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The Genetic Modification of Rice
« on: June 06, 2010, 04:10:45 AM »
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Human Gene Gets Put Into Rice (By OrganicConsumers.Org)

GM industry puts human gene into rice
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor 24 April 2005


Scientists have begun putting genes from human beings into food crops in a dramatic extension of genetic modification. The move, which is causing disgust and revulsion among critics, is bound to strengthen accusations that GM technology is creating "Frankenstein foods" and drive the controversy surrounding it to new heights. Even before this development, many people, including Prince Charles, have opposed the technology on the grounds that it is playing God by creating unnatural combinations of living things.

Opponents say that no one will want to eat the partially human-derived food because it will smack of cannibalism.

But supporters say that the controversial new departure presents no ethical problems and could bring environmental benefits.

In the first modification of its kind, Japanese researchers have inserted a gene from the human liver into rice to enable it to digest pesticides and industrial chemicals. The gene makes an enzyme, code-named CPY2B6, which is particularly good at breaking down harmful chemicals in the body.

Present GM crops are modified with genes from bacteria to make them tolerate herbicides, so that they are not harmed when fields are sprayed to kill weeds. But most of them are only able to deal with a single herbicide, which means that it has to be used over and over again, allowing weeds to build up resistance to it.

But the researchers at the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences in Tsukuba, north of Tokyo, have found that adding the human touch gave the rice immunity to 13 different herbicides. This would mean that weeds could be kept down by constantly changing the chemicals used.

But he and other scientists caution that if the gene were to escape to wild relatives of the rice it could create particularly vicious superweeds that were resistant to a wide range of herbicides.

USDA Backs Production of Rice With Human Genes (By WashingtonPost.com)

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 2, 2007

The Agriculture Department has given a preliminary green light for the first commercial production of a food crop engineered to contain human genes, reigniting fears that biomedically potent substances in high-tech plants could escape and turn up in other foods.

The plan, confirmed yesterday by the California biotechnology company leading the effort, calls for large-scale cultivation in Kansas of rice that produces human immune system proteins in its seeds.

The proteins are to be extracted for use as an anti-diarrhea medicine and might be added to health foods such as yogurt and granola bars.

"We can really help children with diarrhea get better faster. That is the idea," said Scott E. Deeter, president and chief executive of Sacramento-based Ventria Bioscience, emphasizing that a host of protections should keep the engineered plants and their seeds from escaping into surrounding fields.

But critics are assailing the effort, saying gene-altered plants inevitably migrate out of their home plots. In this case, they said, that could result in pharmacologically active proteins showing up in the food of unsuspecting consumers.

Although the proteins are not inherently dangerous, there would be little control over the doses people might get exposed to, and some might be allergic to the proteins, said Jane Rissler of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science policy advocacy group.

"This is not a product that everyone would want to consume," Rissler said, adding that other companies grow such plants indoors or in vats. "It is unwise to produce drugs in plants outdoors."

Consumer advocacy groups, including Consumers Union and the Washington-based Center for Food Safety, have also opposed Ventria's plans. "We definitely have big concerns," said Joseph Mendelson, the center's legal director.

Ventria has developed three varieties of rice, each endowed with a different human gene that makes the plants produce one of three human proteins. Two of them -- lactoferrin and lysozyme -- are bacteria-fighting compounds found in breast milk and saliva.

A recent company-sponsored study done in Peru concluded that children with severe diarrhea recovered a day and a half faster if the salty fluids they were prescribed were spiked with the proteins.

Deeter said production in plants is far cheaper than other methods, which should help make the therapy affordable in the developing world, where severe diarrhea kills 2 million children each year.

"Plants are phenomenal factories," Deeter said. "Our raw materials are the sun, soil and water."


The company is also talking to the Food and Drug Administration about putting the proteins into health foods. Its third variety of rice makes serum albumin, a blood protein used in medical therapies.

Until now, plants with human genes have been restricted to small test plots. In October, Ventria sought permission to grow its rice commercially on as many as 3,200 acres in Geary County, Kan., starting with 450 acres this spring.

A previous plan to grow the rice in southern Missouri was dropped when beermaker Anheuser-Busch -- the nation's largest rice buyer, which has expressed concern about the safety and consumer acceptance of gene-altered rice -- threatened to stop buying rice from the state if the deal went through.

Because no other rice is grown in Kansas and because rice can grow only in flooded areas, the risk of escape or cross-fertilization with other rice plants is nil there, Deeter said. The company will mill virtually all the seeds on site -- using dedicated equipment -- to minimize the risk of seeds getting mistakenly released or sold.

On Wednesday, the Agriculture Department published its draft environmental assessment, which concluded that the project posed no undue risks. The public can comment until March 30.

Also on Wednesday, the agency revealed that a type of rice seed in Arkansas had become contaminated with a different variety of genetically engineered rice, LL62, that was never released for marketing. The error was discovered in the course of an ongoing investigation into the widespread contamination of U.S. rice by yet another gene-altered variety, LL601, which has seriously disrupted rice exports.

Those problems, along with the previous discovery of unapproved, gene-altered StarLink corn in food and the accidental release of crops that had been engineered to make a vaccine for pig diarrhea, undermine the USDA's credibility, critics said.

"USDA's record is not good," Rissler said, pointing to several recent court judgments against the department and a December 2005 inspector general report that savaged the department for its poor oversight of biotechnology. "We don't think they can enforce even the inadequate system that is in place."

(Sort of unrelated to Rice, but has to do with most genetically modified food in general.)
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Re: The Genetic Modification of Rice
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010, 04:15:27 AM »
Excellent info, SUPREMEMASTER!
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 05:37:55 AM »
Thanks for this. Scary and infuriating.

We source our non-gmo rice from lundberg farms in California. The organic non GMO white jasmine is our favorite. Here's a link (I'm not affiliated with them, just a happy customer): http://www.lundberg.com/farming/gmos_listing.aspx

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Re: The Genetic Modification of Rice
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010, 05:45:30 AM »
""We can really help children with diarrhea get better faster. That is the idea," said Scott E. Deeter, president and chief executive of Sacramento-based Ventria Bioscience, emphasizing that a host of protections should keep the engineered plants and their seeds from escaping into surrounding fields. "

mad f**king scientists. i bet this guy's hair is white and sticks straight up in the air.
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Re: The Genetic Modification of Rice
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010, 06:52:53 AM »

                  
Two Groups Sequence Rice
Combining draft sequences may accelerate completion of finished genome
http://www.genomenewsnetwork.org/articles/04_02/rice_genomes.shtml
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Edward R. Winstead
April 5, 2002 (<-- They've been working on this for a long time...)

Two research teams have sequenced related subspecies of rice, the food staple of more than three billion people and a model species for plant researchers. The genomes open the door to improved varieties of rice and the discovery of genes for desirable traits, such as the ability to grow under diverse environmental conditions. The rice data will be used to advance studies of genetically similar crops such as wheat and maize.

