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British Columbia took a step toward becoming a genetically engineered-free province when leaders of regional and municipal governments passed a resolution to ban GMOs at their annual convention in Vancouver September 2013. The Union of BC Municipalities adopted a resolution to ask the provincial government to declare B.C. a GMO-free zone, banning the importing, exporting and growing of plants and seeds containing genetically engineered DNA, and banning genetically engineered animals.

 Among those supporting the ban is Richmond city councillor Harold Steeves, who raises grass-fed cattle in the B.C. Interior and Lower Mainland. ...

[He said] "We are asking for B.C. to be the first major jurisdiction in Canada to follow suit with Europe and all the other countries that have banned genetically engineered crops.”

 

http://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/letters/226524001.html

Steeves was a NDP MLA who 

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In the mid-1960s drafted the initial resolutions to NDP conventions to establish an Agricultural Land Bank system in British Columbia. As an MLA he was active in the establishment of the "Agricultural Land Reserve" under the Dave Barrett NDP Government and for the following decades, one of its strongest defenders. He is presently active in the Farmland Defense League.

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

 

jerrym

After Oregon's legislature passed a law preventing anti-GMO initiatives at the Oregon country level, GMO activists are now planning on putting a statewide initiative on the next statewide election. 

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Activists who were pushing to ban genetically modified crops in Oregon counties are now looking at the possibility of a statewide initiative.

Oregon lawmakers put the brakes on anti-GMO initiatives in four counties – Lane, Benton, Josephine and Multnomah – during a special session this week.

Senate Bill 863, which prohibits local ordinances banning modified crops, was folded into a package of five bills addressing state spending, taxes and education in a “grand bargain” backed by Gov. John Kitzhaber. All five bills passed on Wednesday.

The deal was a victory for agricultural industry groups who didn’t want farmers across the state subjected to a patchwork of local ordinances regulating genetically modified seeds.

“This ensures all farmers in Oregon are operating under a single regulatory structure,” said Scott Dahlman, executive director of Oregonians for Food and Shelter.

Anti-GMO groups are responding to the new law by looking at the options for banning genetically modified crops statewide – at least temporarily while they push for stronger statewide regulations.

In the meantime, initiatives filed for the 2014 ballot would allow voters to decide whether the state should require labeling of genetically modified food.

Scott Bates, director of the activist group GMO-free Oregon, said the new law, SB 863, favors state regulation of agriculture over local controls.

“So we’ll definitely be exploring statewide options,” he said. “It’s a little harder because you have to get the whole state on board as opposed to dealing with matters of county concern, but we’ll be chasing that for sure.”

http://earthfix.opb.org/flora-and-fauna/article/activists-regroup-after-...

jerrym

Washington state will be the next GMO political battle as a GMO labeling initiative will be on the ballot on November 5th of this year. Initiative opponents will be running on the same untrue that labeling GMO foods will major increases in the cost of food when there is no evidence of this happening where it has been introduced in Europe. 

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 Washington state is the next battleground in an ongoing effort by food activists to get products containing genetically engineered ingredients labeled. California voters rejected a similar initiative 53% to 47% in a bruising and expensive election in 2012.

Initiative 522 goes before voters Nov. 5. It would require that foods containing ingredients from genetically engineered plants be labeled as such. Some opponents believe these foods are dangerous to humans, though there is little scientific evidence of that. Others feel large agribusinesses such as Monsanto, which sell these seeds, have too much control over the food supply.

"We believe that we have a right to know what's in our food," said Elizabeth Larter, the Seattle-based communications director for the Yes on 522 campaign. "This campaign is not about whether GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are good or bad; this is really just providing more information for consumers."

The labeling effort is being funded by grass-roots donations and a large contribution from Dr. Bronner's Magic All-One, a California soap company founded in the 1960s. It is known for labels featuring fine print advocating world peace and admonitions to dilute the liquid soap for multiple uses.

"This is about chemical companies buying up the seed companies," said David Bronner, president of the company, on a video prominently placed on its website. Opponents to labeling "understand that if they lose in Washington state, game over," he said of why the company is supporting the initiative and encouraging others to do so.

The Washington state effort is part of an ongoing fight by those opposed to genetically engineered crops to push for labeling.

"In 2013 alone there have been 26 states that have introduced labeling legislation," says Katey Parker with the Just Label It coalition, a pro-labeling group based in Washington, D.C. According to The Seattle Times, Washington's Yes on 522 campaign so far has raised $4.8 million.

Squaring off on the other side is a coalition of food manufacturers and seed producers that thus far has raised a war chest of $17.2 million. That's a state record. The top five contributors were the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Dow AgroSciences and Bayer CropScience, according to the No on 522 Coalition. ...

