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Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto

Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto
From DEMOCRACY September 17, 2010
Percy Schmeiser vs Monsanto: The Story of a Canadian Farmer’s Fight to Defend the Rights of Farmers and the Future of Seeds

Gathered here in Bonn this week are some eighty Right Livelihood Award laureates, including the Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, who has battled the biotech giant Monsanto for years. When Monsanto seeds blew into Schmeiser’s property, Monsanto accused him of illegally planting their crops and took him to court. Ultimately his case landed in the Canadian Supreme Court. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1997 for fighting to defend the rights of farmers and the future of seeds.

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~and he shook his fist in our face and said, “Nobody stands up to Monsanto. We are going to get both of you, somehow, some day, and destroy you both.

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AMY GOODMAN: We’re broadcasting from Bonn, Germany, where the thirtieth anniversary of the Right Livelihood Awards is being held. The Right Livelihood Award was established in 1980 and has become widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. Gathered here in Bonn this week are some eighty Right Livelihood Award laureates, including the Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, who has battled the biotech company Monsanto for years. In 1997, Percy and his wife Louise won the Right Livelihood Award for their courage in defending biodiversity and farmers’ rights. I spoke with Percy Schmeiser yesterday in Bonn, but first I want to turn to Bertram Verhaag’s documentary Percy Schmeiser: David versus Monsanto.

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USDA Says Yes to Genetically Engineered Sugarbeets

While those of us working on the GMO invasion have been focused on the GMO alfalfa fiasco, the moratorium on the planting of GMO-ized sugar beets has been lifted.

The US Department of Agriculture last Friday gave farmers the go-ahead to resume planting Roundup Ready sugarbeets, claiming [GET THIS] “it’s the only way to avoid a nationwide shortage of sugar”.

Now wouldn’t that just be terrible if the U.S., where people with type two diabetes (T2D) are poised to out-number people without the self-imposed condition, and where most of us are “starving from over-eating” nutrient deficient sugary junk were to fall into a nationwide shortage of sugar?

Zero Nutrition, Lots-o-Poison

Junk food Personified

In a nation where misguided citizens literally eat their weight in ‘added’ sugar every year, our thoughtful overlords at the USDA are concerned about a sugar shortage. Thanks guys. Read more »

Death by (of) Alfalfa

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced early this year (2011) that they will soon be publishing their lengthy (2300+ page) Environmental Impact Statement which will give final approval in favor of Monsanto for the planting of genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa.

Who is going to read the 2,300 pages? Our trusted representatives, I don’t think so. They don’t have to; they already know how the story ends. They put some more of Monsanto’s money in their pockets and steal the future from their kids.

Alfalfa is grown on something like 3-400,000 farms on many millions of acres.
Over twenty billion pounds of alfalfa are harvested each year in the United States and most is cycled through the meat that humans eat. Read more »

Ode to Alfalfa

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With the noble and irrepressible plant, Alfalfa poised to be the next big recipient of Monsanto’s War on Life, It is little enough to recognize the character and contributions of this wonderful gift of the green Earth.

Millions Against Monsanto

Millions Against Monsanto

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Organic Grains to be Phased Out on Planet Earth

Organic Grains to be Phased Out on Planet Earth

There is a diabolical plan underway which serves to threaten the ability to produce organically grown grains, and it’s even worse than that, as it is a plan within a plan that actually threatens most food crops and most plant species on the planet.

“Plants feed the people, and the animals that people eat; they (plants) clothe us, provide our medicines, building materials, clean our air…”
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From ‘Jonathan Drori – All of human life, all life depends on plants’

“Just think for a moment. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a small African village or you live in a big city. Everything comes back to plants in the end. Whether it’s the food, the medicine, the fuel, the construction, the clothing–all the obvious things. Or whether it’s the spiritual or recreational things that matter to us so much. Or whether it’s soil formation or the effect on the atmosphere, or primary production. Even the books here are made out of plants. All these things, they come back to plants. And without them we wouldn’t be here.
And they are also under threat because they are sharing a planet with people like us. And people like us want to do things that destroy plants and their habitats [irresponsibly playing God with genes]. And whether that is because of food production or because of the introduction of alien plants into places that they really shouldn’t be, or because of habitats being used for other purposes. All these things are meaning that plants have to adapt or die or move. And plants, sometimes find it rather difficult to move, because of mighty cities and other things in the way. So if all human life depends on plants, doesn’t it make sense that perhaps we should try and save them? I think it does.”

http://theblueok.com/2010/11/jonanthan-drori-all-of-human-life-all-life-depends-on-plants/

Jonathan Drori: Why we’re storing billions of seeds
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It’s very real, the mechanism by which this may take place is quite easy to understand, it can affect crops worldwide and there is no known way to reverse it after full initiation.

No known way to reverse it!

This may sound a bit alarmist to those who haven’t been keeping up with what’s been going on in modern ‘laboratory agriculture’ for the past 15-20 years. Those of us who have been watching, know that the above statement is in reality, an understatement. Read more »

Hormones in Milk, and Rat’s Milk for People

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Hormones in Milk, and Rat’s Milk for People

Some months ago I received several notifications of doctor’s news release focusing on the rBST (recombinant bovine growth hormone / Recombinant bovine Somatotropin, a synthetic duplicate of BGH) in milk issue.

I was compelled to respond because of the problems inherent in the presentation of false choices and the ways in which well meaning/health minded people could be hurt.

The false choice which begs for exposure in this case goes something like this:

“Some versions of commercial of cow’s milk may be unhealthful, so other versions will be healthful”. That is a dangerous leap-of-assumption, like the thought process which says: “conventional grocery stores sell junk, so I’ll shop at health food stores where everything on the shelves is clean, green and healthful” or “some republican politicians are corrupt so I can trust the democrats”. In just the same way as with these other false choice examples, there is no realistic rationale for the ‘milk leap’. In such cases the rash leap can produce unexpected harmful results. Read more »