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More Information Ammunition Against Monsanto (& All GM Seeds and Foods)

3:20 pm in Uncategorized by elisemattu

Poster with skull & crossed bones reads 'Say No to Monsanto'

Evidence continues to mount against the safety of Monsanto's products & business practices.

From the article listed at the end of my Diary:

How should a regulatory agency announce they have discovered something potentially very important about the safety of products they have been approving for over twenty years?

In the course of analysis to identify potential allergens in GMO crops, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has belatedly discovered that the most common genetic regulatory sequence in commercial GMOs also encodes a significant fragment of a viral gene (Podevin and du Jardin 2012). This finding has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology and its regulation, but possibly even greater ones for consumers and farmers.

This is because there are clear indications that this viral gene (called Gene VI) might not be safe for human consumption. It also may disturb the normal functioning of crops, including their natural pest resistance.

What Podevin and du Jardin discovered is that of the 86 different transgenic events (unique insertions of foreign DNA) commercialized to-date in the United States 54 contain portions of Gene VI within them. They include any with a widely used gene regulatory sequence called the CaMV 35S promoter (from the cauliflower mosaic virus; CaMV). Among the affected transgenic events are some of the most widely grown GMOs, including Roundup Ready soybeans (40-3-2) and MON810 maize. They include the controversial NK603 maize recently reported as causing tumors in rats (Seralini et al. 2012).

The researchers themselves concluded that the presence of segments of Gene VI “might result in unintended phenotypic changes**”. They reached this conclusion because similar fragments of Gene VI have already been shown to be active on their own (e.g. De Tapia et al. 1993). In other words, the EFSA researchers were unable to rule out a hazard to public health or the environment.

Full article on this is at the URL:
http://www.realfarmacy.com/regulators-discover-a-hidden-viral-gene-in-commercial-gmo-crops

My edit:
**Definition of phenotypic changes
a. A change in the observable physical or biochemical characteristics of an organism, as determined by both the genetic makeup and environmental makeup influences.
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So to add this information to the excellent research on the precancerous status and organ deformation of lab animals fed GM foods, done by the researchers at the University of Caen, France, and also the investigation into the nutrient-depletion of the soil when RoundUp is used by Don Huber, is to provide the fatal coup de grace. (Along with the soil nutrient depletion caused by RoundUp comes the increase in spread of fungal growths, including the vomitoxin that can plague a farmer’s crops.)

Die Monsanto, Die! May your Corporate Personhood and all involved burn in hell for eternity.

And I want to salute any and all who protested at the Seattle World Trade Organization meetings back in the 1990′s. It was through your devotion, selflessness, and coming to physical harm that stopped the meetings that would have allowed the WTO from putting through Major Ordinances. Those Major Ordinances would have prevented independent investigation, such as has gone on at the University of Cannes!

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Some American “F” words: Fascism,

6:11 pm in Uncategorized by elisemattu

“Fucked Up!” “Fear” and “Forward!” (Along with “Fart”)

So it is around this time in the Election Cycle that I realize how “Pull My Finger” might have as much meaning as a campaign slogan for any
single campaign.

The TV ads let us know interesting but most probably false “facts” about election matters. For instance, the Monsanto/Big Agro ads against California’s Prop 37, that requires food labeling to identify foods with Gm materials, those Pro-industry ads tell us that each family will pay ANNUALLY some $ 400 for the labeling. No explanation of how that figure is arrived at. Since many foods already contain far more detailed descriptions, as to vitamins and calorie content, I think it is all made up on account of the need for the FEAR Factor.

Studies have shown that anyone unaware of the necessary information to make a decision on voting will usually base their decision on FEAR. Many people don’t understand the Gm issue, but they do understand Four Hundred Dollars, especially if they are told the money will come out of their pockets. This was a smart way for the Big Agro firms to have voters reject Prop 37, regardless if their claims are true or not.

Meanwhile, the Democratic leadership is not above using the FEAR principle themselves. After all, Obama has support from many people on account of FEAR. If Romney gets in, no contraception, no more Roe vs Wade, we are told.

And the Democratic leadership has en-tranced their supporters to firmly believe that it is the Republicans that have brought us policies favoring Monsanto and Gm food. Since most people in our country are unaware of the fact that about 80% of what a President accomplishes occurs inside the decisions of various agencies, Americans are hoodwinked about the relationship of Democratic leadership and Monsanto.

They think Monsanto relies on Republicans – and how false a view that is! For instance, and quite importantly, back in the nineties, it was Bill Clinton’s buddy, Mike Taylor, who came up with the “scientific doctrine” that stated that GM foods are “similar and equivalent” to conventional foods in terms of nutrition and lack of risks, simply because Mike Taylor said so.

The last time humankind saw a human being make up scientific doctrine was during the Dark Ages imposed by the Catholic Church on the “civilized” European world. Remember how Galileo came under attack by the Pope for disputing the Church’s doctrine of the sun revolving around the earth? Yes, for ardently preaching science, Galileo was placed under house arrest. He narrowly escaped the usual fatal punishments of the Inquisition.

So religious control of science has now been taken over by Corporate-Control of Science. And when Corporations control not only science, but government too, then it is necessary to say that the government itself has become fascist.
One other omen around the issue of fascism and food: recently the so-called “Monsanto rider,” was quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill. This “rider” would require, not just allow, but require, the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop. This will happen even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. All any farmer or the biotech producer needs to do is ask, and the questionable crops could be released into the environment where they could potentially contaminate conventional or organic crops and, ultimately, the nation’s food supply.

