The Truth Behind GMO (Genetically Modified Organism, or Gradually Murdering Ourselves?)

The Case For GMO's.

Genetically modified organisms (GMCs, GM crops, or biotech crops) are plants used in agriculture, which have had their DNA modified by genetic engineering. The aim is usually to introduce a new trait to the plant which does not occur naturally in the species eg. in food crops, promoting resistance to certain pests, diseases, or environmental conditions, reduction of spoilage, or resistance to chemical treatments (e.g. a herbicide), or improving the nutrient profile of the crop. Examples in non-food crops include production of pharmaceutical agents, and biofuels.

Farmers have widely adopted GM technology. Between 1996 and 2011, the total surface area of land cultivated with GM crops had increased from 4,200,000 acres to 395 million acres. 10% of the world's crop lands were planted with GM crops in 2010.

General scientific consensus states that food on the market derived from GM crops poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food. GM crops also provide a number of ecological benefits, and the main reason for their development is often said to be so that we can feed the Earth's ever growing population.

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Testing

Monsanto's website states, "There is no need for, or value in testing the safety of GM foods in humans."

It is also strange to note that GM companies such as Monsanto are not required to adequately test their products before releasing them into the market place. Common sense should tell us that testing a product for 90 days to see whether it has caused tumours to develop in rats(even though they only have a two year life span) is inadequate.

This seems to simply be a deliberate attempt to limit the effectiveness of the result so as not to discover the truth. Medical companies take years to test new drugs before they can be released on the market.

Public Concerns Regarding GMO's.

Apart from avoiding dangerous chemicals and seeking better flavours and nutritional benefits, one of the main reasons consumers choose to buy organic products is because it is one of the only sure ways of avoiding the untested GMO's that are cunningly being slipped into our food supply.

The GM debate has been raging for years now and surveys consistently find that the majority of people are very uncomfortable with GM-derived ingredients in their food. Yet despite this Governments continue to turn a blind eye, give in to the all-powerful multinational chemical corporations and allow the planting of GM crops.

Now Australia's highly regarded research institution 'the CSIRO' is collaborating with one of the most despised multinational corporations, namely MONSANTO, by approving to allow them to trial genetically modified wheat in Australia. This follows the appointment of two members of Nufarm (Monsanto's exclusive distributor of Roundup-ready technology) to the CSIRO board.

Wheat is our major food and the most important grain so the introduction of unlabeled GM wheat is a concern for us all. Why should we trust a corporation largely focused on killing the planet's organisms to control our food supply? What do you think?

If News Corp isn't considered fit to hold a satellite tv licence following the recent phone tapping fiasco, shouldn't enquiries be made by the CSIRO as to whether Monsanto is a fit, proper and ethical partner?

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Real GMO Dangers


Everyone seems to be asking the question, "Are genetically modified foods safe?

Studies conducted by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) came up with the following disturbing statistics:

  • Huge numbers of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on GM cotton plants
  • Mice fed GM corn long term gave birth to fewer, and smaller, babies
  • More than 50 percent of the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks of birth, and were smaller then normal.
  • Testicular cells of mice and rats on a GM soy diet altered significantly
  • Hamsters on a GM soy diet became infertile by the third generation
  • Rats and mice fed GM corn and soy displayed a lowered immune system and signs of toxicity
  • Soy allergies increased by a massive 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
  • When GM potatoes were fed to rats, they experienced excessive cell growth in their stomach lining, a condition that could cause cancer.

Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human experiment showed that the genes inserted into GM soy is absorbed into bacteria already in our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us. This could result in:

  • the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops transferring and creating super diseases, resistant to antibiotics
  • the gene that creates Bt-toxin in GM corn transferring and possibly turning our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories.

Due to these findings the AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods, however in most cases this request seems to either have been ignored or just not taken seriously.

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Despite piles of research suggesting that Roundup is dangerous, the Big Apple continues to douse its parks with the stuff—potentially exposing millions of New Yorkers to toxic effects.
Despite piles of research suggesting that Roundup is dangerous, the Big Apple continues to douse its parks with the stuff—potentially exposing millions of New Yorkers to toxic effects. | Source

Monsanto

About Monsanto

Monsanto Company is a publicly traded American multinational chemical, and agricultural biotechnology corporation with its headquarters in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Its first product was aspartame (saccharine), an artificial sweetener first sold to Coca-Cola.