In the United States a huge proportion of commodity crops are genetically engineered: 97% of the nation's sugar beets, 93% of the soybeans, 90% of the cotton and 90% of the feed corn, according to the 2013 figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About 60% of the papaya grown in the United States, all in Hawaii, has been genetically engineered to allow it to withstand the ringspot virus, which virtually wiped out papaya production in the islands in the 1980s, according to International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications. Very small amounts of genetically engineered zucchini, yellow squash and sweet corn are also sold in the United States.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/06/washington-state-gm...

quizzical

hey jerrym do you know if  A&W beef is GM modified? 'cause now they're saying their beef is free from steriods and other vaccinations. and i know the big producers are GMing beef to stop them from producing methane and to grow big faster.

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hey jerrym do you know if  A&W beef is GM modified? 'cause now they're saying their beef is free from steriods and other vaccinations. and i know the big producers are GMing beef to stop them from producing methane and to grow big faster. 

Although livestock is not genetically modified for meat products, GM animal feed and prepared meats can have GM additives. Furthermore, a Chinese university just announced it has genetically modified two calves in an attempt to develop tastier meat. The two articles below discuss this.

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 The livestock we use to produce meat, eggs, and milk are not genetically modified and won’t be any time soon. Genetic engineering, however, can still play a role in animal feed and in the processing of meat products like ham and sausage.

To date, there are no genetically modified livestock. In the 90s, some scientists attempted to "optimise" some traits in swine and cattle by genetic engineering. They hoped to augment growth or achieve certain improvements like lowering susceptibility to disease or making milk less fattening. These projects have since died off because methods for producing transgenic animals are still in need of improvement. These projects resulted in transgenic animals that were susceptible to disease or unable to reproduce. There are also societal reservations and ethical concerns about GM livestock.

The cattle, swine, sheep and poultry that we use for food are not genetically modified, and this is not expected to change any time soon.

  • It is possible that genetically modified fish products will come on the market in the near future. GM salmon is currently awaiting approval in the United States.

  • A few mammals have been genetically modified so that they secrete valuable pharmaceuticals in their milk. None of these animals are used for food.

  • Animal cloning, or producing an identical genetic copy of an animal, has made great advancements in recent years. Cloning could soon have applications for livestock. Cloning livestock would be a method of preserving valuable traits. Cloning itself doesn’t yield genetically modified animals.

Animal feed and feed additives. Meats, milk, and eggs do not come from animals that are genetically modified. Nonetheless, genetic engineering has a lot to do with the production of many animal products.

  • Animal Feed: Soybeans are the basis of many animal feeds. Soybean shipments reach the EU from Brazil, the US, and Argentina, and they generally at least partially consist of GM soybeans. It is estimated that 60 to 90 percent of world soybean exports are genetically modified. The fact that animal feed is made from GM plants has no impact on the quality of the resulting meat products.

  • Many feed additives like vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes are produced with the help of genetically modified microorganisms.

  • Veterinary medicines and vaccines are produced with the help of genetically modified microorganisms.

Sausage and Ham. Genetic engineering is often used in the production of sausage and ham. Many additives commonly found in sausage and ham are often produced using methods involving genetically modified microorganisms. For example:

  • Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is used to prevent oxidation, stabilising the colour of sausage.
  • Glutamate is used to enhance flavour.
  • Enzymes (proteases) can make meat more tender and improve aroma. They can also be used to help separate meat residues from bones.

There are other additives that can be produced from GM soybeans or GM maize. For example:

  • Soy protein (incorporating a certain amount of plant ingredients into sausage is permitted)
  • Dextrine or maltodextrine (from GM maize) as a filler or stabiliser
  • Emulsifiers like soy lecithin or soy mono- and diglycerides

http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/grocery_shopping/processed_foods/32.genet...

 

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 Scientists at the Beijing University of Agriculture have genetically modified a pair of calves in an attempt to make their meat more tender, tastier, and more appealing to discerning palates.

Professor Ni Minhong and colleagues at the school’s department of advanced science and technology produced a pair of cloned cows, named Jing Qin 1 and Jing Qin 2, that had been implanted with an extra gene, Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Gray reported on Sunday.

That gene is designed to increase the amount of fat contained in their muscles, and the scientists hope that it will lead to the development of a high-quality cut of beef that can rival gourmet wagyu or Kobe beef, Gray said. To date, Ni’s team has spent three years on their research, though they will have to wait until the calves mature and are slaughtered before they can truly discover whether or not they have succeeded or failed.

“Through this project we will be the first in the world to successfully create transgenic cows with fatty acid binding protein,” the professor told The Telegraph.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112681965/genetically-engineered-c...

 

jerrym

The Republican dominated House of Representatives in the U.S. has voted to extend the "Monsanto Protection Act". However, the Act has not yet passed the US Senate. This gives another reason to March Against Monsanto at one of rallies (of which there are 38 in Canada that are listed at http://occupy-monsanto.com/) on Saturday October 12th, World Food Day.  Below is an ariticle describing the effects of this extension of the Monsanto Protection Act. 

