~By Wendy Zangari
Can’t you see that America is the worst country of them all; America constantly supports and has been eating food that has been poisoning people since the early 1990’s if not longer?
This crystal child in the video below knows! Listen to these children, they know the truth and have no problem speaking the truth. When Greg and I started eating Organic and non-GMO foods from Trader Joe’s market, we tasted vegetables and fruit that tasted so good, it had been years since we had something that wasn’t poisoned with Genetically Modified Organisms and pesticides. Once you start eating better, you will start to feel better. It takes time to change your habits, but we can all make this change to feel better and WAKE UP to decalcify your brain!!!
America is the most asleep because of all of Monsanto’s farms they support. Support your local farmers markets, ask where they get their meat and dairy, if they do not know where they get these products or if they are hormone injected, let alone having mutant food with mutant ingredients to make us mutants, don’t buy it! The more we wake up the more we will see that America’s statistics in regards to GMO crops will go down as we stop buying these poisons.
The first video below really brought Greg and I to tears as we, at times, lose hope in humanity (yes, it happens), this was one video that brought us hope as we turned our sadness into hope for the future of humanity. The children are going to save us!!! We will help them save us! They are our future and we need to listen to them.
Also I do know that this article is long and I really hope you read this article and watch the videos on this site as this is an amazing time when farmers unite. However, some farmers are still sleeping, as you can see in the Monsanto sponsored video that is in the latter section of this article, but it is our job as well as the farmers job, to wake everyone up!! WAKE UP AMERICA!! WAKE UP WORLD!!
Haiti Refuses Monsanto Seed Donation
June 5th, 2010
WASHINGTON – Advocates for Haitian peasants said a U.S.-based company’s donation of up to 475 tons of hybrid vegetable seeds to aid Haitian farmers will harm the island-nation’s agriculture.
The advocates contend the donation is being made in an effort to shift farmer dependence from local seed to more expensive hybrid varieties shipped from overseas.
Haitian farmers and small growers traditionally save seed from season to season or buy the seed they desire from traditional seed markets.
However, an official from the St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. told Catholic News Service that the seed is simply a donation to the Haitian government. The first two shipments – 135 tons – of hybrid varieties of corn, cabbage, carrot, eggplant, melon, onion, spinach, tomato and watermelon arrived in Haiti during the first two weeks of May.
Bazelais Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay, the primary group opposed to the donation, told CNS June 1 from his office in Brooklyn, N.Y., that farmers usually are skeptical of unknown seed varieties.
“From my experience, the peasant (farmer) is very careful in using the seeds, particularly corn,” Jean-Baptiste said. “They would not plant a seed they did not know because they invested time to prepare the land and the seed.”
In a widely distributed e-mail in mid-May, Jean-Baptiste’s brother, Chavannes, executive director of the peasant group, excoriated the seed donation as “a new earthquake.”
He said the entry of Monsanto seed into Haiti was “a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds … and on what is left of our environment in Haiti.”
The Haitian Ministry of Agriculture welcomed the gift in April, but only after Monsanto assured officials that the seeds were not genetically modified varieties. Ministry officials refused an earlier gift of herbicide-treated seed.
The seed is being distributed to farmer stores for sale at significantly reduced prices. News reports said the seed has been sent to Leogane, Arcahaie, and Mirebalais.
Monsanto plans to send up to an additional 345 tons of hybrid corn seed by May 2011. The company valued the seed at $4 million.
Some of the seed is being distributed by a U.S. Agency for International Development program designed to increase farmer productivity. The five-year-long Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources program, or WINNER, provides in-country expertise, technical advice, fertilizer and other services to farmers.
The program recently distributed 60 tons of the donated seed to seed stores.
“If hybrids are introduced with proper technical assistance, which WINNER is providing, the farmers can get the most out of these seeds,” said Adam Reinhart, agriculture officer for USAID’s Haiti Task Team.
In a statement June 1, the company denied it was using the donation to open doors to the Haitian market.
“We have a small vegetable business in Haiti today, sold through a distributor,” said Monsanto spokesman Darren Wallis. “We do not have a commercial corn business in Haiti. Our goal is to help build a sustainable agriculture system to benefit the people of Haiti.”
