Sometimes I love the Twitter. I saw this great tweet concerning a small victory in the battle against GMO uber-thugs Monsanto. It made me smile, there’s nothing better than seeing a bully bitch slapped. Other than the bully Monsanto bitch slapped!
This was retweeted by @GMWatch. It just caught my eye in the Twitter feed. However, the full story gleaned from the link and really does need the following sections from the accompanying link for the full story. Continue reading →
(Francis Moore Lappe) spoke in Des Moines, Iowa, last Friday at the World Food Prize, where the day before three biotech scientists and executives, including a Monsanto executive vice-president, received the 2013 honor.
Not exactly where you’d expect to see me?
I was there because the courageous, sustainable agriculture leader, Dr. Hans Herren — 1995 World Food Prize Laureate — invited me to join his panel. I knew that in the five minutes allotted each panelist, I couldn’t change minds. But, maybe, I thought, I could create a moment of dissonance for a few. Continue reading →
The Roundup Resistance page on Facebook is a mine of information concerning GMOs and the Monsanto monster. The name Roundup Resistance concerns the toxic herbicide that Monsanto sell. The genetic modification process as far as Monsanto is concerned is aimed at making their GM crops Roundup resistant. The weeds die, the crops survive.
Survive, is the right word as a huge amount of the nutrients are removed by glyphosate. Glyphosate has a strong chelating effect, drawing the nutrients from the soil. Also traces of glyphosate are abosrbed by the crop. The result is substandard, poor quality crops. Even with just this in mind, it is clear to see that GM crops are not the answer to food security concerns.
Concerns about the toxicity of glyphosate is intrinsic to GM crops. Roundup contains additional toxic chemicals. GM crops can barely be called food.
For more on this check out the Independent post from last week. The video of Moms Across America is very revealing.
”In Europe Monsanto only sells GM corn in three countries. GM corn represents less than 1% of the EU’s corn cultivation by land area. Field trials are only in progress in three countries. We will not spend any more money to convince people to plant them,”
states Brandon Mitchener, Public Affairs Lead for Monsanto in Europe and Middle East, in an interview with Investigative Reporting Denmark.
The proposition 37 (or Prop 37) vote in California last year concerned the labeling of GM foods, according to Wikipedia…
Proposition 37 was a California ballot measure rejected in California at the state-wide election on November 6, 2012. This initiative statute would have required labeling of genetically engineered food, with some exceptions. It would have disallowed the practice of labeling genetically engineered food with the word “natural”
That seems very sensible to me but it failed to become law. Why? Why on earth wouldn’t you want to know what you are eating. As a vegan it’s a fairly normal question “what’s in that?”. I want to know. And I certainly want to know whether I’m eating GM food or not. Continue reading →