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  • Avatar Image adoration said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    A discussion that considers the confiscation, dismantling and/or “nationalizing” of Monsanto.

  • Avatar Image adoration said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    A discussion that considers the confiscation, dismantling and/or “nationalizing” of Monsanto.

    http://bit.ly/GRQlzV

  • Avatar Image adoration said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    the second most oppressive (non-church) entity in the world

    Monsanto is a corporation. Monsanto, as it turned out is who* the word “monopoly” was invented for. No monopoly came in even as a close third to plowing the kind of the ground as we have seen turned over throughout Monsanto’s corporate history; not Wal-Mart, nor all of the oil, energy and mining companies combined, including GE. Only the usury-driven moneychangers and their Too Big To Fail banks hold a greater power of enslavement over humanity than Monsanto – fictionally portrayed as the Soylent Corporation in Soylent Green (the movie).

    *According to the Supreme Court of the United States, and as recently explained by candidate Willard, “Corporations are people, my friend.” [VIDEO - WaPo]

    Monsanto’s tentacles (link): ☛ http://bit.ly/GVANxn

    File this one under “walking and chewing gum” at the same time:

    Not counting Wal-Mart Must Die, at the moment, there are at least three AmpedStatus/Network discussion “groups” mentioning variations of a generic Monsanto; Knowledge is power, Agreeing that the ownership of seeds (life) is immoral and needs termination, and Financial Terrorists. How about we consolidate these discussions to one place, and encourage other AS/Networkers to post any further discussions to where it is deemed appropriate? I am suggesting “Monsanto” as the file name, and I have already posted it as such HERE; under Intelligence. Any objections? Along with Enforcing RICO Laws, should “Monsanto” be considered along in the AmpedStatus/Network’s original goals list? Any further suggestions? ☛ http://bit.ly/GRQlzV

    cc: @dull b, @marrii M and @usedtobesupermom Cathy Consoli

  • Avatar Image said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    in full agreement with all you’ve said here, Adoration… i just have to remember where to post the Monsanto items! But this insidious monster is part of a global plan, whether we believe it or not.

  • Avatar Image said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    Outrageous Lies Monsanto and Friends Are Trying to Pass off to Kids as Science

    * By Ronnie Cummins
    Alternet, March 20, 2012
    Straight to the Source

    For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

    It’s not enough that the biotech industry – led by multinational corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, BAS, and Dupont – is poisoning our food and our planet. It’s also poisoning young minds.

    In a blatant attempt at brainwashing, the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI) has widely circulated what it calls a Biotechnology Basics Activity Book for kids, to be used by “Agriculture and Science Teachers.” The book – called Look Closer at Biotechnology – looks like a science workbook, but reads more like a fairy tale. Available on the council’s Web site, its colorful pages are full of friendly cartoon faces, puzzles, helpful hints for teachers – and a heavy dose of outright lies about the likely effects of genetic engineering on health, the environment, world hunger and the future of farming.

    CBI’s lies are designed specifically for children, and intended for use in classrooms.

    At a critical time in history when our planet is veering toward a meltdown, when our youth are suffering the health consequences (obesity, diabetes, allergies) of Big Ag and Food Inc.’s over-processed, fat-and sugar-laden, chemical-, and GMO-tainted foods, a time when we should be educating tomorrow’s adults about how to reverse climate change, how to create sustainable farming communities, how to promote better nutrition, the biotech industry’s propagandists are infiltrating classrooms with misinformation in the guise of “educational” materials.

    >>> Read the Full Article …

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25077.cfm

  • Avatar Image said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    Monsanto wants to brainwash your children with ‘Biotechnology Basics Activity Book’

    Sunday, March 25, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

    (NaturalNews) In response to mounting public backlash from the older generation, the biotechnology industry has launched a new propaganda campaign aimed at convincing children that genetically-modified (GM) crops are not only safe, but also an improvement over natural agriculture. Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and five other major biotechnology companies and associations have collectively released the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book, a colorful guide designed to reeducate children into the false dogma of biotechnology.

