Monsanto contamination takes out Organic Farm again

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  1. Greenpeace GMO Guide For Canadian’s http://gmoguide.greenpeace.ca/shoppers_guide.pdf

    A case against genectic modification

    By P.J. Wren, Special to The Delta Optimist February 12, 2011

    A typical kitchen in Delta probably has more genetically modified (GM) foods than you may think. With over 30,000 different products on our local grocery store’s shelves, you would be hard-pressed to open a cupboard and not find something made from a GM plant.

    What exactly is a GM food? A GM food has had its DNA altered by the insertion of foreign genes from a plant, animal, viral or bacterial source. If you are familiar with the “cut” and “paste” options on your computer, think of GM foods as having one organism “cut out” and another “pasted” in its place.

    For example, corn is being modified throughout North America — via the insertion of a soil bacterium — to self-produce a pesticide that makes the corn less vulnerable to insect damage. Less damage equals greater production of crops, which in turn equals more corn on the market for the consumer.

    Sounds great, doesn’t it? However, it really isn’t that simple. While some people believe GM foods are the answer to the world’s food shortages, others believe they pose a danger to an unsuspecting public.

    Consumer groups and scientists have expressed a number of concerns about GM foods, including their unknown long-term health risks, the possible creation of new allergens, superweeds and superbugs, and the potential for gene pollution and antibiotic resistance. About 60 per cent of our processed foods contain some genetic modification. This is largely due to the prevalence of soy in processed foods which, next to corn, is the largest modified food. Not that we’d be aware of that, though. The manufacturers are not required by law to label GM foods. Where labeling is mandatory in Europe, a similar bill in our Parliament back in 2001 was voted down.

    For a list of GMO-free foods, Greenpeace released its own shoppers list for consumers that details everything from baby food to vegetarian and meat alternatives. http://gmoguide.greenpeace.ca/shoppers_guide.pdf

    Barring that, if you want to avoid GM foods, it really just takes some common sense. Avoid products with food labels longer than your arm (the more processed a food is, the more certain you can be there is a GM ingredient in there) and eat organic fruit and vegetables.

    You will also want to pay attention to what you eat eats too. Our livestock is also fed GM corn and oats. Eat the cow that is fed GM feed and you are also eating what he had for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    P.J. Wren is a personal trainer and writer in the Delta area who prefers to eat her foods as Mother Nature intended. She can be reached at http://www.fitnesswithpj.com.

  2. “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are
    the souls of those who live under tyranny.” ~Thomas Jefferson, 1781

    “There is No Right to Consume or Feed Children Any Particular Food; There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health; There is No
    Fundamental Right to Freedom of Contract.” ~US Dept of Health & Human Services and US Food & Drug Administration, 2010

    “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the
    fundamental rights of every human being.” ~World Health Organization Constitution

    Environmental hazards

    “Our current knowledge does not provide us with the means to predict the ecological long-term effects of releasing organisms into the environment. So it is beyond the competence of the scientific system to answer such a question…

    The number of possibilities how the release of Genetically Engineered organisms into the environment may upset the ecology is very large. The possible complications are extremely difficult to evaluate. With few exceptions, governments all over the world are allowing the release of GE organisms into nature without requiring careful scientific investigation of the environmental consequences.

    This is nothing less than blind experimentation with the environment with unknown and unpredictable consequences, especially as the released genes cannot be recalled.

    “… some GMOs can possess genuinely new characteristics that may require greater scrutiny than organisms produced by traditional techniques of plant and animal breeding. Since long-term ecological impacts of GMOs may be extremely difficult to predict or study prior to commercialization, ESA strongly recommends a cautious approach to releasing GMOs into the environment.”

    For more info goto: http://www.psrast.org/ctenvir.htm

    Please See: 10 reasons why we don’t need GM foods. http://www.gmwatch.org/10-reasons-why-we-dont-need-gm-foods

    Monsanto’s Roundup triggers over 40 plant diseases and endangers human and animal health, January 14, 2011
    http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12806:monsanto-s-roundup-triggers-over-40-plant-diseases-and-endangers-human-and-animal-health

    To learn more about Monsanto’s Kellogg’s foods, genetically engineered alfalfa and sugar beets and Monsanto’s crimes (Monsanto Sues More Small
    Family Farmers), Please go to : http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

  3. Lori Ann Cammllarie

    To the farmer who lost his organic crops to contamination of Monsanto: He should be able to sue Monsanto for tresspassing and contaminating his crops and causing harm. I believe there is a precedence already with this situation. This is ridiculous and outrageous that there is not more recourse and protections against these companies!!!

    • The only precedence set was Percy Schmeiser, but it was not the law suit against Monsanto for contamination: Monsanto won that one, costing Percy around $400,000. Percy counter sued for the costs of fixing the damage Monsanto made when they ripped out his entire crop (and kept his original Non-GM seed of 50 years). That was $60,000.

      There is a court injunction against being able to sue Monsanto. It’s similar to the ones that stand for Pharmaceutical companies. If they kill you, you’re out of luck.

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