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How might our dreams of a synthetic utopia end?

By DAN CLOER via Science and Environment: It’s a Small World

Celebrating the establishment of the International Association of Chemical Societies as well as Marie Curie’s 1911 Nobel Prize, the United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of Chemistry. The theme, “Chemistry: Our Life, Our Future,” may be significant in more ways than sloganeers intended: after a century of chemical tinkering, we wield the two-edged sword of our increasing knowledge ever more boldly. How might our dreams of a synthetic utopia end?  The chemical signature of our activities, and in fact life on earth in general, has the capacity to be planet-changing. Our impact has simply been greatly accelerated over the past century. Does this matter? The real question is whether the gains are worth the costs. But we are only now beginning to understand the costs. “Everything must go somewhere,” Commoner noted, reminding us that the materials we create using our chemical know-how never disappear.  By DAN CLOER (See Full Article ) Science and Environment: It’s a Small World.

Monsanto invents, produces and sells genetically modified seeds. As a chemical producer of saccharin and caffeine founded in 1901, Monsanto (and Dow Chemical and Diamond Shamrock) manufactured the highly poisonous herbicide and defoliant Agent Orange for the war in Vietnam which was excessively used. About 80 000 m³ of Agent Orange was sprayed across South Vietnam. 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to agent orange, resulting in 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and 500,000 children born with birth defects. Agent Orange also increases the risk of various types of cancer and genetic defects. Shortly after the Vietnam War veterans reported various health complications which can be traced to exposure to Agent Orange. No Vietnamese have ever received any kind of compensation. SEE: “EL EFECTO #MONSANTO – Vietnam (1962-1974) Argentina (1996-????)ow.ly/6YAQ5. AGENT ORANGE is now being used as a pesticide on our genetically modified food crops.

Monsanto produces Posilac, a hormone to increase milk production of cows. In the US it is used on a third of all dairy cows. In Canada and in Europe it is prohibited because of many side effects and diseases. SEE: “What do Agent Orange, DDT, aspartamine, bovine growth hormone, #GMOs and now, biopiracy all share in common?” MONSANTO: The Leader of the Biotech Chemical Cartel   and “Chemical warfare: Horrific birth defects linked to tomato pesticides” ow.ly/6YAQG

Monsanto is world leader in the field of bio-engineering and has branches in 46 countries. 90 percent of the cultivated genetically modified organisms, including soybeans, canola, corn and cotton, are Monsanto patents. The practices of this company worldwide under criticism. “They want to control everything and seed make all the food production in the world their property,” says a farmer on Monsanto.

Understand the game.   This huge monolith and juggernaut is consuming all agriculture world-wide, reducing it to a dangerous monoculture loaded with altered genes that this human body is not designed to assimilate.  So long as Monsanto can keep research out of the hands of independent scientists, they control not only the research results but all the publicity around it.  Monsanto is one of the most powerful and manipulative corporations in the world aligned with the other mega-corporate monopolies.  It has the whole world population, the governments and politicians by the throat.  They can buy their way into any situation, with huge budgets for lobbying, blackmail, coercion, graft, payola, political contributions and will do anything they have to take over the entire global food supply.  You will find in the near future that the global explosion of diabetes and obesity alone all coincide with the sneak entry of gmos into our food supply 20 years ago.   The human body is not designed to assimilate this type of toxic geoengineering.  An anti-trust issue that no-one or no government is willing to touch…that is how powerful we have allowed Monsanto to become.   The issue is not gmos alone, but how it destroys the biodiversity, the soils and life with the pesticides it requires to grow.   This has affected our pollinator species declining at a terrifying rate, our water ways and all life in it, and a monoculture of industrial-produced agriculture that has adverse affects on all life….including YOURS.  Small farmers are put out of business and have no chance of standing up in the courts against the court-owned Monsanto.  The US Dept. of Agriculture is in bed with them and plays the same public relation game of pretending that we all (including small farmers) will benefit.   We are fast approaching a tipping point –a point of no return– with Gmo seeding and our entire food supply.  Our beneficial insects are killed, birds die when they eat the gmo crops/ insects; bees have been forced fed gmo pollen and we’ve lost 2/3rds of their population (and that goes for almost any species within nature constantly ingesting this diabolical chemically-aligned re-engineering of our natural food. When our cattle are fed genetically modified food it creates changes within them, we then eat it and an implosion of internal modifications begins in our bodies.   Every fast food is all gmo; from the bun, to the tomato, to the lettuce, to the pickles, to the meat, to the oil it is cooked on/in.    In effect, all life is being affected by this bioengineering of our entire food chain of which we are the end user.  Monsanto is closing in fast for global take over by owning all seed that is required for growing food see: Monsanto; seeds; produce – latimes.com http://ow.ly/74fD Monsanto has been known to threaten journalist, and farmers who oppose them as well as the press.  How powerful is that !! Once the change is in full operation, which is fast approaching, you cannot put the genie back into the box.   What sort of health and life do you want for both yourself and the life forms you eat?  Monsanto epitomizes what the Occupy Wall Street revolution is all about….total corporate control of our lives with us having no say due to the corruption within the political and news media systems and the recent Supreme Court ruling giving corporations “citizen’s rights”.   Wake Up World…NOW

