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Seed Wars

The US is threatening nations that want to ban Monsanto's genetically-modified seeds with trade sanctions. This includes some of our major Western trading partners, such as France, which has banned the planting of the aggressive GM Starlink variety of corn.

Wikileaks reveals that in 2007, the US ambassador to France (and business partner of President George W. Bush), Craig Stapleton, requested that the nations in the European Union that did not support GM crops should be penalized.

On the Natural Society website, Anthony Gucciardi quotes Stapleton as saying, in that meeting, "Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits. The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term, since we should not expect an early victory. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices."

The US has also targeted the Vatican, since many clerics oppose GM crops. Gucciardi writes that "the Vatican has openly declared Monsanto's GMO crops as a 'new form of slavery.'" It's evil corn, all right!

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I thought we believed in free-market competition. Now our government is behaving like Mafia goons. Just more evidence we have morphed into a corrupt plutocracy.

Bravo to Unknown Country for bringing this crime against humanity to light. There are a surprising number of people who have no clue that the food on their table is a biological concoction from a laboratory full of toxic chemicals. 90% of the corn, wheat, beets, etc, on your table are genetic aliens developed in the past 20 years. We have no idea what the effect on our own genetics will be by ingesting these products.

Bottom line: Monsanto and Big Ag are in the business of genetic modification and manipulation of food crops because there is a profit to be made. To hell with human health and being good caretakers of Mother Earth when there's big bucks to be made, right?

The repercussions of playing God are already wreaking havoc with the environment, because these crops require ever more poisonous pesticides and herbicides.

For those interested, several movies (available on DVD) are wonderful documentaries on this horrific technology: 'The World According To Monsanto', 'Food, Inc', 'The Future of Food', to name a few.

Here's a clip of VP George Bush in 1987 telling the Monsanto 'scientists' "Call me. We're in the de-reg business."

It is beyond insanity that a bunch of "scientists" have been allowed to take on the role of Mother Nature in a short few decades. Personally, I see nothing wrong with any of the foods Mother Nature has spent MILLIONS of years creating - foods that not only feed us and sustain us, but often provide healing properties as well.

Educate yourself, buy organic, and drive your friends and family crazy by mouthing off about this at every opportunity :)

"Food Inc." is a powerfull docu. Fx. chickens don't see sunlight evar in their lifetime. Cows eating unnatural food. It's just terrible.

And what about the disappearing bee problem? It has been noted that bees are still thriving where organic crops grow, while dying off in the presence of genetically modified grains sprayed with organism killing pesticides. Bees aren't pests! Our crops depend on their pollination in order to bear to fruition/yield. Why on earth is the die-off of bees such a mystery? And how can it be ignored? We will have enough problem growing enough food for the world's population, given the now encroaching climate changes, even without killing off the bees. Monsanto, listen up: lay off the 'm'ucking around with GMOs and pesticides. Get a grip on your corporate ethics.

I live in Indonesia. Without GM soybeans, there would be severe civil unrest and a great deal of physical violence here. Indonesia imports 70% of their soybeans from the U.S. They don't want to do this and neither were they forced into it by Monsanto. They simply cannot grow the beans cheap enough here, in large enough quantities, to feed the extremely large population, who rely on these cheap beans for their protein. They don't even come close to being able to grow enough.

There is no question about it: this dependency should never have been allowed to develop.

But it did.

Without these soybeans from the U.S. they would have suffered greatly. Monsanto didn't cause their population growth problem, lol. But they did do something to help them eat, however harmful the side effects are. GM foods are dangerous and are destroying the environment. I am 100% against using GM food in the long term, and wish it never got started. But for now, none of the alternatives (I am familiar with them all, and live in a farming community) are going to work except
in possibly the extremely long run. The reasons are cultural, governmental, economical, and practical. If the plug were pulled today on GM soybeans, at least here in Indonesia, it would cause many deaths, starvation, riots, and perhaps even civil war. Tempe and tofu are the staple protein of the poor, who cannot afford meat.

What would be very helpful would be to get a law passed requiring labeling of GMO foods. So far, Monsanto has successfully used its lobbying muscle to prevent this. California is said to be trying to get a measure on the ballot to require labeling. How about the rest of the states? Corporations are always singing the praises of free-market competition, so why is Monsanto against people being able to make an informed choice?

The real issue with Monsanto is how they bully their way into the local markets via the patent on their seeds. Because plants will often 'migrate' on their own to other farms not using them, some Monsanto plants might start showing up in a non-Monsanto operated field. Then, Monsanto swoops in with a lawsuit and takes over or shuts down operations. It's happened all over the US. I don't blame those abroad for refusing at all. Frankly, Monsanto runs suspiciously Mafia-like practices in their organization, including sending people to intimidate the local farmers. It's unconscionable.

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