During the 2nd World War, Monsanto worked on the Manhattan Project to develop nuclear weapons.

In 1948, the company started making a powerful herbicide; a by-product of the process was the creation of a chemical that would later be known as dioxin.

On March 8, 1949, a massive explosion rocked a Monsanto herbicide plant. Court records indicate that 226 plant workers fell ill.

Then in the 60s came the infamous pesticide DDT that sparked the environmental movement, closely followed by 245T also known as Agent Orange and mass produced to defoliate Vietnam and Laos during the Vietnam War.


Monsanto's Convictions

2002-Alabama- manufactured the toxic chemical polychlorinated biphenyls ( PCBs ). Dumped PCB laden waste into local waterways for 40 years. Found guilty by the state on six charges of negligence, wantonness, suppression of truth, nuisance, trespass, and outrage.

USA- six Government scientists bribed with $1-2million to approve the safety of milk from cows treated with Monsanto's GM growth hormone ( rbGH) . This growth hormone is banned in Canada, Australia, the EU, Japan, and NZ. The US approved rbGH without the need to label so the US milk supply is now contaminated with GM milk.

2005- Monsanto convicted of bribing Indonesian officials to avoid impact assessments that could have prevented the introduction of GM cotton. Fined $1.5million.

2009- France's highest court has ruled that Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup.
The court confirmed an earlier judgment that Monsanto had falsely advertised its herbicide as "biodegradable" and claimed it "left the soil clean".
The company was fined 15,000 euros ( $22,400). It has yet to comment on the judgment

2012- in Brazil, Monsanto has been convicted by a court for false advertising claims that GM soy and the herbicide glyphosate, as used in the 'no-till with herbicides' model of cultivation, are beneficial to the environment.

Can a company be called evil? If so, is this the World's most evil company?


A Field of Canola
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Fighting Back.

In 2010 the Western Australian Government ignored mounting research and instead sided with the chemical corporations and approved the release of GM canola throughout Western Australia. Approximately 70,000 hectares were subsequently planted.

This decision has resulted in WA's GM-free status being tarnished and will result in many of that state's producers to be denied access to European and Japanese markets where GM is banned. This also poses a serious threat to Australia's organic sector, and one organic farmer is taking the fight to court.

“A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a songbird .… Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola treated with the oldest neonicotinoid ‒ called imidacloprid ‒ can fatally poison a bird. And as little as 1/10th of a neonicotinoid-coated corn seed per day during egg-laying season is all that is needed to affect reproduction.” Cynthia Palmer

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Steve Marsh

Most people would not be famliar with the name Steve Marsh. But this man could lose all he owns to protect our right to eat GM-free food. Steve is an organic farmer from Kojonup south of Perth, Due to the Western Australian state government's lifting the ban on GM canola in 2010, many farmers, including Marsh’s next door neighbour and former friend, Michael Baxter, began growing GM canola. Michael Baxter's farm is located directly across the road from Steve's certified organic crops. Subsequently, Steve found GM canola plants had spread their seed over much of his land, causing him to lose his 'organic' status and 70% of his 478ha farm.

This contamination has had a dramatic impact on Steve and his livelihood. Meanwhile Monsanto, because of the no liability agreement signed with each GM farmer, are free of any responsibility but still gain all the profit. Instead of accepting this situation as many others around the world have been forced to do, Steve has decided to take a stand by taking his neighbour to court for compensation of loss and damages.

Steve Marsh’s trial is scheduled to start on the 10th of February, 2014 at the Western Australian Supreme Court.This case is the first of its kind in Australia, where an organic farmer is actively seeking compensation from a GM farmer when his rights have been violated by GM contamination.

Rest assured that the Monsanto board in the US will be closely watching the outcome of this case as it may set a world-wide precedent. If Steve's case is successful, conventional farmers are likely to stop buying GM seeds if they think there is a risk of being sued by a contaminated organic or non-GM farmer nearby.

Evidence continues to mount showing that GM crops, and the herbicides they are continually sprayed with, are unhealthy and even toxic. Consumers around the world are increasingly beginning to turn their backs on GM food in preference of healthy, clean, flavoursome organic food. Government regulators may still be unconvinced whether or not GM modified food is safe to eat, but Monsanto and other agri-chemical companies will be eagerly awaiting the results of this trial.