    The 16-page guide — which includes word scrambles, fill-in-the-blank puzzles, and matching games — contains an introductory paragraph that claims biotechnology boosts crop yields, improves environmental conditions, and leads to more nutritious food. Throughout the book, children are told that biotechnology is changing the world for the better, which is a complete contradiction to all available independent science. And yet this guide is reportedly slated for inclusion in some school curriculums.

    “This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic,” says the first page of the book. “Why is it such a neat topic? Because biotechnology is helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home.”

    You can view the entire activity book for yourself at:
    http://www.whybiotech.com

    The guide was produced by a group known as the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI), a pro-GMO coalition of the world’s largest biotechnology companies and organizations. CBI routinely ignores independent science that shows GMOs and their growing chemicals to be dangerous, and continues to purvey the lie that GMO technologies are not only safe, but that they are superior to conventional and organic growing methods.

    Independent science has proven GMOs are a human, environmental health hazard
    GM crop systems are inherently unsustainable in every way, as they require massive amounts of chemical inputs in order to grow. They have also been shown in numerous scientific studies to cause organ damage, digestive disorders, autoimmune diseases, reproductive problems, and various other conditions.

    Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, the active ingredient of which is the weedkiller glyphosate, was recently exposed as a destroyer of testosterone and male fertility (http://www.naturalnews.com/035135_Roundup_herbicide_testosterone.html). Not only is Roundup responsible for spurring the massive “superweed” epidemic that now plagues millions of acres of American cropland, but the chemical concoction was also recently shown to trigger dozens of plant diseases (http://www.naturalnews.com/031138_Monsanto_Roundup.html).

    Even when diluted by 99.8 percent, the Roundup formula is still toxic to human DNA, having been shown in a recent Archives of Toxicology study to have definitive cytotoxic and DNA-damaging properties (http://www.naturalnews.com/035050_Roundup_Monsanto_DNA.html). Environmentally, Roundup is highly persistent, and has been found in air, rainwater, and rivers all across the U.S., and particularly in the “bread belt” of the Midwest (http://www.naturalnews.com/033699_Roundup_pollution.html).

    As far as GMOs themselves, there have been countless studies and reviews that have revealed serious problems with the way they are digested. A 2004 study published in Nature Biotechnology found that the genetic code of GM soy can actually alter the genetic code of gut microbiota when consumed, which can cause long-term digestive problems (http://www.naturalnews.com/028635_GMOs_bacteria.html).

    None of these facts are published in the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book, of course, which makes quite the opposite claims without even a shred of proof to back them. But since young children are the book’s target audience, the biotechnology liars behind its publishing apparently hope that colorful pictures and fun word games will be enough to sway the opinion of the next generation.
    See More Here…

    http://www.naturalnews.com/035357_Monsanto_activity_book_children.html

  • Avatar Image adoration said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    #OccupyChurch

    Nationalizing the Too Big to Fail banks and dismantling the Federal Reserve is the most efficient way to take our government back from the likes of Monsanto, Wal-Mart, the oil, energy and mining companies, and GE. Cutting out the usury and credit card scams from Wall Street’s way of conducting commerce and trade is the first order of business in liberating We the People from the financial tyranny that the 1% has used to continuously enslave the 99% for more than 500 years.

    First things first pragmatism has it that no matter what the #Occupy movement is doing in parks, at the ballot boxes, and getting politicians elected who will truly represent and serve the 99%, without the people power of the churches – from the neighborhoods to their national offices, realistically, our liberation won’t happen until we #OccupyChurches and make them relevant locally and nationally; to bring them to the realization that unless and until they start doing their Lord’s work around here (and nationally, indeed, internationally) their function and purpose is looked upon as merely perpetuating hypocrisy; to continue condoning and aiding in the 1%’s financial enslavement and status quo servitude of the 99%. The preaching of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (or liberation) theology as seen in the Book of Matthew from the Sunday ayem pulpit, will breathe life back into the churches, and bring back “community workers” and community work like we haven’t seen since Saul Alinsky. Look at the history of Liberation Theology; from Cardinal Oscar Romero’s El Salvador to the haunts of Barack Obama; the streets of Chicago. The same Matthew 21:12, Jesus who gave the Sermon on the Mount drove the moneychangers out of the Temple. [TO BE CONTINUED]

  • Avatar Image said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    BT cotton behind farmer suicides?

