If you thought Monsanto’s lack of testing on their current GMO crops was bad before, prepare to now be blown away by the latest statement by the USDA. Despite links to organ damage and mutated insects, the USDA says that it is changing the rules so that genetically modified seed companies like Monsanto will get ‘speedier regulatory reviews’. With the faster reviews, there will be even less time spent on evaluating the potential dangers. Why? Because Monsanto is losing sales with longer approval terms.
http://wakeup-world.com/2012/02/25/usda … %E2%80%99/
The longer approval times my be only part of the reason Monsanto is losing sales. It is my sincere hope that the factual information, such as that which you and others have made public, is educating all of us.
All of the truth needs to be publicized, with data and proof of it's validity and importance. It is the right of consumers to have factual information, and to be made fully aware of the health dangers of GMO crops/products.
It is not unheard of for public outrage and massive boycotting to be responsible for causing financial losses to the offending parties. This is a move in the right direction.
However, another and perhaps equally vital target needing attention and attack by consumers is the USDA! The more exposure....the more pressure...bring about demands from the public, for answers, Changes & action.
Answers, action, ACCOUNTABILITY. Monsanto, USDA, we mean YOU.
I commend, appreciate and fully support your mission, Wes.
We're being used as a Petri Dish here in the USA, the mass media is forever experimenting on our heads with their manufactured consent for wars against Arabia for the sole purpose of giving the wealthiest of the wealthy control over the oil fields....planned and portrayed idiocy and mediocrity via "reality television" set people up perfectly for becoming cannon fodder for wars....and then the great Monsanto - culling the herds in the guise of benevolence...
I still talk to a ton of people that have never even heard of Monsanto, and have no clue what a "GMO" is....so I got to keep on keeping on online.
If I can't talk folks into recognizing that their government is murdering people over seas with bombs, then maybe I can get them to realize some equally big problems associated with food, everyone has to eat, after all!
Perhaps targeting the institutional shareholders would be a better bet:
Fund managers tend to be a mite more concerned about their names being lambasted for unethical shareholdings.
Lists of shareholders (in full) are available to enquirers, so it is possible to organise a campaign to blast these fund managers with truth and show them to be money greedy bastards that care not for health or humanity.
Some of them may even have children and grandchildren who will die from Monsantos poisonous trade and disregard for safety.
They may even have morals to consider, apart from self wealth.
Thanks Wes for the info. I am one who really did not (still doesn't in a sense) until reading this. Perusing the net I learned. My feelings are mixed more so from lack of knowledge. I think I'll corner my nephew a grad student at Calpoly in microbiology with some questions. The least I can say is I'm perplexed enough to look further.
And Monsanto is only the tip of the iceberg. Once you start looking into how our food is processed in this country it'll make your stomach turn and should aggravate you thoroughly.
http://www.certifiedhumane.org/index.ph … -the-video
You can also seek out a video/movie called "The Corporation". Your ears and eyes will start to bleed.
That's the best I could have hoped for from someone who'd not been following these issues!!!!!!!
Thanks Very Much!
Well, I am not going to be so quick to condemn the FDA or Monsanto on the basis of the article or the articles linked within because they all make the same bland statements but offer no supported facts. They may be facts, and I am inclined to believe them, but none of the 3 articles I read cite sources so we are getting a one-sided view which is only as good as an opinion.
BUT, like I said, I am inclined to believe the rhetoric because I have observed the horrible effects of FDA approved foods and drugs on people. For years, I have been in a mental fog because of all the processed food I ate, and I am recovering. Processed sugar is the worst of them all as it can be found in probably 90% of all packaged food products. Check your cereal box, check your canned vegetables, check the so called vegetarian soy patties. They may list that there are only so many grams of sugar, but it is IN THERE and in many different forms. I am probably preaching to the choir here, but all that to say that I completely mistrust the FDA and ANY company that has turned farming into a factory process.