The food labelling system in Australia and New Zealand leaves a lot to be desired and the only sure way to be certain that a food is GM-free is to buy organic. When Steve approached the Agricultural Minister at the time, he was told that the organic standards are to blame for his loss. The organic standards need review and non-GM farmer’s rights need to be protected. Or ultimately, our choices to eat healthy are under threat.

If the court decides that it is ‘unreasonable’ for the organic industry to have a zero tolerance for GMO’s, the result is that in Australia we will have no right to eat GM-free products and no way to guarantee that products grown in Australia are GM-free. The cost to purchase GM-free products will skyrocket if non-GM farmers have to pay the cost of contamination, and eventually, GM-free crops may be eradicated due to contamination in the long-term!

The cost is usually a major deterrent to people from taking issues like this to court, especially when the issue has attributed to a considerable loss for the persons involved.In this instance, the Safe Food Foundation has been raising funds to meet Steve’s legal costs to ensure that he can go to court and win for every one of us. The international law firm Slater and Gorgon has taken on Steve's case.

I'll be eagerly awaiting the result of this court case, though knowing that one of the World's most powerful companies has involvement and the outcome has very significant consequences will probably make it drag on. I just hope common sense prevails.

Whatever the outcome I urge you all to try to grow your own fruit and vegetables wherever possible, buy locally from organic farmers or market gardens, and look for non-GM products on your supermarket shelves.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

wow Jodah.. these are actual research studies? I thought we used GMO to help off-set the growing population and looking for other ways to feed this tip/scale world.. so after reading this we have to choose our poison.. a great informative hub my friend


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank, I hope it helped clear up some misconceptions. Of course there are always to sides to every story, but everything written here expresses my beliefs and I feel there is a real danger in trusting GM foods.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Jodah, the information you present in mind-boggling. On reading your findings, it seems clear that somebody is trying to kill us. What can anyone do to support Steve Marsh?


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Jodah The Truth Behind GMO (Genetically Modified Organism, or Gradually Murdering Ourselves?) is an informative hub and your points here are so valuable to let us know of is going with foods. So much has changed over the years we have tried planting our own vegetables and i worked out perfectly for us.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank s for reading MsDora,

Yes it is scary stuff.

If you wish to donate towards the court case, the Steve Marsh Benefit Fund link:

http://safefoodfoundation.org/helpthisfarmer/


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well done DDE, t is good that you are successful at growing your own vegetables. That is the easiest way of avoiding GMOs. Thanks for your kind comments.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Finally republished, yeah! The problem was I had published an article with some of this info on my blog site some time ago and forgot about it.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well my friend, you know how I feel about this topic; no need for me to say anything. You covered it all and covered it well. The only question that remains to be answered is: when will people wake up to the dangers they face daily when they sit down to eat? Well done, John! This is a must-read for anyone with a brain.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Bill, I appreciate you taking the time to read this hub, but it's really a case of preaching to the converted with you..lol. I need other 'non believers' to read it. Really people just have to use common sense, but sometimes they just don't stop to think.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is some serious stuff John, and I hope many will stand against it! What on earth is in peoples mind to trust someone like Monsanto who is clearly out to monopolize all seed. He has to be criminally minded and I would not touch anything I knew he had his hand in!

Thank you for making us all aware of this! Your writing has come so far and so diverse I enjoy any and everything you write but this is way up there!


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Levertis Steele 2 years ago from Southern Clime

I often hear people bragging about how technology has progressed since certain periods in world history. Man's worse fears are usually played out in bestseller novels and then the movies. Usually the "bad guy" is a strange looking creature from outer space. Children of past decades since television was invented have had nightmares about these creatures that no man can number. It all boils down from fantasy to reality. "Will the real bad guy please stand up!" The bad guy iiiiiissssss MAN!

Man is never satisfied. He constantly studies something to create and control. You mentioned seed control. I suppose that has been happening gradually all along. If the world continues, there will come a time when we may be charged for the privilege to enjoy rain, air, and sunshine that we can only access from certain corporations. I have always said that illegal drugs are illegal until they can be taxed. Ok, marijuana, you are on your way! Cigarettes and alcohol are two of the biggest killers in the world, and how long have these "vegetables" been on the market? Why are they on the market? They are here because they generate billions of dollars, and they are taxed. So, we have known for centuries that people are not as important as the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR. It boils down more to each person being responsible for his own health.

