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How to create a movement to BAN the growing of BtCotton?

  1. ptosis profile image80
    ptosisposted 2 weeks ago

    American Airlines CEO Doug Parker knows he has a ‘huge problem’ with allergic reactions to the new uniforms.

    Has anybody considered that the cause is the fiber itself? BtCotton causes rashes. GMO cotton should be banned. Women working in cotton fields had complained of rashes in India. Farmers from the Nimad region in Western Madhya Pradesh began complaining of health hazards after Bt cotton was planted. Itching skin, eruptions & swollen faces.

    “All the evidence gathered during the investigation shows that Bt has been causing skin, upper respiratory tract and eye allergy among persons exposed to cotton... The allergy is not restricted to farm labourers but has affected labourers & farmers who stored cotton in their homes etc.” - http://www.i-sis.org.uk/MILTBT.php

    Bt Cotton doesn't increase crop yield anyway so why is Monstanto pushing in in Turkey, India, Argentina and uh - Arizona in the United States?

    What can I do other than (IMHO) - a useless march?

    https://www.organicconsumers.org/campai … t-monsanto

    I'm pretty sure the following would fall on deaf ears:
    Take Action Tell Attorney General Sessions: Protect U.S. Farmers and Consumers. Say ‘NO’ to Big Biotech Mergers!

    Scandal Fatigue and the Trump Ethical Swamp is overwhelming,

    bald eagle was brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center late last month, he was paralyzed and couldn’t even hold his head up. Because of lead poisoning:

    As Tompkins’ latest patient was struggling for his life, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, was overturning a ban on the use of lead ammunition in wildlife refuges. - http://www.theearthchild.co.za/bald-eag … -about-it/

    The GMA, whose 300-plus members include Monsanto and Dow, Coca-Cola and General Mills, is pushing a bill in Congress that would preempt all states from passing (genetically modified organism) GMO labeling laws. - http://www.ecowatch.com/7-ways-to-fight … 14753.html

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

      What kind of wildlife refuge allows ANY ammunition?

      1. psycheskinner profile image82
        psycheskinnerposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

        Pretty much all of them.  Some also allow grazing or livestock and trapping.  Give it a few weeks and the gains that have been made for endanger species will all begin to unravel.

        1. ahorseback profile image46
          ahorsebackposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

          Right now , The left should be more concerned with the lead poisoning  in other wildlife refuges ,   your inner cities  lead by liberal  administrations Chicago , Detroit ,  Las Angeles ,   NYC, etc.... ,   the inner cities  melting down under softened liberal justice systems    .

          But to any liberal  , a duck or  a pair of cotton underwear    is more important  than  a city of people ?

          1. psycheskinner profile image82
            psycheskinnerposted 13 days ago in reply to this

            I think anyone doing any bad thing should be opposed from small to large because kind societies do not ignore any aspect of cruelty.  Anyone who is part of any movement to protect vulnerable victims of any kind is be applauded.

            Connecting unrelated issues is just a way to try and let bad people keep doing bad things.

          2. ptosis profile image80
            ptosisposted 12 days ago in reply to this

            What are you talking about? The noble cockroach, the magnificent rat? Are you one of those people who want other people to eat 'micro game'? They don't have a vermin  infestation, they are free ranch ranchers. {roll eyes}

            Or was that a racist statement as if there are no white urban poor and that only white poor people live in trailer parks living off of squirrels & possum?


            1. ahorseback profile image46
              ahorsebackposted 11 days ago in reply to this

              Only a true liberal can equate the discussion from clean water  to racism ,  Congratulations.

              1. ptosis profile image80
                ptosisposted 11 days ago in reply to this

                Only a true arse would take a thread on Environmental concerns and turn it into inner-city violence.

            2. Live to Learn profile image82
              Live to Learnposted 9 days ago in reply to this

              I'm afraid I don't see how an accusation of racism could have been generated by that post.

