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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 

 

 

Yes, this practice has been used for some years by potato farmers - to 'burn' off the tops so the potatoes can be machine harvested.  Sometimes you can even small the glyphosate on the potatoes in the shop.

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This article is not directed to Monsanto, but for most of us who are interested in GM food, I thought I post it here, since we don't have a stand alone GMO/Food thread.

 

Isn't the issue of GM its accelerated evolutionary process that's worrying us with the end results?

I always thought natural process takes long years of testing of ourselves ingesting those in the ancient time, thus though YES plants GM themselves, but they ARE SAFE.

If my thought is wrong, please please tell me so... :ph34r:

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3050446/GM-food-new-Foreign-DNA-sweet-potatoes-suggests-plants-genetically-modify-thousands-years.html

 

GM food is natural: 'Foreign DNA' in sweet potatoes suggests plants genetically modify themselves

  • Scientists in Belgium say all sweet potatoes contain 'foreign DNA'
  • Agrobacterium bacteria in the crop exchanges genes between species
  • This makes sweet potatoes a 'natural genetically modified organism'
  • And humans have been eating it for thousands of years 

 

 

 

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse.

 

Can you believe this, drone delivering Round-up on a farm next door to you

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

Monsanto's airborne pesticide drones coming soon: FAA approves unmanned, poison-spraying helicopters

Monsanto's airborne pesticide drones coming soon: FAA approves unmanned, poison-spraying helicopters

(NaturalNews) The federal government has granted its approval for a new unmanned pesticide drone that reports indicate will soon start dumping chemical herbicides and other crop-related substances from the sky.

The helicopters, designed by Yamaha Corp. U.S.A., have an empty weight of only 141 pounds, according to a Federal Aviation Administration document,[PDF] and they don't require a human pilot. Multinational corporations like Monsanto can just load them up with Roundup and send them on their way.

"Yamaha unmanned helicopters are designed for a wide range of industrial and research applications," reads an official brochure for the new technology,[PDF] which lists "precision agriculture," "spraying" and "seeding" as potential uses.

"Your eye in the sky offers cost effective, accurate and efficient spraying with zero soil compaction," it adds.

Here you can see the "RMAX" unmanned helicopter in action as it shoots chemicals down on crops:

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It gets worse (seriously)

 

 

Unmanned drones for use in chemical agriculture represent largest civilian drones ever approved by FAA

Unmanned drones for use in chemical agriculture represent largest civilian drones ever approved by FAA

Federal regulators were initially hesitant to approve the, drone but they eventually caved, granting a Section 333 exemption to the civilian drone on May 1. Steve Markofski, a spokesman for Yamaha Corp. U.S.A., told the Associated Press this in response:

"I certainly understand their cautious approach. It's a daunting task given our airspace is complicated."

Prior to this approval, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had only issued exemptions for much smaller drones weighing less than 55 pounds. In this case, the RMAX will be allowed to operate with a maximum payload of 218 pounds.

Besides having the capacity to water, fertilize and spray pesticides on crops, the RMAX can also be equipped with special sensors capable of detecting individual crop needs, such as which crops need more irrigation.

"[T]he RMAX UAS [unmanned aerial system] has been in operation since 1997 and logged more than two million flight hours," stated the FAA in conjunction with its approval. "There are approximately 2,600 RMAX UAS in use worldwide."
 

Dousing biotech crops in glyphosate poison will be easier than ever with unmanned drones

What this means is that chemical companies like Monsanto will have an easier time than ever ensuring that their poisons reach the crop fields of America. Drowning Roundup Ready soybean and corn crops in glyphosate will soon be as simple as the flick of a light switch -- and a real-live pilot won't even need to be present.

It's a dream come true for the biotech mafia, at least when the project eventually goes live. Farmers wishing to use this ominous drone technology will still need to obtain agricultural aircraft operator certificate approval from the FAA, which has yet to take place.

 

http://www.naturalnews.com/050197_pesticide_drones_chemical_agriculture_FAA.html

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California Drought: A Surprising Cause?

It's time to consider the possibility that industrial farming with its focus on chemicals such as glyphosate and glufosinate have played an important role in creating drought and other severe weather patterns.

