Under Creative Commons License: AttributionBy Melissa Cronin on February 9th, 2012 (many hours ago)Last week, a coalition of organic farmers took the floor to defend their livelihoods against the world’s largest producer of commercial seeds and well-known evil corporation, Monsanto. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, OSGATA, descended on the Southern District Court on Pearl Street in Brooklyn on Tuesday, along with hundreds of other activists representing the 300,000 plaintiffs that are raising an enormous case against the seed behemoth.
The hearing [full document here] was part of an ongoing case by OSGATA aimed at preventing Monsanto from suing small farmers when strains of their genetically-modified and legally-patented seeds are found in their fields, blown in from nearby farms. Because Monsanto has patented their strain, the chemical giant could sue these organic farmers for patent infringement if this happens, a power which OSGATA claims in unfair, and that any contamination would be inadvertent on the farmer’s part.
The hearing was held to give the organic farmers an opportunity to refute the motion to dismiss the case, proposed by Monsanto back in July, on the grounds that the charges were hypothetical and abstract. The entire issue has stemmed from Monsanto’s refusal to sign a contract promising not to sue if trace amounts of their seeds’ genetics were found in other farmers’ crops, leading many to believe that their patent laws would be enforced. For farmers who would never use Monsanto seeds intentionally, but who would be susceptible to seeds blown over from nearby farms, this is a terrifying prospect.
Not only is Monsanto reserving the right to sue over something the farmers can’t control, the corporation’s omnipresence is also weakening organic crops. Many organic farmers worry that if their seeds are contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) seeds, which are resistant to the company’s toxic herbicide Roundup, they will no longer test as genetically organic, leading to the loss of buyers, and potential bankruptcy. They fear that the GMO seeds will out-compete their own organic seeds, and that these crops are unsafe for people to eat. And that fear is not unfounded: a 2010 study in the International Journal of Biological Sciences found that Monsanto’s genetically modified corn was linked to organ failure in mammals.
On the company website, Monsanto has pledged not to exercise its patent rights when trace amounts of their patented seed are present in farmers’ fields as a result of inadvertent means. But CBS News’ Armen Keteyian reported last January that Monsanto investigators often trespass onto farmers’ land and harass them, threatening to sue for patent infringement.
Organic farmers cite Monsanto’s history of producing dangerous chemicals as evidence to the potency of its products. During the Vietnam War, Monsanto produced the 20 million gallons of extremely toxic Agent Orange, contaminating 3 million people, including US soldiers. Half a million people died and cancers, genetic deformities, and miscarriages have increases enormously, even generations later.
The Washington Post also led an investigation in 2002 which found that Monsanto had dumped millions of pounds of toxic PCBs in landfills in Alabama, causing a cancer cluster and an incredible amount of chemical pollution.
For the group gathered on Pearl Street last week, the case against Monsanto seems like David versus Goliath. Monsanto has undertaken one of the most aggressive patent assertion campaigns in history, said Dan Ravicher, the Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation, in a press release.
“We have farmers who have stopped growing organic corn, organic canola and organic soybeans because they can’t risk being sued by Monsanto,” said the president of OSGATA, Jim Gerritsen. “It’s not fair and it’s not right.”
Read more: Organic Farmers Take On Seed Behemoth Monsanto In Our Very Own Brooklyn · NYU Local http://nyulocal.com/city/2012/02/09/organic-farmers-take-on-seed-behemoth-monsanto-in-our-very-own-brooklyn/#ixzz1lwGploLN
Support labeling of GMOs: http://truthinlabelingcoalition.org/Anthony Gucciardi & Mike Barrett
December 6, 2011Biotech giant Monsanto has been declared the Worst Company of 2011 by NaturalSociety for threatening both human health and the environment. The leader in genetically modified seeds and crops, Monsanto is currently responsible for 90 percent of the genetically engineered seed on the United States market. Outside of GM seeds, Monsanto is also the creator of the best-selling herbicide Roundup, which has spawned over 120 million hectacres of herbicide-resistant superweeds while damaging much of the soil. Despite hard evidence warning against the amplified usage of genetically modified crops, biopesticides, and herbicides, Monsanto continues to disregard all warning signs.
In a powerful review of 19 studies analyzing the dangers of GMO crops such as corn and soybeans, researchers revealed some shocking information regarding the safety of these popular food staples. Researchers found that consumption of GMO corn or soybeans may lead to significant organ disruptions in rats and mice – particularly in the liver and kidneys. This is particularly concerning due to the fact that 93 percent of U.S. soybeans are known to be genetically modified. Ignoring this evidence, Monsanto continues to expand their genetic manipulation.
Monsanto’s Genetic Manipulation of NatureOutside of genetically modifying crops, Monsanto has also created genetically modified crops containing Bt. Bt is a toxin incorporated in GMO crops that are intended to kill different insects, however Bt usage has subsequently spawned insect populations which are resistant to the biopesticide. After being exposed to Bt, many insect populations actually mutated to resist the biopesticide. So far at least 8 insect populations have developed resistance, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and at least 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole. Farmers are therefore forced to use even more pesticides to combat the resistant bugs.
