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Vietnam War Was Monsanto’s First Herbicidal Operation [Video]

May 19, 2014

Reivin Johnson

 

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"The Vietnam War was the Monsanto Company’s first herbicidal operation. Monsanto and Dow Chemical were the two companies that manufactured Agent Orange, the deadly dioxin based herbicide.  The March Against Monsanto (MAM) is scheduled to host global protests at more than 100 sites on May 24. MAM is very vocal about moving beyond a genetically modified organism (GMO ) labeling centered discourse when it comes to exposing Monsanto’s negative impact on the world.

 

The protest network sponsors projects like Agent Orange Awareness (AOA). Founder of the AOA Kelly L. Derricks comments, “If we fail to realize that March Against Monsanto is not about GMOs alone, then we have already lost the battle.”

 

Organizers want to inform the public that Monsanto’s devastation stretches across the board. The media often simplifies protesters’ demands against Monsanto’s domination of food resources by not covering Monsanto’s history as a major manufacturer of Agent Orange.

 

Even though Monsanto was not the only Agent Orange producer, MAM confirms that Monsanto manufactured the chemical at 1,000 times its original potency making them the most deadly contributor to the herbicidal weapons used in the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was used in Operation Ranch Hand which began Monsanto’s role in destroying the global environment and harming the health of millions."

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http://guardianlv.com/2014/05/vietnam-war-was-monsantos-first-herbicidal-operation-video/

 

 

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Monsanto Silences Scientist Who Explores Risks of Gene Modification [Video]

Reivin Johnson

May 20, 2014

 

"Monsanto has been accused of silencing at least one scientist who explores the potential risks associated with the company’s genetic modification technology called RNA interference (RNAi). Vicki Vance, Jr. Professor of Botany at the University of South Carolina, is a scientist who has contributed to the study of RNAi. RNAi lies at the heart of the debate on whether Monsanto is willing to admit the alleged hazards and the uncertainty associated with the technologies used to manufacture their products.

 

The point of this article is to reveal how Monsanto has attempted to suppress any credible scientific research containing human data that could lead to the further development on how human DNA reacts to the interference of genetically altered plant RNA through RNAi technology. The point is not to make any unsubstantiated claims that enough evidence exists to officially define this technology as dangerous to humans. The article should spark a discussion on the lack of understanding present in the public debate on RNAi.

 

RNAi is a gene altering process that silences gene expression to prevent the production of certain proteins that cause illness and was originally discovered by the medical community for use in pharmaceuticals. The controversy surrounding RNAi’s use in the agricultural industry stems from a lack of knowledge on whether the process causes uptake of genetically modified (GM) RNA in mammals and humans.

 

Greenpeace released a report on GM wheat indicating the dangers of ingesting GM RNA molecules. The organization’s main concern is RNAi is too complex to understand and could produce “unexpected and unintended” effects. The complicated nature of plant chemistry can result in unintentionally modifying the wrong genetic code which might cause unpredictable side-effects in humans and animals that eat crops treated with RNAi unless tested properly. Experiments have already begun to investigate the parallels between how human and animals react to RNAi.

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Before the Zhang study was released, Monsanto scheduled Vance to give a speech on RNAi at the International Symposium of Biosafety of GMO Plants. When Vance refused to remove parts of her speech that linked her own research to the results found in the Zhang experiment, Monsanto involved their lawyers and demanded that Vance not include her findings. Vance did not fold which prompted Monsanto to officially uninvite her from the symposium.

 

Monsanto suggested that Vance allow their scientists to “help” her with her research. Vance refused stating that based on her 30 years of experience, “I think I know what I’m doing and when I publish the paper you can comment on it.” Monsanto replied,“We were hoping to get to it before that happens.” Vance is correct to question the motives of a company who deals in the health of millions that went out of their way to “squash” her research with an overall purpose of, “discrediting the work of this other group [Zhang et. al] and keeping people from publishing their work.”

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http://guardianlv.com/2014/05/monsanto-silences-scientist-who-explores-risks-of-gene-modification-video/

 

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Oregon counties ban cultivation of GMO crops

May 21, 2014

 

 

"Despite the flood of corporate money poured into two small Oregon counties, local residents voted on Tuesday to ban genetically engineered crops from being planted within their borders.

 

Although Jackson County itself is home to less than 120,000 registered voters, the measure to ban genetically modified crops (GMOs) made headlines around the nation when it was revealed that large biotech companies like Monsanto were pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the area in order to affect the vote’s outcome.

 

As RT reported previously, Monsanto and five other corporations spent at least $455,000 in an attempt to defeat the initiative, and opponents of the GMO ban had gained an eight-to-one spending advantage as of April. According to the Associated Press, nearly $1 million of the $1.3 million spent during the campaign was used by opponents.

