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February 20, 2015

GMO News Summary February 20th, 2015

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*Continuing our exposure of the fact that GMOs are a technology for the rich and a disaster for small farmers, a new study out of South Africa finds that Bt maize performs poorly for small farmers because it requires an immense apparatus of expensive irrigation, fertilizer, pesticide, and other inputs, which small farmers cannot afford. This is in addition to the greatly more expensive price of the seeds. Meanwhile the study found that non-GM hybrids as well as open-pollinated varieties performed better for small farmers.
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I’ve written before about the harrowing experience of South Africa’s small farmers with MON810. Today the multiple Bt toxins of its “stacked” successor MON89034 are also failing.
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*Food Sovereignty Ghana is suing the country’s agriculture ministry and Biosafety Committee trying to prevent them from approving the commercial release of GM cowpeas and rice in violation of Ghana’s Biosafety Act. Ghana does not yet have a National Biosafety Authority in place as required by the law, nor has it elicited public consultation, nor has it preformed any safety tests. Technicians and bureaucrats systematically lie, saying the field trials and imminent commercial release are being done in accordance with the law. Ghana’s is one of the corrupt governments which have signed up for the Monsanto-led G8 “New Alliance” agricultural colonization plan. Professional liars funded by Monsanto, Syngenta, and the Gates Foundation are attacking the advocates of Food Sovereignty.
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*In spite of overwhelming public and apple trade group opposition (“public comment” is a pointless farce in terms of actually having any effect on policy; at best it provides a measure of public opinion, as a form of poll, which we can use in our political presentation) the USDA has approved the GM “Arctic Apple”. It’s a worthless and dangerous product, engineered so that apple slices will brown more slowly. So its only purpose is to make old or even rotting apples look fresh.
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It’s supposed to look fresh while it rots. What shall we call it – something like, “the non-browning rotting apple”, but more pithy. People are calling it the “botox apple”. It was engineered using the hazardous RNA interference (RNAi) technique which even the USDA’S own scientists say needs further study before being allowed in commercialized food products. Like other GMOs including direct foods like this apple, it won’t have to be labeled. Want to feed your children a direct-to-food poison plant which may be rotten, because it’s supposed to brown a little more slowly than real apples? Surely there must be a way to organize a permanent boycott dedicated to bankrupting and destroying this company once and for all, along with any orchard which grows this poison apple. Okanagan Specialty Fruits isn’t Monsanto, after all. (Also, don’t let the name mislead you. This isn’t any kind of pre-existing fruit company, but a biotech startup dependent on this product for its investment/buyout future. It has no fruit varieties of its own, but pirates public domain varieties which it then “engineers”.) As a start, the CFS is collecting signatures for a letter to be sent to food manufacturers, fast food chains, and supermarkets, urging them to reject this disgusting and worthless product.
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As is invariably true in cases of the hot new GMO, there already exists a non-GM variety which does the same thing (and which is also superior in terms of texture, taste, and storability). So even if “non-browning” apples were worth having, we wouldn’t need GMOs and corporate patents and taxes to have them.
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*More news on the projected “Factor GMO” long-term toxicity study on a GMO and affiliated pesticide (these unnamed as yet). If the study is performed as advertised, it should be a worthy contribution. But I’d recommend withholding judgement until the whole thing plays out. Some people got prematurely excited when the French regulatory agency ANSES and the European Food Safety Authority announced they’d sponsor legitimate full-length studies, and had to suffer disillusionment.
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*Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh will have his appeal heard in March. Marsh sued a neighboring contract farm after GM canola material blew over onto his farm, contaminating it and causing him to lose his organic certification. The trial court acknowledged that it’s impossible to prevent such contamination and “co-existence” is impossible, but ruled against Marsh anyway on the grounds that wherever the GMO fist swings, it’s up to others to get their faces out of the way or else take the punch. This is standard government policy. That demonstrates how co-existence is not only physically impossible but politically impossible. GMOs and their hominid propagators seek total domination in both ways. They will never allow a compromise. We can only abolish them completely or surrender unconditionally.