He said the hybrid seed varieties would produce higher yields of crops than the open-pollinated varieties traditionally used by the Haitians.
Wallis also expressed concern that anyone would encourage farmers to burn the donated seed because “the ones hurt by the action will be Haitian farmers and the Haitian people, not those watching on the sidelines.”
A report published March 10 by Catholic Relief Services said Haitian farmers traditionally prefer local seed because it is adapted to local growing conditions.
The finding came during a 10-day assessment of seed needs in Haiti’s Sud department – southwest of Port-au-Prince – six weeks after the magnitude 7 earthquake destroyed a significant part of the country. The study looked at the supply and demand for the five most common food security crops: bean, corn, sorghum, pigeon pea and peanut.
Co-authored by Dina Brick, technical adviser for food security at CRS, the report found that the major concern among farmers after the earthquake was their inability to pay for seed. To compensate, cash-strapped farmers told the researchers they planned to buy less-expensive seed and reduce the amount of seed planted.
The cash shortage among farmers is fueled by the relocation of people who fled earthquake-ravaged regions and moved in with family or friends in rural communities, Brick told CNS May 30.
Brick, who was in Haiti undertaking a countrywide seed assessment study with several other nongovernment organizations, said that, during the first study, seed suppliers and farmers told her that seed supplies were sufficient. Growing seasons vary depending on the crop.
“There needs to be clear evidence that distributed seed is well-adapted to Haitian soils and conditions,” she added. “Haiti has many agro-ecological zones and many microclimates, and local varieties are adapted to these. We need to make sure that distributed varieties are tested in real life conditions that are consistent with Haiti’s latitude, soils, etc.”
CRS also is concerned that seed donations from outside of Haiti may undermine local markets while limiting the types of seed available, Brick said.
“We need to make sure that farmers have a choice on what seed they can access,” she said. “Seed vouchers and fairs enable farmers to choose the crops and varieties they want and need. Seed aid doesn’t always do that; it makes assumptions sometimes.”
Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields
Posted By Dr. Mercola | August 09 2011
In March, Hungary introduced a new regulation that states seeds must be checked for GMO before they are introduced to the market. However, some GMO seeds made it to the farmers without their being aware of it.
As a result, almost 1,000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary. The deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said that the GMO maize has been ploughed under, and pollen has not spread from the maize.
“Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary. The checks will continue despite the fact that seed traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said.”
The United States, meanwhile, is beginning to see the consequences of widely planted GMOs. In the mid-’90s, Monsanto introduced seeds genetically engineered to withstand its Roundup brand of herbicide. Today, these “Roundup Ready” crops are planted all across the U.S. — 94 percent of soybeans and more than 70 percent of corn and cotton contain the Roundup-resistant gene.
But when the land is dosed with a single herbicide for years on end, the ecosystems adapt. Roundup-defying “superweeds” are getting out of control. And the problem is only accelerating, because the resistant weeds are driving out their non-resistant counterparts.
According to Mother Jones:
“These weeds adapt faster and more vigorously than their weed cousins, choking fields and clogging irrigation ditches so badly water can’t pass through.”
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
The news that Hungary recently destroyed nearly 1,000 acres of corn crops because they were found to be mistakenly grown with genetically modified (GM) seeds should be a major wake-up call to anyone in the United States and elsewhere who believes GM (genetically modified) crops are harmless. The discovery that the farmland was planted with GM seeds came when the season was already underway, so the harvest has been completely lost for this year.
What would prompt the Hungarian government to take such a drastic step?
Perhaps it is the fact that GM crops simply cannot be contained, and inevitably will contaminate the environment with GM DNA. Or it could be that they do not want superweeds, triggered by the overuse of Roundup herbicide on GM Roundup Ready crops, overtaking their farmland the way they are now doing in the United States. Then again, it could be the unknown threats to human health — and the fact that new research shows toxins from GM crops are now appearing in human blood — that made them think twice.
Either way, they are clearly well educated about the dangers of GM foods … which is a lesson the U.S. government still needs to learn.
