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Greenpeace tries to block GMO Corn in Mexico

Posted on 30 October 2009 by admin

Greenpeace has filed a legal demand that Mexico cancel 22 experimental permits granting agriculture companies permission to plant genetically modified corn.

The environmental organization says it filed the challenge with the Mexican Agriculture Ministry, alleging the government did not correctly review the permit requests. Until now, biotech corn has been banned in Mexico, which has more than 200 varieties of the grain. Greenpeace supports a total ban.

Corn originated in pre-Hispanic Mexico, and environmentalists fear biotech genetic material could spread and contaminate native varieties, whose genes could be needed in the future for new hybrids.

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Anger as top scientists call for GMO push – Frankenfoods are the future, says study

Posted on 29 October 2009 by admin

The Royal Society has controversially called for a renewed drive to cultivate genetically modified crops  -  despite criticism that the GM lobby is allied to big business.

A study published by the society  -  which is Britain’s national academy of science  -  claims engineered crops could provide new sources of healthy food for the future.

It comes amid a major effort by the biotechnology industry, the Government and the Food Standards Agency to overturn public opposition to so-called Frankenstein Foods.

But opponents criticised the prestigious scientific body for backing an unproven technology.

tomatoPurple patch: GM tomatoes could fight cancer

They said the researchers were biased in favour of GM, and warned about the disproportionate influence of the Royal Society on political policymakers.

The majority of consumers remain deeply suspicious about the effects on human health and the environment.

GM advocates, such as U.S. firm Monsanto, have been claiming for more than 20 years it would deliver super-plants capable of feeding the world.

However, critics from the organic farming movement argue it has failed to deliver.

They say pest-resistant crops of maize, being grown on an industrial scale in countries like the U.S.A, are giving agro-chemical giants a virtual monopoly over a large sector of food production.

At the same time, there has been an absence of independent research into the consequences of growing these crops on the environment and health.

Last year a UN study involving academics from 60 nations concluded GM food was not the answer to Third World famine.

But the research from the Royal Society suggests it offers significant benefits, which could allay public fears over its safety.

These include the creation of crops that are resistant to drought or a harsh soil. The study said scientists are ten years away from producing an ‘everlasting’ wheat that can be harvested every few months.

Currently crops have to be ploughed and resown after each harvest.

 

 

Soya can be modified to be rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are associated with improved brain development among school children.

‘Fruit and vegetables have also been developed with high levels of cancer protecting compounds, such as flavonoids in the purple tomato,’ the report said.

Professor Sir David Baulcombe, who led the study, said: ‘We need to take action now to stave off food shortages.

‘In the UK we have the potential to come up with viable scientific solutions for feeding a growing population and we have a responsibility to realise this potential.’

The GM-Freeze campaign said the experts behind the study were biased.

Its director, Pete Riley, said: ‘Some of the authors of this work were rabidly pro-GM, so it is no surprise they have come up with these conclusions.

‘There is a real danger that British science will continue to be dominated by GM technology in the future despite the fact this approach has delivered very little. The balance needs to be shifted to look at other solutions to increase food production.’

The campaigning group Genewatch UK warned: ‘Future research priorities in food and agriculture should not be set by a narrow clique of scientists who have failed to deliver on past promises.’

Spokesman Becky Price said: ‘Policy makers should not be over reliant on unproven technologies.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1221840/GM-crops-Anger-leading-scientists-push-Frankenfoods.html#ixzz1avNRhnEs

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Lawyer vs. Monsanto and BiG-Pharma; tree wins.

Posted on 29 October 2009 by admin

86 year-old, ANTI-MONSANTO lawyer, John O’Quinn was allegedly driving 60MPH on a residential 40MPH street in the pouring rain. According to sources: John had a driver AND a passenger; he was driving, and NOT driving. regardless, ALL 2 passengers are both dead.

Wikipedia: “John Maurice O’Quinn (1941 – October 29, 2009) … died in a single car crash in Houston, Texas, aged 68; the cause of the crash is under investigation.”

Houston Chronicle: Prominent Houston lawyer John O’Quinn was the man driving a sport utility vehicle that lost control on the rain-slicked surface of Allen Parkway and crashed into a large tree, killing him and his passenger this morning, based on preliminary information gathered by crash investigators, police said. The passenger was identified as Johnny Lee Cutliff, 56, of the 5300 block of Bacher. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, said the police sources, who asked not to be identified.