Honghe Hani Terraces, a miracle of rice farming, are located in Southwestern China, Yunnan Province, Yuanyang County.
Photo by Ma Liwen, courtesy of Qiu BaoXing

"The draft genome sequences will speed improvements in nutritional quality, crop yield and sustainable agriculture to meet the world's growing needs," Donald Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of Science, which is publishing the rice genome papers today, is quoted as saying.

"Rice is the world's calorie champion," said Kennedy, who spoke to reporters during a conference call yesterday. "More people depend on—and consume—calories from rice than from any other crop, and when you add in wheat and maize, this really is a major contribution to world health."

The finished genomes will take some of the guesswork out of plant breeding. They certainly should save breeders time because rather than waiting for a seed to develop into a plant in order to assess its usefulness, breeders will be able to determine whether a seed contains a particular gene through genetic analysis...  (More at source link)

Consumer's Guide to GM Rice and Other Grains
http://www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/GMRiceGuide.cfm
By Alex Jack

"Genetically modified means an organism in which the genetic material has been changed through gene technology in a way that does not occur naturally by multiplication and/or any natural recombination."–United Nations, 2000

Scores of genetically modified foods and products have been introduced around the world. For a comprehensive list of products that have been approved in the United States, please see Imagine a World Without Monarch Butterflies by Alex Jack (One Peaceful World Press, 2000). This section deals primarily with GE grains in development or grain products currently on the market that contain GE ingredients.


Countries Producing GE Foods

At the present time, the following countries are growing or producing GE foods and products:

• United States (50+ foods in total)
• Canada (30 foods)
• Japan (22 varieties of 6 crops)
• European Union, especially Spain and France (9 foods)
• Argentina (3 foods)
• Mexico (3 foods)
• Australia (2 crops + 6 field trials)
• Brazil (1 food)
• South Africa (1 food)
• China (1 crop)
• Russia (1 crop)
• India (1 crop)
• Vietnam (1 crop)

Countries Developing GE Rice

• United States
• China
• Japan
• Korea
• Philippines
• Switzerland
• Mexico
• Australia
• Italy


Countries Limiting GE Foods

Countries with labeling laws, restrictive agriculture, environmental, or import policies, or prohibitions:

• Australia
• Austria
• Brazil (attempted ban)
• Denmark
• Ethiopia
• France
• Germany
• Greece
• Italy
• Luxembourg
• Japan
• Korea
• Mexico
• Namibia (banned)
• New Zealand
• Norway (banned)
• Russia
• Saudi Arabia (banned)
• Sri Lanka (banned)
• Switzerland
• Taiwan
• Tasmania (banned)
• Thailand
• Uganda (banned)
• United Kingdom
• Wales (banned)

Major Biotech Companies

• Aventis (French company combining Hoechst and Rhone Poulenc)
• Monsanto (U.S. company, subsidiary of Pharmacia and Upjohn)
• DuPont (U.S. company operating under Pioneer Hybrid division)
• Syngenta (Pending merger of Novartis and AztraZeneca in Europe)
• Dow Chemical (U.S. company)


Rice Species

• Indica (Oryza sativa, grown in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern United States)
• Japonica (Oryza sativa, grown in the Far East, California)
• Africana (Oryza glaberrima, grown in Africa)
• Javonica (Oryza sativa, grown in Indonesia)

Rice Varieties

• Short grain
• Medium grain
• Long grain
• Sweet rice
• Basmati rice, jasmine rice, etc.


Rice Products

Rice is hulled, milled, or processed in a variety of ways. The main types of rice and rice products available include:

• Whole grain rice (brown rice, unpolished rice, unhulled rice)
• White rice (polished rice, converted rice, parboiled rice)
• Amasake (sweet rice beverage)
• Rice cakes
• Rice syrup
• Rice milk
• Mochi (pounded sweet rice)
• Rice miso (soybean paste with rice)
• Rice noodles
• Rice balls
• Sushi
• Rice crackers
• Puffed rice
• Rice dumplings
• Rice croquettes
• Rice cream
• Rice porridge
• Rice pilaf
• Rice bread
• Rice flour
• Rice flakes
• Rice bran
• Rice cookies
• Rice salad
• Rice pudding
• Rice custard
• Rice vinegar
• Rice bran oil
• Rice tea
• Beer
• Sake (rice wine)


GE Rice Research and Development

Several dozen varieties of GE rice are under development or being field tested. Between 1982 and 1997, 160 patents were granted or pending. In 2001, the mapping of the rice genome was completed, spurring further GE development. Major GE rice developers and the traits they are modifying include:

• AgrEvo (male sterility)
• American Cyanamid (herbicide resistance)
• AstraZeneca (beta-carotene content)
• Aventis (herbicide resistance)
• Catholic University of Piacenza (insect resistance)
• Chinese government (insect resistance)
• Chonnam National University, Korea (higher yields)
• Du Pont (protein content)
• Institute of Genetics, Berlin (starch content)
• Institute of Plant Sciences, Zurich (beta-carotene content)
• International Rice Research Institute (beta-carotene content)
• Japan Tobacco (altered photosynthesis/flowering)
• Kubota (yield increase, protein content)
• Louisiana State University (bacterial resistance)
• Misubishi (viral resistance)
• Mitsui (yield increase, starch content)
• Monsanto (herbicide tolerance)
• Novartis (herbicide tolerance)
• Pioneer Hi-Bred (pest resistance and fungal resistance)
Rockefeller Foundation (enhanced nutrition)
• Science University of Tokyo (hepatitis vaccine)
• University of California (bacterial resistance)
• Washington State University (bigger grains)
• West Africa Rice Development Association (higher yields)


GE Rice and Rice Products

The first rice designed for commercial production developed with the help of GE selection methods was approved by the U.S.D.A. in late 2000. GE varieties under development include:

• Cadet and Jacinto (U.S.D.A., Agricultural Research Service, Beaumont, Texas, improved cooked rice texture developed with the help of biotech selection methods and bred with conventional methods )
• IMI Rice Seed (American Cyanamid, herbicide-resistance)
• Liberty Link Rice (AgrEvo and Louisiana State University, herbicide-resistance)
• Roundup-Ready Rice (Monsanto, herbicide-resistance)

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Re: The Genetic Modification of Rice
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Risk of Illegal Genetically Engineered Rice in China's Exports

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The rice is popular with some Hubei farmers as it is engineered to produce an inbuilt pesticide, but most of them would not dream of eating it themselves... "Most of the farmers we met don't eat this rice. They would explain that it is because they are afraid that this rice will harm their health," Sze said.


Risk of illegal genetically engineered rice in China's exports, Greenpeace warns
Channel News Asia, 13 June 2005
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/health/view/152440/1/.htm

BEIJING: Environmental watchdog Greenpeace is warning illegal genetically engineered (GE) rice might contaminate China's exports to the rest of the world.

