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Many of our mineral fertilisers, such as Phosphate ("Super", etc.) rely on soil fungi to break them down and transform them into organic forms that the plants can use. And too much fertiliser all at once will kill the fungi, so the poor farmer is told by the fertiliser company to "put on a lot more, your soil needs it".

 

And conversely, there are other fungi that will kill certain types/classes of plants, so one needs to be very careful with the balance of everything!!!!!

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Monsanto Reports $156 Million Loss in Q4 as Farmers Abandon GM Crops

Christina Sarich

October 12, 2014

 

"Are you invested in Monsanto stock like Bill Gates, who owns hundreds of thousand of Monsanto shares worth about $23 million? It might be time to pull out since the company just reported over $156 million in losses for the fourth quarter.
“For the quarter ended Aug. 31, Monsanto reported a loss of $156 million, or 31 cents per share, compared with a loss of $249 million, or 47 cents per share, in the same period last year.”
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"JUST SAY NO TO GMO"

 

HAPPY DANCE TIME!!

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Oregon's GMO labeling measure attracts big money: 2 sides raise total of $12 million so far

October 13, 2014

 

 

 

"An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money.

With ballots going out to voters this week, the two opposing camps combined have reported contributions of more than $12 million and expenditures of more than $11 million.

Labeling opponents, who are expected to raise a lot more money than proponents, have reported cash and in-kind contributions of $7.3 million thus far. They have reported spending $7.2 million, according to filings with the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

As in previous cases, the anti-labeling campaign is chiefly financed by out-of-state food corporations and biotech companies that grow engineered crops. Among the largest contributions: $1.6 million from Monsanto; $1.4 million from PepsiCo Inc., and $870,000 from Kraft Foods.

Labeling proponents show $4.8 million in contributions and $4.2 million in expenditures. Some of their highest donors include the Portland-based nonprofit Center for Food Safety, which donates $1.1 million and $900,000 from California-based Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. The labeling campaign has also received small contributions from nearly 3,000 Oregon donors."

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http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2014/10/13/oregon-gmo-labeling-measure-attracts-big-money-2-sides-raise-total-12-million/

 

JUST SAY NO TO GMO!!

 

I want you to know, that I really had to traipse through the bushes to get a story I could finally post on this.  Every one I found that told how much Monsanto had poured into the fight in Oregon, was posted by a news organization that had it totally copywritten and unable to be redone in any way. Pretty clever these big organizations that work together for their own mutual benefit !!!!  :angry2:  :angry2: 

 

 

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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.

 

Meant to reply to this but forgot about it, although I've said most of it before

 

 

These guys are just reinventing and commercialising the wheel, but it should be good cheap technology for the farmers and should reduce their dependence on fertilisers. It was soil samples that were the last organisms I exported out of Australia to a US/Peruvian biotech company. It took me years of negotiating with different gov bodies here, for, at the time, it was illegal to export organisms from the animal kingdom, soils contain micro-fauna (animals) as well as micro-flora, so all the state and federal Nature Conservation Acts had to be amended. The biotech guys were obviously after the mychorhizzal fungi, which is what they are mainly talking about here I'm sure, but they aren't saying too much as the farmers could realise they could propagate their own and inoculate the seeds themselves.

 

Another company (Pharmaceutical), wanted rainforest macro-fungi from specific orders of fungi, looking for the new wonder-drug, macro being the fungi you can see with the naked eye, most are micros.

 

Mychorizzal fungi covers many species of fungi and is a major component of a healthy soil chemistry. In the rainforests, certain species of trees will have their specific mychorizzal fungi that fixes nitrogen ahead of the tree's rootlets, although there are some that are pathogenic to some plants but generally it's a symbiotic relationship.

 

I am trying to convince a guy who is setting up a raw materials business, to start "growing" his own soils by using micro-flora, particularly, saprophytic fungi, the stuff that eats dead or dying materials. With the minimal fungi/vegetation ratio, this fungi could break down wood-chips and other bulky vegetive waste etc in a very short period of time, then once the saprophytes die off after completing their tasks, mychorizzal fungi can then be added to balance the soil out.

 

Big Pharma also want fungi, the most famous in the early days of organ transplants was cyclosporine, the first successful immunosuppressant drug developed from the widely distributed soil fungi Trichoderma polysporum. Due to some nasty side effects, big pharmas are scouring the fungal world for the next cyclosporine as well as some companies are finally searching for an easy remedial soil conditioner as more farmers are seeing the life go out of their soils from the constant bombardment of life killing chemical additives they've relied on for so long.