LA Times: O’Quinn was killed with his driver when their sport utility vehicle slammed into a tree in Houston, attorney Neil McCabe at the O’Quinn Law Firm confirmed.

SUV crash kills prominent lawyer John O’Quinn
Colleagues mourn; accident also leaves a passenger dead

Police said it appeared that the SUV veered to the left, jumped a curb and careened over a grassy median, crossed the eastbound traffic lanes and hopped another curb onto a second median before smashing into the tree on the south side of Allen Parkway. Tire marks across the first median show the path of the hurtling SUV.

The driver’s side air bag, splashed with what appeared to be blood, was deployed, as well as others around the vehicle.

Houston lawyer Levi Benton, a former judge, said he ran into O’Quinn at Hobby Airport shortly after 7 a.m. this morning. The two lawyers were side by side in the security line headed to the gates.

“He said he was going to a mediation in San Antonio,” said Benton, who was headed to Dallas himself. Benton said O’Quinn looked older than when he last saw him but otherwise seemed fine.

“He had his full strength. He shook my hand. He laughed. He had that great smile. He was John,” said Benton, who was shocked to later hear O’Quinn for some reason had not gotten on the plane, only to be killed in a car crash on Allen Parkway.

Houston attorney Dan Cogdell said he was in Hobby Airport at 9:30 a.m. today and did not yet know of O’Quinn’s death when he heard an operator repeatedly paging O’Quinn, telling O’Quinn to report to a Southwest Airlines gate for departure. The operator paged O’Quinn for about 30 minutes, Cogdell estimated.

“It was very eerie,” Cogdell said. “It seems to me they were holding a plane for him, which Southwest (Airlines) doesn’t usually do … I thought it really strange that he would be flying commercial.”

HPD officials recorded no fatal wrecks on Allen Parkway in 2008, 2007 and 2005. One fatal crash occurred in 2006 and six in 2004.

John O’Quinn, Texas personal-injury lawyer, killed in car crash

O’Quinn, 68, and his driver were killed in Houston when their SUV hit a tree.

“He had lots of earth-shattering verdicts,” Richard Laminack, a former partner at the firm, said in an interview. “He won $12 million for a dead bull, $105 million for the death of a worker at MONSANTO. He had quite a track record.”

O’Quinn was one of five Texas lawyers who shared $3.3 billion in legal fees for their role representing the state in negotiating a $17.3-billion settlement with the tobacco industry.

In 2004, he won a $900-million punitive-damages judgment as part of a $1-billion verdict against Wyeth on behalf of the family of a woman who died after taking the diet drug fen-phen. The case was appealed by the company and later was settled, O’Quinn told Bloomberg News this year.

Jurors Assess Monsanto $108 Million Over Death

Reinhold, Robert. “Jurors Assess Monsanto $108 Million Over Death“, The New York Times, December 13, 1986. Article regarding verdict obtained by John O’Quinn for the death of a chemical worker who developed leukemia after exposure to benzene.

A Federal jury in Galveston, Tex., today ordered the Monsanto Company to pay $108 million to the family of a chemical worker who died of leukemia after working with the chemical benzene for five years at a Monsanto plant near here.

Benzene: a colorless volatile liquid hydrocarbon present in [rockefeller] coal tar and petroleum, used in chemical synthesis. Its use as a solvent has been reduced because of its carcinogenic properties. Chemical formula: C6H6.

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How Much of Your Pantry is Genetically Modified?

Posted on 21 October 2009 by admin

Become an educated consumer with the NON GMO Project.

Genetically modified organisms (GMOS) have long provided reason for concern. I wrote over at TreeHugger that large monocultures, which are typical of GMO, can be riddled with pests. As a result, monocultures are often dressed with a toxic cocktail of pesticides so that they can survive the onslaught. In addition, monocultures can deplete the nutrients in soil and lead to erosion. But the problems with GMO go way beyond freakishly round, tasteless tomatoes. Tracts of land planted with commercial seeds are pushing out local crop varieties and erasing the knowledge gained from 10,000 years of farming.