The warning came as Greenpeace said it had found illegal GE rice, which has produced allergic reactions when tested on mice, in the huge Chinese city of Guangzhou, just north of Hong Kong.

"We can't rule out the possibility that GE rice could contaminate rice exports from China," Sze Pang Cheung, a Greenpeace campaign manager, told a briefing in Beijing.

The announcement came just weeks after Greenpeace sounded the alarm over the proliferation of illegal GE rice in the central Chinese province of Hubei.

While no GE rice has yet been found in Chinese exports, there are two possible ways of contamination, he said.

"One, it will contaminate processed rice and go overseas, and the other possibility is that rice from Hubei could be used as ingredients for rice products or products which include rice ingredients," he said.

Japan, South Korea and the European Union have already raised concerns with the Chinese government regarding possible contamination of Chinese rice exports, according to Greenpeace.

"Immediate recall actions are needed if we are to prevent consumers from exposure to risks of untested GE rice," Sze said, commenting on the findings in Guangzhou.

The rice is popular with some Hubei farmers as it is engineered to produce an inbuilt pesticide, but most of them would not dream of eating it themselves, according to Greenpeace.

"Most of the farmers we met don't eat this rice. They would explain that it is because they are afraid that this rice will harm their health," Sze said.

China, a major exporter of rice, is considering commercialization of GE rice, and officials have indicated a decision may be made this year.

- AFP/ir

"We are now facing the contamination
of the most important staple crop in the whole world."

- South China Post

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Illegal GMO rice spreads across China - Greenpeace
13 Jun 2005 09:08:44 GMT
Source: Reuters
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PEK13745.htm

BEIJING, June 13 (Reuters) - The discovery of genetically modified rice being illegally sold in a booming southern Chinese city shows the grain is spreading across China and could enter markets overseas, Greenpeace said on Monday.

The environmental group said genetically engineered rice had been found at grain wholesalers in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, even though such rice had not gone through safety testing or been approved by the Chinese government.

Greenpeace in April announced it had found genetically engineered rice at markets in central Hubei province.

"We are sure that people are consuming it unknowingly," Greenpeace campaigner Sze Pang Cheung said at a news conference in Beijing, referring to rice that had been modified to contain the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which produces a toxin that kills pest.

"We are now facing the contamination of the most important staple crop in the whole world," Sze said.

Pressure to launch GMO rice in China comes at a time when the country is facing a tough task in raising urban grain output and narrowing the income gap between farmers and urban citizens.

Proponents of genetically modified crops say they will improve yield and reduce plants' vulnerability to pests. Opponents say pests will develop greater resistance to the modified crops, and that the techniques undermine biodiversity and could prove dangerous for human consumption.

GMO APPROVAL

China, the world's largest producer and consumer of rice, is testing several strains of genetically modified rice and is expected to grant approval for the commercialisation of such rice as early as this year.

China, one of the world's largest importers of GMO crops, said last month it had ratified a U.N. treaty that aims for more transparency and control over trade in genetically modified foods.

"China is sending a strong message to the world that it is no dumping ground for GM crops," Sze said at the time.

Chinese genetically engineered rice may have already made its way into exports of rice or rice-based products, Sze said on Monday.

But he acknowledged Greenpeace had no direct evidence of Bt rice leaving China.

Greenpeace estimated that up to 29 tonnes of genetically modified Bt rice seeds, capable of producing as much as 14,500 tonnes of rice, were illegally sold in Hubei this year.

"We think it is unacceptable and irresponsible that they are not taking this issue seriously because rice is the most important staple in China," Sze said.

The group called on the government to ban planting and sales of genetically engineered rice, recall and destroy all modified seeds on the market and punish people involved.

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Signs of altered rice around China
By David Barboza
The New York Times, JUNE 14, 2005
http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/06/13/business/chrice.php

SHANGHAI Genetically altered rice, which has not been approved for human consumption anywhere in the world, has been found in the food supply in one of China's biggest cities, Greenpeace charged on Monday.

Researchers for the environmentalist group said bags of rice that were purchased in April and May in Guangzhou had been tested by an independent laboratory and found to contain genetically altered rice, which it is illegal to sell on the open market in China.

The findings suggested that China may have inadvertently become the first country where humans are consuming genetically modified rice even though safety testing has not yet been completed.

Two months ago, the Ministry of Agriculture said it would investigate charges by Greenpeace that genetically altered rice was being illegally planted and sold in Hubei Province, which contains one of China's biggest rice-growing regions.

The ministry's findings have not been released.

Now Greenpeace says that rice that has been genetically altered to resist pests has spread from experimental plots in Hubei to wholesale rice markets in Guangzhou, a city of seven million people that is 145 kilometers, or 90 miles, north of Hong Kong.

"This illegal and unapproved rice has spread out of Hubei Province, and it is reaching other parts of the country," said Sze Pang Cheung, a Greenpeace researcher in Beijing.

Sze said Greenpeace had purchased the rice from a wholesaler in Guangzhou who buys from Hubei and then resells about 60 tons of rice a day, much of it to restaurants or food shops in Guangzhou.

Greenpeace - which has strongly opposed the use of genetically altered crops, citing health and safety concerns - said its findings had been confirmed by Genescan, an independent testing laboratory in Germany.

Scientists around the world continue to debate the use of genetically altered crops, but there has been little or no evidence so far that genetically altered crops are harmful to human health.

In the United States, the planting of genetically altered corn and soybeans is widespread. But since the late 1990s, European and U.S. regulators have slowed the approval process because of health and safety concerns, as well as consumer fears.

In China, the government has also been reluctant to approve the sale of genetically altered food crops because of safety and health concerns.

But in recent years, Beijing has approved the use of experimental plots to test whether genetically altered crops could help farmers by improving yields or reducing pesticide use.

In April, Greenpeace said a group of "rogue scientists" in Hubei Province had allowed genetically altered rice to seep into a corner of the food market by illegally selling it to farmers.

A journalist who went to Hubei Province a day after the Greenpeace announcement was still able to purchase bags labeled as "anti-pest" rice from local farmers and even from a government-owned seed market.

Those bags of rice were later tested with a home testing kit from Envirologix, an American company. That rice was said to have tested positive for a strain of altered genes, while tests on rice purchased at a food market in Shanghai were negative.
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Re: The Genetic Modification of Rice
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2010, 08:45:50 AM »
There's a reason they don't mark food in the USA as GMO--no one would buy it!!!  THIS is what really makes me angry. They don't let us know what is GMO and what foods are not.  If they had a shred of decency, they'd MARK packaging clearly.

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Re: The Genetic Modification of Rice
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2010, 10:37:38 AM »
One INTERESTING thing about the Bio tech company Syngenta....they were formerly "Ciba Giegy".  Being from NJ, I'm very knowledgeable on that company because their chemicals were responsible for the largest cancer cluster in the world in Toms River, NJ.