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For instance, it is now known that the atmospheric microbiome actually regulates rain and snow formation and precipitation. In fact, Earth is surrounded by microbes and the products of microbes flying from land to sky and back to land. A recent article explains how "Over land outside the tropics, only 1 percent of rain events involve ice-free clouds, according to the new study." And what is the most significant rain-making bacteria identified to date but an ice-nucleating bacteria called Pseudomonas syringae? Perhaps it would be more accurate to speak of these bacteria in the atmosphere in toto not as a microbiome but an "atmospheric macrobiome."

Chances are you've never heard of rainmaking bacteria even though the concept has been around since the 1970s. You may not have known about microbes living in the atmosphere or about bioprecipitation. And you probably thought Native American and African rain dancing isn't real. But gather a large group of people to kick up enough dust and this ancient ritual begins to make sense. An interesting modern example of this phenomena comes from a tea plantation in Western Kenya, notorious for its incredible volume of hailstorms. In 1982, Russell Schnell, a University of Colorado student, discovered that tea pickers kicked-up particles carrying P. syringae leading to 132 days of hailstorms in just one year.

- See more at: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/california-drought-surprising-cause#sthash.XcUUnJNU.dpuf

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/california-drought-surprising-cause

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'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters

August 2, 2015

 

 

"A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

The development of so-called “gene drive” technology promises to revolutionise medicine and agriculture because it can in theory stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria and yellow fever, as well as eliminate crop pests and invasive species such as rats and cane toads.

However, scientists at the forefront of the development believe that in the wrong hands gene-drive technology poses a serious threat to the environment and human health if accidentally or deliberately released from a laboratory without adequate safeguards. Some believe it could even be used as a terrorist bio-weapon directed against people or livestock because gene drives – which enable GM genes to spread rapidly like a viral infection within a population – will eventually be easy and cheap to generate."

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"Last week the US National Academy of Sciences initiated a wide-ranging review of gene-drive technology in “non-human organisms” and in this week’s journal Science a group of 27 leading geneticists call on the scientific community to be open and transparent about both the risks and benefits of gene drives."
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"Researchers have likened gene-drive technology to a nuclear chain reaction because it allows GM genes to be amplified within a breeding population of insects or other animals without any further intervention once the trait has been initially introduced. This is the case even if the trait is non-beneficial to the organism.

Laboratory experiments on fruit flies have shown that a modified gene introduced into one individual fly can take just a few generations to “infect” practically every other fly in the breeding population, in defiance of the normal rules of genetics which dictate a far slower spread."

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"Kevin Esvelt, a gene-drive expert at the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said the technology was developed theoretically about 10 years ago but it has only been made possible in the lab in the past two years with the discovery of the sophisticated gene-editing tool Crispr/Cas9.

Dr Esvelt explained that gene drives relied on a “cassette” of genetic elements that allowed a genetically modified gene to jump from one chromosome to another within the same individual so that eventually all of the sperm or eggs of the animal carried the GM trait, rather than half. This means that virtually none of the offspring is eventually free of an introduced GM trait."

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-sound-alarm-over-supercharged-gm-organisms-which-could-spread-in-the-wild-and-cause-environmental-disasters-10434010.html

 

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Monsanto wants to replace the bees they are killing with genetically engineered flying ants

 

Ecologists refer to bees and a few other select organisms as keystone species. This term is analogous to the keystone of an arch. Remove the wedge-shaped stone at the top, and the entire structure collapses.

Bees are a keystone species because they are the world's primary pollinators and are therefore crucial to the environment. While Monsanto claims bees only pollinate about a third of the world's crops, others estimate their contribution to be closer to 90%. But the startling decline of the bee population isn't just threatening our crops, it is also threatening varied and diverse wild plants across the globe that provide food for countless animal species. If we lose the bees, the loss to our ecosystems will be catastrophic.
Disappearing Bees

Colony collapse disorder is a term for deserted hives. Adult bees vacate the hive, leaving behind the queen and immature bees. The adult bees simply vanish.