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 The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved an extension of a law allowing farmers to keep growing a genetically modified crop while it is being challenged in court, a move critics said overrode actions to prevent contamination of non-GMO crops.The extension, dubbed by critics the "Monsanto Protection Act" in reference to the agricultural biotechnology giant , would prolong the law scheduled to expire at the end of this month. The measure is contained in a 22-line rider to a stopgap bill to fund the government through Dec. 15.

Should the rider pass the Senate, it would keep the law alive for 11 weeks more. A coalition of small-farm, organic food, environmental and consumer groups asked the Senate to strip out the language from the bill.

The rider allows the cultivation and sale of a genetically modified (GM) plant variety to go ahead even if a federal judge overturns Agriculture Department approval of the variety and directs USDA to conduct more studies on whether the plant is safe to release.

Critics say the provision short-circuits court review of federal agencies. They cited the discovery early this year of unauthorized genetically modified wheat in Oregon showed the damage that could occur if there was a runaway GM crop. ...

"The American people deserve better than dirty politics, yet the Republican leadership continues to side with the agrichemical companies that the rider seeks to protect," said Colin O'Neil, director of government affairs for Center for Food Safety, which opposes GM crops.

No lawmaker has claimed authorship of the rider, also known as Section 735, which appeared as part of a bill to fund many government departments through Sept. 30. A Senate staff worker said the provision was an unavoidable carry-over from House-Senate negotiations last fall.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/usa-agriculture-gmo-idUSL2N0HG...

 

 

jerrym

Below is an article discussing the GM food situation in India. 

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Earlier this month, India’s Parliamentpassed a bill aimed at delivering subsidized food to around 800 million people. While well-intentioned, the law is expensive and has raised questions about whether India produces enough food to meet demand.

Proponents of genetically modified food say GM technology will boost production to meet India’s food requirements, but critics argue that it is unsustainable, and that the main challenge is not one of production but distribution.

Dilnavaz Variava doesn’t believe that GM food will address India’s food crisis. She is honorary convener for consumer issues for the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture, an alliance of farmers, scientists, economists, non-governmental organizations and citizens who advocate for ecologically and economically sustainable agriculture. ... 

The Wall Street Journal: Parliament’s passage of the Food Security Bill reflects the urgency of addressing the food security challenge. Would genetically modified food do this?

Dilnavaz Variava: India has enough food grain — almost two-and-a-half times the required buffer stock — and yet 200 million Indians go hungry. The problem of sufficiency is not one of production, but of economic and physical access, which the Food Security Bill attempts to address. Poverty, mounds of rotting food grain, wastage and leakages in the Public Distribution System are the real causes of food insecurity. GM food cannot address this.

WSJ: Is there evidence from other countries that GM food improves food security?

Ms. Variava: Macroeconomic data for the largest adopters of GM food indicate the opposite. In the U.S., food insecurity has risen from 12% in pre-GM 1995 to 15% in 2011. In Paraguay, where nearly 65% of land is under GM crops, hunger increased from 12.6% in 2004-06 to 25.5% in 2010-12. In Brazil and Argentina, GM food has not reduced hunger. In any event, GM does not increase yields, as the Union of Concerned Scientists established through a review of 12 years of GM in the U.S.

WSJ: How does GM food differ in quality from non-GM food?

Ms. Variava: About 99% of all GM crops have either one or both of two traits that make food unsafe: a pesticide-producing toxin (Bt) present in every cell of the plant and a herbicide tolerant trait that enables the plant to withstand herbicides used to kill weeds. While food safety regulators have cleared GM foods as safe, many independent scientists disagree. Their studies point to health risks: allergies, cancer, reproductive, renal, pancreatic and hepatic disorders. They say regulators give safety assurances based on studies which the GM industry conducts for a maximum period of 90 days on lab rats. This corresponds to a human life span of less than 15 years, which is too short for long-term health effects such as organ damage or cancer to manifest. ...

http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/09/22/gm-crops-wont-solve-indias...

 

jerrym

There are now 41 March Against Monsanto protests on Saturday October 12th, with 387 planned worldwide. A full worldwide listing can be found at http://occupy-monsanto.com/

Below is a list of Canadian March Against Monsanto protests that you can attend.