I'm glad that a insecticide company can smoothly transition into a GM corn company.  Makes me very comfortable!

Here is their company history, notice 1970 they were Ciba Giegy...

http://www2.syngenta.com/en/about_syngenta/companyhistory.html


There great work as CIBA:

Class-action suit charges Ciba-Geigy contaminated Toms River wells
http://www.uswaternews.com/archives/arcrights/tclaact7.html

Report on What they caused
http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/hhazweb/dovertwp.htm



Now some of the great things they have been responsible for since going to GM foods.....

EU Bans Toxic Atrazine Herbicide Still Widely Used in US Corn Belt
http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/atrazine102703.cfm

Syngenta Says It Sold Wrong Biotech Corn
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58449-2005Mar22.html
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I posted  this in another thread but think it needs to be posted here:

Groups Around the U.S. Join Haitian Farmers in Protesting "Donation" of Monsanto Seeds.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/beverly-bell/groups-around-the-us-join_b_600941.html

"We're for seeds that have never been touched by multinationals. In our advocacy, we say that seeds are the patrimony of humanity. No one can control them," said Doudou Pierre, national coordinating committee member of the National Haitian Network for Food Sovereignty and Food Security (RENHASSA), in a recent interview. "We reject Monsanto and their GMOs. GMOs would be the extermination of our people."

A march is being held in Haiti today for World Environment Day, called by at least four major national peasant organizations and one international one. The march's purpose is to protest the new arrival of Monsanto seeds. The day's slogans include, "Long live native seeds" and "Down with Monsanto. Down with GMO and hybrid seeds."

Several U.S. organizations are planning simultaneous events to protest the entry of the controversial multinational in Haiti.

Last month, Haitian citizens learned the news that the giant agribusiness Monsanto will be "donating" 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds. While the seeds are free this year, peasant organizations see a Trojan horse, with Monsanto seeking to gain a foothold in the Haitian market. Hybrid seeds typically do not regenerate, so that farmers would have to buy them again each year, and they generally require large quantities of fertilizer and pesticides (two products that also fill Monsanto's annual coffers). And while the Ministry of Agriculture rejected Monsanto's offer of genetically modified [GMO] seeds this year because Haiti does not have a law regulating their use, there may follow a push to get GMOs approved, in which case Monsanto would be well-positioned. Moreover, the Calypso tomato seeds contain the pesticide Thiram, whose chemical ingredient is so toxic that the Environmental Protection Agency has banned it for home use in the U.S.[1] (For more information, see "Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds.")

Monsanto representative Kathleen Manning commented on Huffington Post on May 20, "It's disappointing to see people encouraging Haitian farmers to 'burn Monsanto seeds,' especially when the ones hurt by that action will be Haitian farmers and the Haitian people--not those of us watching on the sidelines."

Yet the call to burn the seeds is based on a strong commitment of the Haitian peasant movement to food and seed sovereignty, which is the ability of local farmers to support themselves with local seeds for local consumption. Amongst the thousands of peasant organizations which exist among millions of peasant farmers, from village-level groups to national networks, food and seed sovereignty is a key principle. It has formed the basis of their national advocacy since the catastrophic January 12 earthquake. The lynchpin of the reconstruction model that small farmers and many other sectors advocate is developing the country's agricultural potential. This would provide stable employment for the 60% to 80% of the population who are small farmers. It would improve prospects for food security, with an increase in consumption of domestic crops replacing the current dependence on imports, which now compose 57% of food consumed. Critical elements in strengthening peasant production include: government investment in agriculture, including technical support; the procurement of local food by USAID and other international agencies' food aid programs, instead of the products of foreign agribusiness; and restriction on the dumping of foreign food and seeds.

Doudou Pierre said, "If Haiti isn't sovereign with its food, if the government doesn't promote national production, we'll just always be opening our mouths to seeds and food aid so multinationals can make money off of us. We're for family agriculture which respects the environment." The coalition which Doudou Pierre co-coordinates represents 54 organizations from different sectors and regions throughout Haiti.

Below are some of the U.S.-based events which will protest the Monsanto seeds today. Also below are a few of numerous U.S. initiatives which are helping Haitian farmers get organic, creole seeds.

AGRA Watch in Seattle plans a march today which will end outside the Gates Foundation office. AGRA stands for A Green Revolution in Africa, which is a multinational corporation-driven, GMO-driven program now being launched in Africa. The Gates Foundation has been a key promoter of AGRA. The group says, "The dumping of toxic seeds in Haiti is the latest in a series of unsustainable solutions that Monsanto has pushed on farmers around the world. If the Gates Foundation wants to support a truly sustainable agricultural system in Africa, they must divorce themselves from Monsanto. Haitian farmers and African farmers have said NO! to corporate control of their food systems. The Gates Foundation and AGRA must say no to Monsanto."

Rising in Solidarity with Ayiti in Chicago urges, "From Haiti to Chicago, reclaim our right to control our food and sovereignty!" Today a group of urban farmers and community members will join in a rally to burn GMO seeds in protest of Monsanto's "donation" to Haiti. Participants in the event will also plant organic and heirloom seeds, and sign letters to USAID to protest the distribution of Monsanto's seeds in Haiti. The event will also feature testimonials about the lack of access to food security, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables, in neighborhoods in Chicago, and how this connects to the right to food sovereignty in Haiti.

Community Action for Justice in the Americas, Africa, Asia, in Missoula, is hosting a protest this evening. "Bring posters, signs, or just come. Wear black /white, or lab coats, dust masks, goggles or Tyvek suits or creative costume! Bring drums, pots & pans..." A personal email from a member of the group says, "The people in Missoula, Montana are paying attention and taking action for farmers in Haiti."

The Organic Consumers Association's network sent more than 10,000 emails to USAID and President Obama. Two dozen members have donated to the Seeds for Haiti project.

A coalition of U.S. churches and foundations are supporting Fondation FONDAMA, a Haitian federation of farmers and local NGOs. The coalition has sent down several million dollars to purchase 86,000 kilos of local corn seed and 59,000 kilos of local pea seeds. (Seeds are available in Haiti, but small farmers have not had the money to buy them.) All of the farmers who belong to member organizations in Foundation FONDAMA have gotten seeds, allowing them to proceed with planting their spring crop. The donations have also purchased 13,300 machetes and 9,200 hoes. The U.S. coalition has, moreover, sent a Massachusetts farmer to the village of Papay for today's march, and will host the leader of the Peasant Movement of Papay in New York and Washington for public, media, and Congressional meetings next week.

Like numerous other supportive groups in the U.S., Groundswell International's approach to seed sovereignty in Haiti pre-dates Monsanto's announcement. Through its Haitian partner Partnership for Local Development, Groundswell is strengthening the capacity of peasant organizations in Haiti to sustainably improve their agricultural production, income generation, food security, health, and natural resources management. A Groundswell staffperson writes, "A key thing we'll be working on is trying to promote the alternative, which is Haitian production of 100% of their seeds so they don't need imports."