The Department of Agriculture cites several possible causes for colony collapse that include parasites, viruses, predators, nutritional deficits, and pesticide poisoning. They hypothesize a probable combination of factors while reminding us that bee disappearances have been recorded as far back as the 1880s

 

http://www.naturalnews.com/050993_flying_ants_genetically_engineered_Monsanto.html

 http://www.naturalnews.com/050993_flying_ants_genetically_engineered_Monsanto.html#ixzz3kdSHm9EY

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https://www.intellihub.com/5-scientific-experts-join-lawsuit-to-bring-down-monsanto/

 

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A CASE AGAINST HEALTH-DESTRUCTIVE CHEMICALS BY CHRISTINA SARICH | NATURAL SOCIETY

 

In my ongoing exposure of Monsanto’s illegal and immoral tactics, I was excited to announce that a class action lawsuit against the company for false advertising was taken on by none other than T. Matthew Phillips. We reported on this lawsuit at Natural Society, when minimal mainstream media outlets would touch the subject. Now, under penalty of perjury, 5 experts in the field have signed their names to a statement that will hopefully put Monsanto out of business for good."

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Four Decades of Herbicide Use Is Creating Zombie Weeds That Just Won't Die

 

On many farms, the most commonly used weed killer in the United States isn't cutting it any more.

Researchers say heavy reliance on glyphosate, commonly known by the brand name Roundup, has made the surviving weeds tougher, forcing farmers to shift tactics and rely on more costly methods to get rid of them.

"The areas infested with our main culprits — mare's tail, water hemp, giant ragweed — they increase pretty substantially every year, maybe 10 percent in terms of acres affected," said Bill Johnson, a weed science professor at Indiana's Purdue University.

The problem of herbicide resistance has been around almost as long as herbicides have. It's evolution 101: Weeds that can survive spraying will pass along their genes to their progeny, while their susceptible neighbors die off. And glyphosate, which has been around for 40 years, isn't necessarily more likely to produce resistant weeds than its predecessors, Johnson said.

 

The big change was the development of "Roundup-Ready" crops, introduced by Roundup manufacturer Monsanto in the mid-1990s, he said. Those genetically modified corn, soybeans and other plants were able to survive glyphosate exposure, so farmers could spray the herbicide on their fields — and many came to rely on that single chemical as a result.

"We didn't exercise really good judgement," Johnson said. "We over relied on the herbicide, and Mother Nature will not be defeated ... as a result, a number of weed species have increased in intensity."

 

https://news.vice.com/article/four-decades-of-herbicide-use-is-creating-zombie-weeds-that-just-wont-die

 

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/herbicide-scrutiny-mounts-resistant-weeds-214921618.html

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The unknown consequences of GMOs threaten the very future of food and humanity

 

The rapid advances in agriculture involving the use of genetically modified foods and seeds has progressed largely without a great deal of scrutiny, leaving millions of Americans wondering about their effects on humans and the environment. While GMO pushers and the government agencies that shield them insist nothing is amiss, science is finally beginning to catch up to the technology, and the consequences of the "head in the sand" policy that has protected the bio-ag industry are finally becoming known.

Melody Meyer, the vice president of policy and industry relations at United Natural Foods, writes in The Huffington Post that agricultural economist and scientist Chuck Benbrook has spent a great deal of his career studying agriculture and its effects, particularly GMO crops.

In 2012, he released a study, "Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years," in which he reported that the use of herbicides increased dramatically since the introduction of herbicide-tolerant varieties of corn and soy.

 

 

 http://www.naturalnews.com/051372_food_security_GMOs_genome_editing.html#ixzz3nFRyMRi8

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Monsanto and cancer milk- this is unreal- they fired the investigative news people for finding out and refusing to alter the story and lie to the public...this is in Fla. and probably everywhere in the US...

 

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Europe Is Halting GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)

http://lionsgroundnews.com/europe-gmos-genetically-modified-organisms/

 

"At least 15 of the 28 EU Member States have informed the Commission that they not allow genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to enter their territory.

According to the Belgian MEP Bart Staes to the list can even increase: “This reaffirms a large majority of European countries and citizens that they are against the use of these totally unnecessary technology.”"
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Monsanto's Stock Is Tanking. Is the Company's Own Excitement About GMOs Backfiring?    :rolleyes: 

 

Pity Monsanto, the genetically modified seed and agrichemical giant. Its share price has plunged 25 percent since the spring. Market prices for corn and soybeans are in the dumps, meaning Monsanto's main customers—farmers who specialize in those crops—have less money to spend on its pricey seeds and flagship herbicide (which recently got named a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health organization, spurring lawsuits).

 

Monsanto's long, noisy attempt to buy up rival pesticide giant Syngenta crumbled into dust last month. And Wednesday, Monsanto reported quarterly revenues and profits that sharply underperformed Wall Street expectations. For good measure, it also sharply lowered its profit projections for the year ahead.