 

When the results were tallied, however, 66 percent of Jackson County residents voted in favor of the ban.

 

"We fought the most powerful and influential chemical companies in the world and we won," local farmer and anti-GMO advocate Elise Higley told the Oregonian.

 

"It's a great day for the people of Oregon who care about sustainability and healthy ecosystems," added the group GMO Free Oregon on its Facebook page.

 

As noted by Reuters, the newly approved measure mandates that people "harvest, destroy or remove all genetically engineered plants" no later than 12 months after the ordinance goes into effect. The process of getting the proposal to a vote has taken about two years, and began over concerns that GMO crops planted by some farmers would drift onto other, non-GMO farms and contaminate them."

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http://rt.com/usa/160540-oregon-counties-ban-gmo-crops/

 

 

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Something Terrible Was Done to Our Wheat in the 60′s and We’re Just Realizing it Now

Misuzo

from March 10, 2014

 

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"Gluten intolerance is no longer a fringe medical concept. Researchers are fully aware there is a very big problem with modern wheat cultivation. Wheat is far from being a health food. It makes you fat, causes gas and makes your intestinal tract your enemy, or rather vice-versa. High-yielding and now genetically modified varieties of wheat are making this one cereal grain you’ll probably want to axe from your food list.

 

233 consumer and farmer groups in 26 countries have joined the “Definitive Global Rejection of GM Wheat” statement to stop the commercialization of genetically modified (GM) wheat and remind the biotechnology corporation Monsanto that genetically modifying this major crop is not acceptable to farmers or consumers.

 

So how–and when–did this ancient grain become such a serious health threat? Author and preventive cardiologist William Davis, MD, says it’s when big agriculture stepped in decades ago to develop a higher-yielding crop. Today’s “wheat,” he says, isn’t even wheat, thanks to some of the most intense crossbreeding efforts ever seen. “The wheat products sold to you today are nothing like the wheat products of our grandmother’s age, very different from the wheat of the early 20th Century, and completely transformed from the wheat of the Bible and earlier,” he says.

 

Plant breeders changed wheat in dramatic ways. Once more than four feet tall, modern wheat–the type grown in 99 percent of wheat fields around the world–is now a stocky two-foot-tall plant with an unusually large seed head. Dr. Davis says accomplishing this involved crossing wheat with non-wheat grasses to introduce altogether new genes, using techniques like irradiation of wheat seeds and embryos with chemicals, gamma rays, and high-dose X-rays to induce mutations.

 

In July 2009, the most hated company in the world Monsanto, announced new research into GM wheat and industry groups kicked their promotion of GM wheat into high gear. “Widespread farmer and consumer resistance defeated GM wheat in 2004 and this global rejection remains strong, as demonstrated by today’s statement,” said Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

 

“In 2004, a coalition of Japanese consumer and food industry groups delivered a petition to the Governments of Canada and the U.S. urging them not to introduce GM wheat. Today, consumer rejection of GM wheat in Japan is just as strong as ever. 80 organizations in Japan have already signed the rejection statement,” said Keisuke Amagasa of the Tokyo-based No! GMO Campaign. “A large majority of consumers here in Japan are voicing their strong opposition to the cultivation of GM wheat. We see strong opposition from all sectors of society.”
 

Japan’s flour companies are also rejecting GM wheat, echoing consumer opposition. In a statement released today, the Flour Miller’s Association of Japan wrote to the No! GMO Campaign indicating its opposition.

 

“Under the present circumstances, with all the doubts about safety and the environment that the consumers in Japan have, including the effect on the human body from GM foods, GM wheat is included among the items that are not acceptable for the Japanese market,” Kadota Masaaki, senior managing director of the Flour Miller’s Association wrote to the No! GMO Campaign.

 

Clearfield Wheat, grown on nearly 1 million acres in the Pacific Northwest and sold by BASF Corporation–the world’s largest chemical manufacturer–was created in a geneticist’s lab by exposing wheat seeds and embryos to the mutation-inducing industrial toxin sodium azide, a substance poisonous to humans and known for exploding when mishandled, says Dr. Davis. This hybridized wheat doesn’t survive in the wild, and most farmers rely on toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides to keep the crops alive.

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http://glutenfabulous.org/2014/03/10/something-terrible-was-done-to-our-wheat-in-the-60%e2%80%b2s-and-were-just-realizing-it-now/

 

 

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Birth Defects No Problem for Monsanto

by Leisa Crawford

 

May 23, 2014

 

"Tests reveal that, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto‘s Roundup, a chemical herbicide, causes birth defects.