Farmers Take On Big Ag to reform an industrial animal agriculture system dominated by large corporations ow.ly/740oc @pewtrusts

Patent on #BROCCOLI will not be revoked – #MONSANTO tightens death grip on food | #gmo #food ow.ly/74cgi #ows #occupywallst

BLATANT LIES The U.S. has lost thousands of family farms. But corporate farm monopoly wants you to think otherwise ow.ly/6VsqT #ows

Monsanto; seeds; produce – latimes.com http://ow.ly/74fD

RESOURCES:  @GMWATCH http://www.gmwatch.org/

BAN GMOs NOW – A SPECIAL Institute of Science in Society

http://sco.lt/5KV1Cz

VIDEOS:

“GM Crops Farmer to Farmer” – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCHP

The Future of Food and Seed – Vandana Shiva YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCIq

The Future of Food-Part 1 – Vandana Shiva YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCH6

Islands at Risk (Part 1) – Genetic Engineering in Hawai’i – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCJb

When Food Kills – 44min. documentary – YouTube http://ow.ly/6YCLy

“Monsanto. The Murdering Monopoly” ow.ly/6YAHr

RESOURCES: http://www.gmwatch.org/ @GMWATCH

 

The Symbiotic Relationships of Life

“Human beings have fabricated the illusion that in the 21st century they have the technological prowess to be independent of nature.  Bees underline the reality that we are more, not less, dependent on nature’s services in a world of close to 7 billion people”

10 March 2011 – The potentially disastrous decline in bees, a vital pollinating element in food production for the growing global population, is likely to continue unless humans profoundly change their ways, from the use of insecticides to air pollution, according to a United Nations report released today.“The way humanity manages or mismanages its nature-based assets, including pollinators, will in part define our collective future in the 21st century,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said. “The fact is that of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.” READ ON: Humans must change behaviour to save bees, vital for food production – UN report.

Farmers and others who were opposing the introduction of GMO Bt brinjal get support from an unexpected quarter – Former managing Director (India) of Monsanto)

“Monsanto is looking for control and with the introduction of Bt brinjal the control enters the bio-diversity of India. Once the gene is released, it would for sure destroy the 2,400 different varieties of natural brinjal that the Indian farmers grow.”

Introducing Bt brinjal will be disastrous: Rediff.com Business.

Despite promising the world in 2009, biotech corporations have increasingly raised the hackles of scientists and citizens worldwide

2009 was a year in which the biotech industry, Gates and their US Administration allies did everything in their power to drive the world down the GM road, but it was also a year marked by remarkable global resistance.

It was a year too in which the truth emerged more clearly than ever about not just the severe limitations and risks of GM crops, but the viability of the many positive alternatives to GMOs alternatives from which the profit-driven GM-fixation diverts much needed attention and resources. (more…)
Was 2009 the year the world turned against GM? – The Ecologist.

MONSANTO CLOSE TO TAKING OVER GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY

Tactics being employed by Monsanto are slowly destroying the integrity of the global food supply – could be irreversible!

According to Neil Harl, an agricultural economist from Iowa State University, Monsanto now has patented control over 90 percent of seeds and seed genetics, a chilling notion that has far-reaching consequences. Since the company regularly buys up independent seed companies, its competition is dwindling and the prices for its patented seeds continue to rise.

Monsanto’s genetic modification program has reached 95 percent of domestic soybean crops and 80 percent of domestic corn crops. It has plans in the works to insert its patented genes into wheat crops as well, given U.S. farmers agree to use them this time around. These percentages are likely even higher when considering the natural and unintended spread of pollen and seeds from these genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into conventional or organic fields.

According to a recent Associated Press investigation, agri-giant Monsanto regularly employs business practices that not only aim to eliminate all competition, but essentially position the company as the sole proprietor of all things related to food. While old news to many in the natural health community, the mainstream press is beginning to recognize the world domination tactics being employed by Monsanto that are slowly destroying the integrity of the global food supply. (more)“Natural News”
Monsanto is trying to take over the world food suppl

SEE ALSO: Monsanto GMO Ignites Big Seed War : NPR. Listen (1.13.10)

SEE ALSO: Better than Nature? GMO Foods, Your Health « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSqZ

AND: MONSANTO AND THEIR PALS AGAIN, PRESIDENT OBAMA « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSuP

AND: President Obama. Please Stop Monsanto « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSvB

AND: Is Monsanto Finally Meeting its’ Maker? An Anti-Trust Issue « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSwn

AND: Report: Monsanto Corn Causes Organ Damage in Mammals http://ow.ly/VTmp

Even as it bombards the airwaves and magazine ad pages to tout its commitment to “sustainable agriculture,” GMO seed giant Monsanto has been having a rough go on the PR front of late.