 

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/10/monsanto-stock-decline-layoffs

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Monsanto, The Most Evil Company In The World, Just Got Another Nail In Their Coffin

 

A subgroup of the World Health Organization has just released a study that suggests that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”  Farmers across the United States are lining up to give their testimony and medical evidence for lawsuits that are being organized in cities across the country. Roundup, widely used on everything from wheat to grass to corn, is touted as a safe herbicide with a “very good environmental profile” according to Trish Jordan of Monsanto. But consumers and health organizations feel differently and have been suggesting for years that glyphosate causes everything from autism to cancer.

 

Personal injury lawyers are gearing up for a mass tort action suit against the agrichemical giant, and they have the support of millions behind them. Marches against Monsanto have drawn millions of participants worldwide and dozens of countries have entirely banned the use of not only their products, but the import of any foods treated with their products.  While this initial suit will ultimately focus on farm workers, a victory could open the door to further suits involving consumers of products treated with Roundup and other Monsanto chemicals.

 

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/10/monsanto-the-most-evil-company-in-the-world-just-got-another-nail-in-their-coffin.html

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Ten years after: GMO-FREE EUROPE 2015 in Berlin

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"Our Land, our Future, our Europe -The regions of Europe have the right to determine their own ways of farming, eating, producing and selling food and of protecting their environment and landscapes, their culture and heritage, their seed, their rural development, their economic future. This includes the right to decide about the use of genetically modified plants and animals in their agriculture and ecosystems," starts the Berlin Manifesto 2005 adopted by 190 participants of the first European GMO-FREE Regions Conference in January 2005.Ten years later, NGOs and scientists, 64 regional governments and the business association "Danube Soya" jointly organized the Conference GMO-FREE EUROPE Future Opportunities and Challenges.

 

We were proud to host this 10th anniversary conference again in Berlin which brought together more than 400 participants from 60 countries around the world. We would like to thank all speakers and participants for a rich and fruitful debate and for their enchanting spirit.

The Berlin declaration 2015 is available for download in English pdf_small.gifand Germanpdf_small.gif

 

http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/gmo-free-europe-2015.html

 

Here comes the European Spring?  Regime change needed!!!

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GM Salmons to be Slapped onto your Plates

 

FDA Has Determined That the AquAdvantage Salmon is as Safe to Eat as Non-GE Salmon

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm472487.htm

 

"The public is invited to provide comments on this draft guidance (see box below). Consumers can also learn more about how a food is produced by contacting the manufacturer, Billingslea says."

 

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Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out on Dangers of Genetically Modified Food

By Dr. Thierry Vrain

 

The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding.

 

"I retired 12 years ago after a long career as a research scientist for Agriculture Canada. When I was on the payroll, I was the designated scientist of my institute to address public groups and reassure them that genetically engineered crops and foods were safe. I don’t know if I was passionate about it but I was knowledgeable. I defended the side of technological advance, of science and progress.

 
There is, however, a growing body of scientific research – done mostly in Europe, Russia, and other countries – showing that diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats. I have in the last 12 years changed my position. I started paying attention to the flow of published studies coming from Europe, some from prestigious labs and published in prestigious scientific journals, that questioned the impact and safety of engineered food.
 
I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of course that they are safe to eat. The scientific literature is full of studies showing that engineered corn and soya contain toxic or allergenic proteins. The Bt corn and soya plants that are now everywhere in our environment are registered as insecticides. But are these insecticidal plants regulated and have their proteins been tested for safety? Not by the federal departments in charge of food safety, not in Canada and not in the U.S.
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GMO Myths and Truths

 

I refer you towards a recent compilation (May 2014) of over 500 government reports and scientific articles published in peer reviewed Journals, some of them with the highest recognition in the world — like The Lancet in the medical field, or Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, or Biotechnology, or Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, European Journal of Histochemistry, Journal of Proteome Research, etc. This compilation “GMO Myths and Truths” was co-authored by genetic engineers Dr John Fagan and Dr Michael Antoniou and researcher Claire Robinson, who summarized the gist of the publications for the lay public. A 120-page evidence based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops, “GMO Myths and Truths” disputes the claims of the Biotech industry that GM crops yield better and more nutritious food, that they save on the use of pesticides, have no environmental impact whatsoever and are perfectly safe to eat.

