I have concerns with three things with regard to GMOs... Monsanto in particular since its owns rights to the most seeds: Monopoly, Lack of Transparency, and Privilege.
Monopoly : *when one company owns the rights to the bulk of the seed stock, *when its been doing research into "terminator technology" to protect their profits requiring seed to be repurchased every year, * when the company has been aggressively pursuing small farm violators of its "you plant, you pay" policy... regardless of how the seed got into their fields... accident, cross pollination... and the law has come down on their side.
Lack of labeling ... passing these foods off as a naturally evolved or even hybridized species when they aren't. If they're as fabulous as organic foods, if they are proud of their product, put a ring on it, Monsanto!
Privilege : That a sector of the business community... firms developing GMO crops for financial gain rather than the good of the planet... are given preferential protection under US law. No other business or entity is above the law the way GMO companies now are. Okay, maybe foreign ambassadors! LOL So that Rider, its rather a landmark... and I don't like the direction its headed.
The line from Orwell's Animal Farm: "All animals are equal, its just that some of animals are more equal than others". Is what comes to mind in this situation.
And so it goes... : ) Mzzchief
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Thanks, Mzz. The article you just referred to may be the one I read some time ago. I guess my concern after reading the article was one or two big companies having a monopoly on the seeds in the U.S. and eventually other countries.
I think the problem has been with seed from Monsanto finding its way inadvertently into farmer's fields and the farmers being sued by Monsanto because this seed was sold as part of their harvest. AND the farmers didn't have rights to sell Monsanto seed, because they didn't sign a contract with Monsanto that year...
Even though a small percentage of their crop was Monsanto seed... Even when they didn't plant the crop... or when the mix in their fields was because of an accidental dumping or cross pollination... the law came down on the side of Monsanto.
Those interested in the landmark case can put "Dave Chaney Monsanto" into their search engines.
Another concern with Monsanto is that its buying up the rights to most of the seeds on the market. They acquired the worlds largest seed company, Seminis in 2005. The fear is that these seeds will no longer be available or that a monopoly will be created whereby a few giants will control all the seeds or only offer patented GMO versions or "terminator technology" rendering seeds sterile after one planting, is lurking in the future for all seeds.
GMO is what's happened to the majority of the corn and soybean crop in this country. These crops have been engineered to contain a bacterial gene that creates a toxin (Bt) that kills any caterpillars that eat it. I won't knowingly be eating any corn or soy that is GMO for this reason. Do I think its going to kill me or give me cancer? No. I just prefer not to eat Bt.
My own thoughts are that if a company is going to release a ANY new food or drug the public should be labelled as such, so that consumers have the option of avoiding it. The rider in this bill, effectively protects companies that produce GMO crops from litigation should any consequences arise from the long term consumption of GMO foods. Not just Monsanto.
I'm not against GM per sae. For example its thru GM that things like insulin are produced. Or fruit flies and mosquitoes can be sterilized, helping to control their populations.
I would, however, like to know which foods are GM, thru labeling. Until that happens, I will be avoiding those crops that I know are predominately GMOs... such as corn, soy, potatoes. Just like I avoid non-organic celery, strawberries and peppers, because I know they're on the dirty dozen list for pesticides.
Anyways, my point here is not to gang up on anyone or keep them from making a living. Its to open a dialogue so that people can make choices in line with their lifestyle.
: ) Mzzchief
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 4/7/2013 (19:03)
Never underestimate the value of getting out of your own way.
I am against it --- but they are guaranteeing their seeds to produce as high breds and the farms need to stay in business.. then again too much wheat- corn- in everything making us and animals sick.... sad mess- need to buy more from local farmers in season to keep the farms going
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The farmers know that when they sign the contract with Monsanto. If they would like to do it another way there are other companies they can buy seed from.
My husband is an agronomist with Monsanto. I do not claim to know all the ins and outs of how GMO's effect the body...but I do know my man is honest, thorough and would never be a part of a company that willingly harmed people. There is an agenda that pulls this all into the spotlight and shines a slanted light on it.
People have the option to buy organic...there are many natural food stores...and even better yet you can support your local farmers through farmers markets....or even grow your own.
From some reading I have done, organic farmers are not happy with GMO seeds because the companies that sell them are taking over so the only place a farmer will be able to buy seeds is through them. There is concern that eventually these big companies will be able to control prices and types of seeds because nothing else will be available. If a farmer buys GMO seeds one year they cannot save for replanting but must buy anew which may not be cost effective for the farmer. They cannot mix old seeds that were saved with the new. The mega seed companies control can be irritating.
With the passage of Bill H. R. 933, came a rider (section 735), dubbed "the Monsanto Protection Act". Monsanto because its a GMO Goliath, notorious for buying up exclusive rights to seed catalogues, producing GMO crops and the herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers needed to grow them to maturity.
Simply put, GMO organisms are those that have had a gene spliced into their DNA in order to express a quality that is not natural to that organism but beneficial to the farmer's bottom line.
Since GMOs are a part of out diet... sometimes unwittingly as they are currently not labelled as such... I thought it would be timely to offer up an article that goes into it much better than I ever could.
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