What is the answer to this problem, according to Monsanto? To further genetically modify the Bt crop to make it a super-pesticide, killing the resistant insects.
Tests, however, have concluded that further modified Bt toxin crop provided ‘little or no advantage’ in tackling the insects, despite extensive time and funding put into the research. It seems that Monsanto’s solution to everything is to further modify it into oblivion, even in the face of evidence proving this method to be highly inefficient. The research shows that this will undoubtedly lead to insects that are resistant to the most potent forms of Bt and other modified toxins, resulting in the use of even more excessive amounts of pesticides in order to combat pests.
Superweeds Infesting Over 120 Million Hectacres of FarmlandThanks to Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup, farms across the world are experiencing the emergence of herbicide-resistant superweeds. The heavily resistant weeds have an immunity to glyphosate, an herbicide that Roundup contains. These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 million hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010. The appearance of these superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.
Of course, once again, the resistant weeds are so resistant to roundup that they require excessive amounts of herbicides. It is no surprise that the company is refusing to accept responsibility for the escalating cost of combating the weeds, stating that “Roundup agricultural warranties will not cover the failure to control glyphosate resistant weed populations.”
The World Says No to MonsantoFrance, Hungary, and Peru are a few of the countries that have decided to take a stand against Monsanto. Hungary actually went as far as to destroy 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Peru has also taken a stand for health freedom, passing a monumental 10 year ban on genetically modified foods. Amazingly, Peru’s Plenary Session of the Congress made the decision despite previous governmental pushes for GM legalization. The known and unknown dangers of GMO crops seem to supersede even executive-level governmental directives.
Anibal Huerta, President of Peru’s Agrarian Commission, said the ban was needed to prevent the ”danger that can arise from the use of biotechnology.”
France is the latest nation to say no to Monsanto’s GM corn maize, even in light of an overturned ban. It all began when France’s State Council overturned the ban on Monsanto’s GMO maize stating that it was not sufficiently justified. The organization then attempted to justify its decision by saying that the government did not give enough evidence to justify a ban. Under law, an EU country can only unilaterally ban a genetically modified strain if it can scientifically prove it is a risk to the health of humans, animals, or the integrity of the environment.
Even after the ban was overturned, it surfaced that French legislatures were planning to launch new restrictions regarding the use of Monsanto’s 810 maize on French soil. Even Nicolas Sarkozy, the current president of the French Republic, voiced his opposition to Monsanto’s GMO maize:
“The French government keeps and will keep its opposition against the cultivation of the Monsanto 810 maize on our soil,” Sarkozy said.
Worst Company of 2011In nominating Monsanto the Worst Company of 2011 we are hoping to raise awareness over the threat that Monsanto poses to human health and the environment. Genetically modified organisms will only continue to threaten all living creatures if not stopped. It is through spreading the word that real change will come about, and declaring Monsanto the Worst Company of 2011 is a great way to highlight all of their reckless actions.
Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-declared-worst-company-of-2011/#ixzz1lwHhI3Q0
Update (2/21/2012): I've two more gems for you:
Millions Of Pounds Of TOXIC POISON To Flood U.S. Farmland
Monsanto's GMO Corn LINKED To ORGAN FAILURE
The damage already done to our soil can be remedied by planting hemp, and using said crop to replace production of products that will benefit from the versatility of hemp.
The second link comes from the Huffington Post. Arianna Huffington (or an interested subordinate), once upon a time, used to host my Room 8 pieces, until I began to delve into my research in regards to the events of September 11th, 2001.
If you aren't aware, Arianna does not host postings that "subscribe to conspiracy theory"; you'll remember that she de-hosted a piece by former Minnesota Governor Jess Ventura, no less. I was glad for the cross-posting at the time; I sometimes suspected that she had plans to abduct my person and to make me her "boy toy"...but I digress.
That being said, if she's posting a piece about Monsanto's products, you'd do well to pay attention.
Pay attention to this little bit of information, as well:
The staff cafeteria at biotech-crop Monsanto’s UK headquarters reportedly banned GM foods from the menu back in 1999. The private catering company running the canteen, Sutcliffe Catering, owned by Granada Food Services, told its clients, including Monsanto, that it would no longer use foods containing GM soya or maize because of “customer concerns” about the technology. “We have taken the steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve,” Granada told its customers.The people making these FrankenFoods WON'T EAT THEM!!!
I need to say this as clear as possible, this next line.
A corporation is in business to make money.
I don't need to bold the text in that line.
I don't need to underline or italicize it. It speaks for itself. I don't want to engage in hyperbole. I just want to tell you, in plain English, in plain terms, that if you care about your life at all; if you care about the lives of your friends, your family, your future; you will not allow a corporation that is in the business of making money, and nothing else but that, to control our food supply.
If you value your health and your freedom, you will pick up your phone, you will call your representatives, and you will express your concern with these issues.
Do this for yourselves.
