Project Agent Orange
August 20, 2014, 07:34:38 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: SMF - Just Installed!
 
   Home   Help Search Login Register  
Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 69
  Print  
Author Topic: Organic Farming  (Read 31731 times)
debwood.94
Sr. Member
****
Posts: 259


View Profile
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2012, 05:57:05 AM »

We have to protect our organic farms.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24982.cfm
« Last Edit: March 02, 2012, 06:33:09 PM by m.lapin » Logged
kjtouhy
Full Member
***
Posts: 224


View Profile
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2012, 07:25:25 AM »

Is this what we want for our children? Disgusting mystery meat?

http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/03/pink-slime-school-lunch
lunch meat
Logged
bobrandom44
Sr. Member
****
Posts: 351


View Profile
« Reply #32 on: March 07, 2012, 07:40:48 AM »

It gets worse:

http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2009/05/sewage-sows-superbugs
superbug article Mother Jones
Logged
debwood.94
Sr. Member
****
Posts: 259


View Profile
« Reply #33 on: March 07, 2012, 02:30:25 PM »

By Rady Ananda
Food Freedom

Pesticide-resistant genetically modified crops have been linked to a host of problems including superweeds, superbugs, and bee colony collapse disorder.

Senior Scientist Doug Gurian-Sherman at the Union of Concerned Scientists sees potential benefits in genetic engineering, but notes after reviewing the current literature that, “current data suggests that the new, ubiquitous seed treatments that have accompanied Bt corn are just as harmful as the insecticides they are replacing.”

Roundup® in particular has been linked to human birth defects, spontaneous abortions in animals and the discovery of a new soil pathogen previously unknown to science.

Logged
m.lapin
Administrator
Sr. Member
*****
Posts: 484


View Profile Email
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2012, 06:12:46 AM »

I think the article debwood posted is very important and should be highlighed:

By Rady Ananda
Food Freedom

Roundup® in particular has been linked to human birth defects, spontaneous abortions in animals and the discovery of a new soil pathogen previously unknown to science.
Logged
sarahjean
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 828


View Profile
« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2012, 09:16:08 AM »

Stop Monsanto's Harassment of Organic Farmers!

On March 1st, hacktivists Anonymous and LulzSec jacked the Monsanto database in retaliation for its motion to dismiss a farmer lawsuit challenging the company's use of its patents against farmers whose crops have been contaminated with Monsanto's engineered DNA. The attack was part of their AntiSec campaign targeting the world's banks, governments and corporations. Monsanto made the list for providing the US government with the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25007.cfm

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/307504/20120301/antisec-monsanto-anonymous-opmonsanto-emails-bivings.htm#ixzz1oNRB3WcM

And this last link is direct from the Anonymous website: http://pastehtml.com/view/bpvygosbp.html
Logged
sarahjean
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 828


View Profile
« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2012, 09:23:14 AM »

Very important--click on the link:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25016.cfm
Logged
sarahjean
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 828


View Profile
« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2012, 09:29:18 AM »

Another important link:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25016.cfm
Logged
marysimon15
Newbie
*
Posts: 17


View Profile Email
« Reply #38 on: March 12, 2012, 07:11:15 AM »

 

Monsanto's Roundup threatens stability of global food supply
by Anthony Gucciardi

(NaturalNews) Monsanto's reckless disregard for public health and the agricultural stability of the planet may be even more significant than previously thought. A shocking new report reveals how Monsanto's Roundup is actually threatening the crop-yielding potential of the entire biosphere. The report reveals that glyphosate, which was developed by Monsanto in the early 1970s and is the active ingredient in its patented herbicide Roundup, may be irreversibly devastating the microbiodiversity of the soil - compromising the health of the entire planet, as a result.

New research published in the journal Current Microbiology highlights the extent to which glyphosate is altering, and in some cases destroying, the very microorganisms upon which the health of the soil, and - amazingly - the benefits of raw and fermented foods as a whole, depend. Concerningly, certain beneficial strains of bacteria used as food-starters in cultures for raw yogurt, such as Lactobacillus cremoris, have entirely disappeared from certain geographic regions where traditionally they were found in plenty. The study reports that the death and growth inhibition of selected food microorganisms was observed in concentrations of Roundup that are lower than are recommended in agricultural practice.