              1. ptosis profile image80
                ptosisposted 9 days ago in reply to this

                Maybe I'm a little too sensitive

        2. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

          Guess you learn something every day.  The only refuge I'm familiar with, a few acres of bird refuge, totally bans any hunting.

          1. Live to Learn profile image82
            Live to Learnposted 2 weeks ago in reply to this

            Shh. Ryan Zinke might hear that. smile

      2. ptosis profile image80
        ptosisposted 13 days ago in reply to this

        What I don't understand is why anybody would use lead when hunting because it would ruin the meat. For a person who spent $$$ on permits, equipment, get Premium Nosler Brass. (Commerical!) Residual lead from high-velocity bullets that fragment into microscopic particles can't be removed when the animal is butchered.

        http://www.outdoorlife.com/articles/hun … -your-meat

        CDC study 738 North Dakotan wild game eaters  Lead levels ranged from no detectable levels to 9.82 micrograms per deciliter (CDC guidelines say that lead levels above 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood can cause physical and cognitive problems).

        I love venison,  eat that for about a week and the smell of meat at the store make you want to GAG because it is gassed to make it look bright orange-y red of meat that would otherwise be grey from age. Blood is dark when vacumned sealed such as the bison ground meat.

        1. Live to Learn profile image82
          Live to Learnposted 13 days ago in reply to this

          Just a point here. Blood is not always dark red when vacuum sealed. It depends on how quickly you move the vacuum package to the freezer and how quickly the meat freezes. One of the problems with store bought meat is that it is wet aged. Basically, it marinates in its own blood until the cryovac package is opened and the meat is cut for display. If you don't like store bought meat, buy local. Small processors do  not use any gas or preservatives and dry age meat.

        2. wilderness profile image96
          wildernessposted 13 days ago in reply to this

          And yet lead ammunition has been used for hundreds of years without "ruining the meat".  Pretty strong evidence that the statement is nothing but a scare tactic to convince people not to use it.

          1. psycheskinner profile image82
            psycheskinnerposted 13 days ago in reply to this

            Tell that to children with lead-related developmental delays.  Consuming shot fragments can contribute to these problems but they are fortunately getting more rare as lead is removed from all products from paint to gas.

            The NRA itself opposes lead shot as alternatives are easily available, just as effective, and no more expensive.  So people wishing to cling to it are just being contrary.

            1. wilderness profile image96
              wildernessposted 13 days ago in reply to this

              Psyche, I grew up eating wild meat - our family probably hunted for 90% of our meat.  3 deer and an elk was the standard for a family of 5.  Many of my childhood friends were the same; living off wild meat killed with lead bullets.

              So no, I don't see lead as "ruining the meat" at all.  None of us has died from lead poisoning (or shown any effects at all).  Nor have I ever heard of a single person that did.

              The effect on wildlife, and particularly fish, could well be a different story.  So while I support the banning of lead (particularly lead based shotgun shells and lead fishing sinkers), to say it ruins the meat simply isn't true.

          2. ahorseback profile image46
            ahorsebackposted 12 days ago in reply to this

            Correct !++++++++++++

          3. ptosis profile image80
            ptosisposted 12 days ago in reply to this

            Hundreds of years of musket ball, not high power rifles.

            Go to this video Lapua Naturalis Bullets - test
            skip to 1:36  Lost 30% of the lead bullet weight

  2. ahorseback profile image46
    ahorsebackposted 12 days ago

    Lead poisoning is primarily through the breakdown of lead  itself , no so much the handling of lead solids ,    Having been  "Lead Poison Abatement Certified " I can tell you that  ingestion , inhalation and epidermal absorption   OF THE RESIDUAL BREAKDOWN of lead  is the poisoning culprit .    Not so much the handling of solid lead , ie. Bullets etc.