    * March 28, 2012
    * By Rashme Sehgal
    * Correspondent
    * New Delhi
    Despite having unleashed more than 780 Bt cotton hybrids in India during the last decade, yields have turned stagnant and farmer suicides in the cotton belt are multiplying.

    In fact, although Bt cotton now covers more than 90 per cent of the total cotton growing area in the country, yields in the last five years have gone up marginally from 470 kg per ha to 481 kg per ha though input costs have increased several fold, warned member NGOs of the Coalition for GM-Free India.
    Crop failure is also being attributed to the increasing number of pests found to be attacking Bt cotton hybrids. The result is that state government estimates in Andhra Pradesh show that 34 lakh acres out of the 47 lakh acres planted with Bt cotton during the kharif 2011 season faced crop failure with almost 21 lakh farmers having lost around `3071 crores.
    The situation is no better in Maharashtra where Bt cotton farmers have already lost over `10,000 crores due to crop failure. Dr Suman Sahai of Gene Campaign warns, “The crisis is so acute in Maharashtra that 209 farmers committed suicide in the Vidarbha cotton growing belt region in 2011.’’
    Kishor Tiwari of the Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti told this reporter that when Bt cotton was first introduced in 2002, seed companies had promised it would be bollworm resistant. But today, new pests have emerged.
    Dr Sahai concurs, “Indian conditions are different from the West. We are a tropical country with a variety of pests which have been found to be adversely affecting this cotton crop.”
    But at the village level, farmers continue to buy Bt cotton because the only credit available to them from seed agents is for Bt seeds against other traditional varieties.
    “Seed agents are offered higher commission for Bt cotton rather than for traditional seeds,’’ Dr Sahai added.

    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/north/bt-cotton-behind-farmer-suicides-268

  • Avatar Image said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    Honey bees are dying all over the globe. Here’s why!

    by Dan Eden for Viewzone

    For over a year, the media has been reporting about the dramatic loss of bees in Europe and North America. As many as 50% to 90% of the bee populations have simply vanished, leaving their hives empty and forcing farmers to demand investigations to determine the cause.

    At first it was only the honeybees that were decimated — then the bumblebee populations began to disappear. Bumblebees are responsible for pollinating an estimated 15 percent of all the crops grown in the U.S., worth $3 billion, particularly those raised in greenhouses. Those include tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. The crisis was eventually given a name: Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD.

    CCD is a “fake disease!”

    The most popular theory, aside from the varroa mite [right] and cellphone RF radiation, has been the belief that a virus — similar to AIDS — has infected the bees. A team led by scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Pennsylvania State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Arizona, and 454 Life Sciences found a significant connection between the Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV) and colony collapse disorder (CCD) in honey bees.

    A team of scientists from Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and University of California San Francisco identified both a virus and a parasite that are likely behind the recent sudden die-off of honey-bee colonies. Using a new technology called the Integrated Virus Detection System (IVDS), which was designed for military use to rapidly screen samples for pathogens, ECBC scientists last week isolated the presence of viral and parasitic pathogens that may be contributing to the honeybee loss.

    But it now appears that a much more basic culprit has killed the bees — Bayer Corporation. Colony Collapse Disorder is poisoning with a known insect neurotoxin called Clothianidin, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, which has been clearly linked to massive bee die offs in Germany and France.

    Clothianidin = “Colony Collapse Disorder”

    Here’s the story. One of the most important crops is corn. It’s used as a feed for chickens and pigs and cattle. It’s used in flour and in the production of high fructose corn syrup. Just about everything we eat depends on corn. Recently, with the energy crisis, corn has also been pressed to make ethanol to run our cars. But corn has an enemy called the root worm.