 

In 2010, after a dramatic increase in reports of birth defects in Argentina (a four fold increase) since 2002, a lab study was performed that found low doses of the active ingredient in Roundup, known as glyphosate, the most prevalent herbicide worldwide, causes birth defects in frog and chicken embryos. This study was followed by others demonstrating cardiac anomalies, embryonic death, and malformations suspected to be related to oxidized vitamin A toxicity caused by glyphosate.

 

The Birth Defect-Causing Properties of Roundup (glyphosate) Hidden for Decades

 

Industry has known from its own studies since the 1980s that glyphosate causes malformations in experimental animals at high doses.

- Industry has known since 1993 that these effects also occur at lower and mid doses
- The German government has known since at least 1998 that glyphosate causes malformations
- The EU Commission’s expert scientific review panel knew in 1999 that glyphosate causes malformations
- The EU Commission has known since 2002 that glyphosate causes malformations. This was the year it signed off on the current approval of glyphosate."

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http://misguidedchildren.com/politics/2014/05/birth-defects-no-problem-for-monsanto-2/21494

 

Monsanto Threatens People and Planet

By Duncan Roden

May 22. 2014

 

"An international March Against Monsanto is scheduled for May 24. Hundreds of events around the world have already been scheduled to protest against the world’s biggest agrcultural biotechnology company.

 

Like all capitalist monopolies, Monsanto got to where it is today by being ruthless. There are other big biotech companies with shocking records of disregarding people and planet in pursuit of profit — such as DuPont, Bayer and Dow Chemical — but Monsanto’s record is so notorious, it warrants its own special international protest day.

 

Monsanto has a history of aggressively pushing its products and even fundamnetally altering historic agricultural systems. One example is that farmers using its genetically modified seeds are not allowed to keep seeds from their crops to replant. This is a practice carried out since humans began farming."

 

Instead, farmers must buy new seed from the company each season. Furthermore, Monsanto’s contracts often force farmers to use the comapny’s other products, such as herbicides.

 

There are widespread public concerns about potential health and not all GMOs are necessarily dangerous, there are many concerns about the way powerful corporations such as Monsanto use their influence to weaken or abolish regulations designed to ensure use of GMOs is safe.

 

The most famous scientific study showing potential harm of GMOs was led by Gilles-Eric Seralini and published in Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2012. It claimed rats devloped tumours and died early when fed GM corn.

 

The journal retracted the paper last year, saying there was no fraud, but that the small number and type of animal used meant no definitive conclusions could be reached. The authors defend their study, saying the journal’s editorial appointment of Richard Goodman, who previously worked for Monsanto, was the real reason behind the retraction."

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-threatens-people-and-planet/5383386

 

 

Monsanto’s Campaign Contributions to US House and Senate Candidates

May 23, 2014

 

Election 2012

House
Total to Democrats: $72,000
Total to Republicans: $190,500

 

Senate
Total to Democrats: $37,500
Total to Republicans: $85,000

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http://rinf.com/alt-news/latest-news/monsantos-campaign-contributions-us-house-senate-candidates/

 

JUST SAY NO TO GMO!!

 

 

 

 

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World protests Monsanto grip on food supply chain

May 25, 2014

 

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@YourAnonNews Great turnout for today's @MarchAgainstM #Monsanto #EndMonsanto rally in Milwaukee.

 

"Hundreds of thousands people have united across the world to voice concern over the spread of GMO foods and crops and to raise awareness over the biotech giant Monsanto’s growing grip on the global food supply chain.

 

It was not only the fear of genetically modified organisms in foods that knows no boundaries. Activists on five continents around the globe, comprising of 52 nations joined the fight under the March against Monsanto umbrella.

 

Organized worldwide, peaceful family protests spoke out for the need to protect food supply, health, local farms and environment. Activists also sought to promote organic solutions to food production, while “exposing cronyism between big business and the government.”

 

With anti-GMO rallies having taken place in around 400 cities across the globe it’s still hard to estimate how many people participated in the event. Last year over 2 million people in 436 cities in 52 countries worldwide marched against the largest producer of genetically engineered seeds.

 

All the events were listed in an open document online, which made it easy for people to find the protest action nearest them."

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http://rt.com/news/161356-anti-gmo-monsanto-protest/

 

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Monsanto Data Security Breached at Precision Planting

May 29, 2014

Jack Kaskey

 

"Monsanto Co. (MON)’s data security was breached at its Precision Planting unit, exposing employees and customers to potential misuse of credit card information and tax identification numbers.