This means that farmers who are increasingly using larger and larger concentrations of Roundup and similar glyphosate-based herbicide formulations to countermand the increasingly resistant super weeds GM agriculture has spawned, are not only damaging the immediate health of the soil, but subsequent yields of indispensable food-starter microorganisms, as well as the microbes that ensure the overall fertility of the soil for producing crops well into the future.


Monsanto's Roundup assaults the planetary biosphere
Microorganisms are responsible for much more than just the health content of raw and fermented foods. The most numerous inhabitants in the web of life, microorganisms participate quite literally "at the root" of the nitrogen, phosphate, oxygen and carbon cycles, and are therefore indispensable for the health of the entire biosphere. Astoundingly, there are an estimated 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (6 x 10 to the 30th power) bacterial cells on the planet, and these soil microrganisms represent about 50 percent of the the total biodiversity in terms of numbers of species.

As Roundup usage threatens these soil microrganisms, including fungi and the mycellium (technically the largest organism in the world), it could lead to devastating implications. Compromising the health of the mycellium, in particular, may cause serious harm to the planet. According to prominent mycologist Paul Stamets, mycellium may actually act as a 'network' within the biosphere, acting as the Earth's 'natural internet' in which virtually all organisms may rely upon. It has been recognized throughout the ages that all life depends on the soil. Without healthy soil, the health of the entire planet is at risk.

Charles E. Kelogg was one individual who stated such in the USDA yearbook back in 1939. Kelogg said:

"Essentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt also voiced similar concerns, warning:

"The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself."

Based on an ever-increasing body of scientific evidence showing glyphosate biodegrades slowly, sinks down through the topsoil where it accumulates in the groundwater (source for natural drinking water, e.g. aquifers, springs), and is found in nearly all air and rain samples tested in the US, it is safe to say that Monsanto's best-selling Roundup is one of the greatest threats to human and environmental health ever created.

As the USDA continues to sit back and allow Monsanto to threaten the environmental stability of the planet, it becomes more apparent that the USDA and Monsanto are gladly willing to exchange the future of the planet and its inhabitants for short term gain. In fact, the USDA has even given Monsanto's latest GMO crops speedier approval in order to secure the company's profits, ignoring the numerous known harmful effects of Monsanto's past creations, e.g. Agent Orange, Aspartame, DDT.


The known effects of Roundup
The negative effects of Monsanto's Roundup on human health and the environment have been firmly established by numerous scientific studies and large-scale investigations, with scientists even linking the best-selling herbicide to conditions like infertility and cancer due to its genotoxic (DNA damaging) nature. Amazingly, even when diluted by 99.8 percent (450-fold lower dilutions than used in agricultural applications), Roundup still exhibits serious genotoxic characteristics and is harmful to the integrity of human DNA. Meanwhile, this carcinogenic herbicide product is used nationwide by unsuspecting homeowners and agricultural workers. According to the United States Geological Survey, 176 million lbs of glyphosate were used in the U.S. in 2007.

Outside of the public health realm, Roundup's startling environmental havoc is perhaps an even greater cause for concern. Despite being created to fend off weeds, Roundup is actually spawning resistant superweeds across millions of hectares (one hectare is 10,000 square metres), bankrupting farmers and destroying crop land. 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 onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.

The research is clear: Roundup is not only harming human health and damaging farmland, it is threatening the very biosphere itself by destroying microbial biodiversity, with the future agricultural stability of the planet, i.e. the ability to produce food through monoculturing, at serious risk of collapsing.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22362186

http://www.naturalnews.com/035050_Roundup_Monsanto_DNA.html

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2909

http://www.naturalnews.com/034620_Monsanto_diplomats_GMOs.html

http://greenmedinfo.com/toxic-ingredient/glyphosate
 
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035221_Roundup_soil_health_food_supply.html#ixzz1ouaGh0Nl
Logged
kayjay
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 969


View Profile Email
« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2012, 07:17:37 AM »

By Rady Ananda
Food Freedom

Last week, 22 corn entomologists sent a letter to the US Environmental Protection Agency warning that insect resistance to genetically modified corn can be halted by planting non-GMO seed.