You write, "The cost to purchase GM-free products will skyrocket if non-GM farmers have to pay the cost of contamination, and eventually, GM-free crops may be eradicated due to contamination in the long-term!"

OK!!!

A thought: If we buy anything that we did not monitor, we could all be in danger. We usually find out about faulty things after we use them.

Being informed is certainly a gem-of-a-lifeline. Thanks for all of this great information!


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

You did an excellent job with this topic. I'm pinning it to one of my organic food boards.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

As always Jackie thanks for reading and your continued support of my writing. This hub in particular I felt was very important to get out there and try to inform as many people as possible. Thank you again for your generous comments.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Levertis, what a terrific comment. You are so right, man is often the real bad guy and worse than any monster in a horror movie or book. Look at the devastation we have already caused to our world. Those that say all technology is good have tunnel vision I am afraid. Look at all the things that we have been told are groundbreaking medicines for instance like thalidomide, to stop morning sickness,and subsequently thousands of babies were born blind, with deformities etc. just look at the list of things Monsanto has been charged for lying about and it is clear that you can't believe everything that chemists and scientists tell us. The dollar is the powerful driver in the world today, not what is right and good for mankind. Everyone needs to be informed, then it is their choice whether they do anything about it. We ARE in danger! Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading ologsinquito, I appreciate your kind comment and that you are pinning this to your organic food board.


Pamela J Oglesby 2 years ago

I have thought these products have been dangerous for our long term health for a while now. I am so glad to read your hub as I think it is right on target. Somehow as a group we need to get the word out so those products are not purchased as there is probably no othe way to stop this trend. Awesome hub!


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

A great Hub Jodah, full of common sense.

GM foods or ' Frankenstein ' foods as they are called by many over here are certainly frowned upon. To experiment on a population with incomplete knowledge on the long-term effects of GM food products is an invitation for wide scale disaster.

Sharing and pinning;

All the Best,

R.Q.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading pamela and your kind comments. The best we can do iis try not to buy these GM products and continue to spread the word.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes R.Q., "Frankenstein" foods is an apt name for them, and it is only a matter of time when they will turn on there creator with a vengeance. I can't understand how they can be allowed to release these products and alter our food without quantitative testing. It is a disaster waiting to happen, and most of us are just sitting back allowing it.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Great work here Jodah, this, our water supply and our environment as a whole are what a real war should be over.

EWF


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I agree totally Eric, we should be putting all our resources into fighting for the environment, our food, and water....not in overseas conflicts or for control of oil fields.


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bethperry 2 years ago from Tennesee

Jodah, I've read much on Monsanto and so glad you posted this very informative Hub on them. I tend to think their main objectives are to make money while knocking off the herd of humans they make their money off of. Thanks much for writing, and let's hope everyone gets behind the fight to stop this vile corp.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Beth, and for your comment. I'm sure there must be other agro-chemical companies out there (or are they all under Monsanto's banner) but I couldn't find any info on them...everything leads back to Monsanto. They have members on the boards of so many other companies and organisations such as our Government funded scientific research organisation the CSIRO. It wouldn't surprise me if they have political connections as well, because it surprises me how their GM modified products and seeds etc keep getting approval, only to be taken to court further down the line. They have been charged with many more offences than I showed here, but just keep going.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

For anyone still following this hub I have just added a new video called "All Natural" about the false advertising industry. I urge you to watch. It is funny but also disturbing.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Wow, dear Jodah, you have been busy writing such important hubs to bring awareness to these types of altered foods! My goodness, this is scary stuff indeed. I had no clue as to all of this, so thank you very much for your great insight here!

Up and more and sharing

God bless,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Faith I have been researching this for quite awhile, it is something I am very concerned about, especially Monsanto's almost untethered global power. They get taken to court time after time and found to have lied and released dangerous products etc, but they have so much money and government influence that it just doesn't faze them. I look forward to the result of Steve Marsh's court case in a couple of days. Thanks for the vote up and share. God bless you too.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

My pleasure. My dad had Agent Orange as he was in the Viet Nam and Korean, but it was in Viet Nam where he came in contact with Agent Orange. I was married, but when I came home to visit, after he found out he had it, he never talked about it, but he always would put on a long-sleeved shirt when I came home to visit in the middle of the summer in the deep south, where it gets close to 100 degrees. His arms were eaten up with it according to one of my sisters who was still living at home. I guess he did not want us to worry.