 

Fewer than 1,300 farmer customers were affected by the breach, Christy Toedebusch, a spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based company, said in an e-mail yesterday. Monsanto discovered on March 27 that an outside party had accessed Precision Planting servers, the company said in a May 14 letter to the Office of the Attorney General in Maryland, where 14 state residents may have been affected.

 

The breach comes as Monsanto and competitors such as DuPont Co. (DD) begin to offer data services to help farmers boost yields with advice on issues such as seed spacing and chemical applications. The aggregation of farmers’ data by multinational agricultural companies is stirring concern about privacy and business risks.

 

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, doesn’t believe the breach was an attempt to steal customer information, Toedebusch said. While the company isn’t aware of any misuse of the information, it notified affected customers and is offering them complimentary credit monitoring services for a year, she said.

 

Files on the affected servers included customer names, addresses, tax identification numbers and financial account information, as well as employee tax forms, according to the letter posted on the Maryland attorney general’s website. Monsanto has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help with the breach, which has been contained, the letter said."

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-29/monsanto-data-security-breached-at-precision-planting.html

 

JUST SAY NO TO MONSANTO!!

 

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"doesn’t believe the breach was an attempt to steal customer information,"

 

How nieve can you be............ at the very least it is a concise listing of WHO IS GROWING GMO CROPS 

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Monsanto Slammed for ‘Fraudulent’ EU Patent On Non-GMO Tomatoes

June 2, 2014

 

"Representatives of the international coalition No Patents on Seeds! from France, Germany and Spain have filed an opposition against a European patent held by Monsanto on conventionally bred tomatoes (EP1812575). The patent claims tomatoes with a natural resistance to a fungal disease called botrytis. The original tomatoes used for this patent came from the international gene bank in Gatersleben, Germany. It was already known that these plants had the desired resistance and they were simply crossed with other tomato plants. Monsanto then produced a cleverly worded patent in order to create the impression that genetic engineering had been used to produce the tomatoes and to make it look ‘inventive’.

 

“Because crossing tomatoes is not patentable, Monsanto deliberately rephrased the patent during the period of examination to make it appear as if genetic engineering was involved. However, careful reading of the patent shows that this is simply fraudulent. These tomatoes were not produced by transferring isolated DNA. The European Patent Office should have picked up on this,” says Christoph Then for No Patents on Seeds!. “This patent shows just how easy it is for companies like Monsanto to avoid existing prohibitions in patent law.”

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"The opponents have also accused Monsanto of biopiracy: The original tomatoes came from an international gene bank in Germany that is supposed to safeguard the seeds for the common good in further plant breeding to ensure world food security. “Taking seeds from international gene banks for filing patents on genetic resources and their native traits is nothing less than theft, biopiracy and abuse of patent law”, says Francois Meienberg for Berne Declaration. “Patents on genetic resources stored in international seed banks have huge implications for availability to farmers and other breeders and can substantially hamper or even block access to plants needed for further breeding.”

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http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2014/06/08/monsanto-slammed-for-fraudulent-eu-patent-on-non-gmo-tomatoes/

At first glance, this might seem like much ado about nothing, but if you think about it, it's a very big deal for the world's food producers. Very sneaky approach to control Monsanto, very sneaky.   :angry2:

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the forbidden seeds that monsanto had prohibited must be the future cure labelled in a glossy fancy discount priced product 

or what do you think?

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Genetically modified Queensland bananas to join fight against catastrophic results of vitamin A deficiency in Africa

By Louisa Rebgetz

June 15, 2014

 

"Genetically modified bananas grown in far north Queensland and bound for Africa are about to undergo human trials in the United States.

 

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers have engineered the fruit to increase the amount of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body.

 

The aim is to prevent thousands of children in East Africa from dying or going blind as a result of vitamin A deficiency.

 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $12 million on the project, which is being led by Professor James Dale from QUT's Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities.

 

"There have been a lot of strategies to alleviate vitamin A deficiency but there is still a resistant population in the world," he said.

 

"They are the poorest of the poor and probably the best way to get to those people is through their staple foods."

 

Ugandan researcher Stephen Buah has been working on the project in Brisbane for almost three years."

 

A side quote:  "We are using a gene from bananas that have elevated levels of pro-vitamin A and just putting those into existing bananas without changing the banana too much. "  Horticulturalist Jeff Daniells

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-14/genetic-banana-benders-fight-vitamin-a-deficiency/5523088

 

Note HUMAN trials in USA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funding, let's see, he owns how much of MONSANTO STOCK?, ( Bill Gates Dodges Questions on Why He Owns 500,000 Shares of Monsanto  worth $23 million) 
but notice that name is not mentioned in this article. They, by their own words, (see quote) already have a banana with elevated levels of Vitamin A, so WHY bother genetically modifying another one then???  (I am torqued about this bs)

  
http://naturalsociety.com/bill-gates-dodges-questions-owns-500000-shares-of-monsanto/#ixzz35LZbaF7p

 

JUST SAY NO TO GMO (AND BILL & MILENDA GATES)  !!!!  :angry2:  :angry2:  
 

 

 

 

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12 deadly products made by Monsanto

June 26, 2014

 

When you take a moment to reflect on the history of product development at Monsanto, what do you find?