Increasing pesticide use or buffer zone size will not solve the growing problem of rootworm resistance to corn genetically modified with the bacterial Bt protein, Cry3Bb1, which we reported on last August.

“Likely contributing factors to the problem include the widespread use of Bt corn hybrids (or Bt corn + insecticide) where it is not economically justified, the repeated deployment of hybrids expressing the same toxin in the same fields year after year, violation of stewardship requirements for refuges, and decreased options to employ alternative forms of pest management,” said NCCC46 (North Central Coordinating Committee), a group of public researchers who support GM crops.

By “decreased options,” they mean that natural GM-free seed is not available to most farmers.

“Planting non-Bt corn can be profitable and should be one of the IPM [Integrated Pest Management] tools to maintain susceptibility to rootworm-protected transgenic corn,” they write in their letter.

NCCC46 also reports that “greater than expected damage to Bt corn hybrids expressing the Cry3Bb1 protein was first observed across a wide geographic area during the 2009 growing season.”

In response to their letter, Monsanto admits that in 2011, eleven states, including the entire cornbelt, had experienced rootworm resistance.  But, it claims that “less than 0.2% of the acres planted with Monsanto rootworm-traited corn hybrids” are involved.

Biotech seeds involved in rootworm resistance include Monsanto and Dow’s SmartStax, Syngenta’s Agrisure, DuPont’s Herculex, and Monsanto’s YieldGard.

“All available evidence,” says NCCC46, implicates “field-evolved resistance to Cry3Bb1,” which Monsanto simply denied last year after the first paper confirming Bt resistance in the field was published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Though reports of field-resistance started in 2009, it was not until this year that the company finally recognized the problem.

As if unaware that the chemical companies selling transgenic seeds do so to sell pesticides, NCCC46 also blames farmers for over-use of pesticides.  But, all of the hybrids discussed in the letter call for their use, as this Handy Bt Trait Table reveals.

NCCC46 also blames federal regulators for decreasing non-Bt refuge requirements from 20 to 5 percent.  But, they warn of an increased resistant population even if refuge requirements were restored to earlier levels.

“Although many factors come into play, the always ‘on’ nature of transgenic toxins means they cannot be deployed or withdrawn in response to changing pest densities.  Selection for resistance thus occurs wherever Bt corn is grown and susceptible insects are present.”

Confirmed resistance to the Bt protein Cry3Bb1 means that resistance to Cry34/35Ab1 and mCry3A will also develop when stacked, they said.

This is a perfect example of unintended consequences. Biotech is in its infancy, barely able to grasp the fallacy of one-gene, one-protein. So, they’ve stacked GM corn with more transgenic genes, but this will not stop insects from developing resistance. That’s what natural evolution is all about.

Though NCCC46 urges the planting of non-GMO corn to protect the Bt protein from becoming useless in transgenic pest management, biotech opponents can agree, but on the grounds of protecting the environment and public health.

Logged
kayjay
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 969


View Profile Email
« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2012, 07:20:39 AM »

http://foodfreedomgroup.com/2011/08/24/monsanto-gm-corn-in-peril-beetle-develops-bt-resistance/
Logged
kayjay
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 969


View Profile Email
« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2012, 07:35:35 AM »

Please go to this link and then open the attachment:

http://www.regulations.gov/#%21documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0922-0013
Logged
mhbrownstein
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 1445


View Profile Email
« Reply #42 on: March 19, 2012, 09:50:28 AM »

Here is the letter kayjay found--so you don't have to open an attachment. It's the scientific researcxh sent to the US government:

http://www.organicconsumers.org/documents/Letter22Scientists.pdf
Logged
kayjay
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 969


View Profile Email
« Reply #43 on: March 23, 2012, 08:21:43 AM »

From: http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/failure-to-yield.pdf

