May 21, 2012

Monday (betcha) “Didn’t know…” You eatin’ that potato?

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    hoov May 21, 2012 Reply

    Current issue of Mother Earth News has a nice chart or should I say Spideweb that shows the depth of Monsanto and their products. Its in everything, but there are others doing the same thing. Bayer, Dekalb,Pioneer,Land-O-Lakes,Dupont, Syngenta and others. Yikes!!!

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    Wicasa Yatapika May 21, 2012 Reply

    More on GMO’s…
    “The review process makes it clear that, contrary to popular belief, the FDA has not approved a single GE crop as safe for human consumption. Instead at the end of the consultation, the FDA merely issues a short note summarizing the review process and a letter that conveys the crop developer’s assurances that the GE crop is substantially equivalent to its conventional counterpart…”

    FDA to Monsanto on Bt Corn 1996…
    “Based on the safety and nutritional assessment you have conducted it is our understanding that Monsanto has concluded that corn products derived from this new variety are not materially different in composition, safety and other relevant parameters from corn currently on the market, and that the genetically modified corn does not raise issues that would require premarket review or approval by FDA…as you are aware it is Monsanto’s responsibility to ensure that foods marketed by the firm are safe, wholesome and in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.”

    In other words…”Don’t blame the FDA if someone gets sick…”

    15 years into GMO’s science says this, “they pose no immediate spectacular harm, ie. They won’t kill you suddenly…whether or not they’re killing us slowly – by contributing to long term, chronic maladies – remains anyone’s guess…”

    1. Bt is toxic to a range of insects
    2. 60% of the corn grown in the U.S. contains Bt
    3. Monsanto insists Bt corn must be safe, because the toxin cannot survive human digestion
    4. Researchers checked blood samples from 39 pregnant and 30 non-pregnant women for the presence of the Bt toxin. None were exposed directly to it, but all had conventional diets.
    5. Bt toxin showed up 93% of the pregnant women, and 80% of their fetuses.
    6. Bt toxin showed up in 69% of the non-pregnant…and the band played on…

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    Gretch May 21, 2012 Reply

    so as someone who wants to have kids and do all I can to ensure my diet and lifestyle start them out on the right foot, how does one AVOID this Bt toxin?? Is there a way to get it out of your system if you have been exposed? Sounds like I need to do a lot more research…

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    hoov May 21, 2012 Reply

    Some additional facts and concerns:
    1) Some insects are developing a resistance to BT
    2) Farmers are required to plant non BT products just in case.
    3) BT is close to BA (Anthrax) and there is some concern as to the mutation of BT in other forms of toxins

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    wicasa yatapika May 21, 2012 Reply

    The most disturbing part of this whole nightmare is that their exist people who most certainly know the true risks of going down the path of GMO’s…and as always their fallback position will be, “Choice…” and each of us have within us the power to choose. Choice can be used to our advantage as a people, but it’s easier to choose the path of least resistance and to put our faith in the institutions that are empowered to keep a watchful eye on the corporations who huckster their snake oil. It is at times like these when I see the full reality of what humanity has become that I must fight with all my might the darkest and most dangerous side of my psyche, the Shadow. At the end of the day, it is not frustration that rules the day, it is simple and absolute exhaustion, exhaustion due to ignorance by a nation and a people who have within themselves the only real freedom we have left, CHOICE! And in the face of mountains of evidence on various subjects that confront and endanger our continued existence as a people, we will still make the choice to take the easier and softer path…and that will ultimately be our undoing as a people and a nation…IGNORANCE WILL BURN IT ALL DOWN!!

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    Jan May 22, 2012 Reply

    JJ, I hear ya. Loud and clear. When I read article-after-nauseating-article about what Monsanto, their ilk and our gov’t have done to us, to our food, to our land, to our water, to the beneficial insects, to the air we breathe – it makes me roil with violent anger. They have literally poisoned everything, and then have the effing audacity to turn around and sell us the drugs to make our cancer, asthma, allergies, birth defects, infertility, superviruses & anti-biotic-resistance, depression and autism all better. There, there.

    We are doomed. And most certainly the next generation – our kids! – will be dealing with a food security crises that will make every international catastrophe that came before it laughable. By 2050, there will be 9 billion people on the planet. The world will have to produce more food to feed this population than it has in the previous 10,000 years combined. It’s not gonna happen if we continue down this path. We won’t even have dirt to plant anything in (let alone any bees to pollinate what does grow). It takes 100 years to create 1″ of arable, fertile topsoil. When our ancestors settled here, there was 8-12 FEET of this luscious topsoil – now there are 8 INCHES. And we are losing 6.4 billions tons per year in the US. In the past 150 years, we’ve lost 1/3 of the planet’s topsoil. And about 70% of the “fertility” that’s going into crop production is artificial.

    “We are dealing with 10 global issues at the moment: food security, availability of water, climate change, energy demand, waste disposal, extinction of boidiversity, soil degradation and desertification, poverty, political and ethnic instability, and rapid population increase. The solution to all of these lies in soil management.” – Rattan Lal, soil scientist, director of Ohio State Univ Carbon Mgmt & Sequestration Center.

    Stay as far, far, far, far away as you can from non-organic corn, soy, wheat, rice, coffee and any food that contains cottonseed. (*60% of cotton crops are used for food, not clothing.) We go out of our way to purchase certified organic items (including wine) b/c if the GM doesn’t kill you, the Agent Orange pesticides and fertilizers will.

    Change doesn’t happen by chance and by someone else; it happens by intent and by us.

    [The federal panel that approved the speedy introduction of GMOs in the 1990s was headed by VP Dan Quayle. Those ‘potatoes’ he couldn’t even spell are gonna come back to bite him in the a**.]

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    James May 23, 2012 Reply

    Jan – Your post made my head spin. That’s a lot to absorb. However, my first basic question is: Where did the top soil go?

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      Jan May 24, 2012 Reply

      Headspin, eh? It is a lot to take in – and then what do you do with it? So much to think about for sure.

      The topsoil is eroding from water and wind due to factory farming methods: over-over-overtilling, lack of cover crops, lack of real food & nutrients returned to soil, monocropping, and tons of toxic chemical inputs. All of which has created dead-as-a-doornail, dusty dirt. In fact, the very act of tilling this loose dust with massive machines has effectively added another source of erosion. (We have passed on our fancy farming methods to Africa, too. Along with a devastating plan by a partnership between the Gates Foundation and Monsanto to supply them with GM seeds – fuuuuuuccck! I can tell you what’s happened with Bt cotton experiments in India and Africa – and it ain’t good. Just put the nails in their coffins now.)

      If a soil is moist, fertile, rich & robust, it can’t blow away; it can’t be washed away, and if a row is plowed, it stays where it’s turned over. Soil should be teeming with life: “A teaspoon of productive soil generally contains between 100 million and 1 billion bacteria.”

      What also frightens me is that the chemically-laden soil is carried on the wind into our lungs and washed into our waterways where it is having a detrimental effect on life there (frogs whose reproductive genes are crossing, e.g.) and so on and so on through the food chain.

      Love this quote from one of the links below:
      “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

      Here are some links that may interest you:
      The Lowdown on Topsoil – It’s Disappearing

      The Sustainable Table – Soil

      Video – really cool! Differences in Till and No Till Soil

      Video Soil key to global food security

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    matt May 23, 2012 Reply

    Dust bowl 101…to the sea. (blown, washed away)

    Next question…why?
    big ag, over-grazing, and deforestation.

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      James May 23, 2012 Reply

      Thank you.

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