Archive | April, 2009

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Monsanto and the Suicides Amongst Indian Farmers

Posted on 30 April 2009 by admin

Monsanto and the Suicides Amongst Indian Farmers

OpEdNews – Newtown, PA

Monsanto sells seeds that require one to purchase them year after year, and they require copious amounts of pesticide. They also require lots of water in a land that has little.


After reading the Monsanto rebuttals for their products, I decided to find out clearly why Indian farmers kill themselves and what that has to do with Monsanto. I had recalled that in Thailand many very poor farmers had gone so deeply into debt buying pesticides and GMO seeds that they had to leave their land or worse.  I recall that the king of Thailand encouraged them to use organic seeds, and showed them how to run a farm off the grid with all the machines run on the manure from the few animals on the farm.  Then I began hearing about the woes of the Indian farmer and I wondered if it was linked. It was.  Monsanto pulled the same thing on the poor Indian farmer.  The Indian government has not responded to the distress of these people caused, of course, by an American company, Monsanto.

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GMO Labels on Korean Wine

Posted on 30 April 2009 by admin

Korean government has proposed new labeling standards around the issue of GMO(Genetically Modified Organism) and Organic. In short, the proposal intends that processed food and beverages, including wine, made from GMO ingredients (such as GM soybean) or GMO processing aids (such as enzymes) must be labeled as GMO food. The proposal also intends that the Korean government maintains the exclusive authority over organic certification on product sold in Korea and no foreign government’s organic certification (such as USDA organic certificate) be accepted, which means all USDA certified organic wine must be recertified by the Korean authority to carry organic on the label.

http://www.wines-info.com/Newshtml/200904/1982009043001273253.html

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SDSU president dual role as head of Monsanto concerns ME

Posted on 28 April 2009 by admin

SDSU president’s dual role as head of Monsanto concerns some

Rapid City Journal – Rapid City,SD,USA

South Dakota State University president David Chicoine is the newest member of the board of directors of agribusiness corporate giant Monsanto, a fact that has some faculty and students concerned about a conflict of interest.

But Chicoine insists the company, which pays for and supports the university’s research efforts, won’t get special treatment.

Chicoine’s appointment to the board was effective April 15, and he will be up for election in 2010. He will also earn $195,000 a year, and stock shares worth about $195,000.

But some faculty and students have questioned Chicoine about a conflict of interest, and the company is known for controversial biotechnical products such as Agent Orange and DDT.

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Activists want genetically modified alfalfa banned

Posted on 28 April 2009 by admin

The plant in question was modified by Monsanto to be tolerant of the company’s Roundup weed killer, but opponents fear its genes could be spread far and wide by natural pollination. They also say there’s no need for the change, which would only serve to benefit Monsanto.

They want the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to reassess its approval of the plant.

“The contamination of alfalfa would be inevitable and irreversible,” said Arnold Taylor of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate.

“Because it’s pollinated by bees, genes from Monsanto’s … alfalfa would spread out of control.”

“Over time the availability of certified organic alfalfa seed would disappear, creating severe challenges for seed and sprout growers.”

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Having ruined canola, Monsanto threatens alfalfa

Posted on 28 April 2009 by admin

Having ruined canola, Monsanto threatens alfalfa

Health of Canada’s food crops lies in the balance as Monsanto prepares an assault on farmers to promote it Roundup poison

Eighty groups including farmer associations and food businesses from across Canada joined the growing call to stop the introduction and field-testing of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa.

The alfalfa in question is genetically modified by Monsanto to be tolerant to the company’s brand name herbicide Roundup. Alfalfa would be the first perennial GM crop on the market.

“The contamination of alfalfa would be inevitable and irreversible. We’ve already seen an end to organic canola due to GM contamination and we can’t afford to lose alfalfa,” said Arnold Taylor of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate. “Because it’s pollinated by bees, genes from Monsanto’s GM alfalfa would spread out of control.”

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From Seeds of Suicide to Seeds of Hope: Why Are Indian Farmers Committing Suicide and How Can We Stop This Tragedy?

Posted on 28 April 2009 by admin

Vandana Shiva

In a land where reincarnation is a commonly held belief, where the balance sheet of life is sorted out over lifetimes, where resilience and recovery has been the characteristic of the “kisan,” the peasant cultivation, why are Indian farmers committing suicide on a mass scale?

200,000 farmers have ended their lives since 1997.

In 1998, the World Bank’s structural adjustment policies forced India to open up its seed sector to global corporations like Cargill, Monsanto and Syngenta. The global corporations changed the input economy overnight. Farm saved seeds were replaced by corporate seeds, which need fertilizers and pesticides and cannot be saved.

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Germany to allow GMO potato trials

Posted on 27 April 2009 by admin

Germany to allow GMO potato trials

Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:33pm BST

BERLIN, April 27 (Reuters) – Germany’s Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said on Monday she will allow test cultivation of a potato containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Earlier this month Aigner banned cultivation and sale of the GMO maize type MON 810 produced by U.S. seed giant Monsanto (MON.N) despite its approval by the European Union. There had been speculation Aigner would stop the field trials of GMO potatoes.

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GMO crops do NOT produce more Food

Posted on 27 April 2009 by admin

Biotech report gets mixed reviews in N.D.

Published: 04/27/2009

FARGO, N.D. — The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a report that concludes that — despite implications to the contrary — genetically engineered crops don’t produce more food or fiber per acre of land.

The report was written by Doug Gurian-Sherman, a biologist with UCS Food and Environment Program, who says traditional research delivers better results than transgenic crops.

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Change.org Petition: STOP BILLS HR875 and S425

Posted on 26 April 2009 by admin

Change.org Petition: STOP BILLS HR875 & S425

Targeting: the President of the United States, Members of the U.S. Senate and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Friends and Members at Change.org,

If you signed The Tell Congress to Stop Global Food Hunger A.K.A. Global Food Security Act, you must undo what you have done! We need your help to COUNTERSTRIKE THE ACTIONS FOR THESE BILLS AND STOP THEM NOW!!!!! We have tried many times to warn you about the petition on Global Food Security and many of you signed the petition protesting against it and then signed it anyway despite our warning. THIS IS VERY SERIOUS AND WE WILL ULTIMATELY KILL ORGANIC FOODS HERE AND ABROAD LEAVING US WITH ONLY MAN MADE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS, AS IF GOD MADE OR EVOLVED PLANTS NEVER EXISTED.
Is that what you all want? To be deceived into forcing Africa and the US into doing away with seeds that nature made? Do you realize farmers only feed pigs organic corn meal because the genetically engineered corn caused many birth defects in pigs. Yes, that’s right, farmers won’t even give it to pigs, why would you want to eat it, or force others to eat it.

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‘Superweed’ explosion threatens Monsanto heartlands

Posted on 25 April 2009 by admin

‘Superweed’ explosion threatens Monsanto heartlands

The gospel of high-tech genetically modified (GM) crops is not sounding quite so sweet in the land of the converted. A new pest, the evil pigweed, is hitting headlines and chomping its way across Sun Belt states, threatening to transform cotton and soybean plots into weed battlefields.

In late 2004, “superweeds” that resisted Monsanto’s iconic “Roundup” herbicide, popped up in GM crops in the county of Macon, Georgia. Monsanto, the US multinational biotech corporation, is the world’s leading producer of Roundup, as well as genetically engineered seeds. Company figures show that nine out of 10 US farmers produce Roundup Ready seeds for their soybean crops.

Superweeds have since alarmingly appeared in other parts of Georgia, as well as South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri, according to media reports. Roundup contains the active ingredient glyphosate, which is the most used herbicide in the USA.

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