    (E)-1-(2-chloro-1,3-thiazol-5-ylmethyl)-3-methyl-2-nitroguanidine
    Trade named: Poncho 600, Prosper and Elado, a Nitroguanidine subgroup of nicotinoids produced by Bayer Corporation and registered in 2003.

    This pesky bug, called diabrotica vergifera vergifera, [right] burrows in the newly forming roots of the corn plant and causes the plant to wither and eventually die. Farmers have long sought some type of pesticide to kill the bug and, in 2003, Bayer Pharmaceutical introduced a new product called Clothianidin. Their own studies showed that this pesticide was highly toxic to bees but justified the widespread use because it could be applied to corn seed and would be buried in the soil where it would presumably be harmless to other creatures.

    In theory, farmers were instructed to buy special machines that would coat their seeds multiple times with clothianidin and a special adhesive, dry the seeds, and then plant them. The poison is supposed to stick to the seed coat and to be toxic to the rootworm as it attempts to burrow in to the newly forming roots.

    Bayer, who make the pesticide, and Monsanto, who make the adhesive, have patented the method of coating their proprietary seeds with clothianidin, which are now growing all over the globe.

    Oooooops!

    The first clue that Colony Collapse Disorder was a simple case of poisoning — similar to the DDT bird kill-off decades ago — was when clothianidin was used on corn crops in Germany’s Baden-Wuerttemberg state.

    In July of 2007, the German crop was infested with the rootworm. The German government ordered that every possible method should be used to eradicate this pest, including the use of clothianidin. Shortly after the seeds were planted, in May of 2008, some 330-million bees abruptly died!

    According to the German Research Center for Cultivated Plants, 29 out of 30 dead bees had been killed by direct contact with clothianidin.

    Philipp Mimkes, spokesman for the German-based Coalition Against Bayer Dangers, said: “We have been pointing out the risks of neonicotinoids for almost 10 years now. This proves without a doubt that the chemicals can come into contact with bees and kill them. These pesticides shouldn’t be on the market.”

    An investigation revealed that the seed coating did not stay in the soil but was introduced to the air (and the rest of the plant) by simple abrasion — the rubbing together of seeds — as they are stored, moved and injected in to the soil by farming machines.

    German authorities suggested that the seeds were not treated with a special polymer, called a “Sticker,” which makes the pesticide adhere to the seed. But it is noted also that the formulation of clothianidin does not require this “sticker” in typical applications and most farmers find this additional coating too cost prohibitive.

    The German government quickly banned this pesticide and gave compensation to the farmers and issued a strong warning against using this chemical in agriculture. According to the German Federal Agriculture Institute,

    “It can unequivocally be concluded that poisoning of the bees is due to the rub-off of the pesticide ingredient clothianidin from corn seeds.”

    According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (May 30, 2003):

    “Clothianidin has the potential for toxic chronic exposure to honey bees, as well as other nontarget pollinators, through the translocation of clonianidin redidue in nectar and pollen.”

    [In the same report] “The fate and disposition of clothianidin in the environment suggest a compound that is asystemic insecticide that is persistent and mobile, stable to hydrolysis, and has potential to leach to ground water, as well as runoff to surface waters.”

    “Clothianidin is highly toxic to honey bees on an acute contact basis (killing 50% of tested populations at greater than 389 mg/kg). It has the potential for toxic chronic exposure to honey bees, as well as other nontarget pollinators, through the translocation of clothianidin residues in nectar and pollen. In honey bees, the effects of this toxic chronic exposure may include lethal and/or sub-lethal effects in the larvae and reproductive effects in the queen.”

    Clothianidin = neurotoxin

    The cigarette industry used to brag that one or two cigarettes doesn’t give a person lung cancer. Likewise, the pharmaceutical companies are quick to show that feeding bees a specific amount of neurotoxins, like clothianidin, doesn’t kill the bees. And, of course, this is true.