The Findings

1. Genetic engineering has not increased intrinsic yield.
No currently available transgenic varieties enhance the intrinsic yield of any crops. The intrinsic yields of corn and soybeans did rise during the twentieth century, but not as a result of GE traits. Rather, they were due to successes in traditional breeding.
2. Genetic engineering has delivered only minimal gains in operational yield.
Herbicide-Tolerant Soybeans and Corn. Although not extensive enough to develop precise yield estimates, the best data (which were not included in previous widely cited reviews on yield) show that transgenic herbicide-tolerant soybeans and corn have not increased operational yields, whether on a per-acre or national basis, compared to conventional methods that rely on other available herbicides. The fact that the herbicide-tolerant soybeans have been so widely adopted suggests that factors such as lower energy costs and convenience of GE soybeans also influence farmer choices.
Bt Corn to Control Insect Pests. Bt corn contains one or more transgenes primarily intended to control either the European corn borer (this corn was first commercialized in 1996) or corn rootworm species (commercialized in 2004). Based on available data, it is likely that Bt corn provides an operational yield advantage of 7–12 percent compared to typical conventional practices, including insecticide use, when European corn borer infestations are high. Bt corn offers little or no advantage when infestations of European corn borer are low to moderate, even when compared to conventional corn not treated with insecticides.

Evaluating operational yield on a crop-wide basis, at either a national or global scale, is needed to determine overall food availability. Given that about a third of the corn crop in the United States is devoted to European corn borer Bt varieties, using the yield data summarized above we estimate that the range of yield gain averaged across the entire corn crop is about 0.8–4.0 percent, with a 2.3 percent gain as a reasonable intermediate value.
 

Similar calculations can be made for Bt rootworm corn. One of the few estimates from the literature suggests that Bt rootworm corn provides about a 1.5–4.5 percent increase in operational yield compared to conventional corn treated with insecticides. Extensive field experiments in Iowa, mostly with heavy rootworm infestations, show a range of values not inconsistent with these estimates. Given that Bt rootworm corn is probably planted on up to a third of corn acres, the aggregate operational yield advantage for these varieties averaged over all corn acres is roughly 0.5–1.5 percent.

Combining the values for Bt European corn borer corn and Bt rootworm corn gives an estimated operational yield increase from the Bt traits of 1.3–5.5 percent. An increase of about 3.3 percent, or a range of 3–4 percent, is a reasonable intermediate. Averaged over the 13 years since Bt corn was first commercialized in 1996, this equates roughly to a 0.2–0.3 percent yield increase per year.
3. Most yield gains are attributable to non-genetic engineering approaches.
In the past several decades, overall corn yields in the United States have increased an average of about 1 percent per year, or considerably more in total than the amount of yield increase provided by Bt corn varieties. More specifically, U.S. Department of Agriculture data indicate that the average corn production per acre nationwide over the past five years (2004–2008) was about 28 percent higher than for the five-year period 1991–1995, an interval that preceded the introduction of Bt varieties.1  But our analysis of specific yield studies concludes that only 3–4 percent of that increase is attributable to Bt, meaning an increase of about 24–25 percent must be due to other factors such as conventional breeding.

Yields have also continued to increase in other major crops, including soybeans (which have not experienced increases in either intrinsic or operational yield from GE) and wheat (for which there are no commercial transgenic varieties). Comparing yield in the latter period with that of the former, the increases were about 16 percent for soybeans and 13 percent for wheat. Overall, as shown above, GE crops have contributed modestly, at best, to yield increases in U.S. agriculture.

Organic and low-external-input methods (which use reduced amounts of fertilizer and pesticides compared to typical industrial crop production) generally produce yields comparable to those of conventional methods for growing corn or soybeans. For example, non-transgenic soybeans in recent low-external-input experiments produced yields 13 percent higher than for GE soybeans, although other low-external-input research and methods have produced lower yield.

Meanwhile, conventional breeding methods, especially those using modern genomic approaches (often called marker-assisted selection and distinct from GE), have the potential to increase both intrinsic and operational yield. Also, more extensive crop rotations, using a larger number of crops and longer rotations than current ecologically unsound corn-soybean rotations, can reduce losses from insects and other pests. 
Logged
kayjay
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 969


View Profile Email
« Reply #44 on: March 23, 2012, 08:32:08 AM »

Source: http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Environment/documents/2011/10/19/GMOEMPEROR.pdf

In India:
Logged
Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 69
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.13 | SMF © 2006-2011, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!