Alberta Calgary http://on.fb.me/14K2iDG        Alberta Drayton Valley http://on.fb.me/15mkXLs

Alberta Edmonton http://on.fb.me/15InJsV       Alberta Grande Prairie http://on.fb.me/14weRCl

Alberta Morinville http://on.fb.me/17T5QFx       Alberta Red Deer http://on.fb.me/1eCcWVJ 

BC Abbotsford http://on.fb.me/1fSjXhg             BC Castelga rhttp://on.fb.me/1fGJBed 

BC Comox Valley http://on.fb.me/GzFLDe         BC Creston http://on.fb.me/1fX1tfH 

BC Dawson Creek http://on.fb.me/19tOq2W       BC Kelowna http://on.fb.me/15PlwM6 

BC Mission http://on.fb.me/19C1jsA                  BC Nanaimo http://on.fb.me/1aRJk5Z 

BC Powell River http://on.fb.me/19C1jsA            BC Prince George http://on.fb.me/XjmM5B 

BC Sechelt http://on.fb.me/17zuX1Z                  BC Vancouver http://on.fb.me/YWq7dW

BC Victoria http://on.fb.me/16UoNJT                  Manitoba Winnipeg http://on.fb.me/YYBwY0

Newfoundland http://on.fb.me/15hSvrW              Nova Scotia Halifax http://on.fb.me/YvVw5I

Ontario Brantford http://on.fb.me/16tNDA2           Ontario Guelph http://on.fb.me/19xxqrs

Ontario Hamilton http://on.fb.me/1dYMq5W           Ontario London http://on.fb.me/1fuxnCS

Ontario Newmarket http://on.fb.me/19gnTnU          Ontario Oshawa http://on.fb.me/14UY7YM

Ontario Oshawa http://on.fb.me/19jwCYY               Ontario Ottawa http://on.fb.me/19xmwBV

Ont. Peterborough http://on.fb.me/16r7IHV            Ont. St. Catharines http://on.fb.me/17c8g3e

Ont, Sudbury http://on.fb.me/YxwLBF                   Ont. Thunder Bay http://on.fb.me/1dw1iw0

Ontario Timmins http://on.fb.me/18LT8sW              Ontario Toronto http://on.fb.me/1fuxIoX

Ontario Windsor http://on.fb.me/1fc9Dpo                Québec Montréal http://on.fb.me/14bFcZr

Québec Québec City http://on.fb.me/1fAeYXM          Sask. Regina http://on.fb.me/14C0Xn0

Saskatchewan Saskatoon http://on.fb.me/19tQxUm

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jerrym

The various locations of March Against Monsanto protests on October 12th 2013 worldwide.

http://rt.com/news/march-against-monsanto-gmo-100/

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March Against Monsanto Denver Colorado October 12th, 2013.

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 "No to a world according to Monsanto".(AFP Photo / Pascal Pavani)

Anti-GMO protesters demonstrate at a Monsanto GM seed location in Monbequi, France. The poster reads "No to a world according to Monsanto, October 12th, 2013.

http://rt.com/news/march-against-monsanto-gmo-100/

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March Against Monsanto protest, Parliament Buildings, London, England, October 12th, 2013.

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March Against Monsanto Chennai, India October 12th, 2012.

http://rt.com/news/march-against-monsanto-gmo-100/

jerrym

08:10 GMT: The Sydney march is underway, as well as Perth and Adelaide, in Australia.

 

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    March Against Monsanto, Sydney, Australia on October 12th, 2013.

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    March Against Monsanto, Munich, Germany, October 12th, 2013.

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    March Against Monsanto, Brussels, Belgium October 12, 2013.

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    The night before the March Against Monsanto, San Diego, USA, October 11th, 2013. 

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      March Against Monsanto, Lisbon, Portugal.

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      March Against Monsanto, St. Pierre, La Reunion (Indian Ocean)

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      March Against Monsanto, Vienna, Austria, October 12th, 2013.

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      Queen’s Park, Toronto, Canada March Against Monsanto anti-GMO rally Oct. 12, 2pm

      No-to-GMO

      When Rachel Parent debated Kevin O’Leary from Dragon’s Den on the Lang & O’Leary Exchange about GMOs in July, she had no idea she’d become a YouTube star, but 2 million views later, she is. She’ll be speaking this Saturday, at March Against Monsanto, an event simultaneously taking place in more than 400 cities and involving millions of people.
      Rachel, who recently spoke to 20,000 teens at We Day, will take the stage on Saturday, October 12 at approximately 2:30pm; the event starts at 2pm and is at Queen’s Park.
      When     Saturday, October 12; 2pm event start; Rachel on at 2:30 (approx.)

      Where     Queen’s Park, Toronto

      Millions of activists from around the world will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Currently, marches will occur on six continents, in 52 countries, with events in over 400 cities. See video with Jeffrey Smith (Author of Genetic Roulette and Seeds of Deception at

      http://thebulletin.ca/toronto-march-against-monsanto-anti-gmo-rally-oct-...

       

      About Rachel Parent:

      At 12, Rachel began researching a school project and became alarmed by what she learned about GMOs. When CBC’s Kevin O’Leary famously suggested on the Lang and O’Leary Exchange that people who stand against GMOs should “stop eating” so we can “get rid of them,” Parent became outraged, and challenged him to a debate during one of her events. It was posted on YouTube, and hundreds of people contacted CBC requesting that O’Leary accept the challenge.