[1] Extension Toxicology Network, Pesticide Information Project of the Cooperative Extension Offices of Cornell University, Michigan State University, Oregon State University, and University of California at Davis, http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/profiles/extoxnet/pyrethrins-ziram/thiram-ext.html. Monsanto denies that Thiram contains the toxic chemical ethylene bisdithiocarbamates (EBDCs).

Beverly Bell has worked with Haitian social movements for over 30 years. She is also author of the book Walking on Fire: Haitian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance. She coordinates Other Worlds, www.otherworldsarepossible.org, which promotes social and economic alternatives. She is also associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies.
 
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2010, 09:12:50 PM »
Someone needs to let the Haitians know about the experiences of farmers in India after they started using Monsanto seeds. The suicide rate tells the story.

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Farmers in India have been committing suicide in unprecedented numbers. 1 every 30 minutes.

We're talking small farmers who hold from 7 to 12 acres of land. Social pressures like raising money for weddings and for education for children cause many to sell off land to pay for them or to make loans they cannot repay when crops fail. This is probably not good for the financial health of the family or their daughters'. Add to that many families are left destitute, landless, homeless.

VANDANA SHIVA: (interviewed in 2006) Indian farmers have never committed suicide on a large scale. It’s something totally new. It’s linked to the last decade of globalization, trade liberalization under a corporate-driven economy. The seed sector was liberalized to allow corporations like Cargill and Monsanto to sell unregulated, untested seed. They began with hybrids, which can’t be saved, and moved on to genetically engineered Bt cotton.

The cotton belt is where the suicides are taking place on a very, very large scale. It is the suicide belt of India. And the high cost of seed is linked to high cost of chemicals, because these seeds need chemicals. In addition, these costly seeds need to be bought every year, because their very design is to make seeds nonrenewable, seed that isn’t renewable by its very nature, but whether it’s through patenting systems, intellectual property rights or technologically through hybridization, nonrenewable seed is being sold to farmers so they must buy every year.

There’s a case going on in the Supreme Court of India right now on the monopoly practices of Monsanto. An antitrust court ruled against Monsanto, because the price is so high, farmers necessarily get into a debt trap, which is why I was talking about credit, for the wrong thing, could actually be a problem and not a solution.

In addition, the price of cotton is collapsing under the huge $4 billion subsidies given to agribusiness in the United States, which then dumps cotton on a world market with 50% reduction of price artificially. This is what led to the Cancun failure of WTO, but this is what is killing Indian farmers.

Just three days ago, farmers were protesting against the low prices of cotton. They went to the government agency, which before globalization used to buy cotton at a fair price. One farmer was shot dead. So we’re not just seeing suicides, we’re also seeing farmers’ protests treated as a new threat to the regime.

 Genetic modification based on an obsolete theory and hence ineffective and dangerous

    Genetic engineered seed

        * genetic engineering in the laboratory is crude, imprecise and invasive.
              o GM seeds also contain “suicide genes” that render the seeds from this year’s crop useless
              o farmers are forced to buy the patented seeds, pesticide and fertilizer again and again, every year.
              o Bt resistant pests and Roundup tolerant superweeds are on the rise, rendering the two major GM crop traits useless
        * Crop contamination and volunteers, bringing lawsuits from Monsanto spies,
              o GM crops cross-pollinate neighboring fields,
              o Volunteers in fields never planted with GM seed can spring up up to six years later.
              o Herbicide resistant GM volunteers hard to eradicate.
              o Monsanto is the only company that charges a $15/acre fee for HT canola.
                      Fortunately, in Canada an important victory over Monsanto in his lawsuit against the company for contaminating his land. In an out of court settlement, Monsanto has agreed to pay all the clean-up costs of HT canola with no gag-order.
        * Crop increase potential exaggerated, even losses up to 40% have been recorded.
        * Wildlife harmed, including insects, particularly honeybees.

Then, Walmart comes along and puts the small farmer markets out of business, an essential source of income for many in India.

Dr Vandana Shiva, physicist, eco-feminist, author, activist, has founded Seeds of Freedom and Naranya, with organic seed banks, in efforts to save over 56 species (under threat in India) of flower, fruits, grains, vegetables, and other cash crops from the dangers and eradication by GM seed crops and their products.
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And it continues.. now in Pakistan with their number 1 crop: Cotton.
You want aid money from the US? Then BUY MONSANTO SEEDS. Got the picture?

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today between Monsanto Company and the Government of Pakistan which provides a framework to continue discussions focused on introducing BT cotton to Pakistan.

The MOU was signed by Federal Secretary, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Zia-ur-Rehman and Rick Gaudet, Global Cotton Marketing Lead for Monsanto in Islamabad today. Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Nazar Mohammad Gondal and Federal Minister for Textile Industry, Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan were also present on the occasion.

Monsanto is currently working with the industry and government stakeholders in Pakistan on a sustainable business model for the introduction of Bt Cotton. Monsanto plans to introduce Bollgard-II cotton technology which is undoubtedly the most extensively studied cotton technology globally. The rigorous scientific studies conducted demonstrate that Bollgard and its products are safe for the environment, human beings, animals and agriculture.

We believe that Bt cotton technology will bring significant benefits for the Pakistan cotton farmers in terms of contributing towards increasing yields and farm income, said Rick Gaudet, Global Cotton Marketing Lead for Monsanto.

For the past several years, Pakistan has been a net importer in excess of 2 million bales due to an acute shortage in cotton production. Pakistan needs to increase its bulk production of cotton. Biotechnology is one tool that can help increase the productivity of Pakistan agriculture. Worldwide, millions of farmers in over 20 countries are already reaping the benefits of Agri biotechnology.

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto Pakistan has been associated with Pakistan farmers since 1998. Monsanto Pakistan is already doing business in a range of superior products like Dekalb hybrid corn and Roundup herbicide.

Bollgard/Bt cotton contains an insecticidal protein from a naturally occurring soil microorganism, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Bollgard insect-protected cotton is used widely around the world for the control of bollworms.

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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2010, 09:25:28 PM »

GM industry puts human gene into rice


We haven't really even touched on the obvious dehumanization seen in this bit of Frankenscience.
If you eat rice that has human genes, you are eating human genes... that's cannibalism.

They want you to become desensitized to consuming human genes in grains.

They want you to think that's ok.

They want you to see humans as a food source.

Hello? What sick f*cks are behind this science? We need names, addresses and photos to post so everyone can see what these modern-day Dr. Frankensteins look like. Bet they look like 'normal' humans.

But they are not normal. Normal is something they left behind, perhaps never experienced.
If you are inhuman, then dehumanization is 'normal' for you.

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Five ways genetically modified foods threaten your health and what you can eat instead.

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You read in these pages nearly five years ago about the dangers of eating genetically modified (GM) foods. Now, you should be even more worried than ever. Entire European countries refuse to buy GM foods. So do 19 countries in Africa filled with starving people. People would rather risk starvation than eat GM foods because they believe these foods are unsafe.

