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Should We Surrender?

Genetically-modified food seems to be taking over--should we surrender? Organic farmers may have to, but a major problem is that Roundup--the pesticide that is sprayed over fields of GM crops that the crops themselves are resistant to--may turn out to be dangerous to humans who eat these foods, something that of special concern to vegetarians. (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). A group of health food purveyors, including Whole Foods, has decided it's time to give up the fight and surrender to Monsanto, the creator of genetically-modified seeds. What Whole Foods doesn't want you to know is that 2/3 of their $9 billion annual sales of "natural" food already comes from genetically-modified products.

In the Huffington Post, Ronnie Cummins quotes a Monsanto executive as saying, "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." On the Institute for Responsible Technology webiste, Jeffrey Smith tells the story of plant pathologist Don Huber, who passed a farmer's field and noticed that half of it was healthy, while the other half was yellow and dying. He found out that the dying side had originally been planted in GM alfalfa, which had been sprayed with the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, and later replanted with soybeans. The other side of the field, now planted in corn, had not formerly been planted with a GM crop, thus no Roundup had been used on it. According to Smith, "The herbicide doesn’t destroy plants directly, it rather cooks up a unique perfect storm of conditions that revs up disease-causing organisms in the soil, and at the same time wipes out plant defenses against those diseases. The glyphosate molecule grabs vital nutrients and doesn’t let them go.

Glyphosate annihilates beneficial soil organisms that live around the roots. Since they facilitate the uptake of plant nutrients and suppress disease-causing organisms, their untimely deaths means the plant gets even weaker and the pathogens even stronger. As US farmers drench more than 135 million acres of Roundup Ready crops with Roundup, plant diseases are enjoying an unprecedented explosion across America’s most productive crop lands."

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No, and were not going to. I can,t help thinking this may be the mistake we made that causes time travelers to come back from the future to get healthy DNA. The future of humanity is at stake.

Never surrender. If you have any land at all, start growing vegetables from non-GMO seeds. It may be our only hope for preserving life as we know it.
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The best first step is to get informed about this crime against Nature (and humanity). And if you're not too depressed at this point to get off the couch.....go shopping at your local health food store and support the farmers who are actively preserving the wisdom of our farming ancestors. My grandparents all grew up on farms and one branch of the family were bee-keepers. They must be rolling in their graves!

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