       

      A Toronto high school student, she is now the veteran of many television, radio and online interviews, and has been a keynote speaker at a variety of rallies and events, including March Against Monsanto and WE Day. She is part of the United Nations Youth Leaders Educational Program which educates and motivates youth globally. http://www.kidsrighttoknow.com/ is a foundation she started to inform the public, especially other children, about GMOs.

      See Rachel Parent video at 

      http://thebulletin.ca/toronto-march-against-monsanto-anti-gmo-rally-oct-...

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      March Against Monsanto Chicago, USA October 12th, 2013
       

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      Dr Vandana Shiva's message to marchers of the global March Against Monsanto, October 12th, 2013.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzZH0ifSV2g

       

      Join a March near you: http://bit.ly/Oct12MAM 
      Act for Seed & Food Freedom - 2-16 October: http://bit.ly/ACT2-16Oct13

      Join Seed Freedom online:

      Website: http://www.seedfreedom.in
      Twitter: https://twitter.com/occupytheseed
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/savetheseed
      Act for Seed & Food Freedom Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/51240...
      YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/occupythe...
      Seed Freedom Map: http://bit.ly/SFMAP

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      March Against Monsanto Perth, Australia, October 12th, 2013.

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      'March Against Monsanto' on Saturday highlights concerns about GMO foods  COMOX VALLEY ECHO OCTOBER 11, 2013   

      If you are concerned about the Genetically Modified foods and ingredients that are infiltrating our food supply, then October 12 is the day to make a statement. Join the March Against Monsanto to support food freedom and a GE free country.

      Monsanto, creators of Agent Orange and DDT (now banned), found a way to dominate the production of food by means of Genetic Engineering (GE) to create Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

      It is estimated that 70 to 80% of North American processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients.

      The March Against Monsanto began as a posting on Facebook by a soccer mom who was worried about GMO's and how they might be affecting her children's health.

      Her posting spread around the world with the result that the first March Against Monsanto became a reality on May 25, 2013.

      People marched in over 50 countries, in over 400 cities protesting Monsanto and GMO food.

      Now on October 12 we are marching again for a second Global Day of Action in which 3.5 million people are expected to take part in more than 600 cities world-wide.

      It is fitting that this March coincides with both Thanksgiving and World Food Day (October 16) when we celebrate healthy food.

      To join the March Against Monsanto -the March for Food Freedom -meet at Simms Park at 12 noon on Saturday, October 12.

      Bring your own picnic lunch.

      Between 12 noon and 1:00, there will be music, tables set up for a letter writing campaign, and supplies for making signs. Bringing your own sign from home is good too. At 1:00 pm is the March from Simms Park, along Comox Road, over the 17th Street bridge, along Cliffe Avenue and back to Simms Park. This is a family friendly event.

      For more information contact cvnogmo@gmail.com.

      http://www.canada.com/March+Against+Monsanto+Saturday+highlights+concern...

       

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      Thousands Expected To March Against Monsanto Saturday In Seattle, Millions WorldwideThursday, October 10, 2013 by:digitalreporter

      On Saturday Oct. 12, millions of activists from around the world will once again March Against Monsanto, calling for the permanent boycott of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. In Washington State, voters will decide to label GMO food or not through Initiative 522. Ballots will be mailed next week.

      Website includes several videos at 

      http://blog.seattlepi.com/videoblogging/2013/10/10/mam-press-releas/

       

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      March Against Monsanto, Calgary, October 12, 2013.

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      March Against Monsanto, Hartford, Connetticut, USA, October 12, 2013.

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      March Against Monsanto, New York City, October 12, 2013.

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      Demonstrators hold up banners to protest against chemical giant Monsanto and its GMO (genetically modified organism) products on October 12, 2013 in Helsinki. (AFP Photo / Heikki Saukkomaa)

      Demonstrators hold up banners to protest against chemical giant Monsanto and its GMO (genetically modified organism) products on October 12, 2013 in Helsinki. (AFP Photo / Heikki Saukkomaa)

      http://rt.com/news/monsanto-march-berlin-protest-115/

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      March Against Monsanto, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, October 12, 2013.

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       Video of Old Monsanto song at March Against Monsanto Bergschenhoek, Netherlands, October 12, 2013.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcEMm6ndVEQ

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      Concerned citizens rally against genetically modified foods in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery Saturday morning.

      Concerned citizens rally against genetically modified foods in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery Saturday morning October 12, 2013. (Petti Fong/CBC)

      Hundreds of people participated in a march against seed giant Monsanto in downtown Vancouver Saturday.

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/hundreds-march-against-gm...

       

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      KELOWNA, British Columbia — It’s a movement making waves across Canada and throughout the world on October 12, 2013.

      More than 300 people rallied in Kelowna Saturday, taking part in an anti-Monsanto march against genetically modified foods.