Why?

Genetically modified potatoes can make their own insecticide to protect themselves from pests. Foods can be altered to contain more protein. GM produce stays fresher longer. Cows produce more milk. What's so wrong with this? Most people don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.  how foods are genetically modified--and therein lies the danger.

Modifying foods

To "enhance" a food through genetic engineering, a gene or a piece of DNA DNA: see nucleic acid. DNA
 or deoxyribonucleic acid

One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes.
..... Click the link for more information. from one source is pasted into the DNA of another species. Often, a foreign gene from a bacterium is put into a vegetable's DNA. The genetically modified food now contains bacteria.

The new DNA is carried into the new organism, often attached to a virus. In nature, viruses that get into plant and animal cells are usually inactive and remain dormant. But genetic modification can wake them up. This leaves an active virus inside you. The problem with viruses is that once one gets into you, it can never be removed.

There's no going back. Once you've let the genie out of the bottle, you can't put it back. GM foods are already harming us. Here's how:

#1: Causes allergic reactions

In 2001, Grace Booth ate three chicken enchiladas and almost died. Her chest got tight and she could hardly breathe. She was having an allergic reaction to the corn tortillas, made with StarLink corn. StarLink was genetically modified to contain a gene from an insecticide. It was never approved for human consumption. Taco shells and other StarLink products were eventually taken off the market. This didn't help Grace or anyone else who had severe allergic reactions. Last year, a U.S. testing program found more than one percent of all corn samples submitted by farmers contained traces of StarLink.

Food allergies Food Allergies Definition

Food allergies are the body's abnormal responses to harmless foods; the reactions are caused by the immune system's reaction to some food proteins.  are not limited to recalled GM foods. There's a 50 percent increase in soy allergies throughout Great Britain since GM soy products have been sold there.

Pesticides work differently on foods than in them. For example, Bt (Bacillus bacillus (bəsĭl`əs), any rod-shaped bacterium or, more particularly, a rod-shaped bacterium of the genus Bacillus. Some bacterium in the genus cause disease, for example B.  thuringiensis) a naturally occurring bacterium, is sprayed on some crops "as needed as needed prn. See prn order. ." It's considered safe when it's used occasionally. But when it's inserted into vegetable cells, it's always present. Studies show that a constant exposure to Bt can cause pre-allergy immune changes. Even small amounts of Bt in your foods could trigger an allergic reaction that's impossible to identify.

Dr. Mac-Wan Ho, a British scientist who researches genetically altered foods, explains, "There is no known way to predict the allergenic Allergenic
A substance capable of causing an allergic reaction.

Mentioned in: Echinococcosis  potential of GM foods. Allergic reactions typically occur only some time after the subject is sensitized sensitized /sen·si·tized/ (sen´si-tizd) rendered sensitive.
sensitized

rendered sensitive.

sensitized cells
see sensitization (2).  by initial exposure to the allergen allergen /al·ler·gen/ (al´er-jen) an antigenic substance capable of producing immediate hypersensitivity (allergy).allergen´ic
pollen allergen ." So, the more you eat GM foods, the more likely you are to develop an allergy.

#2: Contributes to cancers

RbGH is a genetically engineered hormone given to dairy cows so they produce more milk. Traces remain in milk, cheese, and yogurt. Using rbGH increases a hormone called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-l) by 80 percent. High amounts of IGF-1 are associated with prostate, breast, and lung cancers. Buy only hormone-free dairy products.

GM vegetables could also expose you to high levels of cancerous herbicides. Some vegetables are now being "enhanced" with a gene that resists Roundup. While Roundup is not considered to be carcinogenic carcinogenic

having a capacity for carcinogenesis. , there aren't enough studies to say it's safe. However, three studies produced cancers in the liver, pancreas, and thyroid.

Farmers plant these new enhanced crops and spray them heavily with Roundup to kill weeds without harming the food. But the vegetables have been soaked in this insecticide. Roundup's manufacturer, Monsanto, stands to triple its sales of pesticides throughout the world by planting Roundup Ready crops. This is important, because its patent on Roundup ended in 2000.

#3: Lowers the immune system

Dr. Arpad Pusztai, a scientist in experimental biology, worked with other researchers to create a potato that made its own pesticide. It would be a pest-free potato. The pesticide Dr. Pusztai chose was a lectin lectin /lec·tin/ (lek´tin) any of a group of hemagglutinating proteins found primarily in plant seeds, which bind specifically to the branching sugar molecules of glycoproteins and glycolipids on the surface of cells.
..... Click the link for more information. he knew-as the world's expert on lectins--was safe to eat. But when he fed potatoes laced with this harmless pesticide to study participants, their immune systems were damaged within 10 days and their white blood cells White blood cells
A group of several cell types that occur in the bloodstream and are essential for a properly functioning immune system.

Mentioned in: Abscess Incision & Drainage, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Complement Deficiencies  couldn't fight infections. The lectin wasn't the problem after all. Something in the genetic engineering process was to blame.

A few years later, 22 leading scientists signed a full-page ad in the New York Times stating that genetically engineered foods contribute to immune suppression.

#4: Causes antibiotic resistance

Fifty thousand people worldwide die every day from old and new infectious diseases. One reason is antibiotic resistance.

Bacteria are constantly mutating to escape being destroyed by antibiotics. As these bacteria mutate mu·tate  
intr. & tr.v. mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing, mu·tates
To undergo or cause to undergo mutation.


[Latin m , the antibiotic no longer works against them.

Dr. Ho found that genes transferred from one species to another have increased antibiotic resistance. Other scientists found that genetically altered bacteria can transfer their antibiotic resistance to our digestive systems.

#5: Activates and creates viruses

The Cauliflower Mosaic Virus Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) is the type member of the caulimoviruses, one of the six genera in the Caulimoviridae family, pararetroviruses that infect plants (Pringle, 1999).
..... Click the link for more information. (CaMV), used in almost all GM foods, can activate sleeping viruses. A severe viral infection from CaMV damaged the stomach linings of Dr. Pusztai's laboratory rats.

The CaMV can also create new super-viruses that are more infectious than the original. Dr. Joseph Cummins, a professor of genetics, is worried. "The widely used cauliflower mosaic virus is a potentially dangerous gene. It's very similar to the hepatitis B virus, and is related to the HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States.  virus."

How nutritious are GM foods?

Animals eat to live. They choose foods that nourish them. Amazingly, they refuse to eat GM foods!

Farmers in the Midwest watched cows walk past fields of genetically altered corn and eat non-GM corn right down to the ground, cornstalk corn·stalk also corn stalk  
n.
The stalk or stem of a corn plant.

Noun 1. cornstalk - the stalk of a corn plant
corn stalk  and all.

