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« Reply #210 on: May 30, 2012, 05:27:23 AM »

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/Business/Ministry-blames-Bt-cotton-for-farmer-suicides/Article1-830798.aspx

Ministry blames Bt cotton for farmer suicides
Zia Haq, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 26, 2012

India’s Bt cotton dream is going terribly wrong. For the first time, farmer suicides, including those in 2011-12, have been linked to the declining performance of the much hyped genetically modified (GM) variety adopted by 90% of the country’s cotton-growers since being allowed a decade
Policymakers have hailed Bt cotton as a success story but a January 9 internal advisory, a copy of which is with HT, sent out to cotton-growing states by the agriculture ministry presents a grim scenario.
“Cotton farmers are in a deep crisis since shifting to Bt cotton. The spate of farmer suicides in 2011-12 has been particularly severe among Bt cotton farmers,” says the advisory.
 
Bt cotton’s success, it appears, lasted merely five years. Since then, yields have been falling and pest attacks going up. India’s only GM crop has been genetically altered to destroy cotton-eating pests.
 
For farmers, rising costs —in the form of pesticides — have not matched returns, pushing many to the brink, financially and otherwise. Simply put, Bt cotton is no more as profitable as it used to be.
“In fact cost of cotton cultivation has jumped…due to rising costs of pesticides. Total Bt cotton production in the last five years has reduced,” says the advisory.
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« Reply #211 on: May 30, 2012, 05:30:03 AM »

http://www.activistpost.com/2012/05/u2-bono-celeb-partners-with-monsanto-g8.html

And find out about all of the terrible things happening because of Monsanto and other GMOs.
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« Reply #212 on: June 01, 2012, 07:04:33 AM »

Check out this link--it's from our poetry site: http://projectagentorange.com/wordpress

http://foodfreedomgroup.com/2012/05/31/monsantos-agent-orange-chiari-and-zipperheads/#more-21774
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« Reply #213 on: June 01, 2012, 07:12:36 AM »

Back in early March, nine European countries -- Belgium, Great Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, and Slovakia -- successfully blocked an effort by the Danish EU presidency to allow expanded cultivation of GM crops in Europe. And around that same time, France imposed its own ban on MON810.

Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to forge ahead in the unmitigated, and largely unregulated, cultivation and use of GM crops. Despite countless grassroots efforts to put at least some restraint on GM agriculture, including a number of state initiatives that would require GMO labeling on food, Monsanto's products continue to dominate much of the American agricultural landscape

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036010_Poland_Monsanto_GM_corn.html#ixzz1wYCf6hKf
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« Reply #214 on: June 04, 2012, 05:19:18 AM »

Monsanto makes this product. Boyciott it--hit them where it counts and maybe they will begin the moreal and ethical change:

Aspartame: An artificial sweetener found in a number of products, aspartame - discovered by accident in 1965 by a chemist testing an anti-ulcer drug - accounts for as many as 75 percent of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to some reports. Some seizures and even some deaths have been blamed on aspartame.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036063_GMOs_foods_infographics.html#ixzz1wpHZMwSv

http://projectagentorange.com/boycottMonsanto.html
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« Reply #215 on: June 04, 2012, 05:23:11 AM »

Do GMOs from Monsanto cause problems with infertility?

.Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters by Jeffery Smith

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/genetically-modified-soy_b_544575.html
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« Reply #216 on: June 04, 2012, 05:44:38 AM »

A beautiful piece on our poetry blog:

http://projectagentorange.com/wordpress/?p=884
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« Reply #217 on: June 04, 2012, 05:57:34 AM »

This is what Monsanto is causing:

◦Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
◦Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
◦More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
◦Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly
◦By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
◦Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
◦Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
◦Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
◦The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
◦Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.

http://responsibletechnology.org/docs/145.pdf
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« Reply #218 on: June 04, 2012, 05:59:26 AM »

Herbicide Used in Argentina Could Cause Birth Defects
The herbicide used on genetically modified soy – Argentina’s main crop – causes brain, intestinal and heart defects in fetuses, according to the results of a scientific investigation.