      Marches are underway worldwide including London, Vienna, Brussels and multiple cities in the United States.

      http://globalnews.ca/news/899404/hundreds-hit-the-streets-against-gmo/

       

      Brachina

      http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/...

       

       Some good arguements have been made for heavy regulation of MGOs, but not a ban, sorry I still very much support the ideas of genetically modified food, not every individual GMO, but the possiblies for helping people. You've made arguement against individual modifications and even companies, but you haven't made any convincingly against the technology of genetically modifying organisms itself.

       I do support labelling though, but I don't think its right for others to refuse me access to GMOs if I wish to eat them.

       Also we've genetically enigeering organisms for millenia, via selective breeding which while time consuming is still a primitive form of genetic enigeering, almost no crops or animals we breed and raise for crops are free from human alteration.

      Brachina

      For transparency sake, I'm a Transhumanist, although not an Athetist.

      Aristotleded24

      Brachina wrote:
      Some good arguements have been made for heavy regulation of MGOs, but not a ban, sorry I still very much support the ideas of genetically modified food, not every individual GMO, but the possiblies for helping people. You've made arguement against individual modifications and even companies, but you haven't made any convincingly against the technology of genetically modifying organisms itself.

      We know very little about all the intricacies of genetically modified organisms. It's one thing to put in place a gene that will make a certain crop produce, say protien, but that little modification throws out of whack everything else, and there is simply no way to predict how it will go. Re-read the link about the modification of potatos to produce a certain kind of sugar, it was the act of modificaiton and not the sugar itself that caused problems for the rats. We may know much about science, but science also shows that there are many things we don't know, and in some cases, we should proceed very cautiously, or maybe not at all.

      Besides, can you name one good thing GMOs have accomplished that could not be accomplished in some other way.

      Brachina wrote:
      Also we've genetically enigeering organisms for millenia, via selective breeding which while time consuming is still a primitive form of genetic enigeering, almost no crops or animals we breed and raise for crops are free from human alteration.

      No, we haven't been genetically engineering organisms for millenia. Selective breeding involves taking genetic combinations already in nature and playing around to see which ones work the best. Genetic engineering involves the deliberate interchanging of certain genes that are not present naturally. True, mutations and evolution do happen naturally, but these changes generally all take place over long periods of time (thousands, millions, even billions of years) and they are in sync with one another. Drastically changing one aspect of an organism's genetic make-up has the potential to have unforseen and very dangerous ripple effects.

      Aristotleded24

      As for the March Against Monsanto, looking at those pictures, I'm quite jealous. The event in Winnipeg was not well-attended. It was organized primarily by a local media group that has latched onto a number of conspiracy theories, and this group doesn't seem to be that in touch with local community organisations and groups, groups that were surprisingly absent.

      paolo

      ..in vancouver 400 maybe 500 folks turned out. i was very pleased to see the number of children and early teens that came out. it bodes well for our future.

      Brachina

      Aristotleded24 wrote:

      Brachina wrote:
      Some good arguements have been made for heavy regulation of MGOs, but not a ban, sorry I still very much support the ideas of genetically modified food, not every individual GMO, but the possiblies for helping people. You've made arguement against individual modifications and even companies, but you haven't made any convincingly against the technology of genetically modifying organisms itself.

      We know very little about all the intricacies of genetically modified organisms. It's one thing to put in place a gene that will make a certain crop produce, say protien, but that little modification throws out of whack everything else, and there is simply no way to predict how it will go. Re-read the link about the modification of potatos to produce a certain kind of sugar, it was the act of modificaiton and not the sugar itself that caused problems for the rats. We may know much about science, but science also shows that there are many things we don't know, and in some cases, we should proceed very cautiously, or maybe not at all.

      Besides, can you name one good thing GMOs have accomplished that could not be accomplished in some other way.

      Brachina wrote:
      Also we've genetically enigeering organisms for millenia, via selective breeding which while time consuming is still a primitive form of genetic enigeering, almost no crops or animals we breed and raise for crops are free from human alteration.

      No, we haven't been genetically engineering organisms for millenia. Selective breeding involves taking genetic combinations already in nature and playing around to see which ones work the best. Genetic engineering involves the deliberate interchanging of certain genes that are not present naturally. True, mutations and evolution do happen naturally, but these changes generally all take place over long periods of time (thousands, millions, even billions of years) and they are in sync with one another. Drastically changing one aspect of an organism's genetic make-up has the potential to have unforseen and very dangerous ripple effects.

