If you own a cell phone you really must watch this video. No, this post has nothing to do with GMO’s, but I also blog about other potentially harmful threats to your health, and this one was blatantly NOT funny:
And then I thought: “wonder if SmartStax 8-trait corn will pop like that?” The first seeds were put into the ground last week in Texas.
Lucy Sharratt – CBAN Coordinator <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Welcome to a new year of action! 2010 will certainly be a critical
year on GM crops and foods here in Canada. GM flax contamination, GM
alfalfa, SmartStax corn, new health critiques, Monsanto’s increased
seed control, GM sugarbeet, and GM wheat are all active issues and
campaigns right now. And the industry has stepped up its PR to sell GM
as the solution to the crises of our time. Please consider your
support to CBAN and our campaigns this year. Stay tuned for new
announcements from CBAN and our Members across Canada. Thank you for
your support and action.
Was 2009 the year that the world turned against GM?
The Ecologist, UK
Claire Robinson & Jonathan Matthews
Claire Robinson and Jonathan Matthews are co-editors of GMWatch
Despite promising the world in 2009, biotech corporations have
increasingly raised the hackles of scientists and citizens worldwide
2009 was a year in which the biotech industry, Gates and their US
Administration allies did everything in their power to drive the world
down the GM road, but it was also a year marked by remarkable global
It was a year too in which the truth emerged more clearly than ever
about not just the severe limitations and risks of GM crops, but the
viability of the many positive alternatives to GMOs alternatives from
which the profit-driven GM-fixation diverts much needed attention and
Posted in American Politics & Food, Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, CBAN, Food Security, GE Corn, GE Flax, GE Soy, Monsanto, World Food Politics, World GE Politics
Tagged Ban GM crops, Bill Gates, Biotech Companies, Canadian Food Politics, CBAN, Food Security, GE Foods, Global Resistance, GM Sugarbeet, GM Wheat, GMO, Lucy Sharratt, Monsanto, SmartStax Corn
SACKVILLE, NB — The Organic Trade Association (OTA) in Canada has called the recent discovery of contaminated flax seed in Europe “unacceptable,” and said biotechnology companies must take responsibility for damages caused by their lack of appropriate containment protocols.
The European Commission′s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed has discovered an illegal genetically engineered (GE) trait in German food products, which originated from Canada. Although no organic products have been implicated at this time, the discovery of this unauthorized GE trait in food products is a major concern for the Canadian organic sector, and for consumers around the world. The GE flax in question, called `Triffid,′ was designed specifically to withstand applications of synthetic chemical pesticides.
“It′s time for biotech companies to be good parents and take responsibility for their children. The owners of GE crops need to assume the liability for loss of market access due to their technologies appearing in countries or products in which they are not wanted. As GE products are not permitted under organic standards, the organic sector in Canada is extremely concerned by the prospect of losing access to its essential markets in Europe, Asia and around the world,” said Matthew Holmes, managing director of OTA in Canada.
Posted in Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, GE Flax
Tagged Ban GM crops, Biotech Companies, Canadian Food Politics, Food Security, GE Foods, GE Free BC, Monsanto, SmartStax Corn
New Report Reveals Dramatic Rise in Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops Due to the Spread of Resistant Weeds
GE crops increase herbicide use by 383 million pounds from 1996 to
2008, with 46 percent of the total increase occurring in 2007 and 2008
Genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans and cotton have increased use of weed-killing herbicides by 383 million pounds in the U.S. from 1996 to 2008, according to a new report titled “Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First 13 Years (PDF)” announced today by The Organic Center (TOC), the Union for Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the
Center for Food Safety (CFS). In addition, GE corn and cotton have reduced insecticide use by 64 million pounds, resulting in an overall increase of 318 million pounds of pesticides over the first 13 years of commercial use.
Posted in Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, CBAN, Food Security, GE Corn
Tagged Ban GM crops, Biotech Companies, Canadian Food Politics, CBAN, Charles Benbrook, Food Security, GE Foods, GMO, Herbicides, Lucy Sharratt, Monsanto, Pesticides, Roundup Ready, Small Farmer, SmartStax Corn, TOC, UCS, USDA
Applicant’s dossiers contained wide-ranging fraudulent research
Press Notice from GM Free Cymru 9 November 2009
For the first time, a GM multinational has pulled two GM corn varieties from the regulatory and assessment process at the eleventh hour (1), after planning for a future income of several billion dollars per year from global sales (2). Monsanto has abandoned its ambitious plans for a so-called “second generation GM crop” rather than accede to a request from European regulators for additional research and safety data (3).
By Lucy Sharratt, coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network based in Ottawa (from the Western Producer)
Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences are calling their new SmartStax corn a “game-changing” technology.
How so? Is it the increased prices they will eventually charge for a corn with eight genetically engineered traits? Is it the 75 percent reduction in refuge area that they successfully negotiated?
Posted in American Politics & Food, Canadian Politics & Food, CBAN, GE Corn
Tagged Brenda Harris, CBAN, Dow AgroSciences, GE Foods, Lucy Sharratt, Monsanto, SmartStax Corn, Trish Jordan