    While small traces of clothianidin may not kill bees outright, it can and apparently does interfere with their ability to navigate to and from the hive. The pollen that they manage to bring back to the hive is then further concentrated and exposed to the entire colony, causing suppression of their immune systems and subsequent infection by any number of parasites and pathogens. This is exactly what beekeepers and farmers have been reporting — half empty, infested bees or abandoned hives with no dead bodies to be found anywhere. It has also been noted that the empty colonies are absent the usual parasitic bugs that typically take advantage of an abandoned hive. The colonies appear sterile.

    People dressed as bees demonstrate against pesticides 21 April 2007 in front of the Bayer headquarters in Brussels. Three millions bees have been dying each year since the introduction on the market of the pesticide manufactured by Bayer.
    Poster reads :’Gaucho Bayer, only kills if one uses it.’

    Not Just Corn

    The tragedy in Germany and France showed that bees who became exposed to clothianidin also infected bee colonies that were not harvesting corn pollen, thus spreading the toxin to regions at some distace to areas cultivating corn plants. It is theorized that they could have become disoriented and mingled with bees from other colonies or contaminated the pollen of plants where other bee colonies were also pollenating.

    Same old story…

    Money talks. Agro-business is huge and their influence is deep in the sciences and politics. Their own scientists must know very well that their product has threatened the global population of bees, yet they allow the conspiracy theories of a mysterious “Colony Collapse Disease” to endure. Clothianidin and imidacloprid (another pesrticide also banned by Germany and France) account for much of Bayer’s agrochemical profits.

    I used to think of Bayer as the company that made aspirin and medicine, but I recently saw a list of poisons that they made and marketed to kill everything from microbes to insects. It seems odd to me that a company that makes poisons also makes medical cures… Is there a link there? Perhaps it’s just different sides of the same dollar or Euro.

    UPDATE

    (08-18) 18:37 PDT — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to disclose records about a new class of pesticides that could be playing a role in the disappearance of millions of honeybees in the United States, a lawsuit filed Monday charges.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council wants to see the studies that the EPA required when it approved a pesticide made by Bayer CropScience five years ago.

    The environmental group filed the suit as part of an effort to find out how diligently the EPA is protecting honeybees from dangerous pesticides, said Aaron Colangelo, a lawyer for the group in Washington.

    In the last two years, beekeepers have reported unexplained losses of hives – 30 percent and upward – leading to a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder. Scientists believe that the decline in bees is linked to an onslaught of pesticides, mites, parasites and viruses, as well as a loss of habitat and food. $15 billion in crops

    Bees pollinate about one-third of the human diet, $15 billion worth of U.S. crops, including almonds in California, blueberries in Maine, cucumbers in North Carolina and 85 other commercial crops, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Not finding a cause of the collapse could prove costly, scientists warn.

    Representatives of the EPA said they hadn’t seen the suit and couldn’t comment.

    Clothianidin is the pesticide at the center of controversy. It is used to coat corn, sugar beet and sorghum seeds and is part of a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. The pesticide was blamed for bee deaths in France and Germany, which also is dealing with a colony collapse. Those two countries have suspended its use until further study. An EPA fact sheet from 2003 says clothianidin has the potential for toxic chronic exposure to honey bees, as well as other pollinators, through residues in nectar and pollen.

    The EPA granted conditional registration for clothianidin in 2003 and at the same time required that Bayer CropScience submit studies on chronic exposure to honeybees, including a complete worker bee lifecycle study as well as an evaluation of exposure and effects to the queen, the group said. The queen, necessary for a colony, lives a few years; the workers live only six weeks, but there is no honey without them.

    “The public has no idea whether those studies have been submitted to the EPA or not and, if so, what they show. Maybe they never came in. Maybe they came in, and they show a real problem for bees. Maybe they’re poorly conducted studies that don’t satisfy EPA’s requirement,” Colangelo said.

