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Are GMOs Good or Bad?

It’s time to put an end to the debate over the safety of GMO crops and foods.  Today nearly all of our beer, wine, cheese, and yogurt are made with GM yeast and cultures.  Most of our livestock are fed genetically modified corn and soybeans.  And most of our prepared foods contain GM ingredients.

Here is a simple solution - people who want to believe there is something sinister or unhealthy about GM plants should either buy food that is labeled non-GMO or pay more for so-called “organic” food.  The rest of us, who embrace science, can get on with healthy and productive lives.

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In June 2013, to coincide with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defence of Marriage Act, a large number of “Pro-Fabulous, Anti-Capitalist” posters were pasted up in St Louis on Manchester Avenue in The Grove. They bore slogans such as:

‘Queers Against… Monsanto, the HRC, the STLPD, the Military, Marriage and Pride INC’

DANDELIONS deserve a gold medal. One of the first links in that magical chain of events bringing dinner to our tables, this sunny flower is one of the first spring foods for bees. If bees survive the winter, they look to dandelions and other wildflowers for nutrition - so they can begin the work of pollinating our fruits and vegetables. As you know, the bees are in a pickle right now. Their population is dwindling. Let’s not kill off anything that helps the bees.

READ: http://www.reporterherald.com/opinion/guest-columns/ci_25679656/dandelions-deserve-gold-medal

And take action to SAVE THE BEES concerning neonicotinoid pesticides use:

Tell Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling plants pre-treated with bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/home-depot-and-lowes

Ask your Congressional Representatives to support H.R. 2692 to ban neonics: http://bit.ly/PollinatorBill

Tell the EPA to ban neonics: www.foe.org/epa-bees

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Monsanto Employee Admits an Entire Department Exists to "Discredit" Scientists

Monsanto’s employee, Dr. William “Bill” Moar, who gives talks on Monsanto’s products to reassure everyone that they are safe, perhaps forgot the event was public when he openly revealed that Monsanto had:

“An entire department” (waving his arm for emphasis) dedicated to ‘debunking’ science which disagreed with theirs.“

Likely, this is the first time a Monsanto employee has publicly admitted that they have immense political and financial weight to bear on scientists who dare to publish against them. Of course they don’t list this discrediting department anywhere on their website.

Well, we wouldn’t want to impact the profits of Monsanto, now would we?

Weedkiller suspected of causing cancer deemed ‘safe

A best-selling herbicide that the World Health Organisation suspects causes cancer could get a new lease of life in Europe after being deemed safe by a key assessment based largely on classified industry reports.

A decision on whether to extend the license for glyphosate’s use in Europe is pending, but earlier this year, it was deemed “probably carcinogenic to humans” in a preliminary report from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The full report is due for release imminently.

Any revocation of the European license would hit the profits of Monsanto which manufactures the weedkiller which is often used in conjunction with GM crops.

A bottle of Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ pesticide. The pesticide was banned after the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was in March classified as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ by the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

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On Friday, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared the herbicide glyphosate to be a substance that is “probably carcinogenic.” Glyphosate, more commonly known by its commercial name Roundup, is the primary weed killer used by agriculture giant Monsanto. This news is a problem for them. French news channel Canal+ has recently aired a preview of an upcoming documentary featuring Monsanto lobbyist Dr. Patrick Moore arguing that Roundup is definitelynot cancerous. But Moore is unwilling to back up his claims.

“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you”

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He Holds the Patent that Could Destroy Monsanto and Change the World
If there's anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways. And as Monsanto would love for this article to not go viral, all we can ask is that you share, share, share the information be

***SHARE THIS ARTICLE FAR & WIDE TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THIS REVOLUTIONARY PATENT. ***

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.

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’s chemical concoctions which are being sprayed all over farmers’ fields around the world are attributed to the large-scale bee die off. To say that  new methods  need to be implemented before it is too late is an understatement.  

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.

Link to the patent we are speaking of: 7,122,176

All the patents Paul has applied for: Here

Paul Stamet’s Wikipedia page

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Monsanto Lobbyist Claims Roundup Pesticide Is Safe To Drink, Then Runs Away When Reporter Offers Him Some

While being filmed by French cable channel Canal+, GMO advocate Dr. Patrick Moore claimed that the chemical in the company’s Roundup weed killer is safe for humans to consume and “won’t hurt you.”

He then refused to drink it when offered a glass by the interviewing journalist.

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Earlier this month, Swiss seed and agrochemical company Syngenta rejected Monsanto’s second takeover bid in a year. Syngenta’s board said the offer undervalued the company and did not fully address regulatory risks. But the St. Louis-based biotech giant, the world’s biggest seed seller, is not deterred and is planning a new offer to Syngenta, the world’s biggest pesticide and fertilizer seller. If approved, it would be the biggest agribusiness merger in history. But clearing antitrust regulators in the U.S. and the EU is a big if.