Here are twelve products that Monsanto has brought to market. See if you can spot the pattern…

#1 – Saccharin

"Did you know Monsanto got started because of an artificial sweetener? John Francisco Queeny founded Monsanto Chemical Works in St. Louis, Missouri with the goal of producing saccharin for Coca-Cola.

In stark contrast to its sweet beginnings, studies performed during the early 1970s,* including a study by the National Cancer Institute in 1980, showed that saccharin caused cancer in test rats and mice.

After mounting pressure from consumers, the Calorie Control Council, and manufacturers of artificial sweeteners and diet sodas, along with additional studies (several conducted by the sugar and sweetener industry) that reported flaws in the 1970s studies, saccharin was delisted from the NIH’s Carcinogen List.

A variety of letters from scientists advised against delisting; the official document includes the following wording to this day: “although it is impossible to absolutely conclude that it poses no threat to human health, sodium saccharin is not reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen under conditions of general usage as an artificial sweetener.”

(*Read the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s History of Saccharin here.)"

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http://wikkorg.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/12-deadly-products-made-by-monsanto/

 

The other 11 are listed at the link.  You may be aware of some of them, you may not.

 

JUST SAY NO TO MONSANTO!!!!

 

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G'day

 

A disturning story...

 

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Found To Be 125X More Toxic Than Regulators Claim

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/04/17/new-study-finds-roundup-herbicide-to-be-125x-more-toxic-than-regulators-claim/

 

A new study published in the journal Biomedical Research International  shows that Roundup herbicide is 125 times more toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate studied in isolation.

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Monsanto's herbicide Roundup has been linked to a mysterious fatal kidney disease epidemic that has appeared in Central America, Sri Lanka and India.

 

For years, scientists have been trying to unravel the mystery of a chronic kidney disease epidemic that has hit Central America, India and Sri Lanka. The disease occurs in poor peasant farmers who do hard physical work in hot climes. In each instance, the farmers have been exposed to herbicides and to heavy metals. The disease is known as CKDu, for Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology. The "u" differentiates this illness from other chronic kidney diseases where the cause is known. Very few Western medical practitioners are even aware of CKDu, despite the terrible toll it has taken on poor farmers from El Salvador to South Asia.

 

Full story at...

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Monsanto%27s_Herbicide_Linked_to_Fatal_Kidney_Disease_Epidemic%3A_Could_It_Topple_Monsanto%3F/36521/0/38/38/Y/M.html
 

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This may look like a sensationalistic headline to you, but in reading the article you will find the connection and it has the name Monsanto all over it.  IMO these scientists do NOT know the end result of any genetic modifying they do!!! How can they? Perhaps the end result will be the end,  period!! :angry2:  :angry2:  :angry2: 

 

Is Monsanto Contributing To The Rise In Mass Shootings?

Brandon Turbeville

July 20, 2014

 

"In January, 2013, I wrote an article entitled, “Psychiatric Drugs, School Violence, And The Big Pharma Cover-up,” where I discussed the importance of the CYP450 enzymes on the metabolism of pharmaceutical drugs and the potential for adverse effects of those drugs if the CYP450 enzyme was not functioning properly.

Studies conducted over the last decade have clearly demonstrated the link between adverse reactions to Psycho-Pharmaceutical medications and underactive or underperforming CYP450 enzymes. This has caused some to wonder whether or not the recent uptick in mass shootings and the obvious link to many of the perpetrators and prescription drugs could be related to the performance of the CYP450 enzymes. Additional research, however, is now causing more questions to be asked in reference to the connections that chemicals like Glyphosate may have in the inhibition of proper CYP450 performance and, thus, in the uptick in mass shootings.

 

For those unfamiliar with the functions of the CYP450 enzymes, CYP450 stands for the Cytochrome P450 enzymes. Scientists understand these enzymes to be responsible for metabolizing almost half of all drugs currently on the market. P450 gene variants (polymorphisms) are implicated in the variability in drug response among a wide range of individuals. "

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http://www.activistpost.com/2014/07/is-monsanto-contributing-to-rise-in.html

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Here's one for you to enjoy.