A farmer in the Netherlands put two piles of corn in his mouse-infested barn. One was genetically engineered. The other wasn't. The mice ate every bit of the non-GM rice, but they didn't touch the GM pile.

A soybean soybean, soya bean, or soy pea, leguminous plant (Glycine max, G. soja, or Soja max) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Asia, where it has been  farmer in Illinois had to fight off soybean-loving geese every year until he planted a small area with GM soybeans. The geese ate every bit of the non-GM soybeans and left the altered ones alone.

Studies proved these animals knew what they were doing. The nutritional value of GM foods is lower in soy, tomatoes, and other altered foods. Dr. Mare Lappe, an expert on soy, found that the beneficial phytoestrogens Phytoestrogens
Compounds found in plants that can mimic the effects of estrogen in the body.

Mentioned in: Premenstrual Syndrome
phytoestrogens,
n.pl plant-derived estrogen analogs.  in soy that protect against heart disease and cancer were 12-14 percent lower in GM soybeans than traditional ones.

Don't just sit there--do something!

Big agribusinesses are altering our food and seeds. We need to take action. Here are a few suggestions:

Call Kraft Foods at 800-323-0768. Tell them you will no longer buy their foods with GM ingredients. I discovered their Boca Burgers sold in health food stores are GMO GMO
abbr.
genetically modified organism  free. Those sold in supermarkets are not!

Read the fine print on the labels of all products you buy. Whenever possible, buy those marked organic or GMO-free.

Contact manufacturers for more information if any label is unclear.

Get more information and share it. Genetically engineered foods affect more than your health. They irrevocably harm our environment. If a picture is worth a thousand words A picture is worth a thousand words is a proverb that refers to the idea that complex stories can be told with just a single still image, or that an image may be more influential than a substantial amount of text.
..... Click the link for more information., I have millions of words for you in a fast-paced film called "The Future of Food." This film is so important that it's being released to the public on video this month. It's fascinating and scientifically sound. It will answer a lot of your questions about GM foods. Please get a copy of this film and show it to your friends and family. It's only $20 (plus S&H) from Lily Films (415-383-0553).

The FDA FDA
abbr.
Food and Drug Administration

FDA,
n.pr See Food and Drug Administration.
FDA,
n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration.  doesn't require testing on GM foods for safety. The manufacturer just needs to say their product is safe. Richard Lacey, MD, microbiologist, and professor of food safety at Leeds University says, "The fact is, it's virtually impossible to even conceive of a testing procedure to assess the health effects of genetically engineered foods."

Cummins, Ronnie. "Frankencorn fight: cautionary tales," BioDemocracy News, #,37, January 2002.

Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND. "Assessing individual susceptibility, to endocrine disruption caused by the ingestion ingestion /in·ges·tion/ (-chun) the taking of food, drugs, etc., into the body by mouth.
in·ges·tion
n.
1. The act of taking food and drink into the body by the mouth.

2.  of genetically modified organisms (GMOs): Part 1," Townsend Letter for Doctors, December 2003.

Ho, R. Mae-Wan, PhD. "Horizontal gene transfer “HGT” redirects here. For other uses, see HGT (disambiguation).
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT), also Lateral gene transfer (LGT), is any process in which an organism transfers genetic material to another cell that is not its offspring. : The hidden hazards of genetic engineering," Institute of Science in Society and Department of Biological Sciences, Open University, UK.

Verzola, Roberto. The Genetic Engineering Debate, rverzola@phil.gn.apc.org.

Watts, Meriel and Ronald Mcfarlane. "Glyphosate glyphosate

herbicide and desiccant for grains. Heavy doses to birds cause soft shells on their eggs.  (Roundup)," Pesticide Action Network, panap@panap.po.my. 1999.

GM foods do not reduce the use of pesticides. On the contrary. A study showed that pesticide-resistant genes cause a need for more pesticides. An extra 50 million pounds of pesticides have been used on GM foods.

--Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

Messing With Mother Nature

Some people call genetically altered foods Frankenfoods for good reason. The following is true: British scientists have spliced protein-producing genes from cows into grapefruit trees' reproductive cells. The grapefruit trees produce "fruit" that looks and feels just like grapefruit. But when you peel it, there's no fruit inside. Instead. the pulp looks and smells like meat. If these so-called "meat trees" are approved by the FDA, you'll see these "meat balls" in supermarkets around 2005.

--Gina L. Nick, PhD, ND

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PLU Phi Lambda Upsilon (National Chemistry Honor Society)  code. If the four numbers that follow begin with the number eight, that food has been genetically engineered.
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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2010, 07:06:12 PM »
In New Zealand, scientists are also putting human genes in cows, sheep and goats.

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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2010, 08:30:10 PM »
So if we eat cows, sheep or goats---we are eating "Aunt Thelma" too!!   :o


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« Reply #15 on: June 08, 2010, 09:09:23 PM »
No because they aren't HUMAN.


I don't get why these "scientists" have to modify our food if we have survived this long eating normal grains.
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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2010, 01:18:01 PM »
""We can really help children with diarrhea get better faster. That is the idea," said Scott E. Deeter, president and chief executive of Sacramento-based Ventria Bioscience, emphasizing that a host of protections should keep the engineered plants and their seeds from escaping into surrounding fields. "

mad f**king scientists. i bet this guy's hair is white and sticks straight up in the air.

Dunno, then he might really be in it for the *science* and not the politics. I bet he's all clean-cut in an Armani suit.
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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2010, 08:17:23 PM »
GM is something that should never have started. Seriously, piss off and stop mucking with our food.

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« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2010, 11:46:54 AM »
Seriously, piss off and stop mucking with our food.

I second that, Shroom!  And I hope that they listen and obey!
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With this possible defalt coming I would go buy some rice guys , hit walmart up for seeds who cares if there gmo at this point if you need them your not going to care.

NOW EAT YOUR RICE, BITCHES

P.S. this isn't a personal attack against feeditup, but I did want to once again raise this point: They're putting human genes into rice.
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« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2011, 03:34:23 PM »
 It's w/e man u got seeds ?  or you going to have to kill your friend for food ?


Ill take my chances with a disease resistant crop when you can buy any type of pesticide, not to say any of are food should be GMO but ITS TO LATE NO ONE GIVES A f**k WHO IS NOT ON THIS FOURM. Its about just trying to stay alive when you have mobs of people who have not ate in 3 days, when the cities liquidate into the county Shits going to be madness str8 f**king zoombie land type shit

Personaly i dont even like rice but when the store is empty and people are going wild I will hide in my house with my bowl thank you
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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2011, 04:38:33 PM »
It's w/e man u got seeds ?  or you going to have to kill your friend for food ?


Ill take my chances with a disease resistant crop when you can buy any type of pesticide, not to say any of are food should be GMO but ITS TO LATE NO ONE GIVES A f**k WHO IS NOT ON THIS FOURM. Its about just trying to stay alive when you have mobs of people who have not ate in 3 days, when the cities liquidate into the county Shits going to be madness str8 f**king zoombie land type shit

Personaly i dont even like rice but when the store is empty and people are going wild I will hide in my house with my bowl thank you



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« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2011, 04:39:22 PM »
It's w/e man u got seeds ?  or you going to have to kill your friend for food ?