The biotech giant is close to the biggest agribusiness merger in history. Our food supply hangs in the balance

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You Don’t Matter. House Votes for Monsanto’s Right to Deceive Consumers

On Thursday, 275 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 1599, the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act. By voting for the DARK Act, these politicians voted against truth and transparency, against science, against the more than century-old right of states to legislate on matters relating to food safety and labeling.

They voted against the 90-percent of Americans who are in favor of mandatory labeling of GMOs. They voted against the producers of non-GMO foods.

They voted against you.

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Se manifiestan contra la experimentación de Monsanto en la Isla
Cientos de personas salieron hoy a las calles de San Juan a manifestarse en contra de la presencia de la compañía Monsanto en Puerto Rico, una isla que se ha convertido en "uno de los centros de experimentación con transgénicos más grandes del mundo", según los organizadores de la protesta.
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“Los transgénicos contaminan el agua, la tierra y a nuestra gente”, dijo hoy la conocida investigadora puertorriqueña y especialista en botánica María Benedetti durante su discurso ante los manifestantes.

La científica hizo “un llamado a todas las agencias públicas pertinentes a que comiencen a investigar los efectos tras 30 años de esta y otras 7 u 8 más que han venido a experimentar, a enfermar nuestros recursos”.

“La presencia de Monsanto en Puerto Rico ha tenido repercusiones lamentables y muy peligrosas que a día de hoy siguen desatendidas por el Gobierno”, aseguró igualmente un portavoz de la Organización Boricuá, convocante de esta marcha a la que se unieron otros colectivos defensores del medioambiente.

Los manifestantes aseguran que la proliferación de las compañías dedicadas a la experimentación transgénica en Puerto Rico les ha permitido acaparar las mejores tierras de la isla y recibir multimillonarios incentivos económicos.

“Además, ha contribuido al desarrollo de ‘superplagas’, la amenaza de contaminación genética, la degradación de los suelos y la contaminación del medioambiente”, explicó el citado portavoz durante una marcha en la que se podía leer carteles como “Fuera Monsanto”,“No más veneno”, “No más GMO” o “Monsanto siembra muerte”.

La manifestación partió hoy del Edificio de Ciencias Moleculares, en Río Piedras, para marchar hasta el centro de ese barrio de San Juan, para continuar luego con una serie de actividades que incluye la representación de títeres en sombra “La Verdadera Verdad Sobre Monsanto” por parte del colectivo Papel Machete y la celebración de una Feria Educativa, Cultural y Agroecológica.

Entre los asistentes había miembros del Partido Independentista de Puerto Rico (PIP), entre ellos la senadora María de Lourdes Santiago, y del Partido del Pueblo Trabajador (PPT), con su portavoz Rafael Bernabé al frente.

También estaban representados el Movimiento Socialista, el Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostiano y diversas organizaciones sociales y de agricultores de una isla que importa el 85 % de los alimentos que consume.

Los manifestantes critican que esta multinacional reciba subvenciones pese a que “no se dedica a la agricultura”, sino que “sus operaciones en Puerto Rico son para la experimentación, tal y como hizo en los 60 con el agente naranja”.

“Ahora lo hace con organismos genéticamente modificados”, explicaban hoy sus críticos, que recuerdan también que la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) ha catalogado el polémico glifosato incluido en su herbicida Roundup como una substancia que “probablemente” produce cáncer.

En respuesta a estas críticas, la compañía difundió hoy un comunicado en nombre de sus 22.000 empleados asegurando que “realizamos pruebas rigurosas y completas sobre todos y cada uno de nuestros productos” y que, de hecho, “las semillas GM (genéticamente modificadas) se han investigado más que cualquier otra semilla en la historia de la agricultura, sin evidencia de daño a humanos o animales”.

“Los organismos reguladores, organizaciones científicas y las principales asociaciones de salud en todo el mundo están de acuerdo en que los alimentos GM son tan seguros como cualquier otro alimento”, añadió.

Sobre los herbicidas a base de glifosato, dijo que “son avalados por una de las bases de datos más extensas sobre la salud humana, la seguridad y el medioambiente jamás compiladas en todo el mundo para un producto pesticida”.

“Estudios toxicológicos exhaustivos repetidos en los últimos 40 años han demostrado, una y otra vez, que el glifosato no representa ningún riesgo irrazonable a las personas, el medioambiente o los animales domésticos cuando se utiliza según las indicaciones en la etiqueta”, defendió.