       

       That's an arguement for stronger standards for safety testing, and better regulations, not one for an absolute ban on GMOs. And its an arguement for labelling, not for taking the choice from those of use who want the option of eating GMOs.

      jerrym

      Activists carry signs during a protest against chemical giant Monsanto in Durban on October 12, 2013. (AFP Photo / Rajesh Jantilal)

      Activists carry signs during a protest against chemical giant Monsanto in Durban, South Africa on October 12, 2013. (AFP Photo / Rajesh Jantilal)

      http://rt.com/news/march-against-monsanto-gmo-100/

      jerrym

      About 75 people participated in March Against Monsanto Windsor-Essex County, which was part of a worldwide day of protest against the agricultural biotech company, Monsanto, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.  The group marched from Dieppe Park to City Hall Square. (DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

      March Against Monsanto, Windsor, Ontario, October 12, 2013.

      http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/10/13/local-activists-join-worldwide-p...

       

      jerrym

      March Against Monsanto, San Francisco, USA, October 12, 2013.

      http://www.popularresistance.org/march-against-monsanto-october-12-2013/

      jerrym

      Quote:
      Both Mexico and Hawaii have passed new legislation against GMO as people worldwide march against Monsanto

      Big Island of Hawai may Ban GMO. The Big Island of Hawaii County Council Committee has passed a GMO prohibition Bill by a vote of 6-2. The Bill 113 passed out of committee and is progressing to the full Council, set for October 16th.

      If the bill passes, it will be a significant victory for those, worldwide, who are concerned about the dangers of GMOs. The legislation will ban all open air cultivation of GMOs, with the exception of papaya which already has genetically modified forms being grown on the island.

      Although the final adoption would constitute a major victory for the opponents of GMOs, some criticize the council and the bill for having a blind spot with regards to GM papaya. The Hawaiian organic farmer, Melanie Bondera, asks why the creators of genetically-engineered papaya fruit had to work so hard to introduce it.

      Bondera asks in NW RAGE, if the GE papaya is really a simple solution to a major agricultural disease that farmers want, it would be readily adopted by governments, farmers and markets. However, it is not. The concern over this genetically modified organism (GMO) food is so great, that it creates resistance, loss of markets, contamination and more loss of markets…

      Judge bans genetically-engineered corn in Mexico, citing that it poses an imminent danger. The winds of change have also begun blowing over Mexican corn fields. On 10 October media in Mexico City cited the group La Copachera for announcing that genetically engineered corn has been banned in Mexico.

      According to the press release issued by La Copachera, a Mexican Federal Judge has ordered Mexico´s Secretariat of Agriculture (SAGARPA) and the SEMARNAT, which is a secretariat similar to the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) in the USA to:

      Immediately suspend all activities involving the planting of transgenic corn in the country and end the granting of permission for experimental and pilot commercial plantings”.

      The unprecedented ban on GMOs in Mexico was issued by judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J, at the Twelfth Federal District Court of Mexico City. As the basis for the order, judge Jaime Verdugo cited:

      “the risk of imminent harm to the environment”.

      Judge slams Transnationals Monsanto, Pioneer and others. The judge also ruled that transnationals like Monsanto and Pioneer are banned from the release of transgenic maize in the Mexican countryside as long as collective action lawsuits, initiated by citizens, farmers, scientists, and civil society organizations are working their way through the judicial system.

      One of the groups working its way through the legal system is the Acción Collectiva (Collective Action), led by the christian cleric, Father Miguel Concha of the Human Rights Center Fray Francisco de Vittoria. Acción Collectiva aims, according to one of its press releases, at achieving an absolute federal declaration on the suspension of the introduction of transgenic maize in all of its forms, including experimental and pilot commercial plantings in Mexico.

      Rene Sanchez Galindo, the legal council for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, stated that the ruling of Judge Jaime Verdugo constitutes a milestone in the long struggle of citizen demands for a GMO free country. Galindo added, that the ruling has serious enforcement provisions and includes the possibility of criminal charges for the authorities responsible for allowing the introduction of transgenic corn in Mexico.

      Especially Monsanto is internationally infamous for its use of lobbyists within the governments of nations where it is doing business, leading elected officials to effectively represent Monsanto rather than their electorate. Corruption with regards to Monsanto is rampant and well documented, so is the transnational giant´s abuse of the country’s judicial system and the strategy to draw opponents into protracted legal battles which often lead to the bankruptcy of the plaintiff.

      The ruling by Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo is setting a clear signal to the members of Mexico´s regulatory authorities by making them liable to criminal charges if they violate the rules.

      Even though today´s rallies against Monsanto and GMO have not mobilized two million, like the March in May, marching against Monsanto and GMOs seems to make an impact.

      http://nsnbc.me/2013/10/13/mexico-hawaii-ban-gmo-people-worldwide-march-...

       


       


       

      Aristotleded24

      Brachina wrote:
      That's an arguement for stronger standards for safety testing, and better regulations, not one for an absolute ban on GMOs. And its an arguement for labelling, not for taking the choice from those of use who want the option of eating GMOs.