BUENOS AIRES – The herbicide used on genetically modified soy – Argentina’s main crop – could cause brain, intestinal and heart defects in fetuses, according to the results of a scientific investigation released Monday.

Although the study “used amphibian embryos,” the results “are completely comparable to what would happen in the development of a human embryo,” embryology professor Andres Carrasco, one of the study’s authors, told Efe.

“The noteworthy thing is that there are no studies of embryos on the world level and none where glyphosate is injected into embryos,” said the researcher with the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research and director of the Molecular Embryology Laboratory.

The doses of herbicide used in the study “were much lower than the levels used in the fumigations,” and so the situation “is much more serious” that the study suggests because “glyphosate does not degrade,” Carrasco warned.

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=331718&CategoryId=14093
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« Reply #219 on: June 07, 2012, 11:48:07 AM »

20 yrs Later, the Biotech Brigade Marches on....
By Heather Pilatic 

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page, Millions Against Monsanto page, and our California News page.

Twenty years ago this week Dan Quayle went against scientific consensus to publicly proclaim that genetically engineered foods were "substantially equivalent" to non-GE food, and that he would therefore work to ensure that GE food would not be "hampered by unnecessary regulation." In the pivotal 1992 FDA ruling that Quayle then proudly claimed as part of his "regulatory relief" agenda, the flood gates for GE were opened.

We've been living in that wake ever since because a small clutch of biotech "true believers," ideologically anti-regulatory government officials and industry lobbyists have kept that flood gate open against great odds.

Agricultural biotech has consistently failed to deliver on promises, inspired a global backlash and remained suspect to consumers for twenty years. Yet our regulatory agencies play a game of hot potato, each devising more creative ways than the last to avoid taking a hard look at the fact that GE corn, soy and now alfalfa are the backbone of the industrial food system, and cover hundreds of thousands of acres of countryside without having passed any meaningful scientific scrutiny as to their safety (in part because scientists can't get their hands on GE crops to study them). USDA actually has as a declared tenet of their strategic plan, the global proliferation of GE crop technologies.

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« Reply #220 on: June 07, 2012, 11:49:16 AM »

What has Monsanto unleashed?

http://www.panna.org/blog/20-yrs-later-biotech-brigade-marches-on%E2%80%A6

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« Reply #221 on: June 07, 2012, 11:51:04 AM »

A fine tradition
"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
— Dan QuayleTo sum up: After 30 years of publicly subsidized research and 14 years of commercialization, agricultural biotechnology — despite its aggressive promotion by the Biotech Brigade, and facing precious few of those “unnecessary regulations” — has failed to deliver its promises of higher yields for U.S. farmers, or drought-resistance for developing country farmers.

What we have instead are skyrocketing herbicide use, an epidemic of resistant “super-weeds,” indebted farmers, polluted waterways, public health threats, pollinators dying en masse, and unparalleled corporate consolidation in the agrochemical and seed industries such that the top ten agribusinesses control 89% of the agrochemicals market, 66% of the biotech market and 67% of the global seed market.

Because that’s how the Biotech Brigade rolls.

http://www.panna.org/blog/20-yrs-later-biotech-brigade-marches-on%E2%80%A6
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« Reply #222 on: June 07, 2012, 11:56:39 AM »

 Stop EPA From Expanding the Use of Dioxin-Tainted "Agent Orange" Herbicide
Please Act Before June 22, 2012 
 
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It is well known that 2,4-D causes cancer, hormone disruption, genetic mutations, neurotoxicity, Parkinson’s Disease, and birth defects.

But, instead of relying on independent research on the dangers of 2,4-D, the EPA looked at contradictory evidence submitted by the herbicide's manufacturer Dow Chemical. This bias caused the EPA to reject a ban on this dioxin-tainted Agent Orange herbicide.