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*Argentina is the world’s third largest producer of GMOs, after the US and Brazil. India is a distant fourth. The country’s alleged biosafety regulator Conabia was recently selected by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to serve it as a “reference center” giving the UN advice on GMOs. Since Conabia has always maintained draconian secrecy regarding its corporate ties and the procedure through which it has approved over thirty GMOs starting with Roundup Ready soy in 1996, common sense would peg it as a bad bet to provide advice which would have the good of humanity and the earth in mind, as opposed to the power and profit prerogatives of the GMO cartel. Now investigative journalist Dario Ananda has published a report exposing the extent of the secret corruption. Conabia openly includes direct corporate representatives, but also has a staff of alleged “independent researchers.” Ananda found that 27 of the 47 so-called “independent” personnel were actually employees of or otherwise had ties with an array of corporations, industry trade groups, and front groups. These include Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, Bayer, the ILSI (International Life Sciences Institute, which specializes in formulating bogus regulatory schemes and then peddling them to regulatory bodies; the FAO, WHO, and EFSA have a long history of affinity with the ILSI), sugar commodifier Ledesma, Aacrea (an agribiz trade group), several smaller biotech and sugarcane ethanol companies and trade groups, and an astroturf “environmental” group.
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Here’s a great line I wish I would’ve thought of, from the environmental group ProEco, talking about a government official who aggressively touts sugarcane ethanol, the growers of which brutally drive peasants and indigenous tribes off their land to clear the way for the plantations – “He found a way to genetically engineer human rights”. That is indeed how the scienticians, technocrats, and elitists in general view freedom and democracy, as something to be abolished in reality while the synthetic propaganda simulacrum replaces them.
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*GMO Free USA sent samples of Frito-Lay SunChips for laboratory analysis. One test found that 100% of the corn used was GMO. There were DNA sequences from both Bt-expressing and the Roundup Ready transgenes. The other test detected glyphosate residues in a concentration of .14 parts per million, or .14mg/kg. Although this is a low level and far below the bogus tolerance levels set by the likes of the EPA, glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disruptors are known to often be more toxic in small doses than in large ones, so this residue level is dangerous. (This debunks the junk science “dose-response” dogma commonly adhered to by corporate-friendly regulators.) It’s also proven, contrary to industry lies, that glyphosate bioaccumulates in the body. So even small doses can contribute to glyphosate’s role in causing reproductive damage, birth defects, cancer, DNA damage, neurological disease, and organ damage. Frito-Lay’s owner Pepsico is a big contributor to fraudulent anti-labeling campaigns, over $8.1 millon to date. We can see why.
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*This follows upon GMO Free USA’s finding that Kellogg’s Froot Loops also has high levels of GMO DNA fragments and glyphosate residues. Kellogg’s is also a big anti-labeling contributor. And researchers from Boston University purchased in the Philadelphia area honey, syrup, soy sauce, soy milk, and tofu from sources around the world, and sent them to a lab for testing. The tests found high incidences of glyphosate residue. The residues were most common and highest from US sources, and then from other countries where GMO cultivation is allowed.
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*One of the most repulsive things about pro-GMO activists is that they’re not just bullies, but whiny, cowardly bullies who start blubbering the moment they’re counterattacked. Get a load of this craven liar, who picks a fight on behalf of his fellow crook and then falls to pieces when answered.
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“You’re mean! You’re intimidating me! Waaaaah! Waaaaah! You’re harassing me. I’m telling!”
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Not exactly the spirit of ancient Rome, is it?
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  1. […] private partnerships”. We’ll see how it plays out. . *A few weeks ago I wrote about Food Sovereignty Ghana’s lawsuit against the country’s National Biosafety Committee and the Food and Agriculture Ministry, […]

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