Contact Elected Officials
Have a good day.
Huffington Post/Jesse Ventura – Article #2 (“American Conspiracies”)
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH?I received a call last weekend from a fellow member of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and he informed me thus:
You didn’t see anything about it in the mainstream media, but two weeks ago at a conference in San Francisco, more than one thousand architects and engineers signed a petition demanding that Congress begin a new investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11.
That’s right, these people put their reputations in potential jeopardy – because they don’t buy the government’s version of events. They want to know how 200,000 tons of steel disintegrated and fell to the ground in 11 seconds. They question whether the hijacked planes were responsible – or whether it could have been a controlled demolition from inside that brought down the Twin Towers and Building 7.
Richard Gage, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the founder of Architects and Engineers for 9-11 Truth, put it like this: “The official Federal Emergency Management [Agency] and National Institute of Standards and Technology reports provide insufficient, contradictory and fraudulent accounts of the circumstances of the towers’ destruction.” He’s especially disturbed by Building 7, whose 447 stories came down in “pure free-fall acceleration” that afternoon – even though it was never hit by an aircraft.
This is a subject I take up in my new book, American Conspiracies , published this week by Skyhorse. An excerpt follows:
Some people have argued that the twin towers went down, within a half hour of one another, because of the way they were constructed. Well, those 425,000 cubic yards of concrete and 200,000 tons of steel were designed to hold up against a Boeing 707, the largest plane built at the time the towers were completed in 1973. Analysis had shown that a 707 traveling at 600 miles an hour (and those had four engines) would not cause major damage. The twin-engine Boeing 757s that hit on 9/11 were going 440 and 550 miles an hour.
Still, we are told that a molten, highly intense fuel mixture from the planes brought down these two steel-framed skyscrapers. Keep in mind that no other such skyscraper in history had ever been known to collapse completely due to fire damage. So could it actually have been the result of a controlled demolition from inside the buildings? I don’t claim expertise about this, but I did work four years as part of the Navy’s underwater demolition teams, where we were trained to blow things to hell and high water. And my staff talked at some length with a prominent physicist, Steven E. Jones, who says that a “gravity driven collapse” without demolition charges defies the laws of physics. These buildings fell, at nearly the rate of free-fall, straight down into their own footprint, in approximately ten seconds. An object dropped from the roof of the 110-story-tall towers would reach the ground in about 9.2 seconds. Then there’s the fact that steel beams that weighed as much as 200,000 pounds got tossed laterally as far as 500 feet.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started its investigation on August 21, 2002. When their 10,000-page-long report came out three years later, the spokesman said there was no evidence to suggest a controlled demolition. But Steven E. Jones also says that molten metal found underground weeks later is proof that jet fuel couldn’t have been all that was responsible. I visited the site about three weeks after 9/11, with Governor Pataki and my wife Terry. It didn’t mean anything to me at the time, but they had to suspend digging that day because they were running into heat pockets of huge temperatures. These fires kept burning for more than three months, the longest-burning structure blaze ever. And this was all due to jet fuel? We’re talking molten metal more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Probably the most conclusive evidence about a controlled demolition is a research paper (two years, nine authors) published in the peer-reviewed Open Chemical Physics Journal , in April 2009. In studying dust samples from the site, these scientists found chips of nano-thermite, which is a high-tech incendiary/explosive. Here’s what the paper’s lead author, Dr. Niels Harrit of the University of Copenhagen’s chemistry department, had to say about the explosive that he’s convinced brought down the Twin Towers and the nearby Building 7:
“Thermite itself dates back to 1893. It is a mixture of aluminum and rust-powder, which react to create intense heat. The reaction produces iron, heated to 2500 degrees Centigrade. This can be used to do welding. It can also be used to melt other iron. So in nano-thermite, this powder from 1893 is reduced to tiny particles, perfectly mixed. When these react, the intense heat develops much more quickly. Nano-thermite can be mixed with additives to give off intense heat, or serve as a very effective explosive. It contains more energy than dynamite, and can be used as rocket fuel.” [i]
Richard Gage is one of hundreds of credentialed architects and structural engineers who have put their careers on the line to point out the detailed anomalies and many implications of controlled demolition in the building collapses. As he puts it bluntly: “Once you get to the science, it’s indisputable.”
What began in Iowa on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 and will continue to June 26 is an American tradition that AE911Truth needs you to participate in. Americans will be heading to their caucuses and primaries to select their preferred Presidential candidate. There are currently many Republican candidates traversing states and making local appearances in small venues. This gives you, the supporters of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a unique accessible opportunity to interact with the candidates and to make a simple statement or ask a simple question to educate and pin them down on the issue of a new investigation and have them state their stance – publicly, and ideally in front of the media. You can find the candidate’s web-sites to see where they will be meeting voters near you.If you take advantage of this opportunity, take the time to ask the candidates their views on FrankenFoods; on dioxin poisoning our soil; on GMO labeling.
Your body depends on your choices for sustenance. If you give it bad stuff, that's what you'll get back - bad stuff.
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