Now, Dow is seeking EPA approval to expand the use of 2,4-D to its new genetically engineered herbicide-resistant corn, soy & cotton. EPA approval would increase the use of 2,4-D by 50-fold or more.

The manufacture and use of 2,4-D is the already the 7th largest source of dioxin pollution. The EPA has reported that 2,4-D is contaminated with dioxins, including the notorious 2,3,7,8-TCDD, known to science as the "most toxic compound ever synthesized by man." TCDD causes a variety of reproductive problems, cancer, and damage to the immune system.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24750.cfm
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« Reply #223 on: June 07, 2012, 11:59:16 AM »

Occupy Monsanto Action in Boston

The biotechnology industry is having a convention June 18-21 in Boston, Massachusetts. In order to attend the sessions you must register for the conference, which costs thousands of dollars. Since we don't want to give a dime to the biotech industry, Occupy Monsanto, Millions Against Monsanto, and other food democracy groups will be staging our own "Sidewalk Session" on the first day of the convention outside of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. We hope you can join us.
WHO: Occupy Monsanto, Millions Against Monsanto, & food democracy activists
WHAT: A Sidewalk Session - An open mic for activists to share & expose the dangers of the biotechnology industry
WHERE: Sidewalk in front of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
WHEN: Monday, June 18th, at 8am until 10am
WHY: The biotechnology industry is conspiring to unleash more GMOs into the environment along with more toxic pesticides.

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« Reply #224 on: June 07, 2012, 09:08:55 PM »

Dioxin lawsuit against Dow Chemical back in court in June, retired Saginaw County judge to clarify ruling
Published: Friday, May 27, 2011
By Lindsay Knake
The Saginaw News

SAGINAW — A retired Saginaw County judge will clarify a ruling next week that gives class-action status to a dioxin-related lawsuit against Midland-based Dow Chemical Co.

More than 150 Saginaw County homeowners along the Tittabawassee River filed a lawsuit in March 2003, claiming Dow contaminated their properties with dioxin and the pollution diminished property values downstream from its Midland plant.

In 2009, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered retired Judge Leopold Borrello to revisit Henry vs. Dow Chemical, to further clarify his earlier ruling that granted class-action status for plaintiffs in the suit.

Lawyers representing the plaintiffs want to boost the number of people involved in the suit to about 2,000 homeowners, according to Saginaw News files.

A hearing is set for June 9 for Borrello to issue supplemental opinion, court records show.

On May 6 in Saginaw County Circuit Court, the plaintiffs filed a motion for clarification of a June 22, 2010 opinion and for Borrello to grant the lawsuit class-action status. Attorneys for the plaintiffs were back in court last week, ith the plaintiff’s attorneys again asking for that status.

Plaintiff attorney Bruce Trogan said class-action status will make the judicial process much more streamlined and economical.

Recent studies, such as the University of Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study, has not yet been subjected to the judicial process, he said.


Leopold Borrello
Dow officials deferred comment until after the June 9 ruling.

Dioxin is a group of chemical byproducts from combustion. People exposed to the human carcinogen can delay motor skills and neurodevelopment in children and impact growth, metabolism and reproductive hormones. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 95 percent of Americans have dioxins in their blood.

Dow has acknowledged responsibility for the dioxins and furans released into the Tittabawassee River from the 1930s to the 1970s.

The chemical giant is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the Tittabawassee and Saginaw rivers. EPA officials said Dow will carry out work to remove contaminated soil from more than 260 properties along the rivers this summer.

Since 2003, studies provide an updated look on the chemical and its effect on people.

The University of Michigan study states dioxin can only be ingested through food, meaning soil contamination and dust is not harmful to people. Dr. David Garabrant, leader of the study, said Great Lakes Bay Region residents should follow state fish and game advisories.

Researchers in another study believe dioxin is the cause of breast cancer hotspots in Frankenmuth, Midland and St. Louis.

The EPA has not yet released its own dioxin assessment. In March, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Flint, signed a letter along with 72 other Congressmen urging the EPA to release the report.

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