But whatever your perspective, the fact of the matter is that we should know when we’re consuming modified crops. How can you make an informed decision about whether or not to purchase them if you don’t know which foods are GMOs in the first place? Today, the NON GMO Project is working to change this problem. Since 2008 the NON GMO Project has been feverishly working to provide a labeling system for GMO foods.

The NON GMO Project
In Europe all products containing more than .9 percent GMO are labeled as such. But in the US, there is no such standard. The NON GMO Project scientifically tests all of the individual ingredients that make up a product using a third party testing facility. Products that have been certified are labeled with a NON GMO Project Verified label. This is a good thing because today nearly 70 percent of our processed foods have been genetically modified. By supporting the program you support producers who are committed to providing consumers with NON GMO foods. Many companies have already signed on to have their products tested and certified.

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USDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets Ruled Unlawful by Federal Court

Posted on 20 October 2009 by admin

(NaturalNews) On September 21, a California federal district court found that the USDA’s 2004 approval of Monsanto’s genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” sugar beets was unlawful. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) deregulated GMO sugar beets without preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. Plaintiffs in the case, filed in January 2008, include the Center for Food Safety, the Organic Seed Alliance, the Sierra Club, and High Mowing Seeds.

Failing to account for cross-pollination of the GMO seeds with nearby fields of conventional and organic varieties was one of many unreasonable deficiencies cited by the court in the original USDA approval of the crop. Plaintiffs in the case are also emphasizing in no uncertain terms that they will not tolerate the continued pandering to the likes of Monsanto by the USDA. The USDA’s job is to protect America’s growers, farmers, and consumers, not multinational corporations who patent genetically-altered seeds.

When Monsanto originally began marketing its “Roundup Ready” GMO sugar beet seeds, it enticed farmers with promises that the crops could be doused with herbicide up to five times a year without killing the crop. What it failed to disclose was the potential for entire crop fields to be cross-contaminated with genetically modified seeds, devastating the availability of untainted conventional and organic crops. The environmental impact of using GMO seeds is tremendous and could wipe out the non-GMO crops entirely.

Another issue not addressed by APHIS is the fact that continual applications of glyphosate, the herbicide marketed by Monsanto as Roundup, has led to the growth of Roundup-resistant weeds commonly referred to as “superweeds”. Similar to antibiotic “superbugs” that become resistant to antibiotics, these superweeds require ever-increasing amounts of not only Roundup but other more potent, toxic herbicides just to keep them under control. There are currently millions of U.S. land acres that are infested with superweeds.

An independent analysis of USDA data by the former Executive Director of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Agriculture, Dr. Charles Benbrook, has revealed some startling information. Between 1996, when “Roundup Ready” genetically engineered crops were first introduced, and 2004, herbicide use in the U.S. has increased by 138 million pounds.

A 2008 study conducted at the University of Caen in France found that Monsanto’s Roundup concoctions triggered the death of human embryonic, placental, and umbilical cells in vitro. The dilution levels used in the study were far below the recommendation levels used in agriculture and were meant to replicate the amount ingested due to residue left on food.

Despite the tremendous victory this case represents, there is still the unfortunate reality that the lead defendant in the case was USDA head Thomas Vilsack, an Obama hand pick who heavily supports genetic engineering. Other appointments to top USDA positions under the Obama administration include many former Monsanto executives, perpetuating the Bush-era legacy of revolving-door politics that favors corporate agribusiness and GMOs at the expense of food freedom and consumer protection.

In his ruling, Judge Jeffrey S. White has scheduled a meeting on October 30 to deliberate the remediation phase of the case that may include injunctive relief against the use of GE sugar beets.

Sources:

Victory! Court Finds USDA Violated Federal Law by Allowing Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets on the Market – The Center for Food Safety

Genetically Engineered Sugar Beet Approval Illegal, Judge Rules – Environment News Service

Glyphosate Formulations Induce Apoptosis and Necrosis in Human Umbilical, Embryonic, and Placental Cells – American Chemical Society

Genetically Engineered Crops, Obama Administration, USDA: Food Politics – gourmet.com

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/027209_USDA_sugar_beets.html#ixzz1aw6nhCrc

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NFL Cheerleader gets Mercury Poisoning from Flu Shot

Posted on 17 October 2009 by admin

Desiree has seizures, speaks in a painfully halted manner that is often incoherent and has neurological damage that is irreparable. The culprit: the flu shot.