Beijing Dabeinong Chairman’s Wife Charged With Seed Theft

June 2 , 2014

 

"The wife of Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. (002385) Chairman Shao Genhuo was arrested and charged in the U.S. for her alleged role in a conspiracy to steal proprietary corn seed from U.S. companies.

 

Mo Yun is accused of conspiring to steal trade secrets from 2007 to 2013, U.S. prosecutors in Des Moines, Iowa, said today in a statement. She is the sister of Mo Hailong, director of international business for the company, also known as DBN Group, according to the statement. Mo Hailong was arrested in December on allegations he and others conspired to ship stolen inbred corn-seed to China.

 

With the addition of Mo Yun, a total of seven Chinese nationals have been indicted in the case. They are accused of stealing the seeds belonging to Monsanto Co. (MON), DuPont Co. (DD)’s Pioneer Hi-Bred unit, and AG Reliant Genetics LLC’s LG Seeds unit from production fields in Iowa and Illinois in order to ship them to Kings Nower Seed, a unit of DBN Group.

 

Inbred lines of corn seeds are genetically pure and uniform and are used by seed companies to create hybrids that are vigorous and high-yielding, according to the indictment. Because second-generation hybrid plants are less vigorous and lower-yielding, seed companies create new hybrid seeds every year from inbred lines, according to the indictment."

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-02/ex-beijing-dabeinong-employee-charged-in-seed-theft-conspiracy.html

 

so she was trying to steal gmo seeds 

 

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Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

Key study has passed through three peer reviews.

from July 9, 2014

 

"A scientific study that identified serious health impacts on rats fed on 'Roundup ready' GMO maize has been republished following its controversial retraction under strong commercial pressure. Now regulators must respond and review GMO and agro-chemical licenses, and licensing procedures.

A highly controversial paper by Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues has been republished after a stringent peer review process.

The chronic toxicity study examines the health impacts on rats of eating  a commercialized genetically modified (GM) maize, Monsanto's NK603 glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup.

The original study, published in Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) in September 2012, found severe liver and kidney damage and hormonal disturbances in rats fed the GM maize and low levels of Roundup that are below those permitted in drinking water in the EU.

However it was retracted by the editor-in-chief of the Journal in November 2013 after a sustained campaign of criticism and defamation by pro-GMO scientists.

Toxic effects were found from the GM maize tested alone, as well as from Roundup tested alone and together with the maize. Additional unexpected findings were higher rates of large tumours and mortality in most treatment groups."

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http://www.alternet.org/food/major-study-demonstrates-monsanto-gmo-corn-product-can-cause-damage-liver-and-kidneys-and

 

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Conclusive Link Between GMOs and Cancer | Brainwash Update

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cssKS-hzQ7U&list=UU2Xd902w9u5_2oa7SHFSvZw

 

Abby Martin goes over the publication of a study on how genetically modified foods (GMOs) affect living organisms, as well as the pushback the study received by the GMO companies like Monsanto who fought unsuccessfully to silence the findings of the research

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Post #311 on this thread discusses these Bananas here's an update.

 

Genetically Modified “Super Banana” Trials Have Already Begun in the US

July 16, 2014

 

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"In the middle of America’s corn belt, test participants are being paid $900 to be guinea pigs to eat genetically modified bananas from Australia that have been created in hopes of solving Uganda’s (and ultimately the world’s) vitamin A deficiency problem.

What is the rationale behind growing vitamin A enhanced bananas in Australia to feed Ugandans? And how did they wind up being tested in, of all places, Iowa?

Let’s unravel this puzzling turn of events  – piece by piece."

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Why Test Australian Bananas in Iowa?

Now you might wonder why bananas intended for consumption in Africa are grown in Australia and tested across the globe in Iowa?

Blame the blaring inefficiency of this experiment – which spans 3 continents – on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. First they funded Queensland University in Australia to grow the GM bananas. And now they’ve given Iowa State University a $10 million grant to test them. The university has received 22 pounds of frozen bananas to dole out to test participants over a period of six weeks. Blood tests will be done to monitor their vitamin A levels.

ISU Professor James Dale is working with five Ugandan PhD students on this project. His hope is to have the high vitamin A bananas in Ugandan fields by 2020.

Note that these are not the plantains Ugandans typically eat.

So far the GM bananas have had just one “successful” US trial – on gerbils.

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There’s a Better, Low-Tech Solution

 

"Mainstream media has been using words like “exciting” and “life-saving” to describe this experiment.

Besides the obvious problems with GMOs – environmental hazards, economic concerns, and human health risks – there are other reasons this “super banana” is a dubious idea.