    Viewzone || Comments? || Previous articles on Lost Bees

    COMMENTS:

    Oh, were that only the nastiest and most evil thing to come out of Bayer / IG Farbin, et al:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zyklon_B

  • Avatar Image said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    Brevard’s Mosquito Pesticides

    Information compiled by
    Richard W. Pressinger (M.Ed.)
    Wayne Sinclair (M.D.)
    email: research@chem-tox.com

    The following research was located from the University of Florida Medical Library regarding environmental and public health effects found to occur from exposure to the mosquito control pesticides – dibrom (naled) – permethrin – and other chemical ingredients found in dibrom which include – dichlorvos and trichlorfon. As you’ll read below, the evidence clearly shows these chemicals are far more harmful than previously believed and emphasizes the critical importance for implementing immediate alternatives.

    Background on Brevard’s Mosquito Pesticides

    Brevard County Mosquito Control is currently using the pesticide “permethrin” in its “mosquito truck” spray program along with the use of the pesticide “dibrom” (naled) in its aerial spray program. The potential health and environmental effects outlined below strongly support the importance of finding alternatives to these pesticides as soon as possible.

    Chromosome/Genetic Damage Evident inImmune System Cells from Permethrin

    continued…

    http://www.chem-tox.com/brevard/main.htm

  • Avatar Image adoration said 2 years, 4 months ago:

    15 Deadliest Corporations!

    http://bit.ly/HiYFYN

    These corporations, if they were individual human beings, would be locked up for life. Instead, they continue raking in the big bucks. Human rights abuses, murder, war, eco disasters, and animal exploitation keep these evil companies raking in the green. Prepare to be disgusted.

    1. Chevron, 2. DeBeers, 3. Tyson, 4. Smith and Wesson, 5. Phillip Morris, 7. Coca Cola, 8. Pfizer, 9. ExxonMobi, 10. Caterpillar Company, 11. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, 12. Monsanto:

    Big Agra makes the list with Monsanto, pushers of genetically modified foods, bovine growth hormones, and poison. Monsanto’s list of evils includes creating the “terminator” seed which creates plants which never fruit or flower so that farmers must purchase them anew yearly, lobbying to have “hormone-free” labels removed from the labels of milk and infant milk replacer (through bovine growth hormone is believed to be a cancer-accelerator) as well as a wide range of environmental and human health violations associated with use of Monsanto’s poisons — most notably “Agent Orange.” Between 1965 and 1972, Monsanto illegally dumped thousands of tons of highly toxic waste in UK landfills. According to the Environment Agency the chemicals were polluting groundwater and air 30 years after they were dumped. Alabama sued Monsanto for 40 years of dumping mercury and PCB into local creeks. Plus, Monsanto is infamous for sticking it to the very farmers it claims to be helping, such as when it sued and jailed a farmer for saving seed from one season’s crop to plant the next.

    13. Nestle, 14. British Petroleum, and 15. Dyncorp [FULLTEXT]

    Thanks OneRevolution @nagoul1 via @FlipThePyramid

    15 Deadliest Corporations! http://bit.ly/HiYFYN

    See The second most oppressive (non-church) entity in the worldhttp://bit.ly/HixMEs

  • Avatar Image said 2 years, 3 months ago:

    Please see below the press release from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

    Two genetically modified (GM) goats from a failed corporate experiment are now on display at the Canada Agriculture Museum, Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. What happens when corporations and universities “create” GM animals and then go out of business or lose funding? What happens to the GM animals? Who pays for the consequences of unwanted and unnecessary GM experiments? You can find more information and see the photos of the GM goats in their retirement home at: http://www.cban.ca/Resources/Topics/GE-Goats

    You can write to the Museum at cts@technomuses.ca or send your letter to Canada Agriculture Museum, P.O. Box 9724, Station T, Ottawa, ON K1G 5A3. The Museum is now the caretaker of the GM goats and have put them on display for the public, What should the Museum do? Should they change their display signs to ask critical questions about genetic engineering? Should they inform visitors that the GM goats are now retired from a controversial experiment? Should they take care of the goats but remove them from public display? Send us a copy of your letter if you would like CBAN to quote you.