Desiree, 25, was diagnosed by her therapist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD as having dystonia, a brain disorder which causes body jerks, and abnormal or repetitive movements because the muscles in her body are continously contracting. She had no prior health issues and had decided to take the flu shot to prevent herself from getting sick. Though health officials assert that Desiree’s case is rare, it is clear that not only the recent H1N1 vaccine is a cause for concern, but the common flu shot should alert people to make a careful consideration when getting the shot which is often available for free.

http://www.examiner.com/x-21948-DC-Community-Examiner~y2009m10d14-Redskin-cheerleader-suffers-brain-damage-after-getting-flu-shot

Generation Rescue

One day after our story aired, Generation Rescue, an organization founded by actors Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey , reached out to Desiree.

“They are extremely helpful,” Desiree said. “They have a lot of doctors that deal with vaccine interactions, and they have sent us so many other stories similar to mine. Unfortunately a lot of theirs are with children, which is worse. I can understand it happening to an adult, but not a little child that hasn’t had a chance to live their life and can’t speak, so I want to speak. They can’t, and I want to help them, too,” says Jennings.

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/101509_celebs_reach_out_to_desiree_jennings_flu_shot_reaction

this makes me sick; Desiree has mercury poisoning in her brain:
http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/health/101309_woman_disabled_by_flu_shot_reaction_dystonia

GENERATION RESCUE HAS SET UP A SPECIAL WEB PAGE IN DESIREE’S NAME. IT INCLUDES A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM DESIREE, AND MORE ON HER STORY, PLUS LINKS TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DYSTONIA. TO VISIT DESIREE’S PAGE ON GENERATIONRESCUE.ORG, CLICK HERE.

Desiree Jennings – Redskin’s Cheerleader

Disabled by a Flu Shot – Urgent Help Needed

NOTE: Donations can be made in Desiree’s name to help pay for her mounting medical expenses by 1) go to any Bank of America, they will accept donations for the Desiree Jennings Recovery Fund at any branch. These donations are tax deductable.

Hello,

My name is Desiree Jennings and I am twenty-five years old. I work full-time as a Marketing Communications Manager for a major Internet company. I am currently working to finish my bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics this fall and hope to continue on to a Masters in Economics in 2010.

In my spare time, I enjoy running and training for races from 5Ks to marathons. I also lead a local run club, training beginning runners for 5K and 10K races. I am training for the National Marathon in DC in March and recently became a member of the Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador team.

That was the life that I used to know.

On August 23, 2009, I received a seasonal flu vaccine at a local grocery store that drastically, and potentially irreversibly, altered my future. In a matter of a few short weeks I lost the ability to walk, talk normally, and focus on more than one stimuli at a time. Whenever I eat I know, without fail, that my body will soon go into uncontrollable convulsions coupled with periods of blacking out.

Each day is a battle to control the symptoms triggered by the flu vaccine and a reminder that my life will never be the same. I set up this site to tell my story and warn people of the neurological side effects than can result from vaccinations; especially knowing that in the majority of cases, these stories are seldom heard outside of immediate families and friends.

I hope everyone that reads my story will heed my warning and think very carefully, including watching my story, reading the information about vaccine side effects on this website, reading the vaccine package insert, considering the natural remedies for flu and H1N1 on this site, and seeking out consultations with the doctors found on this website, before making the decision to receive a vaccination.

Sincerely,

Desiree Jennings
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DesireeJennings

Is “dystonia” mercury poisoning?

this is NOT rare; 1/166 kids get autism from vaccinations; MANY children have adverse reactions to vaccines. big pharma and their echos on tv news (duh the pill ads are BUYING the news) are totally and completely full of shit! how can these doctors and nurses sleep at night? how many people (babies and children) have to be damaged before people wake up?

please educate YOURSELVES:
Vaccinations
Health

HEADLINE news:
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Vaccines
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Delivering genetically engineered crops to poor farmers