 

Genetic pollution is so prevalent in North and South America where GM crops are grown that the fields of conventional and organic grower are regularly contaminated with engineered pollen and losing certification. The canola and flax export market from Canada to Europe (a few hundreds of millions of dollars) were recently lost because of genetic pollution. Did I mention superweeds, when RoundUp crops pass their genes on to RoundUp Resistant weeds? Apparently over 50% of fields in the USA are now infested and the growers have to go back to use other toxic herbicides such as 2-4 D. Many areas of Ontario and Alberta are also infested.

 

The transgenes are also transferred to soil bacteria. A chinese study published last year shows that an ampicillin resistance transgene was transferred from local engineered crops to soil bacteria, that eventually found their way into the rivers. The transgenes are also transferred to humans. Volunteers who ate engineered soybeans had undigested DNA in their intestine and their bacterial flora was expressing the soybean transgenes in the form of antibiotic resistance. This is genetic pollution to the extreme, particularly when antibiotic resistance is fast becoming a serious global health risk. I can only assume the American Medical Association will soon recognize its poorly informed judgement."

 

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http://wakeup-world.com/2015/01/27/former-pro-gmo-scientist-speaks-dangers-genetically-modified-food/

 

OK, now I just posted an article regarding Chinese gene/DNA mutation in the Black Goo and on Diseases thread in Earth Events. Wonder if this is the study being spoken about?  

 

Tx Landdownunder

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This Putin Guy really knows what the actual people want, yet again he is the only one actually doing something about saving the world as we know it... at the very least he is creating a niche market for his export industry.... that will continue to become more and more valuable.. Clever and above all putting his people and country above his hip pocket..

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Putin wants Russia to become world's biggest exporter of Non-GMO food

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Image courtesy of RT © Aleksandr Kondratuk / Sputnik

ussia could become the world's largest supplier of ecologically clean and high-quality organic food, said President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. He also called on the country to become completely self-sufficient in food production by 2020.

"We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our lands, water resources – Russia is able to become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is steadily growing," said Putin, addressing the Russian Parliament on Thursday. 

A-la Russe: Russian dairy to make French cheese 
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— RT (@RT_com) 
November 20, 2015

According to the President, Russia is now an exporter, not an importer of food.

"Ten years ago, we imported almost half of the food from abroad, and were dependent on imports. Now Russia is among the exporters. Last year,

 

Russian exports of agricultural products amounted to almost $20 billion -

 

a quarter more than the revenue from the sale of arms,

 

or one-third the revenue coming from gas exports," he said.

https://www.rt.com/business/324605-russia-putin-healthy-food/

 

 

 

You see it is possible to make more money from products other than arms and war toys.....................

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Monsanto Must Stand Trial in The Hague for Crimes Against Humanity

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An interesting theory about the recent Chipotle restaurants and their e-coli outbreak

 

ANALYSIS: Chipotle is a victim of corporate sabotage... biotech industry food terrorists are planting e.coli in retaliation for restaurant's anti-GMO menu

December 23, 2015

Mike Adams

 

 

"(NaturalNews) After observing recent events involving Chipotle and e.coli, here's my analysis of the situation: Chipotle's e.coli outbreaks are not random chance. They are the result of the biotech industry unleashing bioterrorism attacks against the only fast food company that has publicly denounced GMOs.

 

How do we know? The CDC has already admitted that some of these e.coli outbreaks involve a "rare genetic strain" of e.coli not normally seen in foods. Furthermore, we also know the track record of the biotech industry engaging in the most criminal, dirty, sleazebag tactics imaginable against any person or company that speaks out against GMOs.

Doctor Oz, for example, was maliciously targeted in a defamation campaign funded by the biotech industry earlier this year. The onslaught against Oz was initiated because he publicly expressed his support for honest GMO labeling on foods.

As the attacks escalated, Doctor Oz had his own team investigate the source of the attacks and found they were all biotech industry shills, some with felony criminal records and long histories of dubious propaganda activities targeting anti-GMO activists.


GMO industry routinely resorts to tactics that resemble terrorism or criminal mafias
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http://www.naturalnews.com/052405_Chipotle_ecoli_outbreak_corporate_sabotage_biotech_bioterrorism.html

Tx Reddwolf

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I know I posted about these GMO bananas before.  Developed in OZ, but brought to the US to test, before giving them to AfrIca to produce.  In SA, they have huge banana growing farms.  I wonder if they will contaminate the natural bananas like, say, the GMO corn, does here in the states.

