Monsanto lobbyists have successfully pushed a last minute change into the Continuing Resolution spending bill which was approved by U.S. Congress recently. If not vetoed by President Obama, this will give Monsanto immunity from U.S. government action regarding the safety of any and all new GMO crops and will take away the Judiciary system’s constitutional mandate to review GMO crops to ensure the safety of both consumers and the environment.
Again, this has already been passed by congress so if you are against this, the only way to stop it now is to get President Obama to veto this bill when it reaches his desk.
Food Democracy Now has a petition currently organized to tell President Obama to veto it at fooddemocracynow.org.
Some 400 hectares of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added. Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary. Authorities have been checking for GMO crops since the beginning of this year as a new regulation came in force this March which stipulates GMO checks before seeds are introduced to the market.
This is what a government should be doing. Way to go Hungary.
Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods. Almost 1000 acres of maize found to have been ground with genetically modified seeds have been destroyed throughout Hungary, deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said. The GMO maize has been ploughed under, said Lajos Bognar, but pollen has not spread from the maize, he added. Unlike several EU members, GMO seeds are banned in Hungary. The checks will continue despite the fact that seek traders are obliged to make sure that their products are GMO free, Bognar said. During the invesigation, controllers have found Pioneer Monsanto products among the seeds planted. The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seeds. With season already under way, it is too late to sow new seeds, so this years harvest has been lost. And to make things even worse for the farmers, the company that distributed the seeds in Baranya county is under liquidation. Therefore, if any compensation is paid by the international seed producers, the money will be paid primarily to that company’s creditors, rather than the farmers.
While other nations ban GMos Christina Sarich | Natural Society In case it didn’t make it to your news table, the United States Department of Agriculture (headed by Tom Vilsack, Monsanto’s best buddy) has recently (in January) approved two more Monsanto-owned genetically modified crops – new strains of both GM corn and soy. Is it any question now who is running our government in the US? Monsanto…
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Adoption Of Genetically Engineered Crops In the U.S
U.S. farmers have adopted genetically engineered (GE) crops widely since their introduction in 1996, notwithstanding uncertainty about consumer acceptance and economic and environmental impacts. Soybeans and cotton genetically engineered with herbicide-tolerant traits have been the most widely and rapidly adopted GE crops in the U.S., followed by insect-resistant cotton and corn. This data product summarizes the extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect–resistant crops since their introduction in 1996. Three tables devoted to corn, cotton, and soybeans cover the 2000-10 period by State. See more on the extent of adoption…
“A much-touted effort in Kenya to develop a genetically engineered virus-resistant sweet potato failed after 10 years, millions of dollars, and countless hours of effort. Not only did it fail, but researchers in Uganda [PDF] have developed varieties of sweet potatoes resistant to the same virus and with greater levels of beta carotene (aitamin A)—not with genetic engineering, but with conventional breeding.”
There are only 8 GM crops in the world. Those crops are corn (both field and sweet), cotton, canola, sugar beets, papaya, alfalfa, and squash. They are developing two new GM crops of the Artic Apple and the Innate Potato. We won’t see those two crops for another few years as they are still in the developmental stages.
The long term is looking very good at Monsanto’s expense. 👍
The media lynching of Chipotle has an explanation that is important to the future of GMOs. The cause of it is that there has long been an incipient crack in the solid public front that the food industry has presented on the GMO issue. The crack originates from the fact that while agribusiness sees GMOs as central to their business future, the brand-oriented and customer-sensitive ends of the food supply chain do not.
Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 9.32.58 AMThe brands who sell to the public, such as Nestle, Coca-Cola, Kraft, etc., are therefore much less committed to GMOs. They have gone along with their use, probably because they wish to maintain good relations with agribusiness, who are their allies and their suppliers. Possibly also they see a potential for novel products in a GMO future.
However, over the last five years, as the reputation of GMOs has come under increasing pressure in the US, the cost to food brands of ignoring the growing consumer demand for GMO-free products has increased. They might not say so in public, but the sellers of top brands have little incentive to take the flack for selling GMOs.
From this perspective, the significance of the Chipotle move becomes clear. If Chipotle can gain market share and prestige, or charge higher prices, from selling non-GMO products and give (especially young) consumers what they want, it puts traditional vendors of fast and processed food products in an invidious position. Kraft and McDonald’s, and their traditional rivals can hardly be left on the sidelines selling outmoded products to a shrinking market. They will not last long.
Genetically Modified Foods Get an Unwarranted Bad Rap
We have been genetically modifying our food crops for centuries, but only in recent decades has there been an outcry against GM foods. Traditional breeding is the least safe way of genetically altering food, and this method dates back to thousands of years ago. It was through this process that corn was actually made to be edible and so many other crops have been vastly improved. In the United States, nearly 80% of the food is or contains GMOs, so they are nearly impossible to avoid.
Today, we have the technology to manipulate only the gene or genes we want to target, the absolute safest methods of genetically modifying organisms, and all of these modern methods (the last two in the info-graphic) require rigorous years of testing before they can be released to the public marketplace. A lot of the supposed health risks of GM foods simply have no scientific basis or are very rare occurrences that are spread by the media and by people who are not educated on the science behind GMOs.
GMOs have so much potential to make better, safer crops, but if we ban them, we may not be able to provide food for the expanding human race in the years to come.
GMOs can help:
reduce production costs
increase crop yields
rid food of allergens
create foods with greater nutritional value, taste and texture
create foods with a longer shelf life
create crops that can better withstand environmental stress
and the benefits continue on.
This all being said, I do believe that we need to be careful with GMOs, because as with everything, there are risks involved. GM crops need to be controlled at some level so that their impact on the environment is minimal. This is one reason that I myself am such a big proponent of indoor urban agriculture as the future of agriculture.
In addition, large companies, such as Monsanto, should not have as much power as they do. A lot of the research they conduct is not inherently bad, in fact a lot of it is good for the future of agriculture, but the way they influence agriculture and often abuse their power is bad, and it is often because of the ways that large companies abuse their power that people automatically label all of their products, even the good helpful ones, as bad. People need to focus their efforts on regulating large corporations, not banning GMOs.
GMOs should not be banned because of the potential they hold for the future of agriculture, but they should be controlled, and they should be labeled because I do believe consumers have the right to know.
If anyone has questions or concerns about GMOs, just hit the ask button and I’ll be happy to expand your knowledge!