    Lead poisoning  can be acquired  in many ways ,  the  dusts of paint removal , being the worst .   The  CHILDREN and undeveloped brains bare the worst cases .   Picking the lead shot out of a  pheasant or a deer  for instance doesn't lead to lead poisoning .   scraping old paints , varnishes ,   removing or damaging old lead mixed with other materials CAN be  dangerous .   Oral contact with toys ,  woodwork ,  painted toys ,  certain plastics and treated metal toys are the danger .

    You or I could probably carry lead bullets or billets across a factory floor for an entire career and may not necessarily  be exposed to lead poisoning , until you start chewing on  it !     Think about how most  water lines of the last century were solid lead pipes , even the paints in your house had lead  ,  but not until removal or altering  practices  happened did they become a real danger.     Even today lead paints are legally being covered with layers of , for instance ,water based paints .

    AS usual though , the alarmists assume ALL CONTACT with lead is killing  us ! Not so .

    1. ptosis profile image80
      ptosisposted 12 days ago in reply to this

      Flint, Mich.
      Chicago Residents Hit City with Class-Action Lawsuit Over Lead Pipe ...
      St. Louis' stubborn lead poisoning problem
      Baltimore City

      Water-borne lead is not just highly toxic—it is one of the greatest ... “Nobody really knows how much lead piping there still is out there,” Ferrie said. ... in lead leaching into drinking water, thus increasing the

      potential for cognitive impairment.


      Reverse osmosis will remove several mineral and chemical materials from water, including salt, fluoride, lead, manganese, iron, and calcium. , it will not remove some pesticides, solvents and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) including: Ions and metals such as Chlorine and Radon.

  3. ptosis profile image80
    ptosisposted 9 days ago

    Please consider banning the use of Bt cotton for the following reasons.

    1) It is not resistant to bollworm
    2) It is designed to withstand liberal use of Roundup
    3) It will shrink the market and profitability
    4) Handling, storing, transporting of unwashed raw cotton injures workers
    5) Bt Crops linked to Colony collapse disorder (CCD)

    1) Surprisingly, 32.5% of Bt cotton farmers reported a high incidence of American bollworm, an important pest that the Bt cotton is designed to control; while only 4.1% of NPM farmers reported a high incidence of this pest. [1]

    2) GMO cotton was designed to be resistant to herbicides so that weed killers could be liberally sprayed on crops without worrying about killing the cotton plants. It was genetically modified to be resistant to glyphosate (Roundup), a broad-spectrum herbicide, toxic to humans at concentrations far below the recommended agricultural use levels. Studies link glyphosate to spontaneous abortions, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. [2]

    3) In April, 2009, Germany announced a plan to ban all GMO crops in the country, citing concerns of the environmental impact, making Germany the latest in a string of EU countries to outlaw GMO crops.

    4) Allergy symptoms in people in direct contact with Bt cotton included itching, redness, eruptions and swelling.  The people affected did not have previous history of allergies even though they were involved in picking cotton earlier.  Kalibai of Kothra said she has been working for 20 years picking cotton and never had any symptoms until 2004, when she suffered very bad allergy from picking Bt cotton. [4]

    5) George Monbiot says neonicotinoids are the "new DDT killing the natural world," 10,000 times more powerful than DDT. In an article published in The Guardian, Monbiot skillfully explains how neonics, when applied to the seeds of crops, remain in the plant as it grows, killing the insects that eat the plant. (According to Pesticide Action Network of North America, the seeds for at least 94 percent of the 92 million acres of corn planted across the U.S. are treated with neonics). Other pollinators, including bees, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, and beetles that feed from the flowers of the treated crops, absorb enough of the pesticide to compromise their survival, says Monbiot [5]

    [1] http://www.i-sis.org.uk/OCBBCI.php
    [2] http://www.naturalnews.com/053883_glyph … iller.html
    [3] https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/tag/bollworm/
    [4]  http://www.i-sis.org.uk/MILTBT.php
    [5] https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays … -birds-and