 

Fungi rocks

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From BLN

 

The Maui SHAKA Movement and www.voteyesmaui.org and other activists won by a very narrow margin—and instituted a temporary ban on new Monsanto/Dow GMO crops in Maui County.

Their corporate opposition spent $300 for every vote they got. And lost.

 

Monsanto & Dow Spent $8 Million to Lie to Maui County!!! Imagine what they’ll now spend on lawyers…
 

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GMO Crops Are Destroying Farmland, And Monsanto Doesn’t Want You To Know

Nov. 6, 2014

Christina Sarich

 

 

"The European Association for bio-industries, EuropaBio, wants you to believe that “GM crops can protect soils from erosion through less ploughing, conserving soil moisture, too. GM herbicide tolerant crops reduce the need to plough fields in preparation for planting crops. This saves fuel because less tilling is necessary. GM insect resistant crops require less treatments with insecticides, which also decreases the need for tractor use.” But these statements are completely false.

This is essentially the requisite lie told by all of biotech – including:

  • Monsanto – Known for creating or helping to create 13 highly carcinogenic and toxic products including saccharinPCBs, Polystyrene, DDT, the atom bomb, nuclear weapons, dioxin, Agent Orange, Petroleum based fertilizers, Round Up, rGBH, aspartame, GMOs, and terminator seeds. Monsanto sues everyone to keep dealing their dirty products, but the most recent suit, involving Dustin Barca, a surfer-turned mixed martial arts fighter in Hawaii is of special note. He is taking it personally that Monsanto poisons him, and bringing activism to a new level.

 

 

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Monsanto Tries to Overturn GMO Ban Despite 66% Majority Vote

Dec. 18, 2014

by Christina Sarich

 

 

Interfering with Democracy AGAIN

 

"Jackson County, Oregon voted by an overwhelming majority of 66% to ban GMO crop cultivation beginning June 6, 2015 via Measure 15-119. This date is fast approaching, and Monsanto thinks they are above the law. The biotech giant is trying to use two Jackson County GMO farmers to overturn the ban.

 

As I reported back in November:

 

The newly approved measure mandates that people “cease harvest, and destroy or remove all genetically engineered plants” no later than 12 months after the ordinance goes into effect. With Jackson County’s measure 15-119 and nearby Josephine County’s measure 17-58, GMOs were voted out with a nearly 2-1 ratio.

 

“The voters here [Jackson County] have many generations of fruit and vegetable growing, so they’re among the most educated voters,” said Chuck Burr, president of the Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association.” The opposition spent a million dollars and couldn’t convince the people. This vote is going to make Jackson and Josephine county one of the most valuable seed-growing regions in the entire country, period,” he said.

 

“Regrettably ideology defeated sound science and common sense in Jackson County. We respect the voice of the voters, but remain convinced Measure 15-119 is bad public policy.  While this election is over, this debate is not. We will continue to fight to protect the rights of all farmers to choose for themselves how they farm.”

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http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-tries-overturn-66-majority-gmo-ban/

 

JUST SAY NO TO GMO !!!

 

 

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Monsanto/Bayer's GM Plants Contaminate Europe Despite Ban

Sayer Ji

Dec. 26, 2014

 

"New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer's plants are now freely growing there.

A new study published in PLoS titled, "Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.) Despite a Cultivation and Import Ban in Switzerland," is believed to be the first report of its kind showing that despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer's GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it cannot be put back.

The GM plants were found growing freely along railway lines and in port areas at four sites in 2011 and 2012, with the most afflicted being the Rhine port of Basel and the St. Johann freight railway station in Basel, Switzerland. The glyphosate-resistant GM plants were identified as Monsanto's Roundup-Ready GM event GT73. Additionally, the researchers found the glufosinate-resistant GM events MS8xRF3, MS8 and RF3 (all traded as InVigor, Bayer) at five sampling locations in the Rhine port. They noted that this is, to their knowledge, the first time that Bayer's feral MS8xRF3, MS8 or RF3 plants were detected in Europe.

Another concerning finding was the discovery of 'outcrossing' (transference of genetic material between differing plant strains) between Monsanto's GT73 GM plant and two non-GM oilseed rape plants. This confirms fears that GM plants are capable of transforming conventional and/or organically produced plants into GM ones (i.e. 'biorape')."

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 http://www.activistpost.com/2014/12/monsantobayers-gm-plants-contaminate.html

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4252112/

 

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0114477

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Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT

 

Why? Evidence points to glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on our food.