An earlier attempt by the Bill Gates Foundation to introduce vitamin A rice in the “Golden Rice Project” was a complete failure. There’s little reason to think the super banana will fare any better.

There’s a very simple solution to this problem – getting people to diversify their diet. The top vitamin A sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, melons, various kinds of leafy green vegetables, and bell peppers. These are all foods that can be easily grown in any garden or even in containers.

Maybe Bill and Melinda should check out how easily these crops could even be grown in reusable grocery bags!

Bill Gates’ could better spend his money providing seeds and education so Ugandans could grow their own “real food” sources of vitamin A. Widespread deficiency could be reversed in a matter of months instead of waiting many years for a questionable outcome.

http://blogs.naturalnews.com/genetically-modified-super-banana-trials-already-begun-us/

 

Here! Here! Deane Alban!! 

My thoughts, guinea pigs in Iowa is right! A whole $900 US Dollars to risk your health eating these GMO bananas! For what? IF I recall correctly there is already a banana that contains optimum levels of Vitamin A naturally. Anything genetically modified, also modifies the genetics of anyone/animal that consumes them. No one knows where the effects of GMO crops end, because it doesn't end. Every generation in the future, will feel the effects of  those GMO products we consume now, in one way or another.

 

JUST SAY NO TO BILL & MELINDA GATES !!!

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Monsanto is Messing With Animals’ Sperm

Michelle Schoffro Cook

July 24. 2014

 

 

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"New research released earlier this month out of the University of Caen, France, found that animals exposed to the commonly-used pesticide, Roundup, experienced an increased impairment in sperm structure and reproduction.

 

The scientists investigated the effects of Roundup after an eight day exposure in adult animals. They found a significant difference in the expression of a compound called aromatase in the testis of animals.  Aromatase is an enzyme involved in a key step in the synthesis of estrogens in the body.  They also found a reduced expression of genetic material in sperm, and a change in hormonal balance (male hormone to estrogen balance) and the resulting quality of sperm.  The scientists concluded that “The repetition of exposures of this herbicide could alter the mammalian reproduction.

 

Roundup is a glyphosate-based pesticide developed and sold by Monsanto. Earlier research in the journal Entropy linked the chemical pesticide to other health problems, including gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer, and Alzheimers disease.  The Entropy study showed that glyphosate impairs the functions of enzymes in the body that are essential to detoxification as well as increases the damaging effects of other environmental toxins and foodborne chemical residues.  The scientists who conducted this study indicated that glyphosate residues are found in common foods eaten regularly, including corn, soy, wheat and sugar."

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http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-monsanto-making-us-sterile.html

Finally someone says this out loud. They have evidence already that rats go totally sterile within three generations from being fed GMO grain.

 

JUST SAY NO TO GMO!!
 

 

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Terrible things these monsatans, gates foundations, and gmos's! It amazes me how little people really know about the world they live in, and don't seem to care to know! We will get part this and other hurdles eventually, thanks for sharing breezy..

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Bad to worse: Texas seeks to unleash dangerous banned pesticides to kill GMO super weeds infesting cotton

 

Is the state of Texas about ready to make a bad situation worse regarding GMO-created super weeds? It would seem so, based on recent reports.

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G'day

 

Glyphosate Market Continues to Boom Despite Health Concerns

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2014/08/glyphosate-herbicide-market-continues.html

 

 

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global glyphosate herbicides market was valued at USD 5.46 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 8.79 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 7.2% over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. In terms of volume, the global glyphosate market demand was 718.6 kilo tons in 2012.

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global glyphosate herbicides market was valued at USD 5.46 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 8.79 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 7.2% over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. In terms of volume, the global glyphosate market demand was 718.6 kilo tons in 2012. - See more at: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2014/08/glyphosate-herbicide-market-continues.html#sthash.WhR5PnJ5.dpuf
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Monsanto and Ukraine

 

Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention.  On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture.  The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.” [1]

 

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/22/70838/

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Firstly, I want to thank 'Mid America Land Restoration' for posting the following article on their FB page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mid-America-Land-Restoration-Microbes-Probiotics/227068760671186  You might know these guys from their radiation warnings all across the US.  They are trying to warn US residents that their country is slowly cooking from the west coast to the east coast, sadly, from Fukushima radiation.
 
Back to the article - Monsanto seem to have their hand in everything now, from environmental poisons to genetically modified crops to organic seeds and now to soil-restoring microbes.  Whenever I think I'm one step ahead of Monsanto, they seem to catch up mighty quickly.  Soon it will be difficult to know whether your money is going to Monsanto or one of its subsidiary companies.  That's a really annoying prospect... but alas, I will continue to try and find those who are doing the right thing before Agribusiness caught on to the idea.