 

 

Gates Foundation Will Pay College Students $900 To Eat Untested GMO Bananas

February 26, 2016

 

 

"On behalf of the Gates Foundation, researchers at Iowa State University will be paying students to eat genetically modified bananas.

According to The Des Moines Register, these genetically modified bananas were developed by scientists at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. The bananas have allegedly been developed to help produce Vitamin A and has been targeted towards people living in African countries.

Biotech companies and the creators of GMO’s always say that their products are going to save the world, but they usually fall short of their expectations and come along with a nasty list of side effects and unintended consequences.

Wendy White, one of the lead researchers promoting this study, wrote in an earlier statement that these bananas can help children with vitamin deficiencies.

“In Uganda and other African countries, vitamin A deficiency is a major contributor to deaths in childhood from infectious diseases. Wouldn’t it be great if these bananas could prevent preschool kids from dying from diarrhea, malaria or measles?” White said.

Of course, that would be great, but there is no guarantee that these bananas will actually have the desired effect."

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http://www.healthfreedoms.org/gates-foundation-will-pay-college-students-900-to-eat-untested-gmo-bananas/

 

Tx Landdownunder

 

Then WHY would you test them on healthy COLLEGE AGE students in the US, instead of on the ones of a proper age and need?  What's to say you'd get the same effect, since the ages and health vary to such a degree?  IIRC, Vitamin A is one of those vitamins that do not leave the human body, so one banana, compared to, say, many bananas over the whole of childhood, could possibly end up causing a buildup of Vitamin A, and subsequent poisoning of the very children they are supposed to help?  Gates = madman!

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MONSANTO CEO GETS WELL-DESERVED $600 MILLION BONUS FOR LAST YEAR

April 8, 2016

Barbara Johnson

 

 

"The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monsanto, Hugh Grant, received a performance bonus of more than $600 millions for the 2015 fiscal years, announced the multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation this morning.

 
After being questioned on the subject by investors on Wednesday during Monsanto Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Earnings Conference Call, the company Board of directors released the information this morning, announcing that it had granted Mr. Grant $603.45 million in annual bonus, including $574 million in restricted stock units.
 
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Pierre Courduroux, justified the bonus by saying that despite the fact that the year was a bit disappointing in terms of sales and profits, the company had built some “very solid and concrete bases” for many future projects.
 
Some of you might be alarmed by the plummeting profits, but we are extremely optimistic for the future,” Mr Courduroux told reporters. “In the last year, we were victims of ridiculous accusations concerning the Zika virus, but we expect some record profits over the next few years. We’ve made a lot of investments which should start paying up soon, and we’ve decided to reward Mr Grant for the important role that he played in generating these future profits. This guy is a genius, and $600 million is a very small price to pay for such a brilliant mind!”
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Makes me wonder what all he's been up too. 
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‘Monsanto shouldn’t be allowed to exploit farmers’: India vows to break up GM-cotton monopoly

April 11, 2016

 

"India has vowed to protect farmers from exploitation and continue regulating the price of genetically modified cotton seeds in the country, looking to break down the monopoly of Monsanto – a US based agrochemical giant which controls 90 percent of the Indian market.

 

Monsanto is being pushed by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept the dictated government price, as India expects to develop its own genetically modified (GM) cotton varieties early next year.
 
In a move to break away from a dependency on American technological know-how in the genetic seed market, India has cut royalties paid by local firms for Monsanto’s seeds by more than 70 percent. The government also capped GM cotton seed prices at 800 rupees ($11.90) for a packet of 400 grams, starting in April 2017.
 
Threatening to leave the Indian market after six decades and cut access to US technology, Monsanto has in response taken the issue to court. The giant has called the government-driven intervention to regulate the the market “arbitrary and potentially destructive”.
 
Speaking at a two-day conference in Delhi about kharif sowing season, Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh once again reaffirmed the government’s commitment to challenge Monsanto.
 
“It [Monsanto] is a good company. We respect them, but that does not mean you loot farmers and charge whatever price, because you have knowledge,” Singh said as he tasked government officials to keep a careful watch on seed prices and monitor monopolistic activity. “Be it seed or pharma, we will continue to regulate prices, whenever required,” he said."
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