    Press Release

    Genetically Modified Goats on Display at Ottawa Experimental Farm: Family Outing Turns to Shock

    Ottawa, March 27, 2012 – Young families visiting the Agriculture Museum at the Experimental Farm in Ottawa this weekend were shocked to find two genetically modified (GM) goats among the farm animals on display.

    “Seeing the transgenic goats gave me a horrible, sick feeling inside. I just think it’s wrong,” said Beatriz Oliver, who brought her four-year-old daughter and two-and-a-half-year old son to the farm on Saturday not knowing the GM goats were at the museum, “I was glad they’re too young to read the signs. I didn’t want to have to tell them that someone put spider DNA into these goats. It’s unethical and unnecessary.”

    The Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa is run by Agriculture Canada and houses the Canada Agriculture Museum with animal barns designed for family visits. The GM (also called genetically engineered or transgenic) goats are displayed with the sign “Spider (Transgenic) Goats” because they were genetically modified with genetic material from spiders, to create a silk that can be extracted from their milk to make textiles such as bulletproof vests. The final product is trademarked “BioSteel” but is not commercialized and the Canadian company, Nexia, that developed it no longer exists.

    “The GM goats are leftovers from a failed business venture but are being used to promote genetic engineering,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), “There has never been a democratic debate about GM animals in Canada.”

    Nexia Biotechnologies was founded based on GM goat research at McGill University but was delisted from the Canadian Stock Exchange in 2009.

    The issue of GM animals is an urgent concern for Canadians because the University of Guelph in Ontario has asked Health Canada to approve its GM pig (modified with genetic material from a mouse). A GM Atlantic salmon could also be under review by federal departments; the government refuses to confirm or deny if a review is underway.

    “These retired GM goats need to be housed somewhere but the museum should not be turned into a transgenic zoo to promote the biotech industry,” said Paul Slomp of CBAN.

    For more information: Beatriz Oliver, cell: 819 923 3036; Lucy Sharratt, 613 241 2267 ext 25; Paul Slomp, cell: 613 898 9136

    Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
    Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
    Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
    Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5
    Phone: 613 241 2267 ext. 25
    Fax: 613 241 2506
    coordinator@cban.ca
    http://www.cban.ca

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    Monsanto: From a Child’s Perspective

    “As the U.S. Supreme Court has declared corporations like Monsanto to be ‘people’ with the same rights as us, it must mean that Monsanto was once a child. His parents clearly had high hopes, as his name implies – Mon Santo, or “My Holy.”

    However, I am pretty sure from what I have discovered about Monsanto that he is not a child I would like to have known.

    As a child, BOYsanto began to make creations that copied the natural world. One of his first products was the artificial sweetener saccharin. That was just the beginning…”

    – Excerpt from a speech given by a young boy, Ci Yin Oliveira, at the protest that shut-down a Monsanto research facility in Davis, CA, March 16 and 17, 2012. Oliveira tells Monsanto’s story as if, as the Supreme Court has ruled, Monsanto were actually a person. Please watch and share the video of Oliveira’s clever story, then read on to learn more about the problem of giving corporations the legal rights of people and what we can do to control corporations like Monsanto.

    Little Bytes: Top Stories of the Week

    Factory Farmers Are Hiding the Truth About Swine CAFOs

    Deepak Chopra and Vandana Shiva Talk Seeds and GMOs

    FDA Must Act to Remove Antibiotics from Animal Feed: Judge

    Consumer Groups Seek Labeling of GMO Foods

    Earth Sends Climate Warning by Busting World Heat Records

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob322.htm

  • Avatar Image adoration said 2 years, 3 months ago:

    Bookmark this!

    serious ALEC backgrounder at “Agreeing that the ownership of seeds (life) is immoral and needs termination”

    http://bit.ly/FQcpst

    at some point, there is no different a finding when comparing MONSANTO and ALEC. In the AmpedStatus/Network goals; both the updated and the “original” versions is the key that starts legislatively, but even before that at the ballot box IF #Occupy can force a “fairness” (litmus) test for candidates in the upcoming election.

    Thanks to @qwertytrewqz aka @dull b

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