Ill take my chances with a disease resistant crop when you can buy any type of pesticide, not to say any of are food should be GMO but ITS TO LATE NO ONE GIVES A f**k WHO IS NOT ON THIS FOURM.

That's where you're wrong. When surveyed, the majority of Americans do not want GMOs. That's fact. 80% of our food supply is contaminated with GMOs. Most people have no idea, even though they eat GMO every day. If they were to try and live on GMO rice alone, they would meet the same fate as the early colonists who tried to survive on corn. They died. There's not enough nutrition.
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« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2011, 04:43:07 PM »
THE f**kING POINT WAS IF YOU HAVE NUTING BUY SOMTHING PERIOD. In hopes the system is only down for a year maybe 2 and you can stay alive.
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NOW EAT YOUR RICE, BITCHES

P.S. this isn't a personal attack against feeditup, but I did want to once again raise this point: They're putting human genes into rice.

And don't bring my posts into a thread it did not originate, I would hope people buy rice of any type in hopes they do not kick your door down looking for yours, In hopes you body does not get devoured and you can one day rest in a grave rather then ate by some one who did not prepare but bought allot of guns instead
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« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2011, 04:59:27 PM »
wow why would they put a human gene in rice !

that is some kind of gross ffs !
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« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2011, 05:00:20 PM »
THE f**kING POINT WAS IF YOU HAVE NUTING BUY SOMTHING PERIOD. In hopes the system is only down for a year maybe 2 and you can stay alive.

Then you entirely missed the point! People should be prepared, or preparing now. Buy heirloom non-gmo seeds and food supplies and you can eat for years to come and would not need to rely on Walmart. GMO seeds are only good for one growing season and you have to buy them each time you plant because the seeds the crops produce are useless.

Now  go eat your rat poisoned GMO's.
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« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2011, 05:01:24 PM »


Then you entirely missed the point! People should be prepared, or preparing now. Buy heirloom non-gmo seeds and food supplies and you can eat for years to come and would not need to rely on Walmart. GMO seeds are only good for one growing season and you have to buy them each time you plant because the seeds the crops produce are useless.

Now  go eat your rat poisoned GMO's.


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« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2011, 05:04:20 PM »
Bro I f**king know but would you rather have 2 seasons of crop or nun ? that's the point if you can come up with the 145 dollars plus shipping for an acre of seeds I hope you take the alternative route .

More then likely the human gene is in the rice to try and force evolve man or just to f**king kill you .
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« Reply #29 on: January 18, 2011, 05:18:47 PM »


Bro I f**king know but would you rather have 2 seasons of crop or nun ? that's the point if you can come up with the 145 dollars plus shipping for an acre of seeds I hope you take the alternative route .

More then likely the human gene is in the rice to try and force evolve man or just to f**king kill you .


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« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2011, 05:20:38 PM »
I hope your garden or food is grown indoors as well. And I would rather grow outdoors then have to use lights in my house because a biological attack is taking place every day . Do Gmo's matter if you wont remember in 10 years ?
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« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2011, 05:23:53 PM »
I grow some stuff indoors but it wont grow as well as outdoors.

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« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2011, 05:50:24 PM »
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Monsanto’s Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health

The following article reveals the devastating and unprecedented impact that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is having on the health of our soil, plants, animals, and human population. On top of this perfect storm, the USDA now wants to approve Roundup Ready alfalfa, which will exacerbate this calamity. Please tell USDA Secretary Vilsack not to approve Monsanto’s alfalfa today. [Note: typos corrected from Jan 16th, see details]

While visiting a seed corn dealer’s demonstration plots in Iowa last fall, Dr. Don Huber walked passed a soybean field and noticed a distinct line separating severely diseased yellowing soybeans on the right from healthy green plants on the left (see photo). The yellow section was suffering from Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a serious plant disease that ravaged the Midwest in 2009 and ’10, driving down yields and profits. Something had caused that area of soybeans to be highly susceptible and Don had a good idea what it was.
The diseased field on the right had glyphosate applied the previous season. Photo by Don Huber

Don Huber spent 35 years as a plant pathologist at Purdue University and knows a lot about what causes green plants to turn yellow and die prematurely. He asked the seed dealer why the SDS was so severe in the one area of the field and not the other. “Did you plant something there last year that wasn’t planted in the rest of the field?” he asked. Sure enough, precisely where the severe SDS was, the dealer had grown alfalfa, which he later killed off at the end of the season by spraying a glyphosate-based herbicide (such as Roundup). The healthy part of the field, on the other hand, had been planted to sweet corn and hadn’t received glyphosate.

This was yet another confirmation that Roundup was triggering SDS. In many fields, the evidence is even more obvious. The disease was most severe at the ends of rows where the herbicide applicator looped back to make another pass (see photo). That’s where extra Roundup was applied.

Don’s a scientist; it takes more than a few photos for him to draw conclusions. But Don’s got more—lots more. For over 20 years, Don studied Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate. He’s one of the world’s experts. And he can rattle off study after study that eliminate any doubt that glyphosate is contributing not only to the huge increase in SDS, but to the outbreak of numerous other diseases. (See selected reading list.)
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« Reply #33 on: January 18, 2011, 05:54:14 PM »
Myself I never use "weed killers". I did not know Monsanto was behind Round up - thanks!
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« Reply #34 on: January 18, 2011, 05:58:05 PM »
Seeing people like to move quotes around  heres one you should see


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And one more time, dose it matter if the seeds are GMO if you wont rember in 10 years ?
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« Reply #35 on: January 18, 2011, 06:10:34 PM »
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Posted by feeditup: And one more time, dose it matter if the seeds are GMO if you wont rember in 10 years ?

Feeditup I truly wonder what you are doing on this forum?  Trolls like to muck things up.  And yes it DOES matter if seeds are GMO even if we don't REMEMBER it.  I have grandchildren I am most concerned about.  Who is their advocate for their futures??  Certainly not you!  Besides, who says we won't remember it? 
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« Reply #36 on: January 18, 2011, 06:13:17 PM »
Nice..
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Re: The Genetic Modification of Rice
« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2011, 06:28:38 PM »
The point here is, if you know something is possibly GMO, stay away from it!!

You can buy organic pastas and live off of them too--cheaper than rice.  Or simply buy organic rice.

GMOs will literally kill your internal organs.  You can't be much help fighting the NWO with a failing liver or kidneys.
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Re: The Genetic Modification of Rice
« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2011, 06:38:49 PM »
I subspect that everything is being messed with.

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« Reply #39 on: January 18, 2011, 06:44:13 PM »
I subspect that everything is being messed with.

I had no idea he'd had her modified