 
Article link:  http://hdnews.net/news/fungus092914
 

Fungus could be the help agriculture needs to adapt to climate change

9/29/2014


 
By MATT CAMPBELL
McClatchy-Tribune

 

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Imagine a world, just a few decades away, where once-fertile cropland is baked and starved of rain by ongoing climate change.

 

Just add fungus.

 

Scientists are discovering microscopic fungi can help make food crops more abundant, less thirsty and more tolerant of rising temperatures.

 

Now, fungi-boosted seeds from a startup company are coming to market in Kansas and soon will be elsewhere. And one of the world's leading agribusinesses is deeply invested in fungi and other microbial advances.

 

"It's a bit of a paradigm shift," said Brad Griffith, vice president of microbials for the St. Louis-based Monsanto Co.

 

The technology could make a crucial difference, considering the United Nations forecasts a need to increase food production by at least 60 percent to feed a projected 9 billion people by 2050.

 

Griffith said soybean farmers have been using microbials for several years to increase yields, but interest is rapidly growing in ways to help crops better withstand heat and salinity. Applied globally, that could make more land arable and help counter the effects of encroaching saltwater.

 

"Climate change has been a major motivator for us in moving forward with commercialization," said Rusty Rodriguez, a microbiologist and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies, or AST. "We're pursuing as aggressive an approach as we can. We see this as mitigating the impact of climate change on agriculture -- until it gets too bad where it's not going to matter."

 

Rodriguez and his colleagues found certain fungi found naturally in the soil allow plants to flourish under harsh conditions. They discovered this by looking at plants that thrive in Yellowstone National Park's punishing thermal conditions.

 

Treating seeds allows microscopic fungi to colonize the root systems, conferring those adaptive abilities on food crops.

 

AST said field test results showed corn yields with the seed treatment increased 25 percent to 85 percent under drought conditions using 25 percent to 50 percent less water.

 

It was the third year of field trials, covering 14 states.

 

"We're concluding these products will perform irrespective of soil type and climate zone," Rodriguez said. "There is nothing yet telling us not to move forward."

 

Because the seed treatment is an inoculant as opposed to a pesticide, it does not require regulatory approval in Kansas or Missouri.

 

AST has proprietary treatments so far for corn and rice and is working on soybean, wheat, barley, sugarcane, sorghum, leafy greens, tomatoes and citrus.

 

There are some skeptics, but the approach has caught the eye of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Last month, the agency, along with the governments of Sweden and the Netherlands, named AST among 17 initiatives out of a field of 520 "with high potential for transformative impact" for producing food with less water. That designation will come with a prize of between $100,000 and $3 million.

 

Zachery Gray, AST's vice president for business development, said the young company has a letter of intent with a multinational distributor to sell its products.

 

Word of the microbial approach appears not yet to have penetrated mainstream agriculture. The Missouri Farm Bureau Federation, the Kansas Farm Bureau and the sustainability-preaching Land Institute, based in Salina, were not familiar with the technique.

 

"We always support the availability of new, innovative products that would help our growers produce their crops in a better way," said Sue Schulte, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Corn Growers Association. "Until they get out into the real world -- that's when people really start to pay attention to how they work."

 

Travis Harper, an agronomy specialist with the University of Missouri Extension office in Clinton, Mo., said farmers might have heard of the microbial approach but probably know little about it.

 

"We hear this type of thing from different companies, and they're excited about it and the farmers get excited about it," Harper said. "Once these products are available to researchers, they sometimes confirm what the company is claiming and a lot of times they don't."

 

Fungi that colonize the root structure do not get into the food crops produced by the plants that host them, although they can be carried by way of the seed coating to the next generation. The fungi also can help plants draw nitrogen from the atmosphere, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.

 

And the technique avoids the issue of genetic modification, which is a turnoff for many consumers.

 

"For 20 years or more, the multinationals like Monsanto have been talking about producing plants that are resistant to temperature, drought and salt by genetic modification," Rodriguez said. "They have had limited success."

 

But Monsanto late last year announced a $300 million "BioAg Alliance" with Novozymes of Denmark to focus on microbial products, including fungi and bacteria, for increasing crop yields.

 

Griffith said Monsanto will test microbial strains in more than a half-million plots next year and that number will expand exponentially.

 

"These things have been around for millennia," Griffith said. "Our science is finally catching up. There are billions of microbes in a teaspoon of soil. But how do you know which ones are beneficial and serve a specific purpose? With our BioAg Alliance, we're trying to make good decisions based on DNA in the lab to identify which product candidates we can get out in the field."

 

 

Just say no to Monsanto.

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