itself has no mandate to perform testing of GMOs.”

        Is that not an utter refutation of the lies you spewed?

        So in addition to failing basic logic, we can also add illiteracy to your problems you have difficulty overcoming.

        Comment by Laf — June 22, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

      • Your laughable comments about science too. You’ve proven that you have little to no understanding of science, nor how institutions work. So I don’t take your comments about being “pro-science” seriously, since for all we know, you also think that UFOs, astrology, and Bigfoot are “scientific” subjects.

        97% of scientists agree that anthropogenic global warming is real. This isn’t my personal phrasing; this is taken from media reports and advocacy websites themselves. Think of how massive the oil industry is. ExxonMobil, Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron, etc. are multi-billion dollar corporations with vested interests in fossil fuels proven to harm to the environment, unlike GMOs. If even Big Oil can’t change the scientific consensus on GW, what are your grounds for claiming “biotech cartels” influence the consensus on GMOs? The “independent” Seralini study was thoroughly debunked. Stop citing it as proof of your crazy conspiracy theories. And you’re sorely mistaken if you think “independent” studies mean anything.

        I had to reply once more, because you posted an additional ignorant comment.

        Good. Bye. You won’t see me ’round these parts again.

        Comment by Laf — June 22, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

      • Troll, you came back! Saying the FDA doesn’t test GMOs isn’t a refutation. If you’re going to make an argument, it’s best to take an opposing point of view. From the FDA’s own website…”FDA encourages developers of GE plants to consult with the agency before marketing their products. Although the consultation is voluntary, Keefe says developers find it helpful in determining the steps necessary to ensure that food products made from their plants are safe and otherwise lawful….The developer produces a safety assessment…”

        So now you’ve thrown a dart and drawn a circle around it claiming to hit a bullseye. What is your point? That the FDA’s basic policy (“encouragement”) is to allow the industry to do whatever it feels necessary as long as they make a super special promise that everything is okee dokee safe?

        Please read…”Contrary to many people’s belief, the FDA does not have a mandatory GM food safety assessment process and has never approved a GM food as safe. It does not carry out or commission safety tests on GM foods.

        Instead, the FDA operates a voluntary programme for pre-market review of GM foods. All GM food crops commercialized to date have gone through this review process, but there is no legal requirement for them to do so. Companies that develop GM crops are allowed to put any GMO (genetically modified organism) on the market that they wish without even notifying the FDA, though they can be held liable for any harm to consumers that results from it.

        In the USA and all other countries worldwide, GM crops are tested for safety by the same GM seed companies that stand to profit from selling the seed and accompanying chemicals. Generally neither the FDA nor any regulatory agency worldwide does its own independent testing of GM crops.

        The outcome of the FDA’s voluntary assessment is not a conclusion, underwritten by the FDA, that the GMO is safe. Instead it consists of the FDA sending the company a letter stating that the company is responsible for placing only safe foods in the market and that if a product is found to be unsafe, the company may be liable. [16]

        Clearly, this process does not guarantee – or even attempt to investigate – the safety of GM foods. It does not protect the public, though it may protect the FDA from legal liability in the event that harm is caused by a GM food.”

        http://www.gmoseralini.org/fda/

        Comment by Pete — June 22, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

      • Methinks you are trying to build a very large man built of straw. Climate scientists aren’t trying to push a useless poison onto the public. A better example for similarly corrupted science would be the pharmaceutical industry…or perhaps you can leaf through some of the old manipulated scientific literature put forth by the tobacco industry. Cigarettes are good for you don’t you know. It’s “science”- another word you keep using, but don’t seem to understand.

        Russ, I missed your posts about bigfoot flying UFOs. Do you have those archived somewhere?

        I guess we better stop giving this 7th grader more excuses to stay locked up in mommy’s basement. Let’s make this last good bye stick shall we?

        Comment by Pete — June 22, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      • My laughable moron laf, that’s the bald-faced lie you told. Well, who knows, perhaps you’re so stupid you actually believe it.

        In the world of reality rather than your hack fantasy, it was the FDA in 1992 which promulgated the fundamentalist lie of how GMOs were “substantially equivalent” to real crops and therefore did not require any safety testing whatsoever. The FDA has since proselytized for this anti-science policy around the world.

        What’s more, the FDA, by its own preference, has ZERO oversight of anything having to do with GM crops. A corporation doesn’t even have to notify the FDA about a commercialization. But if it chooses, the corporation sends a letter saying “we believe this product is safe”. The FDA replies, “we understand you believe this product is safe”. And that’s the whole thing.