For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer’s, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

 

At a conference last Thursday, in a special panel discussion about GMOs, she took the audience by surprise when she declared, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.

 

A fellow panelist reported that after Dr. Seneff’s presentation, “All of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate.”

 

http://www.anh-usa.org/half-of-all-children-will-be-autistic-by-2025-warns-senior-research-scientist-at-mit/

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Putin signs document requiring full disclosure on packaging containing GMOs

Good old Vladimir. :-* He's on our side.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs.

 

http://wtfrly.com/2015/01/04/russian-president-putin-signs-gmo-labeling-liability-law/#.VKzaPclGSSo

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Did you hear Bono partnered with Monsanto to bring GMO crops to Africa?

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Yeah Mulva, I stopped supporting Bono when I heard that in 2012.

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I am still trying to hold out hope for him if that makes sense...I think he has been made into who he is and what he stands for naively....."you do this for us and we will do this for you and your causes"......I find no coincidence between the plane incident and then the "bike incident" shortly thereafter.....I think he pissed the wrong people off when he apologized for the free album - not seeing it as many did - an invasion of personal rights and such (if you can push a u2 album down to my iPhone without my permission, what else can be pushed down and what will become mandatory to watch/listen to). He sincerely thought he was doing something nice and didn't see the bigger picture......Right before the official Monsanto release making their partnership/collaboration public, he discussed the extent of his injuries and how he cant play guitar anymore. Message received, time to partner with Monsanto like you said you were going to do. No independent thinking....

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Sorry but I think it's too obvious that to support GMO is a huge no no to anyone who has sane heads.

I used to love Bono but this decision he made is absolutely stupid...

 

...UNLESS HIS FAMILY MEMBER IS TAKEN HOSTAGE BY YOU KNOW WHO....

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Jane Goodall and Steven Druker Expose US Government Fraud over GMOs

 

In an acclaimed new book being launched Wednesday in London, American public interest attorney Steven Druker reveals how the US government and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMOs and the scientific research that casts doubt on their safety.

 

The book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, features a foreword by the renowned primatologist Dame Jane Goodall, hailing it as “without doubt one of the most important books of the last 50 years”.

 

The book’s revelations come at a crucial time when some European countries are considering the commercial planting of GM crops following the European Parliament’s decision to allow member states to opt out of the blockade that has barred them from the EU until now. Based on the evidence presented in the book, Druker and Goodall will assert that it would be foolhardy to push forward with a technology that is unacceptably risky and should never have been allowed on the market in the first place.

 

http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/03/04/jane-goodall-steven-druker-expose-us-government-fraud-gmos#.VPvNUMJ0yAh

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GM soy kills baby rats in just three weeks, study reveals

The best food on store shelves to buy is that food which DOES have holes and nicks where the insects ate some. That proves it's edible. Recent documentaries show entire fields of genetically modified corn that all looks plastic, with not a bug or bird in sight, not a butterfly or a gnat or a fly, but why? Did you know that a diet containing GM soy and maize fed to rats for just 90 days caused a wide range of toxic effects, including DNA damage, blood changes, and damage to the liver and kidneys? If you consume GMOs regularly, your gut is actually creating pesticide. You are consuming the genes of organisms that destroy the digestive tracts of beetles and worms.

 

 

 http://www.naturalnews.com/048944_GM_soy_toxic_food_GMOs.html#ixzz3U7t39PGQ

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@ Redd  --   Yeah but you'll make a good-looking zombie(resistant to beetles and worms) -- after the black oil deprives you of your soul........sic?

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NEO – Gates and Obama Share a Dark Secret

 

 …by  F. William Engdahl,   … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

“Revolution is always based on land — Revolution is never based on begging someone for an integrated cup of coffee.” – Malcolm X

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When international agribusiness gets its hooks right into our bellies

[ Editor’s note: Brother Engdahl takes us into a dark story on the dark Continent, where imperial “food colonization” is making a big move, with the tag-team duo of big corporate interests and the Obama Administration’s political muscle.

This is another chapter in the economic wars America is waging, with the warmongers attempting to give themselves free pass to use any and all power levers to get what they want under the cover of “long term economic national security”.

It seems that keeping the US financial house of cards going for another generation allows the type of no holds barred subterfuge and co-option from the Cold War years. Uncooperative foreign governments are to be squeezed and intimidated to keep them in line with US interests.

Sure, the US has done a lot to support development in Africa, as have many others. But we do not see the heavy hand being used to the degree wherever our CIA USAID tentacles go. This is the kind of behavior expected from a conqueror and occupying force, despite the fact that Africa had never shown signs of attacking the US. Still, we took it over to eliminate the “possible threat”.