I have to add my experience with genetically modified soybeans. I came back years ago from a fantastic homecoming trip from Holland. Now, the food is really good there - I mean it is healthy. I lost my craving to overeat except when I was eating sugary products you can't get here (poffertjes - sort of like tiny pancakes). Then, on the trip home, the food was not so great - I don't know if KLM was being cheap and bought the catering from a substandard supplier or if maybe they had stocked up in the US. In any case, after that trip, when I went to sleep I woke up having difficulty breathing! I had never noticed that before, but ever since I noticed this tendency to have difficulty breathing at night. I started checking my food in the following weeks and noticed one consistent culprit - almost every time I ate food with soy in it, I would have this breathing problem. Naturally I started avoiding anything with soy in it. I used to think I was allergic, but now it makes sense because the majority of soy has been genetically altered to resist Roundup.
Anytime we start messing with the natural order of things, any time we turn something into a cheap process to make money, anytime we try to fool consumers into buying more substandard product, the danger of harm increases exponentially. Obviously what follows is that the speedier approval process is a joke to help out Monsanto, and the real problem is that the FDA shouldn't be trusted at all and neither should we trust any corporation involved with growing food - especially when the company is public. Something is wrong there.
Genetically modified food is dangerous to human health; GM food has only come onto the market since 1996.
The people are fed this stuff and don’t know which food is contaminated with the genetically modified organisms. We are exploited like guinea pigs and must pay for the privilege.
This mutated food gives Monsanto the right to intellectual property; farmers who wish to use their seed pay them a license fee. We now have a company flogging defected food that they have copy right over.
Copy right over any type of food should be considered a crime against humanity.
Worse than that,because of marker genes and cross pollination farmers who do not wish to use their seed can still end up having to pay a licence fee.
As bad as all of that is....have you heard about the fourteen hundred farmers in India that killed themselves in just one year by drinking Monsanto pesticides and herbicides...ritual suicide, suicides that were meant to be symbolic.
thost - agree with you, as I'm sure everyone here does, that copyrighting agricultural products should not be allowed. I can understand patents on things like candy bars or boxed foods but not on agriculture.
It's really sinful, unethical, immoral, however you want to use these words. I can live without corn and have done so for several years now. I occasionally buy organic frozen corn which is the best I can hope for at this point since fresh organic ears of corn are about $3. each where I live, when they occasionally show up in the market.
But it's capitalism and we all know capitalism rules OK?
You won't hear that one on this end. I see nothing righteous in anyone's economic system.
For the record...SOCIALISM ROCKS!!!!
(just so long as I don't loose my second amendment or first or fourth amendment rights....oh, the fourth amendment is dead anyway...nevermind)
They wouldn't know socialism if it upped and bit them on the bum!
Oh I know. I see this constantly.
Truly though, I think that on sites like this the people that babble on and on about being scared of socialism....are shills paid to spread disinformation, or otherwise just idiots that think they might be rich if capitalism would only work their way!
Ever read "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist" if not I suggest that you do soon.
I second that, a period piece which simultaneusly shows us the horrors of unrestrained capitalism and presents a solution just as valid today as it was 100 years ago.
I don't remember who it was maybe Carlin who said: "The vast majority of American voters must be just about to become millionaires, this is the only possible reason why they would vote against their own interests to help the millionaires.
Holden - how is this capitalism? It's a hijacking of the food supply through power mongering and U.S. law which is subverting the American public. It's literally something out of a Michael Crichton techno-thriller.
Within any important issue, there are always aspects no one wishes to discuss. This is where our government falls on the subject.
Control the food supply, and you control the people!!!!
I think capitalism has been replaced by Crony Capitalism.
They own the politicians, and take all the profits.
But the common people pay for all of their losses through higher taxation and cut backs.
I think that insider trading in congress and Corporate Personhood are the major enablers...but there's likely more to it than I realize.
No, I don't think so. I think you realize it all. They're greedy, insatiable and without morality.
If we take a look at some history, there was a time when royals hoarded food supplies, hunting grounds, forestry, etc. and the people starved. We look back on this and can't figure out how so much wealth can be hoarded by so few. Monsanto, et al are like the royals of old. They hoard the profit to the detriment of the population only they're much worse. Not only do they control the food supply, they're poisoning the food they do let us have.
I have to try to be overly humble because I've got a monster ego....and if I don't, then folks just get it in their minds to go after me all the time in these forums.
I don't know how anyone could have missed the total lack of ethics or morality involved in all political stuff over the past two admins though....one has to seek blindness to miss it, I think.
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