        While I know you find me alluring, please keep your promise to go away. You’re boring as well as stupid.

        Comment by Russ — June 22, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      • You also seem to be incapable of structural analysis, and of course are a total ignoramus about history.

        1. Climatology hasn’t been anywhere near as aggressively corporatized as plant technicians have been going back to the 1970s. By now the entire university system and public breeding sector has long since been completely conquered by corporate funding and has completely assimilated the corporate commodification culture. Only a minority of dissenters even question Monsanto’s prerogative and domination, let alone flout it in any way.

        2. Not that it matters so much in light of (1), but there are even more powerful corporate sectors than Big Oil which want to profit off concern about climate change. Wall Street has long wanted to blow up a carbon offset bubble.

        And our very own Monsanto plays the climate change game as well, lobbying for its “chemical no-till” scam to be incorporated in the Millennium Development Goals and other climate frameworks. Lots of corporate welfare for the grabbing there.

        So there’s why your analogy is wrong. How do you get to be so wrong about everything?

        As for Seralini, I have plenty of posts up about him. Of course you could never engage with any of them because you’re as ignorant about that as you are about everything else.

        Do you have any “opinions” at all which you didn’t get off a corporate propaganda crackerjack box? You’re a pure jackass.

        For the record, I wrote these responses for the benefit of the readers, not to try to convince the likes of you. Given your combination of abject conformity and mental deficiency, you sound beyond help.

        Comment by Russ — June 22, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

      • Pete, the bigfoot posts got lost in a server accident, but maybe our troll has a screen capture.

        I agree, we can be done with him. Hopefully he’ll do what I said and get some fresh air. He sure needs it.

        Speaking of which, how’s the season going? Can you post your link again because I’m afraid I don’t remember where you posted it earlier.

        Comment by Russ — June 22, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

      • Your responses have been a reader’s delight, I assure you.

        Here is the link to the site. http://www.honeywoodfarms.com … probably not much in the way of updates since you last saw it. We are going to be adding a newsletter (want to be my editor? Ha, I kid) and some bios soon. We do have a multitude of new photos posted up on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/honeywoodfarms.GA?ref_type=bookmark

        The season is going great, thanks. We added another couple acres of market garden field following cover crops this year so that is keeping us quite busy as there are only 4 of us working full-time. The spring vegetables were looking pretty damn beautiful if I do say so myself. The project is in constant evolution. We are still trying to sort through what the direction of the farm will be, what our goals are, and what size/scale will work for us with all the different components. Lots of trial and error. We are currently bringing produce and meats to three different local area farmers markets and run a small CSA- with a farm store to be opened up on site this summer.

        The experience has been a serious education. I’m not sure if I should feel proud of how much I’ve learned or stressed about how much I still don’t know. Anyway, it’s been great and I am loving it, especially this time of year. Personally, the life change definitely feels solution-based which is rewarding. Thanks for asking.

        Comment by Pete — June 22, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

      • Sounds great. Everything at the FB page looks great, except for your bad news. It took me a moment to remember you’re in Georgia so of course all your stuff is further along than here in NJ.

        This year I’m doing my first experiments with plant breeding, starting with sweet corn and butternut squash, mostly to learn some of the techniques. I’m still trying to brainstorm the whole thing – what kind of alternative breeding and seed production and distribution network do we need to go along with the retail ag sector, what kind of breeding work is most needed by retail ag and organic farmers, etc. I’ve asked a few small direct retail farmers, and I’ll ask you – do you have any thoughts on what kind of crop varieties the sector needs, and how can an alternative seed sector be put on an economically viable basis?

        I know what you mean about the stage where the more you learn, the more you realize how much you don’t yet know. That’s where I am too with farming. Although it’s daunting at times, I mostly feel better and stronger the more I learn. Especially since, unless one’s a corporate/scientistic ideologue, one learns the Socratic lesson that no one will ever know much relative to what he doesn’t know, and that human knowledge will always be a cooperative group effort. I just try to learn my best where it comes to the things I do.

        Comment by Russ — June 23, 2014 @ 3:41 am

      • Hi Russ, you must be an insomniac based on the timing of your comments… 🙂

        We have not done any breeding yet and thus far have relied on “Johnny’s” for seeds. I’ll run your questions by the brains of the operation and see if he has any feedback- I’m still a little wet behind the ears. We just aren’t that far along yet as we are still trying to figure out a good crop rotation schedule and composting. The rotation of the livestock keeps us on the hustle too. I like what you’re thinking about though.