The global control over energy, with political power fronting for multinational economic warlords, gives them levers of power to steal huge amounts of capital out of international commerce whenever they desire.

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Corporate monopolies are trumping food safety through political corruption

After these huge economic raids were pulled off with no political fallout or public condemnation, the guilty began looking for more targets.

We got the mortgage banking fraud from the Bush gangsters, followed by unregulated derivatives trading, which tanked entire regional economies — with hardly a soul going to jail over these grand larcenies, other than a few small fry without big political connections.

We had better wake up folks. As long as these thieves and their political buddies are walking around on the surface of the earth, they are going to keep on doing this, viewing us as “sheepeople”. We only aid that perception by our lack of resistance.

We bear a lot of responsibility for letting them get away with it. As Mike Harris often likes to say, “Santa and the Tooth Fairy are not coming to save us.” We have only ourselves to depend on, so we had better saddle up before we have no chance at allJim W. Dean ]

 

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/03/25/neo-gates-and-obama-share-a-dark-secret/

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Monsanto Asks World Health Organization to ‘Retract’ Cancer Link

 

Just days after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released a report publicly declaring the well-known link between Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and cancer, the GMO leviathan is already calling on the entire agency to issue a ‘retraction.’

Recently, Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide – the most widely used and best-selling herbicide in the U.S. and one of the world’s most popular weed-killers – has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Now Monsanto is fighting that assessment.

 

 http://www.livingforlonger.com/monsanto-asks-world-health-organization-to-retract-cancer-link/

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Former active US Marine demands GMO ban after curing debilitating health problems by switching to organic

 

The chickens are coming home to roost for Big Ag, as an aging baby-boomer population continues to connect the dots between the advent of biotechnology and the many chronic diseases for which people of this particular generation, and even younger generations, now suffer en masse.

A recent letter sent by former active Marine Jon Abrahamson to Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant tells the likely all-too-common story of disease progression without apparent cause. Abrahamson recalls how he suddenly began to develop nerve problems and numbness in his hands and legs, a degenerative process that left him almost completely incapacitated.

At the time, Abrahamson wasn’t aware of how his diet might be to blame for his poor health, including sudden weight gain despite no major changes in what he was eating and drinking. After investigating the situation further, Abrahamson came to the realization that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were a common thread in his disease progression.

 

http://drleonardcoldwell.com/2015/04/06/former-active-us-marine-demands-gmo-ban-after-curing-debilitating-health-problems-by-switching-to-organic/

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http://ewao.com/a/1-he-holds-the-patent-that-could-destroy-monsanto-and-change-the-world

 

In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world's leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that? Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical pesticides industry.  

What has Paul discovered? The mycologist has figured out how to use mother nature's own creations to keep insects from destroying crops. It's what is being called SMART pesticides. These pesticides provide safe & nearly permanent solution for controlling over 200,000 species of insects - and all thanks to the 'magic' of mushrooms.

Monsanto presently generates $16 billion dollars per year (as reported in 2014), therefore you can be certain they do not want anything interrupting that flow of revenue. Such income gives them nearly limitless resources and abilities to suppress information that may be damaging their reputation.

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Re mushrooms - I recently got a newsletter from cancer specialist, Chris Woollams in his canceractive site advising eating daily not only medicinal mushrooms, but also regular button mushrooms to avoid and/or prevent breast cancer from returning. 

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Crops being drenched with cancer-causing glyphosate immediately before harvest

 

Vast quantities of non-organic crops are deliberately doused with the carcinogenic herbicide glyphosate (trade name Roundup) in order to provide farmers with a more profitable harvest.

Roundup is one of the world's most popular herbicides, and the most widely used agricultural and residential weedkiller in the United States. The adoption of crops genetically engineered to resist Roundup has led to an explosion in its use in the past 20 years.

In March, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IACR) announced in an article published in the journal Lancet Oncology that it had updated glyphosate's status to "probably carcinogenic," based on strong evidence from animal studies and "limited evidence" from human studies.

 

Crops deliberately poisoned, then harvested

 

The practice of killing good crops with Roundup right before harvest is described in a 2010 paper by Roundup manufacturer Monsanto. The purpose, the company says, is to cause the crops to all die at the same time, thus drying uniformly 

 

 

 

http://www.naturalnews.com/049873_glyphosate_GMO_crops_cancer.html#ixzz3bUZpL4N1

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