      I get the sense that you don't have a great understanding of how ecology really works. It's one thing to test these crops in a lab and to declare them safe. Unfortunately, crops don't grow in labratories, they grow outside in the ecosystems. There are so many intricate interactions within ecological systems that cannot be captured in a labratory. These crops will get out, they will interfere with other plants and animals, and they will contaminate the food supply for people who don't want them. Wind, water, or whatever, that's how these things will move around. And unlike a toxic chemical that can be withdrawn, these crops will never clean themselves out of the ecosystems. Think of invasive species that have been introduced to North America that are still causing problems (quackgrass and leafy spurge are 2 of many that come to the top of my mind), and it's not for lack of effort to remove these species.

      Or as another issue of how ecology is complex and how it isn't like the tightly controlled conditions in a laboratory, look at the declining bee populations. Bees have been dying off for a few years, and even though pesticides have been implicated, scientists are struggling to find out exactly what is wrong, and again, it's not for lack of knowledge or effort.

      Brachina

      Its worth the risk, as long as one minimizes the risk, the potiential benifits are potentially limitless, surely there is some sort of compromise so that we can enjoy the potential benifits of this technology. I can't believe there is no solution, we can figure it out.

      Aristotleded24

      When we can't even properly manage invasive species or accurately predict the implications of climate change because the computer models can't capture all the variables, I'm quite skeptical that this kind of problem even can be minimized in the first place.

      jerrym

      Quote:
      Its worth the risk, as long as one minimizes the risk, the potiential benifits are potentially limitless, surely there is some sort of compromise so that we can enjoy the potential benifits of this technology. I can't believe there is no solution, we can figure it out.
       

      Do you really think its worth the risks in spite of all the evidence posted in previous comments and summarized below?

      The website below has a connection to the documentary "The World according to Monsanto". The following quote is part of the introduction to the documentary. "If they control seed, they control food, they know it – it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world."

      http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-world-according-to-monsanto/

      Below is a review of the documentary "The World according to Monsanto",

      http://www.earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths...

      The following website documents some of the cases of villification of scientists who have identified health issues with GM foods in order to intimidate those who present evidence against GMOs.

      http://www.gmfreecymru.org/documents/new_statement.html

      Two articles by Dr. Don Lotter outline in Part I some of the problems associated with GMO foods and in Part II the reasons the scientific community and government has failed to oversee and regulate the GMO industry. 

      http://www.ijsaf.org/archive/16/1/lotter1.pdf

      http://www.ijsaf.org/archive/16/1/lotter2.pdf

      The following website discusses the crisis created in Canada by GM seeds. Within 4 to 5 years of the introduction of GM canola, the GM variety had spread by wind and other means to such an extent that there was and remains no ability to sell non-GM canola because the GM and non-GM are so intermingled and even hybridized that Canada cannot assure buyers which is which. Because the European Union and Japan require labeling of all GM food, Canada has lost the ability to sell GM canola in Europe.There is now also no possibility of having an organic canola and the process cannot be reversed. Worse than that is that seed patents are now giving GM corporations, such as Monsanto, control of the world market in seeds, as they crowd other non-organic seeds out of the market.

      http://www.myessentia.com/blog/canadian-genetically-modified-crops-are-o...

      The Percy Schmeiser, in which the Saskatchewan farmer became a symbol for farmers' rights when sued by Monsanto for not paying a license fee for using Monsanto's gene patented Roundup Ready Canola. 

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

      http://www.percyschmeiser.com/

      With 95% of soybean and cotton and 85% of corn being planted today being GM crops that are resistant to pesticides such as Roundup, the long predicted development of superweeds that are pesticide resistant has hit with full force. This is also resulting in more herbicide residue being present in the food we eat.  

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121002092839.htm

      Superweeds are also driving up "Farming costs, food prices and agricultural pollution" because herbicide resistance of superweeds means farmers must use expensive mixtures of chemicals to control weeds. By 2012, superweeds had infested millions of acres in the United States and southwestern Ontario. 

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2011/10/07/technology-superweeds...

      The Non-GMO Project’s paper GM Crops – Just the Science presents over one hundred research studies and other authoritative papers documenting the limitations and risks of GE crops.

      http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/1110/whats_the_problem_with_GMOs.htm

       

      The following site has 136 references, many from scientific journals, on GMOs at the end of the article. With regard to patents, the GM industry has only to look at the pharmaceutical industry, the most profitable industry in the world on a percentage basis, to learn how to subvert patents. With regard to new pharmaceuticals, 90% of all new pharmaceuticals have no improvement in clinically identified beneficial effects. 

      http://www.nongmoproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/GM-Crops-just-th...

      The following article describes how Monsanto and the rest of the GM industry used lies and deception to advocate that California voters reject Proposition 37, which would have led to labelling of GM foods, in last years election. Unfortunately, by grossly outspending the supporters of Proposition 37 in their advertising and introducing the false fear of much higher food bills, the GM industry won the battle. 

      https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/23-9

       

       

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