And for those Americans who need an education about Obama and agencies under his control, it should be pointed out that way back in Spring 2009, Obama appointed Mike Taylor as head of the FDA. To camouflage this event, Michelle Obama got the media quite stirred up about her “organic” garden planted in the WH Rose Garden. If I try and see this appointment the way that my Democratic-supporting friends see it, perhaps Obama made this appointment because of a gun held by Republicans and pointed at his head? But how likely is that?

For apparently the Powers that Be have realized a most helpful conclusion: that Americans will accept fascism if it is offered via the congenial, soft spoken African American and his wife, rather than the brittle and harsh personalities that appear on the political scene via the Republican party. Who cares if our civil rights have been eliminated, or if half the profit earned in this country goes BY GOVERNMENT POLICIES to the Big Financial Firms, as long as the person who makes this happen seems so calm, mild mannered and soft spoken?

And of course, there is no way to question any of this, as anyone liking Obama is already willing to simply say “Forward!” rather than to examine current policies. It is of especial importance that no Democratic Party voters ask out loud how it is that during this point in time that the for-profit wars are endlessly raging (Iran is currently in the making, and will occur before February 1st 2013 at the latest,) homeowners are still foreclosed, jobs are still outsourced, education and prisons are being privatized, health care insurance remains over-priced and unaffordable, a citizen’s civil rights are non-existent once outside their home, marijuana possession – in defiance of states’ rights issues – is an item that can get you imprisoned, or shot and killed by the DEA, local police SWAT teams.

But hey – at least if Obama gets a second term, the LGBT crowd can marry, and women will still have contraception. Plus perhaps we won’t be required to wear our underpants on our heads! (I mean, if you are like me, you think those black hoodies so fashionable at Abu Gharib seem so much more 2013!)

Democratic leadership has also succeeded in having people believe that it is the Republicans who have restructured the economy such that some 49 cents out of every dollar of profit goes to Wall Street and other Big Financial Firms. Obama’s complicity with the One Percent has a well established narrative – a person only needs to look back at how quickly Obama offered up an extension for the One Percent on the “Bush tax breaks” for the wealthy. And if you are willing to look further back than that – why did Obama appoint Tim Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury, and re-appoint Ben Bernanke to the Federal Reserve? Why is Obama more enthused about helping out the deficit by doing austerity programs, than seeing to it hat the Seven Trillions of Dollars secretly given by Bernanke to the Big Bankers is not either outright returned, or at least TAXED!

But if you discuss this with any Democratic Party supporter, you are told simply, “The Republicans are worse.”

Yes, it is all “Forward” these days. Who wants to look back into the dreary past, when one Bennito Mussolini declared that “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” Plus if you look that far back, you might come smack up against his further descriptions

Fascism: 1.”Everything in the state”. The Government is supreme and the country is all-encompassing, and all within it must conform to the ruling party, as the other party is so much more Tea Baggery.
2.”Nothing outside the state”. The country must grow and the implied goal of any fascist (i.e. corporate-controlled) nation is to rule the world, and have every human either engaged in spending their monies in an orgy of consumerism that props up these Corporations, or else to shut up and watch The X Factor.
3.”Nothing against the state”. Any type of questioning the government is not to be tolerated. If you do not see things our way, you are wrong. If you do not agree with the government, you can and will be subject to Section 1021 of the NDAA rather than be allowed to taint the minds of the rest of the good citizens.

To my way of thinking, what we needed during Election Cycle 2012 was more discussion and truth, less “Forward” and less FEAR. Unfortunately, the adherents of that philosophy were all third party people, who don’t have a chance at victory this time around. If only we’d been allowed less “Forward!” and less fear, we wouldn’t have to encounter that deja vu feeling on November Seventh, that someone pulled our nation’s collective finger, sticking us with the smell of a mighty big fart.

Monsanto Donates $4.2 mil to defeat GM labels in Calif.

6:25 pm in Uncategorized by elisemattu

Fearing for the ability to keep secret the rapacious nature of the GM crops, Monsanto has donated some 4.2 millions of dollars to oppose the Proposition on California’s ballots in November that will allow the public to realize how much of our food is now GM.

 

As a consumer who avoids as well as I can, having any GM food in my house, it means we do not buy Big Brand anything. Both my spouse and I are aware that since all of corn syrup used in soda pop and cookies and candies now is GM, we avoid those products. We use RW Garcia, in terms of corn chips.

Since the introduction of GM food, I have had to have a gluten-free diet.  Right now, this means organic millet is my favorite grain.

 

Most of the people campaigning for the right to label our food still believe that the public will vote for the proposition to label GM foods. However, I have come to the conclusion that the election system is bought and paid for. I totally believe that the Mormom Church bought the right to swing the vote for a victory for their Hate Proposition, Prop Eight. This buy out meant that the votes were changed in Los Angeles area.

 

More information is here: http://www.carighttoknow.org/monsanto_gives_4_2_million_to_kill_california_gmo_labeling_initiative

 

 

As someone who investigated the 2004 Stolen Election, I can say that there are few people in California  slimier that those who are “Registrars of the County.” The one exception I have met is my own Registrar here in Lake County, who despite being a registered Republican, seems to be able to deliver the vote count without interference from those who would steal it.