Posted on 16 October 2009 by admin

Delivering genetically engineered crops to poor farmers

Recommendations for improved biosafety regulations in developing countries

Small-scale, resource-poor farmers in developing countries face daily stresses, including poor soils, drought, and lack of inputs. Ongoing trends such as climate change and population growth will likely exacerbate binding stresses. A new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crop research aims to alleviate these pressures through the improvement of subsistence crops—such as cassava, sorghum, and millet—that incorporate traits such as tolerance to drought, water, and aluminum in soils as well as plants with more efficient nitrogen and phosphorus use. However, many developing countries lack the necessary biosafety systems for a timely and cost-effective adoption. This brief focuses on the regulatory reforms necessary for farmers and consumers in developing countries to benefit from GE crops.

http://www.ifpri.org/publication/delivering-genetically-engineered-crops-poor-farmers

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Mexico issues 1st Permits to Grow GMO Corn

Posted on 15 October 2009 by admin

Oct 15 (Reuters) - Mexico, considered by many to be the cradle of corn, issued permits on Thursday to grow genetically modified corn for the first time in a bid to eventually boost production of the grain.

Mexico’s agriculture ministry said the two permits will allow only experimental genetically modified (GM) corn crops, which will be restricted to states where no native varieties of corn are grown.

Some critics of GM corn in Mexico fear the modified crops could contaminate Mexico’s ancient varieties of the grain.

“The crops will be experimental and will be grown on controlled plots that will be totally isolated from other crops,” the ministry said in a statement.

Some farmers in the north of Mexico have grown GM corn illegally because it can be more resistant to drought and pests.

Corn is a staple of the Mexican diet, often eaten in flat patties of unleavened bread called tortillas. Mexico is the world’s No. 4 producer of corn but it imports about half what it consumes.

The agriculture ministry did not say which firms received the permits. Thirty-five companies applied for them, including U.S. chemicals and biotech seed developer Monsanto Co (MON.N). (Reporting by Adriana Barrera and Jason Lange; Editing Bernard Orr)

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US wheat industry reiterates support for GMO wheat

Posted on 14 October 2009 by admin

Oct 14 (Reuters) – A coalition of U.S. wheat industry leaders said on Wednesday that they were pushing ahead to gain acceptance for genetically modified wheat, despite continued concerns and at least a decade of research and development work ahead.

“This is going to be a win-win for everybody,” said Daren Coppock, chief executive of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Coppock was one of a group of wheat industry participants meeting Wednesday in Kansas City to discuss key issues impacting the industry and how to press for acceptance of a genetically modified wheat.

Among the other attendees were representatives from the North American Millers’ Association, the National Wheat Improvement Committee and the Grain Growers of Canada.

Officials from the organizations said in a conference call following the meeting that no active research for a specific type of biotech wheat was underway at this point and the industry still needed to gaining widespread market acceptance at home and abroad.

Coppock said food industry and export players have made it clear that they will need to have clear marketing channels that allow for a choice between non-genetically modified wheat and biotech varieties.

“The fundamental principle is the concept of choice,” Coppock said.

Supporters must also work to make genetically modified wheat acceptable through trading channels such as the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, where spring wheat futures are traded and genetically modified wheat is prohibited.

The group said it must broaden its coalition to include millers and bakers in other countries.

Five years ago, negative market reaction pushed biotech crop leader Monsanto Co (MON.N) to shelve its commercial plans for an herbicide-tolerant, “Roundup Ready” biotech wheat that the company had planned to market.

Farmers still remain largely uninterested in a Roundup Ready wheat but are clamoring for wheat that is tolerant of heat, cold and drought and enhanced with higher yield potential.

Stress tolerance and drought tolerance are the most desired traits that technology could bring to wheat, Coppock said.

Critics of genetically modified crops say they can be harmful to human and animal health and have negative consequences for the environment.

But proponents say genetic modifications are the fastest way to create higher-yielding crops that can help support a rapidly growing world population.

The world will have to produce 70 percent more food by 2050 to feed a projected extra 2.3 billion people and as incomes rise, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday. (Editing by Christian Wiessner)

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Ban on GMO Soybeans Could Boost Prices

Posted on 09 October 2009 by admin

LONDON—The costs faced by the European Union’s agriculture industry could skyrocket if it doesn’t lift a strict ban on genetically-modified soybean imports, traders and analysts say.

The EU has traditionally imported most of the soy used in animal feed from South America. This year, however, South American harvests have been exceptionally small, with Argentina having a drought-related drop of 30% in soybean production, the European Commission said. In addition, demand from…

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