Why Rogue Planting of GM Seeds is a Very Big Deal
GM corn, soybeans, canola, and sugar beets have made their way into approximately 80 percent of current U.S. processed grocery store items, now that up to 90 percent of several U.S.-grown crops are grown with genetically engineered seed. So if you live in the United States, you have most certainly already been exposed to GM foods — most likely a lot of them. So it may make you angry, or at least curious, to know that in Hungary, the government just destroyedcrops that were grown with GM seeds and plowed the corn under so the pollen could not spread.
You see, GM seeds are banned in Hungary, as they are in several other European countries, such as Germany and Ireland. These countries have chosen NOT to allow their people to be used as guinea pigs in a massive experiment on the food supply, which is essentially what the introduction of GM crops is. Although Monsanto, the world leader in GM seeds, insists that GM foods are no different from conventionally grown varieties, the research in existence begs to differ. Here is just a sampling of the unsavory findings associated with GM foods:
GM Crops Have Already Overtaken U.S. Farmland
There are movements underway around the globe pressuring governments for a moratorium on untested GM seeds and foods, yet the United States is giving Monsanto free reign, aiding and abetting their agenda — even though most Americans do not want GMOs.
But the U.S. government is plowing ahead, and allowing virtually all of Monsanto’s GM crops and related chemicals to call the United States their home, despite minimal testing and widespread concern. Most recently, the USDA approved planting of GM alfalfa, the fourth-largest crop in the United States, without restriction, despite massive opposition and serious concerns that its potential to cross-pollinate and transfer genetic material is very high, if not guaranteed.
Because it’s a natural forage for pastured (organically raised grass-fed) animals, contamination would be disastrous for organic dairy- and cattle farmers, as federal organic standards forbid them from using GM crops (not to mention Monsanto’s history of suing both conventional and organic farmers for patent infringement should their crops be cross-contaminated). This could essentially make true “organic” food, which by definition should be GM-free, a virtual impossibility.
If you’re wondering why the United States leads the world in GM crop acreage, it’s because the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the FDA are heavily influenced by Monsanto, which spends millions of dollars lobbying the U.S. government for favorable legislation that supports the spread of their toxic products every year. In the first quarter of 2011 alone, Monsanto spent $1.4 million on lobbying the federal government – and this was a drop from a year earlier, when they spent $2.5 million during the same quarter.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the USDA, and the U.S. Trade Representative all have a special set of revolving doors leading straight to Monsanto, which has allowed this transnational giant to gain phenomenal authority and influence.
Monsanto’s ‘Superweeds’ Gallop through the Midwest
One of the consequences of this cozy relationship is now surfacing as superweeds make their way across the Midwest. Massive acreage of soybeans, cotton, and corn grown in the United States contain the GM Roundup Ready gene — and all of these crops receive numerous applications of Monsanto’s Roundup each and every year.
But Roundup is proving to be no match for Mother Nature. It’s estimated that more than 130 types of weeds spanning 40 U.S. states are now herbicide-resistant, and the superweeds are showing no signs of stopping.
” … in what is surely the least surprising, most-anticipated major development in the history of US agriculture, farmers are discovering that when you spend years dousing land [with] a single herbicide, ecosystems adapt. Roundup Ready crops, meet Roundup-defying weeds.
… the USDA openly acknowledges the superweed problem and even delivered a pretty good explainer on it in itsenvironmental impact statement on Roundup Ready alfalfa. Yet it keeps deregulating or choosing not to regulate at all new Roundup Ready crops, all of them quite widely planted.
This year alone, the agency has green-lighted Roundup Ready versions of alfalfa (a major cow feed); sugar beets (source of half of US sugar), and most recently, Kentucky bluegrass (popular lawn turf). These dubious USDA decisions will likely bring millions more acres—including lawns, parks, and golf courses near you—under the Roundup Ready domain.”
On a slightly brighter note, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finally looking into the damaging effects of glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup) on humans and the environment and plans to make a decision regarding its future by 2015. At that time, Roundup could either continue to be used as it is now, be required to have some modifications to its use or be banned from use entirely in the United States.
You Can Fight Back Against GM Foods
If you do not live in Hungary or another country that is operating the precautionary principle regarding GM foods, it doesn’t mean you have to be a helpless guinea pig in this giant experiment. In fact, the time to take action against them is now, as there are signs that consumer advocates are making a difference and public disclosure and debate is urgently needed.