Hugs,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Update on Steve Marsh Court Case: It began today and is expected to go on for about three weeks. Monsanto would not comment on weather they were giving financial support to Michael Baxter the GM canola farmer. Here is the latest news article about the case: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-10/landmark-cou...


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

So often, companies and indeed governments rush in with both feet without adequate knowledge as to the dangers. We've seen it time and time again, in my country and in yours and in many others. Their arrogance and greed is what drives it all. There is no moderation, no 'let's do proper research and tests before we go about potentially killing things'.

My view is that we shouldn't mess with nature, we shouldn't upset the natural balance of things because every time we do, disaster strikes sooner or later.

Great hub. Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, I totally agree with everything you said. Unfortunately greed is running our world. We have to find a way to change that.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, I totally agree with everything you said. Unfortunately greed is running our world. We have to find a way to change that.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Ann, you are so right. I Government can see $$ signs they jump in to things without requiring the necessary research and safety nets in place. Greed is evil. Thanks for your kind words.


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titi6601 2 years ago

It's very hard to avoid all these bad foods because they are everywhere. Also, eating healthy is so expensive. This a great article. I appreciate you taking the time and sharing this information.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are right titi, healthy foods are more expensive and we have to look hard to find food that doesn't have GMOs. But even a small step, introducing some fresh fruit and verges direct from a market, or organic free range eggs is a help. It's only a few dollars and will help to bring the price down if there is greater demand. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

An eye-opening article that everyone should read.

So glad you introduced Steve Marsh. We owe him for standing up for doing the right thing. GMO food has been a thorn-in-my-side for a long time. Why is there no requirement for listing GMO food on the label? We have a right to know what we eat. This makes me livid.

I watched both videos and learned so much about this subject. My thoughts are clear as far as Monsanto goes - money-hungry and evil.

I will put this on FB, and share it everywhere I can. Thank you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, Vocalcoach, this info needs to be available to all and food should be labeled. Steve Marsh' court case is still underway at the moment. I hope he is successful. Monsanto's RoundUp has just been linked with an epidemic of kidney disease. It makes me mad how they have been getting away with this for so long. Thank you for sharing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

UPDATE: Here is an email I received today in regard to Steve Marsh.

Dear friends,

Your support has been truly amazing! Over 40,000 citizens have signed our petition calling the Australian Senate to take a close look at the adverse effects of genetically modified (GM) crops. The success of the petition shows the increase in concern of all Australians regarding GM crops and the risks of GM contamination of organic and conventional food.

We have previously told you about organic farmer Steve Marsh who is facing his neighbour in the WA Supreme Court to protect his right to grow GM-free food. The trial is finishing today and the outcome will set a precedent to determine where the responsibility lies in the case of GM contamination. You can read a daily update about the trial on the Safe Food Foundation website as well as transcripts and witnesses statements on the Supreme Court of WA website.

Steve Marsh's case goes well beyond the protection of organic farming, non GM food is also at stake. We all need to get behind him! Please make a donation today via the Safe Food Foundation to help him cover his legal fees.

If you are in NSW, you are also invited to a forum « For Fair, Fresh, Local GM-free food » on Monday 3rd March in Marrickville. Fred Haskins, one of the partners of this petition will also be there to talk about GM threat to farm and food. More info: http://on.fb.me/1hFVrlB

Please keep spreading the word about this petition and Steve Marsh’s case to your friends and family via social media.

Yours for a GM free future,

Bob Mackley (grain farmer, Vic)

Janette Liddelow (grain and sheep farmer, WA)

Fred Haskins (farmer, NSW)eve Marsh's trial finshes today.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a great hub Jodah. This topic has been well researched with great links and images. More of these horrendous onslaughts must be shared. I'm also very glad that you are like me from the Southern Hemisphere so we share the same season - summer. The only march I ever participated in was in Cape Town on banning Monsanto's influence in SA. Not sure if the people who came in the hundreds made any difference, but nevertheless its the peoples voice that must be heard. Now I will link it to all my social networks. Well done!