        Comment by Pete — June 23, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

      • I got most of my seeds from Johnny’s this year. I guess you find their seeds do well in Georgia? I don’t know where most of their seeds come from geographically, whether those are mostly also from New England, though I’d think what they actually grow themselves in Maine wouldn’t be as well suited.

        I think that by its nature a seed sector based on organic and direct retail ag, and based on and geared to agroecological practices, needs to be far more of a farmer-participatory venture than the corporate sector, which is determined to force the high-external-input monoculture commodification model on all of agriculture.

        It’ll also require lots of ju-jitsu and evasion, operating where the corporate sector is weak and using those niches as bases to expand.

        I guess the main question to start with is whether the necessary expertise and resources can be organized on a participatory basis, the same way direct retail agriculture itself is, or whether it necessarily will have to mean a reinvigorated public sector breeding program, the way writers like Kloppenburg tend to assume.

        I need to do more research on what organizations like Navdanya in India do about this. I know they organize and distribute specially adapted open pollinated seeds, but I don’t know much yet about how they breed and maintain the lines, other than that the original germplasm mostly comes from a handful of dedicated collectors, at least for rice. Of course India’s socioeconomic layout is very different from that of America where we’re trying to figure out a plan toward a similar goal.

        Comment by Russ — June 24, 2014 @ 1:53 am

    • Substance-free flaming… it’s a good gig if you can get it. I wouldn’t go trying out for captain of the debate team though. I’m still trying to figure out what a “dubious agro-ecology practice” is. Is that like trying to restore soil health and biodiverse ecosystems to the earth instead of strip-mining the planet and slow-drip poisoning the entire place through industrial agriculture practices? I think you might be confused about what the word dubious means.

      You also may want to look up the word “theory”. If you hitch it on to the back of the word “Conspiracy”, it lead the reader to believe the conspiring is just pure speculation. In fact, everyone knows that the biotech cartel and the store bought govt. agencies, academia, “science” journals, and politicians (who revolve in and out the door) conspire daily to force the unwanted poisons onto the rest of the world. This is all out in the open. You can read about it just about anywhere in the world, even in corporate-owned newspapers. Do you need a remedial lesson on how all this works?

      I suspect I’m wasting my time with you as you are likely paid to think like a sociopath… or you already met those requirements during your job application process. The rest of us will go on working to ensure there will be future clean air to breathe for the rest of you free-loaders.

      Comment by Pete — June 21, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

      • Idiots like him seem to think there’s two sets of air, and that the air he and his people breathe is separate from the one they poison. We who recognize the opposite have to consider that we, along with the rest of humanity, are currently the subjects of a murder attempt. What are we going to do about it?

        Comment by Russ — June 22, 2014 @ 1:32 am

      • I think he’s new to the job. It takes a while to get one’s trolling sea legs under them. To his credit, he is using all the proper cultist terminology protocol… “skeptic, debunk, pseudo-science, etc.”, and making false equivalences like comparing totally uninvited corporate chemical foods to the internet. And of course, if he says you’re wrong about everything (I’m guessing this was the “substance”?), we’ll just have to take his word for it. The key to successful trolling is repetition and volume. You don’t actually have to bring any substantive arguments, you just need to call everyone crazy and stupid over and over… it’s pure genius.

        Here’s another dead give away. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you were paid by the organic industry to defend their vested interests in their own capitalistic pursuits.”

        1) Yes you would.
        2) Flippy McTroll wants to plant the seed that all opposition to the poison cartel must have some similar (but different) evil agenda…. another flimsy attempt at leveling the playing field.

        I did figure out what he is a ‘skeptic’ of though. It’s called evolution.

        Comment by Pete — June 22, 2014 @ 10:58 am

      • That’s one of the most bizarre things about them, given their hysterical blathering about “science”. They truly are evolution deniers in that in order to believe GMOs can work you’d need to deny that weeds and pests will continue to evolve resistance at an accelerating rate and completely rout the only two kinds of GMOs which will ever effectively exist.

        https://attempter.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/rootworms-and-gmos/

        Unfortunately, this rout probably won’t be complete before these criminals against humanity, with support from scum like Laf, will have irretrievably poisoned vast swaths of arable land and permanently destroyed much of our ever-diminishing soil, condemning humanity to a bleak future.

        That’s why I’m writing, to try to stop this infinite evil before it’s too late.

        Comment by Russ — June 22, 2014 @ 2:54 pm


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