For instance, on May 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a summary order in favor of farmers and consumer advocates, requiring the USDA to prepare a rigorous environmental study of the impacts of GM sugar beets. Once that review is done, the Court will decide whether GM sugar beets may be grown for commercial use. The USDA has estimated it will complete the Environmental Impact Statement sometime in 2012.
Organic farmers and food advocates are also fighting back with a lawsuit aimed at preventing GM alfalfa from being unleashed.
I believe the sooner you get involved, the sooner we will persevere and eliminate these toxic threats in the United States and other parts of the world. We will require loads of education to be effective, however, as many are still completely clueless about GM foods and have no idea that they’re eating them every day, and have been eating them for years!
If you’re eating CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) meats and processed foods that are not 100% USDA organic, you’re eating GMO’s. It’s that simple. The answer is to buy organic, and/or look for foods that are “non-GMO certified” by the Non-GMO Project. For your convenience, download this Non-GMO Shopping Guide, and share it with everyone you know.
Although GM foods still do not require labeling by law, the campaign for GMO labeling is making progress, thanks to the persistence of Jeffrey Smith and the Institute for Responsible Technology, an organization whose goal is to end the genetic engineering of our food supply and the outdoor release of GM crops. If you like, you can join the fight by signing the petition to President Obama in support of mandatory labeling of GM foods.
By educating the public about the risks of GM foods through a massive education campaign, and by circulating the Non-GMO Shopping Guide so consumers can make healthier non-GMO choices, the Institute’s plan is to generate a tipping point of consumer rejection to make GMOs a thing of the past. To keep up with the latest actions and developments on this important issue, you can follow myMercola.com GMO page, as well as our Non-GMOs page on Facebook.
Does ‘biopiracy’ endanger world food supplies?
January 23, 2012
Seed monopolies could affect the livelihoods of farmers and biodiversity.
The Indian government is preparing charges against Monsanto, the US-based agricultural company that specialises in biotechnology, for appropriating indigenous farming techniques and knowledge to develop a genetically altered eggplant.
Although the company has denied accusations of what has been termed “biopiracy,” the case could set a precedent for the future of global patent laws.
Activists also argue that patenting crop-breeding techniques has economic, ecological and ethical implications. Currently, five biotech corporations account for 77 percent of patents on living organisms.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak with Glenn Stone (@glenndavisstone), professor of anthropology and environmental studies at Washington University in St. Louis and Leo Saldanha (@leofsaldanha) of the Environment Support Group, an Indian NGO that has been calling on the government to press charges against Monsanto
What do you think? How has seed patenting and biopiracy affected the world food security? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.
These are some of the social media elements featured in this episode of The Stream.
Genetically modified (GM) eggplant, also known as BT brinjal, has been cause for controversy in India for several years. An Indian government agency recently agreed to file charges of biopiracy against Monsanto, one of the developers of the first GM food crop. They say Monsanto and other developers violated the country’s biodiversity laws by stealing indigenous genetic material, and using it to create the GM version.
In this next video produced by Monsanto, a farmer in the Philippines explains the benefits of BT corn, saying it helps in food security and sustainability.
Critics say a 1995 WTO agreement known as the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) set the stage for corporations like Monsanto to enter other countries and create patented seeds using knowledge from indigenous farmers.
This Monsanto commercial argues that their genetically modified crops – which are resistant to certain insects – help pull farmers out of poverty and produce more food.
Photos of anti-GM crop protests in India:
This video shows a 2010 march against Monsanto in Haiti. After the 2010 earthquake, Monsanto donated $4 million worth of conventional corn and vegetable seeds. The narrator in the video argues Monsanto seeds would not be good for Haiti’s economy.
A photo of a GM rice plant grown by chemical company BASF:
US patents on turmeric have also caused controversy in the past.
This picture is of a monoculture at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Canada.
This infographic by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications shows the top countries with biotech crops and how many hectares each had in 2010.
How genetically modified organisms are defined:
This list on choice.com.au gives examples of what foods could contain GM crops.
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