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

After having read this very useful and informative hub, my instinct says to me to shun such horrible food once and for all and instead use self growing natural organic food. You have illustrated a very horrible picture of these multinational companies who are intent on killing us or turning us into the eternally sick persons by infecting us with bundles of fatal diseases -just to satiate their avarice for dollars and euros. John, Steve Marsh is such a brave guy, I wish him victory against such evil called GMO. Thanks, my friend for spreading such awareness all-around.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Nadine, and your wonderful comments. Yes it is good to find another from the Southern Hemisphere who isn't experiencing a snowy Winter as most hubbers are in the North. There have been numerous marches against Monsanto around the world, added together they must have some effect. I appreciate you sharing this and linking to your social networks.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am glad to aid your awareness of this and the evils of the multinational chemical companies like Monsanto Harishprasad. I will monitor the outcome of Steve Marsh's court case and report the result here in the next few days. Thank you for reading and your kind comments.


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

This is highly educational, very insightful hub! Although quite disturbing, I commend you for your effort in researching and sharing this valuable info with us. Great job!

Greed is absolutely swallowing the minds of these people in the industry and don't seem to care at all. Such a shame! All in the name of money!

Voting up, interesting, useful and definitely sharing.

Thank you and hope all is well down under.

P.S. My hubby and I are trying to grow some basic herbs and veggies in our backyard the natural way but the raccoons are a lot faster in harvesting. :) Will do the chicken wire in the future as billybuc suggested in one of his hubs.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Cris, good to see you back. Glad you found this educational even though it is very disturbing. The best thing you can do is to grow as much of your food as possible. Yes wire netting is the best idea to keep pesky critters out. Here it is wallabies and birds that are the problem. Thanks for the vote up and share. All's good here.


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raymondphilippe 2 years ago from The Netherlands

This story has to be told. Kudos. Voted up


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susi10 2 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

This was a very informative read, I did not know the true dangers of GMO crops until I read this! The research and the results are very scary indeed, I can't believe the effects that the substance had on rats, it's terrible! Steve Marsh was right to stand up against this, I hope that GMO crops will not be a regular side dish to our meals in the future.

This hub is very well researched and I found it both useful and interesting to know. This article was much needed. Voted up +++ and shared.


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VictoriaSheffield 2 years ago from Georgia

You are absolutely right!


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

Important and terrifying. I don't want to give my children this kind of food. I often by organic product, but they are expensive... A very well presented and written hub. Voted!


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Levertis Steele 2 years ago from Southern Clime

Bethperry said, "I tend to think their main objectives are to make money while knocking off the herd of humans they make their money off of."

And what's wrong with killing the evidence? You cannot blame the bad guy in the movie for trying to survive! Seriously, I saw a little humor in your statement, although it has a serious edge.

I am planning a larger spring garden this year, and I have been collecting seeds for several months--about 40 packets! I am wondering how many of them have DNA tampering.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading susi10, and your kind comment vote up and share. I am glad I could educate you about the dangers of GMOs. We all have to take a stand and I hope Steve Marsh is successful.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Victoria, appreciate you're reading this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading and voting up Kerlund74, we do have to take a stand against this to protect our children, even if it means spending a few extra dollars initially. If demand for natural organic products increases costs will drop, and our health will improve.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Levertis, it is a very serious issue but you have to try to add a little humour in every situation to make it slightly more palatable. Good on you for deciding to plant a spring garden, I guess you will have to wait and see if you can grow a second crop from the seeds of your first. If the seeds are GM you won't be able to repropagate.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

For updates on the trial which concluded on Feb 28 check out:

http://sustainablepulse.com/2014/02/10/steve-marsh...

The judge is expected to release his decision in April.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

BREAKING NEWS!!

Steve Marsh loses court case.

http://permaculturenews.org/2014/05/28/steve-marsh...

Please read this. It is disappointing for all organic farmers that Steve lost this case as it would have been a landmark ruling if it had gone in his favour. He is being advised whether or not to appeal the decision or take it higher.


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Chantelle Porter 12 months ago from Chicago

Absolutely fantastic article. Monsanto is so reviled even here in the US. Big business is hard to fight for us little folks. Grow your own people!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes exactly Chantelle, grow your own is the best way. Have you heard Monsanto is being taken to trial, in Finland I think, for crimes against humanity? I eagerly await the outcome of that.

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