Seed behemoth Monsanto stumbles into antitrust trouble | Grist.

Genetically modified foods are being approved before we understand their long-term health effects.

In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called “SmartStax,” agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, “Wouldn’t it be better?” But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food?

via Better than Nature? – David Suzuki — THE MARK.

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Photo courtesy PDPhoto.org

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E. O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Socio-Biologist.

by Pam Jacob @pdjmoo

Have we asked too much of Nature and her inhabitants and the myriad of symbiotic relationships all species needed to maintain balance and generate our healthy food supply? We have pushed our cows, beef cattle, chickens, turkeys, pigs and fish over the edge, far beyond their natural capacity to breed and produce within their given maturation processes. We have created a poisoned, industrialized food system that no longer is healthy or nutritious and, in the process, we have objectified the very life forms essential to our food supply. They have become a dollar figure, a number on a balance sheet, to do with what we will. A great tragedy is unfolding before our eyes. We have lost respect for Nature as our partners in life and, as such, lost respect for each other, and ourselves waiving our responsibility for our essential role in our own life support systems.

Witness the beautiful, tiny bees. A little bee is just as important in its own right as you and I in the greater scheme of things…perhaps even more important. Maybe their little immune systems could no longer assimilate all the pesticides, insecticides and GMO pollen we impose on their digestion systems, and their stressful, forced artificial way of life. http://tinyurl.com/ng2opr Read the rest of this entry »

OSLO (Reuters) – A new users’ guide is needed to help protect the Earth from dangerous changes such as global warming and extinctions of animals and plants caused by humans, scientists said.

For a technology that has sucked up billions of research dollars and prolonged agriculture’s dependence on chemical inputs, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have yet to justify their role in a world desperate for more sustainable ways to produce healthier food for more people. In a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists entitled “Failure to Yield,”

via Why GMO Foods Have Failed at Producing Healthy Food for More People : TreeHugger.

Two-Headed Sheep

Two-Headed Sheep

THE DANGERS OF REDUCING THE GENE POOL IN OUR NATURAL WORLD

In his bold and excellent article, Bryan Walsh says…”we don’t have the luxury of philosophizing about food. With the exhaustion of the soil, the impact of global warming and the inevitably rising price of oil — which will affect everything from fertilizer to supermarket electricity bills — our industrial style of food production will end sooner or later”.

TIME MAGAZINE COVER STORY

“Getting Real About the High Cost of Cheap Food” By Bryan Walsh Friday, Aug. 21, 2009 http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1917458,00.html

I had been taking a closer look at the breeding aspects of our food and animals, when this important and brave article broke and I was appalled to find that the rush to produce more on smaller plots of land has also resulted in massive loss of species and loss of our natural gene pool of vegetables, fruits and other crops and in the breeding of animals. Read the rest of this entry »

A Follow up to my earlier Blog

“PRESIDENT OBAMA. PLEASE STOP MONSANTO”

As farmers battle weeds ‘conventionally,’ the chemical treadmill speeds up

…..having a hell of a time controlling weeds, and resorting to evermore complex herbicide cocktails to combat them.

The dominant herbicide is still glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide marketed by Monsanto as Roundup. Monsanto, of course, has established itself as an agribusiness giant by selling “Roundup Ready” corn, soy, and cotton seeds—genetically engineered to withstand copious lashings of Roundup. (Scientists recently discovered that the “inert” ingredients in Roundup damage human cells. Oh-oh!) The technology makes farming easy. You plant your seeds, and anytime weeds break out, you can knock them down with herbicide, without damaging the crop a bit! Except … Roundup applications have become so heavy that weeds are starting to develop resistance.

And that is causing farmers to think hard about the pesticide-treadmill problem—the situation wherein weeds and other pests develop resistance to poisons, demanding ever higher doses of old poisons and constant development of novel ones…more

[UPDATED] | Grist. http://tinyurl.com/klgeyh



Farms in northern Uzbekistan are still contaminated with pesticides from the Soviet era. (Photo by David Holt)

Farms in northern Uzbekistan are still contaminated with pesticides from the Soviet era. (Photo by David Holt)

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, July 20, 2009 (ENS) – Experts say agricultural land in northwest Uzbekistan is so permeated with pesticides from past decades that it still presents health risks for the farmers who work it.

The soil in Khorezm region and the adjacent autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan is still full of chlorine and other chemicals from the DDT used in cotton production in the Soviet period.

So intensive was the use of pesticides from the 1940s to the end of the 1960s that the Khorezm and Karakalpakstan had 78 aerodromes used by crop spraying planes. http://tinyurl.com/mrdgfs

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